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- 06/08/15--22:02: _Morenatsu
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- 06/09/15--10:14: _#EdexcelMaths
- 06/09/15--10:33: _Basketball
- 06/09/15--15:32: _Kung Fury
- 06/09/15--15:53: _Drawception
- 06/09/15--19:25: _Peace Was Never An ...
- 06/10/15--12:09: _Thor Puns
- 06/10/15--12:45: _Teen Shaming
- 06/10/15--13:17: _I'm a Cone Head
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- 06/10/15--18:44: _Foxes
- 06/10/15--18:57: _Manda nude
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- 06/07/15--18:55: Create-A-Wrestler Wrestling Leagues
- 06/08/15--11:02: Good Shit
- 06/08/15--11:32: McKinney Pool Party Incident
- 06/08/15--13:47: Rikord McLad
- 06/08/15--15:25: CatCon
- 06/08/15--20:03: Cirno
- 06/08/15--22:02: Morenatsu
- 06/09/15--10:06: Angela Merkel and Barack Obama at G7 Summit
- 06/09/15--10:14: #EdexcelMaths
- 06/09/15--10:33: Basketball
- 06/09/15--15:32: Kung Fury
- 06/09/15--15:53: Drawception
- 06/09/15--19:25: Peace Was Never An Option
- 06/10/15--12:09: Thor Puns
- 06/10/15--12:45: Teen Shaming
- 06/10/15--13:17: I'm a Cone Head
- 06/10/15--16:21: Grand Prix Richmond Crackstyle
- 06/10/15--18:44: Foxes
- 06/10/15--18:57: Manda nude
- 06/10/15--20:17: Mark Dice's "Nuke Russia" Petition
Create-A-Wrestler is a form of of custom character creation available in many professional wrestling video games, notably those based off of the WWE franchise. This feature of these games has inspired players to create online communities to share their creations, as well as entire wrestling federations based off of characters made with it.
Although it was not the first video game to feature character creation, the 1998 game WWF War Zone for the Nintendo 64 and Sony Playstation is often considered the first game with a true create-a-wrestler mode. The game was later followed by WWF No Mercy, which featured an even more extensive customization mode that is still used to this day. Later installments have built on the mode and have made it even more extensive, allowing players to customize movesets, strengths, entrance music, and personalities.
In 2004, one of the first CAW federations was created with the debut of the wrestling news website NoDQ.com’s NoDQ CAW series, which used the video game Wrestlemania XIX to pit famous fictional characters against each other. In 2006, the Story Mode Federation series made its online debut after years of private use by its creator, thegreatdingoes.
In 2010, a joint venture between several CAW federations, such as RAWR, NAW, and New-WWE, resulted in a shared continuity called the Vivianverse. This venture proved to be successful, and has inspired the inception of similar collaborations. In 2012, the Video Game Championship Wrestling league was started by a man known as “Bazzz McMahon”; the league, which mainly features characters from other video games, has proven to be successful, with nearly 2.5 million views on its Twitch channel since its inception.
The CAW fandom is spread between several websites; some of the most popular sites include Something CAWful, home of the Vivianverse continuity, and CAW Mainsteam. Both of these websites were founded in 2010. Other sites exist where fans can post their CAW fighters for others to use. One of the most popular websites for them, CAWs.ws, was founded in 2005 and has over 86,000 members. There is also a CAW Wrestling Wikia, which hosts over 2,700 articles on various aspects of CAW Wrestling such as leagues, tournaments, and creators.
The “Good Shit” Meme is a meme that centers around a text with heavy use of emojis.
This text became popular on Tumblr after a post made on 24 May 2015 in which the text followed the statement “birds that bob their head back and forth and peep really fast when they fly away“.
The meme typically follows this format:
[statement or image that could be considered ‘good shit’]
McKinney Pool Party Incident refers to a physical altercation between police officers and a group of teenagers that took place at a pool party at a private residential subdivision in McKinney, Texas in early June 2015. The incident garnered nationwide attention in the news media after a video clip of an officer on the scene forcing a black teenage girl to the ground and brandishing his firearm at a group of unarmed black teenage boys began circulating online, which subsequently prompted the launch of an official investigation and suspension of the officer in question.
On June 5th, 2015, police officers were called to the Craig Ranch North Community Pool in McKinney, Texas by residents reporting multiple juveniles at the location who refused to leave the area and were fighting with adults. The following day, YouTuber Brandon Brooks uploaded video footage of the incident in which police officer Eric Casebolt is shown throwing a black teenage girl to the ground (shown below). After subduing the girl, Casebolt is shown drawing his firearm on a group of black teenage boys who approach him from behind. In 48 hours, the video gained over five million views and 16,000 comments.
McKinney Police Department’s Response
On June 7th, the McKinney Police Department posted a status update about the incident on Facebook, noting that “a video has raised concerns that are being investigated” and that one of the responding officers had been placed on administrative leave.
Social Media Promotion
That day, reporter Zahid Arab of the Dallas news station Fox 4 tweeted a promotional image for the pool party that had circulated through social media, adding that homeowners in the subdivision claimed “none of the nearly 70 people were allowed to be there.”
Additional Video Footage Released
On June 7th, the Revolution News Twitter feed posted a video of teenagers fighting adult women in the street of the subdivision, claiming that racist comments led to the escalating violence (shown below).
comments-ie. black kids should go back to public housing led to adult women fighting kids pic.twitter.com/5ZNSzZymzs— Revolution News (@NewsRevo) June 7, 2015
NewsRevo</a> vid <a href="https://twitter.com/k1dmars">k1dmars
That same day, YouTuber E Johnson Photo uploaded an interview with McKinney subdivision resident Tatiana Rhodes, who said the adult women in the video told them to “go back to your section 8 home” (shown below).
Also on June 7th, Facebook user Benét Embry, a man who resides in the McKinney subdivision, submitted a post on Facebook claiming that the incident was not racially charged and was caused by a group of uninvited teenagers harassing residents and damaging property (shown below).
Meanwhile, Redditor gratefulstringcheese submitted an article about the incident to the /r/news subreddit and Redditor samus1225 posted the video to /r/Bad_Cop_No_Donut, where they received more than 5,100 votes and 990 votes in the first 24 hours, respectively.
Rikord McLad is an internet meme originating on Steam. It is commonly affiliated with Scotsmen, male genitalia, beards and masculinity.
Rikord McLad is the chieftain of the glourious McLad Clan located in the Scottish Highlands. He is currently in a rivalry with the inglourios King Arse Guard ruled by the self dubbed “King” Arse.
CatCon, officially known as CatCon LA, is an annual cultural and lifestyle convention devoted to showcasing a variety of projects and products for cats and cat owners, as well as celebrating the species of domesticated cats in general. The inaugural event was hosted in downtown Los Angeles, California over the course of two days during the first weekend of June 2015, featuring guest appearances by a mix of internet celebrity cats and artists known for their feline-themed projects and artworks.
The idea for a feline-themed convention was conceived by LA-based cable television show producer Susan Michals after successfully organizing a cat-themed art exhibit in 2014. According to the New York Times, Michals wanted to “break down the stereotype of the weird cat person” and foster an offline community of cat lovers on a broad level. The event was first announced in September 2014, amidst a series of cat-themed art exhibits and film festivals taking place in Los Angeles.
Self-billed as “a ComicCon for cat people,” the event consisted of a trade show featuring a variety of feline-specific merchandises, from furniture and toys for cats to artworks and clothing for cat lovers, and a series of panel sessions with artists, writers and entrepreneurs who have earned online fame through their cat-themed projects, in addition to some meet-and-greet events with celebrity cats like Lil Bub and “Pudge the Cat.”
The speakers at the event included Simon Tofield (the animator of Simon’s Cat), Mike Bridavsky (the owner of Lil Bub), Will Braden (the producer of Henri, Le Chat Noir), Eli Omidi (the founder of @Cats_of_Instagram), Ben Huh (the founder of Cheezburger) and Scott Stulen (the founder of Internet Cat Video Film Festival), as well as numerous authors and columnists who have written extensively about cats.
News Media Coverage
The inaugural CatCon LA was reported on by a number of major print and online news outlets, including the New York Times, The Guardian, Business Insider, Huffington Post and The Daily Dot.
New York Times – At CatCon, Breaking a Stereotype in Ears and Whiskers
The Daily Dot – We went to the world’s first CatCon and it was purr-fect
Cirno is a recurring character from the Touhou Project series of vertical bullet hell shoot-’em-up video games. As one of the most popular side characters in all of Touhou, she has inspired numerous memes and in-jokes among fans of the series.
Cirno first appeared in the sixth installment of the Touhou series, Embodiment of Scarlet Devil as the boss of the game’s second stage. In the game’s bonus material, she is described as a girl who, despite her powers over the cold, is idiotic and childish. She is the strongest fairy in the series, but because fairies are generally weak, she is rarely considered a threat. She later appeared as a midboss in Perfect Cherry Blossom and Double Dealing Character and as a playable character in several games, including Phantasmagoria of Flower View, Touhou Hisoutensoku, and even her own spin-off game, Fairy Wars.
Cirno is considered an overall popular Touhou character; though her placing has gone down in recent years, she often places fairly high in the annual character popularity poll held by the Japanese THWiki. Cirno’s popularity can be seen on various art websites as well; a search for “Cirno” returns over 96,000 results on pixiv, over 20,000 on Danbooru, and over 17,000 on DeviantArt. The subreddit /r/TheStrongest9Ball is dedicated to Cirno. The Twitch steam Cirno TV, which has been viewed over 6 million times and has over 100,000 followers, is named after the character.
⑨, pronounced “Nineball”, is a running joke among Touhou fans involving Cirno, originating from a description in the instruction manual of Phantasmagoria of Flower View which labelled her, on a list of 9 things, as “⑨: Idiot”. Cirno is typically seen with various versions of the number 9 in a circle because of this. Her name may also be used as a replacement for “idiot” or “baka” in some cases. Team ⑨, a group of low-level bosses often put together and often lead by Cirno in fanworks, derives its name from this meme. On English-speaking imageboards such as 4chan, Cirno is often used in GETs featuring repeated 9s, leading her to be dubbed the Queen of GETs by some.
“I’m The Strongest”
“I’m The Strongest” is a quote originally said by and typically associated with Cirno in Phantasmagoria of Flower View. This is considered ironic, as Cirno is a generally weak character. She is sometimes called “the strongest” by fans because of this.
Tomboyish Girl In Love
Tomboyish Girl In Love, sometimes called Beloved Tomboyish Girl, is Cirno’s theme music, which debuted alongside her in Embodiment of Scarlet Devil. The song is a popular Touhou track to arrange; notable arrangements include “Cirno’s Perfect Math Class” by IOSYS, which has over 6 million views on the video sharing website Nico Nico Douga, and “Chirumiru Cirno” by Conagusuri.
Ice Sign “Icicle Fall” Easy
Ice Sign “Icicle Fall” Easy (incorrect title due to Textile formatting restrictions) is of Cirno’s spell cards from Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, which, on easy mode, has an infamously large blind spot right in front of her. The name “Icicle Fall” is jokingly given to other spell cards by fans which may also have similar blindspots because of this. Videos demonstrating these blind spots often replace the game’s original music with “Tomboyish Girl in Love” to solidify the reference.
Cirno has several alternate versions created by fans; the most notable of these are Advent Cirno, a mix of Cirno with Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII who originating in a parody doujin created by the doujin group One Night Stand, Cirno-nee, an adult version of Cirno popularized by videos produced by the Nico Nico Douga user Ricia, and Achi Cirno, a version of Cirno which replaces her powers over the cold for that over fire.
WIP, will work on it more later
Juuichi is a shit-tier husbando
Morenatsu (漏れなつ。 “Summer break”) is an adult-oriented Furry Bara Dating Sim Visual Novel.
Morenatsu follows Hiroyuki Nishimura during a summer vacation, where he returns to his childhood home Minasato village (水郷村 Minasato-mura). There, depending on your decisions and conversation points, the player has one month to gain the affection of one of nine characters.
The game was developed by 2ch, starting in 2007
Angela Merkel and Barack Obama at G7 Summit refers to a photograph of the two heads of state having a conversation to the picturesque backdrop of the German Alps during the 41st meeting held in Schloss Elmau, Krün, Bavaria, Germany on June 7th, 2015. Upon entering online circulation, the photograph quickly became a subject of a photoshop meme on Twitter.
On June 8th, Reuters photographer Michael Kappeler captured a photograph of the United States president Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the midst of a conversation outside the Elmau Castle in the Bavarian region of Germany during the 41st Group of 7 (G7) summit.
That same morning, White House photographer Pete Souza tweeted a similar photograph taken from a wider angle, garnering more than 400 retweets and 360 favorites in less than a day. Within hours of the image surfacing on Twitter, the image instantly spawned several jokes alluding to The Sound of Music, Angela Merkel’s gesture evocative of the catchphrase “come at me, bro” and President Obama’s “manspreading” posture.
Also on June 8th, Redditor Kafklan submitted the photograph to /r/PhotoshopBattles in a thread titled “PsBattle: Angela Merkel and Obama at the G7 summit in Germany,” which gathered more than 4,200 points and over 60 photoshopped parodies within the first 24 hours. Throughout the day, the photoshop fad on Twitter was picked up by various European and U.S. news outlets, including the Daily Mail, Mirror UK, ABC News and BuzzFeed.
#EdexcelMaths is a Twitter hashtag associated with various jokes and complaints regarding a perplexing statistics problem known as “Hannah’s sweets" which appeared in the United Kingdom’s General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) Math exam distributed by the Edexcel exam board in June 2015.
On June 4th, 2015, Twitter user @bethdedwards_ posted a tweet in anticipation of taking the GCSE Math exam later that morning, including an image macro of an elderly man talking to a doctor in a hospital bed accompanied by the hashtag #EdexcelMaths (shown below).
The exam included a math problem for determining the probability of taking two orange sweets from a bag, which was subsequently referred to as “Hannah’s sweets” (shown below).
That morning, many United Kingdom-based students began complaining about the exam’s difficulty and mocking the Hannah’s sweets question on Twitter, accompanied by the hashtag #EdexcelMaths.
The same day, a petition requesting that Edexel “reduce grade boundaries significantly” was submitted to Change.org (shown below, left). On June 5th, Twitter user @themaine4_ever posted a photograph of the “Hannah’s sweets” solution written on a piece of notebook paper (shown below, right).
News Media Coverage
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Basketball is an internationally popular sport where two teams with five players each compete to score the most points by throwing a spherical ball through the other team’s basket. The baskets are mounted at a height taller than the players and difficult for them to reach, one on either side of a rectangular court. The sport can be played indoors or outside. In the United States, the professional league for the sport is called the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the sport is played internationally and at the Olympic games. There is also a popular college league, administered by the National College Athletics Association, or NCAA. This sport is often referred to as “College Basketball” in queries. At the turn of the century, it is the world’s second most popular sport after football/soccer, played in over 200 countries.
Both the NBA and NCAA maintain large online presences. As of June 2015, the official NBA website, nba.com, was ranked the 187th top site in the United States by Alexa web rankings. The NBA Youtube channel has more than 6.28 million subscribers. The official Twitter account has 15.1 million followers, and their official Facebook page has over 26 million likes.
The NCAA, distributed through universities, does not maintain such a centralized presence, but the sport is popularly discussed on ESPN and other sports television networks. Despite it’s decentralization, in the United States, college-level basketball, in aggregate, is actually more popular than the professional level, as reflected in the search results below. The finals of the NCAA college tournament, referred to as March Madness, and it is one of the largest sporting events in the world, and has its own media presence. On Facebook, the official March Madness page has over 873,000 likes. The March Madness Twitter account has over 408,000 followers and its YouTube page has 13,000 followers.
BleacherReport, another popular central sports blog, is number 95 in the United States according to web rankings, and users often leave upwards of 500 comments on individual posts.
There are two central hubs for Fantasy Basketball for professional basketball, ESPN Fantasy and Yahoo Sports.
NBA 2K15 Facescan FAIL
“NBA 2K15 Facescan FAIL”http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/nba-2k15-facescan-fail refers to poorly-scanned 3D models of players faces using images captured with the PlayStation Eye or Xbox Kinect in the basketball video game NBA 2K15.
Donald Sterling Racism Controversy
The Donald Sterling Racism Controversy refers to an ongoing controversy surrounding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling after a tape was leaked in which he makes racists remarks against African American athletes in the National Basketball Association.
Kobe Bryant “White Hot” Cover Photo
Kobe Bryant “White Hot” Cover Photo refers to a photoshop meme based on a magazine cover photo of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant posing in an all-white designer suit. Published in May 2010 by the LA Times Magazine, Bryant’s cover photo led to an outpouring of criticism from online sports communities and a slew of photoshopped images featuring Bryant’s “white hot” look.
#Linsanity / Jeremy Lin
#Linsanity is a Twitter hashtag used to describe excitement surrounding New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin following his breakout performance in mid-February 2012.
Linning is a secret handshake originally done by basketball players Jeremy Lin and Landry Fields. Still images usually consist of the final pose of the meme, making “nerd glasses” toward a friend or the camera.
Lebron James-related Memes
Lelbron is a photoshop meme featuring a picture of James wearing pair of black-rimmed glasses and a smile that involves superimposing a cutout of LeBron’s face into other base images of various contexts.
LeBroning is a photo fad in which the participant stages an exaggerated dive after intentionally bumping into an unsuspecting passerby and shares the recorded footage on Vine. The fad was named after James, who has earned a reputation for frequently resorting to “flop,” or the act of intentional falling upon slightest contact with an opposing player in order to draw a personal foul call.
Lance Stephenson Blowing in LeBron James’ Ear
Lance Stephenson Blowing in LeBron James’ Ear is a photoshop meme based on a close-up footage of the Indiana Pacers shooting guard trying to taunt the Miami Heat forward by breathing into his ear during the fifth game of the NBA Eastern Conference finals.
“LeBron Traveled” is an expression often used in YouTube comments among basketball enthusiasts to mock James for performing the basketball violation known as “traveling.”
Shaquille O’Neal-Related Memes
Shaq Fu is a video game developed for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and Super Nintendo, released on October 28, 1994. It is a 2D fighting game, featuring O’Neal as the protaganist. The game has gain infamy for it’s absurd setting and poor gameplay. A sequel is currrently under development, titled Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn.
Shaquille O’Neal’s Epic Fall
Shaquille O’Neal’s Epic Fall is a photoshop meme, derived from a still image of O’Neal tripping over a wire during the TNT sport television program Halftime Report. (Video shown above, examples shown below)
Villanova Crying Piccolo Player
Villanova Crying Piccolo Player, also known as the Villanova Crying Flute Player and March Sadness, is a photoshop fad based on a video clip of a college marching band mate playing the flute in tears that was displayed on Jumbotron during a NCAA men’s basketball tournament match between Villanova University and North Carolina State University in late March 2015.
Jim Boeheim’s Jacket Removal
Jim Boeheim’s Jacket Removal is a photoshop meme featuring a cut out image of Syracuse University basketball coach Jim Boeheim angrily removing his jacket in protesting a charging foul call made by a referee during a regular season match against Duke University in February 2014.
Riley Curry is the daughter of Stephen Curry, an American professional basketball player and point guard for Oakland’s Golden State Warriors. Riley gained significant online fame in June 2015, particularly among the NBA fan communities and Black Twitter, due to her comical interruptions in the middle of official NBA press conferences.
Kevin Durant MVP Speech
Kevin Durant MVP Speech was a heartfelt speech given by professional basketball player Kevin Durant while accepting his Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in May 2014.
Kung Fury refers to a film created by the studio Laser Unicorns and released on May 28th, 2015 free via YouTube. The film became popular due to its crowd-pleasing nature and popular advance publicity campaigns, both intentional and viral.
Kung Fury is a renegade cop in Miami in 1985. Unfortunately Fury’s friend is murdered by Adolf Hitler, who is a master of martial arts and referred to as “Kung Führer.” With the help of a hacker, Kung Fury attempts to travel back in time to kill Hitler so that he can never become powerful. However, the technology goes wrong – Kung Fury ends up on an unintended trip further back in time than he originally planned to go.
David Sandberg, the director of Kung Fury, had created several popular Reddit posts about the film he was making, including posting pictures of characters during the filming.
In December 2013, director David Sandberg decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign using the footage he’d already shot of Kung Fury to make a trailer. The trailer video, which was also released on YouTube on December 26th, 2015, quickly gained over 11.8 million views.
Due to the spread of the trailer on Reddit and other forums, the Kickstarter quickly went viral, earning more than three times its goal of $200,000 to finish film production before the January 2014 deadline. 
On April 16th, 2015, Laser Unicorns began releasing a series of teaser videos for the upcoming film release. The first of these videos was a music video starring kitschy 1980s television and music star David Hasslehoff, singing “True Survivor”, the theme song from Kung Fury. This video quickly acquired more than 14.1 million views as of June 2015.
Release and Reaction
The film premiered as a selection of the Cannes Film Festival on May 28th, 2015, and was released on YouTube and on DVD and Blu Ray at the same time. In the first weekend after its release, the YouTube version was viewed more than 10 million times. As of June 9th, 2015, it has almost 14.6 million views.
Fan reaction to the film was overwhelmingly positive. Vanity Fair said “Kung Fury Is The Best Movie Ever Exclamation Point”, and a Reddit post announcing the film’s arrival in /r/movies received 5,342 points (94% upvoted).
In an AMA about the film’s production, a reddit user asked if Sandberg felt nervous debuting the film at Cannes, a typically upscale film festival. Sandberg instead detailed seeing the incredibly positive reaction in person:
I was super nervous because it didn’t feel like a Cannes movie and I was afraid people would hate it. We watched it in a room with 500 people, and people were laughing like crazy, cheering etc. I couldn’t hear anything for the first 10 minutes because people were laughing so much. It was awesome. 
Vanity Fair – Kung Fury Is The Best Movie Ever Exclamation Point
Drawception.com is an online social game that combines the activity of drawing with the classic children’s game Chinese Whsipers.
In the game, players cooperate with others to play and complete various “games”, in which each player completes a turn by either 1) drawing an image corresponding to the text-based description or 2) describing an image (in words) that has been passed down from the preceding player in a queue, using a limited color palette within allocated time limit. The result of each round cannot be seen until it has been completed.
Drawception was created by game designer Jeremiah Freyholtz (nicknamed “Reed”) in March 2012. The first game was launched later that month. The website has undergone several upgrades since then, and players have themselves made advancements in its code .
The game of Drawception takes place over a length that can be anywhere from a few hours to days. A game begins when a player creates a phrase, or draws something. The caption or drawing is then randomly put into another player’s queue of games he or she can be in. to be received by other players who will either write a description of the drawing, or draw an example of the phrase. Like the game of Chinese Whispers, the drawing or phrase gets consistently mutated over the course of the game, usually becoming something completely different from what the original player intended.
Games usually have twelve to fifteen players that draw or write. When everything is completed, the phrases and drawings are placed next to each in other in the order that they were created in for public viewing. With XP earned from playing, players can level up and unlock more benefits, such as being able to play in up to thirty-two games at once.
Drawception is, in a way, a form of social media forum. Players can interact in ways that do not involve games. The site has a forum devoted not only to the game itself, but also a wide range of other subjects. Contests are held around holidays such as New Year’s or Valentine’s day, and participants receive “coins”, a system of faux virtual currency that can be used to level up.
Drawception has multiple ongoing gags that transcend into different games. Some of the most persistent ones include “Trouble Muffin” (a muffin with an eyepatch that consistently causes mayhem), The “Subliminal Batman” (a drawing fad in which players subliminally hide batman’s head in their drawings) and “PS3 Controls Intuitive Enough for Seal” (centering on the misinterpretation of a seal as the singer Seal and shown above).
Drawception has received attention from larger personalities and site in the past, such as celebrity Felecia Day and the popular Youtube channel Drawfee. It was also noticed by the video game blog Kotaku shortly after creation. Since its launch in 2012, the website has drawn approximately 12,800 users.
“Peace Was Never An Option” is a memorable quote spoken by the fictional character Erik Lehnsherr, better known as the villain Magneto, as played by Michael Fassbender in the movie X-Men: First Class.
On February 10, 2011, 20th Century Fox released the first trailer for X-Men: First Class, which was viewed over 15 million times on YouTube.
Toward the end of the trailer, the following piece of dialogue is spoken:
Charles Xavier: Listen to me very carefully, my friend: killing Shaw will not bring you peace.
Erik Lehnsherr: Peace was never an option.
The line, as well as Fassbender’s overall performance, were considered by critics to be one of the strong points of First Class; in an article on the popular blog Comics Alliance, David Brothers considered the line to be a crucial key to understanding Magneto’s character in the film. The line is a quote often used by fans when making references to Magneto.
The first use as a caption for an image macro happened two years after the release. An image of a cockatiel atop a tank toy captioned with the line was posted to the meme aggregator MemeCenter in 2013, where it gained over 3,000 likes.
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Note: The rise in late 2013 is due to the release of an album of the same name by the metal band Man Must Die.
Thor Puns is the meme that revolves around using an image of Thor and associating him to a plethora of other things so long as a pun can be attached to it. The meme can come in forms of photoshopped face swaps using Chris Hemsworth’s face, or doodles. The meme became a nationwide hit in the Philippines.
The meme clearly came from the popular 2011 Marvel movie Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth as the titular character. Various screen caps from the first and second movies are used as well as posters that include Thor.
The meme saw its height of popularity in between the release of the first Thor movie and saw another spike when Thor 2 was released. There are 238 deviations that fall under the tag ‘Thor Pun’ on Deviantart.
On July 5, 2012, the channel 9News Philippines uploaded a segment of Solar New’s report that covered the overwhelming prevalence of Thor puns the general Filipino populace have been witnessing on their newsfeeds.
On the same day, Filipino website WhenInManila.com’s author Vince Golangco published an article titled Thor Meme: A THORnado of THORny Puns on a THORsday which showcased a slew of Thor puns as well as puns around Loki, Hulk, and Hawkeye.
On November 4, 2013, 8List writer Robin Reyes’s article 8 Thor-iffic Pinoy Thor Memes was featured on Yahoo Philippines which yet again showcased multiple Thor puns.
On November 8, 2013, the official channel of Conan O’Brien, Team Coco, uploaded an interview between the talk show host and Chris Hemsworth, the actor that played Thor, regarding the Thor pun.
When In Manila – Thor Meme: A THORnado of THORny Puns on a THORsday
Teen Shaming refers to the controversial practice of publicly humiliating teenagers as an act of discipline by uploading embarrassing photos and videos to social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
On February 8th, 2012, North Carolina resident Tommy Jordan posted a video on his Facebook page in which he scolds his 15-year-old daughter Hanna for posting a curse-ridden status update about her parents on the social media platform. In the video, Jordan reveals that he was able to bypass her security settings which had blocked him from viewing the update. After reciting her Facebook post, Jordan concludes his rebuttal by shooting Hanna’s laptop with a .45 pistol (seen at 7:10 in the video below). In the first five days, the Facebook post received over 74,000 likes and 30,000 shares. Within four years, the YouTube video gained over 40 million views and 269,000 comments.
In early January 2014, North Carolina resident Cara Schneider shared a photograph of her daughter Hailey holding a sign confessing she made “poor choices with social media” and that she would be donating her iPod to an anti-bullying charity after her mother discovered she was cyberbullying other girls on Facebook (shown below). On January 5th, Redditor AngryCOMMguy submitted the photo to the /r/pics subreddit, where it garnered upwards of 2,100 votes (86% upvoted) and 2,200 comments before it was archived.
On January 25th, the pop culture site Cracked published an article titled “3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Shame Your Kids on the Internet.” On September 23rd, Redditor gingy33 submitted a photograph of a young boy wearing a sign confessing “I am 13 years old and my mom caught me buying drugs” to the /r/funny subreddit (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post gained over 3,800 votes (89% upvoted) and 570 comments.
On May 17th, 2015, Denver cosmetology student Val Sparks posted a video on Facebook in which she confronts her daughter about lewd photographs found in her Facebook photo gallery, which received more than 10.6 million views and 313,000 shares before it was removed from the site. On May 20th, YouTuber Max Media reuploaded the video (shown below, left). On May 12th, the CBC news program The National aired a segment titled “Social Media Shaming,” which included interviews with Brianna Wu and Adria Richards (shown below, right).
Izabel Laxamana’s Suicide
On May 29th, 2015, 13-year-old Izabel Laxamana commit suicide by jumping off a highway overpass. On June 4th, 2015, Jezebel published an article about the suicide, reporting that her father had uploaded a video of himself cutting her hair as punishment days before (shown below). On the following day, the NY Daily News reported that it appeared the video had been leaked online by a third party without her father’s involvement. On June 10th, Fox 2 Now reported that Laxamana had shared the public shaming video herself and left her family eight suicide notes prior to jumping off the bridge, revealing that the hair cutting incident was not what prompted her death.
On May 27th, Facebook user Wayman Gresham uploaded a video in which he pretends to be shaming his son, before letting the boy leave the room and addresses the audience about proper parenting techniques, Christianity and the ethics of teen shaming videos (shown below, left). Within two weeks, the video gained over 21 million views and 550,000 shares. On June 6th, 2015, YouTuber MikeKnowsBest uploaded a similar bait-and-switch video, in which he begins to discipline his son by shaving his head before sitting down to criticize teen shaming (shown below, right).
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Grand Prix Richmond Crackstyle, also known as Magic: The Gathering Buttcracks, is a series of photos by Magic: The Gathering player Sid Blair taken at the Grand Prix Richmond. Following Blair’s publishing of the photos, the series quickly went viral on the internet and gathered a variety of reactions.
On March 10th, 2014, Magic: The Gathering player Sid Blair uploaded an Imgur album of a series photos he and his friends took at Grand Prix Richmond, one of the biggest Magic: The Gathering tournaments of all time, a day earlier, showing Blair doing the prison pose in front of a series of unaware players who had their buttcracks exposed. Blair subsequently posted the images to the r/funny sub-Reddit. As of June 10th, 2015, the Imgur album has over 5 million views and the Reddit post gathered more than 38.000 upvotes (96% upvoted).
“I participated in one of the biggest Magic: the Gathering tournaments of all time this weekend. In an effort to document it, I posed for pictures near people with exposed asscracks. I present to you Grand Prix Richmond Crackstyle.”
Following the release of the photos, the gallery quickly went viral on both Reddit and outside. In the following days, various news sites wrote about the album as well and the reactions it gathered, including Kotaku, Daily Dot, Gawker and Time. Although many replied positively towards the photos because of their humor, others accused Blair of bullying and public shaming players. In an interview with Magic: The Gathering blogger Matt Sterling, Blair claimed that he “never intended to shame, bully or harass anyone.” On March 14th, an official statement was released by Magic: The Gathering magazine Wizards of the Coast that Blair had been banned from playing competetive Magic because he violated “the Magic Code of Conduct and tournament floor rules” (shown below). A day later, Blair shared in the comment section of the original Reddit post that the length of the ban was 18 months.
"Unfortunately, the experience at Grand Prix Richmond was dampened for many because of the hurtful acts of an onsite participant.Following the event, players reached out to us, expressing their frustration and dismay over the division of the community and how Magic players were being treated and portrayed. As a result, we have reached out to the members of the judge community that make up the Investigation Committee, who have communicated with the player. They have reviewed the event, and handed down a recommendation for action that we feel is appropriate, and have acted on.
Participants at events are expected to demonstrate appropriate conduct toward others, whether they are players, spectators, judges or tournament officials. Disrespectful, harassing or bullying behavior, whether onsite or online, is not welcome at Magic events and violates the Magic Code of Conduct and tournament floor rules. Wizards of the Coast is committed to ensuring a positive and safe environment for all players and takes infractions of this nature very seriously."
Following the photos going viral, various people started associating Blair with other images of exposed buttcracks and similar types of images. On March 12th, Tumblr user Dappericious posted a photoshopped image of Blair over a photo of a cosplay of Princess Peach from Super Mario (shown below, left), which managed to gather more than 30,000 notes as of June 10th, 2015. On March 17th, the Wordpress blog Liquid Ribcage posted an article which included a series of photoshops of Blair with other people, including Miley Cyrus’ 2013 VMA Performance. On April 29th, Pixiv user moiky uploaded a drawing of Blair posing behind the Kantai Collection character Shimakaze while dressed as the admiral from the same series (shown below, right), which managed to receive over 9,400 points as of June 10th, 2015. On March 11th, 2015, Tumblr user Rkitsune also posted an image combining Blair with Shimakaze in a photoshop of an image taken from the 2014 anime adaptation, which gathered over 8,000 notes in the following 3 months.
Wizards of the Coast – Addressing Magic Players’ Community Concerns after GP Richmond
Editor’s Note: WIP
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Mark Dice’s “Nuke Russia” Petition is a prank video published on YouTube in early June 2015 by author and conspiracy theorist Mark Dice, who was filmed asking random California pedestrians to sign a bogus petition supporting United States President Barack Obama in ordering a nuclear strike against Russia.
On June 8th, 2015, Dice uploaded a new installment in his “crazy petitions” video series titled “Obama Supporters Sign Petition to Nuke Russia so American will Stay World’s Super Power” to YouTube, in which he asks random beach-goers in San Diego, California to sign a petition supporting President Obama in launching a preemptive nuclear strike against Russia to maintain “American superiority” (shown below).
Russian News Media Coverage
On June 10th, the Russian federal television channel Ren.tv published an article titled “In the U.S., they’ve started collecting signatures for a nuclear attack on Russia" and the state-run publication RIA Novosti released an article titled “They silently signed. In the U.S. a blogger collected signatures for a nuclear attack on Russia," which included a Russian political cartoon alluding to the ramifications of an American nuclear strike on the country (shown below).
“Save the wrapper when you’re done, you’ll need it later.” – translation by KYM user the the nyx
Additionally, the government-owned publication RT published similar articles on both their Russian and English-language websites. Both articles have since been edited to note that the video was a prank.
Dice encouraged people to sign the petition, saying that by signing it they are going to “support a nuclear strike against Russia.”
“This is the one way we can maintain our superiority,” Dice says.
“You know how Russia has been threatening United States lately,” he tells an apparent anti-Russian American patriot, who replies: “Yeah!”
Russian Social Media
Following initial media reports, users on Russia’s leading social network VK began circulating the video and criticizing those who signed the petition.
“I’m in shock, did these people stop for a minute to think about the consequences? Do they think about anything except the status of their country? I’d like to believe that Russia wouldn’t have a petition like this…”
Petition to Nuke USA
On June 10th, 2015, Russian YouTuber Комсомольская Правда uploaded a video in which he asks Russian pedestrians to sign a petition supporting a nuclear strike against the United States (shown below). The majority of people asked refused to sign the petition.