kim-kardashian-lollipop
Photography via Instagram/@kimkardashian

Everything That Upset the Internet This Week

What was the web-o-sphere getting angry about this week? A Kim Kardashian Instagram (again), a four second audio clip and bra sizes. Here’s everything you need to know.

Kim Kardashian promotes appetite suppressing lollipops

THE STORY: Under a super glam—seemingly nude—photograph of herself sucking on a red lollipop, Kim Kardashian wrote to Instagram: “#ad, You guys, @flattummyco just dropped a new product. They’re Appetite Suppressant Lollipops and they’re literally unreal. They’re giving the first 500 people on their website 15% OFF so if you want to get your hands on some…you need to do it quick!#suckit”.

THE REACTION:

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Kim’s body is a huge part of her image. Would she be famous without her iconic curves? It’s hard to say. Either way, there’s little doubt that many of her loyal followers view her figure as aspirational. Partnering with brands that promise an easy road to looking like a Kardashian is sort of a genius business fit. It’s where most of the Kardashians are making their money: Kylie with her lip kits and Khloe with her “Revenge Body” TV series. These people are in the business of selling unattainable beauty standards.

But just because the manipulation makes sense doesn’t make it right. These are dangerous products that aren’t regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. If you’re looking desperate for Kardashian sister to give you health advice, stick to Kourtney’s feed.

Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty isn’t inclusive enough

THE STORY: After months of anticipation—and more than a few teasers—Rihanna’s new lingerie line officially launched last Friday morning. In the same vain as Fenty beauty, Rihanna set out to create something that is diverse and inclusive, promising to make woman of all “shapes, sizes, and colours” feel beautiful.

Initially, the brand advertised that the bra options would go up to 44DDD. But, now that the site has launched, fans have noticed that the actual cup sizes on the Savage x Fenty website only go up to 44DD.

THE REACTION:

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Wait, so does this mean not even Rihanna is perfect?! LOL NOPE! The Queen quickly responded to her distraught followers—on Twitter, of course. “My boobs are too big for @SavageXFenty I’m upset,” a fan shared, complete with a sad face. Promising to leave no woman feeling left out, the brand responded:

Rita Ora “Girls”

THE STORY: Last week, Rita Ora released her submission for the Song of Summer, a star-heavy track titled “Girls.” The song features four female artists—Ora, Charli XCX, Bebe Rexha, and Cardi B—rapping and singing about hooking up with women. Intended as a celebration of sexual freedom, the song features lyrics such as: “I ain’t one-sided, I’m open-minded, I’m 50-50 and I’m never going to hide it” before heading into the oh-so-catchy chorus, “Red wine, I just want to kiss girls, girls, girls.”

THE REACTION:

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: This narrative isn’t new to pop culture. It’s the same brand of sexualized girl-on-girl action that had Madonna and Brittany Spears locking lips on stage and Katy Perry singing “I kissed a girl and I liked it.” Naively, most of us thought that in 2018 we were a little more woke—that this male-gaze gimmick to shock and provoke was a thing of the past. It’s important for artists to be open about their sexual identities, and fortunately more and more queer musicians are finding a platform in the industry.

Is “Girls” an example of an experience that’s authentic? It might be. Rita Ora has issued an apology in response to the backlash, saying she has “had romantic relationships with both women and men” and that this is her “personal journey.” She adds that the song was not intentionally meant to cause harm to the LGBTQ+ community.

What do you hear: Yanny or Laurel?

THE STORY: On Tuesday morning, social media star Cloe Feldman posted the clip to her Instagram story, asking her followers “What do you hear? Yanny or Laurel.” Some hear one word, others hear the other. It’s very confusing.

THE REACTION:

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Can’t we all just accept that science is weird and move on?!