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Lil Nas X Has Dethroned Mariah Carey, Deal With It

'One Sweet Day' whom? I don't know her!

Our yee-yee juice sipping king has broken the Billboard Hot 100 record, as ‘Old Town Road’ tops for the 17th week in a row.

The genre-blending hit has defied the haters with catchy cowboy goodness that’s hard to be mad at even if you’ve heard it on the radio for the thirtieth time in an hour (don’t check my math on that).

However, the success of Lil Nas X has invoked the righteous fury of pop stans around the world by assassinating Mariah Carey’s ‘One Sweet Day’ to get there.

It would be easy to say move over Mariah, you’ve had your time in the spotlight, but is that really a fair assertion considering all she’s done for us as a society? By comparison Nas hasn’t even begun to prove himself – like, okay cowboy you’ve got some horses but have you compete with that vocal range?

And let’s talk about success. Sure, the ‘7’ EP performed well, especially when you consider the fact that Nas is practically a baby of the industry still. But with ‘Panini’ peaking at number 16, it’s not exactly the sort of follow-up that’ll be spoken of in legends for decades to come, leading some to theorise that Lil Nas X is a *gasp* one hit wonder. Maybe come talk to us when you’ve released enough number ones to do a whole compilation album.

Then there’s overall memeworthiness to consider. Nas makes for a solid rival – he’s a digital native, owes some commercial success to TikTok of all places, and he can riff on memes as easily as breathing. His whole music video for the OTR remix will be analysed by historians in a hundred years for the richness of its allusions to internet culture.

Mariah, on the other hand, has consistency and original content to offer us. She’s gifted us the ‘I can’t read’ and ‘I don’t know her’ reaction gifs, and has continued to pull iconic stunts like that time she started subway couture.

By most metrics, Mariah’s reputation is worth defending, but really no-one is questioning her status as music royalty. After all, beyond a time-traveller rewriting history there’s nothing that could take Mariah Carey’s chart-topping accomplishments away from her.

The old adage is true – just because someone else succeeds doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Carey’s fans should be lifting up Nas, and vice versa. After all, the two artists have a lot more in common than all the saltiness would suggest.

I’m now just imagining Mariah and Nas in one of those get along shirts.

First off, the pair have bantered back and forth on Twitter, and Mariah has even gone so far as to virtually pass the torch, while Nas suggested he’d send her a bunch of roses to declare his love. There is no bad blood at all if their public personas are anything to go by, so it’s a shame that their supporters can’t be equally as humble.

Besides, due to their lack of imagination they’re missing out on the most groundbreaking, Internet-shattering concept of all time: a collab. It makes total sense – both artists are fluent in hip-hop, know their way around a collaboration, and both know how to stoke the flames of sensation.

Even a joke about a Mariah OTR remix gained almost 20,000 retweets from the adoring public, so imagine what would happen if they released an original song together? It would destroy us. They’re too powerful. The world would never be the same. I’m not saying it will happen, the point is that it could if y’all would just behave.

The King and Queen ruling together. As it should be.

Married At First Sight Shows There’s More To Learn About Consent

"Take your bra off! Let it hang!"

Amanda and Tash have had a really hard time connecting with each other. We could’ve put it down to Amanda’s fiery personality or Tash’s dating history, but the first commitment ceremony was full of red flags.

If you’re a big fan of Married At First Sight, check out this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

In the commitment ceremony, there was one particular interaction that had us shocked and it’s when Amanda said: “If it were up to me, we probably would have slept together by now.”

Now, we all know that consent requires everyone involved in the situation to give an enthusiastic ‘yes’, and Tash hasn’t given any indication that she wants to be that intimate with Amanda. In fact, it was the opposite. 

Tash actually described in detail how her feelings evolved from initial attraction to lack thereof, saying: “I was acting a certain way at the wedding and now my body language changed and she’s really intuitive and I knew she could pick it up. I wish I felt burning, strong, firey chemistry, I wish I did, but I’m not going to bullshit it.”

And Amanda knew this, but it didn’t stop Tash from blaming herself for the whole saga. She said: “I hurt her, but I was honest. I feel like I ruined the honeymoon, really, and it was pretty hard to recover from it and it drove a big wedge between us.”

Also, it didn’t help that Amanda cornered her wife, in front of 21 other people, outlining her lack of intimacy in their relationship, saying: “Quality time for me is watching a movie together… We didn’t watch a single movie together…  I’m talking away from the public… I’m talking in the room, with no one around, like your walls down, our PJ’s are on and we’re just our complete selves, our bras are literally off, and we’re enjoying each other’s company… Take your bra off! Let it hang! Do you know what I mean?” 

So, essentially we have a situation with an abundance of issues. Tash feels like she’s in the wrong because she isn’t feeling the same feelings as her partner and Amanda feels the need to vocalise what she would have done if she was “calling the shots.” Newsflash, it’s not “calling the shots” if one member of the relationship is not up for the intimacy. 

So unless Tash changes her mind, falls in love with Amanda and begin in something more than a friendship, the bras stay on.

If you haven’t done your MAFS homework, make sure you catch up on previous lessons. So far, we’ve learnt about gaslighting, why adults still need supervision, to never force chemistry, to not make a fool of yourself when there are cameras aroundhow to meet people in a socially acceptable way and also how crappy friends can ruin a relationship.

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Joey From ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ Is A Cult Leader IRL And I Can’t Cope

I guess the tube sock ad didn't work out.

Remember Joey Donner from everyone’s favourite 90s flick 10 Things I Hate About You? He was the OG f*ckboy and every parent’s worst nightmare – but in real life, he’s apparently a cult leader who got done for illegally selling kombucha.

According to Marie Claire, Andrew Keegan – who played Joey in the film –  is the co-founder of “California spiritual community” Full Circle, where he “passionately seeks to inspire and empower the community to co-create a better world.”

Apparently, in his role Keegan is often referred to as a “guru” and “promotes organic experiences within the temple, including hand-holding, group meditation, spooning, crystals, candles and ‘soul medicine.’” Full Circle even has a pet parrot called Krishna, reflecting the religion’s Hindu influence.

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In a 2014 article, Vice characterised Full Circle as a “new religion,” however publications including Jezebel have labelled it a cult. In a 2015 interview with Keegan, Lauren Bans of New York Magazine wrote, “the actual theology of the group is tough to in down, but it seems to loosely follow Hinduism – or at least Russell Brand’s Sanskrit-tattoo version of it.”

If all this hadn’t blown your mind enough, in 2015, Keegan was reportedly raided by California’s Department of Alcohol Beverage Control for “illegally selling Kombucha that wasn’t labelled alcoholic.”

“Kombucha is something we’d never imagine to be an illegal substance, and it’s frustrating the system has that perspective,” Keegan said. “We’re certainly taking full responsibility. We try to put our best foot forward.”

According to Vice, Keegan’s “spiritual transformation” came from a traumatic experience in 2011 when he and two friends were attacked by gang members in Venice Beach. “The significance of this occurrence is that it happened at the same time the tsunami hit Japan,” he said, relating the incident to a series of events and “weird coincidences.”

Sounds like Keegan’s current life is a far cry from his days as semi-professional tube sock model Joey Donner, but whatever floats your boat, right?

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