How Chris Dorner’s Manhunt Became A Meme

What was it about the Chris Dorner manhunt that set off a massive online competition to tell the darkest joke?

1. The meme-ing of Chris Dorner started oddly enough in real life, as photos of LA residents wearing “Not Chris Dorner Please Do Not Shoot” shirts went viral.

2. Alexander Abad-Santos of The Atlantic Wire described it as a “half-sarcastic, half-wake-up-call response to very serious mistakes by the police.”

3. It didn’t take long for the rest of the internet to spread the “meme-ification” of Chris Dorner’s manhunt.

5. There was a cinematic feel to the story of an ex-cop and former U.S. Navy SEALs being chased by the notoriously unpopular LAPD.

7. Made only worse by the LAPD shooting an unarmed woman during their manhunt.

9. His unfortunately friendly-looking face on the file photo circulated by police didn’t help either.

13. Then there was the feeling that we were watching a movie, or the idea that Chris Dorner was playing a grim, real-life version of a video game.

18. One of the most telling jokes of the manhunt was the “Good Guy Chris Dorner” meme, capturing the online sentiment that the LAPD was no better — or even worse — than Dorner.

22. By the end of the chase yesterday the internet’s meme engine was in full-effect:

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