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. . . .”
yes hello police, Gigi Hadid wore pants last week and now vogue is calling her a gender fluid icon pic.twitter.com/HnSZjr2JgS
— Max Lakin (@maxlakin) July 13, 2017
doesn't vogue think non binary/gender fluid people would have been great to talk to abt gender fluidity? not gigi hadid and zayn malik?
— Shannon Steck (@shannonsteck) July 13, 2017
Individuals who are actually gender fluid and beyond the binaries face stigma and violence for it. Vogue is irresponsible for this framing.
— Eliel Cruz-Lopez (@elielcruz) July 13, 2017
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.”
— Yasmin A. Choudhury (@yasminisyasmin) July 12, 2017
People complaining about cards against humanity for her is just…. like, have you ever played it? The whole idea is being offensive
— Ellie ✨ (@cxsualty_) July 12, 2017
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.”
I'm so glad Bill Maher was able to say the n word and still get an Emmy nod because usually things are so hard for straight white men.
— Amy Rhodes (@iamamyrhodes) July 13, 2017
Bill Maher getting an Emmy nom is inspiring to anyone who wishes they could call themselves the n-word but scared it would hurt their career
— Everardo Ramirez (@EverardoRamirez) July 13, 2017
Bill Maher gets Emmy nomination because saying the N-word on TV and being a open jerk means nothing if you're white and successful
— Carli Velocci (@velocciraptor) July 13, 2017
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.
North west wearing a "corset"? Let the child be a child pic.twitter.com/U4VjgIycy8
— spicy olive (@_gherkins) July 11, 2017
Am I the only one bothered by north wearing a corset?
— Bank Ocean 🌊 (@SkipToMyLooo) July 12, 2017
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 Jasmine, the 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.
How has Dev Patel not been cast as Aladdin? He can sing and is an amazing actor. You're making this harder than it needs to be Disney. pic.twitter.com/5HxrcLdDdD
— Austin (@AustinCTweets) July 11, 2017
there's an actual aladdin song called arabian nights why are y'all out here casting indian actors I'm so confused
— flavia (@ororotchalIa) July 12, 2017
Hollywood having a hard time casting an Arab actor for Aladdin when they have no problem finding middle eastern actors to play terrorists pic.twitter.com/SpFrSKlHVS
— i (@loveorIeaveme) July 11, 2017
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: 😔 😔 😔