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Samuel L. Jackson Accidentally Sparked a Social Media Campaign for the Porn Industry

charlie cometSamuel L. Jackson made a promotional appearance with the rest of the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier back in March when the cast (which also stars Anthony Mackie and Scarlett Johansson) was asked about the biggest pop culture innovations from the last half century. Sam Jackson’s response, according to The Washington Post: RedTube, a free online porn site.

Joking or not, this no doubt got a few laughs (and a few surreptitious head nods of agreement). But the porn industry doesn’t think it’s so funny. When people watch free porn, it means they’re not paying the industry for its product. Moreover, these sorts of free porn sites don’t monitor content for piracy.

So #PayForYourPorn was born. (BTW, that hashtag is NSFW.)

However, the porn industry is battling a stigma that is a huge hurdle to its campaign and an industry that isn’t nearly as regulated as the mainstream entertainment industry. Also, no one wants to pay for porn — or anything else for that matter — that they don’t have to.

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The Weather Channel Picked a Twitter Fight with the Wrong Texan Yesterday

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Know your city. Be proud of your city…or pay the consequences, y’all!

Ah yes. Things really are bigger in my beloved Lone Star State, including the Twitter fights. Oh, and the bravado of ancillary city council representatives.

Now, if you know anything about North Texas, D/FW, or what a radio marketer in the 70s called “The Metroplex”, you may be familiar with the sibling rivalry between the two cities separated by a 20 minute drive on the freeway. Dallas and Fort Worth have two distinctively different cultures–both are very Texas, but each has its own conflicts. One of the largest is Fort Worth, consistently known as the rubenesque, butt-ugly, red-headed, buck-toothed stepchild of Dallas.

Even the Weather Channel thinks that way–and one guy in Fort Worth was mad as hell, as wasn’t gonna’ take it any more.

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Kevin Bacon’s Brother and Oscar Mayer’s Turkey Bacon Team Up to Challenge Their More Famous Siblings

It’s tough to be the equally talented, more heart-healthy sibling of a famous celebrity; if you’re going to have to share their last name, shouldn’t you be able to share their spotlight, too? Now, the other Bacons (Kevin’s brother Michael and Oscar Mayer‘s turkey bacon) are teaming up to help make this underdog fantasy a Twitter-fueled reality.

Sure, Michael Bacon might be 50% of the band The Bacon Brothers, but Kevin is likely almost 100% of the reason people want to hear them play. And while turkey bacon is undeniably delicious, T-shirts, recipes, and burger joints all celebrate its porkier counterpart. This campaign aims to change all that.

The campaign urges people to celebrate the story of the #UnsungBacon by following Michael on Twitter, with the eventual goal of overtaking his movie-star-brother’s number of followers — a lofty goal to be sure, as Michael currently has 1,680 followers while Kevin boasts over 431,000. But Oscar Mayer, brand king of all processed meats, really believes in Michael (and its own product), and is determined to show the world the wonders of both. Read more

In Case You’re Wondering Why Your Twitter Feed Has Turned Into the #DarkestTimeline…

childish gambino communityIt was announced today that the NBC comedy Community has been cancelled after five seasons. The #darkesttimeline is a reference to a tagline that ended an episode of the show in season three.

Cast members have taken to Twitter one after another to thank fans and make the announcement about the show. The fans themselves have also added #RIPCommunity and #SixSeasonsAndAMovie to the list of associated hashtags.

Mashable says the show producer, Sony Pictures TV, can try and pitch the show to places like Netflix and Hulu.

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Twitter Getting Tons Of Free PR from Jon Favreau’s New Movie ‘Chef’

chef movieJon Favreau, the man behind blockbusters like Iron Man, has a non-CGI’d movie coming to theaters today. But it’s not completely devoid of technology.

Favreau is the Chef of the title. He quits his job at a Los Angeles restaurant and opens a food truck with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara) and his friend (John Leguizamo). Along the way, he goes off on a food critic via Twitter, which leads to a confrontation that goes viral. And Favreau’s son in the movie also uses Twitter to help build his new food truck business.

Besides all the references to social platform, there’s also a special visual when Twitter is used.

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PayPal Exec Is Out After A Couple Months On The Job, Goes on a Twitter Tirade Against His Colleagues

rakesh tweet1PayPal‘s new director of strategy, Rakesh Agrawal, is already out with only two months on the job. And on his way out the door, he took to Twitter Friday night to rail against his own colleagues.

The tweets started at about 1am with the announcement: “Done working for the weekend. Jazz fest time.” The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival wrapped this Sunday.

By the middle of the night, he was posting tweets with crazy misspellings and giving the finger to some unidentified someone. Unlike the post at right, some of those crazy tweets were directed at other Paypal staffers who he does name. This finger tweet and many of the others in this Business Insider post look to have been since deleted.

By Saturday evening, PayPal posted on its Twitter account that Agrawal was “no longer with the company” because they have a “zero tolerance” policy for the disrespect Agrawal showed his fellow staffers. Agrawal maintains, however, that he quit, calling the PayPal tweet “misleading” because it insinuates he was fired. In the screenshot that Agrawal posted of his resignation, you see a time stamp of 9:34pm on Friday, a few hours before his tweet rant began.

Fired or resigned, this is not a good look for Agrawal.

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Massachusetts Ended Sexual Assault Awareness Month With the Worst Advice Ever

April Sexual Assault Awareness MonthSexual assault is no joke and is one of the most vile crimes on the planet. According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), every two minutes there is a sexual assault committed in this country.

That said, awareness for sexual assault is very important. You would expect anyone talking, discussing, or even tweeting about something so serious, would tread lightly about what is said, right?

Well, most people … outside the state of Massachusetts.

Wait until you see the advice given on behalf of the entire state. And it happened on Twitter…
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Prince George’s PD Gets #PRFail for Live Tweeting Prostitution Sting

PGPD carIn the Commonwealth of Virginia, nestled in political ballyhoo and apparently a fair amount of skanks is Prince George County. Evidently, some of the upper crust in the metropolitan suburb have noticed said trollops gallivanting about during the midnight hour.

The proud men and women of the Prince George Police Department (PGPD) have decided to take on the world’s oldest profession (around some of the world’s oldest men avail oneself of said profession). Like they do in other cities, the police department is putting on some clandestine sting operation.

Oh yeah, and unlike other cities, they are live tweeting the festivities.

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Midlife Crisis? Ronald McDonald Gets Makeover and Joins Twitter

la-fi-mo-ronald-mcdonald-makeover-20140423It seems the 51-year-old Ronald McDonald is having a midlife crisis. He’s getting a makeover and a new wardrobe, and has decided to become tech savvy — all at once.

With all the “McFail” we’ve been covering lately, maybe McDonald’s decided it was time to draw the attention away from the negative news stories, and instead re-focus it on its brand’s beloved mascot. Or maybe the company wanted to reclaim its own spokesman after Taco Bell hijacked the Ronald McDonald name in its most recent breakfast campaign.

Either way, the changes are coming, and the fast food chain is hoping social media interaction and increased sales will come along with them.

The clown-like Ronald McDonald that the public has been familiar with since his debut in the 60′s wears giant red shoes, a yellow jumpsuit over a red-and-white striped shirt, and a flaming red wig. While the new incarnation will keep his clown makeup, wig, and comical shoes, the rest of his outfit can best be described as beach comber meets dress-down Friday meets The Warblers from “Glee”.

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New ‘Tweeting Bomb Threats to Airlines’ Meme Didn’t Last Long

Yesterday we tried to write an honest “what would you do?” post about the 14-year-old Dutch teen who tweeted a threat to American Airlines claiming to be involved with “Al Qaida” and promising to do “something big.”

While most agreed that American overreacted by implying that the authorities might just be coming for the girl (who later turned herself in), The Washington Post noticed that quite a few teens followed the story yesterday afternoon by…tweeting even more specific bomb threats to American and other major airlines.

Before you freak out and post the 900th tweet about how this story simply serves to re-confirm your absolute lack of faith in humanity, note that every single account listed in the WaPo piece has now been either suspended or deleted.

Seems like Twitter itself might have a vested interest in protecting you from the world’s rowdier teen demo.

We, for one, just breathed a sigh of relief.

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