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  1. Facebook Removes ‘Feeling Fat’ Emoji in Response to User Petition

    TMS commenters' "feeling phat" suggestion is still not an option, but I'll keep you posted.

    In an apparent response to a user petition asking Facebook to remove the 'feeling fat' emoji and acknowledge that 'fat is not a feeling,' the company announced yesterday that it would be removing the controversial option from the site.

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  2. Ghost in the Shell Fans Launch Petition Demanding Dreamworks Stop Whitewashing Asian Characters

    A fan petition asking Dreamworks to stop whitewashing has gained traction recently in response to Scarlett Johansson's casting as Major Motoko Kusanagi in Rupert Sanders' upcoming Ghost in the Shell adaptation.

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  3. The Imitation Game‘s Benedict Cumberbatch Joins Campaign To Pardon Gay Men In Britain

    In the wake of the Oscar nominated film The Imitation Game, Alan Turing's gotten a lot of attention in the public consciousness— but what often gets left out of his amazing story of code-breaking and computer geniusery is that in 1952, he was convicted of "gross indecency" for being gay and was forcibly chemically castrated by his government. A few years later, he was dead by suicide.

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  4. [UPDATED] Adam Baldwin’s Upcoming Appearance at Supanova Pop Culture Expo Incites Controversy

    For someone like Adam Baldwin, whose livelihood (and certainly his demand as a con guest) is fairly dependent on his relationship with fans, identifying as a Gamergater should be a career killer--and if women received the respect we deserve overall in nerd culture, it could be.

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  5. Fans Petition for Weird Al Super Bowl Halftime Show, We Might Watch the Super Bowl

    Or part of it, at least.

    Nerds, it's time. We have a chance to commandeer a mainstream cultural event and turn it into our own amazing nerdapalooza starring none other than Weird Al Yankovic. We've already mostly taken over movies, TV, and books—it's time to do something about sports by signing a petition for a Weird Al halftime show.

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  6. 10-Year-Old Girl Petitions For American Girl Doll With Wheelchair


    Melissa Shang is ten years old and she has more American Girl dolls than I ever had (read: none). But she's not satisfied. Shang, who has Muscular Dystrophy, would love for Mattel to create an American Girl doll who uses a wheelchair.

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  7. There’s a Petition to Name a Newly Discovered Planet “Gallifrey,” That’s the World We Live In the world's platform for lists of names of people who want silly things.

    A place where people can get together and ask for the important changes they want to see in the world sounds great. Then the Internet gets involved, and it becomes a place where people's "important changes" are Death Stars and TARDIS colored Empire State buildings. Now they're asking for a real planet to be called Gallifrey.

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  8. Petition Gets Really Meta with Request to End

    Thankfully, this petition is as meaningless as any other petition on is a website where anyone can start a petition to ask anyone for anything. It's non-binding, but gives people a voice to express their desire for something. Some people, like Adrian Alonso, are sick of hearing that voice. That's why he's petitioning to end itself.

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  9. The White House “We the People” Petition Site Gets a New API, Third-Party Sites and Apps Can Soon Host Petitions

    Does this mean more pointless petitions? Probably.

    Since we're a geek culture site we tend to focus on the sillier "We the People" petitions like asking Obama to recreate The Incredibles, give each state its own Pokémon, or build a Death Star. We have a feeling we'll be seeing more of these, because the White House is opening up the site's API to let third-party outlets host petitions.

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  10. Whovians Petition the White House to Put a Replica TARDIS On the Front Lawn

    Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff

    You know, I'm not really sure this is the sort of thing the government's official petition site was meant to host...

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