VIRAL NEWS: HOLLYWOOD AUCTIONS, THE ROMAN EMPIRE & ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS
A peek into the topics buzzing at Cassandra
Welcome back to our weekly roundup! In today's fast-paced culture, Cassandra is your go-to source for staying in the loop with the topics that have everyone buzzing. This week, amongst Sophie Turner’s girls night out in New York with Joe Jonas’s most famous ex-girlfriend, Taylor Swift, the backlash against talk show scab Drew Barrymore, and 92-year-old media magnate Rupert Murdoch stepping down as chairman of Fox Corp & News Corp, we’ve also been following the bids for one-off Hollywood experiences, diving into the history of the Roman empire, and watching yet another celebrity’s troubling fall from grace. So, without further delay, let’s take a closer look at the week's most viral news!
MEN ARE OBSESSED WITH THE ROMAN EMPIRE
Sparked by a seemingly random post, TikTok has uncovered a surprising trend regarding just how many and how frequently men contemplate the Roman Empire. The answer is a whole lot and quite often! Encouraged by this, searches for Roman Empire have reached a 10-year high on Google in the U.S., and women on TikTok have recorded conversations with men, leading to over a billion views for the hashtag #RomanEmpire. People are clearly curious about the reasons behind this phenomenon, and similar to other gendered TikTok trends like "girl dinner" and "girl math," some historians suggest that Western societies have historically emphasized aspects of Roman history associated with masculinity and heroism, possibly explaining the fascination. In classic snowball effect, discourse is now taking place to uncover the female version of the Roman Empire.
GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE…
As revealed in Cassandra’s Luxury Report, Gen Zs are willing to splurge on once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and we’ve uncovered just the thing this week hosted by The Union Solidarity Coalition that has started to auction off one-of-a-kind celebrity encounters along with an array of memorabilia and exclusive experiences on eBay. The goal? To raise funds for production crew members who are facing the loss of their health care benefits due to Hollywood’s dual strike by the WGA and SAG-AFTRA. The auction boasts a selection of unique opportunities that may just tempt you to part with your hard-earned cash. These include a fifteen-minute chat with Natasha Lyonne and her dog Rootbeer while tackling the New York Times crossword puzzle. An L.A. gay bar hop with Triangle of Sadness star Dolly De Leon and an autographed apron from "The Bear'' cast members. Can we get a resounding "Yes, chef" to that?
RUSSELL BRAND SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS
Following the criminal actions of actor Danny Masterson, another prominent celebrity is now under scrutiny. In the UK, four women have come forward with accusations of sexual assault during the peak of his career against Russell Brand. The actor, known for his unbridled and risqué standup routines, has denied these allegations on social media. Still, interviews have resurfaced showing Brand’s ex-wife Katy Perry and his “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” co-star Kristen Bell discussing his behavior years ago. Consequently, his UK tour has been postponed, and numerous companies, including his talent agency and publisher, have distanced themselves from him. Furthermore, YouTube has taken the step of demonetizing his channel, indicating that this ongoing investigation is far from over.