Everything That Upset The Internet This Week
What is the web-o-sphere angry about this week? A fictional death, an IRL monster and a seedy commercial for shoes. If these are the causes you plan on championing over the holidays, here’s everything you need to know.
SZA shares Solange directed “The Weekend” video
THE STORY: SZA, the vocalist who took 2017 by storm with her album Ctrl, released the long-awaited visuals for her hit song “The Weekend.” The four-minute music video was directed by non other than Solange Knowles, and it features SZA in a series of dreamy city landscapes.
I get more outta Beyoncé’s Instagram collages. SZA… Solange… whet was dat. pic.twitter.com/rr6VrTuTUu
— KR (@sirrkhalil) December 22, 2017
the weekend video looks like solange was just zooming in on sza with snapchat
— amani (@amaniaIex) December 22, 2017
Us: The Weekend is such a good song it needs a visual
— dejon. (@_Chickenist) December 22, 2017
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: This is a song about low-commitment relationships. Does that storyline come across in the video? Ugh…not really. The imagery is beautiful–but it looks like something we’d expect from Solange, not something we’d expect from SZA. Which is totally okay: we probably don’t get the artistic vision because Solange is a divine being and we are mere humans.
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Mama Mia! Meryl Streep is dead
The trailer for Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, the sequel to the hit ABBA musical, has dropped–causing fans to quickly realize that the main character is, in fact, dead.
I am F U M I N G – please don’t try and come for my soul and kill Donna off in mamma mia 2 unless you want me to go into mourning pic.twitter.com/eYndlXb9z6
— isobel (@isobeld_) December 21, 2017
i’m gonna have to wait at least 6 months to find out if mamma mia killed off donna or if they’re keeping her lowkey for when the movie is out pic.twitter.com/GK0fkGTDhg
— alex (@alexxarman) December 21, 2017
So Mamma Mia 2 DOESN’T include Meryl Streep but DOES include Cher??? I’m upset and excited all at the same time, this is such an overwhelming experience
— Samantha (@samanthaeg_) December 21, 2017
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Let’s be real: Meryl Streep is too busy to star in a money-grabbing sequel. Plus, we now have Cher as Donna’s mother! That has to count for something, right?
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Princess Michael of Kent wears a Blackamoor brooch to meet Meghan Markle
THE STORY: Princess Michael of Kent, wife of the Queen’s cousin, wore a controversial ‘blackamoor’ brooch to Queen’s Christmas lunch. Also in Christmas lunch.
So Princess Michael of Kent chose to wear this particular brooch to a Xmas Lunch where Meghan Markle was also present?#Racist: She wore it on purpose! https://t.co/aslW5d821v pic.twitter.com/OYg38KUdwS
— JammyDodger ? (@mrjammyjamjar3) December 22, 2017
Princess Michael wearing that type of brooch was indeed insensitive, out of touch, rude and racist. Nothing new for her though.
— ERIKK™ (@Erikk_the_Dane) December 22, 2017
A not-so-fun fact is that Princess Michael of Kent's father was an actual Nazi officer. He joined the Nazi party THREE YEARS before Hitler came to power so it's not as if he was pressured. He was just racist filth. https://t.co/d4KoLBmhJQ https://t.co/xh4wh837Qo
— Heidi N Moore (@moorehn) December 22, 2017
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: It *could* be argued that European renditions of Blackamoor art depict black figures as noblemen, rather than slaves. Does that make if okay for Princess Michael to wear a Blackmoor brooch, on her way to meet Meghan Markle, of all places? NOPE. Could it have been a raciest snipe at Meghan Markle, who has already been slammed in British tabloids for being mixed-raced? YUP. It’s no secret that Blackamoor is racially insensitive in the way it exoticizes and commodifies people of colour–something that the royal family has done for far too long.
Here’s how the royal responded: “The brooch was a gift and has been worn many times before,” a representative for the Princess tells PEOPLE in a statement. “Princess Michael is very sorry and distressed that it has caused offence.” Sorry Princess Michael, you still aren’t cool.
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Cara Delevingne & Jimmy Choo’s catcalling ad
THE STORY: Set in New York City, Jimmy Choo’s “Shimmer in the Dark” commercial has model and actress Cara Delevingne encountering some unwanted comments on her outfit as she struts her way to the nightclub–in a pair of sparkly, Jimmy Choo boots, of course.
Perhaps now is not the best moment to run an ad about how cool and sexy catcalling is? https://t.co/8TK9huRHLL
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) December 19, 2017
Nothing says 'buy me' like harassment.
— layineggs (@Sparklebroom) December 19, 2017
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Catcalling in a form of sexual harassment. These situations–in which women often feel afraid for their safety–should not be glamorized in any shape or form.
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