If you woke up with a serious case of the Mondays today, it might be time to put things in perspective.
Here are some individuals who had a much rougher weekend than you did, and probably need a pretty stiff drink right about now — so stop your whining and just be thankful, mmkay?
1. The Employees At This Michaels Store
In the immediate aftermath of the election, it seems that minority retail employees are experiencing the brunt of Trump supporters’ fury. First, there was the man who called a Starbucks barista “trash” and declared he had “voted for Trump” when the woman took too long with his coffee. And now, there’s the Chicago Trump supporter who went off on two cashiers (and a manager, and basically everyone else) in a Michaels store when her items were bagged incorrectly.
In the video, the woman (just like the Starbucks customer) yells that she “voted for Trump” and that she “won” and the two black cashiers she was dealing with had “lost.” When she realized she was being filmed by another customer, a woman named Jessie Grady, the woman confronted Grady and said “I was just discriminated against by two black women and you being a white woman and you literally thinking that’s OK…why don’t you go home to your husband who’s cheating on you.”
The true tragedy here is that most retail chains operate under the assumption that “the customer is always right,” which prevents anyone from actually telling this woman what she needs to hear — i.e., “Bitch, you’re buying craft supplies. Simmer down.”
Bless these retail employees. I have a feeling they’re in for a salty and all-caps Yelp review.
2. Every Single Person At This Ice-Skating Rink
Tatiana Navka, the wife of Putin’s spokesman, performed a Holocaust-themed skating routine this weekend, based on the film Life Is Beautiful. Naturally, the move incited the wrath of the internet, with many (correctly) declaring it inappropriate and offensive.
However, my sympathy goes out to all of the people in the audience who were forced to watch this routine and feign interest, while simultaneously hiding their confusion and disgust. Imagine paying to watch a normal skating routine, free of any weird anti-Semitic undertones, and recieving this instead.
It’s a pretty uncomfortable situation all-around, I’d say.
3. Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner is being threatened with a lawsuit by makeup artist Vlada Haggerty after posting a promotional photo for her holiday makeup collection. The photo features gold-dusted fingers over red lips — and is, unfortunately, a clear replica of Haggerty’s own photo, which was posted back in September of this year.
“It breaks my heart to see how large brands take independent, unprotected artists’ work and use them to multiply their wealth,” photographer Julia Kuzmenko McKim wrote in a blog post. “In an ideal world, big brands would easily prevent such backlashes by hiring the artists who have already created something that they would love for their own campaigns.”
This isn’t even the first time that Kylie has been accused of co-opting Haggerty’s work. In 2015, Haggerty claimed that Kylie Lip Kits copied her lip art for their packaging (an accusation which seems to have some merit).
Kylie has yet to issue a response to the threat of the lawsuit, but the evidence is fairly damning.
4. Ed Sheeran
Over the weekend, Ed Sheeran was hanging out with Princess Beatrice of York and James Blunt at a party in the Royal Windsor Lounge — you know, as you do when you’re British as f*ck.
Apparently, Blunt made a remark about how he should be dubbed “Sir James,” and Princess Beatrice decided then and there to “knight” him with an actual sword (which I guess British royals just have lying around, like pairs of old socks). In a move to rest her sword on Blunt’s shoulder, however, Beatrice accidentally maneuvered her weapon in the direction of Ed Sheeran’s face, giving him a rather large gash underneath his eye. He was rushed to the hospital, where he received stitches.
Poor Ed. He was just an innocent bystander in this faux-knighting! Now he doesn’t even get the consolation prize of a fake title!
5. Mariah Carey
Over Thanksgiving weekend, Mariah Carey shared a photo of herself standing with some pie at her Thanksgiving celebration in Hawaii.
The only problem was that the image appeared to be majorly Photoshopped.
The bent mirror is a dead giveaway …
… as is the wavy cabinet door.
Not surprisingly, Mariah was promptly dragged by her Instagram followers, who offered to give her some Photoshop tutorials.
Looks like the turkey wasn’t the only thing getting roasted this Thanksgiving.
Cheer up, Mariah —it’s basically the Christmas season, which means “All I Want For Christmas” will be blasting from every speaker, 24/7. Your revenge on the haters will be swift.
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