For every action, there is an equal and opposite overreaction by people on the Internet. I mean, people found a red coffee cup offensive and the Internet blew up this year. But its not just a cup that got virtually skewered. Oh no. There is plenty of media coverage to go around.
As such, the Washington Post put together a subjective ranking of 15 figures that incited the Internets outrage in 2015.
The former interim CEO of Reddit, the front page of the Internet, closed three subreddits, or forums, for violating the sites anti-harassment policies, something that rarely happens. It wasnt all her decision, and a lot of users actually agreed with the decision, but ITS THE INTERNET so thousands of others saw her as evil and demanded her resignation.
As one half of the popular Christian vlogging duo Sam and Nia, he posted a viral pregnancy announcement and an equally viral miscarriage video. Not a great idea, especially when they ran ads on both of them. That, in addition to the timing, fueled suspicion that the pregnancy had been made up for profit. In an actual logical decision, the couples channel took a long hiatus.
Kevin and Crystal OConnor
The father-and-daughter owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Ind. appeared on a local TV station, and proclaimed their support for a so-called Religious Freedom Restoration bill. The pair said that Memories Pizza was a Christian establishment, and wouldnt cater a gay wedding if asked to even though nobody asked. Rightfully so, the comments (which went viral) were taken as symbols of intolerance and discrimination.
Josh The Fat Jew Ostrovsky
This 33-year-old Instagram comic, author, and self-proclaimed Z-list celebrity plagiarized jokes from a number of other writers and comedians, most of them significantly less well-known than he is. NOT SO FUNNY, DUDE. While he had been accused many times before, they came to a head in August, when he signed to the Creative Artists Agency. He apologized, released a book that didnt sell that well, and nobody cares anymore.
Who knew a reality star could be controversial? This British YouTuber and former contestant on the reality show Big Brother published a prank video in which he pretended to shoot and kill a mans best friend in front of him. Naturally, people were upset with this idiot, who responded to the criticism and petitions demanding he disable his channel posted a video promising to take the murder prank down if viewers gave him $1.5 million. That didnt happen, and the video still has almost 9 million views in case you want to hate the Internet a bit more.
The 24-year-old Australian blogger and entrepreneur behind The Whole Pantry app claimed that a healthy diet and alternative medicine had cured her metastatic cancer. That would have been amazing if she had ever actually had cancer…which she didnt. She also repeatedly said that a portion of the sales from her ventures went to charity, which turned out to be her bank account. Needless to say, shes lost most of her fans, her business, and a ton of money.
This is a no-brainer, in that the eldest son of the Duggar clan, (in)famous for TLCs 19 Kids and Counting, and the executive director of FRC Action, a conservative PAC, was found to have molested five underage girls. To add insult to injury, his name also surfaced in the Ashley Madison leak as a paying member of the infidelity site since 2013. His parents must be so proud.
A Calgary-based HR executive and tech entrepreneur developed an app called Peeple, the so-called Yelp for people, which would allow anyone to publicly rate someone on a one- to five-star scale. What could go wrong? Everything. After the Intersect flagged several of the concepts problems, the app went internationally viral, with thousands of petitioners and social media users demanding Cordray shut it down. However, shes said to have revamped it and is planning a relaunch.
This 41-year-old South Carolina man taped the mouth of his 15-month-old pitbull mix for two days, causing serious damage to her lips and tongue that required plastic surgery to repair. Unfortunately authorities couldnt do the same thing to him, but as of November, he was in jail awaiting trial on charges of animal cruelty and the dog has since been adopted.
The Ohio parents of Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old transgender girl who committed suicide on Dec. 28, 2014, repeatedly refused to accept their daughters identity in the weeks before and after her death, leading thousands of onlookers to blame them for it. Her suicide note went viral on Tumblr, and her mother Carla told CNN that we dont support that, religiously, which sparked online rage.
The provocative 26-year-old blogger behind GotNews.com tweeted a link to a fundraiser to take out Deray McKesson, the prominent Black Lives Matter activist. Johnson was suspended from Twitter, and GotNews.com was briefly downed by hackers. This troll had previously incorrectly claimed that Newark mayor Cory Booker (now a senator) didnt live in Newark, and blamed homosexuality for the 2015 Amtrak derailment, among other things. Hes a gem, and is being sued on various accounts.
This county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on the grounds that it violated her Pentecostal Christian beliefs, which resulted in a six-day jail stint in early September. She has since been released from jail on the condition that she not interfere with the work of her deputy clerks, who are issuing same-sex licenses without putting Daviss name on them. However, shes still appealing a lower courts decision forcing her office to issue licenses.
If you thought a red cup was offensive, youll freak that the former president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP (who claimed to be African American) was, in fact, of German and Czech ancestry. Not only did she lie about being black, she also claimed that her parents had abused her, that her father was actually her step-dad, and that her (black) adopted brother Izaiah was her son. She obviously lost her job and her position, but not the assertion that she identifies as a black woman.
You might be more familiar with the name Cecil the lion than this dentist in suburban Minnesota who shot, tracked and later killed Cecil, a 13-year-old lion beloved far outside his home in Zimbabwes Hwange National Park. Because hes an idiot, he paid $50,000 to a professional hunting guide, who helped him lure the animal out of a wildlife sanctuary and fatally wound it with a bow and arrow. He wasnt charged, but the coverage of this trophy hunting has thankfully had a big impact on his dental business.
A 32-year-old hedge fund manager and pharmaceutical executive raised the price of a medication used by AIDS patients from $13 to $750 per pill in September. No one will notice, right? He said it was his job to seek profit and then went on to send a series of offensive tweets, began self-involved YouTube channel, and other ridiculous things. However, he was arrested on securities fraud charges and released on bond, pleading not guilty to all charges. Hes also resigned from both the pharmaceutical companies he led prior.
Too bad they can’t clear that history, huh?
These Are the Most Ridiculously Awesome Amazon Reviews Ever
We all know that Amazon is a great place to get everything from clothes and books to food and a bunch of ridiculous products you didnt need but bought because you had to spend $3 more to qualify for free shipping.
One of the ways to decide which items to buy is to read the reviews and trust a bunch of Internet strangers to guide you in the right purchasing direction. Its iffy on a good day, but sometimes you come across certain gems that simply just make your day
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