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Zenzi was a short-lived prank attempted by members of 4chan in February of 2017 meant to discredit and take down YouTube meme-explainer channel Behind The Meme.


On February 19th, 2017, an anonymous 4chan user took to /r9k/ to complain about popular YouTube channel "Behind the Meme," and ask how 4chan could take it down. In response, another user suggested that in every video, 4chan commenters demand he cover "Zenzi," a meme that doesn't exist, and downvote every video in which he doesn't cover Zenzi, which they thought would result in Behind The Meme getting frustrated and quitting (screenshot shown below). It appears the original thread has been deleted, though a similar thread has been archived.[1]

Cat In The Hat Anonymous 02 ' eT22964271 >>722964229 17(Sun)19:02:46 No. 722963975 Behind The Meme is the worst thing to happen to youtube. the f----- who owns it seems to be hellbent on exposing as many niche or spicy memes to normies as possible. this channel f------ ruins memes how do we stop it? Anonymous 02/19/17(Sun)19 18:42 No. 722965135722965392 22722985444 how about every video we recommend that he covers .zen, just that, no extra details. I have no f------ idea what comes up when you google zenzi, just made it up right now every video that isn't about zenzi is disliked bombed to the ground if we keep recommending it, he'll cave in and will do the video, piecing together whatever the hell he can from across the internet. it's bound to be hilarious. this video we flood with likes however, we don't stop recommending zenzi. every comment section will have to find any legitimate recommendations and abandons the channel upon pages of please make a video on zenzi, he won't be able 100% guaranteed to work Anonymous 02/19/17(Sun)192517 No 722965615 File: 1470011482573 png (150 KB, 329x370) zenzi works actual BTM fans start getting absolutely insane everyone starts unsubscribing >BTM gpalises his mistake and starts making actual meme


4chan members in on the joke quickly got to work trying to make "Zenzi" appear legitimate. Several image macros and videos referencing "Zenzi" were created and a subreddit[2] devoted to treating "Zenzi" like a real thing was created. On Urban Dictionary[3] user DrSalsa posted a definition saying Zenzi was an old meme that was inaccessible to western nations. This definition was also posted to KnowYourMeme.com, though it was deadpooled (shown below).

Revision #6 for 'Zenzi' Zenzi is a meme from zenzi which originated in 2005 It's not that zenzi! XD To view zenzi most people need a VPN, proxy or Tor beacause Zenzi is blocked in Meme Status Deadpool Year 2005 Origin Unknown western nations. Tags meme, zenzi

Behind The Meme response

Behind The Meme quickly discovered what was going on and thwarted the attempted 4chan raid by creating an explainer video for Zenzi the same day as the raid. The video turned into less of an explainer and more of an extended riff on the elitism of some meme communities. Behind The Meme's quick and accurate response to Zenzi resulted in the Zenzi raid being deemed a failure.

Various Examples

enzi 2 Milano milk chocolate PEPERIDGE FAR an milk cho late 7 Not That F----- ZENZI 1313.. ZENZ

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External References

[1] 4chan – /r9k/ anon post

[2] Reddit – /r/zenzi

[3] Urban Dictionary – Zenzi

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Top Comments


Zenzi is a forced meme started on February 19 2017 made by 14 year Olds who belive 4chan is still a secret deep web site when it is just in fact a place where edgy teens think they can actually cause havoc "for the lulz"
If you're reading this just move on. It's pretty stupid.


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