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Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 6:07PM EDT
Instagram launches "IGTV" for long-form videos
The social media has kicked off its "YouTube era" as a new home for hour-long videos -- could original TV shows be next?
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 1:32PM EDT
Big Brother to unveil a "BB App Store" social media twist
“America will get a chance to get the Houseguests trending, resulting in power apps or punishments that could crash their game," CBS says of the new twist for Season 30 that will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1. On the June 27 premiere, housemates will compete on three different challenges that CBS promises “will yield a game-changing power — and two unprecedented punishments.”
Posted Tuesday 6/19/18 at 5:37PM EDT
Riverdale star Charles Melton apologizes for old fat-shaming tweets
“I’m truly sorry for making inconsiderate comments several years ago and apologize to anyone I hurt,” Melton said in a statement after his old tweets were recently revealed. “What I posted and said was immature, offensive and inappropriate. I am ashamed of how I acted and there is no excuse for that behavior. I’m striving to do better and will use this experience to grow, helping others to understand how these types of statements are completely unacceptable.”
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 1:47PM EDT
Big Brother unveils its Season 20 houseguests
This year's cast includes a former undercover cop and a Las Vegas entertainer. ALSO: Season 20 may include a social media twist.
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 7:04PM EDT
Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown leaves Twitter after becoming an anti-gay meme
The 14-year-old actress is a GLAAD supporter, but social media users have created memes portraying her as anti-gay, which led her to deactivate her Twitter account. ALSO: A Stranger Things video game is in the works.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
Why isn't The Bachelorette allowed to check out her contestants' social media profiles?
"If social media stalking is a normal part of dating in 2018, why shouldn’t it be allowed on the show?" asks Alyssa Bereznak in the wake of the Instagram controversy involving frontrunner Garrett Yrigoyen. She adds: "In any normal real-world scenario, this situation would’ve fixed itself. Elated after a nice first encounter with a handsome, eligible rando, Becca would’ve gone home and immediately Googled Yrigoyen, like any respectable millennial who has grown up stalking her crushes online." ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel picks Garrett to win The Bachelorette.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 6:12AM EDT
Suits' Patrick J. Adams apologizes after posting a photo of a woman he accused of body-shaming him and his wife
Adams was at a London airport with wife/Pretty Little Liars alum Troian Bellisario, waiting to catch a flight home from co-star Meghan Markle's wedding, when he said a woman "did some casual body shaming of my wife and I." He posted a photo of the woman, but later took it down after he was accused of bullying.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
How SpongeBob SquarePants became TV's most "meme-able" show
Why didn't other Nickelodeon classic shows become classic memes? "I’d venture to say that SpongeBob is better greased to circulate widely because of its spectacular realism," says Lauren Michele Jackson, adding: "Watching SpongeBob now... I see how the sea-dwelling characters play back adulthood with all the damning comedy it deserves. Life is endlessly mundane, if you’re lucky, and ideally endured with a sense of humor. That type of humor is the lifeblood of so many jokes propagated online, so it makes sense that the internet would latch onto a show that embraces this sensibility. It’s still not quite nostalgia — teens, who weren’t yet born or verbal when the show was at its peak, love the memes. But if it’s memory in part that makes SpongeBob a worthy candidate for memes, it’s the show’s PG appreciation for life’s hilarious humorlessness that makes it adaptable to any and every situation."
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 10:55AM EDT
Teen uses cryptic Grey's Anatomy quote in her yearbook to say “I am so, so, so gay"
Krysta Montoya from Albuquerque, New Mexico went viral with her senior quote, which reads: “Grey’s Anatomy Season 5, Episode 6, 39:40."
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 1:48PM EDT
The new Eric Andre meme is the "worthy heir" to the American Chopper meme
The meme features Andre shooting The Eric Andre Show sidekick Hannibal Buress.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
Paul Teutul Sr. reacts to the American Chopper meme: "Did I know what a meme was? Absolutely not"
It was Teutul's girlfriend's daughter who made him aware that he became a Twitter sensation over the past two weeks. "I'm not real savvy with much on a telephone," he tells Vice, "but it's kind of funny because somebody mentioned that twice, and it went over my head, and I never even came back to ask what it was, because I'm not so savvy with social media so I didn't even really kind of care what it was. So no. Did I know what a meme was? Absolutely not. Now I do." He adds that the argument that the meme is depicting was originally "horrifying. "And now it's flipped, and people keep coming up to me, and they keep sending me different ones," he says. "I didn't get it, and now, so many people are coming up to me, and so I'm more involved in looking at it now, and the more I look at it, the funnier it is." ALSO: American Chopper meme meets A-ha's "Take On Me."
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:05AM EDT
Credit American Chopper for changing meme culture for the better
The meme featuring Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr. is perfect for our current era, says Jay Hathaway. "American Chopper isn’t just wholesome; it’s also taking memes in a new direction for 2018," he says. "Meme posters have truly mastered the medium when it comes to expressing emotions and simplified political opinions, as well as sharing relatable experiences like school stress, crippling debt, and depression. Chopper points to something else they can do—they can educate."
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 11:33PM EDT
Shay Mitchell accused of faking a trip to China on social media
A quick glance at the former Pretty Little Liars star's recent social media postings may have left the impression that she was on "#Shaycation" in China, which wasn't actually the case.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Sean Hannity calls Jimmy Kimmel "Poor man's Colbert," Kimmel responds that Hannity is the "Poor Woman's Rachel Maddow"
The Hannity-Kimmel Twitter feud went on all day Friday and into the night as Hannity promised "must see TV!!" on his Fox News Show. “I don’t take joy in this. But I have just had it with the utter hypocrisy," Hannity said in devoting his entire opening segment to Kimmel, while repeatedly calling the late-night host a "pervert" and "Harvey Weinstein Jr." Kimmel responded on Twitter to Hannity's segment, tweeting: "Dear @SeanHannity thx for the trip down Man Show memory lane. The idea that YOU'd call ANYONE a 'pervert' while slobbering over Trump, Ailes, O’Reilly and, YES, Roy Moore – who you DID SUPPORT is, to quote a fella you love very much, 'Sad!'"
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
The American Chopper meme, explained
The Paul Teutul Sr. vs. Paul Teutul Jr. meme went viral on Twitter this week. "What elevates the American Chopper meme from simply amusing to officially Good on the Internet is the meta journey that followed its emergence," says Heather Schwedel. "Very soon after Senior and Junior and their extremely expressive argument entered the collective consciousness, people started having all sorts of discussion about the meme and what it meant … using the form of the meme itself. And so we celebrate the idea that, for anything you have to say about the American Chopper meme, you can say it with the American Chopper meme."