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    Overview

    Background

    On January 13th, 2018, the women’s interest site Babe[12] published an anonymous account written by a woman identifying herself as the pseudonym “Grace,” who accused Ansari of sexual misconduct in an article titled “I went on a date with Aziz Ansari. It turned into the worst night of my life.” In the account, the woman describes meeting Ansari at a Los Angeles party and subsequently having dinner with him at a later date in New York. Following dinner, the two returned to Ansari’s apartment, where they engaged in oral sex with one another, though she claimed to have felt uncomfortable and pressured with the experience.

    Developments

    Online Reaction

    That day, the article reached the front page of various subreddits, including /r/WeinsteinEffect,[14]/r/The_Donald[15] and /r/GamerGhazi.[16]

    On January 14th, the official @babedotnet Twitter feed tweeted a video of text messages between the woman and Ansari (shown below).




    Aziz Ansari’s Response

    Also on January 14th, Ansari released a statement addressing the allegations, in which he claimed all sexual intereactions with the woman were “completely consensual” (shown below).

    “In September of last year, I met a woman at a party. We exchanged numbers. We texted back and forth and eventually went on a date. We went out to dinner, and afterwards we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual.

    The next day, I got a text from her saying that although “it may have seemed okay,” upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable. It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned. I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said.

    I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue."

    News Media Coverage

    Meanwhile, The Atlantic[13] published an article titled “The Humiliation of Aziz Ansari,” in which she referred to the anonymous account as “3,000 words of revenge porn” and lamented how the article “may have destroyed Ansari’s career, which is now the punishment for every kind of male sexual misconduct, from the grotesque to the disappointing.” That day, the article reached the front page of /r/television.[17] On January 16th, Vox[7] published an article titled “The Aziz Ansari story is ordinary. That’s why we have to talk about it,” which argued that Grace’s experience was the result of misogynist cultural values regarding consent.

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  • 01/16/18--15:17: Trapsuki
  • About

    Trapsuki refers to the idea that the character Natsuki from Doki Doki Literature Club is a trap. due to her looking comparatively androgynous compared with the other characters.

    This idea was later addressed by DDLC team founder Dan Salvato saying "Canonically, all the characters except MC are biologically female

    Origin

    Spread

    Various Examples

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Steam Community – Natsuki is a Trap? maybe?


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  • 01/16/18--16:50: Flex Tape

  • About

    Flex Tape is a product created by Flex Seal that has had a surge in popularity after YouTuber JonTron made a video about the commodity. Since the episode, the tape has been the subject of many jokes and edits online.

    Origin

    On January 31st, 2017, Flex Seal uploaded a legendary commercial on YouTube which advertises one of their latest products, Flex Tape (shown below). This video has since become their most popular video, with over 1.3 million views as of January 2018.[1]



    Spread

    On September 30th, popular YouTuber JonTron uploaded a video, (shown below, up) in which he watches and discusses the Flex Tape commercial, as well as Flex Seal’s Flex Seal Liquid commercial and their extreme bucket demo video (shown below, lower left and right). As of January 2018, JonTron’s video has over 12.8 million views.[2] Jon’s video also gave the meme a plethora of new quotes and jokes commonly used, such as Slap it on with the Might of Zeus and Josephi Krakowski.





    The new episode by Jon gave new popularity to the product. On July 1st, 2017, YouTuber cs188 uploaded a YouTube Poop edit on the original commercial titled “Flextits Makes You Super Wet and Completely Dry”. After JonTron’s video, the edit gained over 600,000 views as of January 2018 (shown below, left).[3] On September 30th, 2017, YouTube user Master Roilu uploaded a clip from JonTron’s video, which gained over half a million views in 3 months (shown below, right).[4]



    On September 30th, 2017, Reddit user OrginalCanadian submitted the video to /r/JonTron, where it received around 5,000 points (84% upvoted) in three months.[5]

    Related Memes and In-Jokes

    I Sawed This Boat In Half!

    I Sawed This Boat In Half! is a memorable quote uttered by our Prometheus in the original Flex Tape commercial while Phil Swift is attempting to prove the power of the tape. Due to the outlandish nature of the quote, it has been used frequently in jokes and edits.


    That’s a Lotta Damage!

    That’s a Lotta Damage! is another notable quote said by Swift, this time being used in the Flex Seal Bucket Demo.


    Slap It On With The Might of Zeus!

    Slap It On With The Might of Zeus! is a line uttered by JonTron mocking how Phil Swift would on his video commonly used with jokes online.


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    About

    Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear refers to an exploitable illustration of a car’s right rearview mirror featuring the text “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” What is written in the mirror is usually a humorous reference to something imminent.

    Origin

    On January 16th, 2018, Redditor XxSpoiledMilkxX uploaded a template version to /r/MemeEconomy,[1] gaining 37 upvotes (shown below).



    Spread

    Within hours of XxSpoiledMilkxX’s post, a post by ManectricBound[2] became the most popular edit of the format to date, gaining over 10,000 upvotes in 13 hours (shown below).



    As the format began trending on /r/MemeEconomy, posts with the format began appearing on /r/dankmemes. One of the early popular posts in the subreddit to use the format was posted by LockedUnlocked[3] and gained over 110 upvotes in three hours (shown below, left). Another post by wizturd28[4] predicted the swift death of the meme, gaining 28 upvotes in an hour (shown below, right).



    Various Examples



    Search Interest

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    External References

    [1]/r/MemeEconomy – New Format?

    [2]/r/MemeEconomy – I think this has a lot of potential. Invest.

    [3]/r/dankmemes – Accurate

    [4]/r/dankmemes – Memes Die Too Quickly


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  • 01/17/18--08:24: Donald Trump's Physical Exam
  • Overview

    Donald Trump’s Physical Exam refers to the public skepticism and response to United States President Donald Trump’s office health report. Many online questioned the results, particularly in regards to Trump’s height and weight.

    Background

    On January 16th, 2018, the White House released the Preisdent’s Periodic Physical Exam, his first since taking the White House.[1] The memo was released by Dr. Ronny Jackson, Trump’s physician, who summarized the president’s health as:

    “The President’s overall health is excellent. His cardiac performance during his physical exam was very good. He continues to enjoy the significant long term cardiac and overall health benefits that come from a lifetime of abstinence from tobacco and alcohol. We discussed diet, exercise and weight loss. He would benefit from a diet that is lower in fat and carbohydrates and from a routine exercise regimen. He has a history of elevated cholesterol and is currently on a low dose of Rosuvastatin. In order to further reduce his cholesterol level and further decrease his cardiac risk, we will increase the dose of this particular medication. The President is currently up to date on all recommended preventive medicine screening tests and exams.

    “All clinical data indicates that the President is currently very healthy and that he will remain so for the duration of his Presidency.”

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]White House – The President’s Periodic Exam


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    Overview

    Donald Trump’s Alleged Sexual Encounter with Stormy Daniels refers to the scandal surrounding the revelation that Donald Trump had sex with porn star Stormy Daniels in 2006, a year after he married Melania Trump, and his campaign during the 2016 United States Presidential Election paid Daniels $130,000 to not speak of it.

    Background

    On January 12th, 2018, the Wall Street Journal[1] reported that Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen had arranged to pay porn star Stormy Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 in exchange for her silence about a sexual encounter she had with Trump in July of 2006 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, one year after Trump had married Melania, and four months after she gave birth to Barron Trump. Cohen did not address the rumored payout but said in a statement that both Trump and Clifford denied the allegation. Cohen provided a statement from Clifford in which she denied the allegations of a payout, writing:

    “My involvement with Donald Trump was limited to a few public appearances and nothing more. When I met Donald Trump, he was gracious, professional and a complete gentleman to me and EVERYONE in my presence. Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false. If indeed I did have a relationship with Donald Trump, trust me, you wouldn’t be reading about in the news, you would be reading about it in my book. But the fact of the matter is, these stories are not true.”

    Developments

    While Clifford denied the allegations, stories confirming the affair had been circulating in media well before the Wall Street Journal’s report. CNN[2] reported that Fox News reporter Diana Falzone had submitted the story to Fox News editors in October of 2016 and had the story corroborated by Clifford’s manager Gina Rodriguez, but Fox News never ran the story, claiming they could never verify it. The New York Times[3] reported that Jacob Weisberg, editor in chief of the Slate Group, confirmed that Daniels had interviewed with Slate between August and October of 2016 about the affair, and confirmed that Cohen had agreed to pay her $130,000 for her silence. However, before Slate ran the story, Clifford ceased communication with the publication.

    Furthermore, InTouch[4] has an interview from 2011 in which Clifford confirmed the sexual encounter. Their evidence confirming Clifford’s truthfulness includes corroborations by Daniels’ friend Randy Spears and her ex-husband Mike Moz. Clifford also took and passed a polygraph test at the time of the interview. According to sources familiar with the matter, InTouch will be running the unedited, 5,500-word interview they conducted with Daniels, which includes details of Trump’s performance in bed and “pillow talk,” later in the near future (cover shown below).



    The story has been covered by multiple major news publications, including Mother Jones,[5] Daily Beast,[6] and Twitter Moments.[7]

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  • 01/17/18--11:01: #LeiaChallenge
  • About

    #LeiaChallenge is a hashtag photo fad in which people attempt to recreate an image of Prince Leia Organa from the epic space opera Star Wars. In the photographs, people pose with a shroud over their nose and mouth to resemble the image of Leia.

    Origin

    The earliest known iteratin of the #LeiaChallenge was posted on January 16th, 2017 by Twitter[1] user @molly_the_tanz. She tweeted a picture of Leia next to a picture of herself making the same pose by covering her nose and mouth with a scarf and the caption “Why should Kylo Ren have all the fun with the #KyloRenchallenge? Let’s start the #LeiaChallenge.” The tweet (shown below) received more than 320 retweets and 1,600 likes in 24 hours.



    Spread

    Shortly after the first post was made, people began replying to tweet with variations on the challenge. In most cases, participants would shroud the bottom of their face with a piece of fabric, but other times, people would use other coverings, such as a baby (shown below, left).



    That evening the media outlet Uproxx[2] covered the popularity of the #LeiaChallenge. Additionally, Twitter[3] published a Moments page to archive and showcase some of the most popular entries.

    Various Examples




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  • 01/17/18--11:10: /r/Animemes
  • About

    /r/Animemes is a subreddit on Reddit devoted to making jokes and image macros related to various anime and manga television shows, video games, and characters. Since launching in 2013, the group has grown to over 77,000 members.

    History

    /r/Animemes was launched January 28th, 2013 by Redditor gaffer88.[1] As of January 2018, there are seven moderators in the group. The group’s rules indicate that all posts must be anime memes and not simply anime-related posts, such as an opening song.[2] As of January 17th, 2018, the most popular post on the subreddit is an upvote-bait post featuring a “money cat” (shown below, left). The second most-popular post by Holofan4life pokes fun at anime protagonists’ tendency to be overtly muscular, gaining over 10,000 upvotes (shown below, right).



    Related Memes

    Traps

    Lolicon

    Earth-chan

    Satania

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]/r/Animemes

    [2]/r/Animemes – Rules

    [3]/r/Animemes – The curse of the Milagro Man


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  • 01/17/18--11:46: Isopods
  • About

    Isopods are crustaceans that include various species capable of living in the ocean, freshwater and on land. Online, photographs of various species of giant isopods are frequently circulated online as examples of bizarre or disturbing-looking animals.

    Origin

    Spread

    On April 15th, 2011, a page titled “Giant Isopods” was created on Encyclopedia Dramatica.[3]

    Operation Isopod

    On September 7th, 2007, Livejournal[1] user pho999 published a post containing two image macros featuring giant isopods, including a photograph of several of the arthropods surrounding a bag of Doritos chips with the caption “We Require More Minerals” (shown below, right).



    On January 15th, 2018, a thread was submitted to the /pol/[4] board on 4chan discussing a hoax campaign named “Operation Isopod,” in which viewers were encouraged to circulate “racist memes with isopods” in order to trick major news outlets into thinking the animals were a “hate symbol” (shown below).



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Livejournal – Giant Isopods

    [2]

    [3]Encyclopedia Dramatica – Giant Isopods

    [4]Archive.is – Operation Isopods thread


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  • 01/17/18--12:13: EZ
  • About

    EZ is internet slang meaning “easy.” After being a popular text abbreviation for the word “easy” for several years, it took on a new context in online gaming when people used the abbreviation to troll their opponents by saying their victory over the opponent was easy.

    Origin

    The earliest submission of “EZ” to Urban Dictionary was posted March 10th, 2003[1] (shown below).



    Spread

    In the following years, the phrase continued to be used as a means of saying “take it easy,” as someone would say “easy” upon leaving an area. It began seeing use in online gaming in the early 2010s. One of the earliest mentions of EZ in a gaming context appeared on the League of Legends forum on October 10th, 2011, where a user inquired as to what “EZ” meant.[2]

    GG EZ / EZ Clap

    In the following years, the terms “GG EZ” and “EZ Clap” began seeing use in online gaming. The use of GG EZ, which can mean “Good Game” or “Git Gud, this game was easy” depending on the context, was considered by some League players to be “toxic” play. On July 24th, 2013, a thread about “GG EZ” was posted to /r/leagueoflegends,[3] gaining 200 upvotes. It began seeing use in shooter-game communities as well; on January 30th, 2016, an inquiry about the phrase was posted to the Steam forums for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege_.[4] On June 21st, 2016, Urban Dictionary user reportall[5] submitted a definition of GGEZ to the site (shown below).



    In August of 2017, Eurogamer[6] reported that Blizzard had filtered out “gg ez” comments in online chat by replacing the text with a number of replacement phrases provided by Blizzard, such as “I’m wrestling with some insecurity issues in my life but thank you all for playing with me,” and “It’s past my bedtime. Please don’t tell my mommy.”



    After the rise of “GG EZ,” the phrase “EZ Clap” started seeing use in essentially the same context. A thread asking about whether “GG EZ” and “EZ Clap” were considered abusive chat was posted to /r/Overwatch on December 20th, 2017.[7] The phrase is popular with Twitch streamers who play competitive online games (examples shown below).



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  • 01/17/18--12:48: Emoting Mokou
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    About

    Emoting Mokou refers to a series of images featuring Fujiwara no Mokou from the Touhou Project, created by Chinese artist 上官绯樱, in several situations alongside with Chinese and English captions. Several images from the collection have been used as reaction images on some online communities like 4chan.

    Origin

    Spread

    Various Examples

    External References

    [1]Pixiv – 上官绯樱

    [2]Pixiv – 东方-藤原妹红

    [3]Wasoru – Mokou’s sadness very big!

    [4]Desuarchive – /polska/


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  • 01/17/18--13:36: TextingStory
  • About

    TextingStory is a video writing and recording app that allows users to write original text message conversations and record them to video. The app has found a following in amateur writing circles on YouTube, where users upload and share their original stories.

    History

    TextingStory launched in the iOS and Android app stores in 2016.[3] On December 30th, 2016, the company released their first video to showcase the app. The video (shown below) displays a mock conversation using the app.[1]



    Features

    The app has three main features: writing, recording and sharing. Users can write stories in the form of text message conversations, allowing them to write correspondence to themselves. They can then record the conversation, so that each message comes in one at time. That recording can then be uploaded to various social networks, such as YouTube.



    Highlights

    TextingStory Videos

    On April 14th, 2017, the TextingStory YouTube[4] account published a story video entitled “Scary texting story!” The video (shown below) tells the story of a couple who notice a threatening stranger in their house. Within less than one year, the video has received more than 280,000 views.



    Several months later, on June 2nd, YouTuber[5] Wafflezila published a video entitled “Lockdown texting story.” The video (shown below, left) received more than 1.6 million views in less than one year.

    Later that month, a TextingStory featuring Phineas and Ferb was uploaded on June 25th by YouTuber[6] bob rodriguez. The video (shown below, right) received more than 957,000 views in less than one year.



    TextingStory has also become quite common in shipping fanfic communities, particularly surrounding Hannie. On April 18th, YouTuber[7] Bratayleyforlife posted “#hannie,” a shipping fanfic between the stars Annie LeBlanc and Hayden Summerall. As of January 2018, the video (shown below) has received more than 25,000 views.



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  • 01/17/18--17:55: inb4 mexican_nasa.mp4
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  • 01/17/18--19:37: ROLAND ORZABAL DANCE
  • ROLANDDANCEGOESWITHEVERYTHING
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pNhcDh62uk


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    Santa Ana Second Floor Car Crash refers to a vehicular accident that occurred in Santa Ana, California, in which an intoxicated driver hit a median, causing his car to go airborne and crash into the second floor of a dental office building. The resulting picture was joked about on Twitter in a similar vein as Bae Come Over jokes.

    Origin

    On January 14th, 2018, the Orange Country Fire Authority tweeted an image of a car lodged in the second floor of a dental office, gaining over 1,800 retweets and 3,500 likes.[1]



    The same day, Twitter user @KHOLMESlive tweeted video footage of the crash.




    Spread

    Shortly after the picture was posted to Twitter, users began making jokes about the image. Twitter user @livestrongfree[2] generated over 207,000 retweets and 464,000 likes quoting Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (shown below, left). Twitter user @KrangTNelson[3] did a Bae Come Over joke involving the Pee Tape and gained over 1,600 retweets and 11,000 likes (shown below, right).



    Other popular tweets using the “bae come over” joke include a tweet by @McJesse[4] that gained over 70 retweets and 580 likes (shown below, left) and a tweet by @Useronweed[5] that gained 14 retweets (shown below, right). While news outlets did not cover the spread of jokes, many publications covered the crash itself, including Uproxx,[6] the Los Angeles Times,[7] and Fox News.[8]



    Various Examples



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  • 01/16/18--08:48: Three Doors
  • About

    Three Doors is a two-pane captioned photo series in which a man in a suit strands before three doors in the first panel and kicks in door three in the second. The meme’s author labels each of the doors with door three being the least desired option in most cases.

    Origin

    The meme is the combination of two different image sources. The top image comes from the cover of the book The Lateral Lawyer: Opportunities and Pitfalls for the Law Firm Partner Switching Firms, which was published on November 7th, 2015 (shown below, left).[1] The second image is based on a Getty stock photograph of a man kicking in a door, which was taken by John Eder and submitted to Getty on September 2nd, 2005 (shown below, right).[2]



    Spread

    On January 9th, 2018, WorldStarHipHop posted a variation of The Lateral Lawyer cover on their social channels, Twitter[4] and Instagram. [5] In this version, they labeled each of the doors “Restart Life,” “$5 Billion” and “Power to Read Others Mind.” The image is captioned “Which one will you choose?” The post (shown below) received more 450 retweets, 2,100 likes and 580 comments on Twitter and 311,000 likes on Instagram in six days.



    On January 15th, 2018, Redditor[3] ScarySkeleton24 posted a meme that combines both images in the /r/dankmemes subreddit. In this version, the man is looking at three doors labeled 1. Somebody touched my Spaget, 2. Tide PODS and 3. Ugandan Knuckles. The man is label “Normies”. In the bottom panel, the man label “Normies” is shown kicking in door three, asserting that Normies love Ugandan Knuckles. Within 24 hours, the post (shown below, left) has received more than 4,400 points (92% upvoted) and 140 comments.

    Shortly after the initial post was made, more members of /r/dankmemes posted variations (examples below, center and right, respectively. The common theme within the series is “normies” infiltrating the meme community and potentially overusing specific, popular memes.


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  • 01/18/18--07:08: Nintendo Labo
  • About

    Nintendo Labo is a supplementary Nintendo product for the Nintendo Switch that consists of several pieces of cardboard that can be used to create a variety of toys, such as a piano or a fishing pole, which supplement the Switch’s controllers and pad. The player can then play games on the Switch related to the object they created with the cardboard.

    History

    On January 17th, 2018, Nintendo unveiled the Nintendo Labo via a YouTube video and a link to the product’s website.[1]



    The product was extensively profiled on The Verge[2] by writer Andrew Webster the day it was announced. Webster detailed his time with the product, and how he created an RC car and fishing rod. He also reported no significant technical issues with the product in terms of responsiveness. He also praised about the educational aspect of the product; after the various objects in Nintendo Labo are built with the cardboard, the Switch explains how they work. Webster wrote that he anticipated the product would be particularly popular with children and compared the experience to building Legos.

    A separate item for the Labo is a “robot suit” which one can wear and play a game in which one plays as a robot destroying a city. Kotaku[3] noticed that the game was reminiscent of Project Giant Robot, which Nintendo producer Shigeru Miyamoto demonstrated for the Wii U at E3 2014.

    The Labo was covered by many media outlets, including Wired,[4] Metro,[5] and USA Today.[6] It will sell for $69.99 and be released on April 20th, 2018.

    Online Reactions

    Online, users joked about the the console and expressed excitement. Twitter user @MikeDrucker uploaded a joke about how adult gamers did not understand how the product was intended for children, gaining over 13,000 retweets and 37,000 likes (shown below, left). User @akfamilyhomeak joked about Nintendo’s pattern of new products, gaining over 120 retweets and 300 likes (shown below, right).



    Additionally, memes about the announcement were created online. Twitter user Nibellion uploaded a Drakeposting parody with Miyamoto that gained over 9,000 retweets and 24,000 likes (shown below, left). Tumblr user f1ng3rs uploaded a parody of Metal Gear showing its protagonist, Snake, being excited about the box (shown below, right).



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  • 01/18/18--07:43: Women's March
  • Overview

    Women’s March refers to the collective banner responsible for a massive series of worldwide protests and political actions against the administration and policies of United States President Donald Trump. The first Women’s March, held in 2017, saw as many as 5 million people around the world participating.

    Background

    On November 9th, 2016, a Facebook[1] event page was created for a demonstration in protest of Trump’s inauguration titled “Women’s March on Washington,” during which participants plan to walk from the Lincoln Memortial to the White House on the morning of January 21st, 2017. Within two months, the event gathered upwards of 200,000 “going” RSVPs. On December 23rd, a “Women’s March on New York City” event was created, garnering more than 66,000 “going” RSVPs over the next month.[2]



    Development

    On January 12th, organizers released a policy platform for the demonstration, which addressed several issues related to social justice and reproductive rights:[2][4]

    “Our liberation is bound in each other’s. The Women’s March on Washington includes leaders of organizations and communities that have been building the foundation for social progress for generations. We welcome vibrant collaboration and honor the legacy of the movements before us – the suffragists and abolitionists, the Civil Rights Movement, the feminist movement, the American Indian Movement, Occupy Wall Street, Marriage Equality, Black Lives Matter, and more – by employing a decentralized, leader-full structure and focusing on an ambitious, fundamental and comprehensive agenda.”

    2017

    The first Womens March was held around the world on January 21st, 2017. Cities around the United States, such as New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago and more participated in the march. In Washington, D.C., more than 500,000 people participated in the march--300,000 more than originally expected. The city’s subway system counted more than one million trips that day, the most in the city’s history. Protests and demonstrations under the Women’s March banner took place in more than 600 nations around the world, including 6 Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Mexico City, Berlin and Yellowknife in Canada’s Northwest Territories.[3] While the numbers are disputed, some agencies reported that an estimated 5 million people around the world participated in the protest. The Washington Post named it “likely the largest single-day demonstration in recorded U.S. history.”



    2018

    For the one year anniversary of the Women’s March, organizers have announced that they will be doing another series of actions in protest of the Trump Administration. On January 20th, 2018, organizers will gather in Las Vegas, Nevada for Women’s March: Power to the Polls.[7] The event will the beginning of a voter registration initiative by the Womens March and its organizers. In their mission statement, the group announced their goals for the action:

    “The national voter registration tour will target swing states to register new voters, engage impacted communities, harness our collective energy to advocate for policies and candidates that reflect our values, and collaborate with our partners to elect more women and progressives candidates to office. The coordinated campaign will build upon Women’s March’s ongoing work uplifting the voices and campaigns of the nation’s most marginalized communities to create transformative social and political change.”

    In addition to the Las Vegas event, there will be marches held in more than 600 cities around the United States on the one-year anniversary of the march.[8][9]



    Related Memes

    Pussyhats

    Pussyhats are pink knit caps shaped that have two points on the top to resemble cat ears. The hats were inspired by and created for the protesters of the Womens March as a sign of solidarity for the action. Founded by Los Angeles residents Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman, the pussyhats were conceived on “the idea of creating a sea of pink hats at Women’s Marches everywhere that would make both a bold and powerful visual statement of solidarity, and also allow people who could not participate themselves – whether for medical, financial, or scheduling reasons -- a visible way to demonstrate their support for women’s rights.”[6]



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  • 01/18/18--08:44: Sex Dolls
  • Warning: This entry contains content that may be inappropriate for some users.


    About

    Sex Dolls are large, anthropomorphic toys, sometimes robotic, which are designed as a sexual partner for the purpose of masturbation. Online, the dolls have been the subject of viral videos and social media jokes.

    Online History

    On July 13th, 2007, YouTuber Elecktroboy uploaded a video titled “Japanese Sex Doll,” featuring a documentary about a Japanese man who owns nearly 100 anthropomorphic sex dolls (shown below, left). On March 13th, 2010, the crystalxu85 YouTube channel uploaded a comedy sketch in which a man attempts to inflate a blow-up sex doll (shown below, right). Within eight years, the video accumulated more than 22.4 million views and 6,600 comments.



    On July 16th, 2013, the ViralEditVideos YouTube channel uploaded a video titled “Inside the sex doll factory,” which gained over 68 million views and 10,400 comments over the next five years (shown below, left). On October 20th, 2016, Vice released an episode of the web series Slutever in which host Karley Sciortino visits a male sex doll factory (shown below, right).



    WM Dolls’ Shakira Model

    On December 27th, 2017, the blog Real Doll Addict posted a gallery of NSFW images featuring the WM Dolls’ “Shakira” model sex toy.

    On January 12th, 2018, a photograph of the doll was submitted to 4chan’s /pol/ board in a thread titled “Female Obsolescene” (shown below).[3]



    On January 14th, Twitter user @oogaisdead[2] posted two photographs of the doll with the caption “if this is what sex dolls look like in 2018 den we are so FUCKED” (shown below). Within four days, the tweet gathered more than 35,000 likes and 14,000 retweets.



    That same day, Twitter user @inutfast posted a photograph of a finger pressing a power button along with a joke about reacting to a sex robot saying “we need to talk” (shown below).

    Search Interest

    External References

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    [2]Twitter – @oogaisdead

    [3]Archive.is – /pol/ thread


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  • 01/18/18--09:10: What Happens In One Minute
  • About

    What Happens In One Minute refers to an exploitable graphic featuring four statistics about what happens over the course of one minute. The fourth panel is changed in variations to show a humorous statistic. The image trended in /r/dankmemes in January of 2018.

    Origin

    On January 17th, 2018, Redditor TheSuperFabio[1] uploaded the first post using the format. In the fourth panel, the statistic reads “France surrenders.” The post gained over 19,000 upvotes (shown below).

    Spread

    Various Examples

    Search Interest

    Unavailable

    External References


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