07.07.2015

Weekly Web Boners

#BBHMM, a World Cup win, a robot wedding and a Grexit

BBHMM

Rihanna’s new video, anyone? The first frame serves as a warning of what’s to come “Language. Nudity. Violence.” Or is that a promise? With about 15 million views, the seven-minute video of the second single off of her eighth album has been called everything from empowering to racist to misogynist. Rihanna’s ex-accountant, who gave her unsound financial advice to the tune of $9m, inspired the song, which has the singer kidnap the wife of an accountant and torture her before drowning her. Spoiler alert: the video ends with Rihanna getting her money.

Miley’s New Squeeze

Contrary to what Miley Cyrus told Paper magazine – “Everything that’s legal, I’m down with. Yo, I’m down with any adult – anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me.” – it would seem that the singer has some very high standards. Miley’s latest paramour is Victoria's Secret model Stella Maxwell, a 24-year-old lingerie model who was born in Belgium to Northern Irish parents and spent part of her childhood in Australia and New Zealand before moving to the states. Cute couple.

Freddie Says Relax

You may have heard that – shock and horror – Kanye West headlined at Glastonbury, where he did a cover of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Instead of turning in his grave, Freddie Mercury found the rendition rather amusing.

#CTneedsUber

There’s some bad ugliness surrounding our preferred mode of public transport. Uber, who has created over 2000 jobs with a goal to create an additional 15 000 in the next two years, is using technology to offer a much more efficient transport option. So what’s the problem? We heard an interesting rumour that alleges that the incumbent metered taxi operators are run by a mafia of sorts who have politicians in their pockets. Shady. There’s a petition doing its rounds if you’d like to get involved.

America Wins World Cup

The United States beat Japan to win the Women’s World Cup. Not that you would’ve been able to watch that on TV this past weekend as it wasn’t broadcast in South Africa. At all. Still, we’re not the only ones who snubbed the game and we have clearly not achieved gender parity in professional sports. Did Bend It Like Beckham not teach us anything? Female football is riveting and deserves our support. Wake up, guys.

Grexit

Confused? It’s Greek to us, too. The latest around the water cooler is that the Greeks have voted no to bailout conditions and Euro leaders will meet today to discuss. While things are in limbo, banks have been closed to conserve cash. Suppose this is what you get when you choose to break your plates after a meal instead of washing them.

Obama’s Girl on Girls

Malia Obama has scored an internship on Lena Dunham’s show Girls. The 17-year-old is building quite a CV, having already worked as a production assistant for Halle Berry’s show Extant. The first daughter did things like fetch coffee for cast and crew, and help to block the public from entering scenes during shoots.

I R2-D2

Two weeks ago, America recognised same-sex marriages. Last week, the Japanese showed just how ahead of the curve they are by having a pair of robots tie the knot. Didn’t Spike Jonze already make a movie about this?

Bee Minus

The Western Cape’s honeybee population is being decimated by American Foul Brood Disease, which was introduced into the country years ago. This will have catastrophic consequences for our food security, so here’s what you can do at home: avoid pesticides and use natural alternatives whenever you can; plant bee-friendly gardens; support bee-friendly products and those that promote pollinator conservation on their farms; and stop screaming “KILL IT! KILL IT! GETITAWAYFROMMEEEEEE!” the next time a bee lands anywhere near you.