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- 07/09/14--12:51: _Donald Glover
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- 07/10/14--13:22: _30 Rock
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- 07/11/14--10:09: _Greenpeace
- 07/11/14--11:35: _Sad Brazilian Fan
- 07/11/14--12:49: _LeBron James
- 07/11/14--17:10: _Brawl In The Family
- 07/11/14--17:14: _Tumblr goes to 4chan
- 07/12/14--08:00: _Chibi (term)
- 07/12/14--19:30: _Axelle Despiegelaere
- 07/12/14--19:47: _Who Put You On The ...
- 07/12/14--22:53: _Dashcon
- 07/14/14--08:26: _Jared Leto Hugging ...
- 07/14/14--11:00: _Jasper Cillessen Si...
- 07/14/14--12:50: _Hot Car Challenge
- 07/14/14--14:23: _Conor Oberst Rape A...
- 07/14/14--16:04: _Ballpit Challenge
- 07/09/14--12:51: Donald Glover
- 07/09/14--19:52: 2014 World Cup Semfinal: Brazil vs. Germany
- 07/10/14--09:59: Kidmograph
- 07/10/14--13:22: 30 Rock
- 07/10/14--13:52: Jada's Sexual Assault Case
- 07/11/14--07:33: Fat asian guy loves his food
- 07/11/14--10:09: Greenpeace
- 07/11/14--11:35: Sad Brazilian Fan
- 07/11/14--12:49: LeBron James
- 07/11/14--17:10: Brawl In The Family
- 07/11/14--17:14: Tumblr goes to 4chan
- 07/12/14--08:00: Chibi (term)
- 07/12/14--19:30: Axelle Despiegelaere
- 07/12/14--19:47: Who Put You On The Planet?
- 07/12/14--22:53: Dashcon
- 07/14/14--08:26: Jared Leto Hugging Things
- 07/14/14--11:00: Jasper Cillessen Sits on Things
- 07/14/14--12:50: Hot Car Challenge
- 07/14/14--14:23: Conor Oberst Rape Allegations
- 07/14/14--16:04: Ballpit Challenge
Donald Glover is an American actor, comedian and recording artist also known by his rapper persona, Childish Gambino. He best best known for playing Troy on the comedy television series Community.
I Have the Weirdest Boner
‘I Have The Weirdest Boner’ is a catchphrase expression that is used to convey one’s feeling of sexual arousal and guilt at the same time. The phrase was first introduced in an episode ofCommunity titled titled “Romantic Expressionism” which first aired on February 4th, 2010. In the episode, Troy (played by Glover) says “I have the weirdest boner” after his friend Jeff whispers something into his ear.
2014 World Cup: Brazil vs. Germany was the first of the two semifinal matches in the international football tournament that ended in a 7 – 1 landslide victory for Germany. During the game, several relevant hashtags, including #BrazilvsGermany, #BRA (Brazil) and #GERM (Germany), were mentioned in 35.6 tweets, setting a new record for the most discussed single sports game ever on Twitter.
On July 8th, 2014, the host team and five-time champions Brazil went against Germany in the first of the two semifinal matches at the 2014 World Cup. Hopes were high for both teams, as Brazil and Germany have each won multiple tournaments in the past and led up to the semifinal with an undefeated record, though Brazil had two of its key players missing in the lineup due to foul accumulation and injury, Thiago Silva and Neymar respectively.
After an exchange of offense plays from both sides, Germany’s Thomas Müller scored the first goal by volleying a corner kick into the net in the 11th minute. In the following 30 minutes, Germany gained four additional goals in an impressive display of offense, ending the first half at 5 – 0. Brazil started the second half with a strong pressure, but their attempts were halted by remarkable saves from Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Brazil gave up two more goals to Germany’s substitute André Schürrle and nearly an eighth towards the end of the game. In the 90th minute, Oscar scored the only goal for Brazil, with the only consolation of having avoided the team’s worst ever loss in World Cup history.
The result shocked the football world and was subsequently referred to by the press as the Mineirazo, evoking the spirit of the Maracanazo in which Brazil unexpectedly lost the 1950 FIFA World Cup on home soil to Uruguay.
Kidmograph is the pseudonym used by computer animation artist Gustavo Torres, who has gained a following on Tumblr for his visually stunning animated GIFs that combine the aesthetics of retro-futurism, psychedelic art and recursive motion graphics.
According to an interview with the animated GIF site Giphy, Torres first started making animated GIFs in 2001. On October 8th, 2010, Torres uploaded his first animation to his Kidmograph Vimeo channel (shown below).
On March 28th, 2012, Torres launched the Kidmograph Tumblr blog. In May, Torres began posting images of 3D models created with Cinema 4D software (shown below, left). In July, Torres published the first animated GIFs to the blog (shown below, right).
On November 10th, Torres posted an animated GIF titled “----bridges----”, featuring a looping series of glowing, multi-colored lines (shown below, left). In one year, the post gained over 400 notes. The following month, Torres began highlighting animated GIFs on a regular basis, many of which were created using datamoshing techniques (shown below, right).
On May 19th, 2013, Redditor Nit0 submitted Torres’ Tumblr blog to the /r/glitch_art subreddit. On June 26th, Torres was interviewed by the animated GIF blog Giphy and listed Tumblr users traceloops, mrdiv, weird5cience, carivanderyacht and badblueprints his favorite GIF artists. On April 25th, 2014, The Creators Project highlighted several of Torres’ animated GIFs.
The Creators Project – Tron Meets Edouard Salier in These Retro-Futuristic GIFs
30 Rock is a television comedy series which aired on NBC from 2006-2013. The series follows Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), the head writer for the fictional late-night sketch comedy show TGS as she’s mentored by GE executive Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin). The series became popular on the web through its many memorable lines and catch phrases.
30 Rock was created by Tina Fey based on her experience as the head writer of Saturday Night Live from 1999-2006. The show premiered on NBC on October 11th, 2006, and aired its finale on January 31st, 2013, after seven seasons and 138 episodes. The show stars Fey as Liz Lemon, the head writer of TGS, Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy, Liz’s mentor and GE executive, Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney, the starring actress on TGS and Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan, the leading actor on TGS.
Liz Lemon is the head writer for the sketch comedy show TGS trying to balance her professional life and her personal life, often unsuccessfully. She often seeks advice from Jack Donaghy, her self-appointed mentor when trying to control, Jenna, a narcissistic actress prone to dramatics, and Tracy, a former movie star prone to eccentric behavior. Other key characters include Kenneth Parcell (Jack McBrayer) the naive but enthusiastic page and Pete Hornberger (Scot Adsit) the show’s producer.
The show was a critical success, earning a score of 8.3 on IMDB and a rating of 67 on Metacritic. The show won 6 Golden Globes including four Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series for Alec Baldwin, Best Television Series (Comedy or Musical) and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Tina Fey). It also won 16 Primetime Emmy Awards including three for outstanding comedy series.
As of July 2014, 30 Rock’s official Twitter account has over 100,000 followers and its Facebook page has over 2.4 million likes. All season are available to Netflix subscribers. Fans can also access episode guides and character sketches at the 30 Rock Wikia.
There are numerous fan-run Tumblr blogs dedicated to the 30 Rock fandom including 30rockquotes, everything30rock and fuckyeahlizlemon. Fans also gather to discuss the show on the subreddit /r/30rock, which has over 15,000 subscribers as of July 2014. As of July 2014, there are over 12,000 fan art submissions for the show on DeviantArt and over 300 fan fiction submissions on Fanfiction.net.
Twitter – nbc30rock
Reddit- 30 Rock
DeviantArt- 30 Rock
Fanfiction.net- 30 Rock
IMDB- 30 Rock
Metacritic- 30 Rock
Jada’s Sexual Assault Case refers to the recorded sexual assault of a 16-year-old Texas resident in June 2014. After footage of the assault began circulating via social media, the disturbing photo fad “#jadapose” was launched in which participants mimicked pictures of the victim’s unconscious body.
On July 8th, 2014, a 16-year-old identifying herself as Jada came forward to the Houston news station KHOU after discovering images of herself naked and unconscious being shared by her peers via social media. Jada claimed the attack occurred at a party she attended one month prior and that she believed she had been drugged as she had no recollection of the events.
Alleged Rapist’s Response
The same day, Jada’s accused rapist Innel Yahia posted several tweets defending himself and mocking his accuser (shown below). As of July 10th, 2014, the Twitter account has been removed.
After images of her assault began circulating via social media, Twitter users began posting disturbing photos of themselves mimicking Jada’s photographed position with the hashtag #jadapose (shown below).
On July 10th, feminist activist and YouTuber Laci Green posted a graphic on her Facebook page condemning those who were mocking the alleged assault. In the first two hours, the post gained over 20,200 likes and 450 comments (shown below).
Meanwhile, other Twitter users began posting tweets in support of Jada with the hashtag “#jadacounterpose,” some of which included photographs of people holding signs with messages speaking out against rape culture (shown below).
News Media Coverage
In the coming days, several news sites reported on the assault and subsequent online reaction, including Slate, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Think Progress, The Daily Mail, The Blaze and The Root.
The Washington Post – How a 16-year-old rape victim becomes an internet meme
The Daily Mail – Teen rape victim identifies herself in heartbreaking interview
The original one
2014/02/27 (with a cute dog)
2014/04/13 (this seems to be the last one)
Greenpeace is an International environmental organization founded in 1971 and based in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. The group believes in nonviolent protest and education to exact change and protect natural resources.
Mr Splashy Pants
Mr. Splashy Pants is the name given to a humpback whale that was tracked via satellite by Greenpeace in December of 2007. The name was chosen after it won an online poll conducted by Greenpeace that garnered attention from several websites including Reddit and BoingBoing.
“Let’s Go! Arctic!”
Let’s Go! Arctic is a mock advertising campaign created by Greenpeace and The Yes Men in June of 2012. The hoax consisted of an elaborately staged gaffe at a fake event arranged on behalf of Shell Oil Company, a mock website purported to be the company’s and a fake press release alleging that Shell’s lawyers were considering legal actions against the involved parties.
Everything Is Not Awesome
On July 8th, 2014, Greenpeace’s YouTube channel uploaded a video titled “LEGO: Everything is NOT awesome” which featured a model of the arctic built with LEGOs. As oil, which came from Shell oil company, began to cover the model the Lego Movie song “Everything Is Awesome” played in a minor, and thus somber key. The video called for those watching to encourage LEGO to end its partnership with Shell. The video was covered by many websites including The Guardian and Forbes. In less than a week the video gained over 3.1 million views.
On August 20th, 2007, Greenpeace uploaded a video (below, left) to their YouTube channel titled “Hundreds strip naked on glacier in global warming protest” which featured footage of a nude protest on the Swiss Alps. As of July 2014, the video has gained over 1.8 million views. On April 21st, 2008, Greenpeace uploaded a video (below, right) titled “Dove Onslaught(er)” which illustrated the destruction of Indonesian forests caused by the need for palm oil, which Dove features in its product and called for viewers to ask Dove to forgo palm oil. As of July 2014, the video has gained over 1.8 million views.
On June 6th, 2011, Greenpeace uploaded a video (below, left) titled “Barbie’s rainforest destruction habit REVEALED!” which featured a mock interview with an animated Ken doll who learned Barbie packaging causes rainforest deforestation and calls for viewers to ask Barbie manufacturer Mattel to stop using rainforest packaging materials. As of July 2014, the video has gained over 1.7 million views. On October 24th, 2013, Greenpeace uploaded a video (below, right) titled “Detox: How People Power is Cleaning Up Fashion” which covered the movement within the fashion industry to use less toxic chemicals and become more responsible about the disposal of their industrial waste. As of July 2014, the video has gained over 1 million views.
Social Media Presence
As of July 2014, Greenpeace’s Facebook page has gained over 270,000 likes and its Twitter account has gained over 100,000 followers. Its YouTube channel has over 83,000 subscribers and Pinterest account has over 2,000 followers.
YouTube – GreenpeaceVideo
The Guardian – Lego told ‘everything is not awesome’ in viral Greenpeace video
Forbes – Everything Is Not Awesome With LEGO and Shell, Says Greenpeace
Facebook – Greenpeace
Twitter – greenpeaceusa
Pinterest – greenpeaceusa
Sad Brazilian Fan is the nickname given to Clovis Acosta Fernandes, an elderly Brazilian soccer team fan whose teary-eyed reaction to their landslide defeat against Germany at the 2014 World Cup semifinal went viral in July 2014. The picture was initially spread to represent the sadness of Brazilian fans, but was later joined by an uplifting post-game photograph of him passing on the statue to a German fan.
On July 8th, 2014, the World Cup held a game between Brazil and Germany, which ended with Brazil losing 7-1. Television coverage of the game panned to the crowd and focused on a Brazilian fan sadly clutching a replica of the World Cup.
The same day YouTuber JoeBell uploaded a video titled “Sound of Silence (Original)” which featured the clip of the sad Brazilian while the Simon and Garfunkel song “The Sound of Silence” played. In less than a week the video gained over 3.4 million views.
On July 9th, Redditor gabyxo posted a thread titled "This sad Brazilian fan was shown crying. But no ones published this beautiful picture of him handing the trophy to a German fan. He was quoted as saying “Take it to the final! As you can see, it is not easy, but you deserve it, congratulations” to the subreddit /r/worldcup. Within three days the thread gained over 3,000 points. The thread included a video, uploaded to the official FIFA YouTube channel on April 3rd, 2014, which identified the sad Brazilian fan as Clovis Fernandes who has gone to every World Cup game since 1990.
The same day The Bleacher Report published a post titled “Sad Brazilian Fan Reportedly Gave His Trophy to a Germany Fan” which featured a photo of Fernandes giving the trophy to a woman dressed in Germany’s colors. The same day the story was reported on by many sites including E! Online and The Daily Dot.
YouTube – Joe Bell
Buzzfeed – The One Photo That Captures The Pathos Of Brazil’s World Cup Collapse
WeKnowMemes – This Sad Old Brazilian Fan Is The Most Heartbreaking Image From The World Cup
Reddit – World Cup
YouTube – FIFATV
Bleacher Report – Sad Brazilian Fan Reportedly Gave His Trophy to a Germany Fan
E! Online – The Saddest Brazil Fan Ever Had a Touching Moment With a Germany Fan After the Game
The Daily Dot – Sad Brazil fan gives up his trophy to young Germans
LeBron Raymone James is a professional basketball player and forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers. James is considered a highly influential athlete and has accumulated a substantial amount of wealth through endorsement deals.
In 2003 NBA Draft, James was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers and was named “Rookie of the Year” during his first season. During the 2004 – 2005 season, James became the youngest player in history to record a triple-double. In 2006, James became the youngest winner of the All-Star Game MVP Award. In the following season, James won the award for a second time. In the 2008 – 2009 season, James was awarded second place for the Defensive Player of the Year award. In 2010, James became a free agent and was signed by the Miami Heat.
In March 2009, LeBron launched the @KingJames Twitter feed. On April 3rd, his official Facebook page was launched. In the next five years, the Twitter feed gained over 13.6 million followers and the Facebook page received more than 20 million likes.
LeBron Opts Out
In June 2014, LeBron announced 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 (shown below).
Amid rumors that LeBron would be signing back with the Cleveland Cavaliers on July 10th, the @SportsNation Twitter feed launched the hashtag “#BeforeLeBronDecides” for fans to tweet jokes about unlikely events that would occur prior to LeBron’s decision.
The same day, the International Business Times published an article highlighting several notable tweet examples (shown below). According to the Twitter analytics site Topsy, the hashtag was tweeted upwards of 100,000 times in the first 24 hours. On July 11th, LeBron announced he would indeed be returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Lelbron is a photoshop meme featuring a picture of James wearing pair of black-rimmed glasses and a smile that involves superimposing a cutout of LeBron’s face into other base images of various contexts.
LeBroning is a photo fad in which the participant stages an exaggerated dive after intentionally bumping into an unsuspecting passerby and shares the recorded footage on Vine. The fad was named after James, who has earned a reputation for frequently resorting to “flop,” or the act of intentional falling upon slightest contact with an opposing player in order to draw a personal foul call.
Lance Stephenson Blowing in LeBron James’ Ear
Lance Stephenson Blowing in LeBron James’ Ear is a photoshop meme based on a close-up footage of the Indiana Pacers shooting guard trying to taunt the Miami Heat forward by breathing into his ear during the fifth game of the NBA Eastern Conference finals.
“LeBron Traveled” is an expression often used in YouTube comments among basketball enthusiasts to mock James for performing the basketball violation known as “traveling.”
Brawl In The Family (BitF for short) is a Nintendo webcomic series focused on the fighting game series, Super Smash Brothers. The comic features characters such as Mario, Link, Kirby, and Ness. Brawl In The Family started back in 2008, which means that Super Smash Brothers. Brawl was released that year.
Brawl In The Family was created by Matthew Taranto on June 13, 2008, the first comic in the series was entitled The Showdown, it featured the characters King Dedede and Kirby, all from the Kirby series.
By Comic 12, More Nintendo characters appeared on the website, Like Mario, Meta Knight, and more.
By Comic 50, BitF got more popular, More characters were added while the comics got more into plot,
Videos about Brawl In The Family can be found on YouTube, Brawl In The Family even had a YouTube channel. Images of their comics can be seen on Google Images.
Brawl In The Family also held fan-art contests during each month, they also held podcasts when Nintendo announced something new.
In April 2009, BitF made an April Fools joke with their comic, which featured Waluigi, a Nintendo character.
Waluigi Presents a Color Comic was one of the comics in the joke, where Waluigi says “Expecting a color comic, TOOBAD, WALUIGITIME”
This line has became very popular and has been used as a reaction face.
“Tumblr goes to 4chan” is a series of reusable vertical comics that originated on 4chan after the 2014 Tumblr-4chan raids.
On July 11th, 2014, an anonymous user of 4chan posted the following template image to the Random (/b/) board with the title “Fill in the blank /b/” in response to the retaliation of several tumblr users to 4chan’s (as of the time of this entry) recent anti-feminist raid.
Several other posters responded almost immediately with their own versions, causing the thread to hit well over 100 replies within the first hour alone.
Original Thread (404’d)
Chibi is an art style used in Animes and Mangas which is about drawing small and cute characters, given that the term ‘Chibi’ (ちび or チビ) means ‘small person’ or ‘small child’ in Japanese slang. However, while it can be used as translation to ‘little’, the correct term for THAT word is chiisana [小さな]. In english speaking anime and manga fandom, it also conflates with ‘super deformed’ style.
The term went viral with english anime and manga fans because of the character Chibiusa, a pet name for the daughter of Sailor Moon formed from Chibi Usagi “Little Rabbit”. (pictured here):
An even tinier character in the same anime was named Chibi Chibi (approximately 3 years old). (pictured here): These characters from Salior Moon sparked the popularity of the term.
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Axelle Despiegelaere is a Belgian teenager who rose to fame online after being photographed in the crowd at a soccer game during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. After she was offered a modeling contract by the makeup company L’Oreal, the offer was rescinded when a photograph surfaced showing her standing over the corpse of a gazelle.
During the World Cup’s group stages in July 2014, photographs of 17-year-old Belgian fan Axelle Despiegelaere began circulating via social media (shown below).
On July 8th, Despiegelaere announced in a Facebook post that she had signed a modeling contract with L’Oreal (shown below).
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Who Put You On The Planet? is a memorable quote and reaction face was from the episode of SpongeBob SquarePants by Nickelodeon. The quote was founded in I ♥ Dancing that was been released on July 19, 2009. When SpongeBob doing his slow Dance and then Squidward say to SpongeBob “That is the stupidest dance move I’ve ever seen!” and then Spongebob stop’s dance he huffs and makes a face and replied to Him “Who Put You On The Planet? Rueegh!”.
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(Needs work/editing; This is a very recent event.)
Dashcon 2014 is a tumblr-based convention held in Schaumburg, Illinois in July of 2014. After news of the convention’s general lack of quality or planning surfaced on tumblr, the event became a source of ridicule by tumblr’s userbase on the Dashcon tag.
Welcome to Night Vale Controversy
One of the events scheduled by Dashcon was an appearance by the staff members of popular podcast series Welcome to Night Vale. However, because Dashcon could not adequately provide the funds for the staff’s appearance, the attraction was eventually cancelled from the convention.
Ball Pit Jokes/Extra Hour in the Ball Pit
Dashcon attendees were reporting that one of the most memorable attractions of the convention was a colorful children’s ball pit in an otherwise mostly empty room. When it was announced that the Welcome to Night Vale staff would not make an appearance at the convention, rumors spread of convention staff wagering that guests receive “an extra hour in the ball pit” as compensation. Soon, the prominent position of the ball pit led to mockery from both the tumblr userbase as well as the actual attendees of the convention.
As the convention weekend progressed, the ‘Dashcon’ and ‘ball pit’ tags on tumblr both received large numbers of posts, in addition to several rumors about the ball pit such as the ball pit’s deflation, it being urinated in, or having a child conceived in it.
After news of the convention spread around tumblr, the userbase soon learned that Dashcon had amassed more than $17,000 USD in funds for presenting the convention. The $17,000 allegation combined with the moderately high price of $65 for admittance to a con on its debut year made many tumblr users suspect the convention of being little more than a money-grabbing scheme. Soon after, many users began stating alternate examples of things that the money could have been used on instead, so much so that the blog ‘17000dollars’ was created specifically for these statements.
Jared Leto Hugging Things is a photoshop meme in which people take a photo the actor posted to his Instagram account featuring him hugging a tree and photoshop it so it appears Leto is hugging other things.
On July 6th, 2014, actor Jared Leto posted a photo to his Instagram account which featured him hugging a tree with his arms and legs. Within two weeks the photo gained over 190,000 likes and over 4,000 notes.
On July 10th, Leto posted the same photo photoshopped so he was hugging every tree visible captioned with the hashtag #HuggyJ. In less than a week the photo gained over 210,000 likes and more than 7,000 notes.
Within four days, the hashtag #HuggyJ was tweeted out more than 12,000 times. Also on July 10th, the hashtag #JaredHugginLeto was introduced by Twitter user TheHive, who also introduced a template so users could easily create examples of the meme. Within four days the hashtag was tweeted out over 18,000 times.
Also on that day E! Online published a post on Leto’s original photo and photoshop titled “Can This Photo of Jared Leto Hugging Everything Be the Next Amazing Internet Meme (Please)?!” The following day examples of the memes were included in round-ups published by Refinery29 and InStyle.
Instagram – Jared Leto
Tospy – #HuggyJ
Tospy – #HuggyJ
Twitter – thisisthehive
Twitter – thehive
E! Online – Can This Photo of Jared Leto Hugging Everything Be the Next Amazing Internet Meme (Please)?!
Refinery29 – Let Jared Leto Hug The Pain Away
Instyle – Hugging Jared Leto Will Be Your New Favorite Meme
Jasper Cillessen Sits on Things is a photoshop meme featuring a cutout image of Dutch professional soccer player Jasper Cillessen squatting against a goalpost during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil games, which is superimposed on to other base images of various contexts.
During the third place play-off against Brazil at the 2014 World Cup on July 12th, 2014, Holland goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen was photographed crouching against the goal post midway through the game (shown below, left). That day, the @KICKTV Twitter feed posted a transparent cutout of Cillessen squatting, inviting other Twitter users to photoshop the goalie sitting on things (shown below,right).
Minutes later, Twitter user @CGriffo55 tweeted a picture of Cillessen seated next to singer Miley Cyrus in a screenshot from the “Wrecking Ball” music video with the hashtag “#cillessensitsonthings” (shown below, left). In the first 48 hours, the tweet gained over 330 reweets and 175 favorites. Also on July 12th, Twitter user @Bamshackle posted a photoshopped image of Cillessen sitting on a toilet in space (shown below, right).
According to the Twitter analytics site Topsy, the hashtag “#cillessensitsonthings” was tweeted more than 370 times in the next 48 hours. In the coming days, several news sites published articles highlighting notable examples of the photoshop meme, including.The Daily Mail, Caught Off Side, Metro, The Independent, Mirror, 101 Great Goals and Bleacher Report.
Hot Car Challenge refers to a collection of YouTube videos which feature people sitting in their car without air conditioning with the windows rolled up on hot summer days. The videos were created to raise awareness about the danger of leaving small children and pets in the car on hot days.
On June 20th, 2014, Terry Williams, whose YouTube username is tbartley269, uploaded a video titled “Don’t leave ur kids in car.” The video features Williams in his car on a hot summer day in Raleigh, North Carolina with the air off and the windows rolled up to see what it would feel like for children left in the car during the summer heat. During the video Williams urges parents to never leave their children in the car, highlighting how quickly it becomes dangerously hot even for a grown man. The video was inspired by recent reports of children dying of hypothermia when left in a hot car, including the death of Georgia toddler Cooper Harris. In less than a month the video gained over 1.2 million views.
On July 7th, 2014, Williams posted a call for others to make their own hot car challenge videos on his Facebook page, saying:
“I challenge everybody in every state. … to make a video so it can be heard….. love it. If u make a video tag me please”
Beneath the call to action he posted another example of a hot car challenge done by a man in Greensboro, North Carolina. On July 8th, HLNTV published an article titled “A dad’s hot car experiment goes viral.” The video was featured on several websites in the following days including MetroNews and the Daily Mail. On July 9th, 2014, YouTuber Shank ula uploaded a challenge video (below, left) titled “Inspired by Terry Williams ’what’s it like in a hot car’ challenge on Facebook..” In less than a week the video gained over 2,000 views. The same day YouTuber Jessica Cantrell uploaded a video (below, right) titled “Terry Williams Hot car challenge.” In less than a week the video has gained over 2,000 views.
YouTube – tbartley269
HLNTV– A dad’s hot car experiment goes viral
The Daily Mail – Dad sweats in hot car to raise awareness of hot car deaths
MetroNews – A dad’s hot car experiment goes viral
YouTube – Shank ula
YouTube – jcantrell12382
Facebook – Terry Williams
Conor Oberst Rape Accusation were false claims of sexual assault of a minor made by North Carolina woman Joanie Faircloth against the singer-songwriter of American indie rock band Bright Eyes. The scandal first broke out in December 2013, when she publicly accused the singer of raping her at age of 16 in the comments section of an article published on the women’s interest site XoJane.
On December 17th, 2013, XoJane published an article titled “It Happened to Me: I Dated a Famous Rock Star & All I Got Was Punched in the Face” about a woman who was abused by her boyfriend. In the comments section of the post, an anonymous user left several messages accusing Conor Oberst, known for founding the indie rock band Bright Eyes, of raping her 10 years ago when she was 16-years-old.
“I was raped by a “rock star” myself. I was 16 years old, he was in his 20s. No one believed me (he wasn’t even that famous then). No one believed me because I had been his biggest fan for several years at that point, his pictures covered my locker, etc. I guess when I made the accusation, everyone thought it was some sick & twisted way to get… I don’t know, closer to him? My own mother didn’t believe me until recently and it’s 10 years later now. This guy is the poster boy for what was known as “emo” back in the day, everyone thinks he’s so sweet and sensitive and sad, that he could never be the vicious monster he was that night. It makes me sick. I want to out him so bad. Every time I hear his name, I want to tell people what he did. I think people deserve to know. But due to how shit went down with my own friends&family at the time of the assault, the backlash terrifies me. It hurts to constantly see the way people fawn over him as if he’s a God. It’s really hard dealing with your attacker being famous or popular when you know the truth about them but feel no one will listen.
Anyway, I am so sorry that this happened to you but so glad you finally got out.”
“I am not the author but as I said in a previous comment, I was raped by a “rock star” when I was 16 years old and he was in his 20s. My husband suggests I may feel some empowerment by outing my rapist. It was Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes (and several other bands/side projects he fronts, bright eyes being the most popular). I hope you are right about helping the next girl but I’m waiting for the backlash. Thanks for the courage, even if you weren’t directing it at me.”
“Thank you, love. It was especially traumatizing because the way I became to know him is because his older brother was my 7th & 8th grade english teacher. His older brother is an amazing guy, a total sweetheart who helped me through some awful, awful times in my early teen years. He continued to be sort of a big brother mentor type to me throughout high school. I became a huge fan of Conor’s music and for my 16th birthday, Bright Eyes was playing a local show and my old english teacher (Conor’s brother) arranged for me to go and meet Conor after the show as a birthday present of sorts. Conor definitely took advantage of my teenage crush on him. At first, I was flattered when he was playing with my hair and had his hand on my leg. It was like my dream come true at that point. But then he clearly wanted to go further and I made it very clear and told him I was a virgin and wasn’t prepared to change that right then but he didn’t stop. It was a really fucked up way to realize that people you idolize and look up to so much can be shitty, terrible people. I lost touch with my old english teacher shortly after that incident because of what happened. I didn’t feel comfortable telling him what his brother had done to me and wasn’t confident that he would even believe me anyway. Conor took a lot from me including my virginity, my dignity and self esteem but also the only “father figure” and man I had ever really fully trusted I regret not telling his brother about it now that I’m older because when I look back on things, in hindsight I can see that his brother kind of thought he was a jerk and wasn’t very fond of him and he probably would’ve believed me and been a supportive adult for me to lean on in that situation.”
The comments were subsequently deleted on XoJane but were widely reposted across the web. On January 6th, Oberst’s publicist released a statement to the music news blog AbsolutePunk, which vehemently denied the accusations and revealed that Oberst was consulting an attorney about the matter.
If you wanna know the truth….
Since no one has done any fact checking other than a couple of people, let me start by saying Desaparecidos only had one show in 2003, which was the Cursive release show for The Ugly Organ at Sokol Auditorium. I was there, so I know for sure it didn’t happen that night! But, other than that let’s get to the story I am going to tell about a girl who is delusional, manipulative and full of lies.
So about 11 years ago, I met this boy online named “Zac” in yahoo chat. He was an emo kid from Omaha who was obsessed with saddle creek bands and became friends with all the people in our little chat community. Zac and I became fast friends and we talked every day. He also knew Conor and Matt Oberst. He spoke of these two, knew a lot about Matt especially. In August of 2002 I was going to Omaha to see Desaparecidos at Sokol. He was excited and couldn’t wait to meet and go to the show, until about a week or less before I was going to go. All of a sudden, he committed suicide. I found out via his best friend who lived in Durham, NC and for the sake of this story b/c I don’t wanna out her to anyone but Conor she will be named “J”. As I was stricken with grief, things were off about the whole thing. This person talked like Zac, had similar stories, and I figured it out they were the same person. She was younger than I was and had a lot of issues, so I kept talking to her because I felt bad. So she and I talked a lot about Matt Oberst, and how he saved her and was a big brother to her, how much she was in love with him, how he “hit on her” and I honestly think that she thought he was in love with her. I get it. I was young once and in love with an older guy and thought it was all sunshine and rainbows, so I didn’t think much of it.
She also told me about a time, which I think it wasn’t her 16th bday or at a show, in her version it was in the classroom when he came to visit Matt, that he sang happy birthday to her.
At the show in question in 2003, it was actually a Bright Eyes show, and I was there. I skipped my prom to see Bright Eyes and Sorry About Dresden was playing, and drove from out of town to come to NC because it would probably be the only time ever I would get to see Dresden. (It was) She and I made plans to meet, and we did, she was there with her best friend M, and her boyfriend X. She introduced me to Matt Oberst, and I actually know members who play with the Bright Eyes touring band, so I hung out after the show with them. If I remember correctly, she left before I did….even if she didn’t she came and left with her BOYFRIEND, who rode in the same car as she did.
All these details will make me known to the “victim” and I am not afraid of hiding. I don’t have any notions of privacy, and if you want to know anything, ask me. I may have things said about me that are probably mostly true, because I was once a dumb 18 year old myself and have no problem telling the truth. The reason why I am writing this, is because as a VICTIM OF RAPE myself, I don’t take accusations lightly, and always believe the victim, but in this case, this person (who has been called out by name, but I will not be doing this) has a history of lying and manipulating people online, so I want the truth to be known.
The Frisky Article
On January 8th, the women’s interest blog The Frisky published an article titled “Why I Believe Conor Oberst’s Anonymous Rape Accuser,” in which the author S.W. Kiley revealed that she believed the allegations based on her teenage experience with the unwanted sexual advances of an older man.
On February 19th, TMZ reported that Oberst filed a libel lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court against North Carolina resident Joanie Faircloth, claiming she was the anonymous commenter who had falsely accused him of rape. On February 26th, the connyxoberst Tumblr blog posted an update that Faircloth was denying she made the comments on XoJane.
On July 14th, 2014, Faircloth issued a notarized statement retracting all accusations she made against Oberst.
“The statements I made and repeated online and elsewhere over the past six months accusing Conor Oberst of raping me are 100% false. I made up those lies about him to get attention while I was going through a difficult period in my life and trying to cope with my son’s illness. I publicly retract my statements about Conor Oberst, and sincerely apologize to him, his family, and his fans for writing such awful things about him. I realize that my actions were wrong and could undermine the claims of actual sexual assault victims and for that I also apologize. I’m truly sorry for all the pain that I caused.”
On March 31st, 2013, YouTuber BakkGround Records uploaded a video of a young climbing to the top of a ballpit at Walmart and intentionally dropping herself into the balls below (shown below). In the first two years, the video gained over 330,000 views and 700 comments.
On the same day, Redditor LBJ19 submitted the video to the /r/cringe subreddit, where it received a total of 2,300 votes (73% upvoted) prior to being archived.
On August 4th, 2013, the “Ballpit Challenge” Tumblr blog was launched, which highlights notable videos from the series.