Spicy Boys

Spicy Boys

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Added Jul 18, 2016 at 06:01PM EDT by Don.

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Spicy Boys is a proposed nickname for fire ants that spawned a Change.org petition and Instagram comment raid against Hillary Clinton in the summer of 2016.


On March 24th, 2016, Tumblr[6] user essenceworm submitted a post suggesting to "rename 'fire ants' to 'spicy boys'". Within four months, the post gathered upwards of 138,000 notes.

Tumblr post suggesting a petition to rename fire ants to spicy boys


In late June 2016, Change.org[2] user pupperg launched a petition urging Michelle Obama, Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg to "rename fire ants to spicy boys!" (shown below). Over the next month, the petition gained over 40,900 supporters.

change.org Petitioning First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama Rename Fire Ants to Spicy Boys!!! pupperg small Chernobyl, Ukraine Sign this petition 40,963 supporters 9,037 needed to reach 50,000 First name Last name Email United States It's 2016, there are 36 genders, bayblade might be a new olympic sport, why arent we calling fire ants 'spicey boys Street address Zip code I'm signing because... This petition will be delivered to: First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama President Barack Obama Founder and CEO at Facebook Mark Zuckerberg (optional) I share with Facebook friends

"It's 2016, there are 36 genders, bayblade might be a new Olympic sport, why aren't we calling fire ants 'spicey boys'"

On July 1st, The @spicy_boys[9] Twitter feed was launched. On July 2nd, a Change.org[7] petition titled "Spicy Boys Against The Daily Dot" was created, which accused The Daily Dot of "killing numerous good memes." The following day, The Daily Dot[8] published an article about the petitions. On July 7th, the original pupperg Change.org[7] petition reached the front page of the /r/ofcoursethatsathing[3] and /r/NotTimeAndEric[4] subreddits. Meanwhile, The Huffington Post[11] published an article titled "It's Time To Rename Fire Ants 'Spicy Boys'."

Spicy Boi

On July 16th, iFunny[17] user iCarlyFetish submitted an image announcing a raid against Hillary Clinton's Instagram page, encouraging viewers to comment the phrase "Spicy Boy" on uploaded images. The following day, a 4chan user submitted a post urging viewers to "go on Hillary's Instagram and spam Spicy Boy" (shown below).[1]

File: KoreanWarpng (396 KB, 500x500) ■ Anonymous (ID:mrr19 07/17/16(Sun)03:19:02 №81401103 ▶ Everyone Go on Hillary's Instagram and spam Spicy Boy ■ Anonymous (ID:dsU4y9VD)!雪07/17/16(Sun)03:19:37 No.81401147 Fuck off autist. 9> | Anonymous (ID:SNO KO)雪07/17/16(Sun)03:20:08 No.81401206 File: Hillary Demon ipg (101 KB, 825x648) 你他妈的黑鬼 Spam this instead lol. 的 >>D Anonymous (ID: Fuck off b pKUhPlda)雪07/17/16(Sun)03:20:18 No. 81401221 /s4s/

During the raid, people began posting the comment "spicy boi" on Clinton's Instagram feed. On July 18th, Redditor Effective Post submitted a post asking about the "spicy boi" spam comments to the /r/OutOfTheLoop[12] subreddit. That day, Urban Dictionary[13] user Spicy anon submitted an entry for "Spicy Boi," defining it as "a text that has been said thousands of times under about every Instagram photo Hillary Clinton has." Meanwhile, the news sites Macleans[16] and Coed[15] published articles about the Instagram comment meme.

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