The Illusion of Free Choice

The Illusion of Free Choice

Updated Apr 26, 2021 at 09:13AM EDT by shevyrolet.

Added Jul 03, 2018 at 04:59PM EDT by Matt.

PROTIP: Press 'i' to view the image gallery, 'v' to view the video gallery, or 'r' to view a random entry.

This submission is currently being researched & evaluated!

You can help confirm this entry by contributing facts, media, and other evidence of notability and mutation.

About

The Illusions of Free Choice is an exploitable webcomic series featuring a cow given two respective choices that lead to the same end. The image, based on an Abstruse Goose political cartoon, is photoshopped for comedic effect or to express the meme author's specific beliefs.

Origin

On September 10th, 2009,[1] the webcomic the Abstruse Goose[2] published a cartoon entitled "The Illusion of Free Choice." The comic featured a cow before two entrances leading to a slaughter house. However, both the "left" and "right" entrances lead to the same destination.


SLAUGHTER HOUSE The illusion.. LEFT RIGHT ...of free choice. 全 涉 。

Spread

In the years since the cartoon's publication, people have edited the image to reflect their political beliefs. In 2012, MemeCenter [3] user jchang052479 photoshopped the image to replace "left" and "right" with "Obama" and "Romney" to reflect the 2012 United States Presidential Election (shown below, left).

On September 7th, 2013, BodyBuilding.com forum user posted an variation photoshopped to represent elements of body building (shown below, center).[5]

In 2016, an anonymous 9GAG [4] user updated the image for the 2016 Presidential Election. The post (shown below, right) received more than 21,000 points in two years.


SLAUGHTER HOUSE The illusion... OBAMA ROMNEY American Citizens ...of free choice. Il Schedule, hemecenter.comMaeGnera ACTUALLY HAVING A GOD STATUS PHYSIQUE (NO DELUSION!) ENJOYING LIFE, NOT A SLAVE BALLIN ON YOUR OWN TERMS SLAUGHTER HOUSE S $ SWIM TO LEFT RIGHT PATH TO: UNIVERISTY JUST ABOUT TO 9-5 IFESTYLE SWIM OVER BRAH U COMIN? PATH TO: NATURAL GAINS FOR A ZYZZ TYPE BODY MiscRealTalker's ILLUSION ...of free choice SLAUGHTER HOUSE TRUMP HILLARY

Various Examples


SLAUGHTER HOUSE Republicans Democrats The illusion of Free Choice... je SLAUGHTER HOUSE The illusion... LEFT RIGHT ...of free choice. Oligarchy The illusion... Hillary TRUMP HillaryClinton.com MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN ...of free choice. C1
iterall nly cor The illusion... Sorting by new Sorting by hot ...of free choice. 90 A fulfilling great meal The illusion... Green Giant Green Beans Bush's baked beans @dadailybean ..of free choice. overwhelming feeling of disappointment The illusion... watching the show reading the books ...of free choice. A1

Search Interest

Extneral References

Recent Videos 4 total

Recent Images 20 total

Top Comments

Gauntlet
Gauntlet

For I moment I thought this was a videogame meme parodying the momments in which they force us to do something even if there is an option to not do it

NPC: will you help us?
Me: no
NPC: keep in mind that a lot of people can die if you don't help us, so, will you help us?
Me: no
NPC: keep in mind that a lot of people can die if you don't help us, so, will you help us?

+20

+ Add a Comment

Comments (27)


Display Comments

Add a Comment


O HAI! You must login or signup first!