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Absolutely Disgusting is an image macro featuring a screen-capture of an appalled-looking news reporter with the lower-thirds caption reading “absolutely disgusting.” In discussion forums and image board communities, it is often used as a reaction image to express one’s disapproval.
In May 2008, American writer Mike Sacks uploaded a compilation of screen captured images taken from various local news segments in a webpage titled “Photos of TV,” which included a screenshot of a New Jersey UPN9 news reporter providing a description of something that is “absolutely disgusting” in his vicinity, as suggested by the accompanying lower-third caption. (shown below).
On May 21st, 2008, Gawker highlighted the gallery in a post by writer Nick Douglas. On October 6th, 2010, the image was posted to the /nom/ (food) board on the Britfags image board. On February 27th, 2012, the reaction image was submitted to the /tg/ (Traditional Games) board on 4chan in response to a thread containing stories about the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. On March 30th, 2013 Operator Chan user Pervasive Vagrant submitted the image to the /meet/ (Meetings & Shoots) board on the image board site.
On May 9th, Tumblr user bohnbohn posted an edited version of the image with rapper Lil B head superimposed and the lower-thirds caption “absolutely based” (shown below, left). On October 28th, Tumblr user syauska highlighted an edited image of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic character Sweetie Belle posed as a news reporter with the lower-thirds caption “absolutely disgusting” (shown below, right).