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Blogger Mike Masnick of Techdirt coined the phrase back in 2003 when American singer Music/BarbraStreisand, trying to suppress a photograph taken of her house, [[ForegoneConclusion the one at the top of the page]], attempted to sue a photographer and force him to take the image off his website. The Internet imp of the perverse was roused, and now everyone wanted to see the photo that Streisand didn't want them to see. News of the photo's existence spread far and wide, with others quickly mirroring it on multiple websites as a TakeThat to Streisand. It should be noted that the original photographer wasn't some paparazzo taking pictures specifically of Streisand's house; it was part of the [[http://www.californiacoastline.org/ California Coastal Records Project]], a government-commissioned photographic study of the entire coastline of the state of California, which Streisand's house just happened to be on. In other words, had Streisand not made such a huge fuss, nobody would have cared.

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Blogger Mike Masnick of Techdirt coined the phrase back in 2003 when American singer Music/BarbraStreisand, trying Music/BarbraStreisand tried to suppress a photograph taken of her house, [[ForegoneConclusion the one at the top of the page]], and then attempted to sue a the photographer and force him to take the image off his website. The Internet imp of the perverse was roused, and now everyone wanted to see the photo that Streisand didn't want them to see. News of the photo's existence spread far and wide, with others quickly mirroring it on multiple websites as a TakeThat to towards Streisand. It should be noted that the original photographer wasn't some privacy-invading paparazzo taking pictures specifically of Streisand's house; it was part of the [[http://www.californiacoastline.org/ California Coastal Records Project]], a government-commissioned photographic study of the entire coastline of the state of California, which Streisand's house just happened to be on. In other words, had Streisand not made such a huge fuss, nobody would have cared.
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* The children's novel ''Ban This Book!'' is all about a girl trying to check her favourite book out from the library, only to find a parent had asked for it to be banned, along with several others. The girl and her friends eventually create a little banned book library out of her locker, only stocking the books the parent had asked to ban and resulting in most of the school trying to get their hands on the books to see what all the fuss is about.


* ''VideoGame/NoMansSky'' suffered a massive bout of this. After months of publicity interviews and appearances by Hello Games founder Sean Murray talking about what players could expect from the game, a Reddit user was able to purchase an early copy of the game and posted his findings on the site. The ensuing topic caused a meltdown on Reddit and many other enthusiast forums due to claims that a number of features talked up pre-release were either crippled or non-existent, along with [[spoiler:a NoEnding that's followed by the chance to start a new galaxy]]. Many fans were upset over this, but Murray and other Hello Games reps stated that they should ignore the findings and that it wasn't the real deal.[[note]]Despite video footage claiming otherwise.[[/note]] Even moreso, Sony ended up forcing [=YouTube=] to take down a video from Creator/RoosterTeeth's "The Know" news channel talking about the findings, which two of the many hosts [[WhatTheHellHero called out the company for when they found out how they did it]]. The resulting backlash from this duplicity caused scores of [=YouTubers=] to to release rant videos criticizing the game and its developer in response. It got so bad that Steam reportedly took the near-unprecedented step of allowing its users to refund the game, regardless of playtime.[[note]]''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' was previously pulled off the service for being a broken port.[[/note]] Sony also followed suit soon afterwards, and it is estimated that the PC version of the game ''[[http://ca.ign.com/articles/2016/08/24/no-mans-sky-pc-players-dropped-by-90-in-two-weeks lost 90% of its player base in only two weeks]]'', and Steam at one point had only a ''[[EpicFail 12% rating for the game]]''.[[note]]Patches and updates have subsequently increased this score, but only as far as a still-miserable 31% and a "Mostly Negative" rating.[[/note]] It appeared that the backlash has eclipsed the game itself. By the end of 2017, however, the reviews of it on Steam were "Mostly Positive".

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* ''VideoGame/NoMansSky'' suffered a massive bout of this. After months of publicity interviews and appearances by Hello Games founder Sean Murray talking about what players could expect from the game, a Reddit user was able to purchase an early copy of the game and posted his findings on the site. The ensuing topic caused a meltdown on Reddit and many other enthusiast forums due to claims that a number of features talked up pre-release were either crippled or non-existent, along with [[spoiler:a NoEnding that's followed by the chance to start a new galaxy]]. Many fans were upset over this, but Murray and other Hello Games reps stated that they should ignore the findings and that it wasn't the real deal.[[note]]Despite video footage claiming otherwise.[[/note]] Even moreso, Sony ended up forcing [=YouTube=] to take down a video from Creator/RoosterTeeth's "The Know" news channel talking about the findings, which two of the many hosts [[WhatTheHellHero called out the company for when they found out how they did it]]. The resulting backlash from this duplicity caused scores of [=YouTubers=] to to release rant videos criticizing the game and its developer in response. It got so bad that Steam reportedly took the near-unprecedented step of allowing its users to refund the game, regardless of playtime.[[note]]''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' was previously pulled off the service for being a broken port.[[/note]] Sony also followed suit soon afterwards, and it is estimated that the PC version of the game ''[[http://ca.ign.com/articles/2016/08/24/no-mans-sky-pc-players-dropped-by-90-in-two-weeks lost 90% of its player base in only two weeks]]'', and Steam at one point had only a ''[[EpicFail 12% rating for the game]]''.[[note]]Patches and updates have subsequently increased this score, but only as far as a still-miserable 31% and a "Mostly Negative" rating.[[/note]] It appeared that the backlash has eclipsed the game itself. By Patches and updates have subsequently increased this score, and by the end of 2017, however, the reviews of it on Steam were "Mostly Positive".


* The music video for the Music/ChildishGambino song "This is America" has been subject to countless memes, despite (or perhaps because of) its intense, politically charged nature. Vice Media, among others, took exception to this,[[StopHavingFunGuys telling people to stop]] and lambasting them for ignoring the point of the song and video. Vice Media is already a [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment controversial media outlet in various pockets of the internet,]] so there were those more than happy to further make fun of the music video, either because they learned about it through Vice, or to spite them. Or both.

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* The music video for the Music/ChildishGambino song "This is America" has been subject to countless memes, despite (or perhaps because of) its intense, politically charged nature. Vice Media, among others, took exception to this,[[StopHavingFunGuys this, [[StopHavingFunGuys telling people to stop]] and lambasting them for ignoring the point of the song and video. Vice Media is already a [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment controversial media outlet in various pockets of the internet,]] internet]], so there were those who were more than happy to further make fun of the music video, either because they learned about it through Vice, or to spite them. Or both.

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* The music video for the Music/ChildishGambino song "This is America" has been subject to countless memes, despite (or perhaps because of) its intense, politically charged nature. Vice Media, among others, took exception to this,[[StopHavingFunGuys telling people to stop]] and lambasting them for ignoring the point of the song and video. Vice Media is already a [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment controversial media outlet in various pockets of the internet,]] so there were those more than happy to further make fun of the music video, either because they learned about it through Vice, or to spite them. Or both.


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* When Canadian [=YouTuber=] Ghostlyrich attempted to replace his defective Samsung Galaxy S4 phone, citing its battery had a defect which fried his charger and posed a fire hazard, the company [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor asked for evidence it actually was one]], so [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dc4duKuPrQ0 he gave it to them]]. They offered to replace the phone as long as he accepted [[https://www.dailydot.com/business/samsung-fire-hazard-coverup/ their terms]]...which, among other things, {{egregious}}ly told him to delete the video and surrender any future claims about the product. Yes, Samsung tried to suppress the fact that their phone ''posed the risk of starting fires''. Ghostlyrich responded by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QHd-_qncEU making the terms public]] in a video that would gain five times as many views as the first originally did, resulting in the whole world knowing the ridiculous terms one has to accept in order to simply ''replace their defective phones'', and more reports of the same thing which only spread the word further. Years later, Samsung were especially bit in the ass when they had to recall and discontinue the Galaxy Note 7 for the same exact reason, only ''worse.''

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* When Canadian [=YouTuber=] Ghostlyrich attempted to replace his defective Samsung Galaxy S4 phone, citing its battery had a defect which fried his charger and posed a fire hazard, the company [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor asked for evidence it actually was one]], so [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dc4duKuPrQ0 he gave it to them]]. They offered to replace the phone as long as he accepted [[https://www.dailydot.com/business/samsung-fire-hazard-coverup/ their terms]]...which, among other things, {{egregious}}ly JustForFun/{{egregious}}ly told him to delete the video and surrender any future claims about the product. Yes, Samsung tried to suppress the fact that their phone ''posed the risk of starting fires''. Ghostlyrich responded by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QHd-_qncEU making the terms public]] in a video that would gain five times as many views as the first originally did, resulting in the whole world knowing the ridiculous terms one has to accept in order to simply ''replace their defective phones'', and more reports of the same thing which only spread the word further. Years later, Samsung were especially bit in the ass when they had to recall and discontinue the Galaxy Note 7 for the same exact reason, only ''worse.''


* Invoked in ''{{Series/Blindspot}}'' when [[spoiler:FBI A/D Mayfair]] shoots down Carter's insistence on having Jane killed by pointing out her tattoos had already been scanned, so the evidence was already preserved and killing her would just cause people to wonder what information in them was worth killing her over.

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* Invoked in ''{{Series/Blindspot}}'' when [[spoiler:FBI A/D Mayfair]] shoots down Carter's insistence on having Jane killed by pointing out that her tattoos had already been scanned, so the evidence was already preserved and killing her would just cause people to wonder what information in them was worth killing her over.



* The post-apocalyptic game ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' takes place in a city called Alpha Complex ruled by an all-powerful, tyrannical Computer. The Computer uses Communists as its go-to {{scapegoat}}, blaming them for a nuclear war. There was no war, Communism died out long before the apocalypse, and the Computer only blames Communism because of [[spoiler: old civil-defense files left over from the 1950s]]. There is, however, a brand-new sect of Communists in Alpha Complex -- a lot of citizens figure that, if the Computer is evil and the Computer hates Communists, then Communists have to be the good guys. Most records of actual Communism didn't survive, though, so they gladly follow the teachings of [[FutureImperfect Groucho Marx and John Lennon]].

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* The post-apocalyptic game ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' takes place in a city called Alpha Complex ruled by an all-powerful, tyrannical Computer. The Computer uses Communists as its go-to {{scapegoat}}, blaming them for a nuclear war. There was no war, Communism died out long before the apocalypse, and the Computer only blames Communism because of [[spoiler: old civil-defense files left over from the 1950s]]. There is, however, a brand-new sect of Communists in Alpha Complex -- a lot of citizens figure that, if the Computer is evil and the Computer hates Communists, then Communists have to be the good guys. Most records of actual Communism didn't survive, though, so they gladly follow the teachings of [[FutureImperfect Groucho Marx and John Lennon]].



* A very odd example from UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica. In May 2012, an art exhibition was held in Johannesburg called ''Hail to the Thief II'', which featured art by a local artist named Brett Murray. One of his paintings was called ''The Spear'', which depicted President Jacob Zuma in a pose similar to Victor Ivanov's ''Lenin Lived, Lenin is Alive, Lenin Will Live'', only Zuma's genitals were exposed. A newspaper, ''City Press'' ran a story of the exhibition, and printed the picture and placed it on their website. For close to a week nothing happened; then Zuma's party, the ANC, threatened to take the Goodman Gallery to court while publicly condemning the painting and demanding that ''City Press'' remove the image from their website. Because of the growing hostile response from Zuma supporters and the ruling party itself, the painting got duplicated in newspapers and websites around the world. It even led to the creation of a Wikipedia page [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spear_%28painting%29 with the offending painting right at the top.]]
** This had a bizarre repeat the following year, when a Grade 12 art student's unsympathetic portrayal of ANC leaders - a set of single-print (ie. not for sale) T-shirts on display at a small local mall along with all of the other Grade 12 final art projects - went from being seen by a couple of hundred locals, total, to getting [[https://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/news/matric-art-pupils-satirical-t-shirts-infuriate-kzn-anc-1602795 a minor showing in the national news]].

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* A very odd example from UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica. In May 2012, an art exhibition was held in Johannesburg called ''Hail to the Thief II'', which featured art by a local artist named Brett Murray. One of his paintings was called ''The Spear'', which depicted President Jacob Zuma in a pose similar to Victor Ivanov's ''Lenin Lived, Lenin is Alive, Lenin Will Live'', only Zuma's genitals were exposed. A newspaper, ''City Press'' Press'', ran a story of the exhibition, and printed the picture and placed it on their website. For close to a week week, nothing happened; then Zuma's party, the ANC, threatened to take the Goodman Gallery to court while publicly condemning the painting and demanding that ''City Press'' remove the image from their website. Because of the growing hostile response from Zuma supporters and the ruling party itself, the painting got duplicated in newspapers and websites around the world. It even led to the creation of a Wikipedia page [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spear_%28painting%29 with the offending painting right at the top.]]
** This had a bizarre repeat the following year, when a Grade 12 art student's unsympathetic portrayal of ANC leaders - a set of single-print (ie. not for sale) T-shirts on display at a small local mall along with all of the other Grade 12 final art projects - went from being seen by a couple of hundred locals, total, to getting [[https://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/news/matric-art-pupils-satirical-t-shirts-infuriate-kzn-anc-1602795 a minor showing in the national news]].



* Music/BillBailey had a similar bit about the Swiss investment bank UBS prohibiting corporate stand up gigs from making cracks about NaziGold. So Bailey walked on, mimed asking to open a pension, and when asked with what currency he replies "Naaaaaaaazzzzzziiii Goooooooooold! Just like YOU did!".

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* Music/BillBailey had a similar bit about the Swiss investment bank UBS prohibiting corporate stand up stand-up gigs from making cracks about NaziGold. So Bailey walked on, mimed asking to open a pension, and when asked with what currency he replies "Naaaaaaaazzzzzziiii Goooooooooold! Just like YOU did!".



* Deliberately invoked by Howard Hughes with his 1943 film ''The Outlaw''. At the time, it was unheard of to use a woman's sexuality as a selling point, so the promotion for the film centered almost entirely on Jane Russell being shown provocatively on posters, with Hughes hoping it would draw moral outrage - and thus mass publicity for the film.

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* Deliberately invoked by Howard Hughes with his 1943 film ''The Outlaw''. At the time, it was unheard of to use a woman's sexuality as a selling point, so the promotion for the film centered almost entirely on Jane Russell being shown provocatively on posters, with Hughes hoping it would draw moral outrage - and thus mass publicity for the film.



* Before North Korea's protest against the film ''Film/TheInterview'', the film was barely a blip on the public's radar: just another political comedy film with an absurd premise. The subsequent controversy and Sony cancelling the film's release caused news networks to dedicate hours of daily coverage to the film, giving it huge amounts of free publicity. Even its banning hadn't stopped public attention, as the issue of the film's cancelled premiere turned into a full out matter of freedom of speech. A significant amount of analysts even predict that at some point the whole film would get leaked, either by different hackers or those who worked on the film, just to see what all the fuss is about. Sony did it one better: they officially released the film on [=YouTube=], who put it on the front page. Even further, North Korea particularly objected to one specific scene [[spoiler: where Kim Jong-un, caught in an exploding helicopter, dies in slow-motion as his skin melts and his head explodes.]] Guess which particular scene quickly circulated throughout the Internet?

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* Before North Korea's protest against the film ''Film/TheInterview'', the film was barely a blip on the public's radar: just another political comedy film with an absurd premise. The subsequent controversy and Sony cancelling the film's release caused news networks to dedicate hours of daily coverage to the film, giving it huge amounts of free publicity. Even its banning hadn't stopped public attention, as the issue of the film's cancelled premiere turned into a full out full-out matter of freedom of speech. A significant amount of analysts even predict predicted that at some point the whole film would get leaked, either by different hackers or those who worked on the film, just to see what all the fuss is about. Sony did it one better: they officially released the film on [=YouTube=], who put it on the front page. Even further, North Korea particularly objected to one specific scene [[spoiler: where [[spoiler:where Kim Jong-un, caught in an exploding helicopter, dies in slow-motion as his skin melts and his head explodes.]] explodes]]. Guess which particular scene quickly circulated throughout the Internet?



** An interesting case coming from a part of the audience, according to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfwwKk7sUgM Rob Walker's opinion at least,]] as he thinks the backlash against the movie and the controversy it caused may have help the movie gain free publicity. As it turned out, this trope was in full effect, but it didn't reach the desired result. The controversy made people who were interested or in the fence about watching the film avoid it at all costs, and the film ended up losing $70 million. Had they not pushed for the controversy, many people unaware of it would have shown up to watch the film.

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** An interesting case coming from a part of the audience, according to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfwwKk7sUgM Rob Walker's opinion at least,]] as he thinks the backlash against the movie and the controversy it caused may have help the movie gain free publicity. As it turned out, this trope was in full effect, but it didn't reach the desired result. The controversy made people who were interested or in on the fence about watching the film avoid it at all costs, and the film ended up losing $70 million. Had they not pushed for the controversy, many people unaware of it would have shown up to watch the film.



* When Kirk Cameron released ''Film/SavingChristmas'', negative critic reviews and several middling audience reviews on Website/RottenTomatoes enraged him and caused him to go on an Internet mission telling the entire world to "storm the gates of Rotten Tomatoes". While die hard fans were the only ones watching at the time, this tirade got the general public's attention and caused the opposite to happen; it led to ''Saving Christmas'' getting a zero from critics on the site and also got the [[UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward Razzie Awards']] attention. It ended with an even lower audience score and Cameron "winning" several Razzies, including "Worst Screen Combo with his ego" and "Worst Picture", as a result of him tripping into this. For what it's worth, the very low-budget film did make a profit, but Cameron has [[CreatorKiller barely been heard from since.]]
* The original ''Film/SilentNightDeadlyNight'' was the target of a ''massive'' amount of vitriol from outraged MoralGuardians who accused the director and distributors of the film of destroying the spirit of Christmas (which was just around the corner at the time, being released at the beginning of November) by having the killer, Billy, dressed up in a Santa Claus suit. There were large protests outside movie theaters showing the film, and it was utterly ''hated'' by the mainstream movie critics. The outrage and calls for the film to be pulled from theaters were so loud that in the end Creator/TriStarPictures caved and did just that, ending the film's theatrical run only three weeks after its release. Unfortunately, all this negative attention and censorship only served to heighten awareness and appeal of the movie, leading to it having an immense second-wind popularity on the emerging home video market, where it was gleefully advertised as "the movie they tried to stop you from seeing".

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* When Kirk Cameron released ''Film/SavingChristmas'', negative critic reviews and several middling audience reviews on Website/RottenTomatoes enraged him and caused him to go on an Internet mission telling the entire world to "storm the gates of Rotten Tomatoes". While die hard die-hard fans were the only ones watching at the time, this tirade got the general public's attention and caused the opposite to happen; it led to ''Saving Christmas'' getting a zero from critics on the site and also got the [[UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward Razzie Awards']] attention. It ended with an even lower audience score and Cameron "winning" several Razzies, including "Worst Screen Combo [[SmallNameBigEgo with his ego" ego]]" and "Worst Picture", as a result of him tripping into this. For what it's worth, the very low-budget film did make a profit, but Cameron has [[CreatorKiller barely been heard from since.]]
* The original ''Film/SilentNightDeadlyNight'' was the target of a ''massive'' amount of vitriol from outraged MoralGuardians who accused the director and distributors of the film of destroying the spirit of Christmas (which was just around the corner at the time, being released at the beginning of November) by having the killer, Billy, dressed up in a Santa Claus suit. There were large protests outside movie theaters showing the film, and it was utterly ''hated'' by the mainstream movie critics. The outrage and calls for the film to be pulled from theaters were so loud that in the end Creator/TriStarPictures caved and did just that, ending the film's theatrical run only three weeks after its release. Unfortunately, all this negative attention and censorship only served to heighten awareness and appeal of the movie, leading to it having an immense second-wind popularity on the emerging home video market, where it was gleefully advertised as "the movie they tried to stop you from seeing".



* The Vatican's Index Of Forbidden Books (created in 1557, during the Reformation) was a list of books which good Catholics were not supposed to read, including works by Protestant theologians, some scientific writings, etc. Naturally, it backfired - it tended to be used as a reading list, and the printers used it as a guide on what to print next.

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* The Vatican's Index Of Forbidden Books (created in 1557, during the Reformation) was a list of books which good Catholics were not supposed to read, including works by Protestant theologians, some scientific writings, etc. Naturally, it backfired - it tended to be used as a reading list, and the printers used it as a guide on what to print next.



* Lynne Cheney, wife of Dick, wrote a novel in 1981 called ''Sisters'', featuring sexual content and lesbianism -- her attempts to prevent a 2006 reprint actually helped publicize it.

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* Lynne Cheney, wife of Dick, wrote a novel in 1981 called ''Sisters'', featuring sexual content and lesbianism -- her attempts to prevent a 2006 reprint actually helped publicize it.



* Creator/{{Fox|NewsChannel}}'s lawsuit against Creator/AlFranken over his book ''Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right'', claimed that the title infringed on the "Fair and Balanced" slogan of the Creator/FoxNewsChannel. Franken and his supporters still insist the real man behind the lawsuit was Bill O'Reilly for what Franken said about him in the book. News of the lawsuit caused the book to shoot up to Amazon's number one seller before it was even officially released. As for the suit -- many of the plaintiff's arguments were met with actual laughter in the courtroom, and Fox withdrew the suit at the judge's recommendation.
* A minor example from ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', the author of the worst poetry in the universe is named in [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy the original radio show]] as "Paul Neil Milne Johnstone of Redbridge, Essex" -- a former schoolmate of Creator/DouglasAdams, who wrote deliberately terrible poetry and who respectfully asked that his name and location be removed from the book adaptations. Thus people now ask why the name changed from Paul to a 'Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings' in Sussex in subsequent versions and discover the story of where Adams got the idea from.
* OlderThanFeudalism: In one of his moral treatises, Seneca speaks of a house on the coast that was property of UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}}, which was destroyed by that emperor, because his mother was detained as a prisoner by the former emperor Tiberius. Seneca related that when strangers saw the house they didn't pay any attention to it, but since Caligula left only ruins, all were interested to know its history.

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* Creator/{{Fox|NewsChannel}}'s lawsuit against Creator/AlFranken over his book ''Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right'', claimed that the title infringed on the "Fair and Balanced" slogan of the Creator/FoxNewsChannel. Franken and his supporters still insist the real man behind the lawsuit was Bill O'Reilly Creator/BillOReilly for what Franken said about him in the book. News of the lawsuit caused the book to shoot up to Amazon's number one seller before it was even officially released. As for the suit -- many of the plaintiff's arguments were met with actual laughter in the courtroom, and Fox withdrew the suit at the judge's recommendation.
* A minor example from ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', the author of the worst poetry in the universe is named in [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy the original radio show]] as "Paul Neil Milne Johnstone of Redbridge, Essex" -- a former schoolmate of Creator/DouglasAdams, who wrote deliberately terrible poetry and who respectfully asked that his name and location be removed from the book adaptations. Thus people now ask why the name changed from Paul to a 'Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings' in Sussex in subsequent versions and discover the story of where Adams got the idea from.
* OlderThanFeudalism: In one of his moral treatises, Seneca speaks of a house on the coast that was property of UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}}, which was destroyed by that emperor, because his mother was detained as a prisoner by the former emperor Tiberius. Seneca related that when strangers saw the house house, they didn't pay any attention to it, but since Caligula left only ruins, all were interested to know its history.



* In 2018, ''Fariña'', a book by journalist Nacho Carretero documenting drug dealing cases in Galicia in the '90s, was seized by court order after a former mayor mentioned in the book sued Carretero for damages. That very week, the book became a bestseller on Amazon Spain and the premiere episode of the TV series based on it -- which was not affected by the court order since the judge considered the script of the series was unknown and the airing date was uncertain -- was promoted for a preview release.

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* In 2018, ''Fariña'', a book by journalist Nacho Carretero documenting drug dealing cases in Galicia in the '90s, was seized by court order after a former mayor mentioned in the book sued Carretero for damages. That very week, the book became a bestseller on Amazon Spain and the premiere episode of the TV series based on it -- which was not affected by the court order since the judge considered the script of the series was unknown and the airing date was uncertain -- was promoted for a preview release.



* ''Series/FawltyTowers'' and its main character Basil Fawlty was based on Donald Sinclair, an eccentric and irascible Torquay hotelier whom Creator/JohnCleese had observed during a stay in his hotel during a ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' shoot. Years after the success of the show, Sinclair's widow contacted the newspapers to complain about the depiction of the character based on her husband, claiming that Cleese had unfairly exaggerated his eccentricity, incompetence and foul temper. Far from salvaging her husband's reputation, however, all it did was provoke a lot of independent witnesses to ''also'' contact the papers with a lot of anecdotes that suggested that not only was Cleese not too far off the mark, if anything he'd actually been rather generous. His widow kept silent after that. Cleese ended up using the name "Donald Sinclair" for his character in ''Film/RatRace''.
* Australia's Channel Nine promoted the beans out of ''Series/{{Underbelly}}'', and Australians were certainly interested in this tale of the gangsters they heard about on the news. However the legal battles the show faced with issues such as the concurrent court cases leading to it being [[BannedInChina banned in Victoria]] out of fear of influencing the jury made this something of a ForbiddenFruit for Victorians, and interest in the show exploded to the point where radio hosts would take calls about the series being offered bootleg at construction sites, then say where they got their own illegitimate copies from.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' was an extreme case. The famous Rakolta Boycott led by Terry Rakolta backfired completely. A few sponsors did withdraw support for the show, but the stocks for its biggest one, Bounty, skyrocketed, and the show's ratings dramatically increased. The boycott ultimately had the opposite effect than intended, when curiosity about the boycott and the show itself created a ratings boost for the series, potentially being the cause of it lasting for several more years. The show itself made reference to it in one episode featuring a television show made about the Bundys' lives, which got immediately cancelled because "Some woman in Michigan didn't like it".

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* ''Series/FawltyTowers'' and its main character Basil Fawlty was based on Donald Sinclair, an eccentric and irascible Torquay hotelier whom Creator/JohnCleese had observed during a stay in his hotel during a ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' shoot. Years after the success of the show, Sinclair's widow contacted the newspapers to complain about the depiction of the character based on her husband, claiming that Cleese had unfairly exaggerated his eccentricity, incompetence incompetence, and foul temper. Far from salvaging her husband's reputation, however, all it did was provoke a lot of independent witnesses to ''also'' contact the papers with a lot of anecdotes that suggested that not only was Cleese not too far off the mark, if anything he'd actually been rather generous. His widow kept silent after that. Cleese ended up using the name "Donald Sinclair" for his character in ''Film/RatRace''.
* Australia's Channel Nine promoted the beans out of ''Series/{{Underbelly}}'', and Australians were certainly interested in this tale of the gangsters they heard about on the news. However However, the legal battles the show faced with issues such as the concurrent court cases leading to it being [[BannedInChina banned in Victoria]] out of fear of influencing the jury made this something of a ForbiddenFruit for Victorians, and interest in the show exploded to the point where radio hosts would take calls about the series being offered bootleg at construction sites, then say where they got their own illegitimate copies from.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' was an extreme case. The famous Rakolta Boycott led by Terry Rakolta backfired completely. A few sponsors did withdraw support for the show, but the stocks for its biggest one, Bounty, skyrocketed, and the show's ratings dramatically increased. The boycott ultimately had the opposite effect than intended, when curiosity about the boycott and the show itself created a ratings boost for the series, potentially being the cause of it lasting for several more years. The show itself made a reference to it in one episode featuring a television show made about the Bundys' lives, which got immediately cancelled because "Some woman in Michigan didn't like it".



** The series has the infamous "[[Recap/KitchenNightmaresS6E15AmysBakingCompany Amy's Baking Company]]" episode, in which viewers watched in shock as they saw the restaurant's owners, Amy and Samy, berate customers, employees and even Creator/GordonRamsay himself, their [[SmallNameBigEgo egos]] clouding even the basic of criticism and interpreted it as attacks--in the end, for the first time in the series, Ramsey [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere left the restaurant]] thanks to the two's behavior. When the episode was over, many of the viewers approached their Website/{{Facebook}} page to express their displeasure, only to have the two blow up at ''them''. Many people came to friend it on the basis of watching their meltdown.
** This also ironically benefited Amy's Baking Company, thanks to the BileFascination. People who went there were either a), people who don't believe anyone can really be that bad at owning a restaurant and still be in business, thinking it was all set up as fake "reality" TV for ratings, or b), people who go there specifically to provoke a response from Amy or Samy as some weird badge of honor of having been yelled at by them. When the show went back to the restaurant as part of a special episode, nobody was surprised to see that ''nothing changed at all''. In 2015, the company finally shut down.
** The case with Dillon's Restaurant is another significant example. Being only the second episode produced for the series, it hadn't even aired yet before a significant controversy played out in the press. Dillion's floor manager, Martin Hyde, attempted to sue Ramsay and FOX Television for an alleged negative portrayal of himself in the episode, as well as tried to have the episode publicly banned from being aired on television again. Naturally, all this did was increase curiosity about the show when it began airing and resulted in a huge publicity/viewing spike, with people who watched the episode realizing that Hyde was just as bad in interviews about the lawsuit as he was portrayed in the episode itself. As a result, the lawsuit was thrown out of court, Hyde was left disgraced and the show would go on to helm a highly-rated first season (and successful seven-season run) as a result.
* A campaign to ban ''Series/{{Housos}}'' from Australian TV backfired when two big TV networks, 9 and 7, slammed the show as Reality TV filth. When it was pointed out that ''Housos'' is [[PoesLaw actually a satire with paid actors]] (and had never pretended to be anything else) they ended up promoting it instead to cover their embarrassment. Its creator, Paul Fenech, credited this with bringing the show to a wider audience.

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** The series has the infamous "[[Recap/KitchenNightmaresS6E15AmysBakingCompany Amy's Baking Company]]" episode, in which viewers watched in shock as they saw the restaurant's owners, Amy and Samy, berate customers, employees employees, and even Creator/GordonRamsay himself, their [[SmallNameBigEgo egos]] [[CantTakeCriticism clouding even the most basic of criticism criticism]] and interpreted it as attacks--in attacks in the end, for the first time in the series, Ramsey [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere left the restaurant]] thanks to the two's behavior. When the episode was over, many of the viewers approached their Website/{{Facebook}} page to express their displeasure, only to have the two blow up at ''them''. Many people came to friend it on the basis of watching their meltdown.
** This also ironically benefited Amy's Baking Company, thanks to the BileFascination. People who went there were either a), people who don't believe anyone can really be that bad at owning a restaurant and still be in business, thinking it was all set up as fake "reality" TV for ratings, or b), people who go there specifically to provoke a response from Amy or Samy as some weird badge of honor of having been yelled at by them. When the show went back to the restaurant as part of a special episode, nobody was surprised to see that ''nothing had changed at all''. In 2015, the company finally shut down.
** The case with Dillon's Restaurant is another significant example. Being only the second episode produced for the series, it hadn't even aired yet before a significant controversy played out in the press. Dillion's Dillon's floor manager, Martin Hyde, attempted to sue Ramsay and FOX Television for an alleged negative portrayal of himself in the episode, as well as tried to have the episode publicly banned from being aired on television again. Naturally, all this did was increase curiosity about the show when it began airing and resulted in a huge publicity/viewing spike, with people who watched the episode realizing that Hyde was just as bad in interviews about the lawsuit as he was portrayed in the episode itself. As a result, the lawsuit was thrown out of court, Hyde was left disgraced disgraced, and the show would go on to helm a highly-rated first season (and successful seven-season run) as a result.
* A campaign to ban ''Series/{{Housos}}'' from Australian TV backfired when two big TV networks, 9 and 7, slammed the show as Reality TV filth. When it was pointed out that ''Housos'' is [[PoesLaw actually a satire with paid actors]] (and had never pretended to be anything else) else), they ended up promoting it instead to cover their embarrassment. Its creator, Paul Fenech, credited this with bringing the show to a wider audience.



** It happened again during their segment on coal. After receiving a Cease & Desist letter from Murray Energy - a series first - they focused far more on the company and their CEO, Bob Murray, than they initially intended to.
* In August 2017, Creator/{{ESPN}} pulled one of their announcers from a football game in Virginia due to his name, Robert Lee, which is similar to [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar Robert E. Lee]], since they were afraid someone on the internet would turn it into a joke. Of course, the internet caught wind of this and turned it into joke, using it as an example of PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad. The man in question is Asian-American, which added another level of irony. In the end, memes were made and ESPN was embarrassed.

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** It happened again during their segment on coal. After receiving a Cease & Desist letter from Murray Energy - a series first - they focused far more on the company and their CEO, Bob Murray, than they initially intended to.
* In August 2017, Creator/{{ESPN}} pulled one of their announcers from a football game in Virginia due to his name, Robert Lee, which is similar to [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar Robert E. Lee]], since they were afraid someone on the internet would turn it into a joke. Of course, the internet caught wind of this and turned it into a joke, using it as an example of PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad. The man in question is Asian-American, which added another level of irony. In the end, memes were made and ESPN was embarrassed.


A form of RevealingCoverup. Sometimes related to ClumsyCopyrightCensorship and, more rarely, FanworkBan. Will lead to an OpenSecret. See also InternetCounterattack. Compare to ThoughtAversionFailure (telling someone to not think about something will lead to them thinking about it). Basically opposite to ForcedMeme, where the individual or company tries to make something as popular as possible, and fails in much the same way for much the same reasons. People who avert this JustIgnoreIt.

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A form of RevealingCoverup.RevealingCoverup; also a specific form of HoistByHisOwnPetard. Sometimes related to ClumsyCopyrightCensorship and, more rarely, FanworkBan. Will lead to an OpenSecret. See also InternetCounterattack. Compare to ThoughtAversionFailure (telling someone to not think about something will lead to them thinking about it). Basically opposite to ForcedMeme, where the individual or company tries to make something as popular as possible, and fails in much the same way for much the same reasons. People who avert this JustIgnoreIt.



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* In the novel ''Literature/CatsCradle'', the entire religion of Bokononism is outlawed in The Republic of San Lorenzo, and its practice is punishable by death. Naturally every single citizen, including the ''President who issued the law'', is a devout follower. This is actually by arrangement, and part of the point of Bokononism: to create an entertaining drama (the tyrant in the city and the mad prophet in the jungle) that engages the people and helps distract them from how poor and miserable their lives are.

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* In the novel ''Literature/CatsCradle'', the entire religion of Bokononism is outlawed in The Republic of San Lorenzo, and its practice is punishable by death. Naturally Naturally, every single citizen, including the ''President who issued the law'', is a devout follower. This is actually by arrangement, and part of the point of Bokononism: to create an entertaining drama (the tyrant in the city and the mad prophet in the jungle) that engages the people and helps distract them from how poor and miserable their lives are.


[[caption-width-right:325:Music/BarbraStreisand doesn't want you to see this picture, [[SarcasmMode so please don't look at it. Thank you.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:325:Music/BarbraStreisand [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial doesn't want you to see this picture, picture]], [[SarcasmMode so please don't look at it. Thank you.]]]]


* In the ''Series/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/136857/princest-is-wincest-it-said Princest Is Wincest, It Said]]'', Princess Celestia relates a story of this happening to her to Princess Luna (her sister). Centuries ago, she discovered an erotic novel about herself being taken prisoner by evil tyrant King Sombra and forced into [[RomanticizedAbuse a romanticized, sexually abusive relationship]] (in a possible ShoutOut to ''Literature/TheSheik''). Celestia, embarrassed by this, proceeded to pass a series of laws banning any unauthorized use of her image. As a result, sales of the novel went up 300% ''in a single week'', [[FollowTheLeader with several imitators being published to meet the demand]]. Celestia eventually realized the laws weren't working and repealed them, after an entire art gallery devoted to erotic paintings of an [[BlatantLies "unnamed"]] white alicorn was held.

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* In the ''Series/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/136857/princest-is-wincest-it-said Princest Is Wincest, It Said]]'', Princess Celestia relates a story of this happening to her to Princess Luna (her sister). Centuries ago, she discovered an erotic novel about herself being taken prisoner by evil tyrant King Sombra and forced into [[RomanticizedAbuse a romanticized, sexually abusive relationship]] (in a possible ShoutOut to ''Literature/TheSheik''). Celestia, embarrassed by this, proceeded to pass a series of laws banning any unauthorized use of her image. As a result, sales of the novel went up 300% ''in a single week'', [[FollowTheLeader with several imitators being published to meet the demand]]. Celestia eventually realized the laws weren't working and repealed them, after an entire art gallery devoted to erotic paintings of an [[BlatantLies "unnamed"]] white alicorn was held.


* The TropeNamer, Streisand's house, is an especially powerful example since it has become shorthand to describe the trope whenever anything else suffers this fate, and not just on this wiki. If anything becomes popular because someone is trying to bury it, there's always a chance that Streisand's house will be mentioned in passing, even if the topic at hand has absolutely nothing to do with it besides sharing the effect.

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* The TropeNamer, Streisand's house, is an especially powerful example since it has become shorthand to describe the trope whenever anything else suffers this fate, and not just on this wiki. If anything becomes popular because someone is trying to bury it, [[NeverLiveItDown there's always a chance that Streisand's house will be mentioned in passing, even if the topic at hand has absolutely nothing to do with it besides sharing the effect.effect]].


[[caption-width-right:325:Music/BarbraStreisand doesn't want you to see this picture, so please don't look at it. Thank you.]]

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[[caption-width-right:325:Music/BarbraStreisand doesn't want you to see this picture, [[SarcasmMode so please don't look at it. Thank you.]]]]]]


* In the wake of the 2016 election, a picture started circulating of President Donald Trump where the wind was making his hair blow around and making him just look goofy. Trump was aware of this picture, and the picture came with a caption saying that Donald Trump doesn't want this picture to ruin his public image, and asks that the picture not be shared. Obviously, detractors started sharing it to "spread awareness" of his plight.

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* In the wake of the 2016 election, a picture started circulating of President Donald Trump where the wind was making his hair blow around and making him just look goofy. Trump was aware of this picture, and the picture came with a caption saying that Donald Trump doesn't want this picture to ruin his public image, and asks that the picture not be shared. Obviously, detractors started sharing it to "spread awareness" of his plight.


* In February 2013, Music/{{Beyonce}}'s publicist ordered for some "unflattering" pictures of her that were taken during her SuperBowl performance to be "[[HollywoodHacking removed from the Internet]]." The result? [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/mattbellassai/the-best-of-the-internets-response-to-beyonces-unflattering Hundreds]] [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/unflattering-beyonce/photos of photoshopped]] pictures.

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* In February 2013, Music/{{Beyonce}}'s publicist ordered for some "unflattering" pictures of her that were taken during her SuperBowl UsefulNotes/SuperBowl performance to be "[[HollywoodHacking removed from the Internet]]." The result? [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/mattbellassai/the-best-of-the-internets-response-to-beyonces-unflattering Hundreds]] [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/unflattering-beyonce/photos of photoshopped]] pictures.

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