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A shock site is a website that is intended to be offensive or disturbing to its viewers. They contain material of high shock value, generally of a pornographic, scatological, racist, sexist, graphically violent, insulting, vulgar, profane, or otherwise provocative nature.[1] Some shock sites display a single picture, animation, video clip or small gallery, and are circulated via email or disguised in posts to discussion sites as a prank.[2] Steven Jones distinguishes these sites from those that collect galleries of shocking content, such as, as the gallery sites must be searched for content.[3]

Some shock sites have also gained their own subcultures and have become internet memes on their own. featured a page devoted to fan-submitted artwork and tributes to the site's hello.jpg,[4] and a parody of the image was unwittingly shown by a BBC newscast as an alternative for the then-recently unveiled logo for the 2012 Summer Olympics.[1] A 2007 shock video known as 2 Girls 1 Cup also quickly became an Internet phenomenon, with videos of reactions, homages, and parodies widely posted on video sharing sites such as YouTube.[5]




BestGore is notorious for its extremely graphic content, such as photos and videos of murders, suicides and violent accidents. It is currently the most visited shock website in the world, with an estimated 15–20 million monthly visits. In July 2013, the website's creator, Slovakian-Canadian Mark Marek, was charged with one count of "corrupting morals", related to his posting of the video of the murder of Lin Jun on his website.[6] He pleaded guilty and was given a six-month conditional sentence.[7]


Goatse[4][8] was one of the best-known shock sites, featuring an image of a man stretching his anus with his hands.[4][9] The site featured a page devoted to fan-submitted artwork and tributes to the site,[4][8] and a parody of the image was also shown by a BBC newscast as an alternative for the then recently unveiled logo for the 2012 Summer Olympics.[1][10]

The site was shut down in 2004; however, various mirror sites featuring the image still exist.[11] In 2012, it was resurrected as an e-mail service.[12]


Meatspin is a shock site containing a looping video was (set playing to "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) by Dead or Alive") of a man and a trans woman engaged in sexual activity while the receiving partner's penis spins endlessly. A counter keeps track of how many "spins" the viewer has watched.[13][14] In 2013, a student at Florida State University hacked the wireless network of his campus and redirected all traffic to Meatspin.[15][16] In 2015 consternation followed when a family restaurant played the website in front of some young children.[17][14] In 2016 the website was played on a public digital billboard in Sweden, resulting in international media attention.[18][19][20][21]

The site first went live on March 10, 2005. As of 2017 the domain is now John-Michael Bond of The Daily Dot stated that to an extent "casual homophobia" of the 2000s helped popularize meatspin.[22]

LemonpartyEdit is a shock site that contains an image of three elderly naked men in a bed kissing and having oral sex. The song "If You Wanna Be Happy" by Jimmy Soul formerly played in the background. The image has been mentioned on some television shows, such as in a sketch on Talkshow with Spike Feresten,[23] and dialogue on Archer, The Simpsons,[24] The Cleveland Show, American Dad! and 30 Rock. 30 Rock made at least three allusions to a "Lemon party", including when Liz Lemon's father, Dick Lemon, says, "It wouldn't be a Lemon party without old Dick!"[25][26][27] The website has also been described by Jimmy Fallon on the Opie and Anthony radio show,[28] on Chelsea Handler's TV show Chelsea Lately,[29] Michael J. Nelson from during the RiffTrax for Avatar,[30] by Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, and American Dad!,[31] by Michael Cera and Jonah Hill during promotion for the film SuperBad.[32]

The site was put up for sale in 2013.[33]

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  1. ^ a b c Herrmann, Steve. "Shock tactics." BBC. June 5, 2007. Retrieved on February 23, 2009.
  2. ^ – Jason Chen (2007-02-01). "Fujitsu Sells Waterproof Phone With Tub Girl". Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  3. ^ Jones, Steven (2010). "Horrorporn/Pornhorror". In Attwood, Feona (ed.). Making Sense of Online Pornography. Peter Lang. p. 124. ISBN 9781433102073.
  4. ^ a b c d Kirkpatrick, Stewart (2004-06-09). "Lazy Guide to Net Culture: NSFW". The Scotsman. Edinburgh.
  5. ^ 11/20/07. ""Best Week Ever: Full Act 4" | Show Clip". Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  6. ^ "Edmonton gore site owner charged in Magnotta video investigation released on bail". Global News. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  7. ^ Reith, Terry (25 January 2016). "Mark Marek, who posted Magnotta murder video, pleads guilty to corrupting morals". CBC/Radio-Canada. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  8. ^ a b "The Hands of God". 15 June 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-03.
  9. ^ Kumar, Pawan (2008-11-11). "; Distended?". Yaziyo News.
  10. ^ Johnson, Robert 'Bobbie' (June 8, 2007). "B3ta hacks the BBC with Olympic goatse". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 19 June 2008. Retrieved May 23, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  11. ^ "". Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  12. ^ Hutchinson, Lee (2012-11-19). "How went from shock site to webmail service". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2014-11-02.
  13. ^ Moore, Jack. "9 Seemingly Innocent Phrases You Should Never, Ever Google at Work". GQ. Retrieved 2017-01-27.
  14. ^ a b Hartley-Parkinson, Richard. "Gay Porn On O2 Restaurant Booking Screen Leaves Diner Feeling Sick". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-01-27.
  15. ^ Munzenrieder, Kyle. "FSU Campus Wi-Fi Users Redirected to "Meat Spin" Shock Site by Hacker". Miami New Times. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  16. ^ Zimmerman, Neetzan. "Florida State Student Faces Felony Charges for Redirecting School's Wifi Users to Infamous Shock Site". Gawker. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  17. ^ Hartley-ParkinsonRichard Hartley-Parkinson, Richard. "Family saw hardcore gay porn playing on restaurant computer". Metro. Retrieved 2017-01-27.
  18. ^ Barrell, Ryan. "Meatspin Porn Website Somehow Ends Up On Bus Stop In Malmö, Sweden". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-01-27.
  19. ^ Prabhu, Vijay. "Someone hacked a billboard in Malmo, Sweden to show hardcore porn". Techworm. Retrieved 2017-01-27.
  20. ^ Samuelson, Fredrik. "Reklamskylt visade grov porr på stationen". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-01-27.
  21. ^ Oakes, Omar. "Billboard hijacked with porn in Sweden". Campaign. Retrieved 2017-01-27.
  22. ^ Bond, John-Michael (2017-02-03). "Revisiting Meatspin, the NSFW site that shocked a generation". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  23. ^ "Lemon party". Best week ever TV. Archived from the original on 2008-03-09. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  24. ^ "The Simpsons – reference". YouTube. 2011-01-17. Archived from the original on 7 March 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-18. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  25. ^ "Liz Lemon Party". CollegeHumor. December 14, 2007. Retrieved November 5, 2012. It's not a Lemon party without old Dick!
  26. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (October 5, 2012). "Season première review: '30 Rock' – 'The Beginning of the End': Tank it!". HitFix. Retrieved November 5, 2012. ...because there's nothing worse than a surprise Lemon party
  27. ^ "It isn't a Lemon Party without old Dick". YouTube. 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  28. ^ "Opie & Anthony – Jimmy Fallon Lemon Party". YouTube. 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  29. ^ "Chelsea Handler talks about". YouTube. 2010-03-19. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  30. ^ "Avatar". RiffTrax. 2010-04-22. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  31. ^ "American Dad Season 8 Episode 2 Killer Vacation (3) #240300". TV equals. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  32. ^ "Superbad Stars Plug". YouTube. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  33. ^ Bernstein, Joseph (2013-12-27). "Lemonparty, The Legendary Shock Site, Is For Sale". Buzzfeed. Retrieved 2019-09-01.

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