to glenn beck


Just in case any of you missed what my dear colleague has done here, I’d like to reiterate the point.

glenn beck (glen-bek) v. glenn-beck•ed, glenn-beck•ing. 1. To popularize a  meme by fighting it judicially under the guise of copyright/patent/trademark infringement.  2. To call attention to a minor issue by means of its attempted squelching.  3. To make a fool of one’s self by publicly sparring a strawman which was purposefully presented as a parody. —n. 1. The act of glenn becking. 2. The act of turning a meme into a supermeme, which evolves into an object lesson in 1st Amendment principles.  –glenn-beck•ish adj. –glenn-beck•ly adv.

Usage: Did Glenn Beck glenn beck Glenn Beck?

Synonyms: to Dr. Laura, to Sylvia Browne, to Jerry Falwell

Related: The Streisand Effect

On August 31, 2009 08:32:26PM on, user “oldweevil” birthed the Glenn Beck 1990 meme when he asked, “Why haven’t we had an official response to the rumor that Glenn Beck raped and murdered a girl in 1990?” (source: pg 7)

This prompted one reader to register the domain name “” which has since been relocated to “” and “

This strange query by oldweevil is actually a combination of Beck’s own rhetorical style (e.g. Interview with Congressman Ellison) with The Gottfried Technique. (e.g. Comedy Central’s Roast of Bob Saget).

The cartoon South Park immortalized this rhetorical favoring of Beck’s, and illustrates that the only way to combat it is with satire and humor:

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In September of 2009, the registrant of the domain name received a Notification of Complaint, and learned that Glenn Beck had sought rights to the disputed domain through an International Panel.

The Panel rejected Beck’s complaint, for reasons too numerous to contain herein (click to download the full WIPO Decision), and he did not win the disputed domain.

However, having proven his point, the registrant handed over the user/pass of disputed domain to Beck in a scathing open letter.

The “glenn beck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990” meme has morphed into the “glenn beck 1990” or GB1990 meme, which has now been consolidated nicely into the “glenn beck” meme, which is here defined.

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4 Responses to “to glenn beck”

  1. cpacek Says:

    You are disgusting if Glenn Beck really didn’t rape and/or kill anyone then all you have done is prove his point that that the left the only thing that they can do is TRY to destroy one’s character. You are no better than keith or malcolm x can’t stand anyone with a differing opinion and treated with hatred.

    • slightlyharmless Says:

      Thank you for your kindness in the face of differing opinions. I’m sorry that you seem to have missed the point.

      Asserting that glenn beck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990 was never the purpose of the glenn beck meme GB1990, but was in fact something that I think you’d agree with: asking a person to disprove someone else’s outrageous claims is backwards, and it’s WRONG to imply that the person’s refusal to address said outrageous claims implies that person’s guilt, but this is what Glenn Beck does ALL THE TIME.

      That was what the website was all about.

      That was the point of the South Park episode Dances With Smurfs.

      *That* is what the glenn beck meme (GB1990) is all about. Nobody is trying to destroy Glenn Beck’s character, he does that all by himself.

      Maybe if you had bothered to read a differing opinion instead of treating it with hatred, you could avoid proving my point with your disgusting tactics.

      And who is Keith?

  2. cpacek Says:

    No facts great you are no better than keith olbermann or the mainstearm media.

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