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16th Sep '17 4:25:16 AM CassandraLeo
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* Music/BruceSpringsteen's "Born in the USA" is a bitterly sarcastic song about an emotionally scarred Vietnam veteran who can't find work and is pissed at Uncle Sam for screwing him over. People who don't listen to anything beyond the chorus, however, assume that it's a patriotic song. More than one WarHawk politician has tried to use it for their campaigning.

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* Music/BruceSpringsteen's "Born in the USA" is a bitterly sarcastic song about an emotionally scarred Vietnam veteran who can't find work and is pissed at Uncle Sam for screwing him over. People who don't listen to anything beyond the chorus, however, assume that it's a patriotic song. More than one WarHawk politician (most infamously, UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan) has tried to use it for their campaigning.



* In one of the darker examples of this trope, Music/DeadKennedys started getting neo-Nazis at their shows after they wrote a sarcastic song entitled "KillThePoor". They wrote the song "Nazi Punks Fuck Off" in response. Music/NapalmDeath later covered it for the same reason: because neo-Nazis and boneheads started appearing at their shows as well and they wanted them to know in no uncertain terms that they were not welcome.

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* In one of the darker examples of this trope, Music/DeadKennedys started getting neo-Nazis at their shows after they wrote a sarcastic song entitled "KillThePoor"."KillThePoor" (and another entitled "California über Alles"). They wrote the song "Nazi Punks Fuck Off" in response. Music/NapalmDeath later covered it for the same reason: because neo-Nazis and boneheads started appearing at their shows as well and they wanted them to know in no uncertain terms that they were not welcome.
15th Sep '17 5:10:06 PM FGHIK
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** Even after this, people kept up arguing against him for ''over a thousand comments''; there are over 2500 total, and the balance slowly shifts to people actually getting the joke, but toward the end there are ''still'' one or two condemning him as a bigot. Most of them apparently didn't even read the entry, and some of them who did read it, and pointed out he'd gotten the Bible verses wrong.

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** Even after this, people kept up arguing against him for ''over a thousand comments''; there are over 2500 total, and the balance slowly shifts to people actually getting the joke, but toward the end there are ''still'' one or two condemning him as a bigot. Most of them apparently didn't even read the entry, and some of them who did read it, and [[ComicallyMissingThePoint pointed out he'd gotten the Bible verses wrong.wrong]].
7th Sep '17 7:52:48 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** Not quite as inexplicable as it first appears; many of the people making these claims had built a cottage out of talking and writing about the circles. Their reputations and livlihoods were at stake.

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** Not quite as inexplicable as it first appears; many of the people making these claims had built a cottage industry out of talking and writing about the circles. Their reputations and livlihoods were at stake.


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* 2017 saw a sudden explosion in "flat Earth" conspiracy theories. The problem is that while it had been smoldering away in the background for centuries, the sudden influx included so many parodists and people just along for the meme and there's no way to tell them apart from the genuine article. It's entirely possible that there are ''no'' genuine believers outside the same few religious fundamentalists that have always carried the torch.
25th Aug '17 8:39:56 PM merotoker
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** The episode "The Tale of Scrotie [=McBoogerballs=]" has this happen: Upon finding out that ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' is overhyped, the kids write an offensive story about nothing in particular, solely to be more offensive than ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' was claimed to be. The adults find it, and believe that it's a great literary work, even after the kids explicitly tell them that it is nothing more than a string of gross-out attempts on paper, and that there is no actual story in it.

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** The episode "The "[[Recap/SouthParkS14E2TheTaleOfScrotieMcBoogerballs The Tale of Scrotie [=McBoogerballs=]" McBoogerballs]]" has this happen: Upon finding out that ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' is overhyped, the kids write an offensive story about nothing in particular, solely to be more offensive than ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' was claimed to be. The adults find it, and believe that it's a great literary work, even after the kids explicitly tell them that it is nothing more than a string of gross-out attempts on paper, and that there is no actual story in it.



* In the ''Film/JosieAndThePussycats'' the ProductPlacement was parodied by way of cranking it UptoEleven even though the movie did not make any money off the products and the entire plot of the movie was parodying how media is used to sell products. However, about half the audience and critics got it as self-referential satire, while the other half just thought it had way too many product placements.

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* In the ''Film/JosieAndThePussycats'' the ProductPlacement was parodied by way of cranking it UptoEleven even though the movie did not make any money off the products and the entire plot of the movie was parodying how media is used to sell products. However, about half the audience and critics got it as self-referential satire, while the other half just thought it had way too many product placements.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' writer J.K. Rowling has had problem with WordOfGod on the matter. You see, she made the mistake of giving a random extra in the first book the same family name as Harry Potter's very own mother. The boy in question was called Mark Evans. Once Harry's mother's name was revealed (this was before ''The Half-Blood Prince'' was released), fans began speculating that Mark would become very, very relevant to the plot, and asked Rowling if that was the case. Amused by how far the rumor had gotten, she joked that he was indeed a major character and that he was, in fact, the mysterious Half-Blood Prince the upcoming book was named after. ''Everybody took it dead seriously'', to the point that someone went and created a page for Mark Evans on Wiki/TheOtherWiki.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' writer J.K. Rowling has had problem with WordOfGod on the matter. You see, she made the mistake of giving a random extra in the first book the same family name as Harry Potter's very own mother. The boy in question was called Mark Evans. Once Harry's mother's name was revealed (this was before ''The Half-Blood Prince'' was released), fans began speculating that Mark would become very, very relevant to the plot, and asked Rowling if that was the case. Amused by how far the rumor had gotten, she joked that he was indeed a major character and that he was, in fact, the mysterious Half-Blood Prince the upcoming book was named after. ''Everybody took it dead seriously'', to the point that someone went and created a page for Mark Evans on Wiki/TheOtherWiki.[[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]].



* Sylvan Esso's "Radio" is satirizing what artists will do to get air play on radio or make click-bait videos, but the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=effZUjig794 music video]] is itself a super-hyped up "sexy" video that without context of the song is exactly the kind of video the song is parodying, and hearing the song on a pop-radio station would be like reading a news article on a site know for fake news about how news articles are faked.

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* Sylvan Esso's "Radio" is satirizing what artists will do to get air play on radio or make click-bait videos, but the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=effZUjig794 music video]] is itself a super-hyped up "sexy" video that without context of the song is exactly the kind of video the song is parodying, and hearing the song on a pop-radio station would be like reading a news article on a site know known for fake news about how news articles are faked.



** An article called "''Literature/HarryPotter'' Sparks Rise In Satanism Among Children", in which six year old girls claim that "Jesus died because he was weak and stupid", was copied into a furious chain letter and circulated about the web. Commentators noted that many of the article's more obviously parodic passages were excised from the letter, suggesting that the poster may not have believed it him/herself. Regardless, it worked, triggering a panicked reaction among fundamentalists, in spite of (or perhaps because of) it ending with [[RefugeInAudacity J.K. Rowling praising Satan]]. The very same article led to a concerned parent sending mail to ''Reader's Digest'', criticizing them about interviewing Rowling. After a bit of back-and-forth, the reader mentioned reading about it on ''The Onion'' whereupon ''Reader's Digest'' [[http://robinabrahams.com/2010/04/01/april-fools/ pointed out that it's a humor paper, and Rowling is not really a Satan worshiper.]]

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** An article called "''Literature/HarryPotter'' Sparks Rise In Satanism Among Children", in which six year old girls claim that "Jesus died because he was weak and stupid", was copied into a furious chain letter and circulated about the web. Commentators noted that many of the article's more obviously parodic passages were excised from the letter, suggesting that the poster may not have believed it him/herself. Regardless, it worked, triggering a panicked reaction among fundamentalists, in spite of (or perhaps because of) it ending with [[RefugeInAudacity J.K. Rowling praising Satan]]. The very same article led to a concerned parent sending mail to ''Reader's Digest'', criticizing them about interviewing Rowling. After a bit of back-and-forth, the reader mentioned reading about it on ''The Onion'' whereupon ''Reader's Digest'' [[http://robinabrahams.[[http://web.archive.org/web/20160806051105/http://robinabrahams.com/2010/04/01/april-fools/ pointed out that it's a humor paper, and Rowling is not really a Satan worshiper.]]



** The AV Club posted an article about how [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/glenn-beck-restores-honor-to-spiderman-turn-off-th,50001/ Glenn Beck loved the Spider-Man musical]]. Since both Radio/GlennBeck and ''Theatre/SpiderManTurnOffTheDark'' are polarizing topics which often spark fierce discussions, a lot of people thought this was just ''The Onion'' making stuff up, even though the AV Club is the non-satire section. It's not a joke. He really did enjoy the musical.

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** The AV Club posted an article about how [[http://www.[[http://web.archive.org/web/20110217071044/http://www.avclub.com/articles/glenn-beck-restores-honor-to-spiderman-turn-off-th,50001/ com:80/articles/glenn-beck-restores-honor-to-spiderman-turn-off-th%2C50001/ Glenn Beck loved the Spider-Man musical]]. Since both Radio/GlennBeck and ''Theatre/SpiderManTurnOffTheDark'' are polarizing topics which often spark fierce discussions, a lot of people thought this was just ''The Onion'' making stuff up, even though the AV Club is the non-satire section. It's not a joke. He really did enjoy the musical.
5th Aug '17 1:57:25 PM bowserbros
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* This trope can be inferred to be the main cause of [[Music/{{Psy}} "Gangnam Style"]] achieving such a high level of popularity in the west. The song was written as a satire of the culture of affluence surrounding the Gangnam district in Seoul, South Korea; its music video compounds this mockery by featuring Psy portraying a man pretending to be a part of the Gangnam lifestyle, among other things acting like a sandbox in a kid's playground is a luxurious beach and floundering around in another man's hot tub as if it were a private swimming pool. The infamous horse-riding dance, when put in this context, is also intended to be a jab at the association between being wealthy and owning many prized steeds. Once the video reached the west however, the low amount of Korean-speakers there and the lack of a good translation from the get-go caused most viewers to take the bizarre imagery at face-value, giving Gangman Style a reputation as a wacky K-Pop video.

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* This trope can be inferred to be the main cause of [[Music/{{Psy}} "Gangnam Style"]] achieving such a high level the kind of popularity it received in the west. The song was written as a satire of the culture of affluence surrounding the Gangnam district in Seoul, South Korea; its music video compounds this mockery by featuring Psy portraying a man pretending to be a part of the Gangnam lifestyle, among other things acting like a sandbox in a kid's playground is a luxurious beach and floundering around in another man's hot tub as if it were a private swimming pool. The infamous horse-riding dance, when put in this context, is also intended to be a jab at the association between being wealthy and owning many prized steeds. Once the video reached the west however, the low amount of Korean-speakers there and the lack of a good translation from the get-go caused most viewers to take the bizarre imagery at face-value, giving Gangman Style a reputation as a wacky K-Pop video.
5th Aug '17 1:57:00 PM bowserbros
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* This trope can be inferred to be the main cause of [[Music/{{Psy}} "Gangnam Style"]] achieving such a high level of popularity in the west. The song was written as a satire of the culture of affluence surrounding the Gangnam district in Seoul, South Korea; its music video compounds this mockery by featuring Psy portraying a man pretending to be a part of the Gangnam lifestyle, among other things acting like a sandbox in a kid's playground is a luxurious beach and floundering around in another man's hot tub as if it were a private swimming pool. The infamous horse-riding dance, when put in this context, is also intended to be a jab at the association between being wealthy and owning many prized steeds. Once the video reached the west however, the low amount of Korean-speakers there and the lack of a good translation from the get-go caused most viewers to take the bizarre imagery at face-value, giving Gangman Style a reputation as a wacky K-Pop video.
28th Jul '17 5:30:06 AM Danzence
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* A Facebook page impersonating Satoshi Tajiri posted the following: "You all think you have great ideas for [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pokemon]] games, but if I actually listened to all of you and we combined all of your ideas into a game, it would be an unplayable monstrous game. You want a game with all the regions, but only the first generation Pokemons, yet all the legendary ones and such silly things. Whenever I receive one of these rants, I go to the development floor and read it out loud to all the Creator/GameFreak employees in a mocking voice, and we all laugh at you." [[FanDisillusionment Fans were shocked]] that the creator of something they loved so much was such a dick - those who didn't realize that even if Tajiri spoke English this well, he'd darn well know that "Pokemons" isn't a word, anyway.

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* A Facebook page impersonating Satoshi Tajiri posted the following: "You all think you have great ideas for [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pokemon]] games, but if I actually listened to all of you and we combined all of your ideas into a game, it would be an unplayable monstrous game. You want a game with all the regions, but only the first generation Pokemons, yet all the legendary ones and such silly things. Whenever I receive one of these rants, I go to the development floor and read it out loud to all the Creator/GameFreak employees in a mocking voice, and we all laugh at you." [[FanDisillusionment Fans were shocked]] that the creator of something they loved so much was such a dick - those who didn't realize that even if Tajiri spoke English this well, he'd darn well know that "Pokemons" isn't a word, anyway.anyway (though neither is Pokemon).
27th Jul '17 12:36:23 PM Geoduck
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', with [[DesignatedHero the way its feminist characters are written]], it's hard to tell whether Tat supports radical feminism himself, is mocking it or is only pretending these are his views as a very elaborate troll.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', with [[DesignatedHero the way its feminist characters are written]], it's hard to tell whether Tat supports radical second-wave feminism himself, is mocking it or is only pretending these are his views as a very elaborate troll.
14th Jul '17 8:10:21 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** Not quite as inexplicable as it first appears; many of the people making these claims had built a cottage out of talking and writing about the circles. Their reputations and livlihoods were at stake.
11th Jul '17 9:28:38 AM wyattte
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* The Music/BeastieBoys claim that their "You Gotta Fight for your Right to Party" song is actually meant to mock partygoers and the whole 1980s party scene, but it's universally appreciated as a party song.

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* The Music/BeastieBoys claim that their "You Gotta Fight for your Right to Party" song is actually meant to mock partygoers and the whole 1980s party scene, but it's universally appreciated as a party song. This applies to much of ''Licensed To Ill,'' their debut album, in general; it was a frat boy classic at the time, but the band became pretty embarrassed about the content in later years. [=MCA=] openly denounced their previous treatment of women in their 1994 single "Sure Shot."
* Music/{{Blur}}'s "Song 2" was just a late-in-the-game parody of {{Grunge}}, that the band threw together in the studio. It is one of the most beloved grunge songs ever released, and their breakthrough single in America.
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