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Russian President Vladimir Putin is officially a “loser”.
Its failure, the ongoing war in Ukraine, which has resulted in almost all of Russia being cut off from the international community, is strong evidence of this.
But Loser.com has made the designation official, and you can see it for yourself. Type the domain in your web browser and visit the URL. You will be redirected to Putin’s Wikipedia page.
The Loser.com domain name has gained notoriety over the years for doing this before. (He even has his own Wikipedia entry.) The URL often redirects visitors to the one that its owner, Brian Connelly, considers the biggest “loser” of the moment. Connelly has previously shared that he registered Loser.com in 1995. Unsure of what kind of website to develop for the domain name, he has been using redirects ever since in order to troll world famous losers.
It’s unclear exactly when Loser.com started pointing to Putin’s Wikipedia entry. A generic “coming soon” landing page was on the URL, according to a Archives for February 22 recorded by the Wayback Machine. Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine began a few days later, on February 24.
Loser.com’s next Wayback Machine archive was the night of 1st of March, which then shows the domain redirecting to Putin’s Wikipedia page. The first tweet from a user noticing the change was posted on Twitter on the morning of March 2.
The most interesting Loser.com redirect came in 2015 when the domain pointed to by Kanye West Wikipedia entry. West previously slammed musician and songwriter Beck after beating Beyonce for album of the year at the Grammy Awards that year. In comments he shared at the time, Loser.com owner Connelly admitted he was not a fan of West. (Ironically, Beck is also probably known to most for his hit single “Loser.”)
In 2016, Loser.com made headlines again when Connelly redirected his domain at then-US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s Wikipedia page during the Republican primaries. Connelly would, once againpoint the URL to the Wikipedia entry for Trump after the 2020 presidential election, which Donald Trump lost to Joe Biden.
Kanye, Trump and now Putin… who will Loser.com refer to next?