Shock site

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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.[1] Some shock sites display a single picture, animation, video clip or a small gallery, and are often passed around via e-mail 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,[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

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Examples of shock sites

Goatse.cx

Goatse.cx[2][5] was one of the best-known shock sites, featuring an image of a man stretching his anus with his hands.[2][6] The site featured a page devoted to fan-submitted artwork and tributes to the site,[2][5] 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.[3][7]

The site was shut down in 2004; however, various mirror sites featuring the image still exist.[citation needed]

2 Girls 1 Cup

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.[4] Among these is a video showing reactions from pop group New Kids on the Block, and comedian Joe Rogan's reaction to the clip[8] and a parody video featuring John Mayer.[9] The video was also brought up in episodes of VH1's Best Week Ever,[4] 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.[10]

Stile Project

Stile Project, which won a Webby Award in 2000 for Weird site and was a People's Voice winner,[11] evolved into a website with a lot of pornographic and extreme material; Wired referred to the website as a "shock site" in a 2001 article.[1]

Lemonparty

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 a sketch on Talkshow with Spike Feresten,[12] and dialogue on Archer, The Simpsons,[13] The Cleveland Show and 30 Rock.[14][15] The website has also been described by Jimmy Fallon on the Opie and Anthony radio show,[16] on Chelsea Handler's TV show Chelsea Lately,[17] Michael J. Nelson from RiffTrax.com during the RiffTrax for Avatar,[18] by Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, and American Dad.[19] The NBC show 30 Rock made two references to the shock site.[20][21]

Tubgirl

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 a rotten.com story "Fecal Japan"[22] claiming that the subject matter is popular in Japan, and in a San Francisco Chronicle article by author Violet Blue,[23] as well as being the subject of a joke by Gizmodo.[24]

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References

  1. ^ a b Kahney, Leander. "Gruesome Movie Sparks Outrage." Wired. August 29, 2001. Retrieved on September 18, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d Kirkpatrick, Stewart (2004-06-09). "Lazy Guide to Net Culture: NSFW". The Scotsman (Edinburgh). http://news.scotsman.com/lazyguidetonetculture/Lazy-Guide-to-Net-Culture.2535852.jp
  3. ^ a b Herrmann, Steve. "Shock tactics." BBC. June 5, 2007. Retrieved on February 23, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c Posted 11/20/07. ""Best Week Ever: Full Act 4" | Show Clip". VH1.com. http://www.vh1.com/video/play.jhtml?id=1574705&vid=190222. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  5. ^ a b "The Hands of God". Snopes.com. 15 June 2007. http://www.snopes.com/photos/natural/godhands.asp. Retrieved 2009-08-03.
  6. ^ Pawan Kumar (2008-11-11). "Goatse.cx; Distended?". Yaziyo News.
  7. ^ Johnson, Bobbie (June 8, 2007). "UPDATED: B3ta hacks the BBC with Olympic goatse". Guardian Unlimited (London). http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/technology/archives/2007/06/08/updated_b3ta_hacks_the_bbc_with_olympic_goatse.html. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
  8. ^ "Watch Joe Rogan Watches 2 Girls 1 Cup Video". Break.com. http://www.break.com/index/joe-rogan-watches-2-girls-1-cup.html. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  9. ^ "2 Guys 1 Cup with John Mayer from John Mayer". Funnyordie.com. 2007-11-07. http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/26050ea6ee. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  10. ^ Violet Blue, Special to SF Gate (2007-12-27). "The top 10 sex memes of 2007 / From convictions to hoaxes, Violet Blue looks at 2007's most-clicked items". SFGate. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2007/12/27/violetblue.DTL. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  11. ^ "Welcome to the Webby Awards". Webbyawards.com. 2000-05-11. http://www.webbyawards.com/press/press-release.php?id=33. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  12. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2008-03-09. http://web.archive.org/web/20080309165446/http://www.bestweekever.tv/tag/Lemon+Party. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  13. ^ "The Simpsons - Lemonparty.org reference". YouTube. 2011-01-17. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Jftig3yHP8. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  14. ^ [1][dead link]
  15. ^ "It isn't a Lemon Party without old Dick". YouTube. 2009-06-03. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-bvHlb2Fe8. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  16. ^ "Opie & Anthony - Jimmy Fallon Lemon Party". YouTube. 2011-07-15. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4sA0wc4z0Y. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  17. ^ "Chelsea Handler talks about Lemonparty.org". YouTube. 2010-03-19. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaZnDJhI1dw. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  18. ^ "Avatar". RiffTrax. 2010-04-22. http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax/avatar. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  19. ^ "American Dad Season 8 Episode 2 Killer Vacation (3) #240300". Tvequals.com. http://www.tvequals.com/2012/10/07/american-dad-season-8-episode-2-killer-vacation/american-dad-season-8-episode-2-killer-vacation-3/. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  20. ^ "Liz Lemon Party". CollegeHumor. December 14, 2007. http://www.collegehumor.com/video/3133272/liz-lemon-party. Retrieved November 5, 2012. "It's not a Lemon party without old Dick!"
  21. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (October 5, 2012). "Season premiere review: '30 Rock' - 'The Beginning of the End': Tank it!". HitFix. http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/season-premiere-review-30-rock-the-beginning-of-the-end-tank-it. Retrieved November 5, 2012. "...because there's nothing worse than a surprise Lemon party."
  22. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2002-10-04. http://web.archive.org/web/20021004051657/vatican.rotten.com/fecaljapan/. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  23. ^ Blue, Violet (June 28, 2011). "The top 10 sex memes of 2007 / From convictions to hoaxes, Violet Blue looks at 2007's most-clicked items". The San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2007/12/27/violetblue.DTL.
  24. ^ – Jason Chen (2007-02-01). "Fujitsu Sells Waterproof Phone With Tub Girl". Gizmodo.com. http://gizmodo.com/233295/fujitsu-sells-waterproof-phone-with-tub-girl. Retrieved 2012-11-18.