By Darby VanHoutan
I may have slept through my alarm on three different occasions this week but who’s counting? The W’s outweigh the L’s and now I just need to catch up on WTF happened this week!
A 4th Grade Teacher Restores Your Faith in Humanity
In the midst of a mental breakdown at the Underground on Tuesday, I did what I do best. I exited out of the stuff I was supposed to be working on and got onto Facebook. It was here amidst the procrastination that I discovered Mr. Reed.
A first year teacher in Chicago, Dwayne Reed, created a ‘Welcome’ video to his incoming 4th grade students. In the video Reed demonstrates the riveting things his class will take part in during 4th grade like: history, science, and mathematics. He also raps about his style, love for pizza and excitement to meet his (lucky, blessed, fortunate, etc.) 4th grade class.
I’ll let you know that I’m not exaggerating when I say that I will pre-game to this uplifting, life-changing rap. After watching the inspirational video at least five times in a row, I even felt motivated enough to finish my homework.
Love Isn’t Real – (Evidence Included)
I’ve never been 100% sure of whether real love exists in the world, but after what happened on Monday I’m on the side of the skeptics. Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from husband Brad Pitt. The two of them, although technically being together since 2004, have been married since August of 2014. (Remember the flawless wedding where Jolie had a veil covered in doodles done by her kids? *sigh*)
There aren’t many details regarding reasons behind the divorce. According to TMZ, the first source to leak the news, the main reason is just unsolvable differences between the two. Obviously love is cool and I’m sure sometimes marriages are pretty cool and 100% of the time couples, even mega-admired, mom & dad, indestructible, power couples, don’t need to give other people a single reason for their separation. Jolie is also requesting physical custody of their six children and visitations from Pitt.
Most importantly, let’s remember that this event occurred while Mercury was in retrograde and so the situation may never make sense to anyone.
Gigi (Bad B!tch) Hadid
Model Gigi Hadid was legitimately swept off her feet this weekend, during the Max Mara event at Milan Fashion Week on Thursday. While strutting away from the show with model/sister Bella Hadid and weaving between paparazzi, Gigi was grabbed from behind and picked up by a random muggle who was then elbowed in the face and chased by the model. It’s about as amazing to hear about as it is to watch.
Of course society then attacked the model for doing what people tell young women to do everyday – defend themselves. The Sun newspaper tweeted a story about the incident with the headline “NOT MODEL BEHAVIOR: Gigi Hadid aggressively lashes out and ELBOWS fan in the FACE after he tries to pick her up.” This tweet was later amended, most likely after they realized “oh wait…why am I using caps lock so often?” or “Wait maybe the focus shouldn’t be on a defensive model but instead the random civilian who picked up a 21-year old off the ground while she was leaving her place of work?”
Hadid took to Twitter herself saying that “ I had EVERY RIGHT to defend myself. How dare that idiot think he has the right to man-handle a complete stranger. He ran quick tho”.
WTF Is happening in OK & NC
Keith Lamont Scott was killed by police on Tuesday. Scott was shot by police in Charlotte, North Carolina after being forced to exit his car while sitting outside the residence of another individual who was set to be served a warrant. According to police, after he was approached (for apparently just sitting in his car) the police asked him to exit the vehicle and drop his weapon. According to Scott’s family, he was waiting for his son to be dropped off from school at his bus stop. The city of Charlotte has been in a state of constant protests every night since the incident.
Terence Crutcher was killed by police on Friday September 16. Crutcher was shot by the police in Tulsa, Oklahoma after officers were called to the scene of a car blocking a road. When officer Betty Jo Shelby arrived, Crutcher interacted with her in a scene that was recorded from four different angles. Although all the concrete details of the case are not evident, the details available are the videos showing Shelby shooting an unarmed Crutcher. Shelby was immediately put on a paid leave before being charged with first-degree manslaughter on Thursday evening. According to Shelby, the fact that Crutcher was unarmed was not evident to her and she felt in fear of her life.
This is where it becomes necessary for an opinion to be had. The issue isn’t going anywhere. The hashtags aren’t going anywhere. That feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you see a video of a man being shot to death isn’t going anywhere. Research things. Talk to the people around you. Find out the insecurities and un-easiness your peers may be feeling around you that you may not even be aware of. This situation has gone past the stage of WTF.
A Thank You Card to Shawn Mendes
I may indeed be the only 19 year old who consistently listens to Shawn Mendes and announces it to people but in the hopes that I’m not, let me tell you some exciting news – Shawn Mendes has a new album. The first millisecond that it was available, I sat down and listened to it in it’s entirety and I would 10/10 recommend it to a friend. Mendes tweeted out a link to the album, which is available FREE on Spotify.
The album is titled Illuminate and was released by Mendes today. It contains a total of 12 songs including the hit Treat You Better released earlier this year that I KNOW you all jam to in your car when you think no one is watching. The album is filled with guitar, Mendes’ vocals, and ~all~ of the feels. Go ahead. Listen to it. No one will judge you. I support you. Do it.