What in tarnation is this floppy purple bird that's appearing on everyone's Facebook feed? We interviewed the creator of Trash Doves to find out.
You probably noticed them over the weekend. They crept up slowly at first, but now they're everywhere. Those damn purple birds, invading your Facebook feeds and the Facebook feeds of your Facebook friends.
Like the birds in Hitchcock's 1963 cinematic classic The Birds, nobody saw Trash Doves coming, and everyone is asking the same questions: "Where did they come from? What are they doing? What is that floppy purple bird on my Facebook feed?"
The purple birds are called "Trash Doves" and they are part of a Facebook sticker set. The Trash Dove craze began in Thailand on Wednesday night, and quickly spread East to the rest of Asia and Europe before hitting American Facebook hard on Saturday and Sunday.
The tireless meme reporters at Popdust are working OT to bring you the answers to these questions. Fear not, because we managed to track down the creator of Trash Doves, a visual development artist and Adobe Creative Resident named Syd Weiler, who spoke to us briefly about her amazing creations.
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The ice cream company released a powerful statement this week.
With Black Lives Matter protests popping up left and right, lots of well-known public figures and companies are taking a stand against police brutality.
Celebrities are putting their lives on the line protesting, childrens' toy companies are donating tens of thousands to organizations like the NAACP, and even infamous YouTube stars are hitting the streets. But Ben & Jerry's—yes, the ice cream brand—have made the most detailed statement of all.
"The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy," reads a lengthy statement on the Ben & Jerry's website. "What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning."
The statement continues: "Four years ago, we publicly stated our support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Today, we want to be even more clear about the urgent need to take concrete steps to dismantle white supremacy in all its forms."
Ben and Jerry then outlines a four-step plan to end white supremacy. First is calling on President Trump to disavow white supremacy, instead of calling on the military to shoot American protesters. Second is calling on Congress to pass H.R. 40, a bill with instructions to study racism, its deep roots in American history, and how antiquated beliefs are still prevalent today. Third is creating a task force to help increase police accountability, and fourth is a "call on the Department of Justice to reinvigorate its Civil Rights Division as a staunch defender of the rights of Black and Brown people." Trump has never made plans even half that detailed!
It's a little sad that ice cream companies are more adamant about ending centuries of white supremacy than our own government officials even at the state level. Especially when other companies have issued statements that attempt to overshadow their previous racist actions, Ben & Jerry's commitment to justice is admirable. Ben and Jerry are officially the two coolest white boomer men we know, and we will be celebrating by vacuum-inhaling three pints of Chunky Monkey.
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