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Here's Proof That Nickelback Fans Exist And They Love Donald Trump

They're looking at this photograph.

For years, Nickelback have been touted as ‘the most hated band in history,’ but this year one man brought them back from the brink of extinction: the President of the United States, Donald Trump.

Last week, in an attempt to shift blame and divert attention away from that whole impeachment thing, Trump tweeted what can only be described as a ‘Nickelback meme.’

The tweet, captioned “LOOK AT THIS PHOTOGRAPH!” featured a snippet from Nickelback’s ‘Photograph’ music video, showing the photo replaced with a snap of Joe Biden, Hunter Biden and someone labeled a “Ukraine oil exec.”

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I mean, are we really that surprised? Trump’s manic Twitter behaviour has become part and parcel with his presidency. 

However, Trump’s Nickelback tweet changed more than he bargained for.

According to Billboard, digital download sales of ‘Photograph’ on the day of Trump’s tweet were up a whopping 569% compared to the previous two days. The song also racked up 772,000 on-demand streams that day, which was up 38% from September 30th to October 1st. 

It’s a big win for Nickelback considering their less-than-impressive reputation, however, they weren’t so happy with Trump’s support. According to the Guardian, the band issued a copyright complaint to have the video removed – a brush with crime that Trump is familiar with now.

Earlier this year one of the President’s campaign ads faced a takedown notice from Warner Bros for featuring the soundtrack to the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises.

So what does this tell us? There are a lot of Nickelback fans still out there. There’s a good chance they’re Trump supporters and as the old saying goes, all publicity is good publicity. 

Forget Butts, The Sexy Peach Emoji Is Now An Anti-Trump Symbol

IMPEACHES AND CREAM.

If you’ve been using the peach emoji for sexting, rejoice – because the juicy orange symbol has a new second meaning, and it’s all about Donald Trump.

The iconic peach emoji. Credit: Giphy

It all kicked off last week when a formal impeachment enquiry was launched after Trump asked the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden, the son of 2020 presidential candidate, Joe Biden. People also believe Trump pressured Zelensky by withholding military aid to Ukraine.

When the news broke, celebs were quick to show their support for the impeachment enquiry on Twitter, including singer Lizzo who simply tweeted: “IMPEACHMENT” using the peach emoji in replacement of ‘PEACH.’ 

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The clever emoji addition quickly caught on with Twitter users dropping it left, right and centre to make ‘impeachment’ a hot, juicy topic.

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Not only is it a lovely little play on words, but the bright, orange appearance of the emoji bears similarity to the odd tan Trump seems to rock on a daily basis.

PEACHES FOR IMPEACHMENT. Credit: Giphy

The peach emoji became so synonymous with Trump’s impeachment enquiry that TIME magazine used it on the front cover of its March issue. 

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It’s amazing how quick the Internet works, and it begs a few questions: has our beloved peach emoji gone from being a sex symbol to an icon of US politics? Does it signify the start of an entirely new emoji language? Will the eggplant emoji suddenly become more than a phallic fruit? 

Not our beloved eggplant! Credit: Giphy

It seems that until this impeachment enquiry business is over, the peach emoji lives in limbo: somewhere between a political figure and a late night booty call. 

At least there’s one thing we can all agree on, and that’s that Shigetaka Kurita, the guy who created emojis really had no idea what he was getting himself into. 

Emojis are life. Credit: Giphy

Now, go forth and use the peach emoji any which way you please.

You're Never Gonna Get Over How Dodgy Ed Sheeran's Tattoos Are

"People say... I look like a melted crayon"

If you’ve ever seen a picture of Ed Sheeran, you’d know he’s got a fair few tattoos – but the full scope of his body art is truly…something.

Wow, Ed. Credit: Giphy

Yesterday, Twitter user @masiavelli tweeted a topless photo of the ‘Beautiful People’ singer showing off his ink with the feisty caption, “Ed Sheeran’s tattoo artist should be jailed for life for criminal negligence.”

The tweet has since attracted 8.4K retweets, 66.2K likes and plenty of savage comments agreeing that Sheeran’s tats are a mixed bag, to say the least.

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One user wrote, “The only person who’s criminally negligent (against himself) is Ed Sheeran, who has chosen to irreversibly deface his own body.” Another wrote, “looks like he’s been left unsupervised with a pack of felt tip pens and some toddlers.”

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Ouch!

Apparently, Sheeran got his first tattoo when he was 18 years old and has since had somewhere between 60 and 100 tats inked onto his body including everything from boxing gloves to a teddy bear. 

On closer inspection of @masiavelli’s Twitter pic, Sheeran is also rocking a badly drawn shark, a key hole, a cherry blossom branch, the three-eyed fish from The Simpsons, puzzle pieces, a paw print, and the phrase ‘Ladz on Tour’ – not to mention his infamous Heinz Ketchup bottle.

There’s no doubt that Sheeran’s tats are a bit of a hodge podge, but you’ve got to give it to him: they’ve all got significance and personal meaning, and that’s all that should matter, right?

You do you, boo. Credit: Giphy

You don’t get tattoos for other people – unless it’s a ex-partner or your mum’s name – so Sheeran shouldn’t give a hoot what other people think. In a 2017 interview, the singer said, “I’ll look f*cking cool when I’m old…I might look wrinkly but have you ever seen your granddad with his top off? Because I haven’t.”

“I get one for anything I’m proud of or for something I want to remember,” he said. “People say when they see my tattoos that I look like a melted crayon, so that’s interesting. I guess this is just my eight year-old self coming out.”

TBH, if I ever lived Ed Sheeran’s life, I’d want to remember all my incredible milestones – so I don’t blame him for wanting them permanently inked.

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