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Twitter Thread Calls Out Hypocrisy Of 'Woke' Brands' Black Lives Matter Posts

As the country nears a week of protests following the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by police, there's been an influx of people and brands showing their support on social media. #BlackoutTuesday, which happened yesterday, was probably the largest show of virtual solidarity yet. The "movement," which was mostly on Instagram and Twitter, called for the "muting" of usual programming such as work promotions, art, and lifestyle posting. To show support, many people and brands began posting black squares to their timelines, as an attempt to highlight black voices and information regarding police brutality. Early in the day there was a backlash regarding the apparent censorship of these very voices - it seemed many social users were hashtagging #Blacklivesmatter and creating a literal blackout of important movement information. But as @RespectableLaw, a progressive lawyer who supports working families, pointed out in a fascinating Twitter thread, there are other problems with the squareposting.

Many big brands, from Nike to Microsoft, were eager to adopt the passive show of support. At first glance, it's nice to see corporations take the side of the people who make them profitable. @RespectableLaw, however, took to Twitter to show how many of these brands have extremely shady and inhumane business practices. Most of them have used child labor. There may not be such a thing as ethical consumption right now, but it's important to realize that brands are not your friends - and they have a lot of work to do before their passive shows of solidarity are taken seriously,.

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Redditors Are Waging A Meme War Against 'Evil Nestle' And Their Ethics

The r/dankmemes subreddit is currently overflowing with the immensely entertaining Area 51 memes, but if you scroll a little deeper you'll find some memes with a little more philosophical meat. Hiding between jokes about aliens you'll find memes that go in on Nestle for their shitty business practices and negligible ethical code. The memes are a response to a comment from Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, a former CEO and chairman of Nestle. Letmathe claimed in a 2005 documentary that calling water a human right is extreme. Pair that with allegations of stealing water, and the Nestle Infant Formula scandal and you've got cause for serious meme-age. While these memes probably won't have any impact on the multi-billion dollar company, we do have to give props to memers that use their craft to raise awareness of issues like this. Here are some of the most scathing and effective memes we've seen yet.

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17 Clever Protest Signs That We Can Get Behind

Are you looking for a way to make a difference? We're not sure ifprotesting is always the best way to do so, but these hilarious signs have definitely changed our mood from bad to good. Taking a stand was never quite this funny.

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Steve O climbs a crane with an inflatable whale to protest SeaSorld.
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Steve-O, from Jack Ass and stuntman fame, introduced Facebook to 'Sammy' Aug. 8 and hinted he would do something stupid with the inflatable whale.

This is Shammy. We're going to do a big dangerous stunt in Los Angeles tomorrow that will probably get me in a lot of...

Posted by Steve-O on Saturday, August 8, 2015


His master plan, it turns out, was to climb a construction crane in Los Angeles and, with the help of Sammy, protest SeaWorld.

The Los Angeles Times reported on his stunt:

More than 80 firefighters were called to the 6000 block of West Selma Avenue about 8 p.m. on reports of a possible suicide attempt after an unidentified person was spotted on the crane, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.

LAPD Lt. Michael Ling confirmed that Steve-O, whose real name is Stephen Glover, was arrested and is expected to be booked on suspicion of trespassing, setting a firework without a permit, and conspiracy to commit a crime. Investigators are still determining what charges apply, Ling said.

The apparent stunt prompted annoyance and frustration among public safety officials. More than 30 LAPD officers were called to the scene, and Selma Avenue was shut down.

Glover, 41, brought an inflatable Orca with him to the top of the crane and wore a "Blackfish" T-shirt, making the stunt another of his public demonstrations against SeaWorld.

Last year, he was charged with a traffic infraction for an anti-SeaWorld stunt in which he defaced a freeway sign in San Diego. He posted a YouTube video in August 2014 showing him climbing up the freeway sign to attach the word "sucks'' after the words "Sea World."



Steve-O, the true showman that he is, video recorded a great deal of it for you on his Facebook page.

Be warned, there is explicit language. Like you would expect.

Anyone wanna bail me out of jail?

Posted by Steve-O on Sunday, August 9, 2015

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Did you hear? The guy who made the most viral video of all time got arrested for public fapping.

Hm. His priorities aren't the only thing that's crooked, it seems. Check out more Kony Fap jokes at Kony 2012 dot Cheezburg!