Everything that Upset the Internet this Week

Congratulations—you made it to the weekend! Chances are, you will be engaging in some sort of social conversation over the next 48 hours. Or maybe you won’t, and that’s totally okay too.

Either way, it’s good to stay informed. The Internet is always buzzing with scandal and controversy, and it’s important to keep up to date if you want to sound pop culture savvy. Plus, engaging in the drama can be super fun.

Gigi Hadid and Zayne Malik’s “Gender Fluidity” Vogue cover

THE STORY: Vogue’s August issue is all about gender fluidity and ft. swoon worthy pics of Gigi Hadid and bf Zayn Malik cuddling on the cover. The story, titled “Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik Are Part of a New Generation Embracing Gender Fluidity,” shows the gene blessed duo as gender-fluid dressers, and features a confusing exchange about clothes swapping with your boo.

“What was that T-shirt I borrowed the other day?” asks Malik.

“The Anna Sui?” asks Hadid.

“Yeah,” Malik says. “I like that shirt. And if it’s tight on me, so what? It doesn’t matter if it was made for a girl.”

Hadid nods vigorously. “Totally. It’s not about gender. It’s about, like, shapes. And what feels good on you that day. And anyway, it’s fun to experiment. . . .”

THE REACTION: 

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE OUTRAGE: A straight cis couple sharing an $800 designer t-shirt definitely isn’t the best way to explain gender fluidity.

HOW WE FEEL: 🙄  🙄  🙄  🙄

Cards Against Humanity for Her

THE STORY: Cards Against Humanity—”the party game for horrible people”—announced a new women only product that costs $5 more than the original. “The box is pink, but the cards are exactly the same as the original,” reads the new products website reads. “It’s adorable. It’s cute. Self-care. Chia bowl. Perfect on your coffee table or bookshelf. Brunch. Cheat Day. Nasty Women. Avocado face peels. You’re such a Miranda.”

THE REACTION:

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE OUTRAGE: TROLL ALERT! The limited edition box is actually meant to mock the gender discriminatory “pink tax”, and it raises money for Emily’s List, a US organization that helps elect pro-choice female candidates to office. Nicely done CoH, you played us well.

HOW WE FEEL: 💄 💪 👛 😼 💋 💅

Bill Maher gets nominated for an Emmy

THE STORY: Thursday morning, it was announced that Bill Maher is nominated for best variety talk series with his HBO political program, Real Time. This came as a surprise to those who think racist jargon is a talk show taboo: Maher recently joked on-air, “Work in the fields? “Senator, I am a house n—er.”

THE REACTION: 

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE OUTRAGE: Fan favourite The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon lost his nomination spot a guy who stirred race related controversy less than a month ago. Not cool.

HOW WE FEEL:😤  😤  😤 

North West wears a corset

THE STORY: The 4-year-old daughter of Kayne West and Kim Kardashian was pictured in what appeared to be a body-conscious, waist-cinching corset.

 

THE REACTION:

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE OUTRAGE: But it turns out the dress is an optical illusion! In response to the Twitter outcry, Kim took to Twitter to explain that North’s dress ft. more of a sartorial detail than a tummy scrunching structure. It’s a corset in the front, and a flowing slip dress in the back.
HOW WE FEEL: 🤔   

Disney can’t find their Aladdin

THE STORY: When the Hollywood Reporter revealed that Disney still on the hunt for its live-action Aladdin and Jasminethe Internet chimed in with plenty of suggestions. Why is Disney having casting trouble? Isn’t Bollywood like the number one place in the world to find handsome actors who can sing, dance and act? Lion actor Dev Patel and The Night Of‘s Riz Ahmed quickly became fan favourites to play the Arabian street rat—that is, until someone took out a map.

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE OUTRAGE: India is close to the Middle East, but it isn’t the Middle East. These are two very different places geographically, culturally, and historically. The whole debacle has made it clear that there’s a problematic lack of actors from Middle Eastern backgrounds in the Hollywood pipeline.

HOW WE FEEL: 😔  😔  😔