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A small, unassuming video went viral on YouTube in May 2016. A lady bought a Chewbacca mask, put it on, and couldn’t contain her excitement and happiness, laughing hysterically as she filmed herself. “Chewbacca Mom” is sweet and funny at best, and completely unmissable at worst. And yet, more than 3,500 people have felt compelled to dislike the video at the time of writing.

YouTube’s Dislike button is a strange one. It can have several meanings, from actual hatred to marking your protest at a video’s popularity. And hey, popular YouTube videos can be pretty weird Some Of The Most Popular YouTube Videos Are Really Weird Some Of The Most Popular YouTube Videos Are Really Weird If the most popular YouTube videos of all time are anything to go by, you're all into some really weird stuff. Read More , you know.

No matter how it is used, a high Dislike count is an indicator of some sentiment that the public shares. We previously took a look at the most disliked videos on YouTube The 10 Most Disliked YouTube Videos of All Time The 10 Most Disliked YouTube Videos of All Time There are a lot of great videos on YouTube. You can find comedy videos, interactive games, high definition podcasts, and even those that teach you things like science and card tricks. And we can't forget... Read More in April 2011, and a lot has changed in the meantime…

The Most Disliked Video of All Time

Baby, by Justin Bieber | 6.2 million Dislikes

YouTube giveth and YouTube taketh away. Justin Bieber was one of the first big talents to be discovered through YouTube, landing a record deal after a producer saw a video of him singing. Who would have thought that he would one day have the notoriety of uploading the most disliked YouTube video of all time, for his song Baby.

Love him or loathe him, Bieber has legions of “Beliebers” across the world, but the Internet loves to hate Justin Bieber Why The Internet Hates Justin Bieber [Weird & Wonderful Web] Why The Internet Hates Justin Bieber [Weird & Wonderful Web] Justin Bieber is a phenomenon. He has millions of fans hanging on to his every word and action. Yet, this child of the '90s is hated in no uncertain terms by the Internet. But why? Read More , with reasons ranging from his celebrity meltdowns to a perceived lack of talent. With Baby, it’s almost like YouTube rallied together to target this one video and show their distaste for him. Despite his fans’ best efforts, the haters have won. Baby has over 1.3 billion (yes, billion) views, and the Dislikes outnumber the Likes by over two million.

Bieber also features several more times in the list of the most disliked YouTube videos of all time. Which leads us to label him the most disliked YouTube star of all time.

Don’t Mess With Gamers!

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Reveal Trailer | 2.6 million Dislikes

The Call of Duty (CoD) franchise is one of the greatest video game franchises of all time The 5 Best Video Game Franchises Of All Time [MUO Gaming] The 5 Best Video Game Franchises Of All Time [MUO Gaming] The video game industry is incredibly sequel driven. Some franchises even talk about their next game before they make the first one. Bioware, for example, decided that Mass Effect was going to be a trilogy... Read More , but it seems like developer Activision needs to reconnect with its fans. The trailer for the latest installment, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, did not go down well with gamers who relentlessly hammered the Dislike button to make it the second most disliked video Google Disables Flash by Default, Netflix Is Bad for Your Health... [Tech News Digest] Google Disables Flash by Default, Netflix Is Bad for Your Health... [Tech News Digest] Google hammers another nail in Flash's coffin, Netflix wastes too much of your time, Project Spark loses its spark, GCHQ joins Twitter, and how the Internet reacted to Infinite Warfare. Read More ever.

Why do fans hate it so much? Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg said that gamers aren’t happy with the direction CoD is going in, as it takes a futuristic war scenario by sending soldiers into battles in space or using drones, which takes the player away from the gritty realism that the franchise was once loved for. But even that doesn’t explain the disproportionately high number of Dislikes, and some observers like Tech Times think something fishy is going on.

Watch the trailer, and if you’re disappointed, take a look at some awesome gaming YouTube channels 4 Gaming YouTube Channels You Need To Subscribe To 4 Gaming YouTube Channels You Need To Subscribe To We are going to take a look at some of the best general gaming channels that will keep you entertained for hours on end through engaging video game content. Read More to get over your pain.

Psy and the Love-Hate Relationship

Gangnam Style by Psy | 1.5 million Dislikes

Korean pop star Psy went viral in 2012 with the music video for Gangnam Style, complete with its iconic dance. And the Internet has a weird love-hate relationship with him. Gangnam Style is the fourth most disliked video on YouTube, but also sits at the top of the lists of most liked videos and most watched videos on YouTube. Seriously, it literally broke YouTube, with the result being that engineers had to upgrade the number of views allowed for a video.

So why does it have such a high number of Dislikes? It’s hard to say. But as we discovered when we looked at the most annoying music videos on YouTube 10 YouTube Music Videos Guaranteed to Annoy Your Friends 10 YouTube Music Videos Guaranteed to Annoy Your Friends Annoying your friends is fun. And as people care a lot about music, one of the best ways to get to them is to force them to sit through a song they hate. Et voila. Read More , a surprising number of people genuinely despise Gangnam Style. Maybe it’s the silly dance, maybe it’s the over-the-top production, or maybe it’s just because the song is not sung in English (for the most part).

Whatever the reason, Psy’s popularity on YouTube also got his follow-up video, Gentleman, into the list, as it garnered almost 700,000 Dislikes.

What Comes Before Saturday?

Friday by Rebecca Black | 2.1 million Dislikes

You knew you couldn’t escape this one, right? Rebecca Black shot to fame for all the wrong reasons, as her song Friday became one of the most viral — and most hated — videos on YouTube. NME even put it at the top of its list of “The 50 Worst Music Videos of All Time”.

Black was apparently hurt by the Dislikes and nasty comments, but refused to take the video down since it would be playing into the hands of the haters. The rapidly rising view count and subsequent ad dollars must have helped ease the pain.

OK, so Friday uses autotune and the lyrics are bad and the video looks amateurish, but you know what the most annoying part is? It’s a weirdly catchy tune that gets stuck in your head The Catchiest Songs On YouTube You'll Try Desperately To Forget [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Catchiest Songs On YouTube You'll Try Desperately To Forget [Weird & Wonderful Web] These are some of the catchiest songs ever uploaded to YouTube. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to listen to them all once more and decide the catchiest of them all. Read More . Gah!

Eventually, everyone moved on and Black released another single called My Moment. It’s currently #14 on the list of most disliked videos, with 715k thumbs-downs. So it turns out that, on occasion, those Dislikes CAN be an indication of quality after all.

I Ain’t Afraid of No Misogyny

Ghostbusters (2016) Official Trailer | 845k Dislikes

A whole new Ghostbusters movie should be good news, right? Right. But when the all-female cast was announced, the Internet showed its uglier side. Harassment of females on Twitter is a huge issue Tweeting While Female: Harassment, and How Twitter Can Fix It Tweeting While Female: Harassment, and How Twitter Can Fix It Twitter's abuse problem is real. Here are some examples, along with expert opinion on how Twitter can solve this. Read More already, and this was made worse when the actors involved were bombarded with boycott threats, personal attacks, and other vitriolic trolling after the movie was announced. Is it surprising then that the first official trailer of the film riled up the “Our Ghostbusters can’t be women!” brigade?

Don’t be mistaken, this trailer’s huge number of Dislikes is because of sexism. That huge number doesn’t rack up based purely on quality.

This year’s Superman vs. Batman: Dawn of Justice was panned as a movie, and had to field negative reactions for all its teasers and trailers. You know how many Dislikes it got? A little over 16k. Heck, add up both the official trailers as well as the Comic-Con trailer and the Dislikes total less than 50k across three separate videos.

Compare that to a single Ghostbusters trailer and the inference is pretty clear: hitting Dislike here is not a judgement of quality, it’s about sending a political message to Hollywood.

Presidential Pardon?!

Strong by Rick Perry | 838k Dislikes

Before the 2012 U.S. Presidential Elections, the Republican Party was still trying to figure out who it should choose as its candidate. Texas Governor Rick Perry wanted the chance and released an ad on YouTube that backfired spectacularly.

Titled Strong, the ad was panned for its intolerant messages about homosexuals serving in the U.S. military, as well as its push for teaching religion in schools. After a barrage of comments that criticized the Governor for his backwards views, along with several personal attacks, Perry’s campaign had to disable the Comments section.

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Stop The Music!

Wrecking Ball, by Miley Cyrus | 1.2 million Dislikes

In the history of music videos From MTV to YouTube: A Brief History of Music Videos From MTV to YouTube: A Brief History of Music Videos While music videos are mostly viewed on YouTube these days, this is only the latest stage in the evolution of a medium that can be as elaborate as film and as personal as photos. Read More , popularity doesn’t always mean quality. This is clearly evident with the most disliked list, as 22 of the top 30 are music videos. Leaving aside Bieber, Psy, and Black — all of whom are YouTube sensations first and pop stars second.

Among the established musicians, Miley Cyrus tops the list with Wrecking Ball, which was also her “coming of age” video. It was quite risque and a change of her wholesome image up to that point, so it’s no surprise that the Dislikes flowed in and other YouTubers started mocking Miley with Wrecking Ball parodies.

Other notable music videos that are high in the list are Miley’s We Can’t Stop (~1.2 million Dislikes), Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda (~1.1 million Dislikes) and Stupid Hoe (~829k Dislikes), Katy Perry’s Dark Horse (~623k Dislikes) and Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off (~536k Dislikes).

Can You Explain This?

You can watch all of the above videos and more in a playlist of the most disliked videos on YouTube. Go through them and tell us your thoughts. Can you figure out why Gangnam Style has overwhelming numbers of both Likes and Dislikes? Is the Ghostbusters failure all about sexism? Do music videos deserve a better chance?

Apart from those, also check out Brazilian YouTuber Aruan Felix’s video above, which currently has 2 million Dislikes. The video shows Felix destroy his YouTube Silver Button plaque, given to him for reaching 100,000 subscribers. It seems like a silly video but I can’t figure out why it has that huge number of Dislikes. Can you? Answers on a postcard in the comments below, please.

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  1. Bob
    July 26, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    What about sweatshirt with over a mill dislikes

  2. Perry F. Bruns
    June 7, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    For those whining about the all-female Ghostbusters cast, let me type the following slowly so you might have a shot at understanding it:

    COLUMBIA IS NOT DESTROYING ANY COPIES OF THE ORIGINAL MOVIES. They still exist. And you haven't even seen the new film yet. Even the cast has said that the first trailer doesn't reflect the actual film they made.

    Also, it's more than a little disingenuous to argue that the dislikes on YouTube are not sexist and then complain about the all-female cast.

    Further, there's nothing inherently "male" or "female" about being a Ghostbuster. Let's start with the fact that they're fictional characters. But moving on from that, we have female cops, female plumbers, female firefighters, female EMTs and female scientists. As presented, Ghostbusting is a little of each of these in terms of operational necessity. Admittedly, they probably don't have to have the emergency medical training of EMTs, but certainly the pace of the job--having to answer emergency calls to large metropolitan areas at a moment's notice--is the same.

    And Columbia and Paul Feig are not "changing the characters we already love." Venkman, Stantz, Zeddemore, Melnitz, Tully, Barrett, and Spengler are all out there in Imaginationland. They're not going away.

    Finally, and most importantly, NEWS FLASH: The creators of these films don't owe you anything. You can like their work or not. You can say anything you want about it, no matter how stupid. But if you don't like it, they don't owe you anything in return. It's up to you to go make something better.

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 11:28 am

      Thanks Perry, really appreciate you backing me up here :)

  3. Harkinion
    June 7, 2016 at 5:59 am

    The Ghostbusters movie has the dislikes becouse of sexism? For real? I mean I agree that a part of those who hit dislike had thoughts like women cant be the Ghostbusters, but lets be realistic here:
    We are talking aboute a crappy movie originated on an iconic story of our childhood. You can`t just switch their gender and say "Thats how it is now, deal with it!"
    I mean thats like making a movie aboute someone like Martin Luther King but asuming he is female. It just doesnt feel correct and nobody should wonder why it wont work.

    • Perry F. Bruns
      June 8, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      You say, "lets be realistic here" [sic], but then you:

      1) claim that the new Ghostbusters film switches the genders of the lead characters. Wrong. The new film uses entirely new characters, and makes no changes to the old ones.

      2) seriously compare fictional characters with Martin Luther King. Dude, I love Ghostbusters too, but the only "dream" they had was the one Ray Stantz had where he got busy with a ghost in the second act.

      3) claim "It just doesnt feel correct" [sic]. Maybe to you it doesn't. But that's an opinion.

      Again, the original movies are still available, and are unlikely to ever go out of print. Nobody's taking them away.

      • Harkinion
        June 8, 2016 at 1:59 pm

        You may be right, I got a little carried away while writing this, but:
        to your 1st point I have nothing to add. Here you are completely in the right.

        To the second point I have to say, that I did this intentionally. It was meant to be exaggerated.

        And at last your third point. Yes it is my opinion and I dont get why I shouldnt say what I think aboute it.

        • Perry F. Bruns
          June 8, 2016 at 2:17 pm

          Thanks.

          As for noting that your opinion is your opinion, I never meant to suggest you should state your opinion. However, it came out sounding like you meant it as something more.

          For instance, the new Ghostbusters film doesn't feel "correct" or "incorrect" at all to me--just different. That's my opinion. The difference is that I'm clarifying that it's my opinion. I didn't get that from your comment.

          I don't buy your pivot off the MLK point, though. No sale. Sorry.

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Harikinion, did you read my reasons for why I said that? I think I've substantiated my argument well be drawing parallels.

  4. unknown2070270179
    June 5, 2016 at 3:49 am

    "who it should choose as its candidate"
    *whom* it should choose

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 11:29 am

      I love-hate you.

      • unknown2070270179
        June 30, 2016 at 11:32 am

        :)

  5. Dan Smith
    June 3, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    I'm pretty sure nobody cares that the cast of the new Ghostbusters is female. People didn't want a remake. They wanted a sequel back when that was reasonable. Now, people just want it to be a classic.

    Plus, the movie looks terrible.

    • Peter Hood
      June 4, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      Yes, and yes. If you look at people like Undoomed on Youtube you'll find out that there is a lot more to this though, including a distaste for rewriting history using dubious, Marxist derived, socio-political theories. The new GB is not merely distasteful, but also politically motivated. If it does flop, and from what I hear it may have done, perhaps the PC inclined of this world will listen. Or go broke.

      • Mihir Patkar
        June 30, 2016 at 11:31 am

        Could you point me to these arguments please?

    • Andrew
      June 5, 2016 at 2:06 am

      I don't like how the new Ghostbusters are female, and there are a lot of people who agree with me. I'm all for gender equality and strong female characters, etc., but I don't think the solution is to change the characters we already love. Why not come up with a new idea for a movie featuring women, instead of remaking an old one to be PC?

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 11:30 am

      I disagree about "nobody cares". The YouTube comments on that video, the internet reaction, and everything else points to the fact that a large number of people care deeply.

  6. Dan Middleton
    June 3, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    "and completely unmissable at worst."

    I've missed it quote happily, thanks.

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Hahaha I stand corrected :D

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