Ready Player One Poster Parodies
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Ready Player One Poster Parodies refer to a series of jokes and photoshops inspired by the advertising campaign for the 2018 science fiction film Ready Player One.
On December 9th, 2017, the official Ready Player One Twitter account tweeted the poster with the caption "A better reality awaits. Tune in tomorrow at 9:45a PT for a special live stream event with @erniecline. #ReadyPlayerOne." The post (shown below) received more than 1,000 retweets and 3,300 likes in two days.
Shortly after the poster was uploaded online, Twitter users began posting photoshops and image comparisons, emphasizing the length of Sheridan's leg. Twitter user @AH_Ethan tweeted a photoshop of Sheridan's leg moving through portals to stay in the frame of the poster. The post (shown below, left) received more than 70 retweets and 280 likes in two days. Twitter user @asher_nieman tweeted the poster juxtaposted to a screenshot from SpongeBob SquarePants of SpongBob on stilts. The post (shown below, center) received more than 180 retweets and 440 likes in two days. Twitter user @paultoesjohn tweeted a photo of Sheridan photoshopped to have longer legs. The post (shown below, right ) received more than 6,300 retweets and 13,000 likes in two days. They captoned the tweet "There is nothing wrong with the new Ready Player One poster.
On December 10th, tweeted, "The leg in the Ready Player One poster is proportionally correct. THREAD!" They then followed up with several diagrams showing that the poster is anatomically correct. The thread (portions shown below) received more than 300 retweets and 975 likes in one day.
Several media outlets covered the response to the poster, including NME, The Daily Dot, Kotaku  and more. On December 10th, Twitter published a Moments page regarding @CDisillusioned's response to the criticism.
Movie Homage Posters
On March 6th, 2018, a new series of posters for Ready Player One were released. In this case, the posters were designed to pay homage to famous movie posters that are associated with blockbuster entertainment from the 80s and 90s but using characters and imagery from Ready Player One. These include such films as The Matrix, Blade Runner and The Breakfast Club (examples below, respectively).
People online reacted negatively to the posters. While many tweeted their disapproval of the posters, others made parodies of them, paying homage to films that are generally considered bad using Ready Player One iconography.
That day, Twitter user @Doug_Tilley posted a series of parodies that include the films Top Dog, X-Men First Class and Mortdecai. The post (shown below, left) received more than 20 retweets and 60 likes in 24 hours.
Additionally, Twitter user @damnyouwillis paid homage to the film Foodfight with the caption "all those READY PLAYER ONE posters are good, actually." The post (shown below, center) received more than 740 retweets and 1,900 likes in 24 hours. Twitter user @darth posted a number of parodies including Paul Blart: Mall Cop (shown below, right), Human Centipede and Nacho Libre. The Paul Blart post received more than 300 retweets and 1,100 likes in 24 hours.
Several media outlets reported on the parodies, including The Daily Dot, Dorkly, Motherboard and more.
 Twitter – @readyplayerone's Tweet
 Twitter – @AH_Ethan's Tweet
 Twitter – @asher_nieman's Tweet
 Twitter – @paultoesjohn's Tweet
 Twitter – @CDisillusion's Tweet
 NME – The internet is having a lot of fun with the latest ‘Ready Player One’ poster
 The Daily Dot – There is an absurd mistake hiding in the ‘Ready Player One’ poster
 Kotaku – The Internet's Having Some Fun With Ready Player One's New Poster
 Twitter – Examining the anatomical accuracy of the Ready Player One poster
 Slashfilm – Fantastic ‘Ready Player One’ Posters Pay Homage to Your Favorite Movies from the Past
 Twitter – @doug_tilley's Tweet
 Twitter – @damnyouwillis' Tweet
 Twitter – @darth's Tweet
 The Daily Dot – ‘Ready Player One’ posters are getting dragged on Twitter
 Dorkly – The Internet is Roasting These 'Ready Player One' Homage Posters
 Motherboard – We Made Better Versions of the New 'Ready Player One' Posters
Mar 07, 2018 at 04:12PM EST
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