Degenerates Like You Belong on a Cross

Meaning

What does Degenerates Like You Belong on a Cross mean?

Degenerates Like You Belong on a Cross refers to a popular line from the dystopian role-playing game, Fallout: New Vegas,” the same game that gave us the We Can’t Expect God to Do All the Work meme.

The quote is said by NPCs who belong to the Caesar’s Legion faction, a society which takes inspiration from the Romans of history.

“Degenerates Like You Belong on a Cross” is a reference to one of the most brutal execution methods of the Roman empire, something the in-game faction has also adopted.

Online, people use the phrase as an ironic insult, due to its coarse language and naturalist imagery, used by Incels and other communities to mock Furries, E-Thots and Weebs.

Degenerates like you belong on a cross

Origin

What's the origin of Degenerates Like You Belong on a Cross?

The phrase originates from the post-apocalyptic video game title of Obsidian Entertainment; “Fallout: New Vegas, which was released in North America on October 19th, 2010.

New Vegas achieved widely acclaimed success both among fans and critics, allowing popular memes to be created from its content.

While the exact origin of the first meme usage of “Degenerates Like You Belong on a Cross” remains shrouded, the trend of using it online began in 2014, as captions, titles and comments, related to the video game, mostly on sites like Reddit, 4chan and YouTube.

Spread & Usage

How did Degenerates Like You Belong on a Cross spread?

The phrase would appear online on YouTube videos, with several uploads having the title “Degenerates Like You Belong on a Cross”.

It is also popular on meme sites, such as iFunny or me.me, appearing on a wide variety of image macro and reaction memes, as well as GIFs.

Following 2017, when the r/NewVegasMemes subreddit began, the occurrence of the phrase surged, as it would be featured in countless memes on Reddit.

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