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- 11/08/14--11:12: Girl's-High Ending Parodies
- 11/08/14--11:12: Kannazuki no Miko Ending Parodies
- 11/08/14--11:12: ef Opening Parodies
- 11/08/14--11:12: Higurashi When They Cry Kai Opening Parodies
- 11/08/14--11:12: Durarara!! Opening Parodies
- 11/08/14--11:13: Kichiku Megane Opening Parodies
- 11/08/14--11:14: Masaru-san Opening Parodies
- 11/08/14--14:36: "Too Many Cooks"
- 11/09/14--09:22: Bleach
- 11/10/14--11:41: #Parklife
- 11/10/14--12:00: Elevatorgate
- 11/10/14--19:57: -Gate (Suffix)
- 11/10/14--21:43: Abandoned Clown Train
- 11/11/14--14:36: Adult Swim
- 11/12/14--11:51: Eyebrows on Fleek
- 11/12/14--12:00: Kim Kardashian's Paper Magazine Cover
- 11/12/14--14:10: Arizona Outbreak Scare
- 11/12/14--15:33: Patreon
- 11/12/14--19:21: Over the Garden Wall
Rozen Maiden Ending Parodies (Japanese: ローゼンメイデンEDパロ) is a series of parody video remixes for the ending credit movie in the 3rd TV anime season for a Japanese manga Rozen Maiden written by Peach-Pit. Many videos mimicking this movie by hand-drawn animation had been uploaded to the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) between 2007 and 2009.
As of 2014, TV anime series of Rozen Maiden have aired 4 seasons in total. Among them, the subject for parody videos is mainly the ending credit movie in the 3rd season Rozen Maiden: Ouvertüre which aired 2 episodes in December 22nd and 23rd, 2006. The song “Ustusemi no Kage” (空蝉の影, lit. “This world’s shadow”) was sung by a Japanese band Kukui.
After NND was launched in the following year, many user-made videos mimicking this movie became to be created by amateur illustrators inspired by its quite simple movie rendition which just scrolls up one long still-illustration. Additionally, dozens of fan illustrations were posted to pixiv tagged under the song’s name.
This hand-drawn illustration/animation trend had continued till a similar style parody fad Durarara!! Ending Parodies occurred in 2010.
Niconico 涼宮ハルヒの鬱蝉ノ影／オーベルテューレＥＤNiconico 【手書きMAD】ひぐらし罰ゲームでローゼンED
Left:The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya | Right: When They Cry
Niconico コードギアス 空蝉のルルーシュの螺旋律Niconico 【手書きトレス】 サンホラでローゼンOP・ED
Left:Code Geass | Right: Sound Horizon
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Girl’s-High Ending Parodies (Japanese: 女子高生EDパロ) refer to a series of parody video remixes for the ending credit movie in Joshikōsei Girl’s-High (女子高生 GIRL’S-HIGH), a TV anime for a Japanese manga High School Girls written by Towa Oshima. This ending movie has been one of the popular subject for mimicking by hand-drawn animation in the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) since 2008.
The TV anime series for the manga aired 12 episodes between April and June of 2006. Its ending movie is mainly consisting of still-illustrations of girls cute and funny facial expressions and their unsophisticated dancing. The ending theme song “incl.” was sung by a Japanese singer Megumi Hinata, better known as her alias meg rock.
This anime itself didn’t get so much popularity because the historical hit title The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was aired in the same period. But this ending movie became to a popular subject for parody among amateur illustrators because it’s quite easy to mimic by hand-drawn animation.
Several earliest instances in this video remix series were uploaded to YouTube and NND in 2006 and 2007. These were a stop-motion animation by Gundam plastic models and a hand-drawn animation featuring characters from Japanese manga/anime Big Windup!. But the meme finally took off when this hand-drawn animated video featuring Japanese manga Nintama Rantarou was posted to NND in June 2008 (shown below).
Since then, many videos reproducing the movie by their favorite anime/manga characters have been continually posted to NND by amateur illustrators.
Most of videos in this series omit the dancing parts except for several highly-motivated users works.
Niconico 【東方】東方で女子高生EDパロ【手書き】Niconico 【手書き】女子高生ED ﾍﾟﾙｿﾅ４
Left:Touhou Project | Right: Persona 4
Niconico 【アイマス】女子高生EDパロNiconico 【手描き】コードギアスで女子高生EDパロ【手書き】
Left:THE IDOLM@STER | Right: Code Geass
Left:Neuro: Supernatural Detective | Right: One Peace
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Kannazuki no Miko Ending Parodies (Japanese: 神無月の巫女EDパロ) refer to a series of parody video remixes for the ending credit movie of an anime adaptation for a Japanese Yuri manga Kannazuki no Miko written by Kaishaku. This ending movie has been a popular subject for parody among amatuer illustrators in the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) since the end of 2007 due to its quite simple format.
The TV anime series for Kannazuki no Miko aired 12 episodes between October and December of 2004, and it was also aired on North America as Destiny of the Shrine Maiden in 2010. Its ending movie is consisting of only one still-illustration depicting 2 main characters’ embrace. The ending theme song “Agony” was sung by Japanese singer Kotoko.
In December 2007, a NND user Mikocha (巫女茶) serially posted videos reproducing this ending credit movie by his/her illustrations drawn in OekakiBBS. This series began with this When They Cry edition uploaded to NND on the 7th of that month (shown, below). Inspired by those pioneer’s works, many amateur illustrators started this parody that requires one illustration only. And a vast amount of Yaoi/Boys Love editions has been created by Fujoshi users as well.
In the track of the original characters’ relationship, characters’ positions in the illustrations in this series mean that the right side is active role and the left side is passive role in their Yuri or Yaoi relationships.
Niconico 【手書き】神無月のハルヒ【涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱＋神無月の巫女】Niconico 神無月のランペルージ一家＋C.C.
Left:The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya | Right: Code Geass
Niconico 百合界のカリスマで神無月【セラムン】Niconico 【手描きＭＡＤ】神無月の巫女ＥＤパロ 輝夜と永琳で【東方】
Left:Sailor Moon | Right: Touhou Project
Niconico 【腐向けリ.ボーン】ツ.ナ総受けで神.無.月.E.DNiconico 【腐MAD】神有月の巫男【手書き】
Left:Reborn!! | Right: Haruhi
Niconico 【腐向け】社/長と王/様で神/無/月/EDパロ【手書き遊☆戯☆王】Niconico 【腐向け】神/無/月/の/紀/田【将/軍/総受け】
Left:Yu-Gi-Oh! | Right: Durarara!!
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ef Opening Parodies (Japanese: ef-OPパロ) refer to a series of parody video remixes for opening credit movies in the anime adaptations of an adult visual novel game ef: A Fairy Tale of the Two. released by a Japanese video game developer Minori. Highly-motivated amateur illustrators/animators have been challenging reproducing these well-made animations with their own hands on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) since 2008.
The TV anime series for ef was produced by Japanese anime studio Shaft. Its 1st seasn ef – a tale of memories. and 2nd season ef – a tale of melodies. were aired in the fall season of 2007 and 2008 in each. The opening movies are known for its impressive rendition that slightly change its visuals and the song’s lyrics along with the stories progress. Each season’s opening theme song “euphoric field” and “ebullient future” is sung by Japanese pop singer Elisa in both English and Japanese.
Left: 1st Season | Right: 2nd Season
Fan-made remake videos inspired by these opening credit movies began to be uploaded to NND during the 1st season. The first hit video is a hand-drawn animation reproducing the last episode’s version by the characters from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. It was posted on February 27th, 2008.
Inspired by pioneering challenges by motivated users like this, this hand-drawn animated video meme finally took off around the end of the 2nd season, and it has been continuing modestly even after the anime ended. Because of this, almost all videos in this series are made by reference to the 2nd season’s one.
Niconico [手書きでんおう]euphoric fieldに合わせて好き勝手カオス【完成】Niconico 【手描きMAD】ＫＹ學園紀【ef最終話ver.】
Left: Kamen Rider Den-O | Right: Kuron Yoma Gakuenki
Niconico 【手書きルパン】 ルパン三世でef二期OP 【完成版】Niconico 【トレス】東方キャラでef-OP【2期・最終回ｖｅｒ】
Left: Lupin the Third | Right: Touhou Project
Left: CLANNAD | Right: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
zoome – 【MAD】CLANNAD – a town of melodies. : Last-Score Risin / Posted on 12-24-2009 (Defunct)
Higurashi When They Cry Kai Opening Parodies (Japanese: ひぐらしのなく頃に解OPパロ) refer to a series of parody video remixes for the opening credit movie of the 2nd TV anime season for Japanese video game When They Cry produced by Ryukishi07. This ending movie had been slightly popular subject for MAD and hand-drawn animated videos on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) from 2007 to 2008.
The TV anime series Higurashi When They Cry Kai (ひぐらしのなく頃に解, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai) aired 24 episodes between July and December of 2007. Its theme song “Naraku no Hana” (奈落の花; lit. “Flower of Hell”) is sung by a Japanese pop singer Eiko Shimamiya.
TV animes aired in that year tended to be set to the themes for parody video remixes on the Japanese brand-new video hub site with no exceptions. And this opening credit movie which didn’t have dynamic renditions had been often reproduced by NND users. The earliest instance in this series was posted to NND on July 17th, 2007 which is a MAD video featuring Yuki Nagato from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
However, this parody video remix meme lost its momentum in the middle of 2009 because Frontier Works, the copyright holder of this anime, started to come down hard on the copyright infringements on the video sharing services as well as many other Japanese media companies.
Durarara!! Opening Parodies (デュラララ!!OPパロ) refer to a series of parody video remixes for the opening credit movies in Durarara!! 1st anime season. Though not so much as the ending parodies, many MAD videos mimicking the movies’ rendition have been posted to Nico Nico Douga (NND) since 2010.
The 1st TV anime series Durarara!! was aired from January to June in 2010 which was produced by the same staffs of the TV anime adaptation for the author’s another title Baccano!. And, both of its 1st (shown below, left) and 2nd (shown below, right) opening credit movies are made in the same way to that of Baccano! which also caused a parody video remix fad on NND in before. Hence, it resemble the opening title of 2000 American film Snatch directed by Guy Ritchie as well.
The 1st opening theme song “Uragiri no Yūyake” (裏切りの夕焼け; lit. “Sunset of Betrayal”) is sung by Japanese funk rock band Theatre Brook, and the 2nd one “Complication” (コンプリケイション) is the debut single of Japanese band ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D.
Fan creations mimicking the opening credit movie began in , and it has been continually posted to NND even after the series ended. Most of parody videos in this series are made in MAD video style, and they try reproducing its characteristic rendition inserting the previous episode’s highlight during the footage. On NND, both parodies for the 1st one and the 2nd one are basically tagged under the same name though the latter has its own tag.
1st OP Movie Parodies
Niconico ムダヅモモモ!!OP「Ура切りの夕焼け」Niconico 【MAD】キルラキル×デュラララ!!【ＯＰパロ】
Left: Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku | Right: Kill la Kill
Niconico 【デュラララ!!OPパロ】アララギの夕焼けNiconico 【流出】 ○ラララ!! 没OP 【！？】
Left: Bakemonogatari in Monogatari Series | Right: Wrresling Series[NSFW!!]
2nd OP Movie Parodies
Niconico 【MAD】化物語【デュラララOP】Niconico 【MAD】ヱヴァ新劇でデュラララ!!OPパロ
Left: Nisemonogatari in Monogatari Series | Right: Neon Genesis Evangelion
Niconico 【MAD】 とある魔術の禁書目録 × デュラララ!! 【OPパロ】Niconico ダンガンロンパでデュラララ!!OPパロ
Left: A Cetain Magical Index | Right: Dangan Ronpa
Kichiku Megane Opening Parodies (Japanese: 鬼畜眼鏡OPパロ) refer to a series of parody video remixes for the opening title movie in a Japanese Yaoi/BL (Boy’s Love) video game Kichiku Megane (鬼畜眼鏡; lit. “Fiendish Glasses”) relased by a Japanese video game developed Spray. As well as Kishimen and Little Busters! title movie, This adult game’s opening title movie has earned many parody videos created by Fujoshi on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) since 2007.
Kichiku Megane released its limited edition on July 20th, 2007, and the standard edition was released in October of that year. Prior to the release, its opening title movie was published at the official page on May 17th as part of a promoting campaign, and it was quickly reuploaded to YouTube and NND. This video is made in a typical adult video games credit movie format which introduces each characters by still-illustrations only.
The opening theme song “under the darkness” is composed and sung by C.G mix, one of the main composers in the Japanese music production I’ve sound. This opening song is also popular on NND partly due to its many funny misheard phrases coming from the singer’s poor pronunciation.
In a similar way to many other media titles released in that year, this BL game also became to a subject for parody video remixes on the Japanese brand-new video hub sites. And because of the game’s popularity among Fujoshi and its simple format which can be easily mimicked by illustrations or screenshots taken from other anime/manga/game titles in the MAD video style, this parody video series has kept its popularity on NND since late 2007. The earliest instance in this series was posted on July 28th, 2007 which is a MAD video featuring Koizumi Itsuki/Kyon from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
Masaru-san Opening Parodies (Japanese: マサルさんOP再現MAD) refer to a series of parody video remixes for the opening credit movie in a TV anime for a Japanese manga Sexy Commando Gaiden: Sugoiyo! Masaru-san (セクシーコマンドー外伝 すごいよ!!マサルさん) written by Kyosuke Usuta. It has been a challenging subject for amateur illustrators/animators on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) since 2007.
The TV anime series for Masaru-san was a 10-minute program in a weekday late night variety show and aired 48 episodes between January and March in 1998. The opening credit movie is well-known among anime otakus for its hilariously dynamic anime movements inspired by the drawing style of Fujio Akatsuka and many parodies/homages to other anime titles which are the works of the director for this anime Akitaro Daichi or his favorite old titles such as Cyborg 009, Gutsy Frog, Ken the Wolf Boy, Star of the Giants, etc… And the theme song “Romance” was sung by a Japanese rock band PENICILLIN.
The earliest opening parody video for this anime was “Sugoiyo Multi-san” created by the manga & animation circle in The University of Electro-Communications (電通大まにけん) in 1998 (shown below, left). This video features characters from a Japanese visual novel To Heart which is one of the representative adult games in 1990s Japanese Otaku culture. Meanwhile, it grabbed the spotlight on NND in 2007, where various kind of parody video creations were booming by the evolution of drawing and movie editing applications. The earliest hit video in this era was a hand-drawn animated parody video featuring Yu-Gi-Oh!, which was posted on July 1st, 2007 (shown below, right).
Due to its difficulty, the amount of videos in this series isn’t so many. But the videos have been constantly created by highly motivated users and many of them have been watched over hundreds of thousands of times.
Niconico 【手書き】すごいよ！！勇次郎さん【完成】Niconico すごいよ片倉さん！とカオスな仲間達 [根性フルカラー]
Left: Baki the Grappler | Right: Sengoku Basara
Niconico 【手描き】すごいよ!!アカギさん【MAD】Niconico 【手描き】すごいよ！！ハッサン
Left: Akagi | Right: Dragon Quest VI
Niconico 【手描き】 うすいよ!!あかりちゃん 【ゆるゆり×マサルさんOP】Niconico 【ゆめにっき】★すごいよ!!マサダ先生★
Left: YuruYuri | Right: Yume Nikki
“Too Many Cooks” is an 11-minute parody of opening themes from various 1980s TV family sitcoms produced by and aired on Adult Swim in late October 2014. Upon its YouTube debut in early November, the video became an instant viral hit and received critical acclaims for its experimental comedy value and absurdist aesthetics.
The video was created by Casper Kelly, an Adult Swim producer who works on the network’s show “Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell,” who shot the original footage in the course of 72 hours in late October 2013. Over the following year, Kelly worked on editing the video, with some help from friends and co-workers.
The final cut eventually premiered at 4 a.m. (EST) on October 31st, 2014 as part of Adult Swim’s ongoing “Infomercials” series. A week later, the clip was uploaded to the network’s official YouTube channel, garnering over 320,000 views and 7,000 likes within the first 24 hours.
On the day of its online premiere, discussions about the video virtually took over all major social media platforms, with the video’s title “Too Many Cooks” becoming trending keywords on Twitter, Google, Tumblr and Facebook.
News Media Coverage
The video was subsequently declared as a must-watch item of the day by a wide spectrum of viral media news outlets in the blogosphere, including BuzzFeed, Gawker, IGN and Mashable, as well as U.S. entertainment news sites, including E! Online, Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stones.
Huffington Post – ‘Too Many Cooks’ Is The Weirdest ‘90s Sitcom Parody You’ll Ever See
The Atlantic – The Less You Know About Too Many Cooks, The Better
Hollywood Reporter – ‘Too Many Cooks’: See the Insane Viral Video Hollywood Is Buzzing About
Entertainment Weekly – ‘Too Many Cooks’ creator tries to explain his awesomely bizarre Adult Swim short
Bleach is a Japanese manga and anime series created by Kubo Tite and originally published in Shōnen Jump and later in Weekly Shōnen Jump. Ever since the franchise was originally launched, it garnered a strong online following, spawning a number of fan works.
The manga follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki, a Japanese teenager who has the ability to see ghosts. He soon accidentally comes across a girl named Rukia Kuchiki, who comes from the Soul Society, a society of Soul Reapers who help guide dead souls away from the world of the living. However after she is wounded in battle, she transfers some of her powers into Ichigo, causing her to later be arrested by the Soul Society. Ichigo, as well as his classmates Orihime Inoue, Yasutora “Chad” Sado and Uryū Ishida, then decide to travel to the Soul Society in order to free Rukia from her sentence.
The idea for Bleach was first conceived when creator Kubo Tite decided to draw what a shinigami would look like in a kimono. The design he came up with would be the basis for the Soul Reapers and the character Rukia Kuchiki. Though the series was initally rejected by Shōnen Jump, after a letter of encouragement from fellow manga artist Akira Toriyama, the series was picked up shortly thereafter. The manga began production in August 2001 and is still ongoing. The popularity of the manga prompted an anime series by the same name to be produced. The anime started airing on October 5, 2004 and ended on March 27, 2012. As well as the manga and anime series, four animated movies based on the series have been produced, and in March 2010 Warner Bros. confirmed that is was in talks to produce a live action film based on the franchise. A series of musicals known as Rock Musical Bleach have been produced starting in August 2005 with the latest premiering in August 2012. A trading card game based on Bleach was produced from 2007 to 2009, and has since ceased production. Three Light Novels have been produced based on the series, all of which were co-written by Kubo himself. Along with all these, numerous video games based on the series have been created with first game, Bleach: Heat the Soul being released on March 24, 2005, and the latest release being Bleach: Soul Resurrección on August 2, 2011.
Bleach has an immense online following in the online anime community, and is often grouped with Naruto and One Piece into the “Big 3” of the Weekly Shōnen Jump series. The series has a significant following on sites like Tumblr, Reddit, Fanpop, 4chan’s /a/ board, My Anime List, and DeviantART. Aside from these there are also numerous sites dedicated to archiving information based on the series such as the Bleach wiki and TV Tropes. There are multiple Facebook pages based around the series, the most popular of which have over 400,000 likes and 350,000 likes respectively.
The Bleach series has spawned a significant online fanbase since it’s creation, which has created much fanart and fanfiction. On the Japanese fanart site Pixiv, there are over 39,000 images tagged under “ブリーチ”, as well as over 1,300 videos on the video sharing website Nico Nico Douga. On DeviantART, there are also over 847,000 images tagged related to the series, as well as over 79,000 stories on Fanfiction.net.
Leekspin / Loituma Girl
Leekspin / Loituma Girl is a 2006 YouTube video featuring Bleach character Orihime twirling a leek to the tune of Finnish song Ievan polkka. As of November 2014 the video has over 6 million views.
Kubo Troll refers to the criticism of Bleach creator Kubo Tite’s seemingly lazy designs where a panel will appear to be mostly blank with little to no background whatsoever.
Incarnate / The Nick Simmons Plagiarism Scandal
Incarnate / The Nick Simmons Plagiarism Scandal refers to the allegation of plagiarism directed towards Nick Simmons’ (son of KISS member Gene Simmons) comic series Incarnate. The series is notorious for allegedly copying panels from the Bleach manga.
#Parklife is a hashtag inspired by the memorable narration featured in Blur’s 1994 eponymous hit single and coined by British marketing consultant Dan Barker to make fun of British actor-comedian Russell Brand’s tendencies to derail into anti-authoritarian tirades in his public appearances and interviews.
On October 14th, 2014, Random House published Brand’s political commentary book Revolution, which advocates a social revolution to bring about an end to “corporate tyranny, ecological irresponsibility and economic inequality.” On November 2nd, British marketing consultant Dan Barker posted a quote from the book, noting that it reminded him of actor Phil Daniels’ narration from Blur’s 1994 hit single “Parklife” (shown below). In the first 48 hours, the tweet gained over 8,100 retweets and 5,700 favorites.
Shortly after Barker’s tweet went live, many Twitter users in the UK began tweeting “Parklife!” at the 39-year-old British actor-comedian’s account and the joke quickly caught on among the anti-fans of the comedian as well as the fans of the 90s’ Britpop band Blur. Within the first 48 hours, the title of the song was mentioned more than 10,000 times on Twitter, according to Topsy Analytics.
On November 4th, Viner Alan White posted a mashup video featuring select footage from Brand’s BBC Newsnight interview and the original music video for Blur’s “Parklife” (shown below). Within the first 24 hours, the Vines accumulated more than 200,000 plays. By November 5th, Brand himself had presumably embraced the joke with the following tweet:
Russell Brand’s Self-Parody Music Video
On November 10th, Russell Brand released a self-parody music video in which he sings about anti-consumerism and class strife to a cover performance of “Parklife” by the Irish comedy hiphop duo The Rubberbandits. In less than 24 hour of upload, the video gathered more than 270,000 views (shown below).
Elevatorgate was an online controversy that swept across the atheist and skeptic communities in the wake of American feminist and atheist blogger Rebecca Watson’s public shaming of a man who asked her to join him for coffee in his hotel room while they shared an elevator ride together at the World Atheist Convention in June 2011.
On June 20th, 2011, feminist and atheist blogger Rebecca Watson of Skepchick uploaded a video to YouTube in which she complained about a man asking her for coffee in the elevator at an atheist conference in Dublin, Ireland.
Um, just a word to wise here, guys, uh, don’t do that. You know, I don’t really know how else to explain how this makes me incredibly uncomfortable, but I’ll just sort of lay it out that I was a single woman, you know, in a foreign country, at 4:00 am, in a hotel elevator, with you, just you, and -- don’t invite me back to your hotel room right after I finish talking about how it creeps me out and makes me uncomfortable when men sexualize me in that manner.
In the comments section of the video, many viewers debated whether the attendee had done anything inappropriate or if Watson had overreacted.
Richard Dawkins’ “Dear Muslima” Comment
On July 2nd, biology professor PZ Myers wrote a blog post in support of Watson, to which author Richard Dawkins replied in the comments section with a satirical letter directed toward a Muslim woman:
Stop whining, will you. Yes, yes, I know you had your genitals mutilated with a razor blade, and … yawn … don’t tell me yet again, I know you aren’t allowed to drive a car, and you can’t leave the house without a male relative, and your husband is allowed to beat you, and you’ll be stoned to death if you commit adultery. But stop whining, will you. Think of the suffering your poor American sisters have to put up with.
Only this week I heard of one, she calls herself Skep”chick”, and do you know what happened to her? A man in a hotel elevator invited her back to his room for coffee. I am not exaggerating. He really did. He invited her back to his room for coffee. Of course she said no, and of course he didn’t lay a finger on her, but even so …
And you, Muslima, think you have misogyny to complain about! For goodness sake grow up, or at least grow a thicker skin.
The comment was subsequently reported on by several news sites, including New Statesman, Gawker, The Atlantic and Salon. On July 5th, Watson published an article titled “The Privilege Delusion,” which called for members of the skeptic community to boycott Dawkins’ work.
On July 6th, Skeptoid published an article by blogger Alison Smith, which criticized Watson’s video about the conference incident. On July 12th, 2011, YouTuber The Amazing Atheist uploaded a video arguing that Watson had overreacted (shown below), which garnered upwards of 300,000 views and 12,400 comments in the first two years.
On September 29th, 2011, Watson published a blog post titled “Mom, Don’t Read This,” in which she claimed to be the victim of a harassment campaign since the start of the elevatorgate controversy.
Thunderf00t’s Removal from Freethoughtblogs
On June 25th, 2012, the atheist blog network Freethoughtblogs published an article by blogger and YouTuber Thunderf00t titled “Misogynist!”, which argued that Watson had exaggerated the issue of sexual harassment at atheist conferences. The same day, Freethoughtblogs published an article by blogger P.Z. Myers, who criticized Thunderf00t’s arguments for being “an embarrassingly clueless defense of his privilege.” On June 29th, Thunderf00t uploaded a narrated version of his “Misogynist!” article to YouTube (shown below).
On July 1st, 2012, Freethoughtblogs published an article revealing that two of the site’s bloggers Thunderf00t and Greg Laden had been removed from the site for “their behavior towards other members of the community.” On July 5th, Thunderf00t uploaded a video responding to his removal, which accused Freethoughtblogs writer P.Z. Myers of “shameless dishonesty” (shown below, left). On July 10th, Myers uploaded a video responding to criticisms he had received for banning Thunderf00t from the site (shown below, right).
On August 19th, 2012, Freethoughtblogs published an article by blogger Jen McCreight titled “Atheism+,” which promoted a new community of atheists centered around social justice and feminism.
Atheists plus we care about social justice,
Atheists plus we support women’s rights,
Atheists plus we protest racism,
Atheists plus we fight homophobia and transphobia,
Atheists plus we use critical thinking and skepticism.
The atheism+ movement sparked many online debates within atheist and skeptic community, with many comparing the schism to that formed by the elevatorgate controversy.
On August 6th, 2014, Dawkins apologized for the “Dear Muslima” comment in a blog post:
“There should be no rivalry in victimhood, and I’m sorry I once said something similar to American women complaining of harassment, inviting them to contemplate the suffering of Muslim women by comparison.”
That day, Watson tweeted that Dawkins “did the blog-equivalent of coughing into his hand while mumbling ‘sorry’ to me” (shown below).
The Atlantic Wire – Richard Dawkins Gets into a Comments War with Feminists
The use of “-gate” as a suffix can refer to any number of political, entertainment, journalistic, or sports related scandals since 1972.
On June 17, 1972, five men were arrested in the Watergate Hotel. The FBI was able to connect the five to the Committee for the Re-Election of the President, an organization that was responsible for fundraisers for the Nixon Administration. Nixon denied allegations of having any knowledge of the break in at Watergate. Later it was revealed through recorded tapes that Nixon did in fact have knowledge of the plot. In order to avoid facing the embarrassment of impeachment, Nixon resigned his presidency. Since then “-gate” has become synonymous with political scandals in the United States, and, more recently, online in several entertainment and journalistic fields.
Notable Uses of “-gate” Online
Doritosgate refers to the controversy surrounding Geoff Keighley’s interview with Levelsave.com’s Xbox 360 Editor, Austin Griffith, in which he appears surrounded by bags of Doritos and Mountain Dew. The controversy later expanded to include talks about the apparent lack of ethics of video game journalism as a whole.
Elevatorgate refers to the scandal involving American feminist and atheist blogger Rebecca Watson and her shaming of a man who asked her to join him for coffee in his hotel room while they shared an elevator ride together at the World Atheist Convention in June 2011. The scandal resulted in the formation of a new type of atheism known as Atheism+.
iPhone 6 Bendgate
Gamergate refers to the ongoing allegations of both an alleged lack of ethics video game journalism, much like Doritosgate, as well as alleged sexism and misogyny within video games and the people who play them. Since the term #gamergate was first used by actor Adam Baldwin the hashtag has been used over 1.8 million times.
Celebgate, better known as The Fappening, refers to the controversy surrounding the hacking and subsequent release of hundreds of nude celebrity photos on the internet. It was purportedly carried about by users of 4chan, who managed to hack into the database of Apple’s iCloud service.
Weinergate refers to the media scrutiny and controversy resulting from a tweet by New York representative Anthony Weiner which included a photo showing what appeared to be an erection under a pair of boxer briefs.
Abandoned Clown Train refers to a photograph depicting a rusty and derelict amusement park ride amid overgrowth, usually captioned with phrases such as “Abandoned Clown Train remembers you” or “Abandoned Clown Train it’s freaky as shit”.
On February 14, 2007, Above Top Secret user Kacen posted a link to the picture on the now defunct file sharing site FileXoom. On September 20, 2007 AutoGeekOnline forums user P1et started a thread about the abandoned clown train with the image now bearing the caption “Abandoned Clown Train Remembers You”.
In January 2009 the blog Dark Roasted Blend posted the image in a series of photographs entitled “Abandoned Amusement Parks of Asia” depicting deserted amusement parks asking where it was from. Various commenters stated that it was either in Pripyat, Ukraine or Fairyland Park in Kansas City, Missouri. On March 21, 2009, BlogSpot user Robert Langton made a blog post asking his followers where the clown train was located, with all five possibilities being dismissed as either “unconfirmed” or “incorrect”. On January 29, 2011 Youtube user rdcolles uploaded a 32 second video clip entitled “Big Rock Amusements Jolly Caterpillar” showing the operation of the ride, with one user in the comments stating the ride used to be called the “Happy Worm” and that it was the same ride as the abandoned clown train. As of November 10, 2014 the video had 2,048 views.
On July 17, 2013 Livejournal blogger amandawinters87 made a blog post detailing her research into the location of the clown train and postulated, with the help of posts in the comment section, that the clown train (or at least one from the same manufacturer) was located in Pemba, Tanzania.
Adult Swim is an American cable television network which runs on the same channel as Cartoon Network every evening from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. (ET/PT). The network is shown for broadcasting television shows with bizarre, sexual, violent and surreal content.
Adult Swim was launched on the Cartoon Network by head programmer Mike Lazzo on September 2nd, 2001. Cowboy Bebop was the first anime show aired during Adult Swim, where it continued to be broadcast for the next four years. In 2003, Adult Swim began airing reruns of the Fox animated television series Family Guy. In March 2005, Turner Broadcasting System separated Adult Swim as its own channel apart from the Cartoon Network for ratings purposes.
Adult Swim Bumpers
Initially, Adult Swim used bumpers in between shows which featured elderly people performing various activities. In 2002, the bumps contained clips from various Adult Swim anime programs. In 2003, the bumps were changed to animated safety manuals with Adult Swim television show characters. On May 25th, 2003, the bumps were changed to black intertitle cards which displayed text in white Helvetica Neue Condensed Bold type. The website Bumpworthy contains an archive of every Adult Swim bump displayed since 2001.
Tim & Eric
Adult Swim has broadcast several television series created by the American comedy duo Tim & Eric, inlcuding Tom Goes to the Mayor (2004), “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (2007), Check it Out! with ”http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/dr-steve-brule">Dr. Steve Brule (2010) and Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories (2014).
Robot Chicken is a stop motion animation TV series best known for its parodies of popular culture and internet memes using toys, action figures and clay sculptures. The series premiered on Adult Swim on February 20th, 2005.
The Boondocks animated series premiered on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim late night programming block on November 6th, 2005, which depicts the adventures of an African American family, the Freemans, who move from the south side of Chicago to the suburban community of Woodcrest. The series finale aired on June 23rd, 2014, after four seasons and 55 episodes.
Metalocalypse is an animated tv series created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha, which premiered on Adult Swim on August 6th, 2006. The show centers around the death metal band Dethklok, often containing morbid, dark and macabre content, including violence, death, murder, suicide and black humor.
Robot Unicorn Attack
Robot Unicorn Attack is a side-scrolling game in which the player controls the movement of a robotic unicorn to maneuver across a series of obstacles and platforms. The game was released on the Adult Swim website on February 4th, 2010.
Toonami was a programming block on the Cartoon Network, which showcased American and Japanese anime cartoons from March 17th, 1997, to September 20th, 2008. On April 1st, 2012, several weeks after Toonami’s 15th anniversary, Adult Swim began its annual airing of The Room, which was suddenly interrupted by T.O.M. aboard the Absolution. T.O.M. revealed that he was an April Fools joke before introducing an episode of the show “Bleach”:. On May 26th, 2012, Adult Swim brought back the late-night animated programming block, primarily consisting of American cartoons and Japanese anime.
Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty is an animated television series created by Community executive producer Dan Harmon and writer Justin Roiland and broadcast weekly on Cartoon Network’s late-night programming block Adult Swim. The series is mainly centered around an alcoholic scientist-and-inventor named “Rick” and his long lost grandson “Morty” as they embark on dangerous and bizarre adventures together throughout space and time. On November 27th, 2013, the pilot episode of Rick and Morty was leaked via YouTube several days prior to its scheduled broadcast on Adult Swim, which premiered at 10 p.m. (ET) on December 2nd.
The Adult Swim “Informercials” programming block gained much notoriety online when the bizarre sitcom parody “Too Many Cooks” premiered at 4 a.m. (EST) on October 31st, 2014. One week later, the clip was uploaded to YouTube, where it quickly began circulating on various sites across the Internet.
Tonight, You is a memorable quote from an episode in the Adult Swim animated series Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
Dexter’s Rude Removal
“Dexter’s Rude Removal” is an unaired episode from the animated television series Dexter’s Laboratory, which remained shrouded in mystery until it was released online by the television network Adult Swim via YouTube in January of 2013.
“Eyebrows on Fleek” is a memorable quote uttered by Viner Peaches Monroe in a selfie video to show off her stylishly groomed eyebrows.
On June 21st, 2014, Viner Peaches Monroee uploaded a video in which she speaks to the camera while sitting in a car and announces that her eyebrows are “on fleek” (shown below). In the first five months, the video gained over 20 million plays, 492,000 likes and 411,000 revines.
“We in this bitch. Finna get crunk. Eyebrows on fleek. Da fuq.”
The earliest known definition of the term “fleek” was submitted by Urban Dictionary user Dan Blue on October 2nd, 2003, defining the term as “smooth, nice, sweet.” On December 1st, 2009, Urban Dictionary user Alycyn submitted another entry for “fleek,” defining it as a synonym for “awesome.”
The following day, Peaches Monroee uploaded a new Vine in which she yells “My eyebrows on fleek bitch!” (shown below).
On July 29th, YouTuber Kevin Gadsden Jr. reuploaded the original “eyebrows on fleek” video, which received upwards of 1.1 million views and 1,000 comments in the next four months. On August 17th, 2014, Viner Ariana Slays uploaded a clip of singer Ariana Grande with a musical rendition of Peaches Monroee’s video dubbed over the original audio (shown below). In one month, the video gathered more than 83,000 likes and 49,000 revines.
On September 9th, the Ariana Slays Vine was listed as one of the “25 Best Vines of Summer 2014” by Complex. On October 21st, the International House of Pancakes Twitter feed tweeted the phrase “Pancakes on fleek,” which accumulated over 27,300 retweets and 18,500 favorites in the next three weeks (shown below).
On November 4th, model Kim Kardashian posted a photograph of herself with bleached eyebrows on Instagram with the hashtag “#EyebrowsOnFleek” (shown below). On November 5th, the shopping blog Racked published an article about the spread of the “eyebrows on fleek” meme.
Kim Kardashian’s Paper Magazine Cover refers to a photograph of the American reality TV star posing naked for the 2014 winter issue of New York-based indie fashion magazine Paper. Upon its publication, Kardashian’s racy cover photo instantly became a trending topic and prompted a slew of photoshopped parodies on Twitter, Instagram and elsewhere online.
On November 11th, 2014, Paper Magazine’s Twitter account shared a link to a brief article showcasing two studio photographs of Kim Kardashian, the 34-year-old TV personality and wife of Kanye West, for the cover image of its latest issue, both captioned with the subtitle “Break the Internet / Kim Kardashian” (shown below). In less than 24 hours, the tweet racked up more than 3,200 retweets and 2,500 favorites.
Within the hour, Kim Kardashian also shared one of the cover photos via Instagram, in which she is shown popping a bottle of champagne, with its geyser drawing a perfect arc over her head and being poured into a glass positioned on her buttocks (shown below). Kardashian’s Instagram photo garnered more than 462,000 likes and nearly 15,000 comments.
The cover photographs were commissioned by renowned French graphic designer and photographer Jean-Paul Goude, who sought to recreate his iconic portrait photograph Carolina Beaumont, New York, 1976 originally featured in his 1982 book Jungle Fever (shown below).
Kanye West’s Response
Later that evening, Kardashian’s husband and celebrity rapper Kanye West retweeted the cover photo in approval using the hashtag #ALLDAY (shown below). In just over 20 hours, West’s tweet accumulated over 60,000 retweets and 68,000 favorites.
On November 12th, discussions about Kardashian’s racy magazine cover photo flooded Twitter and other social media outlets, soon giving rise to the trending hashtags #BreakTheInternet and #ThingsThatLookLikeKimKardashiansBum, which were mentioned over 42,000 times and 2,500 times, respectively, within the 24-hour period. Meanwhile, dozens of photoshopped parodies based on the cover photograph began to surface on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit and Tumblr.
News Media Coverage
Shortly after Paper Magazine’s unveiling of the cover photo, the story was picked up by virtually all celebrity gossip and entertainment news sites, including Gawker, BuzzFeed, Perez Hilton, E! Online, Daily Mail, TMZ, MTV and Vanity Fair, as well as a number of major U.S. news outlets like TIME Magazine, The Washington Post and CNN.
Arizona Outbreak Scare refers to a hoax stemming from a creepypasta story about a deadly outbreak in Mammoth, Arizona that originally appeared on Reddit’s /r/NoSleep community. Upon its submission in November 2014, the short horror fiction was misinterpreted as a developing news story, prompting people across the United States to flood the Mammoth Police Department and local businesses with phone inquiries about the non-existent outbreak. The event was subsequently compared to the 1938 radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds,” which some claim to have caused widespread panic.
On November 10th, 2014, Redditor throwfarfarawayaz submitted a story titled “WTF is going on in Pinal county, Arizona??” to the /r/nosleep subreddit, which described a horrific disease that killed a number of children in Mammoth, Arizona and hinted at a possible zombie outbreak. In the first 28 hours, the post gained over 3,500 votes (91% upvoted).
I am going to begin this by saying that I chose this online community because it has the exposure of over 1.4 million people. If anyone reading this is in (or knows someone in) Mammoth, Arizona please contact me immediately via this reddit username.
I also posted this on my website (I run a blog about cold cases) but for some reason I can’t see it. I’ve tried posting it at least 15 times but I’m not getting anywhere. So I really hope this post uploads.
I live in Mammoth, Arizona and nothing has ever happened here worth writing about because, well, Mammoth has a population of around 1,500.
Eleven days ago, on the 3rd, an older woman who runs a home daycare in my town was found dead in her bathroom by a parent who was picking up his daughter. The kids were all really agitated and told police that Mrs. Booker (the deceased) had been yelling at them and bleeding from her eye before she went into the bathroom and collapsed in her bathtub.
Sad, and unpleasant, but not really news. But a day later one of the daycare babies developed a rash and started bleeding from her ear. She died 12 hours later and so did EIGHT other kids from that daycare – all with similar symptoms. This started a shitstorm in my town.
In a town of 1,500 people, attempts the keep people unaware and calm were an utter failure. It was on facebook by the following day. Nine people who had been at the hospital when the kids were starting to trickle in also started exhibiting these symptoms, I’m told. None lasted more than a few days.
By last Friday, 18 people who had indirect contact with the children were reported missing or dead of natural or unknown causes – all had exhibited similar symptoms just before their deaths.
It was at this point that I became directly affected. My sister returned from Oro Valley (the closest hospital) a complete wreck. She had gone to visit her friend’s new baby and upon arriving had been informed that both her friend and her baby had died. Everything I just told you was told to her by a frightened nurse. I fact checked what I could.
My sister was literally hysterical. She was speaking a full octave higher than usual and at twice the speed – I have never seen her act like that before. Her shoulders and arms had bruises so big I thought maybe she’d been in a car accident on the way home. She told me she didn’t know where she’d gotten them and when I tried to put her to bed she freaked out and started screaming at me that my bedroom was too hot. I took her temperature which was 102.8. I convinced her to go to bed.
I fell asleep on the couch shortly after waiting for a call back from our town’s M.E. I woke up to my phone going off – I had 7 texts from friends of mine all reporting the same thing:
Entire families were being found beaten to death all over Mammoth. Blood, bruises, nails and teeth missing, hair ripped out- all of them. I heard reports of anywhere from 14 to 55 dead bodies, depending on who you were talking to. In a state of completely shock, I did the only thing I could do really well on autopilot – I wrote an article about it for my blog.
I made some calls around the city but my usual contacts weren’t picking up. I went to check on my sister and she was bleeding from her ear – heavily. Between that and the bruising, I started to wonder if these were actually home invasions at all. I called the 24 hour urgent care in town but no one picked up. I didn’t want to risk driving her back to Oro Valley. I then tried 911, which also rang endlessly.
I called my friend in Oro who works for a legit newsagent and she told me that they were reporting NW Medical was running a skeleton crew because most of the medical staff had either called in sick or been found dead in their homes. She said she’d seen tanks in Oro.
I woke up the next morning and my sister was gone. I don’t know where she is and I’m too scared to go looking for her.
I have called the CDC multiple times but every time I call the same woman answers. The first time she took a statement and said she’d get back to me. Every subsequent time I’ve called, she immediately puts me on hold. She never comes back to the line.
This morning my contact at the police department finally called me back. He told me the death toll is “incalculable” at this point and that they are being “iced out” by both the state and federal governments at this point with one exception. Two people from the CDC showed up yesterday. My contact overheard them talking about Mrs. Booker’s cancer treatments as if it were relevant… He doesn’t know if it is but he hopes I can make something out of it.
I don’t know about Oro, but my estimation for Mammoth itself is around 40 dead after showing the same symptoms. I haven’t seen any of this in the news, which I’ve been watching religiously. Why not? We have been told the safest place for us right now is inside our homes. I haven’t seen a car pass down my street in two days.
I’m scared. My sister is still missing but I’m too afraid to look for her or go into the room she was sleeping in. My hair is falling out from stress. I’ve been smoking like crazy. This morning I noticed a bruise on my arm. I know my immune system is compromised and I’m too afraid to leave my house. I called my parents in Tucson and left a message but they haven’t called back.
The last I heard from my friend in Oro was Saturday morning. She texted to tell me they had started to find bodies lying in the street. No one is bothering to collect them anymore. I responded but she never texted back.
I’ll update more as soon as I can. Anyone in Oro or Mammoth, please contact me. I haven’t seen another human in over two days and I feel like the last person on earth.
Edit: it’s almost 6 here and a siren has been going off for about ten minutes. I don’t know if it’s a tornado siren or an air raid siren but it’s loud and creepy as fuck.
I noticed a small bruise on my arm that upon further fucking inspection spreads all the way down one side of my back. I’m so fucking scared. I had a breakdown where I just screamed at the wall and cried and there was blood in my tears and that was like an hour ago.
To the person calling businesses here: that is not us answering. Our downtown has been shut down all day. I called a couple places where I know the business owners and employees and the people who answered are not locals. I don’t know what they told you but they’re not from here.
I’m going to go over to the neighbors becAuse I can’t be alone anymore and fuck it, it’s not like I can get it because I’ve already got it. The sirens have me terrified and the sun is almost down here. My name is Lindsey Allen, I’m 29 and I’m from Mammoth, AZ
On November 11th, 2014, SoundCloud user roeyhazot uploaded audio of a phone call with a Circle K convenience store employee in Mammoth, Arizona, revealing that the store had received calls from around the country asking about “dead people” in the town (shown below).
News Media Coverage
On November 12th, several news sites reported that the Mammoth Police Department and other local businesses had been inundated with phone calls about the story, including Vocativ,USA Today, Ktar and AZ Central.
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Over the Garden Wall is a television show created by Patrick McHale, notable for his contributions to the television shows The Misadventures of Flapjack and Adventure Time. The show ran for 10 mini-“chapters”, each running for approx. 11 minutes.
The show centers around two young brothers, Wirt and Greg (voiced by Elijah Wood and Collin Dean), who traverse lost through a mysterious wilderness referred to as the Unknown. Throughout their travels, they meet several notable figures, including the Woodsman, a wise old man who grinds up Edelwood trees to fuel his odd lantern, Beatrice, a talking bluebird who follows them and hopes to undo a curse that has befallen her whole family, and the malicious Beast, a monstrous creature who wishes only to keep wanderers lost forever
While the show premiered on Cartoon Network on November 3rd and ran on consecutive nights until November 7th, the show was initially proposed by McHale in 2005 to the network. Initially envisioned in 2004 by McHale was scarier and more “adventure-based”. McHale was noted as initially hoping for the show to be regarded as a annual Halloween special, something many have clamoured for since the show’s airing. The show began production in March of 2014.
Over the Garden Wall’s premier was viewed by 4,277,000 viewers ages 2+. In addition, average delivery of the five episode premiers ranked highest among age groups 2-11, 6-11, and 9-14. Overall, the show averaged 1.3 million viewers aged 2+. Reviews of the show were relatively positive: Richard Lloyd of the L.A. Times noted that while it was “a little too folksy and fairy story” at times, its “contemporary strangeness wins out”, and “it is throughout something to behold”. Bryan Moylan of the Guardian wrote that it had “a certain darkness to it that is both mellow and twee at the same time, with a fair amount of anxiety creeping around the edges”, and that its visuals were “absolutely stunning”. Additionally, several social media sites invoked significant praise to the mini-series, including sites such as Tumblr, noting its ability at merging humor and dark undertones. Many discussed the prominent “feels”, or emotional depth found in many of the episodes.
Despite being a relatively young T.V. show, Over the Garden Wall has already begun growing a large fan-base, with fan-art sites such as Devianart constantly releasing new show-inspired images. In addition, several blogs from assorted sites, including Tumblr, have begun popping up, showcasing the latest in fan-arts and theories. Fan-made theories have become especially popular concerning the show, thanks to its large amount of symbols, metaphors, and themes featured throughout. In fact, several sites have begun publishing pseudo-scholarly articles concerning some of the many possible symbols featured.