Filthy Frank fans made us do this by Vox   7 months ago

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Filthy Frank is a star. But is he an artist or an asshole?

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Whether you call him George Miller, Joji, Pink Guy, Filthy Frank (or Salamander Man, Safari Man, Chin-Chin, Santa's Brother, etc), one thing is clear — Filthy Frank has dominated the internet, from memes like the Harlem Shake to rants that have consistently earned millions of views. His fans even mobilized to direct our crowdsourced video to be about Frank's lore.

That lore includes characters like Filthy Frank himself, fake Frank, Pink Guy, Chin-Chin, Prometheus, Red Dick, and many others. It's been chronicled in a book about "Francis of the Filth," recapped on Filthy Frank Wikias, and shown up in other YouTube videos.

The lore of Filthy Frank proves to be a complicated topic. More than listing off mythology about "chromosomes" and "realms" of the "omniverse," it's a starting off point for a debate about whether Filthy Frank, and by extension George Miller, is an artist or just an offensive shock-comedian. The answer says a lot for the future of shock comedy on YouTube.

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