THE ANNUAL SHIITAKE AWARDS
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Official Shitake Awards Blog:
http://shiitakeawards.blogspot.com

See also the Shiitake Worthy Supplemental Blog, the easy way to nominate during the year:
http://
shiitakeweekly.blogspot.com/

ABOUT THE SHIITAKE AWARDS

The annual Shiitake Award Show was created in 2008. Patterned after the infamous Golden Raspberry Awards
("Razzies"), the Shiitake Awards showcases the worst of those people who use sex offenders to further their careers or
simply to gain their 15 minutes of fame. This Awards show is a tongue-in-cheek spoof of more serious award shows, a
little inside joke/ stress relief for hardcore anti-registry activists.  

Instead of celebrating the best, here at the Shiitake Awards, we "celebrate" the worst of the worst-- Worst Pols, worst
media hounds, even dumbest regular citizen! We also vote on Dumbest State. See below for details. Nominations for the
seven categories (plus one bonus category that changes yearly)occur throughout the year until December 31, and
voting takes place during the month of January. The winners (or losers, depending on how you look at it) are
announced in a YouTube video.

THE STORY OF THE SHIITAKE AWARDS

The award show was named the "Shiitake Awards" because in a number of online forums, curse words are often
censored. I like to use bad words at times but found a number of sites would not post comments with the offending
words. I often used similar-sounding words to self-censor; "shiitake" became my alternative to "shit" and "bullshit." You
can't spell Shiitake without S-H-I-T, plus most mushrooms grow on poop (although Shiitakes grow on tree stumps rather
than poop). As an activist/ news archivist and a member of a group known as SO Clear Media, I began noticing the
absurdity of many stories related to the sex offender issue (a "load of Shiitake," if you will). SO Clear Media was looking
for ideas at the time to raise awareness to the issue of reforming sex offender laws, I pitched the idea for an award
show, and the Shiitake Awards Show was born.

Even though the original SO Clear Media never implemented the idea, the Shiitake Awards Show continues the original
concept by creating a parody awards show complete with a silly opening skit.

RULES OF NOMINATING

The only rule to nominating is each nominee must have been in a legitimate news source (local or national media), and
has done something during the 12 month nomination period from January 1 to December 31, the last day of
nominations. Add the news link to the nominations and, if possible, a picture of the nominee. You can email me at

iamthefallen1@yahoo.com
. Nominations are not limited to the most well known celebrity advocates; at times,
previously unknown candidates from remote locales, even people outside the USA, have walked away with this
"prestigious" award.

HOW THE SHIITAKE AWARDS WORKS

Currently, I post nominees submitted by readers throughout the year at the "Shiitake Worthy" blog. In December, I
collect the nominees and nominate a seven-person panel to narrow the list of nominees in each category to three. In
January, voting for the Shiitake Awards begins. Anyone can vote in the awards. For the past few years, Survey Monkey
has been used to host the voting. Once voting ends on the last day of January, the awards show is filmed and the
official results are announced in a Youtube video, usually in late February/ early March. See the playlist below for past
awards shows.
THE EIGHT SHIITAKE AWARDS CATEGORIES

  1. WORST POLITICO: Pandering politicians exploiting RSO laws for votes (In the past, we had a separate "Hardest
    Fall" category for political scandals but we simply add those stories to this category)
  2. WORST NEWS MUTT: For news hounds who exploit RSOs for ratings
  3. EVERYDAY ZEROES: Below-Average Joes who wanted their 15 minutes of fame and shame by attacking those
    listed on public registries, at times making total fools of themselves
  4. DUMBEST QUOTE: You could call it "people say the dumbest things." In this category, it is the quote that is
    nominated. This can give someone a chance to be a double winner in a year
  5. THE "HOLY SHIITAKES!" AWARD: Introduced in 2009, a special award for feats of stupidity we just couldn't
    pigeon-hole into the other seven categories
  6. STUPID LEGAL TRICKS AWARD: Otherwise known as the "Dumbest New Law of the Year"
  7. KEYSTONE KOP OF THE YEAR: New Permanent Award specific to LEOs
  8. THE ICBS NATIONAL CHUMP-IONSHIP: The dumbest state of the year. Ask yourself, "From which state did "I" "C"
    the most "BS" this year?
  9. **SPECIAL CATEGORY**: Each Shiitake Award since 2012 has a special category just for that year. This
    category changes annually and generally has a special focus on the events of that year. For the year 2017, that
    category was the "ShitPost SignPost," which spotlighted the dumbest anti-SO yard sign for 2017.
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE 2008 SHIITAKE AWARDS PAGE
The 2008 Shiitake Awards was the first annual award show. Unlike subsequent shows, the 2008 Shiitake
Awards were not announced by video.

Look below for the entire playlist of Shiitake Award shows on the oncefallendotcom Youtube Channel.
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