Yesterday, on November 10, 2015 A.D., Ben Carson and the noted football commentator PFT Commenter did the unthinkable: They killed the Baby Hitler meme.
Asked if he would abort Baby Hitler, Carson said that he would not. Within his mother’s womb, Baby Hitler would be safe.
In asking and answering the question, Mr. Commenter and Mr. Carson killed a meme in its infancy, before it had time to grow and spread hate and prejudice across the hemispheres. The media meme involving Baby Hitler was dead.
Baby Hitler meme was born on October 23, 2015, at 2:04 p.m., when the august New York Times Magazine asked: “If you could go back and kill Hitler as a baby, would you do it?”
In almost no time, Baby Hitler meme grew and traveled wide. Vox, The Atlantic, and the Washington Post all wrote articles based on the premise of the Baby Hitler meme. It reached full maturity on Monday when presidential candidate Jeb Bush was asked if he would kill baby Hitler: “Hell yeah, I would,” Mr. Bush replied. “You gotta step up, man.”
If Jeb Bush’s answer was Baby Hitler meme’s triumph, it was also the start of its downfall. Already, the childhood innocence of the Baby Hitler meme was starting to erode. Close observers could see what Baby Hitler meme might one day grow into.
And so, PFT Commenter decided, “Hell yeah! You gotta step up,” and put the meme out of its misery.
R.I.P. Baby Hitler media meme
October 23, 2015 – November 10, 2015