A peek into the topics buzzing at Cassandra

It's that time of the week! 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. Today, we'll discuss the "Girl Dinner" TikTok trend and way-too-catchy song, the congressional hearing that might have confirmed the existence of UFOs, and the now ongoing clash Doja Cat has with her fans on social media— all this and more in this week's edition of Viral News.


A new TikTok trend called "Girl Dinner" has gone viral, and Popeyes is getting in on the action. The trend involves people sharing videos of themselves eating a "lazy" meal of snacks and sides instead of a "traditional" entree. TikTok user @liviemaher created the concept, and it now has evolved into a sort of jingle that we guarantee will be stuck in your brain for the foreseeable future —click with caution—. The trend has become so popular that Popeyes, the beloved fried chicken chain, has created a special "Girl Dinner" menu featuring all its most popular sides, such as mashed potatoes, cajun fries, and biscuits. The tag #girldinner has over 540 million views in the clock app, where users share videos using filters and memes showing the unique dinner combinations some put together to avoid cooking. Some users also highlight other dangerous consequences this trend can have regarding the disordered eating conversation for teenage girls.


On Wednesday, former government official and whistleblower David Grusch testified before Congress that the U.S. government has been secretly retrieving and reverse engineering unidentified flying objects (UFOs) for decades. Grusch also said the U.S. government has been aware of "non-human" activity since the 1930s. The Pentagon has denied Grusch's claims, saying there is no evidence to support them. Everyone would imagine this kind of news would dominate the online conversation, and it did, just not the way many would guess. Even though the speculation of Alien life was trending on X —yes, it feels weird for us too, to call it that— the topic was met with a lot of skepticism. Many Gen Zs are tackling this with their characteristic dark sense of humor and saw an opportunity to make nihilist satirical content highlighting how "no one cares about aliens."


Are we witnessing the first Threads scandal? Maybe. Doja Cat is in hot water after she went off on her fans on the new Meta app. She lost over 200,000 Instagram followers, and her most popular fan pages deactivated their accounts to protest her mistreatment. The singer is known for being unconventional in speaking casually to her followers. Still, people were unhappy when the funny banter changed into a full-blown humiliation. Doja CAT mocked the "Kittenz" name she gave her fanbase and replied to a fan underlining how she doesn't love them because she doesn't know them. What could have been an interesting discussion on parasocial relationships became a full-on controversy that ended up with the singer deleting her posts and overall Thread account.