Viral Today: July 29, 2019

There’s no denying that Ariana Grande is of the biggest stars today. Her albums break record after record, she sells out stadiums across the world and has a massive, dedicated fan base. Some, however, criticize her entitled and privileged attitude. And, you might agree with them. 

From Ariana Grande’s bad joke to a historic announcement made by Vogue, this day had a lot to unload. Here’s what went viral on July 29, 2019.

Celebrity: Ariana Grande Apologizes after Making a Joke about JonBenét Ramsey

Ariana Grande

It all started this weekend when Doug Middlebrook, one of Ariana Grande’s friends posted a picture on Instagram of a magazine featuring six-year-old beauty pageant queen JonBenét Ramsey. The caption said, “No one has done more covers.”

But, it was Ariana Grande’s comment that outraged the internet. “I can’t WAIT for this to be your Halloween look,” she said to which Middlebrook replied that she is “working on it already.”

JonBenét Ramsey was a star child beauty pageant. She was found murdered in her family home on December 26, 1996. Her family was considered a suspect for many years until they were eventually cleared. The case is still a mystery today as neither the killer or his/her motifs were discovered. 

So, it’s easy to see why the internet was outraged by Grande’s comment. “An 8-year-old girl who was violently killed, strangled and suffocated cannot be anyone’s costume…” said one Twitter user. 

Grande deleted the comment a few hours later and apologized saying that it was an “out of the pocket joke.” In a now-deleted tweet, she also claimed that dark jokes are a coping mechanism and that she is thankful that she has a fan base that is not afraid to call her out when she is wrong. 

Not the First Controversy

Ariana Grande

This is not the first time Ariana Grande caught the public’s attention for something that she said or did. Back in 2015, the singer licked a donut and said “I hate America” before putting it back. The next day, she shared a lengthy apology on Twitter, claiming that she was upset with the fact that America has the highest child obesity rates in the world. 

Her recent video, “7 Rings” also received backlash for cultural appropriation

Other Viral Topics on July 29

  • Vogue Announced That Meghan Markle Will Be a Guest-Editor
Meghan Markle

British Vogue made headlines with a historic announcement: for the first time in its 103-years history, the magazine will host a guest-editor in its September issue. The role will be taken by no one other than Meghan Markle. 

The issue will be called “Forces for Change” and will celebrate a cast of brilliant women who are set to change the world. 

People were divided about the news, some calling this elitism while others supporting the initiative. 

  • Funny: This Mascot Got Hit in the Face by Penalty
Holding Football on a Field

You may think that you had a bad day at work because one of your colleagues ate fish again, but it doesn’t compare to getting hit in the face by a ball

Gunnersaurus, Arsenal’s mascot was at work, cheering the team during their game against Lyon. At one point, the mascot took his place in goal as a joke while a player was trying to hit a penalty past him. Only that, the player failed to find the corner and instead, he hit the mascot right in the face. Now, you can call that a bad start of the week. 

Over to You

Bad and insensitive joke or a coping mechanism? How would you explain Grande’s comment?