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  • 06/12/16--06:31: Christina Grimmie
  • This entry is under construction




    About

    Christina Grimmie was a Youtube personality best known for her cover versions of popular songs and being a contestant in the 6th season of The Voice. On June 6th, 2016, Grimmie was shot and killed during an autograph signing event in Florida.

    Online History

    Grimmie began her career on July 17th, 2009, when she posted a video on Youtube of herself doing a cover of Hannah Montana’s “Don’t Wanna Be Torn” [1]. Within 6 years, the video gathered over 1 million views (shown below, left). According to Grimmie, it was her third video cover of Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the USA” which launched her popularity.[2] The video was uploaded on August 12th, 2009, and gathered over 12.5 million views within 6 years (shown below, right).[3] As of June 12th, 2016, Grimmie’s Youtube account has over 3.3 million subscribers.


    Reputation

    On February 24th, 2014, Grimmie rose to national fame with her audition for the 6th season of The Voice[4]. All four judges turned during her audition with Grimmie ultimately choosing Adam Levine as her coach [5]. By the finale, Grimmie was placed in third place next to 2nd place runner up Jake Worthington and 1st place winner Josh Kaufman.[9]


    Personal Life

    Christina Victoria Grimmie was born on March 12th, 1994 and was raised in Marlton, New Jersey. Grimmie has cited her mother, a three-time breast cancer survivor, as a big inspiration for her musical career [5]. In 2010, Grimmie’s talent was discovered by Brian and Mandy Teefey of LH7 Management. After releasing her first Extended Play in 2011 titled Find Me, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career in music.[10] In addition to music, Grimmie was also an active gamer and self-professed anime fan. Her favorite games to stream on her Twitch channel were League of Legends and Super Smash Bros [12][13].

    Death

    Grimmie was set to perform with Florida band Before You Exit on June 10th, 2016 at The Plaza Live [7]. Armed with two handguns and a knife, 27 year old Kevin Loibl shot Grimmie as she was signing autographs after the show[8]. Grimmie’s brother quickly tackled the assailant who then killed himself during the struggle [8].

    Online Reaction

    On Twitter, the hashtag #PrayForChristina was launched where users express their condolences over the tragic shooting.[11]

    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]Youtube – Me Singing Don’t Wanna Be Torn – Christina Grimmie / Posted on 7-17-2009

    [2]Youtube – Christina Grimmie Talks Youtube Stardom / Posted on 7-8-2011

    [3]Youtube – Me Singing ‘Party in the USA’ by Miley Cyrus / Posted on 8-12-2009

    [4]Facebook – Christina Grimmie’s The Voice Facebook Post / Posted on 2-4-2014

    [5]Youtube – Christina Grimmie’s The Voice Audition / Posted on 2-10-2015

    [6]Wikipedia – Christina Grimmie / Updated on 6-12-2016

    [7]Facebook – ORLANDO!! / Posted on 6-10-2016

    [8]CNNOrlando Police ID Man Who Killed ‘Voice’ Singer Christina Grimmie / Posted on 6-12-2016

    [9]Just Jared – Who Won ‘The Voice’ 2014? Season 6 Winner Revealed!

    [10]Christina Grimmie Page – About Her

    [11]Twitter – #PrayForChristina

    [12]Youtube – I’m on Twitch!! / Posted on 3-19-2015

    [13]Twitch – Christina’s Twitch Account


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    About

    “Look There’s A Bird Dude It Knows What’s Good” refers to a Snapchat video of a two men looking into a vent to find a bird, then getting surprised when the bird pops into the side of the video.

    Origin

    On March 21st, 2016, Twitter user dylan higgs posted a Snapchat video to Twitter. The Tweet gained over 10 thousand retweets and 12 thousand likes in under two months.




    Spread

    On April 1st, 2016, Vine user Chibiki | iFunny posted a Vine of Kotori Minami from Love Live! edited as the bird. The Vine gained over 280 thousand loops and 4 thousand likes.



    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    Not Yet Available

    External References


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  • 06/12/16--20:11: Dollynho


  • About

    Dollynho is a well-known character in Brazil. He’s the mascot of Dolly, an brazilian beverage company that made the first diet soft drink in the country. The character and the commericials he appears in are notable for being poorly rendered, unintentionally funny and sometimes even creepy, which resulted the character being mocked not only for those reasons but also for its design and annoying voice. The character also gained an Ironic Following.

    Origin

    Dollynho’s first appearance was in 2008, where he singed his infamous theme song:


    Lyrics:
    Hi everybody
    I’m Dollynho, your little friend
    How about we sing?
    Dolly
    Dolly Guarana
    Dolly
    The best
    Dolly Guarana
    The brazilian flavor!

    Dolly
    Dolly Guarana
    Dolly
    The best
    Dolly Guarana
    The brazilian flavor!

    Dolly Guarana, Dolly Guarana!
    I’m Dollynho, your little friend
    Dolly, Dolly, Dolly, Dolly, DOOOOOOOOOOOLLLY!

    He had more commercials ever since . This one features him “delivering the magic of christmas” with a Green Santa Claus:

    Online Relevance

    As mentioned earlier, Dollynho has a huge Ironic Following and he often appears in many videos and images.

    Related Memes

    Dicas do Dollynho

    Dicas do Dollynho [1] is a parody facebook account that features Dollynho “helping” others. One of the images posted in the account shows Dollynho teaching incorrect portuguese:



    Barriguinha Mole

    In June 2013, A commercial featuring a character called “Barriguinha Mole” was posted on internet. Since Barriguinha Mole was similiar to Dollynho, Barriguinha Mole became Dollynho’s rival due to being extremely similiar to him. The commercial can be seen here:

    Dollynho Themes

    The theme songs that play in the commercials are often known for being very awful and hilarious.

    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Dicas do Dollynho / 03-20-13


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    This entry is current in development; feel free to request editorship.


    Overview

    2016 Orlando Nightclub Shooting was a mass shooting carried out by a lone gunman at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, which resulted in the deaths of at least 49 patrons and wounded 53 others on June 12th, 2016. The killing spree has been classified by the authorities as an act of domestic terrorism carried out in allegiance to the Islamic State (IS), making it the deadliest mass shooting and hate crime against LGBT community in modern United States history, as well as the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil since the September 11 attacks in 2001.

    Background

    At around 2:00 a.m. (EDT) on June 12th, 2016, Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, a 29-year-old Afghan American armed with a rifle and a handgun, entered Pulse Orlando[3], a gay nightclub started in 2004 to promote LGBT awareness in the area, and began shooting at an estimated crowd of 320 patrons. Shortly after Mateen began shooting, an Orlando Police Department (OPD) officer working extra duty at the nightclub returned fire. He was soon joined by other officers arriving on the scene, leading the gunman to take hostages and retreat further into the club. At 2:22 a.m., Mateen made a 911 emergency call in which he pledged allegiance to the jihadist militant organization ISIL and referenced Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the brothers responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. At around 5:00 a.m., the hours-long standoff ended after the SWAT teams entered the club and successfully took down Mateen in the gunfight. At 5:53 a.m., the authorities confirmed Mateen’s death.

    Developments

    Online Reaction

    At around 2:09 a.m., nine minutes after the shooting began, the club posted a bulletin via its Facebook page, urging “everyone get out of Pulse and keep running.” At 3:34 a.m., Redditor Hazier started a discussion post about the developing story on /r/news[5], at which point only 20 fatalities had been made public and the identity of the shooter remained at large. In addition, Facebook responded by setting up a Safety Check feature[21] allowing users in the affected area to mark their status, while a handful of pro-LGBTQ and anti-gun violence hashtags began trending on Twitter, including #OrlandoUnited[16], #LoveIsLove[17], #GunControlNow[18], #StopTheHate[19] and #PrayForOrlando.[20]



    Reddit Censorship Controversy

    As more details about the massacre surfaced throughout the afternoon on June 12th, a megathread[6] was established on /r/news[6] to aggregate the latest updates, though many participants in the thread subsequently became subject to heavy moderation of comments and bans from the subreddit as they began citing early news reports that the shooter is likely a Muslim American of Afghan descent. Several Redditors’ complaints about mass censorship of discussions relating to the shooter’s identity quickly spread beyond /r/news to other subreddits, including /r/The_Donald,[7] before it was picked up by The Daily Caller[8] in an article titled “Reddit Bans Users, Deletes Comments That Say Orlando Terrorist Was Muslim.”



    Fundraising Efforts

    The massacre immediately sent shock waves across the mainstream news and social media in the United States, prompting a nationwide debate concerning Islam, gun control and LGBTQ rights. By early evening on June 12th, Florida-based LGBT advocacy group Equality Florida had raised over $480,000 for the victims via GoFundMe[14] in six hours. By noon on June 13th, the online fundraiser had accrued more than $1.6 million.



    News Media Coverage

    Within hours of the first shot, major U.S. cable and print news outlets[3][4][9][10][11][12][13] began providing live coverage of the mass shooting as the standoff between Mateen and OPD officers remained in progress.

    Official Responses

    By early morning on June 12nd, President Barack Obama released an official statement on live television condemning the mass shooting as “an act of terror and hate” (shown below).



    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]City of Orlando – Mass Shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub / Posted on 6-12-2016

    [2]Facebook – Pulse Orlando Facebook Page

    [3]USA Today – Scene of Mass Shooting ‘More Than Just Another Gay Club’ / Posted on 6-12-2016

    [4]NBC News – Nightclub Shooter Omar Mateen Pledged Allegiance to ISIS, Was Once Probed by FBI

    [5]Reddit – Reports of Nightclub Shooting in United States / Posted 6-12-2016

    [6]Reddit – Orlando Nightclub Shooting – Megathread / Posted 6-12-2016

    [7]Reddit- Holy shit! I just got banned from /r/news for posting that the Orlando shooter is a Muslim according to the FBI

    [8]The Daily Caller – Reddit Bans Users, Deletes Comments That Say Orlando Terrorist Was Muslim / Posted 6-12-2016

    [9]Reuters – U.S. probing whether anyone helped gunman in Orlando rampage

    [10]Los Angeles Times – ‘An act of terror and an act of hate’: The aftermath of America’s worst mass shooting

    [11]CNNOmar Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIS, had been investigated by FBI

    [12]ABCPresident Obama Calls Orlando Shooting an ‘Act of Terror’

    [13]Wall Street Journal – Terror Shooting at Gay Nightclub in Orlando Leaves at Least 49 Dead, 53 Wounded

    [14]GoFundMe – Support Victims of Pulse Shooting

    [15]Today – Outpouring of support emerges for Orlando shooting victims on social media

    [16]Twitter – Hashtag Results for #OrlandoUnited

    [17]Twitter – Hashtag Results for #LoveIsLove

    [18]Twitter – Hashtag Results for #GunControlNow

    [19]Twitter – Hashtag Results for #StopTheHate

    [20]Twitter – Hashtag Results for #PrayForOrlando

    [21]Facebook Safety Check – The Shooting in Orlando, Florida


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  • 06/13/16--19:50: Counter Signal Memes
  • very WIP




    About

    Counter Signal Memes is the name given to a series of MS Paint ilustrations featuring hyperbolic and fallacious despictions of individuals, mostly with liberal and left-wing ideologies. These pictures have been mainly used by several right-wing sites like 4chan’s /pol/ in order to mock repetitive arguments or attitudes from those groups.

    Origin

    WIP



    Percursor: I AM SILLY

    WIP



    Spread

    Various Examples

    Various References

    [1]Facebook – Counter-signal Memes for Fashy Goys

    [2]Encyclopedia Dramatica – I am silly!

    [3]archive.4plebs – Dear /pol/

    [4]Shmorky – June 19th 2006 Strip


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  • 06/14/16--13:02: Outrun
  • About

    Outrun is a 1980s-themed retrofuturistic visual art and music style associated with the electronic genres electro, synthwave, futuresynth, new retrowave and vaporwave. The style is named after the iconic 1986 arcade racing game Out Run.

    History

    On September 20th, 1986, the 3D third-person arcade racing game Out Run[5] was released, in which players control a Ferrari Testarossa Spider sports car while racing down various streets in a tropical location. Over the next five years, the game was released on the Sega Master System and Sega Genesis consoles.



    On March 31st, 2006, the video game OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast was released for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Windows and Xbox systems. On February 22nd, 2013, the synthwave artist Kavinsky released his debut studio album Outrun, featuring the singles “Odd Look” from a 2012 French BMW commercial (shown below, left) and “Nightcall” from the soundtrack for the 2011 neo-noir film Drive (shown below,right).



    Online Presence

    On April 29th, 2013, the /r/outrun[1] subreddit was launched for discussions about the genre. On May 21st, 2013, the Limon Estudios Vimeo channel released an Outrun-style parody energy drink commercial as a promotional ad for the Miami nightclub Amnesia (shown below). Within three years, the video garnered upwards of 1.3 million views and 6,200 comments.



    On April 24th, 2015, Redditor johnny_b_rotten submitted a post titled “What is Outrun?” to /r/outrun,[2] where Redditor famouscomposer listed several examples of media fitting the Outrun aesthetic, including music by Kavinsky, the 2011 neo-noir film Drive and the video game Fry Cry 3: Blood Dragon. On December 16th, the /r/outruncirclejerk[6] subreddit was launched for shitposts mocking the content on /r/outrun. In January 2016, The Simpsons featured an Outrun-style couch gag by guest animator Steve Cutts (shown below). On February 11th, an synthwave page was created on TV Tropes,[3] which listed Outrun as a name for the 1980s “Retraux”[4] aesthetic.



    On June 6th, Redditor justaprettyface submitted an image macro for an Outrun starter pack to /r/outrun,[7] where it received upwaards of 780 votes (91% upvoted) and 90 comments in one week.



    Highlights

    Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

    Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a first-person shooter parody game featuring a comedic storyline based on 1980s action films and video games.



    Kung Fury

    Kung Fury refers to a 2015 short film created by the studio Laser Unicorne, which revolves around the adventures of Miami police officer Kung Fury. The film is known for its use of Outrun-style 1980s retro themes.



    Kidmograph GIFs

    The GIF artist Kidmograph is known for creating various Outrun-themed animations featured on his Tumblr blog (shown below).



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Reddit – /r/outrun

    [2]Reddit – what is outrun

    [3]TV Tropes – Synthwave

    [4]TV Tropes – Retraux

    [5]Wikipedia – Out Run

    [6]Reddit – /r/outruncirclejerk

    [7]Reddit – Outrun Starter Pack


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    About

    “You Are Safe Now My Sweet Child” is an exploitable webcomic illustrated by Chris (Simpsons Artist) which depicts a nude man feeding a slice of watermelon to a giraffe-like creature while whispering the quote. Following its release on Facebook in May 2014, the image has been edited and re-captioned in a variety of humorous contexts.

    Origin

    On May 1st, 2014, Chris uploaded an illustration of a nude man feeding an animal a slice of watermelon while saying “you are safe now my sweet child,” to which the creature replies “i owe you my life” (shown below). Within two years, the post garnered upwards of 10,000 reactions and 2,300 comments on the “Simpsons pictures that I gone and done” Facebook page.[1]



    Spread

    On December 13th, 2014, FunnyJunk[2] user joshuaro reposted the illustration. On April 19th, 2015, YouTuber Fed uploaded a video of himself narrating the illustration (shown below).



    On March 4th, Redditor user Xaib[3] posted the image along with the caption “when ur broke and ur friend buys u food” (shown below, left). On June 8th, Redditor Murble posted another captioned version of the image titled “When ur broke and ur friend smokes u down” to /r/trees[4] (shown below, right). Prior to being archived, the post received more than 4,800 votes (90% upvoted) and 340 comments.



    On June 13th, 2016, Tumblr user universequartz[5] posted an edited version of the illustration mocking a presentation by Hideo Kojima delivered that day at E3 (shown below, left). In 24 hours, the post gained over 21,000 notes. The following day, Tumblr user rawgeode[6] posted a version of the image praising the games shown in Nintendo’s E3 presentation, which accumulated upwards of 5,000 notes in less than seven hours (shown below, right).



    Search Interest

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  • 06/15/16--10:03: Creeping Null
  • This is a screenshot taken from a video from the Enter The Null YouTube channel (this is not my YouTube channel).


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  • 06/15/16--12:06: Elliot Tebele / Fuck Jerry
  • About

    Fuck Jerry is the online handle of American comedian Elliot Tebele, who is best known for curating humorous content on his various social media feeds, most notably on Instagram. Like fellow internet comedian Josh Ostrovsky (a.k.a. “The Fat Jew”), Tebele has been widely criticized for appropriating online content from various sources without attribution.

    History

    In April 2011, Tebele launched the FuckJerry Instagram[1] account, gathering over 9.3 million followers of the next six years. The same month, he created the FuckJerry Tumblr[7] blog. Also in April 2011, Tebele launched the FuckJerry.com[12] website, featuring various FuckJerry branded merchandise for sale. In July, the @FuckJerry[3]Twitter feed was launched, receiving more than 86,000 followers in the next five years. On August 19th, 2014, the official FuckJerry Facebook[2] page was created, which received upwards of 911,000 likes in two years. That summer, Tebele put up his first sponsored post on Instagram for the fast food restaurant Burger King, featuring a $3,000 promotional ad for chicken fries.[8] On January 13th, 2016, Tebele launched the website FuckJerrysJuice[11] to “raise the standards of ice cream flavored juice.”

    Highlights

    Solo Jazz Pattern

    In January 2014, Tebele updated his Instagram profile picture with an image of Solo Cup Company’s Jazz graphic pattern. Throughout the year, Tebele continued to adopt the pattern as his own personal brand by incorporating it into the design of his social media accounts[13] and various merchandises sold on his website[14], including TIMELESS (Jerry’s Tee), a Solo Jazz patterned t-shirt described as “the most coveted and quintessential piece from Jerry’s everyday uniform” with “the signature FJ wave.” Since then, Tebele has been credited[15] as a major amplifier to resurgence in the popularity of the iconic merchandise design in 2015.



    What Do You Meme? Kickstarter

    On June 14th, 2016, Tebele launched a Kickstarter[4] campaign for card game titled “What Do You Meme?”, featuring cards printed with various images taken from Tebele’s Instagram feed (shown below). Within 24 hours, the page gathered upwards of $31,600 of its $10,000 goal.



    Reception

    On June 8th, 2015, the women’s interest blog Cosmopolitan[5][6] published an interview with Tebele along with a listicle highlighting the “10 Best Fuckjerry Posts of All Time.”On August 3rd, the A.V. Club[10] published an article criticizing Tebele and Ostrovsky for “stealing comedians’ jokes.” On October 1st, Redditor MikeyMadness submitted a post titled “Fuck Jerry. Stop stealing from /r/blackpeopletwitter”, featuring a screenshot of a joke slightly altered by FuckJerry (shown below). Within eight months, the post gathered upwards of 5,800 votes (93% upvoted) and 400 comments on /r/blackpeopletwitter.[9]



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  • 06/15/16--14:50: The Simpsons Couch Gags
  • About

    The Simpsons Couch Gag is a recurring visual gag featured in the opening sequence of the American animated TV sitcom The Simpsons in which all members of the titular family rush to the living room in the house to watch television together, only to be offset by some kind of an anomaly with the couch, its occupants and/or its surroundings. As of June 2016, nearly 600 different editions of the couch gag have been officially introduced in the opening sequence of the show, in addition to dozens of fan-made parody animations that have been circulating online.

    Origin

    The first couch gag was featured on January 14th, 1990 at the beginning of The Simpsons Season One Episode Two “Bart the Genius,” in which Bart Simpson is squeezed off the couch and into the air. With each subsequent episode, the opening couch sequence was changed to include a new joke (shown below).



    Spread

    On June 30th, 2006, a list of Simpsons couch gags was created on Wikipedia.[3] On January 23rd, 2008, a page titled “Couch Gag” was created on the Simpsons Wiki.[2] On December 8th, 2012, a TV Tropes[6] page was launched for The Simpsons couch gags. On May 14th, 2013, Animation on FOX posted a stop motion couch gag created by the show Robot Chicken (shown below, left). On October 3rd, the Animation on FOX YouTuber channel posted the couch gag by director Guillermo del Toro from The Simpsons episode “Treehouse of Horror XXIV” (shown below, right). Within three years, the videos gained over 15 million and 26 million views respectively.



    On September 29th, 2014, the /r/couchgags[1] subreddit was launched for discussions about the introductory sequences. On January 14th, 2015, IGN[4] published a listicle of the “Top 25 Couch Gags.” On October 27th, The Guardian[5] published an article about the show’s couch gags created by guest animators. On December 17th, YouTuber Lee Hardcastle uploaded a clay animation couch gag parody titled “You’re Next,” in which the Simpsons family is brutally murdered during a home invasion (shown below, left). Within six months, the video gained over 3.6 million views and 8,700 comments. On January 9th, 2016, The Simpsons featured an Outrun-style couch gag by guest animator Steve Cutts (shown below, right).



    Various Examples



    Search Interest

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  • 06/15/16--15:24: Raft Kid
  • About

    Raft Kid is a photoshop meme based on a photograph of a toddler boy screaming with the netting of a swimming float stuck around his face. The image spawned dozens of photoshopped parodies online upon its submission to Reddit in June 2016.

    Origin

    On June 9th, 2016, Redditor Beerdancer submitted a photograph of a toddler standing and yelling while stuck in the netting of a round swimming float to /r/PhotoshopBattles[1] in a post titied “Child With Raft on his Head.” The post garnered 4,822 points (93% upvoted) and over 400 comments, including at least 100 photoshopped responses, prior to being archived.



    Spread

    As photoshopped responses began to flood in, various images of unidentified flying object (UFO) emerged as a prominent theme in numerous instances of parodies, including the “I Want to Believe” poster from the American sci-fi TV series X-Files.



    On June 9th, Someecards[2] highlighted the Reddit thread in a compilation article titled “Kid with a raft on his head becomes the meme the Internet needs, not the one it deserves.” On June 10th, Imgur[3] user WhyTheFuckDoINeedAUserNameOkCallMeChris started a gallery of photoshopped parodies from the /r/PhotoshopBattles thread in a post titled “Meet Raft Kid,” which garnered more than 10,756 points and 143,811 views in five days. On June 11th, FunnyJunk[4] user christinap submitted the images from the compilation on Imgur using the same title. On June 14th, The Daily Dot[5] and Uproxx[6] picked up on the photoshopped adventures of the “Raft Kid.”

    Examples





    Search Interest



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  • 06/16/16--09:30: Death Stranding
  • About

    Death Stranding is an upcoming video game by developer Hideo Kojima. Following its announcement at Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2016 conference, the game was widely discussed for being the first production by Kojima since his controversial departure from the Japanese entertainment company Konami. The game is planned for a timed exclusive released on the PlayStation 4, followed by a delayed release on PC systems.

    History

    Pre-Release

    Kojima announced the game during the Sony conference at E3 (shown below, left), along with a reveal trailer in which the protagonist (played by Norman Redus) wakes up naked on a beach next to an infant, whom he tries to cradle in his arms before it turns invisible and crawls away from him (shown below, right). Within 72 hours, the YouTube upload of the trailer received upwards of 1.5 million views and 3,000 comments.



    That evening, Kojima tweeted[1] two posters from the game, which garnered upwards of 25,300 likes and 19,000 retweets in three days. Meanwhile, several threads about the game reached the front page of the /r/metalgearsolid,[3] /r/gaming[4] and /r/PS4[5] subreddits.



    Also on June 13th, Tumblr user universequartz[6] posted an edited version of the illustration “You Are Safe Now My Child” illustration mocking Kojima’s E3 presentation (shown below). Over the next several days, the post garnered more than 23,100 notes.



    On June 14th, Redditor Jade_Curtiss posted a highresolution image of the Death Stranding protagonist taken from Kojima’s website, where equations can be seen etched on to the outside of flashdrives hanging around his neck (shown below). Within 48 hours, the post gathered upwards of 2,400 votes (89% upvoted) and 260 comments on /r/gaming.[2]



    On June 15th, Redditor lerigan uploaded a three-pane comic in which the titled on the Death Stranding poster changes into the phrase “Fuck You Konami” after a pair of eyeglasses are cleaned (shown below). In less than 24 hours, the post accumulated over 2,000 votes (89% upvoted) and 120 comments on /r/gaming.[7]



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  • 06/16/16--12:17: Yungoos
  • About

    Yuungoos is a normal-type Pokémon which will be included in Nintendo’s upcoming role-playing video game Pokémon Sun and Moon. Following its unveiling at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in mid-June 2016, many Pokemon fans mocked the mongoose-like character’s perceived resemblance to the 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

    Origin

    During Nintendo’s Treehouse livestream held at E3 on June 14th, 2016, the company unveiled several new monsters for the upcoming game Pokémon Sun and Moon, which included the new normal-type Pokémon Yungoos (shown below).



    The creature is officially listed as a normal-type “Loitering Pokemon” that starts with the abilities “Stakeout” and “Strong Jaw” (shown below).[7]



    Spread

    Immediately after Yungoos was revealed, Twitter users began noting that the tuft of fur on the monster’s head held a striking resemblance to Donald Trump’s iconic hairstyle (shown below).



    Meanwhile, various artists began posting illustrations of the creature dressed as Trump or posing with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee on Tumblr, including toilet--princess[1] (shown below, left), arkeis[2] (shown below, middle) and tawnaduncan[3] (shown below, right).



    In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the Donald Trump comparisons, including Kotaku,[4] PC Mag[5] and The Independent.[6]

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    About

    “J. Cole Went Platinum With No Features” is a catchphrase used by the fans of American hip hop artist J. Cole to celebrate the commercial success of his third studio album 2014 Forest Hills Drive, which was almost entirely composed and produced by the artist himself. Upon being certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in May 2016, many fans of Cole praised the certification as an impressive feat, especially considering the noticeable lack of collaboration with guest artists or co-producers.

    Origin

    On December 9th, 2014, J. Cole released his third studio album 2014 Forest Hills Drive[1], which was primarily composed and produced by the rapper himself with some support from several co-producers. Despite the lack of marketing or promotion for the album prior to its release, his album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and sold 371,000 copies within the first week; it also set a record for the most streamed album on Spotify with over 15.7 million streams in the first week, surpassing the previous record of 11.5 million streams set by One Direction.



    In addition to its commercial success, 2014 Forest Hills Drive was met with critical acclaims and various accolades, most notably the BET Hip Hop Award for Album of the Year and Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Album in 2015, as well as a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album in 2016. On January 8th, 2016, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

    Spread

    Some of the earliest tweets from J. Cole fans gloating that the rapper’s album went “platinum” began to surface as early as in mid-February 2015, with the earliest known tweet posted by Twitter user @Un_fukwitable.



    Throughout 2015, thousands of tweets praising the commercial success of J Cole’s album in the absence of any major marketing campaigns, promotions or guest features continued to surface on Twitter.[2]



    However, what initially began as a catchphrase used by J. Cole’s fans to genuinely promote their favorite rapper quickly evolved into a satirical meme in May 2016, when people who are looped into Black Twitter and online hip hop communities began appropriating it as a silly way to ridicule the excessive level of hype instilled by overzealous fans. On May 23rd, Twitter user @big_business_ tweeted several jokes using the catchphrase (shown below), garnering thousands of likes and retweets in less than a month.



    On June 13th, 2016, the Twitter meme was highlighted by a number of hip hop music and entertainment news sites, including Complex[3] and BET[4], as well as on Reddit’s /r/HipHopCirclejerk[5] community.

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  • 06/16/16--12:48: Brookers
  • About

    Brooke Allison Brodack is a American video blogger, who was the most subscribed user on YouTube between July 3-August 17, 2006. After signing a contract with Carson Daly for ’It’s Your Show’ TV project in NBC, her YouTube popularity was fallen by becoming passive to making new videos, therefore her spot on most subscribed users on YouTube list had fallen dramatically.

    She had a feud with owner of Filmcow, and worked for Ozzy Osbourne by promoting one of his auction projects.

    Online Presence

    Brodack began posting her short comedic videos on her “Brookers” YouTube channel in September 2005. Her single-most popular video, Crazed Numa Fan!!!!, a lip-sync parody of an earlier Internet meme, Numa Numa by Gary Brolsma, has been viewed on YouTube over 8.4 million times as of June 2016. Her younger sister, Melissa “Missy” Brodack, performs alongside her in many videos, including “Crazed Numa Fan!!!!”

    Her video Chips, a spoof suspense drama about eating potato chips, has been called “brilliant” by Entertainment Weekly, which has listed it among the “great moments in YouTube history.”

    From August 2006 to April 2007, she played a large role on a Daly-hosted, NBC-sponsored video contest website, It’s Your Show TV posting many videos there. She appeared on The Tyra Banks Show (December 6, 2006), as a judge for a student video competition. In February 2007, she performed in The Sound of Your Voice,, a viral music video for Barenaked Ladies, with fellow YouTubers.

    In addition to her “Brookers” YouTube channel, Brodack in January 2006 established a second channel, “QuietRiot,” and she began posting videos there regularly in the summer of 2007. Collectively, they have received about 2,000,000 views. Since early 2006, she also has given improvised, audience-interactive comic performances on live webcam video, hosted by such services as Stickam, Ustream, and BlogTV, where in Summer 2008. Many of these performances have been recorded by fans, who have released them or sections of them as viral videos.

    Brookers has experimented with non-comic videos, such as The Falling, and she has collaborated with other talents, including the New York-based comedy troupe The Tenderloins, the Los Angeles-based comedy troupe Studio 8 Comedy, LLC, viral video creator Caitlin Hill (TheHill88), and the lifecasters Justine “iJustine” Ezarik and Sarah Austin of Pop17.

    Brooke also appears in a number of WestHavenBrook video series alongside John Soares, including the Vacuum Consortium series, where she plays Agamemnon Tiberius Vacuum’s nemesis, “The Brodack”, and Go Sukashi!, produced by Douglas TenNapel in association with Watanabe Entertainment and Dentsu, where she plays Sukashi’s girlfriend Bethany.

    Personal life

    Brodack was born in April 7, 1986 on Putnam, Connecticut. Graduating from Wachusett Regional High School, she then attended college at Worcester State College, Quinsigamond Community College and Mount Wachusett Community College, ultimately dropping out of all three in Massachusetts. Brodack worked from 2003 to 2006 as a receptionist and hostess at the 99 Restaurant, and she volunteered (2003–05) for the NEADS program (Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans) in Sterling, Massachusetts.

    Since mid 2013, she lives in Vadodara, India where also worked for video making courses.

    Search Interest

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  • 06/16/16--13:03: deeee gingeeeeeee
  • Despite his lack of two fingers deeee gingeeeeeee still managed to become one of the worlds best piano players. After fighting the falkland wars on boths sides and falling into the endless void of not knowing where to stand deeee gingeeeeeee decided his time of playing world class piano at the battlefields is over. Moving to that oddly looking island called Australia (not to be confused with the cutlet like country called Austria) deeee gingeeeeeee decided to become a chef that has no kjex what so ever of what he is doing. In his free time he enjoys long walks in his backyard, playing the piano on not so world class level (which appears to be even harder) and co-authoring his first and only book with doge. Despite being not considered as Candidate for the Illuminati Executive Board deeee gingeeeeeee has several connections to world leading figures. His importance to the world might no be obvious at this point but this post atleast to thank and help deeee gingeeeeeee get intouch with his great idol Justin ‘just because the Bieber’ Bieber.


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  • 06/16/16--13:43: #AskTheGays
  • About

    #AskTheGays is a satirical hashtag launched by members and advocates of the LGBT community on Twitter in response to a gaffe uttered by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump while discussing the Orlando nightclub shooting at a campaign rally in mid-June 2016.

    Origin

    On June 15th, 2016, Trump delivered a speech at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia, during which he criticized the treatment of women and homosexuals overseas, particularly in Muslim countries in the Middle East, by telling the audience to “ask the people of Saudi Arabia what they think of women” and to “ask the gays” about homophobic attitudes in other countries.



    “And for the women out there, ask the people of Saudi Arabia what they think of women. For the gays out there… ask the gays and ask the people, ask the gays what they think and what they do in, not only in Saudi Arabia, in many of these countries with the gay community, just ask, and then you tell me who is your friend: Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?”

    That afternoon, Twitter user @gaywonk[2] posted a mock dialogue between Trump and “The Gays” followed by a reaction GIF of actress Whoopi Goldberg in the 1990 romantic thriller film Ghost (shown below). Within 24 hours, the tweet received more than 450 likes and 300 retweets.




    Spread

    Shortly after, Twitter user @ethanharv[1] posted a reaction GIF featuring a scene from the 1995 comedy film Clueless as a response to Trump saying “ask the gays,” gaining over 700 likes and 500 retweets that day.




    Over the next several hours, other Twitter users posted variations of the “ask the gays” template, along with hostile, confused and annoyed reaction images directed toward Trump (shown below).



    Meanwhile, Trump supporters began posting criticisms of LGBT treatment in Middle Eastern and Muslim countries along with the #AskTheGays[4] hashtag (shown below).



    That day, “The Gays”[3] became a trending topic, receiving over 50,000 Twitter mentions (shown below). In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the hashtag, including BuzzFeed,[5] RawStory,[6] The Telegraph,[7] the BBC[8] and Metro.[9]



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    Overview

    2016 Disney Resort Alligator Attack refers to a fatal alligator attack that claimed the life of two-year-old Lane Graves from Elkhorn, Nebraska, who was dragged into a man-made lake by the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida in mid-June, 2016.

    Background

    On June 14th, 2016, Graves was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon by an alligator near Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Bay Lake, Florida. The following day, a dive team found Graves’ body near the site of his disappearance. A subsequent report by the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office found that the death was likely caused by drowning and traumatic injuries.

    Developments

    Online Reaction

    On June 15th, several posts about the attack reached the front page of the /r/MorbidReality,[14] /r/news/[15] and /r/WTF[16] subreddits. Meanwhile, Redditor frankreddit5 submitted a portrait of Graves with his mother to the /r/pics[1] subreddit, where it received upwards of 5,900 votes (62% upvoted) and 740 commentes (shown below).



    That day, Twitter users began posting about the incident with the hashtag #DisneyGatorAttack.[2] Also on June 15th, Redditor EraserPolite posted a screenshot of a joke about the alligator attack to /r/4chan.[3] Meanwhile, Twitter user @TheKidMero[4] posted a photograph of an albino alligator, joking that if he ate someone people would talk about how he was “nice & kept to himself” (shown below, left). Additionally, Twitter user @Andrew_Ferrelli[5] posted a photograph of another albino alligator with the caption “Alligator linked to Disney attack has been struggling with psychological issues and depression” (shown below, right). Within 48 hours, the tweets gathered upwards of 41,000 likes and 18,000 likes respectively.



    Brienne of Sarth Tweet

    The following day, Twitter user Brienne of Sarth tweeted she was “so finished with white men’s entitlement” that she couldn’t feel sad about the child’s death (shown below). The tweet received a large backlash from those who accused her of bigotry, leading her to delete her Twitter account. That day, the news sites Heat Street,[6] Mediaite[7] and Fox News[8] reported on the controversy.



    News Media Coverage

    In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the tragedy, including Snopes,[9]CNN,[10] The New York Times,[11]The Daily Dot[12] and The Telegraph.[13]

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  • 06/17/16--11:54: Cheeto Jesus
  • About

    Cheeto Jesus is a pejorative nickname given to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump by Republican political strategist Rick Wilson in a rant he posted on Twitter in mid-June 2016. Shortly after Wilson’s tweet, the nickname, which likens Trump’s orange-tanned skin tone to Frito-Lay’s cheese-flavored snack, spawned a series of Cheetos-themed photoshopped parodies on Twitter.

    Origin

    On June 15th, 2016, Rick Wilson tweeted a ten-part rant[1] condemning the Republican Party’s endorsement of Trump as the presumptive candidate in the upcoming United States presidential election. In the tweets, Wilson likened the rise of Trump as a conservative leader to getting a “No Ragrets” tattoo that had gone viral online, while referring to Trump as “Cheeto Jesus” in criticizing his controversial response to the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting. Within 48 hours, the Cheeto Jesus tweet accumulated more than 3,500 likes and 2,200 retweets.



    “How the actual fuck does anyone at the RNC have standing to act shocked that Trump is not doing the basics of campaigning? You can’t elide over his utter dipshittery. No matter how much you try to act surprised, you own this. You’re covered in his stench. History will be so cruel to you. Your off the record sniping and grumbling is no substitute for moral courage. That’s so DC. You won’t escape the stain. It’s like a big, visible “No Ragrets” chest tat that will mark your careers forever. Go public. Man up. Show courage. Say what’s in your hearts; he’s insane. He’s poison. He’s doomed. He’s killing the Party. None of you are good enough to spin the unspinnable ratfuck that is Trump. None of you can say, “I was just following orders.” This weekend, people were lined up hundreds deep to give blood to the victims of Orlando. Your Cheeto Jesus was praising himself. There is no better Trump. There is not Presidential Trump. He is a vile stain on the this Republic. Your resumes will always read “Worked for a batshit crazy crypto-fascist who destroyed the GOP

    Wilson’s Criticism of Trump

    Months before his Twitter rant in June, Wilson had previously made the headlines in January after ridiculing Donald Trump’s alt-right supporters as “childless single men who masturbate to anime” during an on-air appearance on MSNBC.

    Precursors

    In July 2008, CBS broadcast a news segment on a Cheetos snack which resembled the shape of a crucifix (shown below).



    Spread

    Also on June 15th, 2016, Twitter user @GroverOwnedPawn tweeted a photograph of a Cheetos snack with Trump’s face etched on to the top (shown below). Within 48 hours, the tweet gained over 400 likes and 190 retweets.



    The following day, other Twitter users tweeted various Cheetos-themed photoshopped pictures of Trump, many of which included the hashtag #CheetoJesus[8] (shown below).



    Also on June 16th, Redditor MushroomFry submitted a photograph of Trump titled “Cheeto Jesus” to the /r/EnoughTrumpSpam[2] subreddit, where it garnered upwards of 14,800 votes (62% upvoted) and 280 comments within 24 hours (shown below).



    In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the Cheeto Jesus meme, including The Daily Dot, Mother Jones, The Huffington Post, CNET and Inquistr.

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  • 06/17/16--12:28: "Thoughts And Prayers"
  • About

    “Thoughts And Prayers” is an expression of sympathy typically offered toward the victims of large-scale disasters tragedies. The phrase has been widely criticized as a platitude used in place of meaningful action.

    Origin

    In recent years, it has been customary for public personalities, such as celebrities and politicians, to give statements about tragedies expressing their condolences to the victims of a tragedy, and saying their “thoughts and prayers” we’re with them, implying that religion was a solution to the issues at hand.

    Spread

    On social media, some have berated politicians in the US for “thoughts and prayers” comments after shooting deaths, claiming that they were responsible for not enacting gun control laws to prevent gun deaths, and that their prayers weren’t helping. On November 14th, 2015, Redditor JusDame submitted a post titled “Thoughts and Prayers,” featuring of a screenshot of a woman’s Facebook profile picture edited to look a “Pray for Paris” overlay (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post received upwards of 5,600 votes (94% upvoted) and 60 comments on /r/blackpeopletwitter.[2]



    “Thoughts & Prayers” Game

    On June 17th, 2016, programmer Mike Lacher released a satirical flash game named “Thoughts & Prayers: The Game”,[1] ironically asking the players to prevent mass shootings with “Pray” and “Think” buttons, while berating the player for clicking the “Ban Assault Weapons” button. The game also has some critiques of GOP politicians in the loading screen.



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    [1]Thoughts and Prayers – Thoughts & Prayers The Game

    [2]Reddit – Thoughts and Prayers

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