The most meme-worthy pop culture and internet moments of 2018.
The internet can, famously, be a raging hellscape. Sometimes, however, it can offer a respite of pure joy, laughter, and schadenfreude.
Here are the best internet of 2018, according to Popdust staff:
Natalie Walker's Oscar Auditions & Cat Cohen's Entire Schtick
Here is my audition to be in a movie as lady who is married to the great white man who is solving racism forever al… https://t.co/wHpkaOFdln— Natalie Walker (@Natalie Walker)1532398139.0
Chosen by Rebecca Linde, Staff Writer
It'd be one thing if Natalie Walker simply pointed out the condescension with which Hollywood screenwriters write female characters. It'd be another if she were able to communicate the hypocritical, grandstanding, self-congratulating way that men are portrayed as all-knowing saviors while women are merely supporting characters strategically placed to help move the male lead's story along. That she is able to eviscerate these stayed double standards while in pitch-perfect character, is truly a work of artistic genius. The whole thread is worthwhile, but my personal favorite is "lady who is married to the great white man who is solving racism forever all by himself." Hollywood, take note: Natalie Walker is, in fact, the hero we deserve.
Cat Cohen at Joe's Pub - Summer 2018 youtu.be
Like Walker, comedian Catherine Cohen takes on the patriarchy in character—only her characters are a lot weirder, and they do it in song. Cohen's sets are a cross between stand-up, broadway, and diary entry, making them beautiful, hilarious, and incredibly catchy. She's self-effacing with a nod to her own ridiculousness, which gives weight to her message that being a woman in the world constitutes low-level insanity. With a clear grasp on a range of musical styles, her versatility is astounding. That her crowd work is as biting and strange as her catalog ("look at me, you invented me," she intones to an audience member) is the sign of an unstoppable brain, and her one-minute character studies, like "Keven Rachel Anniston: explorer, mama, friend," might just be what the internet was made for.
Dr. Death Trailer youtu.be
Wondery podcast: Dr. Death
Chosen by Meg Hanson, Staff Writer
This year's Dr. Death podcast validated every one of its listeners' fears about visiting the doctor. After debuting in September, the true crime phenomenon shot to #4 on the iTunes charts. The six-part series, hosted by journalist Laura Beil, uncovers the carnage of a Dallas-based spinal surgeon, Chrisopher Duntsch, who for 18 months was permitted to operate on 38 patients, despite misplacing metal screws into muscle, drilling holes into vertebrae, and severing nerves entirely. Patients of Dr. Duntsch were paralyzed for life, left in chronic pain, or, in two instances, died soon after surgery. The press named him "Dr. Death" when fellow surgeons began to report that a doctor was inflicting damage so severe that they feared he was intentionally harming patients with intent to kill. Christopher Duntsch was sentenced to life imprisonment in a "historic" precedent for a malpractice case. But the podcast's concerns are why Duntsch wasn't stopped after his first surgeries revealed gross incompetence, how even after he was forced to leave one hospital he was able to find work at another, and how a man who repeatedly failed to meet medical training standards got a license in the first place?
Some Weird Stuff I Found on Twitter
Matt Clibanoff, Editorial Lead
I'm extremely online, so this stuff might not be for everyone, but it all made me laugh until I cried. I made up titles for some of these.
Get Back Inside
Get back inside @nick_colletti https://t.co/aDWqf15eyC— Casey Frey (@Casey Frey)1545159270.0
Christmas with Donald Trump
Donald Trump, answering phone call from 7-year-old on Christmas Eve: "Are you still a believer in Santa? Because at… https://t.co/w601mEalsW— The Daily Beast (@The Daily Beast)1545701194.0
https://t.co/OCOUcYQaKI— David Harvey (@David Harvey)1543056176.0
Stretching is Bad Now?
Eric Andre's Birthday Party feat. Jack Black
#🍰 @ericandre @jackblack https://t.co/ZdZGk1yYcT— Mike Rosenstein (@Mike Rosenstein)1523213007.0
What The Fuck Is This?
https://t.co/mpljtpnE2P— David Harvey (@David Harvey)1544198502.0
Some More Weird Stuff I Found on Twitter
By Brooke Johnson, Assistant Editor
The internet is to be consumed in small doses, like tequila or family, and no platform is better at parsing out the best of the Internet than Twitter. Here are some things I loved or hated in 2018 with particular intensity. I will also make up some of their names, but do a better job at it than Matt did.
I Am Legion.
Jane Fonda couldn't unzip her gala dress so she slept in it.
I think about this post from Jane Fonda sometimes https://t.co/2uuCzgC8Ah— One Rae Only (@One Rae Only)1544128666.0
Sex ed is always funny. Always.
My friend is teaching elementary schoolers about sex Ed and she typed their questions out andddd 😭😂 https://t.co/HVNPbk1R50— yana (@yana)1531250635.0
Tom Cruise has never seen a movie.
has Tom Cruise seen a movie? https://t.co/9Li0zAq1YB— Ryan Perez (@Ryan Perez)1532970477.0
This is funny but also not, and I like that.
Amy Poehler was named one of the 40 most powerful people in comedy and her answers to these questions are genius: (… https://t.co/HqsNeupDyy— Rachel Dratch (@Rachel Dratch)1529019019.0
This is my own tweet but I stand by its cultural significance.
Seth Rogen's mom is funnier than he is.
Jesus mom https://t.co/dJZPr2Y27o— Seth Rogen (@Seth Rogen)1525756346.0
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Animation is lame and live-action is awesome.
Everybody loves Disney live-action remakes.
In a world plagued by racism, disease, and a seemingly endless bounty of spiraling misfortune, at least we can all agree that Disney knocks it out of the park every time they dredge up an old, animated movie for a live-action makeover because cartoons are for babies.
Sure, some of us thought the original Beauty and the Beast was fine, but could lame, 2D Belle ever hold a candle to 3D Emma Watson? And yeah, the original Lion King was okay, I guess, but there's nobody in the world who preferred cartoon Scar's rendition of "Be Prepared" to the incredible feat of getting a real lion to sing it in the live-action remake.
Being a Disney fan can be hard sometimes, as you have fond memories of beloved childhood movies but also don't want people to make fun of you for liking cartoons. That's why, out of all the corporations in the world, Disney is undoubtedly the most selfless, willing to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to bring their old, outdated movies into the modern age—all for the fans.
After Halle Berry walked back her consideration of playing a transgender character, we look back at how Hollywood has repeatedly fumbled trans representation.
Halle Berry has made headlines this week after turning down a role in which, had she gone through with production, would have represented a transgender man.
Berry, an Academy Award-winning actress known for roles in films like Monster's Ball, Catwoman, and Gothika, took to Twitter Monday night to apologize for considering the role. "Over the weekend I had the opportunity to discuss my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man, and I"d like to apologize for those remarks," Berry wrote. "As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories."
The post continued: "I am grateful for the guidance and critical conversation over the past few days and I will continue to listen, educate and learn from this mistake. I vow to be an ally in using my voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera."