Archive for May 13, 2020
With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to keep people at home, internet users are attempting to make the best of a difficult time by poking fun at the situation. In creating memes about the COVID-19 outbreak, internet users are connecting globally to get through an experience that's affecting them all.
Memes have always been a way for internet users to connect. From memes for specific fandoms to Elon Musk's baby name, creating memes is often a way to show one's appreciation for a topic by taking a subtle jab at it. Like most internet trends, memes have a short lifespan before they become old news and replaced by the next topical theme. Due to this, the internet needs to be quick and clever when creating memes to ensure the topic is still relevant by the time everyone else sees them.
As memes have grown in popularity, some websites have evolved and become go-to locations for finding new and fresh material. Typically speaking, these are websites like Reddit and 9GAG where the bulk of the content is user-generated. As these websites are primarily filled with content uploaded by visitors, the speed and frequency allows memes to be more topical, compared to having sat on a writer's desk for weeks prior to publication. In giving content creation over to users it can also help to build a community where users can personally be rewarded each time their contribution goes viral, with each like or upvote confirmation that someone liked their content.
As the coronavirus outbreak continues, many have turned to memes to showcase how different life will be once things return to some sense of normality. Twitter accounts like @TheCoronaMemes have been created specifically to share virus memes. While this may sound dark to some, these memes joke about changes to society that are relatable to everyone, such as not knowing what day it is. However, you don't have to create a dedicated meme account to join in the fun as many on Twitter are using the #CoronavirusMemes hashtag to share their own.
Another location where virus memes are currently being shard is Reddit and specifically, subreddits like r/CoronavirusMemes. In one of the top-rated posts on the subreddit, user clandauro123 posted a meme with the caption "when you find out your normal daily lifestyle is called quarantine." Since going live, the post has turned into a collaborative effort with many from the Reddit community sharing how they can relate to the meme. For example, one user commented, "It's weird because now that I'm forbidden from going out by the government I actually kinda want to leave the house for the first time."
The fact that society can still connect during these dark times provides some hope for the situation. Making jokes and poking fun at how lives have been changed shows that people are still in high spirits and hopeful that this will all be over soon. Even though the pandemic has been hard-hitting, these coronavirus memes help to spread some humor and in doing so, might help society stay sane while continuing to self-isolate.
Avengers: Endgame saw the return of the heroes that vanished after Thanos’ snap in Avengers: Infinity War, but not of those who died before it, such as Gamora. However, Endgame brought her back through the time heist, allowing her 2014 self to jump to the present. Gamora’s future was left uncertain, and it’s unknown where she went to after the events of Endgame – but there are a few options. The MCU reached its peak with Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, which brought together all the superheroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to fight a common enemy: Thanos.
Infinity War saw Thanos fulfilling his plan of wiping out half the universe with the snap of his fingers, and Endgame witnessed the combined efforts of the surviving heroes to bring back those who vanished and later fight Thanos and his armies. As Gamora died in Infinity War when Thanos needed to sacrifice someone he loved to get the Soul Stone, the one seen in Endgame didn’t know who the Guardians of the Galaxy are and was still working with Thanos, but was ultimately convinced by present day Nebula to betray him.
Still, Gamora didn’t know any of the Guardians, Avengers, and the rest, and while everyone paid their respects to Tony Stark, Gamora left and her whereabouts are currently unknown. With Guardians of the Galaxy 3 not arriving as soon as fans would like, they are still wondering where Gamora could have gone, but that can be answered when looking back at Gamora’s past.
Gamora was Thanos’ adoptive daughter and her home planet is Zen-Whoberi, which was on the verge of collapsing due to overpopulation. As a result, poverty was commonplace and many children were homeless, and the planet was later invaded by Thanos and the Black Order, who proceeded to wipe out half of its population. Thanos claimed that by killing all those residents he saved the planet as resources were no longer reduced, but Thanos is not that reliable. Thanos found Gamora (whose parents were killed) when she was fighting off a soldier that was restraining her – an act that caught his attention and prompted him to adopt her.
As Zen-Whoberi wasn’t destroyed, it’s possible that’s where Gamora traveled to after Endgame, more so as she knew what Thanos did to her people and that he didn’t do any good to the planet. Gamora could be in Zen-Whoberi to keep a low profile for a while and even help the residents. Another option is the "Garden", the planet where the surviving Avengers killed Thanos. The Mad Titan had planned to retire there once he brought balance to the universe, and Nebula knew about it – and as Gamora was the favorite daughter, she surely knew as well. Gamora’s whereabouts are a good excuse to explore more planets in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 as well as her backstory, and it will be interesting to see how much her mentality and perspective of the universe have changed since Avengers: Endgame.
In spite of reports that Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Denise Richards stopped filming with the cast after a huge fallout over rumors of her affair with castmate Brandi Glanville, the actress insists that she did not leave the show. The drama accompanying Richards and Glanville's rumored affair, which allegedly lasted from the beginning of 2019 up until the middle of the year, will finally play out in Season 10 of RHOBH.
A rumor of the months-long extramarital affair first surfaced in January when former cast member Glanville, 47, confirmed that she and Richards, 49, had a physical relationship while Richards was married. Richards has been married to Aaron Phypers since 2018. While Denise denies the affair, the rumor and accusations will play out over the course of this season of RHOBH, resulting in Denise allegedly quitting the show. At the end of the season premiere, a note appeared on the screen letting viewers know that Denise stopped filming with the rest of the women in December.
In an interview with Extra, Richards said, “We were pretty much wrapped actually in December, and I was asked to go to two events that we had. I did not make it to those; that was the extent of me stopping filming… I did not quit the show… The only people that said I quit are some of the people on the show, and they never asked if that was true or not.” Denise could be referring to the cast’s January trip to New York City to see Erika Jayne as Roxie Hart in “Chicago” on Broadway.
However, RHOBH castmate Kyle Richards seems to see things differently. While on SiriusXM’s “The Jenny McCarthy Show”, Kyle, 51, said, “[Denise] stopped, you know, basically showing up. She didn’t want to face anything or deal with anything, so she either would bring her husband or disappear.” Richards added, “That was something I really took issue with because I’ve been on the show for 10 years. There have been so many things have come up that were really, really painful over these 10 years … When you think about the things that people went through on this show, like, I never knew it was an option not to show up!”
It is unclear what contractual obligations Denise Richards has with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and if she will return for the season 10 reunion. Viewers will have to tune in next season to find out.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Wednesdays at 8pm EST on Bravo.