Pinkerton is a large security company that increased fame for itself and the Weezer album of the same name by attempting to file a lawsuit against them. Before it was dropped, Pinkerton sales skyrocketed in anticipation of a recall and name change. This series of events is a substantial cause of the cultural decline in the late 90's and early 00's colloquially known as emo.
Ever since Pinkerton the world views America as a country of dandys, therefore not to be trusted. In the future the Pinkerton event will be viewed as the defining event in the fall of the American empire, as much as pomp and pageantry caused the fall of the British empire.