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  • 10/24/15--09:27: Smash Bros Lawl

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    About

    Smash Bros, Lawl is a series of Youtube videos made by the creator of The Frollo Show: chincherrinas. The series is notable for mixing numerous internet memes and cults into a Smash Bros styled fighting game.

    History

    In December 18th of 2009, Youtube user chincherrinas uploaded a Smash Bros Brawl video in the same vein as several character moveset showcases that were uploaded on Youtube aroung SSBB’s release, except that the video featured the Youtube Poop character I M Meen from the homonymous game overlapped in place of a certain character showcasing his special moves. To the uploader’s surprise, the video became widely popular despite the quality of the animation and quickly earned views. Up to this day, the video has got over 116.000 views.


    In February 26th of 2010, chincherrinas uploaded the sequel, this time featuring King Harkinian (a.k.a. The King) from the CD-i Zelda games (shown left). After the moveset showcase, a teaser fight for a Subspace Emissary series of videos was seen on the video. This short teaser would become its own series of videos, known by the fans as “The SSEries” (shown right).




    Chincherrinas kept uploading Smash Bros Lawl videos, by the point were it would be his most popular work at the time. One point of criticism towards the franchise was the fact that Lawl merely used SSBB stages for his videos, until August 2nd of 2011, were he uploaded the first ever stages video in the franchise. Shortly after, he released an Assist Trophies video, however, it was shut down from Youtube due to unknown reasons, and it’s nowadays only available in Smash Bros Lawl’s Facebook Page.


    Near the beginning of the year 2012, Smash Bros Lawl would be overshadowed by another one of chincherrinas’ works: The Frollo Show, so the franchise was left behind a couple of months. In March 9th of the same year, chincherrinas announced in one of his videos that he was gonna mark all of his past SSBL videos as part of the “Classic Era” which featured exactly 12 characters and that he was gonna reboot the series into a more unique and serious project, maintaining the original 12 and their respective stages though. In the very same video, it was announced that the sentence-mixed version of Pat Cashman (Brawl’s narrator) he was using wasn’t gonna be used anymore and would be replaced by a sentence mixed version of Morgan Freeman.
    This led many of the fans to rage over chincherrinas and attempted to force him to bring back the old narrator to the game. In his next video, he stated that the game was gonna allow several narrators available and that Morgan Freeman was just one of them. Despite all this, Pat Cashman hasn’t been featured in a single video of the modern version of Smash Bros Lawl, and it’s unknown if he’s gonna return at all.
    This would all lead to the beginning of the so called: “Post-Morgan era”. The “controversial” video is shown below:


    After uploading some character movesets, in April 10th of 2012 chincherrinas uploaded a moveset video on Yomika, a character from a Yume Nikki Fangame. The video’s description said:

    “That’s it. I’ve finally reached The Point. Yomika’s pretty much the reason why I let this thing live. I thought it would be wise to “pave the road” by first introducing the other 3 characters, who are also very epic characters by themselves and also fueled me into continuing this, but not as much as good ol’ Yomi. Now I’ll get back to working on what’s really good."

    With “what’s really good” actually refering to the fact that he was gonna spend more time on his most beloved franchise: The Frollo Show, meaning that SSBL would suffer from a significant drop of duration and quality on his following movesets, which led most fans dissapointed.

    In July 17th, 2012, the series was completely revamped, leading to the “Post-Frollo Summer Era” referencing the huge amount of Frollo Show videos uploaded during the previous period. The video featured Scanty & Kneesocks from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt as the characters featured in that video. Among these changes, the most obvious being the new animated idles and stage revamping. The video is shown below:


    A good bunch of moveset videos were uploaded during that era, all of them being universally acclaimed among fans. However, in September 27th of 2012, chincherrinas uploaded a moveset on Haruhi Suzumiya, the ending to this video hinted that the series was gonna end because “he ran out of space in the menu”. This however, was merely a joke, considering he uploaded a couple more movesets shortly after, being both Zoolander and Hercules in New York (Arnold Schwarznegger). This marking the end of the Post- Frollo Summer Era.


    In January 23th of 2013, chincherrinas uploaded a new Subspace Emissary video, after suffering from a hiatus of nearly a whole year. However, the level was much shorter than all the previous ones because chincherrinas decided to focus more on the story than on the actual gameplay. This, however backfired a lot, because several of his fans felt cheated and criticized the video for the “dissapointingly short” duration of the levels. This marked the “Subspace Era” (Despite the fact that only 2 of the 4 videos uploaded in this era were Subspace Emissary related).
    The level is shown below:


    In February 25th of the same year, chincherrinas uploaded a moveset video on the cult ghosthunter: “Carlos Trejo”, while the moveset was well received at the beginning, the channel suddenly stopped all activity in march of the same year and would stay with a hiatus of nearly 7 months. Fans, as a form of protest, starting disliking the video which led to a major number of dislike votes, nowadays, it has a total of 137 likes and a total of 125 dislikes, marking the record on the Smash Bros Lawl moveset with the biggest amount of dislike votes.
    The ideo is shown below:


    This, unoffically marked the end of the Subspace Era.

    In September 9th of 2013, chincherrinas uploaded a video on Weird Al Yancovic, marking the beginning of the “Finale Era”
    “Finale” because he considered ending the series in favor of the Frollo Show. Much to his surprise, in 21th of the month chincherrinas was sent a video of a convention where Doug Walker (aka the Nostalgia Critic, which recieved his moveset a few years earlier) was present in a convention and a fan of The Frollo Show told him about the series’ existance, which led to chincherrinas into makingeven bigger effort in his projects, eventually leading to the return of the Lawl series. Later on February, 2nd of 2014, he posted a moveset on J. Jonah Jameson. Despite being obvious he wasn’t ending the series at all, he is still listed at the Finale Era.

    Nearly a year after, in February 16th of 2015, chincherrinas uploaded a moveset on the character Mary from the indie-horror game Ib. This makred the beginning of the current era: Revamp Epoch. It’s notable for giving each character unique sprites, rather than cropped clips of several movies and shows. This marked the official distancement from Brawl with the game now being more reminiscent of Smash 4. Video is shown below:


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  • 10/25/15--14:31: Shovel Knight
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    About

    Shovel Knight is a 2D Side Scrolling Platformer created by Yacht Club Games. The game mimics gameplay and graphics that are found in platformer games on the NES.

    History

    The game was created and published by Yacht Club Games within the same year following a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign

    Reception

    Upon release, Shovel Knight has received widespread critical acclaim from reviewers and consumers alike and was nominated for numerous awards.


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    About

    Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is the title of the seventh movie in the main Star Wars episodic series, and the first film since Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm. The film gained immense traction online following it’s announcement, and broke IMAX pre-sale records.[1] The film is also predicted to break box office records following its release.[2] The film has a scheduled release date on December 18th, 2015.

    History

    On October 30th, 2012, The Walt Disney Company announced in a press release[3] that it had acquired the Lucasfilms production company for $4.05 billion and planned to release a new Star Wars trilogy with the first installment, Episode 7, set for release sometime in 2015. On January 24th, 2013, the Hollywood news site The Wrap broke the news that Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams, a veteran director and TV producer well known for directing the rebooted Star Trek films starting in 2009. On April 29th, 2014, the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII was announced on the official Star Wars website.[4] The cast will include Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Max von Sydow, Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac. It will also feature original Star Wars stars Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.[5] On November 28th, 2014, the first teaser trailer was released on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (shown below, left). A second teaser was released on April 16th, 2015 (shown below, right).



    On October 19th, 2015, the official trailer was released on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (shown below).



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    Crossguard Lightsaber

    Crossguard Lightsaber refers to Force Awakens character, Kylo Ren’s lightsaber which appears to have a crossguard built in. The saber quickly became a subject for mockery online due to its perceived impracticality, and, in turn, spawned a number of parodies and edits.



    #BlackStormtrooper

    #BlackStormTrooper refers to the controversy surrounding British actor John Boyega’s portrayal of a Stormtrooper in The Force Awakens. Reactions to the reveal were both negative and positive in nature. Several image edits were also made in response to the controversy.



    #BoycottStarWarsVII

    #BoycottStarWarsVII is a Twitter hashtag ostensibly promoting a boycott of The Force Awakens for being racist toward whites. Many hijacked the hashtag in turn mocking its initial users for being racist themselves. It has also been noted that the hashtag may have been a hoax intended illicit a response from a politically correct demographic.



    The Force Awakens Poster Parodies

    The Force Awakens Poster Parodies are a series of photoshopped edits of the promotional poster for The Force Awakens. While most are done for a humorous effect, some are done in a serious manner to pay homage to either Star Wars or which ever franchise or fandom is being put in place of the original image.



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  • 10/26/15--13:27: Spider-Man Ass Slap
  • About

    Spider-Man Ass Slap is a video mutation originating from a homoerotic pornographic movie featuring two men dressed in Spider-Man costumes slapping eachother – resulting in scenes featuring loud slapping noices. In 2015, the slapping scenes gained usage in music remixes and similar videos on Youtube and Vine.

    Origin

    The scenes used in the Vines originate from a gay pornography video which earliest upload can be found on the adult entertainment website Pornhub by an anonymous user in 2013, titled SPIDERSEX,[1] although the watermark present in the video implies it was first created for Pornhub’s colleague adult orientated website Redtube. The video shows two adult males wearing spider-man bodysuits laying on a bed; during the first course of the video they are frequently shown slapping each other’s butts. In the following 2 years, the video managed to gather nearly 100,000 views.



    [NSFW: Explicit Content]

    Spread

    The Spider-Man Ass Slap was first spread via a Vine video from user JoeyD on August 8th 2015 (shown below, left). As of Ocotober 27th. the Vine video has over 20.000 loops. The video gained more notability on Vine through a vine by user 9/11 did Bush, uploaded on September 12th, featuring a Gamecube intro remix which replaced the final part with a slap scene (shown below, right). As of October 27th, the vine has over 23 million loops, making up over twothirds of the user’s loops, and 71.4 thousand likes.



    On October 17th, the r/Spidermanbuttslap sub-Reddit was created, which focussed on remixes of the butt slap video. In the next 10 days, the sub-Reddit managed to gather over 450 subscribers.

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    External references

    [1]Pornhub – Spider Sex[NSFW: Explicit Content]

    [2]Reddit – r/Spidermanbuttslap


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  • 10/27/15--12:02: The Holderness Family
  • About

    The Holderness Family is a suburban American family known for producing music videos about the joys and frustrations of parenting, many of which feature parodies of hip hop tracks. The family gained much notoriety with the release of their 2013 video “#Xmas Jammies,” in which they rap about their accomplishments and plans for the future while wearing Christmas pajamas.

    Online History

    On September 6th, 2011, The Holderness Family YouTube[1] channel was launched. On December 21st, 2012, the Holderness Family YouTube channel uploaded a music video titled “Christmas from the Holderness Family.”



    On December 11th, 2013, the family posted a video titled “#Xmas Jammies – Merry Christmas from the Holdness Family,” featuring a parody of the 1998 rap song “Miami” by Will Smith (shown below, left). Within two years, the video gained over 16 million views and 4,000 comments. On January 23rd, 2014, the channel uploaded a video titled “Xmas Jammies Part 2: Not That Trendy,” in which Penn Holderness criticizes the clothing purchased for him on Christmas (shown below, right).



    On February 13th, the family uploaded a music video titled “School Day: The Musical #snOMG,” in which Penn Holderness sings about playing with his children on a snow day (shown below, left). Over the next 20 months, the video gained over 1.6 million views and 340 comments. On May 6th, the family launched an official Facebook[3] page, garnering upwards of 71,000 likes in the next two years. On August 19th, the YouTube channel posted a video titled “Baby Got Class,” in which the Holderness parents rap about their children going back to school (shown below, right). In one year, the video received more than 7.5 million views and 2,000 comments.



    On November 17th, the family released a Thanksgiving-themed music video titled “All About That Baste,” featuring a parody of the 2014 pop song “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor (shown below, left). Over the next year, the video received over 4.8 million views and 1,300 comments. On May 5th, 2015, The Holderness Family channel uploaded a video in which Penn Holderness experiences simulated child birth, gathering upwards of 3.3 million views and 320 comments in the next five months (shown below, right).



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  • 10/27/15--15:05: Agenda 21
  • About

    Agenda 21 is an action plan created by the United Nations to give guidelines to localities regarding sustainable development and planning in the 21st Century. The agenda’s content has often been accused by climate-change deniers and members of the Libertarian and Tea Parties of having the effect of denying countries sovereignty in making their own development decisions, especially in regards to urban sustainability.

    Origin

    Agenda 21 was first published as the product the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1993. It has since been ratified by the following conferences. The 700 page policy document, which is non-binding, gives directions that can be adapted by localities for managing the changes facing the environment through sustainable growth and planning in the areas of urban development, resource management, and pollution control. [1]

    Many of the guidelines have been opposed, especially from the viewpoint of those who believe in Libertarian property rights, since the document was first released. According to the Southern Law Poverty Center, far-right conservative groups like the John Birch Society “see Agenda 21 and virtually all other global efforts as part of a nefarious plan on the part of global elites to form a socialistic one-world government, or ‘New World Order.’”[2] These groups believe that Agenda 21 will result in mass sterilization and other forms of population control, the loss of all local property rights through “greenwashing”, and other forms of societal brainwashing. The earliest and one of the most vocal critics was a man named Tom Deweese, who runs an organization called the American Policy Center, and who began producing anti Agenda 21 literature in the 1990s.[3][4]

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    Several conservative commentators have produced anti-Agenda 21 literature, most notably among them the former Fox News commentator Glenn Beck, who wrote his first anti-Agenda 21 book, titled Agenda 21 in 2012.[5] The book is a work of “dystopian science fiction,” but Beck also wrote another non-fiction book about his anti-Agenda 21 beliefs, titled Agenda 21: Into the Shadows, in 2015.[6] The initial book reached number 319 in the Amazon sales category for Conspiracies, while the latter made it even higher, to number #204.[7]



    Other notable authors who have written books supporting Agenda 21 include 2011’s Behind the Green Mask: U.N. Agenda 21 by Rosa Koire[8] and 2012’s Living with Agenda 21: Surrendering Our Freedoms by Dr. Lawrence H. Zillmer.[9]



    Anti-Agenda 21 groups often call themselves “Anti-Agenders” and tend to create local network groups or gatherings. One of the largest groups is the “Resist U N Agenda 21” closed group on Facebook,[10] which has more than 1,900 members. In addition, the subreddit /r/agenda21 was created on May 24th, 2012, and has 186 members.[11] A directory of other groups anti-agenders can join is available on the Tea Party’s web site.[12] The Agenda 21 Enders, a twitter profile devoted to tweeting about the conspiracy, was created in August of 2011 and has over 400 followers.[13] However, the most popular place for Anti-Agenders to convene online is YouTube, where a search for the term yields over a million results, and where over 50 of those videos have more than 100,000 views.[14]

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    About

    “Squirtle Is Proud of What He Is” is a humorous expression poking fun at an ambiguously phrased quote said by the Pokémon character Squirtle in the children’s book Pokemon Tales, Volume 2: Come Out Squirtle!. In the page in question, Squirtle is shown looking up towards a rainbow while exclaiming “Wow! I’m so glad I came out!” Due to the colloquial use of the phrase “coming out” as a public acknowledgment of one’s homosexuality, compounded by the presence of a rainbow, a popular symbol embraced by the LGBTQ community, Squirtle’s quote quickly became a subject of mockeries upon its submission online in December 2011.

    Origin

    The image stems from the book “Pokémon Tales, Volume 2: Come out, Squirtle!” written by Akihito Toda [3], the Japanese author of most of the Pokémon Tales books and several songs for the Pokémon anime series, illustrated by Kagemaru Himeno, the illustrator of Pokémon since the early days of Pokémon.[4] The second volume of the Pokémon Tales series was originally published for Japanese readers in June 1997, followed by the release of the English-language adaptation on October 6th, 1999. The second edition of the English edition was published on September 19th, 2006.[5]



    According to Bulbapedia [2]:

    A shy Squirtle is relaxing in a field, safely tucked into his shell. He refuses to leave his shell for any reason. A Charmander and a Poliwhirl try to convince it to come out of its shell, but Squirtle continually refuses. It rains, which Squirtle considers further proof that it should not leave its shell. Finally, the rain stops. Charmander and Poliwhirl are staring in wonder at something, and although Squirtle is curious, it is still hesitant to leave its shell. Eventually, it does, and before it and the others is a beautiful rainbow which appeared after the rainstorm. Squirtle decides it is glad that it left its shell after all._

    Spread

    On December 18th, 2011, Redditor [Deleted] submitted a photograph of the quote[1] to Imgur via Reddit, which was subsequently re-posted on Tumblr by user named lgbtgivesmehope. By October 2015, the photograph had received more than 136,000 views on Imgur[6] and over 98,500 notes on Tumblr.[7]

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    External References

    [1]Reddit – Squirtle is proud of what he is. / Posted on 12-18-2011

    [2]Bulbapedia – PB02 / Last modified on 12-14-2014

    [3]Bulbapedia – Akihito Toda / Last modified on 1-14-2015

    [4]Bulbapedia . Kagemaru Himeno / Last modified on 11-22-2014

    [5]Bulbapedia – PB02 / Last modified on 12-14-2014

    [6]Imgur – Squirtle is proud of what he is. / Posted on 12-18-2011

    [7]Tumblr – [Squirtle stands under a rainbow with the caption, “Wow! I’m so glad I came out!” ] / Posted 3 years ago (From October 27th, 2015)


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  • 10/27/15--20:33: Holder / MajorLeagueWobs
  • About

    Holder, formerly known as MajorLeagueWobs, is a Finnish music producer. While mostly known for his dubstep remixes and songs and his wide stylistic variety, including trap music and synthwave. He is also known for his numerous collaborations with other well-known Internet figures, including h3h3 Productions and Filthy Frank.

    Online History

    Holder created his YouTube account in 2009.[1] It is unknown when his first SoundCloud account was created. In July 2012, Holder uploaded his first remix, a dubstep version of “Young Homie” by Chris Rene, to both SoundCloud and YouTube.[2][3]

    He remained in general obscurity until December of 2013 with the release of a Thomas the Tank Engine Remix featuring “The Gospel of Hip-Hop” by nerdcore rapper MC Lars. Going into 2014, Holder began to grow in popularity with original tracks such as “Memories From a Distance,” as well as remixes of songs such as “Hangover” by PSY, which was one of his first tracks to reach over 100,000 listens on SoundCloud. Holder abandoned this SoundCloud to start a new account in mid-2014.[4] The official MajorLeagueWobs Facebook was created around this time.[5]




    With his new account, Holder became even more popular, partly due to some of the more meme-influenced tracks he released. Examples of these include remixes of the X-Files theme, Darude – Sandstorm, and “Spooky Scary Skeletons”. In October 2014, Holder held an AMA on the /r/montageparodies subreddit, which garnered nearly 250 replies.[6]




    Collaborations

    Holder has been known to collaborate with other Internet personalities. He is known for providing music for numerous Montage Parodies; the most well known example of this is his collaboration with the Montage Parody creator AncientReality to make an MLG-themed Can Can Remix, which has been viewed over 2 million times since July 2014.

    In August 2014, he released a theme song for the h3h3 Productions YouTube channel, and in October 2014, he released a theme song for The Filthy Frank Show. He later collaborated with the show’s creator George “Joji” Miller on the track “Dumplings.”[7] In May 2015, Holder produced the song “Sempai Cypher”, an 8-minute nerdcore rap collaboration.




    Personal Life

    Holder was born on October 17, 1997. His real name is Jere Särkkä.[8] He currently lives in Mikkeli, Finland.

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  • 10/28/15--11:09: Safe Space
  • About

    “Safe Space” is a term which typically refers to areas on university campuses where perceived bigotry toward victim groups, harassment or disagreement about politics is not tolerated. While advocates laud safe spaces as sanctuaries for those who are discriminated against, critics have argued they promote anti-intellectual attitudes and stifle free speech.

    Origin

    The exact origin of safe spaces is unclear. According to The Guardian,[10] the concept of safe spaces originated in the 1970s in US protests against the presence of military recruiters on university campuses. According to Wikipedia,[8] safe spaces originated within the feminist movement as places to “speak and act freely.”[8]

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    On July 15th, 2009, a “Safe Space” entry was created on the Geek Feminism Wiki,[5] defining the term as “an area or forum where either a marginalised group are not supposed to face standard mainstream stereotypes and marginalisation, or in which a shared political or social viewpoint is required to participate in the space.” On February 6th, 2015, The Guardian[10] published an article titled “Safe Space or Free Speech?”, which reported that safe space policies on British campuses were being used to to censor controversial speakers. On March 21st, The New York Times[6] published an article titled “In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas,” which described a safe space created for people who were offended by a campus debate about sexual assault:

    “The safe space, Ms. Byron explained, was intended to give people who might find comments “troubling” or “triggering,” a place to recuperate. The room was equipped with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and a video of frolicking puppies, as well as students and staff members trained to deal with trauma.”

    On March 29th, the Stanford Daily[7] published an op-ed by columnist Lily Zheng titled “In Defense of Safe Spaces,” which criticized the New York Times article and claimed that safe spaces were necessary to provide support for marginalized groups. On June 12th, an entry titled “Safe Space” was created on Encyclopedia Dramatica.[1] On June 15th, an article for “Safe Space” was created on the SJWiki,[9] which noted that some safe spaces exclude people considered to be part of “the privileged group.” On October 24th, Richard Dawkins posted a tweet[4] mocking safe spaces, claiming they were childish (shown below). Within one week, the tweet gained over 7,700 favorites and 6,900 retweets.



    Hugbox

    “Hugbox” is a derogatory Internet slang term typically referring to Internet environments where opposing viewpoints are not allowed. On January 4th, 2011, Urban Dictionary[2] user Frankie Cocke submitted an entry for “hugbox,” which criticized the online spaces for being echo chambers:[3]

    “What they intend to be a “safe space” almost always turns into a circle-jerk of forced consensus and ends with every member repeatedly expressing the exact same opinion to each other, no matter the topic."

    South Park Episode

    On October 21st, 2015, Season 19 Episode 5 of South Park titled “Safe Space” was broadcast, in which the character Cartman sings about having a “safe space” free from criticism and destroys a man named Reality who threatens the space (shown below).



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    [1]Encyclopedia Dramatica – Safe Space

    [2]Urban Dictionary – hugbox

    [3]Wikipedia – Echo chamber

    [4]Twitter – @RichardDawkins

    [5]Geek Feminism Wiki – Safe Space

    [6]The New York Times – In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas

    [7]Stanford Daily – In defense of safe spaces

    [8]Wikipedia – Safe-space

    [9]SJWiki – Space space

    [10]The Guardian – Safe space or free speech


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  • 10/28/15--11:12: DuckTales Main Theme Remixes
  • About

    The DuckTales Theme is the title song originally featured in the opening sequence of Disney‘s animated TV series DuckTales. Along with the Moon Theme from the 1989 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) video game of the same title, the DuckTales main theme has inspired dozens of remixes and genre-crossing covers due to its iconic status as one of the most memorable tunes for children’s TV programs.

    Origin

    The DuckTales main theme was composed by ASCAP award-winning songwriter Mark Mueller and performed by musical artist Jeff Pescetto. Since its introduction with the premiere of the TV show on September 18th, 1987, DuckTales’ main theme song has been regarded by critics as one of the most recognizable tunes made for a television program. Aside from the original minute-long version featured in the opening sequence, three additional renditions of varying length were created.



    Life is like a hurricane
    Here in Duckburg
    Race cars, lasers, aeroplanes
    It’s a duck-blur!
    Might solve a mystery
    Or rewrite history!

    DuckTales! Woo-oo!
    Every day they’re out there making
    DuckTales! Woo-oo!
    Tales of derring-do
    Bad and good luck tales!

    When it seems they’re heading for final curtain,
    Good deduction never fails, that’s for certain!
    The worst of messes
    Become successes!

    D-d-d-danger! Watch behind you!
    There’s a stranger out to find you
    What to do, just grab on to some
    DuckTales!

    (Instrumental bridge)

    DuckTales! Woo-oo!
    Every day they’re out there making
    DuckTales! Woo-oo!
    Tales of derring-do
    Bad and good luck tales!

    D-d-d-danger! Watch behind you!
    There’s a stranger out to find you
    What to do, just grab on to some
    DuckTales! Woo-oo!

    Every day they’re out there making
    DuckTales! Woo-oo!
    Tales of derring-do
    Bad and good luck tales!

    Every day they’re out there making
    DuckTales! Woo-oo!
    Tales of derring-do
    Bad and good luck tales!

    Not ponytails or cottontails, no,
    DuckTales! Woo-oo!


    Online Presence

    The legacy of the DuckTales theme continued to live on long after the conclusion of the animated TV show in 1990. It has been circulating online since the early 2000s, with the earliest known instance uploaded by YTMND user SSNPGuerrilla[4] on May 9th, 2004. Between 2004 and 2006, more than 70 sites featuring variations of the DuckTales theme were created on YTMND[3], including dubbed editions in foreign languages (German, Swedish, Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Japanese).



    Spread

    During this time, several foreign language renditions of the theme became quite popular as source material for phonetic translation on the site, mainly the Finnish version uploaded by YTMND user Boredalot[5] on July 30th, 2005, which garnered over 126,000 views in the following ten years.



    On January 21st, 2006, YouTuber Logan5[6] uploaded the earliest known instance of the the animated TV show’s opening sequence, followed by another version[7] uploaded on April 6th, 2007. In aggregate, the two videos racked up over 7.2 million views over the course of the following decade. On August 2013, a high-quality rendition of the original theme song was re-released as part of the official soundtrack for DuckTales: Remastered, the high-definition remake of the 1989 NES video game, which reinvigorated the nostalgic value of the song on the Internet.



    Covers & Remixes

    On March 25th, 2014, metal rock vocalist Pellek uploaded a heavy metal rendition of the DuckTales theme song, which drew more than 350,000 views in less than two years. That same year on April 26th, PostModern JukeBox uploaded an R&B-influenced slow jam rendition of the song, which gained more than 1.6 million views in less than two years.



    Examples

    Between 2014 and 2015, a number of notable parodies and remixes of the DuckTales theme song emerged on YouTube, including a childhood ruined rendition by CollegeHumor and a humorous remix pairing the song with the music video for Beyonce’s 2008 single “Single Ladies.”



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    Overview

    Zamii070’s Harassment Controversy refers to the online backlash against artist Zammi070[7][8] on Tumblr, who accused her depictions of characters from animated shows, most notably Steven Universe, of promoting race-lifting, transphobia and body shaming. In October 2015, Zamii revealed she had attempted suicide as a result of the online harassment she received.

    Background

    Leading up to her suicide attempt, Steven Universe fans on Tumblr accused Zamii070 for creating problematic depictions of the characters Rose Quartz and Fluttershy from Steven Universe and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, respectively and among other deviations, for perpetuating bigotry such as racism, transphobia and fatphobia (shown below). Zamii070 is also known for cosplaying, some of which was met with harsh criticisms as well.[9]



    On October 19th, Zamii published a blog post saying that she was “going to sleep forever.”



    On October 22nd, Redditor dongerman submitted a post speculating that Zamii had “passed away” to the /r/homestuck.[5] On October 23rd, Zamii uploaded a video titled “I’m Sorry” in which she revealed that she was in the hospital receiving treatment and that she was going to “get better” (shown below).



    Zamii later uploaded an update vlog, urging others with suicidal thoughts to contact a suicide suicide hotline.


    Notable Developments

    Online Reaction

    On October 25th, Steven Universe creators publicly condemned Ziamii’s harassers on Twitter (shown below).



    The same day, Redditor heyyouyeahyou55 submitted a post titled “what happened to zami070” to the /r/OutOfTheLoop[2] subreddit. Meanwhile, a gallery providing background info on the harassment was uploaded to Imgur.[1] On October 27th, the Tumblr blog Plebcomics posted an illustration of a thin Rose Quartz to show her support to Zamii (shown below, left).[3] The same day, Tumblr user pessimisticnarcissistic[4] published a post defending the public shaming of Zamii and Tumblr user gamblingdemontor[6] urged people to unfollow if they “support people drawing canonly fat characters as skinny” or “whitewashing PoC representation” (shown below, right).



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    Overview

    The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) is bill allowing technology and manufacturing companies to easily share Internet traffic information with various United States government agencies. The bill has been criticized by civil liberties groups as being a surveillance bill in disguise, claiming it would be an encroachment on privacy much like the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

    Background

    On July 10th, 2014, CISA was introduced during the 113th Congress, where it passed the Senate Intelligence Committee but did not reach a full senate vote prior to the end of the congressional season. On March 12th, 2015, the bill was reintroduced to the 114th Congress where it passed the Senate Intelligence Committee again. The bill was blocked after Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attempted to attach it to an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act and was scheduled to be voted on separately in October.

    Notable Developments

    Online Reaction

    On July 29th, 2015, the Electronic Frontier Foundation legislative analyst Mark Jaycox submitted an “ask me anything” post to provide information to help stop the bill to the /r/IAmA[2] subreddit. In three months, the post received more than 6,800 votes (97% upvoted) and 900 comments. On September 29th, the site Decide the Future[4] was launched by the civil rights nonprofit Fight for the Future to urge United States citizens to contact their congressional representatives to stop the bill (shown below).



    On October 24th, Fight for the Future published a press release accusing Facebook[5] of privately supporting the CISA bill. On October 26th, Fight for the Future submitted a post answering questions about the bill to the /r/IAmA[1] subreddit, where they referred to CISA as “a surveillance bill in disgusie.” Within 48 hours, the post gained over 7,000 votes (97% upvoted).

    Passage

    On October 27th, 2015, the Senate voted to pass the bill in a vote 74-21. The bill contained provision providing immunity to companies from lawsuits stemming from shared data. That day, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (who voted against the bill) posted a tweet[3] stating that “our civil liberties and right to privacy shouldn’t be the price we pay for security” (shown below).



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    The Spring Valley High School Arrest Incident refers to the violent arrest of a young African American girl by a white police officer in a high school classroom in Columbia, South Carolina. Videos of the arrest, which were caught on camera by several of the girl’s classmates, went viral soon after the arrest was made, leading to calls for an investigation into and the eventual firing of the officer involved in the incident.

    Background

    On October 26th, 2015, reporter Shaun King posted a video of the violent incident on his Facebook.[1]



    King wrote:

    Please make this video famous. This is Officer Ben Fields assaulting a peaceful female high school student at Spring Valley High School in Columbia South Carolina. Students and graduates both told me he has been brutal like this for years.

    This was earlier today.

    The Sheriff’s Office just confirmed for me that this student was not physical, but that she was “verbally disruptive” and that the officer was “forced” to do this since she “resisted arrest”. Nah.

    By October 28th, the video had received over 20 million views, over 106,000 likes, and over 540,000 shares. Later, two more videos of the incident surfaced; in the third, the girl can be seen clearly slapping the officer after he grabs her around the neck.[2] Later, Officer Fields arrested a second girl, Niya Kenny, for “disrupting school”; Kenny claims she was only standing up for the first girl who was arrested, and turned over her own video of the initial assault to the local television station WLTX.[3]

    Notable Developments

    Soon after the videos were made public, both the FBI and the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division launched investigations into the incident.[4] On October 28th, Fields was fired from his position at the Richland County Police Department.[5] Sheriff Leon Lott said that Fields had not followed proper police procedure.



    In the meantime, online activists uncovered Officer Field’s litigious past, including a previous lawsuit for unnecessary use of force and accolades from the school for his past work.[6] They also uncovered his personal Facebook and Twitter profiles, which he soon deleted.[7] However, users also discovered a video of Officer Field deadlifting, which soon received 76,000 views and over 200 comments. As of October 29th, the video has been removed.

    The hashtag #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh gained over 125,000 tweets,[8][9] and the incident was reported in most major news publications, including CNN,[10] the Daily Mail,[4] and the New York Times.[12]

    Raven Symone’s Reaction

    On the television show The View, talkshow host Raven Symone expressed the controversial viewpoint that although the officer’s use of force was unjustified, the student should not have been looking at her phone in class.[13]



    Symone’s opinion caused extensive controversy on Twitter, where over 40,000 tweets about the incident were recorded. Many expressed disagreement with Symone – that no matter what the student was doing, the force was unjustified – while others agreed.[8]

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  • 10/29/15--08:04: Toddposting
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    Toddposting is the act of trying to advertise Skyrim/Fallout 4 (possibly future Bethesda games too) in a mockingly blunt and non-sneaky way through photoshopped images of Howard as disguises and such.


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    Tillman was an English bulldog who rose to viral fame in 2007 for his exceptional skills at skateboarding and setting the Guinness World Record for “Fastest 100 Meters on a Skateboard by a Dog.” On October 28th, 2015, the celebrity bulldog died from complications of heart diesease on October 28th, 2015.

    Origin

    The Dog

    Tillman was born in Camarillo, California on June 6th, 2005 and raised on the west coast by Ron Davis, an avid surfer and construction manager who works and lives with his family in Oxnard, California. According to an interview with Davis conducted by the animal-themed podcast Pet Life Radio in 2008, the Southern California resident initially brought the newborn English bulldog into his family as a gift for his wife on Mother’s Day, but he ultimately assumed the role of the primary caretaker as the two grew closer like fraternity brothers. A naturally athletic dog, Tillman has shown his penchant for tetherball and soccer, and by the age of three, he had become a local celebrity animal for his skillful displays in skateboarding, as well as snowboarding and skimboarding, under the guidance of Davis.



    iPhone Commercial

    The story of Tillman’s viral fame began in January 2007, when YouTuber RNickeyMouse uploaded a video clip of Tillman casually propelling himself and cruising on a skateboard at a park in Venice Beach, California (shown below). Originally accompanied by Linkin Park’s “Giving In” as the background music, the video clip steadily made the rounds online throughout the first half of 2007.



    Spread

    In June 2007, Tillman broke into national fame after You clip was prominently featured in an Apple iPhone commercial (shown below). Shortly after the commercial’s debut, YouTuber RNickeyMouse removed his original upload due to concerns of copyright infringement for using Linkin Park’s song without permission. However, RNickeyMouse’s video was eventually reinstated with an alternative audio track.



    Guinness World Record

    In August 2009, Tillman was officially recognized as the world’s fastest skateboarding dog by Guinness World Records, after traveling 100 meters (appx. 328 ft) in just under 20 seconds (shown below). Tillman remained the title-holder of the world record until September 16th, 2013, when another skateboarding dog named “Jumpy the Dog” beat his previous record by fractions of a second at 19.65 seconds on the set of ‘Officially Amazing’ in Los Angeles, California.



    Death

    On October 28th, 2015, Tillman died at age of 10 from complications of a heart muscle disease that he had been diagnosed with earlier during the summer. The death of the celebrity skateboarding dog was reported on by many local and national news outlets across the United States, including the Washington Post[11], Newsweek[22], NBC Today, BBC News, Daily Mail and A.V. Club, among others. Later that same day, Tillman’s caretaker Ron Davis updated the Facebook fan page with an epitaph, which garnered more than 26,000 likes, 9,600 shares and 9,000 comments within the first 24 hours.



    “We shared so many memories skating, surfing and hanging out together. No words can truly describe how much he’ll be missed. Thanks for all the good times, Tilly.”

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  • 10/29/15--11:02: The Zola Story
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    The Zola Story is an anecdote about a woman who is roped into a weekend of debauchery in Florida with a prostitute, her boyfriend and her pimp. After the story was posted in a series of tweets in late October 2015, many Twitter users began joking about the tale accompanied by the hashtag “#zola.”

    Origin

    On October 27th, 2015, Twitter user Aziah King (@_zolarmoon) posted a series of tweets chronicling a bizarre tale about a road trip to Florida with a white stripper named Jess (shown below). In the story, the protagonist Zola discovers that Jess is also a prostitute, Jess’ boyfriend has an emotional breakdown and her pimp commits homicide.




    I met this white bitch at Hooters, I was her waitress! She came in with this old ass big ass black dude, so you know as a Hooter’s girl we have to talk to our customers. I sit with them and we get to talking, she tells me she dances! So I’m like Oh yes bitch me too! Then she tells me this hulking black man is her Sugar Daddy.and I’m like oh yes bitch my Sugar Daddy at home. So we vibing over our hoeism or whatever and we exchange numbers! and I’m like “next time you dance hun I’ma come dance with you!”

    The next day I get a text like “BITCH LETS GO TO FLORIDA!” and I ‘m like huh? She’s like “I’m going to dance in Florida, let’s go!” Now I’m skeptical like DAMN bitch we just met and we already taking hoe trips together? but I had went to Florida two months prior and made 15K so lowkey I was down. So I was like “okay I’ll go, who’s all going and when we leaving.” All this bitch says is “be ready by 8” So I call her like “bitch I SAID who’s all going!” and she says “my boyfriend and our room-mate. My room-mate has a place in Tampa,” So I’m like ok. I’ll be ready. So I pack my baddest stripper wear and I’m ready.

    My nigga DIDNOT want me to go, he was so hurt. So I had to fuck him calm, and then I left. When I got in the car it was a white boy (her bf) and this hulking black guy (NOT the same one) So I texted her on the slick while in the backseat like “another sugar daddy? You got a type bitch!” and THEBLACKDUDEHADHERDAMNPHONE! So he starts laughing and he goes “I’m using her GPS, no I’m not a Sugar Daddy, I’ve known her and her dude for eight years, we all live together.”

    So we’ve been traveling on the road for about 12 hours playing Gucci Mane, smoking blunts, drinking etc, and we finally about to approach our destination. I’m thinking I know our hotel about to be laid and we pull up to some raggedy Motel 6 type cheap ass shit with Pimps and Tricks (with they ass and titty’s all out) just chilling turnt up like it’s a Player’s Ball. So I’m like “I’m not staying here, I got my own money, I’ll get my own room.” So Jessica (the white bitch) pulls me to the side and is like “we gone be at the club all night, this room for Jarrett not us, don’t even trip” So I was like “yea bitch okay, but trust I am NOT laying my head here.”

    So we leave our shit at the motel with Jarrett and head to the club. So we working, it was king of slow (it was early Friday night) the club had HELLA rules which I’m not use to (Ima full nude type of bitch) but this club require pasties and boy shorts and all this other shit or whatever. After making about $800, I was ready to go. Jessica was talking to some dude, trying to talk him out of his wallet and they exchanged numbers. So I was like “call your man, I’m ready!” She calls the black dude, I’m like ummm that’s not your man but okay. I pull her to the side before he pulled up like “what’s up with your roommate?” and she was like we’re really close, before I met Jarrett I was with him. He was taking care of me. I was like OHHH well I don’t need that! “Taking care of Me” in stripper language means that was her pimp. So I was like does Jarrett know? and she goes “of course not,” strike one, So then she goes “I didn’t make anything tonight. What you make because he’s going to ask” I said “umm that’s not yalls business Jess!” chill!

    He pulls up and AS SOON as we get in he goes “what y’all make” we said at the same time “nothing” so he goes damn my girl said she had a bad night too. We about to go pick her up, (His fiancé who lives down here) we pick her up and he goes “nobody made shit, y’all wanna trap?” “Trap in stripper lingo means trick, So Jessica goes “hell yea! you got some clients” I’m in the back on mute. He was like “you can get some!” So Jess is like “yea I need to trap, but Jarret is at the room!” and he goes “I wasn’t putting y’all in that shit hole, that was for him not y’all” I’m still quiet, we pull up to a nice ass hotel on the other side of town and he goes “I’ll get the clients together and text y’all off this” He handed her a trap phone. So I am mind blown at this point, then we get to the room. It’s nice as fuck.

    Now it’s Just me and Jess and I start GOINGOFF“BITCH U GOT ME FUCKED UP. I’M NOTABOUT TO PLAYWIT U HO. I’M GOING HOME” so she starts crying and she’s like “I didn’t want to take this trip alone, please don’t leave me, I would be so scared alone” she’s fucking sobbing, I’m like OMG really?! Now I’m feeling bad for the ho, she goes “you can just check the guys in, he’s not going to force you to trap” I said “OH BITCH I KNOW HE NOT, I WILLDEADASSKILL YALL” verbatim. She cleans herself up and there’s a knock at the door. I open the door and some fat white man goes “I’m here for the white girl” So I check his pockets, take his wallet and let him in, they start fucking RIGHT on the bed next to me. It was a fucking mess, A MESS So when they finished he gave her $100. I said “Jess, you selling pussy for $100? Pussy is worth thousands, you tripping” she goes “I don’t make the prices, the prices are already discussed before they come in”. So I was like “bitch NO, if u gone do this, do it right.” So I took some pics of her and put them on Backpage. Along with a the trap phone # wit a MINIMUM of $500. The phone starts BLOWING UP! I was like “see bitch, I got you a nigga coming up RIGHTNOW giving $500 for 15 minutes” he comes, I check him they get it in, he leaves. We are doing this ALLNIGHT! She fucked about 20 dudes and her sorry ass pimp only sent three of them.

    Around 6am JARRETCALLS, she answers on speaker and he is going OFF! “WHERE TF AREYOUANDZOLA?! The club BEENCLOSED!” she goes “we went to another club because it was slow” So I’m googling 24h clubs (FL has a few) trying to help her lie and he is NOT having it. He’s LIVID. He goes “if u went home with a dude your DEAD!” So he asks to speak to ME?! I was like maaannn ima end up killing these crazy white niggas tonight. He starts cursingME out! “Where are y’all! I know she’s lying!! Don’t be a ho like her Zola!” I said “I PROMISE you, I’m not” he hangs up on me and that was it. We didn’t hear from him for the rest of the night. We fall asleep, a few hours later the black dude (I STILLDONTKNOWHISNAME) comes up he’s like “how much u make last night?” Jess goes “5,500” I was like WTFWHYSHETELLINGTHETRUTH?!?! I pimped her NOTHIM! he goes “wtf how? That’s good but I only sent you three clients” she goes “Zola made me a Backpage” I was like WOOOOW here we go, he goes “you can do my job better than me?” I said “I was just helping her out, I really don’t care, your clients were cheap” he started laughing, He goes “give me the money” she gave him ALL OF IT and he goes “thanks Zola, you’re a real one” and throws $500 at me, I put that shit right in my bra. Jess goes, what about me? and he said “you owe me rent Jess. You haven’t paid in months” I was like damnnnn.

    We leave and head to Jarret and the raggedy motel because our shit was there. As we pull up, Jarrett chilling outside smoking weed with some dude PAYATTENTIONHERE!! We get out and walk up to them and Jarrett goes “here they go” the pimp goes “HERE WHO GO LILNIGGA, WHODIS?!” Jarrett starts laughing and was like “he was asking me who I was here with and I said my girl and her friends that’s all, chill out” The guy Jarrett was talking to laughs and goes “I’ll catch you later man, nice meeting you,” and leaves. He was a black guy with dreads, a FL nigga. So we all go up to the room and the pimp is going OFF on Jarrett. “You don’t know these niggas! I can’t believe you told him two bitches in here!!” and Jarret goes “he asked why I was out here mad last night, all I said was my girl went to work with her friend and I aint want her to!” Now the pimp SCREAMING“SO THATNIGGAKNOW IT’S MONEY UP HERENOW?! HELL NO. WE GOTTA GO!! NOW” me and Jess are like OMG, So we pack our shit and head out. We went to a nicer hotel about 20 minutes away. So the pimp was like “Zola keep a eye on Jarrett!” I was like oh shit he done promoted me to look out and shit, so he leaves (to go back to his fiancé at home) and Jarret and Jess start arguing He was like “I know you was trapping Jess, I saw the Backpage add ho” and he shows her a screenshot, I was like OH SHIT. HERE WE GOOOO so he starts crying like a bitch. I was like wow, he’s like “I thought you were done with this, I didn’t come to FL for this, you messy,” then he turns to me and goes “this what you came here for Zola?!” I said “HELL NA Jarret she lowkey set me up, I’m not fuckin with y’all after this, he goes “wow u even set up your friend, you’re such a ho” they arguing for hours. I leave and go down to the pool. I mean, I am in Florida!

    MY MAN calls me! I lied and said everything was okay. I didn’t want him worrying. I had a nice dinner and then the
    pimp calls the trap phone I answer and he’s like “since u a madam and shit, do that shit again tonight, but set up outcalls only because this hotel to nice to trap out of” I was like cool, I got you, especially for another $500. I go up to the room and tell Jess to get ready, Jarrett goes WTFAGAINBITCH NO! I said “Jarrett calm down, please” this white nigga starts PUNCHINGHIMSELF! like crazy people do dawg! I was like OH HELLLLNAWLLL, He goes “if u do this again Jess, I will kill myself. I love you too much.” I was like this nigga lost in the sauce and his bitch lost in the gameSo I said “Jarret sit THEFUCK down, Jess come on so I can take some pics it’s already 10 o’clock, y’all playing.” I make her a fresh ad, we come out the bathroom (I did her hair and makeup and shit) and Jarret goes “everybody knows you a ho now, FUCKYOU! I wanna go home!” I said HUH? He throws his phone at her and its HERFACEBOOK! A status of BOTH ads! HERMOM IS ON THEREGOINOFFFFFF in the comments! Jessica starts BAWLING! “Omg. My mom had my daughter this week! How could You! She on the floor literally breaking down” I was like OH FUCK, So Jessica calls the pimp “JARRETT JUSTPUTEVERYTHING ON FACEBOOK. MY WHOLEFAMILYSEES!” The pimp goes “I TOLD ZO TO WATCHHIM!” LITERALLY 5 minutes later its the pimp BANGING at our door. He comes in with his fiancé this time and snatches Jarrett up by the neck, he wasted NO TIME!! He goes “I should really kill yo ass.” Jarrett is dangling off the ground crying “please don’t please” lowkey I’m crying, the fiancé pulls out a handgun y’all!!! She goes “you want to bae or what? Fuck him, He did OUR girl so wrong” I was like OH MY FUCKINGGOD! So now Jess steps in “she’s like please don’t, just beat his ass Z” I was like (oh his name Z? Okay, got it) so he puts him down. Z goes naw I am gone kill his manhood though, and he sits on the bed next to his fiancé, he goes “sit in front of me Jarrett”. He does still crying, he goes “delete the post and give me your phone.” He did, then he goes “come here Jess” I was so lost.

    His FIANCE unbuckled his pants and Jess gets on her knees and starts sucking his dick IN FRONT OF JARRETAND I! I was like YOOO he then gets up and starts fucking Jess from the back, Jarret just sitting there, i’m standing with my mouth to the FLOOR! The fiance right next to them with a gun in her lap, I was like damnnnnn, So then he gets up and says “go clean up Jess, you gotta work” he looks at Jarret and says “any questions?” Jarret says “i wanna go home.” I laughed out loud, I couldn’t help it and Z goes “now I’ma spend the night wit my girl so YOU gone take Jess to her out calls.” I was like DAMNN!!! That’s fucked bro He goes “Zola got the clients and addresses so y’all can take her” and him and his fiance leave. The room is silent for the next 30 minutes, swear. The first client calls and says he ready, so Jarrett takes us. Z left a handgun but told me not to tell them, he slid it to me on the slick He texted the trap phone like “I’m trusting you with my bitch Zola. If anything goes left, use it.” I was like WHAT?! NIGGA I CANT! So anyway, Jarrett took us to about four clients and then the phone was slow. Me and Jarrett were in the car together while she was working so we started having deep convo. He really wasn’t a bad dude, but he was bipolar. VERY bipolar, so I understood his outburst a little more.

    We head back to the hotel and I get this one last call late as fuck and the client says “I got 5,000 but I want two bitches” I said “oh sorry we only have one.” The client goes “well i got 2,000 for one but its four dudes and we only do in calls” I was like wow, what? So i text Z and told him, he was like “hell yea, tell him come on.” So I set it up, then last min the client goes “actually, out call is fine” and gives me an address so we get in the car and head to the address. Jess goes “its four of them can you just wait in the hall please” I was like bitch, iight cmon. So we head up to the room number they gave and Jess knocks, a dude goes “who is it” and she says “incall” the door FLINGSOPENFAST AS FUCKANDTWOBIGBLACKDUDESSNATCHEDJESS! Bitch I ran so got damn fast I couldn’t even see straight, I was OUT! Fuck that, I run out and THECAR IS GONE! I’m screaming “JARRETT! JARRETTT!!” This fool gone. So i call him, STILLRUNNING and he like “yall done?!” I said “BITCH Z TOLD U TO NEVERLEAVE US! WHEREARE U!” He’s like “I’m at the gas station, I was thirsty, I thought she was gone be a minute” I’m STILLRUNNING, lmfaooo. Dont know WHERE I’m going. I’m like “they snatched her dude! COMEGET ME. IM CALLINTHEPOLICE!” He pulls up a minute later and is like “don’t call the police, call Z” I was like “Z gone BEATEVERYBODYASS!! YOU WASN’T SUPPOSED TO LEAVE!” and he’s like “well YOU have the gun, if you call the cops you done too!” I was like shit, you right.

    So I called Z and told him what happened! Z IS LIVID! and this deep African accent comes out! I couldnt even understand him on the phone. I was like maaaannnnn, we dead bro So Z pulls up and is like “let’s go” I said
    “ummm ima stay here, yall go” he goes “IM NOT IN THEMOODRIGHTNOW, COMETHEFUCK ON!” So we all go me and Jarrett on the side of the hall where you cant see and Z knocks on the door, a man goes “who is it” Z goes “where my bitch man?!” Jessica SCREAMS and the voice says “aint no bitch in here bruh” I was like OH MY GAWD. Z goes “open the door” guess who opens the door THENIGGAWITHDREADSTHATJARRETTWASSMOKINGWITH AT THERUNDOWNMOTEL! I WASLIKEYOOOOOOOOOOO! So he goes “come in and check,” to Z. Z motioned for us to stay hidden. THANKGOD. So he goes in the room and dread head there by himself, Z sits on the bed wit his strap out and goes “where she at man?” dreads goes “well since she wants to steal work from my girls, she clearly wants to be here wit us (we still don’t see Jess) so Z goes to the closet and bust the door in and she in there, tied up and knocked the fuck out. Dreads goes “I got 20K for her right now man and all is forgiven” Z said “we made more then 20k this weekend alone. Get outta here!” So dreads goes “my dudes downstairs not gone just let you walk out with her like that” and Z said “we’ll see” mind you, I can barely see I’m around the corner. So i just hear everything. Next thing I know I hear some shuffling and a gun goes off, once again I TAKEOFF but I took off down the hall threw the back! Jarrett wasn’t far behind and then we look behind us and Z is runnin too wit Jess over his shoulder. He throws Jess in the car and hops in the drivers seat, I hopped in wit him and Jarret hopped in the other car and we got the fuck ON, I’m crying. I said “wtf happened?!” He goes “that nigga reached for his piece, I shot him in the face man” i was like OHHHMMAAAGAWDDD!!

    We got back to our hotel, packed our shit and checked out. We went to Z and his fiance’s condo, it was nice as FUCK by the way. Jess is up now and she tells us what happened. Apparently they recognized her from the motel and set her up (clearly) and once they snatched her they told her to trap for them and she said no. So they beat her ass that’s what Z interrupted when he knocked so they knocked her out. I was like, I REALLY gotta go home y’all. Sorry to kill the mood but I cant take no more of this. Jarrett was like “same” Z’s fiance was in the kitchen counting money dawg, Just like a rich ho. So Z was like “everybody get some sleep, I gotta get rid of this” (talking about the gun) so he leaves. We all try to get some sleep. The next morning he comes in with tickets for me and Jarrett. Jarrett goes “I’m not leaving Jess here, not after last night,she has a daughter and needs to come home” Z was like “Na we making money” I was like wooooww! wit a black eye and busted lip and some FL niggas looking for y’all, you STILL trying to trap? Crazy, I was like “WELL I’M READY!” Jess goes “it’ll be ok Jarrett, I’ll be home in three days” Jarrett started with that punching himself shit again, I was like oh mannn, here we go. Jarrett goes “come with me or I’m killing myself” Z was like “ugh, not this shit again. I’ll be in the car, y’all need to hurry up!” So Jarrett is literally breaking down. You ever seen someone hysterically crying? It’s intense and Jess trying to calm him down. I’m at the door ready Jarrett randomly stops crying. Instantly, like some movie shit and goes “so u aren’t coming?!” Jess said “no Jarrett, I cant” this nigga Jarret RUNSTOWARDSTHEIRBALCONY& JUMPS! I swear to GOD, right hand to the Bible, he fucking jumped, I screamed SO LOUD my heart stopped Jess runs towards the balcony and this nigga Jarrett was hanging. He didn’t fall all the way, he was stuck by his pants. THANKGOD! We were only on the 4th floor but he still would’ve died, It was a good drop. So jess is helping him and I call Z. Still crying I was like “Jarrett is stuck, he tried to jump off your balcony” Z was like “WHAT IS WRONGWITTHISNIGGA!! FAMILIESLIVEHEREBRO, WTF” So Z came up, helped get him, slapped the fuck out of him (literally) and physically guided him to the car.

    Jess comes out and goes “I swear I didn’t set you up Zola. I never intended for you to trap, that’s why you didn’t !I hope we can be friends after.” I looked at her like she wasn’t speaking English and I said “i’m not gone beat yo ass right now because you already in bad shape, but I better not ever see or hear from you again.” She walked away. Z LITERALLY buckled Jarrett’s seat belt lmfao and we went to the airport. When we landed in Detroit my man picked us up. We both looked HORRIBLE, so washed up and so tired. My man was like “who is this white boy and what’s wrong with y’all” I said “babe neither of us are the same, Just take him to his car and take me home.” We drop Jarrett off and on the way home I told him everything, he couldn’t even speak honestly. I get a collect call four days later from a jail in LASVEGAS! It’s JESSICA! she goes “we got caught trapping in Vegas and we all got arrested” I said ” Oh, why you calling me?” She goes “Z was wanted for kidnapping 15 underage girls and is linked to six murders including FL” I said “Florida? Murder? You have the wrong number!” She screams “ASK JARRETT TO BAIL ME OUT, he wont answer my collect call” I said “JARRETT??? You really have the wrong number” I hung up and called Jarrett. He goes “yea I heard it’s on the news, he’s a huge trafficker” I found out later that Jessica and his fiance played victim and said they were forced and Z who’s name I can’t pronounce was a African man and was wanted literally everywhere. He got sentenced to life and I hear Jess is back in Detroit with her mom & baby, The END.



    Spread

    On October 28th, Redditor pscriivin submitted a post titled “What is the Zola Story?” to the /r/OutOfTheLoop[1] subreddit. That same day, Redditor HeathenBarbie submitted a post titled “Zola, Jess and Z,” featuring a picture of Drake sitting next to a blonde woman (shown below, left). Meanwhile, Redditor awesomewavves submitted an image macro of a woman sitting on a bed with the caption “Zola on the bed when Jess was trapping” (shown below, right). In the first 24 hours, the post gained over 5,000 votes (91% votes) and 4,900 votes (88% upvoted) on the /r/blackpeopletwitter[2][4] subreddit respectively.



    Also on October 28th, American film director Ava DuVernay praised the story as a “best seller in waiting” (shown below).



    In the coming days, many news sites published articles about the Zola story, including BuzzFeed,[7] Time,[6] The Daily Mail,[8] The Mirror,[9] Complex[10] and Jezebel.[11] According to the Twitter analytics site Topsy,[5] the hashtag #zola was tweeted over 19,500 times within 48 hours (shown below).



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  • 10/29/15--12:25: Ken M
  • About

    Ken M is the online identity of Kenneth McCarthy, who is known for his humorous comment trolling on sites like Yahoo News and the Huffington Post. Screenshots of his comments are posted on a variety of forums, including a dedicated subreddit, and admired for their satire of comment-board culture and characters.

    Background

    According to an interview with Reddit’s Upvoted blog, Ken M is Kenneth McCarthy, a copywriter for Comedy Central.[1] He used to leave sincere comments on news articles and in other forums, “but hardly anyone responded rationally to what he had to say. “I was appalled by the Yahoo comment section. It was such a toxic, shitty space,” he explained.” In April of 2011, he began leaving satirical comments on posts in the newsfeed of Yahoo News.[2]



    The first known Ken M troll comment.

    Online Presence

    Ken M began by keeping a record of his comments on Tumblr as user HorseySurprise,[3] and then created a Twitter account with the same handle for the character as well.[4] The Ken M character generally uses photographs of elderly men as avatars, although Ken himself is in his mid-30s. In 2012, Ken M began writing a column entitled “The Troll”[5] for CollegeHumor and in 2013 he started another column for the comedy site The Runt.[6] Both columns featured collections of screenshots of Ken M comments.

    On May 13th, 2013, the /r/kenm subreddit was founded, and as of October 2015 it has more than 61,500 subscribers.[7] In addition, the official Ken M Facebook page, which Ken often uses to comment on corporate social media profiles, has more than 20,000 likes.[8] Articles about the work of Ken M have appeared on Uproxx[9] and Gizmodo.[10]



    A selection of popular Ken M troll comments.

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    About

    Ariane the Overexposed Stock Photo Model is the online nickname for stock photography model and health coach Rebecca Ariane Givens. After a Givens-themed Wordpress blog was launched in late 2012, she gained much online notoriety due to the seemingly ubiquitous use of her stock photos in advertisements.

    Origin

    In late 2012, a Singaporean-run blog titled “Overexposed Big Mouth Model”[7] was launched on Wordpress, which featured various advertisements using stock photographs of Givens. The blog was shut down in December that year.

    Spread

    On December 6th, 2012, the OverexposedModel Tumblr[6] blog was launched, which highlights photographs and news stories featuring Givens. In March 2013, the Asian news site AsiaOne[8] published an article about Givens popularity in Singapore. In April, Esquire published an article reporting on Givens’ Internet fame by writer Mike Aquino titled “Almost Famous,”[1] which identified her only as Ariane. On April 15th, a Facebook[3] page titled “Ariane – The Overexposed Stock Image Model” was created, garnering upwards of 13,100 likes in the next three years. On April 29th, Redditor redditforgotaboutme submitted the Facebook page to the /r/graphic_design[2] subreddit. On September 16th, Givens launched the Tumblr[4] blog Radiant Peach for posts related to “organic beauty, health and avoiding toxins in your food.” On January 22nd, 2015, YouTuber Buzz Osaur uploaded a music video dedicated to Ariane titled “This Girl is Everywhere (Looking for Ariane)” (shown below).



    On May 27th, the modeling blog Top Model Advice[5] published an interview with Givens titled “Interview With the Most Famous Stock Photography Model in History,” revealing that she originally identified herself to Esquire as her middle name in an attempt to remain anonymous.

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  • 10/30/15--08:59: Adele's "Hello"
  • About

    “Hello” is a 2015 song by the British pop singer Adele. The song was notable for its extreme popularity as well as the fact that it marked the artist’s return to the music industry after a three year hiatus. In addition, the song inspired many notable parodies.

    Origin

    On October 18th, 2015, a teaser for the song aired on British television during an episode of The X Factor. The video was a 30 second snippet of the lyrics, sung by Adele.[1] On October 22nd, 2015, the singer released the actual video through her Vevo account.



    The song was announced to be the first single from Adele’s forthcoming record 25.[2]

    Spread

    Within 24 hours, the video broke the YouTube viewing record, previously held by Taylor Swift’s“Bad Blood”, by gaining over 27.7 million views.[3] In a week after it’s release, it had over 147 million views. It was the second fastest video on YouTube to hit 100 million views, reaching the milestone in 5 days, and the fastest video on Vevo to hit the same mark.[4] In addition to being incredibly popular, the song was critically acclaimed; the Guardian said “Adele sounds great: she sells the song without over-singing it, leaving the melismatic vocal fireworks to the inevitable spate of X Factor cover versions.”[5] The song’s release trended on both Facebook, where there were over 12,000 individual posts[7] and Twitter, where there were more than 220,000 tweets about the song.[8]

    Parodies

    After the song premiered, both viewers and late night talk show hosts both started to create parodies on the songs. Frequent recurring comedic themes included the age of Adele’s phone, which in the music video is an early 2000s flip phone, instead of the smart phones commonly in use in 2015. Parodies also tended to attempt to answer the question of who the song was written by. As of October 30th, 2015, there were over 149,000 results on YouTube for “Adele Hello.”[6]



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  • 10/30/15--10:28: Scratch
  • About

    Scratch is an online programming tool and sharing website that can be used to create games, animations, and art. The first stable release of the website and program was made public January 8, 2007, and since then it’s been gaining more and more users. Recently, a 2.0 version has been released that adds scalable Vector Graphics, among other features.

    Community

    Scratch is a popular website with over 3,726,565 users. There are many popular users that have gained a small amount of fame outside of the website, such as ScratchU8, Griffpatch and WazzoTV.

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    Saus

    Saus is seemingly a corruption of YTP’s Sos. It’s used randomly used in projects with the accompanied audio “Saus”.


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