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  • 05/26/15--03:34: Charlie Charlie Challenge
  • About

    The Charlie Charlie Challenge is a supernatural ritual type of trend in which the individual attempts to summon a Mexican demon named “Charlie”. They must place two pencils on top of each other to form a plus shape, while writing a Yes and No twice on paper in between them. Individuals are supposed to first chant “Charlie, Charlie, can we play?” twice, and wait to see if the crossed pencil points towards Yes or No. Then, they must ask permission to stop the game by chanting “Charlie, Charlie can we stop?”, until the pencil points to ‘Yes’.

    Origin

    Spread

    On May 25th, The Vigilant Christian YouTube channel posted a video about the challenge, which criticized the practice for “calling upon demons” (shown below).



    That day, Twitter user RicexGum posted a photograph of a piece of paper with the words “Download my mixtape fam” with the hashtag “#charliecharliechallenge” (shown below). In the first 24 hours, the tweet gained over 2,600 favorites and 2,000 retweets.



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 05/26/15--10:49: Beyoncé Always On Beat
  • About

    Beyoncé Always on Beat, also known by its hashtag #BeyoncéAlwaysOnBeat is a video editing trend where various clips of Beyoncé dancing are matched to songs with similar beats or time meters, creating the illusion that Beyoncé is dancing to a song other than her own.

    Origin

    On May 23rd, 2015, Twitter user MascotMY_Tweets (Kendall Gaines)[1] began tweeting a series of found Vine and Instagram videos which he tagged with the hashtag #BeyonceAlwaysOnBeat. The first clip tweeted with the hashtag was originally by Vine user Nelly the King, originally posted on February 20th, 2015. It shows a clip from the Beyoncé video “Flawless” edited to create the illusion that Beyoncé is dancing to the Little Einsteins Theme. As of May 26th, 2015, the Vine had accrued over 2,500,000 loops; MascotMY_Tweets original tagged tweet of the video received 4,511 retweets and 3,118 favorites.




    MascotMy_Tweets eventually tweeted out over thirty tweets in his #BeyoncéAlwaysOnBeat series. By the following day, users were creating new videos for him to tweet out, and also creating other similar hashtags featuring Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and Whitney Houston.

    Spread

    As of May 26th, there are more than 500 videos on Vine[7] tagged with the hashtag, over 30,000 Instagram posts,[6] and over 185,000 tweets (see search interest below). Collections of the hashtag have been created on many media outlets, including Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed, USAToday, and MTV.[2][3][4][5]

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]Twitter – @MascotMy_Tweet’s Tweet

    [2]Cosmopolitan – Once You See #BeyoncéAlwaysOnBeat, You Will Never Be the Same

    [3]Buzzfeed – Beyoncé Has Managed To Become A Meme And It’s Absolutely Hilarious

    [4]USAToday – #BeyonceAlwaysOnBeat to every song

    [5]MTV#BeyonceAlwaysOnBeat Proves Queen Bey Can Do No Wrong

    [6]Instagram – Hashtag Search: #BeyonceAlwaysOnBeat

    [7]Vine – Hashtag Search:#BeyonceAlwaysOnBeat


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  • 05/26/15--11:11: Dude Weed Lmao
  • Work in progress. Feel free to request editorship


    About

    “Dude Weed Lmao” is a catchphrase used to impersonate and mock members of the stoner subculture and as a spam and shitposting practise. The catchphrase has also being associated with the Canadian actor, filmmaker, and comedian Seth Rogen,[4] known for featuring marijuana-related jokes or scenes on his movies, and used to criticise some kinds of comedy, under the phrasal templateDude X Lmao”.

    Origin

    The first instance of the catchphrase can be found on a thread submitted on 4chan’s /tv/ board on July 15th, 2014, featuring a close-up photo of Seth Rogen’s face along with the message “DUDEWEEDLMAO”, as mockery of his tendency to feature stoner humor, seen as unfunny, on his movies.[1] The same thread also featured posts that mock of common Rogen’s comedy tropes, in similar fasion to the original post.



    Spread

    During the following weeks, a series of posts and threads with Seth Rogen’s pics and the catchphrase were created on /tv/, mostly because The Interview’s trailer release, spreading to other boards.[2][3] At some point the catchphrase also started being used as a way to refer to marijuana entusiast or defenders.[6][7][8] On September 16th, 2014, a thread asking for the meaning of the catchphrase was submited on /tv/.[5]

    External References


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  • 05/26/15--12:17: Tumblr Nose
  • About

    Tumblr Nose, sometimes called Tumblr Red Nose Syndrome is a name given for a trend where artists, particularly on Tumblr, give characters they draw red noses. The style has come under some criticism for its unrealistic, but persistent, usage.

    Origin

    In cartooning, noses are occasionally filled in with a different color than the rest of the face to bring out the nose as its own facial feature. This is often used in cases where the nose is cartoonishly exaggerated.[1] Classic examples of this can be seen in Disney characters such as the dwarfs from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio from the movie of the same name. What makes Tumblr Nose different from this is that in artwork that uses it, the nose is usually not considered its own separate facial element, but rather, it is visibly attached to the rest of the face.



    Spread

    Although the trend existed, most of the early complaints about the trend began to show up in 2012. Much of the criticism of the trend stems from a seeming unoriginality as well as the strange look due to the inappropriate use of color; characters with the look are commonly said to have the appearance of having a cold. The earliest references on 4chan come from April of 2012.[2] In November 2012, Tumblr user burnishable made a post noting the trend, which gained over 10,000 notes.[3] This image was reposted in 2013 by Tumblr user pfeizer, where it gained over 20,000 notes.[4] In 2015, Tumblr user son0fsparda posted a Filename Thread-style post featuring a screenshot from the cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants edited to feature a Tumblr nose; this post gained over 2,000 notes.[5]



    Examples Images




    Search Interest

    References


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    About



    Mathieu Sommet and Antoine Daniel are a couple of French Youtubers (who are hosting their respective show, both consisting of humoristic reviews from media and viral videos, in a similar style to RayWilliamJohnson’s“Equal 3”. Their respective show, known as “Salut Les Geeks” (“hello the geeks”, sometimes simply referred as SLG) and “What the Cut!?” became very famous on the French internet, the first one gathering 1.3 million subscribers and 166 million views on May 2015[1], while the latter one gathered over 2 million subscribers and 169 million views in the same time[2].

    Online History


    Mathieu Sommet


    Origin


    After participating to the production of several short movies with the association “Kick Production” during the late 2000’s[3]Mathieu Sommet started his own Youtube Channel in march 2011, when he uploaded the first episode of SLG, simply entitled “Pilot Episode”. The show consists of a humoristic review of three viral internet videos.



    He admitted in an interview[4] that his goal was to adapt the concept of RayWilliamJohnson’s show to a French audience. Indeed, adaptations of English-speaking internet shows for a French-speaking audience were notably popular, with various very successful examples like Joueur du Grenier, the French equivalent to The Angry Video Game Nerd and the Nostalgia Critic, who started his show in 2009.

    However, Matheu Sommet managed to keep a strong differentiation to the original stuff, introducing several memorable characters and sometimes humoristic musical segments, which became an important part of the show’s popularity [5].

    Spread


    The show kept a quite confidential audience during its first year, but gained a notable increase in popularity in july 2012, after Mathieu appeared as a cameo on LinkstheSun’s show “Point Culture”[6], which was way more popular at this time.

    Overall, since its creation, the show spawned 96 episodes over five seasons, and four special musical videos, for the show’s anniversary. The most popular one, entitled “Internet j’suis ton enfant” (“Internet I’m your child”) posted in march 2014 for the third anniversary of SLG, became the most popular video on the channel, gaining over 3,000,000 views on May 2015.

    However, since the middle of season 3, the show’s tone started to change, as Mathieu started to focus more on the satire and caricature of the different social aspects of the videos he reviewed, at the point that a part of his fanbase accused him of turning into a left-wing Social justice warrior, which he partially admitted in a Q&A video[7].

    Plot and Characters

    Warning: may contain spoilers

    The main character cast, all played by Mathieu, includes:

    • The Boss, a sexually perverted man always represented wearing a black suit vest, a dark shirt, sunglasses and with a cigarette in the mouth.
    • The Geek (sometimes referred as “the kid”), a caricature of a virgin immature child wearing a baseball cap.
    • The Hippie, caricature of a stoner.
    • Master Panda (“Maître Panda” in French) sometimes simply referred as The Panda, a cynical and snarky character always wearing a panda costume, in charge of the musical segment (called “l’instant panda”) of the show since the beginning of season 4.
    • The Professor, a mad scientist wearing a bow tie, in charge of the humoristic Q&A segment of the show until the end of season 3.
    Main cast of SLG. From left to right: The Hippie, the Geek, Mathieu, the Boss and Master Panda


    However, at the end of season 4, Mathieu added a side storyline to the show, revealing that all those characters were in fact just part of his schizophrenic personality, building a plot during season 5, centered on Mathieu trying to escape a mysterious psychiatrist.


    Notable popular episodes




    Antoine Daniel

    Origin

    After several years working as an editor and music composer for several video games and short movies[8], Antoine Daniel started his review show What the Cut on March 1st, 2012, almost one year after the premiere of SLG. Antoine’s show keeps the format of RayWilliamJohnson’s Equal 3, consisting of a humoristic review of 3 videos from the weird part of Youtube, but in a very different tone and style than SLG. Several months later, he admitted he wasn’t aware of SLG when he started the production of What the Cut, but he kept working on it anyways, accentuating the difference between the two shows.

    Spread

    During the following years, Antoine Daniel gained a larger popularity than Mathieu Sommet. On May 2015, his channel had more than 2,000,000 subscribers. Aside from his 36 main episodes, he also produced several country-themed special episodes, focused on viral videos from particular countries, like Japan, India, Quebec and Russia, the latter one being the most popular video on his channel with more than 7,800,000 views on May 2015.

    The show

    Since its beginning, What the Cut adopted a radically different style than SLG, the first focusing on reviews of weird and bizarre videos, while the latter one focusing on analysis of viral or controversial stuff. Moreover, the tone of What the Cut appeared to many French viewers more prone to absurd humor[9], and full of references to popular internet memes such as YOLO, horse head mask (which he keeps using as a censorship image while reviewing NSFW videos) and (more recently) MLG montage parodies.

    The show counts several absurd recurring characters including:

    * Richard, the sexually perverted talking plushie dog
    * Samuel, the talking fan
    * The ”Murderer Squirrel from the deep Nothingness”, aka. The Squirrel-Man, starting to appear on episode 34 and turning into an antagonist during the opening cut-scene of episode 36.

    Notable Episodes


    Joint Projects


    During the last years Antoine Daniel and Mathieu Sommet are frequently doing joint works, for conventions or for some special events. On January 18th, 2015, they both starred in a video entitled “Super Crayon” (Super pencil) in which they reacted, with other French youtubers, to the Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attacks, showing their support to the victims.



    Fandom

    Their Popularity granted them an important fanbase on social media (625,000 likes on facebook for SLG[10] 489,000 for What the Cut[11]. This fanbase generated a wide range of fan made works on DeviantArt but also fan made videos and parodies on Youtube.



    During a live joint conference on stage they gave at the 2014 Polymanga convention in Montreux, Switzerland[12], Mathieu and Antoine admitted they also found several shippingfanfictions involving them.

    Related Memes


    Eddy Malou

    Eddy Malou is a citizen of Kinshasa, in Democratic Republic of Congo, who became infamous on the French internet after one of his videos featured in episode 25 of What the Cut, released in April 2013[13]. In the said video, He held a hilariously nonsensical speech, using random and made-up words and going totally off-topic. The video of Eddy Malou spawned several parodies, photoshopped images and remixes made by French netizens.


    C’est Normal en Russie

    C’est normal en Russie (“It’s normal in Russia”) is a catchphrase quoted several times by Antoine Daniel in his Russian video themed special episode of What the Cut, in order to react to several unusual situations (a tank crossing a highway, an old man hopping in a bus wielding an assault rifle, etc…). The catchphrase became popular on French social media as a reaction to anything weird happening in faraway countries, in a similar manner to “Meanwhile in X”

    YOLO Tank

    YOLO Tank is a Youtube fad consisting of several musical samples covering a dash-cam footage of a Russian tank crossing a road. This fad emerged as a reaction to the Russian-themed special episode of What the Cut[14], after Antoine Daniel commented on said footage that he had never seen anything that badass in his life (cue to said footage with a flashing red “#YOLO” caption, hence the name of the fad) and that “any music could fit to this video”.

    “T’en as trop pris, gros!”

    “T’en as trop pris, gros!” (can be translated as “you took too much of it, dude!”) is a catchphrase quoted several times throughout the show by the “hippie” character from SLG, when the stuff reviewed appears exceptionally weird, implying it was made under influence of drugs. This catchphrase became popular on the French internet as a reaction Image.


    Search interest




    External references



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  • 05/26/15--13:46: Exhausted LeBron James
  • About

    Exhausted LeBron James is a photoshop meme featuring a cutout image of Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James collapsed in a child’s pose on the floor of a basketball court.

    Origin

    At the end of a basketball game between the Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers, in which the Cavaliers won 114-111 in an overtime victory, LeBron James collapsed on the floor while walking toward the bench (shown below).



    Spread

    That evening, Twitter users began photoshopping a cutout of LeBron crouched on the basketball court, including @World_Wide_Wob[1] (shown below, left) and @WorldofIsaac[2] (shown below, right).



    In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the photoshop meme, including Bleacher Report, Fansided, The Post Game, Larry Brown Sports and Latinos Post.

    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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  • 05/26/15--14:34: Naruto Fillers
  • About

    Naruto Fillers refers to criticism against the TV animated series Naruto and its sequel, Naruto Shippuden for its over reliance on unnecessary fillers and reused footages under the context of flashbacks. The practice is mainly done to detract from the main storyline so that the manga can catch up with providing the latest chapters without the need for the anime to take any breaks.

    Origin

    The anime began airing on October 3rd, 2002, and was produced by Studio Pierrot. After certain episodes, the anime faces issues involving the plot reaching where the manga is currently at. To get around this without the need to put the anime on hiatus, the series will often employ fillers in the form of creating side arcs which have no real impact to the main story or by adding flashback scenes into the main story to slow down the pacing. The practice has since been heavily criticized by the anime community as it often detracts the main story too much which in turn degrades the overall quality of the show. The side arcs have also been criticized for its lackluster plot and animation.

    Spread

    On April 15th, 2006, a page was created on Baka-Raptor titled “Naruto Filler is Bullshit” which heavily criticizes the practice. The page gained 15.690 views in 9 years[1]. On June 20th, 2006, Newsground user bumwolf uploaded a video titled “Naruto Filler Hell” which gained over 386.500 views and a 4/5 star rating in 8 years[2]. On October 1st, 2009, Urban Dictionary user Stuntmanjd submitted an entry about Naruto Flashback Syndrome[3].


    Discussions regarding Naruto Fillers can be found is sites such as 4Chan[7], Anime News Network[8], Tv.com[9], IGN[10], and MyAnimeList[11]. Anime Filler List has listed episodes from both Naruto and Naruto Shippuden that are considered canon and filler[4][5]. On January 15th, 2015, The Daily Fandom published an article which criticizes the anime for using fillers on its current run even though the manga official ended back in 2014[6].

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 05/27/15--07:48: Madara Uchiha Copypasta
  • About

    The Madara Uchiha copypasta is a meme based on Madara Uchihas “overpoweredness”

    Origin

    In December 2013 an anonymous poster made a question to the /v/ board on the imageboard 4chan:

    Is there a video game character stronger than Madara Uchiha?

    Keep in mind I’m talking about Rinne Tensei Madara Uchiha with the Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan, the Rinnegan, a perfect Susano’o and the ability to control the juubi and the Gedou Mazou.

    The question was pointed out for it’s redundance and long specification

    Spread

    Later, in January 2014 the question resurfaced.

    Examples

    Is there an anime character stronger than Madara Uchiha?

    And I’m referring to Rinne Tensei Madara Uchiha with the Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan and Rinnegan doujutsus (with the rikidou paths ability) equipped with his Gunbai and control of the juubi and Gedou Mazou, a complete Susano’o, with Hashirama Senju’s DNA implanted in his chest so he can perform Mokuton kekkei genkai and yin-yang release ninjutsu as well as being extremely skilled in taijutsu and bukijutsu.

    Extended Version:

    Is there a character that could even possibly EVENTOUCH Madara Uchiha? Let alone defeat him. And I’m not talking about Edo Tensei Uchiha Madara. I’m not talking about Gedou Rinne Tensei Uchiha Madara either. Hell, I’m not even talking about Juubi Jinchuuriki Gedou Rinne Tensei Uchiha Madara with the Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan and Rinnegan doujutsus (with the rikodou abilities and being capable of both Amateratsu and Tsukuyomi genjutsu), equipped with his Gunbai, a perfect Susano’o, control of the juubi and Gedou Mazou, with Hashirama Senju’s DNA implanted in him so he has mokuton kekkei genkai and can perform yin yang release ninjutsu while being an expert in kenjutsu and taijutsu.
    I’m also not talking about Kono Yo no Kyūseishu Futarime no Rikudō Juubi Jinchuuriki Gedou Rinne Tensei Uchiha Madara with the Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan (which is capable of Enton Amaterasu, Izanagi, Izanami and the Tsyukuyomi Genjutsu), his two original Rinnegan (which grant him Chikushōdō, Shuradō, Tendō, Ningendō, Jigokudō, Gakidō, Gedō, Banshō Ten’in, Chibaku Tensei, Shinra Tensei, Tengai Shinsei and Banbutsu Sōzō) and a third Tomoe Rinnegan on his forehead, capable of using Katon, Fūton, Raiton, Doton, Suiton, Mokuton, Ranton, Inton, Yōton and even Onmyōton Jutsu, equipped with his Gunbai(capable of using Uchihagaeshi) and a Shakujō because he is a master in kenjutsu and taijutsu, a perfect Susano’o (that can use Yasaka no Magatama ), control of both the Juubi and the Gedou Mazou, with Hashirama Senju’s DNA and face implanted on his chest, his four Rinbo Hengoku Clones guarding him and nine Gudōdama floating behind him AFTER he absorbed Senjutsu from the First Hokage, entered Rikudō Senjutsu Mode, cast Mugen Tsukuyomi on everybody and used Shin: Jukai Kōtan so he can use their Chakra while they are under Genjutsu. I’m definitely NOT Talking about sagemode sage of the six paths Juubi Jinchuuriki Gedou Rinne Tensei Super Saiyan 4 Uchiha Madara with the Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan, Rinnegan, Mystic Eyes of Death Perception, and Geass doujutsus, equipped with Shining Trapezohedron while casting Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann as his Susanoo, controlling the Gold Experience Requiem stand, having become the original vampire after Alucard, able to tap into the speedforce, wearing the Kamen Rider Black RX suit and Gedou Mazou, with Hashirama Senju’s DNA implanted in him so he has mokuton kekkei genkai and can perform yin yang release ninjutsu while being an expert in kenjutsu and taijutsu and having eaten Popeye’s spinach. I’m talking about sagemode sage of the six paths Juubi Jinchuuriki Gedou Rinne Tensei Legendary Super Saiyan 4 Uchiha Madara with the Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan, Rinnegan, Mystic Eyes of Death Perception, and Geass doujutsus, equipped with his Shining Trapezohedron while casting Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann as his Susanoo, controlling the Gold Experience Requiem stand, having become the original vampire after having absorbed Alucard as well as a God Hand, able to tap into the speedforce, wearing the Kamen Rider Black RX suit, with Kryptonian DNA implanted in him and having eaten Popeye’s spinach while possessing quantum powers like Dr. Manhattan and having mastered Hokuto Shinken.

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  • 05/27/15--10:50: Feminist Mad Max
  • About

    Feminist Mad Max is a single topic blog which posts image macros of screen captures of Max, the male protagonist of the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road, and pairs them with feminist texts in the style of Feminist Ryan Gosling.

    Origin

    Early reviews of the Mad Max film received praise from feminists and others for plot points and female characters that were well-written and well-rounded. This, in turn, raised the ire of Men’s Rights Activists, who called the film feminist propaganda.[6] Feminist Mad Max is possibly a response to this allegation.

    Feminist Mad Max created its first post on Tumblr[1] on May 18th, 2015. As of May 27th, the post had over 13,000 notes.


    http://feministmadmax.tumblr.com/post/119266697432/hey-girl-you-can-use-my-shoulder-as-a-rifle

    Spread

    On May 22nd, 2015, four of the images were taken from the blog and uploaded to the subreddit /r/trollxchromosomes by poster Hotnonsense. The post received 1,088 votes (96% upvoted) as of May 27th, 2015. [5]

    The Daily Mail wrote about the Feminist Ryan Gosling Tumblr on May 25th, 2015, and thereafter it was featured on the AV Club, UPROXX, and USA Today. [2][3][4] As of May 27th, the blog’s most popular post continues to be its first post.

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]Tumblr – Feminist Mad Max

    [2]The AV Club – Mad Max’s “Hey girl” is a more feminist version of that Ryan Gosling meme

    [3]UPROXXThere’s Already A ‘Feminist Mad Max’ Meme. Oh, What A Lovely Day.

    fn4 USAToday – Hey girl, the ‘Feminist Mad Max’ meme is even better than ‘Feminist Ryan Gosling’

    [5]/r/trollxchromosomes- The troll world needs more of these Feminist Mad Max macros.

    [6]Breitbart – FEMINISTSLATCH ON TO ‘MAD MAX’ FEMINISTSTORYLINE, INTERNETMEMESPOKEFUN


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  • 05/27/15--12:51: Akira
  • About

    Akira is a Japanese manga series and anime film by Katsuhiro Otomo, which follows a group of teenagers an post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo, some of whom have developed superhuman powers and psychokinetic abilities.

    History

    In 1982, Akira debuted in the Japanese weekly seinen manga Young Magazine and ran until 1990. The complete work totaled 2,000 pages and was later published in six volumes by the Japanese manga publisher Kodansha. The story, written by Katushiro Otomo, explores issues of social isolation, political machination, power and corruption through its wide cast of characters.

    Anime

    On July 16th, 1988, an anime adaptation of the manga was released, which was written and directed by Otomo. The story focuses on the first half of the manga series, during which the teenage biker Tetsuo Shima develops powerful psychic abilities and battles against his former friend Shotaro Kaneda over releasing the imprisoned psychic Akira.



    Online Presence

    On October 28th, 2008, YouTuber Harry Partridge uploaded a American cartoon parody version of Akira, gathering more than 3.2 million views and 9,100 comments in the next seven years (shown below). On February 2nd, 2010, YouTuber Joe Peacock uploaded a video titled “Why Akira Matters,” highlighting a handpainted vista of Neo Tokyo from a background shot from the film (shown below, right).



    On August 5th, 2014, a Facebook[3] page for the anime film was launched, which garnered upwards of 270,000 likes in the next year. On May 25th, 2015, the CineFix YouTube channel uploaded a video outlining the differences between the manga and anime versions of Akira (shown below).



    The Akira Project

    On May 9th, 2014, The Akira Project released a trailer for a crowdsourced live-action remake of the animated film (shown below). Over the next year, the video gained over three million views and 4,400 comments.



    Fan Art

    As of May 2015, there are over 256,000 search results for the keyword “Akira” on DeviantArt,[1] many of which feature depictions of the characters Tetsuo and Kaneda (shown below).



    Akira Poster Parodies

    Akria Poster Parodies refers to the parody usages of the iconic cover for the VHS release of the 1988 anime. It has been widely mimicked and parodied in crossover fanart in reference to Akira.



    Kaneda’s Bike



    Kaneda’s Bike (also simply known as the Akria Bike) is one of the most Iconic piece Akira in pop culture, due to its distinctive style. IT is frequently the source for Akira Fanart.

    Akira Motorcycle Slide



    Akria Motorcycle slide referrs to a specific scene in the anime where Kaneda brings his bike sliding into a stop. Although this scene is frequently parodied in fanart, there have also been many parodies to this scene in official media as well. On July 23rd, 2013, Kotaku posted an article[4] noting some of these homages in other shows



    Bartika

    In April 2013, the Tumblr[2] blog Bartika was launched, which highlights scenes from Akira redrawn with characters from The Simpsons



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]DeviantArt – akira

    [2]Tumblr – Bartika

    [3]Facebook – Akira

    [4]Kotaku – Everyone Wants to Ride Motorcycles Like in Akira


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    About

    Richard Prince’s Instagram Art Show was an exhibition by American visual artist Richard Prince at the Gagosian Gallery in New York City which featured images the artist had appropriated from various users of Instagram and printed directly onto a canvas with the last comment appearing to be one from the artist. The artworks were criticized for their source, most of whom were not made aware that Prince had used their photos for his artworks before the works were hung and sold.

    Background

    Richard Prince (b. 1949) is a prominent American painter and photographer who began working with appropriated images in 1975.[1] His work belongs to several museum collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is well known for rephotographing famous photographs, including many of celebrities and public figures.

    On September 19th, 2014, a new show of Prince’s work opened at Manhattan’s Gagosian Gallery store, featuring photos the artist had found on Instagram, commented on, and then digitally printed onto large canvases. The subjects of the photographs and the Instagram account owners were not informed that Prince had printed out the photographs to display, although he had left his mark on the photographs with the addition of his comment. [2]

    Reviews of show were mixed. Hyperallergic called it “cheap and underwhelming”[3] while Jerry Saltz, the prominent New York Magazine art critic, praised it as “genius trolling.”[4] The New York Post reported that many of the pieces had sold for more than $100,000. [5]



    Notable Developments

    Frieze Art Fair Display and Controversy

    While the artworks sparked some initial controversy when they were first displayed, the uproar was reignited in May of 2015 after they were re-displayed by Gagosian Gallery at New York City’s Frieze Art Fair. On May 20th, 2015, One of the Instagrammers featured in the show, a dollmaker named Doe Deere, uploaded a picture of the Frieze Gagosian booth that featured the photo Prince had appropriated of her[7] and wrote:



    Figured I might as well post this because everyone is texting me. Yes, my portrait is currently displayed at the Frieze Gallery in NYC. Yes, it’s just a screenshot (not a painting) of my original post. No, I did not give my permission and yes, the controversial artist Richard Prince put it up anyway. It’s already sold ($90K I’ve been told) during the VIP preview. No, I’m not gonna go after him. And nope, I have no idea who ended up with it!


    Photography news website PetaPixel wrote about DoeDeere’s Instagram reaction May 21st, and throughout the following week the story of the Instagram photos was revisited by The Washington Post, Fox News, and the Daily Mail.

    Suicide Girls Resell their Photos

    On May 27th, 2015, the online pornography company Suicide Girls, whose Instagram photo had been used by Prince in the exhibition, announced that it was selling prints of the photo Prince had displayed for $90 each, and donating the proceeds to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Founder Missy Suicide wrote on her blog “Do we have Mr. Prince’s permission to sell these prints? We have the same permission from him that he had from us. ;)”[8]



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    About

    The Josh Duggar Molestation Controversy refers to the media and online backlash directed at Josh Duggar and his family after it was revealed that he had molested several young girls, including a few of his sisters, as a teenager.

    Background

    The Duggar Family

    Best known through the TLC cable channel reality TV series 19 Kids and Counting,[1] the Duggar family consists of father and patriarch Jim Bob Duggar, mother Michelle, and their nineteen children. The family’s members are all devout Christians, following a system of familial organization similar to the ideals of the Quiverfull movement, such as rejection of contraceptives and homeschooling, although they are not officially adherents to the ideology.[2] The family is politically active, having declared its support for the 2016 Presidential campaign of Republican candidate Mike Huckabee in May 2015.[3]

    Molestation Accusations Against Josh Duggar

    On May 21st, 2015, In Touch Magazine published an article[4] reporting on the contents of a recently revealed 2006 police report, which details how Josh Duggar, the oldest child of the Duggar family, purportedly molested several female minors--several of them relatives--as a teenager.[5] The report states that Duggar confessed to the molestations to his parents in 2002, but that authorities were not alerted, with his parents choosing to discipline him instead. There were several more incidents throughout 2002 and 2003. Jim Bob discussed the matter with the elders of his church; the information was again not relayed to the police, and Josh Duggar was instead sent to stay with a “family friend” for roughly four months in 2003. In Touch had obtained the report through a Freedom of Information Act request.

    Notable Developments

    Public Apology and Resignation from FRC

    On May 21st, Josh Duggar resigned from his position at the Family Research Council, a Christian conservative and anti-gay marriage lobbying organization.[6] He had previously been an advocate for anti-LGBT and pro-life politics.

    The following day, Duggar posted a public apology for his actions to the family’s official Facebook account. A segment of the post was reprinted by the Huffington Post in its article covering the event.[5]

    Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption.

    On May 23rd, Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, whom the Duggar family had endorsed shortly before the controversy, wrote a post in support of Josh Duggar on his Facebook page.[7]

    Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable.’

    Josh Duggar Posing

    Shortly after the controversy began, several news and opinion websites and blogs noted Josh Duggar’s political activism, and the fact that he had recently posed with many Republican Presidential candidates and politicians for photo shoots. On May 27th, music and culture website Death and Taxes published an article[8] titled “8 Photos of Republicans posing with Josh Duggar”, featuring images of people including Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, and Jeb Bush meeting Duggar.




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  • 05/28/15--06:31: TUUUUUUBES
  • Work in progress. Feel free to request editorship


    About

    TUUUUUUBES is a series of MS Paint comics that mock the flawed logic of the Space Pirates, the main enemies on the Metroid video game series, and their tendency to favor the players by making mechanisms that can’t be used by them but by Samus Aran, being the Morphball tubes one of the main examples.

    Origin

    The comics started being made on /v/ and /tg/. One of the most popular ones features two Space Pirates discussing about the use of tubes in order to make their base, claiming that they were useless for them and helped Samus Aran, but their conversation ends and they keep putting more tubes. Because of that comic, the Space Pirates have an obsession for tubes, shown on other ones.



    Spread

    On January 21st, 2015, user SomeMetroid posted on Metroid’s subreddit the tubes comics, recieving over 170 points.[1]

    Various Examples



    Search Interest

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    External References

    [1]/r/metroid – TUUUUUUBES


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  • 05/28/15--08:15: Death Grips Mashups
  • About

    Death Grips Mashups are a series of song mashups which use audio stems of songs by the experimental hip-hop group Death Grips. Taken mostly from their mixtape Exmilitary, songs commonly used include “Takyon (Death Yon)”, “Lord of the Game”, and “I Want It I Need It (Death Heated)”. These mashups are commonly distributed on the audio sharing website SoundCloud as well as on YouTube, and have become a staple of the “SoundClown” genre.

    Origin

    Death Grips released their first mixtape, Exmilitary, on their website for free on April 25, 2011. On September 8, 2011, after releasing a teaser video, the group revealed Black Google, a release containing separated acapellas and musical stems for the tracks on Exmilitary, which was also released for free on their website. The release was published with the intent that the stems could be used for fan projects such as remixes.[1]




    Spread

    One of the earliest mashups that used the Black Google acapellas was a mashup of “Culture Shock” with the song “$O$” by the South African hip-hop group Die Antwood, which was posted on September 30, 2011, and garnered over 10,000 listens on SoundCloud. Other notable mashups began to appear as early as 2012; examples of these include mashups with “Crank That Soulja Boy” and the opening theme to the anime Nichijou. On May 10, 2013, mashup artist Kolbush Mashups released the album Lift Yr Death Grips Like Guillotines to Heaven, which mashed up the Black Google stems with tracks from the album Lift Yr Skinny Fists like Antennas to Heaven by post-rock group Godspeed You! Black Emperor.[2]


    On June 10, YouTube user 超音波 released a mashup of “I Want It I Need It” with the Gorillaz hit “Feel Good Inc.”, which gained nearly 250,000 views. On August 3, SoundCloud user Steve Cox released a mash up of “Lord of the Game” with the Moon theme from the 1989 video game DuckTales, which was later discovered and reported by music news website Consequence of Sound.[3] In early 2014, several Death Grips mashup albums were released under the moniker “Love Grips”; unlike many other Death Grips mashups, these albums used acapellas from the albums No Love Deep Web and Government Plates.[4] On June 15, SoundCloud user theta released a mashup of “Lord of the Game” with the song “リサフランク420 / 現代のコンピュー” by vaporwave artist Macintosh Plus, which was played over 270,000 on YouTube 80,000 times on SoundCloud. On January 26, 2015, mashup artist Triple-Q uploaded a mashup of the 2012 K-pop song “Gangnam Style” with “You Will Know Our Names” from the soundtrack to the video game Xenoblade Chronicles, which “featured” the acapella to “Takyon (Death Yon)”; this mashup garnered nearly 70,000 listens.

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  • 05/28/15--14:45: Antoine Daniel
  • About

    Antoine Daniel is a French Youtuber who hosts a show entitled What the Cut?! The show consists of humorous reviews of various media, including viral videos, and is quite popular on French Internet with over 2 million subscribers and 169 million views as of May 2015.[2]

    Origin

    After several years working as an editor and music composer for video games and short movies[8], Antoine Daniel started his review show What the Cut on March 1st, 2012. Antoine’s show keeps the format of RayWilliamJohnson’s Equal 3, consisting of a funny review of 3 videos from the weird part of Youtube, but in a very different tone and style than SLG. Several months later, he admitted he wasn’t aware of SLG when he started the production of What the Cut, but he kept working on it anyways, accentuating the difference between the two shows.

    Spread

    During the following years, Antoine Daniel gained a larger popularity than Mathieu Sommet. On May 2015, his channel had more than 2,000,000 subscribers. Aside from his 36 main episodes, he also produced several country-themed special episodes, focused on viral videos from particular countries, like Japan, India, Quebec and Russia, the latter one being the most popular video on his channel with more than 7,800,000 views on May 2015.

    The show

    Since its beginning, What the Cut adopted a radically different style than SLG, the first focusing on reviews of weird and bizarre videos, while the latter one focusing on analysis of viral or controversial stuff. Moreover, the tone of What the Cut appeared to many French viewers more prone to absurd humor[9], and full of references to popular internet memes such as YOLO, horse head mask (which he keeps using as a censorship image while reviewing NSFW videos) and (more recently) MLG montage parodies.

    The show counts several absurd recurring characters including:

    * Richard, the sexually perverted talking plushie dog
    * Samuel, the talking fan
    * The ”Murderer Squirrel from the deep Nothingness”, aka. The Squirrel-Man, starting to appear on episode 34 and turning into an antagonist during the opening cut-scene of episode 36.

    Collaboration with Mathieu Sommet

    During the last years Antoine Daniel and Mathieu Sommet are frequently doing joint works, for conventions or for some special events. On January 18th, 2015, they both starred in a video entitled “Super Crayon” (Super pencil) in which they reacted, with other French youtubers, to the Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attacks, showing their support to the victims.


    Notable Episodes

    Fandom

    Their Popularity granted them an important fanbase on social media (625,000 likes on facebook for SLG[10] 489,000 for What the Cut[11]. This fanbase generated a wide range of fan made works on DeviantArt but also fan made videos and parodies on Youtube.


    Related Memes

    Eddy Malou

    Eddy Malou is a citizen of Kinshasa, in Democratic Republic of Congo, who became infamous on the French internet after one of his videos featured in episode 25 of What the Cut, released in April 2013[13]. In the said video, He held a hilariously nonsensical speech, using random and made-up words and going totally off-topic. The video of Eddy Malou spawned several parodies, photoshopped images and remixes made by French netizens.


    C’est Normal en Russie

    C’est normal en Russie (“It’s normal in Russia”) is a catchphrase quoted several times by Antoine Daniel in his Russian video themed special episode of What the Cut, in order to react to several unusual situations (a tank crossing a highway, an old man hopping in a bus wielding an assault rifle, etc…). The catchphrase became popular on French social media as a reaction to anything weird happening in faraway countries, in a similar manner to “Meanwhile in X”

    YOLO Tank

    YOLO Tank is a Youtube fad consisting of several musical samples covering a dash-cam footage of a Russian tank crossing a road. This fad emerged as a reaction to the Russian-themed special episode of What the Cut[14], after Antoine Daniel commented on said footage that he had never seen anything that badass in his life (cue to said footage with a flashing red “#YOLO” caption, hence the name of the fad) and that “any music could fit to this video”.

    External References

    [2]Youtube – Antoine Daniel

    [8]Konbini.com – Antoine Daniel Interview

    [9]TvTropes – What the Cut

    [11]Facebook – What the Cut!?

    [13]Youtube – What the Cut episode 25 – Eddy Malou review

    [14]Youtube – What the Cut Russian videos special episode – Original “YOLO tank” scene


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  • 05/28/15--15:19: Dwayne Johnson "The Rock"
  • About

    Dwayne Johnson, also known by his wrestling stage name The Rock, is an American and Canadian actor and professional wrestler.

    Career

    Wrestling

    After graduation from the University of Miami in 1995 with a crimnology and physiology Bachelor of General Studies degree, Johnson pursued a career in professional wrestling. In 1996, Johnson participated in several tryout matches for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), leading him to sign a contract with the organization later that year. Johnson began his career with the WWF under the ring name Rocky Maivia. In 1997, Johnson abandoned the name Rocky Maivia and began referring to himself in the third person as “The Rock.” In 1998, Johnson defeated the wrestler Mankind for the vacant WWF Champion title, winning the title three times before losing to Steve Austin at WrestleMania XV in March 1999. On April 30th, 2000, The Rock regained the title after defeating Triple H at Backlash.



    Acting

    In 2001, Johnson appeared briefly in the action film The Mummy Returns and again the 2002 sequel The Scorpion King. In 2003, Johnson starred as the protagonist Beck in the action comedy film The Run Down (shown below, left). In 2004, Johnson starred in the action film Walking Tall (shown below, right).



    From 2005 to 2010, Johnson appeared in the films Be Cool (2005), Doom (2005), Gridiron Gang (2006), Reno 911!: Miami (2007), Southland Tales (2007), The Game Plan (2007), Get Smart (2008), Race to Witch Mountain (2008), Planet 51 (2009), Tooth Fairy (2010), Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010), The Other Guys (2010), You Again (2010) and Faster (2010). In 2011, Johnson appeared in the action racing film Fast Five (shown below, left). From 2012 to 2014, Johnson appeared in the films Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012), Snitch (2013), G.I. Joe Retaliation (2013), Pain & Gain, Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Empire State (2013) and Hercules. In 2015, Johnson appeared in the seventh installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise Furious 7 (shown below, right).



    Online Presence

    On July 31st, 2013, Redditor pedrolakes submitted an image macro titled “Evolution of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson” to /r/funny,[1] featuring two pictures of Johnson followed by a photograph of a large boulder (shown below, left)). Prior to being archived, the post gathered more than 2,500 votes and 250 comments. On April 5th, 2014, Redditor GabeNewellHalfLife posted an updated version of the image macro to /r/funny,[2] where it accumulated upwards of 2,000 votes (89% upvoted) and 50 comments before being archived (shown below, right).



    On July 23rd, Johnson participated in an “ask me anything” thread on the /r/IAmA[3] subreddit, garnering more than 4,100 votes and 6,100 comments prior to being archived. On April 3rd, 2015, the Lip Sync Battle on Spike YouTube channel uploaded footage of Johnson lip syncing the song “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift on the Lip Sync Battle television show (shown below). In the first two months, the video gained over 12 million views and 2,400 comments.



    Social Media Presence

    As of May 2015, Johnson has upwards of 49 million Facebook[7] likes, 15 million Instagram[8] followers and 8.7 million Twitter[9] followers.

    Related Memes

    The Rock Driving

    The Rock Driving is a multi-pane exploitable comic series based on several screen captured images from the 2009 family adventure film Race To The Witch Mountain. The comics usually begin with the film’s protagonist Jack asking Sara a question while driving, to which she responds with a shocking revelation that makes Johnson turn his head with a startled facial expression.



    Fanny Pack Photo

    On July 16th, 2014, Johnson posted a 1990s photograph of himself wearing a turtleneck, chain necklace and leather fanny pack on Instagram[4] (shown below). Over the next year, the post gained over 372,000 likes.



    On July 23rd, Johnson discussed with the photograph with host Jimmy Fallon during an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (shown below). In one year, a YouTube upload of the interview received upwards of 2.6 million views and 700 comments.



    That day, Redditor BeardedDragon64 posted an animated GIF of the photo in which Johnson’s head moves from side-to-side to /r/reactiongifs[5] (shown below, left). On November 1st, the sports blog Bleacher Report[6] highlighted several photographs of people dressed as Johnson in the fanny pack photo (shown below, middle, right).



    Personal Life

    Johnson was born on May 2nd, 1972, in Hayward, California. On May 3rd, 1997, he married Dany Garcia, with whom he has one daughter Simone Alexandra. In June 2007, the couple announced they were getting an amicable divorce.

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  • 05/28/15--19:38: BFG


  • About

    The BFG (short for Big Fucking Gun) is a fictional weapon in the Doom and Quake series. Since its appearance, the weapon gained massive popularity which spawned its own trope under the same name.

    Origin

    The weapon made its first appearance in the first person shooter game Doom in 1993 and was created by Tom Hall. In the game, The BFG or BFG9000 is a large energy weapon that fires balls of green plasma. The weapon has the capability to clear entire rooms of enemies and a direct hit would usually be an instant kill. Because of this, the BFG is considered to be strongest weapon in the entire game. The weapon has since appeared in other id Software games such as Doom 64, Doom 3, Doom RPG, Quake 2, and Quake 3. The weapon also made an appearance in the 2005 Doom movie where it’s called the Bio Force Gun.

    Spread

    On August 6th, 2002, Urban Dictionary user Mad Walrus submitted an entry regarding the BFG[1].


    Tvtropes has an entry regarding the BFG which describes the trope as a personal artillery used by an individual (usually the main hero) which acts as a symbol of power. When held, it is often used to escalate the action where the character acts as a one man army[2].
    The BFG has often become subject to top video game weapon lists be several sites such The Escapist[3], 30 Plus Gamer[4], Shack News[5], Games Radar[6], WatchMojo[7], and IGN[8].

    Search Interest

    Note: The spike increase in 2012 is related to the release of the remastered version of Doom 3 titled Doom 3: BFG Edition.

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  • 05/28/15--22:50: CS:GO Case Unboxings
  • About

    CS:GO Case Unboxings are unboxing videos in which a person, typically a player of the ValveFPSCounter-Strike Global Offensive, unboxes a series of in-game weapon cases in a bid to acquire one or more items which have a very high resale value (typically over $50 USD).

    Origin

    On August 13, 2013, Valve released the Arms Deal update to CS:GO which introduced the first wave of Weapon Cases to the game.[1] Since their introduction various YouTubers and Twitch streamers have uploaded and broadcast their unboxings.

    Online Presence

    On YouTube there are over 360,000 search results for “CS GO Case”[2], and over 320,000 results for “CS GO Knife”[3]. On August 14, 2013, YouTuber TheWarOwl, uploaded a video in which he describes the Arms Deal update, and the effects that it will have on Counter-Strike in the future.



    On April 6, 2014, YouTuber Anomaly uploaded his reaction to unboxing an in-game knife (shown below left). He would later upload many clips of him unboxing several different knives and guns, the most popular of which has over 3 million views (shown below right).



    On October 5, 2014, YouTuber MrMevil uploaded a video in which he unboxes a Bayonet Fade, one of the most expensive items available in the game. As of May 2015 the video has over 1.5 million views. On January 1, 2015, YouTuber PhantomL0rd uploaded a video in which he uses the Trade Up Contract aspect of the games in a bid to get a one of the rarest gun skins, the AWP Dragon Lore. As of May 2015 the video has nearly 2 million views.



    YouTuber ImmortalHD regularly streams his unboxings on Twitch, and uploads them to YouTube. In several of his videos he adds a comedic element to his unboxings, such as eating foul tasting foods (shown below left). As of May 2015 his most viewed unboxing video has over 1 million views (shown below right).



    On December 1, 2014, YouTuber Kootra uploaded the first video in his “December Daily Dozen” series in which he does a series of unboxes every day for the month of December (shown below left). On December 31, 2014, Kootra uploaded the finale to his series in which he finally gets the item he had been seeking (shown below right). Due to fact that the item was unboxed on the last case of the series, many in the video’s comments suspected that the event had been rigged. The series gained enough attention that a thread was created to discuss it on the CS;GO subreddit.[4]



    During Kootra’s month long series YouTuber DanzNews uploaded a clip of Kootra unboxing a knife after which Kootra experiences an emotional melt down (shown below). The video quickly became the most viewed video on DanzNewz’s channel with over 800,000 views.



    There are several sites which feature a CS:GO case simulator for those who do not wish to spend money on real in-game cases. The most notable among these are the simulators featured on Convars,[5] goAggro,[6] and Scratch.[7] There are also several simulators available on both the Apple App Store,[8] as on the Google Play store.[9][10]

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    About

    “Anything’s / Everything’s A Dildo If You’re Brave Enough” is a phrase often used in reaction to misshapen or phallic shaped objects and is easily associated to cacti. The phrase is also attributed to Abraham Lincoln as a trollquote.

    Origin

    The earliest known rendition of the phrase was uploaded to Joyreactor[1] on April 24th, 2011, by an anonymous user, tagging it with 9gag (shown below).

    Spread

    Circa 2013, Tumblr user pizzanist[2] posted the phrase and has gained upwards of 140,000 notes. In December, 2014, Reddit user -Veritas-Aequitas[3] uploaded an image of a phallic cactus (shown below, left) to r/funny using the phrase and gaining over 2,000 upvotes. And in 2014, imgur user whiplashfzxkk[4] uploaded a screencapped tumblr post with a large icicle titling it with the phrase (shown below, right) gaining over 7,000 points.


    On 9gag[5], user Surprise_Buttsex uploaded an image (shown below) of two large women and a short man with the saying and receiving over 40,000 upvotes.

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  • 05/29/15--11:35: Boro
  • ‘Boro’ is a popular term on Twitch which has it’s origin in the life mod Arma III. ‘Boro’ was first introduced in early 2015 on Lirik’s Twitch stream when the characters Lo Chang and Sayeed Black were saying ‘bro’ in the game Arma III Life. Due to thier accent they said ‘boro’ instead of ‘bro’ though.

    Soon the term ‘boro’ spread on the entirety of Twitch.

    Related links:
    http://www.twitch.tv/lirik
    http://www.twitch.tv/assassino___
    http://www.twitch.tv/sayeedblack


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