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The World's On Fire, But Melania Trump's Roses Are Getting A Revamp

“That’s some Marie Antoinette sh*t right there."

COVID-19 isolation has presented the perfect opportunity to find your green thumb and do a little gardening. But if you’re Melania Trump, revamping your rose garden amidst the global pandemic isn’t that simple.

The First Lady took to Twitter today to tell her 14.7M followers, “even in the most difficult times, the @WhiteHouse Rose Garden has stood as a symbol of strength and continuity.”

“Today, it is my pleasure to announce our plans to renew and restore this iconic space so that we preserve its history and beauty for generations to come,” she added.

Apparently, Mrs. Trump is planning to “restore and enhance” the White House Rose Garden as a “testament to our nation’s commitment to the care of this landscape and our dedication to American ideals, safeguarding them for our children and their children for generations to come.”

The New York Times reports that Melania’s new gardening phase is all part of Donald Trump’s ‘Rose Garden Strategy’ that presidents “use to bolster their campaign efforts: ceremonial signings, dedications, executive announcements, and yes, press availabilities in the Rose Garden.”

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Either way, the Rose Garden revamp has not gone down well with members of the public, who have accused Melania of focusing on something so trivial as cases of COVID-19 in the United States soar over 4.37M.

Former congresswoman Katie Hill tweeted, “that’s some Marie Antoinette shit right there,” while another Twitter user posted, “with her usual myopia, Melania believes that Americans who are facing eviction and horrifying death will be pleased and comforted by her landscaping efforts.”

One social media user even tweeted, “as the nation approaches 150,000 dead from COVID-19, and millions of Americans face eviction and homelessness, Melania Trump is renovating the Rose Garden.”

They added, “I really don’t care, do you?” as a reference to the tone-deaf jacket Melania wore to a visit with migrant children in 2018. Yikes.

Whether it’s an insensitive ploy to ensure her husband wins his bid for presidency, or Melania truly believes her roses are a beacon of hope – the timing is utterly awful.

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Prince Harry Was DM Sliding Under A Secret IG Handle This Whole Time

SpikeyMau5 wants to follow you.

Prince Harry might be a respectable, upstanding member of the royal family, but behind the scenes, he’s also a house music-loving, DM sliding Instagram user. 

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According to Finding Freedom, a new biography written by Harper’s Bazaar Royal Editor at Large Omid Scobie, Harry had a secret Instagram account he once used to follow now wife Meghan Markle.

“Although she shared much of her London visit on social media, Meghan knew she had to keep her dates a secret,” Scobie writes in Finding Freedom. “But the clues were there. Around the time of their first encounter, she began to follow a mysterious-looking Instagram account by the name of @SpikeyMau5.”

“With no face visible in the profile photo, just a mouse-shaped helmet, it would have meant nothing to most people. But it was in fact Harry’s private account,” he added.

Apparently, Harry’s hidden Instagram handle is an homage to his love of house music. “He crafted the pseudonym by using part of the name of one of his favourite DJs, DeadMau5,” Scobie explains.

“Spikey came from a Facebook alias that Harry used for an account he had under the name of Spike Wells. ‘Spike’ was a nickname sometimes used for the prince, particularly by Scotland Yard officers,” he wrote.

According to the Royal Editor, Harry kept his Instagram presence quiet, but Meghan was “much bolder” about their new romance. 

“Much bolder was Meghan’s public Instagram post the same night of their first solo date: a photo of a Love Hearts candy with the inscription ‘Kiss Me’ and the caption ‘Lovehearts in #London.’ Whether it had meaning to anyone else, Harry got the message.”

If we weren’t talking about the Royals here, I’d assume this was a deleted scene from The Kissing Booth

Who would’ve thought that Prince Harry was a secret house music fan who was probably raving to DeadMau5 back in his day?

If anything, it’s just further proof that we really don’t know the Royal family – and behind closed doors, they’re just like us.

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Rapper’s Anti-Semitic Posts Have Sparked A Huge Social Media Boycott

“Your inaction amounts to complicity.”

When someone goes rogue on social media and starts firing off offensive and harmful posts – when does the platform need to step in? It’s a question that’s been posed after UK rapper Wiley recently went on an anti-semitic social media rant.

Late last week, 41-year-old rapper Wiley whose real name is Richard Cowie, posted a series of hurtful insults and conspiracy theories about Jewish people. 

After the posts went viral, Wiley’s management severed ties with the artists and his posts soon became the subject of a British police investigation.

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“The antisemitic posts from Wiley are abhorrent,” British Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted. “They should not have been able to remain on Twitter and Instagram for so long and I have asked them for a full explanation.”

“Social media companies must act faster to remove such appalling hatred from their platforms.”

Even a Downing Street spokesman commented on Wiley’s tweets, telling Associated Press, “we have set out very clearly that Twitter’s performance has not been good enough in response to the anti-semitic comments made by Wiley and it needs to do much better.”

According to the Washington Post, Twitter removed some of Wiley’s offensive tweets and temporarily locked his account. However, some were still visible and the original posts were up for at least 12 hours, according to AP.

The BBC reports that Instagram also removed some of Wiley’s anti-semitic posts.

This response, or lack thereof, has now sparked a ‘virtual walkout’ and 48-hour boycott of social media platforms which has gained support from several UK celebrities and politicians.

In a letter to Facebook and Twitter heads Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis wrote, “your inaction amounts to complicity.”

“Antisemitism, or any form of bigotry, has no place in our societies or on social media,” he added, as per the Washington Post.

In a statement, Twitter said the platform is “committed to amplifying voices from underrepresented communities and marginalised groups” and reinforced its Hateful Conduct Policy which “prohibits the promotion of violence against – or threats of attack towards – people on the basis of certain categories such as religious affiliation, race and ethnic origin.”

As social media giants continue to face pressure to remove offensive material and misinformation from their platforms, the debate around freedom of speech, automatic content moderation and more continues. However, one thing is for certain, we are at a major turning point when it comes to social media and how it will exist in the future.

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