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?
Over the weekend, Susan J. Fowler wrote a blog post describing the year in which she worked as a site reliability engineer for Uber, and the sexism she experienced through the company and their human resource department.
As Fowler writes:
On my first official day rotating on the team, my new manager sent me a string of messages over company chat. He was in an open relationship, he said, and his girlfriend was having an easy time finding new partners but he wasn’t. He was trying to stay out of trouble at work, he said, but he couldn’t help getting in trouble, because he was looking for women to have sex with. It was clear that he was trying to get me to have sex with him, and it was so clearly out of line that I immediately took screenshots of these chat messages and reported him to HR.
Long story short: HR basically kept finding reasons to not pursue any action in regards to this employee and his inappropriate behavior, and bristled every time Fowler lodged legitimate complaints of sexism in addition to her original sexual harassment complaint. So, eventually, Fowler left the company in December (after her superiors threatened to fire her for her complaints to HR).
Fowler’s post has since gone viral, and, as a result, the internet as a whole is casting some pretty serious side-eye at Uber. The post has become so controversial that Travis Kalanick, the CEO of Uber, actually issued a statement on the matter:
Though it seems that Uber is addressing the issues, this is certainly the kind of PR snafu that causes customers to boycott certain companies — so they’d better hope they resolve these accusations quickly.
2. Pretty much everyone in Sweden.
Donald Trump (whose team is committing so many newsworthy gaffes that it’s difficult to keep up with all of them) made a speech during a rally in Florida on Saturday, during which he implied that there was a recent terrorist attack in Sweden. He also implied that the “attack” was caused by immigrants .“We’ve got to keep our country safe,” he said. “You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happened last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?”
Here’s the thing: nothing whatsoever happened in Sweden this week. There was no terror attack.
While Twitter had a field day with the outlandish fib, actual Swedes were utterly vexed by Trump’s assertion. Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt certainly had some opinions on the matter:
The Swedish US Embassy was slightly more tactful in their response, though they wasted no time in throwing shade:
Trump later sent out a tweet saying that his original statement was in regards to a segment on Fox News “concerning immigrants and Sweden.” Which is a pretty far leap, to say the least.
Come on, guys. Leave Sweden out of this. They didn’t do anything to deserve the spittle-spewing of our 45th President.
3. The producers behind the Britney Spears Lifetime Movie.
Look, guys: Lifetime’s Britney Ever After, a made-for-TV movie about the life of Britney Spears, premiered this weekend. And you know what? Things did not go super well.
Suffice it to say, the movie was poorly received by both movie fans and Britney fans alike — which means that it was utterly massacred on Twitter. Not only were people pissed about the (expected) poor quality of the movie, they were also livid about some factual inaccuracies.
Sorry, Lifetime. But hey, at least people were tweeting about it at all?
4. Matt Damon and The Great Wall.
After a feeble $19 million opening weekend, it seems pretty clear that the $150 million The Great Wall is going to be a colossal dud in the United States.
In addition to its lackluster opening the movie is also not getting much love from the critics: its average score on Rotten Tomatoes stands at 35%.
It’s okay, Matt Damon. Maybe this movie failure is just one more thing you can bond over with your bestie, Ben Affleck (who is still nursing some critical wounds from Batman V Superman).
5. This woman, who was arrested for giving her boyfriend a blowjob in the courthouse.
It’s pretty self-explanatory, but, as Cosmopolitan writes:
Brittney Jones was in court facing charges of drug paraphernalia and violating her probation when her horniness got the best of her, and she decided to give her boyfriend a blow job. She also decided to film it, and then post it on social media.
While I applaud her for her confidence in her own BJ skills, I’m pretty sure posting video evidence of yourself violating the law is somewhat ill-advised.
Though the video was later deleted, Jones was ultimately charged with performing an “unnatural and lascivious act.”
And yes, in case you had your suspicions: this did occur in Florida, just like all weird news.