This week, the new Ghostbusters movie landed in cinemas and Boris Johnson landed himself a new job. Jennifer Aniston also spoke about sexism, and everybody in the whole world played Pokemon GO.
#Ghostbusters release annoys some men, enthralls everybody else
This week, Ghostbusters came out in the cinema. It’s been a long time coming, and after one questionable trailer, another better trailer, many screenshots of Kate McKinnon looking unreal, and thousands of entitled little men across the world complaining about their childhoods being compromised and women ruining EVERYTHING (!!), it turns out that, surprise surprise, it’s a good movie.
IMDb would like to tell you differently, but that’s only because supposedly a load of angry boys are giving the movie really low ratings. That’s according to some voting statistics that were released a few days ago, which show that men gave Ghostbusters an average rating of 3.4, while women rated it more positively with a 6.4.
Maybe these men simply don’t enjoy fun films about women doing actual things that aren’t merely sexual, existing only for the pleasure of another man and nothing else. Or maybe they just really like ghosts, and can’t abide the idea of them being busted. Either way, people are still going to see Ghostbusters, and tweeting things about it, and you should too.
SNL Pitch: a men's rights meeting is haunted but they refuse to call the Ghostbusters because they're all women now. The men die horribly.
— Jesse Crap (@jessecarp) July 10, 2016
Hollywood was 100% gonna remake Ghostbusters, would you really prefer Zac Efron & Jonah Hill going "fuckin Slimer got green cum on me bro"
— Nick Wiger (@nickwiger) July 10, 2016
From a ghostbusters review. Maybe this is how women feel about the movies where the woman is just the love interest pic.twitter.com/4p0q1H2td9
— Rec-It Rachel (@rstrolle) July 12, 2016
#BorisJohnson becomes the UK’s new Foreign Secretary
On July 13th Boris Johnson was appointed as Britain’s Foreign Secretary, and nobody could quite believe it. People were surprised because of Johnson’s prompt distancing of himself from the Tory leadership after his deceptive, albeit successful, Brexit campaign. People were surprised because Johnson told a lot of lies in the lead up to the UK’s EU referendum and he seems to have lost whatever trust a lot of members of the British public may have had in him. But mainly, people are surprised because Johnson is a big ol’ racist whose job now includes representing Britain overseas, attending diplomatic meetings, and being in charge of MI6 (yes, really).
Upon giving his first speech in his new role, Johnson was booed, though reports from the French Embassy have varied with others suggesting that the majority of the crowd did applaud their new Foreign Secretary. A poll conducted by the Telegraph even shows that 58% of their readers believe Johnson is right for the job.
Either way, the irony of his new position has not been lost on anyone. Some of those people took to Twitter to express their concerns, and to make some (more) Boris-based jokes.
This is casual racism.
This is Boris Johnson.
This is the new Foreign Secretary. pic.twitter.com/QwAjjZzZ4w
— Ben Judah (@b_judah) July 14, 2016
If you're feeling a bit stressed, go to Madame Tussaud's. This helps to make your day better. pic.twitter.com/FAn0BYSDai
— Darren Jones (@djdarrenjones) July 11, 2016
Cher slams Boris Johnson in 2 angry, emoji-packed tweets: https://t.co/tsuX2MiIpS
— Mashable (@mashable) July 14, 2016
"Where has fucking Rhodesia gone?" pic.twitter.com/gmtwKDGBKU
— Jon the rascal (@giftedrascal) July 14, 2016
#JenniferAniston is fed up
Everybody likes Jennifer Aniston. Her being a nice and good person with amazing hair is generally a thing we can all agree on. And this week, Aniston proved herself to be, yet again, a very good person as she published an open letter about sexism, the objectification of the female body, and how she’s just fed up with being asked if she’s pregnant all the time.
In it, Aniston spoke about the pressures young girls and women are facing through the media, celebrity culture, and society itself, which deems women all but worthless unless they are slim, hard working, beautiful, healthy, and successful, with a loving husband and about 7 children by their side, because what sane woman could ever be happy without an army of kids and a man, right??
Aniston’s point is that we all get to make our own happiness – one that’s not defined by unrealistic expectations of beauty, marriage, pregnancy, or whatever shape your body happens to be. She says that she’s tired of tabloids dehumanising her, and that she’s sick of being “…made to feel “less than” because my body is changing and/or I had a burger for lunch and was photographed from a weird angle and therefore deemed one of two things: “pregnant” or “fat.””
Lots of people agreed with Aniston, praised her letter, and tweet about her also.
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) July 13, 2016
I love Jennifer Aniston so much https://t.co/LaEtDwNhfR
— Tanya Burr (@TanyaBurr) July 13, 2016
It's Thursday now, and Jennifer Aniston is still not pregnant??
— Darren Geraghty (@GeraghtyDarren) July 13, 2016
if Jennifer Aniston were a ~moment~ she'd be when you look up from the menu & ask "Should we just get a bottle?" & your friend nods, smiling
— Josh Duboff (@JDuboff) July 12, 2016
#PokemonGO becomes a thing. A really big thing.
Everyone’s playing Pokemon GO. Everyone. Those who aren’t playing Pokemon GO are talking about Pokemon GO and wishing it would be available in Ireland already so they could just download it without changing the regions on their phone and risk bricking it or something. Those who aren’t doing that are complaining about how much everyone else is either playing or talking about Pokemon GO. Those people are boring and should not be trusted.
This week, Pokemon GO was all over Twitter. People were screenshotting Pokemon in the street, Pokemon in their kitchens, Pokemon in their ex’es houses, and Pokemon in the Holocaust museum. They were also organising big Pokemon meet ups, and going out and making some new friends and catching all their Pokemon and never speaking to those people again because the overt betrayal was too much to handle, but it was okay because it’s all part of the fun of Pokemon GO and nobody’s feelings were hurt, probably.
Pokemon GO was released officially in the UK today, so that most likely means we’ll have it here within the next few days (maybe).
A guy just told his girlfriend to hold the train while he caught a Pokémon and she got on and left without him.
— Kate Feldman (@kateefeldman) July 9, 2016
— john (@Scarlet4UrMa) July 11, 2016
"Please stop catching Pokémon in the Holocaust Museum" is a phrase I thought would never exist in my lifetime, but there you go.
— J.E. Reich (@jereichwrites) July 12, 2016
It means no worries for the rest of your days pic.twitter.com/41nA2619dq
— josh (@AdAstraJoshua) July 12, 2016
Nintendo's mobile strategy:
2008: what's an iPhone
2010: what's an Android
2014: still no
2016: change how society functions
— Aaron Levie (@levie) July 11, 2016