Opinion

In Defense of "Lolita:" Madison Beer Was Right

Vladimir Nabokov intended to invoke outrage and confusion in his readers by romanticizing pedophilia.

Madison Beer beside Sue Lyon as Lolita in 1962

While social media has the power to make the world a more interconnected place, it also tends to foster misunderstanding born from too little explanation.

A recent example of this unfortunate effect is the case of Madison Beer, a TikTok star and singer. In an Instagram Live Q&A session, Beer told viewers that her favorite book was Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. She went on to emphasize that she "definitely" romanticizes the 1955 novel. Though the video is no longer available from Beer's account, it's been shared widely across social media.

Trigger Warning for child abuse, sexual abuse and assault.

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Popdust's first Music Monday playlist of 2015 aims to help you kick off the week on a good note—because, let's face it, as the Boomtown Rats put it so well, waaay back in 1979, Tell me why, I don't like Mondays?!!

With that in mind, Music Monday playlists will be a mix of all our favorites with some added uplifting tunes to help make your Monday a little less, well, gruesome.....

After all... it is blue Monday, and we know that gets to all of us!

Here's this week's playlist.

10. Nicki Minaj (feat. Skylar Grey) - Bed of Lies

Buy Bed of Lies on iTunes.

9. The Vamps (feat. Shawn Mendes) - Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart)

Buy Oh Cecilia on iTunes.

8. Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do

Buy Love Me Like You Do on iTunes.

7. Kelly Clarkson - Heartbeat Song

Buy Heartbeat Song on iTunes.

6. GRL - Lighthouse

Buy Lighthouse on iTunes.

5. Megan Nicole - Courageous

Buy Courageous on iTunes.

4. Taylor Swift - Shake It Off

Buy Shake it Off on iTunes.

3. Meghan Trainor - 3am

Buy 3am on iTunes.

2. Madison Beer - Unbreakable

Buy Unbreakable on iTunes.

1. Avery - Ahead Of Your Time

Download Ahead of Your Time on SoundCloud.

And, added bonus track—the original anti-Monday anthem:

The Boomtown RatsTell Me Why, I Don't Like Mondays

Stay tuned to Popdust.com for more Music Monday playlists. Also, feel free to follow @vivianxo67 and @Popdust on Twitter.

If you don't know who 'Alex from Target' is by now, you're probably living under a rock. Here's his story in a nutshell:

Alex Lee is a 16-year-old boy who lives in Texas. Just one ordinary day he was at work bagging groceries, when a customer took a creeper shot of him. The picture got uploaded online, went viral, bam! This shows how powerful social media can be.

Ellen Degeneres loved Alex from Target so much she invited him onto her show. However, she's not the only person in California who wanted to meet him. John Shahidi, creator and co-founder of Shots Mobile Inc., communicated with Alex through Twitter.

Now, whether you hate Alex or not, that's up to you. You may be thinking he's just another viral trend, he'll fade soon. That's debatable. In a recent interview with CNBC's Fast Money, Shahidi and Lee, talk about Lee's partnership with Shots.

Shots is not unheard of. You may recall the name. The Justin Bieber and Floyd Mayweather backed selfie app, is a social media app to help stop cyber-bullying. Nash Grier and King Bach, whom are known to be 'Vine famous' are users on the app. Plus, Kylie Jenner and Bieber protégé Madison Beer, also enjoy taking Shots. The app just reached its first year mark last Wednesday (November 12), and there are over 3 million users.

Now, viral sensation Alex from Target is using his voice to do and promote good using the Shots app.

Watch the video below!

Get the app on your iOS and Android device, today.

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