This article contains content that some may find shocking.
A shock site is a form of screamer that uses disturbing imagery, commonly pornography, gore, and graphic content, to shock the viewer(s). Just like traditional screamers, shock sites have a goal to shock the viewers with unexpected content. Some good example of shock sites are 2 Girls 1 Cup, Jarsquatter, 1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick and Goatse. These websites have gained a high level of popularity and are often used as a way to prank people, the first shock site ever created was Rotten.com, a website that features pictures of dead people, disgusting diseases, deformed bodies and many more, in addition, the website is also the first gore site ever created.
In 1996, Rotten.com was registered by Thomas E. Dell (Soylent), after he wrote a program that could guess domains with one word, and "Rotten" was one of the unclaimed words. Rotten.com hosts a gallery of gore videos and images. One file submitted, "motorcyle.jpg", was concerned by many people and resulted in tons of email sent to the creator. The file name suggests that it may have been a motorcycle accident, although the website claimed it was likely an "attempted shotgun suicide". In 1999, Goatse.cx was registered and its front page shows a picture, titled "Hello.jpg", which depicts a man stretching his anus with both hands. It was originally named "gap3.jpg" in the .zip file called "Gap.zip", a file with images of Kirk Johnson "using dildos and butt plugs to stretch his anus". A shock image, Tubgirl originally took place there. In 2000, Ogrish.com was registered to cover uncensored news and videos. Ogrish.com was best known for its publication of war videos and caused controversy without giving consent from victims' families to upload a video. In October 3, 2002, Lemon Party shows a picture of three naked old man while it's set to “If You Wanna Be Happy” by Jimmy Soul. In 2005, Meatspin shows a looping video of two people having anal sex while the receiving partner's penis spins, while it's set to You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) by Dead or Alive, and it also has a counter of how many "spins" the user has watched. The owner followed the website with Meatspinnetwork.com on February 2nd, 2006.
In 2007, Marco Fiorito directed a video called 2 Girls 1 Cup to MFX Media and gained popularity because of its fetish. In 2008, Bestgore.com was registered by Mark Merek and received media attention. In 2008, Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs's video of murdering 48-year-old Sergei Yatzenko was leaked. In 2013, GoreJunkies is a shock site that had 4 million unique visitors after its launch. In June 2012, Luka Rocco Magnotta posted a video on Bestgore.com of him stabbing and having sex with Jun Lin's corpse. Magnotta posted three videos one year prior of him suffocating his kittens in different ways. One of his videos, titled "1 Boy 2 Kittens", became popular and angered many "cat lovers" who hunted him down. When the "1 Lunatic 1 Icepick" video was uploaded, they pointed out that it was Magnotta.
In 2015, "2 Friends 1 Fish" was hosted under 2friends1fish.com, where it shows a fish receiving oral sex from two people. The Metro said that it had circulated "hundreds of thousands of times." Daily Star also said that it was first uploaded by Facebook user Florin Rada. On the same year, Glory Hole Foundation and its sister site Desk Corporate IT were planned as a prank to a user who was looking for warranted goods.
In April 23rd, 2019, Kekma.ga was released. Kekma.ga, also known under its current URL Kekma.net, is a shock site that once opened displays an 18+ age warning and a giant button that says "ENTER" in the middle. Once clicked, the website will change to extreme gore with a centre video of a man squatting in a pool of semi-clotted blood, forcing a large, bloodstained industrial screw down his urethra. A 41-minute video titled "The Kekma movie" was released on September 11, 2020, and contains several YouTube Poops, various parodies, offensive jokes, and numerous 9/11 statements. The owner of the website, Obok Meatgod, followed up with another site WomensAlliance.xyz, which went down for a few months later.
Because of their popularity, shock sites have been mentioned or featured in many works of fiction.
Lemon Party has been mentioned in a sketch on Talkshow with Spike Feresten, Archer, The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show and 30 Rock. 30 Rock made three allusions to "Lemon party".
The website has also been described by Jimmy Fallon on the Opie and Anthony radio show, on Chelsea Handler's TV show Chelsea Lately, Michael J. Nelson from RiffTrax.com during the RiffTrax for Avatar, by Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, American Dad, and by Michael Cera and Jonah Hill during promotion for the film SuperBad.
In the Family Guy episode Back to the Woods, Brian asks Stewie for help getting unhitched to a pole, but Stewie refuses in retaliation for "making me watch that video with the 2 girls and a cup!" The episode then cuts to Brian filming Stewie sitting on the computer and watching 2 Girls 1 Cup. Stewie then proceeds to become surprised and shocked by the video.
As shock sites made surface on the web, more reaction videos were being posted and eventually became a trend on the Internet. The concept of a reaction video is to get someone to visit a shock site while recording their reaction. A good example of this is the Marines 2 Girls 1 Cup Reactions video, which has accumulated almost 10 million views since it was posted to YouTube in April 2008, in addition, this is the first reaction video ever on YouTube.
- https://rottenwebsites.miraheze.org/wiki/Shock_Sites_%26_Videos (On Rotten Websites Wiki)
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- McAteer, O. (2014, December 20). "Bizarre Video Of Man Having Sex With Fish Goes Viral". Metro.
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