The Brief: These memes propose scenarios in which a good thing will happen on the condition that a bad one will also occur.
These memes originate from WillYouPressTheButton.com, a website that asks people to share if they’d select or reject a conditional scenario. The options are laid out with something that would be considered positive occurring on the condition that something that would be considered negative would also happen. Website visitors then have the option to press the button or click “I will not.” After selecting their choice, they can see how others voted before them.
This website and memes about the game have been around for years. The meme having a resurgence on Reddit right now where it is combined with other popular meme formats. Will You Press The Button? memes are particularly popular on the Dank Memes subreddit. Some of these memes are taken directly from the website while others were photoshopped from a screenshot of the site.
Many of these memes express the sentiment that both the “good” thing and the “bad” condition are desirable so that they’d gladly press the button.
A meta Thanos meme:
The hammering Spider-Man indicates that someone is very happy with both of the proposed outcomes and would enthusiastically press the button.
Preventable disease vs. video game deprivation: