Who Wins The Internet Day of Action?

Did you know today is the Internet Day of Action? That’s right, July 12th has been designated as a day of online protest by organizations and companies big and small who have come out in favor of Net Neutrality, which, thanks to Verizon’s favorite son, and current FCC Chair, Ajit Pai, is in danger.

Now personally, I think we’re all better off if (for example) Verizon can’t arbitrarily slow down Netflix (or charge them more for «premium» speeds, which Netflix will likely pass on to us) just because they feel like it, but I’m not here to convince you one way or the other about Net Neutrality (and, other, smarter people have done a much better job of laying out the case).

I am here, however, to judge the «actions» I was able to find.

To do this, I went to every site listed as a participant at Battle For The Net, a website put together by the groups who organized the protest. It was an eclectic list of 200something websites, from large companies to porn sites to one guy who is definitely a weirdo conspiracy theorist, but hey, fighting for the open internet has led to some very strange teamups.

However, as I went about my task, fingers clacking away with great vigor, I became concerned. Many of the sites made no mention of the protest at all. Others, like Netflix, did, well, the bare minimum:

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Considering this is the company that made a 50 minute special for April Fools’ Day that I swear I didn’t watch all the way through, I sort of expected more.

Thankfully, at least some sites were less subtle. Reddit put the message from CEO Steve Huffman front and center:

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And this VPN company even found a way to try to get you to buy stuff while talking (sort of?) about Net Neutrality. See? Activism can be fun and profitable!

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But except for these and a couple other standouts, I was disappointed. I had hoped to see some creative graphics or fun pop-ups, but the majority, if they even mentioned the day of action at all, used pretty standard banners.

It began to feel as though I had clicked through to 200something websites (and one weirdo conspiracy theorist, who, it turns out, isn’t even a compelling performer) for nothing.

Oh well, guess it’s time to

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WAIT

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Why, it’s him! It’s FCC Chairman Ajit Pai! Look how adorable he is as he tries to throttle our internet speed! And when you scroll, his head bobbles!

I don’t know who that mysterious bear was, but thank you.


If you happen upon any clever protests popping up on the internet today, let me know.

Oh, and if you find that an open internet remains important to you, the current public comments period runs through July 17th.

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Jon Gruden’s 5-Foot-6 Fire Hydrant Son, Deuce, Wins World Lifting Gold Medal

Deuce Gruden is having himself a good time at the IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Belarus. He already has a gold medal in his pocket and now he’s going to come back to the States as a viral sensation now that word is starting to travel around that the 5 foot 6 fire hydrant is a yoked beast. This is exactly the kind of news a legitimate blogger latches onto during June when all we have is the College World Series and some NBA draft stuff to fake care about.

How did Deuce Gruden get his name? His actual name is Jon David Gruden II, hence the ‘Deuce’ nickname. I know some of you were losing your minds over this one.

Deuce spent the 2016 NFL season as a strength and conditioning intern with Uncle Jay’s Redskins after graduating from Lafayette where he was a running back (16 carries, 46 yards over final two seasons). Legend has it that Deuce was a 350-pound bench pressing behemoth who played quarterback, wide receiver, linebacker and safety during high school.

Now he’s a competitive lifter with just 1,317 IG followers as I type this. That number is about to explode now that Deuce is out here dominating the world in powerlifting. Now he has a gold.

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Rebel Wilson Wins Her Defamation Suit Against Australian Media Company

Rebel Elizabeth Melanie Wilson, the actress formerly known as Melanie Elizabeth Bownds, won her defamation lawsuit against Bauer Media, the publishers of Woman’s Day, an Australian tabloid who claimed in 2015 that Wilson lied about her background—including her age, name, and family history.

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Kickerboxer Wins Fight On A Sucker Punch KO, Gets Attacked By Fans Who Stormed The Ring

WILD scene at the Glory 42 Kickboxing Championship this afternoon. Normally, we could give 2 shits about this event, but when you have sucker punches and fans storming the ring, it instantly becomes must-blog material.

It all started with this knockout punch, where Harut Grigorian turned his back to Murthel Groenhart for some reason, and then all hell broke loose with fans storming the ring.

At first, people assumed it was Grigorian’s cornermen who came into the ring because while legal, it still was a real cheap shot. But then it came out that it was actually a couple of spectators who jumped in there to attack Groenhart, making the story even crazier.

I guess this is what kickboxing needs. When you’re stuck between MMA and boxing, nobody really cares. Now instead of literally nobody talking about this event, here we are.

This angle gives you a better look at the fans


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Bayern Munich Wins The Bundesliga Title & The Players Poured Beer On Everyone

Yep, this is pretty much exactly how I expected Germans to celebrate winning a championship. Bayern Munich won their 5th straight Bundesliga championship today and while I don’t know jack shit about that team or really soccer in general, I can down with these types of celebrations.

In America, we spray champagne everywhere when we win a title, in Germany they fill up giant beer steins and dump them on each other. Makes sense.

The main culprit was #10, Arjen Robben. My man wasn’t going to stop until everybody in that stadium was dowsed in Paulaner.

The full video is fantastic


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Moonlight wins Best Kiss at the MTV Movie & TV Awards

It’s very easy to dismiss the MTV Movie Awards, which has now expanded to include television and a «trending» category, essentially making it the #contentawards. Yet for all its randomness, corporate mandating and general «How do you do, fellow kids» aura, there’s something truly fascinating about the ceremony. It’s hardly a prestigious affair — you won’t see any Oscars style campaigning for the golden popcorn statue — but this year, the categories and winners reflected the shift MTV has been making over the past year to cater to its increasingly progressive and inquisitive young audience. Like Teen Vogue, MTV, most notably its wonderfully expanded web coverage, is taking its audience seriously in matters of politics, culture and activism. In a way, it always has.

The intriguing array of nominees included an award for «Best Fight Against the System», which went to Hidden Figures, a nod to Get Out‘s Daniel Kaluuya for best of the Next Generation, awards for Black-ish, 13th, RuPaul’s Drag Race and This Is Us, and gender-neutral acting categories where men and women were pretty evenly celebrated. Sure, they also pretended Beauty and the Beast was a good movie and that Emma Watson is an actress, but nobody’s perfect. What it represented was a more realistic representation of what culture young people consume and how they consume it: Viral videos, streaming services, less interest in differentiating between mediums. Yet surely the best moment of the night was the Best Kiss award, which went to Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome from Moonlight.

Sanders said in his acceptance speech, «This award is bigger than Jharrel and I. This represents more than a kiss, it represents those who feel like the others, the misfits, this represents us». And it was a truly moving moment, one that highlighted an area where MTV is simultaneously moving forward but with a foot still stuck in the past.

Since its beginnings in 1992, the Best Kiss Award has had a total of 18 nominees that were gay or queer, and 4 of those were winners. Some were more comedic in tone (American Pie) while others were romantic and quietly devastating (Brokeback Mountain). For a show that’s ostensibly seen as a bit of a joke, there’s real power in such a silly little award. Of course, it’s not all positive. Only one non-white couple has ever won the award up until Moonlight, and that was Independence Day a grand total of 20 years ago. Oscar season may be over, but the impact Moonlight has had still prevails.

Check out Sanders and Jerome’s speech here.

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March Man-ness 2017: Which Guy Wins Your Heart?

It’s time for our sexy spin on the NCAA’s annual March Madness Tournament — March Man-ness! From the guys who steam up your TV screen every week to the ones who rock your body with their soulful tunes on stage, we’ve narrowed it down to the 23 hottest guys in the game. Who will join previous March Man-ness winners Robert Pattinson, Jamie Dornan, and Tom Hiddleston? Scroll down now to vote!

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Kim DeJesus Dances Her Ass Off, Wins Yogurtland Gift Card


Need a little boost to get you through the rest of your Monday? If so, allow Kim DeJesus’ total domination of a party dance off to illumine you.

I have no idea what type of party this was, but it looks like Kim came out with high energy and easily blew the competition out of the water to win a coveted Yogurtland gift card:

You already know it sucked to be the person that had to follow that performance.

Kim’s got moves for days:


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