CNN Fiery But Mostly Peaceful Protests Parodies and coverage from the Jacob Blake protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, featuring CNN reporter Omar Jimenez.

CNN "Fiery But Mostly Peaceful Protests" Parodies

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Updated Aug 16, 2021 at 05:23PM EDT by Zach.

Added Aug 28, 2020 at 01:49PM EDT by Zach.

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CNN "Fiery But Mostly Peaceful Protests" Parodies refer to a series of altered CNN screenshots for satirical purposes depicting CNN reporter Omar Jimenez during the 2020 Jacob Blake protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, alongside the station’s chyrons. The format is typically used to mock CNN’s original headline, “Fiery but Mostly Peaceful Protests After Police Shooting,” and perspective on the event. The background image behind Jimenez is often photoshopped to include scenes from various media or major historical events with a similar, satirical spin. The format was popularized on a range of websites in late August 2020, after CNN’s original coverage aired, and shares similarities to other previous CNN Chyron Parodies.

Origin

The original clip that the meme is pulled from is seen during CNN’s coverage of the Jacob Blake Protests, aired on August 25th, 2020, specifically the clip where reporter Omar Jimenez is reporting in the field in Kenosha, Wisconsin. During the scene (reupload featured below), Jimenez discusses the events of the protests and riots in Kenosha with a scene of burning cars in the background while the headline reads “Fiery but Mostly Peaceful Protests After Police Shooting.”



Although the exact first use of the scene as a meme format is unknown, it appears online as early as August 27th. One such example was uploaded to the Facebook[1] page Operation Butthurt Memes on August 27th edited to include the Titanic sinking in the background. The meme (seen below) received over 2,000 shares, 1,300 likes and 70 comments in roughly 20 hours.


North Atlantic Ocean COVERAGE BEGINS 7P ET REPUBLICAN CAN NATIONAL CONVENTION 13:54:17 NEW OVERNIGHT LIVE OCEAN LINER'S FIRST VOYAGE MOSTLY SUCCESSFUL ON 2:05 AM PT RIGHT NOW ATLANTA - 74 CHARLOTTE-La 73° WASHINGTON 75 S UNIV. DATA AS COMMUNITIES ACROSS U.S. BEGIN TO REOPEN K-12 S EARLY START

Spread

The format continued to spread in the following days, appearing on a number of sites and platforms. On August 27th, the Facebook[2] page Sargon of Akkad posted another example, combining it with JFK’s assassination, receiving over 3,900 likes, 855 shares and 113 comments in eight hours (shown below, left). That same day, the Instagram[3] account yaf_ posted a variant referencing the burning of the White House in the War of 1812, receiving over 6,700 likes in 18 hours (shown below, right).


Dallas, Texas COVERAGE BEGINS 7P ET REPUBLICAN CN NATIONAL CONVENTION 13:54:17 HAS MIN SEC NEW OVERNIGHT LIVE KENNEDY SILENT AFTER MOSTLY PEACEFUL MOTORCADE IN DALLAS ON 2:05 AM PT ATLANTA 74° > AS COMMUNITIES ACROSS U.S. BEGIN TO REOPEN K-12 S EARLY START RIGHT NOW CHARLOTTE 73° WASHINGTON 75° S UNIV. DATA NEW OVERNIGHT LIVE FIERY BUT MOSTLY PEACEFUL PROTESTS AT THE BURNING OF WASHINGTON August 24, 1814: A group of mostly peaceful British troops gathered in peaceful protest against the United States which peacefully led to a peaceful fire at the White House 205 AM PT

On August 27th, Twitter[4] user ConceptualJames posted another version that referenced Chernobyl (seen below, left), receiving over 3,700 likes and 586 retweets in roughly 20 hours. On August 28th, FunnyJunk[5] user redpenington posted a meme featuring a scene from Starship Troopers (seen below, right), receiving over 900 likes and 47 comments in three hours.


Chernobyl, Ukraine COVERAGE BEGINS 7P ET REPUBLICAN CNN NATIONAL CONVENTION 13:54:17 as NEW OVERNIGHT LIVE MOSTLY CONTAINED MELTDOWN AT NUCLEAR POWER PLANT CN 2:05 AM PT WASHINGTON 75° CHARLOTTE 73° S UNIV. DATA AS COMMUNITIES ACROSS U.S. BEGIN TO REOPEN K-12 S EARLY START RIGHT NOW ATLANTA 74° Klendathu, Wisconsin COVERAGE BEGINS 7P ET REPUBLICAN CAN NATIONAL CONVENTION 13:54:17 HRS MIN SEC NEW OVERNIGHT LIVE FIERY BUT MOSTLY PEACEFUL PROTESTS AFTER BUG SHOOTING CNN 2:05 AM PT WASHINGTON 75° CHARLOTTE 73° > AS COMMUNITIES ACROSS U.S. BEGIN TO REOPEN K-12 SC EARLY START RIGHT NOW ATLANTA 74° UNIV. DATA

On August 27th, The Babylon Bee[6] posted a satirical article about the trend and CNN’s original headline, titled “14 Mostly Accurate CNN Headlines From The Last 6,000 Years Of Human History,” receiving over 86,000 shares in roughly 24 hours.

Various Examples


NEW OVERNIGHT FIERY BUT MOSTLY PEACEFUL PROTESTS HELD IN HOSU CITY CNN LIVE 2:05 AM PT RIGHT NOW ATLANTA 74° CHARLOTTE 73° WASHINGTON 75° UNIV. DATA AS COMMUNITIES ACROSS U.S. BEGIN TO REOPEN K-12 SC EARLY START Manchester Township, NJ COVERAGE BEGINS 7P ET REPUBLICAN CNN NATIONAL CONVENTION 13:54:17 WRSWIN SEC NEW OVERNIGHT LIVE HINDENBURG: FIERY BUT MOSTLY SUCCESSFUL FLIGHT 2:05 AM PT CHARLOTTE 73° > AS COMMUNITIES ACROSS U.S. BEGIN TO REOPEN K-12 S EARLY START RIGHT NOW ATLANTA 74° WASHINGTON 75° S UNIV. DATA

THE SHIRE COVERAGE BEGINS 7P ET REPUBLICAN CAN NATIONAL CONVENTION 13:54:17 NEW OVERNIGHT FIERY BUT MOSTLY PEACEFUL PROTESTS AFTER LIVE FRODO DOESNT HAND OVER THE CNN RING 2:05 AM PT RIGHT NOW ATLANTA 74 CHARLOTTE 73 WASHINGTON 75° UNIV. DATA ► AS COMMUNITIES ACROSS U.S. BEGIN TO REOPEN K-12 SC EARLY START Alderaan System COVERAGE BEGINS 7P ET REPUBLICAN CNN NATIONAL CONVENTION 13:54:17 HRS MIN SEC NEW OVERNIGHT LIVE PLANET VISITED BY MOSTLY PEACEFUL SPACE STATION CNN 2:05 AM PT CHARLOTTE 73° AS COMMUNITIES ACROSS U.S. BEGIN TO REOPEN K-12 S EARLY START RIGHT NOW ATLANTA 74° WASHINGTON 75° S UNIV. DATA

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Kenosha, Wisconsin COVERAGE BEGINS 7P ET REPUBLICAN CN NATIONAL CONVENTION 13:54:17 NEW OVERNIGHT LIVE FIERY BUT MOSTLY PEACEFUL PROTESTS AFTER POLICE SHOOTING CNN 2:05 AM PT RIGHT NOW ATLANTA 74° CHARLOTTE 73° WASHINGTON 75°

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External References

[1] Facebook – Operation Butthurt Memes

[2] Facebook – Sargon of Akkad

[3] Instagram – yaf_

[4] Twitter – ConceptualJames

[5] FunnyJunk – redpenington

[6] Babylon Bee – CNN Headlines

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