Drake’s viral video, racist Star Wars fans, and Julie Bishop’s emoji face have all set the web on fire this week.
Champagne Papi (chulo) takes over
No one is safe from Drake‘s textbook cornball dance moves this week. The hit rapper released a minimalistic video for his latest single Hotline Bling on Tuesday and it blew up instantly.
Helmed by Director X, the Canadian native attempts to dance the cha-cha, which has proved the perfect fodder for parody GIFs, memes and Vines.
Here’s a few of our #faves:
*disclaimer: only chucklesome after watching original video.
Drake always on beat pic.twitter.com/ayehsCl1QP
— Sammy (@SammyTellem) October 20, 2015
Drake was dancing like Carlton in his music video Hotline Bling pic.twitter.com/gMdxjPFn1P
— Ani Caribbean (@AniCaribbean) October 20, 2015
This week, Hotline Bling has peaked no. 2 on Billboard’s hot 100 trailing behind The Weeknd’s radio favourite The Hills, but Drake’s video’s is so popular, we may see him steal the top spot next week.
Costly Snapchat lands Carlisle in hot water
AFL player Jake Carlisle has made headlines this week, and not just because his trade deal was finalised. A controversial Snapchat video he intended to remain private was made very public.
A Current Affair, who first aired the footage, shows the 24-year-old snorting lines of white powder while in a US hotel room. The timing couldn’t be worse for Carlisle, who only days earlier secured a trade from Essendon to St.Kilda.
The St.Kilda Football club announced their response to the video via Twitter.
So what will this mean for Carlisle’s playing future? Time will tell. But one thing is for sure, he wont be using Snapchat anytime soon.
A bunch of racists are boycotting Star Wars
For those who have been living under a rock, a new Star Wars movie has been in the works for quite some time now. The trailer has just been released, sending Twitter into overdrive, generating over 17,000 Tweets per minute. But some of the tweets were anything but positive.
Some fans were angry that two lead roles are filled by African Americans, voicing their disapproval on Twitter under the hashtag #BoycottStarWarsVII.
Majority of the Tweets condemned the racist attitudes however:
Some fans also took the time to point out to the haters that Star Wars creator George Lucas is married to an African American.
So we’ll have to wait until December 18th when Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theatres to see if the casting choice will have an effect on the films performance, but the record breaking number of pre-sale tickets suggest it will be fine.
Apple update gives fans the finger
Apple’s latest software update iOS 9.1 is now available and has a taken the net by storm.
New functions include bug fixes and improved video recording function, but the most well received change is the additional emojis.
Then the odd Debbie-downer.
While others just couldn’t come to terms with why Apple felt the need to update its software so regularly.
So wherever you stand on the update, whether you love it, hate it, or just don’t care. Don’t get too comfortable because another one will be available before you know it.
Julie Bishop’s red-face scrutiny
Since we’re on the topic of emojis, it looks like Julie Bishop has taken her love for the expressive tool to a whole new level.
Earlier this year, the foreign minister appeared in an all-emoji interview with internet news and media company Buzzfeed. According to the article, it was the first political-emoji interview of all time.
But not everyone is happy with Ms Bishop’s new age approach to politics, in particular her use of the red-face icon when asked about Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Eight months on, Labor Senator Penny Wong thought it necessary to raise the issue in Parliament, questioning Ms. Bishop’s actions with DFTA officials on Thursday.
“I’d like to understand what the diplomatic message is of the red face — is it intended to suggest the Foreign Minister is angry at President Putin?” Senator Wong asked.
“It may be that the Foreign Minister is saying she’s angry with him, it may be that she thinks he’s a red-faced angry man, I don’t know.”
It wasn’t long before Ms. Bishop humoured followers with a direct-tweet response.
Happy to provide @SenatorWong ???? with a translation of emoji to a language Labor understands ????
— Julie Bishop (@JulieBishopMP) October 21, 2015
The hot-tempered emoji probably wasn’t the most diplomatic choice Ms Bishop has made, but how much weight should a text message hold? Interpretation is everything and President Putin is yet to respond.— Daniel Stringer and Jessica Ankomah
Top photo is screenshot from Drake’s music video Hotline Bling.