#BadPrequels

#BadPrequels

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#BadPrequels is a hashtag game which asks Twitter users to create the title of a fictional prequel to a well-known film that sounds far less interesting than its original counterpart. The hashtag was introduced on the Comedy Central show @Midnite in May 2014.

Origin

On May 6th, 2014, the hashtag #BadPrequels was introduced during a segment called Hashtag Wars on the Comedy Central show @Midnite. The idea for the hashtag was sparked by the release of the trailer for the Batman prequel Gotham. Guest comedians Scott Aukerman[6], @Willieforcrack[7] and James Adomain[8] offered their #BadPrequel titles before Twitter users were called to play.



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In less than 48 hours, the hashtag #badprequels[2] was tweeted out over 100,000 times. On May 7th, 2014, Buzzfeed[3] published a compilation of movie poster parodies created by Twitter user @BiscuitAhoy[4] based on popular #badprequel tweets (shown below). On May 8th, Australian site News[5] published a similar roundup titled “Bad Prequels posters are doing the rounds on Twitter, actually pretty funny.



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