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Nickelback may be the most widely despised band of the last two decades. There are plugins to block the band’s name online, they’ve been cited by Australian police for “crimes against music,” and people have petitioned to prevent them from playing during major sporting events where innocent bystanders may be unfairly subjected to their music.
At this point, the band’s name has become shorthand for all things terrible, and frankly, it’s getting a little old.
If you’re going to throw out a Twitter diss about Nickelback in 2016, you’re going to need to step harder than this—or at least not tag the band.
Apparently, that was one shitty Twitter joke too many for Chad Kroeger and company.
That’s gotta hurt.
Austin Powell is the former managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.