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- 04/09/18--10:57: _Rex Manning Day
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- 04/09/18--15:24: _Goodbye High School!
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- 04/10/18--13:12: _Shiva
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- 04/11/18--09:20: _Study With Me Clip
- 04/11/18--09:42: _I am the Lizard Queen
- 04/09/18--07:25: Would You F*ck A Clone Of Yourself?
- 04/09/18--08:57: Jimmy Kimmel and Sean Hannity Feud
- 04/09/18--10:26: The Problem With Apu
- 04/09/18--10:57: Rex Manning Day
- 04/09/18--11:01: Sorry, that was a strange thing to ask
- 04/09/18--11:02: I Don't Take Normal College Graduation Photos
- 04/09/18--11:06: Birds
- 04/09/18--12:29: Teabagging
- 04/09/18--12:40: I've Been In The Hills
- 04/09/18--15:24: Goodbye High School!
- 04/10/18--07:39: Nice.
- 04/10/18--09:15: Kaiba’s Defeat
- 04/10/18--10:22: Donald Trump's Oversized Coat Photoshop
- 04/10/18--10:49: Ed Edd n Eddy Live Stream 24/7 - Ed Edd n Eddy Fullscreen 720p
- 04/10/18--11:25: You're Road
- 04/10/18--13:12: Shiva
- 04/10/18--14:17: Art Vs Artist
- 04/11/18--07:36: Mark Zuckerberg Senate Hearing
- 04/11/18--09:20: Study With Me Clip
- 04/11/18--09:42: I am the Lizard Queen
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Would You Fuck A Clone Of Yourself refers to a Buzzfeed article asking this question to its audience, as well as giving several arguments in favor and in defavor of such an act. These answers have been used in many photoshopped humoristic pictures, mainly about subcultures, to describe key characters as seen by their fandom.
The 4th of November 2015, Buzzfeed employees iexplorer, Katie Notopoulos and Ryan Broderick published an article on the Buzzfeed website, titled: “Can We Ask You A Really Weird Question?”. Meant as a joke opinion poll, the article first asks the reader: “Would you fuck a clone of yourself?”, then asks them what their “strongest feeling about clone fucking” is, letting them choose between 12 possibilities.
As of 2018, more than 240000 people have answered the poll, with the “No” side reaching 57% of the votes, and the dominant answer being: “It’d be like having sex with your twin”, with 16% of over 210000 votes.
The first occurence of the Buzzfeed article in a parody work is a post from Tumblr user Franksgun, who photoshopped pictures from a It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia scene to associate 6 of the answers from the poll to 5 of the characters. Posted the 14th of December 2015, it gained over 15000 notes in the span of 2 years.
During the April 2nd, 2018 broadcast of The Jimmy Kimmel Show, host Jimmy Kimmel joked about 2018 White House Easter Egg Roll. Towards the end of the segment, Kimmel aired a clip of First Lady Melania Trump reading a children’s book to child attendees of the event (shown below). Afterwards, he made a joke in which he appeared to imitate Trump’s accent, and then looked over to Guillermo Rodriguez, Kimmel’s on-air side kick, band member and a latino immigrant who has a thick Spanish accent, and said, ""You know what this means? You could be first lady of the United States."
The following day, Fox News commentator Sean Hannity said on his television show, "Liberal Jimmy Kimmel, making fun of the first lady of the United States and her involvement in the White House Easter Egg Roll. Assclown Kimmel. Now, I’m going to tell you something: What a disgrace. Hey, Mr. Kimmel, that’s her fifth language. How many do you speak?”
Kimmel responded by turning his attention to Hannity. On Kimmel on April 4th, the host devoted nearly five minutes to Hannity and the controversy (shown below).
On April 5th, following Kimmel’s response, Hannity began posting clips and images from Kimmel’s former Comedy Central series The Man Show. During the tweets, he referred to Kimmel as a “pervert” and began calling him "Harvey Weinstein Jr.":memes/events/harvey-weinstein-sexual-harassment-allegations, accusing him of sexual misconduct during these old comedy segments. That night he tweeted, “So @jimmykimmel (aka Harvey Weinstein jr) I’ll have much more tomorrow…… @Disney Tick Tock.. Best Sean #pervertkimmel.” The post (shown below, left) received more than 4,500 retweets, 2,700 comments and 13,000 likes in four days.
That night, Kimmel responded on Twitter, Dear @SeanHannity thx for the trip down Man Show memory lane. The idea that YOU’d call ANYONE a ‘pervert’ while slobbering over Trump, Ailes, O’Reilly and, YES, Roy Moore – who you DIDSUPPORT is, to quote a fella you love very much, ‘Sad!’ #nobodyissafefromKimmelspervertedwrath." The post (shown below, right) received more than 13,000 retweets and 73,000 likes in three days.
On April 6th, Kimmel responded to one of Hannity’s tweets by posting,“Don’t worry – just keep tweeting – you’ll get back on top! (or does Trump prefer you on bottom?) Either way, keep your chin up big fella..XO.” Within three days, the post (shown below) received more than 8,200 retweets, 7,700 comments and 54,000.
Some online accused the tweet of homophobia. The Daily Beast wrote, “Why do “progressive” comedians so readily jump to homophobic jokes when it comes to mocking conservatives? Either insinuating that they like receiving anal sex via bottoming--or any other homosexual sex act--is the surefire way to knock someone down a peg. Because insisting that they’re gay must be the ultimate insult, right? Because the insinuation that a man might want to have sex with another man is somehow funny. The act itself is comical.”
On April 8th, Kimmel apologized for the back-and-forth on Twitter. He tweeted, “While I admit I did have fun with our back and forth, after some thought, I realize that the level of vitriol from all sides (mine and me included) does nothing good for anyone and, in fact, is harmful to our country.” Within 24 hours, the post (shown below, left) received more than 9,600 retweets and 72,000 likes.
Hannity responded to the apology by stating he would respond on his television series. He tweeted, Just had this pop up. I am at a tournament with my daughter. I’ll have a full and comprehensive response tomorrow on Hannity. 9 ESTFOX." The post (shown below, right) received more than 4,300 retweets and 16,000 likes in 24 hours.
Several media outlets covered the feud, including CNN, The Daily Beast, The Washington Post, USA Today and more.
The Problem With Apu is a documentary made by comedian Hari Kondabolu about the character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon on The Simpsons, an Indian convenience store owner. While Kondabolu is a self-professed fan of The Simpsons and the influence it has had on his comedy career, his documentary argues that while the character was a rare form of South Asian representation in the early 90s, his portrayal reinforced negative racial stereotypes against South Asians. The documentary was referenced by The Simpsons several months later in a fourth-wall-breaking scene that was interpreted by some to be dismissive of the rise of so-called politically correct culture that led to the discussion surrounding the character.
In 2007, Hank Azaria, the voice actor for Apu, did an interview on Paltalk, where he described the creation of Apu. In the talk (shown below, left), Azaria jokingly said that when originally reading for the part, producers said, “Can you do an Indian voice and how offensive can you make it?” He then refers to him as a “stereotype.” Azaria has been reluctant to comment on the developing backlash to Apu. In 2015, he conceded that Apu may have contributed to bullying of South Asian-Americans but refused to appear in Kondabolu’s documentary or have a discussion with Kondabolu.
In 2012, Kondabolu performed a segment on the television series Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell about Apu, specifically the racial implications of the character (shown below, right). He described Apu and Azaria as “a white guy doing an impression of a white guy making fun of my father.”
In April 2016, a feature-length documentary starring Kondabolu about Apu and the character’s cultural significance was green-lit. The documentary talks to other Indian-American stars, Simpsons writers and viewers their thoughts on Apu and how his voice has created an unfavorable stereotype of Indians in America.
On July 27th, 2017, TruTV released the trailer for the film. As of November 2017, it has been viewed more than 120,000 times. The film was released on November 19th, 2017. Several news outlets have covered the film’s release, including The New York Times, The AV Club, NBC and more.
The film features South Asian-American comedians, including Aziz Ansari, Kal Penn, Maulik Pancholy, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Samrat Chakrabarti, Sakina Jaffrey, Aasif Mandvi and Hasan Minhaj, talking about how they were called Apu as children and asked to read lines in Apu’s voice early in their careers. Whoopi Goldberg also appeared in the film and agreed that Apu represented a type of racial minstrelsy akin to other exaggerated portrayals of people of color by white people, such as blackface.
The documentary was mostly praised by critics. The film has a score of 77/100 on Metacritic and a score of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics praised the construction of Kondabolu’s argument, though some did express frustration that the film spent too much time focused on Kondabolu’s quest to interview Azaria.
The Simpsons Response
On April 8th, 2018, The Simpsons addressed the controversy in a scene of their show. Marge Simpsons reads a book to Lisa featuring an updated version of a children’s book that has erased potentially offensive characters. After Marge asks what she should do, Lisa addresses the camera and says “Something that started decades ago that was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect.” The camera then pans to a picture of Apu.
#TheSimpsons completely toothless response to @harikondabolu#TheProblemWithApu about the racist character Apu:
"Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect… What can you do?" pic.twitter.com/Bj7qE2FXWN
— Soham (@soham_burger) April 9, 2018
The clip was interpreted by some as The Simpsons’ defense of Apu and a criticism of politically correct culture. Twitter user @TravelersDepot said the scene represented the creators saying “Meh” and not worthy of the best Simpsons writing (shown below, left). Kondabolu expressed disappointment that the only takeaway The Simpsons writers seemed to get from his documentary was that Apu was now not politically correct (shown below, right).
Rex Manning Day is a mock holiday celebrated on April 8th and based on a scene from the 1995 comedy film Empire Records, in which the character Mark (played by Ethan Embry) looks at the camera and announces that fictional recording artist Rex Manning (played by Maxwell Caulfield) would be visiting the record store where the film is set. He refers to Manning’s visit as “Rex Manning Day.” Online, people use April 8th and Rex Manning Day as day to express their appreciation and fandom for the film.
On September 22nd, 1995, the film Empire Records was released in the United States. In the film, the employees of Empire Records, spend much of the film preparing for an in-store promotional visit and album signing from Rex Manning. Before his arrival, the character Mark looks at the camera and says, “We mustn’t dwell. No, not today. We can’t. Not on Rex Manning day!”
As the film gained a cult following, people online began posting about Rex Manning Day on various websites. However, the actual date for the holiday remained inconsistent.
On February 15th, 2006, Blogspot user savejack posted an image for Rex Manning Day, featuring a picture of Manning and a note that reads, “Marsi – I love you…you’re one sexy biotch.”
Sorry that was a strange thing to ask is a memorable quote from Attack on Titan which has been used to refer to a scene from the series which has been turned into an exploitable.
I Don’t Take Normal College Graduation Photos refers to a copypasta on Twitter paired with humorous images. The copypasta is a parody of a tweet by a Turning Point USA employee who posted the text with a picture of her with a gun in her pants. The meme is employed in a similar manner to Before The Liberals Find a Reason to Deface This Statue… and The Left Loves Art.
On April 7th, 2018, Twitter user and Turning Point USA employee @BrennaSpencer posted an image of herself wearing a “Women for Trump” shirt tied to expose her midriff and a gun sticking out of her pants. She captioned the photo “I don’t take normal college graduation photos…” The tweet gained over 6,000 retweets and 52,000 likes (shown below).
Birds are two laegged winged animals in the Class Aves. As a common domestic pet, birds have long been celebrated in popular culture and online
Birb is an internet slang term to refer to birds; usually featuring birds that are exceptionally cute, humorous, and most notably smol. The first known use of the word birb in this context was on November 17th, 2012, when it was tweeted by the popular bird-themed Twitter BirdsRightsActivist. The tweet received 87 retweets and 83 favorites in three years.
On April 16th, 2014, the user teh3mo submitted a post to the subreddit /r/funny entitled “We are birb. We must dance.” featuring a GIF of a blue parakeet reacting to a stuffed parakeet. The post received 3,181 points (94% upvoted). On October 2nd, 2014, Birb was first defined in this context in Urban Dictionary; the poster defined birb as a term related to Doge and LOLcats] The birb subreddit /r/birbs was founded on December 14th, 2014, and as of November 2015 has over 10,000 subscribers. The subreddit defines birbs as “Birbs are birds that are being funny, cute, or silly in some way.” In the Steven Universe fandom, the term “birb” has become closely affiliated with the main character Pearl; whose facial features have gotten her the nickname “Bird Mom” (shown below).
Birb is in common use in social media as a way to refer to cute bird videos or posts. On Tumblr, thousands of posts have been created with the hashtag. There are 1,670 video results on Vine, and over 13,600 tagged posts on Instagram. As of November, 2015, the word birb is tweeted about 250 times per day, averaging around 7,000 uses per month.  On DeviantArt, there are over 10,000 deviations tagged with #birb.
Teabagging, also known as corpse-humping, is an internet slang term referring to the griefing practice of squatting repeatedly over a player’s corpse in an online game as a way to simulate a sexual act in which a man places his scrotum into the mouth of a sexual partner.
The term “teabagging” as a euphemism was popularized In 1998, the comedy film Pecker was released, which featured a stripper who is chastised for teabagging customers while dancing on the bar (shown below, right).
According to the blog Thought for Your Penny, the term was adopted by gamers to label the practice of squatting repeatedly over an opponent’s corpse in 2001 with the release of the shooter game Halo: Combat Evolved.
On November 10th, 2007, a character named after the griefing practice was introduced in the webseries Pure Pwnage (shown below).
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I’ve Been In the Hills refers to a lyric by rapper 21 Savage in the song “Rockstar” by Post Malone in which 21 Savage says “I’ve been in the hills fuckin’ superstars.” The lyric has been remixed in various ways in YouTube videos, such as lyrical edits that make the line “I’ve been in the hills fuckin’ dudes” and ear rape remixes.
On November 21st, 2017, Post Malone released the song “Rockstar” featuring 21 Savage. The music video for the song gained over 298 million views (shown below).
On December 4th, 2017, YouTuber Ethan Duhammer uploaded an ear rape remix of the line, gaining over 6,000 views (shown below, left). However, the lyric did not start becoming a meme until February of 2018. On February 23rd, YouTuber Rockoutvic uploaded a parody which made the lyric “I’ve been in the hills fuckin’ dudes,” gaining over 21,000 views (shown below, right).
In the following weeks, several more remixes of the line were created. The most popular video of the meme is a compilation by 18 Wheeler Memes which gained over 252,000 views (shown below, left). Another popular compilation video posted by SkyMan223 gained over 151,000 views (shown below, right).
Kaiba’s Defeat or “Yu-Gi-Oh Card Flip” refers to a exploitable templates from a duel between the characters Seto Kaiba and Yugi Moto from the anime Yu-Gi-Oh. In the meme, Kaiba confidently presents a card with text on it. Yugi counters with a card which contradicts Kaiba’s text, causing Kaiba to look shocked. Online, users have photoshopped what is written on the card for humorous effect.Read More
You’re Road refers to a clip from 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days in which a woman named Jenny admonishes her fiancé, Larry, for not eating the meal her family prepared for him in The Philippines. She tells him “You’re rude,” but with her accent, it sounds like she’s saying “You’re road.” People remixed the clip in various ways several months after the episode aired.Read More
Shiva, aka Thumbs Up Kid, is an exploitable image macro which spread on Ponychan, a My Little Pony internet board, in January of 2012.Read More