Happy football Sunday y’all!
We all know how easy it is to make a quick joke on social media these days, but oh how things can go sour fast. The federal financial aid agency which we know as FAFSA made a huge mistake today posting the following tweet above and naturally, people were offended. In fact, I’m offended. I get that they were trying to be clever, but categorizing those that fill out the FAFSA as poor is incorrect. Not everyone that fills out the FAFSA is poor and why shame those that do when tuition for higher education currently is as high as it is.
The tweet was up for an hour before it was taken down and followers had a lot to say in response.
Shame on you FAFSA.
The #YesAllWomen hashtag is by far one of the most powerful things I have ever seen spread on social media. I am loving the fact that women are stepping out and sharing their stories about what they have had to face. A woman will endure multiple cases of misogyny throughout their life and if there’s something we can learn from this incident it’s that we need to change the way people are taught to look at women.
A woman is an individual – a human being.
A woman does not owe a man anything.
Women are not to be blamed for being able to stand up to another man.
Women are not objects and do not deserve to be objectified.
It is exhausting to think that in this day and age, we haven’t come far enough in society. It’s heartbreaking that in 2014 Elliot Rodger could commit a crime as horrible as this one because of how he believed he should have been treated by women.
For some, it’s time to check your priv.
Oh boy… America’s favorite and definitely Seattle’s favorite rapper Macklemore has done goofed. At a secret performance on Friday night at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Macklemore donned an outfit resembling very closely to a Jewish caricature. For someone who cares so much about equality, you would think that an outfit like this would be completely out of the question for him. That’s why people are so confused! I don’t want to say right away that this is taking away his credibility for everything that he has started and preached, but it definitely doesn’t look good.
To make matters worse, Macklemore didn’t apologize. Upon being called out on it by actor Seth Rogen, Macklemore went on to further deny it and didn’t take responsibility for his actions.
How is he gonna get out of this one? Today, I found him on Instagram with Seattle Seahawks football player Russell Wilson visiting patients in the hospital (something Wilson regularly does.) Is this timing and appearance a coincidence to distract people from his very offensive costume?
Oh wait… we do have an apology! You can check it out here. Thoughts anyone?
So it’s been a few days since this actually happened and everything has kind of blown of since then, but seeing this text made me feel incredibly uncomfortable! No one can deny that Macklemore has done such great things for the city of Seattle and has turned things around in the scene. Locals are excited about him and proud. Taking home as many Grammys as he did on Sunday night was quite the achievement, but it quickly turned sour the next morning when he wrote this tweet and instagramed this text.
It is what we call “the humblebrag.” It wasn’t enough that you couldn’t privately text this to Kendrick, but you had to publicize it as well? Why do people need to see this? You had a standout performance at the Grammys and you married some couples which was kind of cool, but it kind of begs us to ask – what exactly is Macklemore looking for? Another pat on the back? Some more praise and additional respect from fans saying that he acknowledged that maybe he didn’t deserve Best Rap Album, but he’s telling Kendrick that in a personal text and needs the entire world to see it?
I like what Macklemore stands for and he’s done work this year, but this was in poor taste and I didn’t like it.
Wowowow. What a year it has been for Yow Yow!
I’m not all that sad to see 2013 go because I am so looking forward to what 2014 has in store for us. 2013 was a big transition year for Yow Yow! Postings became a little bit more consistent because I was no longer in school and it started to become predictable that I would just log on right after work. It’s nice to be able to have a set schedule to be honest. When I was in school, I would post any free moment I had, which was great because maybe sometimes I would be inclined to write a post about something because it was convenient. However, I appreciate now, that I get to wait until the end of the day to sort out my thoughts and to spend some time thinking a little bit more about what I am writing. Yow Yow! has turned 5-years old! It’s hard to believe that this blog has been with me for that long and that some of you have watched me transition, grow, and hopefully write better content in that time. Thank you x 23984298 to everyone who has supported the blog during this time. If I didn’t have that, I may not still be writing today. We know for sure though that Jennie and Ashley have at least helped me keep Wedding Mondays alive.
Stats from 2012 will be on the left and italicized while stats from 2013 will be right and bold.
1,130,911 total visits to Yow Yow! – – – – – – – – – – – 1,294,886 total visits to Yow Yow!
*In just 2013, there were 163,975 visits to Yow Yow!
7,067 Posts, 2,187 Comments 10,229 Tags – – – – – 9,167 Posts 3,152 Comments 12,122Tags (cumulative)
Top Post of 2013 – “Hipster Disney Princesses In Real Life” – 15,726 views (written in 2012)
Top Post Written in 2013 – “Meet: Hollis Wong-Wear” – 2,071 views
Busiest Month in Terms of Views – October 2012 (49,821 views) – – – – – January 2013 (24,905 views)
Highest Average Visits Per Day – October 2012 (1,607 views) – – – – – – January 2013 (803 views)
*Busiest Day – October 5, 2010 (4,239 views)
Credits + References
“Women Who Are Making It” Series:
Top Referring Sites in 2013 Were:
Most of My Visitors Came From:
Music Festivals Covered:
*We started a new series on Fridays called “Take Me There” and “Truth and Words” Sundays
*We ended the series “Thought Catalog Roundup.”
*New graphics and headers by Leanna Robb! [Facebook, Twitter, Blog]
* We made a Facebook page! Like us.
*We packed up and moved to the Bay area! [Seattle, forever <3 – I promise]
*Veronica became an official part of Yow Yow!
*We received our very first press passes for Yow Yow!
*We started “Conversations From 20-Somethings.”
*We hit 1,000+ subscribers!
*We followed-up with some of our previous guest writers from a year ago:
*We made some videos! Like this unveiling video below:
and one last hoo-rah with Space Girl
*We had a memorable Twitter interaction:
A group of people I interact with on Twitter do this thing where they change their Twitter names to reflect the holiday season. I did the best I could. A for effort.
A Los Angeles Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf shop was caught having these two tip jars on display by the American Pie franchise star. Apparently, the jars were out so that visitors of the location could vote for their favorite Paul Walker film. Hello! The guy just passed away three days ago. It’s shocking to believe that employees at that location would find this appropriate or that a manager would approve it. Thanks to Jason’s tweet, a spokesperson was able to remedy the issue, but I don’t think anyone is going to forget about this incident happening.
A spokesperson for that specific store also assured NBC News that the jars have been taken off the counter, adding that they cannot release the location in question “as the matter is still under investigation.”
“This is completely inconsistent with our brand values and the jars have since been removed. Our thoughts and condolences remain with the many friends and family of Paul Walker during this difficult time. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® would like to thank Jason Biggs for bringing this matter to our attention,” the company said in a statement to NBC4.
My co-worker Jackson tweeted out this Buzzfeed post this morning and it was pretty much the best way to start out my Monday. Writer and comedian Kyle Ayers was just hanging out on his Brooklyn rooftop when he stumbled on some gold – a couple breaking up in the wild. The only sensible thing he could do was live-tweet it HOBviously. I’ve included for you just a snippet, but the story is worth the read and you can check it out in its entirety here.
Chris Hadfield has popularized astronauts and space through social media making him a celebrity. From one of the most well known Reddit threads to over 1 million Twitter followers, the retired Canadian astronaut is also an author. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth was published this week and details Chris’s life as an astronaut.
To welcome you into his world and new book, Chris made a clever video that you can check out here:
Sometimes you just win by not saying very much.