For every action, there is an equal and opposite overreaction by people on the Internet. I mean, people found a red coffee cup offensive and the Internet blew up this year. But it’s not just a cup that got virtually skewered. Oh no. There is plenty of media coverage to go around.
As such, the Washington Post put together a subjective ranking of 15 figures that incited the Internet’s outrage in 2015.
The former interim CEO of Reddit, the “front page of the Internet,” closed three subreddits, or forums, for violating the site’s anti-harassment policies, something that rarely happens. It wasn’t all her decision, and a lot of users actually agreed with the decision, but IT’S THE INTERNET so thousands of others saw her as evil and demanded her resignation.
As one half of the popular Christian vlogging duo “Sam and Nia,” he posted a viral pregnancy announcement and an equally viral miscarriage video. Not a great idea, especially when they ran ads on both of them. That, in addition to the timing, fueled suspicion that the pregnancy had been made up for profit. In an actual logical decision, the couple’s channel took a long hiatus.
Kevin and Crystal O’Connor
The father-and-daughter owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Ind. appeared on a local TV station, and proclaimed their support for a so-called “Religious Freedom Restoration” bill. The pair said that Memories Pizza was a “Christian establishment,” and wouldn’t cater a gay wedding if asked to — even though nobody asked. Rightfully so, the comments (which went viral) were taken as symbols of intolerance and discrimination.
Josh “The Fat Jew” Ostrovsky
This 33-year-old Instagram comic, author, and self-proclaimed “Z-list celebrity” plagiarized jokes from a number of other writers and comedians, most of them significantly less well-known than he is. NOT SO FUNNY, DUDE. While he had been accused many times before, they came to a head in August, when he signed to the Creative Artists Agency. He apologized, released a book that didn’t sell that well, and nobody cares anymore.
Who knew a reality star could be controversial? This British YouTuber and former contestant on the reality show “Big Brother” published a “prank” video in which he pretended to shoot and kill a man’s best friend in front of him. Naturally, people were upset with this idiot, who responded to the criticism and petitions demanding he disable his channel posted a video promising to take the murder prank down if viewers gave him $1.5 million. That didn’t happen, and the video still has almost 9 million views in case you want to hate the Internet a bit more.