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16th Jan '17 5:22:59 PM Salmobook
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** This occasionally happens in comics, especially when someone switches sides, but it's never clear what's a parody retcon and what's just a writer not wanting to say "Yeah, this is all going to be undone soon, it doesn't matter."
13th Jan '17 2:04:27 PM DustSnitch
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So you've made a movie, it's out in theaters, and you're feeling pretty good about it. You pick up the paper one day, hoping the good reviews will confirm your aspirations... only the critics ''aren't'' saying what you hoped they would. The audience [[{{Narm}} laughed where they should have cried]], [[DudeNotFunny cringed where they should have laughed]], [[TastesLikeDiabetes gagged where they should have gone "aww!"]], and made a DrinkingGame out of the boringly predictable action sequences that you thought sounded pretty good on paper. Meanwhile the critics ruthlessly vivisected your story, exposing it for the [[ClicheStorm mess of cliches]], {{flat character}}s, and {{plot hole}}s it is. What's a filmmaker to do?

Why, you boldly declare that it was a [[StealthParody parody all along]], of course! Yeah, your insipid plot was actually a snarky send-up of the genre, your actors were performing with DullSurprise on purpose, and your [[SpecialEffectsFailure SFX department fully intended for the costumes to look that cheap]]. It's just too bad the audience and critics apparently missed the joke, haha! Ha?

...They're not buying it, are they?

Simply put, any work which, once consumer reaction came back negative, had its failings {{handwave}}d by claims that it was supposed to be a parody. Finally, be warned that any legitimate parody that's [[StealthParody too subtle]] can ''[[PoesLaw and will]]'' be accused of this unless you have some kind of solid evidence to back it up.

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So you've made a movie, it's out in theaters, and you're feeling pretty good about it. You pick up the paper one day, hoping the good reviews will confirm your aspirations... only the critics ''aren't'' saying what you hoped they would. The audience [[{{Narm}} laughed where they should have cried]], [[DudeNotFunny cringed where they should have laughed]], [[TastesLikeDiabetes gagged where they should have gone "aww!"]], and made a DrinkingGame out of the boringly predictable action sequences that you thought sounded pretty good on paper. Meanwhile the critics ruthlessly vivisected your story, exposing it for the [[ClicheStorm mess of cliches]], {{flat character}}s, and {{plot hole}}s it is. What's a filmmaker to do?

Why, you boldly declare that it was a [[StealthParody parody all along]], of course! Yeah, your insipid plot was actually a snarky send-up of the genre, your actors were performing with DullSurprise on purpose, and your [[SpecialEffectsFailure SFX department fully intended for the costumes to look that cheap]]. It's just too bad the audience and critics apparently missed the joke, haha! Ha?

...They're not buying it, are they?

Simply put, any work which, once consumer reaction came back negative, had its failings {{handwave}}d by claims that it was supposed to be a parody. Finally, be Be warned that any legitimate parody that's [[StealthParody too subtle]] can ''[[PoesLaw and will]]'' be accused of this unless you have some kind of solid evidence to back it up.
10th Jan '17 6:47:37 PM nombretomado
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* When Uwe Boll publicly trashed Creator/MichaelBay and Creator/EliRoth in a number of interviews, both responded rather loudly and publicly, giving Boll [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity high-profile attention]]. Boll later claimed this was an engineered publicity stunt to promote ''VideoGame/{{Postal}}''. If so, it was probably the only CrowningMomentOfAwesome in his career. Except it didn't work, because much like the games it was based on, ''Postal'' tanked at the box office. Boll might well be [[DrinkingTheKoolAid drinking his own Kool-Aid]], since he kept up the "publicity stunt" angle long after it even made sense to when [[http://loadingreadyrun.com/videos/view/330/an_interview_with_uwe_boll being interviewed]] by then-little-known LoadingReadyRun.

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* When Uwe Boll publicly trashed Creator/MichaelBay and Creator/EliRoth in a number of interviews, both responded rather loudly and publicly, giving Boll [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity high-profile attention]]. Boll later claimed this was an engineered publicity stunt to promote ''VideoGame/{{Postal}}''. If so, it was probably the only CrowningMomentOfAwesome in his career. Except it didn't work, because much like the games it was based on, ''Postal'' tanked at the box office. Boll might well be [[DrinkingTheKoolAid drinking his own Kool-Aid]], since he kept up the "publicity stunt" angle long after it even made sense to when [[http://loadingreadyrun.com/videos/view/330/an_interview_with_uwe_boll being interviewed]] by then-little-known LoadingReadyRun.WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun.
26th Dec '16 8:50:10 PM WarriorsGate
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*** This trope was, however, Invoked for the Game Boy Advance remake, which retranslated the game in a sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek fashion, with such gems as Bartz declaring a giant crab enemy has "been served" and a librarian's advice to "[[Series/ReadingRainbow take a look, it's in this book]]."
30th Nov '16 2:36:49 PM GoldenSeals
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* Creator/GeorgeClooney made the mistake of [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously playing it straight]] in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', unlike [[HamAndCheese virtually all of his co-stars]] - though ironically this ''does'' fit the tradition of Batman's character being depicted as TheComicallySerious. Clooney, however, has subsequently claimed that he played the character as gay.[[note]]Making it perhaps the only ParodyRetcon that is also a DoubleEntendre.[[/note]]
* Released as a horror movie, ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'' resulted in laughter in the face of how [[SoBadItsGood unimaginably bad it was.]] The director himself suggested that perhaps it would do better redubbed as a GagDub.[[note]]The ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode doing exactly this would prove him right, as it became the series' most popular episode and launched the movie into popular culture awareness.[[/note]]
* ''Film/UnitedPassions'': Tim Roth certainly didn't [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously take the movie seriously]], because he stated he tried to make Sepp Blatter as foolish and corrupt as he could without being obvious, despite the screenplay having just the opposite.

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* Creator/GeorgeClooney made the mistake of [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously playing it straight]] in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', unlike [[HamAndCheese virtually all of his co-stars]] - though ironically this ''does'' fit the tradition of Batman's character being depicted as TheComicallySerious. Clooney, however, has subsequently claimed that he played the character as gay.[[note]]Making it perhaps the only ParodyRetcon that is also a DoubleEntendre.[[/note]]
gay.
* Released as a horror movie, ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'' resulted in laughter in the face of how [[SoBadItsGood unimaginably bad it was.]] The director himself suggested that perhaps it would do better redubbed as a GagDub.[[note]]The The ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode doing exactly this would prove him right, as it became the series' most popular episode and launched the movie into popular culture awareness.[[/note]]
awareness.
* ''Film/UnitedPassions'': Tim Roth certainly didn't [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously take the movie seriously]], because he stated he tried to make FIFA chief Sepp Blatter as foolish and corrupt as he could without being obvious, despite the screenplay having doing just the opposite.



* Ray Comfort, "[[FanNickname Banana-Man]]", now claims that his infamous "Banana: The Atheist's Worst Nightmare" argument was satire. The video argues for intelligent design by showing how the banana is apparently perfect for human consumption -- ignoring the fact that this is because of centuries of selection and cross-breeding by humans, and that wild bananas are much less human-friendly (with thicker skins, sour flesh, and large inedible seeds). No one on any side of the debate could figure out what it was even supposed to satire; it was very clearly just an [[CriticalResearchFailure unresearched argument]] that blew up in his face.

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* Ray Comfort, "[[FanNickname Banana-Man]]", now claims that his infamous "Banana: The Atheist's Worst Nightmare" argument was satire. The video argues for intelligent design by showing how the banana is apparently perfect for human consumption -- ignoring the fact that this is because of centuries of selection and cross-breeding by humans, and that wild bananas are much less human-friendly (with thicker skins, sour flesh, and large inedible seeds). No one on any side of the debate could figure out what it was even supposed to satire; satirize; it was very clearly just an [[CriticalResearchFailure unresearched argument]] that blew up in his face.
30th Nov '16 2:34:24 PM GoldenSeals
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* ''Film/MommieDearest'' is perhaps the TropeCodifier. Creator/ParamountPictures started advertising it as a parody a few weeks after its release, changing its movie posters to proclaim, "Meet the biggest '''MOTHER''' of them all!"
* ''Film/{{Deafula}}'' was said to be a parody, and was even renamed ''Young Deafula'' in some places. The reason for the conspicuous lack of jokes? Only deaf people will get it, said the director.

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* ''Film/MommieDearest'' is perhaps the TropeCodifier. After its poor initial reception, Creator/ParamountPictures started advertising it as a parody a few weeks after its release, changing its movie posters to proclaim, "Meet the biggest '''MOTHER''' MOTHER of them all!"
* ''Film/{{Deafula}}'' was said to be a parody, and was even renamed ''Young Deafula'' in some places. The director's reason for the conspicuous lack of jokes? Only deaf people will get it, said the director.it.



* Claudio Fragasso tried pulling this off with ''Film/{{Troll 2}}'' after the documentary about it, ''Best Worst Movie'', came out.

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* Claudio Fragasso tried pulling this off with ''Film/{{Troll 2}}'' after the documentary about it, ''Best Worst Movie'', came out. The people who worked with him on the film say otherwise; he apparently thought he was a genius.



* When Uwe Boll publicly trashed Creator/MichaelBay and Creator/EliRoth in a number of interviews, both responded rather loudly and publicly, giving Boll [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity high-profile attention]]. Boll later claimed this was an engineered publicity stunt to promote ''VideoGame/{{Postal}}''. If so, it was probably the only CrowningMomentOfAwesome in his career. Except it didn't work, because much like the games it was based on, ''Postal'' tanked at the box office.
** Uwe Boll might be [[DrinkingTheKoolAid drinking his own Kool-Aid]], since he kept up the "publicity stunt" angle long after it even made sense to when [[http://loadingreadyrun.com/videos/view/330/an_interview_with_uwe_boll being interviewed]] by then-little-known LoadingReadyRun. He seems to actually believe what he's saying.

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* When Uwe Boll publicly trashed Creator/MichaelBay and Creator/EliRoth in a number of interviews, both responded rather loudly and publicly, giving Boll [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity high-profile attention]]. Boll later claimed this was an engineered publicity stunt to promote ''VideoGame/{{Postal}}''. If so, it was probably the only CrowningMomentOfAwesome in his career. Except it didn't work, because much like the games it was based on, ''Postal'' tanked at the box office.
** Uwe
office. Boll might well be [[DrinkingTheKoolAid drinking his own Kool-Aid]], since he kept up the "publicity stunt" angle long after it even made sense to when [[http://loadingreadyrun.com/videos/view/330/an_interview_with_uwe_boll being interviewed]] by then-little-known LoadingReadyRun. He seems to actually believe what he's saying.



* ''Film/TheWickerMan'' remake by [[Creator/NeilLaBute Neil LaBute]] was widely panned. Nicolas Cage said, "You donít karate chop Leelee Sobieski in the throat and not know how absurd that is, but itís just not something I would like to talk about. I would rather let them discover it on their own, but I think I learned a lot of that kind of off the wall kind of stuff watching Stanley Kubrick, because his movies were incredibly funny, but you never really knew how much was planned or accident, you know?"
** Nicolas Cage himself once said that he stopped taking the movie seriously once he saw that one scene had him [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyigAW-14w0 punch out a woman while wearing a bear suit.]]
* ''Secretariat'' is a Disney film [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin about the famous racehorse Secretariat]]. While it got mostly good reviews and stuck close to the original book by Bill Nack Salon.com film critic Andrew O'Hehir wrote a negative review that was noted at the time for being extremely bizarre, accusing the movie of being pro-Tea Party and for being racist because the Hispanic 'villain' of the story was "terrorist-flavored" whose horse's name, Sham, implies evil [[CriticalResearchFailure despite everything he protested being historically accurate]] or [[StrawmanPolitical taken way out of context]]. He also made a big deal of director Randal Wallace being a Christian and used that to justify his assertions and [[GodwinsLaw compared the movie to the works of Leni Riefenstahl]]. Creator/RogerEbert, a liberal himself, took issue with the review on his blog and called out O'Hehir. Eventually, after defending the review's assertions, O'Hehir responded on Ebert's blog claiming that he was being hyperbolic. "My hyperbole in the ''Secretariat'' review was supposed to be funny, and also to provoke a response." Many people at time perceived this as a ParodyRetcon on O'Hehir's part.
** If he truly meant the article to be hyperbolic the incident could be considered an example of PoesLaw in action.
* ''Film/JeepersCreepers'', but not by the filmmakers. In 2013, it got a TV broadcast... on Creator/ComedyCentral, who advertised it as [[{{Narm}} a comedy]].
* Some now are claiming ''Film/{{ROTOR}}'' was a parody all along, despite the poster, video box, description, and advertising not saying a word about it.

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* ''Film/TheWickerMan'' remake by [[Creator/NeilLaBute Neil LaBute]] was widely panned. Nicolas Cage said, "You donít karate chop Leelee Sobieski in the throat and not know how absurd Its star Creator/NicolasCage insists that is, but itís just not something I would like to talk about. I would rather let them discover it on their own, but I think I learned a lot of that kind of off the wall kind of stuff watching Stanley Kubrick, because his movies were incredibly funny, but you never really knew how much was planned or accident, you know?"
** Nicolas Cage himself once said
shouldn't be taken seriously, noting that he stopped taking the movie seriously once doing so himself when he saw that one scene had him [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyigAW-14w0 punch punched out a woman while wearing a bear suit.]]
* ''Secretariat'' is a Disney film [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin about -->"You donít karate chop Leelee Sobieski in the famous racehorse Secretariat]]. While it got mostly good reviews throat and stuck close not know how absurd that is, but itís just not something I would like to talk about. I would rather let them discover it on their own, but I think I learned a lot of that kind of off the original book by Bill Nack Salon.com film critic wall kind of stuff watching Creator/StanleyKubrick, because his movies were incredibly funny, but you never really knew how much was planned or accident, you know?"
* ''Film/{{Secretariat}}'' was largely well received, but one reviewer,
Andrew O'Hehir wrote a negative review that was noted at the time for being of Salon.com, gave it an extremely bizarre, accusing bizarre negative review. Among other things, he accused the movie of being racist (and pro-Tea Party and for being racist Party) simply because the Hispanic 'villain' of the story "villain" was "terrorist-flavored" whose and his horse's name, Sham, implies evil [[CriticalResearchFailure evil. (This despite everything he protested the film being historically accurate]] or [[StrawmanPolitical taken way out of context]]. BasedOnATrueStory, so those elements all happened in RealLife.) He also made a big deal of director Randal Wallace being a Christian and used that the director's Christianity to justify his assertions and [[GodwinsLaw compared compare the movie to the works of Leni Riefenstahl]]. Reifenstahl]]. When Creator/RogerEbert, himself a liberal himself, liberal, took issue with the review on his blog and called out O'Hehir. Eventually, after defending the review's assertions, review, O'Hehir responded on Ebert's blog claiming that tried to claim he was just being hyperbolic. "My hyperbole in the ''Secretariat'' review hyperbolic, and that it was supposed "supposed to be funny, and also to provoke a response." Many people at time perceived this as a ParodyRetcon on O'Hehir's part.
** If he truly meant the article to be hyperbolic the incident could be considered an example of
Few believed him; if nothing else, PoesLaw in action.
would have been working against him.
* ''Film/JeepersCreepers'', but not by the filmmakers. In 2013, it got a TV broadcast... on Creator/ComedyCentral, who advertised it as [[{{Narm}} a comedy]].
* Some
It's now are claiming claimed that ''Film/{{ROTOR}}'' was a parody all along, despite the poster, video box, description, and advertising not saying a word about it.



** There's also an idea that "The Space Museum" is a parody of ''Doctor Who'', although the show wasn't old enough at the time it was made for there to be much to parody. It's definitely tongue-in-cheek, though.



* The Music/BeastieBoys like to pretend that their first album, "Licensed to Ill", was a parody of Rap and frat boy attitudes... despite the fact that the album seems to be a straight example of these attitudes as opposed to a send-up or even a subtle parody. It's even more painfully clear if you've seen the video album they made.
* Music/AlanisMorissette. Isn't it ironic, don't ya think, that when she wrote a song about irony, and everyone pointed out that all her examples of irony were not technically irony, she suddenly decided that ''that'' was, in fact, the irony all along.
* Music/BobDylan's 1970 album ''Self Portrait'' (mainly made up of sloppily-performed cover versions) received the first mostly (and often viciously) negative reviews of his career. In the first few years after its release he defended the album, but since then he's claimed that it was [[WriterRevolt a deliberate attempt to alienate his more obsessed fans]]. Dylan also made the same claim about his previous album, ''Nashville Skyline'', a country-flavored album where Dylan trades in his nasal sneer for a singing voice that borders on crooning. Ultimately, both albums were Top Ten [=LPs=], and ''Nashville Skyline'' even kept Music/TheWho's ''Music/{{Tommy}}'' out of the #1 spot in the [=UK=]. ''Nashville Skyline'' at least has since been VindicatedByHistory.
* Music/BrokenCYDE, a {{Crunkcore}} group, pullx a ParodyRetcon when they're flopping but [[IndecisiveParody switches back]] to DoingItForTheArt whenever they're doing well commercially.
* This has been said about Canibus' disastrous third album, ''C: Tru Hollywood Stories'', after its terrible reception.

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* The Music/BeastieBoys like to pretend that their first album, "Licensed to Ill", was a parody of Rap rap and frat boy attitudes... attitudes -- despite the fact that the album seems to be a straight example of these attitudes as opposed to a send-up or even a subtle parody. It's even more painfully clear if you've seen the The video album they made.
makes their intentions painfully clear.
* Music/AlanisMorissette. Isn't it ironic, IsntItIronic, don't ya think, that when she wrote a song about irony, and everyone pointed out that all her examples of irony were not technically irony, she suddenly decided that ''that'' was, in fact, the irony all along.
* Music/BobDylan's 1970 album ''Self Portrait'' (mainly Portrait'', mainly made up of sloppily-performed cover versions) versions, received the first mostly (and often viciously) negative reviews of his career. In the first few years after its release he defended the album, but since then he's claimed that it was [[WriterRevolt a deliberate attempt to alienate his more obsessed fans]]. Dylan also made the same claim about his previous album, ''Nashville Skyline'', a country-flavored album where Dylan trades in his nasal sneer for a singing voice that borders on crooning. It helps, though, that Dylan was always a renowned {{troll}}. Ultimately, both albums were Top Ten [=LPs=], and ''Nashville Skyline'' even kept Music/TheWho's ''Music/{{Tommy}}'' out of the #1 spot in the [=UK=]. ''Nashville Skyline'' at least has since been VindicatedByHistory.
* Music/BrokenCYDE, a {{Crunkcore}} group, pullx consistently pulls a ParodyRetcon when they're flopping doing poorly, but [[IndecisiveParody switches back]] to DoingItForTheArt whenever they're doing well commercially.
* This has been was said about Canibus' disastrous third album, ''C: Tru Hollywood Stories'', after its terrible reception.



* Music/{{REM}}'s "Shiny Happy People" was either a legitimately happy song that the band has tried to retcon into being a parody of Chinese Propaganda, or a parody of Chinese propaganda that came off as being a legitimately happy song. Either way, the band [[CreatorBacklash hates it, and they are]] [[BlackSheepHit not willing to discuss it]].

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* Music/{{REM}}'s "Shiny Happy People" was either a legitimately happy song that the band has tried to retcon into being a parody of Chinese Propaganda, propaganda, or a parody of Chinese propaganda that came off as being a legitimately happy song. Either way, the band [[CreatorBacklash hates it, it]], and they are]] are [[BlackSheepHit not willing to discuss it]].



* Jake Knotts, South Carolina State Senator wasn't being a racist when he called Nikki Haley, a Republican candidate for his state's governor and an ethnic Punjabi that converted to Methodist Christianity from Sikhism, a "raghead" (and Obama a secret Muslim in the same breath). He was being ''satirical''. And just quoting a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skit that exists only in his head.
** Maybe he was counting on RefugeInAudacity: "See, ''of course'' no one would actually say that in public (especially about a woman who, for all intents and purposes, looks perfectly European-American), so it ''had'' to have been meant for humor. Right?"
* During the 2010 UK general election, the makers of Marmite threatened legal action after the British National Party included a jar of the product in one of their videos. The BNP originally claimed their video had been a parody, and only later admitted that it was a [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/election_2010/8647630.stm mistake]]. (In case you were wondering why they took such offense, the British National Party is more accurately described as the British Nazi Party.)

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* Jake Knotts, South Carolina State Senator wasn't being a racist when he called Nikki Haley, a Republican candidate for his state's governor and an ethnic Punjabi that who converted to Methodist Christianity from Sikhism, a "raghead" (and Obama a secret Muslim in the same breath). He was being ''satirical''. And just quoting a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skit that exists only in his head.
** Maybe he was counting on RefugeInAudacity: "See, ''of course'' no one would actually say that in public (especially about a woman who, for all intents and purposes, looks perfectly European-American), so it ''had'' to have been meant for humor. Right?"
* During the 2010 UK general election, the makers of Marmite threatened legal action after the super far-right [[UsefulNotes/BritishPolitics British National Party Party]] included a jar of the product in one of their videos. The BNP originally claimed their video had been a parody, and only later admitted that it was a [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/election_2010/8647630.stm mistake]]. (In case you were wondering why they took such offense, the British National Party is more accurately described as the British Nazi Party.)



* Martha Coakley claims to have been joking when, in a segue from Giuliani to Curt Schilling, she commented that they were [[CriticalResearchFailure both Yankees fans]], and when the reporter reacted as you might expect, didn't seem to know who Schilling was. [[http://coldheartedtruth.com/politics1/index.php/2010/01/17/martha-my-dear?blog=18 Here's the transcript.]] You be the judge.
* Ray Comfort, "[[FanNickname Banana-Man]]," now claims that his infamous "Banana: The Atheist's Worst Nightmare" argument was satire. For those who haven't seen it, in a video released to creationist groups, he makes an argument for intelligent design from how apparently perfect bananas are for human consumption. This ignores the fact that bananas as we know them are the product of centuries of selection and crossbreeding by growers and that wild bananas are much less human-friendly, with thicker skins, less sweet flesh, and large inedible seeds. No matter what your take on the subject, it seems more likely to have just been an [[CriticalResearchFailure unresearched argument]] than an attempt at satirizing... whatever the hell it was allegedly satirizing.
* In 2011, PETA created ''VideoGame/SuperTanookiSkin2D'', a game about a {{tanuki}} trying to reclaim its skinned fur from [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]], and said that the Mario games were sending the message that it was okay to wear fur. After the expected backlash and even provoking an official statement from Creator/{{Nintendo}}, PETA later claimed it was all "tongue-in-cheek".
** PETA did the same with [[{{Franchise/Pokemon}} Pokémon]], as shown [[http://features.peta.org/pokemon-black-and-white-parody/ here]].

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* Martha Coakley claims to have been joking when, in a segue from Giuliani to Curt Schilling, she commented that they were [[CriticalResearchFailure both Yankees fans]], and when the reporter reacted as you might expect, didn't seem to know who Schilling was. [[http://coldheartedtruth.com/politics1/index.php/2010/01/17/martha-my-dear?blog=18 Here's the transcript.]] You be the judge.
* Ray Comfort, "[[FanNickname Banana-Man]]," Banana-Man]]", now claims that his infamous "Banana: The Atheist's Worst Nightmare" argument was satire. For those who haven't seen it, in a The video released to creationist groups, he makes an argument argues for intelligent design from by showing how the banana is apparently perfect bananas are for human consumption. This ignores consumption -- ignoring the fact that bananas as we know them are the product this is because of centuries of selection and crossbreeding cross-breeding by growers humans, and that wild bananas are much less human-friendly, with human-friendly (with thicker skins, less sweet sour flesh, and large inedible seeds. seeds). No matter one on any side of the debate could figure out what your take on the subject, it seems more likely was even supposed to have satire; it was very clearly just been an [[CriticalResearchFailure unresearched argument]] than an attempt at satirizing... whatever the hell it was allegedly satirizing.
that blew up in his face.
* In 2011, PETA created ''VideoGame/SuperTanookiSkin2D'', a game about a {{tanuki}} trying to reclaim its skinned fur from [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]], and said that the Mario games were sending the message that it was okay to wear fur. After the expected backlash and even provoking an official statement from Creator/{{Nintendo}}, PETA later claimed it was all "tongue-in-cheek".
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"tongue-in-cheek". PETA did the same with [[{{Franchise/Pokemon}} Pokémon]], as shown [[http://features.peta.org/pokemon-black-and-white-parody/ here]].



* Internet {{troll}}s, as immortalized by the [[http://lol.i.trollyou.com/ "LOL I TROLL U"]] comic. Some claim that their antics were "just an experiment." This is so common that the phrase "Social Experiment" has become both a [[MemeticMutation meme]] and a trope of its own among the denizens of Fandom Wank.
** Some people who end up receiving an InternetBackdraft claim they were trolling all along. Not only is nobody fooled, this is basically [[NoExceptYes trying to avoid being called an asshole by admitting that they're a different (possibly worse) kind of asshole]].
** And some try to excuse JerkAss behavior with "satire" or in more egregious cases, ''call the victim out'' on "having NoSenseOfHumor" and/or [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad "being against freedom of speech."]]
** ''[[MemeticMutation "Joke's on them! I was only pretending!"]]'' or ''"It was merely an act!"''
** Some of them claim to have been trolling on purpose in order to get everybody to lighten up and realize it's just a tv show/video game/movie/comic book, etc. Except that they get everyone to "lighten up" by being vitriolic about things that apparently "don't matter."

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* Internet {{troll}}s, as immortalized by the [[http://lol.i.trollyou.com/ "LOL I TROLL U"]] comic. Some claim that their antics were "just an experiment." This is so common that the phrase "Social Experiment" has become both a [[MemeticMutation meme]] and a trope of its own among the denizens of Fandom Wank.
** Some people who end up receiving an InternetBackdraft claim they were trolling all along. Not only is nobody fooled, this is basically [[NoExceptYes trying to avoid
Wank. The excuses range from it being called an asshole by admitting that they're a different (possibly worse) kind of asshole]].
** And some try
joke or a "social experiment", to excuse JerkAss behavior with "satire" or in more egregious cases, ''call decrying the victim out'' on for "having NoSenseOfHumor" and/or or [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad "being against freedom of speech."]]
** ''[[MemeticMutation "Joke's on them! I
free speech"]], to claiming it was only pretending!"]]'' or ''"It was merely an act!"''
** Some of them claim to have been trolling on purpose in order
just a way to get everybody people to lighten up and realize it's just a tv show/video game/movie/comic book, etc. Except that they get everyone to [[SeriousBusiness "lighten up" by being vitriolic about things that apparently "don't matter."their favorite works]].
3rd Nov '16 10:19:56 PM nombretomado
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* Whenever TheIrateGamer makes a mistake and people call him out on it, if he doesn't [[OrwellianEditor have the comments deleted or re-edit the video and pretend the mistake was never there]], then he'll claim the mistake was intentional.

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* Whenever TheIrateGamer WebVideo/TheIrateGamer makes a mistake and people call him out on it, if he doesn't [[OrwellianEditor have the comments deleted or re-edit the video and pretend the mistake was never there]], then he'll claim the mistake was intentional.
20th Oct '16 1:15:38 PM rjd1922
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28th Sep '16 4:15:52 PM Luigifan
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Simply put, any work which, once consumer reaction came back negative, had its failings {{handwave}}d by claims that it was supposed to be a parody. Finally, be warned that any legitimate parody that's [[StealthParody too subtle]] can ''and will'' be accused of this unless you have some kind of solid evidence to back it up.

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Simply put, any work which, once consumer reaction came back negative, had its failings {{handwave}}d by claims that it was supposed to be a parody. Finally, be warned that any legitimate parody that's [[StealthParody too subtle]] can ''and will'' ''[[PoesLaw and will]]'' be accused of this unless you have some kind of solid evidence to back it up.
24th Aug '16 12:44:32 AM Totema
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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' is often interpreted this way by people defending its more questionable choices - the ChosenOne RagtagBunchOfMisfits are a violent and miserable group who hate each other (like they'd be in reality) rather than TrueCompanions, the entire world is a [[SlidingScaleOfLinearityVsOpenness beautiful hyper-linear tube]] (which is all that {{JRPG}}s are under the hood), the token overly sexualised GenkiGirl is deliberately irritating and completely insane, TheHero is not, the EmoTeen is a shitlord, the Cid is evil... However, it could just as easily be a case of {{Franchise Original Sin}}s becoming magnified to extremes with unintentionally DeconstructiveParody effects.

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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' is often interpreted this way by people defending its more questionable choices - the ChosenOne RagtagBunchOfMisfits are a violent and miserable group who hate each other (like they'd be in reality) rather than TrueCompanions, the entire world is a [[SlidingScaleOfLinearityVsOpenness beautiful hyper-linear tube]] (which is all that {{JRPG}}s are under the hood), tube]], the token overly sexualised GenkiGirl is deliberately irritating and completely insane, TheHero is not, the EmoTeen is a shitlord, the Cid is evil... However, it could just as easily be a case of {{Franchise Original Sin}}s becoming magnified to extremes with unintentionally DeconstructiveParody effects.
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