History Main / Sellout

12th Aug '17 11:51:49 AM Gundamforce
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* Cleveland Browns in the 80s are now the Baltimore Ravens. They were successful in the 80s, going to 2 AFC championship games, though losing both times. Fans packed Cleveland Stadium in the 80s through 90s. This was due to their successful Midwestern team. This case, however, is not of a player, but of an owner. Art Modell, the then Browns owner moved the team to Baltimore. [[JerkassHasAPoint While Baltimore did lose the Colts earlier and putting a team there would placate its suffering fans who only had the Orioles to watch]], the move was criticized as he took a rich team with history, instead of creating an expansion franchise in Baltimore itself. So the team moved to Maryland and won 2 Super Bowls in the 21st century. Al Lerner, a credit card businessman, rebooted the Cleveland team. This was somewhat good. However, Modell is one of the top 3 most hated people in Cleveland even after his 2012 death.

* Marcus Allen, a Hall of Fame running back. He was successful in the esteemed Los Angeles Raiders backfield. Earlier years in his career were with [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/Sports the famously injured Bo Jackson]]. Bo may have made the Hall of Fame if he wasn't injured against the Bengals and become the 9th Heisman winner to make the professional hall.

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* Creator/PattonOswalt had a routine about becoming a sell-out on his album ''Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time''. Patton describes how he used to think that "selling out" was something you only ever had to decide once, but he changed his mind as he got further in his career. The turning point was when he was invited to perform at a casino for a "sacrilegious" amount of money, and he accepted, only for the crowd he was performing for to be so drunk that they just shouted Patton's career at him, without Patton getting the chance to tell a single joke. After the set, the casino offered him the chance to do it every weekend, so the temptation to become a "corporate whore" for them is always there.

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* The Cleveland Browns in the 80s are now the Baltimore Ravens. They were successful in the 80s, going to 2 AFC championship games, though losing both times. Fans packed Cleveland Stadium in the 80s through 90s. This was due to their successful Midwestern team. This case, however, is not of a player, but of an owner. Art Modell, the then Browns owner moved the team to Baltimore. [[JerkassHasAPoint While Baltimore did lose the Colts earlier and putting a team there would placate its suffering fans who only had the Orioles to watch]], the move was criticized as he took a rich team with history, instead of creating an expansion franchise in Baltimore itself. So the team moved to Maryland and won 2 Super Bowls in the 21st century. Al Lerner, a credit card businessman, rebooted the Cleveland team. This was somewhat good. However, While Modell is one of revered in Baltimore for the top 3 return of Football there, he is among the most hated reviled people in Cleveland even after his 2012 death.

* Marcus Allen, a Hall of Fame running back. He was successful in the esteemed Los Angeles Raiders backfield. Earlier years in his career were with [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/Sports [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/{{Sports}} the famously injured Bo Jackson]]. Bo may have made the Hall of Fame if he wasn't injured against the Bengals and become the 9th Heisman winner to make the professional hall.

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* Creator/PattonOswalt had a routine about becoming a sell-out on his album ''Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time''. Patton describes how he used to think that "selling out" was something you only ever had to decide once, but he changed his mind as he got further in his career. The turning point was when he was invited to perform at a casino for a "sacrilegious" amount of money, and he accepted, only for the crowd he was performing for to be so drunk that they just shouted Patton's career at him, without Patton getting the chance to tell a single joke. After the set, the casino offered him the chance to do it every weekend, so the temptation to become a "corporate whore" for them is always there.
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* Creator/PattonOswalt had a routine about becoming a sell-out on his album ''Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time''. Patton describes how he used to think that "selling out" was something you only ever had to decide once, but he changed his mind as he got further in his career. The turning point was when he was invited to perform at a casino for a "sacrilegious" amount of money, and he accepted, only for the crowd he was performing for to be so drunk that they just shouted Patton's career at him, without Patton getting the chance to tell a single joke. After the set, the casino offered him the chance to do it every weekend, so the temptation to become a "corporate whore" for them is always there.
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6th Aug '17 6:18:16 PM CoRo
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* Reggie White, a legendary [[NFL/UsefulNotes NFL]] players used to play for the Eagles. He was a lead sacker for the defense. Yet in the 90s, he left to join Green Bay. Unfortunately the Eagles haven't yet won a Super Bowl as of 2017, while Green Bay won 2 Super Bowls after Reggie switched over. To [[AddingInsulttoInjury]], Green Bay defeated the Eagles in Philadelphia in the rout to their 2010-2011 season Super Bowl.

* Shaquille O'Neal, otherwise known as Shaq is a 90s example. He used to play for Orlando Magic. Took the team to the NBA Finals where they lost. But in 1996, he moved to the bigger city team Los Angeles Lakers. Obviously the more than $120 million contract they gave him had something to do with it. Yet Magic fans dislike this move as he left a then blossoming team for its more successful counterpart in So Cal.

* In 2010, there was [[UsefulNotes/LeBronJames Lebron James]] of Cleveland Cavaliers fame. He was a top player alongside Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and several others. Won the NBA MVP in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010. Yet he couldn't win a championship in Cleveland, the city which had a [[StrawLoser]] reputation back in that year. So he moved to play for the Miami Heat. He joined forces with Dwanye Wade and Chris Bosh. They won 2 championships in the city. But to [[MustMakeAmends make amends]] with his former team, he rejoined in 2014. They then won the NBA Finals in an [[DavidVersusGoliath upset]] over the Warriors who went 73-9, a records as of 2017 and beat them in the warrior's arena. Lebron was then forgiven by Cleveland for giving them their first city big 4 championship since 1964.

* Brett Favre, known for his womanizer habits and winning the most games by a QB in league history. He played for many years with Green Bay. The city was rejuvenated with his excellent play and a Super Bowl victory, followed by a Super Bowl appearance in the mid-90s. People thought he would retire after the 2007-2008 season and would appear on the [[MaddenNFL]] cover. However, he then announced he would go to the New York Jets, basically meaning he went from Green Bay, which has the lowest urban population of any current NFL team to New York, the biggest city in America. The media market there was huge. But he then left the Jets to join Minnesota Vikings, the rival of Green Bay. This was a [[HeelFaceTurn great thing]] for Minnesota fans and a [[FaceHeelTurn horrible thing]] for Packers fans.

* Cleveland Browns in the 80s are now the Baltimore Ravens. They were successful in the 80s, going to 2 AFC championship games, though losing both times. Fans packed Cleveland Stadium in the 80s through 90s. This was due to their successful Midwestern team. This case, however, is not of a player, but of an owner. Art Modell, the then Browns owner moved the team to Baltimore. [[JerkassHasAPoint While Baltimore did lose the Colts earlier and putting a team there would placate its suffering fans who only had the Orioles to watch]], the move was criticized as he took a rich team with history, instead of creating an expansion franchise in Baltimore itself. So the team moved to Maryland and won 2 Super Bowls in the 21st century. Al Lerner, a credit card businessman, rebooted the Cleveland team. This was somewhat good. However, Modell is one of the top 3 most hated people in Cleveland even after his 2012 death.

* Marcus Allen, a Hall of Fame running back. He was successful in the esteemed Los Angeles Raiders backfield. Earlier years in his career were with [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/Sports the famously injured Bo Jackson]]. Bo may have made the Hall of Fame if he wasn't injured against the Bengals and become the 9th Heisman winner to make the professional hall.
20th Jul '17 1:13:24 PM AreYouTyler
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* It's hard to tell when Music/LinkinPark sold out, but by the time ''One More Light'' was released, the electro-pop sounded nothing at all like their nu-metal roots.
29th Jun '17 6:05:12 AM Andyroid
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* In the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' [[Recap/StrongBadEmailE136GeddupNoise "geddup noise"]], it's revealed that the "Geddup Noise" that plays when Strong Bad gets out of the stool in front of his computer [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext "got all big overseas" and became an overnight sensation]], with appearances ([[InvisibleCelebrityGuest so to speak]]) on TV and radio and "the odd, or sometimes ''very'' odd celebrity endorsement".
-->'''Strong Sad:''' (''after the Geddup Noise does a commercial for "Hamburger Shampoo"'') Frickin' sell-out.
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26th Jun '17 1:30:06 PM KizunaTallis
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* In the 2010s, with mainstream Pop music, and music labels, shifting more towards selling singles, having hits on sites like YouTube, & making returns on their investments, many artists and bands who played different kinds of music have decided to switch to more mainstream-friendly sounds and ways of producing their music. Bands accused of doing this, and may as well have for all we know given the evidence, are Music/FallOutBoy, [[Music/MaroonFive Maroon 5]], Music/{{Paramore}}, Music/AllTimeLow, Music/PanicAtTheDisco, many other former PopPunk/Emo Pop bands, and bands from other genres who've drastically changed their sounds to mainly radio-friendly sounds that many of their older fans, or fans who get into them later than them who prefer their earlier stuff, don't like because it doesn't sound like the band they've grown to like and respect as musicians, especially when it makes their songs lyrically weaker as a result of most 2010s Pop music mainly favoring a style over substance approach rather than writing more meaningful songs like they have in the past, resulting in weaker content overall. Some of these bands have managed to adapt successfully (See Paramore), while others have made comebacks by ironing out the kinks, or taking steps back towards what they had which have allowed them to bounce back (See Weezer), or they've managed to enrage their fanbases if they haven't done either one of those (See Maroon 5).
30th Apr '17 10:14:22 AM TheDeadSkin
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* {{Music/Chumbawamba}} ingeniously subverted this trope not once, but twice. The first time, they signed with EMI and released an intentionally pop-oriented "Thumbthumper" (earning an OneHitWonder status with "Tubthumping" in the process and proudly lampshading it for the rest of their career) just to mess around with their new "fans" and completely piss off the label before inevitably getting kicked out. A couple of years later, GM gave Chumbawamba $10,000 for a Pontiac Vibe commercial. Chumbawamba turned that into a donation to Indymedia and [=CorpWatch=] who used the money to start an information and environmental campaign against GM.

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* {{Music/Chumbawamba}} ingeniously subverted this trope not once, but twice. The first time, they signed with EMI and released an intentionally pop-oriented "Thumbthumper" album, ''Tubthumper'' (earning an a OneHitWonder status with "Tubthumping" in the process and proudly lampshading it for the rest of their career) just to mess around with their new "fans" and completely piss off the label before inevitably getting kicked out. A couple of years later, GM gave Chumbawamba $10,000 for a Pontiac Vibe commercial. Chumbawamba turned that into a donation to Indymedia and [=CorpWatch=] who used the money to start an information and environmental campaign against GM.
20th Feb '17 11:02:13 PM Scsigs
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* In the 2010s, with mainstream Pop music, and music labels, shifting more towards selling singles, having hits on sites like YouTube, & making returns on their investments, many artists and bands who played different kinds of music have decided to switch to more mainstream-friendly sounds and ways of producing their music. Bands accused of doing this, and may as well have for all we know given the evidence, are Music/FallOutBoy, Music/MaroonFive, Music/Paramore, Music/AllTimeLow, Music/PanicAtTheDisco, many other former PopPunk/Emo Pop bands, and bands from other genres who've drastically changed their sounds to mainly radio-friendly sounds that many of their older fans, or fans who get into them later than them who prefer their earlier stuff, don't like because it doesn't sound like the band they've grown to like and respect as musicians, especially when it makes their songs lyrically weaker as a result of most 2010s Pop music mainly favoring a style over substance approach rather than writing more meaningful songs like they have in the past, resulting in weaker content overall. Some of these bands have managed to adapt successfully (See Paramore), while others have made comebacks by ironing out the kinks, or taking steps back towards what they had which have allowed them to bounce back (See Weezer), or they've managed to enrage their fanbases if they haven't done either one of those (See Maroon 5).

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* In the 2010s, with mainstream Pop music, and music labels, shifting more towards selling singles, having hits on sites like YouTube, & making returns on their investments, many artists and bands who played different kinds of music have decided to switch to more mainstream-friendly sounds and ways of producing their music. Bands accused of doing this, and may as well have for all we know given the evidence, are Music/FallOutBoy, Music/MaroonFive, Music/Paramore, [[Music/MaroonFive Maroon 5]], Music/{{Paramore}}, Music/AllTimeLow, Music/PanicAtTheDisco, many other former PopPunk/Emo Pop bands, and bands from other genres who've drastically changed their sounds to mainly radio-friendly sounds that many of their older fans, or fans who get into them later than them who prefer their earlier stuff, don't like because it doesn't sound like the band they've grown to like and respect as musicians, especially when it makes their songs lyrically weaker as a result of most 2010s Pop music mainly favoring a style over substance approach rather than writing more meaningful songs like they have in the past, resulting in weaker content overall. Some of these bands have managed to adapt successfully (See Paramore), while others have made comebacks by ironing out the kinks, or taking steps back towards what they had which have allowed them to bounce back (See Weezer), or they've managed to enrage their fanbases if they haven't done either one of those (See Maroon 5).
20th Feb '17 11:00:49 PM Scsigs
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* Music/KurtCobain also lived in fear of being perceived as a sell-out. While he wanted to become succesful the explosive popularity of ''Music/{{Nevermind}}'' in the charts was not what he had in mind at all. Suddenly his music was played by the same kind of poseurs he hated. He tried to keep their sound as alienating as possible, even making ''Music/InUtero'' purposefully dark and less slick.

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* Music/KurtCobain also lived in fear of being perceived as a sell-out. While he wanted to become succesful successful the explosive popularity of ''Music/{{Nevermind}}'' in the charts was not what he had in mind at all. Suddenly his music was played by the same kind of poseurs he hated. He tried to keep their sound as alienating as possible, even making ''Music/InUtero'' purposefully dark and less slick.


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* In the 2010s, with mainstream Pop music, and music labels, shifting more towards selling singles, having hits on sites like YouTube, & making returns on their investments, many artists and bands who played different kinds of music have decided to switch to more mainstream-friendly sounds and ways of producing their music. Bands accused of doing this, and may as well have for all we know given the evidence, are Music/FallOutBoy, Music/MaroonFive, Music/Paramore, Music/AllTimeLow, Music/PanicAtTheDisco, many other former PopPunk/Emo Pop bands, and bands from other genres who've drastically changed their sounds to mainly radio-friendly sounds that many of their older fans, or fans who get into them later than them who prefer their earlier stuff, don't like because it doesn't sound like the band they've grown to like and respect as musicians, especially when it makes their songs lyrically weaker as a result of most 2010s Pop music mainly favoring a style over substance approach rather than writing more meaningful songs like they have in the past, resulting in weaker content overall. Some of these bands have managed to adapt successfully (See Paramore), while others have made comebacks by ironing out the kinks, or taking steps back towards what they had which have allowed them to bounce back (See Weezer), or they've managed to enrage their fanbases if they haven't done either one of those (See Maroon 5).
31st Jan '17 1:17:12 AM mlsmithca
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* In ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'', Ramona's second evil-ex, Lucas Lee, is a professional skateboarder turned actor and he is recurringly called a sell-out. This appears to be the main reason he's considered evil, but otherwise he seems nice. However, being called a sell-out is his BerserkButton.
** Though a little bit of it is hinted at when he says he'll spare Scott a fight if Scott gives him all his money. Scott calls him this and the fight resumes.

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* In ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'', Ramona's second evil-ex, Lucas Lee, is a professional skateboarder turned actor and he is recurringly called a sell-out. This appears to be the main reason he's considered evil, but otherwise he seems nice. However, being called a sell-out is his BerserkButton.
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BerserkButton. Though a little bit of it is hinted at when he says he'll spare Scott a fight if Scott gives him all his money. Scott calls him this and the fight resumes.



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* ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'' protagonist Tod Hackett is accused of selling out by his Yale School of Fine Arts classmates after accepting a job as set and production designer at a Hollywood studio, as they are convinced he will never paint again if he chooses to chase the almighty dollar instead. However, his interest in painting was fading in his last year at Yale, and moving to Hollywood actually recharges his creative batteries.
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* Music/CaptainBeefheart alienated his AvantGardeMusic fans by making two pathethic and desperate attempts at commercializing his sound: ''Music/UnconditionallyGuaranteed'' and ''Music/BluejeansAndMoonbeams''. It even failed to attract the mainstream crowd and he later regarded them as an OldShame.

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* Music/CaptainBeefheart alienated his AvantGardeMusic fans by making two pathethic pathetic and desperate attempts at commercializing his sound: ''Music/UnconditionallyGuaranteed'' and ''Music/BluejeansAndMoonbeams''. It even failed to attract the mainstream crowd and he later regarded them as an OldShame.



* In the ''SouthPark'' episode "Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls", Stan accuses Cartman of being this when he sells Mr Hankey's current dilemma to a movie producer. Neither of them actually know what a sell out is, except "if you work in the entertainment business and make money" you're one. Cartman decides he likes it anyway.

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* In the ''SouthPark'' ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls", Stan accuses Cartman of being this when he sells Mr Hankey's current dilemma to a movie producer. Neither of them actually know what a sell out is, except "if you work in the entertainment business and make money" you're one. Cartman decides he likes it anyway.
28th Jan '17 5:20:45 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* The ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' games have Samantha Muldoon, who we are introduced to in [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV the fourth game]] as a pop singer based on Music/{{Madonna}} who's famous for adopting African children. Following a CreatorBreakdown, however, [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV the fifth game]] reveals through an interview on [[Radio/GTARadio Blaine County Talk Radio]] that she's reinvented herself as a CountryMusic artist, adopting a fake Southern accent, right-wing politics, and blatant corporate sponsorship of her [[BlandNameProduct Bleeter]] account so as to better appeal to the older white demographic that "[[ConspicuousConsumption doesn't save money and buys all kinds of superfluous stuff]] and [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil doesn't have a clue what downloading is]]" -- all while [[HypocriticalHumor lambasting "shallow and petty" liberals who "won't stick by their convictions"]].
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