Biggest moments of 2018

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The end of 2018 is near. As we look back on the past year, there have been lots of memorable pop culture moments.

The world watched as an American actress became royalty. Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson made headlines again, and again. People took a side in “Yanny” versus “Laurel.” Kanye West visited the White House.

It’s been a long year, and you may have forgotten all the movies, celebrity news and major moments that happened in the past 12 months. Take a trip down memory lane with our roundup below.

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Movies and shows everyone was talking about this year

“This Is Us”

Back in February, we finally found out how Jack Pearson died on “This Is Us,” and it was heartbreaking. (SPOILER ALERT) A faulty slow cooker caught fire and set the Pearson’s house ablaze. Jack gets everyone out of the burning house safely, but then dies from a heart attack after inhaling too much smoke.

People were devastated, and Crock-Pot issued a statement saying, “The safety and design of our product renders this type of event nearly impossible.”

“This is Us” creator Dan Fogelman also tried to ease fans’ fears with a tweet.

Taking a moment to remind everyone that it was a 20 year old fictional crockpot with an already funky switch? Let’s not just lump all those lovely hardworking crockpots together. #ThisIsUs

— Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) January 24, 2018

“Queer Eye”

Netflix’s reboot of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” received love from both critics and audiences this year. The makeover show introduced the world to the Fab Five: Bobby (design), Tan (fashion), Karamo (culture), Jonathan (grooming) and Antoni (food).

Views were also introduced to the “French Tuck,” the phrase “Can you believe?,” and jokes about Antoni’s simplistic recipes.

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2018 was the year of QUEER. 🌈✨💖

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“Black Panther”

“Wakanda forever!” became a popular phrase this year due to the overwhelming success of superhero movie “Black Panther.” The film’s cast includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o, among many other talented stars.

“Black Panther” also recently made history as the first superhero movie to be nominated for a Golden Globe in the drama category for best picture.

“A Star is Born”

The remake starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper hit theaters in October and was a major hit. Helping to make the movie a success were songs like “Shallow” and “Always Remember Us This Way.”

“A Quiet Place”

John Krasinski both directed and starred in “A Quiet Place,” which also featured his wife Emily Blunt. The nearly silent thriller was named one of the 10 best films of the year by the American Film Institute.

“Avengers: Infinity War”

Everyone was talking about the ending of “Avengers: Infinity War” when the movie hit theaters in late April. (SPOILER ALERT) In the last scene, half of all living things in the universe died – including so many of our beloved Marvel superheroes.

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”

The musical featuring ABBA songs was full of charm and dancing, and Cher’s appearance at the end of the movie really turned it into a must-see.

“Roseanne”

The show’s reboot was canceled in May, following a racist tweet by Roseanne Barr. Then in October, the spinoff “The Connors” aired on ABC.

“The Incredibles 2”

The sequel to the beloved 2004 animated superhero movie picked up right where the last one left off. While kids were excited for the new Pixar film, many adults were also eager to watch “The Incredibles 2.”

This me getting my seat before all the little kids to see Incredibles 2😂 pic.twitter.com/vU323K7U6I

— Cody White (@legendof_7) June 14, 2018

“Crazy Rich Asians”

It was summer’s hottest movie, and the first major Hollywood film featuring an Asian and Asian-American cast in 25 years (since 1993’s The Joy Luck Club).

“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”

In the words of Peter Kavinsky, “Woah, woah, woah.” Netflix struck gold with this teen romance starring Noah Centineo and Lana Condor.

peter woah woah woah kavinsky pic.twitter.com/CA5g7YkUaf

— robs (@lorevshale) August 20, 2018

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”

Season 13 ended in November with a finale that was powerful and emotional. Mac, played by Rob McElhenney, performed a contemporary dance routine that left many jaws on the floor.

If you would’ve told me that this season if It’s Always Sunny was gonna end on a completely serious, beautiful, and emotional interpretive dance about Mac’s sexuality I probably wouldn’t have believed you, but here we are and I loved it. Way to take some risks guys!

— Kingdom of Rot (@Kingdom_of_Rot) November 8, 2018

A big year for the Royal Family

In May, American actress Meghan Markle wed Prince Harry at St. Georges Chapel in Windsor Castle. Then in October, the couple announced Meghan’s pregnancy. The baby is due spring 2019.

That wasn’t the only royal baby news this year, though. In April, Kate Middleton gave birth to her and Prince William’s third child, Prince Louis.

So many celebrity break ups and marriages

• Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber rekindled their relationship this year, just to have it fizzle out again. Then the Biebs surprised everyone by marrying Hailey Baldwin. The model even changed her Instagram handle to “HaileyBieber.”

• Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson made headlines a lot this year. They got matching tattoos. They got engaged. They gushed about each other on Instagram. They moved in together. Ariana included a song called “Pete” on her album “Sweetener.” They got a pet baby pig together. Then they broke up and Ariana released “Thank U, Next.”

• Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra tied the knot in a glamorous Indian wedding. For one of the ceremonies the bride wore a custom Ralph Lauren gown.

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And forever starts now… ❤️ @nickjonas

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• Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth also got married, but in a much more low-key manner. The longtime couple said “I do” in a secret ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 23.

Weird and wonderful

• Children and teens decided to eat Tide Pods and post about it on the internet. Thankfully the dangerous trend didn’t last long.

• The world was divided over whether they heard “Yanny” or “Laurel” in a viral video clip.

• The Drake “In My Feelings” Challenge became a popular dance craze in June when comedian Shiggy shared a video of himself dancing to the song and acting out the lyrics. Even celebrities like Will Smith and Sterling K. Brown got in on the fad.

• Mason Ramsey, fondly referred to as the Walmart yodel boy, found fame after a video of him went viral. It landed him a spot at Coachella and a record deal with Atlantic Records. He also has a debut single “Famous.”

• Around Thanksgiving, moms everywhere were getting pranked. The viral challenge was to ask, “How do I cook a turkey in a microwave?”

• Gritty was introduced as the Philadelphia Flyers’ mascot in September. Since then, he’s become a media sensation. He’s appeared on talk shows, been a topic on “Saturday Night Live” and ultimately won over the heart of the internet. Even the New Yorker got into the act.

Big events we totally forgot happened this year

• In January, a false missile alert was sent out in Hawaii by an emergency management employee. It created widespread panic until it was revoked 38 minutes after it was issued.

• Oprah delivered a powerful speech at the 2018 Golden Globes in January, where many celebrities showed solidarity for the #MeToo movement.

• Kesha showed her support for the #MeToo movement when she performed “Praying” at the Grammy Awards in late January.

•In February, the Olympic Winter Games took place in South Korea. American figure skater Adam Rippon and American snowboarder Chloe Kim quickly became household names.

• “Bachelor” fans turned on Arie Luyendyk Jr. when he dumped Becca Kufrin on national TV in March, so he could be with runner up Lauren Burnham. Becca went on to become the new “Bachelorette” and got engaged to Garrett Yrigoyen, causing more controversy. It was revealed he had “liked” racist and homophobic posts on Instagram in the past.

• Rapper Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize for his album “Damn” in April. He is the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the award.

• Tristan Thompson was caught cheating on a very pregnant Khloe Kardashian in April. The reality star gave birth to a daughter, True, amid the scandal.

• Beyoncé became the first black female to headline the famous Coachella music festival. She also released a surprise joint album with husband Jay-Z this year.

• Childish Gambino’s record-breaking “This Is America” video was released in May.

• Kanye West visited the White House for a meeting with President Trump in October. West discussed a series of topics during a 10-minute speech, including mental health, reforming the prison system, creating jobs in the U.S., the 13th Amendment and more. His remarks were met with backlash from other celebrities and musicians.

• An art buyer purchased a painting by street artist Banksy for $1.4 million, only to have it partially shred itself moments later. Banksy shared a video on his Instagram account explaining that he had put the shredder inside the frame years ago.

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. “The urge to destroy is also a creative urge” – Picasso

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And the one thing no one in Philly can forget happened in 2018

The Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots.

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The Biggest Politics and Pop Culture Moments of 2018

The past 12 months seemed more like 48, as the year’s craziest political pop culture moments managed to top even the year before, when the surprise of Donald Trump’s presidential win was still fresh.

Most of the moments center around President Trump, who once again was willing to weigh in on just about anything in the media, amping up the culture wars like no other predecessor. Late night hosts, “Saturday Night Live,” the movie “First Man” — nothing was off the table or out of bounds.

But in this list of top ten moments are rare instances where the polarization receded, albeit momentarily. By and large, though, this was a year that signaled an even more momentous, and probably stranger, year ahead.

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1. Kanye’s Oval Office soliloquy. When Kanye West visited the Oval Office in October, President Trump invited cameras in to capture the moment, live and unfiltered, for about 20 minutes. The result was surreal, particularly when West went on in a stream of consciousness soliloquy about politics and culture, and when he explained just why he came to admire the man sitting across from him behind the Resolute Desk. Wearing a MAGA hat, West told Trump that the headwear “made me feel like Superman. You made a Superman cape for me.” The ostensible purpose of the meeting was to talk about criminal justice reform and reinvigorating blighted communities, but the meeting, and Trump’s decision to allow reporters to televise it, reflected the president’s determination to use fly-on-the-wall reality show tactics to draw attention to himself and the White House, whether it be a meeting with West, a Cabinet debate or a confrontation with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. It also underscored how Trump’s relationship with pop culture in general is far different from his predecessors. He embraces those who embrace him, even if a celebrity figure risks obscuring his own agenda. Weeks later, West said that he felt “used” by politics, but the moment was like no other in the West Wing.

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2. Oprah’s Golden Globes speech. Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Globes was not overtly political, but it was inspirational and topical enough to set off speculation that she would make for a viable presidential candidate. Democrats wondered if the perfect rival to Trump in 2020 was a superstar celebrity. The purpose of her speech was to address the entertainment industry’s sexual harassment scandals, and she showed how the problems were not exclusive to Hollywood but crossed cultures, geography, industries and income levels. She offered a message of hope (“when a new day finally dawns”) that countered the cynicism of much of politics. She nixed the idea of running for the White House before the speech and multiple times afterward, but it did reaffirm her influential voice when it comes to culture. She returned to the campaign trail for Stacey Abrams later in the year, and while Abrams lost, there’s little doubt that the field of 2020 presidential contenders will covet Oprah’s endorsement.

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3. Stormy Daniels/Karen McDougal/AMI/Michael Avenatti. A porn star, a Playboy playmate, a supermarket tabloid and a publicity-hungry attorney were the ingredients for perhaps the most damaging revelations so far to Trump, all the more ironic in that they are occurring outside the official Russia investigation being conducted by Robert Mueller. Instead,New York federal prosecutors secured the plea deal and sentence of Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen, providing the most direct claims yet that implicate the president in criminal wrongdoing. They also secured cooperation from Trump’s friend, David Pecker, and his company AMI, which admitted that its National Enquirer was turned into a Trump campaign house organ. As revealed in court documents, they protected Trump from damaging stories, even if that meant locking them away with wads of cash and non-disclosure agreements. There is more to come, certainly from Mueller, but the president is ending the year with one of his one-time true loyalists, Cohen, to have turned and his most fawning tabloid outlet, the Enquirer, cooperating with a federal investigation. The backstory is the role of Michael Avenatti in representing Stormy Daniels, as he had a meteoric rise of cable news exposure, peaking as he considered a presidential bid.

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4. Christine Blasey Ford/Brett Kavanaugh testimony. There were many riveting TV moments, but nothing quite like this, an event that further divided the Senate and much of the American public. It led to one of the better “Saturday Night Live” skits of the year, with Matt Damon playing an irate Kavanaugh at the Judiciary Committee hearing. (“I liked beer. Still like beer”). The attention on the testimony rivaled that of the Clarance Thomas/Anita Hill hearings, and the impact reverberated through the midterm elections. In the long term, the effect is still somewhat unknown, particularly when it comes to the willingness of victims of sexual assault to come forward.

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5. Meghan McCain’s eulogy. John McCain’s funeral in September was described as perhaps the highest-profile gathering of the Resistance Movement, what with President Trump not invited and his tenure criticized as the very brand of politics the late senator detested. First and foremost was McCain’s daughter, Meghan, who delivered a poignant, tearful and at times blistering speech that showed her love for her father and disdain for the current occupant of the White House. “We gather to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice, those that live lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served.” At a time when much of the Republican party refuses to stray from support for Trump, McCain’s speech was a very visible reflection of the very vocal anti-Trump conservative sentiments that still exist.

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6. Michael Wolff’s Trump book. “Fire and Fury” was a runaway bestseller that seemed to drive the White House crazy for its dishy premise, which is that Trump is losing it. Trump’s attorney actually fired off a legal letter threatening the publishers if publication plans were not suspended, a preview of the president’s inability to not just ignore a book and instead give it even more promotion than it otherwise would have gotten. It was true of “Fire and Fury,” Omarosa’s “Unhinged” and Bob Woodward’s “Fear.” Wolff’s book contained some errors, and the author engaged in some book tour innuendo, particularly his claim that Trump had been having an affair since he took office. “Fire and Fury” showed that there is a market for Trump tell-alls — and there probably will be for many years to come.

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7. “Saturday Night Live” regular Pete Davidson apologizes to Dan Crenshaw. No other show commands as much attention for its political satire than “Saturday Night Live,” and for good reason: Going back to the days of Chevy Case and Gerald Ford, it can have an impact on shaping actual public perceptions of political leaders. But that status was threatened by a “Weekend Update” segment just before the midterm elections when made fun of a Texas congressional candidate, Dan Crenshaw, for wearing an eye patch. The right pounced, as Crenshaw was injured while serving as a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan. A week later, Davidson addressed the issue, not just by issuing some rote apology, but by having Crenshaw on the show to take part in another skit. In a year in which many politicians would try to capitalize on such an incident to fan the flames of the culture wars, Crenshaw did not. He was gracious, sincere and funny. And he continued to support the show for its First Amendment rights. After Trump went on one of his Twitter rants about the show in December, even threatening legal action, Crenshaw replied, “Yes, the media deliberately misleads and spins. It’s legal, and it needs to remain legal.” It was one of the rare examples of leftward culture and rightward political figures finding common ground.

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8. Omarosa does “Big Brother,” then turns on Trump. When Omarosa Manigault Newman was fired from the White House, she hinted that there was more to come. Who could have doubted that? She took a spot on CBS’s “Big Brother,” and described the situation in the administration as “bad.” Then she published a tell-all, one that came with a twist: She secretly recorded conversations during her tenure, including Chief of Staff John Kelly’s meeting with her in the Situation Room in which she was told she would be let go. Trump called her a “dog” in one of his Twitter rants, but perhaps he was just as irked by the fact that, for at least a moment, he’d been one-upped by a protege in the ability to steal the spotlight.

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9. Roseanne is fired. Roseanne’s return to television gave ABC an unexpected hit, a show that bridged political divisions of the Conner family by featuring a Trump-supporting character at its center. What the network surely should have anticipated is that the real-life Trump supporting Roseanne Barr shared his penchant for troubling tweets. Less than a day after she posted a tweet comparing former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to the Muslim brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes,” ABC canceled the show. Trump had congratulated Barr when her show was a success; when it was canceled, he seized on the moment to show how unfair it was…to himself. “Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that ‘ABC does not tolerate comments like those’ made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?”

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10. Trump woos Kim Jong Un with a video that is made to look like a movie trailer. Trump’s historic trip to Singapore to meet with Kim Jong Un had the world’s attention on just what the president would say to try to sway the erratic North Korean leader. In one of the more bizarre tales of American diplomacy, the White House created a movie-trailer like video presentation to show him, and it had all the feel of a promotion for the next “The Avengers” installment. It was designed to appeal to Kim’s love of movies and at the same time make the case for the economic possibilities for his country should he accept de-nuclearization demands. The rhetoric has cooled between Trump and Kim. That’s the good news. But as the trailer said, “The future remains to be written.”

*unintelligible screaming*

We’re only halfway through 2018, but it already appears to be the year of loudly yelling at the internet every 20 minutes or so.

From insensitive YouTube videos and mortifying viral challenges, to disturbing makeup trends and abhorrent tweets, the online world has truly tested our patience these past six months.

Here are 15 of the biggest NOPE moments the internet had to offer this year. They’ll be tough to re-live for sure, but let them inspire us all to be better online contributors in the future.

1. Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Logan Paul saga

YouTuber Logan Paul kicked off 2018 in one of the worst ways imaginable. On New Year’s Eve, Paul shared a video with his 15 million subscribers that contained footage of an apparent victim of suicide he found in Japan’s Aokigahara forest.

After the video received a serious amount of backlash, Paul apologized, claiming he “intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention,” but in the weeks that followed the situation only grew worse.

Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg

— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018

A supercut of Paul’s trip to Japan, which showed him severely disrespecting Japanese culture, went viral. He was dragged for an insensitive comment he left on Cardi B’s Instagram, and admitted he wasn’t making content with his younger fan base in mind.

In wake of the vlog backlash, Paul did make an effort to advocate for suicide prevention by pledging to donate a total of $1 million to various suicide prevention organizations, but that didn’t erase all the pain and disgust his careless video caused viewers.

2. The painfully embarrassing Tide Pod Challenge

The year has already birthed a number of viral challenges, but none have proven to be as foolish and potentially deadly as the Tide Pod Challenge.

After teens started recording and sharing videos of themselves frying and “eating” poisonous soap-filled pouches known as Tide Pods, YouTube had to step in and take action. Tide Pods videos were pulled from the site, but the damage was done.

Tide Pod inspired pizza, doughnuts, sushi, and shots were created, and things wound up getting so out of hand that stores had to LOCK UP THE DELICIOUS LOOKING DETERGENT. UGH! Humans sometimes, honestly!

y’all really joked around so much that tide put their tide pods in plastic boxes…smh pic.twitter.com/Z44efALcX5

— ㅤnavid (@NavidHasan_) January 13, 2018

3. Meals cooked in a MOUTH

The first half of 2018 was also when we learned about this chef who cooks meals using only her freaking mouth. She preps turkey stuffing, steak tartare, pancakes, and even a smoothie using her teeth and saliva, then uploads the videos to YouTube. We don’t care if it’s “performance art,” it’s A LOT to comprehend, so can we get a NOPE over here?

4. When someone tried to make teeth nails a thing

Some bizarre beauty trends have popped up in 2018, but teeth nails took things way too far.

Instagram user @nail_sunny cursed feeds everywhere by sharing a video of regular old nails being transformed to resemble human teeth. The cringeworthy footage was set to Drake’s “God’s Plan,” and IDK about you but I prefer the original music video a whole lot more.

A post shared by Nail Sunny Loves FIFA 2018 (@nail_sunny) on May 8, 2018 at 9:07am PDT

5. Kanye West’s tumultuous Twitter return

In 2018, Kanye West decided it was time to tweet again and fans had NO idea what they were in for.

Since April 13, 2018, when Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey welcomed the rapper back to the platform, Kanye has taken his 28 million followers on a dramatic roller coaster filled with tattoo designs, fashion photo shoots, the deepest of musings, album release dates, controversial comments on slavery, and a whole lot of love for Donald Trump.

pic.twitter.com/YyUw0mCKov

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018

Watching Kanye’s feed over the past few months has truly been exhausting, even for his IRL friends.

6. Pelican takeover

A real-life horror film was shot at the 2018 Pepperdine University graduation when very large pelicans swarmed the ceremony and wreaked havoc on attendees.

Things got so intense that security had to step in, and, after all their intruding, the birds didn’t even get diplomas.

7. Elon Musk hating on journalists

Grimes’ boyfriend gave President Trump a rest and decided to share his own thoughts about the media via Twitter. Musk announced he plans to create “a media credibility rating site” that will allow the public to review the truth of individual articles, journalists, editors, and publications.

Going to create a site where the public can rate the core truth of any article & track the credibility score over time of each journalist, editor & publication. Thinking of calling it Pravda …

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2018

Despite the fact that his girlfriend’s mom is a journalist, Musk carried on with his anti-media rant, explaining his belief that the journalist’s lack of credibility is the reason Trump was elected in the first place. 🙃

8. The Nukebook

Japanese graphic designer Shusaku Takaoka shared a horrifying recreation of the iconic image from The Notebook that will probably ruin your life.

Normally, the photo from the romantic film, based off a Nicholas Sparks novel, shows stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams embracing in the rain. But Takaoka replaced the actors with Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un to give the internet the following painful sight.

A post shared by shusaku takaoka (@shusaku1977) on Jun 12, 2018 at 6:50pm PDT

2018, please be nicer to us!

9. BBC imagining the “perfect body”

In a terrifying video shared by BBC, anatomist Alice Roberts examined an advanced model of the perfect human body. It had enlarged eyes and ears, a chimp’s lower back, emu legs, a breast-less chest, the heart of a dog, and lungs of a swan. And oh yeah, did we forget to mention A BABY POPPING OUT OF A MARSUPIAL POUCH? NOPE!

10. The IHOb hype

The International House of Pancakes (aka IHOP) really tested everyone’s patience in 2018. The chain restaurant, best known for its breakfast food, decided to unleash a long, drawn out, and very secretive marketing campaign in which it would re-brand from IHOP to IHOb.

Mashable figured out the “b” stood for burgers before the big announcement, but IHOP made everyone wait an entire week before officially revealing the burger news. So extra.

For 60 pancakin’ years, we’ve been IHOP. Now, we’re flippin’ our name to IHOb. Find out what it could b on 6.11.18. #IHOb pic.twitter.com/evSxKV3QmT

— IHOb (@IHOb) June 4, 2018

11. Millie Bobby Brown leaving Twitter

Twitter hit an especially low point when Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown left the platform in June after becoming the subject of a hateful meme.

It all started when the hashtag #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown — which was started in 2017 by the now suspended Twitter user @KelsFiona — resurfaced online. In response, people began sharing false stories, negative memes, and fake Snapchat photos claiming that Millie is homophobic.

i think it’s time i share my #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown story… i was at my local starbucks, and milky boobie brown comes in so i asked her for a picture. then she PEES in my drink! then she called me a “fat chicken dyke” and put a straw in my nose! i’ve never been so ashamed.

— Laurane 🙂 (@Laurie________) June 5, 2018

After the 14-year-old anti-bullying advocate — yes, she has an entire side Twitter account dedicated to spreading love and kindness — endured a substantial amount of trolling she deactivated her account. How are those anti-harassment plans coming, @Jack?

12. BBQ Becky, Permit Patty, and Pool Patrol Paula

Meme’s don’t always stem from lighthearted events, and 2018 has proved that with BBQ Becky, Permit Patty, and Pool Patrol Paula.

In May, an Oakland woman named Jennifer Schulte called the police on two black men who she believed were grilling in a park without a permit. After a video, which captured the woman’s interaction with the men and phone call to the police went viral, Twitter users slammed her for racial profiling and she came to be known by meme-makers as “BBQ Becky.”

A month later, Alison Ettel called the police on an 8-year-old girl for selling water on a sidewalk. Ettel was also transformed into a meme, dubbed “Permit Patty,” and her harsh actions against a child of color were condemned by many.

We gotta new meme tho y’all #PermitPatty pic.twitter.com/DW3TFjRzn4

— Racist Raj 🌹 (@_ethiopiangold) June 23, 2018

Less than a week later, a third white woman — 38-year-old Stephanie Sebby-Strempel (now known to the internet as “Pool Patrol Paula”) — was charged with assaulting a 15-year-old black boy at a public pool after reportedly yelling racial slurs. A video showing part of the confrontation was posted to Facebook, and the #PoolPatrolPaula hashtag was started to raise awareness of her unacceptable behavior.

In light of this utterly disappointing trend, Mashable created a list of 5 things white people can do before calling the cops on a black person. Please read it.

13. Roseanne’s racist remarks

In June, actress and comedian Roseanne Barr tweeted a racist remark about President Obama’s former black female advisor, Valerie Jarrett.

Barr’s tweet received a serious amount of backlash. In response, the actress deleted the tweet, claimed she was just joking, and then tried to blame Ambien for her actions. Ultimately, the tweet led to her show being cancelled, her agent dropping her, and a her taking a short leave of absence from the social media platform.

14. Marco Rubio complaining about the fucking “F-word”

After a shooting at the Capital Gazette left five dead, staff writer Selene San Felice appeared on CNN where she said the following: “I’m going to need more than a couple days of news coverage and some thoughts and prayers, because it’s our whole lives have been shattered. And so thanks for your prayers, but I couldn’t give a fuck about them if there’s nothing else.”

Instead of tweeting support for the press, Marco Rubio decided to rage tweet about people using the f-word a little too freely.

Sign of our times… the F word is now routinely used in news stories, tweets etc It’s not even F*** anymore. Who made that decision???

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 29, 2018

Always nice to see a man who has his fucking priorities straight. Isn’t it?

15. A whole lot of Donald Trump

In the first half of 2018 Donald Trump has had a LOT of not so great moments online.

Early in the year “girther” memes examining Trump’s physique spread after the White House announced he’s 6 feet, three inches tall, and weighs 239 pounds. There was that time he tried to convince everyone he’s a “genius,” tweeted incorrect facts, attempted to host the failed Fake News Awards, insulted many — including but certainly not limited to Jay-Z, Alec Baldwin, and Maxine Waters.

Crazy Maxine Waters, said by some to be one of the most corrupt people in politics, is rapidly becoming, together with Nancy Pelosi, the FACE of the Democrat Party. Her ranting and raving, even referring to herself as a wounded animal, will make people flee the Democrats!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2018

Not to mention the mess of typos and deleted tweets the president’s Twitter followers have had to endure.

So yeah, as you can see the internet is occasionally a digital portal to hell. But the online world hasn’t been all bad this year. Check out 16 of the best internet moments in 2018 to restore your faith in humanity.

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The 10 Best Moments From the 2018 Oscars

In a time when Hollywood has been at the forefront of pop culture for both controversial and uplifting reasons, the 2018 Oscars may have been the most pertinent of the last 90 years. As the biggest names in the business gathered in Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre Sunday night (March 4), returning host Jimmy Kimmel declared that it would be “a night of positivity,” and the show followed suit — there was hardly anything bad to say about the nearly four-hour broadcast.

Following Kimmel’s encouraging and tastefully funny opening monologue, the show was filled with powerful performances, historic wins, and inspiring messages sent from women and men alike. Check out our favorite moments from the nothing-but-positive 2018 Oscars below.

Kimmel’s Monologue

The late night host opened his second Oscars hosting gig by addressing both last year’s best picture flub and the sexual harassment movements — including a shot at Harvey Weinstein — that was a perfect mix of witty and sensitive. It was an apropos kick-off to the night, to say the least.

Acceptance Speech Timer to Win a Jet Ski

At the end of Kimmel’s monologue, he joked that he’d be timing all of the acceptance speeches to ensure that the show wouldn’t go as long as it has in previous years (which didn’t end up changing anything time-wise, as it went almost an hour over schedule). To make the joke even funnier, Kimmel threw in a jet ski as the prize for the shortest speech, presented by the one and only Helen Mirren. Although Kimmel really only outwardly monitored the first speech, it resulted in a pretty funny running joke about wanting the jet ski all night — yet, he still knew who the winner was, awarding Phantom Thread costume designer Mark Bridges with his jet ski at the end of the show.

Get Out Joke, Featuring an Appearance From Lakeith Stanfield

Keeping in line with his timing promise, Kimmel said that if you go over time on your speech, you will be told to “Get out.” To really make himself clear, he had a little help from Get Out actor Lakeith Stanfield, who was in full costume from the film — and likely instilled some fear in those winners who would be giving speeches from there on out.

Superstars Play Movie Crashers

Kimmel enlisted a slew of actors including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Margot Robbie and Gal Gadot to parade over to an advance screening of A Wrinkle in Time that was happening down the street from the Oscars. Most of the celebrities walked in bearing theater snacks to hand out — with Ansel Elgort and Armie Hammer sporting hot dog cannons — to those in the theater as a way to say thank you to moviegoers for seeing movies, which likely made everyone watching at home completely jealous.

Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph as Presenters

Putting these two together as presenters simply sounds like a brilliant idea, but when they actually took the stage together — holding their heels in their hands, naturally — the comedic actresses practically kickstarted a campaign for the two of them to host next year’s ceremony. While pretty much everything they said was hilarious, it was definitely their shot at the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that took the cake: “Are the Oscars too black? Don’t worry, there are plenty more white people to come tonight.”

Watch Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph’s very funny #Oscars intro. pic.twitter.com/8VlvxK5l7N

— The A.V. Club (@TheAVClub) March 5, 2018

Common and Andra Day’s Moving “Stand Up For Something” Performance

Although it didn’t end up taking home the best original song award, Common and Andra Day’s song “Stand Up For Something” made a big impact on the night as both singers came out strong in their performance of the Marshall track. Common’s message at the beginning of the song and what he said throughout were striking on their own, but adding Andra’s powerful vocals to the mix and the people on stage behind them in spotlights and you’ve got yourself one hell of a goosebumps-inducing performance. Keala Settle’s powerful performance of The Greatest Showman hit “This Is Me” was certainly a close second, but there was no beating the combination of Common’s awe-inspiring delivery and Day’s booming voice.

Trailblazers Montage

In a segment dedicated to the #MeToo movement and Times Up initiative, the likes of Ava DuVernay, Lee Daniels, Kumail Nanjiani, Geena Davis and more “trailblazers” in the industry spoke about the changes that are happening and those who have ignited the fire for that to happen. Introduced by Ashley Judd (who was one of the first to speak out against Harvey Weinstein), Salma Hayek and Annabella Sciorra, the video montage was as inspiring as those who have been part of the recent movements, with Daniels adding one of the most affecting messages: “Get ready for some more Black Panthers, some more Wrinkle In Times. We’re here, and we’re not going anywhere.”

— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) March 5, 2018

The Inevitable Matt Damon Reference

Following a meaningful dedication to wartime films and those who have served our country, Kimmel found a way to incorporate his ongoing “beef” with Matt Damon. “I want to apologize to our men and women of the armed forces for including Matt Damon in that.” And after Warren Beatty successfully announced best picture flub-free, Kimmel couldn’t close out the show without his classic, “Apologies to Matt Damon, we ran out of time for him.”

Jimmy Kimmel brought his feud with Matt Damon to the #Oscars –https://t.co/0QVk4MxEPf pic.twitter.com/YEWGeUJo3W

— UPROXX (@UPROXX) March 5, 2018

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s Google Commercial

The famous couple seemingly weren’t in attendance at this year’s show, but they still managed to make a hilarious cameo. In one of the final commercial breaks of the broadcast, Teigen and Legend popped up on an add for Google Assistant, in which Teigen is attempting to search for a show as Legend sing-thinks his frustration (we promise it’s funnier than that sounds).

Frances McDormand Standing With Her Fellow Females

In one of the most empowering moments of the night, the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri actress took a moment to recognize all of the women she was nominated alongside this year, calling for all of them to stand with her during her best actress acceptance speech. “Look around, ladies and gentlemen. We all have stories we need to tell and projects we need financed. Invite us into your office in a couple days — or you can come to ours, whichever suits you best — and we’ll tell you all about them.” And in perhaps one of the most importantly prevalent declarations of the night, McDormand closed out her speech by calling for more diversity in filmmaking: “I have two words to leave with you tonight: Inclusion rider.”

— MAKERS (@MAKERSwomen) March 5, 2018

The 25 Best Movie Moments of 2018, According to IndieWire Critic David Ehrlich

The movies of 2018 were almost as wild and volatile as everything else in 2018, and so it’s unsurprising that my list of the year’s best films should careen from futility (“Hereditary”) to empowerment (“Widows”), from untamed rage (“Burning”) to desperate love (“Shoplifters”), and from optimism (“Let the Sunshine In”) to despair (“First Reformed”). These are eclectic and unstable times — times when everything seems to exist on a harsh binary between one way of life or another, and your mood is only as positive as the latest news — and so while placing “Mission—Impossible: Fallout” next to “If Beale Street Could Talk” might have once seemed provocative, now it just makes a certain kind of sense.

Once again, I’ve distilled each of my 25 favorite films of the year into a single memorable moment. And, as always, I’ve also edited those moments into a giant supercut that looks back at the year in cinema and counts down my personal highlights.

In a tumultuous year, many of the best and most urgent new films ran with overt political messages (even “Paddington 2”), while just as many resonated because of their more abstract approaches to social ills and matters of identity (“Roma,” “Madeline’s Madeline”). In other arenas, the messengers were unexpected, and the messages were often self-conflicted. Some blockbusters felt vital and real, while some prestigious biopics felt glib and inauthentic. Netflix released many of the year’s most essential movies (here’s to Tamara Jenkins’ wonderful “Private Life” and Alice Rohrwacher’s “Happy as Lazzaro”), while also continuing to bury their assets and chip away at the bedrock of the film business. Disney consumed Fox and continued to eat the industry, but it also became a force for inclusion, and the engine behind a game-changing superhero movie that’s good enough to get nominated for Best Picture.

There’s no doubt that these movies speak to one another, but they need us to translate for them. At this point, the most powerful thing the cinema can accomplish is to give us the permission to do that — the desire to listen, the willingness to learn, and the confidence to believe that we belong in the mix. As the 13-year-old heroine of Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade” might say, today’s lesson is about being yourself.

25. “A Star Is Born”

“A Star Is Born”

Warner Bros.

Memorable Moment: “Shallow.” Obviously. But also the tears welling up in Sam Elliott’s eyes as he looks over his right shoulder to back out of Jackson Maine’s driveway. It’s a brilliant bit of acting that results from a subtle and inspired directorial choice — the kind that makes me think Bradley Cooper has a lot more to say with the 12 notes at his disposal.

24. “Minding the Gap”

“Minding the Gap”

Sundance

Memorable Moment: While it’s far and away the best of the year’s three skateboarding films (though “Skate Kitchen” certainly has its charms), it’s painfully reductive to think of Bing Liu’s “Minding the Gap” in those terms. For Liu, who captures the sport as beautifully as anyone ever has, skateboarding is a means to an end, and his documentary — filmed over the course of a decade or so — articulates all the ways in which that’s always been true for he and his two closest friends. For one thing, it got them out of their houses, and away from the rotating cast of absent or abusive men who tended to roost in them. Liu’s face might be hidden behind the camera, but you can feel his pained expression when he discovers that one of his buddies might have become a product of his environment.

23. “Let the Sunshine in”

“Let the Sunshine In”

Memorable Moment: The perpetually unattached Isabelle (Juliette Binoche) stands in the middle of an empty dance floor as Etta James’ “At Last” begins to play. Giving in to the music, and to the hope that it might take her somewhere, Isabelle begins to sway. That’s when a man spies her from the corner of the room — his eyes drifting from her breasts to her ring-less fingers — and then moving in for the kill. Claire Denis, already responsible for the best musical interlude of the 21st century, whips up some fine competition for herself with a scene that ranges from the salacious to the sublime in the span of a single twirl.

22. “Cold War”

“Cold War”

Amazon Studios

Memorable Moment: Honestly, every time Joanna Kulig burst into tragic song. “Ojojoj” indeed.

21. “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

Netflix

Memorable Moment: It’s a quintessential Coen brothers moment if ever there was one. As a row of terrified lawbreakers wait to be hanged in a wild west town some 150 years ago, one of them (James Franco) turns to another and asks with a smirk: “First time?” But though the sarcastic bandit only has a few seconds left on this mortal coil, that’s still long enough for life to teach him a thing or two about all the hope and beauty he’s about to leave behind.

20. “You Were Never Really Here”

“You Were Never Really Here”

Memorable Moment: A cathartic meal at an upstate New York diner takes a sudden, violent turn (if only for a moment) in a staccato character study that felt like the negative image of a Liam Neeson action vehicle — like Lynne Ramsay had cobbled it together from all of the footage another film about a hitman and a little girl might have left on the cutting room floor. By the end of “You Were Never Really Here,” you finally understand the storm inside of its hero’s tortured soul, and root for him to stop fighting the wind — not to give up, but to let go.

19. “Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda”

“Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda”

Memorable Moment: A few years before the cancer diagnosis that would threaten his life, legendary composer Ryuichi Sakamoto visits a waterlogged piano that has washed up on the shores of Fukushima in the wake of Japan’s 3/11 disaster. Investigating the instrument and plunking out a few discordant notes, Sakamoto likens the experience to “playing the soul of a piano that drowned.” From there, the film cuts forward to Sakamoto’s diagnosis, and finds that he too has been “retuned by nature.”

Watching the composer so clearly see himself in his music, and in the tools required to play it, is a profoundly moving expression of an artist trying to make sense of the world. You’ll never listen to the score for “The Revenant” the same way.

18. “Annihilation”

“Annihilation”

Memorable Moment: Lena (Natalie Portman) reaches the heart of the Shimmer in search of answers about the alien force that transformed her husband. What she finds at the end of the world is something far more familiar than she ever could have imagined, and so naturally she decides to dance with it. The sequence — which I’m sorry to have spoiled during the intro of my video — is an indelible expression of becoming, and the logical conclusion of an interconnected planet. More than that, it’s also straight up the weirdest thing that’s happened in a studio movie in a very long time.

17. “Roma”

“Roma”

Netflix

Memorable Moment: It’s actually two moments that rhyme with each other, but I’m a bit nervous that Netflix viewers will miss the resonance that’s created between the first and last shots of Alfonso Cuarón’s hyper-cinematic ode to his childhood nanny. In short: Don’t skip the credits! “Roma” ends in the same spot that it begins, but Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) — the indigenous, live-in housekeeper for an upper-middle-class Mexican family in the early 1970s — goes on a remarkable journey towards her own self-worth and what’s possible for her life. The two shots also trace the trajectory of Cuarón’s career, as the opening image reflects an idea he tried in his 1991 debut (“Sólo con Tu Pareja”), and the last promises to take him somewhere new.

16. “Eighth Grade”

“Eighth Grade”

Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Memorable Moment: Bo Burnham’s uncomfortably brilliant and true portrait of life in junior high school isn’t short on memorable moments, even if most of them happen to be of the scarring variety (the less said about that scene on the way home from the mall, the better). But nothing has lodged in my memory quite like the big, full-hearted pep talk that Kayla’s dad (Josh Hamilton) gives his daughter towards the end of the movie. It’s not what he says, or even how Elsie Fisher responds to it, so much as it’s the flabbergasted look on Hamilton’s face when he sees that his only child doesn’t comprehend how insanely proud he is to be her father. The astonishment he expresses in that moment tells everyone — viewers and Kayla, alike — all that we’ll ever need to know.

15. “Support the Girls”

“Support the Girls”

Memorable Moment: Curious why Regina Hall was awarded Best Actress from the New York Critics Circle, but don’t love yourself enough to spend 91 sublime minutes watching her performance in Andrew Bujalski’s “Support the Girls”? What a strange and self-inflicted predicament you’ve created for yourself. Anyway, you could do worse than to check out a scene from the middle, when Lisa Conroy — halfway through the longest day of her life managing a low-rent (but less pervy) Hooters rip-off — steps outside to make a phone call. There, she makes a deep and hilariously short-lived bond with the errant crow that’s flying overhead. If this tragicomic aside isn’t enough to convince you of Hall’s genius, you might just be hopeless. “Caw! Caw!”

14. “Suspiria”

“Suspiria”

Memorable Moment: A radical new take on Dario Argento’s horror classic, Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria” is a coldly violent seance for the evils of the 20th century, none of which are quite as dead as we might once have hoped. Billed as a remake, this “Suspiria” relates to the original as more of an estranged sibling — the fraternal twin sister who recognized herself as the black sheep of an already twisted family, ran away from home to become a fascist, and has dressed in gray every day since then.

Only by drawing some blood can you tell the two are even related. But Argento’s DNA is deep in there throughout, most notably in the indelible dance sequence where Susie (Dakota Johnson) possesses the body of another woman (in another room), twisting the victim’s bones out of place with every movement. It’s a brilliant and visceral feat of cross-cutting that makes it possible to feel the skeletons in Germany’s closet begin to stir.

13. “Hereditary”

“Hereditary”

Memorable Moment: Ari Aster’s astounding debut provided the single most fun moment that I had in a theater this year: Seeing “Hereditary” for the second time in a packed theater, and listening as the people around me each noticed one specific detail at their own speed (you probably know what I’m talking about, but I’ll give you a hint: It’s up and to the left). The erratic chorus of horrified gasps was music to my ears.

12. “The Favourite”

“The Favourite”

Fox Searchlight

Memorable Moment: Horatio officially becomes the Fastest Duck in the City.

11. “Widows”

“Widows”

Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth

Memorable Moment: Even with a Best Picture to his credit, Steve McQueen is still defined by the prestigious Turner Prize he won before embarking on a feature film career; no matter how commercial his work might appear, it will always be burdened with the expectations of someone whose name has been associated with the likes of Damien Hirst and Richard Wright. And yet, when McQueen teamed up with “Gone Girl” writer Gillian Flynn to remake a 1983 ITV series into a splashy heist thriller, the news felt like a typo; how would a major artist like McQueen fit himself into a genre that was defined by its pulpiness and popularity? Well, McQueen offered all sorts of answers to that question, but none of them were more obvious or striking than the scene in which corrupt politician Jack Mulligan (Colin Farrell) is driven from a rundown Chicago neighborhood to his own ritzy digs in the span of a single shot, the camera mounted to the windshield of his car as the vehicle moves between two worlds in a matter of seconds.

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