A Cultural Evolution of 'Shrek', from Blockbuster Hit to Historic Meme

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A Cultural Evolution of 'Shrek', from Blockbuster Hit to Historic Meme

“They’re a lot more extreme,” says 31-year-old Richard Cook, of the Shrek fans who aren’t him. Both Cook and Summers remember being reintroduced to Shrek around 2012 through ShrekChan, a 4chan-inspired imageboard that acted as the unofficial hub for Shrek lovers everywhere. Shrek Is Love, Shrek Is Life has since become the blueprint for countless disturbing videos that YouTube has repeatedly tried to take down. It is inevitable and it has to happen at some point in time.”In this climate, anything could be a Shrek meme. “He’s anarchic, an agent of chaos, and a trickster,” Summers says of the most widely circulated version of dank king Shrek.

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