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  • 05/04/15--07:04: Yooka-Laylee
  • About

    Yooka-Laylee is an upcoming platformer video game in development by the studio Playtonic Games. The project, run by former developers of the Banjo-Kazooie series, became the fastest video game to reach $1 million in pledges on Kickstarter in May 2015.

    History

    In 1998, the video game development company Rare released the game Banjo-Kazooie for the Nintendo 64.[1] Several sequels for the game were subsequently released until 2008, when the final game Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts was released for the Xbox 360. In February 2015, several former Rare employees formed the video game studio PlaytonicGames and announced plans to develop a “spiritual successor” to Banjo-Kazooie. On February 16th, the @PlaytonicGames Twitter feed replied to YouTuber Jon Jafari that he would be voicing a character in the upcoming game (shown below).



    On April 30th, Rare announced that the game would be titled Yooka-Laylee. On the following day, a Kickstarter[3] campaign for the game was launched, which accumulated upwards of £1 million in funds in the first 24 hours, becoming the fastest video game in Kickstarter history to pass US$1 million. The game has an expected release date of October 2016.



    Online Presence

    The same day the game was announced, the /r/YookaLaylee[5] subreddit was launched for discussions about the game. Also on April 30th, 2015, YouTuber GameXplain uploaded a video containing commentary about the game’s characters and gameplay (shown below).



    Fan Art

    As of May 2015, the keyword “Yooka-Laylee” yields over 270 search results on DeviantArt.[6]




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  • 05/04/15--08:02: Dad Bod
  • About

    “Dad Bod” is an expression used to describe an adult male physique marked by developed muscle mass accompanied by a protruding stomach referred to as a “beer gut.”

    Origin

    October 15th, 2009, Urban Dictionary[2] user Topgear1 submitted an entry for “dad bod,” defining it as “someone who has the body of a dad.”

    Spread

    The phrase was seldom used online until August 19th, 2014, when the men’s interest blog Total Frat Move[5] published an article titled “Have a Dad Body? Don’t Change a Thing.” On January 20th, 2015, the Instagram feed College Dad Bods was launched. On March 30th, the pop culture blog The Odyssey[1] published an article titled “Why Girls Love The Dad Bod,” listing several reasons why a man with a beer gut would be considered attractive by women.



    On April 29th, Redditor omgilovePopScience submitted The Odyssey article to the /r/fatlogic[3] subreddit. On April 30th, BuzzFeed[7] published an article titled “DadBody Is The Body All Men Should Strive For,” highlighting several examples of dad bods. On May 2nd, Redditor trpbox submitted a post titled “‘The Dad Bod’ – Don’t you fucking dare buy into it” to the /r/TheRedPill[4] subreddit. In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the “dad bod” trend, including GQ,[8] Business Insider[9] and Slate.[10]

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]The OdysseyOnline – Why Girls Love the Dad Bod

    [2]Urban Dictionary – Dad bod

    [3]Reddit – Why Girls Love the Dad Bod

    [4]Reddit – The Dad Bod – Dont you fucking dare buy into it

    [5]Total Frat Move – Have a Dad Body?

    [6]Instagram – College Dad Bods

    [7]BuzzFeed – DadBody Is The Body All Men Should Strive For

    [8]GQ – What is Dad Bod

    [9]Business Insider – Everyones obsessed with the dad bod

    [10]Slate – "What Is the Dad Bod? ":http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2015/04/30/what_is_the_dad_bod_america_s_leading_expert_explains.html


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  • 05/04/15--15:23: 2015 Garland, Texas Shooting
  • Overview

    2015 Garland, Texas Shooting was a terrorist attack that occurred during an art exhibit for illustrations of the Muslim prophet Mohammad at the Curtis Cullwell Center in Garland, Texas in early May 2015.

    Background

    On May 3rd, 2015, the American Freedom Defense Initiative organization held an art exhibit and contest in Garland, Texas for drawings of Mohammad in response to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in January that year. At the end of the event, Arizona residents Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi shot a security guard outside of the building. The men were subsequently shot to death by police.



    Notable Developments

    Online Reaction

    Following the shooting, people began commenting on the attack with the hashtag #garlandshooting[1] on Twitter. Meanwhile, Redditor Ripclawe submitted a news story about the incident to /r/news,[4] where it received more than 5,400 votes (93% upvoted) and 9,200 comments within 24 hours. On May 4th, Twitter user @RefugeeRacket[3] tweeted the winning illustration for the event, featuring a depiction of Mohammad attacking the artist drawing him (shown below). The same day, Redditor Igortheinvincible posted the illustration to the /r/atheism[2] subreddit, where it gathered upwards of 4,000 votes (90% upvoted) and 800 comments in the first seven hours.



    Possible ISIS Affiliation

    On May 4th, The Guardian[5] posted a screenshot of a tweet by the Shariah is Light Twitter account (now suspended) with the hashtag #texasattack, posted 15 minutes prior to the attack (shown below). According to the article, the account had previously tweeted support for ISIS and other Islamic extremists.



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  • 05/05/15--09:48: Rihanna's Met Gala Dress
  • About

    Rihanna’s Met Gala Dress refers to an imperial yellow, fur-trimmed cape worn by the American pop singer Rihanna at the Met Gala event in early May 2015. The wardrobe quickly became widely mocked online and spawned a series of photoshopped parodies on Twitter and Instagram, in a similar vein to the dress worn by the pop star at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.

    Origin

    On May 4th, 2015, Rihanna entered the red carpet at the Met Gala in a long, bright yellow cape by Chinese couture designer Guo Pei (shown below). During the event, Rihanna posted a photograph of herself on the red carpet to her official Instagram[1] feed (shown below).



    Spread

    That evening, Twitter user @Mr__Harlem[6] posted a tweet comparing Rihanna’s cape to a poured omelette, gaining over 5,300 retweets and 2,800 favorites in the first 24 hours (shown below, left). A minute later, Twitter user @jazzonce[5] posted a tweet comparing the dress to a yellow condom (shown below, right).



    On May 5th, the @Dominos_UK[4] Twitter feed posted a picture of the dress photoshopped as a large pepperoni pizza (shown below). Within four hours, the tweet gathered upwards of 2,500 retweets and 1,200 favorites.



    That day, The Guardian[7] published a satirical article titled “How to make Rihanna’s Met Ball dress,” containing cooking instructions for making an omelette:

    Take four eggs, crack into a mixing bowl with a pinch of salt and pepper. Beat well with a fork. Meanwhile, put a frying pan on a high heat. Once it’s hot enough, add a small knob of butter. When it has melted, add the eggs and move the pan around to spread the mix out evenly. When the omelette begins to firm up, but is a little raw, sprinkle over the cheese. Place on a red carpet with an arty head piece and basically win the Met Ball. Serves 2-4.

    Also on May 5th, other news sites published articles about the photoshop meme, including The Daily What,[2] BuzzFeed,[3]USA Today,[8] NY Daily News,[9] Mashable[10] and The Daily Mail.[11]

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    Sarah Jessica Parker’s Met Gala Hat refers to an ornate headdress the actress wore to the 2015 Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala, for which the theme was “China: Through the Looking Glass.” The hat’s large and unique shape caused it to quickly be mocked online and spawned many photoshop edits.

    Origin

    Sarah Jessica Parker attended the Met Gala in 2015 in a dress of her own design (in partnership with H&M) and a custom Philip Treacy headdress. At 5:50 that evening, Twitter user JChiron18 tweeted a photo comparing the headdress to Aku, the villain from television series Samurai Jack, with the text “Who wore it better?” The tweet received 247 retweets and 158 favorites.




    Spread

    In the next twenty minutes, a variety of other Twitter users made similar comparisons, many of which received hundreds of retweets and favorites. User SartoriallyInc compared the headdress to Dragon Ball character Goku.




    Funny or Die posted a Photoshop edit on Instagram where the headdress was replaced with the flame emoji. In 24 hours, the post had received more than 1,600 likes.



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    not yet available

    External References

    [1]Time – Twitter Has Some Fun With Sarah Jessica Parker’s Met Gala Headdress

    [2]Daily Mail – Meme Gala! Rihanna and Sarah Jessica Parker both take home award for most ridiculed outfits on the Internet


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  • 05/05/15--23:16: Smogon University
  • About

    “Smogon University”, commonly shortened to Smogon, is a website whose content encompasses competitive Pokémon battling. It offers guides on battling strategies for people of different Pokémon knowledge backgrounds. The website was founded by ‘chaos’ (one of the developers of NetBattle, the most popular battling simulator back then) and is a considerably well-known website, visited by competitive Pokémon battling enthusiasts.

    The Smogon motto is “Pokémon on the Internet: Let’s make it happen” and their mascot is the Pokémon Koffing, the name Smogon itself being the German name for this Pokémon.

    Since its founding in late 2004, the site has been a subject of much debate and mockery among the Pokemon fandom.

    History

    Though officially established on December 18th, 2004, many of Smogon’s battlers have been part of the online competitive Pokemon scene since 1999, originating from sites such as GameFAQs, Azure Heights, RPGamer, Pojo, and The PokeMasters. Top battlers from these websites held a number of tournaments, hosted on the original “Pokémon Battle Simulator,” a web based sim written by Blizzard for the RBY Pokémon games. Other battle simulators were made, more strategies were developed, and a close knit community began to form around the game. In order to give this community a unified prescence and definitive home, Smogon was founded.

    Clauses

    In order to balance the game, many restrictions are placed on teams. These clauses vary between tiers, but below are the universal ones.

    Endless Battle Clause: Any moveset on any Pokémon that is capable of intentionally causing an endless battle is banned from competitive play.

    Baton Pass Clause: Only one Pokémon per team may know the move Baton Pass.

    Evasion Clause: The moves Double Team and Minimize are not permitted in play.

    Moody Clause: Pokémon with the ability Moody are not permitted.

    OHKO Clause: A Pokémon may not have the moves Fissure, Guillotine, Horn Drill, or Sheer Cold in its moveset.

    Sleep Clause: Only one Pokémon may be put to sleep on the opposing team at a time, if not induced by a move such as Rest.

    Tiers

    Smogon’s metagame uses a usage-based tier system, in which Pokemon are divided into tiers based on how often they are used. Generally, Pokemon in higher tiers are more powerful and useful than ones in lower tiers, though this is not always the case.

    Suspect Testing

    If a Pokemon is deemed too powerful for a tier by its playerbase, the Pokemon may be suspect tested. This is accomplished by creating a suspect test ladder on the simulator, and setting a certain COIL rating that players must achieve in order to vote. The Pokemon’s fate is then decided by the players who qualified to vote.

    Search interest

    Not available.

    References

    [1]Koffing’s German name – Koffing in other languages

    [2]Founding date – About Smogon

    [2]Clauses and Tiers – Gen VI Tiers


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  • 05/06/15--09:48: Kill The Faggot Controversy
  • Editor’s note: Work in progress. Feel free to request editorship.

    Warning: This entry contains homophobic slurs and can be offensive to some viewers.


    Overview

    “Kill The Faggot” is a first person shooter videogame developed by Randall Herman, and posted on Steam Greenlight on May 4th 2015. The game immediately became a hot topic of controversy within online gaming communities due its homophobic nature.

    Background

    On May 4th a Christian developer made the game “kill all fagg*t” where the main premise of the game was to, well kill any homosexual in sight, not only was the game about mass murdering gay people but you got bonus points if they were transgender. The developer claims the game was intended to help his friend sell Christian skating shoes [2]

    Notable Developments

    Jim sterling reviewed the green light trailer and said

    “I sometimes think Steam’s menagerie of messed up games can’t shock me anymore, and then genuine hate speech finds its way onto Greenlight.” He also makes remarks about people claiming it being satire then saying “Where is the fucking satire?! what is it satirizing?!”

    The game It was removed from steam greenlight within 12 hours

    Search Interest

    Not available

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  • 05/06/15--10:27: Down With Cis
  • About

    Down With Cis is an ironic catchphrase initially created to mock cisphobia and specific threats from certain social justice activism circles against opponents of the movement, most notably “Die Cis Scum.” However, members of Tumblr’s transgender community eventually started to embrace the phrase because of the fakeness of the story it originated from. Due to the original fabricated story featuring a bus containing a horde of people wearing shirts with the phrase, it also eventually became an exploitable placed on shirts.

    Origin

    On April 4th, 2015, Tumblr user Forever Honest[1] posted a fabricated story featuring himself and a friend walking down the street right as a bus stops next to them, after which they are both being beaten by a horde of people from the bus wearing shirts reading “Down with Cis.” Cis itself is an abbreviation for cisgender and cissexual, which is used to describe those whose gender identities match the sex they were assigned at birth (as a complement to transgender); of which the abbreviation additionally also gained usage in certain social justice blogging circles as a negative slur towards those who question or dislike the choices of people who identify with non-standard gender practices. As of May 6th, the post managed to gather over 9,000 notes.



    Spread

    On April 7th, Tumblr user transgirlnausicaa[3] both created a post showing a t-shirt with the custom text “Down With Cis”,[4] which managed to gather over 740 notes in the following month. Following transgirlnausicaa’s post, the “down-with-cis” tag[2] managed to gather relatively little attention before getting active again nearly a month later on May 4th. On that date, Tumblr user sistermeme[5] also created a post featuring a scene from the animated series Steven Universe with the character Buck Dewey holding a shirt reading “Down With Cis” (shown below). In the following 2 days, the post managed to gather over 6,300 notes.



    On May 5th, Tumblr user Alienspeed[6] posted an image showing Pepe the Frog from Matt Furie’s comic series Boy’s Club wearing a shirt reading “Down with Cis” (shown below, left). That same date, Tumblr user Skyerin[7] created a text post asking people to reblog if they were on the “down with cis”-bus, and Tumblr user Sourcefieldmix[8] created a text posting asking if the bus does parties. In less than 24 hours, the posts managed to gather respectively over 2,200; 4,500 and 2,600 notes. That same date, Youtube user Vivid Grim[9] also uploaded a video showing a scene of the anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica with a shirt of the character Homura Akemi edited to read “Down with Cis” (shown below, right).



    Due to the phrase’s nature and close similarities with “Die Cis Scum”, a phrase initially created as a serious response by certain members of the transgender community, “Down With Cis” can be described as an example of Poe’s Law. Because of this, deployment of the phrase has become a form of flame trolling by Tumblr’s transgender community and supporters to gather replies taking it serious. On May 6th, Tumblr user Chandra Nalaar[10] created a post highlighting several reactions from people who believed Forever Honest’s original fabricated story (shown below). In less than 24 hours, the post managed to gather more than 4,100 notes.





    Search Interest

    [Not Yet Available]

    External References

    [1]Tumblr – Forever Honest

    [2]Tumblr – Tagged: ‘down-with-cis’

    [3]Tumblr – Transgirlnausicaa

    [4]Zazzle.com – Uppercase ShirtLowercase Shirt

    [5]Tumblr – Sistermeme

    [6]Tumblr – Alienspeed

    [7]Tumblr – Skyerin

    [8]Tumblr – Sourcefieldmix

    [9]Youtube – Vivid Grim

    [10]Tumblr – Chandra Nalaar


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  • 05/06/15--14:44: Gluten Free Diet
  • About

    Gluten Free Diet is a diet that avoids any foods containing the protein composite gluten found in wheat, barley and rye grains. Traditionally, the diet has been adopted by people suffering from the autoimmune disorder celiac disease,[2] which can be aggravated by consuming foods containing gluten. Online, the diet has been criticized and mocked for being trendy and lacking tangible health benefits.

    Origin

    Traditionally, the diet was adopted by people who suffer from a sensitivity to gluten resulting from celiac disease, which is estimated to affect only 1% of adults worldwide.[1] In 2011, cardiologist William R. Davis released the book Wheat Belly, which claims that modern wheat is toxic and urges readers to avoid consuming food with the grain. Within one month, the book became a New York Times bestseller, which has been credited with popularizing gluten free diets among those without celiac disease.[3] Various claims in the book have since been refuted by critics who argue Davis’ conclusions are not supported by scientific evidence.

    Paleo Diet

    The paleo diet is a type gluten free diet which attempts to eliminate foods that were not consumed by humans prior to the Neolithic agricultural revolution, including dairy, legumes, processed oils, refined sugars and all grains.

    Spread

    On December 30th, 2011, the /r/glutenfreecooking[5] subreddit was launched for recipes and pictures of gluten free meals. On October 11th, 2013, YouTuber coachbombaymusic uploaded a parody version of the song “Royals” by Lorde, expressing the frustrations of intestinal distress caused by celiac disease (shown below).



    On January 9th, 2014, Redditor gracekirk submitted a first world problems image macro lamenting the gluten free diet trend to /r/AdviceAnimals,[4] where it garnered more than 3,000 votes (93% upvoted) and 590 comments prior to being archived (shown below).



    On May 6th, Jimmy Kimmel Live aired a segment in which they ask random pedestrians to explain what gluten is (shown below, left). In one year, the YouTube upload of the segment garnered upwards of 3.5 million views and 2,500 comments. On May 15th, the AsapSCIENCE YouTube channel uploaded a video titled “What the Heck is Gluten?”, which refuted claims that gluten was harmful to those who do not have sensitivities to the protein composite (shown below, right).



    On October 1st, Comedy Central broadcast Season 18 Episode 2 “Gluten Free Ebola” of the television show South Park, in which men’s penises detach from their bodies after consuming gluten (shown below, left). On March 16th, 2015, YouTuber AwakenWithJP uploaded a video titled “How to Become Gluten Intolerant” as part of the satirical web series “Ultra Spiritual Life” (shown below, right). Within two months, the video gained over 2.3 million views and 2,100 comments.



    Gluten Free Museum

    On February 6th, 2015, the “Gluten Free Museum” Tumblr[6] blog was launched, which highlights works of art juxtaposed with photoshopped versions that have replaced or removed all foods containing gluten.



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  • 05/07/15--07:42: Agar.io
  • About

    Agar.io is a browser game where the player must increase the size of of a blob by engulfing other player’s blobs. The game has been noted for its simple yet addicting gameplay.

    History

    Agar.io was originally created by a user of 4chan’s/v/ (Video Games) board where it was first posted on April 28, 2015.[1] The domain name for the game was created the same day, and was named Agar.io, derived from agar, a jelly-like substance used in microbiology as a growth medium, after it was proposed by an anonymous poster.[6] The game was submitted to Steam Greenlight on May 3, where it was promptly greenlit.[4]

    Gameplay

    In Agar.io, the player takes on the role of a cell, with the goal being to grow larger by engulfing pellets as well as other players. The player can split into smaller blobs through several means, such as by pressing the Space Bar and being driven into viruses. The player can also shoot parts of their blob by pressing W.



    Online Presence

    A subreddit for the game was created at /r/Agario on April 29.[2] A small Russian-language Wikia for the game was created around the same time.[3] On May 2, Let’s Player ZeRoyalKing uploaded a YouTube video of himself playing the game, which gained over 50,000 views over the next few days. On May 3, video game stream channel Vinesauce uploaded footage from a stream of the game, which gained over 25,000 views.



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Archive.moe – /v/ – Video Games

    [2]Reddit – /r/Agario

    [3]Wikia – Agar.io Wikia

    [4]Steam Greenlight – Agar.io

    [5]Agar.io – Agar.io

    [6]Wikipedia – Agar


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  • 05/07/15--07:46: Chef Jacques la Merde
  • About

    Chef Jacques La Merde is the pseudonym of an anonymous Instagrammer who uses a single topic blog to parody food porn and haute cuisine with photographs of detail-oriented dishes created from common junk foods.

    Online History

    The Chef Jacques La Merde Instagram[1] account was created by an anonymous user on February 5th, 2015. Translating to “Chef Jack Shit”, the first post was a photograph of a fancy-looking plate of food. The caption gave the ingredients: "tartar of hand cut hot rod, @eatnomiku egg yolk, “intense pickle” Doritos soil" and tagged the post with a combination of common foodie hashtags and product names. As of May 2015, this post had 667 likes and 129 comments.



    In the account’s second post, the captions became all caps and began referring to the life of the fictional chef more frequently, including references to a sous-chef named Paco.

    Spread

    By May of 2015, after only 28 posts, the account had acquired more than 63,700 followers, and was written about on a variety of food blogs, including Eater, Twisted Sifter, and the Onion AV Club. [2][3][4] In an interview with First We Feast[5], the blogger explained the process of creating the dishes.


    USUALLY IM LIKEPUMPINGAS OR PICKIN UP SOYMILKAND I’LL SEESOMESHINYPACKAGINGAND I’LL GETTHISFLASH OF LIKE“HEY THATCOUD BE SOIGNÉ !!!!” LIKETHEOTHERDAY I FOUNDSOMESWEDISHFISHGUMMIESAND I BROUGHTTHEM TO MY SOUS JOSÉ AND WE JUSTSTARTEDRAPPINIDEASANDFINALLYAFTERLIKE 17 DAYS WE CAME UP W/ THISSUPERTIGHTSWEDISHFISHCEVICHEUSINGLIMEPOWERADEFOAM, REDHOTSANDCRACKERJACK. PPLEXPECT A CEVICHE TO BE SAVORY, BUTTHEN U SURPRISETHEMANDSHOWCASE UR CREATIVITYANDALL OF A SUDDEN, UR NEXTLEVEL. BEINGCREATIVE IS ABOUTLOOKIN AT WHATEVERYONEELSE IS DOINGANDGOINGTOPSYTURVY ON THEM !!!

    Notable Examples




    Search Interest

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    External References

    [1]Instagram – Chef Jacques La Merde

    [2]Eater – Brilliant Instagram Account Pokes Fun at High-End Dining

    [3]Twisted Sifter – This Guy is Plating Junk Food Like High End Cuisine and It’s Awesome

    [4]The A.V. Club – An Instagram user is making junk food look high end

    [5]First We Feast – OURFAVORITESATIRICALFOODWORLDINSTAGRAMERCHEFJACQUES LA MERDETEACHES US HOW TO BE SOIGNÉ


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    About

    Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is an action hack and slash videogame developed by Platinum Games and produced by Kojima Studios, released as a spin-off of the Metal Gear series. The players asume control of Raiden, a katana-wielding cyborg who fights against the terrorist group Desperado Enforcement LLC.

    Premise

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    History

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    Gameplay

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    Online Presence

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    Related Memes

    Senator Armstrong

    Steven Armstrong, better known as Senator Armstrong, is the main antagonist of the game. Online, Armstrong has commonly been associated with the catchphrase Nanomachines, Son, often used as a non sequitur response to an unrelated question (shown bellow, left), and the Tony Kornheiser’s ‘Why’ styled Photoshop exploitable 200% Mad (shown bellow, right), albeit gaining a fan following.



    Rules of Nature

    ‘Rules of Nature’is the battle theme for Metal Gear RAY, one of the game bosses. The song has been combined with various footage of over-the-top action sequences, in similar vein to Guile’s and Groose’s themes.



    Monsoon

    Monsoonis one of the primary antagonists in the game. His nihilistic in-game monologue about memes as units of culturally transmitted information that control humanity gained much online notoriety, with fans eventually associating the speech with internet memes.



    Sundowner

    Sundowner is one of the primary antagonists in the game, being also the leader of the terrorist group Desperado Enforcement LLC. Online, Sundowner is widly used as reaction image for his memorable facial expresions, and associated with the catchphrases “I’m Fucking Invincible” and “The Good Old Days Right After 9/11”.



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  • 05/07/15--10:29: Suicide Squad
  • About

    Suicide Squad, also known as Task Force X, is a team of DC Comics antiheroes made of various incarcerated supervillains who are forced to run difficult black ops missions for the United States government in exchange for leniency.

    History

    In September 1959, the original iteration of the Suicide Squad was introduced in DC Comics The Brave and the Bold #25, consisting of the characters Rick Flag, Jr., Karin Grace, Dr. Hugh Evans and Jess Bright. The team was revived in 1986 in the DC Comics crossover story Legends to destroy the fire elemental Brimstone and was depicted as a secret government organization employed to perform high-risk operations. On July 25th, 2014, the Suicide Squad was featured in the DC animated film Batman: Assault on Arkham (shown below).



    Film

    In September 2014, director David Ayer signed on to direct a Suicide Squad film for Warner Bros. As of May 2015, the film’s cast consists of the characters Deadshot (played by Will Smith), The Joker (played by Jared Leto), Harley Quinn (played by Margot Robbie), Rick Flagg (played by Joel Kinnaman), Captain Boomerang (played by Jai Courtney, Enchantress (played by Cara Delevingne), Amanda Waller (played by Viola Davis), Killer Croc (played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Slipknot (played by Adam Beach), Katana (played by Karen Fukuhara) and El Diablo (played by Jay Hernandez). On May 3rd, Ayer tweeted a photograph of the Suicide Squad cast (shown below).



    Online Presence

    On March 6th, 2012, a Facebook[1] page titled “Suicide Squad” was launched, gathering more than 60,000 likes in the next three years. On July 21st, 2014, the WatchMojo.com YouTube channel uploaded a video explaining the origins of the Suicide Squad team. On December 4th, the Screen Junkies YouTube channel uploaded video in which several men discuss the Suicide Squad (shown below, right).



    On February 15th, 2015, YouTuber Alex Luthor uploaded a fan made trailer for the upcoming Suicide Squad film (shown below). On April 10th, the /r/suicidesquad[4] subreddit was launched for discussions about the comic book team. On May 3rd, a thread discussing the Suicide Squad was posted on the /r/OutOfTheLoop[2] subreddit.



    Jared Leto’s Joker Photograph

    On April 13th, 2015, principal photography for the upcoming 2016 superhero film Suicide Squad, which is based on DC Comics’ anti-hero team with the same name, began in Toronto, Canada. On April 24th, the director David Ayer tweeted an official promotional photograph of actor Jared Leto dressed as the Joker in the film (shown below, left). Within 72 hours, the tweet gathered upwards of 40,000 retweets and 33,000 favorites. The photograph was posted to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Joker’s first appearance in the 1940 comic book Batman #1, with Leto’s manic facial expression alluding to a panel in the 1988 Batman graphic novel The Killing Joke (shown below, right). The photograph subsequently spawned a photoshop meme.



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  • 05/07/15--11:48: Black Guy on the Phone
  • About

    Black Guy on the Phone is the nickname of former Republican congressional primary candidate Martin Baker, who was photographed talking on his cell phone during a event to support police office Darren Wilson in August 2014. The photograph has been widely circulated in joke tweets posted on Black Twitter.

    Origin

    On August 17th, 2014, The Guardian published an article about protesters in St. Louis, Missouri who came out in support of Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri earlier that month. The article referred to a man named Martin Baker as the sole black member of the crowd. The same day, a thread titled “Meet the one black man that showed up at the rally for the cop that killed Mike Brown” was submitted to the Lipstick Alley Forums,[2] which highlighted a photograph of Baker holding a Darren Wilson T-shirt (shown below, left). In the thread, forum member originalwharris posted another photograph of Baker, in which he is shown holding his cellphone up to his ear (shown below, right).



    Spread

    On August 18th, 2014, UpRoxx[6] published an article about the online backlash toward Baker for attending the rally. On August 20th, several Twitter users posted the photograph of Baker with jokes about various types of phone calls he could be making (shown below).



    On August 27th, Nike Talk Forums[7] member 4318MichaelJohnson431 posted a thread titled “Is Black Guy on the Phone the Hottest Meme in the Streets?”, which gathered more than 300 replies over then next two months. On February 5th, 2015, the pop culture blog Complex[8] reported that Baker was working at a new job recording mixtapes.



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  • 05/07/15--12:03: LeJuan James
  • About

    LeJuan James is a Vine personality known for his comedic depictions of Hispanic childhood and lifestyle.

    Origin

    LeJuan James is the Vine account of Latino comedian Juan Atiles of Orlando Florida. On deciding to go into Vine comedy, he said:


    Honestly, I got started on Vine. I was playing around. It wasn’t something that I was thinking about doing. I was a full time student/full time retail manager….I got my family involved and people started gravitating to it.[4]

    Online Presence

    Atiles launched his Vine account on May 11, 2013, with a video about his hero, LeBron James., which has over 600 likes and 12,000 loops as of May 2015.



    He launched his Twitter feed two months later, in July of 2013.

    Spread

    As of May 2015, LeJuan James’s Vine account has over 470,000 followers and over 97,600,000 loops. His videos have been featured on Buzzfeed, Telemundo, CNN Español and Huffington Post, who named him a “Latino You Should Be Watching on Vine.”[5][6][7][8]

    Notable Examples

    Please note that most of LeJuan James’ Vines feature monologues and dialogues in Spanish. If you’d like to provide transcription in English translation for the following videos, please request editorship.





    External References

    [1]Vine – LeJuan James

    [2]Twitter – LeJuan James

    [3]Facebook – Team LeJuan James

    [4]Inaxxis.com – Why LeJuan James Dropped Everything to Do It For the Vine

    [5]Buzzfeed – The 8 Times LeJuan James Nailed Growing Up Hispanic

    [6]Telemundo – LeJuan James Entrevista

    [7]Huffington Post – Latinos On Vine You Should Be Following


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    About

    Look at this Photograph Edits are a fad where a user takes a small section of the Nickelback song Photograph and changes what Chad Kroeger is holding into something humorous, often editing the music to match.

    Examples


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  • 05/08/15--07:54: Shaquille O'Neal's Epic Fall
  • About

    Shaquille O’Neal’s Epic Fall, also known as #ShaqtinaFall, is a photoshop meme based on a still image of former professional basketball player Shaquielle O’Neal falling on to the set floor during a televised broadcast in May 2015.

    Origin

    On May 6th, 2015, retired professional basketball player Shaquille O’Neal tripped over a wire on the set of the TNT sports television show Halftime Report (shown below).



    That day, O’Neal tweeted[1] a photoshopped screen capture of the fall of himself being tackled by a professional wrestler, along with an announcement that whoever posts the “best meme” out of the incident with the hashtag “#ShaqtinaFall” would received $500 (shown below). In the first 48 hours, the tweet gathered upwards of 13,000 retweets and 11,600 favorites.



    Spread

    Also on May 6th, Redditor chanandlerer posted a video of the fall to the /r/nba subreddit, where it gained over 5,000 votes (96% upvoted) and 820 comments over the next 48 hours. Meanwhile, the @SBNation[3] Twitter feed tweeted a photoshopped picture of Shaw on the ground with the character Simba from the 1994 Disney animated children’s film The Lion King (shown below).



    On May 7th, O’Neal tweeted a video of comedian Kevin Hart performing a stand-up bit in which he says “Shaq, when you fall during the games it’s the funniest shit I’ve ever seen in my life” (shown below). In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the photoshop meme, including The Daily Mail,[4]ABC[5] and E! Online.[6]




    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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  • 05/08/15--09:56: Jerome Boateng's Fall
  • About

    Jerome Boateng’s Fall refers to a tumble taken by the German football player and defender for FC Bayern Munich after losing his balance while attempting to mark Lionel Messi, Argentina’s superstar footballer and striker for FC Barcelona, in the penalty area during the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final between the two teamson Wednesday.

    Origin



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  • 05/08/15--10:26: Hipster Hamburglar
  • About

    Hipster Hamburglar is the nickname for an updated depiction of the McDonald’s mascot Hamburglar, who was revived as the alter ego of a hip, suburban father in a promotional campaign for the Sirloin Third Pound Burger in May 2015.

    Origin

    The Hamburglar[1] villain was first introduced in 1971 in several McDonald’s television commercials as a thief wearing a black-and-white shirt and pants, red cape and a wide brimmed hat (shown below). The character was commonly featured in promotions for the fast food restaurant until 2003.



    On May 6th, 2015, the McDonald’s Twitter feed posted a commercial for their new Sirloin Third Pound burger, in which a father wearing a black-and-white striped apron is shown performing various flair tricks with a spatula while grilling hamburgers in his backyard, followed by a voice whispering the Hamburglar’s catchphrase “robble robble” (shown below).




    That day, the fast food company released a promotional image for an updated version of the Hamburglar character, who is depicted as a bearded adult man wearing a black trenchcoat, striped shirt and black mask (shown below).



    Spread

    The same day, USA Today[2] published an article about the McDonald’s character, referring to him as a “hipster version” of the villain. Meanwhile, Twitter users began posting tweets mocking the character’s trendy appearance (shown below).[3][4]



    On May 7th, Redditor PR0F_CHA0S posted a gallery of tweets criticizing the new Hamburglar to the /r/LeWrongGeneration[5] subreddit. In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the online reaction to the character, including The Daily What,[6] E! Online,[7] UpRoxx,[8] Mashable[9] and NPR.[10]

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 05/08/15--14:55: Put a Rang on It
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    About

    Put a Rang on It is a single topic Tumblr blog and Instagram feed featuring photographs of celebrities digitally altered to appear as if they have fair skin, freckles and red hair, to mimic a person often referred to as a “rang” or “ginger.”

    Origin

    On April 28th, 2015, Australian ad creative Nadia Ahmad “Put a Rang on It” Tumblr and Instagram feed were launched simultaneously, with each highlighting 18 pictures of celebrities photoshopped with red hair and fair skin that day (shown below).



    Spread

    On May 5th, the pop culture blog NewNowNext published an article titled “This Sickening New Tumblr Makes Everyone Famous Into a Ginger.” On May 6th, Redditor throwawaymysobriety submitted a link to the Tumblr blog to the /r/ofcoursethatsinteresting.[4] On May 8th, Business Insider[5] published an interview with Ahmad, who assured readers that she is not “anti-ginger.”

    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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