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6th Dec '16 8:49:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' with an in-universe tabletop game called ''[[Franchise/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons]]'', which desperately tried (and failed) to update itself in the '90s, leading to a hilariously bad DorkAge. The game was renamed ''Diggity Dungeons and All That'' and the BigBad, an evil warlock, got revamped into a "hip" rapper.

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Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' with an in-universe tabletop game called ''[[Franchise/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons]]'', which desperately tried (and failed) to update itself in the '90s, leading to a hilariously bad DorkAge. The game was renamed ''Diggity Dungeons and All That'' and the BigBad, an evil warlock, got revamped into a "hip" rapper.
6th Dec '16 8:48:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/TheNeverEndingStory III'', the inhabitants of [[MagicalLand Fantasia]] undergo considerable change, including spouting contemporary pop-culture references. Bastian updates his hairdo because his sister calls it "un". The ultimate depiction in the movie, however, has to be Rock Biter taking his son for a bike ride...while singing "Born to be Wild".
* When the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4IoUo_ZJkY trailer]] for the [[Film/TheThreeStooges Three Stooges]] movie was shown to be rife with this, complete with a modern setting, an iPhone, and even the cast of the ''Series/JerseyShore'', many people who hadn't heard anything about the film since Sean Penn was involved (which implied a more serious biography of the Stooges) were, to say the least, surprised. When people hoping these were just [[NeverTrustATrailer gags made for the trailer]] saw it and found out that ''Jersey Shore'' is not only a big part of the film but is also instrumental to the plot, they were '''pissed''', although it does take a bit of the sting out that [[TakeThatScrappy they spend the entirety of their appearance getting the crap knocked out of them by Moe]].
* ''Film/RockyAndBullwinkle'' is so loaded with early 00s pop culture references that it might as well be called "The Year 2000, starring Moose and Squirrel."
* ''Film/TheSmurfs'' movie is infamous for trying [[TotallyRadical every]] [[ProductPlacement cheap]] [[PissTakeRap tactic]] [[ReferenceOverdosed in]] the book to try to get the franchise "down with the kids".
* An in-universe example is the whole point of ''Film/TheInternship''. Two salesmen whose careers have been [[TechnologyMarchesOn made obsolete by the digital age]] try to get a coveted internship at Website/{{Google}}.

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* In ''Film/TheNeverEndingStory III'', the inhabitants of [[MagicalLand Fantasia]] undergo considerable change, including spouting contemporary pop-culture references. Bastian updates his hairdo because his sister calls it "un". The ultimate depiction in the movie, however, has to be Rock Biter taking his son for a bike ride...while singing "Born to be Wild".
* When the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4IoUo_ZJkY trailer]] for the [[Film/TheThreeStooges Three Stooges]] movie was shown to be rife with this, complete with a modern setting, an iPhone, and even the cast of the ''Series/JerseyShore'', many people who hadn't heard anything about the film since Sean Penn was involved (which implied a more serious biography of the Stooges) were, to say the least, surprised. When people hoping these were just [[NeverTrustATrailer gags made for the trailer]] saw it and found out that ''Jersey Shore'' is not only a big part of the film but is also instrumental to the plot, they were '''pissed''', although it does take a bit of the sting out that [[TakeThatScrappy they spend the entirety of their appearance getting the crap knocked out of them by Moe]].
* ''Film/RockyAndBullwinkle'' is so loaded with early 00s pop culture references that it might as well be called "The Year 2000, starring Moose and Squirrel."
* ''Film/TheSmurfs'' movie is infamous for trying [[TotallyRadical every]] [[ProductPlacement cheap]] [[PissTakeRap tactic]] [[ReferenceOverdosed in]] the book to try to get the franchise "down with the kids".
* An in-universe example is the whole point of ''Film/TheInternship''. Two salesmen whose careers have been [[TechnologyMarchesOn made obsolete by the digital age]] try to get a coveted internship at Website/{{Google}}.
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** Most Blue Sky Studios movies are like this as every movie they make casts a pop musician for really no reason other than name value (e.g. Pitbull in ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'').

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** * Most Blue Sky Studios movies are like this as every movie they make casts a pop musician for really no reason other than name value (e.g. Pitbull in ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'').''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'').
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* In ''Film/TheNeverEndingStory III'', the inhabitants of [[MagicalLand Fantasia]] undergo considerable change, including spouting contemporary pop-culture references. Bastian updates his hairdo because his sister calls it "un". The ultimate depiction in the movie, however, has to be Rock Biter taking his son for a bike ride...while singing "Born to be Wild".
* When the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4IoUo_ZJkY trailer]] for the [[Film/TheThreeStooges Three Stooges]] movie was shown to be rife with this, complete with a modern setting, an iPhone, and even the cast of the ''Series/JerseyShore'', many people who hadn't heard anything about the film since Sean Penn was involved (which implied a more serious biography of the Stooges) were, to say the least, surprised. When people hoping these were just [[NeverTrustATrailer gags made for the trailer]] saw it and found out that ''Jersey Shore'' is not only a big part of the film but is also instrumental to the plot, they were '''pissed''', although it does take a bit of the sting out that [[TakeThatScrappy they spend the entirety of their appearance getting the crap knocked out of them by Moe]].
* ''Film/RockyAndBullwinkle'' is so loaded with early 00s pop culture references that it might as well be called "The Year 2000, starring Moose and Squirrel."
* ''Film/TheSmurfs'' movie is infamous for trying [[TotallyRadical every]] [[ProductPlacement cheap]] [[PissTakeRap tactic]] [[ReferenceOverdosed in]] the book to try to get the franchise "down with the kids".
* An in-universe example is the whole point of ''Film/TheInternship''. Two salesmen whose careers have been [[TechnologyMarchesOn made obsolete by the digital age]] try to get a coveted internship at Website/{{Google}}.
4th Dec '16 6:53:58 AM WhatArtThee
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* ''Film/{{Cinderella 2015}}'' does this in a more subtle way. One of the servants fall to the ground and says that he [[YouKeepUsingThatWord "literally"]] was on the floor. In short, he was using the "modern" usage of the word.



* ''Film/ScaryMovie2'': The impromptu basketball scene is a parody of the Nike "Freestyle" commercial you might have missed.



*** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time]]" made a few {{Anvilicious}} nods towards UsefulNotes/BarackObama's proposed economic reform. Also, "Fear Her" had a background gag to then-current ''Series/TheXFactor'' winner Shayne Ward's greatest hits.

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*** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time]]" made a few {{Anvilicious}} nods towards UsefulNotes/BarackObama's proposed economic reform. Also, "Fear Her" had a background gag to then-current ''Series/TheXFactor'' winner Shayne Ward's greatest hits.



** An episode about rape in college frats and sororities features the line "We gang-banged her Gangnam Style" being said ''unironically''. Bonus points for extreme CriticalResearchFailure (the music video/song being referenced has absolutely nothing to do with gang-banging or rape).
** In one episode, a girl being taken away from her boyfriend yells at him "I'm not your thot". "Thot" stands for "that hoe over there" and was briefly a common saying on Twitter. Not only does the saying make no sense because it is used in the wrong tense, but this shows how desperate the writers are to seem relevant.



* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' covering of Rebecca Black's ''Music/{{Friday}}'' and especially Music/{{PSY}}'s ''Gangnam Style'' were met with [[BrokenBase a lot of ridicule.]]

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* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' covering of Rebecca Black's ''Music/{{Friday}}'' "Music/{{Friday}}" and especially Music/{{PSY}}'s ''Gangnam Style'' "Gangnam Style" were met with [[BrokenBase a lot of ridicule.]]



* ''Radio/TheGoonShow:'' On the fiftieth anniversary of the show in 2001, two third-season scripts were combined and recorded with a new cast as "Goon Again". The jokes and ambience are a good match for the original show, which makes it all the more jarring when Bluebottle makes a .com reference.



* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has used Internet memes as throwaway gags a few times (''[[VIdeoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Diamond and Pearl]]'': "Noob"; "My Pokémon is fight!"; ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY X and Y]]'': "[[WebOriginal/LOLCats I can haz cheezburger, meow?]]"; "Wow! You and your Pokémon's power levels are incredible! They're [[Anime/DragonBallZ over 9000]] for sure!"), although every new pair of games still sells around 10 million copies, so the series is plenty relevant already... you could almost argue that they are mocking this trope by adding in references that already look more dated than the franchise itself. The example involving Lolcatz was actually {{lampshade|hanging}}d, with said trainer saying how she sounds foolish.
-->''"Meow, meow, I can haz battle, meow? (Ugh, I really sound like a fool, don't I?)"''



* An episode of ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'' which aired in 2003 had a reference to a band called "The Backstreet Bears" - an apparent expy of the Backstreet Boys.



** In the sixth season episode "Two Dozen and One Greyhounds", one of the puppies leans on the TV. Marge comments, "Isn't that cute? He thinks he's one of the Models Inc.", which is of course, the Aaron Spelling ''Series/MelrosePlace'' spinoff advertised on the same network during that time.



** Maggie doing a dance in "Dude Where's My Ranch" that references Music/BritneySpears' commercials for ''Pepsi''. Not only is it completely random, but it's also something that totally goes over your head if you've never seen that specific TV commercial. It's even not clear which specific commercial she's directly referencing, which might explain why they had to have her dance to ''Oops I Did It Again'' on the radio to make it clear to the audience.
** This trope is blatant in season 15's "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS15E15CoDependentsDay Co-Dependent's Day]]" when the family goes to see [[BlandNameProduct Cosmic Wars: Episode I]], and it's a parody of the disappointment towards Episode I. It also creates a CelebrityParadox because Franchise/StarWars has been referenced by name dozens of times. Even more insulting that they already made a quick direct reference of Episode I by name in the 1999 Treehouse of Horror episode [[note]]The first Halloween episode after the release of The Phantom Menace in the Desperately Xeeking Xena segment[[/note]] when The Collector grabs his double edged lightsaber.

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** Maggie doing a dance in "Dude Where's My Ranch" that references Music/BritneySpears' commercials for ''Pepsi''. Not only is it completely random, but it's also something that totally goes over your head if you've never seen that specific TV commercial. It's even not clear which specific commercial she's directly referencing, which might explain why they had to have her dance to ''Oops I Did It Again'' on the radio to make it clear to the audience.
** This trope is blatant in season 15's "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS15E15CoDependentsDay Co-Dependent's Day]]" when the family goes to see [[BlandNameProduct Cosmic Wars: Episode I]], and it's a parody of the disappointment towards Episode I.I, despite the fact that Episode II had already been released by then. It also creates a CelebrityParadox because Franchise/StarWars has been referenced by name dozens of times. Even more insulting that they already made a quick direct reference of Episode I by name in the 1999 Treehouse of Horror episode [[note]]The first Halloween episode after the release of The Phantom Menace in the Desperately Xeeking Xena segment[[/note]] when The Collector grabs his double edged lightsaber.



** ''Music/FallOutBoy'' performed the ending theme songs as guests on an episode that aired in 2009.

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** ''Music/FallOutBoy'' Music/FallOutBoy performed the ending theme songs as guests on an episode that aired in 2009.



** The 2005 episode "Thank God It's Doomsday" features another parody of "Who Let The Dogs Out,".



** This trope continues in the episode "Steal This Episode" with a parody of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
28th Nov '16 7:03:46 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* ''Music/{{Slayer}}'', for about a decade, was a major victim of this trope. To put it simply: the band tried to "modernize" their sound in 1998 with the NuMetal-influenced "Diabolus In Musica." After that album's rather [[BrokenBase lukewarm critical and commercial success]] and (more importantly) numerous accusations of being unable to compete with the likes of ''Music/{{Emperor}}'' and ''Music/{{Nile}}'' in terms of brutality, the band tried to WinBACKTheCrowd with 2001's "God Hates Us All." An album with an [[ClusterFBomb unusual amount of swearing for a Slayer record]] and some other very obvious shock tactics (such as a picture of the Holy Bible with nails and the Slayer logo burned onto it). Unfortunately, the only thing people found even remotely shocking about the record was something completely unintended: it was released on ''September 11, 2001.'' After realizing they were trying way too hard to remain relevant in the extreme metal scene they ironically helped to create, the band slowly moved away from the NuMetal influences and shock tactics of those two albums with 2006's ''Christ Illusion''. And then, in 2009, they released ''World Painted Blood'', an album many consider to be their best and most genuine since the early 90s.

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* ''Music/{{Slayer}}'', Music/{{Slayer}}, for about a decade, was a major victim of this trope. To put it simply: the band tried to "modernize" their sound in 1998 with the NuMetal-influenced "Diabolus In Musica." After that album's rather [[BrokenBase lukewarm critical and commercial success]] and (more importantly) numerous accusations of being unable to compete with the likes of ''Music/{{Emperor}}'' and ''Music/{{Nile}}'' countless bands that they had influenced in terms of brutality, the band tried to WinBACKTheCrowd with 2001's "God Hates Us All." An album with an [[ClusterFBomb unusual amount of swearing for a Slayer record]] and some other very obvious shock tactics (such as a picture of the Holy Bible with nails and the Slayer logo burned onto it). Unfortunately, the only thing people found even remotely shocking about the record was something completely unintended: it was released on ''September 11, 2001.'' After realizing they were trying way too hard to remain relevant in the extreme metal scene they ironically helped to create, the band slowly moved away from the NuMetal influences and shock tactics of those two albums with 2006's ''Christ Illusion''. And then, in 2009, they released ''World Painted Blood'', an album many consider to be their best and most genuine since the early 90s. They still play material off of ''GHUA'' here and there, but ''Diabolus'' has been entirely disowned by the band and is viewed as an embarrassing footnote in their history and a particularly misguided attempt to keep up with the times.
22nd Nov '16 12:35:51 PM WickedIcon
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* Creator/{{Nintendo}} nowadays is recognizing its own memes, and once it gets started with one, it doesn't like letting go. The [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/my-body-is-ready "My body is ready!"]] meme has been used used at E3, ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros [=3DS=] and Wii U'', ''VideoGame/SuperMarioMaker''...
21st Nov '16 4:59:31 PM LightTigerPeaceGrailRace
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*** Arguably one of the worst instances of FC trying to be relevant is the Halloween 2016 strip, which references Pokemon GO on top of two kids being dressed as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
15th Nov '16 8:09:30 PM BobRiddle
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* If increasing levels of content from 2010s pop culture (''especially'' ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'') is anything to go by, ''VideoGame/{{MUGEN}}'' may be accused of this. It doesn't help that lots of older characters are ''nowhere'' near as popular as they used to be.

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* If increasing levels of content from 2010s pop culture (''especially'' ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'') is and videos made to tie in to contemporary games, movies, comics, and shows are anything to go by, ''VideoGame/{{MUGEN}}'' may be accused of this. It doesn't help that lots of older characters are ''nowhere'' near as popular as they used to be.
15th Nov '16 9:12:49 AM BobRiddle
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* If increasing levels of content from 2010s pop culture (''especially'' ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'') is anything to go by, ''VideoGame/{{MUGEN}}'' may be accused of this. It doesn't help that lots of older characters are ''nowhere'' near as popular as they used to be.
14th Nov '16 7:25:15 PM kquinn0830
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* Hillary Clinton has been accused of this during the 2016 Presidential election with acts like "dabbing" ''The Creator/EllenDeGeneres Show'' and referencing "VideoGame/PokemonGo'' in a speech less than a week after it came out. It's not helped by the fact that failing to appeal to younger voters was partially what caused her to lose the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama in 2008.

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* Hillary Clinton has been accused of this during the 2016 Presidential election with acts like "dabbing" ''The Creator/EllenDeGeneres Show'' and referencing "VideoGame/PokemonGo'' in a speech less than a week after it came out. It's not helped by the fact that failing to appeal to younger voters was partially what caused her to lose the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama in 2008. 2008 and she was counting on a large number of young voters to pull off a win in 2016. [[Creator/DonaldTrump It didn't work.]]
12th Nov '16 5:46:26 PM Terran117
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* Related to above, read the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p1eVLEbOIw Youtube Comments on HBO's]] ''Beware The Slenderman'' video, with many mocking HBO's documentary of depicting a meme/creepypasta that died in popularity in 2012.
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