Richard Dawkins Isn’t Dead, but Odd New Twitter Meme

March 10, 2015 Updated: July 18, 2015

Richard Dawkins, the noted author, hasn’t died.

However, Twitter users are making fun of him en masse, poking fun of his beliefs.

A Twitter user, @famoushorse, told that he and another person started the #RIPRichardDawkins meme.

“There seems to be a misconception that this was done as a political statement of some sort,” @famoushorse told the site. “This is, of course, not the case. Sure, [Dawkins is] one of the most impressive old racist men but this was pure boredom with the hope of eliciting a public freak out from Dawkins. I mean, there’s still hope for that. The day is young.”

He then quipped: “My question for you Dawkians is: if God isn’t real, who made Richard?”

Some users said it wasn’t funny and is misleading.

Dawkins, 73, is an evolutionary biologist.

He also coined the word meme, which he termed as the behavioral equivalent of a gene.