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* The band {{Music/Incubus}} does this in a creative way. When the band first became popular, a female music critic dismissed them as another splash in the pan NuMetal group who won't last long. Instead of being offended, the band wrote a hit song called "Just a Phase" and used the critical words she used in the article as lyrics to the song.


* The DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm varient is used in several of the Smothers Brothers well known routines.

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* A critic attending a Music/MinorThreat concert dismissed the group as "muscle heads", meaning something along the lines of {{Dumb Jock}}s. Ian [=McKaye=] decided to turn it into a compliment by taking the phrase literally - a "muscle head" as in someone with a strong mind. Thus, he can be heard ad-libbing the lyric "flex your head!" in Minor Threat's cover version of [[{{Music/Wire}} "12XU"]], and the phrase was also used for a compilation issued by Dischord Records (co-owned by Minor Threat members [=McKaye=] and Jeff Nelson)


* [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose]] once contemptuously referred to the EaglesOfDeathMetal as the "Pigeons of S*** Metal". The band loved it so much that one of them ''got the phrase on a tattoo.''

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* [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose]] once contemptuously referred to the EaglesOfDeathMetal Music/EaglesOfDeathMetal as the "Pigeons of S*** Metal". The band loved it so much that one of them ''got the phrase on a tattoo.''


* For the third season of ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0X-8tSgiuA the trailer]] and social media covers had the proudest negative assessments the show gathered: former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner calling John a "comedian fool", Donald Trump describing the show as "very boring", Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa saying John was "more unpleasant than a diuretic", and a Wall Street Journal article on how the show [[http://www.wsj.com/articles/l-gordon-crovitz-john-oliver-makes-people-dumb-1410728274 "Makes people dumb"]].

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* In the track "The Wrong Nigga to Fuck Wit", Music/IceCube lets out the line: "And you can Music/NewJackSwing on my nuts!" in a diss at the musical style. Two years later, New Jack Swing group Tony! Toni! Tone! would sample the line in the song "If I Had no Loot".


* For the third season of ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0X-8tSgiuA the trailer]] and social media covers had the proudest negative assessments the show gathered: former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner calling John a "comedian fool", Donald Trump [[https://twitter.com/LastWeekTonight/status/660876781763866624 describing the show as]] "[[https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/660597552023228416?ref_src=twsrc^tfw very boring]]", Equadorian president Rafael Correa saying John was "more unpleasant than a diuretic", and a Wall Street Journal article on how the show [[http://www.wsj.com/articles/l-gordon-crovitz-john-oliver-makes-people-dumb-1410728274 "Makes people dumb"]].

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* For the third season of ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0X-8tSgiuA the trailer]] and social media covers had the proudest negative assessments the show gathered: former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner calling John a "comedian fool", Donald Trump [[https://twitter.com/LastWeekTonight/status/660876781763866624 describing the show as]] "[[https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/660597552023228416?ref_src=twsrc^tfw very boring]]", Equadorian as "very boring", Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa saying John was "more unpleasant than a diuretic", and a Wall Street Journal article on how the show [[http://www.wsj.com/articles/l-gordon-crovitz-john-oliver-makes-people-dumb-1410728274 "Makes people dumb"]].

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* Music/DaftPunk got its name from a review of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo's previous band Darlin', which the reviewer called "a bunch of daft punk".
* After Music/TheYardbirds broke up, [[Music/TheWho Keith Moon]] told [[Music/LedZeppelin Jimmy Page]] that his new band was 'going to go down like a lead balloon.' The name of the band alone illustrates how spectacularly ''that'' insult failed.
* Hip hop example: In the song "Second Round K.O.," Canibus included in his disses of Music/LLCoolJ, "99% of your fans wear high heels." The intention was to insinuate that LL was not "hard" enough to appeal to men, but the impact is considerably weakened by the fact that the name "LL Cool J" stands for "'''L'''adies '''L'''ove '''Cool''' '''J'''ames." LL Cool J responded in the song "The Ripper Strikes Back" with the following lyric: "Ask Canibus, he ain't understandin' this/'Cause ninety-nine percent of his fans don't exist."
* A musical at Six Flags called "Love at First Fright" featuring an evil sorceress who wanted to hero's brain for her creation. At one point all the protagonists chorus, "WITCH!!" This is followed by a long beat, after which she gleefully replies, "Guilty!"
* ''[[http://www.helloween.org/music/lyrics/savage.html Savage]]'' by ''Helloween'':
--> They just call us savage
--> That's what I like to be
* A lot of critics -- including John Lennon, his former writing partner -- were fond of sneering that all Paul [=McCartney=] ever wrote were 'silly love songs'. In response, he wrote 'SillyLoveSongs', which acts as a cheerful affirmation of this:
--> Some people wanna fill the world with silly love songs
--> And what's wrong with that?
--> I'd like to know
--> 'Cos here I go
--> Again!
* Music/InsaneClownPosse:
--> Call me a psycho schizo freak...
--> and I'll call you by your name!
* [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose]] once contemptuously referred to the EaglesOfDeathMetal as the "Pigeons of S*** Metal". The band loved it so much that one of them ''got the phrase on a tattoo.''
* Those who play "[[Music/BruceSpringsteen Born in the USA]]" as anything but the protest song it was meant to be.
** Not as much of a protest song, but Music/EltonJohn brings us "Made In England", which many mistake for a pro-English anthem. However, the lyrics betray the negative aspect of England that a gay man growing up in 50s England would have experienced.
* The song "Yankee Doodle" is thought to have originated from British soldiers in the Colonial Army to mock the colonials. "Doodle" is thought to have originally meant a fool or simpleton. The verse "stuck a feather in his cap and called it Macaroni" mocks a foppish fashion at the time involving feather caps and tall wigs. Essentially the song paints a typical American as a backwoods hick with delusions of sophistication. The insulting meaning was [[GetTheeToANunnery quickly forgotten]] and it has become perhaps the most classic patriotic song outside of the national anthem.
* The Canadian-penned song "American Woman" is a criticism of American politics, but many people think it's about the singer's interest in an American woman.
* Music/TomLehrer's [[FootballFightSong fight song]] parody "Fight Fiercely, Harvard" is regularly performed by the Harvard marching band at football games. (And Lehrer himself liked to quote negative reviews on his album covers.)
* The DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm varient is used in several of the Smothers Brothers well known routines.
* Music/FrankZappa wrote 1982's "Valley Girl" to mock the titular girls, going so far as to let his teenage daughter, Moon Unit, improvise the spoken word parts to insult schoolmates she didn't like. The song was responsible bringing the name and the slang to the masses, who rather than being insulted or joining the mockery, embraced both for the next decade.
* For the third season of ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0X-8tSgiuA the trailer]] and social media covers had the proudest negative assessments the show gathered: former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner calling John a "comedian fool", Donald Trump [[https://twitter.com/LastWeekTonight/status/660876781763866624 describing the show as]] "[[https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/660597552023228416?ref_src=twsrc^tfw very boring]]", Equadorian president Rafael Correa saying John was "more unpleasant than a diuretic", and a Wall Street Journal article on how the show [[http://www.wsj.com/articles/l-gordon-crovitz-john-oliver-makes-people-dumb-1410728274 "Makes people dumb"]].
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