The Week on Twitter | #AnyonesBrother, the Super Bowl, & Harry Potter
This week, we all watched Beyoncé slay at the Super Bowl, witnessed Twitter’s demise, ate lots of pancakes, and celebrated a new Harry Potter book (kind of). We also tweeted the #AnyonesBrother hashtag as a call to change the country’s mental health system.
Candlelight vigil held for Caoilte O Broin outside Leinster House #AnyonesBrother
Thursday night saw over 300 people attend a candlelight vigil in the memory of Caoilte O Broin. Caoilte, yet another tragic victim of our country’s vastly underfunded and inefficient mental health services, died last month after failing to receive adequate treatment from the HSE.
The vigil was led by Shane Gillen, who spoke about how Caoilte’s death had affected his family; just as the death of mentally ill loved ones being denied the care they so desperately need continues to affect families around the country. He was followed by mental health advocate Niall Breslin, who urged those in attendance to speak to local politicians about Ireland’s mental health services over the next few weeks.
The family asked that the #AnyonesBrother hashtag be shared around social media platforms as much as possible to ensure that this urgent call for change is heard.
We called. You answered. We beckoned, you followed. Now stay with us. Thank you so much… #AnyonesBrother pic.twitter.com/47Axml32eJ
— Shane Gillen (@ItsGillen) February 11, 2016
Silence for Caoilte. Silence for #AnyonesBrother pic.twitter.com/mSAKMzu1S0
— Paul Gillen (@paulgillen82) February 11, 2016
When politicians come knocking at your door, ask them about #AnyonesBrother. Mental health services in this country are at breaking point.
— Leah (@TigerLeah) February 12, 2016
Beautiful gathering tonight for Caoilte O Broin – 300 faces spoke out about mental health tonight #AnyonesBrother pic.twitter.com/jiH5PeDly1
— Grainne Clear (@GrainneClear) February 11, 2016
How many more people will die before the Irish govt. and the #HSE take real action against mental health issues? RIP Caoilte #AnyonesBrother
— Ellie W (@ellie_noir) February 11, 2016
I can never thank everyone enough for tonight – those who came, & those who made it happen. #AnyonesBrother pic.twitter.com/yD9h2zgrek
— Cat O Broin (@magicgoeshere) February 11, 2016
#Beyoncé slays everything and everyone at #SuperBowl halftime show
Last weekend, the Super Bowl was on. The Super Bowl is a thing where some American football teams get together and play some football and somebody wins probably. This year, nobody knew who won the Super Bowl because Beyoncé was there and it was really difficult to care about anything else. Chris Martin was there too but that was grand.
Queen Bey performed her new song, Formation. It’s a song about the systemic oppression of black people in America by the US police force and general racist attitudes. In it, Beyoncé declares that she is proud to be black, that she is even prouder to be a black woman, and that she is not, in fact, in the Illuminati. It’s a good song. I like it.
Following her performance, Bey’s dancers took the opportunity to call for justice for Mario Woods – a black man who was recently shot and killed by San Francisco police. A lot of people got really angry at Beyoncé for allowing the Super Bowl halftime show to become politicised. Those people are racist.
#Beyonce sings anti-police song at halftime after receiving police escort to the #SuperBowl.
Liberal hypocrite. pic.twitter.com/tCkvGzOOwJ
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) February 8, 2016
When Is #Beyonce Thanking Thousands Of #White People
Who Died To Free
#Black Slaves⁉️https://t.co/7ZFZQfBhQP pic.twitter.com/2hOFYFkw5D
— Dr. Marty Fox (@DrMartyFox) February 11, 2016
Lots of other people thought Beyoncé’s performance was great. And that Coldplay’s performance was fine. Those people are right.
So great that Coldplay agreed to open for Beyonce at the Super Bowl half time show.
— Gráinne Maguire (@GrainneMaguire) February 8, 2016
Chris Martin: the Left Shark of Super Bowl 2016 halftime showhttps://t.co/8F8oFHyRDu pic.twitter.com/9YaX4RvHQN
— 9GAG (@9GAG) February 8, 2016
#SuperBowl viewership peaked between 8:30-9pm, a/k/a during the Beyonce halftime show, with 115.5 million viewers…
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 8, 2016
In testimony to the nature of my Twitter followdom, I have no idea who won the Superbowl, but know every detail of the half time show.
— Rufus Hound (@RufusHound) February 8, 2016
#WWN Music: if you liked the Superbowl half-time show, wait till you see the Artane boys band at this year's All-Ireland final.
— WWN (@WhispersNewsLTD) February 9, 2016
Everyone mourns Twitter’s demise #RIPTwitter
Last weekend, it was reported that Twitter had died. Everyone was really sad because they really like Twitter and stuff, and now it’s set to become an algorithm run, non-chronological mess.
Many compared these potential changes to Facebook, and they weren’t happy about that because Facebook is awful and should be used only for the sweet chat function and also blocking people.
Twitter founder Jack claimed that the changes were not going to take effect any time soon, but apparently, he was lying. People got mad. It was a thing.
Hello Twitter! Regarding #RIPTwitter: I want you all to know we're always listening. We never planned to reorder timelines next week.
— jack (@jack) February 6, 2016
>Jack says "WE'RE NOT CHANGING THE TIMELINE NEXT WEEK!"
>Changes the timeline next week.
So he's a LYING SJW CEO.
— Daddy Warpig (@Daddy_Warpig) February 10, 2016
So @Jack lied, everyone. #RIPTwitter pic.twitter.com/9PWKsWotCM
— Phoenix (@PhoenixCE) February 10, 2016
"Twitter wants to remove Follows and add Friends Request"#RIPTwitter 😞 pic.twitter.com/HLUh5QOomY
— 🌟 (@__iamtay___) February 8, 2016
JK Rowling announces new #HarryPotter book!… Kind of #TheCursedChild
‘The eighth story. Nineteen years later.’ It’s The Cursed Child and it’s coming to a bookstore near you… But before that it’s coming to the stage in London, because it’s a play, not actually a book, and people are confused by this.
Earlier, this week, JK Rowling announced that she was publishing part one and two of The Cursed Child scripts in print format. Everyone got really excited because everyone likes Harry Potter and learning new things about the wizarding world via Twitter is the in thing nowadays.
The script will be available to buy and download from July 31st. Hooray.
PSA THE NEW HARRY POTTER PLAY IS GOING TO BE A BOOK. MY CHILDHOOD.
— Jessie Paege (@jessiepaege) February 12, 2016
First a new Harry Potter book! Now gravitational waves confirmed! This is a good week to be Hank!
— Hank Green (@hankgreen) February 11, 2016
Not even going to try and be an adult who hides his excitement for a new 'Harry Potter' book this year.
— Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) February 10, 2016
I don't think I want to read the script for #TheCursedChild, I feel like it should be experienced in its intended medium. #amiabadpotterfan?
— Becky (Book Blogger) (@FuzzySlippers22) February 10, 2016
I was dying inside because I couldn't go to London to see #thecursedchild. Now they are releasing it as a book, so everything's fine again.
— Princess Consuela (@sarapaga) February 10, 2016
Twitter eats lots of pancakes on #PancakeDay
Tuesday marked Pancake Tuesday, the single best Tuesday of the whole entire year. It is a good day if you like pancakes because everybody gets to eat pancakes and crepes and nutella and stuff. It is a bad day if you don’t like pancakes because all anyone is talking, tweeting, and eating about is pancakes. Because pancakes are great. And if you don’t like them you deserve all the annoyance Pancake Day must have caused you.
Tonight's plans #PancakeDay pic.twitter.com/zWh4T9S8jP
— ASOS (@ASOS) February 9, 2016
You know those barely-edible, disfigured trial-pancakes at the start of each batch?
That. That is what your twenties is. #PancakeDay
— Holly Bourne (@holly_bourneYA) February 9, 2016
Well, that escalated quickly.#PancakeDay pic.twitter.com/y6qJLHQP8u
— You Had One Job (@YouHadOneJ0B) February 10, 2016
"Waiter… there's a hare in my pancakes!"#PancakeDay pic.twitter.com/OKARaw35jm
— Cats in space (@CatsLoveSpace) February 11, 2016
Expectation vs Reality#PancakeDay pic.twitter.com/UUgjD2260a
— ˗ˏˋ zee ˊˎ (@probIematiq) February 9, 2016