The past 24 hours have proven to be a busy news day for Canadian media, but amidst the Canadian scandals only one proves to have some international potential. Toronto mayor Rob Ford has been accused of substance abuse by The Toronto Star and American news outlet Gawker. Both publications claim to have reporters who have seen actual video footage of the mayor smoking crack.
It’s not like Torontonians needed a reason to be embarrassed by Ford. The internet has already made a mockery of him by turning a photo of Ford trying to kick a football into a meme and launching him as a viral video sensation after he walked into a cameraman last month. But we do appreciate that his current scandal has led to him landing his very own Taiwanese animated news piece. In it, the mayor is portrayed as running over little kids and partying with Toronto’s elite, which hilariously includes a beaver.
Contrary to this animated report, the people of Toronto do very much care about the irrational behaviour of Rob Ford. We even tried to kick him out of office for conflict of interest. Will this scandal, true or not, finally get rid of the city’s most polarizing politician? We can only hope.
[H/T to Uproxx]
Three women who have been missing for the last decade have been found. Police helped to recover Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight and a fourth unidentified minor from a Cleveland, OH home on Monday. The police were able to save the women from their alleged kidnappers after Berry escaped from the house to call 911, all with the help of a neighbour.
After news broke of their escape, Charles Ramsey, the neighbour, gave what is probably the best hero interview ever. It’s an amazing mix of humbleness and general shock on his part. He was also nice enough to turn around and give a camera man hand mid-interview.
Let’s just skip all the auto-tune bullshit and just give him something amazing for doing the right thing. Or, if the Internet refuses to let go of their incessant need to auto-tune everything, let’s at least put Ramsey and Kai, the hatchet-wielding hippie, in the same room for the ultimate hero interview.
It’s always a challenge for reporters doing live hits from the street because there’s always those bumbling idiots nearby looking for their own 15 seconds of fame. But when something as terrible and tragic as the last week’s Boston Bombings happens, there’s no time for tom foolery.
Just check out this Fox News reporter who expertly blocks two girls from trying to kiss him as he tries to report on the Boston Bombings. He was even nice enough to say “please don’t do that” as he shoves them out of the shot. Needless to say, I don’t feel bad for the two girls being shoved off camera. Not only was the reporter just trying to do his job, he was also report on something very serious.
Don’t mess with the news team. They might get Anchorman on your ass and bring a trident to the party.
Being nervous on your first day is common but don’t let your nerves get the best of you. Just ask North Dakota news anchor AJ Clemente.
The local NBC anchor was suspended after swearing on air during his first few minutes on the job. Clemente was caught whispering a string of profanities, including “f—king shit” via his lapel mic while his co-anchor Van Tieu was trying to introduce him to their Sunday news audience.
Clemente was suspended for his rookie mistake (always assume your mic is on) and Tieu later apologized for Clemente lapse in judgement during the 10:00 news hour. Clemente also tweeted an apology soon after.
As long as he doesn’t turn out to be this guy, I think he’ll be alright.
Yesterday in Denver, a man and woman were both shot in the leg and a child and dog were grazed by bullets after the city’s 4/20 event was gunned down during Lil’ Flip’s performance.
This is more shocking and disturbing news to add to all the shocking and disturbing news coming out of the USA this week. What was supposed to be a peaceful, happy event where people could celebrate the legalization of marijuana for the first time was marred by yet another terrible act of violence. If this doesn’t make those senators who voted against Obama’s proposed gun legislation wake up and realize their mistake, then I don’t know what will.
My thoughts are with everyone who was affected by the shooting. Here’s hoping they can catch whoever was responsible for such a senseless crime.
In a speech that struck a chord with many fans, Oritz thanked the mayor, the governor, the police department and everyone else involved in capturing 19-year-old suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. He also declared “this is our f*#!ing city, and nobody’s gonna to dictate our freedom.”
It may not have been the most appropriate language for a baseball game, but after a terrifying manhunt and the tragedy caused by the bombing, I think it was exactly what Bostonians wanted to hear.
Check out Oritz’s speech here:
Wednesday was a historic day in New Zealand as the government finally passed legislation legalizing gay marriage.
It wasn’t just the crowd gathered outside, however, who were ecstatic to hear the news. In what is probably one of the most heartwarming videos I have ever seen, the entire House of Representatives broke out singing the love song “Pokarekare Ana” in Maori, a language spoken by indigenous tribes in the country.
I’m not one to watch televised coverage of parliamentary debates (I prefer Keeping Up With the Kardashians), but this is a must see. Just try to make it to the end of this video without cracking a smile.
If only the rest of the world – I’m looking at you, USA – would follow New Zealand’s lead, we could all be singing too!
Things turned kind of awkward when closed captioning though “Dzhokhar Tsarnaev” sounded a lot like for “Zooey Deschanel.”
While the spelling could not have been any more different, seeing a 19-year-old Zooey Deschanel pop up in the news must have been quite surreal.
But to be fair, there were A LOT of unconfirmed reports being spread around during the coverage of this story. So who really knows WHAT Fox 4 Breaking News was intending??
Thanks to The Huffington Post, this supercut of politicians talking about rap music or what they call “suburban music”, might have you cringing for a very long time.
Highlights from the video include some politicians even going as far as reciting lyrics from “99 Problems” by Jay-Z and LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out”.
I have no words. PLEASE JUST STOP.
May 24th has officially been marked on my calendar.
The first trailer for the final instalment of the hilarious Hangover trilogy has hit the internet, and it has everything any fan could ask for: Chow, cock fighting, Tijuana AND Vegas, car chases, and of course, plenty of hilarious one liners courtesy of my favourite Wolfpack member, Alan. Oh, and don’t forget the smouldering blue eyes of Bradley Cooper AKA the sexiest man alive.
If you aren’t looking forward to the film after seeing this trailer, then I assume you have neither a sense of humour nor good taste in men.
Check it out here:
Just another reason to wish I was at Coachella instead of rotting beneath a pile of exams and unwanted April snow.
Last night Phoenix took the stage, and as if they weren’t amazing enough on their own, they decided to bring an equally amazing friend along with them. R. Kelly joined the band during their encore for an INSANE mash-up of their respective biggest hits, “1901″ and “Ignition: Remix.”
The quality may not be great, but if I close my eyes and think hard enough, I’m in the front row dancing the night away to the crazy-catchy tune.
Watch the video and be prepared to be floored by the unexpectedly brilliant combination:
Yes, you read that correctly. While in the the Netherlands Friday night, the Biebs took a break from his tour to visit the Anne Frank House. After staying for over an hour, he left this heartfelt message in the guestbook:
“Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”
The Anne Frank House then posted his message along with some other details about his visit on their Facebook page (as they have done with messages from other celebrities in the past) and it wasn’t long before people began criticizing the 19-year-old’s choice of words.
I do think it’s a little bizarre that the first thing he thought of when pondering the details Anne Frank’s life was whether or not she would be a fan of his music, but after all, he did build his career on the dedication of young fans, so the comment was probably just a way of personalizing his message. Maybe not the most appropriate way to do so, but let’s face it, we’re talking about Justin Bieber. “Appropriate” no longer applies.
And if she were living in the context of our times, I’m sure Anne would have at least loved “Beauty and a Beat.” Who doesn’t?
The former teen pop sensation was photographed on the balcony of her Miami hotel room yesterday playing puff-puff-pass with a few friends, and while I wish I could say I’m shocked, I’m really not. This is about the 107th time Cyrus has been caught by the media in this situation, and judging by the pictures, she doesn’t seem to mind.
I understand growing up and changing, and even trying to shed her squeaky clean Hannah Montana image. I’m not saying she doesn’t have the right to just be Miley, and while her actions aren’t all that different from those of most people her age, she still has some pretty young fans, and I don’t think this is the image she wants to pass on to them.
Check out the rest of the pictures below:
Glee star Cory Monteith’s demons are coming back to haunt him. Multiple outlets are reporting that the 30-year-old Canadian actor has recently checked into rehab.
Monteith’s spokesperson told People Magazine that the star “has voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction. He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery.”
The Glee star has been open about his past substance abuse, revealing in a 2011 interview with Parade Magazine that he was admitted into a rehabilitation facility at 19. He told the magazine his drug uses consisted of “anything and everything as much as possible, I had a serious problem.”
Monteith is currently dating his Glee co-star Lea Michele.
Upsetting the angsty 13-year-old in me, My Chemical Romance announced yesterday that they are calling it quits after 12 years together.
In a statement released on their website, the band said:
“Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We’ve shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.”
Being my first concert ever, I’m clearly “NOT OKAY” with this like many of their fans.
Here are 10 reasons why we’re upset about My Chemical Romance’s break-up.
1) They made marching band outfits stylish:
2) They made teens feel “OKAY” about themselves:
3) They were also the masterminds behind every angsty teen’s theme song:
With the weird weather happening in North America, sometimes we need a little help trying to describe it.
When a hail storm swept through Texas, destroying mobile homes and cars along the way, the local news asked one resident, Michelle Clark, to describe it. She tells them just how big the hail was, and how she got hit in the face when she opened her door. She livens up her description of what it all sounded like with “KAPOOYA, KAPOOYA”.
That word is becoming a new catch phrase. It’s already becoming part of my vocabulary. Awesome grade? KAPOOYA. The weekend’s here? KAPOOYA. I’m late for work? KAPOOYA. It’s perfect for anything.
WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW:
If you were confused and concerned about Lil Wayne’s condition last night, you can now breathe a little easier. Contrary to what was being reported, the rapper is now recovering after being hospitalized for multiple seizures.
Things blew a little out of proportion last night when TMZ initially reported Friday evening that Lil Wayne was in critical condition at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles following a seizure.
The rapper was was first hospitalized on Tuesday night. He was released the next day but was soon taken back to the hospital after he was found unconscious in his room.
According to TMZ, the situation was extremely serious, with them reporting that Wayne was being given his last rites and that his family was surrounded around him to say their goodbyes. The update has since been deleted.
But if that didn’t satisfy those who were still in doubts, Lil Wayne officially tweeted, “I’m good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love.”
So with all of that being said, this has been one confusing ride. I’m still trying to make out what happened exactly, but his story goes to show that one must confirm all sources before publishing something!!
This must have been terribly embarrassing for TMZ.
Hopefully they’ll acknowledge their error so that future stories won’t go the same way.
I literally cannot believe it. Did I use the word “literally” in the correct context? Anyone who has any basic knowledge of grammar would say no. Or you might say yes, but then I would say you were wrong. At least up until today.
Dictionaries have begun expanding their current definition of the word (which is ‘without exaggeration’) to include that ‘literally’ can now be used for affect. And no, these are not dictionaries created by random teenagers trying to prove their parents wrong.
Oxford is doing it…
Even Google is doing it!!
This is literally insane. Literally.
If there wasn’t enough reason to completely abandon this year’s stupidest viral sensation already, you might just stop stupidly convulsing right now because the “Harlem Shake” could actually get you fired.
According to the Associate Press, up to 15 Australian miners were fired from their jobs at a gold mine after their underground Harlem Shake performance was deemed unsafe. It wasn’t just the miners-turned-dancers that were let go—those who were simply watching were also given the boot.
While the dancing miners were all wearing helmets, the mine owner still considered the stunt a safety issue and a breach of its “core values of safety, integrity and excellence.
While we all think the Harlem Shake is a complete waste of time now we have screaming goats interrupting Taylor Swift every five seconds, do you think the miners should have been fired? Comment and let us know below!
WATCH THE MINERS’ HARLEM SHAKE VIDEO BELOW:
We all love chocolate and we all love Harry Potter but the director of The Harry Potter Alliance (HPA), Andrew Slack, makes us think twice about munching on Harry Potter chocolate. In a video uploaded by nerimon, YouTuber Alex Day, who’s also friends with Slack, tells us that this tasty treat received an “F” for human rights by the advisors at Free2Work.
The Harry Potter Alliance wrote to Warner Brothers about this report,
“Dear Warner Bros,
We grew up inspired by the human rights messages that J.K. Rowling wove into the Harry Potter books and movies. We are upset to hear that Harry Potter chocolate gets an “F” in human rights…Albus Dumbledore asked us to choose between what is right and what is easy. We ask you to do the same. Show us the report.”
Warner Bros denies these allegations and refuses to release the report on the standards of their chocolate. Muggles and wizards are now coming together for this new campaign, Show Us the Report. The HPA is asking fans of the series to sign their petition to put pressure on the movie studio to release their official report.
What’s really upsetting is that the cocoa plant is one of the most corrupt crops in the world. Children are mistreated and forced into child labor just to harvest the coveted cocoa beans. This is not what Harry Potter stands for and neither should we!
So if you love chocolate and if you love Harry Potter, why not take a moment to sign the petition? It’s already gained over 15,000 signatures including those of the cast members of the Harry Potter movies.