Dethroning Moment: Cracked
A website doesn't go on for more than fifty years
without hitting a few rough patches along the way.
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- If she's going to give tips about comedy, she should exhibit a little aptitude of it herself.
- Floweramon: 4 Insane Pieces of 'My Little Pony' Fan Art . This article is basically nothing but uninformed opinions and obvious bias. Three of the things listed aren't fanart, they're fanfiction, and one of them is Fallout: Equestria. It says the story contains graphic rape (it doesn't) and doesn't really analyze why it deserves to be on the list aside from "It's My Little Pony with death, sex, and a nuclear apocalypse and it's horrible!" The other things are porn (oh gee, like no other fandom has fan porn), specific fetish fanfiction (again, not MLP specific), and a gorey fanfic. Honestly, the entire thing feels like they didn't fully look into/for actual insane fanart/fiction and just wanted rag on MLP.
- It's possible he confused Fallout: Equestria with Fall OF Equestria, which IS about graphic rape.
- tgsnum5: 5 popular jokes that only make people want to punch youshould win a award for "Worst understanding of reader base of all time." Whatever you think of Cheese, this is just pretentious even for his standards. To sum the article up, he bashes people for making bad jokes (which is obviously extremely subjective, although he acts like his word is the final word.) while showing off twitter posts that have him making said bad jokes. But its when the readers respond to it that things just get out of control. Cheese and Wong go on a banning spree to anyone even remotely bashing the article, all while Cheese is posting tweets bashing the comments section, up and to the point of saying, I shit you not:
"The only reason we still even have a comments section is because it keeps them rounded up in a nice neat place where they can jack off to each other and leave the normal people to their adult lives. It's like having a play room for the kids at Thanksgiving so the adults can hang out and watch football without being annoyed every two minutes from some stupid, meaningless, dumb kid shit."
- No comment.
In the end a lot of people who read the site from the beginning wound up perma-IP-banned, and neither Cheese nor Wong them have apologised for what they said. And while Cheese was a Base Breaker from the start, looking through the comments now almost no one is standing up for him, and point out that for all the bashing he gets, John never talks about the ones thanking him for his inspirational and thought provoking articles. It was pretty much the all time low for the comments section on the site, and really stands as a monument to selective hearing and categorizing (he claims to never read the comments.) without evidence on the internet.
- Mister Nobody : It goes even further as apparently, David Wong is actively campaigning for the total removal of the comments section. He has referred to the comment section as "a cancer on the site" and time will tell if the site's owners agree with his opinion.
- Purple Shirt: The 7 Commandments That All Video Games should obey. First off, it starts off with "All games should have multiplayer if they're on consoles"... and cites games made specifically for single player, like Shadowrun. Probably not a good idea to get your point. His point about Grand Theft Auto makes a lot more sense - seeing as the game advertises multiplayer but you have to be within arms length if you're playing with each other. However, the biggest one is when they say to hire some decent voice actors and brings up an example from Final Fantasy X. This example? The laughing scene. This is illustrated with a YouTube clip taken entirely out of context. When you take things out of context, it makes you look silly, yes, and Rule of Funny is in effect... but for those in the know-how, it just makes you look like an uneducated moron. That's the kind of shit X-Play, Zero Punctuation, and The Irate Gamer pull. I don't even like Final Fantasy X, and I can cite better examples of "poor voice acting" in the game. (Rikku's Lip Lock, Seymour sounding like he's high on drugs) He also says the game took $32 million to make and "Give some of that to the story writing department". Uhm... when you're talking about actors and mention saying the writers need more money... then you're just going the other way. The point may have been "Hire some decent actors to deliver those lines" but when you blame the writers on what you perceive to be poor acting, you just come off as incredibly indecisive.
- Midna: Originally my entry was regarding Christina H.'s "6 Misleading Assumptions You Make About Quiet People" and its unnecessary, out-of-left-field jab at fans of My Little Pony. At least Christina was actually interested in writing a compelling article, though: the same cannot be said for Adam Tod Brown's "The 6 Most Overrated Media Outrages of 2013". They Just Didn't Care. That's all there is to it. The lack of effort put into writing the blog is frankly astonishing. It starts with an unbelievably blatant plug for Cracked's soon-to-be-aptly-named "Unpopular Opinion" podcast, and the rest of the article is no better; not only is it written with a general "meh, whatever, I don't really care" attitude (even over major scandals like the German NSA wiretapping), he actually links to one of his earlier articles on #2, unintentionally implying a comment along the lines of "Hey, you! Remember this earlier artice I wrote? The better one?" Look, ATB: I understand it's the holiday season and that you'd rather spend time with friends and family than write an article for a comedy website. That does not mean you can turn in half-assed shit like this and call it a day.
- Blue Guy: Now, it should be pretty obvious that the folks at Cracked don't like bronies. I can live with that. However, "Why 'My Little Pony' Is About to Get Even Creepier" steps way over the line. The article implies that there are only three types of fans of the show: little girls, "bronies," (by which XJ Selman makes it clear he means obnoxious, self-important manchildren) and Furry fetishists. It also implies that all adult fans (even the more casual ones) cosplay in public by default. Long story short, the article is nothing but bias and assumptions about bronies.
- Tropers/darkrage6: For me it was Ricardo Rivera's "5 Hilarious Actor Meltdowns Behind Famous Movies"(which really weren't hilarious, If you ask me) first off including Lindsay Lohan's antics on the set of "The Canyons" when there were much better choices for the list that didn't get included(like Martin Sheen's breakdown while filming Apocalypse Now)but the worst part was the one picture of Lindsay's mughots with a caption that calls her a "ridiculous fucking mess of a human." OK i'm used to seeing jokes about Lindsay on the site and I know she's made plenty of mistakes and people have valid reasons for not liking her, but that caption truly crossed the line as it wasn't a joke, it was just a cruel and despicable statement(and unfortunately most of the people in the comments section are making equally disgusting statements about her) that made Ricardo sound like a total dickhead, considering that former child star Mara Wilson's article mentioned how insulting celebrities doesn't make you a better person(or something like that)you'd think that Rivera would've been more respectful.
Also there's some Critical Research Failure when the article says that "The Canyons" was rejected from every film festival(actually only two, and the execs at one of them got in trouble for making unprofessional comments about the film) when in fact the film was accepted for a showing at the Venice Film Festival in August, (the news had been out for a few weeks so there's no excuse for him not mentioning it) that just proves that Ricardo is a lazy and incredibly shitty writer who doesn't belong on Cracked. Cheese and Wong for all the dickish things they've said have at least written good articles, something I definitely cannot say about Rivera.
- The Funny Brony: I absolutely love Cracked, but my DMoS has to be the article on furries due to the author going by every negative stereotype about the fandom, such as furries are people who love to dress up in animal suits and have wild sex parties and so on. Personally, as a lover of furry things, it seems they lacked any real research on the fandom and went by pure bias. I love Cracked, but that lost a lot of respect for them from me.
- Man Called True: "Six WTF Video Game Endings". No research at all. The second Monkey Island game is listed with no discussion whatsoever about why the ending turned out that way (and no acknowledgement of the sequel's resolution for it), and Drakengard is dismissed as a generic hack-n-slash fantasy (when it's notorious for being one of the darkest Deconstruction Game creations ever). Worse, when called on it by several commentators, the author grew angry and defensive, refusing to admit when he was wrong. Cracked isn't known for its veracity, but this is just childish and spiteful.
- FromtheWordsofBR: I normally like Cracked. However, I think that "Top 3 Songs That Should've Never Existed" is by far the lowest point this website ever has. To sum this up, here's what the top "Just the Facts" part of the article says:
- Brittany Spears is awful.
- Making a song about pedophilia, is NOT cool. No matter how catchy you make it. You will seem like a total creep ass in the end. It's guaranteed.
- Just because your the daughter of a world famous rapper/actor does NOT mean that you can make a song, about anything. Really not something stupid such as "Whipping your Hair, back and fourth."
- First of all, whatever you think of her, adding Britney Spears on a list simply just to bash her and nothing else is not cool at all. Second, to quote a commentator, "You do realize that "creep" is Danny Elfman, right? And not only was the song a parody of the society of the times but also in general a huge joke." Third, Willow is just a tween, of course she'll pump out ridiculous concepts for songs, but keep in mind she is just a freaking tween, and the song is probably just intended to be cute. Oh, and to finally finish this horrid article, the writer says, in these exact words, "I honestly cannot believe that people enjoy ["Whip My Hair"] in any way, every time I hear it I just imagine more stupid young singer controversy." And finally, with all the misspelled words in the article, I have a feeling that the author knows nothing about using proper grammar.
- Thetundraterror: "5 Basic Things You Won't Believe Science Can't Explain"? Yeah, try 5 things the author couldn't be arsed to Google. Aside from the fact that 'science' isn't a person but a method, this list goes above and beyond with how ignorant the author is. The author starts of by saying "no one knows why ice expands and floats". Yes, we do. If you took 10 seconds to just Google "why does ice expand", you'll know why. It also acts that because pi is an irrational number, it's some sort of "code of the universe". If it's because it's an irrational number than the root of 2 should also count. Things like the universe having 11 dimensions is just a hypothesis at best. Really, this whole article could be summed up with Fuckin' magnets, how do they work?!
- Creamstripe: I'm generally not a fan of Cracked's articles although I do enjoy some, but The 7 Most Preposterous Sex Positions People Claim to Use was awful. Not only are the positions listed considered to be normal by most people, but for most of the entries just boil down to "I don't think I would enjoy having sex in this position, therefore anyone who does enjoy doing so is wrong!" Not to mention the Unfortunate Implications that come with mocking others' sex lives. It wasn't that funny, either.
- Erin582: "Six Harsh Truths That Will Make You A Better Person" gets my vote. While in theory, it makes sense and says, on one hand, that life is not fair and realize that you can be better than what you are and not have to settle for less. On the other hand, however, I took away from it as coming off as preachy and pointed advice that teaches a rather warped and self-loathing lesson of never putting yourself first, realize that you will never be good enough in society's eyes and that you should be obsessed with what other people think of you to the point of insecurity. This is not surprising that this article came from David Wong, who seems to be obsessed with accentuating the negative and looking at this world for being forever cynical and less-than-stellar. One of the absolute worst parts of the article? He actually have the nerve to say that he wished someone told him these "important lessons" earlier in life.
- Baeraad555: That's the one that has made me deeply reluctant to click on a Cracked link ever since. It's just one long string of elitism poorly disguised as tough love. First of all, most of us believe there is such a thing as inherent human worth - and if you don't believe that such a thing exists, I'd like to know what you propose to do with people who have debilitating handicaps or are otherwise unable to pull their own weight. Secondly, yes, if you are completely and utterly useless in every way, it doesn't matter how good your intentions are - brilliant insight, we sure needed someone to come along and tell us that! Thing is, though, if you are an entirely selfish douchebag, it also won't matter how much you could offer to the world if you wanted to, because you won't want to - and since most people are neither completely useless or completely selfish, using either one as a basis for an argument is a ridiculous strawman. And while this is only my personal observation, it seems to me that the world does not lack for productivity, but there is a severe shortage of kindness. Case in point, this article...
- Rage24: That article pissed me off. It's the kind of crap that feeds on our deep fears and insecurities about life and tries to confirm the worst as "harsh truths". The worst part is that he creates a mental trap by painting anyone who rejects the these so called truths as being who the article was aimed at. If you take issue with the article, it's just your pride being unwilling to accept it. It's the same kind of mind games Christian fundamentalists pull to keep people in line. It's a shame because I read Wong's other articles and thought they were brilliant, but this depressing piece of shit becomes his most popular article.
- BenMitchell90: This article is the reason I avoid any Cracked article that isn't historical/pop culture trivia or stuff like "5 Weird Animals that Totally Exist". The basic message ("Do something with your life") is fine, great even. It's just too bad that message is delivered in this smug, antagonistic manner that seems determined to make you feel worthless, by someone who watched the Blake scene in Glengarry Glen Ross, which was intended to show how screwed up Corporate America and capitalism is, and found that level of douchebaggery inspiring enough to change his life and something to strive for.
- Mightymoose101: "Six Sexist Video Game Problems Worse than the Breasts", combining Cracked's new obsession with soap-boxing with their complete ignorance towards the video game industry, and what you get is a truly awful read. From blatantly ignoring basic facts (complaining about how "It took more computing power to render boobs than NASA took to land the moon" when the processor on your average iPhone is space aged technology compared to what they were using in 1969), to just twisting scenes so that they can fit in the author's purview of sexism (such as stating that Ellie breaking down into tears after just barely escaping being possibly raped and eaten, and having to brutally kill a man with a machete, is sexist because the game dared to have Joel try to comfort her for essentially going through hell). The whole article is just clickbait at it's most vile and unashamed, and nobody comes off well for reading it: it makes feminism look bad, it makes Cracked look bad, and the fact that nobody in the Cracked Staff will fess up to having wrote it clearly shows that they don't exactly hold it in high regard, either.
- T448Eight: The list on "The Top 8 Everything of 2012", specifically the video game entries. Two of those games weren't even released in 2012, and most of the games are just tablets. The staff doesn't even (Aside from maybe Robert Brockway and David Wong) play videogames...
- Knight9910: Definitely. This one was such a terrible moment that it made me change my D Mo S for Cracked.note The list as a whole was an obvious (and desperate) attempt to recapture some of the popularity of earlier article The Top 5 Everything Of The Decade (For Better Or Worse). But the video games section in and of itself was rife with bad ideas:
- Most of the writers totally admit right off that they don't play video games. Soren Bowie even goes so far as to name 2009's Words With Friends as the best game of 2012, just because it's the only game he knows anything about.
- Kristi Harrison named Draw Something with the specific reasoning that the title is lazy and therefore, according to her, totally indicative of everything video games are.
- Robert Brockway starts to make a good point about DayZ being popular despite being a mod for another game, but then loses it when he says that no one is ever allowed to complain about indie developers being underappreciated ever again, all because one indie game made it big. He then goes on to say the following: "Modding [...] just 10 years ago aspired to, at most, replace the faces of some enemy models with crudely pixelated butts." Not only has no mod (to my knowledge) ever done that, but the modding "scene" has boasted numerous extremely advanced mods throughout the history of video games. Hell, do the names Team Fortress or Counter-Strike mean anything to you, Robert?
- But it's not just about these things either, it's all of these things, and what they say about the site now. Specifically, as Dan O'Brien himself pointed out in the number 4 entry, he hasn't played video games in so long he doesn't even know how to hold an Xbox controller, yet he's forced to write about video games or he'll lose his job despite being one of the founding staff members of Cracked.com. You see, this is what Cracked is now. It's no longer a bunch of people enjoying themselves while writing hilarious articles about the things that they love. It's a business staffed by people who hate themselves and everything around them, thats sole purpose is to rake in as much filthy lucre as is physically possible. This is the reason for absolutely everything wrong with the site - the retardedly misinformed articles, the ego-driven mass perma-bannings of readers, even the anti-intellectual BS articles. It's all about the Benjamins now.
- ading: While there have been quite a few Cracked articles over the years that were not quite up to standards, 6 Ad Campaigns That Prove Humanity Is Doomed is, overall, not one of them. However, there is one moment in it that was just plain wrong: They complain about an ad which shows a little girl flirting with someone so he'll give her ice cream. That in itself isn't problematic, but the DMOS comes when the writer calls the ad "Child Whore" in order to attract Google traffic. Dude, Not Funny!
- Ding Jun:This troper found number 3 on this article about children being forced to partake in beauty contests to be quite infuriating. Therein, the author makes fun of a contest jury's decision to make an autistic child "Miss Personality". Not only is this a very crude joke at the expense of autists in general, the author is also absolutely unwilling to acknowledge that anything might be wrong with such charming lines as "of all the kids in the pageant, you picked the autistic one for a personality prize? Was that a bizarre joke?" or "her daughter apparently just has a half loaf of shit for personality". Such distasteful jokes are cruel, immature, and reflect a general misconception of autism as something that turns people into unfeeling non-humans. It goes to show once again just how far many of Cracked's editors are willing to go to get a chuckle out of people, even if this means displaying a level of ugly contempt usually reserved for half-literate Youtube-commenters.
- Lopiny: It's generally known that Cracked has a bit of a Right Hand Versus Left Hand problem when it comes to titling articles, including one article about unknown truths about drone warfare being titled "6 myths about drone warfare you won't believe". That one isn't the DMOS in question. The DMOS in question would be the initial title for Six Signs of the Time Way Older than your Grandpa: Six forms of modern depravity way older than your grandpa. Considering gay marriage is part of the list, it was, at the very least, a major goof.
- Angelslayer: This J.F. Sargent article about the Men's Rights Movement starts out by comparing the MRM to neo-Nazis and placing blame on them for the Rodgers killings, and it just keeps going downhill from there, generalizing the entire mens right movement as a bunch of whiny, self-entitled, misogynistic babies. The article seems to think reddit is a good source, and that's in the very first point... it's really quite a tip-off about the quality of the article. The whole thing reads like the sort of garbage you'd see on a radical feminist blog on Tumblr, not on a humor site. This just goes to show how far Cracked has fallen in recent years.
- ergies: This article about out of place artifacts. One point was about how a "researcher" discovered a striking similarity between the Zuni tribe and Japanese because of how the words sound like each other....using words that aren't even close to Japanese. The D Mo S is the sheer gullibility of the writer and the comments who insist on defending the claim using the excuse that the Japanese she was referencing was an ancient one. Even if you don't understand Japanese and use a dictionary, this is all contradicted by the fact that her only point of reference is Modern Japanese.
- Eegah-Taki: my cmos has to be this http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_1004_18-ad-campaigns-built-straight-up-sexism/. Had some good points here and there, but it seemed cracked doesn't understand what parity or satire is some of their examples, like with 18, their response was "Because everything is about your cock and chicks are totally lying to you, amirite?" (no Cracked, you're not, it's supposed to be a dick. The same type your website uses commonly), or like with 6, complaining that some companies go for more feminine advertisement for their ear plugs, where the other company advertised their earplugs with a more masculine skull and bones (forgetting the fact that different companies can advertise their product how ever they want ("Sleepinpink.com" and "hearos.com" are 2 different companies so it kind), there is nothing that actually indicated the genders of the products just that was pink and the other a skull on it). But what really got me was 2, complaining that Burger King's "I AM A MAN" was not satire (even though it was) and complaining a burger joint would want you to eat burgers over tofu (yes Cracked, Burger King wants you to eat their product, that's not sexism that's advertising), and the reason I post this, they claim to that "I will eat till my innie turns into an outie" is the company wants you to eat your man (ah Cracked, they mean bellybuttons when they say that, not genitals). Does anyone else remember when cracked actually complaint about legitimate stuff?
- Ax Machina: For me, 3 Bands Who Completely Disowned Their Former Members made me think the author didn't do much research for the #1 pick. It started off good, with Gin Blossoms and blink-182 being #3 and #2 respectively. And then number #1 is Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd. The author says that the last thing that Syd was involved with the other members was his visit in the recording studio. He also says that only few songs, such as "Wish You Were Here" and "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" were written about him. A few? Pink of The Wall could be a thin caricature of Syd, and a lot of the songs on that album reference him. And then he says that the only reason anyone ever heard of Pink Floyd is because they kicked Barrett out of the band. No, it's not because they created the critically acclaimed albums Dark Side of The Moon and The Wall. It's just because they kicked Barrett out of their band. That's what everyone remembers them for. Thank you, Tom Reimann. You've showed us how not to write actual reasons for a pick.
- Ansem Paul: http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-ways-society-sexist-against-men-and-how-we-can-fix-it/ Makes light out of violence and death against men and assumes any men who want to violence against them to be taboo is actually looking for an excuse to hit woman. Has a ridiculous, warped, twisted version of feminism that would make any feminist actually interested in social change sick to their stomach. I mean you don't think the Suffragettes had this way of thinking do you? The solution to being violently attacked by a woman is to go bulk up at the gym? Are you fucking kidding me? Any feminist who actually agrees with the article should question what they are really fighting for. Whatever these shadowy mra folks people keep going on about and using to justify such things, I doubt their worse than this. Even the writers knew their article was sick and horrible and wouldn't put their names to it, distributing blame through the cracked staff. I can't bring myself to browse cracked without the ad blocker on, if at all, I mean the though someone is getting sponsorship money for this is awful. Maybe its time to have a word with the sponsors and see if their ok with it? Is there anything on cracked that isn't clicked bait? Is their any hope they will ever be able to discuss gender issues with even a shred of mature thought?
- Bibs Dibs: I couldn't get past the first 2 entries. To give you an idea of how warped their/his/her view of feminism is in this article, one of the arguments it uses to justify the "shouldn't hit a woman" rule is that society relays on generalizations which can be used be to justify any Double Standard or gender role ever. The idea that gender roles are okay because most people relay on stereotypes, that's not feminist, that's anti-feminist (or at the very least, hypocritical).
- Larkmarn: Hot on the tails of a bunch of misguided feminist articles (misguided because they're straight soapboxing on a comedy site, mind you. There's a time and a place. Cracked isn't it), this was easily the worst of the lot. While the concept is sound (satire to shut the MRA idiots up) and I'm not even against mocking the MRA movement, it quickly devolved into strawman arguments and using concerns that no sane person worries about (honestly, I doubt even the MRA people care about the order of getting off of a sinking ship). It was clearly done as a Take That to the complainers after their oddly ongoing coverage of a certain scandal. But the moment goes to the second entry, where it claims the best way to fix domestic violence to men is to stop relying on gender norms (which the article used in the first example to justify why men should never hit women). Not to mention the other part of their solution, which trivialized the issue by effectively saying that putting funding towards abused men is a misappropriation because it should all go towards women's shelters. It's like claiming that we shouldn't fund breast cancer research because there are more victims of prostate cancer. The "satire shield" doesn't even hold up because it's all self-congratulatory BS. Anyone who isn't already on their side (including the Silent Majority who just wants comedy from a comedy website) is just going to be annoyed by a boring, borderline offensive tirade.
- Fan01: The whole article feels more like a giant Take That to all the MRAs that picked apart all of the biased views in J.F. Sargent's article about them and their movement with clear reasoning and logic, than an actual article. The MRA bashing in this article feels like a way to get back at them for proving them [Cracked] wrong, but they took things too far by being incredibly vile to the point of nauseating. The biggest atrocity Cracked said in the article was when they said the best way to deal with domestic abuse is to have 1000 men die so "numbers even out" in regards to women shelters. How in the world could they ever say that? Saying that a thousand men should DIE? WTF Cracked? Seriously? Cracked has hit a new low and their sponsors should be notified to see if they wish to continue funding such hateful and petty people who can't take criticism or be funny anymore.
- WRM 5: Even by the standards of Cracked's recent articles, this is the worst yet. It's basically the same kind of "waah, the fans made me cry!" article as Luke Mc Kinney's "The 8 Stupidest Defenses Against Accusations Of Sexism" except even worse. No longer content to simply attack their fans, Cracked is now lashing out wildly against the entire male gender. It's not surprising that whoever wrote it didn't want to sign their work, instead just leaving it as "by the Cracked Staff." If I didn't have a DMOS for Cracked before, then I do now.
- falcon2484: The 10 Dumbest Things on TV So Far This Season is a two-page rant by the author, "Christina H," on why she hates the show Revolution and thinks it's stupid. Really, I understand that everyone was not a fan of the show; it wasn't the smartest, least-contrived, cliché-barren series. And I understand that "Christina H" is a brilliant writer who is responsible for several groundbreaking, award-winning TV series, and knows what goes into the making of good TV. But why would you mislead Cracked readers with your article's title into thinking that it's going to be a critique leveled against all of TV, instead of just a single series you happen not to like? Why wouldn't you name your article "The 10 Dumbest Things on Revolution So Far This Season" or "Why I Hate the Stupid Show Revolution"?note Cracked should have recognized this article for what it was (trolling), and at the very least refused to publish it under its misleading title, and request that the author change it for clarity.
- Donny KD: 5 Ignorant Jokes from the Last Comedians You'd Expect by Jason Iannone. For an article slamming comedians for poor research (Comedians make jokes by exaggerating the subject matter? You don't say.), the article itself is poorly written. One instance including the fact that he claims Christopher Columbus never uttered the word "indian" (except he did). It's also pretty hypocritical too, since he shames Louis C.K. for describing vaginas as pretty and like flowers (as if he's the only person who made the comparison. Looking at you, Georgia O'Keeffe.) and calling them something other than vaginas, and then he goes and suggests we call them "the iron box". As one commenter put it, "I don't think I've *ever* seen such a unanimous, united comments section. Seriously, if you've just got here, scroll down and be amazed: people from all sides of the political and cultural spectrum are in complete accord for the first time."
- Dash Spendar: 3 Controversial Words We've Drained Of All Meaning. Number 1: SJW. Getting past the misplaced social rants (remember when Cracked used to be about, you know, humor?), we've got this doozy of a quote: "you can pretty much guarantee that anyone who calls you a SJW is not only a racist or sexist but a fairly nasty one." That sort of sweeping generalization perfectly embodies what's wrong with the social justice movement. It generalizes to an insulting degree, and worst of all not only creates sides but further turns it into a "with us or against us" situation. I'm all for equality. I can, have, and will fight for it. I'll also be the first to admit there are times and places for that to go on, and it can be taken too far. But apparently that makes me a misogynist and racist. Which are two more words we've apparently drained of all meaning.
- Rothul: A 90 Second Guide to Determine if Your Internet Cause is BS: I couldn't care less about the specific issues the article derides. But the idea that a cause is BS because it A. Requires a Conspiracy (as opposed to the dozens of Conspiracy articles the site has ran, and the literal fact that only two people are needed for a conspiracy), B. Hasn't Given You Real-Life Consequences (which ends up being a back-handed argument for not concerning yourself with any cause that doesn't affect you directly), C. That a Whole Lot of White Men are Academy Award Voters, or D. There Are People You Don't Like Who Might Agree With You, just left a bad taste in my mouth. All of it seems to boil down to Hitler Ate Sugar and a weak attempt to take a stand on something without actually taking a stand.
- Johnnytherock: Not so much the content of the article, but recently a lot of thought-provoking articles (or failing that, articles written with the intent of provoking thought) have been posted on Cracked. One of these articles was about Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male, the other was on a more controversial issue. The issue is not with the content of the articles themselves (an argument can be made that these are issues that need to be raised, so good on the site for doing so), so much as the inability to comment on these articles. Maybe they don't trust their readers to discuss these issues reasonably, but it raises the question of why they even have a comment section in the first place, if they don't trust their readers to discuss serious issues. If this is how they mean to do this, perhaps they'd be better off disabling comments completely (as any post without comments inevitably gets commented on in another article anyway).
- gunslingerofgilead: This video critiquing Macklemore's "Same Love" song is simply a joke. The video makes a point of saying that Macklemore is actually homophobic because he keeps mentioning he's straight while at the same time supporting gay rights, an argument which makes no sense since it seems to rely on the logic that people who are not part of a minority group cannot really support rights for minorities because they're just too clouded by their own... majority-ness?. So to receap, two heterosexual writers (Cody Johnston and Abe Epperson) claim that a song, which has overwhelmingly been cherished by the LGBT community and become a gay anthem, is homophobic because it was written from the point of view of a heterosexual. This quickly becomes a case of Hypocritical Humor nonetheless, since Cracked has a track record of acting like "privileged" majorities are in no position to speak about minority rights, despite the fact that Cracked's writing and editorial staff is almost entirely comprised of straight white men.
- Donny KD: 6 Insane Beliefs of the World's Major Religons. Now, the content of the article itself is not bad, and the current title is not too click-bait-y. No, the problem lies with the original title: "6 Stories That Prove Every Major Religion Is Insane". Really, Cracked? The way they name their articles was bad before, but now it's just plain reaching for attention and controversy. Also, there's 5 entries, not 6.
- The Mighty Heptagon: Their "Quick Fix" article "How Marvel Tricked You Into Seeing 'Guardians of the Galaxy'". Not only is the title probably one of the most needlessly provocative titles that they've ever used, the four points in its list don't even try to justify the title. What are those points, you ask? In order: they used their studio's bankable name to sell tickets (because obviously, no studio has ever done that before), they include popular retro music and references to classic movies (how dare they?!), the ending to the movie is vaguely similar to the ending of The Avengers (apparently, everyone in America already knew that before they even bought a ticket), and it's only tangentially connected to the rest of the MCU's continuity (clearly, that's enough to convince about 70 million people to see it). The conclusion? Apparently, the movie's success had absolutely nothing to do with clever writing, likable characters or a kick-ass soundtrack, and you're a gullible, brainwashed victim of marketing if you saw the trailer and thought it looked like a fun movie.
- Tropers/Bravo104: One list did a run down of the decades between 1910 and 2010 in order from best to worst. Which decade won? The 1940's. That's right, the decade with World War II, the Holocaust, the Soviet takeover of Eastern Europe and the Birth of the Arab-Israeli conflict is the best decade- not to mention that Britain and America weren't exactly saints themselves; racism, homophobia or sexism aren't even brought up as massive problems with this decade. The author's reasoning for this decade's greatness? World War II, because America had an evil enemy to fight, that they would feel no guilt over killing. Yep, the article basically says World War II was good, not because it founded the UN (although the collapse of the League of Nations rendered this a bit dampened), not because the British Colonies got independence, but because Americans had fun shooting people. It's at best ignorant and at worst downright offensive; saying that the Millions of innocent people killed was worth it because the Allies didn't have to feel sad when they ended somebody's life while in a miserable trench surrounded by poverty, death, and despair. This genuinely angered me that somebody would say war is fun, especially when it's clearly been written by somebody who never actually lived in the decade.
- CJ Croen 1393: I've been straying away from Cracked ever since they let political correctness go mad, but I finally found one of these from them after finding a tiny but glaring sentence in their "4 signs that Jurassic World is going to be a comedy" article. Now, I can't guarantee that the movie's going to be as good as we all think it will be. For all I know, it'll completely dash our expectations and suck big time. And I can completely agree with their number 2 slot (that the people running the park are really stupid). But as a paleonut, what I can't forgive about this article is what they say about the Mosasaurus: "After welcoming us with the most cartoonish-looking gate in Jurassic Park history, the first big dino-huzzah the Jurassic World trailer tosses us is a sequence wherein a great white shark is dangled over a Sea World-style arena to feed a ridiculous monster that comes exploding out of the water with all of the convincingly realistic computer effects of a direct-to-DVD Lake Placid sequel. The entire shot looks like one of those photographs you can take at the Natural History Museum that inserts a fake dinosaur background behind you and your stupid friends." Cracked, do you even know what a Mosasaurus is? If you had even a grade school education about dinosaurs you probably would! Heck, if the writer had any grade school kids, then all s/he would need to do is watch the trailer with said kids and ask "what dinosaur is that?" and the kid would probably answer them correctly. And maybe even point out that Mosasaurus wasn't even a dinosaur. Or, heck, maybe looked at the dang website. The worst part? Cracked has shown their research with prehistory before. What happened to satirical but well researched articles like "7 (Thankfully) Extinct Giant Versions of Modern Animals"? This part of this article sounds more like "We don't know what this animal is and are too lazy to do research so we'll just assume it's a fake monster made up for the movie".
- bison: Their If Movie Titles Were Honest article, as well as the 33 Special Editions That Are Too Awesome To Exist. What really made up angry was the "Cry Like a Baby" one and the "You'll Only Remember The First Half", and for the latter "Just The Good Half Edition. These guys have no respect for Full Metal Jacket, one of my favorite movies of all time, because if they don't appreciate the Vietnam War part, then they don't appreciate the movie at all. And I do remember all of Full Metal Jacket, not just the first half.
- Swim To The Moon: "5 Historically Bad Movie Franchises We Keep Forgiving" is the first time I've only ever really been pissed off by a Cracked article. I've been forgiving of Cracked's previous failures but this takes the cake for several reasons. The first being that 3 of the films on the list don't have sequels and are franchises-to-be, proceeding to complain about why they hate the first film and not much else other than personal biases. That's bad enough, which brings me to the second reason: Zoolander is just a big, long X Just X. Third, it calls the Alien franchise bad based on two movies, then proceeding to call the first "a haunted house movie on a spaceship" and the second "a generic action film with aliens replacing drug dealers", both Dramatically Missing the Point of each film. Fourth, the writer doesn't make any attempt to hide his disdain for older actors reprising their roles and doesn't give a reson for either.