Everything That Upset the Internet This Week
What is the web-o-sphere angry about this week? A Kim Kardashian Instagram, a text convo with God and Walmart embracing “#MeToo culture.” If these are the causes you plan on championing over the holiday weekend, here’s everything you need to know.
Kim Kardashian experiences a “Photoshop fail”
THE STORY: Kim Kardashian posted a paparazzi-esque photo on Instagram, wearing Yeezy black bike shorts, a cropped gray tank, and oversized orange jacket. Over Kim’s shoulder there is a questionable car-like object. The vehicle appears to have been altered, looking like a space ship that could only fit about half a driver’s body inside. “Let’s March!” she captioned the photo, tagging @AMarch4OurLives and @EveryTown.
Only Kim would use a demonstration to promote herself. Photoshop fail…
Ready to march but 1st take a pic, make herself look thin while ignoring the physics of shrinking a vehicle. No shame pic.twitter.com/CvpoPCXHfP
— Elizabeth Yorkshire (@ElizabethThee) March 25, 2018
— Jhon Richard Lee (@thejhonlee) March 25, 2018
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Rather than delete the photo, Kim just disabled the comments and owned the fail. Writing on her app, Kim said: “I’m seeing online and on news media outlets that I suffered a “Photoshop fail.” It’s so ridiculous. I reposted a picture on Instagram that a fan had already posted – I only added a filter to it. It looks like the fan mirrored the photo, which is the reason the car looks like that.”
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Cosmo deemed too sexy for Walmart’s checkout aisles
THE STORY: Cosmopolitan magazine has been pulled from the check-out line at 5,000 Walmart locations. The publication was pulled in response to protests from the National Centre on Sexual Exploitation, who writes that Cosmo “is a visually hypersexualized and verbally pornographic magazine” on their site.“This is what real change looks like in our #MeToo culture,” said NCOSE executive director Dawn Hawkins, “and NCOSE is proud to work with a major corporation like Walmart to combat sexually exploitative influences in our society.”
Walmart using #MeToo as an excuse to stop selling Cosmopolitan in checkout lines is pretty ridiculous. Censoring frank information about sex feeds into rape culture by denying girls knowledge about their sexuality and choices they can make for themselves.https://t.co/gyPllZ7QFV pic.twitter.com/YiwQQF0Vd7
— Alex Berg (@itsalexberg) March 28, 2018
The argument that hiding Cosmo from Walmart shoppers will foster a “culture that will respect women and ensure their dignity is understood” is absolutely infuriating. Sexuality ≠ exploitation https://t.co/3kUG9czzUL
— Ashley Spencer (@AshleyySpencer) March 27, 2018
— Lily Herman (@lkherman) March 28, 2018
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Have these NCOSE guys ever flipped through an issue of Cosmo? Now more than ever, we need safe spaces that empower women to talk about sex in a healthy and positive way. Plus, it’s not all sex and relationships: the magazine discusses politics, health and other issues young women care about. Feminism has a lot of enemies, but Cosmopolitan is not one of them — and#MeToo movement definitely cannot be used to pull a sex-positive magazine for women from the public eye.
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Judy Blume’s Are You There God? updates its cover
THE STORY: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Judy Blume’s iconic 1970 coming of age novel, has received a 21st century makeover. The contemporary cover, which was shared by writer Jessica Huseman on Twitter, shows an iMessage-inspired screen shot of a conversation between Margaret and a text-savvy God.
What have they done to Judy Blume this book was copyrighted in 1970 pic.twitter.com/1FtR5Y7Fkr
— Jessica Huseman (@JessicaHuseman) March 25, 2018
That is ridiculous. God is notorious for not responding to text messages. Cover art totally unbelievable.
— Geoff Johnson (@GeofftheJohnson) March 25, 2018
Noooooooooooo. I bloody loved Judy Blume books in my early teens. I guess this cover may appeal to today's youngsters but it just seems wrong. https://t.co/VqaTVKetuR
— Gary Patrick Brown (@gpb1979) March 25, 2018
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Chillax guys. This 48 year old book has cycled through many covers, and this timely reissue has actually been in circulation since 2014. The Gen X youth have a different set of symbols that resonate with them: these days, kids are all about texting their deeply personal issues. We should celebrate that the next generation appreciates quality YA literature, not shut it down.
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