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 somehow managed to make things much worse for themselves this weekend and/or had some rather gnarly and/or embarrassing career setbacks, in full view of the general public.
Just be thankful you’re not one of them, mmkay?
1. Mike Pence
Over the weekend, Vice President Pence gave a commencement speech during the University of Notre Dame Class of 2017 graduation ceremony. Unfortunately for Pence, the speech (and his presence) didn’t exactly go over well with the Notre Dame student body.
As Pence began his address, over 100 graduating students stood up and walked out of the ceremony. The walkout was an act of protest organized by student group We StaND For, a Notre Dame student activist coalition.
“During his time as governor of the state of Indiana and now as a Vice-President, Pence has targeted the civil rights protections of members of LBGT+ community, rejected the Syrian refugee resettlement program, supported an unconstitutional ban of religious minorities, and fought against sanctuary cities,” We StaND For told Townhall in a statement. “All of these policies have marginalized our vulnerable sisters and brothers for their religion, skin color, or sexual orientation.”
Pence shook the whole thing off, but it’s unlikely that the walkout wasn’t at least a marginal prick to his assuredly healthy ego.
2. Julian Assange
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange made a rare public appearance recently to declare his intention to continue his leaks of CIA documents — and the public noticed something rather odd. Specifically, that Assange had a strange new haircut.
Nobody could get over Assange’s half-do, and Twitter proceeded to mock him mercilessly for his Hippie Dad” aesthetic.
Occasionally, in the midst of our terrible and discouraging news cycle, it’s refreshing to take a moment to just laugh at a silly haircut.
So, thanks for distracting us, Julian. But also — sorry about your hair. Maybe take a photo with you to the hairdresser’s next time?
3. Thylane Blondeau and Svetlana Ustinova
In all likelihood, you are completely unfamiliar with either of these names. (And though it may signify that you’re “uncultured,” know that I was right there with you up until about thirty minutes ago.)
Thylane Blondeau is a French model, and Svetlana Ustinova is a Russian actress. Both attended the premiere of the film Loveless (Nelyubov) at Cannes on Friday, and — horror of horrors — they showed up wearing the exact same Dior dress.
How does this even happen? As Cosmopolitan writer Kaitlin Menza notes, “Fashion labels typically lend out their dresses to major stars, a delicate dance for both parties as they promote their projects and products. It’s totally weird that Dior would give two girls the same dress.”
Even though the mortification of showing up to an event wearing the same dress as someone else is a total cliché, well … it’s a cliché for a reason.
I can only imagine the awkward conversation that ensued when these two ran into one another in the ladies room …
4. Billy Bush
I don’t care about Billy Bush’s feelings, but if I were the the type of person to care about Billy Bush’s feelings, then I’d be feeling a lot of feelings right now.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bush opened up about the infamous “Pussygate” audio leak, where Bush essentially egged on Donald Trump as he joked about sexually assaulting women. Bush remained fairly quiet in the wake of the tape’s release and his subsequent termination from NBC, but in the interview he claims that he was “totally and completely gutted” by the tape and its fallout.
“Looking back at what was said on that bus, I wish I had changed the topic. I wish I had said: ‘Does anyone want water?’ or ‘It looks like it’s gonna rain.’ He liked TV and competition. I could’ve said, ‘Look at the ratings on whatever?’ I didn’t have the strength of character to do it.”
That said, Bush also refused to reveal who he voted for in the interview, saying “You’re asking a journalist the way he voted? I’ve never made politics and prior votes public knowledge. I’m a registered independent, I’ll tell you that.”
Um. Okay, Billy. Kind of sounds like this hollow apology is too little, too late.
5. Coffee Purists Everywhere
The Truman Café in Melbourne, Australia had coffee snobs all all over the world clutching their pearls in despair when they revealed one of their unorthodox caffeine concoctions: the avolatte.
Yes. This café is serving up lattes in avocado skin, which is 100% the whitest thing I’ve ever heard of (and I used to listen to Avril Lavigne).
I don’t know what to say, guys, except that I’m sorry to coffee fanatics everywhere for offending their delicate sensibilities with this abomination.