The safety pin is getting a lot of attention right now...from the writers of Star Wars: Rogue One to people in your Facebook feed. If you haven't seen it you're probably in the minority. So what's up with all the love for the pin?
To understand the rising popularity, you have to go back to the summer in England, to the heart of the Brexit vote. After the country surprisingly voted to leave the European Union, media outlets reported a rise in hate crimes and some people felt there was an increase in animosity towards minorities.
To show solidarity with these disenfranchised groups, people started wearing safety pins to, in effect, declare themselves a "safe place" and pledge to intervene if they see abuse.
Indy100 interviewed Allison, the American living in London who first suggested the idea back in July. She told them that she liked the simplicity of an empty safety pin because most people have one in their home and there's no language or political slogan involved.
“It’s just a little signal that shows people facing hate crimes that they’re not alone and their right to be in the U.K. is supported.”
~Allison in an interview with Indy100
Since the U.S. election, some people have put the idea to use here in the states after seeing a rise in attacks against homosexuals, Hispanics, African Americans and other groups being reported.
Now about those Star Wars guys: Two writers on the Rogue One film changed their Twitter profile pictures to this... the symbol for the rebel alliance with a safety pin.
Star Wars against hate. Spread it. pic.twitter.com/Dtf5uqpxba— Chris Weitz (@chrisweitz) November 11, 2016
From disappearing kneecaps to alien-like toes, a photo spread celebrating W Magazine's 10th anniversary featuring Kendall Jenner and Gigi Haddid is blowing up social media for all the wrong reasons. People noticed that in one picture Haddid's arms were seriously thinned out and Jenner's toes seem to be dripping from her feet.
In another photo of the pair standing outside a tent their knee caps seem to have disappeared completely.
W Magazine's explanation? It's art.
"Artists Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin, who are known for their deliberate use of digital technology, combining distortions with makeup and prosthetics.” ~ W Magazine
BuzzFeed collected a round robin of social outcry from people who were not happy about the extreme photoshopping.
omfg that Gigi and kendall shoot who did their photoshop they need to be fired— madi (@madisros) October 20, 2016
It may be art, but a lot of people just aren't getting it.
If you are a fan of the "celebrities, they're just like us" stories, then you are probably going to love Celeste Berger's mom version, which flips the script on glamorous celeb photos! The Australian comedian takes her best shot at recreating those "Insta-worthy" pics to the great pleasure and joy of all of us everyday people.
We have collected some of her newest, funniest and just plain spectacular attempts to "get that look." Locate that share button now because you are definitely going to want your mommy group to see these!
How do you save a life? When it came to getting a jumper off of an overpass safely, master patrol officer Michael Blackmore did it by talking football. After eight minutes of trying to connect with a despondent man sitting on an overpass guardrail in Columbia, South Carolina, Blackmore found a subject they had in common—a love of football. A body camera worn by the officer captured the amazing rescue.
In a longer verison of the video appearing on Now This, you can hear the man mutter, "I can't stand Dallas, though," while talking ball with Blackmore. A few minutes later, the officer finally made headway with the magic words, "I'm definitely going to pull for them when they play Dallas because I hate the Dallas Cowboys." Right after that, the officer asked for his hand and the man relented. The police were able to help him to safety before taking him to the hospital for assistance.
The State, the local paper in Columbia noted that this was not the first time the officer has talked someone down. In August, the same type of thing happened, but this time, it was in a parking garage and they talked Notre Dame football.
Near the beginning of the tape, Blackmore can be heard telling the man, "You're probably just having a bad night, bud." Let's hope the man is sitting somewhere safer tonight and enjoying a good game of football.
The world has been hit with a low blow: Another one of Hollywood's "it" couples has called it quits. Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split. Jolie and Pitt are parents to six children, Maddox, 15; Pax, 12; Zahara, 11; Shiloh, 10; and twins Vivienne and Knox, 8. The biggest shock to come out of the divorce filing is that Jolie has asked for sole physical custody of the children, only granting Pitt joint legal custody and visitation rights.
Jolie's entertainment attorney has said that she made the decision to divorce Pitt "for the health of the family." Despite rumors of Pitt having an affair with actress Marion Cotillard, it seems there was no third person involved, and her decision to file was based solely on Pitt's interaction with their children. Jolie lists the date of separation as Sept. 15, 2016, and did not ask for spousal support.
Fans of the pair have taken to social media to express their disappointment.
Brad & Angelina are that celebrity couple that I thought we'd all watch grow old together. This can't be happening pic.twitter.com/mQVz1NHF43— KuntyeWest (@kuntyewest) September 20, 2016
I'm having a rough time with this Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie divorce news. Please respect my privacy on this matter.— chaps (@UncleChaps) September 20, 2016
It's like we just found out that fancy ketchup broke up with Whataburger fries #brangelina— Whataburger® (@Whataburger) September 20, 2016
Sources like TMZ have been reporting that Jolie has become "fed up" with Pitt's consumption of weed, and possibly alcohol, as well as his alleged anger problem. According to those same sources, Jolie is "extremely upset with [Pitt's] methods" of parenting.
Pitt released a statement hours after news of the divorce broke, saying he was "very saddened" by the breakup, and that "what matters most now is the well-being of our kids. I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time." TMZ reported that there's "no chance" that Pitt is going to allow Jolie full physical custody, but was quick to add that Jolie is a great mother and they don't want a messy divorce.
Many people, who are fans of Jennifer Aniston (who was married to Brad Pitt before he and Angelina Jolie began their relationship), took to social media to muse on how Aniston was taking news of the divorce.
Jennifer Aniston, reading TMZ this morning: pic.twitter.com/iWr6IbNmZN— Andy Herren (@AndyHerren) September 20, 2016
Somewhere, in a distant sun-drenched room, Jennifer Aniston takes a sip of smartwater and laughs— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) September 20, 2016
Photo Credit: Georges Biard