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  • 06/09/14--15:17: Neil Patrick Harris
  • About

    Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor best known for portraying the title character in the ‘80s sitcom Doogie Howser, M.D. and Barney Stinson in the 2000s sitcom How I Met Your Mother. An LGBT activist, Harris’ fanbase is also tied to his photogenic family, including his fiancé David Burtka and their two children.

    Acting Career

    After a few small roles in TV movies Harris landed the lead role in Doogie Howser, M.D., a show about a teenage doctor, which he starred in for four season from 1989-1993. He guest starred on several TV shows in the late 1990s and early 2000s before getting the leading role of Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother in 2005. The show lasted for nine seasons, concluding in 2014. While working on HIMYM Harris had leading roles in several movies including Beastly (2011), The Smurfs and (2011) and A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014). He also starred in the popular Joss Whedon web series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008).


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  • 06/10/14--11:26: Snu-Snu
  • About

    “Snu-Snu” is a term for sexual intercourse originally used by a tribe of giant female aliens in the animated television series Futurama. Online, the phrase “death by snu snu” is typically used as a humorous reference in discussions about exceptionally tall or muscular women.

    Origin

    In Season 3 Episode 1 of Futurama, originally aired on February 4th, 2001, the male crew members of the Planet Express Ship are taken hostage by Amazonians, a tribe of giant women in an alien matriarchal society who use the word “snu-snu” as a synonym for sexual intercourse. Shortly after, the artificial intelligence leader of the Amazonians sentences the characters Zapp, Fry and Kif to “death by snu-snu” (shown below).



    Spread

    On January 22nd, 2004, Urban Dictionary[2] user SS submitted an entry for “snu snu,” defining it as “endless sex forced on a man.” On October 1st, 2008, Yahoo! Answers[7] user JB posted a question asking for the definition of “snu snu,” to which user Hey You! cited its origin in the episode of Futurama. On July 15th, 2009, a Facebook[5] page titled “Death by Snu Snu” was launched, gathering more than 31,600 likes in the next five years. On June 7th, 2011, Redditor Torocatala submitted a photograph of a tall woman titled “Death by snu-snu gets real” to the /r/futurama[6] subreddit (shown below).



    On December 8th, 2013, DeviantArtist[4] Nebezial uploaded an illustration of the DC Comics superhero Wonder Woman asking fellow superhero Super Girl “what in Hera’s name is snu-snu?” (shown below).



    On February 13th, 2014, Redditor bipolarbearsRAWR submitted a post to the /r/OutOfTheLoop[3] subreddit asking for the meaning of the phrase “death by snu snu.” On June 4th, Redditor Velorium_Camper posted a photograph of a tall woman bending down to a smaller man titled “Death… by snu snu!” to the /r/funny[8] subreddit, where it garnered upwards of 3,000 upvotes and 150 comments in the first week (shown below).



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 06/10/14--12:37: #NotOneMore
  • Overview

    #NotOneMore is a hashtag campaign inspired by an emotional plea against gun violence made by Richard Martinez, the father of a victim of the Isla Vista Killings, who urged Americans to contact their local lawmakers and ask for stricter gun-control legislation in a press conference held on the day after the tragedy.

    Background

    On May 24th, 2014, the day after the shooting near the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara that claimed the lives of six students, Richard Martinez,[1] the father of one of the victims Chris Martinez, made an emotional plea against gun violence in a press conference:



    " Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights. What about Chris’s right to live? When will this insanity stop?" We don’t have to live like this. Too many have died. We should say to ourselves, ‘Not one more.’"

    Later that same day, D.C.-based Italian journalist CiancioReporter[2] expressed her solidarity with Martinez’ call for action by tweeting out the hashtag #notonemore[2].



    Notable Developments

    Richard Martinez’ Tweet

    On May 27th, during a memorial service for the victims, Martinez echoed his sentiment by pledging to send postcards with “not one more” written on them to lawmakers and demand stricter regulations on firearms, while asking students who attended the memorial to show their support by tweeting the hashtag #notonemore. In less than 24 hours, the hashtag was tweeted out[4] over 30,000 times.

    Postcard Campaign

    Also on May 27th, American grassroots organization Everytown for Gun Safety[5] sent out a tweet announcing the launch of their new program[6] which allows users to enter their name and address to send a postcard with the words “not one more” to their respective legislator and governor. Within 24 hours, over 150,000 people signed up to have a postcard sent to their politicians.



    Photo Trend

    On May 29th, actress Julianne Moore tweeted out[7] a picture of herself holding a sign with the hashtag #notonemore. She also tweeted out a call for others to send the “not one more” postcards to their politicians. Fellow celebrities, including Beth Littleford and Julianna Margulies, as well as survivors of gun violence, also tweeted pictures of themselves holding signs with the words not one more.



    External References


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  • 06/10/14--13:36: Prison Pose
  • About

    The Prison Pose, also known as the Jail Pose, is a photo fad in which participants squat or kneel in front of the camera while wearing an intimidating facial expression. Despite its roots in prison subculture, the prison pose has been since adopted by teenagers and youths on Instagram. The fad also inspired a variation known as the “rap squat,” in which the subject crouches with their hands folded in the prayer position.

    Origin

    According to an interview with Vice[6] contributor Bauce Sauce, the prison pose gained popularity among rappers for album art in the late 1980s. In 1989, rappers Jay-Z and Jaz-O were photographed in crouching positions on the album art for the single “Hawaiian Sophie” (shown below).



    Spread

    On May 10th, 2005, rapper 50 cent released the single “Just a Lil Bit” from his second studio album The Massacre, in which he is pictured posed in a rap squat (shown below, left). On February 2nd, 2006, Flickr[7] user Tami Jo Urban uploaded a photograph titled “Prison Pose,” featuring a man crouched in front of an automobile (shown below, right).



    On October 5th, 2007, Urban Dictionary[1] user Wizz kid submitted an entry for the term “prison pose,” defining it as a crouched pose used by members of prison gangs to “look tough.” On March 3rd, 2008, Gixxer Nation Forums[3] member Tilly started a “prison pose thread” urging other members to share photos of themselves in the squatting position. On December 16th, 2012, rapper Action Bronson posted a photograph of himself in a rap squat over a bathtub to his Instagram[4] feed, where it gained over 2,700 likes in the next two years (shown below).



    On April 12th, 2013, Tumblr user mikejonesfl[5] highlighted several photographs of Action Bronson posed in crouched positions. On August 14th, the pop culture blog XXL[2] highlighted several prison pose examples in a slideshow. On April 29th, the Tumblr[8] blog “James’ Prayer and Prison Poses” was launched. On October 27th, Twitter user @ernestbaker posted a screenshot of Bill Gates in the 2013 biographical drama film Jobs in what appears to be a rap squat.




    Notable Examples

    As of June 2014, there are over 5,000 images tagged under #jailpose[10] and 2,500 tagged under #prisonpose[9] on Instagram.



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Urban Dictionary – prison pose

    [2]XXLPoses Every Rapper Must Master

    [3]Gixxer Nation Forums – Prison Pose Thread

    [4]Instagram – underwear squats

    [5]Tumblr – mikejonesfl

    [6]Noisey – Everything you wanted to know about rap squats

    [7]Flickr – Prison Pose

    [8]Tumblr – James Prayer and Prison Poses

    [9]Iconosquare – prisonpose

    [10]Iconosquare – jailpose


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  • 06/10/14--14:31: Iggy Azalea's "Fancy"
  • About

    “Fancy” is a rap song performed by Iggy Azalea.

    Origin

    On March 4th, 2014, the iggyazaleamusicVEVO[1] YouTube channel uploaded the music video for the track, which recreates scenes from the popular 1995 teen film Clueless Within four months, the video gained over 81.4 million views and 56,000 comments.



    Spread

    On April 13th, 2014, YouTuber boytoyjesse21[2] uploaded a video (below, left) titled "not Frozen “Let It Go” its IGGY Fancy lip dub," which featured a father and daughter performing a lip dub to the song. Within two months the video gained over 5.7 million views. On May 5th, YouTuber Miranda Sings[4] uploaded a cover (below, right) of “Fancy.” In less than two months the video gained over



    On May 20th, 2014, YouTuber ScottBradleeLovesYa[5] uploaded a 1920s flapper-style cover of “Fancy.” In less than a month the video gained over 650,000 views. On June 4, 2014, YouTuber WhatsUpMoms[3] uploaded a “Fancy” parody titled “I’m So Pregnant.” In less than a week the video gained over 1.3 million views.



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]YouTube – iggyazaleamusicVEVO

    [2]YouTube – boytoyjesse21

    [3]YouTube – WhatsUpMoms

    [4]YouTube – Miranda Sings

    [5]YouTube – ScottBradleeLovesYa


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    Overview

    The 2014 Reynolds High School Shooting refers to a shooting that occurred at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon on June 10th 2014 which resulted in one death of a student

    Background

    Around after 8 AM on June 10th 2014, a gunman entered the school’s gym and shot one student fatally and injured one teacher, the injury was not very serious and was treatable, the shooter was later found dead, two other shooters fled the scene afterwards, with one of them being caught near a church

    Victim Identified

    The victim student who was fatally shot was later identified as 15 year old freshman Emilio Hoffman

    His last tweet before his death was about “stressful tests” for the last day of school

    Notable Developments

    Following the shooting, #RHShooting was a trend on Twitter, tributes towards Emilio Hoffman from classmates and other people also showed up

    A map was also shown on the internet with locations of school shootings ever since the Sandy Hook Shooting, with a total of 75 school shootings since

    Hoffman’s girlfriend also tweeted her last conversation with him before he was fatally shot and killed by the gunman

    A press conference of the shooting was also originally scheduled at around 4 AM before being moved to around 5 AM

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 06/10/14--20:45: Nathan Penhol
  • Eu sempre desejado se ter um corpo bem em forma de e fabuloso que poderia fazer as pessoas enlouquecem. Objetivo não era o caminho mais fácil. Foi o suplemento Actdrim que provou ser o melhor companheiro e fez todas as coisas muito mais fáceis.
    https://cravingsandovereating.wordpress.com


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    The Super Smash Bros. Invitational was a tournament that featured 16 highly-skilled players competing in the first ever Nintendo-sponsored Smash Bros. tournament. The winner of the tournament was a man nicknamed “ZeRo” who played as Zero Suit Samus. It was live streamed on numerous sites, including Twitch and YouTube.

    Live Stream:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMQySEjyCUw

    Twitter:
    There were also countless Tweets on the tournament before, during, and after the occurring. Here are some examples.


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  • 06/11/14--02:12: Brave Perspective
  • About

    Brave Perspective (Japanese: 勇者パース, Yūsha Pāsu; abbr. “Brave Pers.”) refers to a perspective drawing style for robots or characters holding a long sword or some long weapon, which often appears on anime franchises produced by a Japanese animation studio SUNRISE.[1] It’s also called as “Brave Stance” (勇者立ち, Yūsha Dachi), “SUNRISE Perspective” (サンライズパース, Sunrise Pāsu; abbr. “SUNRISE Pers.”) or “SUNRISE Stance” (サンライズ立ち, Sanraizu Dachi), and it’s one of the popular drawing styles in fan creations or parodies on illustrators communities since around 2010.

    Origin

    It’s commonly recognized that this drawing style was born in SUNRISE TV anime series Brave Series[2] in 1990s, and two Japanese anime creators were involved in its development. One is Masami Ōbari[3] who is the opening movie creator for many titles in this series and his individualistic drawing style has deeply affected to SUNRISE robot anime titles not only by himself but also by his followers since 1990s. The other is Mitsuo Fukuda[4] who had attended to several early titles in this series as technical director or storyboard writer.

    The first appearance of the shot drawn in this style is the movement of Great Exkaiser’s special attack “Thunder Flash” in the first title in this series Brave Exkaiser[5] aired from February 1990 to January 1991. In that Ōbari-like movement designed by Fukuda, he inserted an impressive shot where Great Exkaiser is taking an oblique stance with lowering the center of the gravity, and holding a long sword from left to right. In addition, this pose is drawn in very free perspective that swords looks like so huge and heavy.



    Since this perspective drawing style was also utilized in protagonist robots’ special attacks in subsequent titles even after those creators left from the series, it became to be known as the characteristic drawing style in Brave Series among Japanese anime Otakus in the early days. Therefore, otakus began to call it as “Brave Perspective” in the same manner to a famous anime drawing style called “Kanada Perspective” (金田パース, Kanada Pāsu) by a Japanese influential anime creator Yoshinori Kanada.[6]



    “Brave Perspective” in Brave Series

    In after years, Fukuda told on his Twitter[7] that he had designed this special attack movement by reffering to other designers works. So, it’s generally understood among Japanese anime Otakus that Ōbari is the originator of this drawing style and he with Brave Series staffs including Fukuda established his style into a standard rendition technique.

    Spread

    Though Brave Series ended in the last century, “Brave Perspective” itself had continued increasing its presence gradually by many SUNRISE titles produced by Ōbari’s followers in the first half of 2000s as well as Gundam titles Gundam SEED[8] and Gundam SEED Destiny[9] directed by Fukuda. Because those titles drew impressive scenes in “Brave Perspective”, it was re-found as an iconic drawing style in SUNRISE titles, and became to be dubbed as “SUNRISE Pers.” or “SUNRISE Stance” in the middle of 2000s. However, substantial increase of its presence had to wait till this kind of photos compiling shots drawn in this style began circulating on Twitter in late 2009 and 2010.



    Against the backdrop of the large popularity among Japanese people which had been developed throughout about 20 years, nowadays “Brave Perspective” is often utilized in fan creations or parodies to cite the special aura. There are many illustrations of characters holding some long tools or weapons drawn in this style on online illustrators communities pixiv[10] and Nico Nico Seiga[11] that have been posted since around 2010.

    Notable Examples





    Search Interest

    In a reflection of its history, nowadays this drawing style is mostly called as “SUNRISE Pers.” (サンライズパース) or “SUNRISE Stance” (サンライズ立ち). It’s occasionally called “Brave Stance” by mixing those words and “Brave Pers”.

    External References

    Editor’s Note: Registration is needed to browse the original illustrations listed in this section.


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  • 06/11/14--09:49: Fat Acceptance Movement
  • About

    The Fat Acceptance Movement is a social movement which aims to alter cultural biases and stigmas against obese people by combating fat-phobic attitudes in the news media, blogosphere and social media.

    History

    In 1967, the first wave of the fat acceptance movement was launched with a protest held at Central Park in New York City, where 500 activists demonstrated against anti-fat bias in society. In 1969, the non-profit civil rights organization National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) was founded to improve quality of life for obese people by targeting discrimination against fat people. In 1973, a radical chapter of the NAAFA broke off to form the feminist group The Fat Underground. In 1979, BBW Magazine was launched by Carole Shaw as a lifestyle magazine for “big beautiful women.” In the 1988, the book Don’t Diet by Dale Atrens was published, which argued that being fat did not necessarily mean being unhealthy, also known as the “healthy at every size” (HAES) view of weight control. In 1989, the organization Allegro fortissimo was launched as the first French fat acceptance organization.

    Fat Shaming

    “Fat shaming” refers to the practice of mocking or insulting others for appearing overweight or obese. In the context of Internet humor and meme culture, fat shaming has been observed on popular forums and imageboards, such as 4chan, since as early as 2007 through expressions like “man the harpoons” and “a wild snorlax appears!” (shown below, left & center) In early 2010, the Fat Girl advice animal character surfaced on Reddit with captions shaming and mocking stereotypes that are often associated with obese people (shown below, right).



    On May 17th, 2012, feminist YouTuber lacigreen uploaded a video titled “Fat Shame,” in which she criticized using the word “fat” as a pejorative, promoted the HAES approach to health and urged people to “love their body” (shown below). In the first two years, the video received more than 830,000 views and 6,500 comments.



    In September that year, fitness blogger Maria Kang uploaded a studio portrait showing herself in a bikini suit with three of her children to her official Facebook page with the caption “What’s your excuse?” In the comments section of the post, many Facebook users praised the photo for being inspirational, while others criticized the message as fat shaming. On November 1st, Redditor HughMerlin submitted a Facebook screenshot titled “Swole Hate/Shaming on FB,” featuring a photograph of a man and women showing their abdominal muscles juxtaposed with disparaging comments made by Facebook users criticizing their appearance. Prior to being archived, the post garnered upwards of 1,000 upvotes and 220 comments on the /r/swoleacceptance[10] subreddit.



    On October 30th, 2013, YouTuber Philip DeFranco uploaded a video titled “Fat Shaming in America,” in which he criticized those who equated fitness inspiration to fat shaming (shown below). In eight months, the video gained over 600,000 views and 7,000 comments.



    Criticisms

    The movement has been criticized for promoting unhealthy lifestyles and ignoring medical science linking certain health issues with obesity. On May 9th, 2011, Canadian obesity specialist Dr. Arya Sharma published an article titled “What Obesity and Nicotine Addiction Do Have in Common,”[3] which accused fat acceptance activists of using bad science to deny the health risks of obesity. On April 17th, 2013, the /r/fatlogic[2] subreddit was launched where Redditors mock claims made by fat acceptance activists seen as irrational or unscientific. On June 17th, YouTuber scooby1961 uploaded a video titled “Fat Acceptance,” in which he argues against common claims made by the fat acceptance community (shown below).



    On April 22nd, 2014, Thought Catalog[6] published an article titled “6 Things I Don’t Understand About the Fat Acceptance Movement,” which argued that body positivity campaigns should focus on health, people should be allowed to be attracted to certain body types and that childhood obesity should not be tolerated.

    Online Presence

    On August 10th, 2003, the fat acceptance blog Red No.3[5] was launched. On October 20th, 2009, the /r/fatacceptance[4] subreddit was created for discussions related to the fat acceptance movement. On May 27th, 2012, the /r/swoleacceptance[9] subreddit was launched as a parody of the fat acceptance movement, featuring anecdotes involving discrimination toward fit and muscular people. On June 4th, the single topic blog “This is Thin Privilege” was launched on Tumblr,[1] which features posts pointing out perceived advantages thin people have over those that are considered overweight or obese (shown below).



    On July 20th, 2013, the “I Need Fat Acceptance” Tumblr[8] blog was created to highlight photographs of people holding signs with messages describing why they need the fat acceptance movement (shown below). On September 25th, several examples from the blog were mocked in a post on the /r/TumblrInAction[7] subreddit, gaining upwards of 500 upvotes and 430 comments prior to being archived.



    Related Memes

    When Did This Become Hotter Than This

    “When Did This Become Hotter Than This?”:http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/when-did-this-become-hotter-than-this is an image macro series comparing two sets of photographs featuring celebrities or famous subjects from two distinct time periods or generations. What began as a commentary on the ever-changing definition of beauty across generations, eventually led to online debates regarding the controversial issue of body images and even expanded across areas outside of celebrities, such as cute animals and inanimate objects.



    Body Retouching

    Beauty retouching, or the use of Photoshop in advertisements and magazine covers, has been widely criticized on the web in the form of anti-manipulation campaigns and time-lapse videos by those in the fat acceptance movement.



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 06/11/14--10:04: Judge Judy
  • About

    Judge Judy is a reality television program which takes place in small claims courtroom. The show’s court cases are decided by retired judge Judith Sheindlin. The show has amassed a large following online, particularly on Tumblr.

    History

    Judge Judy[1] premiered on September 16th, 1996, on CBS. As of June 2014, the show has run for 18 seasons and aired a total of 1,222 episodes.

    Reception

    The show has been nominated for 15 Daytime Emmy Awards, winning one in 2013 for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program. It was also nominated for a TV Guide Award for Favorite Daytime Talk Show in 2000. Its most recent season premiered with a 7.1 household rating.[2]

    Online Presence

    As of June 2014, the show’s Facebook page[3] has gained over 960,000 views and its Twitter account[4] has gained over 35,000 followers.



    Fandom

    In addition to its branded social media presence, there are several fan run sites for the show including JudgeJudyFan[11] and the Judge Judy FanPop page.[12]There are also several fan run Tumblr dedicated to the show including fuckyeahjudgejudy[8], judgejudyfaces[9] and myherojudgejudy.[10]

    Hot Guys on Judge Judy

    On October 7th, 2010, the Tumblr[5] blog HotGuysOnJudgeJudy, which compiles stills of male plaintives, defendants and spectators who appeared on the show and are deemed attractive, was created by Rich Juzwiak. The blog was covered by several websites the month it was created including Gawker[6] and Vulture[7]. As of June 2014, the Tumblr has added over over 70 images.



    Related Memes

    Cat Killing Scam

    On March 30th, 2010, The Village Voice[13] published an article titled “Judge Judy’s Cat-Killing-Hipster Plaintiff Speaks: An Interview With Teeth Mountain’s Kate Levitt and Andrew Burt,” which featured an interview with two indie musicians who had appeared on an bizare episode of Judge Judy which had aired on February 10th, 2010. The episode featured Levitt claiming Jonathan Coward, a former friend and fellow musician, had smashed her TV and killed her cat. When a clip of the show went viral many people wondered if the allegations were made up, which prompted the interview. The two danced around the question of whether or not it was real, with Andrew Burt saying:

    “Well. [Pause] So what we’re trying to do is just take the conversation away from “Was it real? Was it fake?” and talk about it in a different way. The lesson I’ve been telling people to take away is that it’s easy to get on TV.


    The earliest uploaded clip which is still available online was uploaded by YouTuber willnotbeignored1’s channel[14] on July 20th, 2010. As of June 2014, the video has gained over 60,000 views.



    On April 23rd, 2014, VICE[15] published an interview with Jonathan Coward, who confirmed they had made up the story. When asked, “How much of the story that you guys told is true?” he explained:

    “Absolutely none of it. Once they agreed to put us on the show, we realized that we needed to take roles and not have this be something that was completely see-through. There were tensions at our house, so a slight amount of it was real.”


    External References

    [1]IMBDJudge Judy

    [2]TV Media Insights – “Judge Judy” Tops Syndication Rankings

    [3]Facebook – Judge Judy

    [4]Twitter – Judge Judy

    [5]Tumblr – hotguysonjudgejudy

    [6]Gawker – New Blog Proves That There Actually Are Hot Guys on Judge Judy

    [7]Vulture – At Last: A Database of Hot Guys on Judge Judy

    [8]Tumblr – fuckyeahjudgejudy

    [9]Tumblr – judgejudyfaces

    [10]Tumblr – myherojudgejudy

    [11]Judge Judy Fan – judgejudyfan

    [12]Fan Pop – Judge Judy

    [13]Village Voice – Judge Judy’s Cat-Killing-Hipster Plaintiff Speaks: An Interview With Teeth Mountain’s Kate Levitt and Andrew Burt

    [14]YouTube – willnotbeignored1’s channel

    [15]VICETHESEGUYSMADE UP A FAKECASE TO GET ON ‘JUDGEJUDY


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  • 06/11/14--15:14: Media Mass
  • About

    Media Mass is a parody news site best known for debunking celebrity rumors that never actually circulated.

    Background

    Media Mass was launched in late October 2012.[1]

    Search Interest

    External References


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    About

    Chloé Lemaire (Japanese: クロエ・ルメール) is a fictional French girl in a Japanese online dating sim card game Girl Friend BETA (ガールフレンド(仮), Girl Friend Kakko Kari)[1] provided by Ameba.[2] In the beginning of 2014, she got a much attention among many Japanese internet users due to her a little bit strange self-introduction in a TV advert, and unfortunately became to the subject for mockery or parody on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND).

    Origin

    This 17-year-old exchange student acted by a Japanese famous female voice actor Sakura Tange[3] has been appearing on the game since its first launch in October 2012, and one of the popular characters in over 70 girls from the very beginning of the service. However, many Japanese people except for the game players didn’t know about her characteristic, speaking Japanese with strong French-like accent, till Ameba threw out a huge amount of TV adverts for the game’s campaign during the year-end and New Year holidays in 2013-2014 (shown below).


    Transcript:

    Shinshun Campaign Jisshi chu! (The New-Years Campaign, Now in Session!)
    Shiina Kokomi desu
    Akane!
    Nao
    Ichigo desu
    Tokitani Koruri!
    Fumiyo desu
    Chloé Lemaire desuyo
    Anata wa? (And you?)
    Girl Friend Kakko Kari!
    Ameba de Kensaku! Kensaku! (Try searching by “Ameba” right now!)

    Spread

    What dictated his destiny was a copy of the TV advert on NND which was indiscreet enough to associate her polite self-introduction with “(^q^)”, a Shift-JIS art meaning of mental retarded people’s smile. This video posted on January 4th, 2014[4] had been watched over 1 million times just in its first 4 days, and its popularity was soon reported by online gossip or game news media.[5][6] Because of this, her utterance “Chloé Lemaire desuyo” (lit. “I’m Chloé Lemaire”) was forced to overwrite its meaning to a strange noise “Kuoueeeerueuooo!!!” ((^q^)くおえうえーーーるえうおおおwww) even though it didn’t sound so ridiculous in actually. Then as usual, many parody videos for both her utterance and the TV advert immediately started to be created by childish NND users in the New Year holidays. Its amount had increased to 4 hundreds in that month only.[7]

    Aftermath

    Due to the help of this online craze, that promotional campaign during holiday season made a great success. At the end of January 2014, CyberAgent, the parent company of Ameba, announced the number of registered Girl Friend BETA users had increased in the fastest pace, and reached to 4 millions from 3 millions at the last September.[8] Additionally, the developer changed the icon image for the Android app from Kokomi Shiina to Chloé Lemaire in a reflection of the popularity, and became to give much more spotlight to her in subsequent advert campaigns.

    Notable Examples


    Niconico (^q^) 三倍あいすくおえうえーーーるえうおおおwwwwwwwwwwwwNiconico (^q^)冷やしくおえうえーーーるえうおおおwwwwwwwwwwwwww
    Left: Second Heaven | Right: Chilled Series
    Niconico (^q^)ダブステップくおえうえーーーるえうおおおwwwwwwwwwwwNiconico ジョジョフレンド(仮)
    Left: Skrillex– First Of The Year (Equinox) | Right: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure feat. "It was me, Dio!"
    Niconico 【エルシャダイ】ガーレフレンド(神)Niconico ガールクラフト(仮)
    Left: El Shaddai | Right: Minecraft

    Search Interest

    External References

    Editor’s Note: Registration is needed to browse the original videos listed in this section.


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  • 06/11/14--15:59: CaptainBilal
  • CaptainBilal is a infamous Minecraft Pocket Edition youtuber that is mainly known to steal thumnails and videos from other popular youtubers. He constantly gets warnings from tons of popular youtubers and from time to time and recevies copyright strikes. Most of his videos recevie ‘’hate comments’’ from different users depending on who he might of stole from. It is possible that this might be a troll account to flame certain users.


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  • 06/12/14--10:53: Creepy Paddington
  • About

    Creepy Paddington is a photoshop meme based on a cut-out of the children’s book character Paddington Bear as portrayed in the upcoming 2014 live-action film adaptation Paddington. Due to its uncannily realistic appearance achieved by CGI and animatronics, the anthropomorphic bear character has been met with mixed reactions from the fans online.

    Origin

    On June 10th, 2014, the first still from Paddington, a live action children’s film based on the 1950s childrens book series created by Michael Bond, was released. The still features a lanky looking Paddington Bear smiling dressed in a coat and hat carrying a suitcase.



    The same day Twitter user HWilksFilmGeek[2] introduced the hashtag #creepypaddington after Twitter user MrStevenLear[3] photoshopped the image of Paddington Bear into a scene from the horror film The Shining.



    Spread

    On June 11th, 2014, the single topic blog creepypaddington[4] was launched on Tumblr with a collection of photoshopped images showing Paddington in creepy scenes from horror films or ominous settings, including still shots from Cabin in the Woods, Paranormal Activity and Psycho.



    Several sites featured round-ups of the photoshopped images the same day including Bustle[5], E! Online[6] and Slash Film.[7] In less than 48 hours the hashtag #creepypaddington[8] was tweeted out over 1,000 times.

    Notable Examples



    External Links


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  • 06/12/14--12:51: Crack Kid
  • About

    Crack Kid is the nickname given to Viner Brady Hartwig[2] after several video clips of the young boy squealing and pulling other antics went viral on the the mobile video-sharing platform in June 2014.

    Origin

    On June 5th, 2014, Viner Nathan Moszyk[3] uploaded a video of his little brother Brady making high-pitched squealing noises while being hit in the head with a basketball (shown below). In the first week, the Vine gained over 233,000 revines and 225,000 likes.



    Spread

    On the same day, Viner MilesHRLY[4] uploaded a new video of Hartwig yelling while banging a basketball with his forehead, accumulating more than 30,000 revines and 26,000 likes in the next week (shown below, left). On June 9th, Moszyk uploaded a new video of his brother performing a twerk dance (shown below, right).



    The same day Viner Duke Thurston uploaded a remix video combining the original Crack Kid video with the 2012 hip hop song “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” by Kendrick Lamar (shown below, left). In the next 72 hours, the vines garnered over 5,900 and 36,000 revines respectively. On June 10th, Viner Demontz uploaded a version of the Crack Kid clip edited to appear as if he were throwing a basketball at Hartwig’s head while babysitting him (shown below, right). In 48 hours, the video received more than 252,000 likes and 195,000 revines.



    Notable Examples

    Additional remix videos edited the original Crack Kid video clip and audio into other musical tracks and scenes from various films, including the 1985 comedy film The Goonies (shown below, top, left) and the 1997 family comedy film Air Bud (shown below, bottom, right).



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References

    [1]Twitter – YaaaaaCrackKid

    [2]Vine – Brady Hartwig

    [3]Vine – Nathan Moszyk

    [4]Vine – MilesHRLY


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    Overview

    2014 Miss Indiana’s “Normal Body” refers to a series of responses online, primarily through Twitter, praising Miss Indiana Mekayla Diehl for her fuller figure after she competed in the 2014 Miss USA swimsuit competition in June 2014.

    Background

    On June 8th, 2014, the Miss USA competition, which was held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, held its swimsuit competition, requiring each of the 50 contestants to model a bathingsuit. Shortly after Miss Indiana Mekayla Diehl modeled her swimsuit, viewers on Twitter began to comment on and praise her body for not conforming to the stick-thin body type normally associated with pageant contestants.



    Notable Developments

    News Media Coverage

    The following day on June 9th, E! Online[1] published a Twitter round-up titled "Miss USA 2014: Stunning Miss Indiana Mekayla Diehl’s “Normal” Body Applauded on Twitter During Swimsuit Competition," which highlighted tweets praising Diehl’s “normal” body. The same day several other sites published Twitter round-ups including Jezebel[6] and Hollywood Life.[7]



    On June 12th, People[8] published an article titled “Miss Indiana Mekayla Diehl Talks Praise for ‘Normal’ Body: ’I’m Confident in My Own Skin’.” In the article Diehl explains:

    “I’m confident in my own skin. I didn’t obsess over being too skinny or not being tall enough. I knew that I would be going up against some girls that were 6’1” and professional models. That’s them; I’m celebrating who I am."


    Backlash

    On June 10th, 2014, The LA Times[2] published an article titled “Miss Indiana Mekayla Diehl’s body is not ‘normal’ or ‘average’.” The article explains Diehl is much thinner than the average American woman, explaining:

    “Diehl is a size 4. The 25-year-old is 5 feet, 8 inches, tall. She says she has a BMI of 18. A bag of bones she is not, but she is far from average. The average American woman, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is 5-foot-3 and 166 pounds. A waist circumference of 37 1/2 inches means that, on some clothing-size charts, miss average America is in the plus-size category.”

    On June 11th, The Washington Post[3] published an article titled “Why it is dangerous to label Miss Indiana as ‘normal’,” which explained beyond a discussion of whether or not Diehl is thinner than the average women, fixating on women’s bodies alone can be a problem for society. Articles criticizing labeling Diehl’s body as “normal” and criticizing the fixation on body type were also published on Jezebel[5] and The Huffington Post.[4]

    Search Interest

    [not available]

    External References


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  • 06/12/14--15:24: Reggie Vs. Iwata
  • About

    Reggie Vs. Iwata is a promotional video by Nintendo for the game Super Smash Bros. 4, featuring Nintendo executives Reggie Fils-Aime and Iwata competing in a battle.

    Origin

    On June 10th, 2014, Nintendo released a promotional video for their upcoming fighting game Super Smash Bros. 4, which featured a battle between Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime and Nintendo of America CEO Satoru Iwata (shown below).



    Spread

    That day, the video game news blog Kotaku[1] highlighted the promotional video and Redditor BattleChimp submitted a YouTube upload to the /r/wiiu[2] subreddit. Also on June 10th, Viner Brian Crecente uploaded a video clip of Fils-Aime mimicking fighting moves from the ad (shown below).



    On an animated GIF featuring a clip from the Nintendo ad mashed up with scenes from the Japanese animes Fist of the North Star and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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  • 06/12/14--15:31: Splatoon
  • About

    Splatoon is a third-person shooter announced for Wii U during the Nintendo Digital Event for E3 in 2014. Unlike other shooters, the goal of Splatoon is not to kill other players but instead to cover the battlefield with colored ink. Whoever has the most ink on the battlefield by the end of the match becomes the winner. Other mechanics include the ability to turn into a squid to swim quickly through ink of your own team’s color. Splatoon gained an immediate internet following for its unique game play.

    History

    Splatoon was first announced during the Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event on June 10th 2014. The title gained notability for its unique take on the shooter genre and for being one of Nintendo’s first new Intellectual Properties intended for hardcore gamers since Pikmin’s announcement in 2001.

    Fandom

    The unique art-style of Splatoon has led to a large upsurge in fan-art.


    Search Interest

    External References

    (work in progress)


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  • 06/12/14--16:33: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
  • Overview

    2014 Brazil World Cup is the 20th international men’s football tournament organized by Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) taking place in Brazil from June 12th to July 13th, 2014.

    Background

    On October 30th 2007, Brazil was officially chosen uncontested as host nation of 2014 FIFA World Cup after Columbia, the only other candidate nation, withdrew from the process. It is the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the last one being in 1950.

    Qualification

    The preliminary round for the 2014 World Cup began on June 15th, 2011 and concluded on November 20th, 2013, during which 203 senior men’s national teams from six confederations competed on the regional level for a place in one of the eight groups, each comprised of four qualified teams. A total of 64 matches are to be played at 12 different venues in mostly metropolitan areas across Brazil.



    Protests

    The World Cup preparation in Brazil was stymied by waves of protests against the government’s lavish spending on the event, in stark contrast to the dire need of funding for public infrastructure and social welfare in less developed regions. The online opposition to World Cup first erupted with the Bus Taxes Protests in São Paulo and other major cities in June 2013 and continued through the first half of 2014, reaching its peak with an explosion of anti-World Cup hashtags during and after the Confederation Cup in January.

    Preparation

    In part due to the aforementioned events, the construction of stadia and public transportation systems in host cities ran many months behind schedule, leading to criticisms from within the FIFA organization and drawing scrutiny from the foreign press.

    Notable Developments

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    External References

    Huffington Post – The Hashtag War In Brazil

    Sky News – World Cup 2014: Brazil Protesters Hit Streets

    Think Progress – Anti-World Cup demonstrators have taken to the streets of Rio de Janeiro and occupied the city’s central station


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