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The rich brats of social media are finally getting their comeuppance
Remember the 20th century? Phones had dials; the closest thing anyone had to Internet erotica was waiting up until midnight for the Soloflex infomercial, and — most outdated of all — people who had money tried to be discreet about it.
None of those things would make sense to a child born after the year 2000. Today, every teenager is their own media brand, with all the technology they need to broadcast their lives on their smartphone, usually via the social media platform TikTok.
The cultural pressures of wealth and celebrity are explored in my new book, “Gatecrasher,” but the past weeks have also brought fresh evidence that public opinion may finally be turning against young “influencers.”
The trend for boasting about money began with hashtags like #daddysmoney and #richboycheck, in which teens of means competed to flaunt their material possessions.
“The hot new thing on TikTok is bragging about money,” Lucas Cruikshank, a 26-year-old influencer whose YouTube channel has over 3 million subscribers, explained in a video posted on his channel in December. “Which I love — if somebody’s entire social media personality is, ‘I’m rich, I have so much money,’ I’ll follow them. Because it’s just entertaining, and I like seeing the life they live.”
Amid the Black Lives Matter Movement, Hollywood Examines Its Own History of Racism
AnyAny kid who grows up on Disney knows about Splash Mountain. Along with the Matterhorn and its aptly named corollary Space Mountain, the ride is a necessary stop on any self-respecting thrill-seeker’s visit to Disneyland, with the long lines to prove it. But Splash Mountain is more than a watery tourist trap. It’s also one of the last, oddly decontextualized scrap of a legacy that Disney otherwise wholly disowns.
Defenders of outdated works tend to respond with some version of the slippery slope argument: Even if everything is racist, you can’t expunge everything from the historical record. Without perspective or consistency, specific flashpoints do seem arbitrary: “I don’t think I’ve heard anyone coming for The Jazz Singer,” observes Alfred Martin, an assistant professor of communications studies at the University of Iowa, referring to the 1927 film starring Al Jolson as a Jewish entertainer who performs in blackface. “What precisely is it that we’re coming for?”
The timing of certain reckonings is also questionable. “30 Rock was being produced in the 2000s, and at the time presumably everybody thought it was fine. Why are we feigning concern about it right now?” Martin asks. “Since 1939, Black folks were saying that Gone With the Wind was a harmful depiction of Black folks, and nobody wanted to listen to us. All of a sudden, in 2020, when this movie is almost 100 years old, now you want to pretend like it’s a problem? That’s partly what some of the anger is around.”
The outrage over Split keeps growing and it won't stop
Split, a movie that both entertained and, in a move no one saw coming, also revealed itself, in its final moments, to be a secret sequel to Shyamalan's 2000 hit, Unbreakable. Unbreakable was the director's dark-horse follow-up to the box-office smash The Sixth Sense. Since Unbreakable was a superhero origin movie, it made sense that it would get a sequel, as most successful superhero movies do — but it had been over 15 years, so Split's connection with Unbreakable was a bona fide mic drop.
Unfortunately, Split's success wasn't the only thing moviegoers were discussing about it. Split's star (and villain), played by James McAvoy, is a person with split personalities — hence the name of the movie. Since Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is a real condition, the question was almost immediately raised whether it's appropriate to portray someone like that as a monster.
EXCLUSIVE: 'We prepare to stop these murders by any means necessary.' Black Lives Matter leader declares war on police and group is 'training our people to defend our communities' in Black Panther style armed 'patrols'
A Black Lives Matter leader has declared war on the police and plans to release a blueprint for change that involves Black Panther style armed 'patrols' monitoring the behavior of officers on the streets, DailyMailTV can reveal.
Hawk Newsome, Chairman of BLM's Greater New York chapter, says the black rights group is 'mobilizing' its base and aims to develop a highly-trained 'military' arm to challenge police brutality head on.
In an exclusive interview, Newsome says the BLM movement has marched for years to wake people up to the realities of police brutality and oppression.
And he believes that since the tragic death of George Floyd - who died after his neck was pinned under the knee of white police officer Derek Chauvin during an arrest on Memorial Day in Minneapolis - people have finally awoken.
'We want liberation. We want the power to determine our own destiny. We want freedom from an oppressive government, and we want the immediate end of government sanctioned murder by the police.
'And we prepare to stop these government sanctioned murders by any means necessary.
'We are preparing and training our people to defend our communities.'
George Floyd riots damage just civil rights cause
When it comes to race relations, anyone who thinks rioting is the answer doesn’t grasp the question. Burning, looting and committing mayhem doesn’t bend the moral arc of the universe; it breaks it.
Peaceful protests over George Floyd’s killing have been overshadowed by images of rage-fueled violence and destruction. Resorting to rioting is strange because there is little disagreement that Floyd’s death in custody was senseless and criminal. Few defend the police who were responsible; they were quickly fired, one has been charged with murder, and the Justice Department has opened an investigation into the tragedy. Everyone is on the same side of this issue.
Yet rioting sparked and spread. There is no rational purpose behind people burning buildings, torching cars, breaking windows, spray-painting obscenities and the other actions that have left city blocks looking like war zones. Some say these are expressions of anger and frustration, and maybe so, but they are also unjustified, foolish and counterproductive. While peaceful protesters are trying to create sympathy and build understanding, the rioters have undone that effort with flying bricks and flaming city blocks.
All you proved, is that the community is impossible to police. 31-May-2020
Catholic bishops are calling for the US federal government to crack down on porn, claiming it causes “pain” and “ongoing harm”.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a letter US attorney general William Barr on April 30, calling on the Trump administration to “confront the ongoing harms wrought by the pornography industry”, especially as use of porn sites has spiked during the coronavirus pandemic.
In the letter, the bishops wrote: “The current pandemic is exacting a heavy and widespread emotional, social, and financial toll in our communities.
“In the face of the pandemic, the Church expresses her solidarity with all who are struggling or alone.”
Anti-LGBT+ Christian group accused of ‘actively promoting gay conversion therapy’ while masquerading as a charity
Britain's biggest Islamic authorities say child sexual abuse in Muslim communities is 'underreported' because young victims are too scared to tell anyone about it
Anti-LGBT+ Catholic activists just found out what a ‘glory hole’ is and they are not OK
Yale psychiatrist Bandy Lee: Lockdown protesters resemble “child soldiers” and “urban gangs”
A Yale psychiatrist has warned that pro-Trump lockdown protesters, who exhibit similar psychology as "child soldiers," could quickly turn into "armed troops in the streets" if the president loses his re-election bid.
Lee has also served as a project group leader for the World Health Organization Violence Prevention Alliance. She told Salon that Trump's recent call to "liberate" Democratic-led states was a dog whistle to his core supporters.
"Subconsciously, it is a loyalty test for the people," Lee said. "In Africa, where I did some ethnographic work, child soldiers would be recruited and made to kill a family member to demonstrate their allegiance to the government and not to the family. Similarly, in urban gangs in America, one may be challenged to kill a police officer to prove one's willingness to uphold gang rules over societal rules.
"When Donald Trump suggests that the virus be taken as a 'hoax', that people gather in churches or that people protest for their own sacrifice, he is actually testing people's loyalty to the 'laws' of his mind over the laws of nature, or even impulse for survival. The more he abuses them, the greater their devotion grows, since the psychological cost of admitting their mistake is ever higher — and so it becomes easier to dig a well of unreality than to see the obvious truth.
Man accused of hiding in girl’s bedroom, sexually abusing her for a month
A Washington state man sexually abused a 12-year-old while hiding out in her bedroom over the course of a month, federal prosecutors said.
Zacharias Adrian Cavasos, 21, initially contacted the girl on social media in December before traveling from Washington to Oregon to meet the child at the Wildhorse Resort and Casino in Pendleton in February, according to court records cited by The Oregonian.
Cavasos then secretly moved into the girl’s room on Feb. 10, hiding from her grandfather by staying in a cavity beneath the girl’s bed after removing slats that held her mattress, Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Martin said.
Hong Kong man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting his daughter since she was 6
Former DC Detective Charged With Child Sexual Assault
Teenager Ran Away to Be With Boy She Met on Dating Site. A Week Later She Was Dead.
California father is accused of tossing his daughter, one, to her death off a steep cliff after stabbing the girl's pregnant mother and a bystander
Calif. Banker Expecting His 4th Child Is Allegedly Killed by Neighbor Accused of Terrorizing Him
South Dakota teen admits to fatally shooting Wyoming girl
Mich. Mom with 'Beautiful, Caring Soul' Was Trying to Leave Boyfriend Accused of Murdering Her
Fugitive arrested in Minnesota slaying of real estate agent
Cops catch ‘Most Wanted’ Bronx double murder suspect in Ohio after eight months on the run
An NYC man tried to forcibly remove Asian-American nurse from the subway, police say
An Asian-American nurse was on a subway train in New York Sunday when a man approached him making discriminatory statements, police told NBC News.
According to police, the man then grabbed the nurse by his wrist and shoulder and tried to remove him from the train.
"Hey Chinaman, you're infected," the man said, according to police. "You need to move to a different car. I'm going to beat this Chinese nigger up."
Filipino politician tries to force LGBT+ people to kiss and ‘sexy dance’ as punishment for breaching coronavirus lockdown
A Filipino politician reportedly tried to force LGBT+ people to kiss each other and perform a “sexy dance” in front of minors as a punishment for breaking a coronavirus lockdown curfew.
Christopher Bombing Punzalan, captain (elected chairman) of the Pandacaqui barangay (district), posted a series of now-deleted Facebook live videos of him confronting a group breaking the 8pm lockdown curfew.
This ‘mostly straight’ guy is falling for his bisexual roommate while they’re trapped together in coronavirus lockdown
He wrote: “Jake’s a pretty casually physically affectionate guy in general… I’m not as much that way as he is because I was kinda raised in ‘men don’t hug’ kinda household where physical affection was rarely given, if it was given at all, but I’m cool with him being like that and actually kinda appreciate it.”
The two men are currently on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, and have only had each other for company.
The original poster (OP) said he has a condition which causes extreme fatigue and so he needs to take naps during the day, and used to do this on the sofa when his roommate was out.
He said: “Since quarantine, he’s obviously been here every time. He’s been very accommodating and sweet about it.
Kanye West & Taylor Swift’s “Famous” Phone Call Leaks
The Kanye West/Taylor Swift feud will never die, but you will. Four years later, the full, unedited version of the infamous “Famous” phone call between the two celebs has finally leaked online.
In case you just woke up from a lengthy coma…On Kanye’s The Life Of Pablo track “Famous,” he rapped, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why? I made that bitch famous.” Taylor, understandably, was not happy about that, and said so. Then Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian claimed that Swift had actually OKed the line during a phone call beforehand and posted an edited video of the conversation in question that seemed to support her side of the story. She, and everyone, started calling Swift a snake.
Swift has always maintained that although yes, the call that launched a thousand snake emojis did indeed take place, Kanye never actually played the full song for her and never told her that he was going to refer to her as “that bitch.” And, well, the new footage that has now emerged pretty much vindicates her.
Taylor Swift Seemingly Addresses the Leaked Kanye West Phone Call
Vanessa Hudgens calls coronavirus shutdown 'bullshit,' people dying 'inevitable'
And the award for the most insensitive-sounding celebrity reaction to the coronavirus pandemic goes to…Vanessa Hudgens!
The 31-year-old singer and actress gave some thoughts on COVID-19 during an Instagram Live on Monday, and the totally inconvenient social distancing and shutdown steps being undertaken by people and companies nationwide. It's been suggested the disruption could last until July, if not longer.
"Um, yeah, till July sounds like a bunch of bulls—, I'm sorry," said the Spring Breakers star. "It's a virus, I get it, I respect* it, but at the same time, even if everybody gets it, like, yeah, people are going to die, which is terrible, but like… inevitable? I dunno, maybe I shouldn't be doing this right now."