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The Influencer Content Coming Out Of The BLM Movement Is Just Wild

This is wrong in so many ways.

Of course, influencers have found a way to make content during the BLM movement but, we have to warn you, prepare to cringe. 

We spoke about the Black Lives Movement on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

When influencers aren’t complaining about Tinder or photoshopping their pictures, they’re adapting to the climate. They did it with the coronavirus pandemic and now, influencers are finding new ways to make content amidst the Black Lives Matter protests. And while sure, some influencers are spreading information, resources and helpful links, there are others who are trying to get some clout out of what’s going on in the world right now. 

Introducing the TikTok account ‘Influencers In The Wild’, a glorious hub of content dedicated to highlighting the times when influencers take it too far. And boy, have they taken things too far now. The account has uploaded two videos in the past week which are seemingly recorded at the time of the Black Lives Matter protests and all we can really say is, it’s wild. 

The first video they uploaded follows a woman in exercise clothes, standing with her back towards the camera, posing in front of a looted T-Mobile store. The narration, coming from an unknown person in a car is heard to be saying, “this girl is making her boyfriend take a picture of her in front of a smashed T-Mobile… oh my God.” It’s exactly as it sounds, you’re just going to have to see it to believe it. 

The second video, believe it or not, is even worse. It follows a bystander as they stumble upon a photoshoot, where a caucasian woman is posing with a power-drill in front of some plywood with another person. After she gets her photo, she thanks the bystander saying “thank you so much” before proceeding to walk back into her car. Hilariously, someone off-camera is heard yelling “boyfriends of Instagram… good job guys, BLM!” Honestly, you cant tell us this isn’t taken from a satire film about influencers. 

The woman in the second video has been identified as Fiona Moriarty McLaughlin, a journalist for the Washington Examiner, who has since deleted all her social media from the backlash. Honestly, we expected nothing less. 

Let’s hope we see less of this and more content from influencers that’s actually helpful for the BLM movement.

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Never Forget How Deeply Disturbing Spike Was On 'Buffy'

Just ask the guy who played him.

Spike from Buffy The Vampire Slayer is what we see in the corner of our rooms during sleep-paralysis. 

Even though social-distancing laws are slowly starting to lift, the act of streaming nostalgic tv shows isn’t going anywhere at all. One of these shows is Buffy The Vampire Slayer which, while the perfect isolation binge, is reminding us of some of the more traumatic characters we witnessed in our adolescence. Spike is one of those characters. 

Speaking of shows to binge in COVID-19 isolation, we spoke about ‘Hollywood’ on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Upon reflection, Spike (played by James Marsters) was one of the more shocking characters that influenced our adolescence and even the actor who played him agrees. 

According to Digital Spy, James Marsters was sometimes “afraid” of reading the script for the upcoming episode. He said, “What was hard is that Joss (Whedon, the Buffy showrunner,) is not interested in keeping the audience safe… He’s not interested in characters that are always happy and so if you really give your heart over to the role, which I did, it can hurt you… There were times I was afraid of reading the next script for what Joss was going to make me feel in the next week.”

Can you blame him? Spike was a deeply disturbing presence on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The charismatic anti-hero was meant to be killed off in Season 2 of the series, but due to popular demand, Joss Whedon kept him around – for better or worse. As the seasons went on, Spike became one of the most controversial characters to hit the tv screen.

The attempted rape scene in “Seeing Red” was one of the hardest moments to ever witness in the series. And let’s not forget that Spike is a text-book abusive boyfriend. Even before Buffy, Spike dated and berated his ex Harmony until she finally got the nerve to leave him. Ultimately, Spike was a misogynistic enabler who only ever did good things to try and impress Buffy. Honestly, if you see Spike as the one that got away for Buffy, we’re gonna need you to re-watch the series without those rose-coloured glasses.

Although Marsters felt “afraid” at some points while filming the show, he did end the interview by saying, “I think that everyone that worked on Buffy really was at the top of their game, but there really was something about the mixture of everyone that really was more than the sum of their parts. I miss it very much.”

If you, or anyone you know is a victim of sexual abuse, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or 1800 RESPECT for support services.

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We Finally Know How The 'One Does Not Simply' Meme Came To Life

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Meme.

Whether you’re a fan of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy or not, this meme dominated your social media platforms in the early ‘10s. Yes, today we’re talking about the ‘One Does Not Simply’ meme because we finally have some detail on the meme’s origins, thanks to Josh Gad and the rest of the LOTR cast. 

Speaking of iconic film franchises, we spoke about Star Wars on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Over the weekend, the cast of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring reunited over 18 years after the film debuted in cinemas. The Zoom reunion, hosted by Josh Gad brought together director Peter Jackson, composer Howard Shore, and co-writer Philippa Boyens in addition to the actors, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, John Rhys-Davies, Sean Bean, Liv Tyler, Andy Serkis, Miranda Otto, and Karl Urban. 

Here, the team behind bringing this J. R. R. Tolkien classic to life spilled all the juicy details on behind the scenes moments, including the infamous “one does not simply…” scene. You can watch the 50-minute chat, which supports No Kid Hungry, a charity geared toward ending childhood hunger, here: 

According to Peter Jackson, the scene that brought us the infamous meme was written only a day before filming. How crazy.

As a result, Sean Bean didn’t have his lines down completely and took to great lengths to in order to keep production running smoothly. Peter Jackson said, “What Sean did, which I thought was really clever, is he got a print-out of the speech taped to his knee… If you watch the scene now, you’ll see every time that Sean has to check his script.” You can watch the scene here, and see if you can catch Sean Bean reading his script mid-scene. 

And with that, the rest is history. As you know a screenshot from this scene quickly went on to become one of the most popular OG memes that utilised the block-text format. Surely, these memes will take you back.

In 2015, Sean Bean acknowledged the popularity of the meme and compared it to the rest of his career, saying: “For some reason, the parts I play, like Boromir or Ned Stark, have a life online long afterwards… I keep seeing, what do you call them – memes? ‘One does not simply ask for a drink’ instead of ‘One does not simply walk into Mordor’ – that sort of thing… They’ll probably be my unintended legacy.”

Look, he’s not wrong.

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