Including Jeff Goldblum having a moment, Cardi B trying to fight Nicki Minaj, Kanye announcing his candidacy for 2024 (and directing the Pornhub Awards), Geoffrey Owens getting shamed for having a job and the secrets of academia continuously overflowing, the internet was a straight up conspiracy theory this week.
Highlights: Colin Kaepernick is giving rednecks an existential crisis, Serena is still waiting for her apology, white people will never save you, the New Yorker is stuck in 2016, the Trump Administration does not really understand the word “resistance,” it only takes 5 minutes to fall in love, Rihanna is divine, Mac Miller was a perfectionist, invasive species in Florida are giving Australia a run for its money, and the Brazilian National Museum is no longer.
Wow. Where to even begin with this? Colin Kaepernick is the face of the 30th anniversary of Nike’s “Just do it” campaign. While many people are praising the choice of Kaepernick, rednecks across America are having an existential crisis, and removing the Nike swoosh from their clothing or burning the company’s products, and have #justburnit trending. This has sparked memes galore with many supporters of the campaign pointing out that the customers have already paid for the products. Critics, however, are largely addressing the “commodity activism” aspect of the campaign in addition to company’s manufacturing practices. Oh…and Nike’s sales have increased by 31%.
The US Open final was WILD. Serena Williams was defeated by Naomi Osaka in two sets. Throughout the game Serena had conflicts with the chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, beginning with a warning against her for receiving coaching during the first set. In addressing Ramos and his call Serena stated, “I don’t cheat to win. I’d rather lose.”
Throughout the entire match, Serena continuously asked for an apology from Ramos for accusing her of cheating. After losing a point in the second set, she threw her racket on the ground, breaking it and received a one-point penalty, further upsetting her. She continued demanding an apology from Ramos calling him a “thief,” prompting the umpire to give her a one-game penalty, putting her behind in the second set 3 games to 5. Frustrated by Ramos, Serena called the referees to the court, who did nothing to remedy the situation, and she accused them all of sexism pointing out that men do things that are much worse without penalty. Sports reporters were also shocked by the penalties against Serena because there isn’t precedent for many of the calls, especially in a Grand Slam final.
The audience was still upset at the trophy ceremony and booed Osaka. Serena stepped in, showing her sportsmanship by comforting Osaka throughout the ceremony and saying “[Osaka] played well and this is her first Grand Slam… I know you guys were here rooting and I was rooting too, but let’s make this the best moment we can… Let’s give everyone the credit where credit is due. Let’s not boo anymore” before congratulating her opponent.
I’m not sure exactly when this website come into existence but it is beautiful and mesmerizing. Terence Nance has edited the white savors from dozens of movies into one video, with a haunting chorus of “white people won’t save you” ever-present. There is nothing else on the website, and once you press play there is no way to pause, fast forward or rewind the full-screen video, and no indication of this length. The only way to get the video to stop is by exiting the window, which feels like a denial of the truth.
4. The New York Times: Steve Bannon Headlines New Yorker Festival
Well, this whole thing was a shitshow. So the New York Times reported that Steve Bannon would headline the New Yorker’s annual festival. Naturally, the internet, and particularly Twitter, WAS. NOT. HAVING. IT. and exploded. Other guests of the festival, including Jim Carrey and Jimmy Fallon, said that they would no longer participate. THEN New Yorker editor David Remnick, who originally defended the inclusion of Bannon, rescinded the invitation. Remnick then released a statement.
The whole controversy caused some long-term subscribers to the New Yorker to cancel their subscriptions. For some, the rescission of the invitation may not be enough.
5. The New York Times: I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration
So I don’t even know how to fully address this because it is so crazy. But, a senior advisor in the Trump Administration wrote an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times about there being “quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first.” The op-ed offers no new information about the Trump Administration and is obviously not meant for the American people, but a rant for the self-aggrandizing author to clear their moral conscience. The internet is humorously stumped on the meaning of this one.
Simple articles, with simple ideas, are often my favorite. Zachary Woolfe, classical music editor at the Times, “posed a deceptively simple question to [their] writers and editors, as well as some artists [they] admire: What are the five minutes or so — longer than a moment, shorter than a symphony — that you’d play for a friend to convince them to fall in love with classical music?”
The playlist created from the answers is beautiful, filled quintessential pieces from the canon, and others that come from left field. I have been thinking about what piece I would pick all week, and I am still unsure. Simple questions are often the hardest to answer.
7. Garage: Queen Rihanna by Deana Lawson Covers GARAGE Magazine Issue 15
Rihanna is never anything less than ethereal. Her presence is mystical, and her style legendary. Rihanna can pull off any outfit that graces her body through sheer will. She is nothing less than sublime in this photographic story by Deana Lawson.
8. Vulture: The Perfectionist
Rapper Mac Miller died on Friday of a suspected drug overdose. He was 26. This profile was reported in mid-August and published just a day before his death.
This article focuses almost exclusively on Miller’s music, only venturing into his personal life when the two are related. His ex, Ariana Grande (who is being blamed by some for his death), is only mentioned in reference to Miller’s album The Divine Feminine, which many people assumed was about their relationship. Miller seems to have little drama, and the profile focuses on the center of Miller’s life: music.
I never followed Mac Miller, but after reading this article I can say that I understand his practice. “I have a tendency to kinda brood about stuff and cook in it,” said Miller in an interview for this profile. “I’ll wake up and just sit here and think about it for hours.” Perfectionism is the worst vice.
9. Audubon: Invasive Reptiles Are Taking Over Florida—and Devouring Its Birds Along the Way
For some reason, I am kinda obsessed with invasive species in Florida. I have no clue why, especially because I have never had a good experience while there.
At this point, it is fairly common knowledge that Flordia has a Burmese python problem. They have been spotted in the Everglades since around 2000, and “now, there are estimated tens or hundreds of thousands of Burmese pythons in South Florida and they’re eating everything—rabbits, rats, bobcats, deer, even alligators.” The snakes most likely were released by owners that bought them through the largely unregulated reptile trade. Flordia is the perfect breeding ground and the snakes are now at the top of what’s called the invasion curve, meaning “they’re taking over, and our only hope is to safeguard what they have not yet destroyed.”
But all “biological invasions aren’t necessarily blitzkriegs. It doesn’t matter if a pet store releases a few dozen lizards or a hurricane damages a breeding facility and sets free hundreds of snakes, as has happened. Some of the invaders die off, scooped up by predators or unable to adjust to their new environs. Others find food, find a mate, and survive. It’s in those early days of their arrival, before generations of the species are hatched, that there’s a chance at eradication. But with each new egg that’s fertilized and each animal that reaches sexual maturity, the monetary and ecological costs of the problem goes up.” While it is too late to eradicate Burmese pythons, it might not be for other species
This week Brazil’s National Museum burned to the ground destroying an estimated 90% of the 20 million artifacts in its possession. The museum has faced drastic cuts in funding over the past few years, forcing the institution to crowdsource money “termite-damaged base of one of its grandest mounted dinosaurs.” Its collections were vast.
“The archeological collection had frescoes from Pompeii, and hundreds of Egyptian artifacts, including a 2,700-year-old painted sarcophagus. It housed art and ceramics from indigenous Brazilian cultures, some of whose populations number only in their thousands. It also contained audio recordings of indigenous languages, some of which are no longer spoken; entire tongues went up in flames. It carried about 1,800 South American artifacts that dated back to precolonial times, including urns, statues, weapons, and a Chilean mummy that was at least 3,500 years old. Older still was the museum’s rich trove of fossils, from crocodile relatives like Pepesuchus to one of the oldest relatives of today’s scorpions. It harbored some of the oldest human remains in the Americas: the 11,500-year-old skull and pelvis of a woman who was unearthed in 1975 and nicknamed Luzia.”
The losses are incalculable and have lefts gaps in human knowledge. The “holes are man-made… They were the result of bad infrastructure that we knew was there. We failed the collection.” Perhaps more importantly, the lesson of the catastrophe is that it can happen to any museum or collection of precious objects, in any country at anytime. Museums are not timeless.
*All images taken from reference articles*
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