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  • 02/11/18--10:49: Pipo
  • About

    Pipo is one of the two dogs you can choose at the start of the game Firewatch. The word has become viral in the Spanish community and even spreading to English twitch channels.

    Origin

    On July 7ᵗʰ, 2017, famous youtuber and streamer Alexelcapo decided to stream on twitch the game Firewatch, and complete it the same day[1]. During the gameplay, one of the choices he had to make at the start of a game was choosing between two dogs, a small beagle called “Pipo”, and a German shepherd called “Atila”[2]. He decides to choose the beagle, because it was the one it made Julia, one of the characters in the game, happy. He also said that he liked the name, making fun of it by pronouncing it separately (Pi po). It soon became a meme, with him doing various jokes during the parts in the game in which they talked about Pipo, and people started spamming it on chat. After the streaming ended, the meme was almost forgotten.

    Spread

    On August 3ʳᵈ, youtube user Maskter published a video called “La Leyenda del Perro Pipo Gambino”[3], that used Alexelcapo’s voice saying “Pipo” repeatedly. which soon became famous after being discovered by fans and being tweeted by Alexelcapo[4]. At the time of writing this, the video has over one million views[3].

     

    Soon after different parodies with other songs featuring the same audio clips with different songs started appearing, which made the phrase even more famous than before.

     

    Alexelcapo’s opinion

    Alexelcapo has said in various occasions that the meme has gone overboard[5] and he has described it as “tiring and boring”[6].

    Raids

    Alexelcapo has done numerous raids to other twitch streamers, consisting in hosting them and sending most of his viewers there to spam a selected word in chat, most of the times being “Pipo”.
    Some of the streamers have even singed Maskter’s song[3] even without understanding parts of it.

     

    Search Interest

    *The searches prior to the video mostly occur due to a kids learning video game called Learn to read with Pipo

    External references

    [1]Twitter “Alexelcapo on Twitter: Creo que hoy haré un directo pasándome Firewatch entero, son unas 2 – 3h y así lo subo que lo jugué en su momento pero no lo grabé ;)

    [2]YouTube [Alexelcapo] El origen de Pipo – YouTube

    [3]YouTube The Legend of the dog Pipo Gambino Alexelcapo (Mini YTPMV) – YouTube

    [4]Twitter “Alexelcapo on Twitter: Yo…yo ya no entiendo nada…https://t.co/YLjXdziY3J

    [5]Twitter “Alexelcapo on Twitter: La gente lo spamea en todas partes. Es un meme de mi canal que se ha ido de madre……


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  • 02/11/18--14:18: Alexander O'Neal - Hearsay
  • “Hearsay” is a 1987 soul-and-R&B song by the American singer Alexander O’Neal, originating from his 1987 album of the same name. Since then, “Hearsay” has went on to be made famous by TimzUneeverse.

    Origins

    Somewhere between July and August 1987, Tabu Records released the 1987 album Hearsay by Alexander O’Neal, which featured the title song as its second track. Songs on the album aside from that track were the newly-released singles “The Lovers”, “Fake”, “Criticize”, and “Never Knew Love Like This” (a duet sung with Cherrelle).

    Expansion to Memes

    On November 18, 2017, TimzUneeverse uploaded the end credits of the final episode of the Disney XD cartoon Gravity Falls but with its instrumental track replaced by O’Neal’s song “Hearsay” (seen below). Since then, the video went on to gain over 300 views on YouTube, making it a rough start for the “Hearsay” meme.

    Timz later attempted to upload several different videos with the same song, but in forms of other memes, including “We Are Number One” from the children’s series LazyTown and “S Stands For…” from the anime Blend S, but neither of those were able to pursue a large amount of views.


    Later, on February 11, 2018, Timz tweeted the opener line from the song, “Spreadin’ on my name, all over town” to Twitter, finally proclaiming "Hearsay"’s resurgence as a meme.



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  • 02/11/18--15:15: Ted Cruz 2018
  • Reelect Ted Cruz ~ He Stands on Principle and is a true Conservative!


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  • 02/08/18--13:01: Review Bombing
  • About

    Review Bombing is the practice of leaving negative reviews on various websites en masse by groups attempting to harm the sales or popularity of various productions, most often targeting video games and films.

    Origin

    On September 8th, 2008, the tech news Ars Technica published an article titled “Gamers fight back against lackluster Spore gameplay,” which referred to a wave of negative Amazon review for the game Spore as “review-bombing.”

    Spread

    On September 23rd, 2011, the video game news site The Escapist[8] reported that the review aggregator Metacritic was banning users who gave “unreasonable zero point scores.” In 2012, the game Mass Effect 3 saw an influx of bad reviews due to the poor reception of the game’s controversial ending.

    On August 30th, 2017, the video game news site EuroGamer[5] reported that Steam users were review bombing Sonic Mania due to the game’s use of Denuvo digital rights management. On September 19th, Valve published a blog post[7] explaining how they would be addressing review bombing on their Steam platform by displaying graphs of a video game’s score over time (shown below).



    On September 21st, The Know YouTube channel posted a video discussing Valve’s respond to review bombing on Steam (shown below, left). On October 4th, YouTuber Rags uploaded a video discussing the ethics of review bombing (shown below, right).



    On December 21st, Polygon published an article reporting that Star Wars: The Last Jedi was being review bombed, which was subsequently submitted to /r/GameGhazi[6] in a post titled “The alt right is using bots to review bomb The Last Jedi.”

    Subnautica

    On February 5th, Subnautica sound designer Simon Chylinski tweeted that he had been fired from the Subnautica team (shown below, left).[2] The announcement came just two days after he received criticism over tweets posted in the past, which seemed to mock identity politics and social justice activism. The following day, Chylinski posted a tweet asking his followers to “plz stop targeting subnautica devs.”[3] On February 7th, the video game news blog GameRevolution[1] reported that the Steam page for Subnautica was being “review bombed” by supporters of Chylinski, which included a graph illustrating the surge in bad reviews (shown below, right).



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  • 02/12/18--02:43: Leaky Phil
  • Since the beginning of time, Leaky Phil has roamed the campus in Maynooth. He does not age for he does not know how to. In fact, he has looked like a baby since he was generated by a bitcoin miner and formed into a human. Since his conception, he has been pushing for the wider use of bitcoin so that he can create more of his kin.
    Phil came on dark times in 2013 when the Silk Road was shut down and his hobbies had to take a drastic change, he went from hardcore drugs to manipulating young adults to making him money by coding for him. He went from a druggy to the lord of the bitcoins in a matter of years.
    Today phil has plans to take over the world and spread his crypto plague across all the lands of the earth. This will start with his next evil creation, CAcoin.


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    Kingdom Hearts 3’s Monsters, Inc. Goofy refers to Disney character Goofy as he appears in the Disney-Pixar film Monsters, Inc. -themed level from Square Enix’s upcoming Kingdom Hearts 3. The grotesque nature of the character led to jokes online about Goofy’s appearance.

    Origin

    In the main Kingdom Hearts games, the player plays as Sora, a young boy who travels to various Disney-themed worlds with his companions Donald Duck and Goofy. In each world they visit, they are given new costumes and designs to fit the atmosphere of the world they’re in. On February 10th, 2018, the Kingdom Hearts YouTube channel uploaded a new trailer for the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts 3, which showed the cast interacting with the cast from Disney-Pixar’s Monsters Inc. (shown below).



    Spread

    Shortly after the trailer was released, Twitter users were quick to comment on Goofy’s appearance in the Monsters, Inc. world. Twitter user @SirKeyblade[1] posted screenshots of the character, saying they “loved” the design, gaining over 80 retweets and 210 likes (shown below).



    Many other Twitter users reacted differently to the Goofy design, offering jokes and commentary. User @TopherFlorence[2] tweeted that the design was the most terrifying to have ever appeared in a Final Fantasy game, gaining over 3,200 retweets (shown below, left). He then tweeted a string of jokes about the design, saying “he looks like a cartoon flu virus in a french cold medicine commercial” and “he look like four background characters from reboot had a teleporter accident.” User @aSwankyOtter[3] tweeted a “this isn’t weed” joke, gaining over 50 retweets and 110 likes (shown below, right). Jokes about Goofy’s appearance were covered by Kotaku.[4]



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  • 02/12/18--08:27: #Phobosgate
  • About

    #Phobosgate or Phobosgate refers to the ongoing campaign to trace the 2012 Wikipedia Fobos-Grunt episode to the rise of President Donald Trump administration through extensive research.

    Origin

    References to Phobosgate and the hashtag #Phobosgate began appearing on 19th July 2017.

    Spread

    It appeared on RationalWiki[1] and Wikipedia[2].


    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]rationalwiki – RationalWiki:Saloon bar/Archive278 – RationalWiki

    [2]Wikipedia – User talk:BatteryIncluded/Archive 12 – Wikipedia


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  • 02/12/18--08:37: Logan Paul Tasering Dead Rat
  • About

    Logan Paul Tasering Dead Rat refers to a series of jokes, memes and reactions to a YouTube video in which YouTuber Logan Paul shoots a dead rat with a taser.

    Origin

    On February 5th, 2018, Paul uploaded a video entitled “THEPAULSRESPOND TO THECSIFIGHT! **called out**.” At about 4:50 into the video, Logan hosts a segment called “Get These Rats.”[1] In the segment, Paul shoots a pair of dead rats with a taser. The video (shown below) received more than 9.5 million views in one week.



    Spread

    Two days later, the animal rights organization PETA2 tweeted[2] the video with the caption “When you think shooting dead rats with a taser will help your channel 🙃😡@LoganPaul -- TRUE mavericks don’t find humor in suffering & death. It’s time to stop.” The post (shown below, left) received more than 1,100 retweets and 2,500 likes in two days.

    Additionally, the organization tweeted[3] at YouTube. They said, “This sort of content has no place on @YouTube or anywhere else, as it could desensitize young people to cruelty to animals, so PETA is calling on the platform to remove it.” The tweet (shown below, center) received more than 100 retweets and 490 likes in two days.

    Responding to comments regarding the welfare of rats, PETA2 responded,[4]“All animals have the ability to suffer and feel pain in the same way that human beings do. 💔 Destroying and mocking the bodies of dead animals for shocking video content is never OK. Just imagine a person shooting a Taser at a deceased dog or cat. All animals deserve respect.” The tweet (shown below, right) received more than 4,300 retweets and 15,000 likes in 24 hours.



    On February 8th, Twitter[5] user @toontownstaff tweeted about the contradiction between Paul’s self-proclaimed respect for the dead following the backlash to his suicide forest video and this new video. The tweet (shown below) received more than 1,000 retweets and 3,600 likes in 24 hours.

    That day, Twitter[6] published a Moments page about the backlash to the video.



    Later that day, memes based on the controversy began appearing on the /r/dankememes. On February 8th, Redditor[7] Miximum Dennis posted a two-panel photoshop meme featuring Paul tasing Remy from the Pixar film Ratatoulie. The post (shown below, left received more than 100 points (92% upvoted) and 25 comments in three days.

    Two days later, on February 10th, Instagram[8] user @memepoleon posted a Daily Struggle variation with Logan Paul choosing between “Lay low and make risk free content after controversy” and “Taser dead animals and put it on YouTube.” The post (shown below, center) received more than 22,000 likes in two days.

    The following day, Redditor[9] AFriendlyUserName posted a Bae Come Overimage macro featuring a close up of Logan Paul’s face while he is running and the caption “Her: Babe come over / Him: Im busy / Her: My pet rat just died / Him:” The post (shown below, right) received more than 25,700 points (89% upvoted) and 390 comments in one day.



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    Kim Yo Jong at the 2018 Winter Olympics refers to a reaction video of Kim Jong-un’s Kim Yo Jong appearing to give United States Vice President Mike Pence the “side eye” while standing behind him at the 2018 Winder Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

    Origin

    On February 9th, 2018, Twitter user @flyosity tweeted a video clip of Kim Yo Jong standing behind Mike Pence at the “2018 Winter Olympics,” along with the message “Pence vs. Kim Jon Un’s sister is basically amazing” (shown below).




    Spread

    That day, Business Insider[8] published an article titled “Video shows Kim Jong Un’s sister throwing a look to the camera while standing behind Mike Pence.” On February 10th, 2017, Twitter user @pbump[5] tweeted “Kim Jong Un’s sister with deadly side-eye at Pence.” Meanwhile, the Washington Post[6] published an article referring to her as the “Ivanka Trump of North Korea.” Meanwhile, Twitter user @jasonelevation[7] tweeted a Distracted Boyfriend image macro depicting “American Lefties” looking longingly at a “North Korean Gulag Queen” (shown below).



    On February 10th, CNN[2] published an article titled “Kim Jong Un’s sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics.”
    That day, BuzzFeed[1] published an article criticizing those praising Kim Yo Jong titled “PSA: Kim Jong Un’s Sister Is Not Your New Fave Shade Queen. She’s A Garbage Monster.” The same day, Twitter user @Kasparov63[4] tweeted “Someone tell @CNN that they site has been hacked by the North Korean propaganda ministry.” The following day, author Michael Malice posted a tweet criticizing CNN for “being more hostile to an American citizen who made a wrestling gif than to a representative of the most evil government on earth,” referencing the #CNNBlackmail controversy (shown below).[3]



    On February 11th, The New York Times tweeted a link to an article about Kim’s appearance, saying “Without a word, only flashing smiles, Kim Jong-un’s sister outflanked Vice President Mike Pence in diplomacy” (shown below).[10] The same day, the New York Post[9] published an article titled “The perverse fawning over brutal Kim Jong Un’s sister at the Olympics.”



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  • 02/12/18--09:36: The Red
  • About

    The Red refers to jokes in the /r/surrealmemes subreddit regarding the color red as though it were a character. Jokes began in early February of 2018 when a popular post in the subreddit claimed to have used all the red pixels in the world, leading to a series of jokes based on the idea that there was a shortage in red.

    Origin

    On February 6th, 2018, Redditor hanuke[1] posted an image with a long strip of red, saying “There is only a limited number of red pixels in the world. Today, all of those pixels are here. There will be no more red today.” The post gained over 6,300 upvotes (shown below).



    Spread

    As the post grew popular, other users in the subreddit began creating jokes based off the color red. The following day, a post by TheOneThatSaysNo[2] called a car “the red one” gaining over 2,000 upvotes (shown below, left). The same day, Redditor potato_rotato[3] uploaded an image of a blue apple, saying it appeared blue because all the red in the world had been stolen, gaining over 26,000 upvotes (shown below, right).



    Another picture using an apple was posted on the 9th by Redditor RedHood000, gaining over 11,000 upvotes (shown below, left). The same day, user muffinchicken posted an image that gained over 22,000 notes (shown below, right). The influx of memes about The Red was inquired upon on /r/OutOfTheLoop[4] on February 10th. As of February 12th, the subreddit design is Red-themed.



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  • 02/12/18--09:54: Jake Paul and KSI Feud
  • Overview

    Jake Paul and KSI Feud refers to an ongoing controversy between English YouTuber gamer KSI and American YouTubers Logan and Jake Paul. Following a boxing match, KSI challenged the Paul brothers to a fight and the two parties have since exchanged words online.

    Background

    On February 3rd, 2018, YouTuber KSI won a boxing match against English YouTuber Joe Weller. After the fight, KSI said to the crowd, “If any YouTuber wants it, you can come get it. Jake Paul, Logan Paul, any of the Pauls. I don’t care.”

    The following day, KSI uploaded the fight to YouTube.[1] The video (shown below) received more than six million views in less than one week.



    Development

    The day of the fight, Jake Paul tweeted,[2]“Who is PSI and why are people tweeting me about him?” The post (shown below, left) received more than 2,400 retweets and 28,000 likes in less than one week.

    Following Paul’s tweet, KSI tweeted a photograph of Jake Paul’s Twitter profile, zooming in on the marker that says “Follows you.” He captioned the tweet “🤔🤔🤔 Boy I would drop you quicker than Disney @jakepaul.” The post (shown below, right) received more than 74,000 retweets and 308,000 likes in eight days.



    That day, Jake Paul published a video[4] entitled “KSIWANTS TO FIGHT ME.” During the video (shown below, left), Paul mocks KSI, shows some of his training and calling his father. He volunteers his father, Greg Paul, to fight KSI in a mixed martial arts match.

    The following day, KSI’s brother, YouTuber[5] ComedyShortsGamer posted a video entitedl “JAKEPAUL IS A P*SSY.” The video (shown below) received more than 1.9 million views in one week.



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    The Obamas’ Official Presidential Portraits refer to the official portraits of former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama revealed at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery on February 12th, 2018. The pictures were joked about online: Barack’s for depicting the former president in front of a leafy background, and Michelle’s for bearing little resemblance in some’s eyes to the former First Lady.

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    Peter Rabbit Allergy Bullying Controversy refers to the public backlash regarding a scene from the children’s movie Peter Rabbit in which the titular character mocks the film’s antagonist for having a food allergy. Following the film’s release, advocacy groups for people with food allergies accused the film of allergy bullying and called on people to boycott the film. The filmmakers and studio behind Peter Rabbit have since apologized for the scene.

    Background

    On February 9th, 2018, Sony Picture released the film Peter Rabbit, an adaptation of the famed literary character. In the film, Peter mocks the film’s antagonist Mr. McGregor for having a food allergy to blackberries. After realizing the allergy can incapacitate him, the Peter and his fellow rabbits attack him with the berries, sending Mr. McGregor into anaphalactic shock. To save his life, McGregor pulls out an EpiPen and injects himself.[1]

    Development

    That day, the Facebook[2] account for the Kids with Food Allergies Foundation made a post chastising the film. They wrote:

    “The new movie, Peter Rabbit, has a scene that may be disturbing to young viewers who have a food allergy. A character is intentionally attacked with his allergen, leading to anaphylaxis and the use of epinephrine. Parents should be aware of this before your children see the movie so you can talk with your child(ren) about it. The post (shown below) received more than 4,800 reactions, 2,300 comments and 12,000 shares in two days.

    "KFA believes that food allergy “jokes” are harmful to our community. During a reaction, patients require the life-saving drug epinephrine and must go to the nearest hospital for follow-up treatment. The very real fear and anxiety that people experience during an allergic reaction (often referred to as an impending sense of doom) is a serious matter. Making light of this condition hurts our members because it encourages the public not to take the risk of allergic reactions seriously, and this cavalier attitude may make them act in ways that could put an allergic person in danger."



    Read our letter to Sony Pictures and the other makers of this film:

    Dear Mr. Vinciquerra, Mr. Lawson, Mr. Panitch, Mr. Nalbandian and Ms. Belson:

    On behalf of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the more than 15 million Americans living with food allergies, I am writing with some concerns about a food allergy segment included in the “Peter Rabbit” movie. The segment featured the intentional attack of the McGregor character with the food he is allergic to – the implication being that the rabbits wanted to kill or harm McGregor with this method. The result is that McGregor experienced a severe allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis, and treated himself with his epinephrine injection. Additionally, the segment makes light of the seriousness of food allergies and suggests that food allergies are “made up for attention.”

    This isn’t the first time that Sony Pictures Animation has used food allergies as a punchline in the plot of a kids’ movie. Sony has misrepresented food allergies in “The Smurfs” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” as well.

    AAFA (www.aafa.org and www.kidswithfoodallergies.org), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1953, is the leading patient organization for people with asthma and allergies, and the oldest asthma and allergy patient group in the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 50 million Americans have allergies.i There is no cure for food allergies. Anaphylaxis is the most severe allergic reaction. Symptoms include flush; tingling of the palms of the hands, soles of the feet or lips; light-headedness, and chest-tightness. If not treated immediately, these can progress into seizures, cardiac arrhythmia, shock and respiratory distress. Anaphylaxis can result in death.

    Living with food allergy can have negative effects on the quality of life of patients and their families because they need to remain vigilant about accidental exposures.ii The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) recently examined critical issues related to food allergy, including the prevalence and severity of food allergy and its impact on affected individuals, families, and communities; and current understanding of food allergy as a disease, and in diagnostics, treatments, prevention, and public policy.iii

    During an allergic reaction, patients require the life-saving drug epinephrine and must go to the nearest hospital for follow-up treatment. The very real fear and anxiety that people experience during an allergic reaction (often referred to as an impending sense of doom) is a serious matter. Making light of this condition hurts our members because it encourages the public not to take the risk of allergic reactions seriously, and this cavalier attitude may make them act in ways that could put an allergic person in danger.

    It is extremely important that people with a food allergy avoid the food to which they are allergic, as contact with their allergen can cause a life-threatening allergic reaction. People with a severe food allergy face challenges every day. Recently, there have been distressing accounts of children using food to bully and assault children with food allergies, and some cases have resulted in death for the child with food allergies and criminal charges for the attackers.iv, v

    The federal civil rights law, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), gives people with disabilities the right to ask for changes where policies, practices or conditions leave you out or put you at a disadvantage. In 2008, the ADA changed to include more people in the definition of “disabled”. Conditions like food allergies that only show symptoms at certain times are now included. The ADA protects people with food allergies even if allergic reactions happen only when triggered.

    We would welcome the opportunity to educate your company and the cast of the movie about the realities of food allergy so that they and your viewing audience can better understand and recognize the gravity of the disease. We would like to work together to promote positive attitudes and safe environments for those with disabilities such as food allergies. We encourage you to examine your portrayal of bullying in your films geared toward a young audience. We strongly urge you to refrain from the type of programming that mocks food allergies in the future.

    We are available to discuss further. Please feel free to contact me or Melanie Carver, AAFA’s Vice President of Community Health and Services, at media@aafa.org.

    Regards,

    Kenneth Mendez
    President and CEO
    Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America


    Shortly after the post was made, more advocates for children with food allergies, as well as parents tweeted about the scene. That day, Twitter[3] user @allergyarsenal tweeted, “I will be posting more about this tomorrow. I’m enraged. I thought the new peter rabbit movie looked stupid from the previews. Had no idea they were going to mock #foodallergies. We have to move, folks. We have to make our voices heard on this.” The tweet (shown below, left) received more than 200 retweets and 595 likes in three days.

    Other users starting tweeting about the issue under the hashtag“#boycottpeterrabbit.” The following day, Twitter[4] user @thomasmcmurry tweeted, “Warning For those who have children that live with food allergies (like mine), do NOT go see the new Peter Rabbit movie. Finding “humor” in bullying by Peter & friends to an allergy friend (who then needs an Epi) is sickening. Shame on @SonyPictures #BoycottPeterRabbit” The tweet (shown below, center) received more than 400 retweets and 945 likes in two days.

    However, some reacted negatively to the backlash, implying that people were overreacting due to the content of the film. Twitter[5] user @elektra6618 responded to tweet by the Associated Press [6] about the backlash, “Oh good grief. Its a movie. About imaginary talking rabbits. Really?” The tweet (shown below, right) received more than 730 retweets and 5,000 likes in 24 hours.



    On February 10th, Change.org[7] user globalaai started a petition calling for an “Apology from Sony Pictures for irresponsible allergy bullying in Peter Rabbit Movie.” The petition garnered more than 10,000 signatures of its 15,000 signature goal in 48 hours.

    Apology

    On February 11th, Sony Pictures, the film’s studio, released a joint statement with the filmmakers, apologizing for the scene. They said that they should not have made light” of food allergies “even in a cartoonish, slapstick way.”[8] They continued to say that they “sincerely regret not being more aware and sensitive to this issue, and we truly apologize.” The said:[16]

    ""Food allergies are a serious issue. Our film should not have made light of Peter Rabbit’s archnemesis, Mr. McGregor, being allergic to blackberries, even in a cartoonish, slapstick way. We sincerely regret not being more aware and sensitive to this issue, and we truly apologize."

    Media Coverage

    Several media outlets covered the controversy, including The Washington Post,[9] The New York Times,[10] People,[11] Fox News[12] and more.

    Online Reaction

    Several threads were made about the controversy on Reddit. On February 11th, Redditor[13] Shinokao posted “[Serious] Peter Rabbit film criticised for depicting ‘allergy bullying’ | Film” in the /r/movies subreddit, where it received more than 495 points (82% upvotes) and 390 comments in 24 hours. The following day, Redditor[14] AbCzar posted about the controversy in the /r/OutOfTheLoop subreddit, garnering more than 1,100 points (90% upvoted) and 170 comments.

    On February 11th, Twitter[15] published a Moments page regarding the controversy.

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    Overview

    Harshita Arora’s Crypto Price Tracker App is a mobile iOS application released by 16-year-old developer Harshita Arora which sparked an online controversy over accusations that lied about creating the app herself.

    Background

    On January 28th, 2018, the app Crypto Price Tracker[16] was released for iOS devices. That day, teenager Harshita Arora published a blog post titled “Today I launched my first mobile app. Here’s what I learned” on the Medium site FreeCodeCamp.[1] On February 1st, Arora published an “ask me anything” (AMA) post on Reddit, in which she claimed the “main barrier” she experienced in creating the app was “having to do everything,” adding that did the entire app’s “design, development, and marketing” on her own (shown below).[7]



    On February 4th, Redditor somethingrandom134 published a post on /r/bitcoin[3] accusing Arora attempting to pass off other programmers work as her own, noting that the majority of commits for the app on GitHub were made by other people.

    Developments

    On February 5th, 2018, a blog post about the findings was published on the website Namc, which included a screenshot of Arora’s Github contribution graph compared to developer Aviral Aggarwal (shown below).[4]



    The post also included a screenshot of a text message conversation between developer Vivek Na and Arora, in which she claimed she sent Aggarwal the code to upload to GitHub (shown below, left). Additionally, the post contained an Imgur[5] link to a series of Facebook Messenger screenshots claiming to be a conversation between Arora and Na, in which Arora says she received “help of mentors” to create the app, including Aviral Aggarwal and Bhavish Balhotra.



    Online Reaction

    Shortly after, the Namc blog post reached the front page of the /r/Bitcoin,[9] /r/CringeAnarchy,[10] /r/pussypassdenied,[11] /r/programming[12] and /r/CryptoCurrency.[14]

    On February 6th, Redditor evilplushie submitted a post about the controversy to /r/KotakuInAction,[8] where it gathered more than 1,800 points (91% upvoted) and 300 comments within one week.

    Arora’s Response

    On February 5th, Arora tweeted at the company Nimbix, alleging their developer Vivek Na was “harassing a 16 y/o online” (shown below).[15]



    On February 6th, Na published a Pastebin[13] text file in which he apologized for publicizing his speculation about Arora’s app, adding that it was a “big mistake.” That day, the Namc.inc blog post was updated claiming the apology was “issued under duress.”

    News Media Coverage

    On February 9th, 2018, The Daily Beast[2] published an article titled “Reddit Terrorizes Another Teen, This Time Over the Bitcoin App She Created.” On February 11th, the Namc.inc blog post was republished after being temporarily removed, which cited The Daily Beast article as the motivation for putting the post back up. The same day, Redditor porkslow submitted the article to /r/GamerGhazi.[17]

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    [1]FreeCodeCamp – "":https://medium.freecodecamp.org/today-i-launched-my-first-mobile-app-heres-what-i-learned-6fc25c14eee6

    [2]The Daily Beast – Reddit Terrorizes Another Teen

    [3]Archive.is – Original Reddit post

    [4]Namc.in – 16 year old app developer

    [5]Imgur – chat log

    [6]Facebook – Aviral Aggarwal

    [7]Reddit – /user/entrepreneurharshita

    [8]Reddit – 16 year old female app developer

    [9]Reddit – /r/Bitcoin

    [10]Reddit – /r/CringeAnarchy

    [11]Reddit – /r/pussypassdenied

    [12]Reddit – /r/programming

    [13]Pastebin – I am the guy who originally insinuated that Harshita had not developed her iOS crypto price application

    [14]Reddit – /r/CryptoCurrency

    [15]Archive.is – Arora tweet to @Nimbix

    [16]Crypto Price Tracker – Crypto Price Tracker

    [17]Reddit – Reddit Terrorizes Another Teen This Time Over the Bitcoin App She Created


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  • 02/12/18--12:58: Subtle Facial Twitches
  • About

    Subtle Facial Twitches refers to a copypasta taken from the 2009 “Watchmen” film. The full text reads, “His subtle facial twitches wouldn’t have been noticed by the layman but to me, he might as well have been sobbing.” The copypasta grew popular on Reddit in reference to videos of people who seem to be on the verge of crying.

    Origin

    The line is spoken by Watchmen character Adrian Veidt, aka Ozymandias, in the 2009 film adaptation of the graphic novel. Referring to a scene featuring Dr. Manhattan, a generally stoic character, Veidt says, “I’ve known John long enough to see he isn’t devoid of emotion. His subtle facial twitches wouldn’t have been noticed by the layman but to me, he might as well have been sobbing.”[2]

    Spread

    The copypasta did not start spreading on Reddit until February of 2018. Prior to then, a GIF of Breaking Bad character Gus Fring was posted to Imgur with the copypasta in the title on October 20th, 2013 (shown below).[1]



    On February 9th, 2018, Redditor real_human_person[3] posted to /r/videos a video of Elon Musk appearing to be on the verge of tears in an interview with the copypasta as the title, gaining over 32,000 upvotes (shown below, left). The same day, Redditor dejvidf[4] uploaded a video to /r/videos of a black man crying with the copypasta as the title, gaining over 24,000 upvotes (shown below, right).



    This sparked several Reddit posts with the copypasta as the title. For example, an image of Dennis Reynolds from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was posted to the subreddit /r/the_dennis,[5] gaining over 90 upvotes (shown below, left). An image of Anakin Skywalker was posted to /r/PrequelMemes[6] with the copypasta on February 10th. On the 9th, an inquiry about the copypasta was posted to /r/OutOfTheLoop[7] that gained over 300 upvotes.



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    External References

    [1]Imgur – His subtle facial twitches wouldn’t have been noticed by the layman but to me, he might as well have been sobbing

    [2]IMDb – Matthew Goode: Adrian Veidt, Ozymandias

    [3]Reddit – Elon Musk Video

    [4]Reddit – Black Man Crying

    [5]/r/The_Dennis – Dennis Reynolds

    [6]/r/PrequelMemes – Anakin Skywalker

    [7]/r/OutOfTheLoop – "Why are there several posts with the title “>His subtle facial twitches wouldn’t have been noticed by the layman but to me, he might as well have been sobbing”?":https://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/7whk1t/why_are_there_several_posts_with_the_title_his/


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    Overveiw

    Donald Trump Sexual Misconduct Allegation refer to the numerous alleged instances in which United States President Donald Trump engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior toward a woman. At least 15 women have accused Trump of unwanted touching, sexual harassment and/or assault since the 1980s.

    Background

    Beginning in the 1980s, Donald Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct my numerous women. Trump would later be caught admitting to such behavior on a “hot mic,” while getting off a bus during an Access Hollywood interview, where in which he said:

    ““I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and fuck her. She was married. And I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ’I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.’ I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.

    “I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful--I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it, you can do anything. … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”


    Developments

    Janet Leeds -- 1980s

    In a 2016 New York Times[1] article, Janet Leeds alleged that in the 1980s, she sat next to Donald Trump on a plane. As the plane took off, Trump “lifted the armrest and began to touch her,” grabbing her breasts and attempting to reach under her skirt. Leeds fled to the back of the plane.

    “He was like an octopus,” she said in the interview. "His hands were everywhere. It was an assault.”[2]

    Trump spokesman Jason Miller dismissed the article as “fiction.” Trump would later say in a 2016 campaign rally, “Believe me. She would not be my first choice. That I can tell you. You don’t know. That would not be my first choice.”[3]

    Ivana Trump -- 1989

    In the 1993 unauthorized biography of Trump, his first wife Ivana Trump accused Trump of assaulting her, following a “painful scalp reduction surgery.” The book says:

    “After a painful scalp reduction surgery to remove a bald spot, Donald Trump confronted his then-wife, who had previously used the same plastic surgeon.

    " ‘Your f**] doctor has ruined me!’ Trump cried.

    “What followed was a ‘violent assault,’ according to Lost Tycoon. Donald held back Ivana’s arms and began to pull out fistfuls of hair from her scalp, as if to mirror the pain he felt from his own operation. He tore off her clothes and unzipped his pants.

    " ‘Then he jams his penis inside her for the first time in more than sixteen months. Ivana is terrified… It is a violent assault,’ Hurt writes. ‘According to versions she repeats to some of her closest confidantes, ’he raped me.’

    “Following the incident, Ivana ran upstairs, hid behind a locked door, and remained there ‘crying for the rest of night.’ When she returned to the master bedroom in the morning, he was there.

    “As she looks in horror at the ripped-out hair scattered all over the bed, he glares at her and asks with menacing casualness: ‘Does it hurt?’”

    Ahead of the books release, Ivana clarified her account in the book. She said:

    “On one occasion during 1989, Mr. Trump and I had marital relations in which he behaved very differently toward me than he had during our marriage. As a woman, I felt violated, as the love and tenderness, which he normally exhibited towards me, was absent. I referred to this as a ‘rape,’ but I do not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.”

    In a 2015 statement, Ivana denied ever making the allegation. She said,[4]“I have recently read some comments attributed to me from nearly 30 years ago at a time of very high tension during my divorce from Donald. The story is totally without merit.”

    Kristin Anderson -- 1990s

    In a 2016 Washington Post[5] article, Kristin Anderson alleged that in the 1990s, Donald Trump slid “his fingers slid under her miniskirt, moved up her inner thigh and touched her vagina through her underwear.”



    In an email statement, White House spokesperson Hope Hicks wrote, “Mr. Trump strongly denies this phony allegation by someone looking to get some free publicity. It is totally ridiculous.”

    Jill Harth -- 1992

    In a 1996 court despoitions, former business partner Jill Harth alleged that Donald Trump sexually harassed her in a meeting with her then-boyfriend George Houraney.[6] She said:

    “Donald Trump stared at me throughout that meeting. He stared at me even while George was giving his presentation. … In the middle of it he says to George, ‘Are you sleeping with her?’ Meaning me. And George looked a little shocked and he said, ‘Well, yeah.’ And he goes, ‘Well, for the weekend or what?’

    Later, on December 12th, 1992, she, Houraney and Trump went to dinner and club. At one point, Trump put his hands up Harth’s skirt and touched her crotch.[7]

    Trump has denied the allegation.



    Two Unnamed 14-Year-Old Girls

    Allegedly, in 1992, two 14-year-old girls were singing in a youth choir outside of the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. The Chicago Tribune reported the story as “Donald Trump turned up Monday for a carol sing by a youth choir outside Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel. He asked two of the girls how old they were. After they responded they were 14, Trump said, ‘Wow! Just think -- in a couple of years I’ll be dating you.”[15]



    Temple Taggart -- 1997

    Former Miss Ohio Temple Taggart has alleged that Donald Trump gave her or attempted to give her unwanted kisses on the lips while he was married to Marla Maples in 1997.[8]

    Trump has denied the allegation saying that he is reluctant to kiss strangers on the lips.

    Karena Virginia -- 1998

    In a 2016 article for Yahoo,[9] Karena Virginia said that Trump had grabbed her breast outside the 1998 U.S. Open. She said, “He then walked up to me and reached his right arm and grabbed my right arm. Then his hand touched the right inside of my breast. I was in shock. I flinched. ‘Don’t you know who I am. Don’t you know who I am,’ That’s what he said to me. I felt intimidated and I felt powerless.”

    A Trump spokesperson called the account “fictional.”

    Mindy McGillivray -- 2003

    In 2016, Mindy McGillivray told the Palm Beach Post[10] that Trump grabbed her buttocks at a 2003 event at Mar-a-lago. She said:

    “All of a sudden I felt a grab, a little nudge. I think it’s [my friend Ken Davidoff’s] camera bag, that was my first instinct. I turn around and there’s Donald. He sort of looked away quickly

    “This was a pretty good nudge. More of a grab. It was pretty close to the center of my butt. I was startled. I jumped.”

    Spokesperson Hope Hicks told NPR,[2]“There is no truth to this whatsoever.”

    Rachel Crooks -- 2005

    In 2016, Rachel Crooks, a receptionist at a firm in Trump Tower, said that in 2005 Trump kissed her on the cheek and moved toward her mouth without permission.

    The allegation was published in the same article as the one made by Jessica Leeds. To the article, Trump spokesperson Jason Miller wrote:

    “This entire article is fiction, and for the New York Times to launch a completely false, coordinated character assassination against Mr. Trump on a topic like this is dangerous. To reach back decades in an attempt to smear Mr. Trump trivializes sexual assault, and it sets a new low for where the media is willing to go in its efforts to determine this election.

    “It is absurd to think that one of the most recognizable business leaders on the planet with a strong record of empowering women in his companies would do the things alleged in this story, and for this to only become public decades later in the final month of a campaign for president should say it all.

    “Further, the Times story buries the pro-Clinton financial and social media activity on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, reinforcing that this truly is nothing more than a political attack. This is a sad day for the Times.”
    Natasha Stoynoff -- 2005

    In 2016, People[11] magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff disclosed an alleged attack made by Donald Trump upon her, while she was profiling him for a 2005 issue of People. She wrote, “We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us. I turned around, and within seconds, he was pushing me against the wall, and forcing his tongue down my throat. … I was stunned. And I was grateful when Trump’s longtime butler burst into the room a minute later, as I tried to unpin myself.”

    The day after the article published, on October 13th, 2016, Trump tweeted,[12] Why didn’t the writer of the twelve year old article in People Magazine mention the “incident” in her story. Because it did not happen!" The tweet (shown below) received more than 14,000 retweets and 39,000 likes in a year and a half.



    Jessica Drake -- 2006

    After meeting him at golf tournament in Lake Tahoe in 2006, Jessica Drakes claims that Donald Trump hugged and kissed her without permission. Following the incident, she was invited to meet with Trump a second time. She said:

    “He said Donald wanted me to come back upstairs to Donald’s suite. I indicated I did not wish to return. Then Donald called. He asked me to return to his suite and have dinner with him. He also invited me to a party; I declined. Donald then asked me, ‘What do you want? How much?’ I told him that I couldn’t because I had to return to LA for work. I said that as an excuse because I didn’t want him to continue asking me, and I didn’t want to be with him.

    “After that, I received another call from either Donald, or a male calling on his behalf, offering me $10,000. I declined again and once more gave, as an excuse, that I had to return to Los Angeles for work. I was then told Mr. Trump would allow me to use his private jet only if I accepted his private invitation.”



    In an email statement, the Trump campaign denied the allegation.[13] They wrote:

    “This story is totally false and ridiculous. The picture is one of thousands taken out of respect for people asking to have their picture taken with Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump does not know this person, does not remember this person and would have no interest in ever knowing her. This is just another attempt by the Clinton campaign to defame a candidate who just today is number one in three different polls. Anyone who would pay thugs to incite violence at a rally against American citizens, as was released on video, will stop at nothing. Just another example of the Clinton campaign trying to rig the election.”
    Summer Zervos -- 2007

    In an October 2016 press conference (shown below), former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos alleged that Trump had “aggressively” kissed her and touched her breast. Additionally, she said that Trump attempted to lead her to a bedroom. When she tried to leave, he hugged her. As she pushed him away, he began thrusting his genitals.

    Trump denied the allegation. He said, “To be clear, I never met her at a hotel or greeted her inappropriately a decade ago. That is not who I am as a person, and it is not how I’ve conducted my life.”



    Cassandra Searles -- 2013

    In a June 2016 Facebook[14] post, former Miss Washington 2013 Cassandra Searles wrote, “Do y’all remember that one time we had to do our onstage introductions, but this one guy treated us like cattle and made us do it again because we didn’t look him in the eyes? Do you also remember when he then proceeded to have us lined up so he could get a closer look at his property? Oh I forgot to mention that guy will be in the running to become the next President of the United States. I love the idea of having a misogynist as the President. #‎HeWillProbablySueMe ‬‪#‎iHaveWorseStoriesSoComeAtMeBro‬ ‪#‎Drumpf‬.”

    In the comments to the post, Searles wrote, “He probably doesn’t want me telling the story about that time he continually grabbed my ass and invited me to his hotel room.”



    Erin Burnett’s Unnamed Accuser -- 2010

    On October 7th, 2016, CNN anchor Erin Burnett reported that a friend of hers claimed that Donald Trump attempted to kiss her in 2010. During the broadcast (shown below), the exchange is described:

    “Trump took Tic Tacs, suggested I take them also. He then leaned in, catching me off guard, and kissed me almost on lips. I was really freaked out. … After (the meeting), Trump asked me to come into his office alone. Was really unsure what to do. … Figured I could handle myself. Anyway, once in his office he kept telling me how special I am and gave me his cell, asked me to call him. I ran the hell out of there.”




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  • 02/12/18--22:21: Massive Legend Here
  • MaxMoeFoe starts some of his collectible unboxing videos in his fourth YouTube channel MaxMoeFoepokemon by bursting the door open and yelling “Massive Legend Here!” Along with other comedic lines thrown in afterward before the unboxing starts. This began in August of 2017 in his video “Opening 10 Rick and Morty Mystery Mini Figures!”


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  • 02/13/18--01:38: How to eat oreo
  • About

    How to eat oreos is a viral video of an overweight woman who teaches us how to eat oreos.

    Origin

    The original video was upload on YouTube on June 7, 2013.



    Spread

    The video was known in England and the United States and on November 11, 2013 in France by the video of the Belgian youtubeur Minic88. He uses a stupid voice to represent the woman.



    This video can be inspired by the video how to eat a carrot where we see a girl who teaches us to eat a carrot.



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  • 02/13/18--07:33: You're Mom Gay
  • [W.I.P.]
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  • 02/13/18--08:06: Ohhh, That's Fucking Filthy
  • About

    Ohhh, That’s Fucking Filthy refers to a reaction image taken from a pornographic film and is used in response to incredible situations, particularly displays of athletic dominance.

    Origin

    The image is of adult film actress Sienna Day and comes from the Fake Taxi video series. The episode was uploaded December 22nd, 2014.[1]



    Spread

    The image began seeing use as a reaction image on English Twitter in early 2017, particularly in reference to Football. One of the earliest known posts to use the image was posted on February 1st, 2017 to Twitter by @Evertonology in response to a tweet by the Everton Football Club.[2]



    Various Examples

    Search Interest

    Unavailable

    External References

    [1][NSFW] Fake Taxi – How Could I Say No To This?

    [2]Twitter – @Evertonology

    https://imgur.com/gallery/4ATa5

    https://twitter.com/FootballFunnys/status/855843093630922753


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