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- 04/19/16--14:53: _Look at This Dude
- 04/19/16--15:09: _Pop-Tart Challenge
- 04/20/16--08:00: _Side Angle Side
- 04/20/16--11:44: _Irish Slavery Myth
- 04/20/16--13:11: _#RunningManChallenge
- 04/20/16--14:27: _Memoryman3
- 04/20/16--20:36: _He Ruined My Dream ...
- 04/21/16--10:22: _Prince
- 04/21/16--11:04: _Robert Rodriguez
- 04/21/16--11:22: _Harriet Tubman on $...
- 04/21/16--14:01: _Transgender Bathroo...
- 04/21/16--15:44: _SANESSSS/SANESS
- 04/21/16--18:02: _Ted Cruz Looks Like
- 04/21/16--10:44: _Menacing / ゴゴゴゴ
- 04/22/16--06:26: _Marple Newtown is F...
- 04/22/16--12:50: _War Never Changes
- 04/22/16--13:46: _Whole Foods
- 04/22/16--15:13: _Donald Trump's 7-El...
- 04/22/16--17:34: _Fantaman Lapis Lazuli
- 04/22/16--21:57: _E.Y.E.:Divine Cyber...
- 04/19/16--14:53: Look at This Dude
- 04/19/16--15:09: Pop-Tart Challenge
- 04/20/16--08:00: Side Angle Side
- 04/20/16--11:44: Irish Slavery Myth
- 04/20/16--13:11: #RunningManChallenge
- 04/20/16--14:27: Memoryman3
- 04/20/16--20:36: He Ruined My Dream Journal
- 04/21/16--10:22: Prince
- 04/21/16--11:04: Robert Rodriguez
- 04/21/16--11:22: Harriet Tubman on $20 Bill
- 04/21/16--14:01: Transgender Bathroom Debate
- 04/21/16--15:44: SANESSSS/SANESS
- 04/21/16--18:02: Ted Cruz Looks Like
- 04/21/16--10:44: Menacing / ゴゴゴゴ
- 04/22/16--06:26: Marple Newtown is Falling Apart
- 04/22/16--12:50: War Never Changes
- 04/22/16--13:46: Whole Foods
- 04/22/16--15:13: Donald Trump's 7-Eleven Gaffe
- 04/22/16--17:34: Fantaman Lapis Lazuli
- 04/22/16--21:57: E.Y.E.:Divine Cybermancy
Look at This Dude is a video remix series in featuring a voice over narration of a man saying “look at this dude” before laughing hysterically while a slideshow of pictures showing similar-looking people and characters is displayed.
On August 8th, 2015, YouTuber Vinceeez uploaded a video titled “Look at This Dude,” featuring a photograph of a man followed by several images of frogs and Jabba the Hut while a man mocks his appearance (shown below).
On December 2nd, YouTuber Wesley Gibson posted a video titled Bruh look at this dude," featuring images of a Twitch streamer with the original “Look at This Dude” audio playing in the background (shown below).
On February 14th, 2016, YouTuber ayy lmao submitted a video featuring various unflattering photographs of Donald Trump with the “Look at This Dude” audio (shown below, left). On March 20th, YouTuber Amorosa posted a video in which YouTuber LeafyIsHere is compared to an animated character with the “Look at This Dude” audio in the background (shown below, right).
The Pop-Tart Challenge or Pop-Tart Taste Test Challenge usually refers to a video taste-test challenge where people are blindfolded and then asked to name the flavors of Pop-Tarts as they are fed them, in the style of First Time Tasting Reaction Videos.
The term Pop-Tart Challenge has been used to refer to several different types of videos, including competitive eating. The first Pop-Tart Challenge in which a taste-test was employed was uploaded on July 18th, 2015 by the account Collintv, where it received over 1.5 million views as of April 19th, 2016.
On August 8th, 2015, the Family Fun Pack YouTube Channel engaged in a Pop-Tart Taste Test Challenge, which received almost 22 million views as of April 2016. This video continues to be the most popular of all the Pop Tart Taste Test Challenge videos.
Four days later, on August 12th, Buzzfeed created a Pop-Tart Taste Test Challenge video featuring adults; this video did not feature blind folds or the other trappings of the other two videos, but it still attained almost 2.9 million views in 8 months.
In October and November of 2015, two other popular YouTube channels, FUNnel Vision and EvanTube, both posted Pop-Tart Taste Test videos, causing a spike in interest; they received 6.4 million and 5 million views respectively. These videos coincided with the introduction of several new flavors of Pop Tarts, including Maple Bacon and Frosted Watermelon.
As of April 2016, there are around 13,900 Pop Tart Taste Test Challenge videos on YouTube.
‘Side Angle Side’ is a music video featuring students in the Methodist College, Hong Kong, released on 18th Apirl, 2016, via the school’s Facebook page, MCKLN Secrets. The video consists of three students going around the campus, singing ‘Side angle side, side side side. Angle side angle, angle angle side’ to the melody of west German band Silver Convention’s ‘Fly, Robin, Fly’ repeatedly. As of 20th April, 2016, the video has already accumulated over 1.5 million views, and has spread like wildfire in Hong Kong.
‘Side angle side’ revolves around a trio of students, who go by the name ‘R.H.S.’ ,dancing while singing ‘Side angle side, side side side. Angle side angle, angle angle side’, the four main ways to prove the congruence of two triangles. They start from a classroom, then repeat the same process in different places around the campus, like the library, the hallway and the staircase. The group then play out the tone with brass instruments in the music room. Finally, they sing the entire song again on the school hall’s stage, along with all the other students and teachers.
While some praise the video to be ’ innovative’ and is a ‘good way to learn Maths’, others criticize the song to be ‘repetitive’. In particular, local newspaper Apple Daily mentions that some even call it ‘brainwashing’, as it was the same phrase over and over again.
The idea is said to have been conceived by a school mathematics teacher, Mr Leung Chi-kit, in September 2015.
The school’s principal, Miss Wong Pui-yi, said she was surprised at the huge response to the video.
The three boys are said to have joined the video shoot voluntarily, although some sources say that they had to choose between shooting this video or detention
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The Irish Slavery Myth refers to controversial claims made by historians who assert that Irish immigrants were held as chattel slaves upon their arrival in the North American colonies, with some believing that enslavement of the Irish settlers preceded that of the African and Native Americans during the 16th century. Since its online emergence in the mid-2000s, the theory has been largely refuted by those who emphasize the distinction between indentured servitude of involuntary nature and slavery.
According to an article on Slate, the first references to Irish slavery in the American colonies emerged in the 18th century as “Souther pro-slavery propaganda against the industrialized North.” In 2007, the book White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain’s White Slaves in America by Don Jordan and Michael Walsh was released, which described the poor treatment of Irish indentured servants in the North American colonies.
On March 6th, 2009, YouTuber vegasview77 uploaded a video titled “Slavery 101 – What They Never You in History Class,” which argued that white people from Ireland were historically traded as slaves (shown below).
On December 14th, 2013, Redditor joobtastic submitted a post titled “How accurate is the proclamation that Irish slavery in America was as prolific as African slavery?” to the /r/AskHistorians subreddit, to which Redditor agentdcf replied “the proclamation that Irish slavery in America was as widespread as African slavery is totally, laughably untrue.” On November 24th, 2015, the Alex Jones Channel YouTube channel posted a video titled “Irish Man Demands Reparations For Slavery!”, which argued that hundreds of thousands of Irish people were traded as slaves in the 1600s (shown below).
On January 14th, 2015, the left-wing political news site OpenDemocracy published an article titled “‘Irish slaves’: the convenient myth”, which argued that the myth serves “Irish nationalist and white supremacist causes.” On September 14th, librarian Liam Hogan published an article on Medium titled “Debunking the imagery of the ‘Irish slaves’ meme,” which revealed the origins of several photos being falsely attributed to Irish slavery on the internet (shown below).
Left: Fishermen residents of Bath Beach, Barbados. Right: Survivors of a Japanese POW camp during World War II.
On October 12th, YouTuber Kat Blaque posted a video titled “What About the Irish Slaves?”, which noted that many Irish were “enslaved” as indentured servants but were not chattel slaves (shown below).
On April 2nd, 2016, Redditor CantStopWhitey submitted an image macro titled “Slavery of the Irish” to the /r/conspiracy subreddit, which claimed that the first slaves imported to the North American colonies were Irish children (shown below).
The #RunningManChallenge is a dance fad in which college basketball players do a close-armed running man-style dance to the tune of the 1995 song “My Boo” by Ghost Town DJs. The fad became popular after the 2016 NCAA championships.
The first known #RunningManChallenge was posted to Instagram by user 11.oo7, who claimed that the video was inspired by another private user, Rah2bandz. The video, originally posted January 16th, 2016 received over 6,000 likes by April 20th. The following day, 11.oo7 posted “Part 2” of the #RunningManChallenge videos (shown in the YouTube compilation below), which received 5,300 likes.
The trend began to catch on through Instagam in the first few months of the year, eventually acquiring 2,922 posts with the hashtag by April 20th. On March 31st, 2016, the players Jared Nickens and Jaylen Brantley of the University of Maryland Terrapins posted a video to Instagram (excerpted below as a GIF) in which they perform a #RunningManChallenge. The video received over 3,100 likes as of April 20th, 2016.
After the original video was posted by Nickens and Brantley, The duo posted several more examples between April 12th and April 19th, including ones where they did the dance in a laundry cart, a convenience store, and the parking lot of a CVS. In the meantime, a player named Seth Allen from Virginia Tech (who used to play with University of Maryland) recorded a response video in which he was doing the same dance to the same song with a teammate. Posted on April 14th, it received over 560 likes in 5 days. The same day, several other players, including some with NCAA champions Villanova University also posted versions of the dance. (Compilation below.)
On April 20th, 2015, the sports publication SB Nation published a roundup of basketball player’s posts, incorrectly attributing the trend to Nickens and Brantley, an error that was then duplicated in a piece by the Washington Post.
Memoryman3 is a user from several different sites and has become infamous for his obsession over the character Princess Daisy from the Super Mario Bros. series of games. He’ll usually talk about her non-stop and is even known to harass and flame.
“He ruined my dream journal!” is a quote from the 2005 film The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. The quote and the resulting exchange have gained notoriety for their over the top delivery.
In the film The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, Max, the protagonist, has his dream journal stolen by the bully Linus. In class, he demands he return it, and the teacher Mr. Electricidad (played by George Lopez) forces him to give it back. When Max sees that his journal has been vandalized, the following exchange occurs:
Max: He ruined my dream journal!
Linus: I did not! Mr. Electric, send him to the principal’s office and have him EXPELLED!
(Max throws the journal at Linus)
Mr. Electricidad: You’re in my class! Not the other way around! I know everything! And you know nothing! At the end of class, both of you report to the principal’s office… with your parents!
The exchange became notable on the internet, mainly for how overdramatic the scene is and for the characters’ over the top reactions.
While it is unknown when exactly the line became popular, it became notable when The Nostalgia Critic pointed it out in his review of the film (the appropriate clip shown below).
The line has become memetic on Tumblr, with the oldest known post featuring a variant on the line being posted sometime around April 13 by AllLevelsAtOnce, with the edit referencing The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.
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Prince (real name Prince Rodgers Nelson, June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016), was an American pop musician. Well-known for his mix of soul, r&b, and funk, Prince was admired worldwide for his forthright sexuality and musical innovation.
Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 7th, 1958 and began his recording career in 1978. In 1979 he released the self-titled album Prince, on which he played all the instruments and which went platinum on the success of two singles: “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?” and “I Wanna Be Your Lover.”
He released records every year between 1979 and 1992, including the worldwide super-hits 1999 (1982), Purple Rain (1984, with its accompanying feature-length film), and Lovesexy. He formed, and then disbanded, a backing band called The Revolution, and played many sold out world tours both as Prince and the Revolution and just as Prince.
After changing his name to the unpronounceable symbol !Prince logo.svg!, which was a combination of the symbols for male and female, Prince continued to record about one album per year through 2010. He changed his name back to Prince in 2007. After a three year-break in recording, Prince returned in 2014 to release four more records before his death in 2016. His last release was the two-part series HITnRUN Phase One and HITnRUN Phase Two, both of which were released exclusively through Tidal.
In addition, Prince was a prolific songwriter, and he wrote songs for many other musical acts during this time, including Madonna, the Bangles, and Sinead O’Connor, who’s hit “Nothing Compares 2 U,” was also performed by the artist. Prince was also well-known for his fashion choices, which were often sexually provocative and usually featured the color purple. Prince has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time; in addition he has won seven Grammy Awards, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
On April 15th, 2016, TMZ reported that Prince had been aboard an aircraft that had made an emergency landing, after which the musician was rushed to the hospital. The next day, the musician appeared at a concert near his home in Minneapolis, and told his fans that it was just a case of the flu. On April 21st, TMZ again reported that there was a death investigation underway at Paisley Park, Prince’s residence outside of Minneapolis; a half an hour later, they confirmed that the death being investigated was that of Prince. The story was later confirmed by Prince’s publicist to the Associated Press.
The outpouring of sadness online was instantaneous and huge; by 5pm on the 21st, there were almost 5 million tweets using the word “Prince.” On Prince’s official Twitter account, the profile picture was swapped out from an illustration of him wearing his customary “third eye” sunglasses to an image of him with his two eyes closed and his third eye open (below left). Several other fan-made images, including one recasting Prince as the Little Prince also circulated in mourning (below right).
Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.
“A strong spirit transcends rules,” Prince once said -- and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.
Prince was well known for enforcing his rights to his music through DMCA takedown notices and other measures. In 2007, Prince filed a series of lawsuits against YouTube, Google, and eBay alleging that the sites did nothing to help him enforce his copyright. In 2014, he sued 22 separate Facebook users accused of bootlegging his work for $1 million dollars each; this lawsuit was later dismissed. In addition, the most recent ruling to affect the fair use of copyright-protected work online, Lenz v. Universal Music Corp. was for a lawsuit over the use of a Prince song in the background of a family video; the court ruled that the song was played in fair use and that the DMCA takedown notice was overzealous. In an even more unusual move, his agents also issued takedown notices for many images on fansites, causing his fans to start an organization called “Prince Fans United,” which asked the artist to allow them to continue to use his likeness on their fansites.
In addition, Prince did not allow any services to stream his music, with the exception of his later albums, which were released via Tidal, however his music was made available via iTunes. To assist people wanting to listen to his music on the day of his death, several straming radio stations devoted their entire day to streaming his catalog, including KEXP and Minneapolis’ own. 89.3 The Current.
“The Internet Is Over”
On July 5th, 2010, Prince drew the attention of the social media after pronouncing the Internet “dead” during an interview with the British newspaper The Mirror. In discussing his decision not to release his 27th studio album 20TEN through any digital media outlets, as well as shutting down his website and other official presences on the Internet, Prince was quoted as saying:
“The internet’s completely over. I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it. […] The internet’s like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. [….] They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.”
On October 22nd, 2015, Prince launched his official Instagram account using his stage name as the handle. Dubbed the “Princestagram,” the account swiftly began posting a colorful variety of the artist’s photographs from different eras of his decades-long career, as well as a selection of image macros featuring his image. Within the first five days of the account creation, Princestagram garnered more than 100,000 followers. At the time of his death in April 2016, the account had nearly 270,000 followers.
Star Tribune – Prince stirs another controversy with $22 million lawsuit
Associated Press – Publicist: Pop superstar Prince dies at his Minnesota home
Robert Rodriguez is an American screenwriter and filmmaker. He is known for his success with low budgets, including SIn City, Machete, and Grindhouse among others. He is also infamous for his family movies, including the Spy Kids Series, and Sharkboy and Lavagirl. Due to the low quality, and cheesiness of his family movies, he has gained an ironic following online, gaining memes including Somebody Ring the Dinkster, and He Ruined My Dream Journal.
Harriet Tubman $20 Dollar Bill refers to a movement to replace the seventh President of the United States Andrew Jackson on the front of the United States $20 dollar bill with African-American abolitionist and Union spy Harriet Tubman, known for being a central figure in the network of antislavery activists known as the Underground Railroad.
In February 2015, the organization Women On 20s launched an online poll to vote for various women to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 dollar bill in celebration of the upcoming 100-year anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which granted women the right to vote in 1920. The $20 bill was selected due to the anniversary being held on the year 2020. On May 12th, Women On 20s revealed that Harriet Tubman had won the online poll, and started a campaign to urge President Obama to support replacing Jackson on $20 bills (shown below, right).
On April 20th, 2016, the United States Treasury Secretary Jack Lew revealed that Tubman would replace President Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 dollar bill. In an interview with PBS NewHour, Lew revealed that the decision was influenced by public discussions about the change on social media (shown below).
That day, The Young Turks YouTube channel posted a video discussing the announcement (shown below, left). Meanwhile, MSNBC aired an interview Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who referred suggested Tubman be added to a different denomination and referred to the change as “pure political correctness” (shown below, right).
Meanwhile, several posts about the announcement reached the front page of various subreddits, including /r/news, /r/explainlikeimfive, /r/atheism and /r.TwoXChromosomes. Additionally, several threads about the change were posted on various 4chan boards, including /pol/ and /s4s/.
News Media Coverage
In the days after the announcement, several news sites reported on the currency change, including NPR,NBC News, The Washington Post,ABC News,BBC, The Huffington Post and The New York Times.
The Huffington Post – The Little Know Reason Why Harriet Tubman on the $20 is so significant
The Transgender Bathroom Debate refers to the controversial LGBT topic of discussion on whether transgender people should be legally entitled to access public bathrooms that correspond to their respective gender identities, rather than their biological sex.
Iowa Civil Rights Act
In April 2007, the Iowa General Assembly passed an amendment to the Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965 which outlawed any discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, public accommodations, credit, housing and education. In October 2013, two Iowan transwomen won Iowa Civil Rights Commission cases that granted them access to women’s restrooms in public places. Also that month, Adminstrative Law Judge Jeffrey Farrel ruled against allowing Iowa resident Jessica Smalley to use women’s bathrooms at a Burlington YMCA fitness center, stating that the Iowa Civil Rights Act “cannot be interpreted so broadly to give a biological male, albeit one who identifies herself as a female, the right to change clothes with and shower in a female locker room.”
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In 2009, Wayne and Kelly Maines sued the Orono school district in Maine for preventing their transgender daughter from using the girls bathroom. In 2012, a Maine Superior Court Justice William Anderson ruled that the school district did not violate any laws. In January 2014, the Maine Supreme Court ruled in a 5-1 decision that the Orono school district’s denial of “appropriate bathroom” access was an act of “sexual orientation discrimination.” On January 30th, Nicole Maines posted a tweet celebrating the case victory (shown below).
Planet Fitness Changing Room
In March 2015, a Planet Fitness fitness center cancelled the membership of Michigan resident Yvette Cormier after she complained about seeing the transgender woman Carlotta Sklodowska in the changing room, claiming that she did not appear to be a woman and was wearing men’s clothing. Planet Fitness cited the company’s “no judgement” non-discrimination policy, which allows people to use facilities based on their self-reported gender identity. On March 9th, the gender identity politics blog Gender Identity Watch published an article accusing Sklodowska of being a “male crossdresser” and highlighted several screenshots of sexually explicit posts taken from Sklodowska’s Facebook page (shown below).
On March 18th, conservative YouTuber StevenCrowder posted a prank video in which he visits a Planet Fitness in women’s apparel (shown below, left). On March 24th, the David Pakman Show YouTube channel posted an episode about the incident, which criticized Cormier’s lawsuit as being frivolous (shown below, right).
Cormier subsequently sued Planet Fitness for damages, including “loss of use of gym facilities,” “fear about using the gym facilities,” “embarrassment and humiliation,” “severe emotional distress” and “damage to reputation.” In January 2016, the lawsuit was dismissed.
North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act
On February 22nd, Charlotte, North Carolina passed a city ordinance prohibiting sexual orientation or preference-based discrimination in public accommodations (like bathrooms), passenger vehicles for hire and city contractors. A month later, on March 23rd, the North Carolina State Legislature passed the bill HB2, which banned people from using bathrooms of the gender not specified on their birth certificate. This legislation followed the November 2015 overturning of a non-discrimination ordinance in Houston which would have allowed people to use bathrooms that matched their gender identity. In the next few weeks, many companies, like IBM, Wells Fargo, Lowes, and American Airlines, issued statements publicly decrying the bill. Paypal cancelled plans to build an expansion in Charlotte and 5 states plus the District of Columbia issued non-essential travel bans to the state. Bernie Sanders was the first 2016 presidential candidate to speak out against the law, saying that it “did not belong in America,” but he was followed by Hillary Clinton and other public figures, including Caitlyn Jenner and musician Ringo Starr.
On Twitter, James Sheffield, a transgender man, tweeted a selfie to the governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, showing his very male-looking appearance with the text, “It’s now the law for me to share a restroom with your wife,” which received 8,506 retweets and 9,025 likes. Meanwhile, comedian Cameron Esposito tweeted the sentence “You’ve already shared a bathroom with a trans person. You were fine,” which also went viral as an image macro.
On March 25th, trans rights activist Charlie Comero posted photographs of business cards addressed to women he may encounter in ladies rooms, urging them to oppose the bill HB2. On April 3rd, BuzzFeed highlighted made by trans activist Charlie Comero (shown below).
Curt Shilling Controversy
On April 19th, 2016, ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling shared an image macro on Facebook featuring an overweight man wearing a wig and women’s clothing along with the sarcastic caption “Let him in! To the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!” (shown below). The image was subsequently removed. That evening, Schilling published a post titled “The hunt to be offended…” on his personal blog, which claimed he “didn’t post that ugly looking picture” but only commented on “the basic functionality of mens and womens restrooms.” On April 20th, ESPN released a statement that Schilling had been terminated from the company and that “his conduct was unacceptable.”
Gender Identity Watch – Carlotta Sklodowska @sklodowska1982 @CSklodowska @PlanetFitness @HRC @ACLULGBT
SANESSSS is a character that is commonly used among the Undertale fanbase as a joke. Whenever the character know as Sans is brought up, SANESSSS is sometimes brought up as well.
SANESSSS, otherwise known as “SAAASSSSS,” and sometimes “SANESS,” originated as an early April Fools day prank by Sr Pelo on YouTube. In it, Sr Pelo had spoofed a character known as “Sans,” from the indie game Undertale. The video SANESSSS appeared was originally supposed to be a sequel to the “Underpants,” series by Sr Pelo, but was used as an April Fools joke.
The video titled Underpants – Genocide Ending (SPOILERS) was uploaded on Mar 31, 2016 by Sr Pelo. In the subtitles of the video, Sr Pelo had claimed it was because the Undertale fanbase had rushed him to make a sequel, and that it was revenge for the rushing. A few days later, the video title changed to Underpants – Genocide Ending (APRILFOOLS) whereas after being revealed as an April fools prank, many people started to accept SANESSSS and joke around about it and post SANESSSS on YouTube comments and Reddit.
Since the beginning of his presidential campaign in 2015, Ted Cruz’s face has been compared to a variety of celebrities and fictional characters in physical appearance, including Mrs. Doubtfire (Robin Williams), Kevin Malone (Brian Baumgartner) of The Office, the titular character of ALF and Vladimir Dracula (Al Lewis) of The Munsters, among others.
Rolling Stone – What Does Ted Cruz Look Like?
The Atlantic – Why Are People So Obsessed With Ted Cruz Lookalikes?
New York Magazine – I Guess Now We Know What Ted Cruz’s Twin Sister Would Look Like
Huffington Post – "Random Things That Ted Cruz Looks Like":Random Things That Ted Cruz Looks Like
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Menacing is an exploitable meme, where the Japanese kanji ゴゴゴゴ is used within photographs of muscular, or threatening people to make them look more alike to the popular anime/manga series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.
Jojo’s bizarre adventure’s manga was heavily sound effect focused to convey scenes in a manner that would immerse the readers into the series. The most commonly used sound effect was ゴゴゴ or “gogogo” in romanji. It translates to “Rumble” in english, and It gained so much popularity that most anime of this day and age have referenced it.
A series of events relating to fanfictions being wrote about several teachers on the Marple Newtown campus.
The quote originates from the opening scene of the Fallout games.
Whole Foods is an American chain of supermarkets which is known for selling a wide range of organic products. Online, the company has gained a reputation as a promoter of trendy green and health-conscious lifestyles often associated with upper-middle class White Americans.
In September, 1980, the first Whole Foods store was opened by founder John Mackey in Austin, Texas. Throughout the 1980s, Whole Foods expanded in various other Texas locations, as well as New Orleans, Lousiana and Palo Alto, California. In the 1990s, several additional stores were opened in North Carolina, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In the 2000s, stores were opened in Manhattan, Seattle, Toronto, and West London.
In June 2008, the @WholeFoods Twitter feed was created, followed by the Whole Foods Facebook page the same month. In eight years, the Twitter feed gained over 4.82 million followers and the Facebook page garnered more than 1.97 million likes. On November 18th, 2014, Redditor ruemenzo submitted a photograph of a Whole Foods produce display to the /r/oddlysatisfying subreddit, where it received upwards of 4,400 votes (95% upvoted) and 100 comments prior to being archived (shown below, left). On April 16th, 2015, Redditor moramarc posted a photograph of a Whole Foods cake decorated to resemble a child’s crayon drawing to /r/pics, where it received more than 6,400 votes (97% upvoted) and 620 comments before it was archived (shown below, right).
On August 3rd, BuzzFeed published a “listicle”: titled “19 Times Whole Foods Went Way, Way Too Far,” featuring photographs posted on social media mocking various products sold at Whole Foods (shown below).
John Mackey’s Wall Street Journal Editorial
In August 2009, The Wall Street Journal published an editorial by Whole Foods founder and CEO John Mackey, which criticized public health care initiatives like the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The article received criticism from many on the progressive left, who felt that Mackey’s statements were antithetical to the values representing by the natural foods community.
Overcharging in California
In 2014, Whole Foods markets in California were penalized for overcharging customers at over 70 different locations. In July 2015, the WholeFoodsMarket YouTube channel posted a video in which Mackey is shown apologizing to customers for the overcharging controversy (shown below).
Anti-Gar Slur Cake
On April 18th, 2016, Twitter user Jordan D. Brown, an openly gay pastor in Austin, Texas, posted a photograph of a cake with the words “Love Wins Fag” written in icing on the top, claiming that a Whole Foods store sold him the decorated product. Additionally, Brown filed a lawsuit against the company for intentionally inflicting emotional distress.
The same day, the Kaplan Law Firm PLLC YouTube channel posted a video of Brown accusing the Whole Foods of decorating the cake with the slur, including footage of the cake (shown below).
Meanwile, Whole Foods released a statement denying the epithet had been written by a Whole Foods employee, and noted that the company “has a strict policy that prohibits team members from accepting or designing bakery orders that include language or images that are offensive” along with a photograph of Whole Foods Market employees with the caption “#LoveWins” (shown below).
The following day, Whole Foods released security camera footage showing Brown purchasing the cake, in which the label can be seen on the top of the box rather than the side it was displayed on in Brown’s video recording. Additionally, the company launched a countersuit against Brown, claiming that he “intentionally, knowingly and falsely accused Whole Foods and its employees of writing the homophobic slur.”
Donald Trump’s 7-Eleven Gaffe was an incident in which Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump mistakenly referred to the September 11th Terrorist Attacks as “seven eleven (7/11),” an international chain of convenience stores, instead of “nine eleven (9/11),” a colloquial term used to describe the tragic event. The mistake led to many parodies and ridicule online.
On April 18th, 2016, Trump was giving a speech in Buffalo, New York. During the speech, he spoke about the effect the September 11th Terrorist Attacks had on him.
“I wrote this out, and it’s very close to my heart. Because I was down there and I watched our police and our firemen down at 7/11, down at the World Trade Center right after it came down. And I saw the greatest people I’ve ever seen in action.
Trump’s spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson, later called the gaffe a slip of the tongue.
The clip of Trump’s mistake quickly circulated through the news cycle, leading to several parodies immediately, and to a bit on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
On Vine, several users posted clips of the original gaffe. The Street posted a video by user ToddDracula in which the clip of Trump fades into the 7-Eleven logo. The Vine received 30,000 loops.
The next day, Vic Berger IV created a Vine for Super Deluxe in which he edited Trumps remarks; the video received over 335,000 loops. At least 92 other videos were uploaded parodying the remarks as well.
On April 21st, Snopes declared the gaffe to be “true.” Other users took to Twitter to create memes; a search for “Trump” and “7-11” returns hundreds of results. The hashtag #trump711 was a popular search on Facebook, with over 1,000 results.
Fantaman Lapiz Lazuli refers to the similarities between the character Lapis Lazuli from steven universe to Blue Pearl from the superhero anime Ōgon Bat or as referred to popularly by it’s italian localization, Fantaman.
On 17 of april of 16 a thread was created on 4chan’s cartoon board /co/ with steven universe as the topic with a picture of a character heavily resembling lapis lazuli, after a few replies an user provided a link to episode 20 of fantaman (which debuted on 1931) featuring the character to the surprise of most posters in the thread, similarly a post on tumblr was made by user Sour stuff alluding to the similarites (including water powers), the post gained 6,649 notes after 5 days.
2 days later it was posted on The Beach City Bugle, a fansite for steven universe news
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