Despite the insane amount of backlash she gets every time, JK Rowling has again done something to get her called transphobic. This time, Rowling promoted a shop, Wild Womyn Workshop, on her Twitter. The shirt she wears seems innocent enough, but a deeper look at the store’s products reveal a much darker truth. This incident seems to be the last straw for Gigi Gorgeous, who said that “Harry Potter” now means “nothing” to her. Sometimes a T-shirt just speaks to you… (From https://t.co/hhOu3fO1rg, in case you know a witch who'd like one ?) pic.twitter.com/T4E9OCMCMI — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 22, 2020 Wild Womyn Workshop sells quite a few explicitly anti-trans items. These items include stickers with explicitly anti-trans messages like “trans-ideology erases women” and pins that read “transactivism is misogyny.” Though Rowling did not feature any of these items, it’s hard to give her the benefit of the doubt. Rowling has repeatedly spoken up against the transgender community, constantly invalidating their experiences and identites. Earlier this month, “RIPJKRowling” was trending on Twitter due to the transphobic undertones of her new novel. She didn’t actually die, but she is dead to many people at this point. jk rowling is promoting a store that sells these…. disgusting behavior pic.twitter.com/qlmppM0495 — ? (@swiftdestroyme6) September 24, 2020 Fans are once again hurt about these comments, but they are no longer surprised. They are just disappointed. One TikToker made a TikTok further explaining the severity of this situation. Referencing Rowling’s villain in the “Harry Potter” series, Tim said, “She who shall not be named is getting a little dangerous.” Tim continued, “JK Rowling is not an ally! You cannot pick and choose which members of the community you want to be an ally for.” Hi JK Rowling is DANGEROUS and will be placed on administrative leave until further notice pic.twitter.com/jQPOUkjwzG — Tim Beeckman Davis (@GleefullyTim) September 25, 2020 Gigi Gorgeous is also speaking up. She is a transgender YouTuber, socialite, actress, and model. She spoke out against Rowling in a recent clip shared by TMZ. She said, “Harry Potter meant something to me earlier, and now it means nothing to me… J.K. Rowling is an iconic author… but in my eyes now she’s dead because she doesn’t honor my community and people that I call brothers and sisters.” As expected, Twitter also had a lot to say about this new JK Rowling incident. One user summed up his feelings very succinctly, tweeting “JK Rowling is EVIL.” Another tweet shows a picture of a license plate with the letters LGB. The caption, originally in Spanish, translates to “JK Rowling’s car.” jk Rowling is EVIL — syd (@punker_irl) September 24, 2020 El coche de JK Rolling. pic.twitter.com/X5ElXkctuW — DavidStark?️????? (@DavidStark29) September 23, 2020 One Twitter bot account posted a graphic explaining frustration with Rowling. The caption reads, “JK Rowling can go roll off a mountain kthanks.” [TW: terf nonsense] JK Rowling can go roll off a mountain kthanks https://t.co/F7rdbf85jl pic.twitter.com/zSpCY6jpv4 — traaaaaaannnnnnnnnns (@traabot) September 25, 2020 One Twitter user wrote a little poem with help from “The Good Place.” The tweet reads, “Roses are red #JKRowling is a TERF If she keeps tweeting” before showing a picture of Maya Rudloph’s character from “The Good Place.” The picture shows Rudolph dancing and has a caption at the bottom that says “Gonna erase the Earth erase the Earth.” Roses are red#JKRowling is a TERFIf she keeps tweeting pic.twitter.com/ZnMmorMVjK — Laishah (@alves_vascon) September 24, 2020 Some fans are still finding themselves surprised over Rowling’s transphobia, saying stuff like “JK Rowling isn’t even trying to hide her hatred of trans people anymore i- i’m in shock.” jk rowling isn’t even trying to hide her hatred of trans people anymore i- i’m in shock pic.twitter.com/oWq3AvOO0r — koby ⎊ black lives matter (@Kobyyy77) September 24, 2020 But not all are against Rowling. Though she gets a lot of backlash each time she posts something transphobic, she also always gets a lot of support. Belinda de Lucy, former member of the EU Parliament and Brexit supporter, wrote, “Thank you for everything. You had the courage to protect the most vulnerable of women and girls when so many Feminists had deserted them. Despite all the abuse you held firm. You are a true inspiration to my four daughters.” Thank you for everything. You had the courage to protect the most vulnerable of women and girls when so many Feminists had deserted them. Despite all the abuse you held firm. You are a true inspiration to my four daughters. — Belinda de Lucy (@BelindadeLucy) September 22, 2020 A different user took to mocking the people hating on JK Rowling, writing “what will jk rowling do if unpopular authors stop referencing harry potter in books no one ever reads.” The tweet also includes a shocked, gasping face emoji at the end. Below the caption are four pictures of authors commenting on a tweet from Phil Stamper, saying that they wrote Rowling or “Harry Potter” out of their books. what will jk rowling do if unpopular authors stop referencing harry potter in books no one ever reads? pic.twitter.com/CyhmQCMYlU — claireopatra ?? (@claireopatraaa) September 24, 2020 Surprisingly, despite early negative reviews, Rowling’s new novel “Troubled Blood” is selling well. Yes, the one with transphobic undertones that started a whole trending hashtag. According to a Daily Mail article, “Troubled Blood” sold over 60,000 copies in just five days and has risen to the top of the book charts. Perhaps her legacy is too strong and she can never feel the effect of “cancel culture” or maybe there are just enough readers who agree with her message. Either way, her book sold fantastically well even after a hashtag explaining why she was transphobic trended. Guess there really is no such thing as bad press for Rowling.
Jimmy Wales launched a new social network called ‘WikiTribune Social’ shortened to WT: Social in hopes to fight against other platforms’ data-driven models, and protection of its users’ privacy. This new platform, dubbed as the “anti-Facebook,” has currently earned over 400,000 users. Jimmy Wales is an American-British Internet entrepreneur and a co-founder of the online non-profit encyclopedia Wikipedia. Time has placed him among “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” for his role in creating Wikipedia which has become the world’s largest encyclopedia. With a solid history of success his latest ambition WT: Social plans to revolutionize the landscape of social media networks. As the site gains an immense amount of users within a few days of its launch. WT: Social was officially launched October of last year. When a new user signed up they would be placed on a waiting list with thousands of others. In order to skip the list and get access to the site, users either had to share a link with friends or make a donation. It gained a modest number of 25,000 users by the beginning of November which sky rocked to 200,000 just days after the launch. By December of that same year, the social network had over 400,000 users. Finally i've gotten through and am now an officiall user of #WTSocial! Just very confused on how to use this….Surely Jimmy Wales has plenty of supporters who are willing to help build a user friendly platform? — Nina Salomons (@nina_salomons) November 29, 2019 The biggest promise of the network is to be completely free of targeted ads, fake news, and “click bait nonsense” as Jimmy Wales describes. In an interview with Business Insider, the Wikipedia founder said that “the aim isn’t to reach millions of users or to achieve massive expansion. Ultimately, the new platform is centered around news, but its aim is to tackle the “clickbait nonsense” and “fake news” that the site says is so prevalent on other platforms.” looking to move away from social media that tracks you, join me #wtsocial https://t.co/Dy52SqeoUv — Niko Lewman (@pypwithniko) November 17, 2019 The platform has similar features as Wikipedia where you can edit content from other users and add details to the given information. It’s fully controlled by the community of users seeking more reliable news. Wales adds on to say “A huge incentive for good behavior. If you say something obnoxious, someone will just delete it.” He continues, “Fake news has influenced global events, and algorithms care only about ‘engagement’, and keeping people addicted to platforms without substance. WikiTibune wants to be different. We will never sell your data. Well at this point you are probably wondering how a huge network like this can survive without any means of monetization. The answer is simple “Donations”. WT:Social solely survives on donations provided by it’s loyal users, the same way Wikipedia managed to exist all these years free of ads. Wales says “Our platform survives on the generosity of individual donors to ensure privacy is protected and your social space is ad-free.” The WTSocial page is so full of "GIVE US MONEY" messages that I haven't been able to find any content. — tante (@tante) December 1, 2019 However people seem to have divisive opinions of the site’s concept, and actual function. Here are some of the internet’s reactions. This twitter user tweets “The WTSocial page is so full of “GIVE US MONEY” messages that I haven’t been able to find any content.” An optimistic user says ‘First bug found with WTSocial. Still, it feels like a pretty great product! I’m excited. Another tweet reads “Finally I’ve gotten through and am now an official user of WTSocial! Just very confused on how to use this…Surely Jimmy Wales has plenty of supporters who are willing to help build a user friendly platform? First bug found with #WTSocial ? Still, it feels like a pretty great product! I'm excited! pic.twitter.com/HlUZIFzyzA — Cal ?? (@calum_codes) November 19, 2019 Despite the huge spike between the numbers of users within the first few months of WTSocial launch. Numbers seemed to slow down throughout 2020. Loyal users of the site push hard to convert friends, and family to join the non-profit site. Here are some of their attempts. Come, let's be friends on the Wikipedia social media alternative: #WTsocial https://t.co/O9AXZYgpUh — Daniel Rourke ? (@therourke) November 16, 2019 WTSocial users seem to use very brief tweets to persuade others such as ‘Come, lets be friends on Wikipedia social media alternative: #WTsocial.” And “ Looking to move away from social media that tracks you, join me #WTsocial.” Another Twitter user and WT: Social fan said, “Persuade your friends to move to WTSocial for sharing. With goods and services email newsletters are still king because in a world of stuff spammed to everyone, email is more personal.” Persuade your friends to move to WTSocial for sharing. With goods and services email newsletters are still king because in a world of stuff spammed to everyone, email is more personal. — Surfgeek (@Surfgeek) September 21, 2020 Social media platforms are such a prevalent part of everyday life. There’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, just to name a few. Breaking into such a crowded market is tough, as WT: Social is proving. There have been some supporters, but the future of the social network is very unclear. Will it gain more support as time goes on, or will people just enjoy the already popular platforms. Currently, the network is available only as a website, not an app.
Though the first rule of Waffle House is “don’t talk about Waffle House,” that rule must be broken after a new video from the restaurant went viral. A group of Waffle House customers battled their way through the restaurant to attain a cellphone they forgot at the restaurant after a failed attempt to dine and dash. On September 19th, a Twitter user shared this now-viral clip, not included here due to nudity. The original tweet now has over 35,000 retweets and almost 100,000 likes. The Waffle House staff refused to return a phone left behind unless the customers paid the bill that they skipped out on. At the peak of the argument, one of the male customers lost his patience, and decided to walk behind the counter. Confronted by the two employees, he started punching the female employee resulting in total mayhem. One of the female customers dashed ahead to snatch the restaurant’s phone away from another distressed employee that seemed to call the cops. During the intense moment the female customer’s spaghetti strap tank top loosened up, exposing her breasts. The video ends when the male customer is held in the rear choke position. I didn’t record this video but it was on our local fb chat page pic.twitter.com/MyfB7LRQGU — La (@02LeslieAnne) September 20, 2020 As if this was not enough of a spectacle, the troublesome trio made a dramatic exit. The white female customer made sure to carry her friend’s fallen wig off the floor before leaving the restaurant. Left behind were the bystanders and employees in a state of shock after the incident. What perhaps is most intriguing about this story, is the fact that this year alone witnessed a handful viral videos of fights taking place specifically in Waffle House. It’s like a modern day arena! This video, from a fight around September 16th, shows a man losing a fight, even getting hit with some sort of cart by his opponent. if i pull up to the waffle house at 3am & i dont see this … im not eating there ??♂️ pic.twitter.com/VphxuGsPBL — Holy Kang ?? (@ReekLeroy) September 16, 2020 Round 2 features another duo fighting while a concerned bystander calls for the duo to “break it up.” A customer with a little less tact quietly asks for their bill, saying, “excuse me please give me my check please!” The Original Waffle House Commercial pic.twitter.com/3v7WJKM3Vh — SLUSYANNIE (@southhawtie) September 20, 2020 This is where things get even crazier. In one viral video, the cooks start fighting each other. Instead of watching or complaining, the customers decided to ignore the fight and started cooking their own food. If you’re hungry, the only thing that matters is getting some food. Waffle House. The cooks fight and the customers cook for themselves pic.twitter.com/dQUNgqeC7M — IwatchMMA2 (@Alejand60426124) September 20, 2020 It is important to remember the roots of these viral videos. Many years ago, a Vine about Waffle House went viral. Two employees started fighting each other. Instead of concern, the Viner loudly yells, “can I get a waffle? Can I PLEASE get a waffle?” This video was so prominent in culture for so long, that many of the comments on the most recent viral Waffle House fighting video reference the Vine. For some reason, Waffle House seems to bring the worst in humanity. Perhaps this phenomenon results from the already bad reputation of the franchise. But jokes aside, a lot of people were very upset about these events that took place in the restaurant. Many were especially considered about the safety of the employees that work late hours for a minimum wage. One Twitter user joked that Waffle House is just part of the classic East Coast experience, using a crazed gif to help get the point across. “Me explaining to my west coast friends, how Waffle House is such an essential experience in your life cuz you can enter a dirty establishment yet get great food and wonderful entertainment by watching the server fight the manager all while the cook is outside enjoying a cigarette.” Me explaining to my west coast friends, how Waffle House is such a essential experience in your life cuz you can enter a dirty establishment yet get great food & wonderful entertainment by watching the server fight the manager all while the cook is outside enjoying a cigarette pic.twitter.com/k1TsZDSCby — PAPA VISUALS (@ByRichVisuals) September 20, 2020 This Tweet explains the most crucial criteria applying to Waffle House: ‘When you apply to Waffle House the only thing they ask is “Can you fight?” When Waffle House was trending after a viral fight video, Twitter labeled it as trending under “combat sports.” One user found it funny, tweeting, “Ah yes, Waffle House, one of my favorite combat sports.” Ah yes, Waffle House, one of my favorite combat sports pic.twitter.com/yraePMvSDv — Nathan (@nathan_carp) September 20, 2020 This one reads “Waffle House needs this woman as a manager. Cause McDonald’s don’t play,” with a cry emoji. With the Tweet is a video, not shown here due to nudity, of a female McDonald’s manager easily taking down a female customer. Violence is not the answer to this situation, and these employees deserve more respect for working such long hours—especially since they’re likely working for or near minimum wage. Their safety should be above anything else. That being said, as long as these fights continue, Twitter will continue helping these videos go viral.
Good thing Addison Rae got that movie deal because it looks like TikTok is finally dying. Early on Friday September 18th, the Trump administration announced that popular Chinese-owned apps WeChat and TikTok are being removed from the App Store. This ban goes into effect on Sunday, September 20th. Within hours after this announcement, “tiktokban” started trending on Twitter. Tiktok being removed from the App Store. This generation can’t have nothing good???♂️ #tiktokban pic.twitter.com/YYZM1Ko0RH — Trevo ? (@FuegoTrevo) September 18, 2020 TikTok has been a subject of distaste for the administration for months now, citing concerns about data stealing. The administration is planning on making TikTok basically unusable in the United States by mid-November. Only strong proof that TikTok is not a threat to American society and government will save it now. As expected, Twitter immediately took to joking about the whole situation. This isn’t the first time people have seen this happen. Vine only died a few years ago. Much like when Musical.ly or Vine died, many users joked about future struggles of popular TikTok users. One user impersonated a generic TikTok star, writing, “’Hey mom, it’s me, TikTok got banned so we can’t afford to live in the Hype House anymore. I’m sorry for saying that I didn’t need you and that I was on my grind, anyway, can I come back home? Love you.” #tiktokban” ''Hey mom, it's me, TikTok got banned so we can't afford to live in the Hype House anymore. I'm sorry for saying that I didn't need you and that I was on my grind, anyway, can I come back home? Love you.'' #tiktokban pic.twitter.com/Ysj1uggOUO — Jamius (@freelanceburner) September 18, 2020 Other users focused on a different approach, making fun of TikTokers that would have to get a real job once the app is removed. “TikTokers working from 8-5 making the travis scott meal #tiktokban” tiktokers working from 8-5 making the travis scott meal #tiktokban pic.twitter.com/frbSERXUee — Jamius (@freelanceburner) September 18, 2020 How McDonald’s will look one TikTok get ban #tiktokban pic.twitter.com/ZUKaaf59ZW — J ? (@_J_ERA) September 18, 2020 Also trending with “#tiktokban” was “Flappy Bird.” Flappy Bird was an insanely popular game that only lived for about a year, from early 2013 to early 2014. It blew up rapidly, but elicited a strong reaction from players. Phones were broken and thrown at walls, eventually making the creator so guilty that he removed it from the app store. People are comparing Flappy Bird’s short life to TikTok’s. PCMag tweeted, “Someone’s going to try and sell an iPhone with Flappy Bird, Fortnite and TikTok on eBay for $10,000 next week.” Someone's going to try and sell an iPhone with Flappy Bird, Fortnite and TikTok on eBay for $10,000 next week. — PCMag (@PCMag) September 18, 2020 Twitter actually attempted to explain why Flappy Bird was seemingly trending for no reason. They wrote, “When Flappy Bird suddenly stopped appearing in app stores, fans of the game made a point not to delete the app or replace their phone for fear they would never get the game back. That same strategy is being applied to TikTok and WeChat after the US Commerce Department decided to ban the Chinese-owned apps in the interest of ‘national security.’” tik tok is the new flappy bird. — sincerely, ivy marie. (@sincerelyivy_) September 18, 2020 Some Twitter users did take a more serious approach. They complained that the Trump administration was focusing on the completely wrong issue giving the state of present American society. One user wrote, “So let me get this straight. We are in the middle of a pandemic that has killed 200k americans,the economy is trash,and there are mass protests against police brutality but Trump wants to focus on banning tik tok? #tiktokban” so let me get this straight. we are in the middle of a pandemic that has killed 200k americans,the economy is trash,and there are mass protests against police brutality but trump wants to focus on banning tik tok? #tiktokban pic.twitter.com/7423eG1Ol1 — abbi (@fallawaybandito) September 18, 2020 Entrepreneur Carol Roth said, “The #tiktokban is something that China would do. We are turning into China on many levels. Tell people the security concerns and let them make their own decisions. It’s not like US-based apps don’t spy on us all day long.” The #tiktokban is something that China would do. We are turning into China on many levels. Tell people the security concerns and let them make their own decisions. It’s not like US-based apps don’t spy on us all day long. — Carol Roth (@caroljsroth) September 18, 2020 The final reaction seemed to be an early funeral for TikTok. Instead of bringing in fan cams, users actually seemed to mourn the loss of an app that brought joy to so many. “TikTok has literally helped a generation of depressed teens feel like they belong.Tiktok is more then dancing and funny videos. There are so many different things on tiktok from relatable memes,school help, and feeling more confident in yourself. That’s all I gotta say #tiktokban” TikTok has literally helped a generation of depressed teens feel like they belong.Tiktok is more then dancing and funny videos. There are so many different things on tiktok from relatable memes,school help, and feeling more confident in yourself. That’s all I gotta say #tiktokban pic.twitter.com/LYn9hvvTuP — sara berete (@SaraBerete) September 18, 2020 A different sad user tweeted, “#tiktokban Idk about y’all but this seems like a violation of our rights. Tiktok literally United A whole generation, it helped us understand that there are people just like us everywhere. Okay, Take away our safe place and we will take away yours.” The future of TikTok is very unclear. The Trump administration has been threatening to take away the app for a while now, but this is the first time there is a clear end date. Microsoft recently tried to acquire the app, but the deal fell through. Instead TikTok went to Oracle. It is unclear what Oracle is planning to do with TikTok, but updated security is a possibility, meaning that TikTok might be able to exist. Will TikTok be able to survive the wrath of the Trump administration? Or will it move to the graveyard of apps gone too soon? Only time will tell the fate of this app.
“If my funeral is not going to be like this, then I don’t want to die,” read the translated version of a now viral tweet posted by Daniel Cardona on September 12th. The tweet, in Spanish, was in reaction to a video that quickly caught attention. The video featured an Ecuadorian woman twerking to reggaeton music on top of her deceased partner’s coffin. She even looked so sad while doing so, maybe even crying. The next day it went viral with over 10 million views after another twitter user retweeted it saying, “If yo girl don’t do this at yo funeral is she yo girl?” Si mi entierro no va a ser así, entonces no quiero morir. pic.twitter.com/asOPsmlAL2 — Cardona (@DavidCardona_5) September 13, 2020 The 23-second long video features an unusual funeral celebration that takes place in Manta, Ecuador. In the video, a crowd of people can be seen surrounding an outdoor casket. The coffin is placed on top of two motorcycles, and wrapped around with a plastic stretch wrap. On top of the coffin is a woman with black shirt, and blue jeans dancing to reggaeton music while barely hiding her tears. The cheering family, and friends also sadly hug each other at one point. Over the short course of the video, the woman twerks intimately on top of the coffin. She leans in twice to plant a kiss on her deceased partner on a coffin glass top. If yo girl don’t do this at yo funeral is she really yo girl? pic.twitter.com/TxbYLkm661 — DreadChapo.com (@OutSmokeChapo) September 14, 2020 The viral video has a total of 29,000 retweets, and almost 100,000 likes on Twitter alone. After the clip went viral the original poster also shared a link to the catchy song “Ella Quiere Hmm..Ha..Hmm’ by Leka El Poeta. This song is played during the viral clip. i gotta start working on my funeral playlist.definitely including young thug and a shawty to dance on my casket. https://t.co/LJcZ4Bl13Q — sim ❀ (@simvnp) September 14, 2020 People in the comment section of the video seemed to be in a split. Some people found the video quite shocking and disrespectful towards the dead, and heavily criticized the attendees of the funeral for celebrating and cheering the woman’s dance. Others felt the genuine distress of the woman, and applauded her for sending her loved one out in style. One funny Twitter user wrote, “i gotta start working on my funeral playlist. definitely including young thug and a shawty to dance on my casket.” Another said, “and she’s crying? This is how you honor the memory of someone.” And she’s crying? This is how you honor the memory of someone https://t.co/4Mnkr5kWMk — anna hossnieh (@annahossnieh) September 14, 2020 This celebratory funeral isn’t as rare an occurrence as one might think. Many cultures around the world celebrate the dead with cheerful music, and dances. Earlier this year a video of dancing pallbearers from Ghana went viral. Creating one of the most popular memes of 2020. More surprising maybe is the fact that twerking on a coffin has been done several times in different parts of the world in the past few years. Here is one where Ashawo women twerk on the coffin of their dead colleague as part of their protocol observed before they bury them. These videos aren’t new either, with some going back to 2017 in South America. – “@efyahcutelyn : Herh this is serious ooo????♀️. Most of you this is how your friends gonna behave @ ur funeral ??♀️. Hmm?” pic.twitter.com/iVto6aF9wF — Postsubman (@Postsubman) March 31, 2020 Obviously, all these videos feel surrealistic to this part of the world. Twitter wasn’t the only social media platform to be stunned by a video of a woman twerking at a funeral. A Reddit thread from about a year ago was flooded with comments reacting to a similar video. One user commented, “I mean, I would love this to happen at my funeral” while another responded “when i die, i hope all 2 people who come to my funeral can have a little bit of fun TBH.” A few of the Reddit commenters talked some similar traditions to the twerking. A user wrote, “No POS here. It’s a funeral tradition. Have you ever seen the funeral strippers they hire in some parts of China?” Another commenter added, “There are traditions around the world where they’ll hire strippers to show how important that dead guy was (places like Indonesia).” A third person said, “This isn’t uncommon in certain cultures. They’ll literally hire pole dancers to attend funerals.” Taiwan in particular has become known for having strippers at funerals. They bring a little cheer and joy to an otherwise sad day. According to a Metro article, “Their life is feted rather than mourned and a big, joyous funeral is intended to give the deceased a last hurrah before they shuffle off this mortal coil.” Obviously, we’re not here to judge anyone. Every person and every culture mourns the loss of a loved one, or perhaps celebrates the life they had, in very different ways. American funerals tend to be sad and solemn but clearly that is not the case for everyone. These twerking videos definitely prove that some people really know how to put the “fun” in funeral!
Though the “#RipJKRowling” hashtag might suggest otherwise, JK Rowling isn’t actually dead. Her career, though, is basically over. This hashtag started trending on Twitter after details about Rowling’s next book were released. In a totally unsurprising twist, it sounds super transphobic. tw transphobia //every day is a good day to stop giving jk rowling even one precious cent of your money, but ESPECIALLY in light of her moving her violent transphobia out of the subtext of her books and into the text https://t.co/x6fHEjPCzK — casey mcquiston ⚡️ preorder ONE LAST STOP (@casey_mcquiston) September 14, 2020 British publication The Telegraph released a review of her new novel “Troubled Blood” on September 13. Spoiler alert: they said the book was bad. The news about the plot of “Troubled Blood” didn’t go viral until “Pink News” covered the story on September 14th. The book is about a cis male murderer with a nasty way of catching victims. He lures them into safety by dressing up as a woman. If anyone else wrote this, fans might be interested. This plot coming from Rowling, who has openly hated transgender people and invalidates trans women every chance she gets, is a huge blow. If she didn't have a history of anti-trans bigotry, this could be an interesting premise for a series of well-done adult novels. Hopefully a serious author would consider the real serious implications of such a tale. But since she does, it likely won't be any of those things. — Catherine ~The Witch of Batuu~ (@CatherineKiwi1) September 14, 2020 Rowling has effectively turned a significant part of both her fanbase and the book community against her. Not only are Twitter users and ex-fans slamming her, but so are famous bestselling authors. Aiden Thomas, a trans author, tweeted that he was “absolutely DISGUSTED by JKR and Hachette.” Earlier this week, Thomas hit the “New York Times Bestseller List” for his novel about trans men. Also angry was Casey McQuiston, writing, “every day is a good day to stop giving JK Rowling even one precious cent of your money.” i am absolutely DISGUSTED by JKR and Hachette. i am filled with rage and hate. she is pushing narratives that get trans folks discriminated against, brutalized and murdered. this is an aggressive act of violence against the trans community. — Aiden Thomas ?? CEMETERY BOYS is out now! (@aidenschmaiden) September 14, 2020 In response to today’s comments, Twitter users started “#RipJKRowling.” This hashtag became a snarky way for Twitter users to show that Rowling was essentially “dead” to them. Many also used it to celebrate the death of her reputation and her book sales. The tag got so popular so quickly, that Twitter had to clarify that, no, she isn’t actually dead. for me it's how twitter had to specify that she's actually alive AHAHAHAHAHA #RIPJKRowling pic.twitter.com/MkWWyXpDof — ?️Lily, Fluffy Spider Wife?️ BLM (@SapphoMode) September 14, 2020 tw // food rare footage of me attending jk rowling's funeral. it was a fun celebration! heven gained another angle though ?? #RIPJKRowlingpic.twitter.com/dR80Cjfgfv — eleanor says gn (@msprobellematic) September 14, 2020 Rowling has been hit with hate after making transphobic comments in the past. This has been going for years now. Trans people, especially trans women, were shocked and hurt by Rowling’s blatant trans-exclusionary radical feminism. Though it was what she practiced, Rowling took great offense to that term. In 2020 alone, Rowling seems to constantly tweet, retweet, or like a transphobic post. Earlier this year, Rowling wrote an open letter to the Internet to address the comments being made about her transphobia. Instead of an apology, Rowling actually made things worse for herself but defending her offensive comments. In June, Rowling posted an extremely long letter on her website explaining why she was so against transgender people. In her article, she claimed to have struggles with her own gender identity issues, but grew out of them. She states that this is a common response. “I want to be very clear here: I know transition will be a solution for some gender dysphoric people, although I’m also aware through extensive research that studies have consistently shown that between 60-90% of gender dysphoric teens will grow out of their dysphoria.” As expected, many people did not like this letter. she’s not dead or anything, but even tom riddle is more alive than her career and reputation ?#RIPJKRowling pic.twitter.com/3LnLLI0QI1 — fer is looking for hp moots (@70sDRACO_) September 14, 2020 Later, in early July, Rowling compared healthcare for transgender people, which is regarded as a real medical practice that makes individuals feel better about themselves as well as keeps them healthy, to gay conversion therapy, a practice that is widely disrespected and hated for the trauma it has caused. She had all of this bad publicity, and still chose to add fuel to the fire. JK Rowling is singlehandedly creating anti-trans sentiment that is very real and very, very dangerous to us. She is not just sharing her opinion— she is starting a brand new wave of transphobia. — Vee S. (@findmereading) September 14, 2020 Rowling does have some supporters, though. In response to “#RipJKRowling,” her supporters started a “IStandWithJKRowling” hashtag. Some strongly agree with Rowling’s point of view, praising her for being willing to speak out in a way that few would dare to. They call the people who are against Rowling “fragile.” Just a bunch of narcissistic fetishists and cosplayers mocking a woman who dared to speak the truth. Your self centred fragility is nobody else's problem.#RIPJKRowling — Hayden Hewitt (@HaydenHewitt) September 14, 2020 The fact the disgusting hashtag #RIPJKRowling is trending on this mess of a platform, tells you everything you need to know about the mindset of these TRAs. Read the comments. Don’t ever ask me to justify my position on this again. It’s sick. Just sick. #IStandWithJKRowling — James Dreyfus ? (@DreyfusJames) September 14, 2020 Others are claiming that the amount of hate Rowling gets is due to misogyny. They cite examples of projects by men that did not receive this much hate. Unsurprisingly the #RIPJKRowling trend is misogyny in full view. If you haven't woken up to the fact women can't even define themselves as different biologically from men (yep, in 2020) without being harassed, maybe it's time you ask why.#IStandWithJKRowling #waronwomen — natalie (@clovhamm) September 14, 2020 You must have never heard of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho — YaBoiMugen (@BoiMugen) September 14, 2020 Rowling’s words are controversial, potentially leading to more hate and violence. Yet, there are still plenty who agree with her. It’s just crazy to think that JK Rowling can invent a world of wizards, witches, and all sorts of fantastical creatures, but has a such a huge problem with transgender people. The biggest irony of all? Rowling published “Troubled Blood” under a pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. Yup, a male name for a female author who denies the existence of transgender people. This could be a good thing for Rowling, though. Based on the swarms of angry fans, it sounds like this could be her first novel to barely sell.
Social media star Charly Jordan’s TikTok video goes viral after being appointed as a prime example of “White Savior complex.” The Internet has criticized Jordan for her insensitive remarks during her travels to Rwanda for charity work. On September 2nd, the 21-year-old star, with 3 million followers on Instagram and almost 2 million followers on Tiktok, arrived in Rwanda for charity work. The day of her arrival she posted on Instagram, “Made it to Rwanda and I couldn’t be more in love…. We took all the proper precautions even if that meant getting tested a million times. I’m definitely corona free haha.” She went off to post a Tik Tok video of her dancing in front of a safari jeep with the captains. “Just had a dream come true. Peep my insta to see our trek into the Rwanda jungle to find silverback gorillas” Rwanda as a country holds strict regulation against the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S Embassy in Rwanda states, “Travelers entering Rwanda must complete 24 hours of quarantine at one of the government of Rwanda’s designated hotels while waiting for the results of their COVID-19 test” and that “Violation of COVID-19 restrictions may face punishments ranging from fines and/or to up to five days in police custody” Jordan previously said that she contracted the virus three months ago, but tested negative before leaving the US. Little did she know that she was up for a big surprise! The Model/DJ was immediately tested upon her arrival to Rwanda. Few days later her test results were positive for COVID-19. Shortly afterwards the social media star posted a distressed TikTok video of her in tears. In the now deleted clip, she is saying that she completed “a hundred thousand tests” before arriving in Rwanda, and that the government “dragged her away” from her group. She also mentions that since she doesn’t speak the language she was locked into a room, and was forced to quarantine. Her emotional video attracted many viewers who found her detailing of the situation very unrealistic. Others were also fast to point to Jordan’s white savior complex, and criticize her traveling during the COVID-19 epidemic. I want to pair this “woe is me” video with all the frustrated western commentary about how Africa isn’t doing as badly managing the virus as they’d expected (read: hoped) https://t.co/AII0tEKjBw — Zoé (@ztsamudzi) September 7, 2020 Some decided to pinpoint the exact flaws of Jordan’s video. Others hilariously searches for a single tear to shed for Jordan’s white savior complex. Perhaps the most powerful response comes from Zuba Mutesi, a local Rwandan TikToker. Mutesi refuted all of Jordan’s points about her issues in Rwanda, from Jordan lying about Rwandan people speaking English to the efficiency of Rwanda’s COVID-19 testing. UPDATE: Rwandan TikToker Zuba Mutesi responds to Charly Jordan, who made several claims about Rwanda after getting false positive COVID test while visiting country. Zuba says Charly misrepresented Rwanda, adding English is spoken, and COVID test results are available in 24 hours. pic.twitter.com/XAtYbURVpt — Def Noodles (@defnoodles) September 8, 2020 The controversy got more heated when people found out that she liked a shady comment from one of her fans. The comment reads, “Girl your best bet is to just bribe them and give them money. Trust me they’ll let you go right away.” Charly Jordan liked a comment by one of her fans that suggested she bribe local officials in Rwanda. pic.twitter.com/gW2GbY3Em6 — Def Noodles (@defnoodles) September 6, 2020 A few days later the Rwandan government allowed her to leave the hotel room after her result was deemed a false positive. She later apologized on her social media accounts saying, “The video I uploaded to TikTok was very emotional. I never meant to offend anyone and I take full responsibility for my actions. I got separated from my group and was very confused because of the language barrier, and should’ve educated myself more before traveling. I should’ve thought about what I was doing before reacting. I’ve learned my lesson, and I know I shouldn’t have traveled during this time. I will do better in the future.” pic.twitter.com/7Fu6e34qVt — Charly Jordan (@Charlyjordan) September 7, 2020 pic.twitter.com/kUrt2Zma1c — Charly Jordan (@Charlyjordan) September 7, 2020 She went on to add, “I was alone and scared, watching it back I realize how inappropriate and reactive the video was. I never meant to offend anyone I was just trying to figure out what was going on for a few days while I was alone and getting no answers. I truly am sorry. I took down the video because after watching it back I realized how inappropriate it was.”
September 11th is usually a solemn day in America, but this year Twitter is shaking things up. Early this morning, the hashtag “#AllBuildingsMatter” started trending, a mocking of the All Lives Matter movement that was created in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. Things quickly heated up on Twitter as users were quick to defend and attack this new hashtag. Why is #AllBuildingsMatter controversial? When we say it we're including 9/11 and the Twin Towers. Everyone matters. pic.twitter.com/SKSJ8PTRLB — Justin AKA Wade Krueger (@WadeKrueger1) September 11, 2020 Usually, Americans come together to mourn the lives lost during the 2001 attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, an event that has come to be considered a great American tragedy. Images of the World Trade Center on fire, videos of the ultimate collapse, and the words “never forget” circulated social media for the past 18 years. Stories of lives lost and of the heroic first responders are always told, memorializing all those impacted. This was one of the few days a year that Americans seemed to come together, to put differences aside and stand a community. Not this year, though. “#AllBuildingsMatter” has been one of the top five trends on Twitter all day. Twitter has a statement at the top of the tag that reads, “As people commemorate the anniversary of of the September 11 attacks, some are linking the tragedy to the numerous deaths of Black men and women at the hands of police, suggesting that the outrage or heartbreak felt in regard to the 9/11 terrorist attacks should, in some way, carry over to tragedies of police brutality. To drive the point home, saying ‘all lives matter’ when another Black person is killed by police feels akin to saying ‘all building matter’ in response to the destruction of the World Trade Center.” People from all sides of the political spectrum are weighing in on the issue. A few House Candidates spoke up against the trend. Douglas Tuman, a Republican candidate from New York, wrote, “I wake up on the 19th anniversary of 9/11 and Twitter’s number two trending hashtag is #AllBuildingsMatter. I have never been more disgusted in my life.” I wake up on the 19th anniversary of 9/11 and Twitter’s number two trending hashtag is #AllBuildingsMatter. I have never been more disgusted in my life. — Douglas Tuman (@ElectTuman) September 11, 2020 Errol Webber, a Republican from California, wrote, “The number two trend in the country is #AllBuildingsMatter. Twitter is allowing this to trend with only 4,400 tweets but suppressed the #CancelNetflix hashtag. We are dealing with evil.” The number two trend in the country is #AllBuildingsMatter. Twitter is allowing this to trend with only 4,400 tweets but suppressed the #CancelNetflix hashtag. We are dealing with evil. pic.twitter.com/l909FYayWd — Errol Webber For Congress (CA-37) (@ErrolWebber) September 11, 2020 Other users tweeted in favor of the hashtag. Talbert Swan, a bishop from Canada, said, “To the entire miracle whip posse being all solemn and somber today and tweeting #NeverForget… remember that the next time you feel like telling Black people to “FORGET ABOUT” or “GET OVER” slavery, lynching, brutalization, dehumanization, and oppression. #AllBuildingsMatter” To the entire miracle whip posse being all solemn and somber today and tweeting #NeverForget… remember that the next time you feel like telling Black people to “FORGET ABOUT” or “GET OVER” slavery, lynching, brutalization, dehumanization, and oppression. #AllBuildingsMatter — Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) September 11, 2020 Some questioned how this hashtag was more offensive than the All Lives Matter trend. Both the terrorist attack and police brutality are tragedies, so some felt that it was a valid response. Someone please explain to me how #AllBuildingsMatter is more offensive than:– All Lives Matter– "Suckers and Losers"– 190,000 lives lost because "I like to play it down." Focus the selective outrage on your OWN silence and hypocrisy. — BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) September 11, 2020 The people are fuming about #AllBuildingsMatter 19 years after 9/11?….. Now imagine how we feel with our brothers and sisters blood fresh and bodies cold on the streets and yall screaming #Alllivesmatter ???? So, yeah. — jiggaman (@jiggyjayy2) September 11, 2020 A few supporters of “All Buildings Matter” threw frequent reactions to Black Lives Matter back in the face of those distressed about today’s trend. They took a more comedic approach, really making light of the situation. Maybe if the Twin Towers just followed the Planes orders, it wouldn’t be a problem ?#AllBuildingsMatter pic.twitter.com/GhY3wS0Ort — Flight’s Burner (@FlightReacts__) September 11, 2020 Not every supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement was in favor of the “All Buildings Matter” joke. Some felt that the September 11 attacks were too important to regard in this manner. Although I don’t agree with the #AllBuildingsMatter hashtag because 9/11 was terrible but also a moment where America came together, I’ll leave this here. pic.twitter.com/INigXLp3iu — ™️Marcus (@TheMisterMarcus) September 11, 2020 TV personality Swaggy C tweeted a few times about this trend. He said that he supported the Black Lives Matter, but also recognizes September 11 for the tragedy that it was. His biggest issue was the differences in reactions to “#AllLivesMatter” and “#AllBuildingsMatter.” I’m a believer in BLM AND Never Forgot 9/11…. I just hate the hypocrisy in people who say All Lives Matter yet wanna remember 9/11… it makes no sense. BLM & 9/11 ?? RIP to your cousin and I hope you have a good day today remembering him!! — SWAGGY C (@SwaggyCTV) September 11, 2020 For reference, this is a standard “#AllLivesMatter” tweet. Pretty similar points to what people are saying in the “AllBuildingsMatter” tag. Facts are not racist. This is from the super liberal https://t.co/TAZ5qOMMjW. Sadly blacks are far more likely to commit violent crime, which means more interactions with police and more potential to be killed by them. #WhiteLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatter #AllLivesMatter. pic.twitter.com/5dVDSiv4fg — Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) June 3, 2020 As always in America, everything politicized has some strong supporters, protestors, and people who are floating around the middle. The Twitter war rages on, massing over 142,000 tweets so far. Each side is completely convinced they’re right, but are either of them? I guess not every question can have a clear answer, as today’s Twitter debate has shown.