There’s a whole subreddit poking fun at Mark Zuckerberg’s supposed power complex.
The Facebook CEO is currently in some hot water for the Cambridge Analytica data mining scandal, and the company has been a PR nightmare as people delete their accounts and flee the social media giant. Overall, there’s a pretty universal distrust of Mark Zuckerberg right now.
But a community of Redditors has shared that distrust for a while now — six months ago, Redditor u/SirLotsaLocks created r/ZuckMemes after positive feedback from r/MemeEconomy. According to its description, “Mark Zuckerberg is the human founder of the massive social media website called Facebook.”
The subreddit, which has just under 19,000 subscribers, mocks Zuckerberg’s flowery, sappy posts about how he’s just an average guy and instead insists that he’s a robot learning to assimilate with humans.
Like this post from last July.
“If you eat meat, you should know where it comes from,” Zuckerberg mused in a live Facebook video. He explained that he challenged himself to be vegetarian for a year unless he was involved in killing and butchering the animal himself. One of the side effects, he said, was that he got really into preparing meats himself, which is how we were blessed with this nice chat with Zuckerberg while he smoked meats in his backyard.
In the livestream, Zuckerberg answered questions from commenters, discusses revolutionizing education, charmingly tried to convince his wife Priscilla to join him in the video.
In the r/zuckmemes take, Zuckerberg enjoys “charring meat inside of an unpressurized vessel behind my domicile.”
“Once the animal carcass reaches a temperature sufficient to destroy bacteria and viruses that would pose a threat to my empire,” the fake post says, “I will consume the flesh to replenish my stores of energy.”
In this Zuck meme, the Facebook CEO attempts to order from a food truck. “The animal’s flesh was warm.”
How could he not be a human? Look at him eat normal toast, like a normal human! (Turn your volume up to hear the very human sound effects.)
Both of these clips were modified from a video in which Zuck, aka Zucc, showed off his home named AI Jarvis. But the weirdness of the original video was ripe for the Zuck meme community.
The memes also make fun of Zuckerberg’s “profound” posts about interacting with underrepresented groups, like this one. Last year, Zuckerberg sat down for dinner with a group of Somali refugees in Minneapolis and wrote a poignant post about the meaning of home. “I left impressed by your strength and resilience to build a new life in an unfamiliar place,” his caption said, “And you are a powerful reminder of why this country is so great.”
The Redditors who frequent r/zuckmemes don’t see his posts as a sentimental reflection on the real meaning of America. They joke about Zuckerberg’s need for power trips. In the highest rated post on r/zuckmemes, the robotic Zuck bullies an elderly Alabaman editor into eating an entire newspaper, threatening to buy out the Selma Times-Journal and turn it into an “anime fanzine.”
“For 43 minutes I had total power over that man,” the fake posts says. “I’d never felt more alive. I bet that’s what being president feels like.”
According to r/zuckmemes, Zuckerberg has a wild god complex. This fake Elon Musk posts talks about both tech billionaires’ idea of a fun activity. For Musk, it’s a jetpack paint ball fight with “Don’t Stop Believing” playing in the background. For Zuckerberg, it was paying off a man’s student loans in exchange for beating him.
There’s even a handy guide to creating Zuck memes, which involves editing Facebook in HTML to make realistic looking posts from the CEO himself.
r/zuckmemes peaked in popularity about six months ago, but since the Cambridge Analytica scandal happened, people have been straying away from the usual meme format to joke about Facebook’s privacy breaches.
Will the god-king Mark Zuckerberg ever learn to assimilate with humans? Or will he always be a secret lizard person?
Although there were that Zuckerberg was seeing a behavioral therapist to appear more human, take it with a grain of salt. The Facebook CEO hasn’t publicly spoken about the memes or about his public persona. Until then, Zuckerberg will continue to be the
lizard robot human philanthropist, innovator and family man he says he is.
r/zuckmemes, though, will for sure be keeping an eye on him.