Trump Is NOT Banning TikTok Because This Comedy Is TOO GOOD TO BAN!!

Trump Is NOT Banning TikTok Because This Comedy Is TOO GOOD TO BAN!!

Not to start off on a totally dark note, but I wish Trump cared as much about the pandemic as he does about TikTok.

So… Trump was able to force TikTok to divest to an U.S. company in 90 days with no real evidence that TikTok was actually a national security threat, but we’re 7 months and 200K deaths into the pandemic and we STILL DON’T HAVE consistent testing or mandates that would protect us from MORE unnecessary deaths?

Cool beans.

Anyway, even though TikTok is getting “banned,” (see more about that at the bottom of the article!), the comedy is still bangin’, and I wanted to feature the three most bangin’ accounts I came across this week: Chris Olsen & Ian Paget, Manon Mathews, Leenda Dong, and Chris Olsen.


Chris Olsen & Ian Paget • 4.6M followers (@olsennchris & ianpaget_)

Chris’ Instagram | Ian’s Instagram | Chris & Ian on YouTube |

Since Keeping Up With The Kardashians is ending – I found the PERFECT people to fill the void: Ian Paget and Chris Olsen! This gay couple have their own separate TikTok accounts where and they go back and forth playing funny pranks on each other while (intentionally and unintentionally) showcasing their healthy relationship based in strong communication and trust. Honestly – these two getting a reality show is exactly what the world (and the LGBTQ+ peeps) need right now.

asking my boyfriend if “are you just going to sit around all day?”

“I just hit your car” challenge

“My mom is gonna be here in five minutes” prank


Manon Mathews • 1.1M Followers (@manonmathews)

Instagram | YouTube | Twitter

Manon Mathews is so awkward, it’s funny. She started with awkward parodies of Bella from Twilight and has since then created incredibly-relatable, viral and (you guessed it) awkward sketch comedy that built her a huge following on virtually every platform. Psst – Saturday Night Livewhy haven’t you cast her yet!?

When you’re in the middle of the saddest song but then it pauses

June & George: Pool Boy

Stand back from my pup


Leenda Dong • 869k followers (@yoleendadong)

Instagram | YouTube | Twitter

If you like Tosh.0 or Ridiculousness, then you’re going to ADORE Leenda Dong. She makes “dumb” viral clips hilarious with her sassy spot-on commentary. Occasionally, she will take a break from roasting viral clips to one-take skits that will make you laugh (and feel personally attacked). I can’t wait for her to get her own viral clip talk show.

the girl who got stuck in all of her shirts

you have to stop telling your friends you’re on the way

what a cute stingray – I hope nothing bad happens to it


So this Sunday, TikTok is scheduled to get “banned,” but if it does, it likely won’t last very long.

If you missed the last few articles, here’s a quick recap: Trump decided (without evidence) that TikTok was a national security threat because ByteDance (TikTok’s parent company) “could” give user data to China – which again, there is no evidence that this has (or will) happen, and TikTok has publicly stated it would not give data to China.

However, the Trump Administration found a legal loophole that has allowed them to ban TikTok on the basis that it “could” give data to China, and – without due process or evidence – Trump has made two Executive Orders:

  • The first order gave TikTok 90 days to be acquired by a U.S. company or the app would be “banned” – which means TikTok would no longer be available in the app store and unable to be updated. However, if you currently have TikTok downloaded, you will continue to be able to use TikTok normally.
  • If the first order wasn’t met, then the second Executive Order goes into effect: total shutdown of TikTok on November 12th, 2020.

Microsoft and Oracle made bids to acquire TikTok, and Oracle came out the winner.

So wait, why is TikTok still being potentially banned on Sunday if it being acquired by a U.S. company?

As of today (September 19th, 2020) Trump has given the partnership between TikTok, Oracle and Walmart his blessing, but we’re still waiting on all the paperwork to be filled out. So the ban is still set to happen Sunday, but will be lifted if and when the paperwork is sorted out by then. (again, the ban would just prevent new downloads and updates to the app – if you have the app – you won’t notice any changes).

Basically, the ban has been a likely unconstitutional way to quickly force TikTok (an app with over 800 million users and a net worth of over 78 billion dollars), to be acquired by a U.S. company, specifically Oracle, which is conveniently owned by one of Trump’s richest supporters: Larry Ellison. It feels (and looks) like this ban is less about avoiding a potential national security threat and more about Trump handing a very lucrative business to one of his friends.

If TikTok doesn’t comply with Trump’s demands (whether or not the terms of the deal are fair), TikTok loses everything. And if TikTok ends, it isn’t just “cringe” teen dancing videos that disappear: thousands of TikTok employees and TikTok creators will lose their income in the middle of a global pandemic.

Moving forward, one of three below things could happen, and I’ve listed them in order of what’s most (and least) likely to happen:

  • Oracle and Walmart partners with ByteDance and shows the Trump Administration that TikTok is no longer a “potential national security threat,” and TikTok continues business as usual (p.s. Oracle, Walmart, and Trump obviously wants TikTok to continue being profitable because, it’ll make them $$$ – so more likely than not this is how things will play out)
  • ByteDance rejects the partnership in hopes that they win their current lawsuit against the Trump Administration (if TikTok wins the lawsuit, the Executive Orders and ban would be ruled unconstitutional and be blocked)
  • ByteDance and Oracle are unable to come to an agreement that satisfies the Trump Administration’s national security concerns, and the app is shut down on November 12th.

Cool beans (I guess).


ARTICLES REGARDING THE TIKTOK BAN

Trump Signs Off on Deal Allowing TikTok to Continue U.S. Operations

Is TikTok Spying On You For China? (Forbes)

US bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores, threatens shutdowns (Associated Press)

Is it time to delete TikTok? A guide to the rumors and the real privacy risks (Washington Post)

TikTok Sues Trump Administration to Block U.S. Ban (Bloomberg)


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This Scientist Showed What Working From Home During The Pandemic REALLY Looks Like


The entirety of 2020 has been a never-ending string of bad news, and, surprise! I’ve got another upsetting development to tack onto the shit parade. Continuing the theme of the powers at be doing everything they can to speed up the end of the world, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently added a new member to their senior ranks, and he sucks. He sucks so goddamn much. His name is David Legates, he’s an avid climate science denier who has spent basically his whole career as an academic scientist doing just that, he continues to spread misinformation and theories that have been proven false, and his work is funded by the fossil fuel industry. Seriously, fuck this guy. And now he’s a federal climate science leader.

Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhh, goddddddddddddddd

Don’t worry, this story isn’t all doom-and-gloom. Thanks to fine people like Dr. Gretchen Goldman, there’s hope to be had. Goldman, who holds a PhD in environmental engineering, is the Research Director at the Center for Science and Democracy. She appeared on CNN this week to explain why Legates is literally the worst person to occupy that position, and after she finished, she took to Twitter to share a hilarious, deeply relatable look at behind-the-scenes.

Here she is on The Situation Room,

This Scientist Showed What Working From Home During The Pandemic REALLY Looks Like Twitter | Gretchen Goldman

and here she is again… also on The Situation Room.

This Scientist Showed What Working From Home During The Pandemic REALLY Looks Like Twitter | Gretchen Goldman

It’s hard to say exactly what the best part of this whole situation is, but I’m personally torn between the coffee table chair setup and those bona fide mom shoes.

Yeah, I see you.

This Scientist Showed What Working From Home During The Pandemic REALLY Looks Like Twitter | Gretchen Goldman

Look. We may not all be PhDs who give televised interviews on major news channels, but being pantless for Zoom meetings and making sure the two square feet behind your head looks presentable even though the rest of the house is a disaster is, truly, the great unifier during these times. We’re all doing our best, and knowing that a notable environmental scientist also doesn’t put on actual pants for video conferences is all the vindication I need to never think “maybe I should get dressed for this call” ever again.

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Clear Your Saturday, I’ve Got Your Plans Right Here. Two Words: Shrek. Fest.


Back in 2014 the internet gave birth to something magical: Shrekfest. Although it started out as a joke it didn’t take long for it to become a real live event, because, well, who isn’t passionate about Shrek. So, in that same year, comedy troupe 3GI Industries organized the first official Shrekfest in Milwaukee, WI. In the years since, it’s become an internationally beloved event (remaining completely free to the public) that includes live music, various contests, and a screening of Shrek.

And although large social gatherings are impossible right now, the team behind the event wasn’t about to let that stop all the Shrek-tivities.

3GI Industries is bringing Shrekfest back to its roots — the internet.

Clear Your Saturday, I’ve Got Your Plans Right Here. Two Words: Shrek. Fest.
Clear Your Saturday, I’ve Got Your Plans Right Here. Two Words: Shrek. Fest.

This year’s festival will occur entirely on Twitch, where fans from all over the world can watch and participate while safely socially distanced in their own swamps. And! Earlier in the year, 3GI asked fans to submit their own artwork, music, and films, which will be showcased in the festival. AND! Along with a chance to win various prizes, they will be offering exclusive merch, with proceeds going to various social justice programs and organizations. AND! The livestream event will be capped off in a very special way, with a screening of the equal-parts crazy and amazing scene-for-scene remake, Shrek Retold.

If this is your first time hearing about Shrek Retold, buckle up — you’re in for a treat. Like… like an LSD-laced cupcake. That kind of treat.


Get your best ogre-face on, Shrekfest 2020 streams on Twitch this Saturday, September 19, all day long.


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Americans, hop into the RV! Gorv is ready to get behind the wheel and steer our country in the most important direction—forward. Although just to be clear he can also reverse the RV, that’s not a problem. It’s just that most politicians usually talk about moving forward, and you also drive in a forward direction. But sometimes you also have to make a right or left or go around a bend, so that’s not perfect.

Ok so to recap, Gorv is going to steer the country mostly forward, except while taking turns or backing out of a space, at which point he will use his best judgment.

Wow, metaphors really are harder than you think.

Ode to Kathy Bates

Ode To Kathy Bates

My darling Kathy, my shining star.

I’ve watched in awe on screens, near and far.

You nabbed the Oscar in Ninety-one,

Long before Adam Sandler played your son.

A career unmatched, with style to boot.

An angel on earth in a pantsuit

In Fried Green Tomatoes, you stole my heart

Wrapped nude in cellophane – a work of art!

You looked at your vagina with a hand mirror

Taught us all menopause is nothing to fear.

That gorgeous red perm, still such a serve.

I’m afraid at this point, I sound a bit like a perv.

To that, dear Kathy, I’ve just one thing to say:

Never fear, by now it’s clear, I’m incredibly gay.

In About Schmidt, you bared your breasts

Floating in a hot tub, a supple feast of flesh.

In Titanic, you stunned as the unsinkable Molly Brown.

With hats like that, no iceberg could take you down.

And now you’ve cut your hair so short, gone completely grey.

Traded pantsuits for kaftans, what more can I say?

My stunning Kathy, I think of you night and day.

But it’s not weird at all, remember: I’m gay.

Ode to Kathy Bates
Ode to Kathy Bates

CREDITS

Creator, Writer & Actor: Joel Burns

Producer & Director: Tamara Yajia

Editor: Paul Smith

Jim Carrey Is SNL’s New Joe Biden. Get Ready, Jack!

Jim Carrey Is SNL’s New Joe Biden. Get Ready, Jack!

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and the shutdown of regularly functioning society, the days have all kind of blurred together. There hasn’t been a single morning where I’ve woken up confident about what day it is in probably a month. Thankfully there are still a few markers to help us perceive the passage of time, like when my landlord stops ignoring all my text messages asking if I’m ever going to get the mailbox that’s included in my lease in order to remind me it’s the first of the month so fork over the rent, and, more pleasantly, the return of Saturday Night Live.

October 3 marks the beginning of season 46 (so, next month. It’s September, by the way) and today, we all got some exciting updates on what’s to come.

Before we get into it, though — it’s important to note that SNL is working with Governor Cuomo and other officials to ensure everyone is safe and within the proper COVID safety guidelines.

First, there will be three new folks joining the roster along with the entire cast from last season. Comic and former staff writer Andrew Dismukes, comedian and actor Lauren Holt, and comedian and writer Punkie Johnson. Secondly, they’re bringing in another comedian you may have heard of — Jim Carrey. He’s pretty funny, I think he’s gonna be big someday. Jim Carrey will join this season to play Joe Biden, a role that’s been passed between Jason Sudeikis, John Mulaney, and Woody Harrelson.

If anyone can capture the chaotic, “where the heck am I, Jack”-ness of Biden, it’s Jim Carrey, and with Alec Baldwin and Maya Rudolph returning to play Trump and Kamala Harris, respectively, this is definitely a season to get excited about.


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