We couldn't look away from the latest innovation rolled out by Reddit's F7U12 (that's seven f's and 12 u's: fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu) subreddit. And so obviously now we have to inflict it on you. We highly recommend checking out the rest of the thread for other awesome permutations like this. (Don't forget the mouseover text.)
We've previously covered Hot Topic's Internet-enraging pilfering of the Rage Guy meme, which they sold in t-shirt form while managing to get many details very wrong. But that's all over now. Following a devious 4chan campaign to get Hot Topic to pull the FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUU-spouting "FU Rage Meme T-Shirt" by associating it with racism, the clothing retailer has complied, and says it will stop selling the t-shirts.
From Hot Topic's Facebook page:
Rage Guy is the character Hot Topic sells, see the original post from 1 year ago. The character focuses on interesting situations, check out the image gallery. Race Guy is the newest iteration posted this afternoon, today (the character everyone is talking about). Who created Race Guy? We don't know. Who created Rage Guy? We don't know. We sold the shirt because it is pop culture and the series was funny. Why not let our customers express they're interest in meme's? So now what? Well, Hot Topic is the last company to support racism. Hell, we support diversity and wear it proudly. Now that the character represents racism because of these unknown creators - we will no longer be selling it. After tonight (11/17), it will be removed from our website. Next week, it will be removed from our stores.
If the above phrase is familiar to you, but you still don't have any idea what it means, come listen to a story that exemplifies the internet in all its splendor. Yesterday, reasoning that a large portion of Reddit was at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Keep Fear Alive, a user proposed that the online members of the community start a new and inexplicable meme to confuse those who were away from their computers.
Lets make up a pointless meme while the hardcore redditors are away... Like when someone says Waffles in their post, someone else can reply "Waffles? Don't you mean carrots? HAHAHAHA"It has since become incredibly effective and incredibly ineffective. Ineffective, because, as pointed out in the original thread, many Redditors were, in fact, able to keep up on waffle/carrot related news via mobile devices or free wifi connections. Effective, because it looks like the meme is here to stay.
Today in things that may inspire rage: Hot Topic, noted purveyor of "music/pop culture-licensed and music/pop culture-influenced apparel, accessories, music and gift items for young men and women principally between the ages of 12 and 22" [their words], is now selling FFFUUUUUUU-inspired t-shirts. On their site, they bill them as the "FU RAGE MEME T-SHIRT," available for $19, or $21 for double extra large. Who would have thought that someone's MS Paint doodle about being splashed with toilet water would turn into (someone else's) big business?