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When you find out you have a hot dog: Why AI-generated memes make more sense than those produced by MRAs

TFW you’ve just posted an incomprehensible MRA meme

By David Futrelle

You may have noticed a strange explosion of highly surreal memes hitting your Twitter home page of late. Blame the Artificial Intelligence-powered meme generator that you can find here, which will happily generate as many weird and baffling memes as you could ever want.

Now, the meme generator is a fairly basic thing, in principle: it takes in hundreds (thousands?) of human-generated memes in a variety of formats before pooping out something it doesn’t understand, but that we humans might.

Given that the AI-meme-generator literally doesn’t know what it’s saying, most of the memes it puts out tend to be a bit puzzling:

And sometimes it doesn’t seem to understand the meme format at all:

But alongside the surreal memes, the AI-meme-generator somehow manages to spit out others that make perfect (or at least only slightly imperfect) sense. I’ve been fiddling around with it for awhile and have been surprised and intrigued by these memes, which seem very much like the memes an actual human might produce on their own.

Indeed, these memes make a lot more sense than many if not most of the Men’s Rights memes I’ve run across (and written about) over the years — despite the fact that the MRA memes were generated by actual human beings who, at least in theory, should know what they’re saying.

Let’s look at examples from both genres — contrasting some of my, er, favorite MRA memes with memes the AI-meme-generator made for me.

Let’s start with this authentic MRA meme:

Apparently the thought process behind this, er, hilarity is: “Women are stupid! And rape is funny! Sharks!”

This AI-generated meme makes a lot more sense:

I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a nice hot dog once in a while?

Here’s an MRA meme taking aim at women in the military:

Contrast that with this cheerful and wholesome AI-generated meme:

Again, the AI hits the nail on the head. Everyone loves to see people talking about their cool stuff.

Here’s a dark and bewildering MRA meme:

I suppose the message here is supposed to be “even if she says she’s not a feminist, she might secretly be one, and falsely accuse you of rape.” But I’m not sure anyone not steeped in MRA-talk could discern that.

Also, why is “radical/white” in ironic quotes?

By contrast, this next AI-generated meme, while admittedly rude and perhaps a bit sexist, is as clear as a (school) bell.

This MRA meme may leave you scratching at your head as you try to puzzle out its strange “logic.”

This AI meme, by contrast, makes so much sense it hurts.

In the world we live in today, who has the patience to wait until you get home to get sloshed?

So why are MRA memes so illogical and incomprehensible? Part of the problem is that reality is not on their side, and so many of their memes only make sense if you’re already living in the imaginary world of the Men’s Rights movement, where black is white and mean, bitchy women rule over all. I know enough about this world from the many years I’ve spent doing this blog that I can usually make some sort of sense of most of their memes, but I still struggle with some of them. It doesn’t help much that many MRAs are bitter bastards choking on their own aggrieved entitlement; their attempts at jokes are undercut by their meanness and their barely developed sense of humor.

The AI may not have a sense of humor, but it’s also unencumbered by all this baggage, so when it pops out with something that’s funny, it’s genuinely funny.

Congratulations, MRA; it’s official now: You’ve failed the Turing test.

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Elaine The Witch
Elaine The Witch
3 months ago

@acid
Wow you are so much of a coward you can’t stop necroing old threads for attention huh

Kat, ambassador, feminist revolution (in exile)
Kat, ambassador, feminist revolution (in exile)
3 months ago

@Elaine The Witch
Are you aware that Acid Kritana has a blog? Your name comes up in that blog. So far, I’ve seen that both Acid Kritana and RoboKitty discuss you. Click through on Acid Kritana’s name and you’ll see his blog.

Some quotes:

“That’s OK. Also Lainy is known to lie about others a lot so be careful with her, she said some pretty slanderous things about me. She is also a homophobe too. She is very condescending to us because we are LGBT and MRA/MGTOW. But I was happy when I saw your comments. I really wanted to defend you but sadly david banned me. I was able to make a post on my blog though. https://robokittydotcom.wordpress.com/2021/01/12/%e2%97%80-lainy-why-are-you-always-lying-social-media-facebook-%e2%96%ba/

“Pingback: ◀| @Elaine The Witch is Lainy 2.0 | Social Media | Facebook |► – RoboKitty”

https://acidmensrights.wordpress.com/2020/12/03/mra-says-trans-people-are-allies-we-hunted-the-mammoth-thinks-most-mras-are-transphobic/

Acid Kritana mines WHTM extensively for his own blog. He’s got a section titled “Reacting to We Hunted the Mammoth.”

Hugs if you want them. Stay strong.

Elaine The Witch
Elaine The Witch
3 months ago

@kat

Yes I am aware. The little creep has an obsession about me. Little dumbass seems to forget all the time that I’m bi.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
3 months ago

@Elaine

Given the general level of Acid Kritana’s awareness, he may not realize that bisexual people exist outside of porn.

Acid Kritana just spurs a “bless your heart” response from me. Let’s hope he grows up and realizes that yes, the world does not work the way he thought it did, and that this does not constitute a design flaw.

Elaine The Witch
Elaine The Witch
3 months ago

@victorious

Hopefully it will be soon since he has a baby on the way and is no way going to give it up. Even if that’s what’s best for the baby. I think though he has a long way for growing up and considering his wording was “I’ll guess I’ll still try to love the baby even if it’s a girl ” really shows the kid is the one that’s really going to suffer mentally and physically for it.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
3 months ago

@Elaine

… well, bless his precious little heart.

And I hope the baby makes it through the parental revelation that babies aren’t dolls.

*wanders off muttering about the biological and emotional differences in being a parent*

Kat, ambassador, feminist revolution (in exile)
Kat, ambassador, feminist revolution (in exile)
3 months ago

@Elaine the Witch
Okay, I’m glad that you are aware of Acid Kritana’s obsession with you. New news to me: he’s going to keep the baby.

Elaine The Witch
Elaine The Witch
3 months ago

@kat

He also does this thing that is creeping me out for many reasons, but one of the big ones is that he’s a minor and really doesn’t need to be doing this. But he’ll seek me out in threads where I’m not talking to him to tell me about his sexual fantasies, his porn addiction, or how much he wants a cock to have sex with over a vagina. Some other commentors have called him out for this but it’s really skeevy and I’ve decided to stop treating him with kid gloves.

And yeah, he read a comment I made to everyone else about all my miscarriages and how we decided to stop trying to have children. He read that and replied to that and now he keeps trying to tell me about his unwanted baby because the kid has no self awareness or empathy to think that a woman who wants children doesn’t want to hear about his oops baby after she’s had 4 miscarriages.

Like how much of a fucking asshole do you have to be.

Kat, ambassador, feminist revolution (in exile)
Kat, ambassador, feminist revolution (in exile)
3 months ago

@Elaine The Witch

“Like how much of a fucking asshole do you have to be.”

I’m thinking that the sky is the limit with this individual. I will not be attending his baby shower.

GSS ex-noob
GSS ex-noob
3 months ago

He’s going to be really busy soon enough taking care of the baby and working to pay for it, because as a true MRA, he’d *never* demand that the bio dad support him and the baby (especially after they split up). Won’t have time or energy to post.

Of course, dimwits who have barely graduated from high school can’t make enough money to support themselves and a baby, so I guess collecting those welfare checks and food stamps and sponging off hard-working people who pay their taxes is right around the corner!

Truly, an inspiring specimen.

Queen of the Harpies
Queen of the Harpies
3 months ago

So Acid and a couple of his socks buddies have a stupid little blog where they whine about WHTM and basically obsess over and hate on on Lainy? This douche is more of a creep than I remember. Can you just ban him already please, David? Can someone email him, since I doubt he’ll see this comment?

And seriously, “bistraightual”? What the hell? So bi women married to or in relationships with dudes are really “straight”, according to this chucklefuck, yet he has the gall to accuse HER of being anti LGBTQ+? Dumbass. So what am I, a bi woman who prefers women? A “lesbisexual”*? Another straight woman just faking it for male attention? Please, tell us more about ourselves, and then explain how you’re so persecuted.

(*I actually did describe myself using this term for a while after I first came out. Mostly because I wanted to avoid the attention of dudes, particularly the really gross dudes who perk up when they hear “bisexual woman”, but saying I was a lesbian would have been too dishonest. These days I’m more okay about admitting my additional attraction to men, while still telling any creeps to fuck off.)

Queen of the Harpies
Queen of the Harpies
3 months ago

Oh, and the thought of someone like this reproducing makes me sick. Poor kid.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
3 months ago

Hang on … is Acid Kritana the one who thought that he could @ a friend of his and his friend would come running? And we had to explain to him that WordPress/blogs in general aren’t like Twitter?

All the trolls mush together in my brain these days.

If Acid Kritana is that same kid, I really hope he takes some parenting classes. The basic stuff, like how to change a diaper or how to feed a baby. There’s no shame in not knowing how to care for an infant, but there’s tragedy on the horizon for anybody who thinks they can just figure it out as they go along without any help from anybody. I’m the oldest of 4 kids and babysat throughout my teen years, and I’d still want a parenting class, because there’s a difference between caring for someone else’s kid for a couple hours and being responsible for your own child.

Elaine The Witch
Elaine The Witch
3 months ago

@kat
I feel like if you did you would fine out that Acid deadname is Rose-Mary and you just slowly back out.

@queen of harpies
there was another commentor that is transgender and they also talked about how they aren’t really trans.

@GSS ex-noob
Acid said the dude that got him pregnant already dipped but wanted to make it clear that it’s a rare thing that happened to him. every single mother is keeping the kid from the father. barf.

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