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Lolcow (LOL + "cow") (not to be confused with The Laughing Cow), is a derogatory slang term used to describe an eccentric individual with an internet presence who is deemed highly exploitable and therefore susceptible to online trolling ("milked for laughs" hence a cow), especially due to their gullible display of online behaviour (don't feed the troll). Communities of harassers such as Kiwi Farms often digitally stalk, dox and discuss lolcow victims at their expense. The harassers are fascinated by the abnormality of their victims' personal lives, including beliefs, sexuality and/or behaviours. Many "lolcows" have a mental disability (like with those with autism) or have extreme social and political views, such as so-called SJW, MRA or feminist beliefs. Because of this, the communities that are obsessed with "lolcows" tend to be right-wing leaning.
There is sometimes an odd self-reflexivity to Lolcow sites because being obsessed with a specific Lolcow can in itself be grounds for being labeled a Lolcow. Doesn't running a Lolcow website sound like one might be obsessed with Lolcows oneself?
Sites that obsess over lolcows
- LOLcow LLC (both its Lolcow.wiki and its forum Kiwi Farms)
- Encyclopedia Dramatica
- Dead Horse Interchange
- Kiwi Farms
- Cringe culture
- Mikemikev — a neo-Nazi "lolcow" with a 700+ page thread on Kiwi Farms