The amazing thing about social media and the internet is that we are constantly provided with entertaining videos, podcasts, books, music and witty moments. The horrible thing about social media and the internet is that we are constantly provided with entertaining videos, podcasts, books, music and witty moments. How the heck are we supposed to keep up with all of it?
If you find yourself lagging behind when it comes to the week in pop culture, fret not. We’ve got you covered. In no particular order, here’s a roundup of what you might have missed out on.
1. Aladdin’s magic carpet ride through San Francisco
Seriously, it’s not hard to understand why this video by YouTuber couple PrankvsPrank got more than 1.1 million hits in one day. Besides the fact that it’s the best use of a drone and electric skateboard of all time, it also gives us all the Disney Aladdin feels. Good luck trying not to sing “One Jump Ahead” on repeat this weekend.
2. Track star takes a tumble
It’s hard to pinpoint the best thing about this Twitter video. There’s the obvious initial faceplant, the subsequent stumble, the mom yelling, “Are you OK, honey?” and the runner’s harried reaction to her mom adding to her embarrassment. It’s an instant classic that blew up the internet.
3. Every Superhero Ever
Smosh’s video lampooning the lack of racial diversity in casting superheroes, sexist double standards within the genre and the redundancy of the movies’ plots got a whopping 1.7 million views in 24 hours.
But the major discussion it raised among fans? The age-old DC vs. Marvel debate.
4. The ShackHouse podcast blows up
Even if you’re not into golf, The ShackHouse with Geoff Shakelford is a podcast you might want to be listening to. On March 25, the show was ranked No. 1 on iTunes Charts — no small feat considering Serial comes in at No. 2, TED Radio Hour comes in at No. 3 and This American Life comes in at No. 6.
Listen to it on iTunes here.
5. All That reunion announcement
When the All That reunion promo went viral at the beginning of the week, ’90s kids everywhere literally jumped up and cheered. Original cast members Danny Tamberelli, Kel Mitchell, Josh Server, Lori Beth Denberg and Kenan Thompson are all confirmed to appear, but the huge question lurking in fans’ minds is: Will Amanda Bynes show up?
The reunion special will air on The Splat sometime in April.
6. John Oliver takes on Donald Trump’s border wall
John Oliver for president?
In an episode of Last Week Tonight early in the week, Oliver ripped Trump a new one and figuratively tore down the presidential hopeful’s proposed wall to separate the United States from Mexico. The 35-foot-high, 1,000-mile-long wall will cost a fortune, and Oliver pokes holes in Trump’s assertions that it shouldn’t be that costly to maintain by calling it “a big, dumb thing that only gets more expensive over time.”
“It’s like getting a pet walrus,” Oliver says in his 18-minute segment. “You think it’s stupid now. Wait until you learn what a bucket of sea cucumbers costs.”
7. YouTube star gets major backlash for a not-that-racy Snapchat photo
Zoella — who boasts more than 10 million viewers on her lifestyle YouTube channel — got slammed by British tabloids for setting a bad example for her young fans by posting this kinda-sorta-not-really inappropriate photo on Snapchat.
The controversy caused fans and fellow internet celebs to come to Zoella’s defense, posting hilarious photos similar to Zoella’s, and the hashtag #WeStandWithZoe even started trending on social media.
For her part, Zoella made an extremely good point about the non-controversy.
8. The Nest hits bookshelves on March 22
Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s novel about a dysfunctional family living in New York already boasts ringing endorsements and is named an Amazon Best Book of March 2016.
“Intoxicating… I couldn’t stop reading or caring about the juicy and dysfunctional Plumb family,” Amy Poehler wrote in a review of the book.
The Nest is now available in hardcover, paperback and Kindle download on Amazon here.
9. Nick Jonas and Tove Lo get Close
Former JoBro Nick Jonas released his sexy new single, “Close” — off upcoming album Last Year Was Complicated — on the eve of March 24, and fans were delighted to wake up on March 25 to find a steamy new video for the track as well.
The video features Jonas and his duet partner Tove Lo unraveling their clothes, down to their chonies. Worth the watch for sure.
You can download Jonas’ “Closer” on iTunes here.