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  • 07/02/16--10:38: Tier Lists
  • About

    Tier Lists are lists that rank playable characters in a video game (fighting games, racing games, MOBAs, etc.) based on performance within the highest level of play, usually in tournament. The list weighs the abilities and potential of each individual character against the rest of the playable cast, and ranks them accordingly, under the assumption that each character is played by equally skilled players.

    History

    Tier Lists have existed in most, if not all, competitive gaming communities, notoriously in fighting game communities like Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat , and Super Smash Brothers. Tier Lists represent the state of the metagame in its current state, showcasing which characters thrive and those that struggle in the current meta.



    An example of a tier list for Super Smash Bros. For 3DS & Wii U

    Recpetion

    Tier lists have always been a controversial subject among gamers. Such controversy stems from new or casual players believing that all characters are on equal footing in regards to potential, with each individual characters’ strengths and weaknesses balancing each other out, believing that tier lists should not exist at all. As such, tier lists have been met with negative reception by these players, while experienced players argue that tiers do exist at the highest level of competitive play and that it would be impossible to perfectly balance a roster consisting of unique characters. Higher level players also state that tier lists do not apply to casual play.

    Related Memes

    Tiers R 4 Queers

    Tiers R 4 Queers is a derogatory phrase said by casual players in response to the mentioning of tiers or a tier list. This phrase represents the overall negative perspective new or casual players have in regards to tiers or tier lists. The phrase has also been infamously used in Super Smash Brothers animated parodies such as Brawl Taunts and Smash Kingdom.



    “Tires Don Exits”

    Tires Don Exits is an infamous phrase originating from a now deleted thread on message board Smashboards in regards to tier lists. The humorous misspelling of the phrase and overall whiny mood of the thread became a meme inside the Smash community and is often cited in an ironic manner in tier discussions within the Smash community. Other ironic phrases within this context include “A skilled Roy can beat any Fox,” a phrase often regarded by misinformed players, specifically with the Super Smash Brothers Melee community, who believe tiers are nullified when a low tier character beats a top tier in tournament, in this case Roy (who is a low tier character in the game) beating Fox (commonly agreed as the best character in the game).

    Parody Tier Lists

    Because of the polarizing and controversial view and nature of tiers, there have been many cases of parody tier lists being created. While not necessarily for potential of the characters, these lists have been created with arbitrary goals and categories included with the nature to anger and/or please a subgroup of people in a community.

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  • 07/02/16--12:42: Dexter's Laboratory


  • About

    Dexter’s Laboratory is an American comic science fiction animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network, and the first of the network’s Cartoon Cartoons

    History

    Dexter’s Laboratory was inspired by one of Genndy Tartakovsky’s drawings of a ballerina. After drawing Dee Dee’s tall, thin shape, he decided to pair her with a short and blocky opposite, Dexter, inspired by Tartakovsky’s older brother Alex. After enrolling at the California Institute of the Arts in 1990 to study animation, Tartakovsky wrote, directed, animated, and produced two short films that would become the basis for the series.

    Reception

    One of Cartoon Network president Betty Cohen’s favorite animated shows was Dexter’s Laboratory. Rapper Coolio has also said that he is a fan of the show and was happy to do a song for the show’s soundtrack at Cartoon Network’s request, stating, "I watch a lot of cartoons because I have kids. I actually watch more cartoons than movies. In a 2012 top 10 list by Entertainment Weekly, Dexter’s Laboratory was ranked as the fourth best Cartoon Network show. In 2009 Dexter’s Laboratory was named the 72nd best animated series by IGN, with editors remarking, "While aimed at and immediately accessible to children, Dexter’s Laboratory was part of a new generation of animated series that played on two levels, simultaneously fun for both kids and adults.

    Fandom

    [reassuring]

    Rated Memes

    I Have Failed You

    I Have Failed You is an exploitable meme that depicts a scene from the Cartoon Network animated TV series Dexter’s Laboratory in which the eponymous character looks up to a poster of Albert Einstein in his locker and says “I have failed you”. Using image editing software, the picture is usually changed to show a character or person who is held in high regard by some groups.



    Dexter’s Rude Removal

    Dexter’s Rude Removal is an unaired episode from the animated television series Dexter’s Laboratory, which remained shrouded in mystery until it was released online by the television network Adult Swim via YouTube in January of 2013.

    Feed Me!

    Feed Me! is a seen from the Dexter’s Laboratory episode “You Vegetabelieve It!”. When Dexter’s Dad is barred in the ground and says “Feed Me”.

    Omelette Du Fromage

    Omelette Du Fromage is a meme originating from the Dexter’s Laboratory episode “The Big Cheese”

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  • 07/02/16--14:35: MetroidMST/ShyGuyExpress
  • Self proclaimed, the “King of Bubbles”, (http://forum.metroidconstruction.com/index.php?action=profile;u=83) is a Shy Guy that loves Puns, Shacktool, and of course, Bubbles. He is known for his Super Metroid Hacks that start with "So Little " and end with some ending name that relates to the hack that he designed/made. He has created some very… interesting hacks such as:

    So Little Time (http://metroidconstruction.com/hacks.php?h=h92)
    So Little Room (http://metroidconstruction.com/hacks.php?h=h145)
    So Little Items (http://metroidconstruction.com/hacks.php?h=h189)
    So Little Collab (http://metroidconstruction.com/hacks.php?h=h193)

    The most awaited hack that he is working on is estimated to arrive in 2032. Fear. (http://forum.metroidconstruction.com/index.php/topic,181.0.html) He has released a demo that is 6 years old now. Although, a lot has changed since the demo release. Although, mainly screenshots have only been posted.

    This is one Shy Guy that you have to experience to understand. (Notice I say Shy Guy and not person. He will tell you this himself. He is a Shy Guy. Not a person… or so he says…)

    He usually hangs out with other Metroid Construction Users and streams on hitbox. [http://www.hitbox.tv/metroidmst]


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  • 07/02/16--23:48: Snow Halation
  • About

    Snow Halation is song by the Japanese idol group µ’s (pronounced “Muse”). It was released as a single on December 22, 2010. It has gained popularity on YouTube in 2016 when the channel GiIvaSunner began using it as a bait-and-switch piece in videos appearing to be rips of video game music.

    Origin

    Love Live! – School Idol Project is a collaborative multimedia project created by ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki G’s Magazine, music label Lantis, and animation studio Sunrise. It follows the adventures of the school idol group µ’s, and includes music releases, an anime, manga series, and a mobile game. Snow Halation, µ’s second single, and one of their most popular songs, released in December 2010. It would be featured in Season 2, Episode 9 of the anime, which aired on June 1, 2014.

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    Overview

    Jesse Williams BET Awards speech refers to an event in which actor Jesse Williams gave a speech at the 2016 BET awards in which he touched on several controversial issues affecting the black community.

    Background

    Jesse Williams had received a humanitarian award. He gave an acceptance speech which touched on many different issues including cultural appropriation, oppression, institutional racism, and police brutality.

    Reaction

    Reaction to the speech has been mixed with those from the left praising the speech but those from the right criticizing it.

    Justin Timberlake Tweet

    Controversy was started after pop artist justin timberlake tweeted to jesse williams proclaiming he was inspired by the speech


    Many people felt that he missed the point of the speech and that it was referring to people like him.



    He later apologized for the tweet.


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  • 07/03/16--15:33: Outcome: Train Go Boom
  • About

    “Outcome Train Go Boom” is a quote often used in image macros, Reddit and Youtube posts to describe a dramatic situation or outcome. It has received mixed opinions, with many saying it lacks creativity or a good script, while others claim it to be put to good use by Meloni and his acting talents.

    Origin

    The quote is numerously said to the player by the Antagonist of the game, John Taylor, played by Christopher Meloni, throughout the tutorial missions of the popular video game, Call Of Duty: Black Ops III.

    Spread

    On November 18th 2015, Popular Youtube Content Creator, “Nerd Plays”, used this particular quote as a title for his Campaign Walkthrough, where he reacts humorously to the quote being said.


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  • 07/04/16--05:29: "Men With Facial Hair"
  • This article is incomplete. Please help expand it by researching.

    About
    “Men with facial hair” is a meme in which there are three celebrities with facial hair and one other person, generally that would catch the viewer by surprise. It parodies love-struck women online who post pictures of the “perfect man.”

    Origin and Spread
    Originating on iFunny in late May 2016 with the user “mankdemefactory,” it quickly spread throughout the app, becoming featured multiple times. There are currently many variations of the “Men with facial hair” meme, including Josef Stalin, Osama Bin Laden, etc. The original featured a picture of Adolf Hitler’s mustache with three pictures of normal bearded men. On June 2nd, it was combined with the “Le monke” meme on Facebook, receiving over one thousand likes.



    External References

    [1]iFunny – Men With Facial Hair / Posted on 5-21-2016

    [2]Facebook- Men With Facial Hair /

    [3]Know Your Meme- Le Monke /


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  • 07/04/16--12:10: iCarly
  • About

    iCarly is an American teen sitcom that ran on Nickelodeon from September 8, 2007 until November 23, 2012. The series was created by Dan Schneider. It focuses on teenager Carly Shay, who creates her own web show called iCarly with her best friends Sam Puckett and Freddie Benson.

    History

    iCarly is the fourth series created by Dan Schneider for Nickelodeon. Schneider originally wanted to make a new TV series starring Miranda Cosgrove; the original idea was that she play a normal girl who, in a twist of fate, gets cast to star in her favorite TV show, Starstruck. However, during a casual meeting in his den with his wife and his friend Steve, Schneider decided that it would be much better if Carly had her own show – a web show she could run herself and do whatever she wanted to do. In November 2006, Schneider threw out his Starstruck script and wrote a new pilot called iCarly during December. The pilot was shot in January 2007.

    Reception

    iCarly received mixed reviews from critics but positive reception from fans. Carey Bryson of About.com gave the show 2 1/2 stars, concluding "The show’s comedic elements don’t all rest on the irreverent, though, there are some clever storylines and even a few touching moments. Overall, the show has some great comedy, interesting stories, and fun actors. The show was awarded 3 stars by Common Sense Media reviewer Emily Ashby, who praised that "the show isn’t designed to be educational, peruse, but young viewers will learn a bit about interacting with media.

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  • 06/28/16--15:17: Boris Johnson
  • About

    Boris Johnson is an English conservative politician who formerly served as Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016 and currently serves as a Member of Parliament for the Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency in the United Kingdom since being elected in May 2015.

    History

    Before entering politics, Johnson pursued a career in print journalism as the assistant editor of The Daily Telegraph from 1994 to 1999 and subsequently as the editor of The Spectator from 1999 to 2001. In 2001, Johnson made his political debut after being elected as a Member of Parliament for the Henley constituency, serving two consecutive terms. In 2008, Johnson became the Mayor of London after defeating Labour incumbent Ken Livingstone in the London mayoral election, and in 2012, he was re-elected for a second term after defeating Livingstone once again. In March 2013, the BBC aired a documentary about Johnson’s political history (shown below).



    In August 2014, Johnson announced that he would seek a return to the Parliament as a member of the Conservative Party for the Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency. In May 2015, Johnson was elected as a Member of Parliament. In February 2016, Johnson controversially endorsed the Vote Leave campaign for the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum.

    Prime Ministership

    On June 30th, 2016, British Conservative politician and Brexit campaigner Michael Gove declared he would be entering the race to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom following David Cameron’s resignation in the wake of the Brexit vote. The same day, Johnson held a press conference where he announced he would not be running for Prime Minister (shown below)



    Immediately after the announcement, BBC political producer Andrew Alexander tweeted[13] a screenshot of The Times reporter Sam Coates reacting to the announcement in the background of a BBC News broadcast (shown below). In less than 24 hours, the tweet gathered upwards of 2,300 retweets and 1,800 likes.



    Meanwhile, other Twitter users posted various jokes about Johnson’s announcement, including journalists Sathnam Sanghera[15] and Sebastian Payne[14] (shown below). In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the Twitter reactions, including Time,[16] The Daily Mail[17] and BBC News.[18]



    Online Presence

    Shortly after being elected as mayor of London In May 2008, Johnson created the official Twitter account for the office of the mayor, which commands more than 2.2 million followers (as of June 2016). In December 2008, Johnson created his official Facebook page, which has about 526,000 likes. In September 2014, Johnson launched his official campaign website at boris4uxbridge.com for his parliamentary candidacy in the 2015 General Election. In April 2015, Johnson created his personal Twitter account, which has about 160,000 followers.

    Reputation

    Johnson is known for being an entertaining character on television, using populism in his political rhetoric and has been accused of spreading falsehoods to perpetuate his agendas. On June 27th, 2016, Redditor Cassowary2 submitted a post asking about Johnson to the /r/OutOfTheLoop[4] subreddit, to which the top voted comment claimed Johnson was “positioning himself to take over as Prime Minister since the current PM was against Brexit.”

    Donald Trump Comparison

    Johnson has been frequently compared to Donald Trump in online discussions, and is often referred to as the “British Donald Trump” in the /r/The_Donald[21] subreddit. In late March 2016, Johnson was interviewed on the British talk show The Agenda, during which he revealed he was mistaken for Trump during a recent trip to New York City.[20]

    “I am genuinely worried that he could become president… I was in New York and some photographers were trying to take a picture of me and a girl walked down the pavement towards me and she stopped and she said “Gee is that Trump? It was one of the worst moments.”

    On May 24th, 2016, the weareeuropeuk Instagram[2] feed posted a photograph of a fraternal kiss parody mural in Bristol, England, featuring Donald Trump kissing Johnson (shown below).



    On June 27th, the National Review[19] published an article titled “The Ballad of Boris and The Donald,” which explored the similarities and differences between the two politicians.

    Related Memes

    Dangling Boris

    Dangling Boris is a photoshop meme spawned from a photograph of London Mayor Boris Johnson stuck in the mid-air on a zip line during his public appearance at an event in Victoria Park.



    Boris Johnson’s Tug-of-War

    On October 27th, 2015, Redditor ukdev submitted a picture of Johnson playing tug of war to the /r/photoshopbattles[1] subreddit, where many users responded with photoshopped variations of the image (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post gained over 5,100 votes (93% upvoted) and 440 comments. The following day, the news site Metro[3] published a collection of notable examples from the thread.



    Boris Johnson’s Jedi Force

    On May 22nd, 2016, Redditor elbekko posted a GIF of Johnson walking past a falling cameraman titled “Boris Johnson using the force” to /r/gifs,[5] where it received more than 8,800 votes (89% upvoted) and 670 comments.



    Personal Life

    Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson was born on June 19th, 1964 in Manhattan, New York and was granted both American and British citizenship. He is the eldest child to former Conservative Memeber of the European Parliament Stanley Johnson and painter Charlotte Johnson Wahl. Johnson married Marina Wheeler in 1993, with whom he has two daughters and two sons. In 2009, he fathered a daughter out of wedlock with arts consultant Helen MacIntyre.

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  • 07/05/16--01:06: CS:GO Gambling Scandal
  • About

    The CS:GO Gambling Scandal refers to an online controversy surrounding the massive speculative market where players of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) can trade and bet on custom skins using real money, which came under scrutiny from online gaming communities after two prominent CS:GO streamers were found to be owners of CSLotto, a popular CS:GO skin gambling site that had been frequently promoting through their streaming channels.

    Background

    Gambling in CS:GO

    In the online first-person shooter CS:GO, players can trade a variety of skins that change the appearance of weapons in-game. As a result, an online market for the skins emerged, along with several websites allowing players to gamble the items as currency. According to Bloomberg Business Week,[4] upwards of $2.3 billion in skins were bet in e-sports matches during 2015.

    Conflict of Interest Allegations

    On June 27th, 2016, YouTuber HonorTheCall uploaded a video accusing CS:GO streamers Tom Cassell (a.k.a. ProSyndicate) and Trevor Martin (a.k.a. TmarTn) of failing to disclose their ownership of CS Lotto, a gambling site often featured in their videos (shown below).



    Shortly after, Martin released a video in which he claimed to have disclosed the ownership within his YouTube video descriptions. The video was subsequently made private. On June 30th, HonorTheCall refuted these claim, noting that Martin had previously stated he “found” the site and only added the disclosure after the conflict of interest accusations arose.



    Notable Developments

    On July 3rd, 2016, YouTuber h3h3 productions published a video titled Deception, Lies and CSGO, in which host Ethan Klein discussed the allegations and called for regulation of the gambling sites (shown below).



    On the same day, Gameinformer[2] published an article detailing the scandal, noting that Tom Cassell had also been accused of receiving $30,000 for promoting the Xbox One console without informing viewers of the financial relationship. On July 4th, 2016, YouTuber Lewis Stewart (a.k.a. PsySyndicate) posted a video confessing that two videos featuring weapon skin auctions had been faked (shown below).



    On July 4th 2016, YouTuber TotalBiscuit published a video in which he criticized the streamers for their corrupt practices (shown below). Meanwhile, Redditor success_whale submitted a post about the scandal to /r/OutOfTheLoop,[5] where it received upwards of 2,400 votes (84% upvoted) and 400 comments within 24 hours.



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  • 07/05/16--10:01: Mr. Steal Your Grandma
  • About

    Mr. Steal Your Grandma is the nickname given to Houston, Texas resident Irvin Randle after pictures of the photogenic 54-year-old teacher began circulating in late June 2016.

    Origin

    On February 7th, 2015, Randle created the @irvinrandle[4] Instagram feed (shown below).



    The account received little attention until June 29th, 2016, when Twitter user @_magamedze[1] posted several photographs of Randle along with the caption “Mr Steal Your Grandma” (shown below). Within one week, the tweet gathered upwards of 12,300 retweets and 11,100 likes.



    Spread

    That same day, other Twitter and Instagram users began posting photographs of Randle, some of which included the hashtag #MrStealYourGrandma[6][8] (shown below).



    On July 1st, Randle launched a fan page on Facebook,[2] gathering upwards of 8,400 likes in the next four days. That day, The Houston Chronicle[3] published an interview with Randle, who revealed that he discovered his internet fame after his daughter saw him trending on Twitter. Meanwhile, YouTuber Asio Marinho uploaded an audio interview with Randle (shown below).



    In the coming days, several news sites published articles about Randle’s trending photographs, including BuzzFeed,[9] UpRoxx,[10] The Daily Mail[11] and The Telegraph.[12]

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  • 07/06/16--01:26: CountryLove
  • About

    CountryLove is a series of exploitables featuring two girls, one of them groping the other’s breasts, usued to represent humorous despictions of countries and ethnicities relationships on several 4chan boards.

    Origin

    The original picture was originally posted on 4chan’s politics board /pol/ on February 3rd, 2015, submitted by an Australian poster in reply to a New Zealander poster complaining about how their refutals weren’t taken seriously due their country flag.[1] The art features a blonde girl (despicted as Australia) grabbing a breast from a naked brunette girl (despicted as New Zealand).



    Spread

    On February 11th, 2015, a thread submitted on /pol/ featured an edited version of the original picture, with Australia as United States and New Zealand as Canada.[2] During the following months, the exploitable remaint dormant, but saw a rise in late May 2016 due a /pol/ thread submitted on May 28th, featuring America wearing a MAGA hat and groping Mexico through a wall, in reference to Donald Trump’s anti-mexican remarks. The thread also contained variations featuring other countries.[3] During the following weeks, a template was created and several threads were made, mainly on /pol/ and /int/.[5][7] On July 2nd, an anonymous user titled the exploitable as “countryLove”,[4] name that would be used to refer to the picture.[6][8]



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    Template



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  • 07/06/16--10:38: How People Shower
  • About

    How People Shower is a four-pane comic series illustrating different ways in which people from various racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds clean themselves in the shower, largely playing off on nationality stereotypes.

    Origin

    On November 11th, 2013, Viner Arthur uploaded a video titled “How British people shower,” in which he is shown grabbing tea bags while showering (shown below). Over the next three years, the video gained over 5.06 million loops, 124,000 likes and 48,000 revines.



    Spread

    On November 23rd, 2014, the Arthur Vines YouTube channel uploaded a compilation of Arthur’s video clips demonstrating how British people perform various other tasks (shown below). Within two years, the video gathered upwards of 595,000 views and 300 comments.



    On November 4th, 2015, a “How Asian people shower” comic was submitted to 9gag, featuring an asian man eating rice in the shower (shown below, left). On November 26th, Redditor JBaston submitted a four-pane comic version of the original Vine video to the /r/funny[1] subreddit, where it gathered upwards of 5,700 votes (94% upvoted) and 1,300 comments prior to being archived (shown below, right).



    On June 22nd, Redditor EvansBelinda361 uploaded a comic titled “How Black People Shower,” in which a black man eats a slice of watermelon in the shower (shown below, left). Within two weeks, the post received more than 7,700 votes (82% upvoted) and 400 comments on /r/funny.[4] The same day, Imgur user WatneyTheSpacePirate uploaded a collection of “How People Shower” comics to Imgur.[3] On June 23rd, Redditor beardedrabbit posted a comic titled “How American people shower,” in which a man pulls out a pistol in the shower (shown below, right). On July 5th, Redditor 314rat submitted a post about the exploitable comic series to the /r/OutOfTheLoop[2] subreddit.



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    About

    Broken Matt Hardy / “Brother Nero”, also known by the name “The Final Deletion” refers to a series of segments and wrestling matches from TNA broadcasts in the summer of 2016. This storyline features the culmination of the years-long rivalry between the Hardy Boyz, Matt and Jeff Hardy, during which a mentally-broken Matt repeatedly refers to Jeff as “Brother Nero” (Nero being Jeff’s middle name).

    Origin

    “The Final Deletion” is a notorious 2016 storyline from the American wrestling promotion, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (commonly called TNA), featuring professional wrestlers Matt and Jeff Hardy, who are both storyline and real-life brothers. The angle has gained notoriety for the ambiguous intentionality of its “bad” segments, and has drawn several comparisons to The Room. Some have suggested that Matt is in fact parodying Tommy Wiseau.

    The storyline has been divisively received, with some claiming it hurts the art of wrestling and is essentially a shitpost in wrestling form, while others enjoy the nonsensical and over-the-top storyline and credit it with doing a lot to spice up TNA’s creativity and appreciate it with a sense of irony, with many viewers drawing attention to the “So Bad It’s Good” phenomenon. Many viewers’ enjoyment seems to be an example of ironic memeing.

    About

    The Hardy Boyz (with a Z) rose to prominence in the late 1990s as members of the then World Wrestling Federation’s talent roster. The young wrestling tag team became known for their “extreme” style, high-flying ability and their use of ladders.

    Both brothers wrestled primarily for WWF/WWE throughout the 2000s, although Jeff bounced between WWE and TNA on two occasions. Following his departure from WWE in late 2010, Matt joined his brother in TNA as well, although he spent some time from 2012 – 2014 competing for ROH (Ring of Honor) before returning to TNA once more.

    “The Final Deletion” Story

    In January 2016, a storyline commenced where Matt Hardy cheated to win TNA’s world title. Jeff, who has almost always been a face (a “hero” character in wrestling terms), was dissatisfied with his brother achieving success this way and the two have been feuding ever since. In May, Matt devolved into a new persona, “Broken Matt”, with a new rag-tag look and affecting a bizarre almost-English accent. He continued to target Jeff with both psychological and physical attacks, culminating in the decision to have a match at that year’s special pay-per-view event, Slammiversary.

    On the May 31st episode of Impact, a bizarre segment aired wherein Jeff was summoned to Matt’s house in order to sign the match contract. Matt was shown melodramatically playing a piano and even using his wife and infant son to lure Jeff into a trap, and eventually put Jeff through a table before signing the contract. This segment was made available to view on TNA’s YouTube channel on June 1st , and has since acquired 700,000 views. Amusingly and interestingly, the like/dislike ratio sits at roughly 6.9k likes to 6.3k dislikes. [11]


    On the July 5th episode of Impact, the main event was an on-location video shot in the style of a B-movie, which featured an unusually theatrical match between the Hardys, at night, in a ring in Matt’s own garden. The match contained highly unlikely and over-the-top spots, such as the brothers shooting fireworks at each other, Jeff performing his signature Swanton Bomb move from a tree branch, and the amusing inclusion of Matt’s gardener during several twists in the match.

    Reaction

    Reaction was prominent all over sites where wrestling fans congregate, such as Twitter or r/SquaredCircle.[12] Several wrestlers have shown their approval of the reinvention of Matt Hardy’s character. Legendary wrestler Chris Jericho tweeted showing his approval of the 7/5/16 match[1], and Nick Jackson of the Young Bucks called Hardy “one of the best”.[2]
    The storyline has been discussed extensively on Twitter under the hashtag #BrokenMatt.[3] Wrestling news site, Wrestlezone, noted that during the 7/5 airing of Impact, both #TheFinalDeletion and #BrotherNero trended worldwide on Twitter.[4]

    TNA themselves appear to be working the “ironic joke” aspect of the angle, even going as far as to tweet a reaction video from another top wrestler of theirs, Drew Galloway.[5] Jeff Hardy changed his Twitter handle to “#BrotherNero DELETED” following his loss to Matt.[13]

    Matt has kept up the storyline across his social media accounts, claiming that all who insult or belittle him will be “deleted” just like his brother, working the journalistic reactions to the story into his crazed persona, responding to wrestlers from both TNA and other companies, or even fans, in character as “Broken Matt”.[6][7]

    Sub-Memes

    “Brother Nero, I Knew You’d Come”

    This quote is from one of the promotional videos which formed part of the storyline and aired as part of the May 31st 2016 episode of TNA Impact. In it, Jeff enters Matt’s house to find Matt melodramatically playing the piano, before Matt stops, looks up, and delivers the line in magnificently hammy fashion.

    Several fans took the clip of Matt playing the piano and added alternative audio to his playing, such as another wrestler’s entrance music, or an anime opening song. The videos typically stop the music and end after Matt says the line, as seen in the compilation video below:


    Matt has even started selling a t-shirt featuring the quote, suggesting an awareness of the meme and intention to propagate it.[8]

    “It’s a Dilapidated Boat”

    A quote from Matt Hardy during the “Final Deletion” match. Having fled from Jeff’s counterattack with fireworks, Matt shouts, “It’s a dilapidated boat!” in exaggerated and unnatural fashion. He then takes cover from Jeff’s rainbow onslaught behind said boat. The line was repeated several times in a Reddit reaction thread, along with other strange quotes from the match – throughout the thread, a wide array of reactions ranging from approval, amusement or even disgust with the angle.[9]
    A novelty Twitter account roleplaying as the dilapidated boat was set up on 6th July 2016, which humorously lists its location as “Cameron, NC” (the Hardys’ home town where the Final Deletion match and much of the storyline took place).[10]

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  • 07/06/16--12:46: 2016 Summer Olympics
  • Overview

    The 2016 Summer Olympics is an upcoming international multi-sport event which will take place from August 5th to August 21st, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the months leading up to the commencement, it has come under heavy scrutiny and drawn several concerns regarding the host city’s infrastructure readiness for the event, its alarmingly high crime rate and presence of dangerous pathogens in the area, namely the Zika virus outbreak.

    Background

    In October 2009, Rio de Janeiro won the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, two years after Brazil won the bid to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup in 2007. The majority of the games will take place in the neighborhood Barra da Tijuca, with others located at Copacabana Beach, Maracanã and Deodoro.

    Developments

    Controversies

    In May 2014, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice President John Coates described the preparations for the games as being critically behind schedule and the “worst ever.”[1] In December 2015, the Rio Olympics Committee claimed that the majority of game venues had been completed with the exception of the Rio Olympic Velodrome and the Youth Arena. In January 2016, researchers were able to find a causal link between a rise in the neurological disorder microcephaly and the Zika virus, leading experts to warn pregnant women to avoid visiting the Olympic games in Brazil.[2] On January 23rd, a post about the findings reached the front page of /r/worldnews,[3] where it received upwards of 7,400 votes (97% upvoted) and 1,500 comments over the next five months. On March 10th, Redditor chonas submitted a photograph of polluted water at the Guanabara Bay where some of the Olympic games would take place to /r/pics[4] (shown below).



    On May 11th, 2016, Brazilian former professional footballer Rivaldo Ferreira published a Facebook[8] post advising people to not attend the Olympic games after a group of bandits killed a 17-year-old girl.



    That month, more than 100 scientists wrote an open letter to the World Health Organization advising the games be moved or postponed due to concerns about the Zika virus. On May 28th, the WHO announced it had rejected calls to move or postpone the games.[5] On June 22nd, the /r/apocalympics2016[6] subreddit was launched to “take not of any disasters” surrounding the event. That month, Brazilian scientists announced the discovery of the drug-resistant bacteria carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae near public beaches in Rio de Janeiro.[7] On June 29th, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert aired a segment about the health and security concerns surrounding the event (shown below).



    Torch Relay

    On April 21st, 2016, the Olympic flame was lit at the temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece. Over the next ten days, the torch traveled throughout various locations in Greece before heading through Lausanne and Geneva, Switzerland. On May 3rd, the torch arrived in Brazil, where it will be carried by over 12,000 across the country over 95 days.



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  • 07/06/16--18:36: Legacy Lad
  • About

    Legacy Lad is an MLG YouTuber who is most known for “Gravity Falls MLG,” getting over a million views on the video.
    His account was created in 2013, but did not start uploading until 2014, and did not start uploading MLG videos until 2015. He currently has over 7,000 subscribers and 2,000,000 views.

    Video Reception

    “Gravity Falls MLG” was received negatively by viewers. In response to this, Legacy Lad made “Gravity Falls MLG 2: Revenge of the MLG” in order to “redeem” himself. The sequel was critically praised but got less views. A couple months after those videos, Legacy Lad made “MLG Clarence,” which was also critically praised and has been getting a good amount of views. Legacy Lad says he will continue to make more MLG content.

    Personal Life

    Not much is known about Legacy Lad, except that he is male, uses Camtasia 2 to edit, and that his channel name used to be called “Micah Fleischman.”


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    About

    Why I Gave The Pope Undertale is an infamous video created by The Game Theorists in which its creator, Matthew Patrick, announces that he had given Pope Francis a Steam copy of Undertale, followed by him explaining his reasoning for doing so, which includes the social standing of gamer culture and Undertale having a pacifist moral.

    Background

    Matthew Patrick met Pope Francis in Vatican City after the Pope had invited ten famous YouTube users to have them discuss their influence on the internet and how their videos help gather people from various nationalities and cultures and bring them together by means of giving them mutual interests. On the occasion, Patrick gave the Pope a Steam redeem code for Undertale, but hadn’t revealed it until making his Why I Gave The Pope Undertale video.



    The video explains Patrick’s reason for giving the code, and states that gaming culture had been widely unappreciated by those outside it, evidenced by them belittling gamers and by reducing anyone related to gaming, be it journalists, reviewers, or actors, to the simple title of “gamer”. Another point for this argument were the many controversies in which murders and acts of violence had been allegedly inspired by video games, which led media and politicians to propagate video games as “murder simulators” which would have negative influence over society. By giving Pope Francis Undertale, Patrick had hoped that him acclaiming the game would end the prejudices related to video gaming.


    Online Reaction

    The video was received by mixed reactions from the public, with a large majority of his subscribers supporting the idea, while a large number of non-subscribers criticized the idea with multiple bases, such as Patrick comparing racism and Islamophobia to gamers being belittled and generalized, him using the opportunity to meet the pope simply to give him a video game, and him using the Orlando nightclub massacre as leverage for his argument that it’s more important now than ever for Undertale’s pacifist moral to be acclaimed by the Pope.



    Additionally, people have ridiculed the idea of giving the Pope a video game, with many suggesting the idea of giving the Pope games other than Undertale or the Pope starting a Let’s Play channel.[1]


    Search Interest

    Not Available.

    External References

    [1]Tumblr – #undertale pope


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  • 07/07/16--10:06: Death of Alton Sterling
  • Overview

    The Death of Alton Sterling refers to the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Alton Sterling, who was killed by a police officer while being detained in a parking lot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in early July 2016. After two videos of the shooting circulated online, many accused the officers involved of brutality, with some speculating that the incident was racially motivated.

    Background

    On July 5th, 2016, Sterling was detained in the parking lot of a Triple S Food Mart convenience store by Baton Rouge Police Department officers after receiving a call from a homeless man who claimed he was threatened with a firearm by a man selling CDs in the lot.[3] After being pinned to the ground by two officers, one of the officers exclaimed “he’s got a gun” twice, followed by “Lake, he’s going for the gun!” Immediately after, one of the officers shot Sterling several times in the chest and back.

    Developments

    Protests

    That evening upwards of 100 people held demonstrations in Baton Rouge in protest of the shooting. On July 6th, hundreds attended a second night of protests near the location of the shooting, where demonstrators reportedly shouted the slogan “Black lives matter”. [8]

    Criminal Record

    Also on July 5th, The Advocate[4] published an article about the shooting, revealing that Sterling had been accused of crimes and plead guilty to aggravated battery, property damage and domestic abuse. In 2009, he was sentenced to five years for marijuana possession and illegally carrying a weapon.

    Online Reaction

    On July 5th, the Baton Rouge Crime YouTube channel uploaded footage of the fatal shooting, which gathered upwards of 1.4 million views and 6,200 comments in the first 48 hours (shown below, left). The following day, a second video showing another angle of the shooting began circulating online (shown below, right).



    On July 6th, several threads about the shooting reached the frontpage of the /r/Bad_Cop_No_Donut,[6] /r/news[5] and /r/watchpeopledie[7] subreddits. Also on July 6th, Drake posted a message about the shooting on Instagram,[1] which expressed concern about “the relationship between black and brown communities and law enforcement” (shown below). Within 15 hours, the post gathered upwards of 290,000 likes and 5,900 comments.



    Investigation

    On July 6th, the Justice Department opened a civil rights investigation into the shooting. That day, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards vowed that the matter would be “investigated thoroughly, impartially and professionally.”[2]

    Search Interest

    Not available.

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  • 07/07/16--11:53: Dad
  • Dad is the person that will travel around the globe searching for you if you 1 minute past your curfew.


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  • 07/07/16--12:27: Kyle Squarepants
  • Kyle Squarepants is a meme created by the Google+ user P8Theater. It features a lazy, MS Paint recolor of Spongebob Squarepants, and was made as a satire approach at how many people recolor cartoon characters and call them their original character.


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