But when it comes to this new meme, even a heartless meme assassin like myself must pause and reflect: Le monke does not deserve to die.
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Perhaps it is the lingering trauma of Harambe the gorilla‘s death at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday that sparks pity for this bizarrely Photoshopped orangutan. In any event, le monke’s face is a transfixing sight.
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Where did le monke come from? It’s difficult to say. There appears to be an indirect lineage from “le monkey face,” a fairly obscure ragetoon drawing of years past, and the French article “le” is favored by 4channers mocking redditors (as well as by Reddit itself).
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'