MANILA, Philippines – Starting this week, Rappler brings you our Social Media wRap.
We’ve scoured the Internet for the stories and viral content that made the web Happy, Sad, Amused, Angry, Inspired, Afraid, and Annoyed.
Here are our picks for the week of October 21-27, 2012:
Iron Man 3 trailer released
Fans of Tony Stark’s adventures won’t be disappointed with the latest installment of the Marvel Film Universe: Iron Man 3. When the trailer was released early this week, it quickly made rounds in social media, as excited fans watched sneak peeks of Tony Stark battling the bad guys again. The movie will be released next year.
US politician makes another ‘rape’ gaffe
Another Republican makes a sad statement about rape. In a debate, Indiana US Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said he is against aborting pregnancies caused by rape because, “it is something that God intended to happen.” This issue is seen to derail Mourdock’s campaign, and is also threatening the campaign of US presidential candidate Mitt Romney. This is the second major “rape” gaffe attributed to a Republican this US election season.
Walang Hanggan ends
We don’t know yet how many people tuned in to the finale of the ABS-CBN soap “Walang Hanggan,” the show starring Coco Martin, Julia Montes, and the forever-young tandem of Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta. But it sure did make a big splash on the web. The show ended its nearly 10-month run on primetime, with the Coco-Julia tandem running around in heaven (aka somewhere in Tagaytay) and everyone forgiving everybody. The show’s last episode trended worldwide on Twitter.
US pundit’s ‘retard’ tweet
I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) October 23, 2012
After the third and final US presidential debate, author and conservative pundit Ann Coulter called US president Barack Obama a “retard” in a tweet, angering many, particularly advocates for mentally-challenged people. She did not apologize for her tweet and even defended her use of the said word.
Pakistan activist shot in head reunited with family
After several weeks, teen activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by Taliban extremists for her views on education, was reunited with her family in a hospital in the United Kingdom, where she is undergoing medical treatment. When ITV News reported the family’s reunion, social media quickly spread the good news, and people continued to rally behind the Pakistani girl who only wants equal treatment for girls at school.
Duterte’s P5-M bounty for carjacker
“If you capture him alive, you get P2 million. If you capture him dead, that’s another P2 million. You can have another million on top of that if you can show his head “preserved in ice.” This story yet again reminds us why Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte is feared and despised by many. Vying to replace his daughter, “Inda” Sara Duterte, the older Duterte is running for city mayor in 2013 — a post he already held in the past.
Reporter throws tantrum in Vatican
It started with a radio interview in Cebu: An unnamed reporter screamed at Filipino pilgrims while covering the canonization of Philippines’ Pedro Calungsod in Rome. Rappler picked it up, and the story made its way to Newsbreak’s Inside Track, a special section devoted to juicy tidbits from politics, media, and everything in between. – Rappler.com