While we are prohibited from going to school, work, and other social venues, many are yearning for a platform to meet new people. The dating scene has been dead for months as it is difficult to find your soulmate while stuck at home. But some are discovering a new and unique way to virtually find love by turning the video game ‘Among Us’ into a dating game. What is Among Us? The video game ‘Among Us’ is where 4-10 players aboard a ship and must complete a variety of tasks. However, 1-3 players are assigned the role of the “Imposter” whose goal is to kill all the other players (crewmates) without getting caught. @amongus.leah #fyp #amongus #redvented #foryou ♬ original sound – Leah When a crewmate thinks they know who the “Imposter” is, they can call an “Emergency Meeting” where they discuss with the other players on who they think the Imposter is. Every time there is a meeting all players vote on who they think is the Imposter, and the player with the most votes gets ejected from the ship. If all the Imposters are ejected, the crewmates win, but if the Imposter(s) are able to kill the majority of the crewmates, then the Imposter(s) wins. Though the main goal of the game is to either kill or not be killed, many are playing the game with unconventional goals. Among Us Love Stories In ‘Among Us’ people play against real people, leading to the possibilities of making new friends and finding love. One TikTok user went viral after posting a video where she and another ‘Among Us’ player became allies on the game when they changed their screen names to Sharkboy and Lava Girl. After playing multiple games with Sharkboy, Lava Girl decided to ask for Sharkboy’s Instagram. Later, the two lovebirds Facetimed each other and had great conversations. @karlagarcia999 Pt. 2 of our love story 🥰 #amongus #lovestory #foryoupage ♬ Blake Banuelos YT – Blarick Eventually, Sharkboy and Lava Girl met in person and went on a date – they almost even kissed. @karlagarcia999 Reply to @joselynem47 We have officially met up y’all @sadboiimarrzz ♬ original sound – Karly Queen @karlagarcia999 For those that didn’t go on our live yes me and Sharkboy have met lol @sadboiimarrzz ♬ Because of You – Ne-Yo @karlagarcia999 For everyone who was asking to kiss in the live 😂 ♬ electric love – madalyn Sadly, this love story came to an end as both had busy schedules and little time for a romantic relationship. @karlagarcia999 Reply to @nashh.716 Sorry guys :/ ♬ original sound – Karly Queen Like Sharkboy and LavaGirl, other ‘Among Us’ players were successful in connecting with their crush outside of the game such as this user. @blurr.tv An Among us love story #amongus #blurrtv #ItBeLikeThat #fyp #foryoupage #viral ♬ original sound – BLURR Even though most of the relationships seem to have an expiration date, this player had a lasting fairytale relationship with an ‘Among Us’ user as they got married and even had a baby – but their relationship was strictly virtual. @among.uss.is.sus among us love story pt.1 (pt.2 is up) #amongus #lovestory #orange #pink #fyp #foryou #amonguslovestory ♬ among us love story pt.1 – among us is sus @among.uss.is.sus among is love story pt.2 #amongus #lovestory #orange #pink #fyp #foryou #amonguslovestory #darkblue ♬ among us love story pt.2 – among us is sus @among.uss.is.sus among us love story pt.3 #amongus #darkblue #pink #amonguslovestory #lovestory #fyp #foryou #brown ♬ among us love story pt.1 – among us is sus Love Stories That Did Not Have a Happy Ending However, not all ‘Among Us’ love stories go as hoped. An ‘Among Us’ player (Homelander) developed a crush for another player (Jane), but when he asked her out on a date, she revealed that she is only 13. @balakey An Among Us Love Story 😂 #amongus #youtube #xyzbca #fyp #foryou #impostor ♬ Blake Banuelos YT – Blarick Although Jane was underage, the two kept playing together, and Jane even refused to kill Homelander when she was the Imposter, but he ejected her off the ship because she was still 13. @balakey An Among Us Love Story Part 2 😂 #amongus #youtube #xyzbca #fyp #foryou #impostor ♬ original sound – Blarick Jane tried to shoot her shot one last time with Homelander, but Homelander ejected her off the ship again. @balakey An Among Us Love Story Part 3 😂 #amongus #youtube #xyzbca #fyp #foryou #impostor ♬ Blake Banuelos YT – Blarick When Homelander’s and Jane’s story came to an end, Homelander did not give up on love as he found a new crush – Ashley. However, when he FaceTimed Ashley, he found out that he was catfished. @balakey An Among Us Catfish 😂 #amongus #youtube #xyzbca #fyp #foryou #impostor ♬ Blake Banuelos YT – Blarick Other ‘Among Us’ TikToks Some may be using ‘Among Us’ to find love, but others are creating new ways to use the game such as making the characters go along with popular trends. @sushibae My stupid birthday #amongus #gaming ♬ Potential Breakup Song – Aly & AJ @amongusdetail P I X A R. #amongus #amongusvideo #amongusfamily #amongusmeme #amongusclip #fyp #xyzbca #meme #viral #tiktokgaming #foru #foryoupage #funny ♬ original sound – Among Us Others are going viral for creating hilarious reenactments of typical ‘Among Us’ scenarios. @theeblackbadger You always have to watch your back when you’re looking at the security cameras ! 😭😭😭 #TikTokCooks #VibeWithUs #amongus #amongusgame ♬ original sound – Christian Haynes Some are looking to TikTok for new tricks on mastering the game. @_slapnuts #funny #howto #comedy #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #viral #amongus #imposter ♬ original sound – 👽REECEETESBETH👽 TikTok has caused ‘Among Us’ to skyrocket as many more people are playing the game and trying to recreate the videos that have seen on their ‘For You Page’ whether it be comedy or love inspired videos. Is your soulmate on ‘Among Us’?
2020 has been a rough year for all sports teams, but a team that was hit especially hard was the Lakers as they lost a legend – Kobe Bryant. Bryant’s tragic death set the melancholy tone for 2020 as fans all over the world were in mourning. After Bryant passed away, the corona virus struck and the world was forced to shut down – postponing the NBA. Luckily, NBA players were able to return to the court but with several strict restrictions to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak. For the past week, Angelinos have been on the edges of their seats as they watched the Lakers take on Miami Heat to fight for the championship title. Though the Lakers have been NBA Champions 17 times, this particular title was significant to everyone in the Laker community because they hoped to honor the legacy of Kobe Bryant. With the virus still a major risk, the Lakers celebrated this epic win with no live fans in the stands jumping and cheering, but many did not think this was the right way to celebrate a momentous victory. After their 106-93 win in Game 6, thousands of fans swarmed to Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles dressed in their Laker gear – just as they did when they mourned for Kobe – for a more joyous occasion to celebrate the victory for Bryant’s successors. Live look at downtown LA: pic.twitter.com/5cjX8PKJ3D — ContentNBA (@ContentNBA) October 12, 2020 Ecstatic Laker Fans Celebrate Their Victory Throughout Downtown Los Angeles, Kobe chants can be heard throughout the city. "KOBE" chants in downtown LA 🙏 (via @AO619)pic.twitter.com/jLEfXw7KFs — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 12, 2020 Fans say “this one’s for #Kobe” and chant his name near #StaplesCenter #LakersWin @nbcla pic.twitter.com/I3m690aIdV — Darsha Philips (@DarshaPhilips) October 12, 2020 As a tribute to Bryant and the Lakers, Los Angeles was lit in purple, including City Hall. 💜💛 DTLA bathed in #Lakers purple and gold following the team’s 17th championship victory. #Air7HD @ABC7 #LosAngeles #lakersnation #MambaMentality pic.twitter.com/sTWrZrBjwk — Chris Cristi (@abc7chriscristi) October 12, 2020 There’s no denying it –– this has been a hard year. This championship win means so much to our city and the people who call it home. Thank you @Lakers for bringing us together. We’re lighting the night in purple and gold to celebrate. #ForKobe pic.twitter.com/emLqrH0itO — MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) October 12, 2020 Celebrations Get a Bit Chaotic Because Los Angeles still prohibits large gatherings, the LA City Public Health gave some suggestions on how to safely celebrate the Lakers win from home. Ahead of tonight's big game, here's how you can root for the #LakeShow as safely as possible as they chase the NBA Title. #GoLakers #Lakeshow pic.twitter.com/fdR9VLwd0B — LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) October 9, 2020 But many ignored these suggestions and put themselves at risk by gathering with thousands to celebrate. However, as the night continued, the celebrations got a bit more rowdy and reckless as fans were seen climbing streetlights and lighting fireworks. Downtown LA goin crazy 😭😭😭 really got foos jumpin of streetlights pic.twitter.com/NrQgBBF4Wm — Josiah Mulitauopele (@josiahmuli_) October 12, 2020 Downtown LA really going up rn!! pic.twitter.com/J8Msk6UB5u — SLAM (@SLAMonline) October 12, 2020 And it got even more chaotic when one super fan was seen doing donuts in the middle of a crowd. Downtown LA is wild!! Go Lakers! pic.twitter.com/0ntPweeP6W — SΛINT (@jayrocko) October 12, 2020 One Twitter user shared an aggressive physical fight involving a group of energized fans.. LAPD declares unlawful assembly near Staples Center as massive crowd celebrates #LakersWin. LAPD tells @knx1070 they have not used pepper balls, gas, to try and disperse crowd. At least one fight has broken out. People are injured. Video used with permission from IG @buffalo_baff pic.twitter.com/2L7RYza1Xk — Emily Valdez KNX 1070 (@EmilyValdezKNX) October 12, 2020 Some people defeated the purpose of this event by utilizing the festivity as an opportunity to vandalize businesses and even a Metro bus. A huge Lakers celebration ended in looting and vandalism after last night’s NBA Championship win. 76 people arrested by LAPD and 30+ buildings were damaged. @GDLA @FOXLA #Lakers pic.twitter.com/Z1Q6gM3M5t — Mario Ramirez (@MarioFOXLA) October 12, 2020 LAPD responding now to a scene of a Metro bus being vandalized. The bus was set on fire earlier but it seems the fire is out now. pic.twitter.com/VEOsVssjXo — Rise Images (@rise_images) October 12, 2020 Full video of the Metro bus being vandalized and set on fire. Allegedly the driver was assaulted. LAPD and LAFD responded to the scene and cleared the protesters. Certain sources state that just after this occurrence, a man was shot at this intersection. #DTLA #Lakers #downtownla pic.twitter.com/RGGuKqboJe — Rise Images (@rise_images) October 12, 2020 Law Enforcement Gets Involved When LAPD arrived to maintain order and keep Angelinos safe, they were greeted with glass bottles, rocks, and other projectiles. Because people became chaotic and violent, LAPD was forced to disperse the crowd with rubber bullets and tear gas leading 76 people to be arrested. Breaking: Lakers fans are clashing with the LAPD outside Staples Center as police are forcing fans to disperse following the Lakers championship win. pic.twitter.com/voV0rFv2O2 — PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) October 12, 2020 Teargas & rubber bullets coming out pic.twitter.com/cpZ1DB1n8C — Uncle JAV🇲🇽 (@Jdonovan_10) October 12, 2020 Police aimed at me. Less lethal round literally hits my phone out of my hands (credit to apple, it kept recording) pic.twitter.com/TguhhlZXs7 — Samuel Braslow (@SamBraslow) October 12, 2020 On Twitter, many are expressing their anger towards LAPD as they believed they used unnecessary excessive force on Laker fans. LAPD celebrating with some unnecessary police brutality. How very on brand of them. https://t.co/e304SzUYOu — Bomba Boricua (@MzCandice_B) October 12, 2020 LAPD is taking much more aggressive actions to shut the celebrating down. Mounted police and officers in riot gear are fanning out along Figueroa @CBSLA @ChrisVHolmstrom @SaraDonchey pic.twitter.com/3OppZhtAhv — Desmond Shaw (@RoadSageLA) October 12, 2020 Twitter Users are Frustrated with Los Angeles Mayor To encourage people to stay safe, Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted that people should stay home and reminded them that it is still not safe to gather in large groups. As we cheer our @Lakers’ 17th championship, please remember it's still not safe to gather in groups. Let’s honor our city's triumph by protecting others and making sure we don't spread the virus. Please celebrate safely at home. Do not gather at Staples Center. Thank you! — MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) October 12, 2020 However, many are critical of Mayor Garcetti’s tweets as they argued that he previously allowed Black Lives Matter protests, but will not allow them to celebrate a joyous occasion like the Lakers winning the championship. So you tell folks to stay home and not celebrate the one uplifting moment we've had in the 8 months of lockdown hell you and Newsom ordered, BUT it's okay for thousands to march in protests? Can you spell hypocrite? Look in the mirror and you'll see one. — debbie lynn elias (@moviesharkd) October 12, 2020 Others are siding with Mayor Garcetti and urging people to wear masks and social distance. If you do decide to go out, wear a mask. These players were in a bubble for months, the least y'all can do is stay home or wear a mask…just wear a mask. — la Rona ta cabrona (@sochixochi) October 12, 2020 However, the massive Lakers’ celebration is igniting Angelinos to demand Mayor Garcetti to lift the COVID-19 restrictions in Los Angeles. Just open us back up and if we want to risk it LET US CHOOSE TO RISK IT! — GoHomeRoger🧩 (@pinkcokecaine) October 12, 2020 It's a protest. Everyone, proceed. No masks needed #LakersNation — Demario ™ (@Demario__) October 12, 2020 “Celebrations” are going to be worse tonight BECAUSE people have been staying home. Most are tired of it. They’ll take their chances. — ib505a (@ib505a) October 12, 2020 What are your thoughts on the way Laker fans celebrated their championship title? Was Kobe’s legacy rightfully honored?
Typically, when we want to visit a new restaurant, store, or any other unfamiliar business, we turn to Yelp as we read reviews on previous customers’ experiences. Notably, businesses with good reviews attract many new customers while those with bad reviews repel consumers from a business’s services. Because customer satisfaction is essential to the success of any business, Yelp holds great economic power. However, many Yelp users tend to illegimatize the site by utilizing it as a platform to lash out their emotions into an exaggerated review that may negatively affect an innocent business. Though fabricated reviews pose a problem to the website, Yelp is adding a new policy that may further this problem by adding an alert on a business’s page if they are associated with racist behaviors. Today, we’re announcing a new consumer alert to stand against racism. In the last few months, we’ve seen that there is a clear need to warn consumers about businesses associated with egregious, racially-charged actions to help people make more informed spending decisions. — Yelp (@Yelp) October 8, 2020 2020 has brought lots of attention to the Black Lives Matter movement, inspiring Yelp to take action in eliminating systemic racism. As part of their mission to end racism, Yelp partnered with ‘My Black Receipt’ to launch a black-owned business attribute encouraging consumers to spend $5 million at black-owned businesses from Juneteenth to Independence Day. Yelp also joined the ’15 Percent Pledge’ that urges major retailers to commit 15% of their shelves to black-owned businesses. After these initiatives increased the amount of Yelp reviews on black-owned businesses by 617%, Yelp decided to take their fight against racism one step further with their new policy warning consumers of a business’ racist activities. Why Are People Upset? Yelp may be making progress in the social justice realm, but many are apprehensive of the possible effects on the economy. Because negative reviews steer customers away from a particular business, people are worried that consumers will be more reluctant to spend money at a business that is accused of racism – even if the review is fake. This consideration has led people to question how Yelp will isolate real and fictitious accounts of racism. Yelp needs to explain how exactly they plan to investigate incidents of racism.We know of the fake reviews on Yelp, do you honestly feel that all Yelp reviews are legit? This is a power move by Yelp, they now have more power than ever with this policy! #WakeUp pic.twitter.com/rMFry48cfn — DJfirewood (@JfirewoodD) October 9, 2020 Many are also concerned that people may falsely accuse a business of racism out of dissatisfaction with an aspect unrelated to racism – attempting to ruin a business. Racist behavior in business go either way @Yelp you are gonna burry business to the ground because an entitle prick needed a refund — soignepapi (@soignepapi) October 9, 2020 However, Yelp has stated that the new ‘Business Accused of Racist Behavior’ warning is an extension of their ‘Public Attention Alert’, which “warns consumers that a business may be receiving an influx of reviews as a result of increased attention.” In other words, a business will receive an alert on their page when it is publicly exposed for racist behavior – a link to a published news article will be provided in the alert. Read our full blog here: https://t.co/1K2bJ46uM8. pic.twitter.com/S04Bu9ehdE — Yelp (@Yelp) October 9, 2020 Although Yelp has moral intentions, many are bothered by the possible repercussions this new policy will have on struggling businesses as we are currently in a recession due to the pandemic. I won’t be using @Yelp anymore. I encourage you to join me. This is going to be grossly abused and will result in lots of good business owners and employees falling on even harder times after having to endure COVID lockdowns. #CancelYelp https://t.co/WbuE2Jqj8i — Cal Jameson (@JamesonCal) October 9, 2020 Others are frustrated with Yelp as they fear people will use this new policy to push their own political agendas at the expense of many businesses. So basically they’re now allowing BLM to do virtual looting. In the future, they’ll use the Yelp list to go and attack these businesses.@Yelp is aiding and abetting ANTIFA/BLM domestic terrorism. https://t.co/IvH7J8FkZ0 — Lauren Witzke (@LaurenWitzkeDE) October 9, 2020 With @Yelp announcing it is going to put notices on businesses accused of “racist behavior,” one #antifa group responsible for organizing the violent protests in Portland is now compiling a list. pic.twitter.com/EubfxcztuD — Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) October 9, 2020 One Twitter user points out that the policy itself is racist as it neglects to consider other minority groups such as Asians, Latinos, Native Americans, etc. I see you added a feature where you can find black owned businesses. What about asian owned? What about Mexican owned? Native American owned? Focusing on one race and leaving out all others is pretty much racist. @yelp app deleted. — OKLady🇺🇸 (@ok_debra) October 9, 2020 Yelp may be urging businesses to stand against racism, but many are calling them out as hypocrites because Yelp has been involved with many instances of racist and sexist behaviors in the past. Why not fix your own first. pic.twitter.com/h4QY5QW59n — Slumber (@Slumber_666) October 9, 2020 Yelp!!!! pic.twitter.com/NQ1gk2RrfX — Y.R. Sparks 🌕 (@yellowredsparks) October 9, 2020 A @Yelp employee once called me the n-word. This is absolutely true and certainly not just another made up hate crime. No one would EVER do that 😉 #Yelpisracist https://t.co/U9by84e725 — Texan703 (@RyanCribbs2) October 9, 2020 Because many view this new policy as unfair, Twitter users are encouraging business owners to team up and sue Yelp. It's funny, sorry, really, but you're not thinking. I think that there will be such an overflow of remarks that #yelp doing the investigating will think it's true, and you'll eventually get sued by a group of restaurant owners. It will be an interesting class-action lawsuit. https://t.co/sLZbHsvUj9 — Antonio I. Borroto X (@AntonioIBorroto) October 9, 2020 Just like the rest of big tech, remove section 230, and they will be sued into bankruptcy if they don’t stop their tyrannical actions. @Yelp has been hurting small businesses for years. They hide good reviews and highlight bad reviews. They need to be sued. — Derek Utley (@realDerekUtley) October 9, 2020 Every small business owner needs to organize a class action lawsuit against @Yelp for defamation, slander, and reckless endangerment of their property and finances — Etherium-Apex✝️ (@EtheriumApex) October 9, 2020 People Who Support Yelp’s New Policy Although people are furious with the new policy, there are many who support Yelp’s decision to implement this new feature as they believe it will help businesses be more cautious of racism. Here's what they never tell black people: almost at all restaurants, I get served before people of color, many waitresses have told me they wouldn't seat black people next to me, and my food always tastes better than what the colored folks get. This happens everywhere. — TaylorGardens (@TaylorGardens1) October 9, 2020 It’s funny how the only people that are complaining are the melanin-challenged individuals who haven’t experienced racial profiling a day in their life. Forgive me if I take your opinion with a grain of salt. — 𝚅𝙾𝚃𝙴 𝙵𝙾𝚁 𝚈𝙾𝚄𝚁 𝙻𝙸𝙵𝙴 🗳 (@endoftheweekxo) October 9, 2020 For businesses that are worried Yelp may penalize them for racist behavior, Yelp partnered with ‘Open to All,’ which serves as a toolkit for small and medium businesses to learn how to foster an environment that welcomes diversity. Included with ‘Open to All’ is a 60 minute unlearning bias video for training employees, outreach language for customers and employees, and social media assets. Currently, there are about half a million businesses enrolled in this program. 🔊 Calling all #OpenToAll businesses! We're proud to partner with @opentoallofus to release this toolkit designed to support your commitment to being a safe, inclusive, and welcoming place to everyone! Access the toolkit today. https://t.co/QBHrwGuJgr — Yelp (@Yelp) October 9, 2020 Though Yelp has the right intentions, will this new policy hurt the economy? Also, how effective will this policy be in combating racism? Do you think there will be fraudulent claims of racism out of spite?
The Sway House is one of the most popular TikTok content houses as it features the video-sharing app’s favorite male heartthrobs. However, the members are known for their rambunctious habits as they continually get into trouble. After Sway hosted a huge party for Bryce Hall’s 21st birthday in the middle of a pandemic – causing the city to shut off their water and power – it seemed that the Sway boys were laying low and trying to not interfere with the law, but they just can’t stay out of trouble. From large parties to drug charges, Sway member Bryce Hall is known for his partying and reckless behaviors – he profits off this reputation by selling “Party Animal University” merchandise. @brycehall im jus vibin dude ♬ New Thang – Redfoo What Happened? Adding to his reputation, Hall tweeted out a video where he and other Sway members are involved in a fist fight with a man outside of a Mel’s Diner. we don’t condone violence, but if you punch someone in front of us, we’ll have no choice but to defend ourselves. pic.twitter.com/2SC2MHLqhB — Bryce Hall (@BryceHall) October 5, 2020 According to TMZ, the fight took place on September 23 after a drunk Sway member – Nick Bean – placed a cone under a man’s car. This act provoked the man to punch Bean in the face leading other Sway members to immediately attack the man to protect their friend. Eventually, law enforcement got involved and the two parties worked it out and agreed not to press any charges. Last night, Hall decided to post the violent video causing people to swarm to social media as they tried to identify the people involved. After analyzing the video, most determined that Josh Richards and Jaden Hossler were throwing the punches while Bryce Hall and Jordan Rodriguez (Jrod) are seen pulling their friends off of the man in attempts to diffuse the situation. Response Hall has been caught in fights before, but many were shocked by Richards’s involvement as he is seen being very aggressive and throwing most of the punches. Richards’s behavior in the video contradicts his professional career as he has taken on many business ventures including co-founding Talent X and becoming the chief strategy officer for Triller. @joshrichards Morning buds ♬ Tap In x Rags2Riches x Wet – carneyval The Sway boys may have been defending their friend, but their actions have a great impact on their fans. TikTok attracts a younger crowd as tweens and teens look up to the personalities they watch daily on their screens. However, this puts pressure on popular creators like the Sway boys to serve as role models for their younger audience. But this video exhibits a different side of these influencers, and people are worried that their fanbase may imitate their bad behaviors. embarassing, arent you suppose to be a role model — z (@ovxrit) October 5, 2020 Bryce not much anymore !? This is really embarrassing, stop getting into so much drama, you fight with some policemen, this is already too much, can you one day stop entering bard? I think that with you it will not be possible. — Dayana//moses and Pablo❤️ (@justttdayana) October 5, 2020 that you bring your fans the images and you explain the situation it's ok and shows your honesty , but that's not the Bryce that I love. — Tita Carlu 🦁 (@carla_flores_61) October 5, 2020 Even though some are appalled by what they have seen, there are many who are coming to the Sway boys’ defense. Ikr he’s protecting himself and if he got hurt people would be like why didn’t you fight back and I would just like to say they are saying if someone did it to them they would just let it happen — random (@Grace01618709) October 5, 2020 Why do people think just because you are “famous” your automatically a role model people are dum- — people annoy me🥱 (@cchina20) October 5, 2020 y’all who are saying this is embarrassing and that he shouldn’t be doing this are really stupid, They are trying to defend themselves and that’s what yu have to do in these kinds of situations — Tori (@itstorirepp) October 5, 2020 Recently, Bryce Hall has collaborated with Capital University in a new podcast about business and money management. Because Hall is starting to dip his toes into more mature and professional projects like the podcast, some are advising Hall to stop getting into trouble as this can negatively affect him in the future. Is that what happens when on Ani Energy? But real talk, we gotta discuss this. Can’t be going around doing this nonsense while trying to build generational wealth. — Pomp 🌪 (@APompliano) October 5, 2020 You should tell him to delete the fighting video now. It’s not good to keep this his page. — Numan Khan (@Nomikhan022) October 5, 2020 Instead of further addressing the situation, Hall took the opportunity to advertise his energy drink business with Richards in response to a comment suggesting their energy drink Ani Energy escalated the fight. okay, second dad. we’ll talk tomorrow about it. but hey, at least people are starting to learn the power of https://t.co/uyluQbTQMB https://t.co/pPSgQUzetd — Bryce Hall (@BryceHall) October 5, 2020 Others are showing their respect for Hall as they praise him for being honest with his followers and avoiding any misinterpretations from secondary sources. No. he knew it was gonna get leaked one way or another. if he didnt and someone else did, the boys would be portrayed as "starting fight and are problematic" and the tea pages would twist evrything n make it seem they jumped someone. Bryce posting that, he cleared what happened — Marwah (@Marwah_potter) October 5, 2020 Impact The Sway boys have been caught in many contentious circumstances in the past, but their controversies have allowed them to prosper in the social media world as people are addicted to drama – people are not entertained by normalcy. However, is there limit? The Sway boys are very young, and because TikTok is so new it is hard to tell if their actions will follow them into their adult lives. Also, we have to keep in mind the majority of TikTok users are very young, and they are being exposed to a lot of mature content that may influence them to act in coherence with these influencers as recklessness is being glorified. Is there a way for influencers to make mistakes without jeopardizing the future for many young kids? Do you think this situation was avoidable and could the Sway boys have handled it differently?
Since the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, thousands took to the streets to protest for change and justice for the loss of black lives at the hands of cops. For months, all over social media people were demanding that the cops who killed Breonna Taylor be charged for her death, but they were not. Because people were furious with the grand jury decision, people are back to the streets demanding justice for Taylor. Although this was a tragic situation, Taylor’s case has become very politicized as each party has their own opinions. But did this political figure go too far? Shortly after the verdict of Taylor’s case was announced, conservative Tomi Lahren tweeted a controversial statement following the court decision on Wednesday afternoon. It is NOT an officer’s duty to gamble with his/her life so you can happily and comfortably resist arrest. — Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) September 23, 2020 Also, when the vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris tweeted out to mourn Taylor’s death, Lahren responded redirecting the attention to officers who have died in the line of duty. Do you know the name of even one officer gunned down and murdered in the line of duty? Didn’t think so. https://t.co/6gXjc4NaJQ — Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) September 24, 2020 Lahren’s comments may be controversial, but this is not her first time openly expressing her controversial views – despite backlash. Back in 2016, she tweeted “Meet the new KKK, they call themselves “Black Lives Matter” but make no mistake their goals are far from equality” – angering many people. Also, she has tweeted out her views on immigration and opposition to kneeling during the National Anthem, which caused many to express their animosity towards her. Mainstream media outlets began writing about her comments such as People Magazine, Huffington Post and the New York Times. Chris Evans even responded to one of her tweets back in 2019 calling her out by saying “Wow. The complete lack of sympathy, respect, and general awareness is astonishing. Also, I would carry my kid through fire if it meant escaping hell.” Because Lahren has been known for her controversial political views, her critics were quick to condemn her and her tweets about the Breonna Taylor case. Y’all, if I ever bump into Tomi Lahren anywhere I’m taking one for the team. Just make sure to bail me out. ? — ? (@roseswastakennn) September 24, 2020 Tomi Lahren's not a white supremacist; it's just a coincidence that in every high profile case where someone ends up being killed, she decides that the Black person was the one who was wrong. Just a very big coincidence. — JRehling (@JRehling) September 24, 2020 Seeing Tomi Lahren trending again and then discovering she's on her right-wing white privilege bullshit. pic.twitter.com/WevVD0gK0C — Sorcerer SupMeme (@AholeInRecovery) September 24, 2020 What do you think about Tomi’s reaction to Black Lives Matter and the wrongful death of Breonna Taylor? Video produced by Kelsey Morris
Justin Bieber’s “bad boy” reputation is officially put to rest as he made some ‘Changes’ and is now utilizing his platform to encourage fans to spread kindness – especially during these difficult times. After dropping his new song ‘Holy’ featuring Chance The Rapper, Bieber and Chance teamed up with CashApp to give away $250,000 to those who are struggling from the current pandemic. Thanks for the love on Holy. @chancetherapper and I are partnering with Cash App to give away a total of $250k today to those affected by these hard times. Tell us your story if you feel like sharing. To enter drop your $cashtag & use #JBChanceHoly pic.twitter.com/zbTWGQIHYi — Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) September 24, 2020 Thanks for the love on Holy. @justinbieber and I are partnering with Cash App to give away a total of $250k today to those affected by these hard times. Tell us your story if you feel like sharing. To enter drop your $cashtag & use #JBChanceHoly pic.twitter.com/FlsHRwpQ42 — Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) September 24, 2020 The Music Video Last week, Bieber and Chance released the ‘Holy’ music video where Bieber placed himself in the shoes of millions of people all over the world. At the beginning of the video, Bieber and his fictional wife are seen in their working class jobs and are content as they have a strong bond and community. But everything comes crashing down as Bieber loses his job – a scene too many have experienced in real life. Because Bieber cannot pay rent, he and his music video wife are evicted from their apartment and become homeless. However, the couple’s spirits are lifted when a solider returning home to his family offers to give them a ride and a warm meal. At the man’s home, the couple’s frowns turn into smiles and laughter as the man welcomes them into his family. This video was very impactful because it allows people to relate with what the couple has gone through as well as motivating others to show the same kindness the soldier did for the couple. Fans Share Their Stories Wanting to do as they preached, Bieber and Chance started #JBChanceHoly on Instagram and Twitter to allow those severely affected by the pandemic to share their stories for a chance to win $500 from a $250,000 fund. This opportunity led thousands of people to flock to social media and open up about their struggles with the pandemic – in hopes that Bieber and Chance will help them leap over their obstacles. my fiancé & I are struggling to pay bills due to me being the only one working bc of covid & now my hours are being cut so I’ve been having panic attacks again bc of my anxiety & being worried 24/7 about how to pay for things we need $aleshamarie16 #JBChanceHoly pic.twitter.com/aFVE44VxMt — alesha (@thatavonstep) September 24, 2020 I began my business right before the beginning of covid and due to the type of business I’m starting I’ve been at a stand still ever sense. 2020 has been super mentally draining but we’ll get through this (hopefully)! $Bucaya #JBChanceHoly — Kindra (@creativ_mindz) September 25, 2020 i just lost 2 of my aunts in the same day, 2 hours apart. i’m starting college in 2 weeks and have no way to pay for textbooks. i can’t get a job bc of covid. my family’s falling apart & i’m losing everyone close to me, my life’s honestly just falling apart? pic.twitter.com/uDPmfddjBE — ?????? (@yumbizzle) September 24, 2020 About the Winners Because so many people hopped onto the hashtag to share their adversities, unfortunately, Bieber and Chance could not help everyone. However, there were still a lot of people who were noticed by the public figures and given a significant amount of money. One person who was gifted $500 is a woman who is struggling to pay for her college tuition while tackling the hardships of owning her own nail and esthetics business during the pandemic. This year I was supposed to start working in my field to start saving up for the future but due to covid I had to put all that on hold but as I still go to college, with tuition and books and everything, times have gotten a bit hard on my family and I $KinahV #JBChanceHoly — my name is sakinah & i do nails (@yagirlkinah) September 24, 2020 I have also decided to start my own business as well so being an entrepreneur has been a financial strain at times too, this probably wont be seen but I'd really be grateful if anything was given. This is an amazing blessing $KinahV #JBChanceHoly — my name is sakinah & i do nails (@yagirlkinah) September 24, 2020 Because she is a huge Bieber fan, she decided to sell ‘Holy’ themed acrylics to help make ends meet. Cuz the way you hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me…. Feels so holy, holy, holy, holy, #HOLY…. ON GOD!!! @ByKamillah @justinbieber pic.twitter.com/valdBkPh7Y — my name is sakinah & i do nails (@yagirlkinah) September 18, 2020 After being rewarded with $500, Chance The Rapper retweeted her tweet of thanking the rapper for her gift. ???? THE GREATESTEST ???? https://t.co/UiR3JLtAHJ — Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) September 24, 2020 Another recipient of the cash prize is a man who shared his story on how he and his girlfriend are expecting twins but are homeless and in desperate need of some financial assistance to help support his family. Hey man, me and my girlfriend have been put in a hostel due to being made homeless and are really struggling, especially as we’re having twins. I’m a massive fan and have been since I made a lyric video for Bad Day for you! I’d appreciate the help! £LDFlexin ❤️ #JBChanceHoly — luke (@ekulyenaled) September 24, 2020 Thank you @justinbieber. #JBChanceHoly pic.twitter.com/f9mZ7tyGkB — luke (@ekulyenaled) September 25, 2020 A familiar face to Bieber also won the cash prize as their father was featured in the ‘Stuck With U’ music video, but have been fighting to stay afloat after their father passed away with COVID-19 and their stepmother losing her job. Bieber and Chance also helped a woman who had multiple brain surgeries due to an aneurysm and is unable to pay her medical bills. These are just some who have received monetary gifts from the artists as many others are sharing their appreciation for Bieber’s and Chance’s kindness. THE LOML FOREVER & EVER @justinbieber #JBChanceHoly THANK YOU SO SO MUCH ❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/HbKqPBKRdW — JuLi ? (@julissarmz_) September 25, 2020 Omgggg thank you @justinbieber & @chancetherapper !!!!!! #JBChanceHoly ❤️ Wow God bless the BIEBZ ? pic.twitter.com/EjFHI4fnRt — b i a n c a (@OhMyBianca_) September 25, 2020 sg3 lead here we go guys just got a donation LMFAOO #JBChanceHoly pic.twitter.com/F2bwMxVvWl — ً (@mariesheaven) September 25, 2020 During these rough times, Bieber and Chance are exhibiting the importance of lending a hand to those who are in need. Every person has their own story – whether it be losing their job or struggling to balance school and family life – and so many are distressed. Bieber and Chance gave people the opportunity to share their stories and make their lives a little bit easier, and we should follow in Bieber’s and Chance’s footsteps in spreading kindness. What are your thoughts on Justin Bieber ‘s and Chance The Rapper’s efforts to spread kindness? Did it work? What are some steps you can take to help those who are going through hard times?
Over the last week, two old-school YouTubers have revisited their retired internet personas. If you are a true 2000’s kid, when you hear a high-pitched voice, your mind immediately thinks of the lovable Fred. However, since the 2010s, Fred has steered away from the public eye – until now. Because of his hilarious content and distinct voice, fans instantly fell in love with Fred leading him to land a show on Nickelodeon, a film franchise, albums and all the merchandise you can imagine. This character, however, retired back in 2014 by Cruikshank so he could move on to other things, including a personal channel which has amassed over 3 million subscribers. However, Fred is keeping up with the times and shifting over to TikTok. A couples days ago Fred posted two videos onto his new TikTok account titled “heyitsfred” – hinting at coming out of retirement. In the first video, Fred shows pictures of himself during the highlights of his career, but then jumps to how he looks now which is much older – and a little like Justin Bieber. @heyitsfred i really did dat #greenscreenvideo #fred #fredfigglehorn #fredthemovie ♬ original sound – Trey Dreamz ? In the second video, Fred is seen doing a popular TikTok dance while wearing the iconic Fred shirt. @heyitsfred hopefully Judy sees this #Fred #fredfigglehorn #fredthemovie ♬ original sound – Ivy Miller People were shocked when Fred randomly appeared on their ‘For You Page,’ and this led over 222,000 people to click the follow button and keep updated with what Fred is up to next. Fred is not the only 2010 YouTuber returning to his old content as Josh Chomik – better known as theComputerNerd01 – is making a comeback. TheComputerNerd01’s career peaked 10 years ago as people were obsessed with his parodies. One of his most popular videos was his parody of ‘Baby’ by Justin Bieber that reached over 30 million views. After retiring from YouTube, Chomik decided to pursue other career options in the editing field, but now has a lot more free time due to the current pandemic. Because of this, Chomik has decided to resurrect his old YouTube persona as theComputernerd01. On Twitter, he hinted at the release of a new parody and last weekend he followed through by posting his first parody in four years. Many of his TikTok followers requested him to create a parody to the viral song ‘WAP’ by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, and Chomik granted their wish. In the video, he makes the sexual and explicit song more PG by changing the lyrics to revolve around a “big bass cookie.” @joshchomik Reply to @kausalyay You guys asked for it… #Fyp #Foryoupage #foryou ♬ original sound – Josh Now, many people are feeling nostalgic about Fred’s and theComputerNerd01’s return and have had a lot to say on TikTok and Twitter – including newer social media influencers. . thecomputernerd01 wants to collab with mE HAHAHAGSHA LIFE IS FULL CIRCLE — aviva (@oxythotinn) September 13, 2020 so @LucasCruikshank popped up on my tiktok fyp under the username “heyitsfred” and i felt like i was in 2008-2009 — Thrxns (@Thrxns_) September 16, 2020 Thecomputernerd01 saving 2020 https://t.co/3st25V4VLA — Darby? (@darbyadele) September 12, 2020 Are you excited for Fred’s and TheComputerNerd01’s return? Video Produced by Kelsey Morris
From secret weddings to cheating allegations, we have all been aboard Cardi B’s and Offset’s emotional rollercoaster as they climbed hills and encountered steep drops. However, as they neared their third wedding anniversary, the rappers have decided to unbuckle their seatbelts and end their wild ride. After overwhelming evidence of Offset repeatedly cheating throughout their relationship, Cardi B finally had enough. On Tuesday, Cardi B’s lawyer submitted documents in Atlanta to divorce Offset and request full custody of their two-year old daughter Kulture. However, on Wednesday morning Cardi B made some adjustments as she disagreed with the terms her lawyer asked for. She wants an “amicable” divorce and a healthy co-parenting relationship with her daughter’s father. Relationship Timeline In attempts to keep their personal lives on the down low, Offset and Cardi B secretly got married in September 2017, but Offset publicly proposed in October – a month after they were already married. After months of keeping people in the dark on their marital status, the husband and wife revealed the truth in June 2018. However, the secrets did not end there. For a while, Cardi B held her pregnancy a secret as she wanted people to focus on her music rather than her personal life. When it became impossible to hide her pregnancy, Cardi B shocked fans as she boasted her pregnant body during her performance on SNL in April 2018. Cardi B officially reveals her pregnancy on #SNL https://t.co/EsbqDvIny7 pic.twitter.com/ePl3kEsyHx — Rap-Up (@RapUp) April 8, 2018 Although their relationship had many milestones, there were rocks in the road as videos resurfaced of Offset cheating on Cardi B in December 2017 and January 2018. Despite pressure from fans to leave him, Cardi B stuck by his side. But a year later, Cardi B announced on Instagram that the couple had broken up and she’s looking into getting a divorce. Aww the way Cardi B is talking? pic.twitter.com/CNNsEmB7sp — AbikeArab Money? (@papaya_ex) September 16, 2020 Shortly after their breakup went public, Offset confessed that he missed his wife and ambushed Cardi B onstage during the Rolling Loud music festival with signs asking her to take him back. After a month of Offset’s multiple grand gestures, the couple got back together at the end of January 2019. For over a year, it seemed that their marriage was going strong as the couple expressed their love for each other on social media – especially this summer. But it seems Offset has not learned his lesson as many women have come forward exposing their affairs with the Migos member, leading Cardi B to finally divorce him. Divorce Details According to TMZ, the original court documents stated that the couple have been separated for some time and Cardi B has no intention of getting back together with Offset. Cardi B’s lawyer requested for an “equitable share of marital assets,” which leads us to assume that – unlike many other celebrity marriages – there was no prenup when the rappers got married. Also, the lawyer asked for Cardi B to get full custody of her daughter and for Offset to pay child support and legal expenses. However, Cardi B was surprised by the stance her lawyer was taking, which led her to make some changes on Wednesday morning. In the new documents, she wants Offset to have joint custody of their daughter and to not be forced to give any financial support. She wants this divorce to be smooth and friendly. The exes are set to appear in court on November 4 to determine the official terms of their divorce. Twitter Responses Although this is a serious and saddening situation for the two parties involved, people are taking to Twitter to create memes and jokes about their divorce. Cardi B is known for her sexual and explicit songs, and many are analyzing the lyrics to her song ‘WAP’ to explain why Offset was unfaithful. However, many are slut-shaming Cardi B in the process. Cardi B should’ve really learned to cook & clean for Offset instead of just relying on that WAP… didn’t get her too far after all. — DeAnna Lorraine ?? (@DeAnna4Congress) September 15, 2020 I guess it ain't a WAP, her husband still get real WAP LOLWHAT does that ring mean now. Since you dont cook or clean. — MomaShugg (@MommaShugg1) September 16, 2020 Lol. So my question is: Does Cardi have that WAP if he cheating???? — La'Marcus (@Markkhuz) September 16, 2020 Cardi B doesn’t cook, she doesn’t clean and she can’t keep a man like my ex. @iamcardib. Shame — Omar Navarro (@RealOmarNavarro) September 15, 2020 Cardi b : “I don’t cook, I don’t clean” Offset: pic.twitter.com/fiXuPxXcqf — NJ? (@gIazersdead) September 15, 2020 Even though Cardi B has some haters, Offset has even more. Because of their past, most are commenting on Offset’s serial cheating habits. Offset trynna figure out why Cardi is divorcing him after cheating on her pic.twitter.com/hsBRclRBB6 — ✌️ (@AmirMuhammadAli) September 15, 2020 Cardi B: i want a divorce Offset after cheating on her a billion times: pic.twitter.com/11VOiXMJI5 — Active (@heypeopleexx) September 15, 2020 Cardi b : we’re getting a divorce i don’t deserve this Offset unblocking every insta model cardi made him block : pic.twitter.com/KE8VVDNA7W — ⚔️Jeremy | Replay 〄 (@gardenpanty) September 15, 2020 Amid the news of Cardi B’s divorce, she has been receiving lots of love and support from her fans – including Lizzo. Lizzo sent Cardi flowers. We love a genuine friendship. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/83yTP81VLj — Fan Account | #BLM (@BardiUpdatess) September 16, 2020 Cardi B. is powerful!! In every way! Mind and heart. And she needs a partner that embraces that, is in awe of that, cherishes that, is in reverence of that, and delights in that. — Bolu Babalola (@BeeBabs) September 15, 2020 I'm not surprised cardi B is divorceing offset. She's sitting with presidential candidates & looking to make change. He's been cheating on her since day one. She just outgrew him. — ?? Quinn ???? (@Quinn510_) September 16, 2020 It’s so sad to watch so many people talking down on Cardi B as if she is the one in the wrong. Like I always say, celebrity women get cheated on bc these men are jealous of them in their stardom & are trying to publicly humiliate them to make themselves feel confident. — ABM (@imani_yvonne2) September 16, 2020 How do you feel about Cardi B’s and Offset’s divorce? Will the divorce be as friendly as Cardi B hopes?
Over the last few months, everyone was glued to their phones as they waited for updates regarding the ban of TikTok – an app that has dramatically changed digital culture. After President Trump’s executive order in August forcing ByteDance to sell TikTok, the fate of our favorite creators and videos seemed uncertain. However, they will not be going anywhere because TikTok has agreed to partner with Oracle. But will the US government approve this deal? Background When India banned the video-sharing app in June, American TikTok users worried that the app would be banned in the US after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced in early July that they are looking into banning TikTok due to national security concerns. BIG: After India, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that the United States is “certainly looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including #TikTok. ‘Download the App only if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese’, Pompeo warns. pic.twitter.com/gtbQ9tjlCd — Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) July 7, 2020 Because TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, it is under the control of the Chinese Communist government. This raises concerns all over the world because there were allegations that TikTok is sharing private information with the Chinese government – although TikTok denied these accusations. TikTok felt that the Trump Administration was ignoring their explanations and denials of their connections to China leading to TikTok’s lawsuit against the administration. Due to President Trump’s distrust of China as he believes they are a huge economic competitor and responsible for the current world pandemic, President Trump did not want to take any national security risks when it comes to China. Despite Gen Z’s retaliation, President Trump set a hard deadline on ByteDance to sell TikTok to a US owned company by September 20 or it will be banned in the US by September 29. Over the last month, TikTok has been presented with many potential buyers including Microsoft and Walmart, but people thought Microsoft would be TikTok’s new owner. @charlesthegr8 #sponsored I might have to cop that new #xbox now #microsoft #fyp #foryou #funny ♬ Cousin Stizz – Perfect Ft. City Girls – jgonz860 Oracle Outbids Microsoft However, yesterday, Microsoft announced that ByteDance rejected their offer to buy TikTok. Today, Oracle officially confirmed that it has been chosen to become TikTok’s “trusted technology provider.” However, it is hard to tell exactly what this means. Oracle is a software company that sells software and cloud services to companies to help them manage and improve their businesses. As a “technology partner,” Oracle may be allowing TikTok to utilize its cloud infrastructure, which would attract more businesses to become Oracle clients and improve TikTok’s data security. Since the announcement of Oracle’s deal with TikTok, Oracle’s stock has increased almost 6% as TikTok is a huge platform with over 2 billion downloads worldwide. With TikTok, Oracle’s revenue is sure to increase exponentially as they will be in control of one of the world’s most popular social media networks. “Are you buying Oracle stock today?” pic.twitter.com/lL7JTuuIl0 — Douglas A. Boneparth (@dougboneparth) September 14, 2020 Is This a Good Deal? However, some are skeptical of this deal as many are bothered by President Trump’s connection to the company. Larry Ellison is a former CEO of Oracle and currently serves as executive chairman of the board and chief technology officer. In February, Ellison hosted a fundraiser at his Coachella Valley home for Donald Trump, but was not physically present. Also, the current CEO Safra Catz was a part of President Trump’s transition team. Oracle won the bid for TikTok. I wonder why… ?https://t.co/Ehd0u25QvB — Katie Hill (@KatieHill4CA) September 14, 2020 Oracle appears to get TikTok. Its chairman, Larry Ellison, is a big Trump donor. Competitor Microsoft is not. Crony capitalism is the norm. Hope it becomes the next MySpace pronto. — Michael Glassman (@MHGtweet) September 14, 2020 Maybe it’s just a coincidence that Oracle, which has zero expertise in consumer technology (as opposed to Microsoft), and is headed by Larry Ellison and Safra Catz, two of Trump’s biggest (and only) supporters in Silicon Valley, gets to buy TiKTok. https://t.co/chvNLfcQ7v — andy serwer (@serwer) September 14, 2020 Despite this, most people are ecstatic about TikTok being saved, but the deal still needs to be approved by the White House. Within the last few weeks, there have been rumors that China will prohibit ByteDance from selling its algorithm to the US; however, to prevent a ban, ByteDance must sell 100% of the company – including its algorithm. The algorithm is TikTok’s most valuable feature as its ‘For You’ page gives each user an individualized experience based on their engagement as well as allowing anyone to go viral, no matter their following. my “for you page” is too accurate on tiktok wtf — yanisbeth? (@yanisbishh) September 12, 2020 From Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s statement, it is unclear if TikTok agreed to sell its algorithm to Oracle. According to Secretary Mnuchin’s statement to CNBC, they received ByteDance’s proposal over the weekend and will review the deal this week. Mnuchin said he will be talking with Oracle over the next few days to ensure American data and phones are secure with this deal. Even though the details of Oracle’s deal with TikTok have not been released, TikTok fans are jumping with joy as they will not have to say goodbye to their favorite videos and creators. @elianaghen BREAKING NEWS!!! Thank you Tiktok! I am so grateful! #greenscreen #tiktoksold #oracle #BoostYourMood #fyp ♬ Whole Lotta Choppas – Sada Baby Do you think the White House will approve this deal? Will TikTok sell its algorithm? Why do you think TikTok picked Oracle over Microsoft?
In the past, ‘Big Brother’ has faced criticism for bullying and racist behavior by cast members; however, this season’s episodes include moments where houseguests discuss racial injustice and other social issues to portray the ‘Big Brother’ house as a welcoming and inclusive environment. “No matter what stage in life you are at, make sure you have the courage to speak up and say the right things.” #BBKaysar and #BBDavonne share a powerful moment in tonight’s episode of #BB22. pic.twitter.com/TlVZUcoIaQ — Big Brother (@CBSBigBrother) August 30, 2020 However, production has failed to show the bullying that has taken place this year. ‘Big Brother’ is a reality show competition where 16 people live in a house together for a couple of months to compete for a half a million dollars through physical and mental competitions. Each week, one housemate is voted off the show by their peers, and the last person left in the house wins the cash prize. Currently, the show features an all-star cast of returning players from previous seasons. The houseguests are under 24 hour surveillance through live feeds that anyone with a CBS All Access subscription can view at any time, but fans were outraged by what they saw this past Wednesday. Background Ian Terry is considered a legend in the ‘Big Brother’ world, as he won the 14th season of the show – beating one of the best players of all time, former winner Dan Gheesling. Terry is known for his intelligence as he is a strategic and analytical player. As Terry returned for his second season of ‘Big Brother,’ he decided to be more open with the houseguests and public about living on the spectrum. During a casual conversation with a few houseguests, Terry explained how previous viewers and houseguests expressed their annoyance with his rocking movements that helped soothe him. With many of the current houseguests in shock that he has autism, Terry clarified that living on the spectrum does not define him as he lives a normal life with a great job, family, and girlfriend. One thing you can take from #BBIan is that YOU define who you are and will be in this world. #BB22 pic.twitter.com/uw5n7IlwoJ — Big Brother (@CBSBigBrother) August 13, 2020 On national television, his fellow houseguests seem to be accepting of him, but from what viewers saw on Wednesday, that does not seem to be the case. What Happened? On a video from the live feeds, Memphis Garrett, Dani Briones, Nicole Franzel, Christmas Abott, and Cody Calafiore are seen mocking and laughing about Terry’s condition. The video starts off by Briones calling Terry a “roach,” and Garrett then refers to Terry as “a totally different human being.” Although Franzel interjects and says that Terry is now “confident,” Garrett claims that his confidence is “creepy.” As a bad joke, Briones tells Memphis that she will tell Terry to sit at the end of Garrett’s bed to scare him, and Garrett says if he does that he will “kick him in his teeth” and will excuse it as an “accident” as he will say he thought Terry was a ghost from ‘The Shining.’ Dani is really referring to Ian as a roach.Has she walked past a mirror lately?? Looking like a Charles Manson follower ? Memphis is a scumbag #bb22 pic.twitter.com/265n6zB4Xs — ????? (@LyndaShonubi) September 10, 2020 The bullying does not end there. Garrett goes on to imitate how Terry walks and talks, and says that he acts “weird.” Garrett, Briones, and Calafiore go on to discuss how they often do not understand Terry when he talks as he constantly uses big words and discusses random facts. Memphis, Donato, Franzel and Cody still making fun of Ian. Donato encourage Memphis to interrogate him.#bb22 pic.twitter.com/IrLH1yquCO — ? DumpTrump ? (@squalo) September 10, 2020 On a different occasion, Garrett mocks Terry’s rocking movements to Briones, Franzel, and Abott as he says that Terry stresses him out as he has “nightmares” of Terry’s rocking. When Garrett leaves, Briones says she agrees with Garrett and that Franzel is laughing because she does too. Abott also chimes in. So These Cunts @nicole_franzel @danidONAT0 @christmasabbott That’s Right I Said It , Making Fun Of Ian’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Is Another New Low For @CBSBigBrother #BB22 #Austism #IanTerry #NicoleFranzel #DanieleDonato #ChristmasAbbott pic.twitter.com/chcApZoHxu — TruthAndSarcasm (@TruthAndSarcasm) September 9, 2020 Later, Briones confides in Franzel furthering her agreement with Garrett as she says Terry’s constant rocking “stresses her out” and Franzel agrees. Dani & Nicole F were making fun of Ian's 'rocking' due to his autism which says freaks them out & can't look at him. Memphis described it like he is in a horror movie. Absolutely discusting behavior by these #MeanGirls Memphis & Christmas – shame on you all?? #BB22 pic.twitter.com/zMnYeh0cV1 — Real Talk Radio (@RealTalkRadio8) September 11, 2020 While these conversations are happening, Terry’s close friend and former ‘Big Brother’ winner, Nicole Franzel, is laughing and agreeing with what has been said, instead of protecting her good friend. It is not a secret that Terry and Franzel are friends outside of the house as they directly said it on national television and made a pact to take each other to the final two – though Franzel also has a final two deal with Cody Calafiore. Fans’ Response These videos from the live feeds have outraged fans, and they are calling out the houseguests involved. Ian opened up to them about his autism. Ian told them how people last season made fun of him and how it hurt. Ian told them that kids like him watch him and look up to him. Ian explained how his stemming helps him. And they still make fun of him for it. TRASH #BB22 — CBS Reality Stan ?? ? (@Les971) September 9, 2020 memphis making fun of Ian and then Dani/Nicole laughing about it makes me feel a whole new level of anger. please someone put me in a room with them so i can beat tf out of them. that is NOT okay, NOT funny. Big brother producers, you better do something about this. — 『 Ashley Rose 』 (@luvelyashleyy) September 9, 2020 Me omw to the Big Brother house if these people don’t keep Ian out their mouth. pic.twitter.com/3Gf9o5UcOS — ✰ ian patrick terry stan ✰ (@DulceGHernandez) September 8, 2020 it’s so heartbreaking to see ian once again get made fun of in the big brother house. these people in the house are grown adults…grow up and stop acting like children. ? #BB22 — JoJo (@Slasi18) September 9, 2020 Former Cast Members’ Response Not only are fans angry with this situation, but also former houseguests – including current cast members already evicted – are speaking up. Janelle Pierzina and Kaysar Ridha are known as a power duo in multiple seasons of ‘Big Brother,’ but were both evicted early from this season as many saw them as a threat. At home, Pierzina and Ridha were outraged with the houseguests’ behavior towards Terry as they were close to him in the house. Riddha even helped Terry’s game by exposing people before he left. #BBKaysar gave the Houseguests a speech to remember on last night's #BB22! ? pic.twitter.com/RndSXP2sOk — Big Brother (@CBSBigBrother) September 4, 2020 Pierzina and Ridha took to Twitter to express their anger over the cast’s treatment of Terry. Absolutely disgusted! https://t.co/KODcFV1cZ5 — Janelle Pierzina (@JanellePierzina) September 10, 2020 Instead of laughing they should be standing up for Ian. He has a disability ? https://t.co/4Vwpusq4Wv — Janelle Pierzina (@JanellePierzina) September 10, 2020 Thank you for posting this. People on the spectrum are some of the best our society has to offer. I’m mortified by the actions of these Big Brother houseguests. Before leaving I reminded Ian to never let anyone laugh at him. Ever. Period. #BB22 https://t.co/fPmNRDgXWI — Kaysar Ridha (@KaysarRidha) September 10, 2020 Inside the BB house reflects society’s failures when it comes to our handling of diversity. We could use a lesson in empathy & awareness. Ppl who are neurodiverse & on the spectrum should be protected not trashed. I have zero tolerance on this issue #BB22 https://t.co/XFQjh3uMYh — Kaysar Ridha (@KaysarRidha) September 10, 2020 Also, Ridha and his fellow housemate Nicole Anthony went on Instagram Live to discuss the houseguests’ insensitivity toward Terry. Nicole A. and Kaysar speak on the people in the house making fun of Ian’s autism #BB22 pic.twitter.com/UDLw9oXVWV — cece (@sedmond91) September 9, 2020 Not only are players from this season voicing their frustration, but also are former houseguests from previous seasons including Kat Dunn, Ovi Kabir, and former winner Andy Herren. Strengths of autism include: • Strong long-term memory skills• Math, computer, musical, artistic skills• Thinking in a visual way• Punctuality• Honesty• Detail oriented• Independent thinking• Loyalty• Non-judge mental listening#bb22 https://t.co/g6sPAP1mUH — Kat Dunn (@itskathryndunn) September 10, 2020 I’m sorry Matt, but if you’re referring to Ian you’re missing the point. YES we want to protect Ian but we know he’s a grown adult. For me, this is about the thousands of viewers who are also on the spectrum, who have looked up to Ian and thought “I can do that too!” https://t.co/7wCWBr9MJF — Kat Dunn (@itskathryndunn) September 10, 2020 Memphis is talking about kicking the teeth in of Ian. The same man who asked the DR if he could give up his HOH letter (if he wins this week) to let Cody (whose grandfather just passed away) get a letter from his family. Despicable.#BB22 https://t.co/hbeBaK1c8o — Ovi Kabir (@TheOviKabir) September 10, 2020 Memphis is a real piece of shit for the way he talks about Ian and Ian’s autism. Inexcusable. #BB22 — Andy Herren (@AndyHerren) September 10, 2020 Consequences The houseguests may be isolated from the outside world, but they are receiving some serious consequences. Because of her participation in this situation, Franzel has lost multiple sponsorships including from Olay, Winery Chateau Ste. Michelle, and BlanQuil. We no longer have a business relationship with this person and have no plans for future work together. We have zero-tolerance for bullying and we do not support the behavior displayed by this person. — OLAY (@OlaySkin) September 10, 2020 Our connection with Nicole was made prior to her joining the current show. We took immediate action to review once we learned of the situation & have thus decided to end our collaboration now and in the future. We do not tolerate or condone discrimination or bullying of any kind. — Chateau Ste. Michelle (@SteMichelle) September 11, 2020 Nicole doesn’t seem to be doing the kind of social media influencing she was expecting #bb22 pic.twitter.com/RQwoKS8t7J — Tooms (@Tooms_BB) September 10, 2020 After losing these sponsorships and the mass amounts of tweets from fans, people seem to think that production had a conversation with Franzel because last night on the live feeds she is seen apologizing to Terry for being insensitive. #BB22 Nicole says she cares more about friendship with Ian than game, which is absolute horsesh!t, considering she split her side open laughing at jokes made about his autistic behavior. He tells her the only time he was like "what" was the BULLHORN and BB switches cams. pic.twitter.com/cx54c360hW — ?? ?????? (@BB_Pissed) September 11, 2020 Many ‘Big Brother’ viewers may be unaware of what has been going on as CBS failed to show the houseguests’ inappropriate behavior on Thursday night’s episode allowing many to still idolize these players. Only those who are active on social media or the live feeds have seen these cast members’ true colors. What are your thoughts on the situation? What do you think production should do to condemn bullying on the show?