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What would happen if Pinterest was invaded by trolls and memes? In truth, it already has been.
What would happen if the rest of the Internet tried to invade Pinterest?
A new video from CollegeHumor suggests one Lord of the Rings-inspired scenario. In this less-than-politically-correct farce, the women of Pinterest brace themselves against bronies, trolls, and memes like Scumbag Steve who try to infiltrate their feminine space.
The storming of this particular castle, however, happened long ago.
There’s no singular type of content to be found on Pinterest. As the network has risen to prominence, it’s been embraced by political protesters, activists, news reporters, and manly men like Mark Zuckerberg. Pinterest skews toward a female userbase, but so does Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, and Yelp—and only one of these sites has a “girly” reputation.
Pinterest’s stubborn reputation as a stronghold for lifestyle and design topics is a holdover from its earliest days. Shortly after Pinterest was founded in 2010, CEO Ben Silbermann gave the first 30 invitations to his mother, fiancé, and lifestyle bloggers he met at Alt Summit.
Since then, Pinterest has been embraced by purveyors of every topic and interest, including BuzzFeed, Encyclopedia Dramatica, redditors, 4channers (NSFW), and yes, bronies. In fact, Pinterest isn’t even free from flame wars.
For further proof the Internet has already invaded Pinterest, look no further than its 13 million devoted users. If those users don’t count as the Internet just because they’re predominantly female, than we need a new definition of what the Internet is.
It’s an entertaining parody. But in reality, the Internet’s invasion of Pinterest wasn’t violent at all.
Photo via CollegeHumor
Lauren Rae Orsini is a web culture reporter who specializes in anime and the business of fandom. Her work has been published by Forbes and Business Insider.