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Everything That Upset the Internet This Week

What is the web-o-sphere angry about this week? A dog who was killed at her owner’s will, a director who doesn’t answer valid questions and a music legend who doubts Beyoncé’s icon status. Here’s everything you need to know:

A Healthy Dog Was Euthanized and Buried With Its Owner

THE STORY: A perfectly healthy pup named Emma was recently euthanized after her deceased owner left a will that explicitly instructed that the Shih Tzu be cremated and buried with her.

Emma arrived at a local animal shelter in Chesterfield County on March 8, after her owner died and stayed for about two weeks before the executor of the dead woman’s estate arrived and asked to euthanize the healthy pup.


RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Yes, this sounds terrible. And yet, many animals die in shelters because they aren’t matched with a home. It’s shouldn’t be so hard to empathize with a dog owner who wishes for their pet to have a quick and peaceful death, rather than have their pet’s final days spent in a cage afraid and grieving the death of their human companion.

But that doesn’t seem to be the case in this situation. According to personnel at the animal shelter where Emma resided for two weeks before she was euthanized, there were other options. “We did suggest they could sign the dog over on numerous occasions,” Carrie Jones, the manager of Chesterfield Animal Services in Virginia told the Associated Press, “because it’s a dog we could easily find a home for and re-home.”

Quentin Tarantino ‘Rejects Hypothesis’ Made by Journalist About Margot Robbie

THE STORY: At the Cannes Film Festival, a female journalist asked filmmaker Quentin Tarantino why he gave so few lines to actress Margot Robbie in his highly anticipated film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

“Quentin you put Margot Robbie, a very talented actress, actor, in your film,” the New York Times journalist asked Tarantino during a press conference. Robbie plays the actress Sharon Tate, an actress who was murdered by the Manson clan in 1969.

“This is a person with great acting talent and yet you haven’t given her many lines in the movie,” she continued. “I guess that was a deliberate choice on your part. And I just wanted to know why that was that we don’t hear her speak that much.”

Tarantino, the film’s writer and director, responded: “Well, I just reject your hypothesis.”


RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: As many on Twitter were quick to note, some of Tarantino’s most iconic characters are women. However, Jackie Brown and the Kill Bill volumes don’t necessarily give the director a free pass at being curt and unprofessional with a journalist who, in doing her job, asked a very valid question. The job of explaining the character should fall on the writer, but that job instead landed on Margot Robbie, who gave a thoughtful and reasoned response to the journalist’s question.

Dionne Warwick Doubts Beyoncé’s Status as an Icon

THE STORY: Legendary singer and actress Dionne Warwick recently spoke about her admiration for Beyoncé. “Watching her growth has been quite refreshing. It’s wonderful to see how she’s been able to create what and who she wanted to be and who she is…” she told Essence, “very proud of that, I really am.” She also, however, said that she doubts Queen Bey’s career will hold up against those like Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, and Frank Sinatra. She reasoned that such a legacy is quite simply a “long row to hoe.”


RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Dionne Warwick is a legend. The 78-year-old “Walk on By” singer has more hits than most artists have records. So it’s with the utmost respect I say this: age and longevity are not the only two criteria that indicate iconicity. Beyoncé has made substantial contributions both to music and culture, and she likely will continue to do so until she is Warwick’s age.