A round-up of what we're loving this week... and what we're hating.
Following the tragic and untimely death of Charlotte Dawson, friends have set up a petition to push the Australian Government to pass Charlotte’s Law, which would introduce tougher cyber bullying legislation. Dawson herself was outspoken about cyber bullying and subject to vicious Twitter trolls. “Charlotte’s death can not be in vain,” wrote Em Mastronardi, who started the campaign. In three days it’s reached almost 160,000 signatures. You can sign it here.
The Academy Awards
Bill Murray has just been announced as a presenter at this year’s Academy Awards (aka The Oscars), joining that group of other people you’d most like to have a beer with: Jennifer Lawrence, Benedict Cumberbatch, Will Smith, Anna Kendrick and Channing Tatum—but only if he decides to get his shirt off. If I was receiving an Oscar and Bill Murray was presenting it to me, I would be more excited about standing in the same breathing space as him than I would be about the statue. Just sayin’.
Getting down and dirty with more than one person will soon be easier than ever, preventing you from being that awkward thirty-something couple eyeing up potentials at a twenty-something bar. 3nder is an app that promises to make threesomes easier than ya mum (zing!... sorry), hooking up willing couples and singles. It’s still seeking funding, but let’s face it - it won’t be long before this is a thing.
How to drink properly
Finally, a campaign about drinking that doesn’t actually tell you not to drink. The How To Drink Properly campaign offers wise words of advice from a James Bond-type character. “When someone pressures you to have another drink,” he says, “and won’t take no for an answer, never underestimate the impact of a few simple words.” What he means, in reality, is saying “please f**k off”. Warning: this campaign is classy as f**k.
Leopard print has just been unceremoniously dumped from it’s place as the animal print of the flash pack, with it’s slightly trendier cousin ocelot print suddenly appearing everywhere. They’re been making subtle appearances on social feeds for the last couple weeks, but when they appear on Jessica Stein’s blog (Tuula), you know the jig is up. Grab yourself a pair before they’ve saturated the market place and therefore become unfashionable, which will be in about, oh, four weeks or so.
Nando’s, stop trying to be funny. They stole North Queensland’s Big Mango (worth $90,000) as a publicity stunt this week, generating loads of media coverage worldwide before they owned up to planning the whole thing. Hilarious drunken escapade, this is not. Look, Nando’s, there’s a certain point where you stop being “cheeky”, as you keep saying and just start being a dick and that point was when you piggybacked on the news of Schapelle Corby’s release. Stop now.
According to Perez Hilton, the well-known purveyor of reasonable thought and intelligent thinking, black women are similar to Hitler. He recently Tweeted, “Inside every gay man is a fierce black woman!”, to which a lot of people responded very badly. After refusing to apologise a few times, he did admit that “Some present logical arguments, but then Hitler attempted to justify the holocaust too.” Nice one.
This Friday night marks the first weekend where Barry O'Farrell's attempt to
prove to middle age voters he’s not a twat crackdown on violence in Kings Cross comes into effect. Let’s just wait for that 1:30am-3:30am golden hour when you have thousands of angry punters on the street fighting for a taxi, shall we?
Clearly the people responsible for the photos on your new favourite Facebook page Crap Taxidermy did not have them. Although judging by the overall hilarious quality of these pictures, maybe this should be under ‘best’. Hmm.
Listen carefully, fellas. If you can grow a beard to rival Ned Kelly’s, then good for you. If you have to pay between $3,000 and $8,500 to get some luscious stubble on your chin, it is no longer cool and/or sexually attractive. Go spend that money on literally anything else in the world. Except Krokodil. Stay the f**k away from Krokodil.