Social Media Round Up – #Tubestrike And A Tale Of Two Presidents
We all saw London’s underground come to a standstill on Monday with queues to get out of mainline train stations and onto buses bursting at the seams. However, it can go either way when London commuters join together and rather than it being all doom and gloom many people on social media saw the positives. One user tweeted a video along with ‘Clapham Junction gets evacuated so this guy jumps on the piano in an attempt to keep people calm’. Others made light of the situation and saw the funny side tweeting, ‘spare a thought for the tourists unable to get from Leicester Square to Covent Garden without the Piccadilly line #TubeStrike’. And some took advantage of the situation; a funeral company took the opportunity to promote its business saying ‘inconvenienced by the #TubeStrike? It could be worse; you could be making your final journey. Perfectfunerals.com’.
BYE BYE BLACKFISH_
This week saw the sad news about Tilikum, the famous SeaWorld orca, passing away after spending over 30 years with the attraction. Tilikum was the subject of the documentary ‘Blackfish’ which perpetuated the hashtag #EmptyTheTanks, and in turn caused attendance and share prices to drop. As the news broke, the hashtag resurfaced along with #Tilikum. It is clear that the death of Tilikum has touched many people’s hearts. SeaWorld has announced that it has stopped its San Diego orca shows and will stop them in Orlando and San Antonio by 2019.
A TALE OF TWO PRESIDENTS_
American politics filled our newsfeeds this week as President Barack Obama delivered his farewell speech. The dignified and inspiring moment in which he took a moment to thank his wife (and best friend), Michelle, and his daughters spread across social media channels as many of us shared the clips along with our sadness at having to say goodbye. On the other hand, Donald Trump hosted his first press conference since his election. Making headlines of a different kind and having to address allegations of tax evasion, concerning ties with Russia and accusations of using prostitutes, this came hot on the heels of some viral celebrity attacks. Meryl Streep took her recognition for outstanding contribution to entertainment at this year’s Golden Globes to express her anti-Trump opinions. The speech went viral and Trump took to Twitter to respond by calling Streep “one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood”. But, one of our favourite celebrity reactions to Trump this week was Star Wars actor, Mark Hamill, reading the President Elect’s Happy New Year tweet in the voice of the Joker from Batman. Retweeted more than 48,000 times, Hamill voices the villain in the animated series and gives the bizarre words an extra layer of creepiness. Genius.
‘PRESIDENT OF PLAYLISTS’_
Music streaming platform Spotify has this week offered Obama a job after the departing president joked that he was hoping for a role there after leaving the White House. The service for music lovers advertised a vacancy on its careers page for ‘President of Playlists’ which requires applicants to have ‘at least eight years’ experience running a highly-regarded nation’. The job spec also requires candidates to identify new playlist ideas, ‘from a playlist for shooting hoops with your friends, to the perfect warm up playlist for addressing the nation about health care legislation that bears your name’. The company’s CEO gave Obama a heads up about the vacancy on Twitter saying ‘I heard you were interested in a role at Spotify. Have you seen this one?’ The tweet got over 7,000 Retweets and we are very happy that Obama has the option to keep ‘president’ in his title.