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    About

    Jesus Christ, That’s Jason Bourne! is a series of vines and short videos, derived from the a quote uttered by Ato Rssandoh’s character, Craig Jeffers, in the official trailer for the 2016 film “Jason Bourne,” used as a sarcastic response to cringeworthy or humerous sequences of action.

    Origin

    On April 20th, 2016, Universal Pictures launched the official trailer to the film “Jason Bourne,” the fifth film in the Bourne franchise, garnering over 11 million views as of August 2016. During the trailer, actor Ato Essandoh’s character, CIA Agent Craig Jeffers, responds in shock to facial recognition showing the face of the main protagonist Jason Bourne.

    Spread

    Multiple videos began popping up on Vine and YouTube, garnering popularity and attention in July of 2016. Multiple compilations of vines and videos have been posted onto YouTube, and are fairly popular among dank meme viners and youtubers.

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  • 08/22/16--01:25: Procrastinatiny
  • Despite the title, here it runs not about laziness, but only about one of its varieties, which in recent times is very common and, according to some scientists, has taken the form of neurosis. We talk about procrastination – a habit about postponing again and again important things in favor of pleasant, harmless, but totally unnecessary studies.
    The term “procrastination” appeared already in ancient Rome as a result of adding two words: the preposition pro ( «in the direction to the forward") and crastinus ( «tomorrow"). The word is found in the writings of historians, yet in a positive context. Procrastination – is a talent of wise politicians and military leaders, who do not take hasty decisions, do not start conflicts and are not in a hurry.
    In modern history, the term appeared only in 1682, in a sermon of the Reverend Anthony Walker. As usual, as all the saints he was thinking on what else to fight against, the Englishman Walker fished out to light procrastination and declared it a sin. The word got accustomed in the XVIII century and got into prints. It stuck to the slogans of the industrial revolution in the spirit of “Plants are not working, there are only procrastinators around.” Since then, laziness and compromised Latin term has never been separated.
    If you ask exactly – why is there a special word? Why not say “laziness”, “idleness”, “negligence”? To understand the difference, it is enough to read the modern definition of procrastination. Which was formulated by Professor J. R. Ferrari, head of the Group of researchers procrastination (PRG) from Carleton University in Ottawa.
    Procrastination – is
    1) The habit of postponing issues for later,
    2) which are certainly perceived as important,
    3) which gradually becomes neurotic pattern of behavior and
    4) which causes procrastinator persistent frustration or guilt.
    Check out the infographic below from 24writer.com


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  • 08/22/16--08:05: Drink Bleach/Bleach Drinking
  • Editor’s Note: This entry is a Work In Progress. Please request editorship or suggest a change if you think you can help.

    About

    {WIP}

    “Drink Bleach” is a popular phrase used as an alternative to Kill Yourself and its shorthand “kys”. Starting in 2015 the phrase and the general concept of bleach drinking has has taken on an ironic meaning and an increase in popularity after popular YouTubers such as LeafyIsHere started using the phrase sarcastically.

    Precursors

    {WIP}

    Brain Bleach

    The roots of ironic bleach jokes trace as far back as Brain Bleach, a fictitious product referenced in reaction to someone else’s post containing undesirable online content. “Brain Bleach” is usually referenced as a solution to wash away or “bleach” unpleasant memories.


    Spread

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    As A YouTube Joke

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    External References

    [1]Urban Dictionary – Drink Bleach


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  • 08/22/16--11:17: Kirby's Dreamland Challenge
  • About

    Kirby’s Dreamland Challenge is a video remix series featuring footage of people dancing with the theme song from the 1992 Nintendo Game Boy platformer video game Kirby’s Dream Land dubbed over the background audio.

    Origin

    In 1992, the Game Boy video game Kirby’s Dream Land was released, which featured a theme song composed by Japanese sound designer Jun Ishikawa (shown below, left). On March 7th, 2015, YouTuber Tim Piper uploaded footage of a group of goth teenagers dancing under an overpass dubbed with the Kirby’s Dream Land theme (shown below, right).



    Spread

    On May 26th, 2015, Viner Dis Man Right Here uploaded a clip of rapper Waka Flocka Flame singing the word “bow” in sync with the Kirby’s Dream Land theme (shown below). Within 15 months, the video gained over 430,000 loops, 8,000 likes and 2,400 revines.



    On June 3rd, 2016, Viner viral shark uploaded a clip of a group of students dancing to the tune of the Kirby theme (shown below, left). On June 6th, Viner No Chill Will posted footage of a dog hopping on his front legs dubbed with the Kirby theme (shown below, right) Within three months, the videos gained over 51 million and 1.6 million loops respectively.



    On the following day, Viner Nintendo_Skrub posted a video of comedian Gabriel Iglesias dancing to the Kirby theme song (shown below, left). On June 10th, Viner Brandon Zingale uploaded a clip of the rapper “Drake”: dancing in the music video for “Hotline Bling” to tune of the Kirby theme (shown below, right). Within three months, the videos garnered upwards of 730,000 and 7.7 million loops respectively.



    The same day, Mashable[2] published an article about the Vine video series. On June 12th, YouTuber Funny Vine Videos uploaded a compilation of notable Kirby’s Dreamland Challenge Vines (shown below).



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    About

    ANewBadlyPhotoshoppedPhotoofMichaelCeraEveryday is a photoshop project dedicated to superimposing a cut-out image of American actor Michael Cera’s face over a variety of fictional characters and other subjects depicted in iconic photographs and paintings. Launched by Imgur user with the eponymous handle in August 2015, the project ran a new iteration of a photoshopped image featuring the actor every day for a year before its retirement in August 2016.

    Origin

    In January 2012, a mustachioed Michael Cera was photographed at the Nintendo 3DS Experience Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah (shown below, left). On August 21st, 2015, Imgur[1] user ANewBadlyPhotoshoppedPhotoofMichaelCeraEveryday uploaded a photoshopped picture of Leonardo da Vinci’s 15-century portrait Mona Lisa superimposed with a cut-out of Cera’s face from the Sundance photo (shown below, right).



    Spread

    On August 27th, user ANewBadlyPhotoshoppedPhotoofMichaelCeraEveryday posted the Annoyed Picard image with Cera’s face superimposed over Jean-Luc Picard (shown below, left). In September, he launched the “Ceramon” photoshop project, inviting other Imgur users to photoshop Cera’s face on to pictures of Pokémon (shown below, right).



    On October 20th, the official Imgur blog[2] published an interview with the creator of the photoshop project, who revealed that he started the project to improve his photo editing skills using the open-source raster graphics editor GIMP. In November 2015, the Imgur user created a charity page on the Movemeber Foundation,[6] which gathered upwards of $7,800 donations for cancer research over the next eight months.



    On November 1st, The Daily Dot[3] published an article about the Imgur user. Later that month, Smosh[4] published an article highlighting several notable examples from the photoshop series. On August 21st, the creator of the series uploaded a photograph of himself sitting in front of a computer announcing the end to the project (shown below).



    “But, as far as a new badly photoshopped Cera every day….that has come to an end. I will still be on imgur, and may from time to time drop into usersub with a little Cera surprise, but I have several other projects I would like to focus my attention on for a while.”

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  • 08/22/16--13:26: Choose Your Class
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    About

    Choose Your Class refers to a series of images where several classes from role playing games are associated to humorous pictures.

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  • 08/22/16--20:28: Daddy
  • About

    Daddy, is an internet slang term of affection used to address a male authority figure or idol in a sexualized manner. Despite its root in the proper definition of the word, as in one’s biological father, in online conversations, “daddy” is exclusively said as a term of endearment in romantic relationships and male celebrity fandom.

    Origin

    The earliest known use of “daddy” in nonfamilial and sexual context can be attributed to the term “sugar daddy,” a man who spends money for the benefit of a relationship with an often younger sexual partner, which has been documented in publications since as early as the 1920s, according to Google Ngram Viewer. The colloquialization of “sugar daddy” accelerated with the sexual liberation of the 1970s, while the emergence of leather fashion, LGBT movement and BDSM subculture gave rise to the term “leather daddy,” which describe the leather-clad older male who assumes the dominant role in a sadomasochistic relationship. In the early 1990s, the term “pimp daddy” came into popular usage with the rising popularity of hip hop music centered around pimp culture.



    Online Usage

    Beginning in the early 2010s, “daddy” became a popular slang expression among teenagers to refer to or describe their male celebrity crushes on social media platforms, not dissimilar to the usage of waifu among anime fans and otakus, soon giving rise to the derivative catchphrase"daddy af" that cuaght on with fans of popular boy bands, namely the members of 5 Seconds of Summer and One Direction.



    Spread

    On June 14th, 2013, New York Magazine ran an article titled “Rise of the ‘Daddies’: A New (and Sexy) Gay Niche,” which detailed a brief history of sexualization of “daddy,” as well its evolution in terms of gay taxonomy. In November 2014, the usage came under mainstream attention after New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde tweeted “mom” in response to Kim Kardashian’s Paper Magazine Cover, which stirred up a brief moment of confusion before she clarified what she had meanted in a blog post on Tumblr.[7]



    On November 19th, BuzzFeed picked up on the phenomenon in an article titled “Teens Are Now Referring To Their Favorite Celebrities As ‘Mom.’”[15] On March 23rd, 2016, GQ Magazine ranked eight celebrities and public figures by the count of tweets calling them “daddy” on Twitter, with then-member of One Direction Zayn Malik topping the list with over 9,900 mentions.

    Trump Supporters

    On Reddit[13] and elsewhere, the term has been also used by alt-right supporters of the 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, most notably conservative journalist Milo Yiannopoulos.

    #DaddyGate

    On August 20th, 2016, Shanley Kane went on a serial tweet rant denouncing casual, everyday use of “daddy” as making light of Freudian pscyhosexual complexes, as well as cultural appropriation of the LGBT community and BDSM subculture. As Kane’s rant devolved into a heated exchange on the issue of cultural appropriation, many of those who disagreed with her argument began using the word “daddy” in tweets. By the next day, screenshots of Shanley Kane’s now-deleted tweets on “daddy” had been picked up by Gizmodo[12], Washington Post[10] and Esquire.[11]



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    About

    AIDS Bill Clinton, also known as Terminally Bill, is a photoshop meme based on a photograph of the 42nd President of the United States Bill Clinton, which is often digitally altered to make him appear as if he is suffering from a debilitating disease.

    Origin

    On January 6th, 2015, The Daily Mail[7] published an article reporting that Bill Clinton was included in contact lists owned by American financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, which included a WireImage photograph of Clinton (shown below, left). On May 8th, 2016, Redditor KansasCityChefs posted a photoshopped version of the image titled “This is what happens when Hillary gets too close to the Presidency,” in which Clinton appears to have reddened eyes (shown below, right). Within three months, the post gained over 1,200 votes (86% upvoted) and 60 comments.



    Spread

    On May 11th, TubeNet Forums[1] member bloke posted the photoshopped image in a thread titled “shocking recent photograph of Bill Clinton.” On May 23rd, 2016,the @WorldStarFunny[5] Twitter feed posted the same version of the photo juxtaposed next to a sick-looking SpongeBob Squarepants, asking why Clinton looks “like he’s got a case of the suds” (shown below, left). The same day, YouTuber Filthy Frank tweeted the photoshopped photo (shown below, right).[6] Within three months, the tweets garnered upwards of 6,600 and 3,200 retweets respectively.



    On June 27th, an anonymous 4chan user submitted a thread inviting readers to “meme Bill to death in the name of Kek” to the /pol/ (politically incorrect) board, where several photoshopped versions of the photo were submitted (shown below).[3]



    On July 3rd, Redditor CantContheDon posted a photoshop in which Bill’s soul appearing to be escaping his body to /r/The_Donald,[2] where it gathered upwards of 2,200 votes (93% upvoted) and 100 comments over the next month (shown below, left). In the comments section of the post, Redditor MightyBulger submitted a GIF of various photoshopped examples (shown below, right). On July 9th, Tumblr user zimbabwe2019[4] reposted Redditor CantContheDon’s photoshop. On July 6th, another thread featuring various photoshops of the Clinton photo was submitted to 4chan’s /pol/ board.[8] In the comments, users referred to the meme as both “AIDS Bill Clinton” and “Terminally Bill.”



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  • 08/24/16--08:56: Shart in Mart
  • About

    “Shart in Mart” is a rhyming expression used to mock Americans who defecate themselves in grocery stores. The phrase was popularized on 4chan’s /pol/ (politically incorrect) and /int/ (international) boards in response to several photographs of grocery store shoppers with brown stains on their pants submitted to the site in late August 2016.

    Origin

    On August 17th, 2016, an anonymous 4chan user submitted a collage of various grocery store customers with brown stains on the backside on their pants with the caption “mfw americunts shit in public / shart in mart” (shown below).



    Precursor: “Poo in the Loo”

    “Poo in the Loo” is a catchphrase used to mock India’s open defecation issues, which is employed on some online communities like 4chan in order to make fun of Indian users. The earliest known post using the rhyme was submitted to /int/ on July 13th, 2015.

    Spread

    On August 20th, Redditor Racego submitted a screenshot of a 4chan thread titled “The United Nations of Shitposting,” in which several posters from different countries complete the phrase “shart in mart” (shown below). Within four days, the post gathered upwards of 990 votes (90% upvoted) and 30 comments on /r/4chan.[1]



    On August 21st, a Swedish poster submitted “shart in mart”-themed parody lyrics for the 1982 heavy metal song “Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden to /pol/. The thread was subsequently saved on the 4plebs archive site (shown below).[5]



    On August 22nd, Redditor Guac_Emporer submitted another screenshot of a “shart in mart” thread titled “Americans get triggered by the Shart In Mart meme” (shown below, left). The following day, shart-themed parody lyrics for “The Star-Spangled Banner” were submitted to /pol/ (shown below, right).[6]



    On August 24th, 2016, a /pol/ user submitted a Google Trends graph showing a sharp rise for the query “sharp in mart” with the caption “Jesus Christ what is happening?” (shown below).[4]



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  • 08/24/16--14:24: Leslie Jones
  • About

    Leslie Jones is an American comedian and actress best known for being a cast member on Saturday Night Live live since 2014.

    History

    Leslie Jones became interested in stand-up comedy while attending Colorado State University in 1987, after one of her friends signed Jones up for a “Funniest Person on Campus” contest. After winning the contest, Jones decided to leave school and moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of stand-up comedy. Throughout the 1990s, Jones regularly performed at comedy clubs while working odd jobs to make a living, though she struggled to find her fame. After receiving negative reviews from the critics and getting booed by the audience while opening up for Jamie Foxx, Jones went on a hiatus for three years. In 2010, Jones returned to the stage by joining Katt Williams’ “Its Pimpin’ Pimpin’” tour across the country, from which she quickly emerged as a breakout sensation (shown below).



    Saturday Night Live

    In December 2013, Jones was hired as a writer for Saturday Night Live after auditioning in a casting call in replacement of Maya Rudolph. On May 3rd, 2014, Jones made her debut appearance in the Weekend Update segment of the show, during which she joked about how different her dating life would’ve been in slavery:



    “See, I’m single right now, but back in the slave days, I would have never been single. I’m six feet tall and I’m strong, Colin. Strong! I mean, look at me, I’m a mandingo … I’m just saying that back in the slave days, my love life would have been way better. Massah would have hooked me up with the best brotha on the plantation … I would be the No. 1 slave draft pick.”

    Upon the airing of the segment, Jones’ bit was immediately met with backlash on Twitter from those who found her jokes offensive, which prompted the comedian to respond with a series of heated tweets in self-defense.



    Despite the controversy over her performance in the Weekend Update segment, Jones made two additional cameo appearances in the 40th season. On October 20th, 2014, Jones was promoted to a featured cast member on Saturday Night Live, making her official debut later that weekend as the oldest comedian to join the SNL cast, at the age of 47.

    Ghostbusters (2016)

    In January 2015, Sony Pictures announced an original reboot of the 1980s American supernatural comedy film series Ghostbusters under the helm of Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig as the director and with an all-female cast starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

    Website Hack

    On the morning of August 24th, 2016, Jones’ personal website was compromised by an unknown hacker who vandalized the front page with pictures and videos of Harambe, along with several sexually explicit photographs of the actress stolen from her iCloud account. That morning, TMZ was the first news site to report the hack, noting that the website had been quickly removed.



    Later that day, musician Questlove Gomez tweeted that the hack against Jones was “sickening,” “racist” and “sexist” (shown below). Within four hours, the tweet gathered more than 5,400 likes and 4,300 retweets.[21]



    Meanwhile, Redditor alkalinecoffee submitted a post titled “After hearing that Leslie Jones’ nudes were leaked on the internet,” featuring a picture of television host Randy Jackson with the caption “Yeah that’s gonna be a no for me dawg” (shown below). Within three hours, the post gained over 500 votes (82% upvoted) on /r/AdviceAnimals.[14] Also on August 24th, Milo Yiannopoulos posted a Facebook[22] status update wishes Jones “all the best during what must be a very traumatic experience.” In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the hack, including The New York Times[13], Snopes[14], AV Club[15], ABC News[16], Gizmodo[17], The Washington Post[18], Gothamist[19] and NY Daily News.[20]



    Online Presence

    On June 14th, 2009, Leslie Jones created her Twitter account under her online moniker @Lesdoggg[2], drawing more than 799,000 followers in the next seven years. On February 11th, 2011, Leslie Jones launched her Facebook page[23], which has accrued over 70,000 likes, as of August 2016.

    Personal Life

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    “Hey guys it’s Scarce here and Today I might have to do a double upload” originated from one of Scarce’s videos on his Youtube channel


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  • 08/24/16--22:09: Stanley Lipsky
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  • 08/24/16--22:53: Dan Nicky Your Bobbies
  • heavy W.I.P.

    About

    Dan Nicky Your Bobbies is a meme based on an instagram comment made in reply to a provocative picture of celebrity Nicki Minaj posted in 2014. “Dan Nicky Your Bobbies” is clearly an attempt at typing “Damn Nicky Your Boobies”. The phrase has been parodied through intentional misspellings of other phrases with a similar vein and as well as reformatting the original phrase, otherwise deviations on the phrase alone exists.

    Origin

    The commenter, known as instagram handle “quadirgrey,” remarked, “dan nicky your bobbie s” which was followed by a sea of similar expressions.



    Spread

    A screenshot of this exchange circulated around tumblr and other social media, eventually gaining wide popularity when tumblr user “mashedpotatoes” pointed out in a comment that “this man used 3 names in that damn comment and not a single one was her’s.” This subsequent post was then reblogged almost 400,000 times, as of August 2016. This picture and comment did not achieve widespread status until circa June 2015.

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    External References

    [1]Tumblr – mashedpotatoes

    [2]Tumblr – Memedocumentation

    [3]Instagram – Nicki Minaj on Instagram


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  • 08/24/16--23:00: Pokémon GO Appraisals
  • Editor’s Note: This entry is a WIP. If you think you can help, please request editorship or suggest a change.


    About

    Pokemon Go Appraisals refers to screenshots of Pokemon Go, where their Pokemon are being “appraised” by the leaders of the teams, to humorous effect.

    Origins

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    Spread

    {WIP}

    On August 24th, 2016, Tumblr user ohmosexual posted an image (below, left) of the Team Instict leader appraising a Pinsir named “love for me”. It obtained over 150 notes in less than 6 hours.[1] The same day, capndirosso posted an image (below, right) of one of the leaders appraising a Raticate, named “Self-Esteem”. It received over 100 notes in a matter of hours.[2]




    Various Examples

    {WIP}

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    [1]Tumblr – ohmosexual’s post / August 24th, 2016

    [2]Tumblr – capndirosso’s post / August 24th, 2016


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  • 08/25/16--07:45: Cybergoth Dance Remixes
  • About

    Cybergoth Dance Remixes refers to a series of videos featuring a group of cybergoth teenagers dancing to industrial music, which replaces the background track with unfitting music.

    Origin

    On September 7th, 2011, YouTuber gNarLu cEe uploaded footage of a group of young cybergoths dancing underneath an overpass titled “Cybergoth Dance Party” (shown below). Over the next five years, the video gained over 4.2 million views and 11,800 comments.



    Spread

    On September 9th, 2011, YouTuber griffin goodwin reuploaded the video with the song “Cuban Pete” from the 1994 comedy film The Mask playing in the background (shown below). On September 14th, 2012, Reddit bodmon submitted the video to /r/cringe.[3]



    On June 19th, 2014, Viner babyd0ll uploaded a clip from the video with the 1996 hip hop song “Scarred” by Luke playing in the background (shown below, left). On June 24th, Viner Brisk God uploaded the same clip with the 1979 soft rock song “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” playing in the background (shown below, right).



    On July 7th, UpRoxx[4] published an article about the remixes titled “‘Goths Dance to Anything’ is The Best Thing Happening On Vine Right Now.” On September 3rd, YouTuber Idk Dontcare posted a clip of the dancers edited with the Mexican dance song “El Sonidito” by Hechizeros Band (shown below).



    On June 18th, 2015, YouTuber Nolan Arriaga posted a Bill Nye the Science Guy remix of the video (shown below, left). On July 10th, 2015, YouTuber Elva Esteban uploaded a compilation of a cybergoth dance Vine videos (shown below, right).



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  • 08/25/16--08:43: Redlight
  • About:
    Redlight, the nick name of Hugh Pescod a DJ, record producer, re-mixer and composer from Bristol, England. He’s famous to after release the single “Get out my head” in 2011 and the single “36” in 2014 who became viral on the Internet by June 2014.


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    About

    “Smooth” is a 1999 soft rock collaboration between the American Latin rock band Santana and pop rock band Matchbox Twenty’s vocalist Rob Thomas. While the song was a huge commercial success and met with universal critical acclaim upon its release, “Smooth” gained online notoriety in the early 2010s with an ironic fandom rooted in 90s nostalgia.

    Origin

    On June 29th, 1999, the single “Smooth” was released, spending a total of 12 weeks in the top position on the Billboard Hot 100 that year. A music video for the song uploaded to the SantanaVEVO YouTube channel accumulated over 40.9 million views and 4,300 comments within three years (shown below).



    Spread

    On November 5th, 2009, The Onion[12] published an article titled “1999 Collaboration Between Carlos Santana, Rob Thomas Somehow Standing Test of Time.” On February 27th, 2011, the GuitarJamz YouTube channel uploaded a instructional video for playing the song on the guitar (shown below). Within six years, the video received more than 900,000 views and 1,800 comments.



    In January 2012, the @RobThomasWeathr[4] Twitter account was launched, which posts lyrics from the song as if they were weather reports (shown below).



    On March 6th, 2013, The Onion posted a satirical news segment about “Smooth” sweeping Grammy Awards on YouTube (shown below, left). On April 28th, 2014, YouTuber Neil Cicierega uploaded a mashup of “Smooth” with the 1988 new age song “Orinoco Flow” by Enya (shown below, right).



    In September 2015, a Kickstarter[1] was launched to fund an event titled “SMOOTHcon,” described as the "first annual celebration of the masterpiece “Smooth.” On September 8th, a Facebook[2] group titled “Smooth – Santana feat. Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20” was created, which garnered upwards of 7,400 members in the next year. The following day, BuzzFeed[6] published a quiz titled "How Well Do You Know the Lyrics To “Smooth” by Santana Ft. Rob Thomas?"

    Copypasta

    In December 2015, Twitter user Nicholas Kula created a shirt on RedBubble[7] printed with the phrase “I’d Rather Be Listening to Grammy-Award Winning 1999 Hit Smooth By Santana Feat. Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty” (shown below, left). On July 26th, 2016, Twitter user @corihealey[8] posted a photograph of a person wearing a similar T-shirt with the caption “Man it’s a… hot one” (shown below, right). That day, Rob Thomas retweeted the picture, which gained over 3,500 likes and 1,900 retweets over the next month.



    On July 27th, 2016, Redditor JMets6986 submitted a post asking where the “I’d rather be listening to Smooth” joke came from to /r/OutofTheLoop.[3] The following day, The Daily Dot[9] published an article about the T-shirt. On August 4th, Instagram[10] user cardchronicle posted a mug with the “I’d Rather Be Listening” copypasta printed on the side (shown below).



    On August 15th, the NBC Sports YouTube[11] channel uploaded footage of a Spanish dressage competitor performing a routine to “Smooth” at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On August 23rd, 2016, Vox[5] published an article about the song’s resurgence in popularity online.

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  • 08/25/16--17:48: Kill Bill
  • About

    Kill Bill is a 2 part film volume series written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The stars Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Lucy Liu, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, and Vivica A. Fox.

    Kill Bill Volume 1

    Released in 2003,

    Kill Bill Volume 2

    Released in 2004,

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  • 08/26/16--08:06: Cocks Not Glocks
  • Overview

    Cocks Not Glocks is a gun control activist campaign organized by students at the University of Texas at Austin, in which demonstrators protest the presence of firearms on college campuses by handing out sex toys.

    Background

    In June 2015, Senate Bill 11,[11] also known as the “campus carry law,” was signed into law in Texas, which allows properly-licensed firearm owners aged 21 and over to carry concealed handguns in various buildings on college campuses starting in August 2016. In October 2015, students at the University of Texas in Austin began openly carrying penis-shaped sex toys, an act prohibited by local indeceny laws, on campus in protest of the new law.

    Developments

    Online Reaction

    On October 12th, 2015, The Young Turks posted an episode about the campaign (shown below, left). On November 20th, 2015, the JustKiddingNews YouTube channel uploaded a video discussing the activist campaign (shown below, right).



    University of Texas’ Response

    On July 29th, 2016, University of Texas Associate Vice President of Campus Safety and Security Bob Harkins released a statement regarding the update campus carry rules, which noted that concealed carry license holders had been allowed to bring guns on campuses for the past 20 years, as long as they remained outside of university buildings. Additionally, Harkins estimated that “fewer than 1 percent” of students at the university have concealed carry permits.[3]

    August 2016 Protest

    On August 22nd, 2016, the news site Citylab[4] published an interview with Cocks Not Glocks organizer Jessica Jin, who claimed that most of the pro-gun students were “cisgender straight white men.” On August 24th, Senate Bill 11 went into effect, allowing students with concealed carry permits to bring handguns into buildings on campus. That day, students held a large Cocks Not Glocks protest at the University of Texas at Austin.



    Meanwhile, the pro-gun student group Students for Concealed Carry released a statement regarding the Cocks Not Glocks campaign, arguing in favor of the student’s right to “express” themselves on campus.

    “If carrying a phallus to class helps you express yourself, go for it. We welcome this demonstration that freedom of speech and concealed carry of handguns can coexist on the same campus.”

    Also on August 24th, the group launched a Cafepress[2] website titled “The Gun/Dildo Alliance at UT-Austin,” featuring various merchandise with a parody Coexist logo featuring a sex toy crossed with a handgun (shown below).



    The following day, The Young Turks posted a follow-up episode on the campaign (shown below, left). Also on August 25th, the NowThis Facebook page posted a video about the campaign, which garnered upwards of four million views, 28,000 reactions and 10,000 comments (shown below, right).



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  • 08/26/16--11:29: Sausage Party
  • About

    Sausage Party is a 2016 American adult computer-animated adventure comedy film about a group of anthropomorphic grocery food products as they try to find the truth about their existence and escape their fate. Upon its release in August 2016, the film was met with commercial success and positive reviews from the critics.

    History

    The idea for the film was originally conceived by its co-writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg as an adult-themed parody of Pixar and Disney animated films that are often centered around the anthropomorphic lives of inanimate objects. As Rogen and Goldberg began looking for a studio to get their project off the ground, their pitch was repeatedly declined by several studio executives in Hollywood, mainly due to its unconventional combination of CG animation and adult-themed humor, until Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison agreed to finance its production. As the production went underway, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Point Grey Pictures joined on the project as partners. In September 2013, the project was formally announced as a raunchy R-rated computer animated film.

    Cast

    The film was directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg serving as screenwriters and producers, and an ensemble voice cast comprised of Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton and Salma Hayek.

    MPAA Rating

    In early 2016, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) initially assigned the film with an NC-17 rating, mainly due to the visible depiction of pubic hair on one of the characters’ scrotum, though it was subsequently reassigned with an R rating following the digital removal of the visual element in question. Sausage Party is the first CGI-animated film to be rated R by the MPAA.

    Reception

    Upon its release on August 12th, 2016, the film debuted at second place in the box office, right behind Suicide Squad, after grossing $13.5 million on the day of its premiere and $33.6 million in the opening weekend, outperforming all initial projections made by the studios. As of August 21st, Sausage Party has grossed $65.3 million in North America and $6 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $73.5 million.

    Controversies

    Trailer Mix-Up

    In June 2016, a movie theater in Concord, California accidentally ran a red-band trailer of Sausage Party before a screening of Disney’s PG-rated computer-animated film Finding Dory, which prompted enough complaints from the moviegoers for the theater company to issue an apology for the incident. Following the news coverage of the story, Seth Rogen tweeted that the story “made his day.”

    Working Conditions

    On the eve of Sausage Party’s box office premiere, Cartoon Brew ran an interview article with the directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, in which they discussed their own surprise at completing the production significantly under the budget. Shortly after its publication, several anonymous readers, who identified themselves as uncredited animators and crew members of the film, complained how they were forced to work under poor conditions and unfair wage arrangements in the comments section of the article. In the following days, the allegations received media coverage from several Hollywood and entertainment news outlets, during which multiple animators who had worked on the film anonymously corroborated the allegations made in the Cartoon Brew article.

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