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  • 04/16/15--14:56: Boob Ribbon
  • Overview

    The Boob Ribbon, also called as “That Ribbon” (Japanese: 例の紐, Rei no Himo), refers to the peculiar character design of the character Hestia from the Anime and Light Novel series Is It Wrong To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? (also known as DanMachi). Due to the odd nature of the design, a number of discussions were spawned by fans of the series, questioning whether the design could boost cleavage in real life.

    Background

    Is It Wrong To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon first began as a series of Light Novels, beginning circulation in 2013, and later adapted into an anime by studio J.C. Staff, first airing on April 3, 2015. The series follows adventurer Bell Cranel, a young boy who attempts to explore the mysterious Dungeon, so that he can pick up girls, despite the fact it is usually him who ends up requiring assistance. He is accompanied by Hestia, a goddess in charge of watching over Bell, who is notable for her use of a blue ribbon which she hangs over her arms in an attempt to help support her breasts.



    Notable Developments

    The anime adaption of the series first started airing on April 3rd, 2015. Hestia’s unique design resulted in a large fandom following for the character shortly after the anime started airing. Within the first 3 weeks, Hestia fanart on the Japanese image sharing website Pixiv increased to more than 1,000.[1] According to Pixiv’s daily view tracker (shown below), the views peaked on April 9th, 2015, with 722,886 views. In that same period, on the online image boards Danbooru[2] and Gelbooru,[3] Hestia’s tag had surpassed 1,300 images, making up the largest quantity of the fanart for the show which contained 1,400 images.[4][5] Many of these images of Hestia prominently feature the ribbon.



    A particular scene featuring Hestia that managed to gain popularity originated from the opening scene of the second episode of the anime, featuring Hestia and Bell Cranel doing a dance while brushing their teeth (shown below). Shortly after, the single serving website hestia.dance[6] was created, featuring solely Hestia and Bell dancing to the Fairly OddParents’ song My Shiny Teeth and Me.



    Real Life Ribbon

    Following the popularity of Hestia’s Ribbon, on April 8th, 2015, various Japanese Twitter users started to test if the ribbon could boost cleavage in real life. Many however ended up disappointed by the results, saying the ribbon didn’t give the desired effect. On that date, Japanese twitter user @aiya23mt08cos[12] posted a video of her attempt to replicate the string, coming to the conclusion that the string would not work. As of April 17, the tweet has over 6,000 retweets and 4,500 favourites.


    “My boobs just won’t lift up like Hestia’s…”[10]

    “Nope, sorry, this is all I got.”[11]

    Following the usage of the ribbon by Japanese women, the developments were subsequently covered by western media as well. Western sites that covered this include Mirror[7] and Dailymail.[8] In Japan’s otaku cultural center Akihabara, stores started to sell Hestia’s ribbon or even giving them away for free.[9]



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  • 06/21/16--13:11: Thicc
  • About

    Thicc is a slang term used to describe the voluptuous, hourglass-like curvature of a woman’s hips. Online, the term has seen widespread usage as a descriptor for images of bootylicious women, in the same vein of the slang expression “dat ass”, and a popular subject of parody images featuring fictional characters from various media franchises.

    Origin

    The term “thicc,” derived from the English adjective “thick,” first came into colloquial usage among urban youths as part of the African American Vernacular English in the early 2000s. Online, the earliest known mention of the word can be found on an Angelfire-hosted webpage[15] dedicated to more than a dozen of hip hop artists of that era and created on November 4th, 2004.



    Spread

    Over the course of the next decade, the slang term continued to gain traction in American pop culture and online hip hop communities as recording artists began incorporating the term into the lyrics and titles of their songs, not to mention its usage in the comments section of porn sites. By mid-2015, “thicc” had garnered a humorous connotation as some internet users began using the word ironically on Twitter,[11]Tumblr[9] and iFunny.[12] On October 13th, 2015, Urban Dictionary user thiccbitchrivermonster submitted the earliest known definition of the word[5]



    On October 22nd, 2015, Twitter user miliondollameat shared a picture of the cartoon character Bubble Bass from Nickelodeon’s animated TV series Spongebob Squarepants with the caption describing him as “lowkey thicc.” The tweet accrued more than 3,200 retweets and 4,200 likes in the following months.[6] On November 21st, Internet blogger and music critic Anthony Fantano uploaded a video of himself making a vegan smoothie, gaining over 50,000 views in the following months.



    On January 8th, 2016, Twitter user larcenous posted a picture of himself with his head against the padding of a couch that resembles the outline of a curvy woman’s hips and the caption that reads “my girl stupid thicc.” The tweet gained over 12,400 retweets and 21,500 likes in six months.[7] On April 26th, Youtuber Pyrocynical uploaded a video titled “Thicc Souls III”, featuring MOD gameplay footage of Dark Souls III with a full-figured character, which drew close to a million views in less than two months. On April 27th, Redditor flashsasu submitted a question asking for the meaning of “thicc” to the /r/OutOfTheLoop subreddit.[10]



    T H I C K

    On 4chan’s /v/ (video games) board, the term has become associated with a comic poking fun at the BBW (Big Black Woman) lovers who would flood the weekly “Thick Thursday” porn threads with images of chubby video game characters, with the earliest archived instance dating back to November 9th, 2015.[1]



    In the following months, several characters from the comics started being used as reaction images for chubby girls, mainly one with a smiling character touching his face with both hands (shown below, left)[2] and another with an agonising character asking for the character to be “thicker” (shown below, middle),[3] being used as explotables and inspiring several variations (shown below, right).[4][13]



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  • 10/13/16--20:12: Robbie Rotten
  • About

    Robbie Rotten was the primary antagonist in the Nick Jr. children’s television series LazyTown played by the Icelandic film and stage actor Stefán Karl Stefánsson. That character is known for being a lazy man who constantly schemes to undermine the influence of the protagonists Stephanie and Sportacus.

    Origin

    In August 2004, LazyTown was first broadcast on the Nick Jr. block on the Nickelodeon television channel. In the show, Robbie is depicted as the primary antagonist, attempting to make everyone lazy so that he may have peace and quiet. He is usually able to succeed for a while, using various disguises and inventions to trick the citizens and sabotage Sportacus.



    Spread

    On May 25th, 2009, a page for Robbie Rotten was created on the LazyTown Wiki.[8] On October 8th, the Villains Wiki[9] added a page for the LazyTown character. On February 28th, 2014, the /r/RobbieRotten[1] subreddit was created for discussions about the character. On October 25th, 2016, the Robbie Rotten Memes Facebook page was created, which received more than 38,100 likes over the next year. On December 1st, CollegeHumor[10] published a listicle titled “15 Robbie Rotten Memes You’ll Want to Snatch Up With a Net.” On January 1st, 2017, /r/dankmemes moderator lets_get_hyyer revealed that Robbie Rotten had become the subreddit’s “Meme of the Year.” Prior to being archived, the announcement gained over 28,700 points (79% upvoted) and 1,100 comments.

    Stefán Stefánsson’s Illness

    In late September 2016, Icelandic news media began reporting that actor Stefan Stefánsson was “seriously ill,” and was in a hospital to remove a possibly malignant tumor. On October 10th, 2016, a GoFundMe[2] page for the actor was created, revealing he had been diagnosed with cancer. That day, two actresses who played Stefanie on LazyTown released a video asking viewers to donate to the GoFundMe page (shown below). Within one month, the page reached $75,382 of its $80,000 goal.[2]



    2017 Cancer Diagnosis

    On May 19th, 2017, Stefánsson’s wife published an update on Facebook, revealing that two new metastases were discovered in Stefánsson’s liver, suspecting that gallbladder cancer was the cause.[4] Within 72 hours, the post garnered more than 10,000 reactions and 1,700 comments. The following day, the Lazy Town Memes reposted the news along with a link to Stefánsson’s GoFundMe page (shown below).[5] On May 21st, Redditor mariobros612 submitted a screenshot of the post to /r/dankmemes,[6] where it gathered upwards of 6,500 points (95% upvoted) and 180 comments.



    Related Memes

    We Are Number One

    We Are Number One is a song that Robbie Rotten sings in the episode “Robbie’s Dream Team”. In the episode, Robbie orders three “villains” who have had no prior experience with actual villainous deeds, which sets the tone for the song. As of November 11th, 2016, the official music video has over 2.6 million views (shown below, top). Since Stefan Karl’s cancer diagnosis, this song has seen a major increase in popularity, with popular youtubers such as SiIvaGunner making parodies of it (shown below, bottom).





    Following the influx of parody videos and the unexpected success of the GoFundMe page, Stefan Karl launched an event on Facebook. He and the supporting actors in the song performed a live-reenactment of We Are Number One on December 11th, 2016. Within 5 hours, the event gained over 7.5k likes and 184,000 views.[3]



    You Are A Pirate

    You Are A Pirate is another song that Robbie sings, this time in the episode “Rottenbeard”. Robbie Rotten disguises himself as a Pirate so that he may trick the town into becoming lazy, attempting to misguide them on their journey to search for an ancient stone that would describe the town’s fate. The song’s official music video has gained over 3.9 million views as of November 14th, 2016.



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  • 01/21/16--16:27: You On Kazoo
  • About

    You On Kazoo is a video of former child actor Brett Ambler enthusiastically playing a kazoo musical instrument with other children. The video was widely circulated online after an edited version was submitted to YouTube in late August 2014.

    Origin

    On March 24th, 2011, YouTuber Jim VanBlarium uploaded a segment of the episode “You On Kazoo” from the 1989 children’s show Special Friends,[2] in which a young boy and other children play the kazoo.[1] On August 25th, 2014, the Dead VCR YouTube channel uploaded an edited version of the episode (shown below). Within two years, the video gained over 500,000 views and 2,200 comments.



    Spread

    On October 20th, 2015, Redditor mikesicle posted the “You On Kazoo!” video to /r/DeepIntoYouTube,[4] where it received more than 420 votes (99% upvoted) and 60 comments in three months.

    On October 22nd, Soundcloud user Florian Olsson uploaded a techno remix featuring audio from the video (shown below).



    On November 5th, YouTuber Grant NOT The Flash Gustin uploaded a “YouTube poop”: edit of the “You On Kazoo” video (shown below, left). On November 24th, YouTuber Gumble Dog uploaded an edited version of the kazoo video featuring a voice saying “let’s do acid” followed by techno music playing in the background (shown below, right). On January 20th, 2016, the Hood Vines Facebook[8] page reposted the video, which garnered upwards of 2 million views and 38,000 shares in the first 24 hours.



    Identity

    On October 20th, 2015, the video was reposted on /r/NotTimAndEric,[6] where Redditor grahamthefalcon linked to a current photo of Ambler (shown below, left).[5] On December 25th, Ambler responded to a tweet confirming he was the child from the video (shown below, right).



    Various Examples



    “We Want Brett”

    On August 14th, 2014, YouTuber Gumble Dog uploaded edited footage of various news brocasts followed by a clip of Ambler reacting to a group of people shouting “we want Brett” from the 1990 children’s sing along tape “Let’s Sing Along”[3] (shown below).



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  • 02/16/15--01:24: Paras Chiyo
  • About

    Paras Chiyo is a fan-made character based on a crossover between Paras, an original first-generation creature featured in Nintedo’s Pokemon universe, and Chiyo Sakura, the protagonist character from the Japanese four-pane comedy manga series Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, both of whom share similar color schemes in their appearance.

    Origin

    On August 17th, 2014, Twitter user @oshirukouji uploaded a side-by-side doppleganger image highlighting an apparent visual similiarity between Paras and Chiyo Sakura. The accompanying text roughly translates to “I cannot forgive an Otaku who calls Sakura Chiyo-chan a Paras."




    Spread

    On September 8th, 2014, Pixiv user 車 uploaded a fan art illustration of a hybrid character featuring Chiyo Sakura’s disembodied head and Paras’ claws and legs, with her iconic red hair bows replaced with the red mushrooms donned by the Pokemon creature.[2]. In the illustration, the character’s hair is drawn to form the legs of a Paras, in a similar style to that of Megurine Luka’s tentacle hair as depicted through the fan-made Vocaloid character Tako Luka.



    Beginning on August 23rd 2014, the tag ちよパラ (“Paras Chiyo”) became associated with this particular strand of crossover character fan art[3]. In addition, the volume of the tag パラス (“Paras”) also saw a spike as it became linked to fan illustrations of Chiyo Sakura without an obvious connection to the Pokemon creature.




    | Examples of works tagged as パラス (Paras) on Pixiv that do not actually contain Paras.

    On August 20th, 2014, the English-language anime news site Seventh Style[4] published an article stating “Otaku have discovered… Sakura Chiyo from Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, holds many resemblances to the Pokemon known as Paras.”

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  • 09/28/16--09:29: "Pen Pineapple Apple Pen"
  • About

    Pen Pineapple Apple Pen” (Japanese: ペンパイナッポーアッポーペン, PenPainappōAppōPen) is a music video by Piko-Taro (ピコ太郎), a stage persona of the Japanese professional comedian Kosaka Daimaoh (古坂大魔王).[1] In a similar vein to PSY’s Gangnam Style, the video widely circulated on social media after being released on YouTube in late August 2016.

    Origin

    On August 25th, 2016, the music video was released on YouTube, in which Piko-Taro is shown dancing in front of a plain white background while singing about sticking a pen inside a pineapple and an apple to form a pen-pineapple-apple-pen (shown below). Within one month, the video gained over 7.9 million views and 4,000 comments.



    Lyrics:

    I have a pen
    I have an apple
    uuh
    Apple pen!

    I have a pen
    I have a pineapple
    uuh
    Pineapple pen!

    Apple pen
    Pineapple pen
    uuh
    Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen!


    Spread

    The following month, the music video began widely circulating on Twitter and the video-sharing app Mix Channel. On September 18th, the おもしろ動画集 YouTube channel posted a compilation featuring parody versions of the music video, receiving more than 1.7 million views and 1,300 comments (shown below, left). On September 21st, YouTuber ミクチャLOVE 2 uploaded a montage including several young women performing lip dubs of the song. In one week, the video gained over 1.6 million views and 500 comments.



    On September 24th, YouTuber Chee Yee Teoh reposted the original music video, gaining upwards of 8.6 million views and 8,500 comments in four days. The following day, 9GAG reposted the original video on their Facebook page,[3] where it gathered upwards of 57 million views and 1.08 million shares in 72 hours. On September 26th, YouTuber Taylor Kazunobu posted a montage video of people lip syncing the song (shown below). The following day, YouTuber Edho Zell posted a parody version of the music video (shown below, right). Meanwhile, an image outlining the history of Piko-Taro’s comedy was submitted to 9gag.[8]



    Also on September 27, both CNN[5] and the BBC[4] published articles about the viral video and Justin Bieber tweeted that it was his “favorite video on the internet” (shown below).[6] Over the next 24 hours, the tweet gained over 75,000 likes and 43,000 retweets.



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  • 11/27/16--10:02: Get In The Bag, Nebby
  • About

    “Get In The Bag Nebby,” sometimes iterated as “Nebby, Get in the F**king Bag,” is a catchphrase used by the fans of Pokémon Sun & Moon in reference to a recurring Cosmog Pokemon-character named Nebby, who became a popular subject of Sun & Moon fan discussions for its tendency to venture out of the travel bag carried by its caretaker, Lillie.

    Origin

    The joke originates from Pokémon Sun and Moon, the first pair in the seventh-generation of the video game series released on November 18th, 2016. In the game, an assistant character named Lillie carries with her a Cosmog, a Psychic-type legendary Pokémon character whom she nicknamed Nebby, concealed in her travel bag to keep its existence under veil. However, throughout the course of the game, Nebby repeatedly manages to sneak out of the bag, which quickly becomes a recurring source of frustration for Lillie and other trainers as they try to keep Nebby’s existence a secret.



    Spread

    In the days following the release of Pokémon Sun and Moon, many players began sharing their amusement or frustration at Nebby’s frequent escapades on forums like GameFAQs, Reddit and 4chan, as encapsulated in the phrase “Get in the bag, Nebby,” as well as visual jokes mocking the poor design of the bag and its inability to keep the Pokemon contained.

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    About

    “You Could Stop At Five Or Six Stores” is a scripted line repeatedly uttered by several actors while auditioning for an unknown commercial at the Sarantos Studio of Acting.[6] The quote rose to online notoriety and became a popular subject of parodies after an edited montage reel of the audition, which consists of various actors awkwardly delivering the tagline along with other off-screen commentaries and dramatic poses, was uploaded to YouTube in 2010.

    Origin

    On May 1st, 2010, YouTuber Architect uploaded the earliest known footage from the audition reel in a video clip titled “The Billy Smith Post.” (shown below, left) On February 4th, 2014, YouTuber Josh uploaded an extended montage from the same audition (shown below, right) at the Santos Studio of Acting in Oak Park, Illinois. Since being uploaded to YouTube, the two video clips have garnered little over 200,000 views and three million views, respectively.



    Spread

    On March 19th, 2013, a YouTube playlist was made for the /r/cringe subreddit[1], showing several clips of the various auditions, with the thread gaining 76 upvotes, and on February 22nd, 2014, another thread[2] was made of the video uploaded by josh, which has gained over 3,000 upvotes. On August 3rd, 2013, BuzzFeed staff member Dave Stopera posted an article[3] on Buzzfeed about the videos, asking users who they would cast. Online, particularly Tumblr and Reddit, various images and posts relating to the clips can be found[4][5], as well as multiple discussions and requests, and comments on the videos themselves, for what the clips are about[7][8]. As of April 2016, there are over 89,000 search results for the phrase “you could stop at five or six stores or just one” on YouTube.

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  • 12/31/11--10:18: X Plays the Tambourine
  • About

    X Plays the Tambourine, also known as “Just Playing the Tambourine” (Japanese: 叩いてるだけシリーズ, Tataiteru Dake Series) in Japan, refers to a style of MAD or hand-drawn animated video that features a tambourine play in the ending movie for Japanese anime series WORKING!!, also known as Wagnaria!! in North America.[1]

    This funny moving has been set to a subject for MAD videos on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) since late 2011.

    Origin

    The visual resource for this fad comes from the ending movie for the 2nd season of Working!! that was aired from October 2011 to December. It is Yamada & Souma who are playing the tambourine on background in later part of this movie.



    Spread

    Yamada’s surreal and provocative face expression that makes viewers a bit annoying and their unexpected groovy tambourine were caught attention among some Otaku people. Yamada & Souma’s tambourine play was uploaded to NND in October 17th, 2011 (shown below, left)[2], became a laughingstock and soon set to a subject for parodies by them. Among those parodies, the video that led to a substantial increase in popularity of the series was “Suwako Plays the Tambourine” uploaded to NND in October 24th, 2011 (shown below, right).[3] This MAD video featured Suwako Moriya from Touhou Project series.



    As of January 2012, the amount of “X plays the Tambourine” videos is over 200 on NND.[4] Besides, Japanese illustrators community pixiv also has dozens of the parody illustrations tagged under this name.[5]

    Notable Examples



    Left: Gon-san | Right: Touhou Project

    Left: THE iDOLM@STER | Right: Pokemon

    External References

    Editor’s Note: Registration is needed to browse the original videos listed in this section.

    [1]Wikipedia – Working!!

    [2]Nico Nico Douga – 山田と相馬さんがタンバリンを叩いてるだけ / Posted on 10-17-2011

    [3]Nico Nico Douga – 諏訪子がタンバリンを叩いてるだけ / Posted on 10-24-2011 (deleted)

    [4]Nico Nico Douga – Search results for 叩いてるだけシリーズ

    [5]pixiv – Search results for 叩いてるだけシリーズ


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  • 10/06/14--12:12: LGBT
  • About

    LGBT, short for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, is an initialism used to refer to a loosely connected global community of non-heterosexual and non-cisgender people, as well as various supporters and organizations, who are actively involved in the advocacy of civil rights for the gender and sexual minorities. On the Internet and in the English-speaking media, the term has been used to describe the community of gender minorities, the social movement for the advancement of their civil rights and a wide range of political issues pertaining to gender equality, such as same-sex marriage, homophobia and discriminatory laws against members of the LGBT community.

    History

    Terminology

    In the mid-to-late 1980s, the initialism LGB (lesbians, gays and bisexuals) became widely adopted as the preferred alternative to the terms “gay” and “homosexuals” to emphasize the growing diversity of sexual and gender minorities. By the early 1990s, its variation LGBT had emerged as the more inclusive term in recognition of the transgender community. As the LGBT social movement continued to gain momentum during the 1990s, several variations of LGBT were coined to represent other members of gender minorities, most notably LGBTQ, which includes those who identify as queer and/or “question” their sexual identity, and LGBTI, which includes intersexual, or people who are born with “sex characteristics that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies.”

    Indiana and Arkansas Religious Freedom Restoration Acts

    Indiana and Arkansas Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (Indiana SB 101 and Arkansas SB 975) are two legislations passed in March 2015 by the state legislatures of Arkansas and Indiana. The bills became controversial due to the fact that they allow businesses and individuals to assert that their religion is a defense in discrimination lawsuits, exempting them from federal non-discrimination laws.



    The United States Supreme Court: Obergefell v. Hodges

    The U.S. Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling, formally known as Obergefell v. Hodges, was a landmark case reviewed by the United States Supreme Court in which the court determined that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Upon its ruling on June 26th, 2015, the decision effectively legalized same-sex marriage across the country.



    North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act

    On February 22nd, 2016, the city of Charlotte in North Carolina passed an ordinance prohibiting sexual orientation or preference-based discrimination in public accommodations, passenger vehicles for hire and city contractors. On March 23rd, the North Carolina State Legislature passed a bill to override non-discrimination laws that have been enacted at the municipal level, including a ban on using bathrooms of the gender not specifically written on their birth certificate. In the next few weeks, many companies, like IBM, Wells Fargo, Lowe’s, and American Airlines, issued statements publicly decrying the bill. Paypal cancelled plans to build an expansion in Charlotte, and 5 states plus the District of Columbia issued non-essential travel bans to the state. Bernie Sanders was the first 2016 presidential candidate to speak out against the law, saying that it “did not belong in America,” but he was followed by Hillary Clinton and other public figures, like Caitlyn Jenner.



    Other people reacted on Twitter in unique ways. One transgender man, James Sheffield, tweeted a selfie to the governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, showing his very male-looking appearance with the text, “It’s now the law for me to share a restroom with your wife,” which received 8,506 retweets and 9,025 likes. Comedian Cameron Esposito tweeted the sentence “You’ve already shared a bathroom with a trans person. You were fine,” which also went viral as an image macro.



    Mississippi’s Religious Liberty Accommodations Act

    On March 31st, 2016, Mississippi signed into law the House Bill 1523, which stated that people were lawfully allowed to deny service to customers based on their religious beliefs, including the belief that marriage is between a man and a woman, that “sexual relations are reserved for such a marriage,” and that gender is determined at birth. Jennifer Riley Collins, the executive director of the ACLU in Mississippi, said,

    “This is a sad day for the state of Mississippi and for the thousands of Mississippians who can now be turned away from businesses, refused marriage licenses, denied housing, essential services and needed care based on who they are. This bill flies in the face of the basic American principles of fairness, justice and equality and will not protect anyone’s religious liberty. Far from protecting anyone from ‘government discrimination’ as the bill claims, it is an attack on the citizens of our state and it will serve as the Magnolia State’s badge of shame.”

    Notable Episodes

    Chick-Fil-A Gay Marriage Controversy

    On January 4th, 2011, Metro Weekly published an article titled “Is Chick-fil-A restaurant against gay rights?”, which reported that the anti-gay marriage organization Pennsylvania Family Institute (PFI) listed American fast food restaurant chain "Chick-fil-A ":http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/chick-fil-a-gay-marriage-controversyas a co-sponsor of two marriage conferences. On January 6th, Chick-fil-A posted a statement on its official Facebook page, downplaying the company’s relationship with PFI by claiming it only provided sandwiches to the marriage seminars.



    Oreo’s Gay Pride Cookie Controversy

    On June 25th, 2012, a picture of an Oreo cookie with six layers of frosting in the colors of the rainbow flag was posted on Kraft Nabisco’s Facebook page.[1] The image was accompanied by the captions “June 25 | Pride” and “Proudly support love!” in recognition of LGBT Pride Month in the United States. The Facebook image post was instantly met by polarized opinions between supporters and critics of gay marriage, quickly escalating into a lengthy debate of more than 23,000 comments in the first 24 hours. As of December 11th, 2012, the Facebook post has accumulated more than 297,700 likes, 90,700 shares and 60,400 comments.



    Gay Waitress Tipping Controversy

    Gay Waitress Tipping Controversy refers to an online hoax involving an alleged case of discrimination toward Dayna Morales, a waitress at the Gallop Asian Bistro restaurant in Bridgewater, New Jersey, who claimed that she was denied a tip from a family she had served because of her sexual identity. However, shortly after the story spread across Facebook in late November 2013, the accused patrons stepped forward and debunked Morales’ claim with a bank statement supporting that they had actually tipped the server.



    Phil Robertson’s Homophobic Remark Controversy

    Phil Robertson’s Anti-Gay Comment, better known as The Duck Dynasty Controversy, refers to a controversial statement made by the star of the A&E reality TV series Duck Dynasty on the subject of homosexuality in a feature interview with GQ in December 2013.



    Barilla’s Anti-Gay Remark Controversy

    On September 26th, 2013, Guido Barilla, the chairman of the Italian food company Barilla Group, stated in an interview on the radio show La Zanzara that the company would not consider using gay couples in advertisements for their pasta brand because he does not agree with their lifestyles. He went on to emphasize the importance of what he considers a traditional family, stating “If gays like our pasta and our advertising, they will eat our pasta; if they don’t like that, they will eat someone else’s pasta.”



    Pat Robertson’s “Gay AIDS Ring” Controversy

    Pat Robertson’s Gay AIDS Ring refers to a video clip of the conservative Christian talk show host claiming that some in San Francisco’s gay community intentionally try to spread the HIV virus by cutting each other with special rings. The video saw a surge in popularity in late August 2013 after Robertson failed to have it removed from YouTube, resulting in the blowback phenomenon known as the Streisand effect.



    “Kill The Faggot” Video Game Controversy

    Kill The Faggot is a first-person shooter video game developed by Randall Herman that was submitted to Valve’s Steam Greenlight on May 4th, 2015. Upon its submission to Steam, the game immediately became a subject of controversy within online gaming communities due its blatantly homophobic nature.



    Kim Davis Marriage License Controversy

    Kim Davis is the county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, who became a controversial figure after refusing to issue licenses for same-sex marriages in compliance with the United States Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling in June 2015. Following a period of deliberation in the federal court, Davis was held in contempt of court and jailed before her subordinates began issuing the licenses for same-sex couples on September 3rd.



    Orlando Nightclub Shooting

    Orlando Nightclub Shooting was a mass shooting carried out by a lone gunman at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, which resulted in the deaths of at least 49 patrons and wounded 53 others on June 12th, 2016. The killing spree has been classified by the authorities as an act of domestic terrorism carried out in allegiance to the Islamic State (IS), making it the deadliest mass shooting and hate crime against LGBT community in modern United States history, as well as the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil since the September 11 attacks in 2001.



    Notable Topics

    Same-Sex Marriage

    Same-Sex Marriage refers to the ritually recognized union or legal contract between two people of the same sex. The legal recognition of same-sex marriages has been a long-running contested issue worldwide, with the first laws allowing its practice appearing in the mid-1990s.

    Transgender Bathroom Debate

    The Transgender Bathroom Debate refers to the controversial LGBT topic of discussion on whether transgender people should be legally entitled to access public bathrooms that correspond to their respective gender identities, rather than their biological sex.

    Notable Activists

    George Takei

    George Takei an American author and actor known for playing the character Hikaru Sulu in the science fiction television series Star Trek and his strong online presence in advocacy of LGBT rights.



    Neil Patrick Harris

    Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor best known for portraying the title character in the ‘80s TV series Doogie Howser, M.D. and Barney Stinson in the 2000s sitcom How I Met Your Mother. Outside of his acting career in television and musicals, Harris has garnered a large following online for his active social media presence and advocacy of LGBT rights as an openly gay actor.



    Dan Savage

    Dan Savage is an American columnist and LGBT activist who is best known for launching the “It Gets Better” project and a public shaming campaign against the former Republican senator Rick Santorum by google-bombing his last name to redefine “Santorum” as a slang term for “byproduct of anal sex.”



    Tyler Oakley

    Tyler Oakley is an American vlogger and online activist best known for his advocacy for the LGBT community and humorous commentaries on popular culture and social media. He was also a member of the YouTube channel Five Awesome Gays[1] that ran from 2008 to 2011.



    FCKH8

    FCKH8 is an online store and activist organization promoting tolerance of the LGBTQ+ community. The group has garnered attention for its celebrity endorsements, as well as criticism for commercially exploiting the movement and blatantly pandering to young adults with provocative slogans.



    Notable Campaigns

    “Fuck You” Anti-Hate Collaboration

    Fuck You Anti-hate Collaboration is a series of LGBT lipdub tributes to Lily Allen’s 2008 anti-hate single “Fuck You (Very Much).” Sung to cheerful, musical-type music, the song’s lyrics directly address racists and homophobes as generally small-minded and culturally unprincipled people. On May 4th, 2009, Australian YouTuber Steviebeebishop put a video called BIGFATGAYCOLLAB! online, which consisted of members of the international LGBT community lip dubbing to the song.



    “It Gets Better” Project

    It Gets Better Project is a social media campaign launched by American author and gay rights advocate Dan Savage in an effort to prevent suicide among LGBT youth by encouraging gay adults to spread the message that their lives will improve. Since its foundation in September 2010, the project has grown into an international movement with more than 50,000 video messages and 50 million views.



    Red Equal Sign

    Red Equal Sign is a banner image of an equality sign based on the official logo of The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest LGBT equality-rights advocacy and lobbying group in the United States. In March 2013, more than 10 million Facebook and Twitter users replaced their profile avatars with the logo in support of same-sex marriage.



    George Takei Calls Out Anti-Gay Arkansas School Board Member

    George Takei Calls Out Anti-Gay Arkansas School Board Member is a viral video featuring a public service announcement message by George Takei, a Japanese American actor best known for his supporting role as “Hikaru Sulu” in the sci-fi TV series Star Trek and political activism in advocacy of Gay rights. The message is specifically addressed to Clint McCance, a Arkansas School Board member who posted a series of highly homophobic comments on his Facebook page in response to recent the school-wide LGBT rights campaign.




    Audio (mp3 link):“You Are, A Douchebag!”

    Daniel Pierce Coming Out Video

    Daniel Pierce Coming Out Video refers to a video Daniel Pierce, a nineteen-year-old from Georgia, which was uploaded to YouTube and shows his father and stepmother abusing him after he told them he is gay. After the video went viral a crowdfunding campaign for Pierce’s living expenses gained over $100,000.



    #WeJustNeedToPee

    “We Just Need to Pee” is a hashtag campaign launched in protest of various laws aimed at preventing transgender people from entering bathrooms of genders not specified on their birth certificates.



    #TransLawHelp

    On November 9th, Twitter user @metasynthie[10] posted a message urging trans people to make sure to amend their identification documents, warning that their rights may be curtailed under Trump’s presidency and the Republican-controlled Congress (shown below). Over the following week, the tweet gained over 1,200 retweets and 700 likes.



    That same day, Twitter user @dtwps[11] posted a tweet urging lawyers willing to help trans people with their documents to use the hashtag #TransLawHelp, which gathered more than 3,600 retweets and 3,200 likes within five days (shown below). That day, others began promoting the hashtag to assist members of the trans community.



    In the coming days, the hashtags #TransLawHelp[12] and #TransCrowdFund[17] became widely used by members and advocates of LGBTQ equality to mobilize legal support and financial resources for the cause. In addition, at least two websites, Trans Relief Project[18] and TransLawHelp[19], were launched to connect volunteering attorneys with those who are in need of legal assistance in filing proper paperworks. The crowdsourced hashtag campaign was subsequently picked up by Fader,[13] Jezebel,[14] The Advocate[15] and BuzzFeed.[16]

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    “Santorum”

    Santorum is a term that has been popularly defined as “byproduct of anal sex.” It was first conceived and coined by American columnist Dan Savage and his readers in an effort to publicly shame the former Republican senator Rick Santorum for the anti-gay remarks he made during an interview with the Associated Press in April 2003. The term still remains as the top result for Santorum’s name on several search engines, including Google, Bing and Yahoo, as of September 2011.



    Coming Out Videos

    Coming Out Videos are recordings of long-time closeted lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals openly disclosing their sexual orientation and/or gender identity to others for the first time.



    Sassy Gay Friend

    Sassy Gay Friend is a YouTube series created in 2010 by the online team of the Chicago-based improv company The Second City. The series starred actor Brian Gallivan as the titular character who visits famous characters from literature and film, as well as a handful of historical figures, to give them advice from the perspective of a over-the-top stereotypical homosexual male.



    White CIS Male

    White CIS Male is a term used by feminist and LGBTQ bloggers to refer to a hetersexual white man, oftentimes in a derogatory manner. The label was initially adopted by radical advocates of gender equality and the transgender community in the social justice blogosphere in discussing what they perceive as senses of entitlement among straight white men, but over time, it has been also appropriated by some male bloggers to mock social justice warriors and the rise of radicalism in gender identity politics.



    Boyfriend Twins

    Boyfriend Twins is a single topic blog dedicated to curating photographs of male couples who resemble each other as if they were brothers. Boyfriend Twins[1] was launched on April 6th, 2014 by a Tumblr user who wishes to remain anonymous. In an interview with BuzzFeed[2], the creator said he decided to start the blog after discussing the concept with a friend, initially dubbed “doppelbangers,” in order to “start a conversation about narcissism, exhibitionism and sexuality."



    “Down With Cis”

    “Down With Cis” is an ironic slogan used either to mock cisphobia (hostility towards people who are not transgender) or transphobia (prejudice against transsexuals) on Tumblr. In April 2015, the phrase initially gained traction among the critics of cisphobic culture and social justice blogosphere after an anecdote about a cisgender individual who was allegedly ambushed by a gang of people dressed in t-shirts with the slogan began circulating on Tumblr, though it soon became a target of ridicule as the authenticity of the story was brought into question from the transgender community on the microblogging platform.



    “Die Cis Scum”

    Die Cis Scum is catchphrase used by some members of the transgender community in protest of the oppression they feel by people who identify as cisgendered, or those whose identities match the sex they were assigned at birth. The phrase can be interpreted as a response to the death threats commonly received by members of the transgender community.



    What’s In Your Pants?

    What’s In Your Pants refers to a text manipulation meme where a person tries to figure out if another person is a boy or a girl, and gets unexpected answers.



    #AskTheGays

    #AskTheGays is a satirical hashtag launched by members and advocates of the LGBT community on Twitter in response to a gaffe uttered by 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump while discussing the Orlando nightclub shooting at a campaign rally in June 2016.



    Gaymer

    Gaymer, a portmanteau of the words “gay” and “gamer,” is an umbrella term for people who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) within the video gaming community.



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  • 07/02/12--14:40: Call of Duty


  • About

    Call of Duty is a first-person shooter video game series owned by Activision and developed by Infinity Ward and Treyarch. In the series, the player assumes the role of an infantry soldier set in various settings, from World War II and Cold War to modern times and the near-future.

    History

    The first Call of Duty (shown below, left) title was released for the PC on October 29th, 2003. In the game, the player controls an infantry soldier fighting in World War II. The game also offered a limited multiplayer mode, which supported up to eight simultaneous players. Call of Duty 2 (shown below, right), released on October 25th, 2005, featured several new multiplayer game modes, including “deathmatch,” “team deathmatch,” “search & destroy,” “capture the flag” and “headquarters.”



    On November 7th, 2006, the game Call of Duty 3 (shown below, left) was released for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox and Xbox 360. The single player campaign takes place during the World War II’s Battle of Normandy with British, Canadian, Polish, American and French Resistance forces.



    Modern Warfare Series

    On November 7th, 2007, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (shown below, left) was released, which was the first of the series to contain modern equipment and many new multiplayer features. It was also the series that skyrocketed the franchise’s popularity, leading it to become Activision’s next cash cow after Guitar Hero. Following the commercial success of Modern Warfare, a sequel (shown below, right) was released on November 10th, 2009, following by a third installment on November 8th, 2011. It was from this point on that annual releases have been made in the franchise itself.



    Black Ops Series

    On November 11th, 2008, the prologue to the Black Ops series Call of Duty: World at War (shown below, left) was released, taking place during the Pacific Theater and Eastern Front of World War II. On November 9th, 2010, the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops (shown below, right) was released, in which the player controls a special forces operative during the 1960s Cold War. The game was followed by the sequel Call of Duty: Black Ops II on May 1st, 2012.



    Ghosts

    On February 7th, 2013, Activision announced that a Call of Duty game was in development for release in the fourth quarter of that year. On April 29th, a mosaic was placed on the Call of Duty website that would populate with additional tiles when users logged into the site with their Twitter or Facebook accounts, revealing the following image:



    On May 1st, 2013, a teaser trailer for the game Call of Duty: Ghosts was uploaded to YouTube (shown below, left), which garnered upwards of 11.7 million views and 42,000 comments within the first five months. On May 21st, a gameplay trailer for the game was shown at the Microsoft Xbox One conference (shown below, right).



    Reception

    On November 11th, 2011, The Telegraph[6] reported that the Call of Duty franchise had sold over 100 million copies of its various games. By March of 2012, more than 40 million monthly active players had been logged according to Wikipedia.[1] The Battlefield first-person shooter series is often compared to Call of Duty, prompting the creation of many comparison videos between the two.[1][3]



    Many YouTubers have built channels showcasing Call of Duty gameplay videos, in which they demonstrate exceptional skill, playing techniques or humorous commentary.



    Parodies

    The series has been the subject of numerous parodies on YouTube. On January 31st, 2009, YouTuber schac5 uploaded a Call of Duty parody by the sketch comedy group The Whitest Kids You Know (shown below, left), gaining over 6.5 million views and 9,900 comments in the next five years. On May 10th, 2010, YouTuber Moozipan Cheese uploaded a video listing 100 criticisms of the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (shown below, right). In the following four years, the video garnered more than 1.95 million views and 15,000 comments.



    On January 13th, 2011, YouTuber TryHardNinja uploaded a Call of Duty: Black Ops version of the song “Grenade” by Bruno Mars (shown below, left), which gathered upwards of 6.67 million views and 19,700 comments in the next three years. On December 16th, 2012, YouTuber ilhugueny uploaded an animated tribute to Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, featuring a parody of the song “Gangnam Style” by the Korean pop star Psy. As of October 2013, there are over 490,000 search results for the keywords “call of duty” and “parody” on YouTube.[7]



    Related Memes

    Noob Tube

    “Noob Tube” is an Internet slang term used in various first person shooter games to refer to the attachment of an under slung grenade launcher to assault rifles. When Call of Duty was released in November of 2007, the under slung grenade launcher attachment was labeled a “noob tube.”



    Ramirez, Do Everything!

    “Ramirez, Do Everything!” is a catchphrase and image macro series referencing a character from the first-person shooter video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Image macros typically feature a centered picture of Sergeant Foley, a non-playable character in the game, with the word “RAMIREZ!” on the top line, and an order of some kind on the bottom line.



    Tango Sucka

    “Tango Sucka” is a catchphrase that originates from the unknown Arab OpFor faction in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. It used in place of the more common “Tango Down” to indicate a destroyed hostile but in a more condescending tone.



    Call of Duty Dog

    The Call of Duty Dog is the nickname given to Riley, a German Shepherd character who was featured in the official trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts during Microsoft’s Xbox One conference in May 2013, which went viral due to the strange, yet simple, addition and adding something unusual to the ridiculed reveal.



    #XboxOrWeRiot

    #XboxOrWeRiot is a Twitter hashtag that was launched on June 16th, 2015 in retaliation against a marketing exclusivity deal between Sony and Activision for Black Ops 3 and future CoD titles on the PlayStation 4 and a switch to the console for competitive gaming for the series in hopes that the deal would be canceled.



    Infinite Warfare reveal trailer

    On May 2nd, 2016, the reveal trailer for Infinite Warfare was released and was met with overwhelmingly negative reception by the gaming community. In less than five days after it was first uploaded, the trailer has accumulated over one million dislikes and is currently the 2nd most disliked video on YouTube at over three million dislikes.



    (work in progress)

    CheyTac Intervention

    The Intervention was a sniper rifle that made an appearance in the Call of Duty titles Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty Online. Due to its major presence in the Major League Gaming scene, the gun has been featured in numerous Montage Parodies.



    Underage Presence

    Though it has predated Call of Duty’s current popularity in other FPS’s, the franchise was also infamously known for the amount of young children playing the game, often with microphones and foul mouths.



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  • 10/04/14--14:31: 69
  • About

    69 is a number used to refer to a sex position due to the number looking like two people having mutual oral sex.

    Origin

    Sometime during the 1790’s, people had started practicing this position.[1] Soon after the position became known, the term soixante-neuf (French for sixty-nine, hence the number) was given to it. The earliest known use appeared in Whore’s Catechisms in France. The Kama Sutra refers to the position as “The Congress of a Crow.”

    Spread

    The term began appearing in American pop culture in the mid-late 20th century. Notably, two pop songs in particular use the number to refer to the sex position. The first, “She Blew My Mind (69 Times),” was composed by R&B singer Rick James in 1982.[2] The chorus of the song goes “She blew my mind 69 times,” a reference to “blowing” being slang for oral sex and the number being a reference to the position (shown below, left). The other, more controversially, is Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69,” composed in 1984 (shown below, right). While his co-writer, Jim Vallance, denies rumors that the song is a reference to the sex position, Adams explicitly states it is about the sex position in an interview cited by Uproxx.[3]

    I think [“Summer of ’69” is] timeless because it’s about making love in the summertime. There is a slight misconception it’s about a year, but it’s not. “69” has nothing to do about a year, it has to do with a sexual position…At the end of the song, the lyric says that it’s me and my baby in a 69. You’d have to be pretty thick in the ears if you couldn’t get that lyric.



    On December 8th, 2003, Urban Dictionary user starflier[4] uploaded the popularly understood definition of the number, gaining over 20,600 upvotes in fourteen years.



    Nice

    Online, it is a popular practice to reply to every post with the number in it, regardless of context, with “nice.” In June of 2017, The Daily Dot[5] published an extensive history of the practice. According to the research, the words “69” and “nice” began to be commonly associated together in the summer of 2008 (examples shown below).



    The Daily Dot notes that the practice of saying “Nice” after 69 likely originates from an episode of South Park called “Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy” in which the cops respond to claims that a female teacher is having sex with a male toddler with, “Nice.”



    Popular early examples of “69” being associated with “Nice” came in 2009 with regards to sporting events. For example, during a football game, commentator Al Michaels mentioned how Vikings defender Jared Allen was harassing quarterback Kurt Warner by saying “Sooner or later, #69 will be in your face.” Twitter user Playstub replied to the quote with “Nice” (shown below).



    In the following years, it would become practice to mass-reply to any tweet with the number in it, regardless of context, with nice. For example, when Barack Obama tweeted that 69% of Americans wanted hearings for his Supreme Court nominee pick Merrick Garland on May 13th, 2016,[6] the primary response was “nice” (shown below).



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  • 02/01/17--10:50: Kekistan
  • About

    Kekistan is a fictional country invented by users on 4chan’s /pol/ board as the tongue-in-cheek ethnic origin of “shitposters” known as “Kekistanis” who worship the ancient Egyptian diety Kek. In late January 2017, Kekistan began widely circulating on Twitter following its promotion by YouTuber Sargon of Akkad.

    Origin

    On 4chan, the name “Kekistan” has been suggested for various imaginary geographic locations many times since as early as December 2015, when a flag with the filename “kekistan.jpg” was submitted to the /int/ (international) board.[7] On December 14th, 2016, a thread regarding buying an island in the Caribbean was submitted to /pol/, to which several users suggested the land be named “Kekistan” (shown below).[6]



    On January 30th, 2017, YouTuber Sargon_of_Akkad tweeted that “shitposters meet the British govs criteria of an ethnicity,” claiming he would register the group on the British census (shown below, left).[9] After asking followers what the ethnicity should be named, he settled on “Kekistani,” describing the fictional group as a “disparate and dispossessed people” (shown below, right).[10][11]



    Spread

    That day, the Republic of Kekistan Twitter[1] feed was launched, declaring itself “the official Twitter account of the Kekistani Republic.” Within 48 hours, the feed gained over 5,000 followers. Meanwhile, the site Kekistan.com[5] was launched, including a “Kek manifesto” (shown below).



    Meanwhile, other Twitter users began tweeting the hashtag #FreeKekistan[3] along with jokes denouncing normies and professing their pride in shitposting (shown below).



    The following day, YouTuber The New Memedia uploaded the song “Shadilay” under the titled “The National Anthem of Kekistan” (shown below). Meanwhile, the /r/kekistan[4] subreddit was launched, with the description “There is only one God (Kek) and Pepe is his prophet.” On February 1st, a page for “Kekistan” was created on Encyclopedia Dramatica.[8]



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    [1]Twitter – @RepublicOfKek

    [2]Twitter – @LeFloatingGhost

    [3]Twitter – #FreeKekistan

    [4]Reddit – /r/kekistan

    [5]Kekistan.com – Kekistan

    [6]Yuki.la – ITT we buy an island in the carribean

    [7]4archive – exist for a thousand years

    [8]Encyclopedia Dramatica – Kekistan

    [9]Twitter – @Sargon_of_Akkad

    [10]Twitter – @Sargon_of_Akkad

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  • 09/16/16--09:28: Cult of Kek
  • About

    The Cult of Kek, also known as the Church of Kek, is a satirical religion based around the worship of the ancient Egyptian deity Kek[4] (also spelled Kuk or Keku), an androgynous God of darkness and chaos who is often depicted as a frog or frog-headed man in male form or a snake-headed woman in female form. On 4chan, the character Pepe the Frog is often considered a modern avatar of the diety, who uses ancient Egyptian meme magic to influence the world, often by fulfilling the wishes of posts that end in repeating numbers. Additionally, the deity is associated with the popular 4chan slang term “Kek”, and is often embraced by supporters of 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Practitioners are known to frequently write “praise Kek,” and jokingly refer to the church as a “religion of peace.”

    Origin

    On November 27th, 2015, a 4chan user submitted a post about the Egyptian deity to the /his/ (History) board on 4chan, featuring a depiction of the god as a frog-headed man (shown below).[10]



    Spread

    On March 11th, 2016, Redditor river_of_karma submitted an image macro associating Pepe the Frog, Donald Trump and “memetic magic” with the ancient Egyptian deity to /r/pepethefrog[2] (shown below).



    On June 4th, a “Kek worship general” thread was created on the /trash/ (off-topic) board on 4chan.[8] On June 25th, an anonymous 4chan user submitted a post to the /r9k/ (Robot 9000) board asking if viewers had “accepted lord Kek, ancient Egyptian god of darkness, into their lives?” (shown below).[5]



    In /pol/’s kek mythos, posts ending in sevens hold more weight than others, as seven is considered a lucky and/or holy number in many cultures, which increases in value for dubs and trips. Similarly, three sixes (666, the Number of the Beast) are considered to represent Satan and evilness. This received one of its highest points on June 19th, 2016, when a post reading “Trump will win” managed to get the 77777777 GET (shown below).



    On August 5th, YouTuber Ganzorf uploaded a video titled “Who is Kek? – The Dark God Rising,” which discussed the Cult of Kek.[11] On September 12th, an anonymous 4chan user submitted a thread associating the Church of Kek with black magic (shown below).[1]



    On September 14th, Redditor alexmikli submitted a post titled “TIL of the Gyptian god Kek, a god of chaos and nighttime who was represented by a frog” to the /r/TIL[3] subreddit, where it gathered upwards of 1,200 votes (93% upvoted) and 100 comments within 48 hours. The following day, a parody of the Clinton campaign blog post referring to Pepe the Frog as a “symbol associated with white nationalism” was created, which discussed the Kek deity and its relationship with “meme magic” (shown below). Also on September 15th, The Cult of KEK Facebook[6] page was launched.



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  • 09/09/09--16:30: Gaston
  • About

    Gaston is the primary antagonist in the 1991 Disney animated musical fantasy film Beauty and the Beast, who is known for being an arrogant, male chauvinist and egotistical hunter. Online, he has appeared in numerous remix and YouTube poop videos, most notably featuring a scene in which local villagers sing the song “Gaston” in praise of the character.

    Origin

    On November 22nd, 1991, Beauty and the Beast was released at theaters within the United States. In the film, the character Gaston is introduced as a town hero and accomplished hunter, who becomes a ruthless traitor after being rejected by the protagonist Belle. In the film, Gaston’s friends and local villagers sing the song “Gaston” to cheer him up after his marriage proposal is rejected by Belle (shown below).



    Spread

    On July 12th, 2008, an entry for the character was created on the Disney Wiki.[2] On November 27th, YouTuber mrsimon uploaded a YouTube poop remix using the “Gaston” song scene (shown below, left). On June 26th, 2010, YouTuber EnigmaEvocative uploaded a remix of the “Gaston” song, which gathered upwards of 1.8 million views and 4,200 comments within seven years (shown below, right).



    On October 30th, 2016, Redditor Lichzim submitted a post claiming that “Gaston memes” were “on the rise” to /r/MemeEconomy.[3] On December 3rd, YouTuber Fresh Memes For Your Health uploaded a “Replacement Remix”: titled “Gaston but all the rhymes are switched” (shown below, left). On January 5th, 2017, YouTuber Emilio The Burrito released a remix titled “Gaston, but every time someone says Gaston, he eats 4 dozen eggs” (shown below, right).



    On January 11th, YouTuber Friendly Fingers posted an edited version of the video which speeds up by 5% with every mention of “Gaston” (shown below, left). The following day, Friendly Fingers uploaded another remix titled “Gaston but every time they say Gaston the frames trail even more” (shown below, right).



    On March 17th, 2017, Smosh[4] published a listicle titled “22 of Tumblr’s Most Important Thoughts on Disney’s Best Villain, Gaston.” On March 22nd, the Observer[1] published a PowerPoint presentation titled “Why Belle Should Have Chosen Gaston” by author Dana Schwartz, which contained a collection of slides arguing that Gaston would have been a better mate choice for Belle in the Disney film.



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    Gaston Reads X

    Gaston Reads X is an exploitable screen-captured image of Gaston reading a book while Bella watches. While initially appearing in a Demotivational Poster on DeviantArt, photoshopped variations of the image subsequently circulated within various web communities online.



    Tropical Storm Gaston

    In late August 2016, the Tropical Storm Gaston began traveling across the Atlantic toward the United States East Coast, leading various Twitter users to post jokes about the storm personified as the Beauty and the Beast antagonist (shown below).[5]



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    About

    “How Do You Do, Fellow Kids?” is a reaction image commonly used to respond to users pretending to be part of a community that they are clearly unfamiliar with. The image features the actor Steve Buscemi dressed youthfully and holding a skateboard, and is usually subtitled with the tag line. The image is often photoshopped to adapt to a particular subculture, and the phrase is often used in conversation without the image.

    Origin

    On February 16th, 2012, the 30 Rock episode “The Tuxedo Begins” (season six, episode 8). In the show, actor Steve Buscemi plays Lenny Wosniak, a private detective hired as a strike buster.[1]

    In a scene where Wosniak is describing his prior investigations, he flashes back to a scene where he believes he successfully masqueraded as a high school student, parodying the TV show 21 Jump Street.[12] Buscemi, a 55-year-old at the time the episode aired, approaches a group of high school teens dress as a “one of them.” However, his grizzled appearance in contrast with his silly approximation of high school attire, which includes a backwards hat, a skateboard worn over his shoulder and a t-shirt that reads “Music Band” in the style of the classic AC/DC logo, is indicative of his poor and obvious disguise. As he approaches, he says, “How do you do, fellow teens?” The catchphrase has since come to represent all egregious attempts at appealing to subcultures.



    Spread

    A subtitled screen capture first began to appear online in spring of 2012, just as 30 Rock was about to air its last episode, because the moment was featured on many viewer’s lists of best jokes from the show.[2] From there, it spread as a reaction image.

    On October 11th, 2012, We Know Memes posted the image, where it has since been shared more than 22,000 times.[]

    The phrase is in frequent use on 4chan, where, for example it has 57 uses on the /v/, or video games, board.[4] The gif is more popular on Tumblr, and there are four separate blogs titled “How do you do, fellow kids.”[5] Several versions of the gif and image have more than 100,000 views on Imgur.[6]

    On several web sites, including RedBubble and Skreened, the t-shirt Buscemi wears in the scene is available for sale.[7]

    On August 2nd, 2014, Redditors three_am, dillonfbecker and Urplescurple[8] launched the subreddit /r/FellowKids. The subreddit is used to share examples of people or corporations trying to “be cool” and “blend in” with youth culture, often expressed through overuse of internet slang or emoji (examples below).[3] Within three years, the subreddit has garnered more than 194,000 subscribers.



    On May 26th, 2016, Redditor bosoxdanc[10] posted a Bagel Bites-sponsored Facebook post to /r/FellowKids featuring an elderly man dressed as Steve Buscemi from the 30 Rock episode (shown below). The post, which read “God, this is really meta… and I like it,” received more than 27,000 points (90% upvoted) and 200 comments. On Imgur, the post received more than 6,000 points and 1.6 million views.



    One year later, on June 13th, 2017, the Verge[11] published an article on the meme, asserting that it had become the very thing it originally mocked, a ploy for people posturing in subcultures. Writer Kaitlyn Tiffany says:

    “According to my life experience, and to Google’s data, ‘How do you do, fellow kids?’ is more popular now than it was when the show it referenced was still a Thursday night staple for a national television audience that had so far seen only two Netflix original series and had never heard the phrase ‘peak TV.’ It is out of touch, out of date, and totally out of place in its current context. A meme of a meme, a monster that will kill me.

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  • 10/13/16--20:01: Trebuchets
  • About

    Trebuchets are large mobile weapons that can launch projectiles similar to cannons and catapults, but whereas cannons and catapults use explosive power and tension respectively to launch projectiles, trebuchets use a falling weight to launch its projectiles, similar to a lever simple machine. Trebuchets became more prominent online after the /r/Me_Irl Meme Renaissance, where memes were created at an accelerated pace. Typically, trebuchet memes are inserted into various other templates and often feature references to how trebuchets can “launch 90kg projectiles over 300 meters.”

    Origin

    Trebuchets first appeared in China during the 4th century CE.[1] Trebuchet memes began appearing online in early 2015. On February 6th, 2015, Facebook page Duchy of Burgundyball[2] uploaded the first of many trebuchet memes that would be uploaded to the page. The post, shown below, gained 139 likes.



    Spread

    The page continued to post trebuchet memes along with other historical memes such as Deus Vult. On December 7th, 2015, the subreddit /r/trebuchetmemes[3] was created by hildy77. As of July 18th, 2017, the subreddit has grown to over 62,000 subscribers. A common joke used with trebuchet memes references how trebuchets can “launch 90kg projectiles over 300 meters” (examples shown below). On February 18th, 2016, a Facebook page[7] devoted to Trebuchet memes was created.



    me_irl Renaissance

    Trebuchet memes spiked during the /r/me_irl Meme Renaissance in October of 2016, a period in which several memes experienced accelerated life-cycles. The surge coincided with a post on /r/todayilearned[4] on October 7th, 2016 about how King Edward I of England built the largest trebuchet to lay siege to a Scottish castle. The post gained over 9,600 points. This also led /r/Trebuchetmemes to trend on Reddit, leading to a post on /r/OutOfTheLoop[5] investigating the origins of Trebuchet memes. In November of 2016, a Twitter account[6] devoted to Trebuchet Memes was created. The sudden surge in popularity of trebuchet memes was covered by Daily Dot[8] and Select All[9] the same month.

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  • 08/04/09--13:43: JK Wedding Entrance Dance
  • About

    JK Wedding Entrance Dance refers to a homemade movie of the then-newlyweds Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz dancing down the aisle with ushers, groomsmen and bridesmaids during their wedding ceremony in July 2009. The video went viral almost immediately after it was uploaded onto YouTube and gained over 16 million views in the first month, as well as inspiring many other choreographed wedding entrance videos.

    Origin

    The wedding ceremony of Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz took place at Christ Lutheran Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota on June 2nd, 2009. The video opens with ushers closing the church door to mark the beginning of the ceremony, then Chris Brown’s 2009 single “Forever” suddenly begins to play. To the pleasant surprise of the audience, what follows is a charming parade of the ushers, groomsmen and bridesmaid dancing down the aisle, which gradually builds up to the entrance and union of the groom Kevin Heinz and the bride Jill Peterson.



    According to the bride, the group practiced the choreography for an hour and a half before the wedding. The video was recorded by Tommy Alsop and uploaded via YouTube more than a month later on July 19th, at the request of the bride’s father who wanted to share the video with relatives who couldn’t come to the wedding. Within the first 48 hours of upload, the video accrued more than 3.5 million views and quickly spread across the blogosphere and mainstream news outlets. As of July 2012, the video has accumulated more than 76 million views.

    Spread

    The JK Wedding Entrance Dance video--including its 100 duplicate uploads--amassed more than 10 million views in its first week and the news of the latest mega-viral video quickly spread across the blogosphere, as well as mainstream news outlets. In the following week, the couple made guest appearances on morning time network programs NBC’s Today Show and ABC’s Good Morning America to discuss the viral fame of their wedding video.



    On July 30th, the couple launched the official website for their viral wedding video at JKWeddingDance.com. That same day, YouTube’s Technical Account Manager Chris LaRosa released an analysis report of the wedding video on Google’s official blog, which explained how the video’s popularity has influenced the records sale and YouTube channel views of the R&B artist Chris Brown, whose song “Forever” was used for the choreography.



    The click-through rate (CTR) on the “JK Wedding Entrance” video is 2x the average of other Click-to-Buy overlays on the site. And this newfound interest in downloading “Forever” goes beyond the viral video itself: “JK Wedding Entrance” also appears to have influenced the official “Forever” music video, which saw its Click-to-Buy CTR increase by 2.5x in the last week.

    In addition, LaRosa also noted the significance of Chris Brown’s 2008 single “Forever” soaring up to #4 on the iTunes singles chart and #3 on Amazon’s best selling MP3 list nearly a year after its release. The monetization of JK Wedding Dance video’s viral success was subsequently covered by various tech news blogs like BoingBoing and Wired, as well as business news sites Wall Street Journal and International Business Times. In 2010, TIME magazine ranked the video at number fifteen on its list of the fifty greatest YouTube videos.

    Notable Examples

    The JK Wedding Entrance dance has since inspired dozens of parody videos, some of the most notable examples being JK Divorce Entrance Dance (shown below, top left) and T-Mobile’s re-enactment of the original entrance dance (shown below, top right) with look-a-likes of the British royal family to commemorate the marriage of Prince William and Princess Kate in April 2011.



    Search Interest

    Although the original video has continued to accrue tens of millions of views, search query volume for the terms “JK Wedding Entrance Dance” and “Wedding Entrance Dance” have largely subsided.

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  • 07/09/15--10:42: Wojak / Feels Guy


  • About

    Feels Guy, also known as Wojak, is an MS Paint illustration of a bald man with a sad expression on his face. It is often used as a reaction image to represent feelings such as melancholy, regret or loneliness.

    Origin

    According to “ask me anything” (AMA) thread on Reddit[2] by a user claiming to be Krautchan user Wojak, the bald man illustration was originally discovered on the imageboard vichan with the filename “twarz.jpg.” The image was subsequently popularized as a reaction image after Wojak submitted it to the German language image board Krautchan in May 2010. Soon after, the picture became known as “Wojak’s face” and “ciepła twarz” (“warm face”). The image spread to other international image boards, including the Italian Pastachan[3] and the Russian Dobrochan.

    Spread

    On February 2nd, Redditor Voyack submitted an AMA to the /r/datfeel[2] subreddit, claiming to be Wojack from Krautchan. On October 3rd, 2013, the news site Bustle[6] published an article about the origins of the Feels Guy. On November 19th, a Facebook[8] page titled “Feels Guy” was launched, which gained over 6,400 likes in the next two years. On May 22nd, YouTuber ReluctantMisc uploaded an animated video of Wojak titled “A day in the life of ‘that feel when’ guy” (shown below).



    On April 2nd, 2014, a page for “Feels Guy” was created on the Internet culture wiki Encyclopedia Dramatica.[5] On March 14th, 2015, the /r/Wojak[7] subreddit was launched for photoshopped variations of the Feels Guy image.

    Various Examples

    I Know That Feel Bro

    “I Know That Feel Bro” (also known as “to uczucie” or “to uczócie”) is an Internet slang expression used to convey empathy towards or agree with someone else’s feeling or opinion. The expression, which roughly means “I feel you, bro,” is typically accompanied by a image of two Wojak embracing each other expressionlessly.



    I Wish I Was At Home

    I Wish I Was At Home (Playing Videogames) is an exploitable comic series featuring Wojak in which the subject is depicted as anxious and uncomfortable at parties and other social situations.



    Country Feels

    Country Feels is a series of customized illustrations featuring Wojak sitting at a computer desk surrounded by various stereotypes associated with a particular country or region. Many of the images bear similarities to the “How People View Me” two-pane cartoons.



    Pretty Princess Points

    Pretty Princess Points is a series of Wojak imageslikely stemming from 4chan’s /r9k/ board and depicting attractive but mentally unstable and NEET-ish gender-flipped versions of Wojak.



    Smug Wojak

    Smug Wojak refers to a drawing of a bald man with a smug expression on his face that resembles Wojak, inspired by the Smug Frog images. Appearing on /r9k/ and [s4s] in early August 2014, Smug Wojak is normally used to express positive feelings. It also spawned some derivates, listed on the [s4s] wiki.[4]



    Relation with Pepe the frog

    Wojak has been often related with the character Pepe the Frog, mainly with the Sad Frog variant due their expression of sad emotions. In middle November 2014, Wojak started being paired with Smug Frog on a series of comics named Poo Poo Pee Pee, in which Pepe committs various unethical acts towards Wojak, typically involving urine or feces, and created as a reaction towards the usage of Pepe’s likeness in various mainstream social media sites.



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  • 10/26/11--14:50: MS Paint
  • About

    Paint (sometimes called Microsoft Paint or MS Paint) is a graphics painting program developed by Microsoft. It has been included in all versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system from version 1.0 (as Paintbrush).[1] Its simplicity of usage and the lack of advanced image manipulation features made the art created on the program distinct due to its amateurishness and lack of detail. Due to its popularity, Paint has been the vehicle for the creation of numerous memes.

    Deprecation and Resuscitation

    On July 24th, 2017, Microsoft announced that MS Paint would be “deprecated,” meaning “not in active development and might be removed in future releases," in the upcoming Windows 10 Update.[2] To many, this signaled that Microsoft was killing off MS Paint.[3][4] Several threads in subreddits mourned the news by creating subreddit-themed images in MS Paint.[6][7][8] Several popular posts on /r/dankmemes that day referenced the death of MS Paint, many of which were made in tribute (examples shown below).



    However, the outpouring of support for MS Paint led Microsoft to clarify the following day that MS Paint would now be available in the Windows Store.[5]

    Related Memes

    Rage Faces

    Rage Faces are the main components of a series of amateur-made comics, known as Rage Comics. The faces, portraying different different emotions and situations, have been, for the most part, created with minimal attention to detail and thus must have been drawn in MS Paint or related software.



    Stoner Comics

    Similar to rage comics, Stoner Comics is a series of amateur-made comics, but instead of portraying various situations and occurrences, they portray drug-related stories.




    MS Paint Relationship Comics

    MS Paint Relationship Comics is a series of simply drawn comics, originating from 4chan, which portray relationship situations, often ending badly.




    MS Paint Desktop Icons

    MS Paint Desktop Icons is an image fad originating from 4chan where users post MS Paint-drawn images of known desktop icons, such as Adobe Reader or Internet Explorer. The meme itself has evolved to include logos such as My Little Pony.




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