What started off in 2009 as a hilarious macro of a rabid-looking wolf doing crazy things—a canine version of Chuck Norris—devolved into a series of rape jokes in 2012.
“I probably realize that people will defend the meme as being an exaggeration,” wrote user katyblerg on the feminist-oriented r/femmit, “that its supposed to be outlandish and offensive because its ‘Insanity Wolf’… but as a woman, i see something like that thats supposed to be humorous and about rape, and i hate it. Am I alone?”
User Metaphoricalsimile agreed with her in yet another post, this time posted to r/ShitRedditSays, which highlighted more than 300 instances of Insanity Wolf murdering and raping women and children. Hilarious!
With memes rampant on Reddit, it’s only natural that some of them spill over into real life. This may be more likely to occur with certain types of memes more than others, such as the advice animals genre.
It’s not very likely that we’ll run into to the Philosoraptor on the street any time soon, though a perhaps more terrifying real-life version of a meme popped up on Reddit Monday morning.
A redditor posted a photo of herself with a wolf named Yuki at an animal sanctuary in Florida. Yet, as the thread’s poster christaf and some other redditors point out, the wolf bears more than a passing resemblance to the Insanity Wolf.
Yuki “loves women, showing off to visitors, and being super goofy,” according to the photo’s caption.
The wolf tends to be a little more wary of males than women, since he was abused by a man. “He tolerates some [men] and has made friends with a few. If he has one of his girlfriend volunteers visiting, he doesn’t want men near them,” wrote christaf, who’s a volunteer at the Shy Wolf Sanctuary in Naples, FL.
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