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A shock site is a website that is intended to be offensive, disgusting and/or disturbing to its viewers, containing materials of high shock value which is also considered distasteful and crude, and is generally of a pornographic, scatological, extremely violent, insulting, painful, profane, or otherwise provocative nature. Some shock sites display a single picture, animation, video clip or a small gallery, and are often passed around via email or disguised in posts to discussion sites as a hoax in an attempt to trick users into following the link to the website (a bait and switch). Most shock sites are merely websites that openly display material some will consider as disturbing or repulsive, such as pornography and fetishes.
Some shock sites have also gained their own subcultures and have become internet memes on their own. Goatse.cx featured a page devoted to fan-submitted artwork and tributes to the site's hello.jpg, and a parody of the image was unwittingly shown by a BBC newscast as an alternative for the then recently unveiled logo for the 2012 Summer Olympics. A shock video known as 2 Girls 1 Cup also quickly became an Internet phenomenon, with videos of reactions, homages, and parodies widely posted on video sharing sites such as YouTube.
BestGore.com is famous for its extremely graphic content such as murders, suicides and violent accidents in the form of photos and videos. It is currently the most visited shock website in the world, with an estimated 15 - 20 million monthly visits. On July 2013, the website's creator, Slovakian-Canadian Mark Marek, was charged with one count of "corrupting morals", related to his posting of the video of the murder of Lin Jun on his website. He was released on bail and is currently awaiting trial.
Goatse.cx was one of the best-known shock sites, featuring an image of a man stretching his anus with his hands. The site featured a page devoted to fan-submitted artwork and tributes to the site, and a parody of the image was also shown by a BBC newscast as an alternative for the then recently unveiled logo for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
2 Girls 1 Cup is a notorious shock site/viral video portraying coprophilia and emetophilia with two women defecating into a cup, consuming the excrement, and vomiting it into each other's mouths. The site has garnered a great deal of attention on Internet forums and video sites, spawning various reaction videos and parodies such as songs and animated versions. Among these is a video showing reactions from pop group New Kids on the Block, and comedian Joe Rogan's reaction to the clip and a parody video featuring John Mayer. The video was also brought up in episodes of VH1's Best Week Ever, Family Guy, Tosh.0, and The Inbetweeners. Violet Blue, an author, described this website as becoming "the new 'tubgirl' and goatse all in one disgusting moment of choco-poo-love" in a San Francisco Chronicle article.
Lemonparty.org contains an image of three elderly naked men in a bed kissing and having oral sex. The song "If You Wanna Be Happy" by Jimmy Soul plays in the background. The image has been mentioned on some television shows, such as in a sketch on Talkshow with Spike Feresten, and dialogue on Archer, The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show and 30 Rock. The website has also been described by Jimmy Fallon on the Opie and Anthony radio show, on Chelsea Handler's TV show Chelsea Lately, Michael J. Nelson from RiffTrax.com during the RiffTrax for Avatar, by Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, and American Dad. The NBC show 30 Rock has made at least three allusions to a "Lemon party."
Tubgirl is a redirect to a picture containing a masked, naked woman lying in a bathtub, buttocks raised with her legs over her head, projecting a fountain of orange/yellow liquid (allegedly the result of an orange juice enema) from her anus onto her face. Before the launch of tubgirl.com, this image was featured in rotten.com story "Fecal Japan" claiming that the subject matter is popular in Japan, and in a San Francisco Chronicle article by author Violet Blue, as well as being the subject of a joke by Gizmodo.
Meatspin is a flash of two men having anal sex. One of them is in front of the camera spinning their penis in a circle. The website plays Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round" and displays a counter at the bottom. After a number of spins words pop-up underneath saying, "You are officially gay".