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Shane Dawson starts trending after bizarre cat Tweet from “Nintendo”

Published: 14/Feb/2021 23:20

by Charlotte Colombo

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Shane Dawson might be gone from the internet, but after an unusual Tweet by ‘Nintendo’ concerning a cat went viral on February 13, it became clear that he certainly hasn’t been forgotten… 

It all started when a very official-looking Nintendo account tweeted a screenshot of Super Mario along with some furry friends with the caption: “Nothing feels better than the inside of the cat!”

Although some fans thought this was an innocent mistake on Nintendo’s part, a closer look at the account makes clear that it isn’t affiliated with Nintendo (although it definitely looks very convincing).

Firstly, the account isn’t ‘verified’ on Twitter, meaning that it doesn’t have the blue tick that most official accounts have. The account was only set up in August 2020, and if that wasn’t clear enough, the location of the account is set as ‘PARODY’.

With that in mind, it is pretty clear that the people behind this ‘Nintendo’ account knew exactly how their innuendo-filled tweet could be interpreted.

In what is no doubt an embarrassing moment for Dawson, as the Tweet blew up (it now has 12.7k likes and 4.6k retweets), he ended up trending on Twitter as a result, as fans couldn’t help remember Shane’s own chequered history with felines.

With Twitter users joking that Shane Dawson must be running the official Nintendo account, here are some of the best memes that came out of the surprise Twitter trend:

What happened with Shane Dawson and his cat?

Shane Dawson was accused of engaging in sexual activity with his cat after an old clip from his ‘Shane and Friends’ podcast resurfaced in March 2019.

In the 2014 clip, Shane jokingly described how he had his “first sexual experience” at 19 years old with his pet cat. In the podcast, the YouTuber claimed he “spread” the cat’s legs, and “humped” her ‘tummy’, “and I kept humping and humping, and I came all over the cat.”

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Shane’s response to the scandal later became a meme.

After the resurfaced clip went viral, and many fans expressed their concern, Dawson attempted to clarify that the discussion was meant as a joke in a series of tweets. He said at the time: “That story was fake and was based on a dumb awful sketch idea I had years ago that I never made.”

However, that didn’t stop fans from turning his now-infamous response to the scandal into a meme, with Ethan Klein from H3H3 Productions Tweeting at the time: “I have no idea what this is about and Shane I’m sure you didn’t f**k your cat, but this is the best copy pasta on the internet ever.”

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K-Pop band BTS becomes one of first accounts followed by Twitter

Published: 25/Feb/2021 0:00

by Theo Salaun

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Twitter’s official account decided to follow its platform’s first users and, in a move that made millions of fans happy, decided to give one of their first follows to a K-Pop superstar boy band: BTS.

BTS, or the Bangtan Boys, have seven members and countless fans, or stans, across the world. The BTS ARMY seems to grow larger every single day and now can count Twitter’s official account among its latest recruits.

With over 59 million followers, Twitter’s official account has some popularity itself (the platform, meanwhile, has over 300 million users). While the account’s ratio was an absurd zero following, 59-plus million followers, the “Blue Bird” decided to change that and add to their feed a little.

After asking the masses who they should make their very first followed accounts, a stan account with under 1,000 followers suggested BTS. The account quickly took that advice, making the K-Pop supergroup one of its only nine accounts followed (and becoming one of the boys’ 33-plus million followers in the process).

If you’ve spent any time at all on Twitter, chances are that you’ve seen mention of BTS. Most prominently, you’ve likely seen “fan cam” montages of the members or the entire group. Even if you mute “BTS” or “K-Pop,” there’s no guarantee you can avoid their avid fandom as the so-named ARMY will share content from their favorite members, no matter the context.

And, yes, that content isn’t always about singing. Sometimes it’s just footage of two members treating their plushies differently, as in a video of Jimin and Jungkook that has been viewed over a million times on Twitter.

By following BTS, Twitter both gets to enjoy some of the boy band’s content directly from them — while simultaneously supporting possibly the most popular group on the entire platform. But it should be known that this is no play for clout, as BTS are the only verified account that Twitter is following.

Of the nine accounts Twitter decided to follow, BTS are the only ones with over one million followers. The rest are composed of five individuals (a couple who are fan accounts themselves), one nonprofit animal shelter and, in a relatable move, two dog accounts — one for a Corgi and one for a Shih Tzu.