The Internet Is Exploding: 10 Must-Read Articles This Week 10/30

The web had my consideration everywhere this week. Highlights: Elon Musk now owns Twitter, #FreeBrittneyGriner, remembering Brangelina, Daniel Radcliffe, Taylor Swift and fatphobia, Rihanna is back, Ashanti, Leslie Jordan and Mike Davis passed, and the Mississippi. 

 

1. The Guardian: Elon Musk completes Twitter takeover amid loathe speech problems

Elon Musk, at the moment the richest man or woman alive, officially bought Twitter. The $44 billion deal has been in the will work because April. Considering that using about, which was verified Friday morning, Musk has “reportedly ousted several senior figures, like the chief government, Parag Agrawal the main financial officer, Ned Segal and the head of lawful policy, belief and safety, Vijaya Gadde.” A self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist,” Musk also intends to reinstate Donald Trump’s account, and several end users are involved that misinformation and dangerous information will maximize below Musk’s possession. This is of specific worry in the US as midterm elections are just over a week absent. 

 

2. NPR: Brittney Griner’s jail sentence is upheld in a Russian courtroom

WNBA player Brittney Griner’s sentence was upheld in a Russian courtroom on Tuesday. The star is serving a 9-calendar year sentence immediately after getting convicted of allegedly smuggling hash oil into the place even though enjoying overseas. The US authorities has been attempting to negotiate a prisoner swap, and “U.S. officers on the scene in Moscow were brief to assail Tuesday’s court ruling as ’excessive and disproportionate’”—Griner “was presented quite shut to the most sentence throughout her former trial” for a incredibly small volume of oil. Further more, “Griner’s arrest and subsequent trial shadowed the conflict in Ukraine and cratering U.S.-Russian relations that her supporters say have informed the demo.”

Activists in DC staged a “smoke out” at the Russian embassy on Thursday in the nation’s money in help of Griner, and there has been a clearly show of help for her throughout social media. However, it should be mentioned that substantially of the assist is coming from Black queer people. 

 

3. Vulture: What Was Brangelina?

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie turned a pair in 2005, appropriate around the exact time I commenced having to pay interest to pop tradition. For the reason that of this, I’d generally recognised the stars as a few, and it wasn’t right up until Jolie announced that she was submitting for divorce in 2016 that I uncovered the couple met on the established of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005. 

Brangelina debuted before social media, when tabloids even now ran supreme, and their coupling “offered what all fantastic stars do: a fantasy, as out of access as it is alluring. In their ten years-long union, they reworked from a lasciviously adulterous, sexed-up ability few to a additional gently built, philanthropic workforce outlined as substantially by their potential for fantastic as their astounding beauty and talent.” With the ongoing divorce reentering the general public discourse, the “proceedings aren’t just a story of assets divided — they will exam their respective sites in the well known imagination. Simply because Brangelina was normally just that: an enchantment that was shored up in the media, and that Pitt has been considerably improved at maintaining in the prolonged run.”

 

4. GQ: The Strange and Amazing Daniel Radcliffe

I come across Daniel Radcliffe endearing. I just cannot definitively say I’ve viewed him in any roles outdoors of the Harry Potter sequence, but every time I read about him, he appears like a genuinely nice human being. The way Jeremy Gordon portrays Radcliffe in this profile is no exception. While this piece promotes the approaching film Odd, in which Radcliffe portrays Bizarre Al Yankovich, all of Gordon’s observations are rooted in Radcliffe’s portrayal of Harry Potter from such a young age (the actor was 11 when he was cast more than 20 several years ago). Gordon repeatedly returns to Radcliffe’s “excessively usual way of pondering about the lifelong permanence of his context,” with Radcliffe stating that “sometimes if you’re denying the fact of what is likely on, that can actually make your existence more difficult to are living.” 

 

5. HuffPost: I Enjoy Taylor Swift, But There is A Massive Difficulty With Her New Video clip

CW: Fatphobia, Consuming ailments.

Very last Friday, Taylor Swift unveiled her new album, Midnight, in addition to a video for one particular of the album’s tunes, “Anti-Hero.” The music has been praised for its musicality and lyrics that portray a “deep self-loathing and question,” and what it is like to “have what appears like every little thing you could want, and even now really feel depression’s insidious whispers,” as Juliet James, who identifies as unwanted fat, writes. Nevertheless, the online video for the music capabilities a feeling in which “the ‘Anti-Hero’ model of Swift, who evidently represents her worst inner critic, has her get on a bathroom scale. When the authentic Taylor looks down, the scale reads ‘FAT.’” 

Unwanted fat activists have observed that Swift is not extra fat (and has hardly ever been), and criticized her use of the word in a detrimental context instead of a neutral descriptor, noting how “someone who appears to be like like Taylor will by no means understand how actually becoming body fat feels. They may ‘feel excess fat,’ because our lifestyle has turned body sizing into thoughts, and since even skinny gals are harmed by our society’s insidious and distressing messaging about bodies, but it is not the exact same as essentially remaining extra fat.” Several of these critics, including James, are cognizant of Swift’s admission of challenges with her system impression, accusations of becoming “too skinny,” and “comments speculating about her it’s possible remaining expecting, and how those people reviews have resulted in her not feeding on.” 

In the article James, together with numerous other critics, asks Swift to get rid of the term from the video—which the singer has due to the fact carried out. Disseminating fatphobia, as this movie did, hurts skinny persons far too, and James writes that she “[dosen’t] want everyone to put up with from an ED, but extra fat men and women have taking in problems, also, including anorexia. We already wrestle with acquiring treatment for these likely deadly situations ― our pleas for aid are unheard, missing in the clamor of voices screaming about how our fatness by itself is a disease. We’re celebrated for shedding pounds, even if we’re ― as Taylor explained she did ― efficiently starving ourselves, skipping foods or engaging in other hazardous behaviors.”

 

6. YouTube: Rihanna – Elevate Me Up (Visualizer)

Rihanna has eventually introduced new tunes after Many years! The guide solitary for Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Without end, “Lift me Up” is the to start with new music we have gotten from the pop icon since her attribute on PartyNextDoor’s 2020 “Believe It.” Right before that, we hadn’t gotten any music from Rihanna because 2016’s ANTI. Co-created by Tems, Ludwig Göransson, and director Ryan Coogler, the song is a tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who died in 2020 from most cancers and played the Black Panther/King T’Challa in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

I’m curious to see what she will accomplish at the Superbowl. The hype is incredibly actual. 

 

7. YouTube: Angie Martinez IRL Podcast I Ashanti

Singer Ashanti has been in the news a whole lot around the previous number of months, and not at her have behest. In August, Wager launched its Docuseries on Murda Inc, Ashanti’s former label. Through a Consume Champs job interview with N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN promoting the series, label co-founder Irv Gotti alleged that Ashanti was his girlfriend and sexualized the singer, spoke of how he was upset that she was courting rapper Nelly, and comes off as jealous, bitter, and spiteful. Ashanti declined to be in the collection. 

In this sit-down interview with Angie Martinez, even though, Ashanti addresses almost everything, outlining how “Irv was telling every person not to report with me” since of her partnership with Nelly. Ashanti explained of Gotti’s recent actions that “it’s a small sad to see a grown guy perform himself in that method,” and described him as a “selfish” and “narcissistic” individual, suggesting that he is “hurt” because he no more time has “control” over her. 

This interview is truly a key instance of how a person in electricity made use of his posture to halt the vocation of a girl. 

 

8. Wide range: Leslie Jordan, ‘Will & Grace’ and ‘American Horror Story’ Star, Dies at 67 in Motor vehicle Incident

Actor, singer, author, comic, and LGBT icon Leslie Jordan died on Monday morning when his motor vehicle crashed into the side of a setting up. Reportedly, “it was suspected he experienced some form of health-related crisis.” He was 67. 

An Emmy Award winner, Jordan worked on a host of displays and flicks, most notably Will & Grace, American Horror Tale, and The Enable. Jordan’s social media films were also exceptionally well-liked at the onset of the pandemic, giving a hilarious reprieve all through unsure moments. Considering that news broke of his loss of life, films of Jordan have flooded social media as followers mourn his tragic death. 

 

9. The New Yorker: Mike Davis Could See the Long term

Marxist historian, activist, and organizer Mike Davis died this 7 days of esophageal cancer. He was 76. Davis was most acknowledged for his work on Los Angeles, a town he wrote of “as a totality—from the genuine-estate specials of the mega-abundant to the squander-cure crops, the ability brokers to the unhoused and dispossessed, from the glamour of Hollywood to the cryptic graffiti of street gangs,” writes Hua Hsu. The impression of his perform can be found throughout disciplines, and although he was is “often misread as a ‘prophet of doom,’ Davis was basically an optimist and a dreamer. He was not gloating about the finish of the environment, so a great deal as he was persuasive us to envision a new a single.”

 

10. The Advocate: ‘It’s functions of God’: Mississippi River shrivels, leaving quite a few to pray for rain

The Mississippi River is nearing record lows. Prompted by lower rainfall across the country, “the circumstance may not drastically relieve whenever before long for the waterway that drains 41% of the contiguous United States and carries 60% of the country’s grain exports.” Small ranges more north in the river could influence delivery, when in the south, consuming water is a worry as “the New Orleans spot works by using the river as its resource, but when the Mississippi is this very low, saltwater moves upstream from the Gulf.” To aid assuage the trouble, “the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, or USACE is constructing a sill on the river bed close to Myrtle Grove, La. to block the [saltwater] wedge from relocating upstream.

 

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