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--->'''Oliver:''' In doing so, he's now world-famous for being "That Spanish guy with debts from 1998". The only thing I know about him [[{{Irony}} is the only thing he didn't want me to know]].
** 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.

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--->'''Oliver:''' --->'''Creator/JohnOliver:''' In doing so, he's now world-famous for being "That Spanish guy with debts from 1998". The only thing I know about him [[{{Irony}} is the only thing he didn't want me to know]].
** 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, [[RefugeInAudacity 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.squirrels]].

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* ''Series/{{Superstore}}'': In the HalloweenEpisode "Sal's Dead," Glenn announces over the loudspeaker for Cloud 9 customers to please stay away from the housewares section because of something horrifying and disturbing, referring to a real dead body that's stuck in the store's wall. Since it's Halloween, everybody thinks it's [[AllPartOfTheShow a cool display]] and goes right over to the dead body.


* Back in 2006, former ''Website/SomethingAwful'' moderator Grover made a thread chronicling the construction of an addition to his house, [[DoomItYourself built without the help of any professionals]]. As Grover already had a reputation on the forum as an annoying KnowNothingKnowItAll, goons flocked to the thread to laugh at all the rookie mistakes and baffling decisions he made, with professional construction workers also chiming in to offer more constructive criticism. Grover, in turn, [[CantTakeCriticism used his position as moderator to ban anyone who criticised his house]], to the point where it's joked that he got an entire subforum shut down because they wouldn't stop mocking him. This just led everyone to double down on their mockery, along with taking it off-site where he had no power over them. As a result, the internet at large took an interest in the "Groverhaus", and over a decade later, long after Grover had disappeared off the face of the internet, his house was still being discussed, with both ''Podcast/WellTheresYourProblem'' and [[WebVideo/DownTheRabbitHole Fredrik Knudsen]] covering it in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

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* Back in 2006, former ''Website/SomethingAwful'' moderator Grover made a thread chronicling the construction of an addition to his house, [[DoomItYourself built without the help of any professionals]]. As Grover already had a reputation on the forum as an annoying KnowNothingKnowItAll, goons flocked to the thread to laugh at all the rookie mistakes and baffling decisions he made, with professional construction workers also chiming in to offer more constructive criticism. Grover, in turn, [[CantTakeCriticism used his position as moderator to ban anyone who criticised his house]], to the point where it's joked that he got an entire subforum shut down because they wouldn't stop mocking him. This just led everyone to double down on their mockery, along with taking it off-site where he had no power over them. As a result, the internet at large took an interest in the "Groverhaus", and over a decade later, long after Grover had disappeared off the face of the internet, his house was still being discussed, with both ''Podcast/WellTheresYourProblem'' and covering it in a bonus episode at the end of 2019, while [[WebVideo/DownTheRabbitHole Fredrik Knudsen]] covering and Jabroni Mike made an episode of ''The Warrens'' about it in 2019 and 2020 respectively.mid-2020.


* Back in 2006, former ''Website/SomethingAwful'' moderator Grover made a thread chronicling the construction of an addition to his house, [[DoomItYourself built without the help of any professionals]]. As Grover already had a reputation on the forum as an annoying KnowNothingKnowItAll, goons flocked to the thread to laugh at all the rookie mistakes and baffling decisions he made, with professional construction workers also chiming in to offer more constructive criticism. Grover, in turn, used his position as moderator to ban anyone who criticised his house, to the point where it's joked that he got an entire subforum shut down because they wouldn't stop mocking him. This just led everyone to double down on their mockery, along with taking it off-site where he had no power over them. As a result, the internet at large took an interest in the "Groverhaus", and over a decade later, long after Grover had disappeared off the face of the internet, his house was still being discussed, with ''Podcast/WellTheresYourProblem'' and [[WebVideo/DownTheRabbitHole Fredrik Knudsen]] covering it in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

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* Back in 2006, former ''Website/SomethingAwful'' moderator Grover made a thread chronicling the construction of an addition to his house, [[DoomItYourself built without the help of any professionals]]. As Grover already had a reputation on the forum as an annoying KnowNothingKnowItAll, goons flocked to the thread to laugh at all the rookie mistakes and baffling decisions he made, with professional construction workers also chiming in to offer more constructive criticism. Grover, in turn, [[CantTakeCriticism used his position as moderator to ban anyone who criticised his house, house]], to the point where it's joked that he got an entire subforum shut down because they wouldn't stop mocking him. This just led everyone to double down on their mockery, along with taking it off-site where he had no power over them. As a result, the internet at large took an interest in the "Groverhaus", and over a decade later, long after Grover had disappeared off the face of the internet, his house was still being discussed, with both ''Podcast/WellTheresYourProblem'' and [[WebVideo/DownTheRabbitHole Fredrik Knudsen]] covering it in 2019 and 2020 respectively.


* 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 [[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, the mention of the banning in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "[[Recap/SouthParkS23E2BandInChina Band in China]]" (has caused the entire series to be banned and scrubbed from Chinese internet) and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdVFIFnDcrU the Chinese Censorship song]] 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 [[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, the mention of the banning in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "[[Recap/SouthParkS23E2BandInChina Band in China]]" (has caused the entire series to be banned and scrubbed from Chinese internet) and internet), [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdVFIFnDcrU the Chinese Censorship song]] song]], and the ongoing China–India skirmishes 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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** Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone's [[https://twitter.com/southpark/status/1181273539799736320 mock apology to China]] have mockingly attempts to convinces that Chinese president Xi doesn't looks just like Winnie-the-Pooh at all. It didn't work (and the tweet filled with replies with Pooh Bear), but Trey and Matt didn't care about it nor feeling remorse.
*** And Music/{{Zedd}} ended up getting banned in China as a result of this tweet.

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* Starting November 15th, 2019, LetsPlay/{{Markiplier}} and and Ethan Nestor of [=CrankGamePlays=] worked on a project called WebVideo/UnusAnnus with one of the primary gimmicks being that every video created in the project would vanish one year after the launch of the channel. Both creators explicitly stated that they did not want archives of the video to be re-uploaded[[note]]Though re-uploads of short clips from the channel are permitted, just not entire episodes.[[/note]], as that would go against the project's theme of nothing lasting forever. Suffice to say, a number of viewers went against Mark and Ethan's wishes and archived the videos anyway.


* Back in 2006, the former ''Website/SomethingAwful'' moderator Grover made a thread chronicling the construction of an addition to his house, [[DoomItYourself built without the help of any professionals]]. As Grover already had a reputation on the forum as an annoying KnowNothingKnowItAll, goons flocked to the thread to laugh at all the rookie mistakes and baffling decisions he made, with professional construction workers also chiming in to offer more constructive criticism. Grover, in turn, used his position as moderator to ban anyone who criticised his house, to the point where it's suggested [[DisproportionateRetribution he got an entire subforum removed because they wouldn't stop mocking him]]. This just led everyone to double down on their mockery, along with taking it off-site where he had no power over them. As a result, the internet at large took an interest in the "Groverhaus", and over a decade later, long after Grover has seemingly disappeared off the face of the internet, his house is still being discussed, with both ''Podcast/WellTheresYourProblem'' and [[WebVideo/DownTheRabbitHole Fredrik Knudsen]] talking about it in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

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* Back in 2006, the former ''Website/SomethingAwful'' moderator Grover made a thread chronicling the construction of an addition to his house, [[DoomItYourself built without the help of any professionals]]. As Grover already had a reputation on the forum as an annoying KnowNothingKnowItAll, goons flocked to the thread to laugh at all the rookie mistakes and baffling decisions he made, with professional construction workers also chiming in to offer more constructive criticism. Grover, in turn, used his position as moderator to ban anyone who criticised his house, to the point where it's suggested [[DisproportionateRetribution joked that he got an entire subforum removed shut down because they wouldn't stop mocking him]].him. This just led everyone to double down on their mockery, along with taking it off-site where he had no power over them. As a result, the internet at large took an interest in the "Groverhaus", and over a decade later, long after Grover has seemingly had disappeared off the face of the internet, his house is was still being discussed, with both ''Podcast/WellTheresYourProblem'' and [[WebVideo/DownTheRabbitHole Fredrik Knudsen]] talking about covering it in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

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* Back in 2006, the former ''Website/SomethingAwful'' moderator Grover made a thread chronicling the construction of an addition to his house, [[DoomItYourself built without the help of any professionals]]. As Grover already had a reputation on the forum as an annoying KnowNothingKnowItAll, goons flocked to the thread to laugh at all the rookie mistakes and baffling decisions he made, with professional construction workers also chiming in to offer more constructive criticism. Grover, in turn, used his position as moderator to ban anyone who criticised his house, to the point where it's suggested [[DisproportionateRetribution he got an entire subforum removed because they wouldn't stop mocking him]]. This just led everyone to double down on their mockery, along with taking it off-site where he had no power over them. As a result, the internet at large took an interest in the "Groverhaus", and over a decade later, long after Grover has seemingly disappeared off the face of the internet, his house is still being discussed, with both ''Podcast/WellTheresYourProblem'' and [[WebVideo/DownTheRabbitHole Fredrik Knudsen]] talking about it in 2019 and 2020 respectively.


* 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 [[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]]" (has caused the entire series to be banned and scrubbed from Chinese internet) 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 [[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 Boycott, the mention of the banning in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "[[Recap/SouthParkS23E2BandInChina Band in China]]" (has caused the entire series to be banned and scrubbed from Chinese internet) and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdVFIFnDcrU the Chinese Censorship song]] 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. (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 [[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 [[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]]" (has caused the entire series to be banned and scrubbed from Chinese internet) 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]]


** 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.


* ''Series/RupaulsDragRace'': The Season 12 reunion and finale episodes had to be filmed via Zoom from the cast members' homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [=RuPaul=], not having access to his team of stylists, wore what appeared to be a luchador mask and a hoodie with the hood up in both episodes. This just made it painfully clear that Ru hasn't done his own makeup and costuming in ages and that he might no longer trust his skills in that area. Even out of drag, most viewers would've been more accepting of a 60-year-old man with a few wrinkles than that ridiculous mask.

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* ''Series/RupaulsDragRace'': ''Series/RuPaulsDragRace'': The Season 12 reunion and finale episodes had to be filmed via Zoom from the cast members' homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [=RuPaul=], not having access to his team of stylists, wore what appeared to be a luchador mask and a hoodie with the hood up in both episodes. This just made it painfully clear that Ru hasn't done his own makeup and costuming in ages and that he might no longer trust his skills in that area. Even But even out of drag, most viewers would've been more accepting of a 60-year-old man with a few wrinkles than that ridiculous mask.

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* In another COVID-related example, when the British comedy panel show ''Hypothetical'' returned for its first season after the pandemic began. hosts James Acaster and Josh Widdicombe revealed that one of the notes given to them by the channel was to not mention the COVID-19 pandemic at all. It was less to pretend the pandemic wasn't happening at all and more out of a concern that this might date the episodes on subsequent repeats (for context, the channel in question -- Dave -- is notorious for heavily relying on repeats in its broadcast schedule), but given the many obvious changes that had been made to ensure compliance with social distancing guidelines, coupled with it being unlikely that the effects of COVID would be forgotten any time soon, everyone concerned pretty clearly considered this an incredibly ludicrous demand. So naturally the hosts and their guests made a point of loudly declaring how "normal" everything was whenever anything that was clearly a result of COVID-related precautions happened and overtly pretending that there was no such thing as COVID-19 in a way that clearly drew attention to the elephant in the room.


* ''Anime/ASilentVoice'' is a work of fiction about the hardships of living in Japan as a deaf person, namely that they're encouraged to be invisible and stay out of public society, and this is done through relentless bullying. The Japanese government attempted to ban its screening outside of Japan because they feared it would make the country look bad--but word of ''that'' got out, and now more people know about Japanese culture's treatment of deaf people and the cruel extent of Japanese bullying than they know about ''A Silent Voice'' itself.

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* ''Anime/ASilentVoice'' is a work of fiction about the hardships of living in Japan as a deaf person, namely that they're encouraged to be invisible and stay out of public society, and this is done through relentless bullying. The A watchdog group attempted to stop the manga's publication; after that failed, the Japanese government attempted to ban its screening outside of Japan Japan. In both cases, it's because they feared it would make the country look bad--but word of ''that'' got out, and now more people know about Japanese culture's treatment of deaf people and the cruel extent of Japanese bullying than they know about ''A Silent Voice'' itself.


* ''Anime/ASilentVoice'' is a work of fiction about the hardships of living in Japan as a deaf person, namely that they're encouraged to be invisible and stay out of public society. The Japanese government attempted to ban its screening outside of Japan because they feared it would make the country look bad--but word of ''that'' got out, and now more people know about Japanese culture's treatment of deaf people than they know about ''A Silent Voice'' itself.

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* ''Anime/ASilentVoice'' is a work of fiction about the hardships of living in Japan as a deaf person, namely that they're encouraged to be invisible and stay out of public society. society, and this is done through relentless bullying. The Japanese government attempted to ban its screening outside of Japan because they feared it would make the country look bad--but word of ''that'' got out, and now more people know about Japanese culture's treatment of deaf people and the cruel extent of Japanese bullying than they know about ''A Silent Voice'' itself.

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* ''Anime/ASilentVoice'' is a work of fiction about the hardships of living in Japan as a deaf person, namely that they're encouraged to be invisible and stay out of public society. The Japanese government attempted to ban its screening outside of Japan because they feared it would make the country look bad--but word of ''that'' got out, and now more people know about Japanese culture's treatment of deaf people than they know about ''A Silent Voice'' itself.


* In September 2017, a small blog named [=PopFront=] published an article suggesting a Music/TaylorSwift song contained alt-right dog whistles. It received exactly one comment until two months later, when Swift's lawyer sent them an angry letter demanding they take the post down, and that they also couldn't publish said angry letter because it was copyrighted. Naturally, [=PopFront=] published it. This led to a bunch of very large blogs picking up the story, the [=ACLU=] getting involved, and many, many more people ended up seeing the article.

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* In September 2017, a small blog named [=PopFront=] published an article suggesting a Music/TaylorSwift song contained alt-right dog whistles. It received exactly one comment until two months later, when Swift's lawyer sent them an angry letter demanding they take the post down, and that they also couldn't publish said angry letter because it was copyrighted. Naturally, [=PopFront=] published it. This led to a bunch of very large blogs major music publications like Pitchfork and Spin picking up the story, story in addition to national organizations like the Washington Post, the [=ACLU=] getting involved, and many, many more people ended up seeing the article.


* The BBC expressed concern following the scurrilous and seditious popularity of a re-release of "Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead!" [[note]]from the soundtrack of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', which celebrates the passing of the Wicked Witch of the East[[/note]] which coincided with the death of UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher. The song was subject to a campaign to get it to number one on the singles chart for the occasion; it made it to #2, but the BBC refused to play it, even in the relevant Radio One Chart Show.

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* The BBC expressed concern following the scurrilous and seditious popularity of a re-release of "Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead!" [[note]]from the soundtrack of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', which celebrates the passing of the Wicked Witch of the East[[/note]] which coincided with as a result of the death of UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher. The song was subject to a campaign to get it to number one on the singles chart for the occasion; it made it to #2, but the BBC refused to play it, even in the relevant Radio One Chart Show.


* Twitch ended up inciting multiple instances of the Streisand Effect in late 2020 by banning the words 'Simp' and 'Incel,' which only drove streamers and viewers to say the words more often. This happened again in early 2021 when it was announced that the memetic Pogchamp would be banned, prompting more people to use it or make their own out of spite.

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* Twitch ended up inciting multiple instances of the Streisand Effect in late 2020 by banning the words 'Simp' "simp" and 'Incel,' "incel", which only drove streamers and viewers to say the words more often. This happened again in early January 2021 when it was announced that the memetic Pogchamp [=PogChamp=] emote would be banned, prompting more removed (effective immediately), leading people to use it or simply make their own out greater use of spite.the very large number of existing "Pog" variants between streamers' subscription emotes and the [=FrankerFaceZ=] and [=BetterTwitchTV=] variations.

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* Twitch ended up inciting multiple instances of the Streisand Effect in late 2020 by banning the words 'Simp' and 'Incel,' which only drove streamers and viewers to say the words more often. This happened again in early 2021 when it was announced that the memetic Pogchamp would be banned, prompting more people to use it or make their own out of spite.


* During the 2020 Presidential election, there was a minor but recurring controversy that the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, may have used his influence as Vice President to try and help his son Hunter with legal issues in Ukraine. When the ''New York Post'' came out with apparent evidence that Biden had lied about the issue, Facebook and Twitter both made it so that users couldn't share the article, even temporarily locking the White House Press Secretary's account when she mentioned the issue. Naturally, this led to many more posts about how people couldn't post the article, but ''also'' led to renewed accusations that Big Tech companies censor and manipulate information to try and influence politics.

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* During the 2020 Presidential election, there was a minor but recurring controversy that the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, may have used his influence as Vice President to try and help his son Hunter with legal issues in Ukraine. When the ''New York Post'' came out with apparent evidence that Biden had lied about the issue, Facebook and Twitter both made it so that users couldn't share the article, even temporarily locking the White House Press Secretary's account when she mentioned the issue. Naturally, this led to many more posts about how people couldn't post the article, but ''also'' led to renewed accusations that Big Tech companies censor and manipulate information to try and influence politics. However the New York Post article also received greater scrutiny as a result of the exposure, with many media analysts concluding that it is possible fake news.


** Sadly this meme resulted in the Taiwanese indie horror game ''VideoGame/Devotion'' losing its publishing license in China, and was pulled from Steam after it was review bombed by more nationalistic Chinese gamers.

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** With regard to the embarassing videos, Matei released the joke video "''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} with [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget Gadget]]''" as filler while working on ''Film/AngryVideoGameNerdTheMovie''. It got negative reviews, so much so that Matei deleted the video and has consecutively taken down re-uploads of it ever since its release, which has only made people more interested in seeing it. This only spread further after the video became a meme thanks to WebVideo/OneyPlays and Music/SiIvaGunner, resulting in more and more people [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtxokZea1H8 reuploading it]] and making memes of it.

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** With regard to the embarassing embarrassing videos, Matei released the joke video "''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} with [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget Gadget]]''" "''WebVideo/MinecraftWithGadget''" as a piece of filler while working on ''Film/AngryVideoGameNerdTheMovie''. It got negative reviews, so much so that Matei deleted the video and has consecutively taken took down re-uploads of it ever since its release, which has only made people more interested in seeing it. This only spread further after the video became a meme thanks to WebVideo/OneyPlays and Music/SiIvaGunner, resulting in more and more people [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtxokZea1H8 reuploading it]] and making memes of it. While Matei is still [[OldShame clearly ashamed]] of the video, he eventually re-uploaded it himself in May 2020, long after its memetic status had died down a bit.


* Zig-zagged by Channel 4's "red triangle" broadcasts, which began in September 1986. Aired after midnight, these were generally [[LeFilmArtistique arthouse films]] with content inappropriate for regular broadcasts; the red triangle was displayed in the corner of the screen to warn viewers about said content. The NVALA, and several British newspapers, campaigned vehemently against the broadcasts... which caused viewing figures to shoot up as people tuned in to see what all the fuss was about. [[note]]Some of the red triangle broadcasts had over ''three million viewers'', unheard-of figures for such a late-night broadcast.[[/note]] Strangely, the trope was then subverted: those who tuned in expecting softcore porn found themselves watching regular arthouse films instead, and promptly tuned back out, causing the broadcasts' viewing figures to decline. Channel 4 quietly discontinued them after just three months.

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* Zig-zagged by Channel 4's "red triangle" broadcasts, which began in September 1986. Aired after midnight, these were generally [[LeFilmArtistique arthouse films]] with content inappropriate for regular broadcasts; the red triangle was displayed in the corner of the screen to warn viewers about said content. The NVALA, and several British newspapers, campaigned vehemently against the broadcasts... which caused viewing figures to shoot up as people tuned in to see what all the fuss was about. [[note]]Some of the red triangle broadcasts had over ''three million viewers'', unheard-of figures for such a late-night broadcast.[[/note]] Strangely, the trope was then subverted: those who tuned in expecting softcore porn found themselves watching regular arthouse films instead, and promptly tuned back out, causing the broadcasts' viewing figures to decline. [[note]]On the very first night, for instance, a twenty-minute short film that ''could'' reasonably be called arty softcore erotica [[BaitAndSwitch was followed by]] three hours of documentaries extolling the life and work of Creator/TomOfFinland, followed by an in-depth documentary exploration of cottaging culture. Disenchanted straight men turned off in droves.[[/note]] Channel 4 quietly discontinued them after just three months.


* Anthony Sbarro, owner of the mall pizza chain ''Sbarro'', praised the negative feedback that rated ''Sbarro'' as some of the worst chain restaurants in the United States in that the taste and quality of their pizzas never amounted to the smell permeating throughout the shopping malls. He openly stated the harsh criticisms helped his brand gain attention and increased publicity and sales at his pizza shops.

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* Anthony Sbarro, owner of the mall pizza chain ''Sbarro'', praised the negative feedback that rated ''Sbarro'' as some of the worst chain restaurants in the United States in that the taste and quality of their pizzas never amounted to matched the smell permeating throughout the shopping malls. He openly stated the harsh criticisms helped his brand gain attention and increased publicity and sales at his pizza shops.


* Just after the release of ''VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls'', a user who owned a debug UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 3}}[[note]]which was typically only given to journalists and developers[[/note]] discovered a sequence involving the main character Jodie, played by Creator/EllenPage, taking a shower with a fully nude and anatomically correct in-game model that appears in full view several times. [[https://www.cinemablend.com/games/Beyond-Two-Souls-Leak-Features-Ellen-Page-Character-Nude-NSFW-59824.html The user uploaded pictures and videos of this to the Internet]], which initially only got a modest number of views. It wasn't until Sony [[https://www.gamespot.com/articles/sony-seeking-removal-of-nude-beyond-two-souls-images-report/1100-6415737/ attempted to have the pictures scrubbed]] that interest in the material skyrocketed, and it was quickly mirrored on many websites. For a long time, "beyond two souls shower" was the second suggestion that would pop up if someone did a Google search on the title. It doesn't help that Page herself [[https://www.businessinsider.com/ellen-page-explored-legal-action-against-sony-over-nude-video-game-images-2015-4 threatened legal action against Sony]] for producing the material of her for the game, and stated in leaked emails from the 2015 Sony hack that she had never participated in a full-body scan for the game.

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* Just after the release of ''VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls'', a user who owned a debug UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 3}}[[note]]which was typically only given to journalists and developers[[/note]] discovered a sequence involving the main character Jodie, played by Creator/EllenPage, Creator/ElliotPage, taking a shower with a fully nude and anatomically correct in-game model that appears in full view several times. [[https://www.cinemablend.com/games/Beyond-Two-Souls-Leak-Features-Ellen-Page-Character-Nude-NSFW-59824.html The user uploaded pictures and videos of this to the Internet]], which initially only got a modest number of views. It wasn't until Sony [[https://www.gamespot.com/articles/sony-seeking-removal-of-nude-beyond-two-souls-images-report/1100-6415737/ attempted to have the pictures scrubbed]] that interest in the material skyrocketed, and it was quickly mirrored on many websites. For a long time, "beyond two souls shower" was the second suggestion that would pop up if someone did a Google search on the title. It doesn't help that Page herself himself [[https://www.businessinsider.com/ellen-page-explored-legal-action-against-sony-over-nude-video-game-images-2015-4 threatened legal action against Sony]] for producing the material of her him for the game, and stated in leaked emails from the 2015 Sony hack that she he had never participated in a full-body scan for the game.


* This happened to self-published author Jacqueline Howett with her 2011 novel ''The Greek Seaman'', which only a small group of people had read and fewer reviews, though they were mostly favourable. That is, until an Internet blogger reviewed her book and, while praising it for having a compelling plot, cited multiple spelling and grammar errors which took him out of the picture. Howett proceeded to have an emotional meltdown in the comments and demanded the review be taken down, triggering a FlameWar and eventually resorting to vicious attacks on those who challenged her immaturity. The review and the trainwreck that followed is still up and can be found [[http://booksandpals.blogspot.com/2011/03/greek-seaman-jacqueline-howett.html here]], and Howett inadvertently drew attention to her novel which has received hundreds of negative reviews.

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* This happened to self-published author Jacqueline Howett with her 2011 novel ''The Greek Seaman'', which only a small group of people had read and fewer reviews, though they were mostly favourable. That is, until an Internet blogger reviewed her book at her request and, while praising it for having a compelling plot, cited multiple spelling and grammar errors which took him out of the picture. Howett proceeded to have an emotional meltdown in the comments and demanded the review be taken down, triggering a FlameWar and eventually resorting to vicious attacks on those who challenged her immaturity. The review and the trainwreck that followed is still up and can be found [[http://booksandpals.blogspot.com/2011/03/greek-seaman-jacqueline-howett.html here]], and Howett inadvertently drew attention to her novel which has received hundreds of negative reviews.


* This happened to self-published author Jacqueline Howett with her 2011 novel ''The Greek Seaman'', which only a small group of people had read and fewer reviews, though they were mostly favorable. That is, until an Internet blogger reviewed her book and, while praising it for having a compelling plot, cited multiple spelling and grammar errors which took him out of the picture. Howett proceeded to have an emotional meltdown and demanded the review be taken down, triggering a FlameWar and eventually resorting to vicious attacks on those who challenged her immaturity. The review and the trainwreck that followed is still up and can be found [[http://booksandpals.blogspot.com/2011/03/greek-seaman-jacqueline-howett.html here]], and Howett inadvertently drew attention to her novel which has received hundreds of negative reviews.

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* This happened to self-published author Jacqueline Howett with her 2011 novel ''The Greek Seaman'', which only a small group of people had read and fewer reviews, though they were mostly favorable.favourable. That is, until an Internet blogger reviewed her book and, while praising it for having a compelling plot, cited multiple spelling and grammar errors which took him out of the picture. Howett proceeded to have an emotional meltdown in the comments and demanded the review be taken down, triggering a FlameWar and eventually resorting to vicious attacks on those who challenged her immaturity. The review and the trainwreck that followed is still up and can be found [[http://booksandpals.blogspot.com/2011/03/greek-seaman-jacqueline-howett.html here]], and Howett inadvertently drew attention to her novel which has received hundreds of negative reviews.

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* This happened to self-published author Jacqueline Howett with her 2011 novel ''The Greek Seaman'', which only a small group of people had read and fewer reviews, though they were mostly favorable. That is, until an Internet blogger reviewed her book and, while praising it for having a compelling plot, cited multiple spelling and grammar errors which took him out of the picture. Howett proceeded to have an emotional meltdown and demanded the review be taken down, triggering a FlameWar and eventually resorting to vicious attacks on those who challenged her immaturity. The review and the trainwreck that followed is still up and can be found [[http://booksandpals.blogspot.com/2011/03/greek-seaman-jacqueline-howett.html here]], and Howett inadvertently drew attention to her novel which has received hundreds of negative reviews.

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* ''Literature/LadyChatterleysLover'' depicts an upper-class woman having an affair with a lower-class gardener, and also features crude language that was shocking for 1928. The novel had to be privately published and was banned for over thirty years in several countries, but really made headlines when it became the centre of a UK obscenity trial in 1960 when Penguin Books made a then-new edition. Not only did Penguin Books win, but the media attention the novel received lead to it getting sold out to curious readers who wondered what the hullabaloo was about, though its author D. H. Lawrence had died in 1930. While most literary critics site ''Literature/SonsAndLovers'' as Lawrence's best novel, ''Lady Chatterley's Lover'' is still likely his most well-known work to the general public.


* ''Series/RupaulsDragRace'': The Season 12 reunion and finale episodes had to be filmed via Zoom from the cast members' homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [=RuPaul=], not having access to his team of stylists, wore what appeared to be a luchador mask and a hoodie (with the hood up) in both episodes. This just made it painfully clear that he hasn't done his own makeup and costuming in ages. Even out of drag, most viewers would've been more accepting of a 60-year-old man with a few wrinkles than that ridiculous mask.

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* ''Series/RupaulsDragRace'': The Season 12 reunion and finale episodes had to be filmed via Zoom from the cast members' homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [=RuPaul=], not having access to his team of stylists, wore what appeared to be a luchador mask and a hoodie (with with the hood up) up in both episodes. This just made it painfully clear that he Ru hasn't done his own makeup and costuming in ages.ages and that he might no longer trust his skills in that area. Even out of drag, most viewers would've been more accepting of a 60-year-old man with a few wrinkles than that ridiculous mask.

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* Herostratus may be the Ur Example of this Trope: He set fire to the Temple of Artemis in a bid for notoriety. In response, he was sentenced to a damnatio memoriae forbidding anyone from mentioning his name (either orally or in writing). As to how effective that law was? Well, you see...


* ''Film/{{Ted}}'' debuted at #2 in Brazil. Then a deputy tried to upgrade the film's rating [[MoralGuardians on the grounds it is morally offensive]] (after [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids bringing his 11-year old son to watch it, despite the "inappropriate for under 16" rating]]). Result: ''Ted'' topped the box office charts in the following week, repeating the gross of its debut!

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* ''Film/{{Ted}}'' debuted at #2 in Brazil. Then a deputy tried to upgrade the film's rating [[MoralGuardians on the grounds it is morally offensive]] (after [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids bringing his 11-year old 11-year-old son to watch it, despite the "inappropriate for under 16" rating]]). Result: ''Ted'' topped the box office charts in the following week, repeating the gross of its debut!



* This was defied with Robert Webb and Creator/OliviaColman and the film ''Confetti'', where they played nudists but were falsely told their nudity would be pixelated in the final product. They were originally going to sue the filmmakers but then decided against it as a lawsuit would only bring more attention to the relatively obscure film.

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* This was defied with Robert Webb and Creator/OliviaColman and the film ''Confetti'', ''Film/{{Confetti}}'', where they played nudists but were falsely told their nudity would be pixelated in the final product. They were originally going to sue the filmmakers but then decided against it as a lawsuit would only bring more attention to the relatively obscure film.



* The Literary Review magazine has a yearly "Bad Sex in Fiction" award, meant to poke fun at instances of IKEAErotica or MillsAndBoonProse. Pretty much every other year it happens, one of the nominated authors ends up getting angry at them and very publically demanding their removal from the list or insulting the magazine for its raunchy attitude or attempt to depreciate their art. These affairs also have a habit of reaching mainstream outlets - both exposing a rather niche magazine to a much bigger audience, and putting a spotlight on sections in the author's book where they wrote "[[FetishRetardant turgid meat stick]]" or [[AnatomicallyImpossibleSex broke anatomy.]]

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* The Literary Review magazine has a yearly "Bad Sex in Fiction" award, meant to poke fun at instances of IKEAErotica or MillsAndBoonProse. Pretty much every other year it happens, one of the nominated authors ends up getting angry at them and very publically publicly demanding their removal from the list or insulting the magazine for its raunchy attitude or attempt to depreciate their art. These affairs also have a habit of reaching mainstream outlets - -- both exposing a rather niche magazine to a much bigger audience, and putting a spotlight on sections in the author's book where they wrote "[[FetishRetardant turgid meat stick]]" or [[AnatomicallyImpossibleSex broke anatomy.]]



* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' was an extreme case with the famous Rakolta Boycott. The ire of one Terry Rakolta was drawn by the episode "Her Cups Runneth Over," where Al buys a bra for his wife Peggy and oggles a mannequin (though the mannequin's back was to the camera, so the audience never saw anything). Rakolta wrote letters to the show's sponsors, getting a few of them to pull support for ''Married... with Children''. However, the boycott utterly failed. A few sponsors did withdraw support for the show, but the stocks for Bounty, the show's biggest sponsor, skyrocketed. The show's ratings dramatically increased, despite Fox moving it to a later timeslot and toning down the sexual content. And ultimately, the few advertisers who did pull their ads from the show all came back within a year. The boycott thus 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".

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* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' was an extreme case with the famous Rakolta Boycott. The ire of one Terry Rakolta was drawn by the episode "Her Cups Runneth Over," where Al buys a bra for his wife Peggy and oggles ogles a mannequin (though the mannequin's back was to the camera, so the audience never saw anything). Rakolta wrote letters to the show's sponsors, getting a few of them to pull support for ''Married... with Children''. However, the boycott utterly failed. A few sponsors did withdraw support for the show, but the stocks for Bounty, the show's biggest sponsor, skyrocketed. The show's ratings dramatically increased, despite Fox moving it to a later timeslot and toning down the sexual content. And ultimately, the few advertisers who did pull their ads from the show all came back within a year. The boycott thus 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]] [[CantTakeCriticism clouding even the most 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 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. 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, and the show would go on to helm a highly-rated first season (and successful seven-season run) as a result.

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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, and even Creator/GordonRamsay himself, their [[SmallNameBigEgo egos]] [[CantTakeCriticism clouding even the most basic of criticism]] and interpreted it as attacks — in the end, for the first time in the series, Ramsey Ramsay [[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 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.honor. 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. 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 trying 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.



* Zig-zagged by Channel 4's "red triangle" broadcasts, which began in September 1986. Aired after midnight, these were generally arthouse films with content inappropriate for regular broadcasts; the red triangle was displayed in the corner of the screen to warn viewers about said content. The NVALA, and several British newspapers, campaigned vehemently against the broadcasts... which caused their viewerships to shoot up as people tuned in to see what all the fuss was about. [[note]]Some of the red triangle broadcasts had over ''three million viewers'', unheard-of figures for such a late-night broadcast.[[/note]] Strangely, the trope was then subverted: those who tuned in expecting softcore porn found themselves watching regular arthouse films instead, and promptly tuned back out, causing the broadcasts' viewing figures to decline. Channel 4 quietly discontinued them after just three months.
* In November 2015, The Iowa Republican party explicitly forbade ''Series/TheDailyShowWithTrevorNoah'' from having their correspondents attend an event because "[they] were afraid they were going to make fun of Iowa." So, host Trevor Noah and correspondent Jordan Klepper [[CouldSayItBut proceeded to mock Iowa in a manner of wishing they could]].

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* Zig-zagged by Channel 4's "red triangle" broadcasts, which began in September 1986. Aired after midnight, these were generally [[LeFilmArtistique arthouse films films]] with content inappropriate for regular broadcasts; the red triangle was displayed in the corner of the screen to warn viewers about said content. The NVALA, and several British newspapers, campaigned vehemently against the broadcasts... which caused their viewerships viewing figures to shoot up as people tuned in to see what all the fuss was about. [[note]]Some of the red triangle broadcasts had over ''three million viewers'', unheard-of figures for such a late-night broadcast.[[/note]] Strangely, the trope was then subverted: those who tuned in expecting softcore porn found themselves watching regular arthouse films instead, and promptly tuned back out, causing the broadcasts' viewing figures to decline. Channel 4 quietly discontinued them after just three months.
* In November 2015, The the Iowa Republican party explicitly forbade ''Series/TheDailyShowWithTrevorNoah'' from having their correspondents attend an event because "[they] were afraid they were going to make fun of Iowa." So, host Trevor Noah and correspondent Jordan Klepper [[CouldSayItBut proceeded to mock Iowa in a manner of wishing they could]].



** There was also the time an article praised Louis for supporting the LGBT community and angry tweets came from his Twitter account saying he wasn't gay. Later on, Zayn, who hasn't even spoken to them in months, was asked about fans invading his privacy and he randomly said that Harry and Louis weren't together. Okay, guys.

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** There was also the time an article praised Louis for supporting the LGBT community and angry tweets came from his Twitter account saying he wasn't gay. Later on, Zayn, who hasn't hadn't even spoken to them in months, was asked about fans invading his privacy and he randomly said that Harry and Louis weren't together. Okay, guys.



* The Clash's final album ''Cut the Crap'' turned out to be so disastrous when it was released, that lead singer Joe Strummer broke up the band shortly after its release and declared it to be an OldShame. As a result, the album has been treated as an UnPerson. Any box sets of The Clash omit ''Cut the Crap'' with the exception of its only single "This is England", and any history books or documentaries about them makes suspiciously little reference to this album compared to others. Of course, all of this particular UnPerson treatment has caused a lot of people to become very curious about the album as a result... even if they do end up seeing why...

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* The Clash's final album ''Cut the Crap'' turned out to be so disastrous when it was released, that lead singer Joe Strummer broke up the band shortly after its release and declared it to be an OldShame. As a result, the album has been treated as an UnPerson. Any box sets of The Clash omit ''Cut the Crap'' with the exception of its only single "This is England", and any history books or documentaries about them makes suspiciously little reference to this album compared to others. Of course, all of this particular UnPerson treatment has caused a lot of people to become very curious about the album as a result... result, even if they do end up seeing why...



* LetsPlay/{{Pewdiepie}} has done quite a bit of these by accident in which he apologizes to them, but the biggest one that has happened is the entire "[=YouTube=] Drama" fiasco in which he points out that drama needs to stop because it affects everybody by causing them to be on the edge of their seats. His main point, however, is about the people who use the mob mentality as a way to police a [=YouTuber=] to attack and ruin someone's life. Unfortunately, people kind of latched on the drama part and barely anybody briefly touched upon his main point. Felix has admitted that he kind of jumped the gun on this one as he didn't really explain his main point properly.

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* LetsPlay/{{Pewdiepie}} has done quite a bit few of these by accident in which he apologizes to and apologized about them, but the biggest one that has happened is the entire "[=YouTube=] Drama" fiasco in which he points out that drama needs to stop because it affects everybody by causing them to be on the edge of their seats. His main point, however, is about the people who use the mob mentality as a way to police a [=YouTuber=] to attack and ruin someone's life. Unfortunately, people kind of latched on the drama part and barely anybody briefly touched upon his main point. Felix has admitted that he kind of jumped the gun on this one as he didn't really explain his main point properly.

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* The RIAA demanded the take down ''youtube-dl'', a popular program for downloading videos. The code was hosted on Github and the news became viral. [[https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/software/angry-youtube-dl-users-flood-github-with-new-repos-after-takedown/ People not knowing of the program's existence has now started looking for it outside of Github while other re-uploaded it in new repos]].

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* Rupert Holmes made his musical claim to fame with "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" in 1979, but the majority of his entire career was as a songwriter. As he documented, he intentionally wrote a song in 1971 so controversial that he wanted it to get banned. The song "Timothy" by The Buoys, was about three miners who were trapped after a collapse. Two of them [[ImAHumanitarian resorted to eating the titular Timothy]] just to [[IDidWhatIHadToDo survive from starvation]]. Sure enough, radio stations started to pull the song once they [[IsntItIronic actually heard the lyrics]], but people started to wonder why the song wasn't being played, so they called up other radio stations and requested that they play it. The song ended up reaching #4 on the charts, forcing the music industry to acknowledge its existence. Some stations tried to soften the lyrics by claiming that "Timothy" was actually a donkey, but Rupert debunked that theory. The band became a OneHitWonder in the US, but at least it gave two of the band's members enough of a footing into the industry, as they would later form a more successful band called Dakota.


* ''If You Love This Planet'', an anti-nuclear documentary produced by the Creator/NationalFilmBoardOfCanada, was suppressed by the U.S. Department of Justice in 1982 as "foreign political propaganda". The move backfired, causing a storm of protest that helped the film win the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject.
* 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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* ''If You Love This Planet'', ''Film/IfYouLoveThisPlanet'', an anti-nuclear documentary produced by the Creator/NationalFilmBoardOfCanada, was suppressed by the U.S. Department of Justice in 1982 as "foreign political propaganda". The move backfired, causing a storm of protest that helped the film win the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject.
* Deliberately invoked by Howard Hughes with his 1943 film ''The Outlaw''.''Film/TheOutlaw''. 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.


* In April 2020, ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUsPartII'' suffered a huge ContentLeak when plot details were revealed on the internet, including cutscenes. Creator/NaughtyDog and Sony responded by quicky removing spoilers from [=YouTube=] and other websites. This was considered acceptable by most fans at first, but these fans changed their minds after Naughty Dog and Sony began taking the censorship UpToEleven; the two companies also began sending DMCA takedown notices to posts that were complaining about the leaked plot details, even if the poster only talked vaguely about the game rather than specify story beats. Fans were angry, arguing that the takedowns were becoming excessive. As a result, fans created even more posts and videos talking about the game's spoilers out of protest, completely undoing what Naughty Dog and Sony were trying to achieve. [[invoked]]

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* In April 2020, ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUsPartII'' suffered a huge ContentLeak when plot details were revealed on the internet, including cutscenes. Creator/NaughtyDog and Sony responded by quicky quickly removing spoilers from [=YouTube=] and other websites. This was considered acceptable by most fans at first, but these fans changed their minds after Naughty Dog and Sony began taking the censorship UpToEleven; the two companies also began sending DMCA takedown notices to posts that were complaining about the leaked plot details, even if the poster only talked vaguely about the game rather than specify story beats. Fans were angry, arguing that the takedowns were becoming excessive. As a result, fans created even more posts and videos talking about the game's spoilers out of protest, completely undoing what Naughty Dog and Sony were trying to achieve. [[invoked]]


* In the months leading up to ''Film/{{Joker|2019}}''[='=]s wide release, a number of American film critics, journalists, and bloggers endlessly attacked the film, claiming that its portrayal of the Joker would inspire "incel" violence and mass shootings, and it escalated to the point where they even tried to get the film's released cancelled. As a result of the outcry, many police forces and even the U.S. Army were put on alert on release day, and Warner Bros., tired of the endless attacks from the press, barred journalists from attending the red carpet premiere. The constant negative publicity and drama only served to increase interest among moviegoers to see what riled up the media so badly, and the movie smashed the opening weekend box office record for the month of October as a result, eventually becoming the first R-rated film to make over $1 billion worldwide. As for any such violence, there weren't any documented cases of such over the movie, so presumably there wasn't any at all.

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* In the months leading up to ''Film/{{Joker|2019}}''[='=]s wide release, a large number of American film critics, journalists, and bloggers endlessly attacked the film, claiming that its portrayal of the Joker would inspire "incel" violence and mass shootings, and it escalated to the point where they even tried to get the film's released release cancelled. As a result of the outcry, many police forces and even the U.S. Army were put on alert on release day, and Warner Bros., tired of the endless attacks from the press, barred journalists from attending the red carpet premiere. The constant negative publicity and drama only served to increase interest among moviegoers to see what riled up the media so badly, and the movie smashed the opening weekend box office record for the month of October as a result, eventually becoming the first R-rated film to make over $1 billion worldwide. As for any such violence, the violence predicted by various members of the media, there weren't any documented cases of such over the movie, so presumably there wasn't any at all.

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** 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.


The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot cannot be overstated enough. The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know (and didn't care) who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying, as it wasn't important to their findings. Adelman had not identified the house in the photo as Streisand's -- in fact, he hadn't identified anyone's houses in the thousands of pictures he took, since he didn't know who the houses belonged to, either. The only way the public at large found out that the house in the photo was Streisand's was the lawsuit Streisand herself had filed that was specifically designed to prevent that information from getting out. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in an utterly mundane scientific study made it so that the greater public now knew where she lived, what her house looked like, and that she was acting like a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]] about the whole situation.\\

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The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot cannot be overstated enough. The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know (and didn't care) who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying, as it wasn't important to their findings. Adelman had not identified the house in the photo as Streisand's -- in fact, he hadn't identified anyone's houses in the thousands of pictures he took, since he didn't know who the houses belonged to, either. The only way the public at large found out that the house in the photo was Streisand's was the lawsuit Streisand herself had filed that was specifically designed to prevent that information from getting out. Streisand making a big fuss over an otherwise utterly inoffensive photograph of her house being in an utterly mundane scientific study made it so that the greater public now knew where she lived, what her house looked like, and that she was acting like a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]] about the whole situation.\\


* In September 2018, The Verge, Vox Media's tech news wing, posted a guide on their [=YouTube=] channel on building a $2000 high-end custom gaming PC. The entire debacle has been a case study in the Streisand effect essentially from the start.
** The video was widely criticized by PC enthusiasts and the tech community at large for [[CriticalResearchFailure its many glaring mistakes, baffling choices of both parts and building process choices]], and manipulative editing - most of the demonstrations of how to install the parts were performed incorrectly on-camera without comment, only for the video to jump cut to the parts suddenly installed correctly off-camera. The manipulative editing is especially problematic because the primary audience for the video and The Verge, in general, is not the PC enthusiast crowd, and is most likely to be seen by potential first-time PC builders who wouldn't know better and might use the video as a guide, confusing themselves at best and damaging their parts at worst. Many major tech [=YouTubers=], such as Bitwit, Paul's Hardware, [=ReviewTechUSA=], and others made reaction videos on their own channels that broke down each of The Verge's mistakes or parodies of the original video. The Verge disabled comments and likes on their video - a red flag in its own right - before ultimately taking the video down, people moved on and largely forgot about it, and that was that... [[DoubleSubverted right]]?
** In February 2019, five months later, Vox Media suddenly started issuing copyright takedowns on some of these criticism and parody videos that were made back in September, [[{{Hypocrite}} a few days after The Verge published an article about the rampant abuse of copyright takedowns on YouTube to suppress valid criticism and opposing viewpoints]]. The PC community came roaring back even more than the first time, with nearly every tech [=YouTuber=] and publication calling them out on it and mentioning this phenomenon by name, people meme-ing the situation, turning quotes from the video into punchlines, finding even more errors that were pointed out the first time around, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZRusH5fGIY reuploading the original video in droves]]. [=YouTube=] eventually had to step in to reinstate Bitwit's video and a couple of others, but several more remain down. Each of The Verge's subsequent attempts at damage control has only dug them deeper and deeper, and all the while they haven't ''once'' addressed the fact that their original video was poorly made and misleading.

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* In September 2018, The Verge, Vox Media's tech news wing, Verge posted a guide on their [=YouTube=] channel on for building a $2000 high-end custom gaming PC. The entire debacle has been a case study in the Streisand effect essentially from the start.
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start. The video was widely criticized by PC enthusiasts and the tech community at large for [[CriticalResearchFailure its many glaring mistakes, baffling choices of both parts and building process choices]], and manipulative editing - most of the demonstrations of how to install the parts were performed incorrectly on-camera without comment, only for the video to jump cut to the parts suddenly installed correctly off-camera. editing. The manipulative editing latter is especially problematic because the primary audience for the video and The Verge, in general, is not the PC enthusiast crowd, and is most likely to be seen by potential first-time PC builders who wouldn't know better and might use the video as a guide, confusing themselves at best and damaging their parts at worst. Many major tech [=YouTubers=], such as Bitwit, Paul's Hardware, [=ReviewTechUSA=], and others made reaction videos on their own channels that broke down each of The Verge's mistakes or parodies of the original video. The Verge disabled comments and likes on their video - a red flag in its own right - before ultimately taking the video down, people moved on and largely forgot down. Had they stopped with that, the original video probably would have been forgotten about it, and that was that... [[DoubleSubverted right]]?
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with time. [[DoubleSubversion But they didn't stop with that.]] In February 2019, five months later, Vox Media (who owns The Verge) suddenly started issuing copyright takedowns on some of these criticism and parody videos that were made back in September, videos, [[{{Hypocrite}} a few days after The Verge published an article about the rampant abuse of copyright takedowns on YouTube to suppress valid criticism and opposing viewpoints]]. The PC community came roaring back even more than the first time, back, with nearly every tech [=YouTuber=] and publication calling them out on it and mentioning this phenomenon by name, people meme-ing the situation, turning quotes from the video into punchlines, it, finding even more errors that were pointed out the first time around, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZRusH5fGIY reuploading the original video in droves]]. [=YouTube=] eventually had to step in to reinstate Bitwit's video and a couple of others, but several more remain down. droves. Each of The Verge's subsequent attempts at damage control has only dug them deeper and deeper, in trouble, and all the while they haven't ''once'' once apologized or addressed the fact that their original video was poorly made and misleading.


* [[https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Roko's_basilisk Roko's Basilisk]] (a thought experiment that [[spoiler:translates the Christian concept of eternal punishment in Hell into an AI context, and essentially condemns people to this theoretical AI Hell]] if they read Roko's Basilisk, hence the term "basilisk") gained much of its early fame from the fact that when it was first posted, on the website [[https://www.lesserwrong.com/ LessWrong]], the webmaster flatly banned any discussion of it, on the basis that even seeing it was emotionally traumatising some of their readers.

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* [[https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Roko's_basilisk org/wiki/Roko Roko's Basilisk]] (a is a thought experiment that [[spoiler:translates translates the Christian concept of eternal punishment in Hell into an AI context, and essentially condemns people to this theoretical AI Hell]] Hell if they read Roko's Basilisk, hence the term "basilisk") Basilisk. It gained much of its early fame from the fact that when it was first posted, posted on the website [[https://www.lesserwrong.com/ LessWrong]], the webmaster flatly banned any discussion of it, it on the basis that even seeing it was emotionally traumatising some of their readers.


* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Harry's Quibbler interview setting the record straight is paid little attention, being that it's in a tabloid rag. Then Umbridge threatens to expel anyone caught with a copy of the Quibbler, and Hermione is delighted, explicitly pointing out that this guarantees everyone will find a way to get their hands on it. It helps that the Quibbler is [[LuridTalesOfDoom so innocuous]] that most people were buying it just to figure out what on earth it printed to warrant getting banned.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Harry's Quibbler interview setting Harry is being defamed by both the Wizard government and its only major newspaper, so he tries to set the record straight by giving an interview in ''The Quibbler,'' a [[LuridTalesOfDoom tabloid]] published by the highly eccentric Lovegood family. [[TyrantTakesTheHelm Umbridge]] is paid little attention, being furious and immediately passes a rule that it's in a tabloid rag. Then Umbridge threatens to expel anyone caught found with a copy of the Quibbler, and Hermione ''The Quibbler'' will be expelled from Hogwarts. [[TheSmartGuy Hermione]] is delighted, explicitly pointing out that this guarantees everyone will find a way to get their hands on read it. It helps that Sure enough, by the Quibbler end of the day everyone is [[LuridTalesOfDoom so innocuous]] that most people were buying it just to figure out what on earth it printed to warrant getting banned.talking about the interview even though Umbridge can't actually catch anyone with a copy.

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* {{Invoked}} by ''WesternAnimation/{{Gravity Falls}}''' Creator/AlexHirsch, a notorious TrollingCreator. He made a fake screenshot which seemingly reveals the identity of the Author, a driving mystery through the first 3/4 of the show. After uploading it to 4chan, he then posted an angry tweet about the "leak," which he then deleted, all to make his RedHerring seem more believable.

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* During the 2020 Presidential election, there was a minor but recurring controversy that the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, may have used his influence as Vice President to try and help his son Hunter with legal issues in Ukraine. When the ''New York Post'' came out with apparent evidence that Biden had lied about the issue, Facebook and Twitter both made it so that users couldn't share the article, even temporarily locking the White House Press Secretary's account when she mentioned the issue. Naturally, this led to many more posts about how people couldn't post the article, but ''also'' led to renewed accusations that Big Tech companies censor and manipulate information to try and influence politics.


* Creator/IsaacAsimov's "Literature/GalleySlave": InUniverse, when EZ-27 attempts to explain why it had rewritten portions of ''[[FictionalDocument Social Tensions Involved in Space-Flight and Their Resolution]]'', Professor Ninheimer (the author) starts [[BigShutUp yelling at it to stop talking]], inadvertently revealing that he had given it instructions to hide crucial information.
* The children's novel, ''Literature/BanThisBook!'', 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.



* In ''Literature/FifthBusiness'', the CoolOldGuy priest Father Blazon amuses himself in his old age by acquiring and reading books that the Church had banned, to the consternation of his nurses.
* In one story of ''Literature/FrogAndToad'', the titular duo are going for a swim, with the latter wearing an OldTimeyBathingSuit that he's embarrassed to be seen in because he thinks he looks funny in it. Then a turtle arrives at the pond and Toad asks Frog to shoo it away. When Frog attempts to do this and explains why, not only does the turtle decide to stick around with renewed interest, but all the other animals overhear the conversation and come down to the pond to see the funny-looking bathing suit Toad is wearing.



* In Creator/BrandonSanderson's ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'', Vin is surprised to learn that the Ministry doesn't ban books criticizing the [[EvilOverlord Lord Ruler]]. To which Kelsier explains to her:
-->Banning books is tricky business, Vin - the more stink the Ministry makes about a text, the more attention it will draw, and the more people will be tempted to read it. ''False Dawn'' is a stuffy volume, and by ''not'' forbidding it, the Ministry doomed it to obscurity.



* In ''Literature/FifthBusiness'', the CoolOldGuy priest Father Blazon amuses himself in his old age by acquiring and reading books that the Church had banned, to the consternation of his nurses.
* An interesting version of this occurs in ''Literature/StarTrekFederation''. Someone hacks a secure Starfleet database looking for information on the Warp Bomb, a long discredited[[note]]it works, [[CoolButInefficient but is much more difficult to use and much less effective than standard weapons like photon torpedoes]][[/note]] idea for weaponizing Warp Drive. This causes Starfleet Security to clamp down on any information pertaining to the Warp Bomb and it becomes a vicious cycle where the persistence of the hacker leads Starfleet to reevaluate whether there might be something to this Warp Bomb business, and the increasingly stringent security confirms the hacker's belief in the bomb as both sides continue to escalate without apparent end.
* In one story of ''Literature/FrogAndToad'', the titular duo are going for a swim, with the latter wearing an OldTimeyBathingSuit that he's embarrassed to be seen in because he thinks he looks funny in it. Then a turtle arrives at the pond and Toad asks Frog to shoo it away. When Frog attempts to do this and explains why, not only does the turtle decide to stick around with renewed interest, but all the other animals overhear the conversation and come down to the pond to see the funny-looking bathing suit Toad is wearing.
* 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.
* In ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'', Vin is surprised to learn that the Ministry doesn't ban books criticizing the [[EvilOverlord Lord Ruler]]. To which Kelsier explains to her:
-->Banning books is tricky business, Vin - the more stink the Ministry makes about a text, the more attention it will draw, and the more people will be tempted to read it. ''False Dawn'' is a stuffy volume, and by ''not'' forbidding it, the Ministry doomed it to obscurity.

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* In ''Literature/FifthBusiness'', the CoolOldGuy priest Father Blazon amuses himself in his old age by acquiring and reading books that the Church had banned, to the consternation of his nurses.
* An interesting version of this occurs in ''Literature/StarTrekFederation''.
''Literature/StarTrekFederation'': Someone hacks a secure Starfleet database looking for information on the Warp Bomb, a long discredited[[note]]it works, [[CoolButInefficient but is much more difficult to use and much less effective than standard weapons like photon torpedoes]][[/note]] idea for weaponizing Warp Drive. This causes Starfleet Security to clamp down on any information pertaining to the Warp Bomb and it becomes a vicious cycle where the persistence of the hacker leads Starfleet to reevaluate whether there might be something to this Warp Bomb business, and the increasingly stringent security confirms the hacker's belief in the bomb as both sides continue to escalate without apparent end.
* In one story of ''Literature/FrogAndToad'', the titular duo are going for a swim, with the latter wearing an OldTimeyBathingSuit that he's embarrassed to be seen in because he thinks he looks funny in it. Then a turtle arrives at the pond and Toad asks Frog to shoo it away. When Frog attempts to do this and explains why, not only does the turtle decide to stick around with renewed interest, but all the other animals overhear the conversation and come down to the pond to see the funny-looking bathing suit Toad is wearing.
* 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.
* In ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'', Vin is surprised to learn that the Ministry doesn't ban books criticizing the [[EvilOverlord Lord Ruler]]. To which Kelsier explains to her:
-->Banning books is tricky business, Vin - the more stink the Ministry makes about a text, the more attention it will draw, and the more people will be tempted to read it. ''False Dawn'' is a stuffy volume, and by ''not'' forbidding it, the Ministry doomed it to obscurity.
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* In September 2018, [=ApostleO=], a user on {{Website/reddit}}, criticized the performance and user interface of the digital tabletop site [=Roll20=], and was then banned by the moderator [=NolanT=] from the [=Roll20=] subreddit under assumed sock-puppetry, since they had a name similar to another banned user, [=ApostleOfTruth=]. Since [=ApostleO=] knew they weren't the same person as [=ApostleOfTruth=], they dug deeper into the issue. [=ApostleO=] found that not only were the two users' writing styles not similar at all, the other banned user was banned for criticizing the [=Roll20=] staff's moderation as well. When [=ApostleO=] confronted [=Roll20=] about it, they were told by [=NolanT=] that even though the two banned users' [=IP=]s didn't match, the ban would not be lifted. [=ApostleO=] [[https://redd.it/9iwarj reported what happened on reddit]], which reached Reddit's front page. It revealed that [=Roll20=] not only censored any form of criticism towards them, they also violated Reddit's policy of people modding subreddits of a company they are employed to, as [=NolanT=] was not just an affiliated mod, but one of [=Roll20=]'s co-founders. This led to other users declaring that they would also cancel their subscription and/or bad-mouth [=Roll20=] from now on. [[https://www.reddit.com/r/Roll20/comments/9iwjwd/read_this/e6n4bgx/ NolanT's response]] only [[DiggingYourselfDeeper made things worse]]; at one time, [=NolanT's=] response was the second-most downvoted comment in the history of Reddit.

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* In September 2018, [=ApostleO=], a user on {{Website/reddit}}, criticized the performance and user interface of the digital tabletop site [=Roll20=], and was then banned by the moderator [=NolanT=] from the [=Roll20=] subreddit under assumed sock-puppetry, since they had a name similar to another banned user, [=ApostleOfTruth=]. Since [=ApostleO=] knew they weren't the same person as [=ApostleOfTruth=], they dug deeper into the issue. [=ApostleO=] found that not only were the two users' writing styles not similar at all, the other banned user was banned for criticizing the [=Roll20=] staff's moderation as well. When [=ApostleO=] confronted [=Roll20=] about it, they were told by [=NolanT=] that even though the two banned users' [=IP=]s didn't match, the ban would not be lifted. [=ApostleO=] [[https://redd.it/9iwarj reported what happened on reddit]], which reached Reddit's front page. It revealed that [=Roll20=] not only censored any form of criticism towards them, they also violated Reddit's policy of people modding subreddits of a company they are employed to, by, as [=NolanT=] was not just an affiliated mod, but one of [=Roll20=]'s co-founders. This led to other users declaring that they would also cancel their subscription and/or bad-mouth [=Roll20=] from now on. [[https://www.reddit.com/r/Roll20/comments/9iwjwd/read_this/e6n4bgx/ NolanT's response]] only [[DiggingYourselfDeeper made things worse]]; at one time, [=NolanT's=] response was the second-most downvoted comment in the history of Reddit.


* There is a real chance that if it weren't for [[MoralGuardians Patricia Pulling]] and her campaign against ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', the game would have remained a niche market and probably never would have become the geekdom rite of passage it has become. This also had a run in 1980 with the disappearance of James Egbert III, a young man who played the game. The detective assigned to Egbert's disappearance wrote a book about it, suggesting the game had something to do Egbert going missing. It didn't, and Egbert was eventually found alive and unhurt. Still, ''Dungeons and Dragons'' went from grossing $2.3 million in 1979 to $8.7 million in 1980, largely as a result of all the negative press denouncing it as "Satanic propaganda"; many people ended up playing it just to see what all the fuss was about.

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* There is a real chance that if it weren't for [[MoralGuardians Patricia Pulling]] and her campaign against ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', the game would have remained a niche market and probably never would have become the geekdom rite of passage it has become. This also had a run in 1980 with the disappearance of James Egbert III, a young man who played the game. The detective assigned to Egbert's disappearance wrote a book about it, suggesting the game had something to do with Egbert going missing. It didn't, and Egbert was eventually found alive and unhurt. Still, ''Dungeons and Dragons'' went from grossing $2.3 million in 1979 to $8.7 million in 1980, largely as a result of all the negative press denouncing it as "Satanic propaganda"; many people ended up playing it just to see what all the fuss was about.


* 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 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.

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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 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 [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe were met with actual laughter in the courtroom, courtroom]], and Fox withdrew the suit at the judge's recommendation.



* After the release of the Music/{{Queen}} song "Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to...)", former band manager Norman Sheffield decided to sue for defamation, despite the fact that he was never mentioned by name. He succeeded only in informing the world whom the song's scathing insults were targeting.

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* After the release of the Music/{{Queen}} song "Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to...)", former band manager Norman Sheffield decided to sue for defamation, despite the fact that [[INeverSaidItWasPoison he was never mentioned by name.name]]. He succeeded only in informing the world whom the song's scathing insults were targeting.


* ''Film/{{Expelled}}'', a documentary in support of Intelligent Design, landed interviews with atheist biologists PZ Myers and Richard Dawkins using false pretenses and used QuoteMining to sabotage their statements. Myers tried to attend a screening of the film, but the filmmakers recognized Myers and would not allow him into the theater, apparently afraid that he would discover their tactics and expose them. All this did was make it clear that the filmmakers knew exactly how shady their tactics had been when Myers and Dawkins (who managed to get into the screening) blogged about the film.

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* ''Film/{{Expelled}}'', a documentary in support of Intelligent Design, landed interviews with atheist biologists PZ Myers and Richard Dawkins using false pretenses and used QuoteMining and ManipulativeEditing to sabotage their statements. Myers tried to attend a screening of the film, but the filmmakers recognized Myers and would not allow him into the theater, apparently afraid that he would discover their tactics and expose them. All this did was make it clear that the filmmakers knew exactly how shady their tactics had been when Myers and Dawkins (who managed to get into the screening) blogged about the film.

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* [[https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Roko's_basilisk Roko's Basilisk]] (a thought experiment that [[spoiler:translates the Christian concept of eternal punishment in Hell into an AI context, and essentially condemns people to this theoretical AI Hell]] if they read Roko's Basilisk, hence the term "basilisk") gained much of its early fame from the fact that when it was first posted, on the website [[https://www.lesserwrong.com/ LessWrong]], the webmaster flatly banned any discussion of it, on the basis that even seeing it was emotionally traumatising some of their readers.


* Critics have frequently noted that in ''Film/{{Godzilla|1998}}'', it is constantly raining in New York City in order to [[ObscuredSpecialEffects cover up the model]] for Franchise/{{Godzilla}}. The rain simply made it more obvious that they were trying to hide the conspicuous CGI.

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* Critics have frequently noted that in ''Film/{{Godzilla|1998}}'', ''Film/Godzilla1998'', it is constantly raining in New York City in order to [[ObscuredSpecialEffects cover up the CGI model]] for Franchise/{{Godzilla}}. The rain simply made it more obvious that they the filmmakers were trying to hide the conspicuous CGI.



* The 1996 film adaptation of ''Literature/{{Crash}}'', not to be confused with [[Film/{{Crash}} the 2004 film of the same name]], came under fire from Northern Irish critic Alexander Walker, who had just seen it in Cannes. While he didn't call for it to be banned personally, the usual so-called MoralGuardians took to the streets again, with outright {{Narm}}ish articles from ''The Daily Mail'' and the like demanding that the film be banned. This only drummed up British interest in going, with some surveyed audiences complaining that the uproar was disproportionate for what was an okay film, but wasn't enough for the film to make back its budget of nine million dollars.
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|2016}}'' (2016):

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* The 1996 film adaptation of ''Literature/{{Crash}}'', not ''Literature/{{Crash}}'' (not to be confused with [[Film/{{Crash}} the 2004 film of the same name]], name]]) came under fire from Northern Irish critic Alexander Walker, who had just seen it in Cannes. While he didn't call for it to be banned personally, the usual so-called MoralGuardians took to the streets again, with outright {{Narm}}ish articles from ''The Daily Mail'' and the like demanding that the film be banned. This only drummed up British interest in going, with some surveyed audiences complaining that the uproar was disproportionate for what was an okay film, but wasn't enough for the film to make back its budget of nine million dollars.
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* A protest led by William Monroe Trotter to get ''Film/{{The Birth of a Nation|1915}}'' BannedInBoston ended up enhancing its popularity among the filmgoing public.

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* A protest led by William Monroe Trotter to get ''Film/{{The Birth of a Nation|1915}}'' ''Film/TheBirthOfANation1915'' BannedInBoston ended up enhancing its popularity among the filmgoing public.



* In the months leading up to ''Film/{{Joker|2019}}'''s wide release, a number of American film critics, journalists, and bloggers endlessly attacked the film, claiming that its portrayal of the Joker would inspire "incel" violence and mass shootings, and it escalated to the point where they even tried to get the film's released cancelled. As a result of the outcry, many police forces and even the U.S. Army were put on alert on release day, and Warner Bros., tired of the endless attacks from the press, barred journalists from attending the red carpet premiere. The constant negative publicity and drama only served to increase interest among moviegoers to see what riled up the media so badly, and the movie smashed the opening weekend box office record for the month of October as a result, eventually becoming the first R-rated film to make over $1 billion worldwide. As for any such violence, there weren't any documented cases of such over the movie, so presumably there wasn't any at all.
* In June 2020, in response to the various protests that occurred following the death of George Floyd, ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' was removed from Creator/HBOMax after filmmaker Creator/JohnRidley made a tweet about the film being racist (a case of FairForItsDay) in an attempt be accommodating during the stressful times and to show support for the protests. Once this was discovered, it ended up jumping up in sales for other websites like Amazon in response and criticism was thrown at HBO for removing it. They announced they would add the film back later with a disclaimer.

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* In the months leading up to ''Film/{{Joker|2019}}'''s ''Film/{{Joker|2019}}''[='=]s wide release, a number of American film critics, journalists, and bloggers endlessly attacked the film, claiming that its portrayal of the Joker would inspire "incel" violence and mass shootings, and it escalated to the point where they even tried to get the film's released cancelled. As a result of the outcry, many police forces and even the U.S. Army were put on alert on release day, and Warner Bros., tired of the endless attacks from the press, barred journalists from attending the red carpet premiere. The constant negative publicity and drama only served to increase interest among moviegoers to see what riled up the media so badly, and the movie smashed the opening weekend box office record for the month of October as a result, eventually becoming the first R-rated film to make over $1 billion worldwide. As for any such violence, there weren't any documented cases of such over the movie, so presumably there wasn't any at all.
* In June 2020, in response to the various racial protests that occurred following the death of George Floyd, ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' was removed from Creator/HBOMax after filmmaker Creator/JohnRidley made a tweet about the film being racist (a case of FairForItsDay) in an attempt to be accommodating sensitive during the stressful times civil unrest and to show support for the protests. Once this was discovered, it ended up jumping up in home video sales for on other websites like Amazon in response and criticism was thrown at HBO for removing it. They announced they would add the film back later with a disclaimer.ContentWarning.



* 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 continued to 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 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 continued to 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]]



* Any time there is an unintentional announcement of a future video game, [[ContentLeak a leak of any kind]] concerning a game in development, or a game that was released before the street date, expect the affected publisher to start using cease and desist letters, copyright takedowns, or even legal action against the leakers. This results in more attention for the upcoming or soon to be released game(s) thanks to people mirroring the taken down content all over the Internet. For example, IGN took down a video that inadvertently revealed the release date for ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' a day early.
* Eurogamer writer Robert Florence posted an article about how video game journalists seem to be indistinguishable from public relations, which included some tweets from Lauren Wainwright regarding her suspicious enthusiasm towards the new ''VideoGame/{{Tomb Raider|2013}}'' game and her defending a journalist's right to win a free UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 3}} by advertising on Twitter. Instead of writing a rebuttal or simply ignoring the article, Wainwright threatened legal action for libel against Eurogamer, causing Eurogamer to remove the tweets from Florence's article, and Florence to resign soon afterwards. The story spread like wildfire, and it also dug out more suspicious information, such as Wainwright's freelance employment with Creator/SquareEnix, the publisher of ''Tomb Raider''. Wainwright tried to do damage control by insisting that no legal threats were made and even removed Square Enix from her resume, but screencaps of her unaltered resume and Florence's original article are mirrored everywhere.

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* Any time there is an unintentional announcement of a future video game, [[ContentLeak a leak of any kind]] concerning a game in development, or a game that was released before the street date, expect the affected publisher to start using cease and desist letters, copyright takedowns, takedowns or even legal action against the leakers. This results in more attention for the upcoming or soon to be released game(s) thanks to people mirroring the taken down content all over the Internet. For example, IGN took down a video that inadvertently revealed the release date for ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' a day early.
* Eurogamer writer Robert Florence posted an article about how video game journalists seem to be indistinguishable from public relations, which included some tweets from Lauren Wainwright regarding her suspicious enthusiasm towards the new ''VideoGame/{{Tomb Raider|2013}}'' game ''VideoGame/TombRaider2013'' and her defending a journalist's right to win a free UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 3}} by advertising on Twitter. Instead of writing a rebuttal or simply ignoring the article, Wainwright threatened legal action for libel against Eurogamer, causing Eurogamer to remove the tweets from Florence's article, and Florence to resign soon afterwards. The story spread like wildfire, and it also dug out more suspicious information, such as Wainwright's freelance employment with Creator/SquareEnix, the publisher of ''Tomb Raider''. Wainwright tried to do damage control by insisting that no legal threats were made and even removed Square Enix from her resume, but screencaps of her unaltered resume and Florence's original article are mirrored everywhere.



** In 2019, Blizzard suspended a ''Hearthstone'' player/streamer, withheld his prize money, and [[DisproportionateRetribution also suspended his fellow commentators]] all because the player in question made a political statement about China's treatment of Hong Kong's citizens. Not long after that, Blizzard fans retaliated by trying to screw over Blizzard's relationship with China by posting artwork and memes of ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' character Mei, who is Chinese herself, in Hong Kong protester imagery and statements, in the hopes that A.) Chinese players would spread them, and B.) the Chinese government would take notice. This caused Blizzard to [[https://www.keengamer.com/articles/news/overwatchs-mei-statue-removed-from-gear-shop-amidst-hong-kong-protest/ yank statues of Mei from their store]] in an attempt to stop the memes from spreading. On top of that, the event that was planned to celebrate the Switch release of ''Overwatch'' at the Nintendo World Store was cancelled, and many suspect it was Nintendo's decision to try to distance itself from Blizzard's controversies.

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** In 2019, Blizzard suspended a ''Hearthstone'' player/streamer, withheld his prize money, money and [[DisproportionateRetribution also suspended his fellow commentators]] all because the player in question made a political statement about China's treatment of Hong Kong's citizens. Not long after that, Blizzard fans retaliated by trying to screw over Blizzard's relationship with China by posting artwork and memes of trying to turn ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' character Mei, who is Chinese herself, in into a MovementMascot for the Hong Kong protester imagery and statements, protests, in the hopes that A.) Chinese players would spread them, and B.) the Chinese government would take notice. This caused Blizzard to [[https://www.keengamer.com/articles/news/overwatchs-mei-statue-removed-from-gear-shop-amidst-hong-kong-protest/ yank statues of Mei from their store]] in an attempt to stop the memes from spreading. On top of that, the event that was planned to celebrate the Switch release of ''Overwatch'' at the Nintendo World Store was cancelled, and many suspect it was Nintendo's decision to try to distance itself from Blizzard's controversies.


* ''Series/FawltyTowers'' and its main character Basil Fawlty was based on Donald Sinclair[note]Do NOT confuse with the Donald Sinclair who was the basis for the Creator/JamesHerriot character Sigfried Farnon. The veterinary Donald Sinclair was by all accounts a very nice person, unlike the hotel operator of [[NamesTheSame the same name]][/note], 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 Sinclair's eccentricity, incompetence, and foul temper. Far from salvaging her husband's reputation, all it did was provoke a lot of independent witnesses to ''also'' contact the papers with a lot of anecdotes about Sinclair. All of these accounts suggested that Cleese was not too far off the mark; if anything, Cleese had actually downplayed how irritable Sinclair was. His widow kept silent after that.

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* ''Series/FawltyTowers'' and its main character Basil Fawlty was based on Donald Sinclair[note]Do Sinclair[[note]]Do NOT confuse with the Donald Sinclair who was the basis for the Creator/JamesHerriot character Sigfried Farnon. The veterinary Donald Sinclair was by all accounts a very nice person, unlike the hotel operator of [[NamesTheSame the same name]][/note], name]][[/note]], 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 Sinclair's eccentricity, incompetence, and foul temper. Far from salvaging her husband's reputation, all it did was provoke a lot of independent witnesses to ''also'' contact the papers with a lot of anecdotes about Sinclair. All of these accounts suggested that Cleese was not too far off the mark; if anything, Cleese had actually downplayed how irritable Sinclair was. His widow kept silent after that.


* ''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 Sinclair's eccentricity, incompetence, and foul temper. Far from salvaging her husband's reputation, all it did was provoke a lot of independent witnesses to ''also'' contact the papers with a lot of anecdotes about Sinclair. All of these accounts suggested that Cleese was not too far off the mark; if anything, Cleese had actually downplayed how irritable Sinclair was. His widow kept silent after that.

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* ''Series/FawltyTowers'' and its main character Basil Fawlty was based on Donald Sinclair, Sinclair[note]Do NOT confuse with the Donald Sinclair who was the basis for the Creator/JamesHerriot character Sigfried Farnon. The veterinary Donald Sinclair was by all accounts a very nice person, unlike the hotel operator of [[NamesTheSame the same name]][/note], 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 Sinclair's eccentricity, incompetence, and foul temper. Far from salvaging her husband's reputation, all it did was provoke a lot of independent witnesses to ''also'' contact the papers with a lot of anecdotes about Sinclair. All of these accounts suggested that Cleese was not too far off the mark; if anything, Cleese had actually downplayed how irritable Sinclair was. His widow kept silent after that.


* Unsurprisingly [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] on WebVideo/InternetHistorian a few times:
** Shia [=LeBeouf=] and his supporters’ attempts to keep Website/FourChan trolls from interfering with his 4-year spanning "Series/HeWillNotDivideUs" art piece only attracted the trolls more and more. His escalating attempts to stop his livestreamed work from getting defaced or mocked saw him move it from a public New York area to an undisclosed location in North America (found by 4chan within 2 days to be in Greenville, Tennessee), to a blank white room somewhere ''in the world'' (found to be London within 4 ''hours'' by 4chan). The effect eventually petered out once the project left the United States and continued degrading to the point there's barely any difference between watching the livestream and looking at a .jpg of the phrase, when it became too boring for 4chan to further mess with it, with only a few dedicated trolls keeping an eye on it.

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* Unsurprisingly [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] Discussed]] on WebVideo/InternetHistorian a few times:
times, since he covers [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the history of Internet trends]].
** Shia [=LeBeouf=] and his supporters’ attempts to keep Website/FourChan trolls from interfering with his 4-year spanning the "Series/HeWillNotDivideUs" art piece only attracted the trolls more and more. His [=LeBeouf=]'s escalating attempts to stop his livestreamed work from getting defaced or mocked saw him move it from a public New York area to an undisclosed location in North America (found by 4chan within 2 two days to be in Greenville, Tennessee), to a blank white room somewhere ''in the world'' (found to be London London, England within 4 ''hours'' by 4chan). ''four hours''). The effect eventually petered out once the project left the United States States, and continued degrading to the point there's barely any difference between watching the livestream and looking at a .jpg of the phrase, when it became too boring for 4chan to further mess with it, with only a few dedicated trolls keeping an eye on it.



* Mike Matei, co-producer of one of the [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd biggest webseries of all time]], has a habit of making sockpuppet accounts to defend himself, banning people from the subreddit who mention past incidents or call him out, and removing mods who don't agree with him. Now everybody knows about how he faked his weiner size, his horrible ''Minecrap'' video, his (now-deleted) livestream where he was falling-down drunk, his insultingly racist and insultingly unfunny comics ("''my pussy smells like fish''" is a thinking man's joke), and the fact that he stiffed an old woman over a homemade Klingon costume. All Mike needed to do was leave well enough alone after his last statement regarding the dick pic thing and everyone would have moved on years ago.
** With regard to embarassing videos, Mike released the joke video "''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} with [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget Gadget]]''" as filler while working on ''Film/AngryVideoGameNerdTheMovie''. It got negative reviews, so much so that Mike Matei deleted the video and has consecutively taken down re-uploads of it ever since its release, which has only made people more interested in seeing it. This only spread further after it became a meme thanks to WebVideo/OneyPlays and Music/SiIvaGunner, resulting in more and more people [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtxokZea1H8 reuploading it]] and making memes of it.

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* Mike Matei, co-producer of one of the [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd biggest webseries of all time]], WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd, has a habit of making sockpuppet accounts to defend himself, banning people from the AVGN subreddit who mention past incidents or call him out, and removing mods who don't agree with him. Now everybody knows Thanks to these removals, AVGN fans know that Matei's lying about how he faked the size of his weiner size, genitals, his horrible ''Minecrap'' video, his (now-deleted) livestream where he was falling-down drunk, his insultingly racist and insultingly unfunny comics ("''my (with such humor as "'my pussy smells like fish''" fish' is a thinking man's joke), joke"), and the fact that he stiffed an old woman over a homemade Klingon costume. All Mike Matei needed to do was leave well enough alone after his last statement regarding the dick pic thing these incidents, and everyone they probably would have moved on years ago.
been downplayed or forgotten.
** With regard to the embarassing videos, Mike Matei released the joke video "''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} with [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget Gadget]]''" as filler while working on ''Film/AngryVideoGameNerdTheMovie''. It got negative reviews, so much so that Mike Matei deleted the video and has consecutively taken down re-uploads of it ever since its release, which has only made people more interested in seeing it. This only spread further after it the video became a meme thanks to WebVideo/OneyPlays and Music/SiIvaGunner, resulting in more and more people [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtxokZea1H8 reuploading it]] and making memes of it.


* ''Series/RupaulsDragRace'': The season 12 reunion and finale episodes had to be filmed via Zoom from the cast members' homes due to Covid-19. [=RuPaul=], not having access to his team of stylists, wore what appeared to be a luchador mask and a hoodie (with the hood up) in both episodes. This just made it painfully clear that he hasn't done his own makeup and costuming in ages. Even out of drag, most viewers would've been more accepting of a 60-year-old man with a few wrinkles than that ridiculous mask.

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* ''Series/RupaulsDragRace'': The season Season 12 reunion and finale episodes had to be filmed via Zoom from the cast members' homes due to Covid-19.the COVID-19 pandemic. [=RuPaul=], not having access to his team of stylists, wore what appeared to be a luchador mask and a hoodie (with the hood up) in both episodes. This just made it painfully clear that he hasn't done his own makeup and costuming in ages. Even out of drag, most viewers would've been more accepting of a 60-year-old man with a few wrinkles than that ridiculous mask.



* Just after the release of ''VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls'', a user who owned a debug UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 3}}[[note]]which was typically only given to journalists and developers[[/note]] discovered a sequence involving the main character Jodie, played by Creator/EllenPage, taking a shower with a fully nude and anatomically correct in-game model that appears in full view several times. [[https://www.cinemablend.com/games/Beyond-Two-Souls-Leak-Features-Ellen-Page-Character-Nude-NSFW-59824.html The user uploaded pictures and videos of this to the Internet]], which initially only got a modest number of views. It wasn't until Sony attempted to have the pictures scrubbed that interest in the material skyrocketed, and it was quickly mirrored on many websites. For a long time, "beyond two souls shower" was the second suggestion that would pop up if someone did a Google search on the title. It doesn't help that Page herself [[https://www.businessinsider.com/ellen-page-explored-legal-action-against-sony-over-nude-video-game-images-2015-4 threatened legal action against Sony]] for producing the material of her for the game, and stated in leaked emails from the 2015 Sony hack that she had never participated in a full-body scan for the game.

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* Just after the release of ''VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls'', a user who owned a debug UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 3}}[[note]]which was typically only given to journalists and developers[[/note]] discovered a sequence involving the main character Jodie, played by Creator/EllenPage, taking a shower with a fully nude and anatomically correct in-game model that appears in full view several times. [[https://www.cinemablend.com/games/Beyond-Two-Souls-Leak-Features-Ellen-Page-Character-Nude-NSFW-59824.html The user uploaded pictures and videos of this to the Internet]], which initially only got a modest number of views. It wasn't until Sony [[https://www.gamespot.com/articles/sony-seeking-removal-of-nude-beyond-two-souls-images-report/1100-6415737/ attempted to have the pictures scrubbed scrubbed]] that interest in the material skyrocketed, and it was quickly mirrored on many websites. For a long time, "beyond two souls shower" was the second suggestion that would pop up if someone did a Google search on the title. It doesn't help that Page herself [[https://www.businessinsider.com/ellen-page-explored-legal-action-against-sony-over-nude-video-game-images-2015-4 threatened legal action against Sony]] for producing the material of her for the game, and stated in leaked emails from the 2015 Sony hack that she had never participated in a full-body scan for the game.


* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Squid on Strike", Squidward's protests against the Krusty Krab only brought more publicity and so more customers to the Krusty Krab. He actually helped drum up business by going on strike, and Mr. Krabs thanks him for it.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Squid on Strike", Squidward's protests against the Krusty Krab only brought more publicity and so more customers to the Krusty Krab. He actually helped drum up business by going on strike, and Mr. Krabs thanks him for it. it:



* In response to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkMwvmJLnc0 an attack ad]] juxtaposing Creator/DonaldTrump's dismissive statements during the early stages of the UsefulNotes/CoronavirusDisease2019Pandemic with the rising death toll, the Trump campaign denounced the ad as "misleading" and [[https://www.wpr.org/trump-campaign-sues-northwoods-tv-station-airing-covid-19-attack-ad sued a Wisconsin TV station]] for running it. This resulted in increased attention to the ad. For example, TV host Joe Scarborough played the ad, declared that [[ObfuscatingStupidity he couldn't figure out]] how it was "misleading", played it again, made a show of ''still'' not finding anything "misleading", and [[RuleOfThree played it a third time]]. A similar case involved "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_yG_-K2MDo Mourning in America]]", an attack ad created by The Lincoln Project (a PAC founded by a number of prominent Republicans opposed to Trump's re-election) that likely would have gained little attention had the ad and its creators not been explicitly called out by Trump on Twitter. The result was the ad gaining millions of online views, and The Lincoln Project itself earning [[https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/06/lincoln-project-has-biggest-day-of-fundraising-after-trump-attacks-group.html $1 million in fundraising]].

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* In response to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkMwvmJLnc0 an attack ad]] juxtaposing Creator/DonaldTrump's dismissive statements during the early stages of the UsefulNotes/CoronavirusDisease2019Pandemic UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic with the rising death toll, the Trump campaign denounced the ad as "misleading" and [[https://www.wpr.org/trump-campaign-sues-northwoods-tv-station-airing-covid-19-attack-ad sued a Wisconsin TV station]] for running it. This resulted in increased attention to the ad. For example, TV host Joe Scarborough played the ad, declared that [[ObfuscatingStupidity he couldn't figure out]] how it was "misleading", played it again, made a show of ''still'' not finding anything "misleading", and [[RuleOfThree played it a third time]]. A similar case involved "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_yG_-K2MDo Mourning in America]]", an attack ad created by The Lincoln Project (a PAC founded by a number of prominent Republicans opposed to Trump's re-election) that likely would have gained little attention had the ad and its creators not been explicitly called out by Trump on Twitter. The result was the ad gaining millions of online views, and The Lincoln Project itself earning [[https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/06/lincoln-project-has-biggest-day-of-fundraising-after-trump-attacks-group.html $1 million in fundraising]].


* ''Series/RupaulsDragRace'': The season 12 reunion and finale episodes had to be filmed via Zoom from the cast members' homes due to Covid-19. [=RuPaul=], not having access to his stylists, wore what appeared to be a luchador mask in both episodes. The mask just made it painfully clear that he hasn't done his own drag makeup in ages. But even out of drag, most viewers would've been far more accepting of a 60-year-old man with a few wrinkles than that ridiculous mask.

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* ''Series/RupaulsDragRace'': The season 12 reunion and finale episodes had to be filmed via Zoom from the cast members' homes due to Covid-19. [=RuPaul=], not having access to his team of stylists, wore what appeared to be a luchador mask and a hoodie (with the hood up) in both episodes. The mask This just made it painfully clear that he hasn't done his own drag makeup and costuming in ages. But even Even out of drag, most viewers would've been far more accepting of a 60-year-old man with a few wrinkles than that ridiculous mask.

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* ''Series/RupaulsDragRace'': The season 12 reunion and finale episodes had to be filmed via Zoom from the cast members' homes due to Covid-19. [=RuPaul=], not having access to his stylists, wore what appeared to be a luchador mask in both episodes. The mask just made it painfully clear that he hasn't done his own drag makeup in ages. But even out of drag, most viewers would've been far more accepting of a 60-year-old man with a few wrinkles than that ridiculous mask.


* One of the reasons why ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' had such a large PeripheryDemographic was due to [[https://www.cartoonbrew.com/ideas-commentary/the-end-of-the-creator-driven-era-29614.html a couple]] [[https://msmagazine.com/2010/12/09/my-little-homophobic-racist-smarts-shaming-pony/ of articles]] that were written during Season 1 of the series. One of the articles were filled with anger towards series director Creator/LaurenFaust for selling out, incensed that someone who worked on other series like ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' and ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' would make a MerchandiseDriven series like ''My Little Pony''. The other article even went as far as accusing the series of being [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad "homophobic, smarts-shaming and racist"]] over incredibly ridiculous things. For example, one of the claims in the article was that LovableJock Rainbow Dash was promoting the "butch lesbian" stereotype because the character had a rainbow-colored mane. The vitriolic tone of these articles made readers curious as to what it was about ''Friendship Is Magic'' that made the articles' writers so mad. When readers tuned into the series, they liked what they saw and stuck around, helping to create the "brony" phenomenon.

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* One of the reasons why ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' had such a large PeripheryDemographic was due to [[https://www.cartoonbrew.com/ideas-commentary/the-end-of-the-creator-driven-era-29614.html a couple]] [[https://msmagazine.com/2010/12/09/my-little-homophobic-racist-smarts-shaming-pony/ of articles]] that were written during Season 1 of the series. One of the articles were was filled with anger towards series director Creator/LaurenFaust for selling out, incensed that someone who worked on other series like ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' and ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' would make a MerchandiseDriven series like ''My Little Pony''. The other article even went as far as accusing the series of being [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad "homophobic, smarts-shaming and racist"]] over incredibly ridiculous things. For example, one of the claims in the article was that LovableJock Rainbow Dash was promoting the "butch lesbian" stereotype because the character had a rainbow-colored mane. The vitriolic tone of these articles made readers curious as to what it was about ''Friendship Is Magic'' that made the articles' writers so mad. When readers tuned into the series, they liked what they saw and stuck around, helping to create the "brony" phenomenon.


* The manga ''Manga/ActAge'' succumbed to DemandOverload after [[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-08-10/shueisha-cancels-publication-of-act-age-manga/.162773 it was cancelled]] by the manga's writer's arrest for sexual misconduct with middle school girls and the writing was on the wall that Shueisha would condemn it to KeepCirculatingTheTapes purgatory and {{unperson}} it [[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-08-17/act-age-manga-volume-sales-indefinitely-suspended-after-writer-arrest/.163013 in response within the month]].



* The manga ''Manga/ActAge'' succumbed to DemandOverload after [[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-08-10/shueisha-cancels-publication-of-act-age-manga/.162773 it was cancelled]] by the manga's writer's arrest for sexual misconduct with middle school girls and the writing was on the wall that Shueisha would condemn it to KeepCirculatingTheTapes purgatory and {{unperson}} it [[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-08-17/act-age-manga-volume-sales-indefinitely-suspended-after-writer-arrest/.163013 in response within the month]].



* Protests against depictions of Mohammed in print media have had this effect in Western society.
** In 2006, a Danish publication ''Jyllands-Posten'' published a series of cartoons depicting Mohammed, which caused deadly riots and protests. In response, other Western publications also ran the cartoons as a defense of free speech.
** In 2015, the French magazine ''Charlie Hebdo'' was attacked by terrorists in response to repeated depictions of Mohammed. Before the attack, the magazine was virtually unknown outside of France, sliding into bankruptcy and only managing to sell about 30,000 of each 60,000 magazine run. For their next issue, demand caused ''Charlie Hebdo'' to print ''seven million copies'', and [=#JeSuisCharlie=] (French for "I am Charlie") trended worldwide as [[YouAreNotAlone a show of solidarity]]. Furthermore, the attacks sparked massive support for the publication and caused the offending cartoons to be seen worldwide across the Internet.
* ''Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House'' by Michael Wolff details what he heard and saw spending a year in the Donald Trump White House. People weren't too interested in it, but when Trump's lawyers tried putting out a cease & desist order on it, the publisher decided to move up the release date to midnight the day after the order was issued. Unsurprisingly, the book sold out in stores across the country, launching to the top of the best-sellers list.

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* Protests against depictions of Mohammed Muhammad in print media have had this effect in Western society.society:
** In 2005, Danish newspaper ''Jyllands-Posten'' [[https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/03/flemming-rose-danish-cartoons/473670/ published a series of editorial cartoons depicting Muhammad]], which caused deadly riots and protests. In response, [[https://news.stanford.edu/news/2008/may14/cartoons-050408.html other Western publications]] also ran the cartoons as a defense of free speech.

** In 2006, a Danish publication ''Jyllands-Posten'' published a series of cartoons depicting Mohammed, which caused deadly riots and protests. In response, other Western publications also ran the cartoons as a defense of free speech.
** In 2015, the French magazine ''Charlie Hebdo'' was attacked by terrorists in response to repeated depictions of Mohammed. Muhammad. Before the attack, the magazine was virtually unknown outside of France, sliding into bankruptcy and as it only managing managed to sell about 30,000 of each 60,000 magazine run. copies and was sliding into bankruptcy. For their next issue, [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/11/18/charlie-hebdos-new-cover-spotlights-paris-attacks-f-k-them-we-have-champagne/ demand caused caused]] ''Charlie Hebdo'' to print ''seven million copies'', and [=#JeSuisCharlie=] (French for "I am Charlie") trended worldwide as [[YouAreNotAlone a show of solidarity]]. Furthermore, the attacks sparked massive support for the publication and caused the offending cartoons to be seen worldwide across the Internet.
* ''Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House'' by Michael Wolff details what he heard and saw spending a year in the Donald Trump White House. People weren't too interested in it, but when Trump's lawyers tried putting out a cease & desist order on it, the publisher decided to [[https://deadline.com/2018/01/fire-and-fury-publication-date-henry-holt-michael-wolff-donald-trump-1202235790/ move up the release date date]] to midnight the day after the order was issued. Unsurprisingly, the book [[https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccalerner/2018/01/06/fire-and-fury-inside-the-trump-white-house-is-already-a-bestseller/#41ee7ece11a6 sold out in stores across the country, country]], launching to the top of the best-sellers list.



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* UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan began wearing his Air Jordan brand of shoes during games at a time when the NBA forbade players from doing such a thing and fined Jordan every time he wore them on the court. The trouble for the NBA was that Jordan had both the clout with the public and the cash from the deal with Nike to more-or-less [[DefyingTheCensors ignore the fines and keep wearing his brand anyway]]. Doing so made Jordan's brand far more well known than if the NBA had said nothing (Nike even began running a marketing campaign boasting about the NBA's reaction), and gave him free advertising with a ColbertBump, so it was [[{{Unishment}} a punishment that was actually helping Jordan]]. When it became clear that the fines weren't going to work, the NBA stopped punishing Jordan for wearing the shoes.
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* One of the reasons why ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' had such a large PeripheryDemographic was due to [[https://www.cartoonbrew.com/ideas-commentary/the-end-of-the-creator-driven-era-29614.html a couple]] [[https://msmagazine.com/2010/12/09/my-little-homophobic-racist-smarts-shaming-pony/ of articles]] that were written during Season 1 of the series. One of the articles were filled with anger towards series director Creator/LaurenFaust for selling out, incensed that someone who worked on shows like ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' and ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' would make a MerchandiseDriven show like ''My Little Pony''. The other article even went as far as accusing the show of being [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad "homophobic, smarts-shaming and racist"]] over incredibly ridiculous things. For example, one of the claims in the article was that LovableJock Rainbow Dash was promoting the "butch lesbian" stereotype because the character had a rainbow-colored mane. The vitriolic tone of these articles made readers curious as to what it was about ''Friendship Is Magic'' that made the articles' writers so mad, prompting the readers to watch [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon the series]]. When readers tuned into the series, they liked what they saw and stuck around, helping to create the "brony" phenomenon.

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* One of the reasons why ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' had such a large PeripheryDemographic was due to [[https://www.cartoonbrew.com/ideas-commentary/the-end-of-the-creator-driven-era-29614.html a couple]] [[https://msmagazine.com/2010/12/09/my-little-homophobic-racist-smarts-shaming-pony/ of articles]] that were written during Season 1 of the series. One of the articles were filled with anger towards series director Creator/LaurenFaust for selling out, incensed that someone who worked on shows other series like ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' and ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' would make a MerchandiseDriven show series like ''My Little Pony''. The other article even went as far as accusing the show series of being [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad "homophobic, smarts-shaming and racist"]] over incredibly ridiculous things. For example, one of the claims in the article was that LovableJock Rainbow Dash was promoting the "butch lesbian" stereotype because the character had a rainbow-colored mane. The vitriolic tone of these articles made readers curious as to what it was about ''Friendship Is Magic'' that made the articles' writers so mad, prompting the readers to watch [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon the series]].mad. When readers tuned into the series, they liked what they saw and stuck around, helping to create the "brony" phenomenon.


* In response to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkMwvmJLnc0 an attack ad]] juxtaposing Creator/DonaldTrump's dismissive statements during the early stages of the UsefulNotes/CoronavirusDisease2019Pandemic with the rising death toll, the Trump campaign denounced the ad as "misleading" and [[https://www.wpr.org/trump-campaign-sues-northwoods-tv-station-airing-covid-19-attack-ad sued a Wisconsin TV station]] for running it. This resulted in increased attention to the ad -- for example, TV host Joe Scarborough played the ad, declared that [[ObfuscatingStupidity he couldn't figure out]] how it was "misleading", played it again, made a show of ''still'' not finding anything "misleading", and [[RuleOfThree played it a third time]].
** A similar case involved "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_yG_-K2MDo Mourning in America]]", an attack ad created by The Lincoln Project (a PAC founded by a number of prominent Republicans opposed to Trump's re-election) that likely would have gained little attention had the ad and its creators not been explicitly called out by Trump on Twitter. The result was the ad gaining millions of online views, and The Lincoln Project itself earning over $1 million in fundraising within a day.

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* In response to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkMwvmJLnc0 an attack ad]] juxtaposing Creator/DonaldTrump's dismissive statements during the early stages of the UsefulNotes/CoronavirusDisease2019Pandemic with the rising death toll, the Trump campaign denounced the ad as "misleading" and [[https://www.wpr.org/trump-campaign-sues-northwoods-tv-station-airing-covid-19-attack-ad sued a Wisconsin TV station]] for running it. This resulted in increased attention to the ad -- for ad. For example, TV host Joe Scarborough played the ad, declared that [[ObfuscatingStupidity he couldn't figure out]] how it was "misleading", played it again, made a show of ''still'' not finding anything "misleading", and [[RuleOfThree played it a third time]].
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time]]. A similar case involved "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_yG_-K2MDo Mourning in America]]", an attack ad created by The Lincoln Project (a PAC founded by a number of prominent Republicans opposed to Trump's re-election) that likely would have gained little attention had the ad and its creators not been explicitly called out by Trump on Twitter. The result was the ad gaining millions of online views, and The Lincoln Project itself earning over [[https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/06/lincoln-project-has-biggest-day-of-fundraising-after-trump-attacks-group.html $1 million in fundraising within a day.fundraising]].



* Creator/{{Funimation}} acquired the license to ''Manga/InterspeciesReviewers'', only to quickly drop the series after three episodes. The company officially stated this was because the series fell outside their standards,[[note]]Admittedly, the series' content often goes ''way'' past your typical {{ecchi}}.[[/note]] and that it got so explicit that it was fruitless to try and censor it without it becoming unwatchable. This, combined with the myriad of controversies the company has endured since the mid-2010s, people pointing out that Funimation have licensed similarly raunchy anime in the past,[[note]]Namely ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', ''LightNovel/TheTestamentOfSisterNewDevil'' and ''LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}'', among others.[[/note]] and Amazon, Tokyo MX and SUN later dropping it, has only served as a huge free advertisement for the series.
* The manga ''Manga/ActAge'' succumbed to DemandOverload after it was cancelled by the manga's writer's arrest for sexual misconduct with middle school girls and the writing was on the wall that Shueisha would condemn it to KeepCirculatingTheTapes purgatory and {{unperson}} it in response within the month.

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* Creator/{{Funimation}} acquired the license to ''Manga/InterspeciesReviewers'', [[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-01-31/funimation-removes-interspecies-reviewers-anime-as-it-falls-outside-company-standards/.156012 only to quickly drop the series after three episodes.episodes]]. The company officially stated this was because the series fell outside their standards,[[note]]Admittedly, the series' content often goes ''way'' past your typical {{ecchi}}.[[/note]] and that it got so explicit that it was fruitless to try and censor it without it becoming unwatchable. This, combined with the myriad of controversies the company has endured since the mid-2010s, people pointing out that Funimation have licensed similarly raunchy anime in the past,[[note]]Namely ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', ''LightNovel/TheTestamentOfSisterNewDevil'' and ''LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}'', among others.[[/note]] and Amazon, [[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-02-06/amazon-prime-video-removes-interspecies-reviewers-anime/.156191 Amazon]], [[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-02-07/interspecies-reviewers-anime-japanese-tokyo-mx-airing-canceled/.156215 Tokyo MX MX]] and [[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-02-18/interspecies-reviewers-anime-airing-on-kobe-sun-tv-canceled/.156575 SUN TV]] later dropping it, has only served as a huge free advertisement for the series.
* The manga ''Manga/ActAge'' succumbed to DemandOverload after [[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-08-10/shueisha-cancels-publication-of-act-age-manga/.162773 it was cancelled cancelled]] by the manga's writer's arrest for sexual misconduct with middle school girls and the writing was on the wall that Shueisha would condemn it to KeepCirculatingTheTapes purgatory and {{unperson}} it [[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-08-17/act-age-manga-volume-sales-indefinitely-suspended-after-writer-arrest/.163013 in response within the month.month]].



* Just after the release of ''VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls'', a user who owned a debug UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 3}}[[note]]which was typically only given to journalists and developers[[/note]] discovered a sequence involving the main character Jodie, played by Creator/EllenPage, taking a shower with a fully nude and anatomically correct in-game model that appears in full view several times. The user uploaded pictures and videos of this to the Internet, which initially only got a modest number of views. It wasn't until Sony attempted to have the pictures scrubbed that interest in the material skyrocketed, and it was quickly mirrored on many websites. For a long time, "beyond two souls shower" was the second suggestion that would pop up if someone did a Google search on the title. It doesn't help that Page herself threatened legal action against Sony for producing the material of her for the game, and stated in leaked emails from the 2015 Sony hack that she had never participated in a full-body scan for the game.

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* Just after the release of ''VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls'', a user who owned a debug UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 3}}[[note]]which was typically only given to journalists and developers[[/note]] discovered a sequence involving the main character Jodie, played by Creator/EllenPage, taking a shower with a fully nude and anatomically correct in-game model that appears in full view several times. [[https://www.cinemablend.com/games/Beyond-Two-Souls-Leak-Features-Ellen-Page-Character-Nude-NSFW-59824.html The user uploaded pictures and videos of this to the Internet, Internet]], which initially only got a modest number of views. It wasn't until Sony attempted to have the pictures scrubbed that interest in the material skyrocketed, and it was quickly mirrored on many websites. For a long time, "beyond two souls shower" was the second suggestion that would pop up if someone did a Google search on the title. It doesn't help that Page herself [[https://www.businessinsider.com/ellen-page-explored-legal-action-against-sony-over-nude-video-game-images-2015-4 threatened legal action against Sony Sony]] for producing the material of her for the game, and stated in leaked emails from the 2015 Sony hack that she had never participated in a full-body scan for the game.



* On April 27, 2013, a {{Journal Roleplay}}er created a journal with the intent on [=RPing=] a character from ''The Slutcracker'', a sex-filled parody of ''Theatre/TheNutcracker''. [[http://dear-mun.dreamwidth.org/7646597.html The very first post]] of the testing journal, ''Dear Mum'', was made by Vanessa White, the creator of ''The Slutcracker'', who demanded ''in public'' that the pictures she used for the journal and the journal itself be removed or face legal action, leaving the poor fan to quickly remove everything. Other [=RPers=] took White to task over this, which ultimately led to her deleting her account.

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* On April 27, 2013, a {{Journal Roleplay}}er created a journal with the intent on [=RPing=] a character from ''The Slutcracker'', a sex-filled parody of ''Theatre/TheNutcracker''. [[http://dear-mun.[[https://dear-mun.dreamwidth.org/7646597.html The very first post]] of the testing journal, ''Dear Mum'', was made by Vanessa White, the creator of ''The Slutcracker'', who demanded ''in public'' that the pictures she used for the journal and the journal itself be removed or face legal action, leaving the poor fan to quickly remove everything. Other [=RPers=] took White to task over this, which ultimately led to her deleting her account.



* One of the reasons why ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' had such a large PeripheryDemographic was due to [[https://www.cartoonbrew.com/ideas-commentary/the-end-of-the-creator-driven-era-29614.html a couple]] [[https://msmagazine.com/2010/12/09/my-little-homophobic-racist-smarts-shaming-pony/ of articles]] that were written during Season 1 of the series. One of the articles were filled with anger towards series director Creator/LaurenFaust for selling out, incensed that someone who worked on shows like ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' and ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' would make a MerchandiseDriven show like ''My Little Pony''. The other article even went as far as accusing the show of being [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad "homophobic, smarts-shaming and racist"]] over incredibly ridiculous things. For example, one of the claims in the article was that LovableJock Rainbow Dash was promoting the "butch lesbian" stereotype because the character had a rainbow-colored mane. The vitriolic tone of these articles made readers curious as to what it was about ''Friendship Is Magic'' that made the articles' writers so mad, prompting the readers to watch [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon the series]]. When readers tuned into the series, they liked what they saw and stuck around, helping to create the "brony" phenomenon.



** Many years earlier, Barbra Streisand herself angrily complained about her depiction as a {{kaiju}} in the Season 1 episode "Mecha-Streisand." These complaints helped ''South Park'' get the mainstream's attention, and in appreciation of her efforts to make ''South Park'' a more popular show, Streisand would subsequently appear, without her permission, in later episodes depicted in a harshly negative light, like "Spookyfish" (where images of Streisand lined the corners of the screen and is referred to as "Spookyvision") and TheMovie (where [[spoiler:her very name is the coup de grace of a swear string weaponized against Saddam Hussein by Cartman during the climax]]). And, like the above, Mecha-Streisand would be a central part of the "200" and "201" two-parter as the most physically powerful celebrity ''South Park'' has mocked, as well as one of the first.
** In a 2011 interview with ''The New York Times Magazine'', Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the co-creators of ''South Park'', were asked if they ever found out whether or not Tom Cruise was responsible for pressuring Viacom into not rebroadcasting the episode "Trapped in the Closet" despite his denial. This was Stone's response:
-->It was Tom Cruise! Who else would it be? It was Tom Cruise! And it was just stupid of Tom Cruise and Viacom because it made more people see the episode.
* One of the reasons why ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' had such a large PeripheryDemographic was due to a few articles on animation sites like Cartoon Brew that were written [[TaintedByThePreview before the series even debuted]]. The articles were filled with anger towards series director Creator/LaurenFaust for selling out, incensed that someone who worked on shows like ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' and ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' would make a MerchandiseDriven show like ''My Little Pony''. The articles even went as far as accusing the show of being [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad "homophobic, smarts-shaming and racist"]] over incredibly ridiculous things. For example, one of the claims in the articles was that LovableJock Rainbow Dash was promoting the "butch lesbian" stereotype because the character had a rainbow-colored mane. The vitriolic tone of these articles made readers curious as to what it was about ''Friendship Is Magic'' that made the articles' writers so mad, prompting the readers to watch [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon the show's first episode]] to find out when it debuted in 2010. When readers tuned into the show, they liked what they saw and stuck around, helping to create the "brony" phenomenon.

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** Many years earlier, Barbra Streisand herself angrily complained about [[http://barbra-archives.com/bjs_library/90s/mirabella_streisand.html publicly criticized]] her depiction as a {{kaiju}} in the Season 1 episode "Mecha-Streisand." These complaints This complaint helped ''South Park'' get the mainstream's attention, and in appreciation of her efforts to make ''South Park'' a more popular show, Streisand would subsequently appear, without her permission, in later episodes depicted in a harshly negative light, like "Spookyfish" (where images of Streisand lined the corners of the screen and is referred to as "Spookyvision") and TheMovie (where [[spoiler:her very name is the coup de grace of a swear string weaponized against Saddam Hussein by Cartman during the climax]]). And, like the above, Mecha-Streisand would be a central part of the "200" and "201" two-parter as the most physically powerful celebrity ''South Park'' has mocked, as well as one of the first.
** [[https://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/25/magazine/talk-trey-parker-and-matt-stone-of-south-park.html In a 2011 interview interview]] with ''The New York Times Magazine'', Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the co-creators of ''South Park'', were asked if they ever found out whether or not Tom Cruise was responsible for pressuring Viacom into not rebroadcasting the episode "Trapped in the Closet" despite his denial. This was Stone's response:
-->It was Tom Cruise! Who else would it be? It was Tom Cruise! And it was just stupid of Tom Cruise and Viacom Viacom, because it made more people see the episode.
* One of the reasons why ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' had such a large PeripheryDemographic was due to a few articles on animation sites like Cartoon Brew that were written [[TaintedByThePreview before the series even debuted]]. The articles were filled with anger towards series director Creator/LaurenFaust for selling out, incensed that someone who worked on shows like ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' and ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' would make a MerchandiseDriven show like ''My Little Pony''. The articles even went as far as accusing the show of being [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad "homophobic, smarts-shaming and racist"]] over incredibly ridiculous things. For example, one of the claims in the articles was that LovableJock Rainbow Dash was promoting the "butch lesbian" stereotype because the character had a rainbow-colored mane. The vitriolic tone of these articles made readers curious as to what it was about ''Friendship Is Magic'' that made the articles' writers so mad, prompting the readers to watch [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon the show's first episode]] to find out when it debuted in 2010. When readers tuned into the show, they liked what they saw and stuck around, helping to create the "brony" phenomenon.
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** When the Eye loses a libel case and has to print a refutation of ther original libel, the magazine usually goes to town to explain, in great and specific detail, exactly what a libel court has decided was defamation, to ensure its readership knows exactly what untruths were published, so that they are in no possible doubt as to the nature of the things which were alleged and found untrue by a libel court, for which the Eye then expresses contrition and promises never to publish the above-described false and defamatory allegations, ever again.


* Many libraries and bookstores [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this during [[http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/about Banned Books Week,]] putting up displays of frequently banned books and prompting kids to read them to see what all the fuss is about.

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* Many libraries and bookstores [[InvokedTrope invoke]] {{invoke|dTrope}} this during [[http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/about Banned Books Week,]] putting up displays of frequently banned books and prompting kids to read them to see what all the fuss is about.



* Happened in the late 10's in South African politics, regarding the publication of unflattering non-fiction books.

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* In April 2013, the French domestic intelligence agency DCRI attempted to have an article about a military radio station deleted from the French version of Wiki/TheOtherWiki, first appealing directly to Wikimedia to have it removed and then, when that didn't work, pressuring a French-based administrator with "reprisals" if he didn't remove it. This, naturally, caught the Internet's attention; the article was swiftly reinstated, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre-sur-Haute_military_radio_station there's now an English version]] of the page, and now a lot more people know about the station's existence than if French authorities had simply left that article alone.

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* In April 2013, the French domestic intelligence agency DCRI attempted to have an article about a military radio station deleted from the French version of Wiki/TheOtherWiki, Wikipedia, first appealing directly to Wikimedia to have it removed and then, when that didn't work, pressuring a French-based administrator with "reprisals" if he didn't remove it. This, naturally, caught the Internet's attention; the article was swiftly reinstated, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre-sur-Haute_military_radio_station there's now an English version]] of the page, and now a lot more people know about the station's existence than if French authorities had simply left that article alone.



* On July 22, 2018, Defense Distributed won a lengthy court battle against the US State Department regarding the posting of 3-D print files. This would allow them to post these files that would allow downloaders to use their own 3-D printers and/or computer-controlled machining machines to make guns at home. [[UsefulNotes/AmericanGunPolitics Within days, as many as 21 state attorneys general filed injunctions against them, seeking to prevent the release of said files.]] Said files were, by that time, already available online. A diligent search of torrent sites or file-sharing sites will probably yield copies of these files, making the prevention of [[ExactWords Defense Distributed]] from distributing these files pointless.

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* On July 22, 2018, Defense Distributed won a lengthy court battle against the US U.S. State Department regarding the posting of 3-D 3D print files. This would allow them to post these files that would allow downloaders to use their own 3-D 3D printers and/or computer-controlled machining machines to make guns at home. [[UsefulNotes/AmericanGunPolitics Within days, as many as 21 state attorneys general filed injunctions against them, seeking to prevent the release of said files.]] Said files were, by that time, already available online. A diligent search of torrent sites or file-sharing sites will probably yield copies of these files, making the prevention of [[ExactWords Defense Distributed]] from distributing these files pointless.



* In February 2019, PETA--already infamous in their own rights for their numerous actions in the past--decided to publicly bash the memories of the late Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin, effectively blaming him for his own death and telling people to bury his memory. The internet exploded on them for this and caused a resurgence in Steve's popularity that hadn't been seen since shortly after he passed away, while bringing the Irwin family back into the public eye with the show that his wife and children were recording and airing.

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* In February 2019, PETA--already PETA, already infamous in their own rights for their numerous actions in the past--decided past, decided to publicly bash the memories of the late Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin, effectively blaming him for his own death and telling people to bury his memory. The internet exploded on them for this and caused a resurgence in Steve's Irwin's popularity that hadn't been seen since shortly after he passed away, while bringing the Irwin family back into the public eye with the show that his wife and children were recording and airing.



* In August 2019, a story about an outbreak of bedbugs in the New York Times newsroom went viral on Twitter. One of the many snarky quips about it came from college professor Dave Karpf, who tweeted "The bedbugs are a metaphor. The bedbugs are Bret Stephens," referring to one of the Times' resident right-wing opinion columnists. The tweet went unnoticed. Until Karpf revealed that he got an e-mail from Stephens acting offended that he called him a "bedbug" and even dared him to say to his face in front of his family. Not only did he send it to Karpf, but his provost (boss) too. This led to everyone referring to Stephens as a bedbug, to the point that he deactivated his Twitter and cried about it on TV. Karpf's original tweet skyrockted from 0 retweets to over 3000. And finally UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump used the controversy to bash Stephens, who had been highly critical of him in the past.
* 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 continued to 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 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 2 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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* In August 2019, a story about an outbreak of bedbugs in the ''The New York Times Times'' newsroom went viral on Twitter. One of the many snarky quips about it came from college professor Dave Karpf, who tweeted "The bedbugs are a metaphor. The bedbugs are Bret Stephens," referring to one of the Times' ''Times''[='=] resident right-wing opinion columnists. The tweet went unnoticed. Until Karpf revealed that he got an e-mail from Stephens acting offended that he called him a "bedbug" and even dared him to say to his face in front of his family. Not only did he send it to Karpf, but his provost (boss) too. This led to everyone referring to Stephens as a bedbug, to the point that he deactivated his Twitter and cried about it on TV. Karpf's original tweet skyrockted from 0 retweets to over 3000. And finally UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump used the controversy to bash Stephens, who had been highly critical of him in the past.
* 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 continued to 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 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 "[[Recap/SouthParkS23E2BandInChina Band in China]]'' China]]" only fanned the meme's flames further 2 two years later. 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 continued to 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 franchise being BannedInChina 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 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 2 years later. [[note]]Winnie the Pooh itself is not banned in China and remain popular amongst children, and is a regular fixture in Shanghai Disneyland. Only direct comparisions between Winnie and Xi were censored on China's social media.[[/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 continued to 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 franchise meme being BannedInChina 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 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 2 years later. [[note]]Winnie [[note]]Despite the meme, the Winnie the Pooh itself is franchise has not been banned in China and remain remains popular amongst children, and children. It is a also regular fixture in Shanghai Disneyland. Only direct comparisions between Winnie and Xi were censored on China's social media.Disneyland.[[/note]]


* The manga ''Manga/ActAge'' succumbed to DemandOverload after it was cancelled by the manga's writer's arrest for sexual misconduct with middle-school girls and the writing was on the wall that Shueisha would condemn it to KeepCirculatingTheTapes purgatory and {{unperson}} it in response within the month.

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* The manga ''Manga/ActAge'' succumbed to DemandOverload after the manga's writer's arrestation for sexual misconduct with middle-school girls got the series cancelled and the writing was on the wall that Shueisha condemn it to KeepCirculatingTheTapes limbo and {{unperson}} it in response within the month.

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* The manga ''Manga/ActAge'' succumbed to DemandOverload after the manga's writer was arrested for sexual misconduct with middle-school girls and the writing was on the wall that Shueisha would cancel the series and later condemn it to KeepCirculatingTheTapes limbo and {{unperson}} it in response within the month.

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This existed before the Internet was even a gleam in [=DARPA's=] eye, but since the spread of information is much faster, easier, and [[CantStopTheSignal more difficult to prevent]] across the Internet than through other means, it is far more widespread and effective now.

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This trope existed before the Internet was even a gleam in [=DARPA's=] eye, but since the spread of information is much faster, easier, and [[CantStopTheSignal more difficult to prevent]] across the Internet than through other means, it is far more widespread and effective now.


Blogger Mike Masnick of Techdirt coined the phrase back in 2003 when American singer Music/BarbraStreisand tried to suppress a photograph of her house, incidentally taken for a geological study on California's coastline, by unsuccessfully attempting to sue the photographer and force him to take the image off of his website. The public at large found out about this photo specifically because Streisand filed the lawsuit, leading to the photo becoming far more well-known than if Streisand had done nothing at all. [[ForegoneConclusion Said image is the one at the top of this page]].

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Blogger Mike Masnick of Techdirt coined the phrase back in 2003 when American singer Music/BarbraStreisand tried to suppress a photograph of her house, incidentally taken for a geological study on California's coastline, by unsuccessfully attempting to sue the photographer and force him to take the image off of his website. The public at large found out about this photo specifically because Streisand filed the lawsuit, leading to the photo becoming far more well-known than if Streisand she had done nothing at all.all, as the house was one of many in the study and in no way labelled as hers. [[ForegoneConclusion Said image is the one at the top of this page]].


Blogger Mike Masnick of Techdirt coined the phrase back in 2003 when American singer Music/BarbraStreisand tried to suppress a photograph taken of her house -- [[ForegoneConclusion the one at the top of the page]] -- by unsuccessfully attempting to sue the photographer and force him to take the image off of his website. The public at large found out about this photo specifically because Streisand filed the lawsuit, leading to the photo becoming far more well-known than if Streisand had done nothing at all.

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Blogger Mike Masnick of Techdirt coined the phrase back in 2003 when American singer Music/BarbraStreisand tried to suppress a photograph taken of her house -- [[ForegoneConclusion the one at the top of the page]] -- house, incidentally taken for a geological study on California's coastline, by unsuccessfully attempting to sue the photographer and force him to take the image off of his website. The public at large found out about this photo specifically because Streisand filed the lawsuit, leading to the photo becoming far more well-known than if Streisand had done nothing at all.
all. [[ForegoneConclusion Said image is the one at the top of this page]].

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* In ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'', Vin is surprised to learn that the Ministry doesn't ban books criticizing the [[EvilOverlord Lord Ruler]]. To which Kelsier explains to her:
-->Banning books is tricky business, Vin - the more stink the Ministry makes about a text, the more attention it will draw, and the more people will be tempted to read it. ''False Dawn'' is a stuffy volume, and by ''not'' forbidding it, the Ministry doomed it to obscurity.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', the first boss, Shadow Kamoshida, heals himself by eating out of a giant trophy after the party inflicts significant damage on him, thereby forcing you to destroy the trophy in order to continue the battle. When the party damages the trophy, Kamoshida demands that they stop attacking it, thus causing Morgana to lampshade this trope.
-->'''Morgana''': When someone tells us not to do something, it makes us want to do it even more!
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* Deliberately invoked with US West Coast sandwich chain Ike's Love & Sandwiches. The titular Ike received a cease-and-desist letter from KFC after using the phrase "finger-licking good" on his restaurants' mission statement on their walls. In response, [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MaliciousCompliance/comments/6p39s8/this_looks_a_bit_like_a_middle_finger_to_kfc/ he put black paint over the phrase, photocopied the cease-and-desist notice, and taped it at eye level next to the mission statement on the wall.]][[note]]You cannot be sued for publicly showing a cease-and-desist notice, as long as you don't comment on it.[[/note]] He then did this with every Ike's location, and when new ones open, he writes the same censored mission statement--with markings on the wall indicating the phrase "finger-licking good" was actually written before being painted up--and a new photocopy of the cease-and-desist taped nearby. This was done to ensure every customer of Ike's Love & Sandwiches will know of KFC's legal action against the chain--and since "Finger-Lickin' Good" was written on the cease-and-desist, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain anyone can figure out what the censored phrase actually was]].

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* Deliberately invoked with US West Coast sandwich chain Ike's Love & Sandwiches. The titular Ike received a cease-and-desist letter from KFC after using the phrase "finger-licking good" on his restaurants' mission statement on their walls. In response, [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MaliciousCompliance/comments/6p39s8/this_looks_a_bit_like_a_middle_finger_to_kfc/ he put black paint tape over (part of) the phrase, photocopied the cease-and-desist notice, and taped it at eye level next to the mission statement on the wall.]][[note]]You cannot be sued for publicly showing a cease-and-desist notice, as long as you don't comment on it.[[/note]] He then did this with every Ike's location, and when new ones open, he writes the same censored mission statement--with markings on the wall indicating the phrase "finger-licking good" was actually written before being painted taped up--and a new photocopy of the cease-and-desist taped nearby. This was done to ensure every customer of Ike's Love & Sandwiches will know of KFC's legal action against the chain--and since "Finger-Lickin' Good" was written on the cease-and-desist, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain anyone who reads it can figure out what the censored phrase actually was]].

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* Deliberately invoked with US West Coast sandwich chain Ike's Love & Sandwiches. The titular Ike received a cease-and-desist letter from KFC after using the phrase "finger-licking good" on his restaurants' mission statement on their walls. In response, [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MaliciousCompliance/comments/6p39s8/this_looks_a_bit_like_a_middle_finger_to_kfc/ he put black paint over the phrase, photocopied the cease-and-desist notice, and taped it at eye level next to the mission statement on the wall.]][[note]]You cannot be sued for publicly showing a cease-and-desist notice, as long as you don't comment on it.[[/note]] He then did this with every Ike's location, and when new ones open, he writes the same censored mission statement--with markings on the wall indicating the phrase "finger-licking good" was actually written before being painted up--and a new photocopy of the cease-and-desist taped nearby. This was done to ensure every customer of Ike's Love & Sandwiches will know of KFC's legal action against the chain--and since "Finger-Lickin' Good" was written on the cease-and-desist, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain anyone can figure out what the censored phrase actually was]].


* 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 [[SmallNameBigEgo 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.]]

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* When Kirk Cameron Creator/KirkCameron 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 [[SmallNameBigEgo 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.]]


Ultimately, Streisand lost her lawsuit against Adelman, and was required to pay the legal fees for both sides, which totaled over $150,000. The website detailing all of the pictures from the coastal study is still up, with Image 3850 [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/cgi-bin/image.cgi?image=3850&mode=sequential&flags=0&year=2002 still there]], now identified as Streisand's house. The website also has [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/streisand/lawsuit.html an archive]] of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo, accompanied by a note essentially telling Streisand to mind her own business.

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Ultimately, Streisand lost her lawsuit against Adelman, and was required to pay the legal fees for both sides, which totaled over $150,000. The website detailing all of the pictures from the coastal study is still up, with Image 3850 [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/cgi-bin/image.cgi?image=3850&mode=sequential&flags=0&year=2002 still there]], now identified as Streisand's house. The website also has [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/streisand/lawsuit.html an archive]] of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo, accompanied by links to news stories and political cartoons mocking Streisand's complaint as a FrivolousLawsuit, and a note essentially telling Streisand to mind her own business.


As noted above, while this effect has been around for [[OlderThanTheyThink a very long time]], the trope is named for American singer Music/BarbraStreisand, who filed a lawsuit attempting to surpress a photograph taken of her house in 2003. The resulting attention brought to the photo because of this lawsuit named the effect in the public consciousness at large (and thus, this trope).\\

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As noted above, while While this effect has been around for [[OlderThanTheyThink a very long time]], the trope is named for American singer Music/BarbraStreisand, who filed a lawsuit attempting to surpress suppress a photograph taken of her house in 2003. The resulting attention brought to the photo because of this lawsuit named the effect in the public consciousness at large (and thus, this trope).\\



The photo in question was taken by Kenneth Adelman, as 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 that was explicitly for geological study. Helicopter photos were taken of the coast, with one photo captured every 500 feet. At this time, with Google Earth still in its infancy as a private subscription service, the record was a rather unique collection of images. \\

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The photo in question was taken by Kenneth Adelman, as 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 that was explicitly for geological study. Helicopter photos were taken of the coast, with one photo captured every 500 feet. At this the time, with Google Earth still in its infancy as a private subscription service, the record was a rather unique collection of images. \\



One of the nearly nine thousand photos that Adelman had taken (covering approx. 840 miles, 500 feet per picture--you do the math) just so happened to capture Barbra Streisand's house, since it overlooked the California coastline (the subject of the geological study). The picture wasn't identified as Streisand's house in any form, but Streisand sued Adelman anyway for violation of privacy. At this point, the Internet imp of the perverse was now roused, and now everyone wanted to see the photo that Streisand didn't want them to see. After all, if Streisand lawyered up because of an image, that image must be something worth suing over, right? But when it was revealed that the offending photo was just a picture of a house -- far from anything that could be called scandalous -- news of the photo's existence spread far and wide, with others mirroring it onto multiple websites as a TakeThat towards Streisand.[[note]]As a matter of historical note: before the public was made aware of the lawsuit, the image of Streisand's house had been downloaded only six times, and two of those downloads were Streisand and her attorneys. After the suit was brought to the public's attention, the image was downloaded over four hundred thousand times in just the following month.[[/note]]\\

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One of the nearly nine Adelman took more than twelve thousand photos that Adelman had taken (covering approx. 840 miles, 500 feet per picture--you do for the math) geological study. One of these twelve thousand photos just so happened to capture Barbra Streisand's house, since it overlooked the California coastline (the subject of the geological study).coastline. The picture wasn't identified as Streisand's house in any form, but Streisand sued Adelman anyway for violation of privacy. At this point, the Internet imp of the perverse was now roused, and now everyone wanted to see the photo that Streisand didn't want them to see. After all, if Streisand lawyered up because of an image, that image must be something worth suing over, right? But when it was revealed that the offending photo was just a an innocuous picture of a her house -- far from anything that could be called scandalous -- news of the photo's existence spread far and wide, with others mirroring it onto multiple websites as a TakeThat towards Streisand.[[note]]As a matter of historical note: before the public was made aware of the lawsuit, the image of Streisand's house had been downloaded only six times, and two of those downloads were Streisand and her attorneys. After the suit was brought to the public's attention, the image was downloaded over four hundred thousand times in just the following month.[[/note]]\\



The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot cannot be overstated enough. The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know (and didn't care) who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying, as it wasn't important to their findings. Adelman had not identified the house in the photo as Streisand's -- in fact, he hadn't identified anyone's houses in the thousands of pictures he took, since he didn't know who the houses belonged to, either. The only way the public at large found out that the house in the photo was Streisand's was the lawsuit Streisand herself filed that was specifically designed to prevent that information from getting out. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in an utterly mundane coastal study made it so that the greater public now knew where she lived, what her house looked like, and that she was acting like a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]] about the whole situation.\\

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The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot cannot be overstated enough. The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know (and didn't care) who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying, as it wasn't important to their findings. Adelman had not identified the house in the photo as Streisand's -- in fact, he hadn't identified anyone's houses in the thousands of pictures he took, since he didn't know who the houses belonged to, either. The only way the public at large found out that the house in the photo was Streisand's was the lawsuit Streisand herself had filed that was specifically designed to prevent that information from getting out. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in an utterly mundane coastal scientific study made it so that the greater public now knew where she lived, what her house looked like, and that she was acting like a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]] about the whole situation.\\



Basically, had Streisand kept quiet about the photo, nobody would've ever known about it. But because she didn't, the information about her house spread further than it ever would have otherwise.\\

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Basically, had Streisand kept quiet about the photo, photo of her house, nobody would've ever known about it. But specifically because she didn't, the information about her house spread further than it ever would have otherwise.if she'd done nothing at all.\\



Ultimately, Streisand lost the lawsuit against Adelman, and was required to pay the legal fees for both sides. The website detailing all of the coastal pictures is still up, with Image 3850 [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/cgi-bin/image.cgi?image=3850&mode=sequential&flags=0&year=2002 still there]] (now identified as Streisand's house), along with [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/streisand/lawsuit.html an archive]] of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo, accompanied by a note essentially telling Streisand to mind her own business.

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Ultimately, Streisand lost the her lawsuit against Adelman, and was required to pay the legal fees for both sides. sides, which totaled over $150,000. The website detailing all of the coastal pictures from the coastal study is still up, with Image 3850 [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/cgi-bin/image.cgi?image=3850&mode=sequential&flags=0&year=2002 still there]] (now there]], now identified as Streisand's house), along with house. The website also has [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/streisand/lawsuit.html an archive]] of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo, accompanied by a note essentially telling Streisand to mind her own business.


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* The online community MGTOW (Men Going Their Own Way) was hinted to have developed in the early 2000s and at the time was hardly known or acknowledged. In 2017, following the sexual allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the [=#MeToo=] movement grew into a worldwide phenomenon with thousands of women coming out speaking up against sexual harassment that they claim is prevalently from male perpetrators. Following the growth of [=#MeToo=] fueled by support from both politicians and Hollywood celebrities, MGTOW became increasingly popular starting in 2017 mostly consisting of young men who are swearing off marriage and speaking out against the cultural misandry often found in advertising, television and movies that portrays fathers and men as buffoons.
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* The online community MGTOW (Men Going Their Own Way) was hinted to have developed in the early 2000s and at the time was hardly known or acknowledged. In 2017, following the sexual allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the [=#MeToo=] movement grew into a worldwide phenomenon with thousands of women coming out speaking up against men who are affluent or powerful. Following the growth of [=#MeToo=] fueled by support from both politicians and Hollywood celebrities, MGTOW became increasingly popular starting in 2017 mostly consisting of young men who are swearing off marriage and speaking out against the cultural misandry often found in advertising, television and movies that portrays fathers and men as buffoons.

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* The online community MGTOW (Men Going Their Own Way) was hinted to have developed in the early 2000s and at the time was hardly known or acknowledged. In 2017, following the sexual allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the [=#MeToo=] movement grew into a worldwide phenomenon with thousands of women coming out speaking up against men who are affluent or powerful.sexual harassment that they claim is prevalently from male perpetrators. Following the growth of [=#MeToo=] fueled by support from both politicians and Hollywood celebrities, MGTOW became increasingly popular starting in 2017 mostly consisting of young men who are swearing off marriage and speaking out against the cultural misandry often found in advertising, television and movies that portrays fathers and men as buffoons.


* The online community MGTOW (Men Going Their Own Way) was hinted to have developed in the early 2000s and at the time was hardly known or acknowledged. In 2017, following the sexual allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo movement grew into a worldwide phenomenon with thousands of women coming out speaking up against men who are affluent or powerful. Following the growth of #MeToo fueled by support from both politicians and Hollywood celebrities, MGTOW became increasingly popular starting in 2017 mostly consisting of young men who are swearing off marriage and speaking out against the cultural misandry often found in advertising, television and movies that portrays fathers and men as buffoons.

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* The online community MGTOW (Men Going Their Own Way) was hinted to have developed in the early 2000s and at the time was hardly known or acknowledged. In 2017, following the sexual allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo [=#MeToo=] movement grew into a worldwide phenomenon with thousands of women coming out speaking up against men who are affluent or powerful. Following the growth of #MeToo [=#MeToo=] fueled by support from both politicians and Hollywood celebrities, MGTOW became increasingly popular starting in 2017 mostly consisting of young men who are swearing off marriage and speaking out against the cultural misandry often found in advertising, television and movies that portrays fathers and men as buffoons.

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* Anthony Sbarro, owner of the mall pizza chain ''Sbarro'', praised the negative feedback that rated ''Sbarro'' as some of the worst chain restaurants in the United States in that the taste and quality of their pizzas never amounted to the smell permeating throughout the shopping malls. He openly stated the harsh criticisms helped his brand gain attention and increased publicity and sales at his pizza shops.
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* The online community MGTOW (Men Going Their Own Way) was hinted to have developed in the early 2000s and at the time was hardly known or acknowledged. In 2017, following the sexual allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo movement grew into a worldwide phenomenon with thousands of women coming out speaking up against men who are affluent or powerful. Following the growth of #MeToo fueled by support from both politicians and Hollywood celebrities, MGTOW became increasingly popular starting in 2017 mostly consisting of young men who are swearing off marriage and speaking out against the cultural misandry often found in advertising, television and movies that portrays fathers and men as buffoons.
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* ''WebVideo/FeministFrequency'':
** People complaining about the videos brought more attention to what was otherwise a small video series covering widely available discussions.

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''WebVideo/FeministFrequency'': People complaining about the videos brought more attention to what was otherwise a small video series covering widely available discussions.



** Shia [=LeBeouf=] and his supporters’ attempts to keep Website/FourChan trolls from interfering with his 4-year spanning "Series/HeWillNotDivideUs" art piece only attracted the trolls more and more. His escalating attempts to stop his livestreamed work from getting defaced or mocked saw him move it from a public New York area to an undisclosed location in North America (found by 4chan within 2 days to be in Greenville, Tennessee), to a blank white room somewhere ''in the world'' (found within London 4 ''hours'' by 4chan). The effect eventually petered out once the project left the United States and it became too boring for 4chan to further mess with it, with only a few dedicated trolls keeping an eye on it.

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** Shia [=LeBeouf=] and his supporters’ attempts to keep Website/FourChan trolls from interfering with his 4-year spanning "Series/HeWillNotDivideUs" art piece only attracted the trolls more and more. His escalating attempts to stop his livestreamed work from getting defaced or mocked saw him move it from a public New York area to an undisclosed location in North America (found by 4chan within 2 days to be in Greenville, Tennessee), to a blank white room somewhere ''in the world'' (found to be London within London 4 ''hours'' by 4chan). The effect eventually petered out once the project left the United States and continued degrading to the point there's barely any difference between watching the livestream and looking at a .jpg of the phrase, when it became too boring for 4chan to further mess with it, with only a few dedicated trolls keeping an eye on it.



** Planking spread like an epidemic after threatening to die off after the media, governments, police, and places of work started to discourage it. Appropriately, the trend died when the Prime Minister of New Zealand posted a picture of his son planking, thus signifying official approval and DiscreditedMeme.

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** Planking spread like an epidemic after threatening to die off after the media, governments, police, and places of work started to discourage it. Appropriately, the trend died when the Prime Minister of New Zealand posted a picture of his son planking, thus [[TotallyRadical signifying official approval approval]] and DiscreditedMeme. [[DiscreditedMeme immediately discrediting it]].



* Mike Matei, co-producer of one of the [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd biggest webseries of all time]], has a habit of making sockpuppet accounts to defend himself, banning people from the subreddit who mention past incidents or all him out, and removing mods who don't agree with him. Now everybody knows about how he faked his weiner size, his horrible ''Minecrap'' video, his (now-deleted) livestream where he was falling-down drunk, his insultingly racist and insultingly unfunny comics ("''my pussy smells like fish''" is a thinking man's joke), and the fact that he stiffed an old woman over a homemade Klingon costume. All Mike needed to do was leave well enough alone after his last statement regarding the dick pic thing and everyone would have moved on years ago.

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* Mike Matei, co-producer of one of the [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd biggest webseries of all time]], has a habit of making sockpuppet accounts to defend himself, banning people from the subreddit who mention past incidents or all call him out, and removing mods who don't agree with him. Now everybody knows about how he faked his weiner size, his horrible ''Minecrap'' video, his (now-deleted) livestream where he was falling-down drunk, his insultingly racist and insultingly unfunny comics ("''my pussy smells like fish''" is a thinking man's joke), and the fact that he stiffed an old woman over a homemade Klingon costume. All Mike needed to do was leave well enough alone after his last statement regarding the dick pic thing and everyone would have moved on years ago.



* 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, 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 was especially bitten 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, 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 was especially bitten in the ass when they had to recall and discontinue the Galaxy Note 7 for the same exact reason, only ''worse.''


* In June of 2020, in response to the various riots and protests that occurred after the death of George Floyd, ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' was removed from Creator/HBOMax after film maker Creator/JohnRidley made a tweet about the film being racist (a case of FairForItsDay) in an attempt be accommodating during the stressful times and to show support for the protests. Once this was discovered, it ended up jumping up in sales for other websites like Amazon in response and criticism was thrown at HBO for removing it. They announced they would add the film back later.

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* In June of 2020, in response to the various riots and protests that occurred after following the death of George Floyd, ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' was removed from Creator/HBOMax after film maker filmmaker Creator/JohnRidley made a tweet about the film being racist (a case of FairForItsDay) in an attempt be accommodating during the stressful times and to show support for the protests. Once this was discovered, it ended up jumping up in sales for other websites like Amazon in response and criticism was thrown at HBO for removing it. They announced they would add the film back later.later with a disclaimer.


Something horribly embarrassing or personal about you has been released -- anything from a [[HomePornMovie sex tape]], to an unflattering photograph, to the nickname you had when you were younger -- and you want to keep it out of the public eye. So you do whatever it takes to make it go away: lawsuits, cease-and-desist orders, UsefulNotes/{{DMCA}} takedowns, whatever you have at hand. But it backfires: the efforts to censor the information become public, and people who would otherwise be uninterested are now dying to know what all the commotion is about. Whatever you were trying to remove from the Internet gets mirrored and copied to hundreds of other sites; the sex tape goes viral; the childhood nickname becomes national talk show fodder; the unflattering picture ends up in the newspaper. In other words, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy your fears that everyone would see the dirt on you is the very thing that caused everyone to look at it]], and the harder you try to fight it, the more popular it becomes -- [[JustIgnoreIt and you learned the hard way that you probably should've ignored it and acted like it was no big deal]].

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Something horribly embarrassing or personal about you has been released -- anything from a [[HomePornMovie sex tape]], to an unflattering photograph, to the nickname you had when you were younger -- and you want to keep it out of the public eye. So you do whatever it takes to make it go away: lawsuits, cease-and-desist orders, UsefulNotes/{{DMCA}} takedowns, whatever you have at hand. But it backfires: the efforts to censor the information become public, and people who would otherwise be uninterested are now dying to know what all the commotion is about. Whatever you were trying to remove from the Internet gets mirrored and copied to hundreds of other sites; the sex tape goes viral; the childhood nickname becomes national talk show fodder; the unflattering picture ends up in the newspaper. In other words, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy your fears that everyone would see the dirt on you is the very thing that caused everyone to look at it]], and the harder you try to fight it, the more popular it becomes -- [[JustIgnoreIt and you learned the hard way that you probably should've [[JustIgnoreIt ignored it and acted like it was no big deal]].



Psychologists have done studies and found that the subjects' desire for any kind of material increased when they were told that it was censored -- the old ForbiddenFruit principle in action. Perhaps any authority considering the use of censorship should worry that this move might be counterproductive if it just gets people interested in the censored material. "[[BannedInChina Banned in Boston]]" was once a badge of dubious honor for the book in question, much like R-ratings on movies are for kids.

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Psychologists have done studies and found that the subjects' desire for any kind of material increased when they were told that it was censored -- the old ForbiddenFruit principle in action. Perhaps any authority considering the use of censorship should worry that this move might be counterproductive if it just gets people interested in the censored material. "[[BannedInChina Banned in Boston]]" was once a badge of dubious honor for the book in question, books, much like R-ratings on movies are for kids.

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* In June of 2020, in response to the various riots and protests that occurred after the death of George Floyd, ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' was removed from Creator/HBOMax after film maker Creator/JohnRidley made a tweet about the film being racist (a case of FairForItsDay) in an attempt be accommodating during the stressful times and to show support for the protests. Once this was discovered, it ended up jumping up in sales for other websites like Amazon in response and criticism was thrown at HBO for removing it. They announced they would add the film back later.


* In 2012, Creator/MikeMatei released the joke video "VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} with [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget Gadget]]" as a filler while working on ''Film/AngryVideoGameNerdTheMovie''. It gained negative attention, so much so that Mike Matei deleted the video and has consecutively taken down reuploads of it ever since its release, which has only made people more interested in seeing it. This only spread further after it became a meme thanks to WebVideo/OneyPlays and Music/SiIvaGunner, resulting in more and more people [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtxokZea1H8 reuploading it]] and making memes of it.

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* In 2012, Creator/MikeMatei Mike Matei, co-producer of one of the [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd biggest webseries of all time]], has a habit of making sockpuppet accounts to defend himself, banning people from the subreddit who mention past incidents or all him out, and removing mods who don't agree with him. Now everybody knows about how he faked his weiner size, his horrible ''Minecrap'' video, his (now-deleted) livestream where he was falling-down drunk, his insultingly racist and insultingly unfunny comics ("''my pussy smells like fish''" is a thinking man's joke), and the fact that he stiffed an old woman over a homemade Klingon costume. All Mike needed to do was leave well enough alone after his last statement regarding the dick pic thing and everyone would have moved on years ago.
** With regard to embarassing videos, Mike
released the joke video "VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} "''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} with [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget Gadget]]" Gadget]]''" as a filler while working on ''Film/AngryVideoGameNerdTheMovie''. It gained got negative attention, reviews, so much so that Mike Matei deleted the video and has consecutively taken down reuploads re-uploads of it ever since its release, which has only made people more interested in seeing it. This only spread further after it became a meme thanks to WebVideo/OneyPlays and Music/SiIvaGunner, resulting in more and more people [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtxokZea1H8 reuploading it]] and making memes of it.


** He did a first impression video for a game titled ''VideoGame/DayOneGarrysIncident''. Midway through the video, he stated that the game [[HopeSpot had a lot of potential]], but was poorly executed. By the end of the video, however, he'd seen and experienced so many bad things about the game that he ended up heavily panning it. The developer, Wild Games Studio, didn't like his criticism. As a result, they used [=YouTube=]'s infamous copyright takedown feature to remove the video, later claiming that "[=TotalBiscuit=] has no right to make advertising revenues with our license". This caused the Brit to post a follow-up video calling them out for the abuse and gave hard evidence that debunked their claims. He also took the opportunity to point out instances of other, smaller channels being trampled on via the Copyright system (e.g. the Sega incident). The original video is back up on the Brit's channel, and all the developer did was further increase their infamy, as people now not only know that their game sucks, but also that they're {{sore loser}}s about it. The view counts on these videos:

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** He did a first impression video for a game titled ''VideoGame/DayOneGarrysIncident''. Midway through the video, he stated that the game [[HopeSpot had a lot of potential]], but was poorly executed. By the end of the video, however, he'd seen and experienced so many bad things about the game that he ended up heavily panning it. The developer, Wild Games Studio, didn't like his criticism. As a result, they used [=YouTube=]'s infamous copyright takedown feature to remove the video, later claiming that "[=TotalBiscuit=] has no right to make advertising revenues with our license". This caused the Brit to post a follow-up video calling them out for the abuse and gave hard evidence that debunked their claims. He also took the opportunity to point out instances of other, smaller channels being trampled on via the Copyright system (e.g. the Sega incident). The original video is back up on the Brit's channel, and all the developer did was further increase their infamy, as people now not only know that their game sucks, but also that they're {{sore loser}}s {{Sore Loser}}s about it. The view counts on these videos:



** 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'', 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 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.


* In the months leading up to ''Film/{{Joker|2019}}'''s wide release, a number of American film critics, journalists, and bloggers endlessly attacked the film, claiming that its portrayal of the Joker would inspire "incel" violence and mass shootings, and it escalated to the point where they even tried to get the film's released cancelled. As a result of the outcry, many police forces and even the U.S. Army were put on alert on release day, and Warner Bros., tired of the endless attacks from the press, barred journalists from attending the red carpet premiere. The constant negative publicity and drama only served to increase interest among moviegoers to see what riled up the media so badly, and the movie smashed the opening weekend box office record for the month of October as a result, eventually becoming the first R-rated film to make over $1 billion worldwide.

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* In the months leading up to ''Film/{{Joker|2019}}'''s wide release, a number of American film critics, journalists, and bloggers endlessly attacked the film, claiming that its portrayal of the Joker would inspire "incel" violence and mass shootings, and it escalated to the point where they even tried to get the film's released cancelled. As a result of the outcry, many police forces and even the U.S. Army were put on alert on release day, and Warner Bros., tired of the endless attacks from the press, barred journalists from attending the red carpet premiere. The constant negative publicity and drama only served to increase interest among moviegoers to see what riled up the media so badly, and the movie smashed the opening weekend box office record for the month of October as a result, eventually becoming the first R-rated film to make over $1 billion worldwide. As for any such violence, there weren't any documented cases of such over the movie, so presumably there wasn't any at all.


* 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. 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, 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, 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. 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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** A similar case involved "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_yG_-K2MDo Mourning in America]]", an attack ad created by The Lincoln Project (a PAC founded by a number of prominent Republicans opposed to Trump's re-election) that likely would have gained little attention had the ad and its creators not been explicitly called out by Trump on Twitter. The result was the ad gaining millions of online views, and The Lincoln Project itself earning over $1 million in fundraising within a day.


* Music/WeirdAlYankovic benefits from this from time to time due to his parody songs. While Yankovic legally doesn't need permission to record a parody, he still makes it a personal rule to get permission anyway in order to maintain good relations in the music industry. However, rejections of permission can sometimes help his songs become bigger than approval.

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* Music/WeirdAlYankovic benefits from this from time to time due to his parody songs. While Yankovic legally doesn't need permission to record a parody, he still makes it a personal rule to get permission anyway in order to maintain good relations in the music industry. However, rejections of permission can sometimes help his songs become bigger than approval.approval:



** Before ''Straight Outta Lynwood'' was released, "You're Pitiful", a parody of James Blunt's "You're Beautiful", was set to be the lead single. James Blunt approved of it, but at the last minute, Blunt's label Atlantic Records changed their mind, and "White and Nerdy" became the lead single instead. As a result, Al released "You're Pitiful" for free and performs it on tour, mocking Atlantic in the process. Due to the backlash and the video for "White and Nerdy", the Other Wiki had to lock Atlantic Records' page to prevent Al's angry fans from defacing it.
** "Perform This Way", Al's parody of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way", looked to be a case of this at first -- he wasn't given permission to publish it, so he put it up on [=YouTube=] instead and it became an immediate sensation. It became such a sensation, in fact, that it eventually came to the notice of ''Lady Gaga herself'', who hadn't actually been consulted on the original decision. She thought it was hilarious and gave Al the go-ahead.

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** Before ''Straight Outta Lynwood'' was released, "You're Pitiful", a parody of James Blunt's "You're Beautiful", was set to be the lead single. James Blunt approved of it, but at the last minute, Blunt's label label, Atlantic Records Records, changed their mind, and "White and Nerdy" became the lead single instead. As a result, Al Yankovic released "You're Pitiful" for free and performs it on tour, mocking Atlantic in the process. Due to the backlash and the video for "White and Nerdy", the Other Wiki had to lock Atlantic Records' Atlantic's page to prevent Al's Yankovic's angry fans from defacing it.
** "Perform This Way", Al's Yankovic's parody of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way", looked to be a case of this at first -- he wasn't given permission to publish it, so he put it up on [=YouTube=] instead and it became an immediate sensation. It became such a sensation, in fact, that it eventually came to the notice of ''Lady Gaga herself'', who hadn't actually been consulted on the original decision. She thought it was hilarious and gave Al Yankovic the go-ahead.



* {{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}} 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.


* During Mashiro Sakurai's presentation on [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry Bogard]]'s DLC inclusion in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate'', Sakurai mentioned that MsFanservice Mai Shiranui would not be appearing as a background character because it would raise the CERO/ESRB ratings, adding "''Smash Bros.'' is for good boys and girls of many different ages".[[note]]Previously, other characters with {{stripperiffic}} designs were {{Bowdlerize}}d so that they weren't quite as skimpy, but Mai Shiranui is a ProudBeauty who likes showing skin, so changing her design wouldn't fit her character.[[/note]]This caused many fans who were unfamiliar with Mai to look her up, and a massive outpour of fan art involving her rejection and her {{Stripperiffic}} design soon followed on Twitter. Some have even begun to request her as a fighter in spite of the rejection.
* In April 2020, ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUsPartII'' suffered a huge ContentLeak when plot details were revealed on the internet, including cutscenes. Creator/NaughtyDog and Sony responded by quicky removing spoilers from [=YouTube=] and other websites. This was considered acceptable by most fans at first, but these fans changed their minds after Naughty Dog and Sony began taking the censorship UpToEleven; the two companies also began sending DMCA takedown notices to posts that were complaining about the leaked plot details, even if the poster only talked vaguely about the game rather than specify story beats. Fans were angry, arguing that the takedowns were becoming excessive. As a result, fans created even more posts and videos talking about the game's spoilers out of protest, completely undoing what Naughty Dog and Sony were trying to achieve.[[invoked]]

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* During Mashiro Sakurai's presentation on [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry Bogard]]'s DLC inclusion in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate'', Sakurai mentioned that MsFanservice Mai Shiranui would not be appearing as a background character because it would raise the CERO/ESRB ratings, adding "''Smash Bros.'' is for good boys and girls of many different ages".[[note]]Previously, other characters with {{stripperiffic}} designs were {{Bowdlerize}}d {{Bowdlerise}}d so that they weren't quite as skimpy, but Mai Shiranui is a ProudBeauty who likes showing skin, so changing her design wouldn't fit her character.[[/note]]This [[/note]] This caused many fans who were unfamiliar with Mai to look her up, and a massive outpour of fan art involving her rejection and her {{Stripperiffic}} stripperiffic design soon followed on Twitter. Some have even begun to request her as a fighter in spite of the rejection.
* In April 2020, ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUsPartII'' suffered a huge ContentLeak when plot details were revealed on the internet, including cutscenes. Creator/NaughtyDog and Sony responded by quicky removing spoilers from [=YouTube=] and other websites. This was considered acceptable by most fans at first, but these fans changed their minds after Naughty Dog and Sony began taking the censorship UpToEleven; the two companies also began sending DMCA takedown notices to posts that were complaining about the leaked plot details, even if the poster only talked vaguely about the game rather than specify story beats. Fans were angry, arguing that the takedowns were becoming excessive. As a result, fans created even more posts and videos talking about the game's spoilers out of protest, completely undoing what Naughty Dog and Sony were trying to achieve. [[invoked]]


* In response to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkMwvmJLnc0 an attack ad]] juxtaposing Creator/DonaldTrump's dismissive statements during the early stages of the UsefulNotes/CoronavirusDisease2019Pandemic with the rising death toll, the Trump campaign denounced the ad as "misleading" and [[https://www.wpr.org/trump-campaign-sues-northwoods-tv-station-airing-covid-19-attack-ad sued a Wisconsin TV station]] for running it. This resulted in increased attention to the ad -- for example, TV host Joe Scarborough played the ad, declared that he couldn't figure out how it was "misleading", played it again, made a show of ''still'' not finding anything "misleading", and [[RuleOfThree played it a third time]].

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* In response to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkMwvmJLnc0 an attack ad]] juxtaposing Creator/DonaldTrump's dismissive statements during the early stages of the UsefulNotes/CoronavirusDisease2019Pandemic with the rising death toll, the Trump campaign denounced the ad as "misleading" and [[https://www.wpr.org/trump-campaign-sues-northwoods-tv-station-airing-covid-19-attack-ad sued a Wisconsin TV station]] for running it. This resulted in increased attention to the ad -- for example, TV host Joe Scarborough played the ad, declared that [[ObfuscatingStupidity he couldn't figure out out]] how it was "misleading", played it again, made a show of ''still'' not finding anything "misleading", and [[RuleOfThree played it a third time]].


* During Mashiro Sakurai's presentation on [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry Bogard]] in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate'', he specifically mentioned that the popular character Mai Shiranui would not be appearing because it would raise the CERO rating above A and ''Smash Bros.'' is "for good boys and girls". This caused many fans who were unfamiliar with her to look her up, and a massive outpour of fan art involving her rejection and her [[{{Stripperiffic}} design]]. Some have even begun to request her as a fighter. Some suspect Sakurai did it on purpose to get people to notice her.
* In April 2020, the plot of ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUsPartII'' was leaked on the internet, including cutscenes. Sony responded by quicky removing spoiler videos from [=YouTube=] and other websites. While this was considered acceptable by fans at first, they changed their minds after Creator/NaughtyDog and Sony began [[UpToEleven taking the censorship too far]] by also sending copyright strikes to posts and videos that were complaining about leaked plot details. The outrage caused by the excessive removals made fans create even more posts and videos talking about the game's spoilers out of protest, completely undoing what Naughty Dog and Sony were trying to achieve.

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* During Mashiro Sakurai's presentation on [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry Bogard]] Bogard]]'s DLC inclusion in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate'', he specifically Sakurai mentioned that the popular character MsFanservice Mai Shiranui would not be appearing as a background character because it would raise the CERO rating above A and ''Smash CERO/ESRB ratings, adding "''Smash Bros.'' is "for for good boys and girls". This girls of many different ages".[[note]]Previously, other characters with {{stripperiffic}} designs were {{Bowdlerize}}d so that they weren't quite as skimpy, but Mai Shiranui is a ProudBeauty who likes showing skin, so changing her design wouldn't fit her character.[[/note]]This caused many fans who were unfamiliar with her Mai to look her up, and a massive outpour of fan art involving her rejection and her [[{{Stripperiffic}} design]]. {{Stripperiffic}} design soon followed on Twitter. Some have even begun to request her as a fighter. Some suspect Sakurai did it on purpose to get people to notice her.
fighter in spite of the rejection.
* In April 2020, the plot of ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUsPartII'' was leaked suffered a huge ContentLeak when plot details were revealed on the internet, including cutscenes. Creator/NaughtyDog and Sony responded by quicky removing spoiler videos spoilers from [=YouTube=] and other websites. While this This was considered acceptable by most fans at first, they but these fans changed their minds after Creator/NaughtyDog Naughty Dog and Sony began [[UpToEleven taking the censorship too far]] by UpToEleven; the two companies also began sending copyright strikes DMCA takedown notices to posts and videos that were complaining about the leaked plot details. The outrage caused by details, even if the excessive removals made poster only talked vaguely about the game rather than specify story beats. Fans were angry, arguing that the takedowns were becoming excessive. As a result, fans create created even more posts and videos talking about the game's spoilers out of protest, completely undoing what Naughty Dog and Sony were trying to achieve. achieve.[[invoked]]


Blogger Mike Masnick of Techdirt coined the phrase back in 2003 when American singer Music/BarbraStreisand tried to suppress a photograph taken of her house -- [[ForegoneConclusion the one at the top of the page]] -- who then unsuccessfully attempted to sue the photographer and force him to take the image off of his website. The public at large found out about this photo specifically because Streisand filed the lawsuit, leading to it becoming far more well-known than if Streisand had done nothing at all.

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Blogger Mike Masnick of Techdirt coined the phrase back in 2003 when American singer Music/BarbraStreisand tried to suppress a photograph taken of her house -- [[ForegoneConclusion the one at the top of the page]] -- who then by unsuccessfully attempted attempting to sue the photographer and force him to take the image off of his website. The public at large found out about this photo specifically because Streisand filed the lawsuit, leading to it the photo becoming far more well-known than if Streisand had done nothing at all.


Blogger Mike Masnick of Techdirt coined the phrase back in 2003 when American singer Music/BarbraStreisand tried to suppress a photograph taken of her house -- [[ForegoneConclusion the one at the top of the page]] -- who then attempted to sue the photographer and force him to take the image off of his website.

The photo in question was taken by Kenneth Adelman, as 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 that was explicitly for geological study. Helicopter photos were taken of the coast, with one photo captured every 500 feet. At this time, with Google Earth still in its infancy as a private subscription service, the record was a rather unique collection of images.

The next part is where Streisand took issue.

One of the nearly nine thousand photos that Adelman had taken (covering approx. 840 miles, 500 feet per picture--you do the math) just so happened to capture Barbra Streisand's house, since it overlooked the California coastline (the subject of the geological study). The picture wasn't identified as Streisand's house in any form, but Streisand sued Adelman anyway for violation of privacy. At this point, the Internet imp of the perverse was now roused, and now everyone wanted to see the photo that Streisand didn't want them to see. After all, if Streisand lawyered up because of an image, that image must be something worth suing over, right? But when it was revealed that the offending photo was just a picture of a house -- far from anything that could be called scandalous -- news of the photo's existence spread far and wide, with others mirroring it onto multiple websites as a TakeThat towards Streisand.[[note]]As a matter of historical note: before the public was made aware of the lawsuit, the image of Streisand's house had been downloaded only six times, and two of those downloads were Streisand and her attorneys. After the suit was brought to the public's attention, the image was downloaded over four hundred thousand times in just the following month.[[/note]]

The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot cannot be overstated enough. The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know (and didn't care) who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying, as it wasn't important to their findings. Adelman had not identified the house in the photo as Streisand's -- in fact, he hadn't identified anyone's houses in the thousands of pictures he took, since he didn't know who the houses belonged to, either. The only way the public at large found out that the house in the photo was Streisand's was the lawsuit Streisand herself filed that was specifically designed to prevent that information from getting out. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in an utterly mundane coastal study made it so that the greater public now knew where she lived, what her house looked like, and that she was acting like a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]] about the whole situation.

Basically, had Streisand kept quiet about the photo, nobody would've ever known about it. But because she didn't, the information about her house spread further than it ever would have otherwise.

Ultimately, Streisand lost the lawsuit against Adelman, and was required to pay the legal fees for both sides. The website detailing all of the coastal pictures is still up, with Image 3850 [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/cgi-bin/image.cgi?image=3850&mode=sequential&flags=0&year=2002 still there]] (now identified as Streisand's house), along with [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/streisand/lawsuit.html an archive]] of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo, accompanied by a note essentially telling Streisand to mind her own business.

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Blogger Mike Masnick of Techdirt coined the phrase back in 2003 when American singer Music/BarbraStreisand tried to suppress a photograph taken of her house -- [[ForegoneConclusion the one at the top of the page]] -- who then unsuccessfully attempted to sue the photographer and force him to take the image off of his website.

website. The photo in question was taken by Kenneth Adelman, as 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 that was explicitly for geological study. Helicopter photos were taken of the coast, with one photo captured every 500 feet. At this time, with Google Earth still in its infancy as a private subscription service, the record was a rather unique collection of images.

The next part is where Streisand took issue.

One of the nearly nine thousand photos that Adelman had taken (covering approx. 840 miles, 500 feet per picture--you do the math) just so happened to capture Barbra Streisand's house, since it overlooked the California coastline (the subject of the geological study). The picture wasn't identified as Streisand's house in any form, but Streisand sued Adelman anyway for violation of privacy. At this point, the Internet imp of the perverse was now roused, and now everyone wanted to see the photo that Streisand didn't want them to see. After all, if Streisand lawyered up because of an image, that image must be something worth suing over, right? But when it was revealed that the offending photo was just a picture of a house -- far from anything that could be called scandalous -- news of the photo's existence spread far and wide, with others mirroring it onto multiple websites as a TakeThat towards Streisand.[[note]]As a matter of historical note: before the public was made aware of the lawsuit, the image of Streisand's house had been downloaded only six times, and two of those downloads were Streisand and her attorneys. After the suit was brought to the public's attention, the image was downloaded over four hundred thousand times in just the following month.[[/note]]

The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot cannot be overstated enough. The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know (and didn't care) who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying, as it wasn't important to their findings. Adelman had not identified the house in the photo as Streisand's -- in fact, he hadn't identified anyone's houses in the thousands of pictures he took, since he didn't know who the houses belonged to, either. The only way the
public at large found out that the house in the about this photo was Streisand's was the lawsuit Streisand herself filed that was specifically designed to prevent that information from getting out. because Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in an utterly mundane coastal study made it so that filed the greater public now knew where she lived, what her house looked like, and that she was acting like a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]] about the whole situation.

Basically, had
lawsuit, leading to it becoming far more well-known than if Streisand kept quiet about the photo, nobody would've ever known about it. But because she didn't, the information about her house spread further than it ever would have otherwise.

Ultimately, Streisand lost the lawsuit against Adelman, and was required to pay the legal fees for both sides. The website detailing all of the coastal pictures is still up, with Image 3850 [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/cgi-bin/image.cgi?image=3850&mode=sequential&flags=0&year=2002 still there]] (now identified as Streisand's house), along with [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/streisand/lawsuit.html an archive]] of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo, accompanied by a note essentially telling Streisand to mind her own business.
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As noted above, while this effect has been around for [[OlderThanTheyThink a very long time]], the trope is named for American singer Music/BarbraStreisand, who filed a lawsuit attempting to surpress a photograph taken of her house in 2003. The resulting attention brought to the photo because of this lawsuit named the effect in the public consciousness at large (and thus, this trope).\\
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The photo in question was taken by Kenneth Adelman, as 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 that was explicitly for geological study. Helicopter photos were taken of the coast, with one photo captured every 500 feet. At this time, with Google Earth still in its infancy as a private subscription service, the record was a rather unique collection of images. \\
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The next part is where Streisand took issue.\\
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One of the nearly nine thousand photos that Adelman had taken (covering approx. 840 miles, 500 feet per picture--you do the math) just so happened to capture Barbra Streisand's house, since it overlooked the California coastline (the subject of the geological study). The picture wasn't identified as Streisand's house in any form, but Streisand sued Adelman anyway for violation of privacy. At this point, the Internet imp of the perverse was now roused, and now everyone wanted to see the photo that Streisand didn't want them to see. After all, if Streisand lawyered up because of an image, that image must be something worth suing over, right? But when it was revealed that the offending photo was just a picture of a house -- far from anything that could be called scandalous -- news of the photo's existence spread far and wide, with others mirroring it onto multiple websites as a TakeThat towards Streisand.[[note]]As a matter of historical note: before the public was made aware of the lawsuit, the image of Streisand's house had been downloaded only six times, and two of those downloads were Streisand and her attorneys. After the suit was brought to the public's attention, the image was downloaded over four hundred thousand times in just the following month.[[/note]]\\
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The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot cannot be overstated enough. The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know (and didn't care) who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying, as it wasn't important to their findings. Adelman had not identified the house in the photo as Streisand's -- in fact, he hadn't identified anyone's houses in the thousands of pictures he took, since he didn't know who the houses belonged to, either. The only way the public at large found out that the house in the photo was Streisand's was the lawsuit Streisand herself filed that was specifically designed to prevent that information from getting out. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in an utterly mundane coastal study made it so that the greater public now knew where she lived, what her house looked like, and that she was acting like a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]] about the whole situation.\\
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Basically, had Streisand kept quiet about the photo, nobody would've ever known about it. But because she didn't, the information about her house spread further than it ever would have otherwise.\\
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Ultimately, Streisand lost the lawsuit against Adelman, and was required to pay the legal fees for both sides. The website detailing all of the coastal pictures is still up, with Image 3850 [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/cgi-bin/image.cgi?image=3850&mode=sequential&flags=0&year=2002 still there]] (now identified as Streisand's house), along with [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/streisand/lawsuit.html an archive]] of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo, accompanied by a note essentially telling Streisand to mind her own business.
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* In April 2020, the gaming world was rocked when the plot of ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUsPartII'' was leaked on the internet, which included cutscenes. At first, it was believed to be a disgrunted employee who was angry at Creator/{{Naughty Dog}}'s slave driver like work conditions. However, if was eventually confirmed that it was hackers whom used an exploit code from previous games by Naughty Dog, along with Sony responded by quicky removing spoiler videos from [=YouTube=], where it was first posted, and other website doing the same. While this was acceptable by fans at first, they soon changed their minds after Naughty Dog and Sony began [[UpToEleven taking the censorship too far]] when they discovered that many people were upset by the details of the spoilers and critizing the plot to the sequel with angry opinion post and videos. So they sent out a bunch of DMCA strikes, causing many of the post to be removed and videos to get deleted. The outrage of the these actions caused people to post twice as many videos and create twice as many forums talking about the game's spoilers out of protest, completely undoing what Naughty Dog and Sony were trying to achieve prior to the game being released.

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* In April 2020, the gaming world was rocked when the plot of ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUsPartII'' was leaked on the internet, which included including cutscenes. At first, it was believed to be a disgrunted employee who was angry at Creator/{{Naughty Dog}}'s slave driver like work conditions. However, if was eventually confirmed that it was hackers whom used an exploit code from previous games by Naughty Dog, along with Sony responded by quicky removing spoiler videos from [=YouTube=], where it was first posted, [=YouTube=] and other website doing the same. websites. While this was considered acceptable by fans at first, they soon changed their minds after Naughty Dog Creator/NaughtyDog and Sony began [[UpToEleven taking the censorship too far]] when they discovered that many people were upset by the details of the spoilers and critizing the plot also sending copyright strikes to the sequel with angry opinion post and videos. So they sent out a bunch of DMCA strikes, causing many of the post to be removed posts and videos to get deleted. that were complaining about leaked plot details. The outrage of the these actions caused people to post twice as many by the excessive removals made fans create even more posts and videos and create twice as many forums talking about the game's spoilers out of protest, completely undoing what Naughty Dog and Sony were trying to achieve prior to the game being released.achieve.


* At the 2019 Biennial Book Fair in Rio de Janeiro, some {{Moral Guardian|s}} with too much time in their hands found the hardcover version of ''Comicbook/TheChildrensCrusade'', and therein the scene where Teddy and Billy kiss as the former proposes to the latter (which consisted of a grand total of two pages). Posting the image on the internet was enough to get the attention of the city's conservative Neopentecostal Mayor, Marcelo Crivella, who then attempted to take the album out of circulation completely. Crivella even threatened to cancel the Book Fair's license outright, arguing that ''The Children's Crusade'' is a work with "sexual content" and "unsafe for children", who he also argued was the primary target demographic. All this for ''two pages'' in a hardcover collection containing nine full issues. Even when Crivella's attempts to ban the book failed -- the Supreme Court ruled against this decision on the grounds of unconstitutional censorship -- he went so far as to send city office inspectors to the Book Fair to confiscate every copy of ''The Children's Crusade'' they could find. To Crivella's horror, the inspectors reported that the album had ''sold out overnight'' in response to his threats.

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* At the 2019 Biennial Book Fair in Rio de Janeiro, some {{Moral Guardian|s}} with too much time in their hands found the hardcover version of ''Comicbook/TheChildrensCrusade'', and therein the scene where Teddy and Billy kiss as the former proposes to the latter (which consisted of a grand total of two pages). Posting the image on the internet was enough to get the attention of the city's conservative Neopentecostal Mayor, Marcelo Crivella, who then attempted to take the album out of circulation completely. Crivella even threatened to cancel the Book Fair's license outright, arguing that ''The Children's Crusade'' is a work with "sexual content" and "unsafe for children", who he also argued was the primary target demographic. All this for ''two pages'' in a hardcover collection containing nine full issues. Even when Crivella's attempts to ban the book failed -- the Supreme Court ruled against this decision on the grounds of unconstitutional censorship -- he went so far as to send city office inspectors to the Book Fair to confiscate every copy of ''The Children's Crusade'' they could find. To Crivella's horror, the inspectors reported that the album had ''sold out overnight'' in response to his threats. Whoops.



* The version of "Louie Louie" performed by The Kingsmen was recorded with absolutely {{no budget}}, with the band members huddled around a single microphone. There was even a mistake that was [[ThrowItIn left in due to said lack of budget]]. The end result was a recording where [[IndecipherableLyrics you couldn't even make out the lyrics]], and it was seemingly destined for obscurity. That was, until someone complained that the song's lyrics were obscene; the FBI ended up investigating, eventually concluding that the song was "unintelligible at any speed".[[note]]ironically though, you can hear the drummer faintly yell "Fuck!" around 51 seconds in.[[/note]] Probably in due to this controversy, the song wound up rocketing to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming one of the most iconic songs of the '60s garage rock scene, as well as the unofficial song of the state of Washington.

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* The version of "Louie Louie" performed by The Kingsmen was recorded with absolutely {{no budget}}, with the band members huddled around a single microphone. There was even a mistake that was [[ThrowItIn left in due to said lack of budget]]. The end result was a recording where [[IndecipherableLyrics you couldn't even make out the lyrics]], and it was seemingly destined for obscurity. That was, until someone complained that the song's lyrics were obscene; the FBI ended up investigating, eventually concluding that the song was "unintelligible at any speed".[[note]]ironically though, you can hear the drummer faintly yell "Fuck!" "[[PrecisionFStrike Fuck!]]" around 51 seconds in.[[/note]] Probably in due to this controversy, the song wound up rocketing to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming one of the most iconic songs of the '60s garage rock scene, as well as the unofficial song of the state of Washington.



* 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 [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment controversial media outlet in various pockets of the internet]], so there were those who were more than happy to further make fun of the 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 [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment controversial media outlet in various pockets of the internet]], so there were those who were more than happy to further make fun of the video, either because they learned about it through Vice, or to spite them. [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Or both.both]].


** In 2019, Blizzard suspended a Hearthstone player/streamer, withheld his prize money, and [[DisproportionateRetribution also suspended his fellow commentators]] all because the player in question made a political statement about China's treatment of Hong Kong's citizens. Not long after that, Blizzard fans retaliated by trying to screw over Blizzard's relationship with China by posting artwork and memes of ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' character Mei (who is Chinese herself) in Hong Kong protester imagery and statements, in the hopes that A.) Chinese players would spread them, and B.) the Chinese government would take notice. This caused Blizzard to [[https://www.keengamer.com/articles/news/overwatchs-mei-statue-removed-from-gear-shop-amidst-hong-kong-protest/ yank statues of Mei from their store]] in an attempt to stop the memes from spreading. On top of that, the event that was planned to celebrate the Switch release of ''Overwatch'' at the Nintendo World Store was cancelled, and many suspect it was Nintendo's decision to try to distance itself from Blizzard's controversies.

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** In 2019, Blizzard suspended a Hearthstone ''Hearthstone'' player/streamer, withheld his prize money, and [[DisproportionateRetribution also suspended his fellow commentators]] all because the player in question made a political statement about China's treatment of Hong Kong's citizens. Not long after that, Blizzard fans retaliated by trying to screw over Blizzard's relationship with China by posting artwork and memes of ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' character Mei (who Mei, who is Chinese herself) herself, in Hong Kong protester imagery and statements, in the hopes that A.) Chinese players would spread them, and B.) the Chinese government would take notice. This caused Blizzard to [[https://www.keengamer.com/articles/news/overwatchs-mei-statue-removed-from-gear-shop-amidst-hong-kong-protest/ yank statues of Mei from their store]] in an attempt to stop the memes from spreading. On top of that, the event that was planned to celebrate the Switch release of ''Overwatch'' at the Nintendo World Store was cancelled, and many suspect it was Nintendo's decision to try to distance itself from Blizzard's controversies.



* During April 2020, the gaming world was rocked when ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUsPartII'' plot was leaked on the internet, including cutscenes from the beginning of the game, until the ending. At first it was believed to be a disgrunted employee who was angry at [[Creator/NaughtyDog NaughtyDogs]]' slave driver like work conditions. However, if was eventually confirmed that it was hackers whom used an exploit code from previous games by the developer. Naughty Dog, along with Sony responded by quicky removing spoiler videos from Youtube, where it was first posted, and other website doing the same. While this was acceptable by fans at first, they soon changed their minds after both developers began [[UpToEleven taking the censorship too far]] when they discovered that many people were upset by the details of the spoilers and critizing the plot to the sequel with angry opinion post and videos. So they sent out a bunch of DMCA strikes, causing many of the post to be removed and videos to get deleted. The outrage of the these actions caused people to post twice as many videos and create twice as many forums talking about the game's spoilers out of protest, completely undoing what Naughty Dog and Sony were trying to achieve prior to the game being released.

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* During In April 2020, the gaming world was rocked when the plot of ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUsPartII'' plot was leaked on the internet, including cutscenes from the beginning of the game, until the ending. which included cutscenes. At first first, it was believed to be a disgrunted employee who was angry at [[Creator/NaughtyDog NaughtyDogs]]' Creator/{{Naughty Dog}}'s slave driver like work conditions. However, if was eventually confirmed that it was hackers whom used an exploit code from previous games by the developer. Naughty Dog, along with Sony responded by quicky removing spoiler videos from Youtube, [=YouTube=], where it was first posted, and other website doing the same. While this was acceptable by fans at first, they soon changed their minds after both developers Naughty Dog and Sony began [[UpToEleven taking the censorship too far]] when they discovered that many people were upset by the details of the spoilers and critizing the plot to the sequel with angry opinion post and videos. So they sent out a bunch of DMCA strikes, causing many of the post to be removed and videos to get deleted. The outrage of the these actions caused people to post twice as many videos and create twice as many forums talking about the game's spoilers out of protest, completely undoing what Naughty Dog and Sony were trying to achieve prior to the game being released.

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* During April 2020, the gaming world was rocked when ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUsPartII'' plot was leaked on the internet, including cutscenes from the beginning of the game, until the ending. At first it was believed to be a disgrunted employee who was angry at [[Creator/NaughtyDog NaughtyDogs]]' slave driver like work conditions. However, if was eventually confirmed that it was hackers whom used an exploit code from previous games by the developer. Naughty Dog, along with Sony responded by quicky removing spoiler videos from Youtube, where it was first posted, and other website doing the same. While this was acceptable by fans at first, they soon changed their minds after both developers began [[UpToEleven taking the censorship too far]] when they discovered that many people were upset by the details of the spoilers and critizing the plot to the sequel with angry opinion post and videos. So they sent out a bunch of DMCA strikes, causing many of the post to be removed and videos to get deleted. The outrage of the these actions caused people to post twice as many videos and create twice as many forums talking about the game's spoilers out of protest, completely undoing what Naughty Dog and Sony were trying to achieve prior to the game being released.

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* In response to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkMwvmJLnc0 an attack ad]] juxtaposing Creator/DonaldTrump's dismissive statements during the early stages of the UsefulNotes/CoronavirusDisease2019Pandemic with the rising death toll, the Trump campaign denounced the ad as "misleading" and [[https://www.wpr.org/trump-campaign-sues-northwoods-tv-station-airing-covid-19-attack-ad sued a Wisconsin TV station]] for running it. This resulted in increased attention to the ad -- for example, TV host Joe Scarborough played the ad, declared that he couldn't figure out how it was "misleading", played it again, made a show of ''still'' not finding anything "misleading", and [[RuleOfThree played it a third time]].


* In the months leading up to ''Film/{{Joker|2019}}'''s wide release, a number of American film critics, journalists, and bloggers endlessly attacked the film, claiming that its portrayal of the Joker would inspire "incel" violence and mass shootings, and it escalated to the point where they even tried to get the film's released cancelled. As a result, the outcry many police forces and even the U.S. Army were put on alert on release day, and Warner Bros., tired of the endless attacks from the press, barred journalists from attending the red carpet premiere. The constant negative publicity and drama only served to increase interest among moviegoers to see what riled up the media so badly, and the movie smashed the opening weekend box office record for the month of October as a result, eventually becoming the first R-rated film to make over $1 billion worldwide.

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* In the months leading up to ''Film/{{Joker|2019}}'''s wide release, a number of American film critics, journalists, and bloggers endlessly attacked the film, claiming that its portrayal of the Joker would inspire "incel" violence and mass shootings, and it escalated to the point where they even tried to get the film's released cancelled. As a result, result of the outcry outcry, many police forces and even the U.S. Army were put on alert on release day, and Warner Bros., tired of the endless attacks from the press, barred journalists from attending the red carpet premiere. The constant negative publicity and drama only served to increase interest among moviegoers to see what riled up the media so badly, and the movie smashed the opening weekend box office record for the month of October as a result, eventually becoming the first R-rated film to make over $1 billion worldwide.



* In 1972, Siemens, a German megacorporation, sued a German satirist for writing a satirical history of the company. The trial ultimately brought much more attention to the company's sordid history during World War Two: using forced Jewish labor in their factories to supply electrical parts to Nazi concentration camps and death camps. (In 2020, Siemens has a net worth of $150 billion.)

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* In 1972, Siemens, a German megacorporation, sued a German satirist for writing a satirical history of the company. The trial ultimately brought much more attention to the company's sordid history during World War Two: using forced Jewish labor in their factories to supply electrical parts to Nazi concentration camps and death camps. (In [[note]]In 2020, Siemens has a net worth of $150 billion.)[[/note]]


** Before release, the first trailer for the film was the most downvoted trailer on [=YouTube=]. Hoping to avoid a similar outcome, Sony decided not to release the second trailer on [=YouTube=], opting for using Facebook instead. Cue the people uploading the trailer on their own, followed by a stream of downvotes every time.

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** Before release, the first trailer for the film was the most downvoted disliked trailer on [=YouTube=]. Hoping to avoid a similar outcome, Sony decided not to release the second trailer on [=YouTube=], opting for using Facebook instead. Cue the people uploading the trailer on their own, followed by a stream of downvotes dislikes every time.



* In the months leading up to ''Film/{{Joker|2019}}'''s wide release, a number of American film critics, journalists, and bloggers endlessly attacked the film, claiming that its portrayal as the Joker would inspire "incel" violence and mass shootings, and it escalated to the point where they even tried to get the film's released cancelled. As a result, the outcry many police forces and even the U.S. Army were put on alert on release day, and Warner Bros., tired of the endless attacks from the press, barred journalists from attending the red carpet premiere. The constant negative publicity and drama only served to increase interest among moviegoers to see what riled up the media so badly, and the movie smashed the opening weekend box office record for the month of October as a result, eventually becoming the first R-rated film to make over $1 billion worldwide.

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* In the months leading up to ''Film/{{Joker|2019}}'''s wide release, a number of American film critics, journalists, and bloggers endlessly attacked the film, claiming that its portrayal as of the Joker would inspire "incel" violence and mass shootings, and it escalated to the point where they even tried to get the film's released cancelled. As a result, the outcry many police forces and even the U.S. Army were put on alert on release day, and Warner Bros., tired of the endless attacks from the press, barred journalists from attending the red carpet premiere. The constant negative publicity and drama only served to increase interest among moviegoers to see what riled up the media so badly, and the movie smashed the opening weekend box office record for the month of October as a result, eventually becoming the first R-rated film to make over $1 billion worldwide.


** Not to mention the [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/resources/just-wow1.html Ocean Marketing debacle]]: Paul Christoforo, the president of a PR and distribution firm named Ocean Marketing, sent unkind, unprofessional, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and terribly written]] emails out to several customers of N-Control, a company that manufactures and sells the Avenger Controller, a modified [=PS3=] controller designed with folks with fine motor impairment in mind. Paul made unsubstantiated claims of how soon the controllers would ship out, lowered the price to attract new customers while not even offering the customers who would be waiting for several more weeks a ten percent compensatory discount, eventually started addressing disgruntled customers by telling them their business in a condescending tone, threatened to cancel an order placed by at least one customer and sell the controllers on eBay himself, and went around claiming to know head editors at gaming news blogs like IGN and Kotaku, to try to deflect complaints by making himself seem like an important figure. Dave, one customer unlucky enough to have dealt with him, shared the series of email correspondence with Gabe himself, who stepped in to tell Paul that Ocean Marketing would not be welcome at PAX any longer -- something Paul was initially disbelieving of, since he had no idea who he was talking to, at first. He made an about-face when he realized just how tremendous his mistake was, but by the time he connected the dots, it was already too late. That one series of emails set off a chain reaction that effectively killed Ocean Marketing and, with it, Paul's career. As the dust began settling, it became obvious Paul wasn't genuinely sorry for how he behaved -- he was just sorry he got caught lying to, verbally abusing, and cheating N-Control's customers.

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** Not to mention the [[http://www.[[https://www.penny-arcade.com/resources/just-wow1.html com/news/post/2011/12/26/just-wow1 Ocean Marketing debacle]]: Paul Christoforo, the president of a PR and distribution firm named Ocean Marketing, sent unkind, unprofessional, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and terribly written]] emails out to several customers of N-Control, a company that manufactures and sells the Avenger Controller, a modified [=PS3=] controller designed with folks with fine motor impairment in mind. Paul made unsubstantiated claims of how soon the controllers would ship out, lowered the price to attract new customers while not even offering the customers who would be waiting for several more weeks a ten percent compensatory discount, eventually started addressing disgruntled customers by telling them their business in a condescending tone, threatened to cancel an order placed by at least one customer and sell the controllers on eBay himself, and went around claiming to know head editors at gaming news blogs like IGN and Kotaku, to try to deflect complaints by making himself seem like an important figure. Dave, one customer unlucky enough to have dealt with him, shared the series of email correspondence with Gabe himself, who stepped in to tell Paul that Ocean Marketing would not be welcome at PAX any longer -- something Paul was initially disbelieving of, since he had no idea who he was talking to, at first. He made an about-face when he realized just how tremendous his mistake was, but by the time he connected the dots, it was already too late. That one series of emails set off a chain reaction that effectively killed Ocean Marketing and, with it, Paul's career. As the dust began settling, it became obvious Paul wasn't genuinely sorry for how he behaved -- he was just sorry he got caught lying to, verbally abusing, and cheating N-Control's customers.


One of the nine thousand photos that Adelman had taken (covering approx. 840 miles, 500 feet per picture--you do the math) ''just so happened'' to capture Barbra Streisand's house, since it overlooked the California coastline; the very subject of the geological study. The picture wasn't identified as Streisand's house anywhere on the website, but Streisand sued Adelman anyway for violation of privacy. At this point, the Internet imp of the perverse was now roused, and now everyone wanted to see the photo that Streisand didn't want them to see. After all, if Streisand lawyered up because of an image, that image must be of value, right? News of the photo's existence spread far and wide, with others quickly mirroring it onto multiple websites as a TakeThat towards Streisand.[[note]]As a matter of historical note: before the public was made aware of the lawsuit, the image of Streisand's house had been downloaded only six times, and two of those downloads were Streisand and her attorneys. After the suit was brought to the public's attention, the image was downloaded over four hundred thousand times in just the following month.[[/note]]

The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot cannot be overstated enough. The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know (and didn't care) who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying, as it wasn't important to their findings. Adelman had not identified the house in the photo as Streisand's -- in fact, he hadn't identified anyone's houses in the thousands of pictures he took, since he didn't know who the houses belonged to, either. The only way the public at large found out that the house in the photo was Streisand's was the lawsuit specifically designed to prevent that information from getting out. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in an utterly mundane coastal study made it so that the greater public now knew where she lived, what her house looked like, and that she was acting like a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]] about the whole situation.

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One of the nearly nine thousand photos that Adelman had taken (covering approx. 840 miles, 500 feet per picture--you do the math) ''just just so happened'' happened to capture Barbra Streisand's house, since it overlooked the California coastline; the very coastline (the subject of the geological study. study). The picture wasn't identified as Streisand's house anywhere on the website, in any form, but Streisand sued Adelman anyway for violation of privacy. At this point, the Internet imp of the perverse was now roused, and now everyone wanted to see the photo that Streisand didn't want them to see. After all, if Streisand lawyered up because of an image, that image must be of value, something worth suing over, right? News But when it was revealed that the offending photo was just a picture of a house -- far from anything that could be called scandalous -- news of the photo's existence spread far and wide, with others quickly mirroring it onto multiple websites as a TakeThat towards Streisand.[[note]]As a matter of historical note: before the public was made aware of the lawsuit, the image of Streisand's house had been downloaded only six times, and two of those downloads were Streisand and her attorneys. After the suit was brought to the public's attention, the image was downloaded over four hundred thousand times in just the following month.[[/note]]

The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot cannot be overstated enough. The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know (and didn't care) who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying, as it wasn't important to their findings. Adelman had not identified the house in the photo as Streisand's -- in fact, he hadn't identified anyone's houses in the thousands of pictures he took, since he didn't know who the houses belonged to, either. The only way the public at large found out that the house in the photo was Streisand's was the lawsuit Streisand herself filed that was specifically designed to prevent that information from getting out. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in an utterly mundane coastal study made it so that the greater public now knew where she lived, what her house looked like, and that she was acting like a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]] about the whole situation.



* ''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".

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* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' was an extreme case. The case with the famous Rakolta Boycott led by Boycott. The ire of one Terry Rakolta backfired completely. was drawn by the episode "Her Cups Runneth Over," where Al buys a bra for his wife Peggy and oggles a mannequin (though the mannequin's back was to the camera, so the audience never saw anything). Rakolta wrote letters to the show's sponsors, getting a few of them to pull support for ''Married... with Children''. However, the boycott utterly failed. A few sponsors did withdraw support for the show, but the stocks for its Bounty, the show's biggest one, Bounty, skyrocketed, and the sponsor, skyrocketed. The show's ratings dramatically increased. increased, despite Fox moving it to a later timeslot and toning down the sexual content. And ultimately, the few advertisers who did pull their ads from the show all came back within a year. The boycott ultimately thus 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".


* At the 2019 Biennial Book Fair in Rio de Janeiro, some {{Moral Guardian|s}} with too much time in their hands found the hardcover version of ''Comicbook/TheChildrensCrusade'', and therein the scene where Teddy and Billy kiss as the former proposes to the latter (which together consisted of a grand total of ''two pages''). Posting the image on the internet was enough to get the attention of the city's conservative, Neopentecostal Mayor, Marcelo Crivella, who then attempted to take the album out of circulation completely - and then threatening to ''cancel the Fair's license outright'' - , arguing that it is a work with "sexual content" and "unsafe for children" who, according to them, is the primary target demographic. Bears repeating: all this for ''two pages'' in a hardcover collection containing ''nine full issues''. Even when his attempts to get the ban to pass failed, as the Supreme Court ruled against this decision on the grounds of censorship (which is unconstitutional), he went so far as to send City Office inspectors to the Fair confiscate every copy they could find... Only to find that the album had ''sold out overnight'' in response to the threats.

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* At the 2019 Biennial Book Fair in Rio de Janeiro, some {{Moral Guardian|s}} with too much time in their hands found the hardcover version of ''Comicbook/TheChildrensCrusade'', and therein the scene where Teddy and Billy kiss as the former proposes to the latter (which together consisted of a grand total of ''two pages''). two pages). Posting the image on the internet was enough to get the attention of the city's conservative, conservative Neopentecostal Mayor, Marcelo Crivella, who then attempted to take the album out of circulation completely - and then threatening completely. Crivella even threatened to ''cancel cancel the Book Fair's license outright'' - , outright, arguing that it ''The Children's Crusade'' is a work with "sexual content" and "unsafe for children" who, according to them, is children", who he also argued was the primary target demographic. Bears repeating: all All this for ''two pages'' in a hardcover collection containing ''nine nine full issues''. issues. Even when his Crivella's attempts to get ban the ban to pass failed, as book failed -- the Supreme Court ruled against this decision on the grounds of unconstitutional censorship (which is unconstitutional), -- he went so far as to send City Office city office inspectors to the Book Fair to confiscate every copy of ''The Children's Crusade'' they could find... Only to find find. To Crivella's horror, the inspectors reported that the album had ''sold out overnight'' in response to the his threats.


Blogger Mike Masnick of Techdirt coined the phrase back in 2003 when American singer 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 the photographer and force him to take the image off of his website. Here's what happened: The photo in question was taken by Kenneth Adelman as 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 for geologic study. Helicopter photos were taken of the coast, with one for every 500 feet. At this time, with Google Earth still a private subscription service, the record was rather unique.

One of the nearly nine thousands of photos that Adelman had taken (approx. 840 miles of coastline in California, 500 feet per picture--you do the math) just so happened to capture Barbra Streisand's house, since it overlooked the California coastline. The picture wasn't identified as Streisand's house anywhere on the website, but Streisand sued Adelman anyway for violation of privacy. 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 onto multiple websites as a TakeThat towards Streisand.[[note]]As a matter of historical note: before the public was made aware of the lawsuit, the image of Streisand's house had been downloaded only six times, and two of those downloads were Streisand and her attorneys. After the suit was brought to the public's attention, the image was downloaded over four hundred thousand times in just the following month.[[/note]]

The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot can't be overstated enough. The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know (and didn't care) who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying, as it wasn't important to their findings. Adelman had not identified the house in the photo as Streisand's -- in fact, he hadn't identified anyone's houses in the thousands of pictures he took, since he didn't know who the houses belonged to, either. The only way the public at large found out that the house in the photo was Streisand's was the lawsuit specifically designed to prevent that information from getting out. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in an utterly mundane coastal study made it so that the greater public now knew where she lived, what her house looked like, and that she was acting like a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]] about the whole situation.

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Blogger Mike Masnick of Techdirt coined the phrase back in 2003 when American singer Music/BarbraStreisand tried to suppress a photograph taken of her house -- [[ForegoneConclusion the one at the top of the page]] -- and who then attempted to sue the photographer and force him to take the image off of his website. Here's what happened: website.

The photo in question was taken by Kenneth Adelman Adelman, as 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 that was explicitly for geologic geological study. Helicopter photos were taken of the coast, with one for photo captured every 500 feet. At this time, with Google Earth still in its infancy as a private subscription service, the record was a rather unique.unique collection of images.

The next part is where Streisand took issue.

One of the nearly nine thousands of thousand photos that Adelman had taken (approx. (covering approx. 840 miles of coastline in California, miles, 500 feet per picture--you do the math) just ''just so happened happened'' to capture Barbra Streisand's house, since it overlooked the California coastline.coastline; the very subject of the geological study. The picture wasn't identified as Streisand's house anywhere on the website, but Streisand sued Adelman anyway for violation of privacy. The At this point, the Internet imp of the perverse was now roused, and now everyone wanted to see the photo that Streisand didn't want them to see. After all, if Streisand lawyered up because of an image, that image must be of value, right? News of the photo's existence spread far and wide, with others quickly mirroring it onto multiple websites as a TakeThat towards Streisand.[[note]]As a matter of historical note: before the public was made aware of the lawsuit, the image of Streisand's house had been downloaded only six times, and two of those downloads were Streisand and her attorneys. After the suit was brought to the public's attention, the image was downloaded over four hundred thousand times in just the following month.[[/note]]

The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot can't cannot be overstated enough. The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know (and didn't care) who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying, as it wasn't important to their findings. Adelman had not identified the house in the photo as Streisand's -- in fact, he hadn't identified anyone's houses in the thousands of pictures he took, since he didn't know who the houses belonged to, either. The only way the public at large found out that the house in the photo was Streisand's was the lawsuit specifically designed to prevent that information from getting out. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in an utterly mundane coastal study made it so that the greater public now knew where she lived, what her house looked like, and that she was acting like a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]] about the whole situation.


* After an incident in 2011 where police pepper-sprayed protesting students who were already in custody on the grounds of the campus, UC Davis paid upwards of US$175,000 to try to prevent the incident from coming up in searches related to the university or its Chancellor, Linda P.B. Katehi on the Internet. [[http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article71659992.html They utterly failed in their goal]].

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* After an incident in 2011 where police pepper-sprayed pepper sprayed protesting students who were already in custody on the grounds of the campus, UC Davis paid upwards of US$175,000 to try to prevent the incident from coming up in searches related to the university or its Chancellor, Linda P.B. Katehi on the Internet. [[http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article71659992.html They utterly failed in their goal]].



* As mentioned above, when ''VideoGame/Persona5'' was released in North America, Atlus disabled the screen capture and sharing feature on the UsefulNotes/PlayStation4. They also released a set of strict guidelines that warned [=YouTubers=] not to show any content past the in-game date of July 7th. Failure to heed the guidelines would have Atlus claim the offending videos via content ID or issue copyright takedowns to suspend or even terminate the offending channel. According to Atlus, all of this was done in the name of avoiding spoilers. Predictably, many fans began posting spoilers out of spite, including using bots on Twitter to post spoilers en masse, and the majority of them [[LoopholeAbuse used actual cameras and capture devices to create their own screenshots]], which defeated Atlus' purpose. What makes the event even stranger is that the Japanese version of the game had been released several months prior, which gave fans plenty of time to see anything they wanted to about the game. Finally, Atlus stating not to post anything beyond certain in-game dates [[{{Irony}} spoiled the fact]] that something big would happen on those dates. Eventually, the massive backlash to their move caused them to relent, pushing back the streaming ban up until November 19 in-game.

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* As mentioned above, aforementioned, when ''VideoGame/Persona5'' was released in North America, Atlus disabled the screen capture and sharing feature on the UsefulNotes/PlayStation4. They also released a set of strict guidelines that warned [=YouTubers=] not to show any content past the in-game date of July 7th. Failure to heed the guidelines would have Atlus claim the offending videos via content ID or issue copyright takedowns to suspend or even terminate the offending channel. According to Atlus, all of this was done in the name of avoiding spoilers. Predictably, many fans began posting spoilers out of spite, including using bots on Twitter to post spoilers en masse, and the majority of them [[LoopholeAbuse used actual cameras and capture devices to create their own screenshots]], which defeated Atlus' purpose. What makes the event even stranger is that the Japanese version of the game had been released several months prior, which gave fans plenty of time to see anything they wanted to about the game. Finally, Atlus stating not to post anything beyond certain in-game dates [[{{Irony}} spoiled the fact]] that something big would happen on those dates. Eventually, the massive backlash to their move caused them to relent, pushing back the streaming ban up until November 19 in-game.


Ultimately, Streisand lost the lawsuit against Adelman, and was required to pay the legal fees for both sides. The web site detailing all of the coastal pictures is still up, with Image 3850 [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/cgi-bin/image.cgi?image=3850&mode=sequential&flags=0&year=2002 still there]] (now identified as Streisand's house), along with [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/streisand/lawsuit.html an archive]] of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo, accompanied by a note essentially telling Streisand to mind her own business.

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Ultimately, Streisand lost the lawsuit against Adelman, and was required to pay the legal fees for both sides. The web site website detailing all of the coastal pictures is still up, with Image 3850 [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/cgi-bin/image.cgi?image=3850&mode=sequential&flags=0&year=2002 still there]] (now identified as Streisand's house), along with [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/streisand/lawsuit.html an archive]] of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo, accompanied by a note essentially telling Streisand to mind her own business.


The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot can't be overstated enough. The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know (and didn't care) who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying, as it wasn't important to their findings. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in an utterly mundane coastal study made it so that the greater public now knew where she lived, what her house looked like, and that she was acting like a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]] about the whole situation. Basically, had Streisand kept quiet about the photo, nobody would've ever known about it.

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The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot can't be overstated enough. The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know (and didn't care) who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying, as it wasn't important to their findings. Adelman had not identified the house in the photo as Streisand's -- in fact, he hadn't identified anyone's houses in the thousands of pictures he took, since he didn't know who the houses belonged to, either. The only way the public at large found out that the house in the photo was Streisand's was the lawsuit specifically designed to prevent that information from getting out. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in an utterly mundane coastal study made it so that the greater public now knew where she lived, what her house looked like, and that she was acting like a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]] about the whole situation. situation.

Basically, had Streisand kept quiet about the photo, nobody would've ever known about it.
it. But because she didn't, the information about her house spread further than it ever would have otherwise.


One of the nearly nine thousands of photos (approx. 840 miles of coastline in California, 500 feet per picture--you do the math) just happened to capture Barbra Streisand's house. It wasn't even identified as Streisand's house, but Streisand sued the photographer anyway. 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 onto multiple websites as a TakeThat towards Streisand.[[note]]As a matter of historical note: before the public was made aware of the lawsuit, the image of Streisand's house had been downloaded only six times (and two of those were Streisand and her attorneys). After the suit was brought to the public's attention, the image was downloaded over four hundred thousand times in just the following month.[[/note]]

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One of the nearly nine thousands of photos that Adelman had taken (approx. 840 miles of coastline in California, 500 feet per picture--you do the math) just so happened to capture Barbra Streisand's house. It house, since it overlooked the California coastline. The picture wasn't even identified as Streisand's house, house anywhere on the website, but Streisand sued the photographer anyway.Adelman anyway for violation of privacy. 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 onto multiple websites as a TakeThat towards Streisand.[[note]]As a matter of historical note: before the public was made aware of the lawsuit, the image of Streisand's house had been downloaded only six times (and times, and two of those downloads were Streisand and her attorneys).attorneys. After the suit was brought to the public's attention, the image was downloaded over four hundred thousand times in just the following month.[[/note]]



Ultimately, Streisand lost the lawsuit against Adelman, and was required to pay the legal fees for both sides. The web site detailing all of the coastal pictures is still up, with Image 3850 [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/cgi-bin/image.cgi?image=3850&mode=sequential&flags=0&year=2002 still there]] (and now identified as Streisand's house), along with [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/streisand/lawsuit.html an archive]] of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo, accompanied by a note essentially telling Streisand to mind her own business.

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Ultimately, Streisand lost the lawsuit against Adelman, and was required to pay the legal fees for both sides. The web site detailing all of the coastal pictures is still up, with Image 3850 [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/cgi-bin/image.cgi?image=3850&mode=sequential&flags=0&year=2002 still there]] (and now (now identified as Streisand's house), along with [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/streisand/lawsuit.html an archive]] of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo, accompanied by a note essentially telling Streisand to mind her own business.



** Taken to another level when Sterling did a cold/blind/first playthrough of ''The Slaughtering Grounds'' for his [=YouTube=] channel and wasn't impressed by the game's bugs, bad design, and lack of direction. The developer behind the game, Digital Homicide, [[CantTakeCriticism took the impressions as a massive attack towards his work]] and retaliated by reposting Sterling's video and threw up a bunch of text on top of it that was making fun of him. Sterling found the entire thing hilarious and responded by reposting the video containing the developer's response with his own commentary. The developer then posted ''another'' video of the re-repost where he just blatantly attacks Sterling. People got wind of the tantrum and started to criticize the developer on the Steam forums, which got them swiftly banned by the developer. To top it all off, the developers issued a copyright strike against Sterling, which got his first impressions video taken down. While Sterling's original video was down for a few weeks, he was successful in his counterclaim and his video was restored. To rub salt in the wound, Sterling dedicated his victory to playing the game for 2 hours to show everyone just how bad it was, and to stick it to the developer who said Sterling wasn't allowed to critique the game unless he played longer.

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** Taken to another level when Sterling did a cold/blind/first playthrough of ''The Slaughtering Grounds'' for his [=YouTube=] channel and Grounds''. He wasn't impressed by the game's bugs, bad design, and lack of direction. The developer behind the game, Digital Homicide, [[CantTakeCriticism took the impressions as a massive attack towards his work]] and retaliated work]], retaliating by reposting Sterling's video and threw up with a bunch of text on top of it that was making fun of mocked him. Sterling found the entire thing hilarious hilarious, and responded by reposting the video containing the developer's response with his own commentary. The developer then posted ''another'' video of the re-repost where he just blatantly attacks Sterling. People got wind of the tantrum and started to criticize the developer on the Steam forums, which got them swiftly banned by the developer. To top it all off, the developers issued a copyright strike against Sterling, which got his first impressions video taken down. While Sterling's original video was down for a few weeks, he was successful in his counterclaim and his video was restored. To rub salt in the wound, Sterling dedicated his victory to playing the game for 2 hours to show everyone just how bad it was, and to stick it to the developer who said Sterling wasn't allowed to critique the game unless he played longer.


* Creator/{{Funimation}} acquired the license to ''Manga/InterspeciesReviewers'', only to quickly drop the series after three episodes. The company officially stated this was because the series fell outside their standards,[[note]]Admittedly, the series' content often goes ''way'' past your typical {{ecchi}}.[[/note]] and that it got so explicit that it was fruitless to try and censor it without it becoming unwatchable. This, combined with the myriad of controversies the company has endured since the mid-2010s, people pointing out that Funimation have licensed similarly raunchy anime in the past,[[note]]Namely ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', ''LightNovel/TheTestamentOfSisterNewDevil'' and ''LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}'', among others.[[/note]] and Amazon, Tokyo MX and SUN later dropping it, has only served as a huge free advertisement for the series.

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* Creator/{{Funimation}} acquired the license to ''Manga/InterspeciesReviewers'', only to quickly drop the series after three episodes. The company officially stated this was because the series fell outside their standards,[[note]]Admittedly, the series' content often goes ''way'' past your typical {{ecchi}}.[[/note]] and that it got so explicit that it was fruitless to try and censor it without it becoming unwatchable. This, combined with the myriad of controversies the company has endured since the mid-2010s, people pointing out that Funimation have licensed similarly raunchy anime in the past,[[note]]Namely ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', ''LightNovel/TheTestamentOfSisterNewDevil'' and ''LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}'', among others.[[/note]] and Amazon, Tokyo MX and SUN later dropping it, has only served as a huge free advertisement for the series.


* Creator/{{Funimation}} acquired the license to ''Manga/InterspeciesReviewers'', only to quickly cancel their dub of it three episodes in and then drop it from their service like a hot potato. The company officially stated this was because the show went beyond their standards (to be fair, the show's content often goes ''way'' past your typical {{ecchi}}), and that it got so explicit that it was fruitless to try and censor it without it becoming unwatchable. This, combined with the myriad of controversies the company has endured since the mid-2010s (which [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment is best left to other websites]]), people pointing out that Funimation have licensed similarly raunchy anime in the past[[note]]namely ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', ''LightNovel/TheTestamentOfSisterNewDevil'' and ''LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}'', among others.[[/note]], and Amazon and Tokyo-MX later dropping the show, has only served as a huge free advertisement for the series.

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* Creator/{{Funimation}} acquired the license to ''Manga/InterspeciesReviewers'', only to quickly cancel their dub of it drop the series after three episodes in and then drop it from their service like a hot potato. episodes. The company officially stated this was because the show went beyond series fell outside their standards (to be fair, standards,[[note]]Admittedly, the show's series' content often goes ''way'' past your typical {{ecchi}}), {{ecchi}}.[[/note]] and that it got so explicit that it was fruitless to try and censor it without it becoming unwatchable. This, combined with the myriad of controversies the company has endured since the mid-2010s (which [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment is best left to other websites]]), mid-2010s, people pointing out that Funimation have licensed similarly raunchy anime in the past[[note]]namely past,[[note]]Namely ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', ''LightNovel/TheTestamentOfSisterNewDevil'' and ''LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}'', among others.[[/note]], [[/note]] and Amazon Amazon, Tokyo MX and Tokyo-MX SUN later dropping the show, it, has only served as a huge free advertisement for the series.



* In the months leading up to ''Film/{{Joker|2019}}'''s wide release, a number of American film critics, journalists, and bloggers endlessly attacked the film, claiming that its portrayal as the Joker would inspire "incel" violence and mass shootings, and it escalated to the point where they even tried to get the film's released cancelled. As a result the outcry many police forces and even the US Army were put on alert on release day, and Warner Bros., tired of the endless attacks from the press, barred journalists from attending the red carpet premiere. The constant negative publicity and drama only served to increase interest among moviegoers to see what riled up the media so badly, and the movie smashed the opening weekend box office record for the month of October as a result, eventually becoming the first R-rated film to make over $1 billion worldwide.

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* In the months leading up to ''Film/{{Joker|2019}}'''s wide release, a number of American film critics, journalists, and bloggers endlessly attacked the film, claiming that its portrayal as the Joker would inspire "incel" violence and mass shootings, and it escalated to the point where they even tried to get the film's released cancelled. As a result result, the outcry many police forces and even the US U.S. Army were put on alert on release day, and Warner Bros., tired of the endless attacks from the press, barred journalists from attending the red carpet premiere. The constant negative publicity and drama only served to increase interest among moviegoers to see what riled up the media so badly, and the movie smashed the opening weekend box office record for the month of October as a result, eventually becoming the first R-rated film to make over $1 billion worldwide.


One of the thousands of photos (approx. 840 miles of coastline in California, 500 feet per picture--you do the math) just happened to capture Barbra Streisand's house. It wasn't even identified as Barbra Streisand's house, but Streisand sued. 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 onto multiple websites as a TakeThat towards Streisand.[[note]]As a matter of historical note: before the public was made aware of the lawsuit, the image of Streisand's house had been downloaded only six times (and two of those were Streisand and her attorneys). After the suit was brought to the public's attention, the image was downloaded over four hundred thousand times in just the following month.[[/note]]

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One of the nearly nine thousands of photos (approx. 840 miles of coastline in California, 500 feet per picture--you do the math) just happened to capture Barbra Streisand's house. It wasn't even identified as Barbra Streisand's house, but Streisand sued.sued the photographer anyway. 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 onto multiple websites as a TakeThat towards Streisand.[[note]]As a matter of historical note: before the public was made aware of the lawsuit, the image of Streisand's house had been downloaded only six times (and two of those were Streisand and her attorneys). After the suit was brought to the public's attention, the image was downloaded over four hundred thousand times in just the following month.[[/note]]


* While Basic Instinct was being filmed in San Francisco, a group of lesbian activists tried their best to impede progress and protest the film before release, as they did not like the depiction of lesbians in the movie. Their protest actually helped give the production free media coverage before it was even complete.

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* While Basic Instinct ''Film/BasicInstinct'' was being filmed in San Francisco, a group of lesbian activists tried their best to impede progress and protest the film before release, as they did not like the depiction of lesbians in the movie. Their protest actually helped give the production free media coverage before it was even complete.

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* In the months leading up to ''Film/{{Joker|2019}}'''s wide release, a number of American film critics, journalists, and bloggers endlessly attacked the film, claiming that its portrayal as the Joker would inspire "incel" violence and mass shootings, and it escalated to the point where they even tried to get the film's released cancelled. As a result the outcry many police forces and even the US Army were put on alert on release day, and Warner Bros., tired of the endless attacks from the press, barred journalists from attending the red carpet premiere. The constant negative publicity and drama only served to increase interest among moviegoers to see what riled up the media so badly, and the movie smashed the opening weekend box office record for the month of October as a result, eventually becoming the first R-rated film to make over $1 billion worldwide.


* In the months leading up to ''Film/{{Joker|2019}}'''s wide release, a number of American film critics, journalists, and bloggers endlessly attacked the film, claiming that its portrayal as the Joker would inspire "incel" violence and mass shootings, and it escalated to the point where they even tried to get the film's released cancelled. As a result the outcry many police forces and even the US Army were put on alert on release day, and Warner Bros., tired of the endless attacks from the press, barred journalists from attending the red carpet premiere. The constant negative publicity and drama only served to increase interest among moviegoers to see what riled up the media so badly, and the movie smashed the opening weekend box office record for the month of October as a result, eventually becoming the first R-rated film to make over $1 billion worldwide.


* Creator/{{Funimation}} acquired the license to ''Manga/InterspeciesReviewers'', only to quickly cancel their dub of it three episodes in and then drop it from their service like a hot potato. The company officially stated this was because the show went beyond their standards (to be fair, the show's content often goes ''way'' past your typical {{ecchi}}), and that it got so explicit that it was fruitless to try and censor it without it becoming unwatchable. This, combined with the myriad of controversies the company has endured since the mid-2010s (which [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment is best left to other websites]]), people pointing out that Funimation have licensed similarly raunchy anime in the past[[note]]namely ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', and ''LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}'', among others.[[/note]], and Amazon and Tokyo-MX later dropping the show, has only served as a huge free advertisement for the series.

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* Creator/{{Funimation}} acquired the license to ''Manga/InterspeciesReviewers'', only to quickly cancel their dub of it three episodes in and then drop it from their service like a hot potato. The company officially stated this was because the show went beyond their standards (to be fair, the show's content often goes ''way'' past your typical {{ecchi}}), and that it got so explicit that it was fruitless to try and censor it without it becoming unwatchable. This, combined with the myriad of controversies the company has endured since the mid-2010s (which [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment is best left to other websites]]), people pointing out that Funimation have licensed similarly raunchy anime in the past[[note]]namely ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', ''LightNovel/TheTestamentOfSisterNewDevil'' and ''LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}'', among others.[[/note]], and Amazon and Tokyo-MX later dropping the show, has only served as a huge free advertisement for the series.


* Creator/{{Funimation}} acquired the license to ''Manga/InterspeciesReviewers'', only to quickly cancel their dub of it three episodes in and then drop it from their service like a hot potato. The company officially stated this was because the show went beyond their standards (to be fair, the show's content often goes ''way'' past your typical {{ecchi}}), and that it got so explicit that it was fruitless to try and censor it without it becoming unwatchable. This, combined with the myriad of controversies the company has endured since the mid-2010s (which [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment is best left to other websites]]), people pointing out that Funimation have licensed similarly raunchy anime in the past,[[note]]namely ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', and ''LightNovel/TheTestamentOfSisterNewDevil'', among others[[/note]], and Amazon and Tokyo-MX later dropping the show, has only served as a huge free advertisement for the series.

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* Creator/{{Funimation}} acquired the license to ''Manga/InterspeciesReviewers'', only to quickly cancel their dub of it three episodes in and then drop it from their service like a hot potato. The company officially stated this was because the show went beyond their standards (to be fair, the show's content often goes ''way'' past your typical {{ecchi}}), and that it got so explicit that it was fruitless to try and censor it without it becoming unwatchable. This, combined with the myriad of controversies the company has endured since the mid-2010s (which [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment is best left to other websites]]), people pointing out that Funimation have licensed similarly raunchy anime in the past,[[note]]namely past[[note]]namely ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', and ''LightNovel/TheTestamentOfSisterNewDevil'', ''LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}'', among others[[/note]], others.[[/note]], and Amazon and Tokyo-MX later dropping the show, has only served as a huge free advertisement for the series.


* Creator/{{Funimation}} acquired the license to ''Manga/InterspeciesReviewers'', only to quickly cancel their dub of it three episodes in and then drop it from their service like a hot potato. The company officially stated this was because the show went beyond their standards (to be fair, the show's content often goes ''way'' past typical {{ecchi}} standards). This, combined with the myriad of controversies the company has endured since the mid-2010s (which [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment is best left to other websites]]), and people pointing out that Funimation have licensed similarly raunchy anime in the past,[[note]]namely ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', and ''LightNovel/TheTestamentOfSisterNewDevil''[[/note]] has only served as a huge free advertisement for the series.

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* Creator/{{Funimation}} acquired the license to ''Manga/InterspeciesReviewers'', only to quickly cancel their dub of it three episodes in and then drop it from their service like a hot potato. The company officially stated this was because the show went beyond their standards (to be fair, the show's content often goes ''way'' past your typical {{ecchi}} standards). {{ecchi}}), and that it got so explicit that it was fruitless to try and censor it without it becoming unwatchable. This, combined with the myriad of controversies the company has endured since the mid-2010s (which [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment is best left to other websites]]), and people pointing out that Funimation have licensed similarly raunchy anime in the past,[[note]]namely ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', and ''LightNovel/TheTestamentOfSisterNewDevil''[[/note]] ''LightNovel/TheTestamentOfSisterNewDevil'', among others[[/note]], and Amazon and Tokyo-MX later dropping the show, has only served as a huge free advertisement for the series.


Something horribly embarrassing or personal about you has been released -- anything from a [[HomePornMovie sex tape]] to an unflattering photograph to the nickname you had when you were younger -- and you want to keep it out of the public eye. So you do whatever it takes to make it go away: lawsuits, cease-and-desist orders, UsefulNotes/{{DMCA}} takedowns, whatever you have at hand. But it backfires: the efforts to censor the information become public, and people who would otherwise be uninterested are now dying to know what all the commotion is about. Whatever you were trying to remove from the Internet gets mirrored and copied to hundreds of other sites; the sex tape goes viral; the childhood nickname becomes national talk show fodder; the unflattering picture ends up in the newspaper. In other words, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy your fears that everyone would see the dirt on you is the very thing that caused everyone to look at it]], and the harder you try to fight it, the more popular it becomes -- [[JustIgnoreIt and you learned the hard way that you were supposed to ignore it and act like it was no big deal]].

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Something horribly embarrassing or personal about you has been released -- anything from a [[HomePornMovie sex tape]] tape]], to an unflattering photograph photograph, to the nickname you had when you were younger -- and you want to keep it out of the public eye. So you do whatever it takes to make it go away: lawsuits, cease-and-desist orders, UsefulNotes/{{DMCA}} takedowns, whatever you have at hand. But it backfires: the efforts to censor the information become public, and people who would otherwise be uninterested are now dying to know what all the commotion is about. Whatever you were trying to remove from the Internet gets mirrored and copied to hundreds of other sites; the sex tape goes viral; the childhood nickname becomes national talk show fodder; the unflattering picture ends up in the newspaper. In other words, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy your fears that everyone would see the dirt on you is the very thing that caused everyone to look at it]], and the harder you try to fight it, the more popular it becomes -- [[JustIgnoreIt and you learned the hard way that you were supposed to ignore probably should've ignored it and act acted like it was no big deal]].



* 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.

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* Australia's Channel Nine Network 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.



* 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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* A campaign to ban ''Series/{{Housos}}'' from Australian TV backfired when two big TV networks, 9 Nine and 7, Seven, slammed the show as Reality reality TV filth. When it was pointed out that ''Housos'' is [[PoesLaw actually a satire with paid actors]] (and -- 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.



* Creator/{{ABC}} faced heavy pressure from right-wing organizations and advertisers over airing "The Puppy Episode" of ''Series/{{Ellen}}'', which Creator/EllenDeGeneres used to publicly come out, and said organizations ordered boycotts of the episode. The end result: it became the series' most-watched episode, won numerous awards and helped pave the way for greater gay acceptance in popular media.

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* Creator/{{ABC}} faced heavy pressure from right-wing organizations and advertisers over airing "The Puppy Episode" of ''Series/{{Ellen}}'', which Creator/EllenDeGeneres used to publicly come out, and said organizations ordered boycotts of the episode. The end result: it became This only helped the series' most-watched episode, won numerous awards episode become the show's highest-rated and most-awarded, and it helped pave the way for greater gay acceptance representation in popular media.



* {{Music/Beck}} used to end interviews angrily if the subject of him being involved with the Church of Scientology was brought up. Back in the '90s, this wasn't widely known, nor was it publicized. But due to his reactions, his connection with the church and attempts to suppress it became one of the most identifiable things about him. He has since become a bit more comfortable about this due to the fact that he knows that his fans are mostly accepting of it, but he still leaves huge gaps when talking about his childhood.
* {{Music/Madonna}} made frequent use of this between 1989-1993, from the moment that her 1989 video for "Like A Prayer" resulted in her partnership with Pepsi being terminated (causing the single to hit #1 on the Hot 100 becoming one of her biggest selling singles of all time). In 1990, the music video for "Justify My Love" was banned by MTV. The music video was subsequently sold on VHS, ultimately becoming certified 4x platinum. The single also shot to #1 on the Hot 100. Her 1992 album "Erotica" and photo book "Sex" were also big sellers, both fueled by the controversy and public backlash.

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* {{Music/Beck}} Music/{{Beck}} used to end interviews angrily if the subject of him being involved with the Church of Scientology was brought up. Back in the '90s, this wasn't widely known, nor was it publicized. But due to his reactions, his connection with the church and attempts to suppress it became one of the most identifiable things about him. He has since become a bit more comfortable about this due to the fact that he knows that his fans are mostly accepting of it, but he still leaves huge gaps when talking about his childhood.
* {{Music/Madonna}} Music/{{Madonna}} made frequent use of this between 1989-1993, from the moment that her 1989 video for "Like A a Prayer" resulted in her partnership with Pepsi being terminated (causing the single to hit #1 on the Hot 100 becoming and become one of her all-time biggest selling singles of all time).singles). In 1990, the music video for "Justify My Love" was banned by MTV. The music video was subsequently sold on VHS, ultimately becoming certified 4x platinum. The single also shot to #1 on the Hot 100. Her 1992 album "Erotica" ''Erotica'' and photo book "Sex" ''Sex'' were also big sellers, both fueled by the controversy and public backlash.



* This happened to Creator/BillOReilly a couple of times when he decided to go after rap music in the early 2000s. When he went after Ludacris, who became popular during the rise of Southern Rap, he elevated him to superstar status and made him one of the biggest music stars of that decade. It also didn't help that soon afterwards, news came out about O'Reilly getting sued for sexual harassment, a problem that kept growing over time and led to his eventual firing from Creator/FoxNewsChannel many years later. Another example happened during an interview with rapper Cam'ron and rap manager Damon Dash. O'Reilly got visibly upset when Dash made a point about rap music encouraging positive work ethics. Cam'ron pointed this out during the show, and this led to the [[MemeticMutation "U Mad" MEME]] that is still popularly used to this day. Needless to say, O'Reilly's attempt to get people from supporting rap music had the complete opposite effect.

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* This happened to Creator/BillOReilly a couple of times when he decided to go after rap music in the early 2000s. When he went after Ludacris, who became popular during the rise of Southern Rap, rap, he elevated him to superstar status and made him one of the biggest music stars of that decade. It also didn't help that soon afterwards, news came out about O'Reilly getting sued for sexual harassment, a problem that kept growing over time and led to his eventual firing from Creator/FoxNewsChannel many years later. Another example happened during an interview with rapper Cam'ron and rap manager Damon Dash. O'Reilly got visibly upset when Dash made a point about rap music encouraging positive work ethics. Cam'ron pointed this out during the show, and this led to the [[MemeticMutation "U Mad" MEME]] meme]] that is still popularly used to this day. Needless to say, O'Reilly's attempt to get people from supporting rap music had the complete opposite effect.



* The version of "Louie Louie" performed by The Kingsmen was recorded with absolutely no budget, with the band members huddled around a single microphone. There was even a mistake that was [[LeftItIn not fixed due to lack of budget.]] The end result was a recording where [[TheUnintelligible you couldn't even make out the lyrics]]. It was the kind of song that was seemingly destined for obscurity, at least until someone complained that it was obscene. The FBI ended up investigating (eventually concluding that the song was "unintelligible at any speed") and the song went on to become a classic, and the unofficial song of the state of Washington.

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* The version of "Louie Louie" performed by The Kingsmen was recorded with absolutely no budget, {{no budget}}, with the band members huddled around a single microphone. There was even a mistake that was [[LeftItIn not fixed [[ThrowItIn left in due to said lack of budget.]] budget]]. The end result was a recording where [[TheUnintelligible [[IndecipherableLyrics you couldn't even make out the lyrics]]. It was the kind of song that lyrics]], and it was seemingly destined for obscurity, at least obscurity. That was, until someone complained that it was obscene. The the song's lyrics were obscene; the FBI ended up investigating (eventually investigating, eventually concluding that the song was "unintelligible at any speed") and speed".[[note]]ironically though, you can hear the drummer faintly yell "Fuck!" around 51 seconds in.[[/note]] Probably in due to this controversy, the song went wound up rocketing to #2 on to become a classic, the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming one of the most iconic songs of the '60s garage rock scene, as well as the unofficial song of the state of Washington.


Something horribly embarrassing or personal about you has been released -- anything from a [[HomePornMovie sex tape]] to an unflattering photograph to the nickname you had when you were younger -- and you want to keep it out of the public eye. So you do whatever it takes to make it go away: lawsuits, cease-and-desist orders, UsefulNotes/{{DMCA}} takedowns, whatever you have at hand. But it backfires: the efforts to censor the information become public, and people who would otherwise be uninterested are now dying to know what all the commotion is about. Whatever you were trying to remove from the Internet gets mirrored and copied to hundreds of other sites; the sex tape goes viral; the childhood nickname becomes national talk show fodder; the unflattering picture ends up in the newspaper. In other words, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy your fears that everyone would see the dirt on you is the very thing that caused everyone to look at it]].

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Something horribly embarrassing or personal about you has been released -- anything from a [[HomePornMovie sex tape]] to an unflattering photograph to the nickname you had when you were younger -- and you want to keep it out of the public eye. So you do whatever it takes to make it go away: lawsuits, cease-and-desist orders, UsefulNotes/{{DMCA}} takedowns, whatever you have at hand. But it backfires: the efforts to censor the information become public, and people who would otherwise be uninterested are now dying to know what all the commotion is about. Whatever you were trying to remove from the Internet gets mirrored and copied to hundreds of other sites; the sex tape goes viral; the childhood nickname becomes national talk show fodder; the unflattering picture ends up in the newspaper. In other words, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy your fears that everyone would see the dirt on you is the very thing that caused everyone to look at it]].
it]], and the harder you try to fight it, the more popular it becomes -- [[JustIgnoreIt and you learned the hard way that you were supposed to ignore it and act like it was no big deal]].

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* After it was personally banned by one of its personalities (who interrupted a chart rundown to point out its DoubleEntendre-laden lyrics). "Relax" by Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood was banned by the Creator/{{BBC}}. Two weeks later, it was the number-one song in the UK.

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* After it was personally banned by one of its personalities (who interrupted a chart rundown to point out its DoubleEntendre-laden lyrics). lyrics), "Relax" by Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood was banned by the Creator/{{BBC}}. Two weeks later, it was the number-one song in the UK.



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* Played with in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. When Stannis begins spreading rumors regarding the incestuous relationship between Cersei and Jamie, Cersei wants them crushed. When asked what he would do, Tyrion's response was "Nothing. If we leave it alone, everyone will forget the instant some other scandal comes out. If we crush it, it will only spread and convince people that it's true." Littlefinger adds a masterful variation; not only will they ignore it, but they'll spread equally lurid (although false) rumors about Stannis himself to impale Stannis on the same dilemma. Although their counter-rumor has had little effect in the following books and that incest rumor has become an OpenSecret by the time of the fifth book (where [[spoiler:Cersei is labelled brotherfucker in her Walk of Shame after publicly admitting to adultery, which, needless to say, gives weight to the rumors]]).

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* Played with in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.
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When Stannis begins spreading rumors regarding the incestuous relationship between Cersei and Jamie, Cersei wants them crushed. When asked what he would do, Tyrion's response was "Nothing. If we leave it alone, everyone will forget the instant some other scandal comes out. If we crush it, it will only spread and convince people that it's true." Littlefinger adds a masterful variation; not only will they ignore it, but they'll spread equally lurid (although false) rumors about Stannis himself to impale Stannis on the same dilemma. Although their counter-rumor has had little effect in the following books and that incest rumor has become an OpenSecret by the time of the fifth book (where [[spoiler:Cersei is labelled brotherfucker in her Walk of Shame after publicly admitting to adultery, which, needless to say, gives weight to the rumors]]).



* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', on the Parahumans Online forum where people are noticing that the word [[spoiler:"Cauldron"]] is hidden unless censored, such as with an asterisk.



--> '''Jade:''' What do you mean you told people not to look?
--> '''Cat:''' I tweeted it on [=TheSlap=].
--> '''Jade:''' What did you tweet?
--> '''Cat:''' I wrote... "Please do not go on [=PearMaps=] and look up Hollywood Arts. If you do, do not zoom in on Jade. P.S. She's not picking her nose". I made it super clear.

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'''Cat:''' I wrote... "Please do not go on [=PearMaps=] and look up Hollywood Arts. If you do, do not zoom in on Jade. P.S. She's not picking her nose". I made it super clear.



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* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', on the Parahumans Online forum where people are noticing that the word [[spoiler:"Cauldron"]] is hidden unless censored, such as with an asterisk.






** 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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** * 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]].



* ''If You Love This Planet'', an anti-nuclear documentary produced by the Creator/NationalFilmBoardOfCanada, was suppressed by the U.S. Department of Justice in 1982 as "foreign political propaganda." The move backfired, causing a storm of protest that helped the film win the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject.

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* ''If You Love This Planet'', an anti-nuclear documentary produced by the Creator/NationalFilmBoardOfCanada, was suppressed by the U.S. Department of Justice in 1982 as "foreign political propaganda." propaganda". The move backfired, causing a storm of protest that helped the film win the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject.



* Critics have frequently noted that in ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'', it is constantly raining in New York City in order to [[ObscuredSpecialEffects cover up the model]] for Franchise/{{Godzilla}}. The rain simply made it more obvious that they were trying to hide the ConspicuousCG.

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* Critics have frequently noted that in ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'', ''Film/{{Godzilla|1998}}'', it is constantly raining in New York City in order to [[ObscuredSpecialEffects cover up the model]] for Franchise/{{Godzilla}}. The rain simply made it more obvious that they were trying to hide the ConspicuousCG.conspicuous CGI.



* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 2016}}'':

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* In 1972, Siemens, a German megacorporation, sued a German satirist for writing a satirical history of the company. The trial ultimately brought much more attention to the company's sordid history during World War Two: using forced Jewish labor in their factories to supply electrical parts to Nazi concentration camps and death camps. (In 2020, Siemens has a net worth of $150 billion)

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* In 1972, Siemens, a German megacorporation, sued a German satirist for writing a satirical history of the company. The trial ultimately brought much more attention to the company's sordid history during World War Two: using forced Jewish labor in their factories to supply electrical parts to Nazi concentration camps and death camps. (In 2020, Siemens has a net worth of $150 billion)billion.)



* The Vatican's Index Of Forbidden Books (''Index Librorum Prohibitorum''; 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 of Forbidden Books (''Index Librorum Prohibitorum''; 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.



* In 1855, Walt Whitman's ''Leaves Of Grass'' contained apparent references to [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbation]], homosexuality, and other sex acts. Literature magazine ''The Criterion'' called it "a mass of stupid filth," and another reviewer told Whitman that he should kill himself for writing it. It was even banned outright in Boston before it was published. However, ''Leaves'' sold out the day it was released, mostly from people wanting to find out just what all the fuss was about.

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* In 1855, Walt Whitman's ''Leaves Of of Grass'' contained apparent references to [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbation]], homosexuality, and other sex acts. Literature magazine ''The Criterion'' called it "a mass of stupid filth," and another reviewer told Whitman that he should kill himself for writing it. It was even banned outright in Boston before it was published. However, ''Leaves'' sold out the day it was released, mostly from people wanting to find out just what all the fuss was about.



* ''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 Sinclair's eccentricity, incompetence, and foul temper. Far from salvaging her husband's reputation, all it did was provoke a lot of independent witnesses to ''also'' contact the papers with a lot of anecdotes about Sinclair. All of these accounts suggested that Cleese not too far off the mark; if anything, Cleese had actually downplayed how irritable Sinclair was. His widow kept silent after that.

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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 Sinclair's eccentricity, incompetence, and foul temper. Far from salvaging her husband's reputation, all it did was provoke a lot of independent witnesses to ''also'' contact the papers with a lot of anecdotes about Sinclair. All of these accounts suggested that Cleese was not too far off the mark; if anything, Cleese had actually downplayed how irritable Sinclair was. His widow kept silent after that.



** 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]] [[CantTakeCriticism clouding even the most 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 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.

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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, and even Creator/GordonRamsay himself, their [[SmallNameBigEgo egos]] [[CantTakeCriticism clouding even the most 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 it on the basis of watching their meltdown.
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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.



---> '''Oliver:''' In doing so, he's now world-famous for being "That Spanish guy with debts from 1998". The only thing I know about him [[{{Irony}} is the only thing he didn't want me to know]].
** 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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---> '''Oliver:''' --->'''Oliver:''' In doing so, he's now world-famous for being "That Spanish guy with debts from 1998". The only thing I know about him [[{{Irony}} is the only thing he didn't want me to know]].
** 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.
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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.



* After it was personally banned by one of its personalities (who interrupted a chart rundown to point out its DoubleEntendre-laden lyrics). "Relax" by Music/{{Frankie Goes To Hollywood}} was banned by the Creator/{{BBC}}. Two weeks later, it was the number-one song in the UK.
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* After it was personally banned by one of its personalities (who interrupted a chart rundown to point out its DoubleEntendre-laden lyrics). "Relax" by Music/{{Frankie Goes To Hollywood}} Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood was banned by the Creator/{{BBC}}. Two weeks later, it was the number-one song in the UK.
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** Coolio's anger over "Amish Paradise", Yankovic's parody of "Gangsta's Paradise," helped make the song a bigger hit. Yankovic thought he did have permission due to a miscommunication, and Coolio's anger over the whole situation made fans more attracted to the song.

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** Coolio's anger over "Amish Paradise", Yankovic's parody of "Gangsta's Paradise," Paradise", helped make the song a bigger hit. Yankovic thought he did have permission due to a miscommunication, and Coolio's anger over the whole situation made fans more attracted to the song.



* The BBC expressed concern following the scurrilous and seditious popularity of a re-release of ''Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead!'' [[note]]from the soundtrack of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', which celebrates the passing of the Wicked Witch of the East[[/note]] which coincided with the death of UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher. The song was subject to a campaign to get it to number one on the singles chart for the occasion; it made it to #2, but the BBC refused to play it, even in the relevant Radio One Chart Show.

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* The BBC expressed concern following the scurrilous and seditious popularity of a re-release of ''Ding, "Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead!'' Dead!" [[note]]from the soundtrack of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', which celebrates the passing of the Wicked Witch of the East[[/note]] which coincided with the death of UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher. The song was subject to a campaign to get it to number one on the singles chart for the occasion; it made it to #2, but the BBC refused to play it, even in the relevant Radio One Chart Show.



* 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 [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment controversial media outlet in various pockets of the internet]], so there were those who were more than happy to further make fun of the 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 [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment controversial media outlet in various pockets of the internet]], so there were those who were more than happy to further make fun of the video, either because they learned about it through Vice, or to spite them. Or both.
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* At [=BlizzCon=] 2018, Creator/BlizzardEntertainment 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, Creator/BlizzardEntertainment 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.



* During Mashiro Sakurai's presentation on [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry Bogard]] in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate'', he specifically mentions that the popular character Mai Shiranui will not be appearing because it would raise the CERO rating above A and Smash Bros is "for good boys and girls". This lead to thousands unfamiliar with her looking her up, and a massive outpouring of fanart involving her rejection and her [[{{Stripperiffic}} design]]. Some have even begun to request her as a fighter. Some suspect Sakurai did it on purpose to get people to notice her.

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* During Mashiro Sakurai's presentation on [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry Bogard]] in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate'', he specifically mentions mentioned that the popular character Mai Shiranui will would not be appearing because it would raise the CERO rating above A and Smash Bros ''Smash Bros.'' is "for good boys and girls". This lead to thousands caused many fans who were unfamiliar with her looking to look her up, and a massive outpouring outpour of fanart fan art involving her rejection and her [[{{Stripperiffic}} design]]. Some have even begun to request her as a fighter. Some suspect Sakurai did it on purpose to get people to notice her.


* [[http://www.reghardware.com/2010/07/22/ipood/ iPood]]. Not quite a FlameWar fuel, but still got [[http://www.google.com/search?q=%22iPood%22 753,000 results on Google]] (as of October 2011).

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* [[http://www.reghardware.com/2010/07/22/ipood/ [[https://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/07/22/ipood/ iPood]]. Not quite a FlameWar fuel, but still got [[http://www.google.com/search?q=%22iPood%22 753,000 results on Google]] (as of October 2011).


Ultimately, Streisand lost the lawsuit against Adelman, and was required to pay the legal fees for both sides. The web site detailing all of the coastal pictures is still up, with Image 3850 [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/cgi-bin/image.cgi?image=3850&mode=sequential&flags=0&year=2002 still there]], along with [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/streisand/lawsuit.html an archive]] of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo, accompanied by a note essentially telling Streisand to mind her own business.

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Ultimately, Streisand lost the lawsuit against Adelman, and was required to pay the legal fees for both sides. The web site detailing all of the coastal pictures is still up, with Image 3850 [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/cgi-bin/image.cgi?image=3850&mode=sequential&flags=0&year=2002 still there]], there]] (and now identified as Streisand's house), along with [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/streisand/lawsuit.html an archive]] of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo, accompanied by a note essentially telling Streisand to mind her own business.


Ultimately, Streisand lost the lawsuit against Adelman, and was required to pay the legal fees for both sides. The web site detailing all of the coastal pictures is still up, along with an archive of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo, accompanied by a note essentially telling Streisand to mind her own business.

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Ultimately, Streisand lost the lawsuit against Adelman, and was required to pay the legal fees for both sides. The web site detailing all of the coastal pictures is still up, with Image 3850 [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/cgi-bin/image.cgi?image=3850&mode=sequential&flags=0&year=2002 still there]], along with [[https://www.californiacoastline.org/streisand/lawsuit.html an archive archive]] of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo, accompanied by a note essentially telling Streisand to mind her own business.


Blogger Mike Masnick of Techdirt coined the phrase back in 2003 when American singer 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 the photographer and force him to take the image off of 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 onto multiple websites as a TakeThat towards Streisand.[[note]]As a matter of historical note: before the public was made aware of the lawsuit, the image of Streisand's house had been downloaded only six times (and two of those were Streisand and her attorneys). After the suit was brought to the public's attention, the image was downloaded over four hundred thousand times in just the following month.[[/note]]

It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted pictures specifically of Streisand's house for a tabloid newspaper. It was taken by Kenneth Adelman as 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 for geologic study. Streisand's house overlooks the California coastline, and it just so happened to be captured in one of the thousands of innocuous photos that were taken of the state's coastline, which again, were solely for use as part of a coastal survey.

The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot can't be overstated enough. The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know (and didn't care) who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying, as it wasn't important to their findings. And the web page didn't even identify it as Streisand's house! Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in an utterly mundane coastal study made it so that the greater public now knew where she lived, what her house looked like, and that she was acting like a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]] about the whole situation. Basically, had Streisand kept quiet about the photo, nobody would've ever known about it.

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Blogger Mike Masnick of Techdirt coined the phrase back in 2003 when American singer 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 the photographer and force him to take the image off of his website. Here's what happened: The photo in question was taken by Kenneth Adelman as 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 for geologic study. Helicopter photos were taken of the coast, with one for every 500 feet. At this time, with Google Earth still a private subscription service, the record was rather unique.

One of the thousands of photos (approx. 840 miles of coastline in California, 500 feet per picture--you do the math) just happened to capture Barbra Streisand's house. It wasn't even identified as Barbra Streisand's house, but Streisand sued.
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 onto multiple websites as a TakeThat towards Streisand.[[note]]As a matter of historical note: before the public was made aware of the lawsuit, the image of Streisand's house had been downloaded only six times (and two of those were Streisand and her attorneys). After the suit was brought to the public's attention, the image was downloaded over four hundred thousand times in just the following month.[[/note]]

It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted pictures specifically of Streisand's house for a tabloid newspaper. It was taken by Kenneth Adelman as 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 for geologic study. Streisand's house overlooks the California coastline, and it just so happened to be captured in one of the thousands of innocuous photos that were taken of the state's coastline, which again, were solely for use as part of a coastal survey.

The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot can't be overstated enough. The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know (and didn't care) who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying, as it wasn't important to their findings. And the web page didn't even identify it as Streisand's house! Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in an utterly mundane coastal study made it so that the greater public now knew where she lived, what her house looked like, and that she was acting like a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]] about the whole situation. Basically, had Streisand kept quiet about the photo, nobody would've ever known about it.


** The video was widely criticized by PC enthusiasts and the tech community at large for [[CriticalResearchFailure its many glaring mistakes, baffling choices of both parts and building process choices]], and manipulative editing- most of the demonstrations of how to install the parts were performed incorrectly on-camera without comment, only for the video to jump cut to the parts suddenly installed correctly off-camera. The manipulative editing is especially problematic because the primary audience for the video and The Verge, in general, is not the PC enthusiast crowd, and is most likely to be seen by potential first-time PC builders who wouldn't know better and might use the video as a guide, confusing themselves at best and damaging their parts at worst. Many major tech [=YouTubers=], such as Bitwit, Paul's Hardware, [=ReviewTechUSA=], and others made reaction videos on their own channels that broke down each of The Verge's mistakes or parodies of the original video. The Verge disabled comments and likes on their video- a red flag in its own right -before ultimately taking the video down, people moved on and largely forgot about it, and that was that... [[DoubleSubverted right]]?

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** The video was widely criticized by PC enthusiasts and the tech community at large for [[CriticalResearchFailure its many glaring mistakes, baffling choices of both parts and building process choices]], and manipulative editing- editing - most of the demonstrations of how to install the parts were performed incorrectly on-camera without comment, only for the video to jump cut to the parts suddenly installed correctly off-camera. The manipulative editing is especially problematic because the primary audience for the video and The Verge, in general, is not the PC enthusiast crowd, and is most likely to be seen by potential first-time PC builders who wouldn't know better and might use the video as a guide, confusing themselves at best and damaging their parts at worst. Many major tech [=YouTubers=], such as Bitwit, Paul's Hardware, [=ReviewTechUSA=], and others made reaction videos on their own channels that broke down each of The Verge's mistakes or parodies of the original video. The Verge disabled comments and likes on their video- video - a red flag in its own right -before - before ultimately taking the video down, people moved on and largely forgot about it, and that was that... [[DoubleSubverted right]]?

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* Discussed in the article "[[https://www.fimfiction.net/blog/317772/how-to-handle-criticism How to Handle Criticism]]" on Website/FimfictionDotNet. The article's author advises to not [[DearNegativeReader respond to negative criticism]] or attempt to delete comments that are trying to give ConstructiveCriticism on one's stories. The reason behind it is that people who weren't interested in your story are going to be attracted to all the drama surrounding it, and the story will be more known for being FlameBait than whatever it was originally being criticized for.[[invoked]]
-->Commenters mobilize. Friends arrive to support friends. Review-blogs are made, publicizing the scandal further. Eventually the story itself becomes irrelevant to the controversy. The comments section is a wasteland of commenters battling with the author. The story has accumulated dozens more downvotes overnight. Eventually the author either concedes the point, or continues on stubbornly and descends into infamy, their story's reputation a shattered hulk.

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* The version of "Louie Louie" performed by The Kingsmen was recorded with absolutely no budget, with the band members huddled around a single microphone. There was even a mistake that was [[LeftItIn not fixed due to lack of budget.]] The end result was a recording where [[TheUnintelligible you couldn't even make out the lyrics]]. It was the kind of song that was seemingly destined for obscurity, at least until someone complained that it was obscene. The FBI ended up investigating (eventually concluding that the song was "unintelligible at any speed") and the song went on to become a classic, and the unofficial song of the state of Washington.

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* In 1972, Siemens, a German megacorporation, sued a German satirist for writing a satirical history of the company. The trial ultimately brought much more attention to the company's sordid history during World War Two: using forced Jewish labor in their factories to supply electrical parts to Nazi concentration camps and death camps. (In 2020, Siemens has a net worth of $150 billion)


The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot can't be overstated enough. The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know (and didn't care) who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying, as it wasn't important to their findings. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in an utterly mundane coastal study made it so that the greater public now knew where she lived, what her house looked like, and that she was acting like a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]] about the whole situation. Basically, had Streisand kept quiet about the photo, nobody would've ever known about it.

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The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot can't be overstated enough. The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know (and didn't care) who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying, as it wasn't important to their findings. And the web page didn't even identify it as Streisand's house! Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in an utterly mundane coastal study made it so that the greater public now knew where she lived, what her house looked like, and that she was acting like a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]] about the whole situation. Basically, had Streisand kept quiet about the photo, nobody would've ever known about it.


** Taken to another level when Sterling did a cold/blind/first playthrough of ''The Slaughtering Grounds'' for his [=YouTube=] channel and wasn't impressed by the game's bugs, bad design, and lack of direction. The developer behind the game [[CantTakeCriticism took the impressions as a massive attack towards his work]] and retaliated by reposting Sterling's video and threw up a bunch of text on top of it that was making fun of him. Sterling found the entire thing hilarious and responded by reposting the video containing the developer's response with his own commentary. The developer then posted ''another'' video of the re-repost where he just blatantly attacks Sterling. People got wind of the tantrum and started to criticize the developer on the Steam forums, which got them swiftly banned by the developer. To top it all off, the developers issued a copyright strike against Sterling, which got his first impressions video taken down. While Sterling's original video was down for a few weeks, he was successful in his counterclaim and his video was restored. To rub salt in the wound, Sterling dedicated his victory to playing the game for 2 hours to show everyone just how bad it was and to stick it to the developer who said Sterling wasn't allowed to critique the game unless he played longer.
** Digital Homicide, the same developers behind ''The Slaughtering Grounds'', made another game called ''Deadly Profits'', which is naturally full of bugs and is on Steam's early access for $25. Sterling did a squirty play of it and wasn't impressed by the game. Knowing that people would warn others on the Steam forums about the game's shoddiness, Digital Homicide purged the forums of any "negative" threads and swiftly banned anyone that has anything bad to say about the game or if they even mentioned Sterling at all. Obviously, this only helped spread the word about the game's shoddiness and the company's reputation faster.\\

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** Taken to another level when Sterling did a cold/blind/first playthrough of ''The Slaughtering Grounds'' for his [=YouTube=] channel and wasn't impressed by the game's bugs, bad design, and lack of direction. The developer behind the game game, Digital Homicide, [[CantTakeCriticism took the impressions as a massive attack towards his work]] and retaliated by reposting Sterling's video and threw up a bunch of text on top of it that was making fun of him. Sterling found the entire thing hilarious and responded by reposting the video containing the developer's response with his own commentary. The developer then posted ''another'' video of the re-repost where he just blatantly attacks Sterling. People got wind of the tantrum and started to criticize the developer on the Steam forums, which got them swiftly banned by the developer. To top it all off, the developers issued a copyright strike against Sterling, which got his first impressions video taken down. While Sterling's original video was down for a few weeks, he was successful in his counterclaim and his video was restored. To rub salt in the wound, Sterling dedicated his victory to playing the game for 2 hours to show everyone just how bad it was was, and to stick it to the developer who said Sterling wasn't allowed to critique the game unless he played longer.
** Digital Homicide, the same developers behind ''The Slaughtering Grounds'', made another game called ''Deadly Profits'', which is was naturally full of bugs and is was once on Steam's early access for $25. Sterling did a squirty play of it and wasn't impressed by the game. Knowing that people would warn others on the Steam forums about the game's shoddiness, Digital Homicide purged the forums of any "negative" threads and swiftly banned anyone that has had anything bad to say about the game or if they even mentioned Sterling at all. Obviously, this only helped spread the word about the game's shoddiness and damaged the company's reputation faster.\\



[[FrivolousLawsuit Furthermore, Digital Homicide then tried to sue Sterling]] [[UpToEleven and one hundred anonymous Steam users]] over the matter. When they tried to get a subpoena from Valve, Digital Homicide [[LaserGuidedKarma had all their games removed from Steam and got blacklisted for acting aggressive and hostile towards their customers]]. Despite losing so much money that they had to file for bankruptcy, Digital Homicide still tried to drag out the lawsuit against Sterling. Eventually, Sterling's lawyer gave an ultimatum; drop the case and everyone would pay their own legal fees, or Digital Homicide would get their asses handed to them in court. Digital Homicide agreed and the case was officially dismissed, ending the year-long drama caused by two men who [[CantTakeCriticism couldn't handle criticism from one guy.]]

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[[FrivolousLawsuit Furthermore, Digital Homicide then tried to sue Sterling]] [[UpToEleven and one hundred anonymous Steam users]] over the matter. When they tried to get a subpoena from Valve, Valve to get the identities of those Steam users, Digital Homicide [[LaserGuidedKarma had all their games removed from Steam and got blacklisted for acting aggressive and hostile towards their customers]]. Despite losing so much money that they had to file for bankruptcy, Digital Homicide still tried to drag out the lawsuit against Sterling. Eventually, Sterling's lawyer gave an ultimatum; drop the case and everyone would pay their own legal fees, or Digital Homicide would get their asses handed to them in court. Digital Homicide agreed and the case was officially dismissed, ending the year-long drama caused by two men who [[CantTakeCriticism couldn't handle criticism from one guy.]]



* Review embargoes tend to become this whenever a game studio knows their product isn't up to snuff and enforce an embargo on reviewers so the studio can cash in on consumers swayed by the hype without them knowing about the issues. It hardly ever works out that way. For example, ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity'' had an unprecedented review embargo that ended twelve hours ''after'' the game's release. [[ForegoneConclusion All in all]], a) the game was a buggy mess, and b) the primary topic of conversation was not the game itself but the absurd and abusive embargo.
* In April 2015, Super Bunnyhop made a video concerning Creator/{{Konami}} based on the information that he was told about the company.[[note]] Namely, the company was trying to downsize by treating its employees bad enough to quit, since [[ValuesDissonance it's more acceptable to run someone out of their job than fire them]].[[/note]] Konami didn't like this, so they attempted to use [=YouTube=]'s copyright claims system to have the video removed. They briefly succeed by claiming about 29 seconds of ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' footage used in the video. However, the video was restored by ''[=YouTube=]'' because Konami didn't properly use the copyright takedown.[[note]]This is the first recorded instance of [=YouTube=] actually going out of its way to prevent abuse of its copyright takedown, and it's still very rare to see today.[[/note]] Super Bunnyhop then made a follow-up video. Unlike most examples, he used the opportunity to point out that the controversy was actually beneficial for everybody, including Konami.
* When ''VideoGame/{{Hatred}}'' first appeared on Steam Greenlight, it was taken down after a short period of time. At the time it was taken down, the game was ranked #7 on the Greenlight board. After ''Hatred'' was placed back on Greenlight, it was ranked #1 in only a few hours. More than a few people concluded from the get-go that the devs were banking on this and similar to drum up free publicity for a mediocre, cheaply made game.
* ''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 more so, 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 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 PortingDisaster.[[/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]]''. It appeared that the backlash has eclipsed the game itself. Patches and updates have subsequently increased this score, and by the end of 2017, however, the reviews of it on Steam were "Mostly Positive".

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* Review embargoes tend to become this whenever a game studio knows their product isn't up to snuff and enforce an embargo on reviewers so the studio can cash in on consumers swayed by the hype without them knowing about the issues. It In practice, it hardly ever works out that way. For example, ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity'' had an unprecedented review embargo that ended twelve hours ''after'' the game's release. [[ForegoneConclusion All in all]], a) the game was a buggy mess, and b) the primary topic of conversation was not the game itself but the absurd and abusive embargo.
* In April 2015, Super Bunnyhop made a video concerning Creator/{{Konami}} based on the information that he was told about the company.[[note]] Namely, the company was trying to downsize by treating its employees bad enough to quit, since in Japan [[ValuesDissonance it's more acceptable to run someone out of their job than fire them]].[[/note]] Konami didn't like this, so they attempted to use [=YouTube=]'s copyright claims system to have the video removed. They briefly succeed succeeded by claiming about 29 seconds of ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' footage used in the video. However, the video was restored by ''[=YouTube=]'' because Konami didn't properly use the copyright takedown.[[note]]This is the first recorded instance of [=YouTube=] actually going out of its way to prevent abuse of its copyright takedown, and it's still very rare to see a similar effort from [=YouTube=] today.[[/note]] Super Bunnyhop then made a follow-up video. Unlike most examples, he used the opportunity to point out that the controversy was actually beneficial for everybody, including Konami.
* When ''VideoGame/{{Hatred}}'' first appeared on Steam Greenlight, it was taken down after a short period of time. At the time it was taken down, the game was ranked #7 on the Greenlight board. After ''Hatred'' was placed back on Greenlight, it was ranked #1 in only a few hours. More than a few people concluded from the get-go that the devs were banking on this and similar to drum up free publicity for a mediocre, cheaply made game.
game that would have been ignored otherwise.
* ''VideoGame/NoMansSky'' suffered a massive bout of this. After months of publicity interviews publicity, interviews, and appearances by Hello Games Creator/HelloGames 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 from Ebay 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 more so, 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 for, when they found out how they did it]]. The resulting backlash from this duplicity caused scores of [=YouTubers=] 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 an unprecedented PortingDisaster.[[/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]]''. It appeared that the backlash has eclipsed the game itself.itself at the time. Patches and updates have subsequently increased this score, and by the end of 2017, however, the reviews of it on Steam were "Mostly Positive".



* After Creator/{{Konami}} infamously [[ExecutiveMeddling cancelled]] ''VideoGame/SilentHills'', they went one step further by delisting ''P.T.'' from the [=PlayStation=] Store, meaning [[ScrewedByTheNetwork you can't play it even if you paid for it]], as part of their efforts to wipe out their primary [=IPs=] and switch from making games to [[MoneyDearBoy making money.]] Naturally, their efforts to eliminate the game only succeeded in elevating it from the status of "cool horror demo" to "the sacred Holy Grail of video gaming" practically overnight, with [=PS4s=] that had the [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes demo saved on their memory]] selling online for [[CrackIsCheaper thousands of dollars in cash]]. Dozens of [[https://www.polygon.com/2015/12/16/10296546/pt-hideo-kojima-silent-hills-re-download-ps4 tutorials]] showing how to re-download the game immediately sprung up around the internet overnight, and dedicated fans devoted their efforts to keep the spirit of the game alive by any means necessary, including creating games [[SpiritualSuccessor with a similar atmosphere and story]] like ''VideoGame/AllisonRoad'', trying to copy the file from consoles that had it saved, and a FanRemake.
* At [=BlizzCon=] 2018, Creator/BlizzardEntertainment 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'', 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 booed. This prompted the Blizzard rep 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]]"; 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.
** In 2019, Blizzard suspended a Hearthstone player/streamer, withheld his prize money, and [[DisproportionateRetribution also suspended his fellow commentators]] all because the player in question made a political statement about China's treatment of Hong Kong's citizens. Not long after that, Blizzard fans retaliated by trying to screw over Blizzard's relationship with China by posting artwork and memes of ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' character Mei (who is Chinese herself) in Hong Kong imagery and statements, in the hopes that A.) Chinese players would spread them, and B.) the Chinese government would take notice. This caused Blizzard to [[https://www.keengamer.com/articles/news/overwatchs-mei-statue-removed-from-gear-shop-amidst-hong-kong-protest/ yank statues of Mei from their store]] in an attempt to stop the memes from spreading. On top of that, the event that was planned to celebrate the Switch release of ''Overwatch'' at the Nintendo World Store was cancelled, and many suspect it was Nintendo's decision to try to distance itself from Blizzard's controversies.

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* After Creator/{{Konami}} infamously [[ExecutiveMeddling cancelled]] ''VideoGame/SilentHills'', they went one step further by completely delisting ''P.T.'' from the [=PlayStation=] Store, meaning [[ScrewedByTheNetwork you can't play it even if you paid for it]], as part of their efforts to wipe out their primary [=IPs=] and switch from making games to [[MoneyDearBoy making money.]] money]] in other businesses. Naturally, their efforts to eliminate the game only succeeded in elevating it from the status of "cool horror demo" to "the sacred Holy Grail of video gaming" practically overnight, with [=PS4s=] that had the [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes demo saved on their memory]] selling online for [[CrackIsCheaper thousands of dollars in cash]]. Dozens of [[https://www.polygon.com/2015/12/16/10296546/pt-hideo-kojima-silent-hills-re-download-ps4 tutorials]] showing how to re-download the game immediately sprung up around the internet overnight, and dedicated fans devoted their efforts to keep the spirit of the game alive by any means necessary, including creating games [[SpiritualSuccessor with a similar atmosphere and story]] like ''VideoGame/AllisonRoad'', trying to copy the file from consoles that had it saved, and a FanRemake.
* At [=BlizzCon=] 2018, Creator/BlizzardEntertainment 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'', ''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]]"; 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.
** In 2019, Blizzard suspended a Hearthstone player/streamer, withheld his prize money, and [[DisproportionateRetribution also suspended his fellow commentators]] all because the player in question made a political statement about China's treatment of Hong Kong's citizens. Not long after that, Blizzard fans retaliated by trying to screw over Blizzard's relationship with China by posting artwork and memes of ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' character Mei (who is Chinese herself) in Hong Kong protester imagery and statements, in the hopes that A.) Chinese players would spread them, and B.) the Chinese government would take notice. This caused Blizzard to [[https://www.keengamer.com/articles/news/overwatchs-mei-statue-removed-from-gear-shop-amidst-hong-kong-protest/ yank statues of Mei from their store]] in an attempt to stop the memes from spreading. On top of that, the event that was planned to celebrate the Switch release of ''Overwatch'' at the Nintendo World Store was cancelled, and many suspect it was Nintendo's decision to try to distance itself from Blizzard's controversies.


Blogger Mike Masnick of Techdirt coined the phrase back in 2003 when American singer 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 the photographer and force him to take the image off of 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 onto multiple websites as a TakeThat towards Streisand.

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Blogger Mike Masnick of Techdirt coined the phrase back in 2003 when American singer 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 the photographer and force him to take the image off of 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 onto multiple websites as a TakeThat towards Streisand.
Streisand.[[note]]As a matter of historical note: before the public was made aware of the lawsuit, the image of Streisand's house had been downloaded only six times (and two of those were Streisand and her attorneys). After the suit was brought to the public's attention, the image was downloaded over four hundred thousand times in just the following month.[[/note]]


[[FrivolousLawsuit Furthermore, Digital Homicide then tried to sue Sterling]] [UpToEleven and one hundred anonymous Steam users]] over the matter. When they tried to get a subpoena from Valve, Digital Homicide [[LaserGuidedKarma had all their games removed from Steam and got blacklisted for acting aggressive and hostile towards their customers]]. Despite losing so much money that they had to file for bankruptcy, Digital Homicide still tried to drag out the lawsuit against Sterling. Eventually, Sterling's lawyer gave an ultimatum; drop the case and everyone would pay their own legal fees, or Digital Homicide would get their asses handed to them in court. Digital Homicide agreed and the case was officially dismissed, ending the year-long drama caused by two men who [[CantTakeCriticism couldn't handle criticism from one guy.]]

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[[FrivolousLawsuit Furthermore, Digital Homicide then tried to sue Sterling]] [UpToEleven [[UpToEleven and one hundred anonymous Steam users]] over the matter. When they tried to get a subpoena from Valve, Digital Homicide [[LaserGuidedKarma had all their games removed from Steam and got blacklisted for acting aggressive and hostile towards their customers]]. Despite losing so much money that they had to file for bankruptcy, Digital Homicide still tried to drag out the lawsuit against Sterling. Eventually, Sterling's lawyer gave an ultimatum; drop the case and everyone would pay their own legal fees, or Digital Homicide would get their asses handed to them in court. Digital Homicide agreed and the case was officially dismissed, ending the year-long drama caused by two men who [[CantTakeCriticism couldn't handle criticism from one guy.]]


Ultimately, Streisand lost the lawsuit against Adelman, and was required to pay the legal fees for both sides. The web site detailing all of the coastal pictures is still up, along with an archive of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo, along with a note essentially telling Streisand to mind her own business.

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Ultimately, Streisand lost the lawsuit against Adelman, and was required to pay the legal fees for both sides. The web site detailing all of the coastal pictures is still up, along with an archive of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo, along with accompanied by a note essentially telling Streisand to mind her own business.


It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted pictures specifically of Streisand's house for a tabloid newspaper. It was taken by Kenneth Adelman as 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. Streisand's house overlooks the California coastline, and it ''just so happened'' to be captured in one of the thousands of otherwise innocuous photos that were taken of the coastline, which again, were solely for use as part of the coastal survey.

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It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted pictures specifically of Streisand's house for a tabloid newspaper. It was taken by Kenneth Adelman as 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. California for geologic study. Streisand's house overlooks the California coastline, and it ''just just so happened'' happened to be captured in one of the thousands of otherwise innocuous photos that were taken of the state's coastline, which again, were solely for use as part of the a coastal survey.



[[FrivolousLawsuit Furthermore, Digital Homicide then tried to sue Sterling]] ''[[UpToEleven and 100 Steam users]]'' over the matter. When they tried to get a subpoena from Valve, the response they got was [[LaserGuidedKarma having all their games removed from Steam and getting blacklisted for acting aggressive and hostile towards their customers]]. Despite losing so much money that they had to file for bankruptcy, Digital Homicide still tried to drag out the lawsuit against Sterling. Eventually, Sterling's lawyer gave an ultimatum; drop the case and everyone would pay their own legal fees, or they would get their asses handed to them in court. Digital Homicide agreed and the case was officially dismissed, ending the year-long drama caused by two men who [[CantTakeCriticism couldn't handle criticism from one guy.]]

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[[FrivolousLawsuit Furthermore, Digital Homicide then tried to sue Sterling]] ''[[UpToEleven [UpToEleven and 100 one hundred anonymous Steam users]]'' users]] over the matter. When they tried to get a subpoena from Valve, the response they got was Digital Homicide [[LaserGuidedKarma having had all their games removed from Steam and getting got blacklisted for acting aggressive and hostile towards their customers]]. Despite losing so much money that they had to file for bankruptcy, Digital Homicide still tried to drag out the lawsuit against Sterling. Eventually, Sterling's lawyer gave an ultimatum; drop the case and everyone would pay their own legal fees, or they Digital Homicide would get their asses handed to them in court. Digital Homicide agreed and the case was officially dismissed, ending the year-long drama caused by two men who [[CantTakeCriticism couldn't handle criticism from one guy.]]


* [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic Weird Al]] benefits from this from time to time. For example:
** Coolio's anger over "Amish Paradise" helped make the song a bigger hit.
** Before ''Straight Outta Lynwood'' was released, "You're Pitiful", a parody of James Blunt's "You're Beautiful", was set to be the lead single. James Blunt approved of it, but at the last minute, his record label, Atlantic, changed their mind, and "White and Nerdy" became the lead instead. As a result, Al released the song for free and performs it on tour, mocking Atlantic in the process. Due to the backlash, and the video for "White and Nerdy", the Other Wiki had to lock Atlantic Records' page to prevent Al's angry fans from defacing it.

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* [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic Weird Al]] Music/WeirdAlYankovic benefits from this from time to time. For example:
time due to his parody songs. While Yankovic legally doesn't need permission to record a parody, he still makes it a personal rule to get permission anyway in order to maintain good relations in the music industry. However, rejections of permission can sometimes help his songs become bigger than approval.
** Coolio's anger over "Amish Paradise" Paradise", Yankovic's parody of "Gangsta's Paradise," helped make the song a bigger hit.
hit. Yankovic thought he did have permission due to a miscommunication, and Coolio's anger over the whole situation made fans more attracted to the song.
** Before ''Straight Outta Lynwood'' was released, "You're Pitiful", a parody of James Blunt's "You're Beautiful", was set to be the lead single. James Blunt approved of it, but at the last minute, his record label, Atlantic, Blunt's label Atlantic Records changed their mind, and "White and Nerdy" became the lead single instead. As a result, Al released the song "You're Pitiful" for free and performs it on tour, mocking Atlantic in the process. Due to the backlash, backlash and the video for "White and Nerdy", the Other Wiki had to lock Atlantic Records' page to prevent Al's angry fans from defacing it.


* In February 2019, PETA--already infamous in their own rights for their numerous actions in the past--decided to publicly bash the memories of the late Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin, effectively blaming him for his own death and telling people to bury his memory. The internet exploded on them for this and caused a resurgence in Steve's popularity that hadn't been seen since shortly after he passed away while bringing the Irwin family back into the public eye with the show that his wife and children were recording and airing.

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* In February 2019, PETA--already infamous in their own rights for their numerous actions in the past--decided to publicly bash the memories of the late Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin, effectively blaming him for his own death and telling people to bury his memory. The internet exploded on them for this and caused a resurgence in Steve's popularity that hadn't been seen since shortly after he passed away away, while bringing the Irwin family back into the public eye with the show that his wife and children were recording and airing.airing.
* Twitter themselves got hit with this when people noticed that the site had a rule stating not to anthropomorphize the bird that is their logo. Cue the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom artists creating hundreds of pictures of [=TweetFur=], the SelfFanservice-based anthro bird-girl version of the Twitter bird.



* The Streisand Effect has become so common in social media that it is now routine to caption controversial images with "X doesn't want you to share this", regardless of whether X has actually said as much or not.


* 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. Not to mention that this was shortly after the infamous (and deadly) white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which exploited the planned removal of a Robert E. Lee statue to help their cause. 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.

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* In August 2017, Creator/{{ESPN}} pulled one of their announcers from a football game in hosted by the University of 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. Not to mention that this was shortly after the infamous (and deadly) white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Virginia (the university’s hometown), which exploited the planned removal of a Robert E. Lee statue to help their cause. 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.


* 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 (''Index Librorum Prohibitorum''; 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.


* In ''Literature/LookToTheWest'' [[https://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/look-to-the-west-volume-vii-the-eye-against-the-prism.474359/page-50 Part #266]], a New Spanish chef creates a version of boef burginion for the Paris [=WorldFest=] that uses his native wine rather than burgandy. The protests outside the pavilion by French chefs are considered to have attracted attention to an event that was pretty close to being called off for rain.

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* In ''Literature/LookToTheWest'' [[https://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/look-to-the-west-volume-vii-the-eye-against-the-prism.474359/page-50 Part #266]], a New Spanish chef creates a version of boef burginion boeuf bourguignon for the Paris [=WorldFest=] that uses his native wine rather than burgandy.burgundy. The protests outside the pavilion by French chefs are considered to have attracted attention to an event that was pretty close to being called off for rain.

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* The Clash's final album ''Cut the Crap'' turned out to be so disastrous when it was released, that lead singer Joe Strummer broke up the band shortly after its release and declared it to be an OldShame. As a result, the album has been treated as an UnPerson. Any box sets of The Clash omit ''Cut the Crap'' with the exception of its only single "This is England", and any history books or documentaries about them makes suspiciously little reference to this album compared to others. Of course, all of this particular UnPerson treatment has caused a lot of people to become very curious about the album as a result... even if they do end up seeing why...


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* The Clash's final album ''Cut the Crap'' turned out to be so disastrous when it was released, that lead singer Joe Strummer broke up the band shortly after its release and declared it to be an OldShame. As a result, the album has been treated as an UnPerson. Any box sets of The Clash omit ''Cut the Crap'' with the exception of its only single "This is England", and any history books or documentaries about them makes suspiciously little reference to this album compared to others. Of course, all of this particular UnPerson treatment has caused a lot of people to become very curious about the album as a result... even if they do end up seeing why...


* The Clash's album ''Cut the Crap'' turned out to be so disastrous when it was released, that lead singer Joe Strummer declared it to be an OldShame before calling it with The Clash. As a result, the album has been treated as an UnPerson. Any box sets of The Clash omit this album, and any history merch about them makes suspiciously little reference to this album compared to others. Of course, all of this particular UnPerson treatment has caused a lot of people to become very curious about the album as a result... even if they do end up seeing why...

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* The Clash's final album ''Cut the Crap'' turned out to be so disastrous when it was released, that lead singer Joe Strummer broke up the band shortly after its release and declared it to be an OldShame before calling it with The Clash.OldShame. As a result, the album has been treated as an UnPerson. Any box sets of The Clash omit this album, ''Cut the Crap'' with the exception of its only single "This is England", and any history merch books or documentaries about them makes suspiciously little reference to this album compared to others. Of course, all of this particular UnPerson treatment has caused a lot of people to become very curious about the album as a result... even if they do end up seeing why...

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* The Clash's album ''Cut the Crap'' turned out to be so disastrous when it was released, that lead singer Joe Strummer declared it to be an OldShame before calling it with The Clash. As a result, the album has been treated as an UnPerson. Any box sets of The Clash omit this album, and any history merch about them makes suspiciously little reference to this album compared to others. Of course, all of this particular UnPerson treatment has caused a lot of people to become very curious about the album as a result... even if they do end up seeing why...


* 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 continued to 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 franchise being BannedInChina 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 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 2 years later.

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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 continued to 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 franchise being BannedInChina 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 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 2 years later. [[note]]Winnie the Pooh itself is not banned in China and remain popular amongst children, and is a regular fixture in Shanghai Disneyland. Only direct comparisions between Winnie and Xi were censored on China's social media.[[/note]]

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* In ''Series/{{Evil|2019}}'', Kristen and the gang discover that an influencer's seemingly innocuous makeup video actually includes a hidden message urging teenagers to kill themselves. Confronted with this, the influencer pulls the video and tells her millions of followers to ''definitely not'' share the video with anyone--thus practically guaranteeing it will be everywhere.


* When the Music/SexPistols released "God Save the Queen" in 1977, both the BBC and the IBA refused to broadcast the song. It quickly reached number one on the singles chart. However, doubt and controversy remain as to whether "God Save the Queen" actually ''did'' get to #1. Officially, Music/RodStewart's "I Don't Want to Talk About It" was number one that week. However, well-founded allegations persist that the charts were doctored by BBC and recording company executives, fearful for their chances of retiring with knighthoods.

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* When the Music/SexPistols released "God Save the Queen" in 1977, both the BBC and the IBA refused to broadcast the song. It quickly reached number one on the singles chart. However, doubt and controversy remain as to whether "God Save the Queen" actually ''did'' get to #1. Officially, Music/RodStewart's "I Don't Want to Talk About It" (no pun intended) was number one that week. However, well-founded allegations persist that the charts were doctored by BBC and recording company executives, fearful for their chances of retiring with knighthoods.


* When the Music/SexPistols released "God Save the Queen" in 1977, both the BBC and the IBA refused to broadcast the song. It quickly reached number one on the singles chart. However, doubt and controversy remain as to whether "God Save the Queen" actually ''did'' get to #1. Officially, an anodyne ballad by Rod Stewart was number one that week. However, well-founded allegations persist that the charts were doctored by BBC and recording company executives, fearful for their chances of retiring with knighthoods.

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* When the Music/SexPistols released "God Save the Queen" in 1977, both the BBC and the IBA refused to broadcast the song. It quickly reached number one on the singles chart. However, doubt and controversy remain as to whether "God Save the Queen" actually ''did'' get to #1. Officially, an anodyne ballad by Rod Stewart Music/RodStewart's "I Don't Want to Talk About It" was number one that week. However, well-founded allegations persist that the charts were doctored by BBC and recording company executives, fearful for their chances of retiring with knighthoods.


* At the 2019 Biennial Book Fair in Rio de Janeiro, some {{Moral Guardian|s}} with too much time in their hands found the hardcover version of ''Comicbook/TheChildrensCrusade'', and therein the scene where Teddy and Billy kiss as the former proposes to the latter (which together consisted of a grand total of ''two pages''). Posting the image on the internet was enough to get the attention of the city's conservative, Neopentecostal Mayor, Marcelo Crivella, who then attempted to take the album out of circulation completely - and then threatening to ''cancel the Fair's license outright'' - , arguing that it is a work with "sexual content" and "unsafe for children" who, according to them, is the primary target demographic. Bears repeating: all this for ''two pages'' in a hardcover collection. Even when his attempts to get the ban to pass failed, as the Supreme Court ruled against this decision on the grounds of censorship (which is unconstitutional), he went so far as to send City Office inspectors to the Fair confiscate every copy they could find... Only to find that the album had ''sold out overnight'' in response to the threats.

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* At the 2019 Biennial Book Fair in Rio de Janeiro, some {{Moral Guardian|s}} with too much time in their hands found the hardcover version of ''Comicbook/TheChildrensCrusade'', and therein the scene where Teddy and Billy kiss as the former proposes to the latter (which together consisted of a grand total of ''two pages''). Posting the image on the internet was enough to get the attention of the city's conservative, Neopentecostal Mayor, Marcelo Crivella, who then attempted to take the album out of circulation completely - and then threatening to ''cancel the Fair's license outright'' - , arguing that it is a work with "sexual content" and "unsafe for children" who, according to them, is the primary target demographic. Bears repeating: all this for ''two pages'' in a hardcover collection.collection containing ''nine full issues''. Even when his attempts to get the ban to pass failed, as the Supreme Court ruled against this decision on the grounds of censorship (which is unconstitutional), he went so far as to send City Office inspectors to the Fair confiscate every copy they could find... Only to find that the album had ''sold out overnight'' in response to the threats.


* At the 2019 Biennial Book Fair in Rio de Janeiro, some {{Moral Guardian|s}} with too much time in their hands found the hardcover version of ''Comicbook/TheChildrensCrusade'', and therein the scene where Teddy and Billy kiss following a heart-to-heart between them (which together consisted of a grand total of ''two pages''). Posting the image on the internet was enough to get the attention of the city's conservative, Neopentecostal Mayor, Marcelo Crivella, who then attempted to take the album out of circulation completely - and then threatening to ''cancel the Fair's license outright'' - , arguing that it is a work with "sexual content" and "unsafe for children" who, according to them, is the primary target demographic. Bears repeating: all this for ''two pages'' in a hardcover collection. Even when his attempts to get the ban to pass failed, as the Supreme Court ruled against this decision on the grounds of censorship (which is unconstitutional), he went so far as to send City Office inspectors to the Fair confiscate every copy they could find... Only to find that the album had ''sold out overnight'' in response to the threats.

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* At the 2019 Biennial Book Fair in Rio de Janeiro, some {{Moral Guardian|s}} with too much time in their hands found the hardcover version of ''Comicbook/TheChildrensCrusade'', and therein the scene where Teddy and Billy kiss following a heart-to-heart between them as the former proposes to the latter (which together consisted of a grand total of ''two pages''). Posting the image on the internet was enough to get the attention of the city's conservative, Neopentecostal Mayor, Marcelo Crivella, who then attempted to take the album out of circulation completely - and then threatening to ''cancel the Fair's license outright'' - , arguing that it is a work with "sexual content" and "unsafe for children" who, according to them, is the primary target demographic. Bears repeating: all this for ''two pages'' in a hardcover collection. Even when his attempts to get the ban to pass failed, as the Supreme Court ruled against this decision on the grounds of censorship (which is unconstitutional), he went so far as to send City Office inspectors to the Fair confiscate every copy they could find... Only to find that the album had ''sold out overnight'' in response to the threats.


* "Relax" by Music/{{Frankie Goes To Hollywood}} became especially popular after the BBC banned it.

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* After it was personally banned by one of its personalities (who interrupted a chart rundown to point out its DoubleEntendre-laden lyrics). "Relax" by Music/{{Frankie Goes To Hollywood}} became especially popular after the BBC was banned it.by the Creator/{{BBC}}. Two weeks later, it was the number-one song in the UK.


* On Twitter, the phrase "[Unpopular person or group] doesn't want you to see this image. So please don't retweet it, because that would really annoy them" is such a guaranteed signal-booster that it's been known to get used even if the unpopular person or group has expressed no such opinion.

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* On Twitter, the phrase "[Unpopular person or group] doesn't want you to see this image. image/tweet this hashtag. So please don't retweet tweet/retweet it, because that would really annoy them" is such a guaranteed signal-booster that it's been known to get used even if the unpopular person or group has expressed no such opinion.


** Mushroom, once the Fool of the Targaryen court back in the days of the civil war called the Dance of the Dragons, wrote a lurid and outright libellous set of "chronicle" making the entire family of that time look awful after most of them had killed each other. Subsequent Targaryen kings tried to ban it and destroy all the copies. It's still to be found ''everywhere'' by the start of the series, both in physical hardcopy and in still quite popular songs based on the rudest bits, strangely enough. Oops.

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** Mushroom, once the Fool of the Targaryen court back in the days of the civil war called the Dance of the Dragons, wrote a lurid and outright libellous set of "chronicle" "chronicles" making the entire family of that time look awful after most of them had killed each other. other and the remaining ones in a too-precarious position to just kill him over it. Subsequent Targaryen kings repeatedly tried to ban it and destroy all the copies. It's still to It can be found ''everywhere'' in the Kingdom (and in a lot of places beyond) by the start of the series, both in physical hardcopy and in still quite popular songs based on the rudest bits, strangely enough. Oops.

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** Mushroom, once the Fool of the Targaryen court back in the days of the civil war called the Dance of the Dragons, wrote a lurid and outright libellous set of "chronicle" making the entire family of that time look awful after most of them had killed each other. Subsequent Targaryen kings tried to ban it and destroy all the copies. It's still to be found ''everywhere'' by the start of the series, both in physical hardcopy and in still quite popular songs based on the rudest bits, strangely enough. Oops.


* March 2019, Congressional Representative Devin Nunes (CA-22) filed a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter and several accounts that he claimed were spreading libel and false statements. One such account was Devin Nunes' cow ([[https://twitter.com/DevinCow @DevinCow]]), a purely satirical account ribbing Nunes for bragging about his family's dairy farming roots, when his family actually moved their farming operations from California to Iowa in 2006. Prior to the lawsuit, it had around 1,200 followers but as of early April 2019, it has over 600k followers. This has long exceeded Nunes’ verified account’s follower count and has roughly half a million more followers than Nunes had voters in his last reelection in 2018.

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* March 2019, Congressional Representative Devin Nunes (CA-22) filed a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter and several accounts that he claimed were spreading libel and false statements. One such account was Devin Nunes' cow ([[https://twitter.com/DevinCow @DevinCow]]), a purely satirical account ribbing Nunes for bragging about his family's dairy farming roots, when his family actually moved their farming operations from California to Iowa in 2006. Prior to the lawsuit, it had around 1,200 followers but as of early April 2019, it now has over 600k followers. This has long exceeded Nunes’ verified account’s follower count and has roughly half a million more followers than Nunes had voters in his last reelection in 2018. This is also not the first time Nunes has done something like this. In 2018 he sued his home-town paper’s parent company, [=McClatchy=], for running a story about how a winery that he and his siblings own a minority stake in was being sued by a woman who says she was working an event they did on a yacht where she says she got sexually harassed. She claimed that the event was really a cocaine-fueled orgy with underage prostitutes. The paper never said he knew anything about it or that he had been there, just that his family were stakeholders but now everyone knows a business in which they’re investors is accused of partaking in a cocaine-fueled orgy on a yacht with sex trafficked children.


--> '''Cat:''' I wrote... "Please do not go on [=PearMaps=] and look up Hollywood Arts. If you do, do not look at Jade. P.S. She's not picking her nose". I made it super clear.

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--> '''Cat:''' I wrote... "Please do not go on [=PearMaps=] and look up Hollywood Arts. If you do, do not look at zoom in on Jade. P.S. She's not picking her nose". I made it super clear.


** CNN threatening to dox the guy who made the Trump wrestling CNN meme unless he deleted everything only angered the internet. They decided to make more anti CNN memes than they could ever hope to take down. Then they started to rate the CNN app one star and turn public [=TVs=] off CNN with universal remotes (making ratings go down) when they tried. The IH even describes the events as CNN smashing one bee and angering the hive.

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** CNN threatening to dox reveal the personal information of the guy who made the Trump wrestling CNN meme unless he deleted everything only angered the internet. They decided to make more anti CNN anti-CNN memes than they CNN could ever hope to take down. Then they started to rate the CNN app one star star, and turn public [=TVs=] off CNN with universal remotes (making ratings go down) when they tried. CNN tried anyway. The IH Historian even describes the events as CNN smashing "smashing one bee and angering the hive.hive".



** And to bring it full circle, some people try to stop the IH's digging... which only results in him telling the internet promplty and invites more investigation. And he always keeps pressing on anyway.

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** And to bring it full circle, some people try to stop the IH's digging... which only results in him telling the internet promplty promptly and invites more investigation. And he always keeps pressing on anyway.


* March 2019, Congressional Representative Devin Nunes (CA-22) filed a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter and several accounts that he claimed were spreading libel and false statements. One such account was Devin Nunes' cow ([[https://twitter.com/DevinCow @DevinCow]]). Prior to the lawsuit, it had around 1200 follower but as of early April 2019, it has over 600k followers. This has long exceeded Nunes’ verified account’s follower count and has roughly half a million more followers than Nunes had voters in his last reelection in 2018.

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* March 2019, Congressional Representative Devin Nunes (CA-22) filed a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter and several accounts that he claimed were spreading libel and false statements. One such account was Devin Nunes' cow ([[https://twitter.com/DevinCow @DevinCow]]). @DevinCow]]), a purely satirical account ribbing Nunes for bragging about his family's dairy farming roots, when his family actually moved their farming operations from California to Iowa in 2006. Prior to the lawsuit, it had around 1200 follower 1,200 followers but as of early April 2019, it has over 600k followers. This has long exceeded Nunes’ verified account’s follower count and has roughly half a million more followers than Nunes had voters in his last reelection in 2018.



* In August 2019, a story about an outbreak of bedbugs in the New York Times newsroom went viral on Twitter. One of the many snarky quips about it came from college professor Dave Karpf, who tweeted "The bedbugs are a metaphor. The bedbugs are Bret Stephens," referring to one of the Times' resident right-wing opinion columnists. The tweet went unnoticed. Until Karpf revealed that he got an e-mail from Stephens acting offended that he called him a "bedbug" and even dared him to say to his face in front of his family. Not only did he send it to Karpf, but his provest (boss) too. This led to everyone referring to Stephens as a bedbug, to the point that he deactivated his Twitter and cried about it on TV. Karpf's original tweet skyrockted from 0 retweets to over 3000. And finally UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump used the controversy to bash Stephens, who had been highly critical of him in the past.

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* In August 2019, a story about an outbreak of bedbugs in the New York Times newsroom went viral on Twitter. One of the many snarky quips about it came from college professor Dave Karpf, who tweeted "The bedbugs are a metaphor. The bedbugs are Bret Stephens," referring to one of the Times' resident right-wing opinion columnists. The tweet went unnoticed. Until Karpf revealed that he got an e-mail from Stephens acting offended that he called him a "bedbug" and even dared him to say to his face in front of his family. Not only did he send it to Karpf, but his provest provost (boss) too. This led to everyone referring to Stephens as a bedbug, to the point that he deactivated his Twitter and cried about it on TV. Karpf's original tweet skyrockted from 0 retweets to over 3000. And finally UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump used the controversy to bash Stephens, who had been highly critical of him in the past.



* At first, Derek Savage appeared to calmly accept criticism for his film ''Film/CoolCatSavesTheKids'', even making a ReCut of the film after viewing the review of it by ''[[WebVideo/YourMovieSucksDotOrg Your Movie Sucks]]''. However, out of nowhere in November 2015, Savage started filing false DMCA claims to take down reviews of the movie (most notably those done by WebVideo/{{Bobsheaux}} and WebVideo/IHateEverything), and even harassing reviewers via e-mail. When Alex of ''IHE'' came clean about what was going on, the backlash was immediate and intense, especially since Savage's film is all about how bullying is bad, and yet [[{{Hypocrite}} he was bullying people to take down criticism of his film]]. Soon afterwards, mirrors of said reviews quickly began popping up, and the major controversy that occurred over it all helped deal a major blow to Savage's reputation.

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* At first, Derek Savage Creator/DerekSavage appeared to calmly accept criticism for his film ''Film/CoolCatSavesTheKids'', even making a ReCut of the film after viewing the review of it by ''[[WebVideo/YourMovieSucksDotOrg Your Movie Sucks]]''. However, out of nowhere in November 2015, Savage started filing false DMCA claims to take down reviews of the movie (most notably those done by WebVideo/{{Bobsheaux}} and WebVideo/IHateEverything), and even harassing reviewers via e-mail. When Alex of ''IHE'' came clean about what was going on, the backlash was immediate and intense, especially since Savage's film is all about how bullying is bad, and yet [[{{Hypocrite}} he was bullying people to take down criticism of his film]]. Soon afterwards, mirrors of said reviews quickly began popping up, and the major controversy that occurred over it all helped deal a major blow to Savage's reputation.


The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot can't be overstated enough. The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know (and didn't care) about who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying, as it wasn't important to their findings. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in an utterly mundane coastal study made it so that the greater public now knew where she lived, what her house looked like, and that she was acting like a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]] about the whole situation. Basically, had Streisand kept quiet about the photo, nobody would've ever known about it.

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The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot can't be overstated enough. The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know (and didn't care) about who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying, as it wasn't important to their findings. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in an utterly mundane coastal study made it so that the greater public now knew where she lived, what her house looked like, and that she was acting like a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]] about the whole situation. Basically, had Streisand kept quiet about the photo, nobody would've ever known about it.


*** Taken a step further in a later episode. Bob Muray sued thme for slander over the episode so once the lawsuit had been dismissed they did a followup episode discussing it and the general problem of SLAPP suits culminating in a song and dance routine in Times Square mocking Bob Murray.

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


* In the months leading up to ''Film/{{Joker|2019}}'''s wide release, a number of American film critics, journalists, and bloggers endlessly attacked the film, claiming that its portrayal as the Joker would inspire "incel" violence and mass shootings, and it escalated to the point where they even tried to get the film's released cancelled. As a result the outcry many police forces and even the US Army were put on alert on release day, and Warner Bros., tired of the endless attacks from the press, barred journalists from attending the red carpet premiere. The constant negative publicity and drama only served to increase interest among moviegoers to see what riled up the media so badly, and the movie smashed the opening weekend box office record for the month of October as a result.

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* In the months leading up to ''Film/{{Joker|2019}}'''s wide release, a number of American film critics, journalists, and bloggers endlessly attacked the film, claiming that its portrayal as the Joker would inspire "incel" violence and mass shootings, and it escalated to the point where they even tried to get the film's released cancelled. As a result the outcry many police forces and even the US Army were put on alert on release day, and Warner Bros., tired of the endless attacks from the press, barred journalists from attending the red carpet premiere. The constant negative publicity and drama only served to increase interest among moviegoers to see what riled up the media so badly, and the movie smashed the opening weekend box office record for the month of October as a result. result, eventually becoming the first R-rated film to make over $1 billion worldwide.

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* During Mashiro Sakurai's presentation on [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry Bogard]] in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate'', he specifically mentions that the popular character Mai Shiranui will not be appearing because it would raise the CERO rating above A and Smash Bros is "for good boys and girls". This lead to thousands unfamiliar with her looking her up, and a massive outpouring of fanart involving her rejection and her [[{{Stripperiffic}} design]]. Some have even begun to request her as a fighter. Some suspect Sakurai did it on purpose to get people to notice her.

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* The ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' episode "Bad Roommate" has Jade discovering an awkward satellite photo of her online and asks the guys not to tell anyone it exists. The next day, Jade discovers that the whole school now knows about it thanks to Cat telling people where ''not'' to look.
--> '''Jade:''' What do you mean you told people not to look?
--> '''Cat:''' I tweeted it on [=TheSlap=].
--> '''Jade:''' What did you tweet?
--> '''Cat:''' I wrote... "Please do not go on [=PearMaps=] and look up Hollywood Arts. If you do, do not look at Jade. P.S. She's not picking her nose". I made it super clear.


* One of the reasons why ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has such a large PeripheryDemographic was due to a few articles on animation sites like Cartoon Brew that were written [[TaintedByThePreview before the series even debuted]]. The articles were filled with anger towards Creator/LaurenFaust for selling out, incensed that someone who worked on shows like ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' and ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' would make a MerchandiseDriven show like ''My Little Pony'', even going as far as accusing the show of being [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad "homophobic, smarts-shaming and racist" over incredibly ridiculous things]] (for example, claiming that Rainbow Dash having a rainbow-colored mane was promoting the "butch lesbian" stereotype). The incredibly vitriolic tone of these articles made readers curious as to what it was about ''Friendship Is Magic'' that made the articles' writers so mad, and before long, these articles were distributed around ImageBoards. When readers tuned into the show itself, they actually liked what they saw and stuck around, helping to create the "brony" phenomenon.

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* One of the reasons why ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has had such a large PeripheryDemographic was due to a few articles on animation sites like Cartoon Brew that were written [[TaintedByThePreview before the series even debuted]]. The articles were filled with anger towards series director Creator/LaurenFaust for selling out, incensed that someone who worked on shows like ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' and ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' would make a MerchandiseDriven show like ''My Little Pony'', Pony''. The articles even going went as far as accusing the show of being [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad "homophobic, smarts-shaming and racist" racist"]] over incredibly ridiculous things]] (for things. For example, claiming one of the claims in the articles was that LovableJock Rainbow Dash having a rainbow-colored mane was promoting the "butch lesbian" stereotype). stereotype because the character had a rainbow-colored mane. The incredibly vitriolic tone of these articles made readers curious as to what it was about ''Friendship Is Magic'' that made the articles' writers so mad, and before long, these articles were distributed around ImageBoards. prompting the readers to watch [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon the show's first episode]] to find out when it debuted in 2010. When readers tuned into the show itself, show, they actually liked what they saw and stuck around, helping to create the "brony" phenomenon.


The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot can't be overstated enough. The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to '''Geologists''', who didn't know (and likely didn't care) about who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying as it wasn't important to their findings. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in an utterly mundane coastal study made it so that the greater public now knew where she lived, what her house looked like, and also made herself out to be a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]] in the process. Basically, had Streisand kept quiet about the photo, '''''nobody would've ever known about it.''''' At the end of everything, Streisand not only lost her lawsuit against Adelman, but was required to pay his legal fees. The web site which details all of the coastal pictures is still up, along with an archive of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo and a note basically telling Streisand to mind her own business.

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The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot can't be overstated enough. The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to '''Geologists''', geologists, who didn't know (and likely didn't care) about who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying studying, as it wasn't important to their findings. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in an utterly mundane coastal study made it so that the greater public now knew where she lived, what her house looked like, and also made herself out to be that she was acting like a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]] in about the process. whole situation. Basically, had Streisand kept quiet about the photo, '''''nobody nobody would've ever known about it.''''' At the end of everything, it.

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Streisand not only lost her the lawsuit against Adelman, but and was required to pay his the legal fees. fees for both sides. The web site which details detailing all of the coastal pictures is still up, along with an archive of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo and photo, along with a note basically essentially telling Streisand to mind her own business.


* 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 continued to 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 franchise being BannedInChina 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 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 2 years later.



* What started as a Xi Jinping and Barack Obama's meeting in 2013 being compared to a meeting of [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh and Tigger]] eventually continued to 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 franchise being BannedInChina 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 memesters to cause an explosion of content for what was once a minor meme. With the October 2019 controversies linked to the [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] apology, the [[Creator/BlizzardEntertainment Blizzard]] Boycott (listed above in the real life video game folder) and the mention of the banning in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode ''[[Recap/SouthParkS23E2BandInChina Band in China]]'' only fanning the meme's flames further 2 years later.


* What started as a Xi Jinping and Barack Obama's meeting in 2013 being compared to a meeting of [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh and Tigger]] eventually continued to 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 franchise being BannedInChina in 2017. To internet users of other countries [[ValuesDissonance where joking about leaders is more expected]], this came of as Xi Jinping being thin-skinned and fueled memesters to cause an explosion of content for what was once a minor meme. With the October 2019 controversies linked to the [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] apology, the [[Creator/BlizzardEntertainment Blizzard]] Boycott (listed above in the real life video game folder) and the mention of the banning in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode ''[[Recap/SouthParkS23E2BandInChina Band in China]]'' only fanning the meme's flames further 2 years later.

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* What started as a Xi Jinping and Barack Obama's meeting in 2013 being compared to a meeting of [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh and Tigger]] eventually continued to 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 franchise being BannedInChina in 2017. To internet users of other countries [[ValuesDissonance where joking about leaders is more expected]], jokes are a major part of political discussion]], this came of off as Xi Jinping being thin-skinned and fueled memesters to cause an explosion of content for what was once a minor meme. With the October 2019 controversies linked to the [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] apology, the [[Creator/BlizzardEntertainment Blizzard]] Boycott (listed above in the real life video game folder) and the mention of the banning in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode ''[[Recap/SouthParkS23E2BandInChina Band in China]]'' only fanning the meme's flames further 2 years later.


* What started as a Xi Jinping and Barack Obama's meeting in 2013 being compared to a meeting of [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh and Tigger]] eventually continued to 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 franchise being BannedInChina in 2017. To internet users of other countries [[ValuesDissonance where joking about leaders is more expected]], this came of as Xi Jinping being thin-skinned and fueled memesters to cause an explosion of content for what was once a minor meme. With the October 2019 controversies linked to the [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] apology, the Blizzard Boycott (listed above in the real life video game folder) and the mention of the banning in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode ''[[Recap/SouthParkS23E2BandInChina Band in China]]'' only fanning the meme's flames further 2 years later.

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* What started as a Xi Jinping and Barack Obama's meeting in 2013 being compared to a meeting of [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh and Tigger]] eventually continued to 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 franchise being BannedInChina in 2017. To internet users of other countries [[ValuesDissonance where joking about leaders is more expected]], this came of as Xi Jinping being thin-skinned and fueled memesters to cause an explosion of content for what was once a minor meme. With the October 2019 controversies linked to the [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] apology, the Blizzard [[Creator/BlizzardEntertainment Blizzard]] Boycott (listed above in the real life video game folder) and the mention of the banning in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode ''[[Recap/SouthParkS23E2BandInChina Band in China]]'' only fanning the meme's flames further 2 years later.


* What started as a Xi Jinping and Barack Obama's meeting in 2013 being compared to a meeting of [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh and Tigger]] eventually continued to 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 franchise being BannedInChina in 2017. This allowed what was once a minor meme to explode internationally, with the October 2019 controversies linked to the [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] apology, the Blizzard Boycott (listed above in the real life video game folder) and the mention of the banning in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode ''[[Recap/SouthParkS23E2BandInChina Band in China]]'' only fanning the meme's flames further 2 years later.

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* What started as a Xi Jinping and Barack Obama's meeting in 2013 being compared to a meeting of [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh and Tigger]] eventually continued to 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 franchise being BannedInChina in 2017. This allowed To internet users of other countries [[ValuesDissonance where joking about leaders is more expected]], this came of as Xi Jinping being thin-skinned and fueled memesters to cause an explosion of content for what was once a minor meme to explode internationally, with meme. With the October 2019 controversies linked to the [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] apology, the Blizzard Boycott (listed above in the real life video game folder) and the mention of the banning in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode ''[[Recap/SouthParkS23E2BandInChina Band in China]]'' only fanning the meme's flames further 2 years later.

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*What started as a Xi Jinping and Barack Obama's meeting in 2013 being compared to a meeting of [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh and Tigger]] eventually continued to 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 franchise being BannedInChina in 2017. This allowed what was once a minor meme to explode internationally, with the October 2019 controversies linked to the [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] apology, the Blizzard Boycott (listed above in the real life video game folder) and the mention of the banning in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode ''[[Recap/SouthParkS23E2BandInChina Band in China]]'' only fanning the meme's flames further 2 years later.


** He did a first impression video for a game titled ''VideoGame/DayOneGarrysIncident''. Midway through the video, he stated that the game had a lot of potential, but was poorly executed. By the end of the video, however, he'd seen and experienced so many bad things about the game that he ended up heavily panning it. The developer, Wild Games Studio, didn't like his criticism. As a result, they used [=YouTube=]'s infamous copyright takedown feature to remove the video, later claiming that "[=TotalBiscuit=] has no right to make advertising revenues with our license". This caused the Brit to post a follow-up video calling them out for the abuse and gave hard evidence that debunked their claims. He also took the opportunity to point out instances of other, smaller channels being trampled on via the Copyright system (e.g. the Sega incident). The original video is back up on the Brit's channel, and all the developer did was further increase their infamy, as people now not only know that their game sucks, but also that they're {{sore loser}}s about it. The view counts on these videos:

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** He did a first impression video for a game titled ''VideoGame/DayOneGarrysIncident''. Midway through the video, he stated that the game [[HopeSpot had a lot of potential, potential]], but was poorly executed. By the end of the video, however, he'd seen and experienced so many bad things about the game that he ended up heavily panning it. The developer, Wild Games Studio, didn't like his criticism. As a result, they used [=YouTube=]'s infamous copyright takedown feature to remove the video, later claiming that "[=TotalBiscuit=] has no right to make advertising revenues with our license". This caused the Brit to post a follow-up video calling them out for the abuse and gave hard evidence that debunked their claims. He also took the opportunity to point out instances of other, smaller channels being trampled on via the Copyright system (e.g. the Sega incident). The original video is back up on the Brit's channel, and all the developer did was further increase their infamy, as people now not only know that their game sucks, but also that they're {{sore loser}}s about it. The view counts on these videos:



* At [=BlizzCon=] 2018, Creator/BlizzardEntertainment announced ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Immortal'', which was not met well at all by fans there, as it was 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'', 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 booed. This prompted the Blizzard rep to reply, "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]]"; 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.
** In 2019, Blizzard suspended a Hearthstone player/streamer, withheld his prize money, and also suspended his fellow commentators all because the player in question made a political statement about China's treatment of Hong Kong's citizens. Not long after that, Blizzard fans retaliated by trying to screw over Blizzard's relationship with China by posting artwork and memes of ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' character Mei (who is Chinese herself) in Hong Kong imagery and statements, in the hopes that A.) Chinese players would spread them, and B.) the Chinese government would take notice. This caused Blizzard to [[https://www.keengamer.com/articles/news/overwatchs-mei-statue-removed-from-gear-shop-amidst-hong-kong-protest/ yank statues of Mei from their store]] in an attempt to stop the memes from spreading. On top of that, the event that was planned to celebrate the release of ''Overwatch'' on the Switch at the Nintendo World Store was cancelled, and many suspect it was Nintendo trying to distance itself from Blizzard's controversies.

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* At [=BlizzCon=] 2018, Creator/BlizzardEntertainment 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 announced]] on top of being the only Diablo-related ''Diablo''-related thing to be announced in ''years'', 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 booed. This prompted the Blizzard rep to reply, 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]]"; 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.
** In 2019, Blizzard suspended a Hearthstone player/streamer, withheld his prize money, and [[DisproportionateRetribution also suspended his fellow commentators commentators]] all because the player in question made a political statement about China's treatment of Hong Kong's citizens. Not long after that, Blizzard fans retaliated by trying to screw over Blizzard's relationship with China by posting artwork and memes of ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' character Mei (who is Chinese herself) in Hong Kong imagery and statements, in the hopes that A.) Chinese players would spread them, and B.) the Chinese government would take notice. This caused Blizzard to [[https://www.keengamer.com/articles/news/overwatchs-mei-statue-removed-from-gear-shop-amidst-hong-kong-protest/ yank statues of Mei from their store]] in an attempt to stop the memes from spreading. On top of that, the event that was planned to celebrate the Switch release of ''Overwatch'' on the Switch at the Nintendo World Store was cancelled, and many suspect it was Nintendo trying Nintendo's decision to try to distance itself from Blizzard's controversies.


* As mentioned above, when ''{{VideoGame/Persona 5}}'' was released in North America, Atlus disabled the screen capture and sharing feature on the UsefulNotes/PlayStation4. They also released a set of strict guidelines that warned [=YouTubers=] not to show any content past the in-game date of July 7th. Failure to heed the guidelines would have Atlus claim the offending videos via content ID or issue copyright takedowns to suspend or even terminate the offending channel. According to Atlus, all of this was done in the name of avoiding spoilers. Predictably, many fans began posting spoilers out of spite, including using bots on Twitter to post spoilers en masse, and the majority of them [[LoopholeAbuse used actual cameras and capture devices to create their own screenshots]], which defeated Atlus' purpose. What makes the event even stranger is that the Japanese version of the game had been released several months prior, which gave fans plenty of time to see anything they wanted to about the game. Finally, Atlus stating not to post anything beyond certain in-game dates [[{{Irony}} spoiled the fact]] that something big would happen on those dates. Eventually, the massive backlash to their move caused them to relent, pushing back the streaming ban up until November 19 in-game.

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* As mentioned above, when ''{{VideoGame/Persona 5}}'' ''VideoGame/Persona5'' was released in North America, Atlus disabled the screen capture and sharing feature on the UsefulNotes/PlayStation4. They also released a set of strict guidelines that warned [=YouTubers=] not to show any content past the in-game date of July 7th. Failure to heed the guidelines would have Atlus claim the offending videos via content ID or issue copyright takedowns to suspend or even terminate the offending channel. According to Atlus, all of this was done in the name of avoiding spoilers. Predictably, many fans began posting spoilers out of spite, including using bots on Twitter to post spoilers en masse, and the majority of them [[LoopholeAbuse used actual cameras and capture devices to create their own screenshots]], which defeated Atlus' purpose. What makes the event even stranger is that the Japanese version of the game had been released several months prior, which gave fans plenty of time to see anything they wanted to about the game. Finally, Atlus stating not to post anything beyond certain in-game dates [[{{Irony}} spoiled the fact]] that something big would happen on those dates. Eventually, the massive backlash to their move caused them to relent, pushing back the streaming ban up until November 19 in-game.



** In 2019, Blizzard suspended a Hearthstone player/streamer, withheld his prize money, and also suspended his fellow commentators all because the player in question made a political statement about China's treatment of Hong Kong's citizens. Not long after that, Blizzard fans retaliated by trying to screw over Blizzard's relationship with China by posting artwork and memes of ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' character Mei (who is Chinese herself) in Hong Kong imagery and statements in the hopes that A) Chinese players would spread them and B) the Chinese government taking notice. This caused Blizzard to [[https://www.keengamer.com/articles/news/overwatchs-mei-statue-removed-from-gear-shop-amidst-hong-kong-protest/ yank statues of Mei from their store]] in an attempt to stop the memes from spreading. On top of that, the event that was planned to celebrate the release of ''Overwatch'' on the Switch at the Nintendo World Store was cancelled and many suspect it was Nintendo trying to distance itself from Blizzard's controversies.

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** In 2019, Blizzard suspended a Hearthstone player/streamer, withheld his prize money, and also suspended his fellow commentators all because the player in question made a political statement about China's treatment of Hong Kong's citizens. Not long after that, Blizzard fans retaliated by trying to screw over Blizzard's relationship with China by posting artwork and memes of ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' character Mei (who is Chinese herself) in Hong Kong imagery and statements statements, in the hopes that A) A.) Chinese players would spread them them, and B) B.) the Chinese government taking would take notice. This caused Blizzard to [[https://www.keengamer.com/articles/news/overwatchs-mei-statue-removed-from-gear-shop-amidst-hong-kong-protest/ yank statues of Mei from their store]] in an attempt to stop the memes from spreading. On top of that, the event that was planned to celebrate the release of ''Overwatch'' on the Switch at the Nintendo World Store was cancelled cancelled, and many suspect it was Nintendo trying to distance itself from Blizzard's controversies.



** In February 2019, five months later, Vox Media suddenly started issuing copyright takedowns on some of these criticism and parody videos that were made back in September, [[{{Hypocrite}} a few days after The Verge published an article about the rampant abuse of copyright takedowns on YouTube to suppress valid criticism and opposing viewpoints]]. The PC community came roaring back even more than the first time, with nearly every tech [=YouTuber=] and publication calling them out on it and mentioning this phenomenon by name, people meme-ing the situation, turning quotes from the video into punchlines, finding even more errors that were pointed out the first time around, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZRusH5fGIY reuploading the original video in droves]]. [=YouTube=] eventually had to step in to reinstate Bitwit's video and a couple of others, but several more remain down. Each of The Verge's subsequent attempts at damage control has only dug them deeper and deeper, and all the while they haven't once addressed the fact that their original video was poorly made and misleading.

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** In February 2019, five months later, Vox Media suddenly started issuing copyright takedowns on some of these criticism and parody videos that were made back in September, [[{{Hypocrite}} a few days after The Verge published an article about the rampant abuse of copyright takedowns on YouTube to suppress valid criticism and opposing viewpoints]]. The PC community came roaring back even more than the first time, with nearly every tech [=YouTuber=] and publication calling them out on it and mentioning this phenomenon by name, people meme-ing the situation, turning quotes from the video into punchlines, finding even more errors that were pointed out the first time around, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZRusH5fGIY reuploading the original video in droves]]. [=YouTube=] eventually had to step in to reinstate Bitwit's video and a couple of others, but several more remain down. Each of The Verge's subsequent attempts at damage control has only dug them deeper and deeper, and all the while they haven't once ''once'' addressed the fact that their original video was poorly made and misleading.

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** In 2019, Blizzard suspended a Hearthstone player/streamer, withheld his prize money, and also suspended his fellow commentators all because the player in question made a political statement about China's treatment of Hong Kong's citizens. Not long after that, Blizzard fans retaliated by trying to screw over Blizzard's relationship with China by posting artwork and memes of ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' character Mei (who is Chinese herself) in Hong Kong imagery and statements in the hopes that A) Chinese players would spread them and B) the Chinese government taking notice. This caused Blizzard to [[https://www.keengamer.com/articles/news/overwatchs-mei-statue-removed-from-gear-shop-amidst-hong-kong-protest/ yank statues of Mei from their store]] in an attempt to stop the memes from spreading. On top of that, the event that was planned to celebrate the release of ''Overwatch'' on the Switch at the Nintendo World Store was cancelled and many suspect it was Nintendo trying to distance itself from Blizzard's controversies.


* Bryon "Psyguy" Beaubien from Website/Fireball20XL become a victim of this effect in 2014 after a long series of Tumblr-posts, [[http://goomy.is.my/post/79334071366/ey-im-going-to-repost-this-because-i-want-it-on-my such as this one]]. The stories detailed how Beaubien was described as being incredibly abusive towards many of his past acquaintances, including the use of death threats, harassment, infidelity, and pedophilia. That alone was bad for his reputation, but what made the matter far worse was that Beaubien responded by trying to threaten many of the people who shared their stories about him, use copyright claims to take down videos about the stories and delete as many of his posts that could confirm the stories told about him. The stories about Beaubien ended up spreading like wildfire throughout the internet as a result of his attempts to get them removed, which eventually led to the website and Beaubien vanishing from the internet altogether.

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* Bryon "Psyguy" Beaubien from Website/Fireball20XL become a victim of this effect in 2014 after a long series of Tumblr-posts, [[http://goomy.is.my/post/79334071366/ey-im-going-to-repost-this-because-i-want-it-on-my such as this one]]. The stories detailed how Beaubien was described as being incredibly abusive towards many of his past acquaintances, including the use of death threats, harassment, infidelity, and pedophilia. That alone was bad for his reputation, but what made the matter far worse was that Beaubien responded [[IResembleThatRemark by trying to threaten many of the people who shared their stories stories]] about him, use copyright claims to take down videos about the stories and delete as many of his posts that could confirm the stories told about him. The stories about Beaubien ended up spreading like wildfire throughout the internet as a result of his attempts to get them removed, which eventually led to the website and Beaubien vanishing from the internet altogether.


* At [=BlizzCon=] 2018, Creator/BlizzardEntertainment announced ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Immortal'', which was not met well at all by fans there, as it was 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'', 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 booed. This prompted the Blizzard rep to reply, "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 "out-of-season April Fools joke"; 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, Creator/BlizzardEntertainment announced ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Immortal'', which was not met well at all by fans there, as it was 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'', 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 booed. This prompted the Blizzard rep to reply, "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 "out-of-season "[[YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe out-of-season April Fools joke"; joke]]"; 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.


* In the months leading up to ''Film/{{Joker}}'''s wide release, a number of American film critics, journalists, and bloggers endlessly attacked the film, claiming that its portrayal as the Joker would inspire "incel" violence and mass shootings, and it escalated to the point where they even tried to get the film's released cancelled. As a result the outcry many police forces and even the US Army were put on alert on release day, and Warner Bros., tired of the endless attacks from the press, barred journalists from attending the red carpet premiere. The constant negative publicity and drama only served to increase interest among moviegoers to see what riled up the media so badly, and the movie smashed the opening weekend box office record for the month of October as a result.

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* In the months leading up to ''Film/{{Joker}}'''s ''Film/{{Joker|2019}}'''s wide release, a number of American film critics, journalists, and bloggers endlessly attacked the film, claiming that its portrayal as the Joker would inspire "incel" violence and mass shootings, and it escalated to the point where they even tried to get the film's released cancelled. As a result the outcry many police forces and even the US Army were put on alert on release day, and Warner Bros., tired of the endless attacks from the press, barred journalists from attending the red carpet premiere. The constant negative publicity and drama only served to increase interest among moviegoers to see what riled up the media so badly, and the movie smashed the opening weekend box office record for the month of October as a result.


* Deliberately invoked by DavidBowie in the 70s when he started touring America as Ziggy Stardust. He announced that he would be doing no radio interviews and went everywhere surrounded by bodyguards trying to keep him from the public gaze. This ended up attracting a huge amount of attention...Which was exactly his aim.

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* Deliberately invoked by DavidBowie Music/DavidBowie in the 70s when he started touring America as Ziggy Stardust. He announced that he would be doing no radio interviews and went everywhere surrounded by bodyguards trying to keep him from the public gaze. This ended up attracting a huge amount of attention...Which was exactly his aim.

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* In the months leading up to ''Film/{{Joker}}'''s wide release, a number of American film critics, journalists, and bloggers endlessly attacked the film, claiming that its portrayal as the Joker would inspire "incel" violence and mass shootings, and it escalated to the point where they even tried to get the film's released cancelled. As a result the outcry many police forces and even the US Army were put on alert on release day, and Warner Bros., tired of the endless attacks from the press, barred journalists from attending the red carpet premiere. The constant negative publicity and drama only served to increase interest among moviegoers to see what riled up the media so badly, and the movie smashed the opening weekend box office record for the month of October as a result.


* Creator/DavidGonterman's run-ins with the Streisand Effect dates back to about 1995-1998. Initially an unexceptional fanfiction writer and comic artist with enough weirdness to attract a number of {{MST}}s, he invoked the effect when he started throwing public tantrums over any criticism and then went on a crusade to get all his works deleted from the Internet. A number of websites dedicated to archiving his works popped up in response. On the flip side, were it not for this effect, he would never have achieved the Z-list cult celebrity status he enjoys today.

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* Creator/DavidGonterman's run-ins with the Streisand Effect dates date back to about 1995-1998. Initially an unexceptional fanfiction writer and comic artist with enough weirdness to attract a number of {{MST}}s, he invoked the effect when he started throwing public tantrums over any criticism and then went on a crusade to get all his works deleted from the Internet. A number of websites dedicated to archiving his works popped up in response. On the flip side, were it not for this effect, he would never have achieved the Z-list cult celebrity status he enjoys today.


* In August 2019, people in a videogame convention in Shanghai, China, smashed a [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 PlayStation 4]] in protest, because Sony was advertising the chinese game ''Genshin Impact'', which has many similarities to ''[[Videogame/TheLegendofZeldaBreathoftheWild The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild]]'', claiming that game is a blatant rip-off and Sony should not be promoting it, but as soon as that news spread, people found out about the game, started to get interested in it, even people who played Breath of the Wild, and while some people said that the game really was a rip-off, others were nicer, praised the game and pointed the stuff that made the game more original and different from Zelda.


* Creator/DavidGonterman's run-ins with the Streisand Effect date back to about 1995-1998. Initially an unexceptional fanfiction writer and comic artist with enough weirdness to attract a number of {{MST}}s, he invoked the effect when he started throwing tantrums over any criticism and went on a crusade to get all his works deleted from the Internet. A number of websites dedicated to archiving his works popped up. On the flip side, were it not for this effect, he would never have achieved the Z-list cult celebrity status he enjoys today.

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* Creator/DavidGonterman's run-ins with the Streisand Effect date dates back to about 1995-1998. Initially an unexceptional fanfiction writer and comic artist with enough weirdness to attract a number of {{MST}}s, he invoked the effect when he started throwing public tantrums over any criticism and then went on a crusade to get all his works deleted from the Internet. A number of websites dedicated to archiving his works popped up.up in response. On the flip side, were it not for this effect, he would never have achieved the Z-list cult celebrity status he enjoys today.



* At first, Derek Savage appeared to accept criticism his film ''Film/CoolCatSavesTheKids'', even making a ReCut of the film after viewing the review of it by ''[[WebVideo/YourMovieSucksDotOrg Your Movie Sucks]]''. However, out of nowhere in November 2015, Savage started filing false DMCA claims to take down reviews of the movie (most notably those done by WebVideo/{{Bobsheaux}} and WebVideo/IHateEverything), and even harassing reviewers via e-mail. When Alex of ''IHE'' came clean about what was going on, the backlash was immediate and intense, especially since Savage's film is all about how bullying is bad, and yet [[{{Hypocrite}} he was bullying people to take down criticism of his film]]. Soon afterwards, mirrors of said reviews quickly began popping up, and the major controversy that occurred over it all helped deal a major blow to Savage's reputation.
* On April 27, 2013, a {{Journal Roleplay}}er created a journal with the intent on [=RPing=] a character from ''The Slutcracker'', a sex-filled parody of ''Theatre/TheNutcracker''. [[http://dear-mun.dreamwidth.org/7646597.html The very first post]] of the testing journal, ''Dear Mum'', was made by Vanessa White, the creator of ''The Slutcracker'', who demanded ''in public'' that the pictures she used for the journal and the journal itself be removed or face legal action, leaving the poor fan to quickly remove everything. Other [=RPers=] took White to task, which ultimately led to her deleting her account.
* LetsPlay/{{Pewdiepie}} has done quite a bit of these by accident in which he apologizes to them, but the biggest one that has happened is the entire "[=YouTube=] Drama" fiasco in which he points out that drama needs to stop because it affects everybody by being on the edge of their seats. His main point, however, is about the people who use the mob mentality as a way to police a [=YouTuber=] to attack and ruin someone's life. Unfortunately, people kind of latched on the drama part and barely anybody briefly touched upon his main point. Felix has admitted that he kind of jumped the gun on this one as he didn't really explain his main point properly.
* [[Website/TheBestPageInTheUniverse Maddox]], [[http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=websense in one article]] about people banning his website for arbitrary reasons, pointed out that there was a group called "Mothers Against Maddox" that had been going on for over a year trying to get his website taken down. In a bout of intentional irony, he signed their petition, knowing fully well that it wouldn't change anything. Within 24 hours of him posting the article, their petition jumped from 80 signatures to 9,200. Given that his website is still up, it seems that they didn't accomplish anything.

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* At first, Derek Savage appeared to calmly accept criticism for his film ''Film/CoolCatSavesTheKids'', even making a ReCut of the film after viewing the review of it by ''[[WebVideo/YourMovieSucksDotOrg Your Movie Sucks]]''. However, out of nowhere in November 2015, Savage started filing false DMCA claims to take down reviews of the movie (most notably those done by WebVideo/{{Bobsheaux}} and WebVideo/IHateEverything), and even harassing reviewers via e-mail. When Alex of ''IHE'' came clean about what was going on, the backlash was immediate and intense, especially since Savage's film is all about how bullying is bad, and yet [[{{Hypocrite}} he was bullying people to take down criticism of his film]]. Soon afterwards, mirrors of said reviews quickly began popping up, and the major controversy that occurred over it all helped deal a major blow to Savage's reputation.
* On April 27, 2013, a {{Journal Roleplay}}er created a journal with the intent on [=RPing=] a character from ''The Slutcracker'', a sex-filled parody of ''Theatre/TheNutcracker''. [[http://dear-mun.dreamwidth.org/7646597.html The very first post]] of the testing journal, ''Dear Mum'', was made by Vanessa White, the creator of ''The Slutcracker'', who demanded ''in public'' that the pictures she used for the journal and the journal itself be removed or face legal action, leaving the poor fan to quickly remove everything. Other [=RPers=] took White to task, task over this, which ultimately led to her deleting her account.
* LetsPlay/{{Pewdiepie}} has done quite a bit of these by accident in which he apologizes to them, but the biggest one that has happened is the entire "[=YouTube=] Drama" fiasco in which he points out that drama needs to stop because it affects everybody by being causing them to be on the edge of their seats. His main point, however, is about the people who use the mob mentality as a way to police a [=YouTuber=] to attack and ruin someone's life. Unfortunately, people kind of latched on the drama part and barely anybody briefly touched upon his main point. Felix has admitted that he kind of jumped the gun on this one as he didn't really explain his main point properly.
* [[Website/TheBestPageInTheUniverse Maddox]], [[http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=websense in one article]] about people banning his website for arbitrary reasons, pointed out that there was a group called "Mothers Against Maddox" that had been going on for over a year trying to get his website taken down. In a bout of intentional irony, he signed their petition, knowing fully well that it wouldn't change anything. Within 24 hours of him posting the article, their petition jumped from 80 signatures to 9,200. Given that his website is still up, it seems that they didn't accomplish anything.anything even with the additional support.



** Shia [=LeBeouf=] and his supporters’ attempts to keep trolls away from his "He Will Not Divide Us" art piece only attracts the trolls more and more.

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** Shia [=LeBeouf=] and his supporters’ attempts to keep Website/FourChan trolls away from interfering with his "He Will Not Divide Us" 4-year spanning "Series/HeWillNotDivideUs" art piece only attracts attracted the trolls more and more. His escalating attempts to stop his livestreamed work from getting defaced or mocked saw him move it from a public New York area to an undisclosed location in North America (found by 4chan within 2 days to be in Greenville, Tennessee), to a blank white room somewhere ''in the world'' (found within London 4 ''hours'' by 4chan). The effect eventually petered out once the project left the United States and it became too boring for 4chan to further mess with it, with only a few dedicated trolls keeping an eye on it.


* When British footballer Ryan Giggs was caught having an affair with former ''Series/BigBrother'' contestant Imogen Thomas, his lawyers filed a super-injunction to keep Thomas from selling her story and the news media from revealing his name. Many news channels and magazines took offence to that, starting a debate on the nature of super-injunctions and using many {{Suspiciously Specific Denial}}s to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar hint at his identity]]. When his name was revealed on Website/{{Twitter}}, he had his lawyers try to sue Twitter for ignoring the injunction. Twitter, of course, is not bound by UK law and this action only caused many celebrities and ordinary users hitting back by revealing his name in their feeds. [[SarcasmMode Congratulations, Giggs]]: You [[EnemyMine made an enemy of both]] [[OldMediaAreEvil the Old Media]] and [[NewMediaAreEvil the New Media]] and turned a one-shot story that would have grabbed the attention of a small portion of the public for a few days into a national debate that went on for weeks, while becoming the laughing stock of the foreign media, who are not bound by UK laws. The entire mess eventually reached Parliament, where questions were raised about how relevant the law was considering the rise of social media. You know you messed up when your attempt to conceal your affair ends up with the Prime Minister discussing it ''in the democratic forum of the nation''.

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* When British footballer Ryan Giggs was caught having an affair with former ''Series/BigBrother'' contestant Imogen Thomas, his lawyers filed a super-injunction to keep Thomas from selling her story and the news media from revealing his name. Many news channels and magazines took offence to that, starting a debate on the nature of super-injunctions and using many {{Suspiciously Specific Denial}}s to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar [[CouldSayItBut hint at his identity]]. When his name was revealed on Website/{{Twitter}}, he had his lawyers try to sue Twitter for ignoring the injunction. Twitter, of course, is not bound by UK law and this action only caused many celebrities and ordinary users hitting back by revealing his name in their feeds. [[SarcasmMode Congratulations, Giggs]]: You [[EnemyMine made an enemy of both]] [[OldMediaAreEvil the Old Media]] and [[NewMediaAreEvil the New Media]] and turned a one-shot story that would have grabbed the attention of a small portion of the public for a few days into a national debate that went on for weeks, while becoming the laughing stock of the foreign media, who are not bound by UK laws. The entire mess eventually reached Parliament, where questions were raised about how relevant the law was considering the rise of social media. You know you messed up when your attempt to conceal your affair ends up with the Prime Minister discussing it ''in the democratic forum of the nation''.


* 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 [[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]].



* In September 2018, a user on {{Website/reddit}} [=ApostleO=] criticized the performance and user interface of the digital tabletop site [=Roll20=], and was then banned by the moderator [=NolanT=] from the [=Roll20=] subreddit, since they had a name similar to another banned user ([=ApostleOfTruth=]). As the recently banned user [=ApostleO=] was not the same person as the formerly banned user [=ApostleOfTruth=], [=ApostleO=] dug deeper into the issue. [=ApostleO=] found that not only were the two users' writing styles not similar at all, the other banned user was banned for criticizing the [=Roll20=] staff's moderation as well. When [=ApostleO=] confronted [=Roll20=] about it, they were told by [=NolanT=] that even though the two banned users' [=IP=]s didn't match, the ban would not be lifted. [=ApostleO=] [[https://redd.it/9iwarj reported what happened on reddit]], which reached Reddit's front page. It revealed that [=Roll20=] not only censored any form of criticism towards them, they also violated Reddit's policy of people modding subreddits of a company they are employed to. (See, [=NolanT=] was not just an affiliated mod, he was one of [=Roll20=]'s co-founders.) This lead to other users declaring that they would also cancel their subscription and/or bad-mouth [=Roll20=] from now on. [[https://www.reddit.com/r/Roll20/comments/9iwjwd/read_this/e6n4bgx/ NolanT's response]] only [[DiggingYourselfDeeper made things worse]]; at one time, [=NolanT's=] response was the second-most downvoted comment in the history of Reddit.

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* In September 2018, [=ApostleO=], a user on {{Website/reddit}} [=ApostleO=] {{Website/reddit}}, criticized the performance and user interface of the digital tabletop site [=Roll20=], and was then banned by the moderator [=NolanT=] from the [=Roll20=] subreddit, subreddit under assumed sock-puppetry, since they had a name similar to another banned user ([=ApostleOfTruth=]). As the recently banned user user, [=ApostleOfTruth=]. Since [=ApostleO=] was not knew they weren't the same person as the formerly banned user [=ApostleOfTruth=], [=ApostleO=] they dug deeper into the issue. [=ApostleO=] found that not only were the two users' writing styles not similar at all, the other banned user was banned for criticizing the [=Roll20=] staff's moderation as well. When [=ApostleO=] confronted [=Roll20=] about it, they were told by [=NolanT=] that even though the two banned users' [=IP=]s didn't match, the ban would not be lifted. [=ApostleO=] [[https://redd.it/9iwarj reported what happened on reddit]], which reached Reddit's front page. It revealed that [=Roll20=] not only censored any form of criticism towards them, they also violated Reddit's policy of people modding subreddits of a company they are employed to. (See, to, as [=NolanT=] was not just an affiliated mod, he was but one of [=Roll20=]'s co-founders.) co-founders. This lead led to other users declaring that they would also cancel their subscription and/or bad-mouth [=Roll20=] from now on. [[https://www.reddit.com/r/Roll20/comments/9iwjwd/read_this/e6n4bgx/ NolanT's response]] only [[DiggingYourselfDeeper made things worse]]; at one time, [=NolanT's=] response was the second-most downvoted comment in the history of Reddit.



* UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan began wearing his Air Jordan brand of shoes during games at a time when the NBA forbade players from doing such a thing and fined Jordan every time he wore them on the court. The trouble for the NBA was that Jordan had both the clout with the public and the cash from the deal with Nike to more-or-less [[DefyingTheCensors ignore the fines and keep wearing the Air Jordans anyway]]. Doing so made Jordan's brand far more well known than if the NBA had said nothing (Nike even began running a marketing campaign boasting about the NBA's reaction), and gave him free advertising with a ColbertBump, so it was [[{{Unishment}} a punishment that was actually helping Jordan]]. When it became clear that the fines weren't going to work, the NBA stopped punishing Jordan for wearing the shoes.

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* UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan began wearing his Air Jordan brand of shoes during games at a time when the NBA forbade players from doing such a thing and fined Jordan every time he wore them on the court. The trouble for the NBA was that Jordan had both the clout with the public and the cash from the deal with Nike to more-or-less [[DefyingTheCensors ignore the fines and keep wearing the Air Jordans his brand anyway]]. Doing so made Jordan's brand far more well known than if the NBA had said nothing (Nike even began running a marketing campaign boasting about the NBA's reaction), and gave him free advertising with a ColbertBump, so it was [[{{Unishment}} a punishment that was actually helping Jordan]]. When it became clear that the fines weren't going to work, the NBA stopped punishing Jordan for wearing the shoes.


* At a gathering of animators and animation personalities, ''Rubber Onion'' co-host Stephen Brooks snapped a particularly unflattering photo of Creator/JohnKricfalusi looking disheveled and clammy-skinned. Kricfalusi outright demanded that Brooks not share any photos of him without his expressed permission, despite Brooks being the event's hired photographer. In turn, Brooks, who was already not fond of Kricfalusi, used the photo as the thumbnail for the episode of his podcast discussing Kricfalusi's then-recent statutory rape allegations, complete with a subtitle saying "John K. doesn't want me to share this photo."

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* At a gathering of animators and animation personalities, ''Rubber Onion'' co-host Stephen Brooks snapped a particularly unflattering photo of Creator/JohnKricfalusi looking disheveled and clammy-skinned. Kricfalusi outright demanded that Brooks not share any photos of him without his expressed permission, despite Brooks being the event's hired photographer. In turn, Brooks, who was already not fond of Kricfalusi, used the photo as the thumbnail for [[https://rubberonion.com/podcast/226-john-k-and-other-news/ the episode of his podcast discussing Kricfalusi's then-recent statutory rape allegations, allegations]], complete with a subtitle saying "John K. doesn't want told me not to share this photo.take his picture without his consent."


Blogger Mike Masnick of Techdirt coined the phrase back in 2003 when American singer 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 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 towards Streisand.

It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted pictures specifically of Streisand's house for a tabloid newspaper. It was taken by Kenneth Adelman as 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. Streisand's house overlooks the California coastline, and it just so happened to be captured in one of the thousands of otherwise innocuous photos that were taken, solely for use as part of the coastal survey.

The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot can't be overstated: the study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know and didn't care about who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in a coastal study made it so that the greater public knew where she lived and what her house looked like, while also making herself out to be a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]]. Had Streisand kept quiet about the photo, nobody would've ever known about it. At the end of everything, Streisand not only lost her lawsuit against Adelman, but was required to pay his legal fees. The web site which details all of the coastal pictures is still up, along with an archive of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo and a note basically telling Streisand to mind her own business.

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Blogger Mike Masnick of Techdirt coined the phrase back in 2003 when American singer 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 the photographer and force him to take the image off of 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 onto multiple websites as a TakeThat towards Streisand.

It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted pictures specifically of Streisand's house for a tabloid newspaper. It was taken by Kenneth Adelman as 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. Streisand's house overlooks the California coastline, and it just ''just so happened happened'' to be captured in one of the thousands of otherwise innocuous photos that were taken, taken of the coastline, which again, were solely for use as part of the coastal survey.

The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot can't be overstated: the overstated enough. The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, '''Geologists''', who didn't know and (and likely didn't care care) about who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying. studying as it wasn't important to their findings. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in a an utterly mundane coastal study made it so that the greater public now knew where she lived and lived, what her house looked like, while and also making made herself out to be a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]]. Had Donna]] in the process. Basically, had Streisand kept quiet about the photo, nobody '''''nobody would've ever known about it. it.''''' At the end of everything, Streisand not only lost her lawsuit against Adelman, but was required to pay his legal fees. The web site which details all of the coastal pictures is still up, along with an archive of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo and a note basically telling Streisand to mind her own business.


* In September 2018, a user on {{Website/reddit}} [=ApostleO=] criticized the performance and user interface of the digital tabletop site [=Roll20=], and was then banned by the moderator [=NolanT=] from the [=Roll20=] subreddit, since they had a name similar to another banned user ([=ApostleOfTruth=]). As the recently banned user [=ApostleO=] was not the same person as the formerly banned user [=ApostleOfTruth=], [=ApostleO=] dug deeper into the issue. [=ApostleO=] found that not only were the two users' writing styles not similar at all, the other banned user was banned for criticizing the [=Roll20=] staff's moderation as well. When [=ApostleO=] confronted [=Roll20=] about it, they were told by [=NolanT=] that even though the two banned users' [=IP=]s didn't match, the ban would not be lifted. [=ApostleO=] [[https://redd.it/9iwarj reported what happened on reddit]], which reached Reddit's front page. It revealed that [=Roll20=] not only censored any form of criticism towards them, they also violated Reddit's policy of people modding subreddits of a company they are employed to. (See, [=NolanT=] was not just an affiliated mod, he was one of [=Roll20=]'s co-founders.) This lead to other users declaring that they would also cancel their subscription and/or bad-mouth [=Roll20=] from now on. [[https://www.reddit.com/r/Roll20/comments/9iwjwd/read_this/e6n4bgx/ NolanT's response]] only [[DiggingYourselfDeeper made things worse]], eventually becoming the second-most downvoted comment in the history of Reddit, and is currently the third most downvoted comment.

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* In September 2018, a user on {{Website/reddit}} [=ApostleO=] criticized the performance and user interface of the digital tabletop site [=Roll20=], and was then banned by the moderator [=NolanT=] from the [=Roll20=] subreddit, since they had a name similar to another banned user ([=ApostleOfTruth=]). As the recently banned user [=ApostleO=] was not the same person as the formerly banned user [=ApostleOfTruth=], [=ApostleO=] dug deeper into the issue. [=ApostleO=] found that not only were the two users' writing styles not similar at all, the other banned user was banned for criticizing the [=Roll20=] staff's moderation as well. When [=ApostleO=] confronted [=Roll20=] about it, they were told by [=NolanT=] that even though the two banned users' [=IP=]s didn't match, the ban would not be lifted. [=ApostleO=] [[https://redd.it/9iwarj reported what happened on reddit]], which reached Reddit's front page. It revealed that [=Roll20=] not only censored any form of criticism towards them, they also violated Reddit's policy of people modding subreddits of a company they are employed to. (See, [=NolanT=] was not just an affiliated mod, he was one of [=Roll20=]'s co-founders.) This lead to other users declaring that they would also cancel their subscription and/or bad-mouth [=Roll20=] from now on. [[https://www.reddit.com/r/Roll20/comments/9iwjwd/read_this/e6n4bgx/ NolanT's response]] only [[DiggingYourselfDeeper made things worse]], eventually becoming worse]]; at one time, [=NolanT's=] response was the second-most downvoted comment in the history of Reddit, and is currently the third most downvoted comment.Reddit.


* Happened recently in South African politics regarding the publication of unflattering non-fiction books.

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* Happened recently in the late 10's in South African politics politics, regarding the publication of unflattering non-fiction books.


* In February 2013, Music/{{Beyonce}}'s publicist ordered for some "unflattering" pictures of her that were taken during her 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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* In February 2013, Music/{{Beyonce}}'s publicist ordered for some "unflattering" pictures of her that were taken during her 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]] result? Hundreds [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/unflattering-beyonce/photos of photoshopped]] pictures.



* Website/IMDb was sued for $1 million by an actress named Junie Hoang for publishing her date of birth. She alleged that the site facilitated age discrimination but lost the case. So now [[http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-22120587 the whole world]] knows she was born on July 16, 1971.

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* Website/IMDb was sued for $1 million $1,000,000 by an actress named Junie Hoang for publishing her date of birth. She alleged that the site facilitated age discrimination but lost the case. So now [[http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-22120587 the whole world]] knows she was born on July 16, 1971.



* In September 2018, a user on {{Website/reddit}} [=ApostleO=] criticized the performance and UI of the digital tabletop site [=Roll20=], and was then banned by the moderator [=NolanT=] from the [=Roll20=] subreddit, since they had a name similar to another banned user ([=ApostleOfTruth=]). As the recently banned user was not the same person as the formerly banned user, [=ApostleO=] dug deeper into the issue. [=ApostleO=] found that not only were the two users' writing styles not similar at all, the other banned user was banned for criticizing the [=Roll20=] staff's moderation as well. When [=ApostleO=] confronted [=Roll20=] about it, they were told by [=NolanT=] that even though the two banned users' [=IP=]s didn't match, the ban would not be lifted. [=ApostleO=] [[https://redd.it/9iwarj reported what happened on reddit]], which reached Reddit's front page. It revealed that [=Roll20=] not only censored any form of criticism towards them, they also violated Reddit's policy of modding subreddits of a company they are employed to ([=NolanT=] was not just an affiliated mod, he was one of [=Roll20=]'s co-founders). This lead to other users declaring that they would also cancel their subscription and/or bad-mouth [=Roll20=] from now on. [[https://www.reddit.com/r/Roll20/comments/9iwjwd/read_this/e6n4bgx/ NolanT's response]] only [[DiggingYourselfDeeper made things worse]], eventually becoming the second-most downvoted comment in the history of Reddit, and is currently the third most downvoted comment.

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* In September 2018, a user on {{Website/reddit}} [=ApostleO=] criticized the performance and UI user interface of the digital tabletop site [=Roll20=], and was then banned by the moderator [=NolanT=] from the [=Roll20=] subreddit, since they had a name similar to another banned user ([=ApostleOfTruth=]). As the recently banned user [=ApostleO=] was not the same person as the formerly banned user, user [=ApostleOfTruth=], [=ApostleO=] dug deeper into the issue. [=ApostleO=] found that not only were the two users' writing styles not similar at all, the other banned user was banned for criticizing the [=Roll20=] staff's moderation as well. When [=ApostleO=] confronted [=Roll20=] about it, they were told by [=NolanT=] that even though the two banned users' [=IP=]s didn't match, the ban would not be lifted. [=ApostleO=] [[https://redd.it/9iwarj reported what happened on reddit]], which reached Reddit's front page. It revealed that [=Roll20=] not only censored any form of criticism towards them, they also violated Reddit's policy of people modding subreddits of a company they are employed to ([=NolanT=] to. (See, [=NolanT=] was not just an affiliated mod, he was one of [=Roll20=]'s co-founders). co-founders.) This lead to other users declaring that they would also cancel their subscription and/or bad-mouth [=Roll20=] from now on. [[https://www.reddit.com/r/Roll20/comments/9iwjwd/read_this/e6n4bgx/ NolanT's response]] only [[DiggingYourselfDeeper made things worse]], eventually becoming the second-most downvoted comment in the history of Reddit, and is currently the third most downvoted comment.



* UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan began wearing his Air Jordan brand of shoes during games at a time when the NBA forbade players from doing such a thing and fined Jordan every time he wore them on the court. The trouble for the NBA was Jordan had both the clout with the public and the cash from the deal with Nike to more-or-less [[DefyingTheCensors ignore the fines and keep wearing them anyway]]. Doing so made Jordan's brand far more well known than if the NBA had said nothing (Nike even began running a marketing campaign boasting about the NBA's reaction), and gave him free advertising with a ColbertBump, so it was [[{{Unishment}} a punishment that was actually helping Jordan]]. When it became clear that the fines weren't going to work, the NBA stopped punishing Jordan for wearing the shoes.

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* UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan began wearing his Air Jordan brand of shoes during games at a time when the NBA forbade players from doing such a thing and fined Jordan every time he wore them on the court. The trouble for the NBA was that Jordan had both the clout with the public and the cash from the deal with Nike to more-or-less [[DefyingTheCensors ignore the fines and keep wearing them the Air Jordans anyway]]. Doing so made Jordan's brand far more well known than if the NBA had said nothing (Nike even began running a marketing campaign boasting about the NBA's reaction), and gave him free advertising with a ColbertBump, so it was [[{{Unishment}} a punishment that was actually helping Jordan]]. When it became clear that the fines weren't going to work, the NBA stopped punishing Jordan for wearing the shoes.


* [[Website/TheBestPageInTheUniverse Maddox]], [[http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=websense in one article]] about people banning his website for arbitrary reasons, pointed out that there was a group called "Mothers Against Maddox" that had been going on for over a year trying to get his website taken down. In a bout of intentional irony, he signed their petition, knowing fully well that it wouldn't change anything. Within 24 hours of him posting the article, their petition jumped from 80 signatures to 9,200. [[ForegoneConclusion Given that his website is still up]], it seems that they didn't accomplish anything.

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* [[Website/TheBestPageInTheUniverse Maddox]], [[http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=websense in one article]] about people banning his website for arbitrary reasons, pointed out that there was a group called "Mothers Against Maddox" that had been going on for over a year trying to get his website taken down. In a bout of intentional irony, he signed their petition, knowing fully well that it wouldn't change anything. Within 24 hours of him posting the article, their petition jumped from 80 signatures to 9,200. [[ForegoneConclusion Given that his website is still up]], up, it seems that they didn't accomplish anything.

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* Deliberately invoked by DavidBowie in the 70s when he started touring America as Ziggy Stardust. He announced that he would be doing no radio interviews and went everywhere surrounded by bodyguards trying to keep him from the public gaze. This ended up attracting a huge amount of attention...Which was exactly his aim.


* At the 2019 Biennial Book Fair in Rio de Janeiro, some {{Moral Guardian|s}} with too much time in their hands found the hardcover version of ''Comicbook/AvengersTheChildrensCrusade'', and therein the scene where Teddy and Billy kiss following a heart-to-heart between them (which together consisted of a grand total of ''two pages''). Posting the image on the internet was enough to get the attention of the city's conservative, Neopentecostal Mayor, Marcelo Crivella, who then attempted to take the album out of circulation completely - and then threatening to ''cancel the Fair's license outright'' - , arguing that it is a work with "sexual content" and "unsafe for children" who, according to them, is the primary target demographic. Bears repeating: all this for ''two pages'' in a hardcover collection. Even when his attempts to get the ban to pass failed, as the Supreme Court ruled against this decision on the grounds of censorship (which is unconstitutional), he went so far as to send City Office inspectors to the Fair confiscate every copy they could find... Only to find that the album had ''sold out overnight'' in response to the threats.

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* At the 2019 Biennial Book Fair in Rio de Janeiro, some {{Moral Guardian|s}} with too much time in their hands found the hardcover version of ''Comicbook/AvengersTheChildrensCrusade'', ''Comicbook/TheChildrensCrusade'', and therein the scene where Teddy and Billy kiss following a heart-to-heart between them (which together consisted of a grand total of ''two pages''). Posting the image on the internet was enough to get the attention of the city's conservative, Neopentecostal Mayor, Marcelo Crivella, who then attempted to take the album out of circulation completely - and then threatening to ''cancel the Fair's license outright'' - , arguing that it is a work with "sexual content" and "unsafe for children" who, according to them, is the primary target demographic. Bears repeating: all this for ''two pages'' in a hardcover collection. Even when his attempts to get the ban to pass failed, as the Supreme Court ruled against this decision on the grounds of censorship (which is unconstitutional), he went so far as to send City Office inspectors to the Fair confiscate every copy they could find... Only to find that the album had ''sold out overnight'' in response to the threats.


* At the 2019 Biennial Book Fair in Rio de Janeiro, some {{Moral Guardian|s}} with too much time in their hands found the hardcover version of ''Comicbook/AvengersTheChildrensCrusade'', and therein the scene where Teddy and Billy kiss following a heart-to-heart between them (which together consisted of a grand total of ''two pages''). Posting the image on the internet was enough to get the attention of the city's conservative, Neopentecostal Mayor, Marcelo Crivella, who then attempted to take the album out of circulation completely - and then threatening to ''cancel the Fair's license outright'' - , arguing that it is a work with "sexual content" and "unsafe for children" who, according to them, is the primary target demographic. Bears repeating: all this for ''two pages'' in a hardcover collection. Even when his attempts to get the ban to pass failed, as the Supreme Court ruled against this decision on the grounds of censorship (which is unconstitutional), he went so far as to send City Office inspectors to the Fair confiscate every copy they could find... Only to find that the album had ''sold out overnight'' in response to the threats.



* ''Film/{{Ted}}'' debuted at #2 in Brazil. Then a deputy tried to upgrade the film's rating [[MoralGuardian on the grounds it is morally offensive]] (after [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids bringing his 11-year old son to watch it, despite the "inappropriate for under 16" rating]]). Result: ''Ted'' topped the box office charts in the following week, repeating the gross of its debut!

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* ''Film/{{Ted}}'' debuted at #2 in Brazil. Then a deputy tried to upgrade the film's rating [[MoralGuardian [[MoralGuardians on the grounds it is morally offensive]] (after [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids bringing his 11-year old son to watch it, despite the "inappropriate for under 16" rating]]). Result: ''Ted'' topped the box office charts in the following week, repeating the gross of its debut!


* As mentioned above, when ''{{VideoGame/Persona 5}}'' was released in North America, Atlus disabled the screen capture and sharing feature on the UsefulNotes/PlayStation4. They also released a set of strict guidelines that warned [=YouTubers=] not to show any content past the in-game date of July 7th. Failure to heed the guidelines would have Atlus claim the offending videos via content ID or issue copyright takedowns to suspend or even terminate the offending channel. According to Atlus, all of this was done in the name of avoiding spoilers. Predictably, many fans began posting spoilers out of spite, including using bots on Twitter to post spoilers en masse, and the majority of them used actual cameras and capture devices to create their own screenshots, which defeated Atlus' purpose. What makes the event even stranger is that the Japanese version of the game had been released several months prior, which gave fans plenty of time to see anything they wanted to about the game. Finally, Atlus stating not to post anything beyond certain in-game dates [[{{Irony}} spoiled the fact]] that something big would happen on those dates. Eventually, the massive backlash to their move caused them to relent, pushing back the streaming ban up until November 19 in-game.

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* As mentioned above, when ''{{VideoGame/Persona 5}}'' was released in North America, Atlus disabled the screen capture and sharing feature on the UsefulNotes/PlayStation4. They also released a set of strict guidelines that warned [=YouTubers=] not to show any content past the in-game date of July 7th. Failure to heed the guidelines would have Atlus claim the offending videos via content ID or issue copyright takedowns to suspend or even terminate the offending channel. According to Atlus, all of this was done in the name of avoiding spoilers. Predictably, many fans began posting spoilers out of spite, including using bots on Twitter to post spoilers en masse, and the majority of them [[LoopholeAbuse used actual cameras and capture devices to create their own screenshots, screenshots]], which defeated Atlus' purpose. What makes the event even stranger is that the Japanese version of the game had been released several months prior, which gave fans plenty of time to see anything they wanted to about the game. Finally, Atlus stating not to post anything beyond certain in-game dates [[{{Irony}} spoiled the fact]] that something big would happen on those dates. Eventually, the massive backlash to their move caused them to relent, pushing back the streaming ban up until November 19 in-game.

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* When the documentary ''Radium City'' came out in 1987, documenting the effects of high levels of radioactivity in the city of Ottawa, Illinois due to a radium-dial factory operating there, the city's mayor urged everyone not to see the film. This, naturally, resulted in a standing-room-only audience at its Ottawa showing.


* [[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 (and, ironically, being far better on it than many of his other reviews since he actually ''encouraged'' his viewers to see it for themselves). Then he 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 (and, ironically, being site. (Ironically, the Critic was far better on it nicer to the film than many of his other reviews since he and many of his contemporaries. The Critic actually ''encouraged'' his viewers to see it for themselves). Then he 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.


The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot can't be overstated: the study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know and didn't care about who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in a coastal study made it so that the greater public knew where she lived and what her house looked like, while also making herself out to be a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]]. Had Streisand kept quiet about the photo, nobody would've ever known about it. At the end of everything, Streisand not only lost her lawsuit against Adelman, but was required to pay his legal fees. The web site which details all of the coastal picturess is still up, along with an archive of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo and a note basically telling Streisand to mind her own business.

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The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot can't be overstated: the study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know and didn't care about who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in a coastal study made it so that the greater public knew where she lived and what her house looked like, while also making herself out to be a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]]. Had Streisand kept quiet about the photo, nobody would've ever known about it. At the end of everything, Streisand not only lost her lawsuit against Adelman, but was required to pay his legal fees. The web site which details all of the coastal picturess pictures is still up, along with an archive of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo and a note basically telling Streisand to mind her own business.


The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot can't be overstated: the study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know and didn't care about who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in a coastal study made it so that the greater public knew where she lived and what her house looked like, while also making herself out to be a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]]. Had Streisand kept quiet about the photo, nobody would've ever known about it. At the end of everything, Streisand not only lost her lawsuit against Adelman, but was required to pay his legal fees.

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The way that Streisand shot herself in the foot can't be overstated: the study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know and didn't care about who owned the houses in the pictures they were studying. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in a coastal study made it so that the greater public knew where she lived and what her house looked like, while also making herself out to be a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]]. Had Streisand kept quiet about the photo, nobody would've ever known about it. At the end of everything, Streisand not only lost her lawsuit against Adelman, but was required to pay his legal fees.
fees. The web site which details all of the coastal picturess is still up, along with an archive of the legal proceedings surrounding the offending photo and a note basically telling Streisand to mind her own business.


* In April 2019, Brazil's Supreme Court ordered online magazine Crusoé to [[https://cpj.org/2019/04/brazilian-court-orders-online-magazine-crusoe-to-r.php take down a report]] revealing that its president was mentioned in the plea bargain of a businessman convicted in a bribery scandal. Of course, this drew widespread media coverage and heavy criticism. [[https://knightcenter.utexas.edu/blog/00-20800-brazilian-and-international-organizations-criticize-federal-supreme-court-decision-cen They had to back down a few days late.

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* In April 2019, Brazil's Supreme Court ordered online magazine Crusoé to [[https://cpj.org/2019/04/brazilian-court-orders-online-magazine-crusoe-to-r.php take down a report]] revealing that its president was mentioned in the plea bargain of a businessman convicted in a bribery scandal. Of course, this drew widespread media coverage and heavy criticism. [[https://knightcenter.utexas.edu/blog/00-20800-brazilian-and-international-organizations-criticize-federal-supreme-court-decision-cen They had to back down a few days late.later]].


It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted pictures specifically of Streisand's house for the local tabloid newspaper; 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. Streisand's house overlooks the California coastline, and it just so happened to be captured in one of the thousands of otherwise innocuous photos that were taken, solely for use as part of the coastal survey. The way she shot herself in the foot can't be overstated: the study was a mundane project that was only of interest to '''geologists''', who didn't know and didn't care about who owned the houses in the pictures they took. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in a coastal study made it so that the greater public knew where she lived, ''while also'' making herself out to be a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]]. Had she kept quiet about all this, nobody would've cared or noticed what was going on. At the end of everything, Streisand not only lost her lawsuit against photographer Kenneth Adelman, but was required to pay his legal fees.

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It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted pictures specifically of Streisand's house for the local a tabloid newspaper; it newspaper. It was taken by Kenneth Adelman as 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. Streisand's house overlooks the California coastline, and it just so happened to be captured in one of the thousands of otherwise innocuous photos that were taken, solely for use as part of the coastal survey. survey.

The way she that Streisand shot herself in the foot can't be overstated: the study was a mundane project that was only of interest to '''geologists''', geologists, who didn't know and didn't care about who owned the houses in the pictures they took. were studying. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in a coastal study made it so that the greater public knew where she lived, ''while also'' lived and what her house looked like, while also making herself out to be a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]]. Had she Streisand kept quiet about all this, the photo, nobody would've cared or noticed what was going on. ever known about it. At the end of everything, Streisand not only lost her lawsuit against photographer Kenneth Adelman, but was required to pay his legal fees.


It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted pictures specifically of Streisand's house for the local tabloid newspaper; 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. Streisand's house overlooks the California coastline, and it just so happened to be caught up in one of the thousands of otherwise innocuous photos that were taken, solely for use as part of the coastal survey. The way she shot herself in the foot can't be overstated: the study was a mundane project that was only of interest to '''geologists''', who didn't know and didn't care about who owned the houses in the pictures they took. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in a coastal study made it so that the greater public knew where she lived, ''while also'' making herself out to be a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]]. Had she kept quiet about all this, nobody would've cared or noticed what was going on. At the end of everything, Streisand not only lost her lawsuit against photographer Kenneth Adelman, but was required to pay his legal fees.

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It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted pictures specifically of Streisand's house for the local tabloid newspaper; 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. Streisand's house overlooks the California coastline, and it just so happened to be caught up captured in one of the thousands of otherwise innocuous photos that were taken, solely for use as part of the coastal survey. The way she shot herself in the foot can't be overstated: the study was a mundane project that was only of interest to '''geologists''', who didn't know and didn't care about who owned the houses in the pictures they took. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in a coastal study made it so that the greater public knew where she lived, ''while also'' making herself out to be a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]]. Had she kept quiet about all this, nobody would've cared or noticed what was going on. At the end of everything, Streisand not only lost her lawsuit against photographer Kenneth Adelman, but was required to pay his legal fees.


* In August 2019, college professor Dave Karpf wrote a tweet referring to New York Times right-wing opinion columnist Bret Stephens as a "metaphorical bedbug". The tweet went unnoticed. Until Karpf revealed that he got an e-mail from Stephens acting offended that he called him a "bedbug" and even dared him to say to his face in front of his family. Not only did he send it to Karpf, but his provest (boss) too. This lead to everyone referring to Stephens as a bedbug, to the point that he deactivated his Twitter and cried about it on TV. Karpf's original tweet skyrockted from 0 retweets to over 3000.

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* In August 2019, a story about an outbreak of bedbugs in the New York Times newsroom went viral on Twitter. One of the many snarky quips about it came from college professor Dave Karpf wrote Karpf, who tweeted "The bedbugs are a tweet metaphor. The bedbugs are Bret Stephens," referring to New York Times one of the Times' resident right-wing opinion columnist Bret Stephens as a "metaphorical bedbug".columnists. The tweet went unnoticed. Until Karpf revealed that he got an e-mail from Stephens acting offended that he called him a "bedbug" and even dared him to say to his face in front of his family. Not only did he send it to Karpf, but his provest (boss) too. This lead led to everyone referring to Stephens as a bedbug, to the point that he deactivated his Twitter and cried about it on TV. Karpf's original tweet skyrockted from 0 retweets to over 3000. And finally UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump used the controversy to bash Stephens, who had been highly critical of him in the past.


It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted pictures specifically of Streisand's house for the local tabloid newspaper; 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. Streisand's house overlooks the California coastline, and it just so happened to be caught up in one of the thousands of otherwise innocuous photos that were taken, solely for use as part of the coastal survey. The way she shot herself in the foot can't be understated; The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to '''geologists''', who didn't know and didn't care about who owned the houses in the pictures they took. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in a coastal study made it so that the greater public knew where she lived, ''while also'' making herself out to be a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]]. Had she kept quiet about all this, nobody would've cared or noticed what was going on. At the end of everything, Streisand not only lost her lawsuit against photographer Kenneth Adelman, but was required to pay his legal fees.

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It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted pictures specifically of Streisand's house for the local tabloid newspaper; 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. Streisand's house overlooks the California coastline, and it just so happened to be caught up in one of the thousands of otherwise innocuous photos that were taken, solely for use as part of the coastal survey. The way she shot herself in the foot can't be understated; The overstated: the study was a mundane project that was only of interest to '''geologists''', who didn't know and didn't care about who owned the houses in the pictures they took. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in a coastal study made it so that the greater public knew where she lived, ''while also'' making herself out to be a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]]. Had she kept quiet about all this, nobody would've cared or noticed what was going on. At the end of everything, Streisand not only lost her lawsuit against photographer Kenneth Adelman, but was required to pay his legal fees.


* In September 2018, a user on {{Website/reddit}} [=ApostleO=] criticized the performance and UI of the digital tabletop site [=Roll20=], and was then banned by the moderator [=NolanT=] from the [=Roll20=] subreddit, since they had a name similar to another banned user ([=ApostleOfTruth=]). As the recently banned user was not the same person as the formerly banned user, [=ApostleO=] dug deeper into the issue. [=ApostleO=] found that not only were the two users' writing styles not similar at all, the other banned user was banned for criticizing the [=Roll20=] staff's moderation as well. When [=ApostleO=] confronted [=Roll20=] about it, they were told by [=NolanT=] that even though the two banned users' [=IP=]s didn't match, the ban would not be lifted. [=ApostleO=] [[https://redd.it/9iwarj reported what happened on reddit]], which reached Reddit's front page. It revealed that [=Roll20=] not only censored any form of criticism towards them, they also violated Reddit's policy of modding subreddits of a company they are employed to ([=NolanT=] was not just an affiliated mod, he was one of [=Roll20=]'s co-founders). This lead to other users declaring that they would also cancel their subscription and/or bad-mouth [=Roll20=] from now on. [[https://www.reddit.com/r/Roll20/comments/9iwjwd/read_this/e6n4bgx/ NolanT's response]] only [[DiggingYourselfDeeper made things worse]], eventually becoming the second-most downvoted comment in the history of Reddit.

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* In September 2018, a user on {{Website/reddit}} [=ApostleO=] criticized the performance and UI of the digital tabletop site [=Roll20=], and was then banned by the moderator [=NolanT=] from the [=Roll20=] subreddit, since they had a name similar to another banned user ([=ApostleOfTruth=]). As the recently banned user was not the same person as the formerly banned user, [=ApostleO=] dug deeper into the issue. [=ApostleO=] found that not only were the two users' writing styles not similar at all, the other banned user was banned for criticizing the [=Roll20=] staff's moderation as well. When [=ApostleO=] confronted [=Roll20=] about it, they were told by [=NolanT=] that even though the two banned users' [=IP=]s didn't match, the ban would not be lifted. [=ApostleO=] [[https://redd.it/9iwarj reported what happened on reddit]], which reached Reddit's front page. It revealed that [=Roll20=] not only censored any form of criticism towards them, they also violated Reddit's policy of modding subreddits of a company they are employed to ([=NolanT=] was not just an affiliated mod, he was one of [=Roll20=]'s co-founders). This lead to other users declaring that they would also cancel their subscription and/or bad-mouth [=Roll20=] from now on. [[https://www.reddit.com/r/Roll20/comments/9iwjwd/read_this/e6n4bgx/ NolanT's response]] only [[DiggingYourselfDeeper made things worse]], eventually becoming the second-most downvoted comment in the history of Reddit.Reddit, and is currently the third most downvoted comment.


* In April 2019, Brazil's Supreme Court ordered online magazine Crusoé to [[https://cpj.org/2019/04/brazilian-court-orders-online-magazine-crusoe-to-r.php take down a report]] revealing that its president was mentioned in the plea bargain of a businessman convicted in a bribery scandal. Of course, this drew widespread media coverage and heavy criticism. [[https://knightcenter.utexas.edu/blog/00-20800-brazilian-and-international-organizations-criticize-federal-supreme-court-decision-cen They had to back down a few days later.]]

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* In April 2019, Brazil's Supreme Court ordered online magazine Crusoé to [[https://cpj.org/2019/04/brazilian-court-orders-online-magazine-crusoe-to-r.php take down a report]] revealing that its president was mentioned in the plea bargain of a businessman convicted in a bribery scandal. Of course, this drew widespread media coverage and heavy criticism. [[https://knightcenter.utexas.edu/blog/00-20800-brazilian-and-international-organizations-criticize-federal-supreme-court-decision-cen They had to back down a few days later.]]late.
* In August 2019, college professor Dave Karpf wrote a tweet referring to New York Times right-wing opinion columnist Bret Stephens as a "metaphorical bedbug". The tweet went unnoticed. Until Karpf revealed that he got an e-mail from Stephens acting offended that he called him a "bedbug" and even dared him to say to his face in front of his family. Not only did he send it to Karpf, but his provest (boss) too. This lead to everyone referring to Stephens as a bedbug, to the point that he deactivated his Twitter and cried about it on TV. Karpf's original tweet skyrockted from 0 retweets to over 3000.


* When Tipper Gore announced that she was trying to censor 2 Live Crew's music in the late '80s, their music became even more popular. Tipper Gore and the PMRC, in general, were the Streisand Effect of the '80s; almost every band they went after for inappropriate lyrics and whatnot ended up becoming even more popular due to the publicity. In particular, one of the PMRC's biggest targets, WASP, saw their record sales double and vocalist Black Lawless was all too happy to use them as a vehicle to promote the band. Finally, like the Eminem example below, during one awards speech, Steven Tyler thanked Tipper Gore for ensuring that if an album had a few dirty words on it, it would sell an extra million copies.

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* When Tipper Gore announced that she was trying to censor 2 Live Crew's music in the late '80s, their music became even more popular. Tipper Gore and the PMRC, in general, were the Streisand Effect of the '80s; almost every band they went after for inappropriate lyrics and whatnot ended up becoming even more popular due to the publicity. In particular, one of the PMRC's biggest targets, WASP, Music/{{WASP}}, saw their record sales double and vocalist Black Lawless was all too happy to use them as a vehicle to promote the band. Finally, like the Eminem example below, during one awards speech, Steven Tyler thanked Tipper Gore for ensuring that if an album had a few dirty words on it, it would sell an extra million copies.



* Similarly, after Alice Cooper's "School's Out" hit #1 in the UK, he sent notorious {{Moral Guardian|s}} Mary Whitehouse a bunch of flowers. Whitehouse had successfully campaigned for the song to be banned from the BBC's chart show ''Top of the Pops'', and Cooper believed the ensuing publicity had helped it top the chart.

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* Similarly, after Alice Cooper's Music/AliceCooper's "School's Out" hit #1 in the UK, he sent notorious {{Moral Guardian|s}} Mary Whitehouse a bunch of flowers. Whitehouse had successfully campaigned for the song to be banned from the BBC's chart show ''Top of the Pops'', and Cooper believed the ensuing publicity had helped it top the chart.



* When the Music/SexPistols released "God Save the Queen" in 1977, both the BBC and the IBA refused to broadcast the song. It quickly reached number one on the singles chart. However, doubt and controversy remain as to whether "God Save The Queen" actually ''did'' get to #1. Officially, an anodyne ballad by Rod Stewart was number one that week. However, well-founded allegations persist that the charts were doctored by BBC and recording company executives, fearful for their chances of retiring with knighthoods.

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* When the Music/SexPistols released "God Save the Queen" in 1977, both the BBC and the IBA refused to broadcast the song. It quickly reached number one on the singles chart. However, doubt and controversy remain as to whether "God Save The the Queen" actually ''did'' get to #1. Officially, an anodyne ballad by Rod Stewart was number one that week. However, well-founded allegations persist that the charts were doctored by BBC and recording company executives, fearful for their chances of retiring with knighthoods.


It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted pictures specifically of Streisand's house for the local tabloid newspaper; 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. Streisand's house overlooks the California coastline, and it just so happened to be caught up in one of the thousands of otherwise innocuous photos that were taken, solely for use as part of the coastal survey. The way she shot herself in the foot can't be understated; The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to '''geologists''', who didn't know and didn't care about who owned the houses in the pictures they took. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in a coastal study made it so that the greater public knew where she lived, ''while also'' making herself out to be a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]]. Had she kept quiet about all this, nobody would've cared or noticed what was going on.

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It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted pictures specifically of Streisand's house for the local tabloid newspaper; 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. Streisand's house overlooks the California coastline, and it just so happened to be caught up in one of the thousands of otherwise innocuous photos that were taken, solely for use as part of the coastal survey. The way she shot herself in the foot can't be understated; The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to '''geologists''', who didn't know and didn't care about who owned the houses in the pictures they took. Streisand making a big fuss over her house being in a coastal study made it so that the greater public knew where she lived, ''while also'' making herself out to be a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]]. Had she kept quiet about all this, nobody would've cared or noticed what was going on.
on. At the end of everything, Streisand not only lost her lawsuit against photographer Kenneth Adelman, but was required to pay his legal fees.


* Notably averted with {{Music/Radiohead}} in 2019 when 18 hours of ''OK Computer'' sessions were copied and leaked online by someone who had been involved with the band during the OKNotOK reissue period. They had previously tried to extort money from the band thinking that the group would want to suppress the material in this manner. In reality, the opposite happened - Thom Yorke officially released the material as a download, in higher quality than the leaks, on the condition that the proceeds went to charity.

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* Notably averted with {{Music/Radiohead}} in 2019 when 18 hours of ''OK Computer'' sessions were copied and leaked online by someone who had been involved with the band during the OKNotOK "OK Not OK" reissue period. They had previously tried to extort money from the band thinking that the group would want to suppress the material in this manner. In reality, the opposite happened - Thom Yorke officially released the material as a download, in higher quality than the leaks, on the condition that the proceeds went to charity.



* At [=BlizzCon=] 2018, Creator/BlizzardEntertainment announced ''VideoGame/DiabloImmortal'', which was not met well at all by fans there, as it was 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'', 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 booed. This prompted the Blizzard rep to reply, "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 "out-of-season April Fools joke"; 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, Creator/BlizzardEntertainment announced ''VideoGame/DiabloImmortal'', ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Immortal'', which was not met well at all by fans there, as it was 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'', 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 booed. This prompted the Blizzard rep to reply, "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 "out-of-season April Fools joke"; 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.


* In August 2019, people in a videogame convention in Shanghai, China, smashed a PlayStation 4 in protest, because Sony was advertising the chinese game ''Genshin Impact'', which has many similarities to ''Videogame/TheLegendofZeldaBreathoftheWild'', claiming that game is a blatant rip-off and Sony should not be promoting it, but as soon as that news spread, people found out about the game, started to get interested in it, even people who played Breath of the Wild, and while some people said that the game really was a rip-off, others were nicer, praised the game and pointed the stuff that made the game more original and different from Zelda.

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* In August 2019, people in a videogame convention in Shanghai, China, smashed a [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 PlayStation 4 4]] in protest, because Sony was advertising the chinese game ''Genshin Impact'', which has many similarities to ''Videogame/TheLegendofZeldaBreathoftheWild'', ''[[Videogame/TheLegendofZeldaBreathoftheWild The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild]]'', claiming that game is a blatant rip-off and Sony should not be promoting it, but as soon as that news spread, people found out about the game, started to get interested in it, even people who played Breath of the Wild, and while some people said that the game really was a rip-off, others were nicer, praised the game and pointed the stuff that made the game more original and different from Zelda.

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* In August 2019, people in a videogame convention in Shanghai, China, smashed a PlayStation 4 in protest, because Sony was advertising the chinese game ''Genshin Impact'', which has many similarities to ''Videogame/TheLegendofZeldaBreathoftheWild'', claiming that game is a blatant rip-off and Sony should not be promoting it, but as soon as that news spread, people found out about the game, started to get interested in it, even people who played Breath of the Wild, and while some people said that the game really was a rip-off, others were nicer, praised the game and pointed the stuff that made the game more original and different from Zelda.


* Zig-zagged by Channel 4's "red triangle" broadcasts, which began in September 1986. Aired after midnight, these were generally arthouse films with content inappropriate for regular broadcasts; the red triangle was displayed in the corner of the screen to warn viewers about said content. The NVALA, and several British newspapers, campaigned vehemently against the broadcasts... which caused their viewerships to shoot up as people tuned in to see what all the fuss was about. [[note]]Some of the red triangle broadcasts had over ''three million viewers'', unheard-of figures for such a late-night broadcast.[[/note]] Strangely, the trope was then subverted: those who tuned in expecting softcore porn found themselves watching regular arthouse films instead, and promptly tuned back out, causing the broadcasts' viewing figures to decline. Channel 4 quietly discontinued them after just three months.



* Similarly, after Alice Cooper's "School's Out" hit #1 in the UK, he sent notorious {{Moral Guardian|s}} Mary Whitehouse a bunch of flowers. Whitehouse had successfully campaigned for the song to be banned from the BBC's chart show ''Top of the Pops'', and Cooper believed the ensuing publicity had helped it top the chart.



* When the Music/SexPistols released "God Save the Queen" in 1977, both the BBC and the IBA refused to broadcast the song. It quickly reached number one on the singles chart. However, doubt and controversy remain as to whether the Sex Pistols actually ''did'' get to #1 with "God Save the Queen." Officially, an anodyne ballad by Rod Stewart was number one that week. However, well-founded allegations persist that the charts were doctored by BBC and recording company executives, fearful for their chances of retiring with knighthoods.
* The BBC expressed concern following the scurrilous and seditious popularity of a re-release of ''Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead!'' [[note]]from the soundtrack of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', which celebrates the passing of the Wicked Witch of the East[[/note]] which coincided with the death of UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher. The song was subject to a campaign to get it to number one on the singles chart for the occasion; It made it to #2, but the BBC refused to play it, even in the relevant Radio One Chart Show.

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* When the Music/SexPistols released "God Save the Queen" in 1977, both the BBC and the IBA refused to broadcast the song. It quickly reached number one on the singles chart. However, doubt and controversy remain as to whether the Sex Pistols "God Save The Queen" actually ''did'' get to #1 with "God Save the Queen." #1. Officially, an anodyne ballad by Rod Stewart was number one that week. However, well-founded allegations persist that the charts were doctored by BBC and recording company executives, fearful for their chances of retiring with knighthoods.
* The BBC expressed concern following the scurrilous and seditious popularity of a re-release of ''Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead!'' [[note]]from the soundtrack of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', which celebrates the passing of the Wicked Witch of the East[[/note]] which coincided with the death of UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher. The song was subject to a campaign to get it to number one on the singles chart for the occasion; It it made it to #2, but the BBC refused to play it, even in the relevant Radio One Chart Show.



* This happened to Creator/BillOReilly a couple of times when he decided to go after rap music in the early 2000s. When he went after Ludacris, who became popular during the rise of Southern Rap, he elevated him to superstar status and made him one of the biggest music stars of that decade. It also didn't help that soon afterwards, news came out about him getting sued for sexual harassment, a problem that kept growing over time and led to his eventual firing from Creator/FoxNewsChannel many years later. Another example happened during an interview with rapper Cam'ron and rap manager Damon Dash. O'Reilly got visibly upset when Dash made a point about rap music encouraging positive work ethics. Cam'ron pointed this out during the show, and this led to the [[MemeticMutation "U Mad" MEME]] that is still popularly used to this day. Needless to say, O'Reilly's attempt to get people from supporting rap music had the complete opposite effect.

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* This happened to Creator/BillOReilly a couple of times when he decided to go after rap music in the early 2000s. When he went after Ludacris, who became popular during the rise of Southern Rap, he elevated him to superstar status and made him one of the biggest music stars of that decade. It also didn't help that soon afterwards, news came out about him O'Reilly getting sued for sexual harassment, a problem that kept growing over time and led to his eventual firing from Creator/FoxNewsChannel many years later. Another example happened during an interview with rapper Cam'ron and rap manager Damon Dash. O'Reilly got visibly upset when Dash made a point about rap music encouraging positive work ethics. Cam'ron pointed this out during the show, and this led to the [[MemeticMutation "U Mad" MEME]] that is still popularly used to this day. Needless to say, O'Reilly's attempt to get people from supporting rap music had the complete opposite effect.



* 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 [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment controversial media outlet in various pockets of the internet]], so there were those who were more than happy to further make fun of the video, either because they learned about it through Vice, or to spite them. Or both.
* In October 2017, William Francis (the former lead singer of Aiden who was performing as the solo act William Control) abruptly dropped out of a tour and returned home, citing a desire to cease his relentless touring and producing schedule to focus on his family and record company. Around that time, a (now deleted) Tumblr blog had posted evidence and accounts from various women and young girls stating that he had been luring mentally ill women into abusive BDSM relationships in which he ignored boundaries to rape, beat, and extort them. This blog remained virtually unknown until June 2018, when he publicly addressed the accusations and suddenly shut down Control Records while going dark on all social media. This only attracted further attention to the blog as fans Googled the accusations, with his victims also posting screenshots of messages from Will threatening them and saying that they'd never be believed (along with accusations that he was actually making his money through pimping and extortion and using his merchandise business as a legal cover). The blog even reposted statements from his wife explaining that she had knowledge of the offenses and divorced him over it. This resulted in a police investigation across two continents; while he faced no charges due to lack of evidence and has restarted his music career, most of the top Google results for him as of January 2019 are articles on his sexual predation and both his personal and act Wikipedia pages include the information, ensuring that any potential new fans will see it as soon as they look him up.

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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 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 [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment controversial media outlet in various pockets of the internet]], so there were those who were more than happy to further make fun of the video, either because they learned about it through Vice, or to spite them. Or both.
* In October 2017, William Francis (the former lead singer of Aiden who was performing as the solo act William Control) abruptly dropped out of a tour and returned home, citing a desire to cease his relentless touring and producing schedule to focus on his family and record company. Around that time, a (now deleted) Tumblr blog had posted evidence and accounts from various women and young girls stating that he had been luring mentally ill mentally-ill women into abusive BDSM relationships in which he ignored boundaries to rape, beat, and extort them. This blog remained virtually unknown until June 2018, when he publicly addressed the accusations and suddenly shut down Control Records while going dark on all social media. This only attracted further attention to the blog as fans Googled the accusations, with his victims also posting screenshots of messages from Will threatening them and saying that they'd never be believed (along with accusations that he was actually making his money through pimping and extortion and using his merchandise business as a legal cover). The blog even reposted statements from his wife explaining that she had knowledge of the offenses and divorced him over it. This resulted in a police investigation across two continents; while he faced no charges due to lack of evidence and has restarted his music career, most of the top Google results for him as of January 2019 are articles on his sexual predation and both his personal and act Wikipedia pages include the information, ensuring that any potential new fans will see it as soon as they look him up.



* Notably averted with {{Music/Radiohead}} in 2019 when 18 hours of OK Computer sessions were copied and leaked online by someone who had been involved with the band during the OKNotOK reissue period. They had previously tried to extort money from the band thinking that the group would want to suppress the material in this manner. In reality, the opposite happened - Thom Yorke officially released the material as a download, in higher quality than the leaks, on the condition that the proceeds went to charity.

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* Notably averted with {{Music/Radiohead}} in 2019 when 18 hours of OK Computer ''OK Computer'' sessions were copied and leaked online by someone who had been involved with the band during the OKNotOK reissue period. They had previously tried to extort money from the band thinking that the group would want to suppress the material in this manner. In reality, the opposite happened - Thom Yorke officially released the material as a download, in higher quality than the leaks, on the condition that the proceeds went to charity.



* Once, a woman in Wisconsin posted a comment on a blog. The blog owner later let the blog's domain name lapse, and it was taken over by a namesquatter who redirected visitors to various sexually explicit websites. Sometime later, the lady did a Yahoo! search on her own name and was mortified to find that one of the links in the result set led to porn. She set out to restore her good name and reputation and figured that the best way to do this would be to sue Yahoo! for willful malicious defamation. In open court, she offered to prove that she ''was a sophisticated, well-educated and highly intelligent professional woman, with important and valuable friends'', that she ''in no way had ever engaged in a promiscuous lifestyle or other overt sexual activities'', and that she had written two poems that appear on Danish Web sites supporting the preservation of the baby seal population in eastern Canada. For this, she was roundly ridiculed in the blogosphere. Then it appears that Anonymous took an interest in the case. Guess what the poor lady now finds when she Googles herself?

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* Once, a woman in Wisconsin posted a comment on a blog. The blog owner later let the blog's domain name lapse, and it was taken over by a namesquatter who redirected visitors to various sexually explicit websites. Sometime later, the lady did a Yahoo! search on her own name and was mortified to find that one of the links in the result set led to porn. She set out to restore her good name and reputation and figured that the best way to do this would be to sue Yahoo! for willful wilful malicious defamation. In open court, she offered to prove that she ''was a sophisticated, well-educated and highly intelligent professional woman, with important and valuable friends'', that she ''in no way had ever engaged in a promiscuous lifestyle or other overt sexual activities'', and that she had written two poems that appear on Danish Web sites supporting the preservation of the baby seal population in eastern Canada. For this, she was roundly ridiculed in the blogosphere. Then it appears that Anonymous took an interest in the case. Guess what the poor lady now finds when she Googles herself?



* In 2011, two teenagers, Austin Zehnder and Will Frey, [[http://web.archive.org/web/20120722105123/http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/21/savannah-dietrich-faces-charges_n_1692374.html allegedly sexually assaulted 16-year-old Louisville teenager Savannah Dietrich at a party]], leading to a ''double dose'' of this. The first came in July 2012, after both boys made a plea bargain admitting to felony sexual abuse and misdemeanor voyeurism; in exchange, the court (attempted to) forbid Savannah from identifying her attackers ''under threat of jail time'' - she later posted about the incident on Twitter, and [[https://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8ncmmTKIm1rsyqhro1_500.jpg the story was promptly snapped up and spread like wildfire across the Internet,]] with a petition in her support quickly hitting 100,000 signatures. The second dose came a month later, after the boys' lawyer [[http://web.archive.org/web/20160314182310/http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/savannah-dietrich-sexual-assault_n_1819572.html attempted to silence her a ''second'' time,]] accusing her of "ruining at least one of their lives" and attempting to have the boys' names removed from the Internet, leading to still more backlash against Austin and Will. The entire debacle has ensured that information about the incident, which would have otherwise been completely disregarded by the media and eventually forgotten outside of the Louisville area, received significant national media attention and [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_assault_of_Savannah_Dietrich got an article on Wikipedia]], and is now on prominent display across the Internet for everyone to read.

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* In 2011, two teenagers, Austin Zehnder and Will Frey, [[http://web.archive.org/web/20120722105123/http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/21/savannah-dietrich-faces-charges_n_1692374.html allegedly sexually assaulted 16-year-old Louisville teenager Savannah Dietrich at a party]], leading to a ''double dose'' of this. The first came in July 2012, after both boys made a plea bargain admitting to felony sexual abuse and misdemeanor voyeurism; in exchange, the court (attempted to) forbid Savannah from identifying her attackers ''under threat of jail time'' - she time''. She later posted about the incident on Twitter, and [[https://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8ncmmTKIm1rsyqhro1_500.jpg the story was promptly snapped up and spread like wildfire across the Internet,]] Internet]], with a petition in her support quickly hitting 100,000 signatures. The second dose came a month later, after the boys' lawyer [[http://web.archive.org/web/20160314182310/http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/savannah-dietrich-sexual-assault_n_1819572.html attempted to silence her a ''second'' time,]] time]], accusing her of "ruining at least one of their lives" and attempting to have the boys' names removed from the Internet, leading to still more backlash against Austin and Will. The entire debacle has ensured that information about the incident, which would have otherwise been completely disregarded by the media and eventually forgotten outside of the Louisville area, received significant national media attention and [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_assault_of_Savannah_Dietrich got an article on Wikipedia]], and is now on prominent display across the Internet for everyone to read.



* There is a real chance that if it weren't for [[MoralGuardians Patricia Pulling]] and her campaign against ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', the game would have remained a niche market and probably never would have become the geekdom rite of passage it has become. This also had a run in 1980 with the disappearance of James Egbert III, a young man who played the game. The detective assigned to Egbert's disappearance wrote a book about it, suggesting the game had something to do Egbert going missing. It didn't, and Egbert was eventually found alive and unhurt. Still, ''Dungeons and Dragons'' went from grossing $2.3 million in 1979 to $8.7 million in 1980, largely as a result of all the negative press denouncing it as "Satanic propaganda;" many people ended up playing it just to see what all the fuss was about.

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* There is a real chance that if it weren't for [[MoralGuardians Patricia Pulling]] and her campaign against ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', the game would have remained a niche market and probably never would have become the geekdom rite of passage it has become. This also had a run in 1980 with the disappearance of James Egbert III, a young man who played the game. The detective assigned to Egbert's disappearance wrote a book about it, suggesting the game had something to do Egbert going missing. It didn't, and Egbert was eventually found alive and unhurt. Still, ''Dungeons and Dragons'' went from grossing $2.3 million in 1979 to $8.7 million in 1980, largely as a result of all the negative press denouncing it as "Satanic propaganda;" propaganda"; many people ended up playing it just to see what all the fuss was about.



* Just after the release of ''VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls'', a user who owned a debug UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 3}}[[note]]Which was typically only given to journalists and developers.[[/note]] discovered a sequence involving the main character Jodie, played by Creator/EllenPage, taking a shower with a fully nude and anatomically correct in-game model that appears in full view several times. The user uploaded pictures and videos of this to the Internet, which initially only got a modest number of views. It wasn't until Sony attempted to have the pictures scrubbed that interest in the material skyrocketed, and it was quickly mirrored on many websites. For a long time, "beyond two souls shower" was the second suggestion that would pop up if someone did a Google search on the title. It doesn't help that Page herself threatened legal action against Sony for producing the material of her for the game, and stated in leaked emails from the 2015 Sony hack that she had never participated in a full-body scan for the game.

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* Just after the release of ''VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls'', a user who owned a debug UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 3}}[[note]]Which 3}}[[note]]which was typically only given to journalists and developers.[[/note]] developers[[/note]] discovered a sequence involving the main character Jodie, played by Creator/EllenPage, taking a shower with a fully nude and anatomically correct in-game model that appears in full view several times. The user uploaded pictures and videos of this to the Internet, which initially only got a modest number of views. It wasn't until Sony attempted to have the pictures scrubbed that interest in the material skyrocketed, and it was quickly mirrored on many websites. For a long time, "beyond two souls shower" was the second suggestion that would pop up if someone did a Google search on the title. It doesn't help that Page herself threatened legal action against Sony for producing the material of her for the game, and stated in leaked emails from the 2015 Sony hack that she had never participated in a full-body scan for the game.


* In April 2015, the Russian government criminalized the use of Russian politicians in memes. This only encouraged people outside of Russia to make more memes of Vladimir Putin, taking advantage of the fact that this law doesn't apply to them. In particular, this caused the [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/gay-clown-putin Gay Clown Putin]] meme to only get bigger.

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* In April 2015, the Russian government criminalized the use of Russian politicians in memes. This only encouraged people outside ''out''side of Russia to make more memes of Vladimir Putin, taking advantage of the fact that this law doesn't apply to them. In particular, this caused the [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/gay-clown-putin Gay Clown Putin]] meme to only get bigger.


It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted 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. And since Streisand's house overlooks the California coastline, it just so happened to be in one of the thousands of innocuous photos that were taken as part of the project. The way she shot herself in the foot can't be understated; the study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know or care who owned the houses in the pictures. Streisand making a big fuss about it simply exposed her house to the greater public ''while'' making herself out to be a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]].

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It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted pictures specifically of Streisand's house; house for the local tabloid newspaper; 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. And since Streisand's house overlooks the California coastline, and it just so happened to be caught up in one of the thousands of otherwise innocuous photos that were taken taken, solely for use as part of the project. coastal survey. The way she shot herself in the foot can't be understated; the The study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, '''geologists''', who didn't know or and didn't care about who owned the houses in the pictures. pictures they took. Streisand making a big fuss about it simply exposed over her house to being in a coastal study made it so that the greater public ''while'' knew where she lived, ''while also'' making herself out to be a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]].
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Psychologists have done studies and found that the subjects' desire for any kind of material increased when they were told that it was censored -- the old ForbiddenFruit principle in action, in other words. Perhaps any authority considering the use of censorship should worry that this move might be counterproductive if it just gets people interested in the censored material. "[[BannedInChina Banned in Boston]]" was once a badge of dubious honor for the book in question, much like R-ratings on movies are for kids.

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Psychologists have done studies and found that the subjects' desire for any kind of material increased when they were told that it was censored -- the old ForbiddenFruit principle in action, in other words.action. Perhaps any authority considering the use of censorship should worry that this move might be counterproductive if it just gets people interested in the censored material. "[[BannedInChina Banned in Boston]]" was once a badge of dubious honor for the book in question, much like R-ratings on movies are for kids.

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* At a gathering of animators and animation personalities, ''Rubber Onion'' co-host Stephen Brooks snapped a particularly unflattering photo of Creator/JohnKricfalusi looking disheveled and clammy-skinned. Kricfalusi outright demanded that Brooks not share any photos of him without his expressed permission, despite Brooks being the event's hired photographer. In turn, Brooks, who was already not fond of Kricfalusi, used the photo as the thumbnail for the episode of his podcast discussing Kricfalusi's then-recent statutory rape allegations, complete with a subtitle saying "John K. doesn't want me to share this photo."
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** The video was widely criticized by PC enthusiasts and the tech community at large for [[CriticalResearchFailure its many glaring mistakes, baffling choices of both parts and building process choices]], and manipulative editing- the host demonstrated how to install most of the parts, doing so incorrectly when it was shown at all, only for the video to jump cut to the parts suddenly installed correctly off-camera. The manipulative editing is especially problematic because the primary audience for the video and The Verge, in general, is not the PC enthusiast crowd, and is most likely to be seen by potential first-time PC builders who wouldn't know better and might use the video as a guide, confusing themselves at best and damaging their parts at worst. Many major tech [=YouTubers=], such as Bitwit, Paul's Hardware, [=ReviewTechUSA=], and others made reaction videos on their own channels that broke down each of The Verge's mistakes or parodies of the original video. The Verge disabled comments and likes on their video- a red flag in its own right -before ultimately taking the video down, people moved on and largely forgot about it, and that was that... [[DoubleSubverted right]]?

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** The video was widely criticized by PC enthusiasts and the tech community at large for [[CriticalResearchFailure its many glaring mistakes, baffling choices of both parts and building process choices]], and manipulative editing- most of the host demonstrated demonstrations of how to install most of the parts, doing so parts were performed incorrectly when it was shown at all, on-camera without comment, only for the video to jump cut to the parts suddenly installed correctly off-camera. The manipulative editing is especially problematic because the primary audience for the video and The Verge, in general, is not the PC enthusiast crowd, and is most likely to be seen by potential first-time PC builders who wouldn't know better and might use the video as a guide, confusing themselves at best and damaging their parts at worst. Many major tech [=YouTubers=], such as Bitwit, Paul's Hardware, [=ReviewTechUSA=], and others made reaction videos on their own channels that broke down each of The Verge's mistakes or parodies of the original video. The Verge disabled comments and likes on their video- a red flag in its own right -before ultimately taking the video down, people moved on and largely forgot about it, and that was that... [[DoubleSubverted right]]?


* 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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* LinkinPark {{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.


* 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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* LinkinPark recorded a number of in-house demo CDs [=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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* 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.
* Notably averted with {{Music/Radiohead}} in 2019 when 18 hours of OK Computer sessions were copied and leaked online by someone who had been involved with the band during the OKNotOK reissue period. They had previously tried to extort money from the band thinking that the group would want to suppress the material in this manner. In reality, the opposite happened - Thom Yorke officially released the material as a download, in higher quality than the leaks, on the condition that the proceeds went to charity.


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* An online store called Kleargear [[http://web.archive.org/web/20131118081757/http://www.kutv.com/news/features/gephardt/stories/vid_474.shtml invoked a non-disparagement clause]] to "fine" a woman '''$3,500''' for breach of contract. Why? She posted a negative review on Rip Off Report because the item her husband ordered didn't turn up, which breaks a term. Only problem? ''That term wasn't there when she ordered it'', and the review had been up for years. That's right, these people deliberately ruined a woman's credit rating because she wrote a negative review for failing to send items. Cue InternetBackdraft (later followed by a lawsuit and damages of over $300,000). This Website/{{Reddit}}or sums up why this was a terrible idea:

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* An online store called Kleargear [[http://web.archive.org/web/20131118081757/http://www.kutv.com/news/features/gephardt/stories/vid_474.shtml invoked a non-disparagement clause]] to "fine" a woman '''$3,500''' for breach of contract. Why? She posted a negative review on Rip Off Report because the item her husband ordered didn't turn up, which breaks a term. Only problem? ''That term wasn't there when she ordered it'', and the review had been up for years. That's right, these people deliberately ruined a woman's credit rating because she wrote a negative review for failing to send items. Cue InternetBackdraft backlash (later followed by a lawsuit and damages of over $300,000). This Website/{{Reddit}}or sums up why this was a terrible idea:


It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted 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. And since Streisand's house overlooks the California coastline, it just so happened to be in one of the thousands of innocuous photos that were taken as part of the project. The way she shot herself in the foot can't be understated; the study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know or care who owned the houses in the pictures. Streisand making a big fuss about it simply exposed her house to the greater public ''while'' making herself out to be a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna PrimaDonna]].

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It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted 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. And since Streisand's house overlooks the California coastline, it just so happened to be in one of the thousands of innocuous photos that were taken as part of the project. The way she shot herself in the foot can't be understated; the study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know or care who owned the houses in the pictures. Streisand making a big fuss about it simply exposed her house to the greater public ''while'' making herself out to be a foolish [[ThePrimaDonna PrimaDonna]].
Prima Donna]].


It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted 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. And since Streisand's house overlooks the California coastline, it just so happened to be in one of the thousands of innocuous photos that were taken as part of the project. The way she shot herself in the foot can't be understated; the study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know or care who owned the houses in the pictures. Streisand making a big fuss about it simply exposed her house to the greater public ''while'' making herself out to be a foolish PrimaDonna.

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It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted 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. And since Streisand's house overlooks the California coastline, it just so happened to be in one of the thousands of innocuous photos that were taken as part of the project. The way she shot herself in the foot can't be understated; the study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know or care who owned the houses in the pictures. Streisand making a big fuss about it simply exposed her house to the greater public ''while'' making herself out to be a foolish PrimaDonna.
[[ThePrimaDonna PrimaDonna]].


It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted 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. And since Streisand's house overlooks the California coastline, it just so happened to be in one of the thousands of innocuous photos that were taken as part of the project. In other words, had Streisand not made such a huge fuss over the photo, nobody would have cared about it.

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It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted 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. And since Streisand's house overlooks the California coastline, it just so happened to be in one of the thousands of innocuous photos that were taken as part of the project. In other words, had The way she shot herself in the foot can't be understated; the study was a mundane project that was only of interest to geologists, who didn't know or care who owned the houses in the pictures. Streisand not made such making a huge big fuss over the photo, nobody would have cared about it.
it simply exposed her house to the greater public ''while'' making herself out to be a foolish PrimaDonna.


* The makers of ''Film/{{Gotti}}'' failed miserably in their attempt to utilize it after the film was destroyed by the critics, branding the film as "the movie the critics don't want you to see." Just about everyone instantly saw through the ploy and continued to stay away from the film, especially since it was quickly made public that the movie actually wasn't screened for critics, making any supposed conspiracy impossible in the first place.

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* The makers of ''Film/{{Gotti}}'' failed miserably in their attempt to utilize it after the film was destroyed by the critics, critics who saw it, branding the film as "the movie the critics don't want you to see." Just about everyone instantly saw through the ploy and continued to stay away from the film, especially since it was quickly made public that the movie actually [[NotScreenedForCritics wasn't screened in advance for critics, critics]], making any supposed conspiracy impossible in the first place.


* UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan began wearing his Air Jordan brand of shoes during games at a time when the NBA forbade players from doing such a thing and fined Jordan every time he wore them on the court. The trouble for the NBA was Jordan had both the clout with the public and the cash from the deal with Nike to more-or-less [[DefyingTheCensors ignore the fines and keep wearing them anyway]]. Doing so made Jordan's brand far more well known than if the NBA had said nothing, and gave him free advertising with a ColbertBump, so it was [[{{Unishment}} a punishment that was actually helping Jordan]]. When it became clear that the fines weren't going to work, the NBA stopped punishing Jordan for wearing the shoes.

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* UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan began wearing his Air Jordan brand of shoes during games at a time when the NBA forbade players from doing such a thing and fined Jordan every time he wore them on the court. The trouble for the NBA was Jordan had both the clout with the public and the cash from the deal with Nike to more-or-less [[DefyingTheCensors ignore the fines and keep wearing them anyway]]. Doing so made Jordan's brand far more well known than if the NBA had said nothing, nothing (Nike even began running a marketing campaign boasting about the NBA's reaction), and gave him free advertising with a ColbertBump, so it was [[{{Unishment}} a punishment that was actually helping Jordan]]. When it became clear that the fines weren't going to work, the NBA stopped punishing Jordan for wearing the shoes.


It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted 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. Streisand's house just so happened to be in one of the thousands of innocuous photos that were taken as part of the project. In other words, had Streisand not made such a huge fuss over the photo, nobody would have cared about it.

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It should be noted that the original photo wasn't taken by some privacy-invading paparazzo that wanted 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. And since Streisand's house overlooks the California coastline, it just so happened to be in one of the thousands of innocuous photos that were taken as part of the project. In other words, had Streisand not made such a huge fuss over the photo, nobody would have cared about it.



* One of Dara O'Briain's stand-up routines discusses the briefing notes he sometimes gets when he does corporate gigs for particular organizations which ask him not to mention certain things. Asking a comedian not to mention something, as he notes, is like "a red flag to a bull". He also points out that most of the time he wouldn't even have considered mentioning whatever he was asked not to mention in the first place if the extremely vague reasons why he shouldn't mention it hadn't made him all the more curious about it. He actually had to deal with an incident like this on ''Series/MockTheWeek'' where the executive producer ordered the comedians not to mention the blindness of a politician who the executive producer was friends with. Cue 5 minutes of jokes only about his blindness.

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* One of Dara O'Briain's Creator/DaraOBriain's stand-up routines discusses the briefing notes he sometimes gets when he does corporate gigs for particular organizations which ask him not to mention certain things. Asking a comedian not to mention something, as he notes, is like "a red flag to a bull". He also points out that most of the time he wouldn't even have considered mentioning whatever he was asked not to mention in the first place if the extremely vague reasons why he shouldn't mention it hadn't made him all the more curious about it. He actually had to deal with an incident like this on ''Series/MockTheWeek'' where the executive producer ordered the comedians not to mention the blindness of a politician who the executive producer was friends with. Cue 5 minutes of jokes only about his blindness.



* Disney's ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'' probably would not be as notorious as it is if it were not for Disney refusing to give the film a home video released in the United States due to its racial controversy.

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* Disney's ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'' probably would not be as notorious as it is if it were it not for Disney refusing to give the film a home video released in the United States due to its racial controversy.



* ''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''.

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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 Sinclair's