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Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr.
Happy Friday! Our top stories are about a landlord horror story, how “Corn Kid” became everyone’s favorite late-summer meme, a review of The Rings of Power, and a TikToker recounting her time as a megachurch worker.
After that, our Culture Editor Tiffany has her weekly “This Week On the Internet” column. If you scroll down, she also shares with you her meme of the week.
See you tomorrow!
⚡ Today’s top stories
‘The law is on my side’: Woman says landlord threw away her stuff and changed the locks despite paying rent
A Los Angeles-based TikToker has gone viral after sharing her story of being kicked out of her apartment, in which she had been residing and paying rent for two months.
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TikTok’s ‘Corn Kid’ is now a big meme
A pure interview about corn spawns a late-summer meme.
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‘The Rings of Power’ review: Amazon tries its best to copy Peter Jackson’s ‘Lord of the Rings’
This epic Middle-earth prequel boasts gorgeous production values—but the writing is a little thin.
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‘Aren’t churches supposed to help the poor?’: Former megachurch worker shares ‘horror stories’ she witnessed on the job
The TikToker claims she was “reprimanded” for seating disabled and lower class volunteers in the front row.
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🗣️ This Week on the Internet
By Tiffany Kelly
We’re using this meme to cope with a scorching summer—and climate change
In each edition of web_crawlr we have exclusive original content every day. On Fridays our Senior Culture Editor Tiffany Kelly recaps the most pressing online discourse of the week in her “This Week On The Internet” column. If you want to read columns like this before everyone else, subscribe to web_crawlr to get your daily scoop of internet culture delivered straight to you inbox.
🕸️ Crawling the web
Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.
🍴 In a viral video, a server on TikTok claims that he was fired from his restaurant job because he didn’t close out an expensive check at the end of his shift.
💻 As workers continue to be called back to the office, one worker called her work-from-home schedule “crucial” to her mental wellbeing and productivity. Many people are sharing similar gripes with having to return to their offices.
🎤 Was Johnny Depp’s controversial VMA “cameo” pre-taped and presented with fake applause?
💼 A TikToker says she quit her job after being given an ultimatum to socialize with her co-workers or be fired.
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👀 A viral TikTok video showing a Staples employee being called out at work has viewers laughing at how she tried to save herself.
👶 The many lives of the Dancing Baby, cyberspace’s first cringe meme.
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📅 Meme of the Week
The best memes this week were about Leonardo DiCaprio’s history of dating women who are 25 and younger.
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