Press Y to Shame

Press Y to Shame

Updated Jul 22, 2020 at 09:58AM EDT by Y F.

Added Jun 10, 2019 at 03:00PM EDT by Adam.

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Press Y to Shame refers to a still image from the video game Middle-earth: Shadow of War, in which a ghostly figure sits with the word "shame" next to him with a "Y" button prompt. The still became a reaction image akin to Press X to Doubt on Reddt.


In Shadow of War, the player can interact with orcs and either shame them to reduce their level, battle them, or recruit them. The prompt used in memes is the "Shame" prompt (shown below).


On December 11th, 2017, Redditor[6] Jaman posted the image of the character. The post 460 points (985 upvoted) and 25 comments in less than two years (shown below).

(Y) Shame

On November 11th, 2018, Reddit user lordac3[1] published a still from the game with the "shame" prompt with the caption, "when no one is making shadow of war memes," gaining over 3,600 points (shown below, left). Redditor mishft[2] posted an example to /r/MemeEconomy[2] by the end of that day, gaining over 600 points (shown below, right).

When no one is making shadow of war memes (Y) Shame When your friend shows you memes from 9gag and says "lol these moth memes are great" YShame

The trend saw less activity over the winter, but picked up again in the Spring of 2019. On June 2nd, 2019, Redditor[3] Thehw1854 posted an example, gaining over 26,000 points (shown below, left). On June 3rd, Redditor rhymeswithjen[4] posted an example to /r/teenagers that gained over 11,000 likes (shown below, right). The meme was covered by the Meme Wiki.[5]

Me:*not vegan* My ancestors who ate 4 sheep a day: Y s ame Me: *too scared to talk to girls* My ancestors who r---- to reproduce: Y Shame

Various Examples

Me: Struggles to open a bottle of water My ancestors who fought in 1916: (Y Shame Me: *struggles to make it to class on time* My ancestors who fought in wars and risked their lives to come to America: Y) Shame WHEN YOU SEE YOUR FRIEND LAUGHING AT A MEME ON REDDIT AND THEN PUTTING IT ON INSTAGRAM Y) Shame me, does something cringy as a child. me, 20 years later in my bed at twelve pm: (Y Shame Me: waves at someone who was waving at someone behind me Me at 1:00 AM that night: Y Shame Phone: jumps from 69% to 22% in 5 minutes My DS from 2012: (Y Shame

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