What is the web-o-sphere angry about this week? A lip sync fail, a puppy arrest, and another misogynistic Piers Morgan tweet. Here’s everything you need to know.
THE STORY: British pop star Rita Ora sang her new song “Let You Love Me” at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC. Those watching the televised performance from their couch were quick to notice that her lips didn’t exactly line up with the lyrics.
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: John Legend, who also performed in the parade, jumped to Ora’s defence on Twitter.
So we’re suppose to believe Ora is so good at singing live that she doesn’t even know how to lip sync? I’ll take it — it’s a better excuse than “acid reflux.” Sorry Ashley Simpson, we’ll never forget.
THE STORY: Bungle, a 16-week-old Chow-Chow puppy, bit an officer in Northamptonshire, England after escaping from his home and retreating under a vehicle. The pup was detained under the Dangerous Dogs Act, and faced being held for up to nine months in a secret kennel.
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: I’m no expert, but locking up a puppy in a kennel-like setting through its formative months seems like it would create an even more nervous, aggressive dog. The good news is, Bungle has now been released back into the care of his human family. The viral reaction to this new story has, however, launched an interesting conversation about the kinds of dogs that receive special public attention. If Bungle had been a pitbull, rather than a fluffy bear-like pooch, this story could have ended very differently. Speaking with the BBC, dog-welfare expert Sam Gaines said, “It is incredibly sad that Bungle has been seized, but there are lots of other dogs that sadly get seized on a regular basis and whose welfare is compromised.”
Piers Morgan goes after Little Mix… & Ariana Grande gets involved
THE STORY: Girl group Little Mix posed naked in a recent photo shoot, showing their bodies covered with insults they’d received. British TV host (and infamous Twitter troll) Piers Morgan criticized the image, saying they “stole the idea” from a 2003 Entertainment Weekly cover of country trio Dixie Chicks. In another tweet, he said that Little Mix member Jesy Nelson “looks ridiculous … she should put some clothes on.” Ariana Grande’s mother, Joan, jumped in with something to say.
Morgan replied: “Hi Joan, my mother taught me to speak my mind & never be afraid to express honestly held opinion. Ellen’s a hypocrite – and as for Little Mix, I’d just prefer they use their talent to sell records rather than their nudity. As your own daughter does…!”
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Ugh, can we all just agree than this dude is the worst and stop giving him a platform to make outrageous statements? I hate giving him the attention he so desperately seeks. Ariana Grande claimed the final word: “also @piersmorgan, i look forward to the day you realize there are other ways to go about making yourself relevant than to criticize young, beautiful, successful women for everything they do. i think that’ll be a beautiful thing for you and your career or what’s left of it.” Thank u, next.