Pop Culture Mondays/11.1.21
The “MEAT” Edition
Happy MONDAY my darling pop culture junkies. I hope you had a wonderful week and Halloween and you have disposed of all the candy wrappers so no one will know you dug into those mini Kit Kats late at night. It is our little secret not to worry. ANWAY, this past week was a bit slow on the POP CULTURAL moments because I think all energy went to Facebook and Meta and META AS MEAT SO you're welcome on the above image Google was able to find for me. YUM. But happy November to all of you and enjoy this brief escape AND It is sugar-free so you can get back on the program right away. And as always…we are TRUMPTY DUMPY FREE.
DON’T WORRY GUYS, FACEBOOK IS ALL FIXED NOW:
I am in NO way qualified to write a thoughtful look into Facebook as a business nor am I qualified to discuss its leadership. I leave that to all the talented business writers out there…and Kara Swisher. (See what I did there? 😇) We are only here to discuss the memes and the tweets that went down throughout this news cycle. BUT in case you do not care about business news or were traveling somewhere there was NO connectivity last week or you just truly block out anything related to Facebook…quite simply, Facebook effectively changed its name to Meta. Basically, it has a parent company now called Meta for which products like Facebook and Instagram fall under. Many tech media predicted it would be called Meta in light of Mark Zuckerberg’s increasing fascination with the “metaverse” which basically means we will never have to leave our homes again and can instead live in a virtual world and be a flying gorilla sitting around a boardroom…but I DIGRESS. Here is an actually good explainer of it:
OK so…Mark did his announcement from what was meant to look homey and relatable I guess with a very RESTORATION HARDWARE backdrop with a bookshelf and books that have seemingly never been opened and INEXPLICABLY a bottle of BBQ sauce that I in my imagination they realized right before they were going live that the books could topple over and they were like, “OMG we need something to hold the books NOW guys!!!” And someone found a bottle of BBQ sauce and they were like, “THIS IS genius because this makes him relatable dad who grills BBQ when not talking to congress about the destruction of democracy….” AT any rate, the socials had fun with this so let’s just get to it:
Let’s first get into WENDY’S who got right into the convo with this:
And this sparked a convo with all sorts of brands (and their social media leads) and I REALLY do love when brands do this it’s like those YouTube videos when a dog becomes besties with a monkey or a kitten becomes besties with a mouse. You know what I mean? It brings JOY.
Love this one because there is nothing I love more than Grammarly…I thank you for your service:
BUT things took a dark turn and the fun in games turned NOT so fun:
And AOC comes in taking the fun out of everything:
SIGH. But NOW…let us discuss the BBQ bottle. Room Rater was COLD:
To be fair, the brand is SWEET BABY RAY’S and people seem to like it and he has been in videos with it before with his besties but it gave people lots to talk about!
Let’s bring this full circle:
And this basically sums up how the socials felt about all of it:
ANYWAY, for more on the BBQ sauce:
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SHIBA INU: NOT JUST A DOGGO:
OK so you might be a crypto person and therefore this will feel like old news and certainly like an OLDS (that me) talking to other olds about this and you may be rolling your eyes HARD. BUT for the majority of you, you’re either still trying to understand crypto-currency or you sort of get it but not in a way you can comfortably discuss it at a dinner party or there are some of you who are like FUCK THIS NO THANK YOU. I get all of you. I am somewhere in between all of them, but the thing that was stopping me from understanding it was the ability to actually play around with it as all the places to buy crypto were so freaking hard…but then PUBLIC (full disclosure they are a client but a client because I LOVE THEM SO MUCH) introduced the ability to buy crypto on their platform (everywhere BUT New York at the moment) and it was like OK GAME ON.
BUT then I started hearing about this Shiba Inu crypto and I am like wait is that the same as Dogecoin? IT IS NOT. BUT both DO feature the same doggo…the SHIBA INU, a Japanese hunting dog. FASCINATING. AND it seems the Shiba coin was specifically created to kill the Dogecoin. And look…investing in crypto is riskier than most things you can invest in as it is very volatile and YET that’s what makes it fun. ANYWAY, as these things tend to go…it ALL goes back to our next galaxy’s lord and savior, ELON. He tweeted this and that’s when things erupted:
Now I cannot try to dissect all of this and certainly not Elon’s brain but I am trying to navigate all of this but Elon has a new puppy…a Shiba puppers named Floki. SO this set off a shitstorm obviously. Clearly in reference to Dogecoin so everyone in this world went bananas and now there is a Floki currency as WELL as a Shiba Inu currency. But things took a dark tur for Shiba Inu token owners:
Which Elon responded with:
BUT then for some reason, Edward Snowden got involved because again we live in a simulation:
At which point a reporter asked:
This then led to this genius tweet from our friend Ashlee Vance who LITERALLY wrote the book on Elon:
Which led Elon to respond with:
SOOOOO….here are a few resources to learn more BUT if your kids are asking you about Shiba Inus, check your bank account! 🥰
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TECH HEAVY this week I know. Meta verse. Crypto. Welcome to the new world. BUT there were a few other things this past week so do not despair…or maybe actually do.
- These brothers are all the rage at the moment on the TikTok woooooboy. They set off a trend called ISLAND BOY because of this video which I have in its entirety on Twitter and yeah so these are Florida brothers and well here:
SO this trend has taken off with other TikTokkers having a bit of fun:
AND MY FAVE is this TikTokker’s analysis:
- There seemingly is a horrifying new trend happening in the UK where young women out at bars and clubs are being spiked with needles and drugged. It started with girls on TikTok showing their skin and the reaction and talking about feeling like they were drugged and apparently it is all happening. Here are some TikToks explaining:
And The New York Times has covered it now:
'Needle Spiking' of Women in Britain Stirs Alarm Over New Kind of Assault
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- A new trending sound on TikTok is called “OH NO OUR TABLE IS BROKEN” so if you have ANY broken tables around the house and a kid on TikTok this is WHY. Though the trend has moved away from literally being about broken tables to a funny sound people use but here you go:
And the origin of the sound:
THAT IS IT my darlings. I am guessing this week’s PCM has left you with more questions than answers but sometimes that’s what we need. Question everything …like, WHY DID THEY SHAVE JASON MAMOA’S FACE IN DUNE? Anyway…
Be SAFE. Be kind.
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