The Week on Twitter | Prince, McGregor, and Johnny Depp
This week, Conor McGregor retired, we all said goodbye to Prince, Conor McGregor didn’t retire, and Johnny Depp said sorry. Twitter also used the #WhenIWas hashtag to talk about sexual harassment, and the #WhatYouDontSee tag to raise awareness for depression.
@TheNotoriousMMA announces retirement, then doesn’t retire #ConorMcGregor
Earlier this week, Conor McGregor tweeted that he was going to retire young. Lots of people who enjoy MMA and McGregor’s general brand were really upset by this tweet because they like watching McGregor fight in UFC matches, and do Budweiser ads, and stuff.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya's later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
There was much speculation around McGregor’s tweet, despite him literally stating that he was retiring. However, as it turns out, this speculation was actually warranted because a few days later McGregor made another announcement via his Facebook page.
His statement read that he was sick of doing hours of promotion for his fights when he needed to spend that time training in isolation, that he was aware many (female) reporters only asked him stuff because they wanted to “get her little tight ass a nice raise,” and that, for the record, he was “NOT RETIRED.”
I am just trying to do my job and fight here. I get paid to fight … https://t.co/xW1P3G2710
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 21, 2016
McGregor’s statement got just about everyone in the MMA fandom really excited and stuff because they like him and are glad that he has no plans to go away. The announcement also garnered much support from other MMA fighters, some of whom took to Twitter to express their approval of McGregor’s demands.
The more @TheNotoriousMMA does his Conor thing the more I love him. His business savvy and dedication to the sport is remarkable. #UFC200
— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) April 21, 2016
.@TheNotoriousMMA statement just made me wet my pants. The @ufc need to take note and give the man what he wants so we can see him at 200!
— James Arthur (@JamesArthur23) April 21, 2016
I wish all MMA fighters could be treated like other athletes and focus on their CRAFT, and not their promotions …tell em @TheNotoriousMMA
— Din Thomas (@DinThomas) April 21, 2016
So now that Conor McGregor isn't retired does that mean the media in Great Britain will claim him as theirs again?
— Ryan Cullen (@RyanCullen90) April 21, 2016
UFC have yet to confirm whether or not they will allow McGregor to fight in UFC200 without attending all of his press conferences.
#JohnnyDepp and #AmberHeard record apology video
Last year Johnny Depp and Amber Heard flew to Australia with some dogs that they forgot to declare. This apparently made front page news in Australia where they take customs very, very seriously. The two were warned that if they did not take their pets back to America they would have to be euthanised.
This week, Depp and Heard recorded an apology video for the Australian courts highlighting their violation of the country’s customs laws, and the “treasure trove of unique plants, animals and people” that one might find there. The video concluded with Depp and Heard urging everyone to respect Australian law and to “declare everything when you enter Australia.”
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Lots of people on the internet were amused by the video because it was strange, deadpan, and Johnny Depp was just not into it at all. Those people tweeted about it.
Johnny Depp to issue new apology over old apology.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) April 19, 2016
Johnny Depp looked like he was about to burp. That's what it was. Declare everything when you enter Australia BUUUUUURP
— Limmy (@DaftLimmy) April 19, 2016
Also. Is Johnny Depp trying to morph into Johnny Cash?
— Marian Keyes (@MarianKeyes) April 19, 2016
You can tell Johnny Depp's video apology was half-assed because he didn't even bother to put on forty scarves.
— Tim Siedell (@badbanana) April 19, 2016
POLL: Should Johnny Depp Also Apologise For Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? https://t.co/ND2aFxeT3Y #JohnnyDepp
— WWN (@WhispersNewsLTD) April 18, 2016
Twitter talks sexual harassment with #WhenIWas hashtag
Tuesday saw social media awash with accounts of sexual harassment, sexual violence and sexism. Thousands of women took to Twitter to share their experiences in the #WhenIWas hashtag, to prove just how young they were when they first began experiencing harassment.
#whenIwas 15 two boys threw me to the ground and kicked me in the stomach because I wouldn't let them "'spit-roast" me
— Baby Lady (@caitlinstasey) April 19, 2016
#WhenIWas 7 I was told that boys hit and pushed me at recess because they liked me
— King Kay (@mikaylalogan01) April 19, 2016
For anyone confused by all the #WhenIWas tweets & wondering what the cause of sexual assault is, here's a simple aid pic.twitter.com/9Hz4o9feES
— Kat Craig (@KatCraig1) April 19, 2016
The #whenIwas hashtag is difficult reading. We need so badly to create a safer world.
— Emer O'Toole (@Emer_OToole) April 20, 2016
The world says goodbye to #Prince
On Thursday, it was reported that singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor Prince had died. He had been found at his home and recording studio in Minnesota by emergency services that morning after someone had placed a 911 call. He was 57 years old.
Fans, friends, and everybody in the entire world took to social media to mourn the death of Prince. Here are some of their tweets.
"This is truly devastating news. The greatest performer I have ever seen. A true genius… Rest in peace you purple warrior." #Prince #RIP
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) April 22, 2016
I had a bad dream that Prince had left us…
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) April 22, 2016
Still can't believe Prince is gone.
— PantheR (@____PantheR) April 22, 2016
Reporter: Mr. Clapton, how does it feel to be the world's greatest guitar player?
Eric Clapton: I don't know, ask Prince.
— Joe Hill (@joe_hill) April 22, 2016
I just wanna be as good at one thing as Prince was in the least of his talents. I want to write like Prince played the damn tambourine
— Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) April 22, 2016
#WhatYouDontSee tag raises awareness for depression #DepressionAwarenessWeek
This week was Depression Awareness Week – a week dedicated to talking about depression and anxiety and attempting to erase the stigma still surrounding them and other mental illnesses like them.
During the week, the good people of Twitter used the #WhatYouDontSee hashtag to discuss their own experiences with depression.
This is Depression awareness week. Lets talk about it. https://t.co/5hrhhljbwr
— Jackson Harries (@JackHarries) April 19, 2016
With it being depression awareness week just remember; If somebody is clearly reaching out to you: sit down, give them your time and listen.
— erv. (@_ervands) April 19, 2016
#WhatYouDontSee is the guilt you feel when you can't ask for help but know you should.
— Malena Lloyd (@MalenaMaren) April 22, 2016
Telling people you "haven't been well" and then doubting yourself, questioning whether you really are ill or just lazy. #WhatYouDontSee
— Afroze Zaidi-Jivraj (@AfrozeZJ) April 22, 2016
#whatyoudontsee is the struggle, the pain, the exhaustion and absolute torture your mind puts you through. You are an empty shell.
— Stephen Le Quesne (@SLeQuesne) April 18, 2016
#WhatYouDontSee is how even the happiest moments of my life are subject to the constant, looming fear of it all going wrong at any moment.
— Susan Crushbone (@CatsAndWrasslin) April 21, 2016
People don't "look" depressed because depression isn't a facial expression #WhatYouDontSee #DAW2016
— Jen Dixon (@Mymummyspennies) April 21, 2016