VIRAL NEWS: LIZZO’S LABOR DISPUTE, CARDI B, & HUMAN BEARS
A peek into the topics buzzing at Cassandra
It's that time of the week! It's Friday again, so it's time to discuss 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 topics Gen Z can't stop discussing. Today, we'll discuss Lizzo and some serious allegations made against her by former employees, Cardi B, and the growing trend of fans throwing things at artists on stage and bears that look suspiciously human— all this and more in this week's edition of Viral News.
Lizzo’s opening number on the Barbie soundtrack, “Pink,” is an undisputed standout, but that isn’t the only reason why the Grammy-winning artist is making headlines this week. In an unexpected turn of events, the pop artist who routinely champions body positivity is being sued by three of her former dancers over claims of sexual and racial harassment, disability discrimination, false imprisonment, and creating a hostile work environment. The allegations seem so serious that even Beyoncé omitted her usual Lizzo shout-out in a “Break My Soul” remix during a concert in Boston on Tuesday. Lizzo has since responded on Instagram to the “false” allegations against her, saying, “ these are as unbelievable as they sound and too outrageous to not be addressed.”
CARDI B’S MICROPHONE
Keeping it with the ladies of pop, Cardi B has had quite the week after an incident occurred in Las Vegas. ICYMI, the rapper, was performing an outdoor set when a concertgoer flung their drink at her, which caused her to retaliate by hurling her microphone back. A fan caught the events on camera, which went viral. Cardi's actions could face consequences after the Las Vegas Police Department revealed that a fan filed a police report for battery, especially after another video surfaced in which Cardi B and her DJ ask the crowd to “splash” her with water due to the heat. But later in the show, Cardi B clarified that she didn't want anything thrown in her face. Regardless, incidents of concertgoers throwing items at artists is a growing and disturbing trend, leading Alicia Keys’ 8-year-old son to stand on stage as her bodyguard at a concert earlier this week and Kelly Clarkson telling fans the only thing they’re allowed to throw on stage is diamonds.
BEARS - THEY’RE JUST LIKE US, RIGHT?
Bears behaving like people continue to capture our attention after a zoo in China denied that one of its sun bears was actually a human in a suit. Visitor numbers at Hangzhou Zoo have gone up by 30% to around 20k a day since a video of the Malayan Sun bear named Angela became a trending topic on Chinese social media over the weekend. However, the Zoo subsequently made a statement across social media appearing to deny the accusations."Some people think I stand like a person," the statement, which was written from the animal's perspective, read. "It seems you don't understand me very well," it continued. The zoo's statement was widely reported on and spread across social media, causing widespread amusement online, with users debating whether they thought the bear was real.