He’s on fire… no he isn’t… yes he is! The Will Grigg Wikipedia Edit Wars

Beatlemania, Henmania and Pottermania. All genuine crazes of generations long past, but nowhere near as widespread as the Griggmania rapidly infecting our planet via those there burning Internet tubes.

When an association football player’s Wikipedia page is constantly being wiped and replaced with the text ‘HES ON FIER NANANANA’, you know you’ve stumbled upon a highly marketable and unmistakably contagious meme.

But does (web) notability equate to creative vandalism? Let’s take a virtual trip through time by analysing the edit history of Will Grigg’s Wikipedia page and find out.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message]Fun fact: Wikipedia is the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Go and try it right now![/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Oh, and for those still confused by this whole situation, I believe the following revision by eminent sociologist 195.188.243.65 explains it all:

“Will Griggs on fire your defense is terrified nanananannanananananan ananananananananananan” (Revision)

 (To be sung to the tune of ‘Will Grigg’s On Fire, Your Defence Is Terrified’. Na na na.)

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Jeremy Clarkson meets Will Grigg

It’s the question on all Daily Mail readers’ lips: just what is that petrol guzzling nincompoop Jeremy Clarkson doing these days? Well, AGL can now exclusively reveal the definitive answer.

Starved of a creative outlet after being shunted from Top Gear, Clarkie took to t’internets wearing only a pair of underpants and sellotaped glasses to churn out some daring new concepts. The result of such a brainstorming session? I think it’s quite evident that Will Grigg is the new Stig:

“some say Will Grigg is on fire and that you’re defence is terrified as a result” (Revision)

(Clarkson pulls a duck face. Invisible studio audience chuckles loudly.)

All we know is he’s called WILL GRIGG’S ON FIRE YOUR DEF-

Well, Jezza has been known to piggyback trends. It could happen.

A history lesson

“The creator of the original chant, a man named Kenno himself, Sean Kennedy, has been celebrating Will Grigg and many other Wigan players in his videos, which are no doubt a big hit with the club and became very widespread, becoming as big of a hit as Leicester winning the premier league and David Beckham having a can of Coke.” (Revision)

See, you can’t add conjecture to a Wikipedia article. This particular editor’s use of the ‘weasel’ phrase ‘no doubt’ triggered the immediate takedown of an otherwise well-researched, referenced and formatted statement. At times like this I remember why I hate Wikipedia policy.

Will Grigg está en llamas

"Did you remember the Typhoo, love? Griggsy's coming over for brekkie tomorrow..."

“Did you remember the Typhoo, love? Griggsy’s coming over for brekkie tomorrow…”

“Luis Suarez has been quoted as saying that he sees Grigg as a ‘mentor’, and that they regularly swap tactics over a top morning brew, (2 sugars).” (Revision – beware rude words!)

You’d think the quantification of sugar lumps would be enough to bamboozle the censors with numbers, but Peter Kay’s edit remained in place for only five hours. Probably because the original source for this ‘fact’ was a comic strip in the Beano… that he edited with corrective fluid and an orange marker pen.

Some (I) say it’s as undeniably tittersome as dodgy Google Translate headings, however.

…And the rest?

Well, they’re nowhere near as good as this edit to Adam Clayton’s Wikipedia entry:

“Danny’s dad is terrified the loft is on fire” (Revision)

Incidentally, at time of writing, the text “WILL GRIGGS ON FIRE YOUR DEFENCE IS TERRIFIED HI” has remained present on that page for 48 hours. Because it is undoubtedly true, and all Wikipedia administrators respect that fact.

A parting word from the ‘author’

As Will Grigg travels to France to participate in this summer’s European Championships for Northern Ireland, I shall leave you all with the following message:

[vc_message color="warning" message_box_color="warning" icon_fontawesome="fa fa-exclamation-triangle"]Vandalising Wikipedia articles is morally wrong and you should never even consider it. But if you do choose to deface the Free Encyclopedia, please don’t say you got the idea from me.[/vc_message]

And if you miscreants wish to edit Grigg’s article, you’ll have to wait a few months – it has been temporarily locked due to persistent vandalism. I hope you’re suitably proud of yourselves, you shameless trolls!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message]Pro tip: Aussie soap character Will Griggs’s article remains mysteriously untouched.[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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