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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. Taken a step further in a later episode. Bob Murray sued them for slander over the episode, and the lawsuit was eventually dismissed. ''Last Week Tonight'' did a followup episode discussing the suit and the general problem of SLAPP suits, culminating in a song and dance routine in Times Square mocking Bob Murray.

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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. Taken a step further in a later episode. Bob Murray sued them for slander over the episode, and the lawsuit was eventually dismissed. ''Last Week Tonight'' did a followup episode discussing the suit and the general problem of SLAPP suits, culminating in a song and dance routine in Times Square mocking Bob Murray. Moreover, since speech is generally not considered libelous if it's clearly intended to be sarcastic rather than factual, the "Suck My Balls Bob Dancers" routine declares that Murray has done all kinds of horrifying but obviously false things like shoot puppies into space and have sex with squirrels.


* In the ''Series/FatherTed'' episode "The Passion of St. Tibulus", the eponymous film, condemned by the Pope as "blasphemous" and banned everywhere else, is being shown on Craggy Island because of an unknown loophole. Bishop Brennan orders Ted and Dougal to picket the cinema showing the film. The protest has the effect of making the film (which is in French and undubbed) the most popular in the history of Craggy Island.

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* In the ''Series/FatherTed'' episode "The Passion of St. Tibulus", the Pope has condemned the eponymous film, condemned by the Pope film as "blasphemous" "blasphemous", and it's been banned almost everywhere else, is being shown -- but not on Craggy Island Island, because of an unknown loophole. Bishop Brennan orders Ted and Dougal to picket the cinema showing the film. The protest has the effect of making They do so totally ineptly -- they actually ''see'' the film (which is in (and because it's an unsubtitled, undubbed, French LeFilmArtistique, they can't understand it), and undubbed) their protest is, for the most part, utterly perfunctory and reluctant. But the sight of two priests standing in front of the cinema -- even if they're clearly bored and the cinema doesn't open for several hours -- is treated as an "official" condemnation from the Catholic Church, which makes the film the most popular in the history of Craggy Island.island's history.



** What makes this example particularly amusing is that Ted and Dougal's protest is for the most part utterly perfunctory and reluctant, and it's clear that neither of them actually care about the film (when they actually sit down and watch it [[LeFilmArtistique they're more baffled than anything else]]). The very act of two bored priests standing in front of a cinema hours before it actually opens somehow inspires the entire world to see the film.


* What started as Xi Jinping and Barack Obama's meeting in 2013 being compared to a meeting of [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh and Tigger]] eventually evolved into the President of China being compared to the yellow teddy bear for his various actions. As the Communist Party of China wanted their leader to be taken 100% seriously, this eventually lead to the meme being censored on the Chinese internet in 2017. To internet users of other countries [[ValuesDissonance where jokes are a major part of political discussion]], this came off as Xi Jinping being thin-skinned and fueled memers to cause an explosion of content for what was once a minor meme. (For example, in a Thailand vs. Chinese internet war in 2020, also known as Thai-Chinese Meme War, [[https://image.taiwannews.com.tw/photos/2020/04/13/1586768180-5e942934bf064.jpg an Thai people calls his home country is poor but refers China as "pooh", and to add insult to injury, he added the photo of peoples in an Polish city gathering around in Pooh Bear suit;]] and recently, [[https://twitter.com/IrrawaddyNews/status/1379351530826952705 Myanmar protestors wears Pooh Bear mask to insult president Xi after Myanmar protestors disappointed that they found out that China has voiced their open support for Myanmar militarily government.]]) The 2019 Hong Kong protests and their associated October 2019 controversies linked to the [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] apology, the [[Creator/BlizzardEntertainment Blizzard]] Boycott and the mention of the banning in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "[[Recap/SouthParkS23E2BandInChina Band in China]]" only fanned the meme's flames further two years later.[[note]]Despite the meme, the Winnie the Pooh franchise has not been banned in China and remains popular amongst children. It is also regular fixture in Shanghai Disneyland.[[/note]]

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* What started as Xi Jinping and Barack Obama's meeting in 2013 being compared to a meeting of [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh and Tigger]] eventually evolved into the President of China being compared to the yellow teddy bear for his various actions. As the Communist Party of China wanted their leader to be taken 100% seriously, this eventually lead to the meme being censored on the Chinese internet in 2017. To internet users of other countries [[ValuesDissonance where jokes are a major part of political discussion]], this came off as Xi Jinping being thin-skinned and fueled memers to cause an explosion of content for what was once a minor meme. (For example, in a Thailand vs. Chinese internet war in 2020, also known as Thai-Chinese Meme War, [[https://image.taiwannews.com.tw/photos/2020/04/13/1586768180-5e942934bf064.jpg an Thai people calls his home country is poor but refers China as "pooh", and to add insult to injury, he added the photo of peoples in an Polish city gathering around in Pooh Bear suit;]] and recently, [[https://twitter.com/IrrawaddyNews/status/1379351530826952705 Myanmar protestors wears Pooh Bear mask to insult president Xi after Myanmar protestors disappointed that they found out that China has voiced their open support for Myanmar militarily government.]]) The 2019 Hong Kong protests and their associated October 2019 controversies linked to the [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] apology, the [[Creator/BlizzardEntertainment Blizzard]] Boycott and the mention of the banning in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "[[Recap/SouthParkS23E2BandInChina Band in China]]" only fanned the meme's flames further two years later.[[note]]Despite the meme, the Winnie the Pooh franchise has not been banned in China and remains popular amongst children. It is also regular fixture in Shanghai Disneyland.[[/note]]


* What started as Xi Jinping and Barack Obama's meeting in 2013 being compared to a meeting of [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh and Tigger]] eventually evolved into the President of China being compared to the yellow teddy bear for his various actions. As the Communist Party of China wanted their leader to be taken 100% seriously, this eventually lead to the meme being censored on the Chinese internet in 2017. To internet users of other countries [[ValuesDissonance where jokes are a major part of political discussion]], this came off as Xi Jinping being thin-skinned and fueled memers to cause an explosion of content for what was once a minor meme. The 2019 Hong Kong protests and their associated October 2019 controversies linked to the [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] apology, the [[Creator/BlizzardEntertainment Blizzard]] Boycott and the mention of the banning in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "[[Recap/SouthParkS23E2BandInChina Band in China]]" only fanned the meme's flames further two years later.[[note]]Despite the meme, the Winnie the Pooh franchise has not been banned in China and remains popular amongst children. It is also regular fixture in Shanghai Disneyland.[[/note]]

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* What started as Xi Jinping and Barack Obama's meeting in 2013 being compared to a meeting of [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh and Tigger]] eventually evolved into the President of China being compared to the yellow teddy bear for his various actions. As the Communist Party of China wanted their leader to be taken 100% seriously, this eventually lead to the meme being censored on the Chinese internet in 2017. To internet users of other countries [[ValuesDissonance where jokes are a major part of political discussion]], this came off as Xi Jinping being thin-skinned and fueled memers to cause an explosion of content for what was once a minor meme. (For example, in a Thailand vs. Chinese internet war in 2020, also known as Thai-Chinese Meme War, [[https://image.taiwannews.com.tw/photos/2020/04/13/1586768180-5e942934bf064.jpg an Thai people calls his home country is poor but refers China as "pooh", and to add insult to injury, he added the photo of peoples in an Polish city gathering around in Pooh Bear suit;]] and recently, [[https://twitter.com/IrrawaddyNews/status/1379351530826952705 Myanmar protestors wears Pooh Bear mask to insult president Xi after Myanmar protestors disappointed that they found out that China has voiced their open support for Myanmar militarily government.]]) The 2019 Hong Kong protests and their associated October 2019 controversies linked to the [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] apology, the [[Creator/BlizzardEntertainment Blizzard]] Boycott and the mention of the banning in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "[[Recap/SouthParkS23E2BandInChina Band in China]]" only fanned the meme's flames further two years later.[[note]]Despite the meme, the Winnie the Pooh franchise has not been banned in China and remains popular amongst children. It is also regular fixture in Shanghai Disneyland.[[/note]]


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** [[https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7920537/University-Minnesota-student-jailed-China-tweeting-pictures-cartoon-villain.html An University of Minnesota student has get into trouble]] for tweeting images of the BigBad of the cartoon ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars,'' Lawrence Limburger, who supposedly bears a resemblance to Chinese president Xi Jinping.

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* Reddit in 2021 got hit with this hard with the Aimee Challenor incident. A mod in r/ukpolitics got banned for seemingly no reason after posting an article. People found it included Challenor's name in it, and as she's a trans woman working for Reddit, they installed a sweeping auto-mod that deletes and bans any mention of her. However, this got worse when word got out that she's an enabler of pedophilia, allowing her father to rape a young boy while she still lived at his home, and marrying a man that openly supported relations with children. People started spamming Challenor's name and what she did all over the site. Eventually, Reddit terminated her position.


* The Turkish Government's refusal to acknowledge the UsefulNotes/TheArmenianGenocide has helped bring attention to an atrocity that might have otherwise been forgotten (at least outside the regions it occured). Indeed, may people in the new world wouldn't even have heard of Armenia if it wasn't because it was related to an atrocity that somehow keeps Turkey out of the EU.

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* The Turkish Government's refusal to acknowledge the UsefulNotes/TheArmenianGenocide has helped bring attention to an atrocity that might have otherwise been forgotten (at least outside the regions it occured).occurred). Indeed, may people in the new world wouldn't even have heard of Armenia if it wasn't because it was related to an atrocity that somehow keeps Turkey out of the EU.



* [[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses Channel Awesome]]'s WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic reviewed Tommy Wiseau's [[SoBadItsGood magnum opus]] ''Film/TheRoom'', one of many, many films he has torn to shreds on his site. (Ironically, the Critic was far nicer to the film than many of his other reviews and many of his contemporaries. The Critic actually ''encouraged'' his viewers to see it for themselves, albeit in a BileFascination kind of way. But it was better than many other reviewers telling people to avoid the film at all costs). Then, Critic got hit with a threat of a lawsuit by theroommovie.com stating that his review constituted a copyright violation, despite the fact that fair use policy covers reviews of original material. In response, he pulled the review, but put up in its place an "episode" of "The Tommy Wiseau Show" which mocked the stuffing out of Wiseau himself and the guy who runs the theroommovie.com[[note]](Who are most likely one and the same)[[/note]]. This brought way more negative publicity to the movie, the website, and the names behind it than any review ever could have. After a short while, the review was allowed to be put back up. The "Tommy Wiseau Show" sketch is also still up.

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* [[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses Channel Awesome]]'s WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic reviewed Tommy Wiseau's [[SoBadItsGood magnum opus]] ''Film/TheRoom'', one of many, many films he has torn to shreds on his site. (Ironically, the Critic was far nicer to the film than many of his other reviews and many of his contemporaries. The Critic actually ''encouraged'' his viewers to see it for themselves, albeit in a BileFascination kind of way. But it was better than many other reviewers telling people to avoid the film at all costs). costs.) Then, Critic got hit with a threat of a lawsuit by theroommovie.com stating that his review constituted a copyright violation, despite the fact that fair use policy covers reviews of original material. In response, he pulled the review, but put up in its place an "episode" of "The Tommy Wiseau Show" which mocked the stuffing out of Wiseau himself and the guy who runs the theroommovie.com[[note]](Who are most likely one and the same)[[/note]]. This brought way more negative publicity to the movie, the website, and the names behind it than any review ever could have. After a short while, the review was allowed to be put back up. The "Tommy Wiseau Show" sketch is also still up.





* The Turkish Government's refusal to acknowledge the UsefulNotes/TheArmenianGenocide has helped bring attention to an atrocity that might have otherwise been forgotten (at least outside the regions it occured). Indeed, may people in the new world wouldn't even have heard of Armenia if it wasn't because it was related to an atrocity that somehow keeps Turkey out of the EU.





* In June 2020, video game blog One Angry Gamer composed a list called "Traitors to America", written by site founder William "Billy D" Usher. The list was used to show corporations and people that had voiced support for the UsefulNotes/BlackLivesMatterMovement, after the police murder of George Floyd in May 2020 caused massive protests against systemic racism and a surge of support for Black Lives Matter across the United States. In response, many internet personalities on the "Traitors" list (like Creator/ProZD) mocked Billy D, causing them to speak up about Black Lives Matter even more than they already were. In fact, many non-creators ''thanked'' him for compiling a list of people to support, and later mirrored it after he took it down. Billy D ended up being dumbfounded when the list proved to have the opposite effect he wanted, as there was now more support for Black Lives Matter and its cause than before the list was made.

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* In June 2020, video game blog One Angry Gamer composed a list called "Traitors to America", written by site founder William "Billy D" Usher. The list was used to show corporations and people that had voiced support for the UsefulNotes/BlackLivesMatterMovement, UsefulNotes/BlackLivesMatter, after the police murder of George Floyd in May 2020 caused massive protests against systemic racism and a surge of support for Black Lives Matter across the United States. In response, many internet personalities on the "Traitors" list (like Creator/ProZD) mocked Billy D, causing them to speak up about Black Lives Matter even more than they already were. In fact, many non-creators ''thanked'' him for compiling a list of people to support, and later mirrored it after he took it down. Billy D ended up being dumbfounded when the list proved to have the opposite effect he wanted, as there was now more support for Black Lives Matter and its cause than before the list was made.


* Music/LinkinPark recorded a number of in-house demo [=CDs=] in the run-up to their Hybrid Theory album, one of which included a mellow song called "She Couldn't", which the group never released partly because it heavily used a sample they could not get the rights to use, and partly because it was too soft for the edgy sound the group had at the time. After the leak, Mike Shinoda mentioned the song on a blog post but was soon forced to take it down by the label. As a result, fans have continued to widely share the song and note its influence on their later work.

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* Music/LinkinPark recorded a number of in-house demo [=CDs=] in the run-up to their Hybrid Theory album, one of which included a mellow song called "She Couldn't", which the group never released partly because it heavily used a sample they could not get the rights to use, and partly because it was too soft for the edgy sound the group had at the time. After the leak, Mike Shinoda mentioned the song on a blog post but was soon forced to take it down by the label. As a result, fans have continued to widely share the song and note its influence on their later work. The band later officially released the song in 2020, as a bonus track from the 20th anniversary edition of ''Hybrid Theory''.


* In June 2020, video game blog One Angry Gamer composed a list called "Traitors to America", written by site founder William "Billy D" Usher. The list was used to show corporations and people that had voiced support for the African-American rights group Black Lives Matter, after the police murder of George Floyd in May 2020 caused massive protests against systemic racism and a surge of support for Black Lives Matter across the United States. In response, many internet personalities on the "Traitors" list (like Creator/ProZD) mocked Billy D, causing them to speak up about Black Lives Matter even more than they already were. In fact, many non-creators ''thanked'' him for compiling a list of people to support, and later mirrored it after he took it down. Billy D ended up being dumbfounded when the list proved to have the opposite effect he wanted, as there was now more support for Black Lives Matter and its cause than before the list was made.

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* In June 2020, video game blog One Angry Gamer composed a list called "Traitors to America", written by site founder William "Billy D" Usher. The list was used to show corporations and people that had voiced support for the African-American rights group Black Lives Matter, UsefulNotes/BlackLivesMatterMovement, after the police murder of George Floyd in May 2020 caused massive protests against systemic racism and a surge of support for Black Lives Matter across the United States. In response, many internet personalities on the "Traitors" list (like Creator/ProZD) mocked Billy D, causing them to speak up about Black Lives Matter even more than they already were. In fact, many non-creators ''thanked'' him for compiling a list of people to support, and later mirrored it after he took it down. Billy D ended up being dumbfounded when the list proved to have the opposite effect he wanted, as there was now more support for Black Lives Matter and its cause than before the list was made.

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* After the estate of Creator/DrSeuss announced that six of their books would no longer be published in early 2021 due to the UnfortunateImplications in [[https://apnews.com/article/dr-seuss-books-racist-images-d8ed18335c03319d72f443594c174513 their imagery]]; the books in question began selling for thousands of dollars in online secondary markets.


* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': A Season 46 installment of ''Weekend Update'' had Colin Jost remark on Creator/DisneyPlus's decision to place a ContentWarning before episodes of ''Series/TheMuppetShow.'' Jost says that putting a warning about offensive content before ''The Muppet Show'' only makes him ''more'' interested in the contents of the episode. "What, does Gonzo finally have sex with the chicken?"[[note]]The warning was actually referring to [[ValuesDissonance the presence of racial stereotypes]], such as actors dressing up like Native Americans.[[/note]]

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* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': A Season 46 installment of ''Weekend Update'' had Colin Jost remark on Creator/DisneyPlus's decision to place a ContentWarning before episodes of ''Series/TheMuppetShow.'' ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' regarding the presence of "offensive content." Jost says that putting a warning about the presence of offensive content before in an episode of ''The Muppet Show'' only makes him ''more'' interested in the contents of the episode. "What, does Gonzo finally have sex with the chicken?"[[note]]The warning was actually referring to [[ValuesDissonance the presence of racial stereotypes]], such as actors dressing up like Native Americans.[[/note]]

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* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': A Season 46 installment of ''Weekend Update'' had Colin Jost remark on Creator/DisneyPlus's decision to place a ContentWarning before episodes of ''Series/TheMuppetShow.'' Jost says that putting a warning about offensive content before ''The Muppet Show'' only makes him ''more'' interested in the contents of the episode. "What, does Gonzo finally have sex with the chicken?"[[note]]The warning was actually referring to [[ValuesDissonance the presence of racial stereotypes]], such as actors dressing up like Native Americans.[[/note]]

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* On April 10 2020, soon after the breakout of the UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic in Poland, Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of the country's ruling Law and Justice party, decided to visit the grave of his twin brother Lech to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his death in the Smolensk disaster, [[{{Hypocrite}} while the COVID-related restrictions imposed by his government forbade the rest of the Polish people from doing the same for their loved ones.]] A month later, famous singer-songwriter Kazik released a single about the incident, titled "Twój ból jest lepszy niż mój" ("Your pain is better than mine"). While it reached the top of the state-run Polish Radio Station III's music chart (which has for years been the most notable of its kind), it didn't attract much attention beyond that, with the music video sitting around a couple hundred thousand views on Website/YouTube. That is, until the station's editor-in-chief Tomasz Kowalczewski nullified that week's chart (which was widely interpreted as having been done on the insistence of Law and Justice's top brass), claiming that the vote was rigged somehow. This controversy led to the song skyrocketing in popularity, reaching almost 8.3 million views a week after the initial Station III chart. It also led to Marek Niedźwiecki, one of Poland's most respected radio broadcasters and the station's biggest draws, [[StartMyOwn leaving to start his own Internet radio station]], with plenty of his colleagues following suit. Without most of its top talent, Station III later experienced a massive ratings decline, dropping to 50% of its share of radio listeners from a year prior.


** At [=BlizzCon=] 2018, Blizzard announced ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Immortal'', which was not met well at all by fans there, as it was [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers a mobile phone game announced at the end of multiple PC games being announced]] on top of being the only ''Diablo''-related thing to be announced in ''years'' since ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', among several other reasons. During the Q&A session, one attendee asked if the game was coming to PC; when told that it wasn't, the audience loudly booed. This prompted the Blizzard rep onstage to reply with a baffled (and baffl''ing'') "Do you guys not have phones?" Blizzard then tried to remove uploads of that part of the stream, as well as one with another attendee asking if the game was an "[[YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe out-of-season April Fools' joke]]" (that the crowd audibly jeers and laughs at); and even went to remove and re-upload the announcement trailer, which had garnered over 300,000 dislikes and had numerous comments vilifying the game. It didn't help, and video game news sites reporting on the backlash caused it to spread like wildfire.

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** At [=BlizzCon=] 2018, Blizzard announced ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Immortal'', ''VideoGame/DiabloImmortal'', which was not met well at all by fans there, as it was [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers a mobile phone game announced at the end of multiple PC games being announced]] on top of being the only ''Diablo''-related thing to be announced in ''years'' since ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', among several other reasons. During the Q&A session, one attendee asked if the game was coming to PC; when told that it wasn't, the audience loudly booed. This prompted the Blizzard rep onstage to reply with a baffled (and baffl''ing'') "Do you guys not have phones?" Blizzard then tried to remove uploads of that part of the stream, as well as one with another attendee asking if the game was an "[[YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe out-of-season April Fools' joke]]" (that the crowd audibly jeers and laughs at); and even went to remove and re-upload the announcement trailer, which had garnered over 300,000 dislikes and had numerous comments vilifying the game. It didn't help, and video game news sites reporting on the backlash caused it to spread like wildfire.

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