The Anti-Defamation League Declared Pepe The Frog A Hate Symbol
The Story: A silly-ass meme from the corners of 4chan and Reddit has been adopted by Trump supporters and racists. He's now basically a smirking green swastika.
2011's Reaction: At any point in human history, if you were to present someone with a headline about a frog being declared a hate symbol, you'd get yourself a raised eyebrow at the very least, and maybe someone putting a cap on that bottle you've been sipping from. That a crudely drawn cartoon frog needs to be declared anything by anyone speaks volumes to how far 2016 has sunk.
Think of it this way: Imagine the NAACP having to declare Scooby-Doo a threat to African American culture. Or GLAAD letting us know that Captain Caveman's homophobia is setting back gay rights. This is some straight-up silly shit. Cartoons should never make the news for being involved in any kind of major cultural fuckery. The people of 2011 would assume we're all suffering a worldwide gas leak.
Anthony Bourdain Pledged To Boycott The President-Elect's New D.C. Restaurant
The Story: Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain is not impressed that other chefs have agreed to work in Donald Trump's hotel. How unimpressed? He called one of them a loaf of shit and basically likened working there to working for Nazis.
2011's Reaction: Why is a foulmouthed chef likening the president to a Nazi? Oh my god, can you imagine back when no one made Nazi comparisons to Trump, and how hard it would be to try to explain how we got to this point to people back then? "Well, see, the guy from The Apprentice called every Mexican a rapist and decided we'd wall them all off back in Mexico, then he vowed to deport all the Muslims in America, then he hired a guy who runs a white supremacist website to be in his cabinet ... oh, and he's pretty sure Obama is from Kenya." All of that is actually true, not even embellished. Suck on that, 2011.