Ethan Couch, the wealthy Texas teen whose deadly drunk driving killed four people, may have landed himself back in trouble after a video surfaced allegedly showing the now-18-year-old laughing over a game of beer pong, WFAA reports. According to the report, Twitter user @BlondSpectre posted a video that the user claims depicts the teen, who was given probation after a judge showed leniency because of his “affluenza.” “ya boy ethan couch violating probation. i got more if u want,” the user tweeted, tagging the city of Burleson’s and the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office Twitter handles. https://twitter.com/BlondeSpectre/status/672170442455576576?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw In the video, a young man can be seen poised to throw a pingpong ball into a stack of plastic cups, before leaping on the table and bringing it down. The screen pans to show another young man, the one who people are claiming is Couch, laughing and clapping at the … [Read more...] about ‘Affluenza’ Teen Ethan Couch Allegedly Videotaped at Party With Beer Pong
If that isn’t bad enough, Chicago artist and urban planner Chris Devins—who said on Twitter that his dad is Irish and his mom is “100% black,” and who apparently stole the image of Obama depicted as an Egyptian Queen from black artist Gelila Lila Mesfin—raised nearly $12,000 in crowdfunding for the project. Devins finished the mural on Friday and quickly began to get media coverage over the initiative, which seemed like a positive thing since it’s located across from a school and near Obama’s childhood home. But by Saturday morning, social media users and people familiar with Mesfin’s stunning work began to call Devins out. “I wanted to present her [Obama] as what I think she is, so she’s clothed as an Egyptian queen. I thought that was appropriate,” he said, according to DNAinfo. But nothing gets by internet sleuths, and by Saturday Devins was being forced to acknowledge the grift. His first reaction was to claim the … [Read more...] about Chicago Artist Raised Funds for Michelle Obama Mural That He Straight Up Grifted
Taylor Swift skipped out on last night's VMAs because of Kanye and Kim and all the drama over that"Famous" line, right? Well on Monday, the singer was photographed fulfilling her duties as an American citizen by reporting for jury duty in Nashville. She even has a name tag! Fellow juror and Twitter historian Tracey Bates documented the whole thing. Here's Taylor just being Taylor: https://twitter.com/TracysActivism/status/770270288672067584 Here's Taylor making new friends: https://twitter.com/TracysActivism/status/770270611222433792 Here's Taylor laughing: https://twitter.com/TracysActivism/status/770272445638938624 Here's Taylor signing a copy of The New Jim Crow. https://twitter.com/TracysActivism/status/770271798017622016 Here's Taylor taking a selfie: https://twitter.com/TracysActivism/status/770251284641447936 Here is Taylor taking another selfie: https://twitter.com/tessmcgeer/status/770283676198404096?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Celebrities … [Read more...] about This is what it looks like when Taylor Swift reports for jury duty
When John Carlos and his fellow sprinter Tommie Smith raised their fists at the 1968 Olympics in solidarity with the black liberation movement in America, the backlash was swift and intense. Carlos and Smith were banned from the Olympics for life. Brent Musberger, now a widely-known sportscaster but then a columnist for the Chicago American, called Smith and Carlos "a pair of black-skinned stormtroopers" and wrote that "perhaps it's time 20 year old athletes quit passing themselves off as social philosophers." In the New York Times, Arthur Daley wrote, "Smith and Carlos brought their world smack into the Olympic Games, where it did not belong." If you're thinking that you've heard somewhat familiar echoes of those words in the past couple days, you're not wrong. On Saturday morning, the San Francisco Chronicle's sports editor, Al Saracevic, chided San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick after Kaepernick explained that he would no longer stand … [Read more...] about Colin Kaepernick will eventually be seen as a hero. Just ask Muhammad Ali.
The police response to Baton Rouge citizens protesting the killing of Alton Sterling was relatively muted and restrained at first. There was no way that was going to last, right? The Advocate reported that a Sunday protest that began as a peaceful march turned into a confrontation between demonstrators and police in Baton Rouge. The protest began with several hundred people at Wesley United Methodist and headed downtown, but police began to crack down on the group when it attempted to block the interstate. Video posted by The Advocate shows police using a heavily-armored SWAT vehicle as well as a long-range acoustic device to disperse the group. Protesters sought shelter in the yard of Lisa Batiste, a woman who The Advocate reported has been allowing protesters to gather at her rented home. In another video from the scene, protesters can be heard shouting "this is private property" but that doesn't stop the officers from advancing. … [Read more...] about This video of police advancing on Baton Rouge protesters is terrifying to watch