It seems like not a week goes by without somebody pulling some lame or tasteless shenanigans that make us say, in unison, “Wait, what?”
Because if there’s one thing you can count on public figures for, it’s an endless stream of social gaffes, questionable choices, and tweets they definitely regretted in the morning.
Here are just a few folks who made this week’s list of unfortunate life choices. Let’s collectively learn from their unfortunate errors, shall we?
The Guys Filing A Lawsuit Against Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer
This is a somewhat convoluted story, but suffice it to say: a male former employee is suing Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer for allegedly implementing “the use of (an employee performance-rating system) to accommodate management’s subjective biases and personal opinions, to the detriment of Yahoo’s male employees.”
Basically, the employee is butt-hurt (my term, not his) because he was fired and replaced by a female editorial director. Which could obviously only happen because he was being DISCRIMINATED AGAINST FOR HAVING A PENIS.
While sexual discrimination cases are certainly not an issue to be taken lightly, rarely have men ever actually been slighted in the workplace on account of their gender. And, in the words of Gizmodo, “the company’s own diversity report shows that women in leadership positions at Yahoo increased from 23 percent in 2014 to 24 percent in 2015. In other words, even if Yahoo was intentionally discriminating against men based on gender, the company wasn’t doing a very good job at it.”
I have to applaud these guys for attempting to convince a court that being a man was actually detrimental to their prospects at work — because we all know the whole “glass ceiling” phenomenon has historically referred to men, right?
The Kim K Konspiracy Theorists
As everyone knows by now, Kim Kardashian was robbed (and bound and gagged) at gunpoint in her Paris hotel room last week. And while you may not love, or even like Kim Kardashian, there is no reason to mock her or start conspiracy theories about the incident being a “publicity stunt.”
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what many people are doing.
I have already seen several articles which detail how the whole thing must have been set up as some sort of ploy for attention — which is such a f*cking reach, I’m not even going to give the authors the dignity of linking to such posts. Come on, guys: Kim Kardashian doesn’t have to be coy about her publicity grabs. She already has a celebrity sex tape floating around the internet abyss, she stars in a reality TV show, and she’s married to Kanye West, the biggest publicity stunt of all.
I know our society historically hates to give credence to women when they report violent assaults, but perhaps we should all just radically flout tradition and, oh, I don’t know … believe the victim?
The Suicide Squad Extended Cut
Look, I know this isn’t a person. But it is an idea that is odious enough to be considered an actual living creature. But the fact that anyone is attempting to get hype for an extended cut of the most lackluster movie of the year is … obnoxious.
Nobody asked for this. Please stop foisting it upon us. Thank you.
Eric Trump And His Entire Personality
I have to confess something: I kind of love Eric Trump.
Don’t get me wrong, I also hate him. But there’s a certain element of “middle child” about him that just makes for an endlessly entertaining and awkward human being.
But, just the same: this week he made a blanket claim that his father pays a “tremendous” amount of federal taxes, when, according to The New York Times, such a claim is most likely patently untrue. So, sorry, Eric — we’re all kind of judging you right now.
Keep being your weird self, though, so I can laugh about it!
Demi Lovato And Her Trash-Talking
Far be it for me to defend Taylor Swift (who I’m still convinced is a Cylon), but Demi Lovato’s comments in her Glamour interview this week were … kind of hypocritical. Demi claimed that Taylor wasn’t a real feminist because she has a squad full of models and because she drags Katy Perry in her music video for “Bad Blood.” And, while I agree with Demi’s points on some level (not because of feminism, but because I just don’t like Taylor Swift), isn’t slightly ridiculous to belittle another successful woman while simultaneously claiming that you are a feminist yourself?
Perhaps she simply subscribes to the classic “only when it’s convenient for me” brand of feminism?