VIRAL NEWS: AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, GRIMACE SHAKE, & UKULELE APOLOGY
A peek into the topics buzzing at Cassandra
It's Friday again, so it's time to talk about the most relevant internet news of the past seven days. Culture moves fast, and we at Cassandra try to move even faster to keep up with all the issues Gen Z can't stop discussing. This week we'll discuss the Supreme Court ruling on Affirmative Action, a peculiar trend involving staged crime scenes, and the controversy surrounding a very famous Youtuber. All this and more in this week's edition of Viral News!
The Supreme Court has made a historic decision to effectively end race-conscious admission programs at colleges and universities, stopping a program that benefited underrepresented groups, primarily Black and Latine students, seeking higher education. The court found that Harvard and the University of North Carolina's admissions policy violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. The majority opinion suggested that how race has affected an applicant's life can still be part of how their application is considered, but focusing on their experiences as individuals, not as a race. The controversial ruling sparked debate with many heading to Gen Z’s digital town square, TikTok, to offer opinions and advice on the situation. The comments of explanation videos are overflowing with some people celebrating and others challenging the double standard of calling Affirmative Action discriminatory while also upholding "legacy" admissions —an avenue that tends to benefit white students—. All eyes will now be turned to the higher education institutions to see how committed they truly are to the diversity of their student body.
The Grimace Shake, a limited-edition McDonald's product released on June 12, has inspired a new viral TikTok meme (TW: All videos imply gruesome violence). The trend involves people recording themselves trying the Grimace Shake and then falling ill, followed by a scene of them in a hospital bed or other disturbingly violent scenarios, all in an absurdist dark humor tone. The original creator, @thefrazmaz explained that it's just a meme and doesn't actually mean anything. McDonald's Twitter account responded to the not-very-family-friendly trend with a hilarious tweet. While some think the trend is in poor taste, it has also been considered a creative way to generate buzz around a new product. The Grimace Shake TikTok trend has over 948 million views under the tag #grimaceshake, and single videos reaching 23 million views in a couple of days. Talk about free marketing!
MIRANDA MAYBE SHOULDN'T SING
Colleen Ballinger, aka Miranda Sings, aka Miranda Sings, has been caught up in a lot of drama since 2020 when YouTuber Adam McIntyre accused her of inappropriate behavior by establishing an unhealthy friendship with him when he was 13 and she was in her 30s, even sending him lingerie as a joke. Since then, more fans have come out with claims that Ballinger had a private Twitter chat with underage followers, in which she was constantly making sexual remarks and oversharing personal stuff about herself and her relationships. This week, Colleen made what has been deemed the worst "apology" possible: a 10-minute video defending herself against the accusations in the form of... a song. Not surprisingly, TikTok is having a field day. Some are jamming to the "Toxic Gossip Train" tune, others parody her PR team, and some plainly mock the "Youtuber Apology" cliche and create new ukulele bops.