What is the word for doing something where said thing is a protest against what you are doing?

Example, posting a facebook status that pokes fun at people copying and pasting statuses and sharing them however by posting this status you're doing the very thing you're speaking against.


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Irony is quite suitable :

Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs

Merriam-Webster gives :

Incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result
Humorous or sardonic literary style or form characterized by irony

My Alternative is Antithetic/Antithesis :

Sharply contrasted in character or purpose

Merriam-Webster gives :

Being in direct and unequivocal opposition
Directly opposite or opposed

Discussion :

In grammar & style rule books , we see the Stylist say something like "DO NOT USE ALL-CAPS" & "Do not over-use Exclamations !!!!" & Etc , where the Stylist is going against the rule. It is not that the Stylist is unaware : It is to highlight the Impact of the rule. It is a rhetorical device to try going against (opposite to) what the rule is claiming.
We can use Irony & Antithetic/Antithesis when going against the necessary claim.
We can avoid that by going with the necessary claim like this : "Do not use all-caps" & "Do not over-use Exclamations" & Etc.
Situation in your Case is Copy-Pasting "Do not Copy-Paste Statuses & Messages" Messages.

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    I hadn't thought of the deliberate, pragmatic usage (to reinforce the rule), and I'm not sure OP had. But a valuable addition to the discussion. Jun 6, 2023 at 11:07
  • I think , "unironic/unironically" might work too , @EdwinAshworth , when the action was not entirely unintentional , though there may be a change in meaning !
    – Prem
    Jun 6, 2023 at 12:47

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