Weekly Trends Roundup: The politics, music and Samsung galaxies are shook
Our quick roundup of the trending stories that have been the talk of the internet for the past week is back in yet another action-packed edition.
American football quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose to sit down during the national anthem in protest of the ongoing racial injustice in the country on Friday, Aug. 27. His decision has sparked an awful lot of criticism since then, as some went on to consider it an insult to the military. But this week many veterans took to Twitter to stand up for Kaepernick by showing their support using the hashtag #VeteransForKaepernick and tweeting their photos in uniform.
The Black Eyed Peas released a new version of their 2003 hit song Where Is The Love? on Thursday in light of the tragic events happening in the world today, from the Syrian war to racial discrimination. In addition to showing images of these cruelties and bringing back the red question mark sign from the original video, the release brought together a panoply of celebrities and artists who have contributed to the video with their vocals and/or appearance including Justin Timberlake, Jessie J, DJ Khaled, Kendall Jenner, Usher, Mary J. Blige and Nicole Scherzinger in addition to the original members of the group. The single aims to raise funds for will.i.am’s i.am.angel foundation, which aims to catalyze change through education, opportunity and inspiration.
American singer and songwriter Alicia Keys wore no makeup to the VMAs. Her action solicited conflicting reactions from the public as some argued that she took it too far with her appearance while others praised her brave stand for gender equality. “I don't want to cover up anymore, not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing,” Keys wrote in her Lenny Letter essay.
The tech world was experiencing a different kind of struggle this week as Samsung announced the recall of millions of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones worldwide a few days ago following reports that the devices could catch fire or explode while charging due to battery shortcomings.