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  • 07/10/17--12:09: WikiHow Dog Training
  • About

    WikiHow Dog Training is an exploitable comic series based on an illustration demonstrating how to teach a dog to bark on command featured on the educational database WikiHow.

    Origin

    In July 2007, an article titled “Teach Your Dog to Speak” was submitted to WikiHow,[1] which includes an illustration of a woman giving a dog a treat after barking when told to “speak” (shown below).



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    Your Mother and I Will Always Love You is a series of exploitables based on a four-panel webcomic by Devin Le. Online, people have customized the panels to feature different characters, opinions and ideas. In the end, however, the idea is to make the opinion expressed in panel three, appear to be the wrong opinion.

    Origin

    On December 4th, 2016, Devin Le published the original comic, “The One about a Baby” on Webtoon.[1] In the comic, Le presents a four-panel story about a young couple meeting their newborn son for the first time. The father says to the child, “You my son and no matter what, your mother and I will always love you.” The child responds, “I think Cars is the best Pixar movie of all time.” In the final panel, the child is seen in a cardboard box wit the words “Free Disappointment (comes w/ a box)” written on the side. The comic (shown below) received more than 1,400 likes.



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    Over the next few months, Le continued to share the comic on his various social channels. On April 4th, 2017 he posted it to Tumblr, [2]receiving more 7,600 notes. Three months later, on June 29th, he posted it to Facebook, where it received more than 2,600 reactions, 430 shares and 100 comments in less than two weeks.[3]

    Even before it could be posted to those sites, others began photoshopping the comic. The Instagram account @overwwatch posted one of the earliest, replacing the characters from According to Devin with characters from Overwatch on December 17th, 2017. The post (shown below) received more than 7,800 likes in eight months.



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  • 07/10/17--14:41: Nintendo Norm
  • Nintendo Norm is an advice animal meme of unknown origin, spawning sometime in 2011. The memes depict a nerdy teenage fan of Nintendo games, sporting a Nintendo GameCube t-shirt, and playing a Game Boy while sitting atop a Game Boy Advance. The memes feature Norm expressing his arousal towards an unseen female whom he finds sexually attractive, using Nintendo puns while doing so, a notable example being, “Sup, babe. You might as well be a mushroom, ‘cause you’re making me grow!”

    Nintendo Norm has gained significance during the early years of the YouTube channel Animeme, which animates various memes, usually advice animal memes such as this one.


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  • 07/10/17--16:06: O My Rubber Nen
  • About

    O, My Rubber Nen” is a quote from a Japanese Manga called Hunter x Hunter uttered by a character named Hisoka right before facing his inevitable death.

    Origin

    The original page came from chapter 357 of the manga, released on June 13th, 2016 and covers the event of a deathmatch between the two characters Hisoka and Chrollo. Near the end of the fight, Chrollo uses his ability to blow up Hisoka, killing him in the progress. After being confirmed dead by another character, Hisoka suddenly wakes up and explains he survived by using his powers that has the property of both rubber and gum. Cue a flashback describing the events right before his death, where he orders his power to resurrect him after his death by uttering the phrase “O, my rubber nen…! After I’m dead… come back to life!!! Along with my heart!!! And lungs!!!”

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    Since the release of chapter 357, the phrase has become popular among the community for its absurdity. Some use it to mock hardcore fans of the franchise, referring it to as weak writing from the series’s creator Yoshihiro Togashi. Due to the long and regular hiatuses the author takes from writing Hunter x Hunter, the community thrives on creating memes as content for discussions. These factors made the phrase spread to other discussions, using it to refer to any form of asspull or inconsistency by parodying it. For example; “O, My Friendship Punch”.


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  • 07/11/17--06:44: Immortal Snail
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    Immortal Snail also known as the Snail Assassin, is a hypothetical scenario in which a person is given millions of dollars and made immortal in exchange for being hunted down by a snail with a fatal touch for the rest of their existence.

    Origin

    On August 26th, 2014, episode #285 of the Rooster Teeth Podcast was released, in which hosts Gus Sorola, Gavin Free, Matt Hullum and Burnie Burns discuss a hypothetical scenario in which a person receives $10 million in exchange for having a snail follow them wherever they go for the rest of their life that will kill them upon being touched (shown below).



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    On October 1st, 2014, the Rooster Teeth YouTube channel uploaded an animated video using audio from the podcast (shown below). Within three years, the video gained over 2.8 million views and 1,200 comments.



    On December 16th, 2016, Redditor Andy316619 submitted a variation of the scenario to /r/AskReddit,

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  • 07/11/17--07:44: Art Gallery Puking
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    Art Gallery Puking refers to a series of reaction images and exploitables of a man throwing up at an art gallery. The image has been used online to express disgust as well as a template to express opinions on different pictures by photoshopping different artworks into the picture.

    Origin

    On December 26th, 2005, YouTuber kristoferpaetau uploaded a video entitled “Art Forum accident.” As he explains in the description, “I started to feel really bad at the opening of the Art Forum 2005 Art Fair in Berlin. And suddenly I couldn’t help myself, I had to vomit.” As of July 2017, the video has been viewed more than 7,500 times.[1]



    Additionally, Kristofer Paetau blogged[2] about the incident on his website Paetau.com. In the post, he uploaded a series of screenshots from the video, with captions to describe what was happening.



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    On January 22nd, 2013, Facebook user Scott Scheidly posted the image of Paetau vomitting, adding the caption “This is my new thing! Going to art shows and vommiting in front of bad art.” The caption, which as been documented on Twitter[4] and other sources,[5] has since been removed from the photo (shown below). Within four years, the post has received more than 837 reactions and 1,300 shares.[3]

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    [1]YouTube – Art Forum accident

    [2]Paetau – Art Forum accident

    [3]Facebook – Scott Scheidly’s Post

    [4]Twitter – @FLOUNDERart’s Post

    [5]Instagram – @funnywhenitswrong’s Post


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  • 07/11/17--09:08: David Brooks' Lunch Anecdote
  • About

    David Brooks’ Lunch Anecdote refers to a paragraph in New York Times columnist David Brooks’ op-ed column, “How We Are Ruining America.” In the column, Brooks tells about a story about he took his high school college friend to a gourmet sandwich shop, and assuming she did not understand the meats on the menu, offered to go get Mexican food instead. The passage was mocked on Twitter for the perceived pompousness with which Brooks told the story.

    Origin

    On July 11th, 2017, Brooks published “How We Are Ruining America” in the New York Times.[1] In the column, Brooks argues that generations of college-educated Americans are generally upper-middle-class Americans, and use the financial advantages that come with the class to ensure the same future for the kids, while those who don’t share those advantages have a difficult time ensuring a college education for their kids. Furthermore, Brooks argues that the system favors upper-middle-class Americans to keep this social hierarchy intact. Cities such as New York, Portland, and San Francisco have zoning laws that keep lower-income families out of the city and away from good opportunities. Brooks then attempts to make a point that the upper-middle-class codes language and culture with signifiers that are “illegible unless you happen to have grown up in this class.” To demonstrate this point he tells an anecdote about when he and his high-school educated friend visited a gourmet sandwich shop:

    “Recently I took a friend with only a high school degree to lunch. Insensitively, I led her into a gourmet sandwich shop. Suddenly I saw her face freeze up as she was confronted with sandwiches named “Padrino” and “Pomodoro” and ingredients like soppressata, capicollo and a striata baguette. I quickly asked her if she wanted to go somewhere else and she anxiously nodded yes and we ate Mexican.”

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    The passage was instantly mocked on Twitter for what Twitter took as Brooks patronizing his friend. This story was also posted just four days after Brooks posted an op-ed called “The Golden Age of Bailing,”[2] in which Brooks talked about the social trend of backing out of plans, which led Twitter users to joke that perhaps Brooks was simply a person people did not want to hang out with. Shortly after “How We Are Ruining America” was posted, Twitter user @BrandyLJensen[3] posted a tweet connecting the two stories, gaining over 360 retweets and 2,000 likes (shown below).



    Other Twitter users took to photoshop to mock the story. Twitter user @Darth[4] posted an edit of the Stranger Things 2 poster with a giant sandwich menu, gaining 96 retweets and over 460 likes (shown below, left). @LukeONeil posted a fake Pornhub screenshot mocking the story, gaining 66 likes (shown below, right).



    As people continued making jokes, other Twitter users discussed the validity of Brooks’ point. While some said it was valid, others argued that the presentation made his point practically immaterial since it lost so many readers. The jokes and the discourse surrounding the article was compiled in a Twitter Moment[6] later that day.

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    “You Say Run” Goes With Everything is a series of “Guile’s Theme Goes With Everything”-style Remix videos that combine any choice footage with the My Hero Academia song “You Say Run”, a battle theme of the Anime series. “You Say Run” is comprised of several snare breakdowns, increases in tempo, Tutti (all together) of orchestral instruments, and several moments of crescendos and decrescendos (increases and decreases in volume). Videos are usually edited during the climaxes of action sequences, where the intensity is focused on the fast tempo portions of the song, while the resolution or a respite of the action is conversely paired with the smooth, mellow portions. “You Say Run” has naturally been favored towards action scenes of other Anime titles, but has also seen usage in the Marvel/DC Cinematic Universe, Video Game cut-scenes, sports racing, live brawls, and more.
     
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    The My Hero Academia Official Soundtrack was composed by Yuki Hayashi [1] and was released on July 13, 2016, a month after the series’s Season 1 finish.[2]


    One day later on July 14, 2016, Youtube user natsu taka uploaded “You Say Run goes with everything (SRW Z3)”[3] (below, left), which is a video of cutscenes from the Banpresto PS3 title Super Robot Wars Z3. Due to the low quality video and the user having no subscribers, the first video did not gain much traction. The video “Guy goes Plus Ultra (Naruto You Say Run Goes With Everything)” by Youtuber Connor spackman (below, right) was the first “You Say Run Goes With Everything” video to break 100,000 views since June 2017.



     

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    On February 14, 2017, Reddit user Richardlikespie started a thread on the /r/BokunoHeroAcademia[4] board called “You Say Run goes with Everything videos”, where several videos of this style have been shared. On February 23, 2017, a second thread called "You Say Run goes with everything – Mob Psycho 100 (Mob Vs Koyama)”[5] by the user elmn0906 posted a remix of the anime Mob Psycho 100, where the video has 192,834 views as of July 11, 2017.

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    Game of Thrones Opening Parodies are satirical remakes of the opening title sequence for the HBO drama series Game of Thrones, which features a three-dimensional map of the fictional continents Westeros and Essos.

    Origin

    On March 29th, 2012, YouTuber anamanaguchi uploaded a parody of the sequence titled “Game of Fuckin’ Thrones,” which gained over 1.6 million views and 1,400 comments.



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    On March 12th, 2013, YouTuber letsgetfrinky uploaded a parody of the Game of Thrones edited as if it were released in the mid-1990s (shown below, left). Over the next four years, the video gathered upwards of 5.6 million views and 4,400 comments. On April 4th, 2014, the social media management platform Hootsuite released a social media-themed parody of the Game of Thrones opening (shown below, right). Within three years, the video gained over one million views and 380 comments.



    On April 8th, 2015, YouTuber Steven Jase uploaded a parody featuring the world map from the 1991 Super Nintendo game Super Mario World (shown below, left). On April 12th, the gaming news site GameNGuide published an article titled “The Best Game Of Thrones Opening Sequence Parody Videos Ever.” On June 13th, Funny or Die released a homemade version of the intro sequence (shown below, right).



    On April 23rd, 2016, the tech news site PC Mag[2] published a listicle titled “12 Game of Thrones Parodies That Will Forever Ruin the Show for You.” On July 13th, YouTuber Paweł Zadrożniak uploaded a video of the opening theme song from the show played on a series of floppy disk drives (shown below).



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  • 07/11/17--11:30: Despacito
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    Despacito is a song by Puerto Rican pop artist Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee. The song and a remix version featuring Justin Bieber grew immensely popular and inspired many parodies and remixes.

    Origin

    “Despacito” was released on January 13th, 2017[1] along with its music video, which has gained over 2.4 billion views, making it the fifth-most viewed YouTube video of all time. (shown below).



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    The song debuted in the United States at number 2 on the Hot Latin Songs chart. It also debuted at number 88 on the US Billboard Hot 100. On February 18th, 2017, the song hit number 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart and remained there for 22 weeks. In the United States, the song has gone 34x Platinum. On April 17th, a part-english remix version featuring Justin Bieber singing in Spanish for the first time in his career was released, contributing to the song growing popular in English-speaking countries. The audio of the song was uploaded to YouTube that day and has gained over 70 million views (shown below).



    On May 24th, 2017, TMZ published a video of Bieber attempting to perform the song but instead of singing Spanish, was caught singing “Blah” (shown below). Bieber was harshly criticized for the performance.[2]



    Parodies

    The song has inspired numerous popular parodies, with some garnering tens of millions of views on YouTube. The most popular, posted by oRni on January 17th, 2017, gained nearly 27 million views (shown below, left). Another popular parody called “ESEGRINGO,” posted by werevertumurro on February 13th, gained over 24 million views (shown below, right).



    The song has also inspired several popular remixes. One of the most popular, posted by the Trap Music channel, has over 4.9 million views (shown below, left). A remix by artist ThatBehavior and posted on the Chill Nation channel gained over 854,000 views (shown below, right).



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    Spider-Man Pointing at Spider-Man refers to an image from the 60’s Spider-Man cartoon episode in which two people in Spider-Man costumes are pointing at each other.

    Origin

    The image comes from episode 19b of the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon, “Double Identity.”[1] In the episode, a villain attempts to impersonate the title hero.



    The earliest known use of the two characters dressed as Spider-Man pointing at each other was an image macro posted February 5th, 2011 on Sharenator[2] in a compilation of 60’s Spider-Man images (shown below).

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  • 07/11/17--13:30: Let's Go Boys
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    Let’s Go Boys refers to a photograph of a mustachioed man wearing perforated sunglasses styled like the flag of the country of India. Underneath the man’s face is the caption, “Let’s go boys.”

    Origin

    On March 16th, 2015, the Facebook account ironyisdeaditsmemecemetary posted an screenshot from a Snapchat. The screenshot featured a mustachioed-man wearing perforated sunglass with the flag of India printed on them. Underneath the man’s face is the caption “Let’s go boys.” The post (shown below) received more than 30 reactions and 20 shares.[1]

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  • 07/11/17--14:43: Game of Thrones Guy
  • The original picture was posted to Imgur on April 8th, 2015. The first captioned version was posted to Imgur the same day with the text “Is it time for Game of Thrones Yet? I’m so fucking ready.” The image without the caption was later posted to Facebook on April 12th, 2015 by Traiz Saenz, who is pictured, in anticipation for the Game of Thrones season 5 premier. Traiz is seen in the picture wearing some of the hand crafted costume that he made for an annual Viking party he attends. The costume was not originally designed to be a Game of Thrones themed costume. But several people thought that was where the inspiration came from so Traiz eventually went with that idea adding a Jon Snow wig to the ensemble. Traiz prides himself in having a pair of drinking horn tankards as well as a genuine Cold Steel Italian Long Sword that he insisted on having for his wedding in July of 2014 to cut the wedding cake. The sword’s name is Covenant, because all the best swords have names.

    In May/June of 2017 the picture resurfaced amidst the hype of the Game of Thrones season 7 premier that was delayed until July 16, 2017. The captioned version of the image appeared on numerous Facebook pages as well as Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Reddit.


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  • 07/11/17--22:52: Too Much Macaroni!!!
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    Too Much Macaroni!!! is a memorable scene from the animated television show Courage the Cowardly Dog.

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    The scene originated from the episode “Little Muriel” where poor Courage has only ever known the adult, harmonic and serene Muriel, so having her spoiled, unruly and hyper childhood self to deal with is pretty hard on him. After failing to make a macaroni and cheese platter to her satisfaction, and keeping her from playing in the dangerous ruins of the farmhouse, he can’t take it anymore.


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  • 07/11/17--23:26: Clint Eastwood (Gorillaz)
  • Clint Eastwood

    The Gorillaz’s first hit single Clint Eastwood was released on March 5th 2001 on their self-titled album.

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    The animated music video was directed by Jamie Hewlett and Pete Candeland. It starts with the Gorillaz logo in red against a black screen, and the following quote from the 1978 film Dawn of the Dead: “Every dead body that is not exterminated, gets up and kills. The people it kills, get up and kill” in Japanese then in English. This phrase was deemed offensive in some countries and a censored version was produced that omits this intro. The video and song name is a reference to the famous western starring actor Clint Eastwood, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. An interpolation of the yell from the film’s theme song, in particular that film’s protagonist Tuco’s leitmotif, can be heard at the beginning of the video, followed by sinister laughter from Murdoc. The notes that the melodica plays are also based on the yell.
    The band is seen playing their music against a completely white backdrop. 2-D is seen wearing a T-Virus shirt most likely referencing Resident Evil. Russel’s cap then begins to mysteriously rise on its own, and the ghost of Del appears to be emerging from under it. He begins to rap, leaving the other band members dumbfounded, and the backdrop slowly develops dark clouds in the sky, and enormous tombstones start to burst out of the ground, and the scene becomes that of a cemetery, as a shower of rain and thunderstorm begins. Shortly afterwards, zombie gorilla hands rise up from the ground. Murdoc is grabbed by the crotch and pulled to the ground, a reference to the Peter Jackson zombie film Braindead. Seconds later, the zombie gorillas themselves rise up. Murdoc immediately flees at the sight of them, with a number of them pursuing him. He then turns and glares at them out of frustration at his inability to escape, and the zombie apes engage in a bizarre dance routine before Murdoc is finally struck by lightning; this dance routine is similar to the choreography of Michael Jackson’s music video “Thriller.”
    Noodle is then shown joyfully skipping along, almost as if she is completely unaware of her surroundings, and in her playful skipping, she delivers a hard kick to one of the zombie gorillas in the face. Immediately afterwards, Del is then sucked back into Russel’s head as the gorillas all disintegrate, and the band members are left standing in the cemetery, now bright with sunlight. The video then concludes with a split screen showing each of the four band members and their names. The video has a running time of 4:32, which is significantly different from the album version, which runs for approximately 5:44, however, the album version features about 1:30 of the backing track playing with no vocals over the top. The BPM of the music video is also slightly slower than that of the album version.

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    On March 23rd 2017, The Official Phase 4 kickstarter video “Saturnz Barz” was released and featured the Gorillaz moving into a Haunted House. Two minutes in, Murdoc Niccals (Leader of the Band) comes across the bathroom and exclaims

    The Bath! Hey You Guys I’m Just Going To Take A Bath!

    This was soon remixed with a few other Gorillaz’s songs including Feel Good Inc, Clint Eastwood and some Word Replacments.

    Clint Eastwood was the most remixed and eventually got it’s first meme remix with Murdoc getting hit by lightning on shooting stars. It’s most famous one was by Chris Kogos’s “Clint Memeswood.”


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  • 07/12/17--02:30: ︻╦TheKrazyKitty╤─
  • One day on an Australian discord server, (don’t want nobody seeing our steam accounts and or discord accounts) were having a nice day. Until out of nowhere ︻╦TheKrazyKitty╤─ hit us with a spam attack. His kicking off the discord server was then decided by the wheel, we kicked him. He is now a measly Steam account and Discord account with the famous Ronald McDonald avatar.


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    These Companies Test On Animals is a multi-pane exploitable series which zooms in on a company logo listed on a “These Companies Test On Animals” poster, before revealing an animal being tested on by the company in the final panel.

    Origin

    On July 5th, 2017, the animal rights group Beagle Freedom Project tweeted a poster with the heading “These Companies Test On Animals,” followed by various company logos and a photograph of a beagle dog (shown below).[2]



    On July 7th, Redditor EvMARS posted a multi-pane image which zooms in on the SoundCloud logo on the poster followed by a photograph of a chihuahua with earbuds in its ears (shown below). Over the next four days, the post received more than 3,100 points (97% upvoted) and 160 comments on /r/dankmemes.[4]



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    On July 9th, Redditor Malifaxymus a similar image featuring the poster zooming in on a SoundCloud logo followed by a animated clip of a dancing dog (shown below). Within 72 hours, the post gathered upwards of 3,000 points (97% upvoted) and 40 comments on /r/dankmemes.[3]



    On July 10th, 2017, Redditor Yoda_Holmes reposted a variation of the SoundCloud chihuahua image to /r/funny,[1] where it gained over 45,300 points (80% upvoted) and 3,200 comments in 48 hours (shown below, left). The following day, Redditor Capt_Groomp submitted a version of the image in which a dog is shown playing the game Guitar Hero to /r/MemeEconomy (shown below, right).



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  • 07/12/17--07:48: Oh Fuck, Put It Back In
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    Oh Fuck, Put It Back In refers to a screenshot of pornographic actress Riley Reid saying “Oh fuck, put it back in” during a scene. It is used out of context as a reaction image to describe situations where something needs to quickly be returned back to where it came from.

    Origin

    According to a Redditor T1m_the_enchanter,[2] the still comes from the Reid film Naughty Book Worms 43. On June 30th, 2017, the first known edit was posted by the Instagram page bandmemes666[1] and related to a mishap that might befall a stage musician (shown below). The post gained over 6,300 likes.



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    [1]Instagram – bandmemes666

    [2]Reddit – Sauce

    https://www.reddit.com/r/MemeEconomy/comments/6m9ks4/is_there_any_growth_potential_in_these_out_of/

    https://www.reddit.com/r/MemeEconomy/comments/6mazk2/ironic_porn_memes_have_come_full_circle_and_are/

    https://www.reddit.com/r/MemeEconomy/comments/6m9vcf/is_this_riley_reid_meme_a_worthy_investment/

    https://www.reddit.com/r/dankmemes/comments/6mnpjl/cold_noodles_will_not_tolerated/

    https://www.reddit.com/r/BlackPeopleTwitter/comments/6m76zf/when_you_take_your_hot_pocket_out_of_the/

    https://www.reddit.com/r/dankmemes/comments/6mr1wj/put_it_back_in/

    https://www.reddit.com/r/dankmemes/comments/6mrbet/mother_russia/

    https://twitter.com/juuulzsantana/status/883538454306447360


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    Donald Trump Jr.’s Email Tweet refers to a series of potentially incriminating emails between President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and Russian contacts that Trump Jr. tweeted before they could be released in The New York Times. In the emails, Trump Jr. is told that the Russian government launched an ongoing campaign to damage Hillary Clinton’s chances in the 2016 presidential campaign race in order to swing the election to Trump. While many analysts and commentators have stated that the emails prove the suspected collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, the posts also inspired a number of popular memes and catchphrases.

    Background

    On July 8th, 2017, The New York Times reported that on June 9th, 2016, key members of the Donald Trump presidential campaign, including Donald Trump, Jr., then-campaign head Paul Manafort and Trump Sr.’s son-in-law Jared Kushner met with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a high-level Russian lawyer with deep ties to the Kremlin at Trump Tower. The purpose of the meeting was the exchange of incriminating information regarding Hillary Clinton.[1] The story contradicted statements made by Trump Jr. in March 2017, when he said:

    “Did I meet with people that were Russian? I’m sure, I’m sure I did. But none that were set up. None that I can think of at the moment. And certainly none that I was representing the campaign in any way, shape or form."

    On July 10th, Kellyanne Conway spent 35 minutes--much longer than the interview was scheduled for--on CNN fighting with anchor Chris Cuomo over the nature of the meeting, even as her team at the White House told Cuomo that she needed to wrap up.



    The next day, Trump Jr. tweeted[2] from his Twitter account “Media & Dems are extremely invested in the Russia story. If this nonsense meeting is all they have after a yr, I understand the desperation!” The tweet (shown below) received more than 9,700 retweets and 27,300 likes in less than 12 hours.



    Mere hours after posting that tweet, and just as The New York Times[3] prepared to publish a report that alleged that Trump Jr. was aware that the purpose of the meeting was to obtain incriminating information on Clinton, Trump Jr posted a series of emails, confirming the correspondence between him and former tabloid reporter and entertainment manager Robert Goldstone. The Trump family had met Goldstone as a judge for the Trump-owned Miss Universe pageant. Goldstone also manages Azerbaijani popstar Emin Agalarov, who Goldstone claims asked him to facilitate the meeting with Trump Sr., who has appeared in music videos with the singer.[4]

    Ahead of the emails (shown below), Trump Jr.[5] wrote a personal statement explaining his intentions. He said:

    To everyone, in order to be totally transparent, I am releasing the entire email chain of my emails with Rob Goldstone about the meeting on June 9, 2016. The first email, on June 3, 2016 was from Rob, who was relating a request from Emin, a person I knew from the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant near Moscow. Emin and his father have a very highly respected company in Moscow. The information they suggested they had about Hillary Clinton I thought was Political Opposition Research. I first wanted to just have a phone call but when that didn’t work out they said the woman would be in New York and asked if I would meet. I decided to take the meeting. The woman, as she has said publicly, was not a government official. And, as we have said, they had no information to provide and wanted to talk about adoption policy and the Magnitsky Act. To put this in context, this occurred before the current Russian fever was in vogue. As Rob Goldstone said just today in the press, the entire meeting was “the most inane nonsense I ever heard. And I was actually agitated by it.”



    In the fourth email page, Goldstone offers to provide incriminating information about Clinton’s “dealings with Russia” and claims it is a sign of “Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

    In the email (shown below), Goldstone says:

    “Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting. The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father. This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for the Mr. Trump.”

    Within 17 minutes, Trump Jr. responded:

    If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.



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    “I Worked On That Story for a Year”

    Moments after Trump Jr.’s tweets, Jared Yates Sexton, the independent journalist responsible for the story that prompted the posts, weighed in. In his comments about how long he had been working on the story, Sexton said, [6] of his surprise, “I…worked on this story for a year…and…he just…he tweeted it out.” The tweet (shown below) received more than 35,000 retweets and 113,000



    Over the next 24 hours, people on Twitter began to parody the tweet, adding the phrase to pictures and tweets unconnected to the Trump email story (examples below),



    “I Love It Especially Later in the Summer”

    The final page of Trump Jr.’s emails received great attention from people online. The post itself garnered more than 12,300 retweets and 19,000 likes in 24 hours. People online gravitated toward the line “I love it especially later in the summer” in particular. The line even appeared in The New York Times headline, “Russian Dirt on Clinton? ‘I Love It,’ Donald Trump Jr. Said.”

    Generally, however, people compared the line to song lyrics and wistful emotions about the summertime (examples below).



    High-Quality Person

    That day, Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read a statement from President Trump on Donald Trump Jr. at the White House press briefing (audio below).[7] President Trump’s statement said, “My son is high quality person and I applaud his transparency.”




    Following the statement, people on Twitter began making jokes about the use of the phrase “high-quality,” asserting that it is a very clinical and impersonal way of talking about one’s child. Twitter published Moments pages on both the President’s statement[8] and the response to it.[9]



    President Trump later elaborated on his statements on Twitter. He wrote, “My son Donald did a good job last night. He was open, transparent and innocent. This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!” The tweet (shown below) received more than 17,000 retweets and 75,000 likes.[10]



    Donald Trump Jr.’s Response

    That night, Donald Trump Jr. appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program to give his side of the story (shown below). During the interview, he said, “In retrospect I probably would have done things a little differently.”



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]The New York Times – "Trump Team Met With Lawyer Linked to Kremlin During Campaign
    “https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/08/us/politics/trump-russia-kushner-manafort.html?_r=0

    [2]Twitter – @DonaldJTrumpJr’s Tweet

    [3]The New York Times – Russian Dirt on Clinton? ‘I Love It,’ Donald Trump Jr. Said

    [4]CNNTrump’s web of Russian ties grows with Miss Universe links

    [5]Twitter – @DonaldJTrumpJr’s Tweet

    [6]Twitter – @JYSexton’s Tweets":https://twitter.com/JYSexton/status/884798748152483840

    [7]Twitter – @ABC’s Tweet

    [8]Twitter – Donald Trump says son is ‘a high quality person’

    [9]Twitter – There’s nothing like the love between a father and his ‘high quality person’

    [10]Twitter – @realDonaldTrump’s Tweet


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  • 07/12/17--10:17: Stephen A. Smith
  • About

    Stephen A. Smith is a sports commentator and journalist for ESPN. He is known for his highly-animated personality and strong opinions on sports issues, causing some of his rants to go viral.

    History

    Smith was born in the Bronx area of New York City on October 14th, 1967.[1] He joined The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1994 and reported on the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers until 2007. He began hosting a sports radio talk show in New York City that aired every weekday from noon-2 P.M. on April 11th, 2005. The second half of the show was syndicated on ESPN Radio starting on September 20th, 2007. The show ended in 2008. In August of 2005, he began hosting the television program Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith. After the show was cancelled, he appeared as one of the channel’s NBA commentators and appeared on other ESPN programs such as Pardon the Interruption and Rome is Burning. On April 30th, 2012, Smith joined First Take, a show where he debated Skip Bayless. His current cohosts are Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim.

    Domestic Abuse Comments Controversy

    On July 25th, 2014, Smith generated controversy when, while condemning Ray Rice in the Video in which he assaulted his fiancee, he appeared to make the point that abused women should also be careful not to provoke behavior which might get them beaten.



    The comments earned Smith criticism from his colleague Michelle Beadle[2] as well as a week-long suspension from ESPN.

    Related Memes

    TAke a look, y’all: IMG_4346.jpeg

    On May 26th, 2015, Smith tweeted “TAke a look, y’all: IMG_4346.jpeg.”[3] Smith was attempting to tweet an image, and instead tweeted the image’s URL. The tweet has gained over 49,000 retweets and 46,000 likes.



    The tweet has become one of Twitter’s most popular and has generated media attention. SBNation[4] wrote about it that day. Two years later, Brian Feldman of Select All[5] attempted to track down the image Smith attempted to tweet to no avail. On July 10th, 2017, Smith made a similar gaffe when he attempted to tweet a link to the Diddy documentary Can’t Stop Won’t Stop_, tweeting "IMG9993.MOV.mov" in a since deleted tweet.[6] The gaffe has become a minor Twitter joke as people recreate the format of Smith’s original (examples shown below).



    Notable Segments

    Smith has had some notable rants on ESPN and on First Take that have gone viral. Notably, Smith has appeared in several segments in which he chastises NFL players for getting suspended for marijuana, resulting in one of his catchphrases becoming “Stay off the weed!” (compilation shown below, left). On June 22nd, 2017, Smith ranted about the poor decisions of the front office of the New York Knicks, and bemoaned the fact that one of their first signings, Lamar Odom, had a history of drug use (shown below, right).



    Lavar Ball on First Take

    On March 23rd, 2017, controversial father of the then-college basketball player Lavar Ball appeared on First Take and got into a heated argument with Stephen A. Smith. Video of the clip has gained nearly 1.8 million views on ESPN’s YouTube channel.



    Search Interest

    External References


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