Hell has officially frozen over on Vanderpump Rules.
It was Stassi Schroeder’s birthday and she wasn’t making everyone treat it like a national holiday. As you may remember, the gang embarked on the infamous Cabo trip last year for her birthday. This year she opted for something slightly more low key and that didn’t involve the phrase “IT”S MY BIRTHDAY” every 13 seconds.
Her bestie, Kristina Kelly, and the new SUR chick, Vail, went to dinner to celebrate. Tom Schwartz and Katie Maloney also joined in on the wine tasting. Long story short, they spent the majority of the night shit talking Scheana Marie’s upcoming wedding.
In their defense, the invitations looked like they were meant for a drag queen’s cocktail party. Ironically enough, they toasted to having no drama this year. I admire their stupidity. It is revealed at the dinner that Schwartz got an invite to the wedding minus his better half, Katie. Naturally, that went over really well.
Scheana ventured over to Lisa Vanderpump’s massive estate to pick up serving trays. This house, which is the size of a small country, has swans swimming by the front door. Fucking swans. Scheana began talking about her impending nuptials and how Katie wasn’t getting an invite.
Lisa, the British Oprah, told Scheana that she thought she should be the bigger person and extend an olive branch to Katie. The whole group is planning to go to Miami for the bachelor/bachelorette party, which could ultimately mend fences or go up in flames. Deductive reasoning tells us to lean toward the flames. Scheana agreed to extend an invite to Katie and Lisa sent the little peasant on her way.
Jax Taylor, Tom Sandoval, Peter Madrigal, and Schwartz were getting ready for a boys weekend in San Diego. Jax’s girlfriend, Tiffany, hooked them up with a room and VIP accommodations. Last week, Jax proclaimed to the world that he and Tiffany were on the rocks, but then denied it.
They packed up Schwartz’s car and hit the road promising one another that they must behave. While in the car, the boys discussed how fucking stupid Jax is. He had coffee with Vail and told Tiffany. It didn’t go over so well in her book. He claimed Vail tweeted about them having coffee, when in reality it was his stupid ass.
Upon their arrival in San Diego, the drinking commenced almost immediately. Jax, being as predictable as the sun coming up every morning, got hammered and flirted with every busty chick that glanced in his general direction.
Back in LA, Lisa’s event was going on at SUR. All the girls were working. Scheana found the balls to finally speak to Katie and invite her to her bridal shower. Scheana told her that she wants to put the past behind them and try to get along. Katie agreed with her and happily accepted her invitation to the tackiest wedding of the year.
The boys were getting ready to hit the town—ya know, straightening their hair and whatnot. They hit up the club that Tiffany had arranged for bottle service. Sandoval was dead set on Jax doing something stupid over the weekend because Jax was giving him every reason to think that.
And sure enough, Jax got wasted and went back to the room with a bunch of random girls. The next morning, Tom knew that Jax had cheated on Tiffany, but, of course, he was adamantly denying it. His answer: one of the girls was throwing up and he was holding back her hair. Classic.
After their arrival back in LA, Katie told Schwartz she was going to the bridal shower. He seemed pretty happy about her decision because it would make things a lot easier for him. He told her how Jax banged a skank in the bathroom. Sandoval then came over and said he knew Jax did it, but wasn’t going to get involved.
It was the day of Scheana’s shower, which was being held at Lisa’s other restaurant, Villa Blanca. All the ladies, including Katie, were on hand to celebrate. Katie revealed to Lisa that she would be in attendance for the Miami trip and that she thought she did the right thing by coming. However, she had yet to tell Stassi about her new bestie.
Kristen Doute showed up with Jax’s ex-girlfriend in tow. Ironic, right? Kristen talked shit about Scheana’s relationship with Katie and how she’s pissed she was coming to Miami. Seriously though, Kristen—shut up and take a seat—you and your 12-year-old boyfriend barely made the cut.
Scheana decided to text Stassi to discuss the status of their “friendship”. When will these morons learn that these sit down chats accomplish next to nothing? Scheana brought up that Jax hooked up with someone in San Diego. Kristen was like a fly on shit because she believed if Jax got backed into a corner he would reveal that Sandoval cheated in Miami. She seriously needs to be medicated.
Jax, Schwartz, and Sandoval met for lunch to recap their weekend. Schwartz and Sandoval let it be known that they knew Jax cheated on his girlfriend. In classic Jax fashion, the memories of the night magically, suddenly, became much clearer. He used the excuse of the girl throwing up again, but the boys weren’t buying. Anyone with two functioning brain cells could tell you that Jax is a scum bag and without a doubt cheated. Case closed.
After lunch, Jax decided to call Tiffany and tell her the “truth”. He said he let people in the club get too close to him. She was immediately pissed that he didn’t tell her. He used the throwing up excuse and she hung up on him.
Stassi finally met with Scheana. After some really awkward small talk, Stassi asked her what she’d done to her hurt. Scheana said that she thought Stassi made fun of her wedding. Scheana then told her that Katie was coming to her bachelorette party and she shit her pants. It was pretty obvious that Katie hadn’t told her yet.
Stassi was pissed that Scheana befriended Jax and Kristen, the two people that betrayed her the most last summer. In an attempt to prove they are literally like 5-year olds, Stassi referenced Scheana’s love for retweeting mean shit about. Stassi basically told Scheana that there wasn’t a shot in hell of them becoming friends again. Scheana agreed and walked off into the sunset with her turban and unitard.
Now that Stassi feels Katie betrayed her, shit is going to hit the fan, folks.
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Give us your best meme of Kamala destroying Pence at the debates: GO!
After months of deliberation, Joe Biden has picked Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate.
Harris became nationally recognized after she surged to prominence in the 2020 Democratic primary season. Notoriously, she called Biden out about racial issues during the first Democratic debate. "There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public school, and she bused to school every day," she said in a speech that has now become famous. "And that little girl was me."
55-year-old Harris is currently the only Black woman in the Senate. She served as California's Attorney General prior to being elected in 2016.
Harris was born in Oakland, California; her father is from Jamaica and her mother from India. She studied at Howard University and then at University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. She worked as a prosecutor in Alameda County and San Francisco before running for district attorney and then attorney general.
As a Senator, Harris was on the Intelligence Committee which interrogated Trump about Russia, and she also made waves through her interrogations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Attorney General William Barr and Brett Kavanaugh.
This is how Kamala Harris handled Barr. Now imagine how she’ll handle Pence. #BidenHarris2020 https://t.co/UbRcW4vzpy— Rantt Media (@Rantt Media)1597179179.0
Since her 2020 presidential campaign concluded, Harris has focused on the Senate's response to the coronavirus crisis, as well as their response to systemic police brutality and racist violence. In the past, Harris worked closely with Joe Biden's late son, Beau, on challenging big banks in the wake of the housing crisis.
Biden announced the decision via email and text messages to his supporters. "You make a lot of important decisions as president. But the first one is who you select to be your Vice President," he wrote Tuesday afternoon. "I've decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021. These aren't normal times. I need someone working alongside me who is smart, tough, and ready to lead. Kamala is that person."
If elected, Harris would be the first vice president to be female or a person of color. "I think that she will help bring a strong voice on issues of immigration and racial justice," said Rep. Ro Khanna, a Fremont Democrat who backed Harris' opponent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the primaries. "Given her life story, to see someone like her selected ... it will be encouraging to so many young people of different backgrounds."
Harris's mixed record as a prosecutor and her vacillation on progressive policies like Medicare for All has come under fire from many progressives' but in this scenario, even the most radical progressives seem to agree that Biden must be elected in order to oust Trump.
Immediate reactions to the Biden-Harris ticket on social media indicated how much supporters were looking forward to seeing Harris face off with Pence during the debates: The match-up seems to be made in meme-heaven.
I will take EXTREME pleasure watching Kamala Harris eat Mike Pence alive in a debate. JUST SAYING.— Adam Rippon (@Adam Rippon)1597180224.0
Kamala Harris waving goodbye to Mike Pence’s wig after the first VP debate https://t.co/ZYplRfTG4E— Joey Nolfi (@Joey Nolfi)1597178245.0
mike pence on his way to the first debate against kamala harris https://t.co/A1PBV94fiI— chase (@chase)1597177622.0
Perhaps meme culture is the best response to the Biden-Harris ticket, as Democrats must support Biden as the only way to oust Trump–though Biden is far from ideal. "Biden is very problematic in many ways, not only in terms of his past and the role that he played in pushing toward mass incarceration, but he has indicated that he is opposed to disbanding the police, and this is definitely what we need," said civil rights activist Angela Davis.
Davis continued, "The election will not so much be about who gets to lead the country to a better future, but rather how we can support ourselves and our own ability to continue to organize and place pressure on those in power. And I don't think there's a question about which candidate would allow that process to unfold."
We ranked the worst parts of Internet fandom in no particular order—since they're all terrible.
As harmless hobbies, most fandoms are predicated on the universal ideal that most media is entertainment, liking things feels good, and you don't get to be an asshole if all don't appreciate your favorite thing.
But at the heart of every Internet dumpster fire, there's an ardent fanbase trolling forums and picking fights about their terrible opinions. While it's one thing to be overly-invested in the love lives of the Kardashians or easily excitable over Lady Gaga's burgeoning film career, some people's dedication to their fandoms can shape their identities.
An obnoxious fandom may simply take every opportunity to flood the Internet with memes, but toxic fandoms can turn into bullying communities, with some circulating intolerant, even harmful, rhetoric. From misogyny and racism to calls for violence and public doxxing, these out-of-control fan bases are some of the worst one's active today. Thanks to the return of Rick & Morty season 4 last night, we're reminded of these insufferable fanbases now more than ever.
1. "The Real Ricks" - Rick & Morty
In 2013, Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon's adult animation about an anti-hero mad scientist and his meek grandson began as an innocuous half-hour comedy. Soon, its niche appeal to speculative fiction geeks with irreverent senses of humor garnered a cult following. But a small fraction of the fanbase latched onto Rick's nihilistic and hyper-intelligent misanthropy and basically took it way too seriously. On Facebook, a private group of like-minded "Real Ricks" identified with the character so much that they focused the fandom on defending Rick's narcissism and lack of compassion. Their serious devotion is mocked by the highly circulated "copypasta" post: "To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand Rick and Morty. The humor is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of theoretical physics most of the jokes will go over a typical viewer's head."
"Real Ricks" radicalize Rick's tongue-in-cheek quips ("I don't do adventures with chicks") into actual misogyny (including harassing the show's female writers). They elevate Rick's worldview as a guiding pseudo-philosophy that recognizes and even pities "superior" men for their lonely existences as the smartest and most capable humans alive. Although it's a small fraction of the fanbase, it's among the loudest online, which is enough to sour the show's actual merits of unique comedic timing and sharp commentary.
Despite the Internet "canceling" Dan Harmon every few years, it seems that Rick & Morty and its fans will never die.
2. "BTS Army" - BTS
Twitter User: JooniesBoop
Aside from the fact that BTS is not a unique pop group and have no appeal if you're not a fan of K-pop, the fan base's zealotry is annoying, at best, and alarming, at worst. People's most common interactions with the "BTS Army" involve their obsessive gate-keeping of how the Internet talks about its members. The value of its boys (if we dare to speak their names), Namjoon, Hoseok, Jimin, Yoongi, Jungkook, Jin and Taehyung, knows no bounds. But that over-protective doting on the band results in vicious bullying of anyone who expresses a dissenting opinion, from name-calling to racially charged abuse.
Many black BTS fans have shared their experiences with racism from the BTS community. Some fans have received comments on their user pictures that black people aren't "worthy" to be fans of BTS, while another shared, "I've been called ni**** and also told to go pick cotton and it's always anonymous. But they always let me know that they're Armys because they always end the message [with] 'we don't claim you in Army.'" While the Internet always hosts hateful posts, toxic fandoms can unite bullies under a common cause and attempt to justify the harassment of others with their love for their idols.
3. Elon Musk
The cult of personality surrounding Elon Musk is a mix of celebrity worship, self-righteousness, and buying into the man's own savior complex. His core fanbase clings to the notion that Musk's tech-savvy can save humanity. While the group's moral superiority and defensiveness make them insufferable, their willful ignorance of his companies' environmental downsides and disregard for worker safety makes them stubbornly blind. To justify (if not outright deny) Musk's unsound, erratic behavior, many claim that journalists are actively sabotaging his vision of the future. Again, not every supporter of Elon Musk is a devout fan, bordering on worshipper, but those who elevate the problematic billionaire to icon status just muddy the waters of progressive change.
Musk's acolytes were even named the "Worst Dedicated Fan Base" in a March-Madness-style tournament, cynically hosted by The Onion's Michelle Spies. "Elon Musk is their masculine technologic messiah, sent to bring them into a new era," she explained. "They will defend their billionaire Lord to the death."
4. Jordan Peterson
As a clinical psychology professor-turned-YouTuber philosopher, Jordan Peterson appeals to mostly male, disaffected twenty-something-year-olds who cling to his paternalistic self-help advice in place of real guidance. His best-selling nonfiction book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos matches the interests of his 1.9 million YouTube subscribers.
Namely, Peterson offers rudimentary tips for self-improvement and a sympathetic attitude that claims progressivism and Leftist politics have made it harder for young men to reach their full potential. His insular fanbase clings to Peterson's theories that "the masculine spirit is under assault" and feminists have "an unconscious wish for brutal male domination." The mix of personal insecurities and finding scapegoats for one's dissatisfaction with life leads a faction of fans to circulate misogynist and transphobic ideas couched in conservative politics.
5. "Bro Army" - PewDiePie
Felix Kjellberg (a.k.a PewDiePie) tops the YouTube playground with 106 million subscribers to his gaming vlog, but his controversial satire of Nazi salutes, racial slurs, and alt-right beliefs attracts a loyal fan base that has no clear understanding of irony. With a majority of his followers skewing younger than 24-years-old (11% being younger than 17), PewDiePie's fanbase is active in the meme-culture of recycled imagery that blurs whether the intention is satirical or genuine. When the shooter of two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand quoted a popular meme about the YouTuber before opening fire, Kjellberg publicly clarified that he was "absolutely sickened having [his] name uttered by this person" and in no way condoned the action. Still, PewDiePie's blunt, unsophisticated riffing on anti-Semitic and alt-right sentiments risks "normalizing hatred" rather than mocking it.
In August 2020, PewDiePie's playlist was leaked, and his fans began leaving transphobic and homophobic comments en masse on some of the artists' pages. Some music artists have even openly asked, "Pewdiepie please don’t listen to my music" because his fans are so toxic.
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