Is It Ever Ok to "Ghost" a Job? Twitter's Divided on When/If It's Justified

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If the sound of “job ghosting” sounds familiar to you, then it’s probably for good reason: it’s a trend that’s becoming more and more popular with the millennial workforce, who’ve decided to take a page out of modern romance’s book and apply it to their jobs.

In theory, it kind of makes sense. If you’re willing to ghost someone you thought you were romantically interested in, you could do the same with your job. At the end of the day, both are relationships with some pretty heavy implications in your life.

But the idea of this newfangled “ghosting” isn’t sitting well with a lot of people online, and there’s some heated discussions about whether it’s cool to “ghost” an employer. As always, Twitter users had their fair share of opinions.

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What does job ghosting mean?

Let’s say you’re in a job that you’re planning on leaving. Traditional wisdom says you should give two weeks notice as a courtesy to your employer. Depending on how long you’ve been with a company, a meeting may be in order, too.

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Anyone who’s gone the conventional route of leaving a job knows how taxing it can be. Personally, I left a job and workplace environment I really loved in the past, but knew it wasn’t in line with my future career goals. I had a couple of conversations with my boss, and things even got heated, just like they would in a romantic relationship.

It was uncomfortable but ultimately a good experience, and I’m on good terms with him to this day.

Job ghosting cuts out all of the “unnecessary” awkwardness. People leave their employers without a text, phone call, email, or any type of notice. They just… disappear. Just like they would if you met them on Tinder, shared drinks with them a few times, and then all communication suddenly stopped.

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The Washington Post recently wrote about this much-discussed phenomenon, which ignited a conversation about why this phenomenon is happening in the first place.

The crux of that discussion: should the blame fall on employers or employees for such dispassionate attitudes towards the workplace?

A tweet from David Fahrentold, reporter for the Post, encapsulates the side of the argument blames a booming job market and poor millennial social skills.

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Although the first portion of his argument is nuanced and arguable with facts, the second was seen as totally subjective and met with staunch objections online. Some people pointed out that being able to dip after getting a better job offer is proof that social skills aren’t a problem for millennials.

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One might argue that there are plenty of people who can provide great auditions / first impressions. To hearken back to the online dating world for a bit, how many of us have seen photos and videos on the social media accounts of people we’d want to date?

Sure, they look utterly fabulous online and appear to be master fitness instructors and ultimate yoga gurus, and they’re great for a few dates. But who hasn’t experienced that fizzle out after a while? I haven’t met too many people with a good “long game” who can maintain that level of enthusiasm and fabulousness for extended periods of time.

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Now maybe people are jumping from job to job because they’re constantly looking for something new that’s going to excite them, instead of considering what they can bring to the table.

Or it could very well be that a lot of employers really just stink. That seems to be a strongly-shared sentiment amongst many vocal Twitter users. Many are saying it’s high-time workplaces get the memo: if you treat your employees like they’re dispensable, you’ll be treated the same way.

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Some people shared their own workplace horror stories to combat the narrative that workers are the ones at fault and that same discourteous “ghosting” attitude is an unjustifiably accepted behavioral trait for companies and employers to embody.

So why can’t workers do the same?

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It’s evident that tons of people felt really passionate about the issue, especially when they’re given work “assignments” as part of their job application. After basically working for free for an employer, getting nothing in return, not even a notice that you didn’t get the position, doesn’t sit right with people.

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Generally, there wasn’t much sympathy for employers out there. You’re not going to make workers feel bad about leaving a job that stinks or treats you like you’re replaceable. And if I’m being totally honest, I have to agree.

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Personally, years ago, I left a job in the middle of a shift to go on a job interview, without telling my boss. He was constantly late in paying me and would always mess up my salary, despite having a store that did exceptionally well. 

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Not to mention the fact that I kept my mouth shut about all the fraud that went on there. So no, I didn’t feel bad about leaving for three hours to take a shower, slap on a suit, and charm my way into an actual job. And when he asked why I was “late” to work when he finally walked in, I said, “Well, since you don’t pay me on time, I didn’t think I’d have to come in on time.”

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The look on his face is something I cherish to this day.

So if you’re an employer and you’re thinking of treating your employees like dirt, maybe think twice. Because it looks like people have zero problems ghosting your butt.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/12/14/iLRODjH/job-ghosting-meaning

9 Great Lines from Kanye's Latest Rant That Earn Him the Title of Twitter's Poet Laureate

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It’s my humble opinion that celebrities shouldn’t be allowed to have Twitter accounts simply because they’re famous. A prime example of the kind of celebrity who could stand to employ more of a team to review tweets before they’re sent into the internet is the 45th president of our nation. Others could just do with a brief hiatus while they’re combatting their instabilities, like Amanda Bynes circa 2013.

But perhaps the most famous celebrity on Twitter to come to mind these days is Kanye West, who’s known for delivering epic rants, occasional wisdom and, of course, dramatic disses on the social media platform. 

The most recent in his Twitter tirades is targeted at Drake, and many think this is the culmination of a lengthier war of words between the two. Over the course of the more than 100 (!) tweets he vomited onto the internet late in the night, he demanded an apology from Drake for “mentioning the 350s,”http://www.distractify.com/”trying to take food out your idol’s kids’ mouth,” and “sneak dissing” him on brother-in-law Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode.”

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So, what did Drake say about Kanye on “Sicko Mode”?

Although the jabs Drake took at Kanye in his verses on “Sicko Mode” weren’t as explicit as the diss he threw in French Montana’s “No Stylist” — where he rapped “Keepin’ it G, I told her ‘don’t wear no 350s ’round me’,” referencing Ye’s Yeezy 350 sneakers — we managed to do some digging.

It seems Kanye takes offense at some subtler moments in “Sicko Mode,” namely the lines “Jesus Christ, checks over stripes,” which refer to Kanye’s partnership with Adidas and Drake’s with Nike, and “I be spinnin’ Valley, circle blocks ’til I’m dizzy/ Like where is he?/ No one seen him/ I’m tryna clean ’em.”

The latter is what Kanye’s denounces on Twitter as a “threat,” unpacking the “Valley Circle” line as a reference to the boulevard in Calabasas where Kanye and the Kardashian clan live. Kanye wrote “So drake if anything happens to me or anyone from my family you are the first suspect. So cut the tough talk” seemingly in response to this rap line. But tons of celebrities live in Calabasas, including rake himself. 

Paranoid much?

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In any case, I don’t want to get too deep into the brain of Kanye West, who also brought up several obscure references to purple emojis during his Twitter tirade, such as “Sending purple emojis   When I’m dealing with mental sh*t      I need my apologies now” and “You wouldn’t send purple emojis to scooter,” because I’d rather start the weekend focusing on more beautiful things in life, like poetry.

Kanye West is Twitter’s 2018 Poet Laureate

Although I’ve written about some deeply philosophical and honestly trippy tweets Kanye’s sent out throughout the years, I’d like to spend a moment appreciating the diction, rhythm and imagery in his latest tirade. Kanye West is the best celebrity poet Twitter has at the moment, and here’s why.

Supporting Point 1: Kanye’s rant is an impressive reverse poem.

Reverse poetry is one of the hardest constraints to pull off. It’s been used by some old-school big names like Dante and Emily Dickinson, and essentially requires that a poem can be appreciated when it’s read from top to bottom and when it’s read from bottom to top. 

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Kanye set himself up for this constraint beautifully by using Twitter as his platform, which obviously logs tweets in reverse chronological order.

Supporting Point 2: Kanye’s sophisticated rhymes.

Granted, he’s a rapper, he should know a thing or two about rhythm and rhyme. But unlike Jay-Z who, in my opinion, is a bonafide poetic genius, Kanye’s musical verses often feel basic and belabored to me. 

Not so for his Twitter poetry slam, however. “To the right    It’s   On sight     Saint stays to the right” is a great example of Kanye’s preferred type of rhyme, where he rhymes a word with… that same word. Although it doesn’t do much for me in his songs, I do appreciate it in writing and admire the pauses he’s built into the spacing — very reminiscent of the Concrete Poetry movement of the early 1950s.

I’m also totally here for his use of slant, or imperfect, rhyme.

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An hour and a half before his Saint tweet, Kanye wrote “There would never be a drake without a Kayne west so never come out your mouth with a threat.” Though “west” and “threat” don’t rhyme perfectly here, the stressed vowel in both words is identical, and the rhythm is totally on point. 

Supporting Point 3: Kanye’s love for repetition.

Repetition is one of the key devices in poetry, which is used to stress an emotion, metaphor, or sound in a way that proves evocative to the reader. In last night’s Twitter epic, Kanye delivered on repetition brilliantly. 

“Never threatened north and saint and Chicago’s daddy bro / Never threaten north saint and Chicago’s dad bro,” he sent out yesterday evening. Notice the subtle tense change between the two tweets and how his word choice changes from “daddy” to “dad.” 

Even more impressive is the time he repeats himself four consecutive times, in, let’s call it the stanza, he delivers next.

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There’s a lot to unpack here.

Supporting point 4: Kanye’s use of simile and metaphor.

Simile and metaphor are the basis for any Poetry 101 class. These help poets make their images more emphatic and bring their verses to life in the reader’s mind. Metaphors are devices in speech or writing that refer to one thing by mentioning another, in order to highlight possibly hidden similarities between the two.

Over the course of his long Twitter poem, Kanye delivers the line “I’m your oxygen,” thereby implying that to Drake, he’s as important as air. 

Similes, which are a type of metaphor that employ connecting words such as “like” or “as” also appear in Kanye’s lines, and they certainly do the work of illustrating his point. “Drake I’m not going to physically fight you like it’s MTV boxing,” he spits.

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Supporting point 5: Kanye’s affinity for allusion.

T.S. Eliot’s “Wasteland” is a poem that’s often used to illustrate dense allusions, or brief references to history, myths, or popular culture.

In his Twitter rant, the line that stood out most to me is “Perhaps I should have been more like water today,” which calls to mind Bruce Lee’s famous “Be water, my friend” speech. And it wouldn’t be the first time this piece is referenced by artists; Hito Steyerl’s “Liquidity, Inc.” is rife with quotes and call-backs to the martial artist.

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I shall continue this analysis at a later time, because there are so many more moments from Kanye’s Twitter I would be happy to give an exegesis about. For now, here’s hoping Ye never stops tweeting.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/12/14/dElgDur/drake-diss-kanye-sicko-mode

I Saw Mommy Kissing Gender Neutral Santa Claus? Change to St. Nick Sparks Debate

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A recent survey conducted about everyone’s favorite Christmas mascot, Santa Claus, revealed that a sizable demographic isn’t so happy with the classic image the man in red is currently rocking. They want an update.

No, they don’t want him to wear blue all of a sudden or switch from reindeer to elk-powered sleighs. They think Santa Claus should be a Santa Clausette, or a Cindy Claus. Or just gender neutral.

Graphic Springs said they surveyed 400 people in both the United States and the U.K. (granted, not a very large sample size), and then had 4,000 people vote on the suggested questions provided from the first group. 27 percent of them wanted Santa to be female or gender neutral.

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Other questions in the survey asked whether people thought Kris Kringle could stand to upgrade a few other aspects of his whole schtick, AKA sneaking into people’s homes to do charitable deeds. Some of the suggestions were kinda hilarious.

When asked if Santa should ditch the reindeer and get himself a flying car instead, 22 percent of respondents thought it’d be a good idea. 25 percent thought his big black boots could stand to be updated to sneakers. Don’t know if that’s such a good idea with all of the snow in the North Pole, though.

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21 percent thought the dude could stand to lose a few pounds, and he’d probably have more time to hit the gym if he followed the advice of the 23 percent who think he should just use Amazon Prime instead. 20 percent wanted to see Santa rock some body ink while 18 percent thought he’d look good in skinny jeans and a new haircut.

Honestly, if all of these changes were implemented, we’d lose the jolly, portly, bearded, bespectacled dude who’s been throwing mass-manufactured goods under our trees for centuries, in exchange for a combination of the peeps you see below:

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Personally, I’d rather just go with the idea of a woman being Santa Claus and keeping the other ridiculous Santa Lore the way it is. But at the end of the day, it’s all a bunch of made-up malarkey to shill presents, so what does it really matter who’s on your sugar-water can this Christmas?

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Because this is Christmas we’re talking about, and millions of people can’t wait to get offended by the slightest thing (including coffee cup designs), more than a few people were pissed off at the idea of Santa being a woman. Or, Rudolph forbid, gender neutral.

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Some elected to display their ire by going the vulgarity route. Others, decided to employ sarcasm by coming up with feminine names of other popular fictional characters in order to highlight the perceived absurdity of the proposed changes to Santa.

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While others were quick to remind everyone the “Christ” in “Christmas” stands for Jesus and Christianity. Which, I guess, means Santa Claus needs to be wearing red and white and flying on a magical sleigh?

He also needs to be a man to do it and give free gifts to children, because Santa Claus and Jesus were apparently tight like that and lived at the same time period. Or something. I mean I get why they’re mad, but I think there are better arguments than #Jesusisthereasonfortheseasn. Just saying.

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Perhaps my favorite “leave Santa alone!” argument comes from this Facebook user who attributes the “dismantling” of established social traditions to why children are so heavily medicated today, which struck me as a bit odd.

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There were some people, however, who thought all of the hullaballoo over people’s opinions on Mr. Claus would be the perfect time to slide in a joke. And they did. Granted, they were vulgar, but ’tis the season, I guess.

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I love it when creepy uncles get Facebook accounts.

What do you think? Is Santa’s proposed gender neutrality that big of a deal? Or do people need to chill out? (h/t wbir)

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/12/14/jCiF86M/gender-neutral-santa-claus

Absolutely Hideous Sweaters That'll Inspire Your Best National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day Yet

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The holidays are approaching, which means it’s time for some heartfelt family cheer — as well as, perhaps more importantly, total and unabashed nonsense. Now that 2018’s SantaCon is finally behind us, it’s time to mark your calendar for another gratuitous non-holiday ahead of Christmas: National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day.

What a redundant mouthful! People all over America are flocking to each other’s houses dressed up in ridiculously tacky sweaters, enjoying themselves and their sartorial disasters. Some companies are even rewarding their ugly-sweater-donning clientele, like Alaska Airlines, which is offering early boarding to anyone sporting seriously hideous garb on the national holiday.

As the “official” dot-org site of National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day states, “National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is a day of lighthearted fun and a day to be yourself and not that buttoned up corporate version of yourself you have grown to despise.” Well, then! 

Whether you’re getting ready to board Alaska Air next Friday, have been invited to an ugly sweater party, or just want to learn more about this strange but much loved “holiday,” I’ll do my best to unpack it. 

Oh, and I’m also throwing in pictures I’ve collected from all corners of the web to inspire your best tackiest looks this year.

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When is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day 2018?

Sure, a cursory Google search could answer this question — you’d think! But it’s actually a bit trickier than that. While several sources claim National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day (heretofore NUCSD, because typing it out every time is exhausting) is December 15, it turns out it was only that day last year because that was the third Friday of the month in 2017.

NUCSD gets very “Thanksgiving” with us, stating the holiday “is celebrated on the third Friday of December each year. In 2018, it falls on Friday, Dec 21st.”

This means it’ll fall on a different date next year: December 20, 2019. So don’t get so drunk on eggnog you can’t stay on your toes, people!

When was National Ugly Christmas Sweater invented?

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Ugly sweater die-hards probably already know this, but the rest of the world has the ’80s to thank for bringing hideous knits into the mainstream. Bill Cosby’s outfits on The Cosby Show definitely cemented the garish garments as a staple of the zeitgeist, and Chevy Chase decided to jump on board the trend as well, wearing them in the popular National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

While ugly sweaters were once just side-eyed items your great-aunt would knit and mom would force you to wear on Christmas Day, the ’80s saw them mass-produced for the first time, under the name of “jingle bell sweaters.” And of course, everyone is still crazy about them to this day. You know, in an ironic way. 

Ugly Christmas sweaters became a cause for celebration in 2002, when Vancouver claims it held the first-ever NUCSD party. In fact, their party is still going strong, and if you find yourself in Canada next week, you can look into scoring tickets here.

Granted, because they’re Canadian and have to be just a little bit difficult, their party is being held on National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day EVE, December 20.

Inspiration for your ugly sweater party, so you don’t accidentally arrive looking good.

If I were ever invited to an ugly Christmas sweater party, I have no idea what I would wear. Not because I think of myself as some fashion model with a closet full of only pretty things, but mostly because I can’t bring myself to spend money on an item of clothing I can only wear for a couple of hours a year. 

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Admittedly, this is why I fail at Halloween. But I guess I could be talked into it if I found one that was soft and comfortable. After all, isn’t that all one cares about in sweaters?

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You could always go the DIY route, which is cheaper and definitely more rewarding. Also, incorporate lights. There’s no way you can go wrong with those, just ask this grandpa about his inspired sweater, below.

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And don’t overlook the classics. If you get at least one other person to wear the same thing as you, it’ll be worth it for the pictures and the laughs. I promise. 

Christmas cheer is so much better when it’s shared.

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Of course, you could really load up on the irony and get a Christmas sweater with references from the days of yore. I just ask that you slide into my DMs if you ever come across this Vanilla Ice knit.

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Or celebrate the holidays more obscurely and indirectly, for example by paying tribute to the Three Kings, portrayed here as dinosaurs.

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For bonus points, you could go as ugly AND mind-blowing AND terrifying, like this person did. I think whoever invited them to their sweater party might want to renege the invite before all the guests leave in tears.

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If ugly sweaters aren’t enough for you, how about a hideous Christmas suit? Top it off with these ugly sweater BOOTS, straight from the Timberland store.

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Whatever your plans are for next Friday (but don’t forget an ugly sweater if you’re flying Alaska, I’m serious), I hope it’s filled with many laughs. 

Happy holidays to you and yours!

Source : https://www.distractify.com/humor/2018/12/13/JF3jpLM/when-is-national-ugly-sweater-day

Is El Chapo's Wife the Most Ride-or-Die Woman Ever?

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In a recent interview, El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel Aispuro just can’t seem to understand why people are so obsessed with her husband. In her discussion with Telemundo, the spouse of the notorious drug kingpin insists he’s a “normal” and “simple” man.

She also went on to say that she has never personally witnessed him doing anything illegal and that is was “not fair” how the media made him “too famous,” blaming journalistic sensationalism for all of these claims about his involvement in dealing narcotics illegally.

She did, however, go on to say in the same interview that her husband, Joaquin Guzman (El Chapo’s just his not-a-drug-lord name) is interested in his trial, for the sole fact that he can clear the air about his business activities.

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So, who is El Chapo’s wife?

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Emma, 29, is an American-born beauty and the once official Coffee and Guava Queen of Sinaloa. She married Joaquin the day of her 18th birthday — he was 50 at the time. During the 11 plus years they’ve been married, she’s gone on record to display unwavering support for her husband, prompting many to call her the ultimate “ride or die.”

During their time together, Emma has had two children with Joaquin. Her interview with Telemundo is the first time she’s spoken publicly in more than two years. In the televised appearance, she discussed the fact that she’s never missed a day seeing her hubby in court. That’s some devotion right there.

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You can keep up with Emma on Instagram.

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If you’re into following alleged-Narcos‘ wives’ Instagram accounts then you’ll probably want to follow Emma’s page which, despite flaunting an impressive 571,115 followers (as of this writing), still doesn’t have verified status.

It might have something to do with the fact that she’s married to a known cocaine-trafficker, but it doesn’t make the photos she’s uploading less great. Behold the glory below.

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El Chapo and Emma have twin girls.

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Emma and El Chapo’s 7-year-old girls, Emali and Maria, were recently in the news. People were up in arms over the extravagant Barbie-themed birthday party Emma threw for the kiddos.

Emma isn’t El Chapo’s first wife.

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Alejandrina Maria Salazar Hernandez married Joaquin Guzman in 1977. They had a small ceremony in Jesús María, Sinaloa, and had three children together. Their first son, Cesar, was unfortunately killed in 2012. He’s survived by his younger brothers, Ivan Archivaldo and Jesus Alfredo. Jesus was kidnapped in 2016 during a celebration at La Lache restaurant, a hoitey-toitey spot. The gunmen who took him released him days later, probably because they realized it was better to not get on El Chapo’s bad side. This past September, Alfredo, 35, was also added to the DEA’s 10 Most Wanted List. 

What do you think about Emma’s devotion to her husband? If you find it admirable that she’s sticking by him despite the fact that he’s (probably) the biggest drug lord in Mexico right now, then you’re probably of the Breaking Bad fanbase that was so vociferously against Skyler for not being cooler with the fact that her husband, Walter White, cooked meth. (h/t insider)

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/12/13/mu3ee52/who-is-el-chapos-wife

Everybody Can Calm Down About Ellen DeGeneres Leaving Her Talk Show

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It pains me to type these words out, but it seems lesbian legend and comedian extraordinaire Ellen DeGeneres, affectionately known on a first-name basis to all of America, is considering leaving her beloved daytime talk show.

At least, that’s what she intimated to The New York Times in an interview that came out yesterday. But the celebrity, who featured on Forbes“http://www.distractify.com/”Richest Self-Made Women List” for her impressive $275 million net worth, also told supermodel Gisele Bundchen she was not ready to retire, in an episode that aired yesterday as well.

As an indecisive Gemini, I personally stan for Ellen’s clumsiness, but the more diligent fans of her afternoon program want to know exactly which one it is. Is she staying or is she leaving? Here’s what we know so far.

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Is Ellen ending her talk show?

People thought she’d dance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show forever, but — much to the disappointment of fans who adore her moves — she stopped that practice two years ago. What I mean by this is, anything is possible.

The New York Times reported that Ellen “is considering a much bigger change, retiring from the long-running hit show that bears her name,” citing her hit game show Ellen’s Game of Games and upcoming Netflix special Relatable as opportunities that might make take her away from daytime TV.

And it seems the Aquarius (as an air sign, I feel you) is torn by the opinions of her trusted brother and her much adored other half, Portia de Rossi. Portia told the Times that her wife is “such a brilliant actress and stand-up” that she doesn’t need “this talk show for her creativity.” Meanwhile, her brother thinks she owes it to America to stay on TV, at least in this climate, “making the case that, in the age of Trump, the country needs her positive, unifying voice on television every day.”

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Luckily for us, it sounds like she’s listening to her brother on this one. At least she is for the next two years: She recently took the option to extend her contract through the summer of 2020, the piece reported. Phew!

Ellen herself calls her afternoon program “escapism for what’s going on, one hour of feeling good,” and went on to say that “at the core, it’s a comedy show. But if it’s not funny, at least it feels good.”

I, for one, am ecstatic that, if we have to keep reading depressing headlines day after day, at least we can take comfort in Dory from Finding Nemo‘s voice playing in the background.

How long has Ellen had her talk show?

Name a more iconic female talk show host, I’ll wait. OK, yeah, Oprah, but Ellen is clearly the heir to her throne.

After 1998’s culture-breaking moment that was Ellen coming out on national television, most of America was supportive of the actress’ candor and bravery. But the haters, including her network ABC, which canceled Ellen soon thereafter, were definitely salty about her move.

The public opinion left her dejected, and she didn’t make her comeback to TV until 2003, when she started The Ellen Show. Which means she’s been doing the talk show for 16 years now, and at least two more seasons are still to come. The only person who’s been on the air for longer than Ellen is the buffoon we’ve come to know as Conan O’Brien.

“No other current daily host has been as successful or celebrated,” writes the New York Times of her many accolades, which include 32 Emmys and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, no big deal. 

Oh, and those short game bits you see on late-night talk shows (*cough* Jimmy Fallon) all owe their inspiration to Ellen, who’s been playing them regularly with guests on her show.

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Don’t miss Relatable on Netflix, December 18th.

I’m glad Ellen isn’t leaving TV anytime soon, but I’m even more glad she’s coming back to stand-up. When iPods first came out, I remember illegally downloading all of her specials and listening to them over and over on my commute to and from school.

But “Relatable,” her first first return to stand-up after 15 years, isn’t going to be anything like her old comedic routines. For one, she opens with a CURSE, after a lifetime of G-rated routines. As the Times puts it, “for a famously nice talk show host, this is risky stuff.”

The Netflix special will cover her current-day “relatability,” since her ultra-personable humor is what propelled her to comedy fame when she got her start back in the ’80s. The teaser trailer opens with Ellen relaying a recent conversation with a friend who asked her if she still thought she was relatable. “Just then, Batu, my butler stepped into the library,” she deadpans.

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The actress who once got laughs for dragging inedible airplane food in coach is now much more accustomed to the lavish, more refined things in life. “You’re walking down the aisle to your seat, 10B,” she says, beginning a joke on emotional support animals. “I say, ’10B, does a plane go back that far? I’ve never been back there.”http://www.distractify.com/”

I’m excited to see another side of Ellen in this upcoming Netflix show. “Ellen’s a real person,” says longtime friend and co-director of Relatable, Tig Notaro. “I’m sure there’s people who think she’s kidding. Or can’t have a bad day. But she does. It’s an interesting pickle she’s in.”

Don’t miss relatable on Netflix, December 18, or The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which airs weekdays at varying times depending on your local affiliate’s schedule.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/12/13/pE3bNX8/is-ellen-ending-her-talk-show

NBD But Every Kotex U Tampon Since 2016 Is Being Recalled for Sometimes Unraveling in People’s Bodies

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Periods are a drag, just ask anyone who has them. Hot take, but I’m pretty certain that if cisgendered men had periods, the rest of the world would get a monthly week off. And don’t even get me started on miserable period products. Or actually, please do.

It’s not like I’m an advocate for free-bleeding, but you have to admit that every menstrual product out there is either gross and messy or kind of terrifying to apply. Except for tampons, you’re probably thinking.

Tampons are supposed to be these cute, portable items we can discreetly fit up our sleeves while we run to the bathroom realizing the reason we’ve been in pizza-scarfing depression mode is our god-given biological curse, and not some more grave neurological or mental health disease.  But even tampon users aren’t safe from horrifying period grief. At least not if your brand of choice is Kotex. 

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Kimberly-Clark is “voluntarily” recalling all regular absorbancy U by Kotex Sleek tampons for a “quality-related defect” because — wait for it — they’ve been “unraveling and/or coming apart upon removal, and in some cases causing users to seek medical attention to remove tampon pieces left in the body,” according to the recall statement they issued. “There also have been a small number of reports of infections, vaginal irritation, localized vaginal injury, and other symptoms,” it goes on to mention.

You mean to tell me that those colorful plasticky things that supposedly promise “comfort. control. confidence.” can actually send you to the hospital? To make matters worse, it’s not just the latest batch of tampons that can possibly cause an issue — the recall extends to products manufactured all the way in 2016.

While Kotex’s official page states it’s concerned for products “manufactured prior to October 16, 2018,” CNN reports that the company is taking back “products … manufactured between October 7, 2016, and October 16, 2018.” So, let that sink in for a second.

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If at any point in the past two years, you’ve bought a batch of 2-for-1s on sale, or have even borrowed a tampon from a well-intentioned friend that happened to be one of those pink or green flexible kinds, you might have been in danger.

Now, I’m always thinking I’m dying, and I’m always especially certain of it when I go to take out a tampon. Sure, the string looks like it can hold together the integrity of the thing, and it’s 2018 so people must have figured out how not to make it so flimsy by now — this is my internal bathroom monologue. But now I’m definitely not so sure anymore. 

How can I tell if I’m affected by the recall?

According to Kotex, you can check your box’s lot number to see if your products are affected. These can be found at the bottom of your package. A full list of recalled numbers is up here, and you can also use their site’s handy checking tool to confirm whether you need to throw your box out immediately. 

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My personal take is, definitely do. Of course, Kimberly-Clark is saying that this will never happen again, that they are “putting systems in place to prevent the occurrence of similar issues in the future” because “the safety of our consumers is our top priority,” and that the Super and Super Plus lines of U Sleeks are still OK. 

If today has taught me anything about tampons, it’s to definitely take what they’re saying with a grain of salt.

The reactions are in.

This news definitely came as a shock to me, and it seems like I’m not the only one to think this might be the fifth worse thing that’s happened in 2018. One other shocked person on Twitter writes, “They just recalled U by Kotex tampons because parts or the whole tampon is getting STUCK in girls n causing infections leading to girls seeking medical attention!!!!! WHAT is happening??” Another user who’s exhausted with the downer headlines of the year adds, “Smh first my jimmy dean sausages recalled now here go Kotex. I’m tired.”

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Yet others think that this is just another side effect of being born with a uterus. “Being a woman is fun,” one person writes. Someone else chimed in to yell at us all: “OK BUT WHO WAS WEARING KOTEX TAMPONS. THERE WERE BETTER BRANDS YOU COULD’VE TREATED YOUR VAGINA BETTER WITH. SMH.”

The best reactions are those from people who definitely got the last laugh on this issue. Like Taylor, who’s had her comeuppance, and writes, “and everyone in middle school judged me for not using kotex.” 

Or this person who admits that Kotex unraveling is actually all of us at the end of this terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year: “I feel you, Kotex tampons. Sometimes I start unraveling and leaving little pieces of me everywhere they don’t belong too.”

I guess menopause is now giving us a little something extra to look forward to, or you know, you could always use a Diva Cup.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/12/13/xSYMeae/kotex-tampons-recalled

We Scoured Hundreds of Tweets to Bring You the 20 Best #2018in5words Memes

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Let’s face it, 2018 was a wacky year with some really wacky stories. I mean we are living in a day and age where Post Malone can create his own line of Crocs and not only were they not a joke or super niche specialty item, they managed to sell out within ten minutes.

And although fashions and trends change from year to year, or even week to week these days, there’s one obsession that isn’t going away for a long time, and that’s memes. There’ve already been some great memes in 2018 already, but it wasn’t until the end of the year that a bunch of memes started surfacing that captured the essence of 2018 — and is known as #2018in5Words on social media.

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Especially now that it’s winding down, people on Twitter decided to share the #2018in5words hashtag to succinctly sum up their reactions to 2018 as a whole. Some people of course provided snarky remarks. While others really hit some hot-button issues: like outrage culture.

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Without delving too deep into specifics, it’s been a pretty tumultuous and unbelievable, borderline-insane year for news headlines. Things that you would’ve never expected to occur in government or spoken by elected officials went down.

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In fact, a lot of the stuff that went down is beyond parody because it’s parody itself. It seems like every single day something crawls up from the political sphere that makes you question if we’re living in the Matrix or not, or we’re all part of large-scale episode of Punk’D.

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There were references to the mass fire in California as an appropriate metaphor for the way this year went down, along with references to popular YouTube drama.

Like remember the time Logan Paul exploited a dead body for views

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Although 2018 has had its fair share of absurd headlines, some of the most absurd ones weren’t intentionally written. Like this unfortunate one-letter typo that led to a very different interpretation of a story about Julia Roberts.

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Then there was the whole Tanacon fiasco, which was basically a repeat of the dumpster fire that was the Fyre Festival.

Out of all the #2018in5words memes that popped up on Twitter though, I have to say this smoke detector one caught my attention because it was so random.

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The biggest fight of 2018 was inarguably the epically built-up MMA bout between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Did Conor lose to the Dagestani bear-wrestler? Yes. Yes he did, and there were some amazing memes about it.

Also, we unfortunately lost some amazing human beings to 2018, RIP to these absolute champions.

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If 2018 wasn’t a good year for you, well, there’s still some time for you to turn it around and get some good $#*! flowing into the next year. We all know that “New Year, New Me” is all a bunch of malarkey, but maybe you can start doing something with the same old you from now that’ll make you not feel like that weird plush in the tweet above.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/humor/2018/12/12/Wep3RuZ/2018-in-5-words-memes

Here's Everything We Know About Season 5 of 'Black Mirror' — And OMG, Miley Cyrus Is in It

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It’s December again, which means Black Mirror fans are impatiently awaiting the return of their beloved dystopian sci-fi series. The show, which first aired in 2011 under the UK’s Channel 4, quickly cemented itself as an American classic — and Netflix bought the series four years later in 2015 to put it under its “Original Series” banner.

Since then, Charlie Brooker’s creation has expanded in myriad ways. Black Mirror garnered two Emmys for the timeless and instant-lesbian-classic “San Junipero,” and four Emmys for its feature-length Star Trek homage, “USS Calister,” as well as countless other nominations.

The show has also attracted incredible talent, such as Get Out‘s Daniel Kaluuya, Black Panther star Letitia Wright, and who can forget the Christmas episode starring Jon Hamm. With all of the acclaim and cult-like following around Black Mirror, here’s everything we know about Season 5 ahead of its release later this month.

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When is ‘Black Mirror’ Season 5 coming out?

In a swiftly deleted tweet Netflix probably sent on accident, the streaming platform announced “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” would be coming out on December 28. The show’s official IMDb also confirms this date.

This timeline would make sense given Season 4 was also released mere days before the new year, last December 29.

It’s unclear whether the entire series will drop on that day the way previous seasons have, or whether December 28 will only see the release of “Bandersnatch,” which fans predict will be this year’s Christmas episode. More on that in a second.

What will happen in Season 5?

Netflix’s Black Mirror must have one hell of an NDA, because for as long as the show’s existed, the people behind it have been notoriously tight-lipped. But we do have some hints as to the upcoming season, which creator Charlie Booker called “the most complicated thing we’ve ever done.” 

Earlier this year, Netflix announced it would be trying out a choose-your-own-adventure storyline with one of its upcoming Black Mirror episodes, per Bloomberg. Remember those books from when we were kids, where the plot shifts depending on which chapter you advance to? The idea would be something like that. 

Netflix has already tried this model with one of its children shows, “Puss in Boots,” and Black Mirror fans speculate “Bandersnatch” will allow interactive viewers to choose how the episode ends.

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“Bandersnatch,” a possible allusion to an ill-fated computer game from 1984 that never saw the light of day, is set to take place in the same year, according to this brilliant fan’s observations. We know this because a “set photo shows Bob Marley’s ‘Legend’ at #1 on the charts inside a record store,” she writes.

There’s more evidence to support the theory that “Bandersnatch” will be set in 1980s Britain, thanks to Black Mirror fans in Croydon who were quick to share location pics.

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Bandersnatch was also “referenced all the way back in Season 3 on the front cover of the gaming magazine in Playtest,” as another fan adds. If the episode is indeed alluding to this old-school computer game, it would make sense to try the choose-your-own adventure format here.

We also know that at least one episode of the upcoming season was shot at a medical school in the suburban town of Tygerberg, South Africa, thanks to one student who documented the set that day. “An episode is being filmed on our medical campus in South Africa,” they wrote on reddit alongside some photos, before adding that the episode is being set “in 2023 apparently!”

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Another die-hard fan took to reddit to reveal the entire season’s storylines, which they claim they received from an unnamed source who may or may not work on the show. Take this fan’s theories with a grain of salt, but they’re definitely fascinating to read.

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Who is in the cast?

Black Mirror has seen many talented actors throughout the course of its four seasons, and we can expect Season 5 will deliver nothing short of award-worthy excellence.

So far, two names have been thrown around: The Revenant‘s Will Poulter and “Wrecking Ball” artist herself, Miley Cyrus.

Brandi Cyrus, Miley’s older sister, recently confirmed on her podcast “Your Favorite Thing with Wells and Brandi” that she went to South Africa to visit Miley while she was shooting for Black Mirror‘s Season 5.

“I flew into visit Miley … because they’re working,” she said on the podcast. Given the extensive spoilers revealed by the fan above, and the futuristic South African set corroborations, people are guessing she might be set to portray Marilyn Monroe in an ep where “The 48th POTUS has just one deathbed wish… to meet Marilyn Monroe. (Set in the future).”

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According to another expert sleuth who dug up Will Poulter’s agent’s page, the young British star is set to appear in the much anticipated “Bandersnatch.” The information has since been removed from Hamilton Hodell’s official page, but we’re buying it.

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Are there any trailers for Season 5?

Unfortunately, unlike with some previous seasons, Black Mirror isn’t giving us much to work with in the way of teasers. The show’s official Twitter account released a “be right back” message along with 17 seconds worth of clips from some of their best episodes, including “Playtest,” my personal fave “San Junipero,” and the aptly titled “Be Right Back.” They captioned this trailer “The future will be brighter than ever,” which is pretty promising.

No new footage or information has been released from the source itself, but I’m marking my calendar for December 28th’s “Bandersnatch.” That much, I know for certain.

Check back for updates on Black Mirror and don’t miss out on the Christmas special on Netflix later this month.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/entertainment/2018/12/12/S3ZUzGA/when-is-season-5-of-black-mirror-coming-out

Who Will Replace Kevin Hart After Stepping down from the Oscars?

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Once word got out that comedian/actor/international superstar Kevin Hart was stepping down from his Oscars hosting gig, it was immediately met with befuddlement. Especially considering he stepped down a mere two days after announcing he’d accepted the distinction.

Hosting the event is a tall order — just ask anyone who’s previously had the job — but a challenge like that shouldn’t affect the hardest working man in Hollywood. So why did he pardon himself from the gig so soon?

Per usual in the entertainment industry these days, old homophobic tweets came back to bite him.

The Oscars are a little more than two months away and there’s still no official host for the most prestigious awards show in Hollywood. But that hasn’t stopped people all over the internet from throwing some stars’ names into the proverbial hat.

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On an Episode of The View, accomplished actress, comedian, host, producer, and entertainment maven Whoopi Goldberg said she wouldn’t hosting the Oscars, but she also had a suggestion of her own that would make fans of The Hangover very happy.

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Whoopi said she thought Ken Jeong would make for an amazing host at the Academy Awards during an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. She pointed out that, in addition to Ken’s comedic chops, the doctor-turned-actor would be the first Asian-American to ever host the ceremony if he accepted the gig.

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There’s also been some talk of Eddie Murphy being asked to host the Oscars.  However, given the reason Hart bowed out, I don’t necessarily think Eddie would be chomping at the bit to take up hosting duties.

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Back in 2012, Eddie was all set to host the Academy Awards, but then decided to call it quits after he saw the harsh reactions directed toward director Brett Ratner for making a homophobic tweet. So, do you see where the problem lies in asking Eddie on board?

The Academy’s currently scrambling to find a replacement, and one comic duo is standing out in people’s minds: Key & Peele. Keegan helped out at Barack Obama’s last White House Correspondents’ Dinner and absolutely crushed it with the President, and Jordan is an Oscar winner for his Get Out screenplay.

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Apparently, there’s a lot of talk of Jimmy Kimmel  hosting the awards again, but that would make it three years in a row. That’s why many are predicting the Academy will pivot to find an entirely different voice, and face, for the event.

Like Tiffany Haddish.

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The Girls Trip actress might not be up to the task, given the fact she co-starred with Kevin Hart in Night School and the two of them go way back. But Tiffany’s career is undoubtedly blowing up right now and there’s no question she’d absolutely crush it as host.

Another comic duo who’d kill it are Big Mouth creators John Mulaney and Nick Kroll. The two have a proven chemistry that was on full display during the Indie Spirit Awards. Plus, they’d have the opportunity to bring George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon to the stage — charmed I’m sure.

Honestly, it’d give people an excuse to watch an otherwise boring ceremony.

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If they wanted to go the musical route, Lin Manuel-Miranda is on a hot streak right now, and is in the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns. Plus, his nice guy, how-could-anyone-possibly-be-offended-by-him persona means the Oscars would be guaranteeing themselves a controversy-free show.

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Melissa McCarthy could be another potentially hilarious candidate — her SNL impressions are the toast of the town and she is one of the top female comedians in Hollywood right now. Plus, there haven’t been, statistically speaking, enough women who’ve hosted the Oscars. (Only 16 out of 76 so far.)

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But honestly, I think Melissa’s fellow Ghostbusters star, Kate McKinnon, would be amazing as a host. The SNL veteran is no stranger to performing live, and she’s downright hilarious. She’s also got some musical chops, so a McKinnon Oscars could have something for everybody, including her edgy and beautifully weird off-brand of comedy. Oh, and if the Academy’s looking to send a strong message against homophobia, that also makes Kate, who is a lesbian, a pretty darn good choice.

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The Academy’s got more than their fair share of names to choose from: there’s probably a ton of people not mentioned in this list who you’d want to see host the awards show ceremony. Kevin Hart is one of the biggest names in comedy today, though, so finding somebody who’ll create buzz without getting mired in controversy is what’s on the agenda for the Academy right now.

Honestly, I don’t envy that task.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/12/12/IqZyBmU/who-is-replacing-kevin-hart-oscars