Shortly after Mark Hoppus revealed his cancer diagnosis, former Blink-182 bandmate Tom DeLonge shared a message of support. Now, the two have reunited on Hoppus’ Apple Music 1 show After School Radio for a conversation. During their chat, the two spoke about the time DeLonge approached M. Night Shyamalan about directing a Blink-182 video, an idea the director seemed to have taken seriously.
DeLonge said (as Billboard notes):
“Within half an hour, we’re all sitting together and he’s coming up with ideas for a Blink video, and I mean, he did come up with a whole treatment and everything. It was going to cost, whatever it was, $20 million, but I mean, just on your gumption or I don’t know, no f*cks to give, just walk up to somebody and say, ‘Hey, I want you to direct a Blink video.’ I think when he found out what music video budgets really were, he was like, ‘This is so beneath me.’ No, he didn’t say that, but of course, he was like, ‘I’m not going to do this, this is a nightmare.’”
They also reminisced about how they bonded over phallic humor. DeLonge said with a laugh, “We appreciate d*ck jokes in a way that no one else does. It boils down to only that, there is nothing else. It’s that, in my opinion.” Hoppus added. “I think so, because the first time that we met, I think it was d*ck jokes from the beginning in your garage.”
Find the full After School Radio episode here.
Blink-182 is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.
The New York Knicks have been awfully busy during the NBA’s free agency period, agreeing to contracts that’ll keep Alec Burks, Nerlens Noel, and Derrick Rose in the Big Apple while coming to terms on a deal with Evan Fournier. On Wednesday morning, the team reportedly positioned itself to make its biggest splash yet, bringing one of the city’s favorite sons to New York for the first time in his career.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that the Oklahoma City Thunder would come to terms on a buyout with Kemba Walker. Once that got all sorted out, Walker, a native of the Bronx, would make his way to the Knicks.
Four-time All-Star guard Kemba Walker has agreed to a contract buyout with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and upon clearing waivers, plans to sign with the New York Knicks, sources tell ESPN.
Walker joined the Thunder earlier this year in a trade that sent Al Horford to the Boston Celtics. He had two years and $74 million remaining on his deal, but instead of playing out that deal, Walker is set to head to Manhattan. While there are concerns about Walker’s ability to stay healthy due to lingering knee issues that plagued him last season, he was a productive player when he took the floor for the Celtics. Walker averaged 19.3 points and 4.9 assists in 31.8 minutes per game last year while connecting on 36 percent of his attempts from three.
A TikToker has shared several videos since July 24 claiming to show proof of time travel.
TikToker @comeatmebhai’s first—and most viral video, with over 21.7 million views—allegedly shows an unhoused man who is drawing what appears to be complex equations on windows in the street. “Homeless man building a time machine?” the TikToker, who now has over 138,000 followers, questions.
The TikToker’s next video—also viral, with 1.8 million views, hosts an “update” on the first video. It shows what the TikToker calls is “evidence”—a receipt from the year 2046. The receipt also has a “Neuralink ID” on it, and the cashier’s name is “Vorxtor.” It seems as if the TikToker is now claiming to be a time traveler.
In a third update, the TikToker, apparently after being directed to do so by a viewer, goes to what appears to be a library to look at a Los Angeles Times article from Aug. 17, 1854. The article allegedly proves how a man—who the TikToker claims is the unhoused man—was spotted scribbling on buildings at the time.
A most recent update shows the TikToket traveling to a step pyramid in an undisclosed location before trekking through a cave. “Went looking for the time machine,” the TikToker notes. On the cave wall, “equations” are very briefly seen and the poster alleges it contains coordinates to a nearby house, which is seen in the next cut of the clip. “What’s inside the house,” the TikToker questions.
While a few viewers believe the TikToker or unhoused man is time traveling, many are pointing to apparent holes in the TikToker’s videos. “I’m an engineer and even (the) simple equations he wrote down doesn’t make sense and are wrong,” one said.
“Y’all the cashiers name is Vorxtor lmao even if he’s 16 you think we gonna be naming our kids Vorxtor in 10 years? trying way to hard,” another said.
Many were caught up on the alleged equations the unhoused man was writing down.
“Just realized I don’t see a single actual math equation meaning that this is staged obviously,” @pokee_yt wrote.
“This is gibberish, sorry guys,” @user6894301452261 wrote. “It’s really cool as art though, which it’s obviously convincing to an untrained eye.
Despite the criticism, the TikToker remains undeterred. “When I find this machine should I go forward or backwards in time?” @comeatmebhai asks viewers in the comments section of the most recent video.
Brooke Sjoberg is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Daily Texan’s Life and Arts Editor and an editorial intern for Texas Connect magazine.
After live streaming police violently crashing a religious ceremony and Pipeline 3 protest at Red Lake Treaty Camp—where cops threw down a protestor and ripped their shirt—TikTok banned the account of the person who filmed it, @Quiiroi, a Two Spirit Indigenous educator.
The ban lasted for over a week.
“About halfway during the ceremony, I went to sit down and take a break, I hear screams [and] I come rushing with my camera, I immediately [turned] my live stream on. Police were there holding a line,” they told the Daily Dot.
Pipeline 3 is a pipeline expansion by oil company Enbridge that cuts across native land in the Midwest.
The livestream by Quiiroi showed police officers from local counties attacking and arresting protestors. That including five to six officers slamming Alex Golden Wolf, a Two Spirit Indigenous leader of the White Earth Nation, to the ground and tearing their shirt before arresting them.
“They showed up with tear gas and rubber bullets and guns. We’re in camping gear. I was wearing this camisole and flip flops. And a bandana to keep the sun off the top of my head,” Quirroi said. “Why are [the police] in riot gear?”
Over 20 protestors were arrested in the police raid and taken to Pennington County, Minnesota jail.
But when Quiiroi tried to use their TikTok account later that day, they couldn’t post anything, learning they were banned until July 30. Then on July 30, Quiiroi was informed that their account was again banned for community guideline violations. They are not allowed to post until Aug. 6.However, without notice, Quiiroi’s main account was reinstated on Sunday.
After their release from jail, Alex Golden Wolf discovered that they were also banned from posting by TikTok as well. It is unknown if their account was also reinstated. A video posted on Quirrio’s side TikTok account about their ban on July 27 was also pulled down for community violations over “illegal activities and regulated goods.” The video has since been restored.
“My account was supposedly banned for multiple community guidelines violations,” Quiiroi said to the Daily Dot. But looking through their history, Quiiroi does not know where the multiple violations came from. Despite appeals to various official TikTok email accounts as well as calls with other TikTok creators, Quiiroi has received silence from the popular platform.
A fellow TikTok creator reached out to the Daily Dot to bring attention to Quiiroi’s story.
Quiiroi moved to a side account, @quiibunnie, but that has 116,000 fewer followers, devastating their reach.
Quiiroi and Golden Wolf were among the protestors at Red Lake Treaty Camp in Minnesota protesting against the expansion of Pipeline 3 from oil company Enbridge that would bring tar sand oil from Canada to Wisconsin. The pipeline is to replace the old Line 3. The State of Minnesota’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) noted “Line 3 has corroded and cracked, necessitating more than 950 excavations in the last 16 years … Line 3 has had 10 times as many anomalies per mile as any other pipeline in the Mainline corridor.”
Protestors want the expansion to stop and for the oil company to clean up the abandoned pipeline and the spills it has caused. The original Pipeline 3 spilled 1.7 million gallons of crude oil onto the frozen Prairie River in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
The expansion of the pipeline will violate treaty rights of Anishinaabe people. The EIS report that greenlit the project acknowledged as much. “Based on the information on tribal resources and uses given in Chapter 9, any of the routes selected between North Dakota and Superior, Wisconsin, therefore, would have a disproportionate and adverse effect on tribal resources and tribal members, even if the route itself does not cross near residences.”
The expansion will cross through 200 bodies of water including crossing the Mississippi River twice, Stop Line 3 reported. The group reported that the EIS also failed to account for the risks of an oil spill into Lake Superior. In a TikTok video, Quiiroi says on their side TikTok account, “It’s not if a pipeline spills, it’s when a pipeline spills.”
Protestors have reason to be worried about the impact of the new Pipeline 3 project. After all the assurances over the highly protested Keystone pipeline, it still “leaked about 383,000 gallons of crude oil in North Dakota, covering an estimated half-acre of wetland,” according to the New York Times. State regulators are already investigating a spill of drilling fluid into the Willow Lake in Aitkin County from the Pipeline 3 new expansion in early July. And this past week, a District Court Judge ordered a temporary restraining order against Hubbard County authorities from blocking access to the protest site.
Unfortunately, the protestors are still experiencing continued police harassment and violence as well as threats from the local community. Quiiroi says police from four counties were sent to deal with protestors on a recent night.
The cost of losing access to their TikTok account was acute at this pivotal point. “This is a very long fight,” Quiiroi said. “This is a physical and spiritual battle. We need help. I’m blessed to have a platform. I was using it for good, and then TikTok took it away.”
Quiiroi joined TikTok in Oct. 2020, but ever since they mentioned Pipeline 3 in their TikTok videos, they’ve experienced difficulties with getting posts up as well as shrinking views. Normally, their TikTok views range from 20,000 to 200,000. But when they mentioned in a friends-only post that they were thinking about joining the protestors at Red Lake Treaty Camp, they started seeing their views tank, dropping to 2,000-5,000, including on ones not related to the pipeline. They also had one video taken down twice.
Quiiroi also has been experiencing long waits before their videos go up. TikTok will report that their videos are under review, taking four or even eight hours to upload. TikTok provides little guidance as to the how and why videos are placed under review.
These actions by TikTok against Quiiroi and Alex Golden Wolf is part of a larger pattern of censorship against anti-racist, pro-LGBTQ, and generally marginalized communities, as previously reported by Daily Dot.
The anonymous TikTok user who brought this current story to Daily Dot said, “TikTok penalizes content from marginalized creators who are simply trying to educate people on issues facing their community and society as a whole while ignoring creators spreading racism, misinformation, and content meant to radicalize users.”
TikTok claims it is neutral but it either doesn’t play out that way, or it doesn’t seem to make room for any nuance. People are getting banned for showing police violence, trying to educate people about violence against their communities. Yet videos showing police in favorable lights tend to go unflagged, showing only one side of the story.
“Neutrality around violence is only possible if you assume violence is equally distributed. It’s not. That’s precisely what the protests are about,” Os Keyes, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering said.
But these experiences of Indigenous and other marginalized people are not just endemic to TikTok. Instagram censored Indigenous voices in May, blaming a “glitch” for erasing posts and stories about Missing Women, Girls, and Two Spirits Day.
Quiiroi believes it is a combination of both TikTok censorship and racist abusing the moderation system, saying she believed she had also been mass reported.
While TikTok has reinstated Quiiroi from posting from their main account, given the platform’s track record, it may happen again without warning. All while they’re trying to raise awareness of a pipeline cutting through their land.
“Right now the things that we are fighting for, are not just for the benefit of ourselves, they are for the benefit of not just this generation, the next generation, everyone. You can’t drink oil at all. You can’t eat a fish that’s been poisoned by that water,” Quiiroi said. “We need to start making an active effort to elevate the voices of the people who are making global change and not just individual change.”
TikTok did not respond to a request for comment from the Daily Dot.