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- 08/31/16--19:28: _I hate my sleeping ...
- 09/01/16--08:01: _Drought Prairie Dog
- 09/01/16--08:45: _YouTube Advertiseme...
- 09/01/16--09:31: _Jacob Sartorious
- 09/01/16--09:56: _Wake Me Up When Sep...
- 09/01/16--12:49: _Dipp
- 09/01/16--13:02: _"I Saw Flying Lotus...
- 09/01/16--15:01: _Imperial Droid C2-B5
- 09/01/16--16:27: _Mapping / Alternate...
- 09/01/16--20:51: _Computer Grim
- 09/02/16--09:12: _#TacoTrucksOnEveryC...
- 09/02/16--10:41: _Hugh Mungus
- 09/02/16--12:29: _Whoa, We’re Halfway...
- 09/02/16--13:55: _Colin Kaepernick Na...
- 09/02/16--16:16: _Planet Dolan
- 09/02/16--20:15: _Beaned
- 09/02/16--21:05: _AlphaOmegaSin
- 09/03/16--04:52: _Misha
- 09/03/16--08:03: _Tom Cruise Running
- 08/31/16--15:16: The OTP and the Third Wheel Best Friend
- 08/31/16--19:28: I hate my sleeping subs.
- 09/01/16--08:01: Drought Prairie Dog
- 09/01/16--08:45: YouTube Advertisement Censorship Controversy / #YouTubeIsOverParty
- 09/01/16--09:31: Jacob Sartorious
- 09/01/16--09:56: Wake Me Up When September Ends
- 09/01/16--12:49: Dipp
- 09/01/16--13:02: "I Saw Flying Lotus in a Grocery Store..." Copypasta
- 09/01/16--15:01: Imperial Droid C2-B5
- 09/01/16--16:27: Mapping / Alternate Future
- 09/01/16--20:51: Computer Grim
- 09/02/16--09:12: #TacoTrucksOnEveryCorner
- 09/02/16--10:41: Hugh Mungus
- 09/02/16--12:29: Whoa, We’re Halfway There
- 09/02/16--13:55: Colin Kaepernick National Anthem Controversy
- 09/02/16--16:16: Planet Dolan
- 09/02/16--20:15: Beaned
- 09/02/16--21:05: AlphaOmegaSin
- 09/03/16--04:52: Misha
- 09/03/16--08:03: Tom Cruise Running
The OTP and the Third Wheel Best Friend is an art challenge in which participants are requested to draw their favourite fictional pairing (also known as One True Pairing, or OTP for short) alongside a close character from the same universe based on a well known picture of a male sneaking a drink from a kissing couple and inspired by the Draw The Squad fanart trend.
The redraws are inspired by a picture of a male seen sneaking a drink from another girl’s cup while she is busy kissing a different male. Although the background of the picture is unknown, many viewers saw the drinking guy to represent a third wheel, the person remaining in a group of three out of which two are in a romantic relationship, who was photobombing the picture. The original picture can most likely no longer be traced back, and over time various versions and qualities have been spread, but searches show that the picture was already shared as early as 2007 with increasing spread in the following few years.
On July 6th, 2015, Tumblr user Bumbleshark posted a “Draw The OTP” post featuring the specific image, starting a series of replies featuring pairings in the style of the photograph; which managed to gather over 128,000 notes as of September 2016.
Background: Draw The Squad
Draw The Squad is a fanart trend that involves drawing images with multiple characters in flamboyant, outrageous poses or precarious situations. While the trend usually features a photograph of a group of people posed uniquely, with the suggestion to artists to replicate with their own choice of characters, when only two characters are the main focus in the image being replicated the caption instead reads “Draw your OTP.” Similarly, the drawing trend first began appearing as a “Draw your OTP” request (shown below).
The meme first started appearing in August of 2016. iFunny, the host of these specific late night memes, launched in 2011. Both users have been around for many years aswell. This meme has been seen around the iFunny community nightly. It is posted from atleast 8 p.m to even 11 a.m the next day. The memes vary from user to user, but all involve the use of a quoted phrase mocking anyone asleep. Ex. “Its muh bedtime, i got skool.” Most posts encourage users to republish their gif if they agree. If there had to be one thing in common with the “muh bedtime” memes, it would be the gif itself. The gif, as a tradition, must include a scene from Spongebob Squarepants. A most preferred gif would be of patrick sleeping or acting drowsy. These posts were created and popularized by popular users “_AdolfHitler” and “Define_Feline”. They pioneered the long, over expressive gif captions with spongebob characters. Many other popular users have joined in on the trend also. Popular posting joining the trend include, but are by no means limited to – Legate, Israelite, RepubYourFavoriteSongs, Divine_Feline, JimmyLeNegroid, PoliticallyIncorrect, and _AdolfHitler. These posts gave way to another meme, embracing the term “i guarantee you look like this” moving on to more than goodnight posts.
Drought Prairie Dog is an image macro of a Prairie Dog that appears to be crawling through a desert begging for water. A relatively new meme, it has been used primarily to suggest begging, often sarcastically.
This image first gained true popularity on Reddit when posted by user u/PlanetoftheAthiests . There is a degree of controversy regarding whether or not this is a forced meme, due to the nature of the post. However, at this point it has been quickly embraced by the r/AdviceAnimals subreddit .
The oldest confirmed use of the image was on 2014 in an article from The Huffington Post . The image appears in the portfolio of stock photographer Andrey Kuzmin on several stock photography sites, the oldest dated 2011 . Research is ongoing to determine if this is the point of origin.
The YouTube Advertisement Censorship Controversy and #YouTubeIsOverParty refer to an online backlash regarding YouTube’s enforcement of advertising-friendly guidelines prohibiting the monetization of videos containing certain kinds of content. The guidelines were widely discussed online after several high-profile YouTubers complained about having their videos flagged in late August 2016.
On August 31st, several YouTubers received notifications that some of their videos had been flagged as unfriendly to advertisers, which subsequently removed monetization for those videos. In the notifications, YouTube cited their “advertiser-friendly content guidelines,” which contain a several controversial prohibitions (shown below).
On August 31st, 2016, YouTuber Chris Ray Gun uploaded a video in which he breaks the new content restrictions while listing each one (shown below, left). Meanwhile, DeFranco uploaded a video announcing several of his videos had been flagged, including an episode discussing the Annaliese Nielsen Lyft rant (shown below, right).
Also on August 31st, YouTuber Cr1t1kal uploaded a satirical video about the new guidelines titled “YouTube Friendly Video” (shown below, left). The following day, September 1st, YouTuber exurb1a uploaded an open letter to YouTube, which sarcastically thanked the video sharing site for implementing the controversial new guidelines (shown below, right). Also on September 1st, the Chris Ryan Gun and Philip DeFranco videos reached the front page of the /r/videos subreddit.
On Septmber 1st the hashtag #YouTubeIsOverParty began trending on Twitter, and as of the time of this article has been tweeted over 424 thousand times. The most popular Tweet coming from Paul Joseph Watson, which has recieved over 9,000 likes and 5,000 retweets.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) September 1, 2016
In a response to an inquiry from Kotaku, a YouTube spokesperson claimed that the advertiser-friendly guidelines had not changed, but that the site had "recently improved the notification and appeal process to ensure better communication.
YouTube later made an official response in the Google Product Forums in which they clarified their recent changes(shown below)
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On August 17th, 2014, Sartorius posted his first video on Vine, which features a message deriding bullying (shown below). In February 2015, Sartorius began posting regularly on the channel, often featuring videos with pop and hip hop music playing in the background.
On September 7th, Sartorius joined the video sharing social network Musical.ly, where he posted videos of himself dancing and lip syncing (shown below).
On June 18th, 2015, Sartorius launched his official Instagram feed, which gained upwards of 5.4 million followers within 15 months. In September, he created the @jacobsartorius Twitter feed, garnering more than 903,000 followers in one year. On March 18th, 2016, Sartorius launched his official Facebook page, accumulating over 390,000 likes within six months.
In June 2016, Sartorius signed with the United Talent Agency and the T3 Music Group. On May 3rd, 2016, T3 Music Group released Sartorius debut single “Sweatshirt” for digital download. On June 7th, Sartorius released the official music video for the track on YouTube (shown below, left). Within three months, the video gained over 27 million views, 1.3 million dislikes and 500,000 comments. On July 25th, Sartorius’ second single “Hot or Miss” was released, followed by the official music video for the song on August 11th (Shown below, right).
While Sartorius has gained a large online following among tween and teenage girls, he has also developed a signficant anti-fandom as well. On May 4th, 2016, YouTuber AlexHoltti uploaded a video mocking Sartorius’ videos on Musical.ly, gaining more than 3.9 million views and 18,200 comments in four months (shown below, left). On July 9th, YouTuber Bart Baker uploaded a parody of “Sweatshirt,” which derides and mocks Sartorius’ singing ability (shown below, right). Within two months, the video received upwards of 8.7 million views and 47,600 comments.
On October 2nd, 2002, Sartorius was born in Oklahoma, where he was subsequently adopted and moved to Herndon, Virginia.
“Wake Me Up When September Ends” is a ballad by American punk rock trio Green Day off their 2004 album American Idiot. Similar to It’s Gonna Be May, the song’s title lyric has inspired a series of time-specific jokes in which people remind each other every September that singer Billie Joe Armstrong is asleep and needs to be awakened on October 1st.
“Wake Me Up When September Ends” is about the death of Armstrong’s father. It was released as the fourth single off American Idiot on June 13th, 2005. It peaked at number 6 on the Billboard top 100. Its video, shown below, shows a young couple torn apart by the Iraq War, and has nearly 90 million views as of September 1st, 2016.
“Wake up Billie Joe” jokes began the first September after the song was released as a single. For example, one of the joke’s earliest known uses occurred in a blogpost on mikezeller.blogspot.com, when Zeller posted “wake up billie joe…” on September 30th, 2005 (shown below).
The joke didn’t begin gaining widespread popularity until the 2010s, however. A thread on the music website Drowned in Sound posted by Lucien on October 1st, 2010, asked if anyone had remembered to “wake up Billie Joe.” A similar thread was posted to IGN on October 1st, 2011. Since then, the joke has regularly appeared around social media and news publications. Image macros began appearing as early as 2010. An e-card was posted in 2012 and has gained 4.6 thousand shares in four years. The meme was soon applied to Advice Animals including Good Guy Greg (below, left), Slowpoke (below, center), and Overly Attached Girlfriend (below, right).
Uncyclopedia included October 1st, 2005 in notable October anniversaries for being the first time someone had to wake up the guy from Green Day. The joke has returned every year since 2010, and is popular on Twitter and Facebook.
Dipp was created by IFunny user KnuckIesTheEchidna in March of 2016 and has become wildly known as the “worst meme in IFunny”. In order to make a Dipp meme simply photoshop Dipp into an already existing meme.
“I Saw Flying Lotus at a Grocery Store…” refers to a popular copypasta in which the poster tells a story of a famous person acting like a jerk in a grocery store. The subject of the copypasta is usually a very well-liked celebrity, thus pranking people into thinking someone they really like is actually rude.
The earliest version of the copypasta tells the story with electronic musician Flying Lotus. It was posted on hip hop forum kanyetothe on September 1st, 2012. It reads:
I saw Flying Lotus at a grocery store in Los Angeles yesterday. I told him how cool it was to meet him in person, but I didn’t want to be a douche and bother him and ask him for photos or anything.
He said, “Oh, like you’re doing now?”
I was taken aback, and all I could say was “Huh?” but he kept cutting me off and going “huh? huh? huh?” and closing his hand shut in front of my face. I walked away and continued with my shopping, and I heard him chuckle as I walked off. When I came to pay for my stuff up front I saw him trying to walk out the doors with like fifteen Milky Ways in his hands without paying.
The girl at the counter was very nice about it and professional, and was like “Sir, you need to pay for those first.” At first he kept pretending to be tired and not hear her, but eventually turned back around and brought them to the counter.
When she took one of the bars and started scanning it multiple times, he stopped her and told her to scan them each individually “to prevent any electrical infetterence,” and then turned around and winked at me. I don’t even think that’s a word. After she scanned each bar and put them in a bag and started to say the price, he kept interrupting her by yawning really loudly.
It was reposted on December 25th, 2012 with Flying Lotus replaced by Matthew McConaughey, and again on January 11th, 2013, with Flying Lotus replaced with Ryan Gosling. The copypasta would be posted several times over the next few years with different celebrities, including Anthony Fantano, Kendrick Lamar, Masahiro Sakurai, and more.
Imperial Droid C2-B5 is a robot character in the upcoming “Star Wars”: film Rogue One, which resembles a black-colored version of the Star Wars droid R2-D2.
On August 31st, 2016, the starwarsmovies Instagram feed posted a photograph of the C2-B5 (shown below). Within 24 hours, the post gained over 27,000 likes and 320 comments.
On August 31st, Redditor 1080TJ submitted the photo to /r/StarWarsLeaks. Meanwhile, the Star Wars Show posted an episode featuring the newly revealed robot (shown below).
On September 1st, a thread about the droid was submitted to the “/pol”: (politically incorrect) board on 4chan, where many joked about the character’s black color (shown below).
Meanwhile, the IGN YouTube channel uploaded a first look at the new robot (shown below).
In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the new droid character, including Yahoo!, Polygon, Hollywood Reporter, Looper,
Mapping, or Alternate Future, is a form of animated video usually found on YouTube where countries on a map are personified as characters in a story. The countries can speak, and fight wars with each other, with their territories on the map highlighted in different colors to show what they’re doing. Sometimes, polandball characters are used to show the countries in a physical, anthropomorphized, form. Many maps of various continents, regions, and the world are used, with different historical settings, although “Alternate Future of Europe” being most common. The videos are usually made as part of a series, and fictional countries are used often.
Users who create mapping videos are known as mappers by each other, who have formed a community around their fandom.
Mapping/Alternate Future videos began with Youtube user MervueMeringue in 2008, when he uploaded a World War 1 and 2 simulation video , which features the countries on the map talking. He would later start a series called “Alternate History of Europe”  in 2010, which became popular over time. It wasn’t until 2012, however, that other users started creating their own mapping videos, and formed a community. On October 7, 2012, a wiki  was created for the community.
Creators of mapping videos often spend time on their wiki , where they create wiki pages expanding upon their videos, usually for countries and history. They also play “map games,” where they roleplay as countries on a map in a historical or fictional setting.
Computer Grim is a meme made by @DemonsWithToast on Twitter. The meme consists of Grim finding something on the internet, usually something amazing, or something weird. An account that posts this content on Twitter is @computergrimbot
#TacoTrucksOnEveryCorner is a hashtag that emerged following Latinos for Trump founder Marco Gutierrez’ claim in an MSNBC interview that his Latino culture was “dominant” and “imposing,” and that if nothing was done about it, there would be “taco trucks on every corner.”
On September 1st, 2016, Gutierrez appeared on MSNBCs All In with Chris Hayes to discuss Trump’s comments made during an immigration speech on August 31st, 2016. While discussing “problems” faced by America, correspondent Joy Ann Reid pushed Gutierrez to clarify “What problems?” Gutierrez responded:
“My culture is a very dominant culture, and it is imposing, and it is causing problems. If you don’t do something about it you are going to have taco trucks on every corner.”
Social media picked up on the quote shortly after Gutierrez’ comments. The All In With Chris HayesTwitter account posted the clip at 9:36 pm that evening. The following morning, the hashtag “#TacoTrucksOnEveryCorner” trended on Twitter as users jokingly celebrated the promise of widespread taco truck availability.
The Daily Dot,NPR, Huffington Post, Salon, Vox, and more covered the spread of #TacoTrucksOnEveryCorner. The Washington Post jokingly investigated the economic implications of having a taco truck on every corner.
Washington Post – The national economic implications of a taco truck on every corner
On August 11th, 2016, Joshi published a lengthy blog post on her Facebook page, claiming that she was “sexually harassed” while protesting the building of a police station at the Seattle city hall. At the bottom of the post, Joshi included video footage of a man identifying himself as “Hugh Mungus,” which she interprets as a reference to his penis (shown below).
Every day it gets worse. I went to City Hall to #BlocktheBunker this morning and after public comment, I was standing in the lobby with the crowd, recording media interviews and stuff. Some TV crew were recording an interview with a pro-Bunker guy, who said his name was Rudy, who had talked about how the cops had helped his heroin addicted daughter and that “Girls Matter”.
That same guy then sexually harassed me. And when I asked him why he was sexually harassing me, he kept doing it. When I raised my voice and told everyone what he was doing, he ran away.
The security guards, who witnessed everything, then accosted me to tell me to be quiet. When I asked them why they were going after me instead of the man who sexually harassed me, they called the cops ON ME.
The cops were already there, of course. They didn’t go after the man who’d sexually harassed me. When I asked them to at least take notes of what happened and why they were not going after the man who sexually harassed me, they said that I should speak with one of their officers alone. They didn’t take any notes, they didn’t even send one man to go look out for the guy while this conversation was going on for over ten minutes. The officers stood there with their hands on their guns until a white man asked why they had their hands on their guns. Why were they holding their guns while talking to a woman of color who was sexually harassed? Why would they ask that woman of color to go alone with them to talk to them, while holding those guns?
I refused to leave the safety of my community to speak to a cop alone and it was only when another person – an older white male – spoke up, that the cop decided to take down my description of my harasser and I showed them some of this video.
I was sexually harassed and then criminalized because I wouldn’t shut up about being sexually harassed. And the city wants to give these cops $160 million dollars to build a military bunker to “protect us”. The cops didn’t protect me. They didn’t look out for me. They didn’t give a damn. Why would they? They’re part of a gang that molests and criminalizes innocent people all the time.
And by the way, the guy who sexually harassed me made a public comment that was pro-bunker and PRO-COP. The cops are definitely not going to go after him.
After this all happened, I went to the city council offices with community members to make a formal complaint about how the security guards treated me. Here’s the thing: The security guards are not public employees. They’re employed by a private company. Lorena Gonzalez’s aide Brianna came out, listened to what I said, and then told me that I must have orchestrated this…as if I organized my own sexual harassment and criminalization.
I asked her to find out the accountability process for security guards, since they’re not city employees. She told me that she’d done a lot to try to help me and she said that she didn’t have time today to do more. We were all so stunned by this that there was silence in the room after she said this. All she’d done was sit down and not answer my questions. She wrote down a number and pushed it to me across the table, foisting me off on another department. I asked to speak with Council Member Lorena González regarding this, Brianna said she could “probably” do that. When I asked when this meeting would be, she said: “Oh, now this has gone from a phone call to a meeting?” as if I was too demanding. She said that I would hear back by 5pm but only after I asked, repeatedly, when I would hear from them. At present, it’s 9pm, and I’ve heard nothing from any of them.
Kshama Sawant’s aide Ted came in to the room to help, as did Jesse, Mike O’Brien’s aide. They were more compassionate and forthcoming with information then anything Brianna said but it seems like there is no accountability process. Private security guards in our tax-payer funded city hall don’t answer to anyone.
Why did no one stop the man who sexually harassed me?
Why are the security guards in city hall private employees and not accountable to the public?
Why was I told to be quiet when I was sexually harassed?
Why was I subjected to intimidation and physical threat from the cops?
Why was Lorena González’s aide Brianna so callous and dismissive?
Why are the cops getting $160 million dollars to build a militarized fortress when they can’t even catch one sexual harasser when he’s right in front of them?
What would have happened to me if the community hadn’t been there to witness?
Call here to complain about Lorena González’s aide: 206 684 8802.
Call here to complain to the private security company: 206 233 7812
Call here to complain to the City about the private security company: 206 684 CITY
Call here to complain about the racist and threatening cops: 206 625 5011*
*Sidenote: I think it likely that the cops or someone will come after me, so if anything happens to me, please don’t think it was an accident.
#Patriarchy #Racism #Capitalism #BlockTheBunker
On August 18th, YouTuber YT Vault reposted the video, identifying the man as “misogynist Sam Hyde.“ That day, the American law enforcement organization Blue Lives Matter published an article about the video.
On August 20th, 2016, the video was reposted by YouTuber RageWasHere. On August 22nd, the conservative news site Heat Street published an article about the incident. On August 23rd, an entry for Zarna Joshi was created on Encyclopedia Dramatica. On August 25th, YouTuber Chris Ray Gun uploaded a reaction to the video titled “Feminist vs Dad Jokes” (shown below).
On August 31st, YouTuber h3h3productions posted an episode reacting to the video titled “Crazy Feminist Gets Triggered Ft. Hugh Mungus” (shown below). Within 48 hours, the post gained over 1.2 million views and 26,100 comments. The following day, Redditor mattgtv submitted the video to the /r/h3h3productions subreddit, where it gathered upwards of 5,300 votes (84% upvoted) and 1,400 comments. In the comments section of the post, Redditor MooseMan24 claimed to have known the man featured in the video, noting that he had just spoken at City Hall about his “daughter’s struggle with heroin.”
Whoa, We’re Halfway There is a pun photo series based on a lyric from the 1986 glam metal song “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi, which features pictures that bring to mind a descriptive phrase rhyming with “we’re halfway there.”
On October 31st, 1986, Bon Jovi released the single “Livin’ on a Prayer” off their third studio album Slippery When Wet, which features the lyrics “Woah, we’re half way there / Woah, livin’ on a prayer” during the chorus (shown below).
On August 22nd, 2016, Twitter user @peachesanscream posted a picture of an iguana sitting in a chair with the caption “Whoa, we’re halfway there… Woah-oh…” (shown below). Within 10 days, the tweet gained over 4,100 likes and 3,200 retweets.
That day, other Twitter users replied to @peachesanscream with additional pun photos, featuring the rhymes “wizard at a fair” (shown below, left), “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (shown below, middle) and “have a seat over there” (shown below, right).
On August 28th, Twitter user @Truett posted a photograph of a lemon and a pear along with the Bon Jovi lyric, garnering upwards of 17,500 likes and 12,300 retweets in four days (shown below). On September 1st, a screenshot of @Truett’s tweet reached the front page of the /r/me_irl subreddit, gathering upwards of 7,500 votes (82% upvoted) and 260 comments in 24 hours. On September 2nd, Redditor NaYeahMate submitted a post asking about the series to /r/OutOfTheLoop. In the coming days, several internet news sites published articles about the pun series, including UpRoxx, BuzzFeed, Cheezburger and The Daily Dot.
Colin Kaepernick National Anthem Controversy refers to the discussion surrounding San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem at football games to protest racism and police brutality in America.
On August 26th, 2016, San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the singing of the American national anthem before a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. After the game, Kaepernick stated:
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Kaepernick’s actions sparked a national debate on whether a player needs to stand for the national anthem. Reactions to Kaepernick’s actions ranged from angry or supportive. Critics including Rush Limbaugh and NFL owners inferred that Kaepernick’s protest was anti-American and anti-military, while others, including members of the military who sparked a #VeteransforKaepernick Twitter trend, defended Kaepernick’s right to protest. Kaepernick himself stated that his actions were not anti-American or anti-military.
“I think it’s a misunderstanding. The media painted this as I’m anti-American, anti men and women of the military, and that’s not the case at all. I realize that men and women of the military put themselves in harm’s way for my freedoms of speech and my freedom in this country and my freedom to take a seat or take a knee. I have the utmost respect for them. I think what I did was taken out of context and spun a different way.
“It’s something to make sure that I wasn’t just talking about something, but being involved and actively trying to make a change in these communities. I’ve been very blessed to be in this position and make the kind of money I do. I have to help these people. 22 military vets a day commit suicide, but this country will let the vets go and fight the war for them but when they come back they won’t do anything to try to help him. That’s another issue. These issues need to be addressed.”
Kaepernick refused to stand again on September 1st, 2016, in a game against the San Diego Chargers, and he was joined by teammate Eric Reid.
Shortly after Kaepernick sat, photos of him practicing on August 12th with socks depicting police officers as pigs surfaced.
The Huffington Post – U.S. Veterans Are Coming To Colin Kaepernick’s Defense In Droves
Planet Dolan, previously known as Danger Dolan, is a collection of YouTube channels that focus on either “Top ___” list styled videos (Planet Dolan), “Question and Answer” videos and music videos (Super Planet Dolan), or assorted gaming videos (Planet Dolan Gaming).
Planet Dolan originally started out under the name “The DD Guides” in 2012 by Australian YouTuber Daniel James Johnson on the channel now called Planet Dolan Gaming. The “DD” in the name originally stood for “Double Dragon,” but was later changed to “Danger Dolan” in order to avoid possible copyright problems, and Johnson found the Dolan meme amusing at the time. From late 2012 until early 2014 Johnson focused almost exclusively on gaming videos, particularly videos pertaining to Blizzard Entertainment’s popular World of WarcraftMMORPG. It was in early 2014 Johnson first did a “face reveal” by posting a video of him asking Blizzard developers a question at Blizzcon 2013.
In March of 2014 Johnson created a second channel, originally called “DD Top 20,” later “Danger Dolan,” and finally “Planet Dolan” in 2016. The focus of the second channel is creating “Top ___” countdown videos. At first these videos were narrated exclusively by Johnson himself (going under the “Danger Dolan” handle), but in 2015 he began hiring more voice talent to take on the work load and add more personality to the channel. Said new talent consisting of either previously unknown personalities like Shima Luan, Melissa Morgan, and Johnson’s own brother, or other YouTubers such as Hellbent, Pringle The One, and Doopie Do Over. Months after creating the second channel, the popularity of said channel soon eclipsed that of the original gaming channel, reaching millions of subscribers before the end of 2014. As of September 2016 the main Planet Dolan channel has reached over 5 million subscribers.
At one point a channel focusing specifically on countdowns relating to movies was created in order to avoid possible copyright issues from happening with the main channel, but the movie channel was eventually abandoned when Johnson felt it was simply too excessive.
Super Planet Dolan
In September of 2015 the channel “Super Planet Dolan” was created, focusing on “Question and Answer” videos and music videos, but unlike the countdown videos on the main channel, the Q&A and music videos are animated by various animators hired by Johnson (such as Ghost Toast, Return of the Goo/Vin, Sweetcommando, Klowncar, and more), with the hosts of the videos being represented with animated avatars. The Q&A videos follow a format where a question submitted by a fan is first read aloud, one host (usually Dolan) giving a ludicrously humorous wrong answer, and the second host giving the correct answer to the question. The music videos are usually animated takes on either public domain children’s songs, or original songs created for the Planet Dolan crew. The Super Planet Dolan channel has also had guest appearances from other well known YouTube personalities such as Boogie2988 and Cr1TiKal .
The Super Planet Dolan channel helped add more popularity to the Planet Dolan channels as a whole, attracting people who enjoyed the addition of new personalities and their animated avatars. Johnson/Danger Dolan has stated he hopes to one day create story based animated videos that focus on said animated avatars and the world of “Planet Dolan” itself.
On deviantArt searching “Planet Dolan” brings up over 800 pieces of fanart, and fanart of Planet Dolan characters is also easy to come by on sites such as Tumblr.
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AlphaOmegaSin is a nickname of Bill Arensberg who is a YouTuber, video blogger, and ranter. He creates videos of himself ranting about the latest discussions on video games, social media, and controversies including GamerGate news. He currently has over 470K subscribers on YouTube.
The YouTube channel of AlphaOmegaSin was created on February 28, 2007. On August 6th, 2011, he hits over 5K subscribers. There his subscribers begins to grow. He hits over 10K subscribers on November 25, 2011, over 50K on December 1, 2012, and over 100K on June 8, 2013.
AlphaOmegaSin made appearances as guests on other YouTube channels, mostly Cinemassacre with James Rolfe and Mike Matei. His early guest appearance (along with Spoony, The Game Chasers, Shane Luis, Ryan Schott, 8-Bit Eric, Grimsie42 and Bad Luck Bootsy) was on Cinemassacre’s James & Mike Mondays on July 21st, 2014, where James and Mike celebrate The Angry Video Game Nerd 10th Anniversary by playing Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for the Nintendo NES. He also made appearances on Cinemassacre’s James & Mike Mondays to review 2016 DC Comics filmBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and survival horror video game Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles for the Nintendo Wii.
On January 25th, 2015, media critic Anita Sarkeesian from Feminist Frequency posted a tweet on Twitter about ‘angry YouTubers’ that strawmans & slanders her, using a photo of AlphaOmegaSin ranting about disagreeing with her as one of the examples. AlphaOmegaSin made another rant video of Anita Sarkeesian calling her out from her Twitter account.
Internet discussion and video game forum NeoGAF are unhappy that AlphaOmegaSin, a good friend of James Rolfe and Mike Matei was in Cinemassacre’s James & Mike Mondays video because of his support for GamerGate. A thread on Reddit’s KotakuInAction was submitted about NeoGAF trying to get James’ attention to demand him to blacklist AlphaOmegaSin for being a ‘Gamergater’.
Misha (born January 2nd 2007) is a kid singer, which grew to worldwide fame thanks to Pokemon Go Song, which he uploaded in July 2016 on his Youtube channel, then called Mishovy silenosti. In the music video, a smiling Misha sings: ‘I play Pokemon GO every day’ over and over again from his bedroom, a car and the street outside. The song was used in videos of PewDiePie, Amixem, Elrubius, Leafy, Pyrocynical and others.
In August 2016, he recorded a song “Cyberbully Channels Are Cancer”, where he accused Leafy, Pyrocynical, RiceGum and Keemstar of cyberbullying little kids and he declared war on them. All the mentioned channels made a reaction video to the song.
In September 2016, he recorded a song called “Song for All Haters”, where he sings about how he is the next Justin Bieber and how he gets all the money and hoes. He also showed a middle finger in the end of the video.
Prior to that, he became a celebrity in his home country, thanks to his “Czech Minecraft Song”, which he uploaded in February 2016. He also did League of Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Hearthstone songs. He was performing on several festivals in the Czech Republic and became a subject of many articles in the local newspapers. Thanks to the Pokemon Go Song, which was his first video in English, his popularity spread worldwide.
Tom Cruise Running is a running gag of actor Tom Cruise as he is famously known for his running in his movies.
Tom Cruise Running has a Tumblr site dedicated to every running scenes of Tom Cruise
On May 20, 2007, Family Guy aired their 18th episode of Season 5 titled “Meet the Quagmires”, in which it had a segment referencing Tom Cruise’s Running.