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  • 11/23/15--11:46: Operation Drake
  • About

    Operation Drake is an Internet death hoax orchestrated by members of 4chan to spread a false rumor on YouTube that the Canadian rapper Drake has been killed in a car accident in late November 2015.

    Origin

    On November 23rd, 2015, an anonymous 4chan user submitted a post to the /b/ (random) board urging viewers to post comments that Drake had died in a car crash to his music videos on YouTube (shown below).



    ITT: We go to YouTube and tell them on Drakes video he died in a car crash. Like each others’ comments. Dislike and report those that deny it and try to call bullshit.

    Spread

    That day, YouTubers began posting comments on Drake’s music videos claiming the rapper had died in a car accident. Shortly after, Redditor bidhansth posted a collection of posts about Drake’s death to the /r/4chan[2] subreddit, where it gathered upwards of 5,300 votes (94% upvoted) and 370 comments within 13 hours.



    Meanwhile, BuzzFeed[3] community user JohnWeaverReporting submitted a post titled “Rapper Drake Dies in Fatal Car Accident,” which was subsequently removed by BuzzFeed staff. Also on November 23rd, Redditor Kantor48 submitted a post asking “Why does everyone seem to think Drake is dead?” to the /r/OutOfTheLoop[1] subreddit, to which user Chewy_Lemon cited the 4chan operation. In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the hoax, including HipHopEarly,[4] MediaMass[5] and Complex.[6]

    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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  • 11/23/15--12:36: #BrusselsLockdown
  • About

    #BrusselsLockdown is a satirical hashtag started by Belgian Twitter users in response to the police urging people to restrain from sharing any details of the ongoing anti-terror police operations in search of the suspects involved in the 2015 Paris Terror Attacks.

    Origin

    On November 13th, 2015, the French and Belgian authorities launched massive police raids in search of several suspects in the Paris terror attacks still believed to be at large, including Salah Abdeslam[1], a 26-years-old Belgian-born French national who rented a car and drove the attackers to the Bataclan theatre on the night of the attacks. By November 16th, the French investigators and European news outlets[2][3][4] had identified Abdeslam as a key suspect and the only perpetrator presumed to be still living and hiding in Brussels.



    On November 21st, the Belgian government raised its terrorist threat alert to the maximum level after determining that another major attack was being planned in Brussels, which effectively placed the city under lockdown. On November 22nd, as the Belgian police conducted counter-terrorism raids across the city, Belgian Defence Minister Steven Vandeput[5] tweeted:



    Spread

    That same day, Twitter user @JayceLight[6] posted a photoshopped image of two Stormtroopers on Bullet Cats along with a message poking fun at the alarmist nature of the Belgian government’s attempt at silencing the social media in the name of counter-terrorism (shown below).



    Between November 22nd and 23rd, many other Twitter users in Belgium and elsewhere chimed in on the satirical hashtag by sharing dozens of classic LOLcat images paired with mock headlines.[8] According to Topsy[9], the hashtag #BrusselsLockdown was tweeted more than 220,000 times in less than 24 hours.



    Examples




    Search Interest

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  • 11/23/15--15:32: History Channel
  • work in progress, will finish this as soon as possible

    About

    History (Formely known as The History Channel) is an American television channel owned by Art & Entertainment Networks (A&E), a company which is a joint venture between Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company. [1] It has several sister channels, including H2 (History’s second channel) and Crime and Investigation Network.

    Channel History

    Online Relevance

    Popular Series

    Ancient Aliens

    Pawn Stars

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    External References


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  • 11/23/15--18:05: Jar Jar Binks
  • work in progress

    About

    Jar Jar Binks is the name of a fictional character within the Star Wars prequel trilogy. He has since appeared in many games, books, and animated series surrounding the films. Since his introduction many online fans have expressed their disgust for the character, often citing him as one of the worst aspects of the prequel trilogy, and Star Wars as a whole, and usually criticizing series creator George Lucas for the character’s creation. Recently a fan theory of Binks being a secret Sith Lord (often said to be a new body of the immortal Darth Plageuis) has gained traction online, both ironically and unironically, with some going so far as to predict he is in fact the identity of The Force Awakens villain Supreme Commander Snoke.

    Origin

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  • 11/23/15--21:06: Dogmeat

  • About

    Dogmeat is the name of the a recurring non-playable character from the game series Fallout. Known for his loyalty and companionship, Dogmeat has become one of the most popular NPCs in gaming and gained a reputation as one of the most fun parts of the Fallout series.

    Origin

    Dogmeat originally appeared in the first Fallout game. He was located in Junktown in the year 2161, where he was the companion of another NPC named Phil; the player could distract Phil and therefore gain Dogmeat as his own companion.[1]



    Left: Dogmeat in the original Fallout. Right: Dogmeat in Fallout 2.

    Dogmeat continued to appear in all of the Fallout games. In Fallout 3, he was integrated more into the gameplay, and his popularity as a character began to rise even more.[2] He appeared again in Fallout 4, by which time he had his own fandom and cult following.[3] Although the later versions of the game occur much later in time, the game’s creators have maintained that the newer Dogmeat is a direct descendent of the older Dogmeat.



    Left: Dogmeat in Fallout 3; Right: Dogmeat in Fallout 4.

    Spread

    Dogmeat fandom began to develop during the release of Fallout 3, but exploded after the release of Fallout 4. Many players were immediately interested in finding him, causing videos with instructions to skyrocket in views. In addition, users posted images of Easter Eggs or glitches involving the companion. On reddit, 29 different threads regarding Dogmeat have over 1000 upvotes as of November 23rd, and most of them pertain to the version available in Fallout 4.[4] Users have posted over 100 videos of Dogmeat on Vine[5] and 135 images tagged with #Dogmeat on Imgur,[6] where many users post images from the game or images of real life dogs that look like Dogmeat. On Instagram, there are 17,000 posts tagged with #Dogmeat,[7] and Twitter mentions of the word rose from an average 100 to 2,000 per day after the release of the game.[8][9]

    Dogmeat was also featured in several reviews of Fallout 4. Leon Hurley of GamesRadar played through a version where he followed Dogmeat home after being set loose.[10] Several games publications, including Games Rant, published stories about how to find armor for Dogmeat.[11]

    Notable Examples



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  • 11/23/15--23:42: Dog of Wisdom
  • About

    Dog of Wisdom is a short crude CGI video of a dog on a plane and his meeting with a dog on a cloud, the dog of wisdom. The haphazard nature of the video and distinctive gibberish the dogs spoke in have spawned multiple parodies and fan-art.

    Origin

    The original video was uploaded on July 23, 2015 by Youtube user Joe, whose channel contains many other crude CGI animations. In a span of 4 months, the Dog of Wisdom video gained 3,764,126 hits (shown below).



    Spread

    W.I.P.

    In 2 months, the popular internet dubstep musician The Living Tombstone uploaded his Dog of Wisdom BLUE Remix Ft. Joe Gran. In another month, The Living Tombstone uploaded his Dog of Wisdom RED Remix Ft. Joe Gran. The videos gained 2,001,883 and 1,099,366 views, respectively (shown below).



    Various Examples

    W.I.P.

    Images



    Videos

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  • 11/24/15--03:27: American McGee's Alice
  • Working In Progress (W.I.P.). Please be patient.

    About

    American McGee’s Alice or the Alice Series is a third-person psychological horror action video game series created by American McGee of Spicy Horse and published by Electronic Arts. Although it’s unofficial to Lewis Carroll’s Alice, American McGee’s Alice take places years after Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. focusing on the protagonist of a older and more darker version of Alice Liddell.

    Origin

    American McGee’s early career begins by working for id Software in 1993 as a tech supporter then later a level designer for the Doom series and Quake series. In 1998 after the release of Quake 2 for the PC, id Software let American go for having served his purpose. He soon got a job at Electronic Arts with Rogue Entertainment to create the cult classic American McGee’s Alice. The game was released on December 5th, 2000.

    Spread & Popularity

    Sequels

    Alice: Madness Returns

    Alice: Otherlands

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – American McGee

    [2]Wikipedia – Alice: Madness Returns

    [3]Wikia – Alice Wiki

    [4]Kickstarter – Alice Otherlands

    [5]Facebook – Alice: Otherlands

    [6]Google Image Search – American Mcgee’s Alice


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  • 11/24/15--13:45: Sad Weird Al
  • About

    Sad Weird Al is a photoshop meme and image macro series based on a photograph of performer “Weird Al” Yankovic wearing a solemn-looking expression while standing in an airport security line.

    Origin

    On November 24th, 2015, Redditor TheLetter10 submitted a photograph of Yankovic standing in line at an airport security station to the /r/pics[4] subreddit, where it gathered upwards of 5,400 votes ( 92% upvoted) within 24 hours (shown below, left). In the comments section of the post, Redditor teh_newguy[5] posted an edited version of the Sad Keanu photograph with Yankovic superimposed over Keanu Reeves (shown below, right).



    Spread

    After the post reached the front page of Reddit on November 24th, Redditor Propane13 posted an image macro of the photograph with the caption “No room in overhead compartments / accordian sent to checked luggage” to the /r/weirdal[7] subreddit (shown below, left). Later that day, Yankovic tweeted[6] that he was “honored” to have inspired a new meme (shown below, right).



    Meanwhile, Redditor Supperrmann submitted the photo to the /r/photoshopbattles[8] subreddit, where several others submitted photoshopped variations of the image (shown below). In the coming days, the Internet news sites The Daily Dot,[1] The Mary Sue and Memebase[3] published articles about the photoshop meme.



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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  • 11/24/15--16:20: American Football / Gridiron
  • WIP. Please ask for editorship.

    About

    American Football / Gridiron is a North American sport originating in 1869. The game involves two teams of eleven players competing on a rectangular field to score the most points. The sport is very popular in America, having millions of fans.

    History

    WIP

    Reception

    WIP

    Impact

    WIP

    Fandom

    WIP

    Related Memes

    WIP

    Madden Giferator

    Madden Giferator is an online application by EA to promote the football game Madden.

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  • 11/24/15--16:50: Neko Atsume
  • About

    Neko Atsume (Japanese: ねこあつめ; English: Cat Collection), known in English as Kitty Collector, is a mobile game and app created by developer Hit-Point for iOS and Android. Following the game’s release in Japan, with no intention for a Western translation; the game gained unexpected popularity in both Japan and the West, resulting in the game eventually being translated to English.

    History

    Neko Atsume[6] was first only released as a Japanese game on October 20, 2014, by Hit Point Co. Ltd.[7] Originally it was a game intended to feature a “look and enjoy” style for players who like cats, according to the game’s developer Yutaka Takasaki.[1] Since it’s release, the game has stayed true to its formula, with the updates mostly featuring new cats and items.

    Gameplay

    The game features a simple formula in which the goal is to attract cats using a variety of food, toys and furniture. The game’s various cats are attracted by different toys, with certain cats only appearing when using specific toys based on their nature; alongside the special cats, which have more unique characteristics and will only appear when using certain toys or furniture. When the cats appear, the player can watch them, take photos of them, and receive gifts from them.



    The game’s currency consists of regular fish and the more rare gold fish, both which are given by the cats after they leave. These fish can then be used to purchase more toys and furniture or even house rebuilds. The game knows no end, with the closest being a complete catbook, but cats will only appear so long as the player puts out food for them.

    Reception

    According to the game’s developer Yutaka Takasaki, Neko Atsume had easily become the most popular game by his company Hit Point Co. Ltd. since it was founded in 2007.[2] By July 2015, the game had received over 5.5 million downloads since its release on iOS and Android combined,[2] with up to 40% of the downloads coming from the West despite the game having no English translation at the time; which had increased to 6.5 million by September.[5] On August 27th, 2015, Neko Atsume won the CEDEC Award for best game design.[3][4]



    Google Live Video Event

    On September 15th, 2015, Google and Hit-Point teamed up for Google’s Game Week with Google Play in a live 11-hour long video event called Real Neko Atsume (リアルねこあつめ),[10] which was broadcasted on YouTube from a Cat café in Osaka (shown below). The event featured a video stream in which cats were released in a setting similar to Neko Atsume, allowing viewers to watch as the cats interacted with the items laid out for them. Despite being a Japanese event, Western media also reported on the event; such as Polygon,[8] PR Newswire[5] and The Verge.[9]



    Online Presence

    [WiP]

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  • 11/24/15--19:37: Black Lives Matter Shooting
  • Origin

    On Monday, November 23, armed men who were allegedly frequent users of 4chan’s/pol/ and /k/ boards shot and injured 5 Black Lives Matterhttp://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/black-lives-matter protesters. By the next day, three suspects were arrested in connection to the shooting. All of the injuries sustained in the shooting were non-fatal.

    Background

    The alleged attackers, who according to protesters, had recorded footage of the protests on the previous Friday and refused to explain why they were there, were recorded in a video posted to the “Black Lives Matter” facebook page with firearms and speaking about the protests with frequent references to /pol/ memes such as referring to the protesters as “Dindus” short for “Dindu Nuffin.”



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    About

    The Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Localization Controversy is a controversy that arose over the decision of the Japanese video game publisher Koei Tecmo to not bring the video game Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 outside of the Asian market due to fear of backlash over the game’s focus on fanservice.

    Background

    Dead or Alive Xtreme 3[1] is the third entry in the Dead or Alive Xtreme franchise,[2] a spin-off of the Dead or Alive fighting game franchise which features the games’ female cast in a beach resort setting. The series is known for its heavy amounts of fanservice, and in the past previous entries in the franchise have caused minor controversy. The series’ reputation as sexist amongst critics often makes it appear and criticised in articles about sexism in gaming[17][18] and lists ranking games by sexism.[19][20][21][22]



    Although the game was initially considered for a North American release if interest was strong enough,[24] the game’s publisher, Koei Tecmo, announced on November 24, 2015 via Facebook that the game would not be coming to North America due to potential backlash.[3] The initial comment has since been deleted.



    Notable Developments

    Soon after the comment was posted, the news that the game would not be localized spread to various gaming outlets, several of which shifted the blame onto social justice warriors.[4][5] The decision was also criticized by groups such as the GamerGate movement, who used the decision as an example of the effects of social justice on the gaming community. Meanwhile, a Change.org petition to release the game in the west reached over 2,000 signatures in less than 24 hours;[15] while the r/KotakuInAction sub-reddit attempted to start an e-mail campaign towards Koei Tecmo.[16]

    At Play-Asia

    On October 30th, the game import website Play-Asia announced on their Twitter that it would carry the English Asia version of the game;[10] restating this on their official Twitter on November 24th following Koei Tecmo’s announcement.[6] Although the announcement was met with mixed reception, the site reported a large spike in Twiiter followers because of it. The Twitter account reporting that in the course of 24 hours they had nearly doubled their Twitter followers; going from 9,000 to passing the 10,000 on November 24th,[8] to over 17,000 by November 25th.[8]



    Play-Asia’s announcement was met with mixed replies. Fans of the series and critics of the social justice movement mainly praised the site for its decision. Play-Asia’s offer was also shared by Koei Tecmo Europe on their Twitter account.[23] Play-Asia itself as well replied towards the controversy and reactions to their decision, using Smug Anime Faces to mock the controversy due to the resulting increase in their sales.



    At HuniePot

    On November 25th, the developer of the fanservice-centered game HuniePop, HuniePot, offered $1 million dollars for the United States rights to the Xtreme series to Koei Tecmo.[7] The offer was subsequently reported by various gaming sites,[11] blogs,[12][13] and forums.[14]



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Dead or Alive Xtreme 3

    [2]Wikipedia – Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball

    [3]Archive.is – “We do not bring DOAX3 to the west and won’t have any plan change in the future.”

    [4]Gamespot – Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Won’t Ship Worldwide Due to Sexism Backlash Fears

    [5]Breitbart News – ‘Dead or Alive Xtreme 3′ Avoiding Western Beaches over SJW Criticism

    [6]Twitter – #DOAX3 will not be coming to the US due to #SJW nonsense. However, we will have the English Asia version available

    [7]Twitter – .@KoeiTecmoUS I’ll give you $1M for the rights to publish DOAX in the states.

    [8]@playasia – 10,000 followers~ Thanks for the support everyone!

    [9]@playasia – 17,000 alienated followers and counting.

    [10]Play-Asia News – ENGLISHRELEASE OF DEAD OR ALIVEXTREME 3 FORTUNE/VENUSCONFIRMEDFORASIA!

    [11]Dualshockers – Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Developer Offers $1,000,000 to Koei Tecmo for U.S. Publishing License

    [12]The Gaming Ground – Huniepot offers Koei Tecmo US 1 million dollars for the DOAX3 US publishing rights

    [13]One Angry Gamer – HuniePot Offers Koei $1 Million To Publish Dead Or Alive Xtreme 3 In America

    [14]r/KotakuInAction – HuniePot developer offers Koei one million dollars for US DOAX publishing rights

    [15]Change.org – Bring Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 to the West

    [16]r/KotakuInAction – E-mail campaign Koei Tecmo about DOAX3 not being released in the west because of backlash from SJWs

    [17]VentureBeat – Sexism and misogyny are gaming’s status quo

    [18]The Game Bolt – Sexism in Gaming 2014 – Let’s All Be Adults Here

    [19]Games Retrospect – Top 10: Blatantly Misogynistic Games

    [20]PS3.MMGNThe 5 Most Sexist Games of this Generation

    [21]What Culture – 10 Blatantly Sexist Video Games

    [22]International Business Time – After ‘Gamergate’: The Five Most Sexist Video Games Of All Time

    [23]Twitter – Koei Tecmo Europe

    [24]Blog.Esuteru – PS4/Vita「デッドオアアライブ エクストリーム3」


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  • 11/25/15--11:11: Overwatch


  • About

    Overwatch is a team-based first person shooter video game developed by Blizzard Entertainment, where players asume control of of several hero characters, each with their own unique abilities and role classes. Since its announcement at BlizzCon 2014, the game has gained a fan following.

    Premise

    Overwatch takes place in a future after an event known as the Omnic Crisis. The Omnic Crisis began when robots that once served humans mysteriously gained sentience, and rebelled against their human masters. Humanity responded to this by creating Overwatch: an organization tasked with enforcing good and defending the planet from evil. A large battle then commenced between the robots and Overwatch, with Overwatch being victorious at the end. Skip to present day, thirty years after the Omnic Crisis. For reasons unknown, Overwatch has been disbanded, and most of its members now serve as mercenaries.[5]

    Gameplay

    In the beta, Overwatch puts in in control of 21 heroes in a six versus six team, a few examples being:

    • Tracer: A former pilot with the ability to blink through time
    • Hanzo: A ninja-like hero who wields a bow and can climb walls
    • Reinhardt: A hero who carries a massive hammer and wears a giant suit of armor
    • McCree: A former outlaw who delivers justice on his own terms with his revolver
    • Reaper: A mysterious rogue who brandishes dual shotguns and can turn into a shadow
    • Widowmaker: A deadly assassin armed with a sniper rifle and an infra-sight recon visor

    Current maps consist of only two gamemodes: Payload and Point Capture, with some being hybrids between the two. Each match will put you on a team of six people attempting to attack/defend an area while the opposing team tries to stop you from doing so. [4] At the end of each match, a “Play of the Game” will be displayed, showing the player that employed a maneuver that turned the tide of the game.

    History

    Overwatch was first announced during BlizzCon 2014, in November 7th, by the release of a cinematic and gameplay trailers (shown bellow). During Penny Arcade Expo East 2015, Blizzard Entertainment announced the release of a closed beta on October 25th, 2015.[6] The game is setted for release in the spring of 2016.



    Online Relevance

    Since its announcement, Overkill has been heavily compared with the team-based first person shooter "_Team Fortress 2_:/memes/team-fortress-2, especially by TF2 players. On November 9th, 2014, Youtuber RIZΣKI uploaded a video titled “Team Overwatch 2 Trailer”, featuring Overwatch‘s trailer with Team Fortress 2 voice commands, gaining over 250,000 views in the following year, On November 11th, 2014, the let’s playerSTAR_ uploaded a video where he discusses about the comparasions and his opinion on the game, gaining over 900,000 views in the following year. After the announcement, a dedicated subreddit was created, gathering over 75,000 subscribers in the following year.[1]



    After its announcement, the game quickly gained a fandom, spawning fan art and discussions on the released trailers. As November 25th, 2015, the artist community DeviantART leads to over 5,000 results under the keyword “overwatch”, being most of them related to the game.[3] Fandom presence can also be found on other communities like Tumblr.[2]



    Related Memes

    Time to Reap

    “Time to Reap” is a voice line uttered by Reaper when using his ultimate ability. First seen on the gameplay trailer (shown bellow, left), the quote got consequently mocked for being percived edgy, and got popular after an animation uploaded by STAR_, which got over 460,000 views in less than a month (shown bellow, right).



    It’s High Noon

    “It’s High Noon” is a voice line uttered by McCree when using his ultimate ability. Due the effectiveness of the ability, the quote has become popular on the fandom.



    Justice Rains From Above

    “Justice Rains From Above” is a voice line uttered by Pharah when using his ultimate ability. Due the repetition of the line, it has grown as a in-joke among the fans.



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  • 11/28/15--03:57: Senran Kagura
  • Work in progress.




    About

    Senran Kagura (閃乱カグラ) is a 3D side scrolling video game series developed by Tamsoft and produced by Marvelous Entertainment. The series, which revolve arround groups of female ninjas, has several spin-offs, manga and anime series, and has been notorious for its ammount of fan service.

    History

    The first game of the series, Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows, was released in Japan on September 22nd, 2011 for Nintendo 3DS. A sequel, Senran Kagura Burst , was released on August 30th, 2012, and released in North America as digital release on November 14th, 2013. On August 7th, 2014, Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson was released in Japan, being released worlwide in September 2015.



    From left to right: Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows,Senran Kagura Burst ,Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson.

    On February 28, 2013 the third instament of the series, Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus, was released for PSVita in Japan, and released on North America on October 14th, 2014. The game was followed by a sequel on March 26th, 2015, titled Senran Kagura: Estival Versus and released for both Vita and PlayStation 4. The series has several spin-offs, like the card battling mobile game Senran Kagura: New Wave and the rhythm cooking game Senran Kagura Bon Appétit!, released on Japan for Vita on March 20h, 2014 and on North America on November 11th, 2014.



    From left to right: Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus,Senran Kagura: Estival Versus,Senran Kagura: New Wave,Senran Kagura Bon Appétit!.

    Manga and Anime

    The franchise also inspired several manga series and an anime series. The main manga adaptation, written by Kenichirō Takaki and illustrated by Amami Takatsume, began serialization in the magazine Monthly Comic Alive magazine on August 27th, 2011, being the first of five manga series. The anime series, titled Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash!, aired in Japan between January 6, 2013 and March 24, 2013, and was directed by Takashi Watanabe.



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  • 11/30/15--11:59: Ivor Is Coming
  • About

    Ivor Is Coming is a photoshop meme based on a Facebook profile image of Brooklyn resident Ivor Noyek walking down the side of a picturesque road in upstate New York. Shortly after its emergence online in late November 2015, Noyek’s photograph spawned a series of photoshopped parodies mocking the subject’s hipster-like appearance.

    Origin

    On November 22nd, 2015, Ivor Noyek, an Irish-born Brooklyn resident and senior art director of New York-based creative marketing agency Roar Groupe, changed his Facebook[1] profile to a photograph of himself walking down the side of a road in Katerskill Falls, New York while dressed in a jean jacket and sunglasses (shown below, left). The following day, his friend Keith Lawler replied to the post with an edited version of the photo made to look like a poster for a fake Werner Herzog film titled “Street Sailor” (shown below, right).[3]



    Spread

    On November 24th, 2015, Noyek posted a status update on Facebook[7] announcing he had received 31 photoshops of his profile picture. The following day, the Igor is Coming Tumblr[4] blog was launched, which highlights notable photoshops of the Noyek photo (shown below). Additionally, Noyek began reposting examples from his @Ivor_FTLO[9] Twitter feed.



    On November 26th, Twitter use @twe1ve1 posted a photoshopped image of Novek in a scene from the 1994 animated Disney film The Lion King (shown below). In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the photoshop meme, including Mashable,[2] The Huffington Post[5] and Metro.[6]



    Various Examples



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  • 12/01/15--05:33: Pope Bars
  • About

    Pope Bars, often used in its hashtag form #PopeBars, refers to user-created rhymes that accompany a photograph of Pope Francis where he is holding a modern wireless microphone in a manner that emulates the manner in which performers of Rap / Hip Hop often do. In Fall 2015, these types of rhymes were often posted on Twitter.

    Origin

    On Monday, November 30th, Pope Francis toured Bangui, which is the capital of the Central African Republic, where he urged the people to reconcile a long-held civil war. During his visit, he was photographed by Gianluigi Guercia in a photograph that was then distributed by Getty Images to newspapers and publications worldwide. [1]



    Bars is a term used to refer to rhyming lyrics in rap or hip hop.[10]

    Spread

    African Black Twitter users began tweeting the hashtag/lyric combination at around 5:45 AM, Eastern Standard Time, and some notable tweets, including those by users thvpelo[2] and JussDaTip,[3] receiving in the thousands and hundreds of retweets and favorites, respectively. Within 15 hours, the hashtag had been used more than 66,000 times on Twitter.[4] The trend quickly received notice by the mainstream media, including articles in Vanity Fair,[5] Vibe,[6] and Mashable.[7]

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    Note: Search results were not available for popebars as all one word, which is how it’s usually used, however there were minimal results for the two words separately.



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  • 12/01/15--08:42: The Meteorologist Dress
  • About

    The Meteorologist Dress refers to a women’s garment which was worn by a large number of television meteorologists after being posted to a private Facebook group in November 2015.

    Origin

    On November 21st, 2015, meteorologist Jennifer Myers from the Fox 4 News television station in Dallas, Texas posted a collage of female meteorologists wearing the same dress on Facebook,[1] claiming an Amazon[2] page for the garment had been posted to a private Facebook group for weather forecasters (shown below). Within two week, the post gathered upwards of 700 likes and 200 shares.



    Spread

    The same day, the photo collage was reposted by Redditor WXGirl83 to the /r/funny[3] subreddit, where it gained over 8,200 votes (97% upvoted) and 2,600 comments. On November 22nd, the technology news blog Tech Insider[5] published an article about the dress. On November 30th, NPR[4] broadcast an interview with meteorologist April Warnecke from Good Morning Arizona on 3TV in Phoenix, Arizona, who discussed the dress and its wide adoption by meteorologists.

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  • 12/01/15--13:50: James Deen Rape Allegations
  • Overview

    James Deen Rape Allegations refers to claims made by adult film actress Stoya that she was raped by adult film actor and former boyfriend James Deen. After Stoya posted the allegations on Twitter in late November 2015, two additional actresses came forth accusing Deen of sexual misconduct.

    Background

    In July 2013, Stoya was interviewed by The Huffington Post, where she announced she was dating fellow adult film star James Deen (shown below).



    On November 28th, 2015, Stoya posted tweets[1][2] expressing disdain with Deen being hailed as a feminist and accused him of raping her (shown below).



    Notable Developments

    Gaby Dunn’s Response

    That day, feminist vlogger and comedian Gaby Dunn, a friend of Deen’s, tweeted that she believed the accusations were false according to the Observer Leader.[16] Dunn subsequently tweeted “It is more important for society to believe women and sex workers than it is for me to defend one friend” (shown below).[15]



    Deen’s Response

    On November 29th, Deen posted several tweets calling the allegations “egregious,” “false” and “defamatory” (shown below).[6][7][8]



    Additional Allegations

    On November 29th, adult film star Joanna Angel[11] tweeted “He’s dead on the inside and dead to me . He’s literally the worst person I’ve ever met” (shown below).



    The following day, The Daily Beast[12] published an essay by adult film actress Tori Lux, who accused Deen of attacking and degrading her on a set in June 2011. Also on November 30th, The Daily Beast[13] published a statement by adult actress Ashley Fires, who accused Deen of attempted rape.

    #SolidarityWithStoya

    Meanwhile, many Twitter users began posting tweets in support of Stoya along with the hashtag #solidaritywithstoya[9] (shown below).[10]



    Cut Ties

    On November 29th, the women’s interest site The Frisky[4] published an article by staff writer Amelia McDonell-Parry titled “Why The Frisky Will No Longer Be Publishing James Deen’s Sex Advice Column,” which announced that Deen’s sex advice column on the site had been terminated. Additionally, McDonell-Parry revealed that she believed Deen was guilty of the allegations because Stoya was a woman.

    “Like so many rape cases, this will very likely be a “he said/she said” situation. And as I tweeted last night, today and every day, I BELIEVEWOMEN. From a professional standpoint, as the editor of a women’s blog which has published the accused’s words, acting swiftly and decisively is the least that I can do. The court of public opinion is not a court of law, and I don’t need Stoya or any woman to “prove” that she has been raped for me to believe her.”

    That day, the article was submitted by Redditor fourthwaving to the /r/feminism[14] subreddit, where the top-voted comment took issue with the “I believe women” statement:

    “I agree with most of the article and most of the actions taken here. However, I take issue with the ‘I BELIEVEWOMEN’ mentality. Feminism is about equality and blanket resolutions like this aren’t equality.”

    On November 30th, BuzzFeed[5] published a statement from the adult film studio Kink, announcing the company had severed ties with Deen amid the rape allegations:

    “For the Kink.com community, as well as the larger BDSM community, consent and respect are sacrosanct. Effective immediately, Kink.com will cease all ties with James Deen, both as a performer and a producer. Our performers deserve not only safe sets, but the ability to work without fear of assault. Rape or sexual assault, with or without a safe-word, off-set or on, should never be accepted as a hazard of adult production. While many of the allegations against Deen are new, the pattern is alarming. Over the coming weeks and months, we will review our Model Bill of Rights to strengthen rights of performers off-set, and work with the larger industry to help performers to have been assaulted to more easily come forward.”

    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References

    [1]Twitter – @Stoya

    [2]Twitter – @Stoya

    [3]Twitter – @JoannaAngel

    [4]The Frisky – "":http://www.thefrisky.com/2015-11-29/why-the-frisky-will-no-longer-be-publishing-james-deens-sex-advice-column/

    [5]BuzzFeed – Porn Companies Drop James Deen After Rape Allegations

    [6]Twitter – @JamesDeen

    [7]Twitter – @JamesDeen

    [8]Twitter – @JamesDeen

    [9]Twitter – #solidaritywithstoya

    [10]Self – People are using the hashtag Solidaritywithstoya

    [11]Twitter – @JoannaAngel

    [12]The Daily Beast – Tori Lux James Deen Assaulted Me Too

    [13]The Daily Beast – James Deen the Bill Cosby of Porn?

    [14]Reddit – Why the Frisky will no longer

    [15]Twitter – @gabydunn

    [16]The Observer Leader – James Deens Ex Accused Him Of Rape


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    About

    Mais si, c’est possible avec la carte Kiwi !(Yes, it is possible with the Kiwi card) is a phrase often used in youtube poops.

    Origin

    This phrase comes from an old eighties advertisement, released by French railway company SNCF to promote a new reduction card called “Kiwi”, allowing a child under 16 to travel with four people for half the price.

    Spread

    The phrase first became popular on November 29, 2015 when MisterJDay, a French youtuber, submitted a video about old SNCF advertisements, using the phrase “Mais si, c’est possible avec la carte Kiwi !” (“Yes, it is possible with the Kiwi card”) as a running-gag to annoy the audience. The video has gained over 280,000 views.

    After the release of this video, several youtubers submitted parodies of the original ad. For instance, a cybernaut called “Firaxis Legeek Portable” released a version in which Luke Skywalker saying “No, it is impossible !” in “The Empire Strikes Back” is answered the phrase “Mais si, c’est possible avec la carte Kiwi !” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQn3smOp3oA). A one-hour-version of the ad was also published (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mABNyz9bBZg).


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  • 12/01/15--16:27: Shh Bby Is Ok
  • About

    Shh Bby Is Ok is a copypasta used on Reddit posts as both comment spam and as a way to soothe other users.

    Origin

    Shh Bby Is Ok originates from a story told in the subreddit /r/casualconversation.[1] In a post from November 29th, 2015, the user franklymydeer told a long story about falling in love with a song in a Seat Toca car commercial and becoming desperate to track it down. The user explained the extreme lengths they went to in order to track down the song, incuding writing to the public relations department of the auto company in order to inquire. When the public relations department told franklymydeer that the song was a short commission for the commercial, the user was heartbroken; however, almost an entire year later, another reddit user emailed franklymydeer and said the song was called “Turn the Lights Down” by an artist called BSO.[2] In the resulting conversation, the anonymous reddit user told franklymydeer “ssh bby is ok.”



    Spread

    Franklymydeer’s post made it to the front page of Reddit that day, gaining 5,641 points (97% upvoted) in two days. Several commenters on the original post either said that the “Shh bby is ok” quote was the favorite part of the story or predicting that the line was "going to take over reddit for a few days. Later on November 29th, 2015, user geneticswag asked why the phrase was being used so much on different posts in the subreddit /r/outoftheloop, and received over 250 upvotes and 25 comments.[3] Also on November 29th, the subreddit /r/shhbbisok was created for fans of the phrase, and gained 171 readers in two days.[4] The next day, the “mystery redditor” referred to by franklymydeer, whose username was revealed to be TheVikingHoward, did an AMA where he answered users questions about his side of the story; that post received 1,193 points (87% upvoted).[5]

    Search Interest

    not yet available

    External References


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