Netflix "Triggered" Specials

Netflix "Triggered" Specials

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Netflix "Triggered" Specials refers to a common joke based on the idea that Netflix has a high volume of stand-up comedy specials featuring white male comedians who make similar jokes about "PC Culture," Millennials, Safe Spaces, etc. The idea was popularized when a Twitter user observed one could add the word "Triggered" to a stock photo of a white man and make it look like a Netflix special.


On October 21st, 2016, Joe Rogan released a Netflix stand-up special called Triggered.[1]


In July of 2019, Donald Trump Jr. announced he was writing a book titled "Triggered." In September of 2019, the jokes increased after two particularly notable releases: Dave Chapelle's Sticks and Stones and Bill Burr's Paper Tiger. In the latter's case, fans of the special eagerly anticipated that it would "trigger" individuals (examples shown below).

All Things Comedy A @allthingscomedy Have you watched Paper Tiger yet? Did you enjoy it? Were you 'triggered?' @billburr at his best, now streaming on @NetflixIsAJoke #ATCpresents #papertiger #BillBurr #netflix #nowstrea ming NETFLIX 0:14 9.1K views 6:03 PM Sep 10, 2019 Twitter for Android i like the Cleveland Cavaliers @cavsbuckeyes I swear literally every stand up these days are like "haha are u triggered?" And I like bill Burr, Chapelle, etc Leslie Lee lII @leslieleeii Sep 10 Look at the hashtags. They're working an angle. Show this thread STAND-UP BILL BURR PAPER TIGER Politically Incorrect Stand-Up Provocative Cynical 11:53 AM Sep 10, 2019 Twitter for iPhone


On September 13th, 2019, Twitter user @SamuraiFerret posted several photoshops in which they wrote the word "Triggered" over stock photos of white men, and remarked they looked like legitimate Netflix specials (shown below).[2]

Jay Baylis @SamuriFerret If you put "Triggered" over any stock photo of a smug man on a plain background it actually looks like a genuine netflix comedy special thumbnail depost TRIGGERED A NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL TRIGGERED A NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL TRIGGERED A NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL NETFLIX PTELIV 2:03 PM Sep 13, 2019 Twitter Web App

The observation inspired others to create their own examples. Twitter user @MMStinks made an edit with Ben Shapiro, gaining over 1,300 likes (shown below, left). User @tjpc3 posted an example that gained over 790 likes (shown below, right). These jokes were covered by Daily Dot.[3]


Various Examples

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This whole bit is really just played out more than anything. It's not edgy or provocative when it's this mainstream, it's just boring. I also kind of worry that a lot of comedians, especially older ones, use "political correctness" as an easy excuse for jokes not landing. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who make South Park and who were never particularly big fans of political correctness themselves, made a good point a few years back that you can't really be making comedy and then blame the audience for not laughing at your jokes.

I also think Bill Burr was the victim of Netflix's lazy marketing more than anything, because his comedy is a lot more than just complaining about whiny Twitter users and college campus activists. His standard technique is to briefly say something kind of provocative or offensive and then to kind of either walk it back in some way or delve into it in a way that explains what he really meant, which is usually not what he leads you to initially think, and it's actually been really well received even from culturally-left publications.


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