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  • 06/23/14--11:10: The Boondocks

  • About

    The boondocks is an western animated television series created by Aaron Mcgruder based on McGruder’s comic strip, based on the same name. The series depicts the adventures of an African American family, the Freemans, who moves from the southside of Chicago to the suburban community of Woodcrest.

    History

    The Boondocks began as a comic strip in the student newspaper “The Diamondback” created by Aaron McGruder during his college years at the University of Maryland. The Strip then was added in “The Source” Magazine. After these runs, Mcgruder simultaneously pitched the comic strip as an animated TV series and a syndicated comic strip at the same time. The original goal was met in 1999, which “The Boondocks” comic strip was debuted in 1999.

    During the development of the animated series, Mcgruder partnered with Film Director/ Producer Reginald Hudlin and Created a pilot episode of the series for the Fox Network, but was at difficulty making the show suitable for Network Television. Hudlin left the after the Fox deal.

    Mike Lazzo (President of Adult Swim and executive producer of Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Space Ghost Coast to Coast) stumbled upon the pilot and declared it as “too networky” He then ordered an 15 episode season and told Mcgruder to “just tell stories”.

    Reception

    The Boondocks has reached critical acclaim in many awards and reviews. In January 2006, the Show was nominated for an NAACP image award for best comedy. During 2006 the show won a Peabody award for the episode of “King of the Hill”. On Metacritic the show has scored a 72 with 21 reviews and an 8.1 user reviews of 243 ratings. It has been placed at #17 on IGN list of top animated TV shows for adults and #94 at the top 100 Animated TV series.

    Criticism and Controversy

    The Boondocks has been an outlet of controversy surrounding its views on politics, the war on terrorism, and its casual use of the N-word ever since its newspaper debut in 1999. Within a week after Rosa Parks death in 2006, the show removed the references related to and centered around the late civil rights icon.

    “Return of the King” Controversy

    Al Sharpton Protested against Cartoon Network and Adult Swim because of the First season episode of “Return of the King”. The controversy erupted when which involved a scene of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. using the N-word to the African American Community during a civil rights protest movement. Cartoon Network released a statement defending McGruder stating that:

    “We think Aaron McGruder came up with a thought-provoking way of not only showing Dr. King’s bravery but also of reminding us of what he stood and fought for, and why even today, it is important for all of us to remember that and to continue to take action,” – Cartoon Network

    Fandom

    The boondocks has spawned countless fandom hubs from forums on the Adult Swim website from countless fanart on Deviantart and Tumblr.

    Notable Examples

    Work in Progress

    Interest over Time

    References

    USATODAY-Boondocks steps over the line
    Metacritic
    IGN- Top 100 Animated TV Shows
    IGN- Top 25 animated TV Series for adults
    Google Trends


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  • 06/23/14--12:53: Nathan Fielder
  • About

    Nathan Fielder is a Canadian comedian best known for his Twitter pranks and his Dumb Starbucks parody. He currently stars in the Comedy Central comedic show Nathan for You.

    Career

    In 2007 Fielder became a writer and actor[6] on the Canadian variety comedy show This Hour Has 22 Minutes. That following year he and his fellow This Hour Has 22 Minutes writers were nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series and a Writers Guild of Canada Award for Variety Program. He went on to write for two Comedy Central shows, Important Things with Demetri Martin (2010) and Jon Benjamin Has a Van (2011) before gaining his own show with the station, Nathan for You, in 2013.

    Online History

    Got 2 Grams for $40

    Got 2 Grams for $40 refers to a Twitter prank launched by Fielder on April 24th, 2013, that involved encouraging others to text message their parents “got 2 grams for $40," and immediately follow up with a second text asking them to ignore it and tweet a screenshot of their response. The comedian later explained that he devised the idea with the help of Michael Koman, the co-creator of Nathan For You. Within two days, the tweet had been retweeted more than 4,100 times and favorited more than 2,000 times.



    If You Think U Gave Someone an STD, Is It Illegal Not to Tell Them?

    If You Think U Someone on STD, Is It Illegal Not to Tell Them? referees to a Twitter experiment launched by Fielder on June 6th, 2013. Fielder instructed his Twitter followers to text their parents asking them if it is illegal to not tell a sexual partner that they may have given them a sexually transmitted disease and specify that they were asking for a “friend.” In less than 24 hours, this instructional tweet was retweeted nearly 1,900 times and favorited more than 900 times.



    Dumb Starbucks

    Dumb Starbucks Coffee is the name of a coffee shop that Fielder opened in Los Feliz, California as a parody of the American global coffeehouse chain Starbucks. Upon its opening in February 2014, the store gained much notoriety online after photographs of the storefront began circulating on various social media sites.



    Instagram Troll

    On June 1st, Fielder created an Instagram account.[3] The first photo he posted was a selfie featuring Fielder in sunglasses which reflected a computer screen with a pornographic image. Fielder’s next three images featured similar subtle reflections of the same ponorgraphic image, reflected in his sunglasses, a CD, and a knife.



    On June 23rd, Fielder posted a picture of the e-mail he had gotten from Instagram telling him he had violated Instagram’s community guidelines which lead to one of his photos (an image in which the pornographic image was reflected in a rearview mirror) being removed. The same day several sites published articles on his trolling photos, including Splitsider[4] and UpRoxx.[5] The account has gained over 5,000 followers.



    Online presence

    As of June 2014, Fielder’s Twitter account[1] has gained over 110,000 followers and his Facebook page[2] has gained over 4,000 likes.

    Search Interest


    External References


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  • 06/23/14--16:54: We Will Harass Men
  • Overview

    We Will Harass Men (#هنتحرش_بالرجالة in Arabic) is a Twitter hashtag addressing the issue of sexual harassment with tongue-in-cheek tweets discussing the objectification and harassment of men.

    Background

    On June 9th, seven men were arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 19-year-old student during the Egyptian president’s inaugural celebration at Tahrir Square in Cairo one day prior. A video of the incident was released on YouTube, showing several men stripping the woman naked.



    On June 15th, Arabic-speaking Twitter users began posting satirical tweets about sexually harassing men with the hashtag #هنتحرش_بالرجالة (“we will harass men” in English) in protest of the behavior depicted in the video.

    Notable Developments

    According to the Twitter analytics site Topsy,[1] the hashtag was tweeted over 63,000 times within the first week.



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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    About

    “But That’s None of My Business” is a sarcastic expression used as a postscript to an insult or disrespectful remark said towards a specific individual or group. The phrase was popularized through an image macro series featuring Kermit the Frog from The Muppets and punchlines poking fun at a wide range of faux-pas and questionable behaviors in everyday social situations.

    Origin

    As early as January 2014, Instagram users began posting captioned images of Kermit the Frog with the tag “#kermitmemes” (shown below, left).[4] On June 17th, the earliest known Kermit image macro including the phrase “that’s none of my business” was highlighted by the @kermitbelike[5] Instagram feed in a post mocking delusional women described as being “ratchet” (shown below, right).



    Spread

    On June 20th, the @thatsnoneofmybusinesstho Instagram[3] feed was created, which highlights pictures of Kermit the Frog with “none of my business” captions. In the first four days, the feed gained over 130,000 followers.



    On the same day, Twitter users began tweeting jokes using the hashtags #NoneOfMyBusiness and #Kermit, reaching over 19,000 and 11,000 mentions in the first four days respectively according to the Twitter analytics site Topsy.[3]



    On June 22nd, 2014, the single topic blog“Kemit the Snitch” was launched on Tumblr,[1] which highlights notable examples from the image macro series. The first post featured a photograph of Kermit the Frog drinking a glass of iced tea with a caption mocking men who wear fake Jordan sneakers (shown below).



    On the following day, YouTuber Bugatti Beez uploaded a video of Kermit the Frog reading notable “But Thats None Of My Business” examples (shown below). In the first 24 hours the video gained over 100,000 views and 480 comments.



    Notable Examples

    As of June 2014, there are over 2,100 images uploaded under the tag “kermitmemes” on Instagram.[2]



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References

    [1]Tumblr – Kermit the Snitch

    [2]Iconosquare – kermitmemes

    [3]Topsy – #NoneOfMyBusiness #Kermit

    [3]Instagram – thatsnoneofmybusinesstho

    [4]Iconosquare – dat_satisfying_pancake

    [5]Iconosquare – @kermitbelike


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  • 06/24/14--00:34: Snackpack
  • About

    A snackpack is an assortment of packaged candies and chips that are taped together with straps to be carried on one’s back.

    Origin

    On June 18th, 2014, Korean Facebook community What Should I Eat Today featured a set of photographs showcasing “snackpacks,” or backpacks made out of sncks, submitted by two high school students Ji Hyun Lee and Back Seo Yeon. In less than a week, the post gained more than 99,000 likes and 3,200 shares.

    Spread

    In the following week, the “snackpack” idea continued to spread across Facebook and became a novelty birthday gift for classmates, especially among high school girls, leading to a slew of photographs of imitations and one-up challenges on Facebook, Instagram and other social networking sites in Korea.

    By June 16th, various collections of “snackpacks” had been featured on several internet humor forums and D.I.Y craft blogs, including Wikitree, Naver and Leftclick, where they were mostly met with positive feedback and praised as “good, clean fun.” On June 23rd, Kotaku’s Brian Ashcroft reported on the phenomenon of snackpack gifting among Korean high school students, introducing the emerging trend to the English-speaking audience, followed by Foodbeast’s coverage in an article titled “Latest Korean Meme Has Schoolgirls Carrying Giant Backpacks Made of Junk Food.”

    External References


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  • 06/24/14--09:43: KFC Mistreatment Scandal
  • Overview

    KFC Mistreatment Scandal refers to an alleged incident in which an employee of a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Jackson, Mississippi requested a three-year-old girl and her family to leave because the scars on her face were upsetting other customers. Following the viral spread of the story through Facebook and other social media outlets in June 2014, its validity came under much scrutiny after an investigative report by The Clarion-Ledger had found no evidence that supports the family’s claim.

    Background

    On April 23rd, 2014, Teri Rials Bates created a Facebook page called Victoria’s Victories[1] for her three-year-old niece Victoria who had been the victim of a pitbull attack. A post explained the incident and her injuries, saying:

    “3 year old Victoria was attacked by 3 pit bulls in early April. She has severe injuries to her face that include, shattered top & bottom jaw, broken cheek bones, eye sockets and nose. She lost her right eye and the ability to move the right side of her face. She has already had 3 surgeries and is currently in the PICU in Jackson, MS with a trachea & feeding tube to help aid with her recovery. Tina & Justin (Mom & Dad) are expecting a 2nd daughter in 4 weeks, Tina is due to deliver baby Abby May 24th. Please continue to pray for this family as they continue down this long road of recovery.”



    On June 12th, Bates published a post which featured a picture of Victoria explaining she and her family had been asked to leave a KFC resturant because of Victoria’s scars:

    “Does this face look scary to you? Last week at KFC in Jackson MS this precious face was asked to leave because her face scared the other diners. I personally will never step foot in another KFC again and will be personally writing the CEO.”




    The following day local news site WAPT16[2] published an article titled “Girl scarred by pit bull attack asked to leave restaurant,” which featured an interview with Victoria’s grandmother Kelly Mullins, who described the incident at KFC, saying:

    “I took her to the doctor and I went to KFC. I ordered a large sweet tea and her some mashed potatoes and gravy because she was hungry. She was on a feeding tube at the time, but I figured she could just swallow (the potatoes). They just told us, they said, ‘We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers.’ (Victoria) understood exactly what they said.”


    Notable Developments

    Within two weeks of the story breaking Victoria’s Victories gained over 180,000 likes, and a Go Fund Me[3] page of the same name also set up by Bates on April 28th, had raised over $130,000.

    KFC Response

    On June 13th,[5]KFC posted an apology to their Facebook page[4], and in a statement issued to the AP on June 15th, by KFC representative Rick Maynard, the chain pledged to pay $30,000 of Victoria’s medical bills, explaining:

    ""As soon as we were notified of this report on Friday, we immediately began an investigation, as this kind of hurtful and disrespectful action would not be tolerated by KFC. Regardless of the outcome of our investigation, we have apologized to Victoria’s family and are committed to assisting them. The company is making a $30,000 donation to assist with her medical bills. The entire KFC family is behind Victoria."


    Hoax Allegation

    On June 22nd, Dick West, the owner of the KFC where the alleged incident occurred, posted a comment on the Facebook page[7] of local station WJTV which had run a piece on Victoria, saying:

    “When the allegation was first made, KFC pledged $30,000 to go to medical expenses and started an investigation to find the truth. They have pledged the money even if it is proven that the incident never happened. At this point their story is full of holes. Any thinking person who follows their timeline can see it. The event at KFC never happened.”


    On June 23rd, the Laurel Leader-Caller[6] published an article titled “Kentucky Fried Hoax,” which explained the Jackson KFC had brought in an investigator not affiliated with the restaurant who found several holes in the family’s story. When the surveillance videos for the surveillance tapes for the two KFC restaurants located near Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital where Victoria was being treated on May 15th, the day of the alleged incident occurred, were reviewed Victoria nor her grandmother appear. Also, neither restaurant had a record of an order which included sweet tea and mashed potatoes on May15th, the two items Mullins mentioned ordering that day.

    Also on June 23rd, the Clarion Ledger[8] reported that Victoria’s GoFundMePage had raised under $600 before the KFC story went viral.

    On June 24th, Bates published a response to the hoax allegation on Victoria’s Victories saying:

    “I promise its not a hoax, I never thought any of this would blow up the way it has. The article circling the web calling this a hoax is untrue. The article itself say the investigation is not complete. It is not over until KFC releases a statement. The media outlet running this story is not connected with KFC. The family has not asked for anything, a attorney is handling all the media publicity for the family pro bono. Please do not believe untrue media. I have personally watched this family go without to provide for Victoria. They have not and would not do anything to hurt Victoria in any way.”


    External References


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    About

    Miguel Herrera’s Goal Reaction refers to the animated celebrations acted out by manager of the Mexico national football team Miguel Ernesto Herrera Aguirre during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico in June 2014.

    Origin

    On June 23rd, 2014, a boisterous Herrera was filmed celebrating several times during his team’s game against Croatia, particularly during a late goal scored during the knockout round (shown below).



    Precursor

    On May 27th, 2013, Redditor chluaid submitted an edited GIF of Herrera turning into a Super Saiyan from Dragonball Z while celebrating a goal made during a match between America and Cruz Azul in 2013 to the /r/gifs[3] subreddit, where it gathered more than 1,100 points and 50 comments prior to being archived.



    On May 30th, chluaid uploaded a time lapse video to YouTube showing how the GIF was created (shown below).



    Spread

    On June 24th, 2014, Redditors arg6531 an michael_j_scofield submitted an animated GIF of Herrera celebrating after the first goal during Mexico’s game against Croatia at the World Cup to the /r/gifs[1] and /r/soccer[2] subreddits, where they gained over 3,500 and 1,900 points in the first 24 hours respectively.



    Also on June 24th, 2014, The Huffington Post[4] highlighted several GIFs of Herrera celebrating during the game (shown below). Meanwhile, The Mirror,[5] The Guardian[6] and Bleacher Report[7] posted compilations of photos and animated GIFs of Herrera celebrating soccer goals.



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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  • 06/24/14--18:38: Rook Banjo Crossfield
  • Rook Banjo Crossfield is gay for the protagonist of Phi Brain. He is such a yanhomo it hurts. His name is Kaito, but don’t say that around him he’ll………………………………………………………….. meme. He loves to obsess over Kaito and his puzzles. He loves to lock Kaito in places and make him solve puzzles. He loves to puzzle with Kaito. He loves to Kaito with puzzle. He loves to meme with puzzles. He loves to….. let’s just say he’s kaitopuzzlesexual, but if you asked him which one he loved most it would be Kaito. He would probably confuse you with the way he words it, but he means to say that he loves Kaito more. In season 2 of Phi Brain, Kaito meets new antagonist, Freecell. In Phi Brain season 3 Rook shows signs of jealousy and…. wait why am I talking about season 3. THEONLYROOKTHATMATTERS IS SEASON 1 ROOKEAT AN ASSGOODBYE 5EVER


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  • 06/25/14--05:36: Luis Suárez's Biting
  • About

    Luis Suárez’s Biting refers to several incidents where Uruguayan soccer player Luis Suárez[1] had bitten a member of the opposing team, most notably during the group-stage match between Uruguay and Italy at the 2014 World Cup Brazil.

    Origin

    On November 24th, 2010, during his time as Ajax captain, Luis Suárez had gotten a seven-game ban for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal’s shoulder[2]. On April 21st, 2013, when he was in Liverpool FC, Suárez had been handed a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic[3].

    2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    On June 24th, 2014, during Group D match between Uruguay and Italy, at the 80th minute, Suárez competed for the ball with the Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in the penalty area. The Uruguayan apparently bit the Italian and then fell to the ground (video below, left). Chiellini rose while pulling down his jersey, trying to show the referees what he believed to be a bite mark (picture below, right).



    Spread

    Since the incident with Ivanovic, numerous photoshopped images began circulating the web. On April 22nd, 2013, a Daily Mail article was published, featuring several of them[5]. Even more had been made after the events at the Brazil World Cup. On July 25th, 2014, a Reddit user digz94 posted a photoshopped image of Suárez gnawing on Chiellini’s disembodied arm[4]. In seven hours, the post had gotten over 3800 upvotes.



    Notable Examples




    Evander Holyfield’s Tweet

    Shortly after Uruguay’s game against Italy, retired American professional boxer Evander Holyfield, a former undisputed world champion who also fell victim to a biting attack by Mike Tyson in 1997, tweeted:



    Search Interest



    External References


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  • 06/25/14--09:14: Chris Hardwick
  • About

    Chris Hardwick is an American comedian and television host. Online he is best known for creating Nerdist, a nerdy culture blog and corresponding YouTube channel and podcast. He currently hosts the Comedy Central late night show @Midnight.

    Career

    Hardwick began his acting career[1] in the early ‘90s with guest roles on television series like thirtysomething and Married with Children. He made his film debut in the 1998 comedy Beach House. He continued to guest star on television shows and gain minor roles in films throughout the 2000s, working as a voice actor on several television shows including The X’s (2005-2006), The Batman (2007-2008) and Back at the Barnyard (2007-2011). He was frequently a guest on late night talk and comedy shows including Chelsea Lately (2009-2013), The Soup (2010-2012) and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009-2013), before gaining his own late night TV shows, hosting AMC shows The Talking Dead (2011-2014) and Talking Bad (2013), as well as Comedy Central’s @Mignight

    Online History

    Nerdist

    Nerdist.com,[2] a website dedicated to nerd culture created by Hardwick, launched on December 6th, 2012. The site covers news about nerdy music, comics, movies and television shows, as well as interviews and opinion pieces. As of June 2014, the official Nerdist Twitter account[4] has gained over 100,000 followers and its Facebook page[12] has gained over 560,000 likes. The Nerdist podcast[14] launched on February 8th, 2010. The podcast features Hardwick in conversation with Jonah Ray and Matt Mira discussing nerdy topics and gains about 4.8 million downloads every month. A Nerdist television talk show[13] hosted by Hardwick premiered on the BBC on September 24th, 2011, and ran for two seasons and 18 episodes, concluding on June 1st, 2013.

    YouTube Channel

    The Nerdist YouTube channel[3] was launched on December 7th, 2011. The channel features a variety of videos including sketch comedy, celebrity interviews, and tutorials. As of June 2014, the two most popular videos on the channel are “COPS: Skyrim – Season 1: Episode 1,” (below, left) the first episode of a web series which parodies the reality show COPS with shots from the video game Skyrim which was uploaded on August 22nd, 2012, and “Slender Man vs. Unwanted House Guest – ANIMEMERAPBATTLE” (below, right), which was uploaded on July 8th, 2013, and pits Slender Man against Unwanted House Guest in a rap battle. The former video has gained over 3.6 million views while the latter has gained over 3.9 million views as of June 2014. The channel has gained over 940,000 subscribers.



    Father Tribute

    On November 17th, 2013, Hardwick spent the last moments of The Talking Dead, an AMC talk show hosted by Hardwick who discusses the AMC show The Walking Dead, speaking about his father, who had passed away that weekend. The tribute was covered by several sites including The Huffington Post[10] and CNN.[11]



    @Midnight

    On October 21st, 2013, @Midnight, a comedy panel show which Hardwick hosts, premiered on Comedy Central. During each show Hardwick introduces a hashtag game which his three guest stars will play live on the show and will continue to be played and spread by Twitter users.

    #ButtFlix

    #Buttflix is a hashtag game on Twitter that involves altering movie titles with off-color jokes and toilet humor. The hashtag was introduced by Hardwick during a segment on @Midnight that aired on April 2nd, 2014.



    #BadPrequels

    #BadPrequels is a hashtag game which asks Twitter users to create the title of a fictional prequel to a well-known film that sounds far less interesting than its original counterpart. The hashtag was introduced on @Midnight on May 6th, 2014. The idea for the hashtag was sparked by the release of the trailer for the Batman prequel Gotham. Guest comedians Scott Aukerman, @Willieforcrack and James Adomain offered their #BadPrequel titles before Twitter users were called to play.

    Fandom

    As of June 2014, Hardwick’s Twitter account[5] has gained over 2.3 million followers and his official Facebook page[6] has gained over 40,000 likes. In addition a fan run Facebook page[7] titled “The Official Chris Hardwick Fan Cluster” has gained over 22,000 likes. As of June 2014, DeviantArt[8] has over 100 fan art submissions tagged Chris Hardwick.



    Reddit AMA

    On July 16th, 2011, Hardwick did a Reddit Ask Me Anything[9] He answered questions about the comedians and celebrities he had worked with, Doctor Who and what keeps him grounded despite his success. When asked “What inspired you to start nerdist?,” he explained:

    “I’m a control freak. I wanted my own thing that no one else could tell me what to do with (weird grammar there). I wanted a thing that revolved around things i was interested in, rather than being about myself (which was what a lot of performers were doing). Nerd culture wasn’t widely acceptable when I was growing up in the 80s. For me, it’s a celebration of the fact that we don’t have to live in dark corners anymore.”


    Personal Life

    Chris Hardwick was born on November 23rd, 1971, in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from Loyola High School and attended UCLA.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]IMDBChris Hardwick

    [2]Nerdist – Nerdist

    [3]YouTube – Nerdist

    [4]Twitter – Nerdistdotcom

    [5]Twitter – Nerdist

    [6]Facebook – Chris Hardwick

    [7]Facebook – The Official Chris Hardwick Fan Cluster

    [8]DeviantArt- Chris Hardwick

    [9]Reddit- Chris Hardwick AMA

    [10]The Huffington Post- You’ll Cry Watching Chris Hardwick Give A Touching Farewell To His Departed Dad

    [11]CNN- ‘Talking Dead’ host Chris Hardwick’s father dies":
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/18/showbiz/talking-dead-host-father-death/

    [12]Facebook- ’The Nerdist":https://www.facebook.com/Nerdist

    [13]IMDB- ’The Nerdist":http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2813676/?ref_=nm_flmg_slf_23

    [14]The Nerdist- ’Podcast":http://www.nerdist.com/podcast_channel/nerdist-podcast-channel/


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  • 06/25/14--12:03: Frostie the Goat
  • About

    Frostie the Snow Goat was a baby goat who rose to internet fame after photographs and video of him walking with the aide of a wheelchair were posted online in May 2014. He passed away a month later at the Australian Edgar Mission Farm Sanctuary.

    Origin

    On May 20th, 2014, the Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary in Victoria, Australia posted a video titled “Frostie the Snow Goat” to Vimeo.[1] In the video, it is revealed that Frostie had arrived at the sanctuary very sick and dehydrated, but even after receiving care, bacterial infection caused by joint-ill left him without the use of his back legs. To allow him to walk, the sanctuary’s staff outfitted him with a two-wheeled contraption to act as his back legs, similar to the one used by Chris P. Bacon. In just over a month, the video garnered more than 1.8 million plays and 917 likes on Vimeo.



    The same day the sanctuary added a photo and introduction of Frostie on their Facebook page[14] as well as the video.[15] Within a month their introduction gained over 3,000 likes and over 700 shares while the video gained over 5,000 likes and over 9,000 shares.

    Spread

    On May 21st, Cute Overload[2] published a post titled “Frostie The Snow Goat: A Jolly Happy Soul,” which featured the video and stills of Frostie. The following day, the video was featured on several internet culture blogs and news sites, including The Huffington Post[3], Buzzfeed[4] and Metro.[5]



    Frostie’s Recovery

    On May 28th, the Edgar Mission Farm Sanctuary Facebook page[6] posted a new picture of Frostie with an update on his health, which revealed that he could now stand and even walk on his own without the aid of the wheelchair.



    “Fuelled by a passion to explore and a zest for life that even his crippling illness could not dampen, Frostie is now able to not only stand on his own but walk, skip and run on albeit wobbly little goatee legs. In the days and weeks to follow, there will be much physiotherapy and some medications however amidst the once gloomy forest of Frostie’s world, we can now see bright skies ahead.”


    Several sites reported on Frostie’s health update including The Today Show[7] and New York Daily News.[8]

    On June 15th, Edgar Mission Farm Sanctuary posted another video[9] to Vimeo featuring Frostie’s progress and showing him walking, running and skipping without the help of his wheels.



    Frostie’s Death

    On June 23rd, the Edgar Mission Farm Sanctuary Facebook page published a post[10] announcing Frostie had passed away the day before. An autopsy revealed Frostie had died from an excess of abscesses on his spinal cord that hadn’t responded to antibiotics. His handler expressed her sadness over his passing and his legacy saying:

    “For such a tiny little goat, who only danced on this earth for a short while, his reach has been enormous and he may just well be the harbinger of a brave, new and just world for animals as people come to see them for who they are not for what can be produced from them.”


    His death was covered by many sites the following day including Gawker[11], The Huffington Post[12] and Daily Mail.[13]

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  • 06/25/14--15:25: #CraigItUp


  • About:

    #CraigItUp is a term associated with the act of mocking Craig Sullivan (Creative Director of Criterion Games), and/or the way the Need for Speed games developed by Criterion Games are designed. The mocking happens via 420 MLG Game Montages, glitch & bug videos, meme-based images, and general negativity towards the games, with #CraigItUp added in their titles, indicating that they’re part of this act.

    The goal of #CraigItUp was to get the attention of the Need for Speed development team, Ghost Games – and achieve something, that was thought to be impossible at first. To get a development team owned by Electronic Arts realize, that their community is not keen on the design changes that recently hit the Need for Speed franchise as a whole, and they have to act, if they do not wish the series to flop eventually.

    After one month of the act intensively going on, with YouTubers from all over the Need for Speed YouTube community constantly releasing #CraigItUp videos, and generally mocking Need for Speed Rivals, Craig Sullivan, and the amount of flaws in that game, on 2014. May 6th, – Electronic Arts decided to give Ghost Games an extra year to develop the next installment of the series, skipping one year in their usual release-a-game-every-year-and-farm-a-lot-of-cash schedule. The idea was praised by the community, as they seemingly achieved something that was thought to be impossible.

    Origin:

    The r00tz of #CraigItUp date back to 2014. March 19th, which is a video posted by Underground3, including Craig Sullivan saying a common catchphrase “drifting at a 150 MpH laughing your ass off” during an interview, when asked where Need for Speed is headed in the future. After that we can see Craig holding a copy of Need for Speed Rivals, and a bottle of Mountain Dew, while the Need for Speed Most Wanted 2012 and Need for Speed Rivals in-game currency, the SpeedPoints are raining, and he can also be seen dancing around with two Speedpoints in his hand. In the last few seconds of the video, #CraigItUp can be seen. The video acquired 1500 views with good feedback by 2014. June 25.



    Before this, Underground3 also posted several 420 Game Montages mocking Need for Speed Rivals, but none of them contain the #CraigItUp term.

    Spread:

    CraigItUp’s popularity grew fast after YouTube user BlackPanthaa decided to launch an act with the name of #CraigItUp, where he encouraged his 7000+ subscribers (at that time), to submit videos mocking Craig Sullivan and Need for Speed Rivals, with #CraigItUp included in their titles. Most videos of the act got added to the CraigList and CraigItUp YouTube Playlists. By 2014. June 25th, his video had 3900 views overall.



    The #CraigItUp Playlist featuring most videos submitted by the community can be found here:
    The CraigItUp YouTube Playlist.

    Not long after BlackPanthaa released his video announcing the act, lots of Need for Speed players all around YouTube started posting their videos of their own. The act was massive enough for Electronic Arts and Ghost Games to take note of the unpleased community and take action. Afterwards, #CraigItUp was considered a major success and a step forward towards a better racing game series.

    No Need for Speed game in 2014 – IGN.

    Notable Examples:

    The considered “prequel” of CraigItUp, followed by actual CraigItUp videos.
















    Search Interest:

    Google Trends did not detect any major activity (that’s why there’s no graph), and the main reason for that, is because it’s mainly a YouTube trend, which means that people interested in #CraigItUp looked the term up on YouTube instead of Google.
    It began to grow in popularity after 2014. April 13th, when BlackPanthaa announced the act. Its popularity began to decrease after 2014. May 6th, due to the goal being achieved, however, some people still made CraigItUp videos months after.


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  • 06/25/14--16:00: Luigi
  • About

    Luigi(Japanese: ルイージ Hepburn: Ruīji) is a fictional character from the Super Mario Bros. Video Game series. He is the younger but taller brother of Mario, the main Protagonist in the series created by prominent game designer, Shigeru Miyamotu.

    History

    Luigi was first introduced in the Super Mario series in 1983 in the arcade game, “Mario Bros” as a playable second character to controll. After “Mario Bros.”, Luigi retained his role in Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario World. In Super Mario Bros. 2, Luigi was able to play as a Primary Character.

    In events Leading to the 1983 arcade title, Shigeru Miyamotu was inspired by the Game, “Joust”, to have a simultaneous two player mode, which began the development of Super Mario Bros.. During Development, Luigi filled the role as the second playable character in Mario Bros. Luigi’s name was said to be inspired by the name of a pizza parlor near the Nintendo of America Headquarters named, “Mario and Luigi’s”. Miyamotu also observed the Japanese translation of the word similar (Ruigi) and created Luigi with the same traits and play style as his older brother.

    In later years, Luigi appearances has increased with even his own titles from the 1991 educational title, “Mario is Missing”, to the Nintendo Gamecube Exclusive, “Luigi’s Mansion” and its sequel titled, “Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon”, exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS. During the year of Luigi in 2013, Nintendo released a Wii U exclusive Titled, “New Super Luigi U” as exclusive downloadable content for, “New Super Mario Bros. U”. All four titles view Luigi as the main hero from his brother.

    Reception

    Luigi and his games has recieved generally positive attention. The original “Luigi’s Mansion” has scored 78 to critics and an 8.4 userscore on Metacritic. “Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon” on Metacritic has scored an 8.6 on critic reviews and 4.5 on user reviews. Luigi has been ranked #1 on Machinima’s “Top 10 For the win” for the greatest of videogame sidekicks.

    Fandom

    Luigi has not only grown a personality over the years, but a fandom as well. The Miiverse community of the Year of Luigi is apart of the Featured Communities on the network.

    Related Memes

    Weegee

    “Weegee” is a photoshopped meme of the DOS version of “Mario is Missing”
    His akward body posture and creepy smile has inspired many photoshopped images of him and victims he scares.


    Luigi Death Stares

    “Luigi Death Stares” Depicts the odd and unsettling facial expressions that Luigi gives to his opponents in the 8th installment of the Mario Kart Series

    Luigi wins by doing absolutely nothing

    “Luigi wins by doing absolutely nothing” is a series of youtube videos that show Luigi in the Mario Party Franchise winning against the CPU by showing little or no effort at all.

    Search Interest

    External References

    Know Your Meme – Weegee
    Know Your Meme – Luigi Wins By doing absolutely nothing
    Know Your Meme – Luigi’s Death Stare
    Metacritic – Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
    Metacritic – Luigi’s Mansion


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  • 06/25/14--17:56: VideoGameDunkey
  • About

    VideoGameDunkey (real name Jason Gastrow [1]) Joined Youtube in Oct 21, 2010, [2] and is mainly known for his League of Legends videos. He is also known for “Dunkviews” (fusion of “Dunkey” and “Reviews”) and plays both famous and unknown video games.[3]

    Origin

    His first video posted on his VideoGameDunkey channel was uploaded Oct 24, 2010:


    Reputation

    He is know for his Hypocritical, Surreal and Biting-the-Hand Humor [4] and bait and switch videos (Such as Deep Philosophical Video), he’s friends with other well known YouTuber “PaperBatVG”,[3] and recently achieved over 1 Million Subscribers, and over 270,000,000 Views.[2]

    Notable Examples




    Search Interest


    External References

    [1]Jason Gastrow – http://dunkeypedia.wikia.com/wiki/Jason_Gastrow

    [2]Join Date – https://www.youtube.com/user/videogamedunkey/about

    [3]More Info – http://youtube.wikia.com/wiki/Videogamedunkey

    [4]Dunkey Humor – http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/LetsPlay/Videogamedunkey

    Channel – https://www.youtube.com/user/videogamedunkey/featured

    Wiki Page – http://dunkeypedia.wikia.com/wiki/Video_Game_Dunkey


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  • 06/26/14--08:27: VidCon
  • Overview

    VidCon is an annual convention for YouTube video creators and fans held in southern California founded in 2010 by Hank Green of the popular YouTube channel Vlogbrothers.

    Background

    In the video, Green explained he and his brother John Green, the other half of the Vlogbrother’s channel, had been discussing creating a conference to bring together YouTube content creators and their fans.
    He announced the conference, called VidCon, would be taking place in Los Angeles, California from July 9th to July 11th, 2011. Additionally, Green described the type of programming attendees would enjoy and named several popular YouTubers that would be appearing at the conference, including Charlie McDonald and Wheezy Waiter. As of June 2014, the video has gained over 100,000 views.



    Programming

    VidCon features two “tracks” or programming schedules, a community track for fans of YouTube content who want to meet and see their favorite YouTubers perform as well as amatour YouTube content creators, and an industry track for professional YouTube content creators who want to improve their content creating and marketing skills. Panels[5] range from topics on specific types of YouTube content such as “Writing Comedy for YouTube” to types of YouTube creators such as “YoungTubers.” The conference also hosts a series of open mics to showcase YouTube musicians, signings and Q & As with popular YouTube creators, and a variety show style series of performances by popular YouTubers on the conference’s main stage.

    Notable Developments

    On July 2nd, 2010, Green posted a video to the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel titled “VidCon By the Numbers” which explained the conference, which took place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, California, was sold out but three live streams would be capturing the conference. He also gave some notable VidCon statics, such as the number of performers and speakers attending the conference (93) and number of tickets purchased (1,227).



    The 2nd annual VidCon was also held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza from July 29th to July 30th, 2011, while the third annual VidCon was held at the Anaheim Convention Center from June 28th to June 30th, 2012. The fourth and fifth annual VidCons were also held at the Anaheim Convention Center, from August 1st to August 3rd, 2013, and from June 26th to June 28th, 2014, respectively. By the fourth annual convention attendance[2] had grown to over 12,000 people, and over 18,000 attendees are expected at the fifth annual convention. As of June 2014, the conference’s Facebook page[3] has gained over 44,000 likes.

    Sexual Misconduct Allegations

    In March 2014, allegations of sexual misconduct against popular YouTube musicians emerged online. Most of these musicians were somehow connected to DFTBA records, a label owned by Hank Green, who responded to the allegations in a Tumblr post titled “WTF Is Going On?”[10] published on March 14th, 2014.

    Some of the YouTubers accused of misconduct had met their victims at VidCon, leading a call for more protection for minors at the convention. On March 23rd, 2014, teenage YouTuber TheGeekyBlonde,[6] who had attended all four VidCons, uploaded a video titled “Youtube Abuse Recovery.” In the video she calls for the abusers to be banned from VidCon and an expansion of the previously downsized women on YouTube panel at VidCon. Within three months the video gained over 100,000 views.



    On May 8th, book blogger Kayleigh Anne published a post on her blog[9] titled “Admitted Sexual Abuser Will Be a Paid Guest at VidCon! DFTB-WTF?” which explained Luke Conard, a YouTuber accused of sexual abuse, would be attending VidCon as a special guest. On May 22nd, YouCoalition, a group dedicated to fighting sexual abuse in the YouTube community posted a statement on their Tumblr[8] explaining:

    “We’ve received a number of questions about whether Luke Conard will be attending Vidcon. He is no longer listed as a guest of Vidcon on the official website. EDIT: This means that Luke will not be supported by Vidcon in any way, including being given a guest pass to the conference or spots in signings and panels. No information on the happenings surrounding Luke’s removal from the guest list have been shared publicly. It is uncertain whether or not Luke will be attending the conference as a regular attendee.


    Vidcon’s official Code of Conduct[11] explains their stance on harassment at the conference, saying:

    “Disorderly conduct includes (but isn’t limited to) any behavior that is illegal, unsafe, disruptive, discriminatory or causes excessive discomfort to our attendees or guests. VidCon reserves the right to permanently ban attendees and guests who do not comply with the code of conduct from future events owned by VidCon LLC.”


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  • 06/27/14--05:43: A Young X Stands In His Y
  • About

    “A Young X Stands In His Y” is a meme based on Andrew Hussie’s comic Homestuck in his website MSPA.

    Origin

    On Homestuck, the first panel contained the phrase “A young man stands in his bedroom” refering to John Egbert. [1]



    Spread

    When the site MSP Fan Adventures was created by Andrew Hussie so fans could host their own webcomics, many webcomics based on Homestuck appeared. Almost all of these started with the main characther standing somewhere looking around with the first phrase being “A young x stands in his y”. Parodies can also be found on Devianart or Tumblr.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]MSPAFirst page of Homestuck

    [2]MSPA Wiki – More information about this and other Homestuck memes


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  • 06/27/14--08:39: LeBron James Opts Out
  • Overview

    Lebron Opts Out refers to professional basketball player LeBron James’ announcement in June 2014 that he would be opting out of the final year of his contract with the Miami Heat in order to become a free agent. Following the revelation, many Internet users reacted by posting image macros joking about the news.

    Background

    On June 24th, 2014, ESPN sportswriter Chris Broussard[1] tweeted that James’ agent had informed the Miami Heat that LeBron would be opting out of his contract. Within 72 hours, the tweet gained over 6,000 retweets and 1,400 favorites.



    Notable Developments

    Online Reaction

    Immediately after Broussard’s tweet, Twitter users began posting image macro reactions to the news, many of which joked how Heat fans would shift their loyalties to LeBron’s new team (shown below).



    On Reddit, several posts about James’ exercising his termination option reached the front page,[2][3][4] including an image macro mocking fans of LeBron who aren’t sure what team they will back next (shown below).



    News Media Coverage

    In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the social media response to termination news, including the Miami Herald,[5] Sportige,[6] Complex,[7] Ball is Life,[8] Gossip on This[9] and Fox Sports.[10]

    Notable Examples




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  • 06/27/14--10:03: Shia LaBeouf
  • About

    Shia LaBeouf is an American actor best known for his role as Louis Stevens in the children’s comedy show Even Stevens and Sam Witwicky in the Transformers action film series. His reputation suffered in 2013 after he was accused of plagiarising from cartoonist Daniel Clowes.

    Acting Career

    Shia LaBeouf began his career in the late ‘90s with guest roles on TV series such as Caroline in the City and Suddenly Susan. In 2000 he won the lead role of Louis Stevens on the Disney Channel childrens comedy Even Stevens, which ran until 2003. He had leads in a few films in the mid-2000s including Holes (2003) and Disturbia (2007), before gaining the lead in "Michael Bay’s":http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/people/michael-bay Transformer series which includles Transformers (2007), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). In 2013 LeBeouf starred in Nymphomaniac: Vol. I and Nymphomaniac: Vol. II.



    Online History

    Orphans Dispute

    On December 15th, 2012, LaBeouf tweeted a poster for the play Orphans, which showed he would star in the upcoming Broadway production with actor Alec Baldwin.



    On February 18th, 2013, he sent out a series of tweets,[12] since deleted, which included e-mails between LaBeouf, playwright Lyle Kessler, Alec Baldwin, and actor Tom Sturridge that seemed to portray a conflict between Baldwin and LaBeouf. He continued to tweet out the e-mails through February 21st. On February 20th, the plays producers announced[13] LeBeouf would be leaving the show, citing “creative differences.”

    Plagiarism Controversy

    Shia LaBeouf’s Plagiarism Controversy refers to the online backlash surrounding Howard Cantour.com, a short film about an internet film critic who faces an internal conflict as he contemplates whether to write a positive or negative review for an upcoming film. Upon its online premiere in December 2013, the actor-turned-director was met with accusations of plagiarizing American cartoonist Daniel Clowes’ 2007 comic Justin M. Damiano, including direct quotes, dialogues and the narrative structure.

    Cabaret Arrest

    On June 26th, 2014, LaBeouf was arrested[8] outside New York’s Studio 54 theater for being disruptive and disorderly, with his disruptive actions including smoking and yelling, during a performance of the musical Cabaret.

    The same day composer Benj Pasek[10] sent out a tweet,[9] which has since been deleted, describing LaBeouf’s arrest.



    Also on June 27th, LaBeouf was charged with disorderly conduct, harassment and criminal trespass before being released on his own recognizance, with a court date set for July 24th. The same day TMZ[11] published a post which alleged LaBeouf had chased and fought with a homeless man hours before his arrest.



    Related Memes

    Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf

    Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf is a comedy song portraying LaBeouf as a cannibal. The song inspired several photoshopped images and animated GIFs of LeBeouf after it began circulating on the microblogging site Tumblr in April 2012.

    On March 3rd, 2012, musician Rob Cantor[11], a member of the indie rock group Tally Hall[19], uploaded a song titled “Shia LaBeouf” to his SoundCloud[1] page named after the actor. The song detailed a terrifying encounter with a blood-soaked cannibal LaBeouf in the woods in the manner of in an early 1900s radio drama.

    Fandom

    As of June 2014, LaBeouf’s Facebook page[3] has gained over 250,000 likes and his Twitter account[4] has gained over 160,000 followers. Fan run Tumblr blogs dedicated to the actor include fuck-yeah-shia-labeouf[5], mrlabeouf[6] and shialabeoufworld.[7] As of June 2014, there are over 1,000 fan art submissions tagged Shia LaBeouf on DeviantArt.[2]



    Personal Life

    Shia LaBeouf was born on June 11th, 1986, in Los Angeles, California. He attended two high schools, Alexander Hamilton High School and 32nd Street Visual and Performing Arts Magnet in Los Angeles.

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  • 06/27/14--11:27: Anti-Masturbation Cross
  • About

    The Anti-Masturbation Cross is a satirical furniture product supposedly designed to restrain a child on a crucifix-shaped board to prevent masturbation. The hoax went viral in June 2014 after a photoshopped promotional image of the product began circulating on Facebook and Twitter under the hashtag #StopSatan2014.

    Origin

    On June 26th, 2014, the satirical Facebook[1] page Stop Masturbation Now posted a promotional image for a fictional product titled “The Anti-Masturbation Cross” (shown below). In the first 19 hours, the post received more than 10,000 shares, 5,900 comments and 2,700 likes.



    Precursor

    On March 7th, 2013, a Facebook[7] page for Stop Masturbation Now’s joke mascot Fappy the Anti-Masturbation Dolphin was created. On May 31st, a fake press release was posted on the website PRlog, which announced that documentary filmmaker Michael Moore was producing a film about the mascot who warns children about the dangers of sexual self-stimulation. The release was subsequently removed from the site and was reposted on the website Fappy the Movie[5] on August 7th. The film was later revealed to be a hoax by the claimed president of Stop Masturbation Now Lonnie Childs.[6]



    Spread

    On Reddit

    Three hours after the image was posted to Facebook, Redditor seagalogist submitted it to the /r/funny[2] subreddit, where it gained over 1,900 points and 260 comments in the following 16 hours. Later that day, Redditor Pinstar reposted it to the /r/atheism[3] subreddit, where it received upwards of 2,300 upvotes and 300 comments in six hours.

    #StopSatan2014

    Also on June 26th, Twitter users began posting about the device with the hashtag #StopSatan2014.[4] Many who saw the image on their feeds were fooled into thinking it was a real product (shown below).



    Other users subsequently began tweeting examples of unacceptable behaviors, temptations or societal ills with the hashtag (shown below).



    Search Interest

    Not available.

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  • 06/27/14--13:22: Shitlord
  • About

    “Shitlord” is a pejorative often used on the Internet against those who are perceived as racist, sexist, homophobic, fat shaming or otherwise prejudicial. The term is often employed by those involved in the online social justice movement to call out bigoted shitposting.

    Origin

    The earliest known use of the term “shitlord” in the context of perceived bigotry was posted in the Something Awful Forums[6] by member MaggotMaster in response to being called “FaggotMaster” on February 18th, 2009 (shown below).



    Spread

    On October 21st, 2011, Failheap Challenge Forums[3] member Aurora148 submitted a thread titled “Anthology of Gender Normative Image Oppression NSFW | CHECKYOURPRIVILEGE, SHITLORD,” which received over 1000 pages worth of replies in the next three years. On February 21st, 2012, Redditor thelittleking replied to a /r/SRSDiscussion[5] post requesting examples of non-bigoted pejoratives with a list of insults starting with the word “shitlord.” On August 12th, Redditor brucemo posted a comment in the /r/TheoryOfReddit[4] subreddit claiming that members of /r/shitredditsays use the term “shitlord” for “a white man who blunders through Reddit making racist and sexist comments.” On November 24th, Urban Dictionary[2] user haiyyu submitted an entry for the term “shitlord,” defining it as a insult used by feminists against those who disagree with their beliefs. On March 26th, 2014, the Shitlord Milk Tumblr[8] blog was launched, which highlights photographs of milk containers with bigoted statements written on the side (shown below).



    On May 30th, the Tumblr[9]“Just Shitlord Things” was created, featuring Just Little Things-style image macros mocking social justice blogging.



    Parody

    On the /r/TumblrInAction[7] subreddit, “shitlord” is often used to mock the tone of aggressive, overzealous and easily offended social justice warriors. As of June 2014, over 690 posts referencing the term have been submitted to the subreddit.

    Notable Examples




    See Ya Later, Shitlords!

    On August 9th, 2011, the Yogscast YouTube channel uploaded a Minecraft gameplay video in which the cohost Simon passes cohost Lewis on a boat and yells “See you later, shitlord!” (shown below). The phrase subsequently became one of Simon’s catchphrases on the show.



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