Entertainment

Nivea, Pepsi, Co-OpThere must be something in the advertising industry’s water because Nivea has become the second (out of three) brand to pull an advert from the airwaves, this week…

We all know which was the first, don’t we? Pepsi, of course! Yeah, their 2017 advert featuring Kendall Jenner was removed after hundreds of thousands of viewers complained that it was “trivialising recent street protests across the US” which took place in support of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.

Although a few took offence (with many voicing their opinions via social-media) there’s no denying that a large number of others were able to react by making jokes or being sassy, Martin Luther King’s daughter being one of them…

Pepsi has since apologised and taken down the advert (as expected), also publishing an apologetic statement to the disgruntled fans, customers and Kendall Jenner in particular.

As I said, Nivea has also had to have its advert taken down… The German skincare company has become the second brand to publicly apologise to viewers and fans for its “white is purity” campaign; which was deemed discriminatory and racially insensitive…

How the advertisers signed this one off as okay I don’t and won’t ever know! I mean, just LOOK at it (picture above).

Oh and – just when we thought that was it for failed adverts, the UK’s Co-operative supermarket has too come under fire over “outrageous sexism” after it released an advert regarding chocolate Easter eggs…

Their latest commercial encourages parents to treat their daughters “for doing the washing up”. I mean, I don’t even know whether to laugh or cry… WHAT?! It seems as though the advertising world has well and truly lost it.

Alas, this month’s shaping up to be the month advertising fails. Remember, we’re 7 Days in, and already three adverts have been pulled (like a piece of meat). Who knows what else is in store over the next 22-or-so days…

Oh, how could I forget… Cadbury very nearly makes the fourth after it was criticised for opting not to use the word “Easter” in its egg hunts. SWINES!

The Pengest Munch, The Chicken Connoisseur

I’m running a poll on Twitter and my loyal one follower voted that I should blog about Entertainment today. So, here goes nothing!

It’s slightly worrying that Donald Trump got more votes in the general Presidential election than I did on Twitter but let’s leave that for when I decide to blog about politics – which is never… What am I going to say about the subject, though? They all chat “Shiza Minelli”?

Right, anyway, onto my second favourite YouTuber – ‘The Pengest Munch’. This guy, also known as ‘The Chicken Connoisseur’ (Elijah Quashie), is absolutely hilarious to watch. He basically rates breaded chicken wings, cans of Strawberry Miranda/Ginger Beer and Fillet Burgers & Chips like they’re à la carte at a fine dining restaurant, but with a “roadman” twist. 🍗🍔🍟

He shot to fame with the video below, filmed in Tottenham, at ‘The Chick King’. This video alone has been viewed over 3,000,000+ times to date. His channel has a total of 575,047 subscribers (since this post was published) and has enjoyed at least 26,873,809 views.

Personally, I’m going to stick my neck out on the line and say that this video is still my favourite of all… I think it’s just because this video was the the first time most of us discovered him and that sort of thing sticks…

Personally, I believe his humour, together with his passion for chicken wings, is what I believe has made him so popular on YouTube and its community. I love that he’s so honest and doesn’t breadcrumb coat his reviews (the only sugar found in his videos come from sipping Miranda). Elijah’s actually the reason why I’ve become obsessed with chicken wings… I love KFC’s ones and Nando’s ones of course (because they’re healthier and tastier).

Going back to The Pengest Munch, which video’s your favourite? Give me a siiiiiiiiiiiign… Tell me baby, the first time! 🎶

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Brand pranks are the best, aren’t they? I love the humour that brands and services provide around the time of April Fool. However, there was one in particular, that happened a month prior that I’ll never forget. KFC’s #CleanEatingBurger.

This one had me in hysterics because I actually thought, even for a second, that it could be real. I mean, I didn’t think it was actually a cauliflower base, I just thought they made a bun look like that. 🙈 Only Judge Rinder can judge me. I’d like to point out that I quickly realised it was a joke, like after I had time to phantom-ly digest it (news and burger).

Okay, now that we’ve seen that one, let’s have a look at others brought to us by brands and services that we know and love.

Google Gnome

#GoogleGnomate MORE LIKE.. As cute as gnomes are, I don’t think we need smart ones. I’m still trying to keep up with smartwatches… The only thing I like about this is that it’s a sassy gnome. I do think we need more sass. Google, phone gnome. #ET.

Another one from Google was Google Wind… Google Netherlands have unveiled Google Wind, which uses windmills to “blow all the clouds away from the Netherlands”. Whether you agree with this or not, it’s pretty cool of them to want to replace smart with… FART.

BMW dDrive

BMW announced ‘dDrive’… It’s a dog basket/bed thing which makes you feel like you’re driving on the open road.

Coca Cola

If Red Bull gives you wings every day including April Fool’s Day, Coca Cola want to give you a lift – by adding helium to their cokes. (more…)

April Fool’s Day is happening. So, this weekend – I’m taking a break from blogging about lifestyle, and posting about stuff we all can’t get enough of… Memes.

We’re only officially four months into 2017 but we’ve already had plenty of cool internet sensations dominating our social-media feeds. Here are a few of my own faves. Know that it was very difficult for me to choose a few and not include all of them…

Don’t worry though, you can expect more posts like this throughout the night and tomorrow. Notice, I haven’t put them in a particular order, because I love them all equally.

Roll Safe

Roll Safe is an image macro serious featuring a screenshot of actor Kayode Ewumi grinning and pointing to his temple while portraying the character Reece Simpson (a.k.a. “Roll Safe”) in the web series Hood Documentary. The image is often captioned with various jokes mocking poor decision making and failures in critical thinking.

The Blinking Guy

A video from the video game site Giant Bomb. They run a regular series called Unprofessional Fridays, where they stream games and talk about them. The original video sparking the meme is actually more than three years old, and was snagged during a stream of the game Starbound. Fast forward to around the 1 hour, 49 minute mark.

Meryl Streep

It’s actually not a new image – the two-year-old picture of Meryl Streep is from the SAG Awards 2015, where the actor was innocently shouting her support of Debbie Reynolds. Suddenly the image has entered circulation online once again, and for the past few days the internet has been awash with the Shouting Meryl meme, mostly used to quote classic call-and-response song lyrics.

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Salt Bae

Salt Bae is a nickname given to Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe, who was widely discussed on social media following the circulation of a video in which he flamboyantly sprinkles salt on a carved steak.

Trump Draws

The meme shows a GIF of President Trump showing off his signed executive orders for the camera, replaced with a variety of childish drawings.

The imagined drawings so far have featured a dinosaur, a self portrait, a house and a cat.

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CeeLo Green Gold

CeeLo Green may have not nabbed gold at the Grammys, but at least he was dressed in gold. His ensemble instantly won the internet.

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Tiny Trump

Another Trump meme is “Tiny Trump” – taking normal photos of Trump (or ones not even involving him) and adding a very small, shrunk version of Trump to the picture. No additional commentary or subtext – just Tiny Trump.

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That Michelle Obama Side-Eye:

One of the weirdest (but best) parts of Trump’s inauguration was that moment when Melania handed Michelle Obama a mysterious Tiffany’s box. Michelle’s “Jim-facing” was all of us that day, in more ways than one.

Cash Me Outside, How Bou’ Dah?

Late last year, The Dr. Phil Show unwittingly gave birth to a star, a 13-year-old girl who called an entire studio audience hoes and asked all of them to “catch her outside… how ’bout that?” The aggressive question has attained immortality in the form of a multipurpose comeback.

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Are you an aspiring video-blogger? Have you started vlogging as a novice and find yourself wondering how superstar YouTubers succeed? Well, a new BBC Three commissioned series, ‘Pls Like How To Be a Superstar Vlogger’ has been released, and the first episode is glorious!

It follows comedian, Liam Williams aka Vloggy McVlogface, as he goes on a quest to understand what makes a successful vlogger (and slyly mocks them while he’s at it). He meets some of the hugest (albeit undiscovered) names on YouTube along the way – as he tries to complete a series of six challenges set for him by the CEO of Beam HQ (an unestablished PR agency for big name vloggers), with the end goal of winning £10,000.

In the first episode, released today, we see Liam’s attempt at a video application for a “So You Think You Can Vlog?” competition thought up by Beam – where he seems to be lambasting vloggers in a funny way. His hilarity and ability to make a mockery of them ends up winning him the ‘Most Watched’ votes, but also results in having his video taken down by Beam. He then somehow ends up at Beam HQ where he attends and interview with the CEO to talk business…

Liam’s first challenge assigned to him by the BIG boss at Beam is to create his own ‘Welcome’ video for his channel, and who better to turn to for advice than CharlieSouth (an undiscovered superstar video-blogger), and the boyfriend of Milipede (another not-heard-of BIG name on YouTube)?

This series seems to have the best of everything: humour, information, facts, insight, inside knowledge, and a bit of vulnerability (from the vloggers’ perspective). There was a scene in particular where Liam questioned whether CharlieSouth’s millions of “friends”  (folllowers/subscribers) actually knew the real him – in a way that Milipede does… That’s very eye-opening and heart wrenching. Although viewers saw Liam to be negative and sad in the beginning, they realise that even the vloggers themselves are not happy, it’s their jobs to appear happy on social, but even they go through hardships.

Pls Like, as far as I know, is a six-part mockumentary series, but I can see it getting extended because, in just one episode alone, it has done everything and so much more… Well done to all involved!