It’s been a big week for social media. We’ve seen an egg beat Kylie Jenner to become the most liked Instagram post ever, and the #10YearChallenge twitter trend swept the globe, but here are five more things that sum up the week that was…
Another Week, Another Unlikely Star of the Show
With the Fiji Water Girl still fresh in our memories, this week’s unexpected star comes in the shape of the ball boy who had the vital job of tossing the coin at the Australian Open before Kei Nishikori and Kamil Majchrzak’s first round match. But it was his sense of pizzazz that caught everybody’s attention.
The brief was simple: just flip the coin. But it seems that this one task was just too mundane for the absolute ball boy.
It’s fair to say that this kid grabbed his time in the limelight and ran with it. Or, twirled with it, to be more specific:
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 15, 2019
Next time you have a job to do, make sure you do it the ‘coin toss kid’ way.
The Ultimate Homage
How much do you love the song ‘Africa’ by Toto?
The 1982 soft rock classic has certainly remained hugely popular in today’s pop culture, having over 440m views on Youtube. It was even the most streamed song of 2017.
But do you love the song enough to listen to it on loop, for… eternity?
Well if the answer is yes, you’re in luck. Because Namibian artist, Max Siedentopf has set up a sound installation in the middle of the Namib desert, with solar batteries “to keep Toto going for all eternity.”
The artist told the BBC that he “wanted to pay the song the ultimate homage and physically exhibit ‘Africa’ in Africa.”
If you ask us, it’s stupidly genius.
Be My Guest
Over in the states, Trump hosted a grand ceremonial dinner party at the White House for the college American Football team, the Clemson Tigers. POTUS served up a majestic feast of America’s most beloved produce: fast-food.
Over 300 Big Macs and copious amounts of french fries were served on silver platters, presented alongside (what we’re assuming are) solid gold candelabras. It was quite the scene.
Naturally, the jokes poured in…
We just hope the team’s nutritionist was having a night off.
Gillette Ad Sparks Controversy
The Iconic razor brand has triggered a huge online debate about the next generation of masculinity, with a new campaign replacing its famous ‘the best a man can get’ tagline with the question ‘Is this the best a man can get?”
The ad calls out toxic masculinity by raising awareness about the #MeToo scandals, sexism in the workplace and the implications that violent actions could have on the younger generation of men.
The video received over 200,000 dislikes on YouTube, with comments complaining that the ad is ‘emasculating’, calling for a boycott of the parent company P&G, and… of course Piers Morgan piped up…
Thankfully, the ad has had plenty of praise too, with many celebrities thanking Gillette for making a much-needed call to action.
Everybody loves a good Twitter fued.
And whilst Greggs has been taking the top prize for witty tweets in recent months, it looks like there’s a new kid on the block.
Pizza Hut took to Twitter yesterday, with a dig at Leeds United after their manager, Bielsa, landed himself in hot water by ‘spying’ on other clubs.
But, the fast food chain was met with an equally feisty remark. The Leeds account replied ‘Prefer @dominos thanks! They don’t take a week to deliver a tweet’
Which left Pizza Hut with two choices: Rise above the childish remark or stoop to their level….
Move over Greggs.