Social Media Wrap: #4moreyears, Donald Trump, and Iron Baby
MANILA, Philippines - It's been a crazy week in world news and naturally, social media went crazy, too.
This week's top story: America chose its leader for the next 4 years and it's… incumbent President Barack Obama.
We can't blame you if you've lost track of the things that went viral in social media.
Don't worry. Like the past two weekends, we've got you covered!
Here's a list of things that made us Happy, Inspired, Amused, Sad, Angry, Annoyed, Afraid and Don't Care.
Obama breaks social media records, renews our faith in true love
Four more years. twitter.com/BarackObama/st…— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012
Three words and a display of affection--that's all it took for US President Barack Obama to make social media history.
The Obamas reaffirmed their awesome twosome-ness later the same day during Obama's victory speech. "I wouldn’t be the man I am today without the woman who agreed to marry me 20 years ago. Let me say this publicly: Michelle, I have never loved you more," the president said.
You may disagree with his politics but one thing's for sure--Obama made our cold, frigid hearts warm up. A bit. Heh. (Click here to read the story behind the photo.)
Runner-up: fighting for the plight of dolphins. One 13-year-old became a local Facebook hero when she stood up for the plight of dolphins in captivity. Read all about Christel Erin Lejano here.
There, there, Romney supporters
Not everyone was elated when Obama was re-elected.
Mitt Romney supporters are disappointed, sad and even miserable over his loss.
An entire Tumblr titled 'White People Mourning Romney' was created to encapsulate that grief.
Some of the photos are raw, honest, and downright depressing. Some entries (screenshots of Twitter and Facebook posts, and text messages) can be infuriating.
Of course, for some, the White People Mourning Romney photo collection elicits a different emotion from the Mood Meter. Ever heard of Schadenfreude?
Gay marriage and the 2012 US elections
Obama's reelection wasn't the only historic win in the 2012 US elections.
Voters in Maine, Maryland, and Washington state officially voted to allow same-sex marriage in their states. Minnesota, meanwhile, voted down a measure that would have banned gay marriage.
Just how epic was this moment? Check out these videos of supporters celebrating in Maine and Minnesota:
Who run the world? Girls.
"Oh no, women can vote now! The world is ending!" -- that's probably what people were thinking when the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified more than 90 years ago. At least that's what postcards from the 20s suggest.
Things are different these days. One of the key reasons behind Obama's victory: the female vote. Obama took 60% of the female vote in this year's election.
Two Republican candidates also learned a painful lesson this year: senatorial candidates Todd Akin (of the "legitimate rape" gaffe) and Richard Mourdock ("even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen") both lost horribly this year.
Check out the rest of these anti-women's suffrage postcards as compiled by BuzzFeed.
Oh, Donald Trump
MoodMeter: Don't Care
American business mogul and would-have-been-Republican-candidate Donald Trump went on a Twitter rampage in the moments and days following Obama's win.
Here's what Trump had to say:
The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
Here's another one.
All we can say is: calm down, Trump, calm down.
Move over, Double Down
MoodMeter: Afraid (for our diets)
Two fried chicken patties, cheese, bacon, and lettuce in between a burger bun--that's KFC Philippines' latest offering, the Double Decker.
According to the international KFC website, the Double Decker is pretty close to the Double Down, which didn't have bread, in terms of calorie content. The Double Down contains 540 calories, 32 grams of fat and a whopping 1,380 mg of sodium.
It's not the healthiest food option out there but we're pretty sure you chicken and fast-food junkies will be dying to try this one out.
A few purists in the Rappler newsroom would rather see the Double Down back on KFC Philippines' menu though. Have you tried the Double Decker? What was the experience like?
This week in awesome YouTube videos: Iron Baby and Reginald the cat
We love YouTube. We really do. One of the world's second largest search engine is at it again. This week, it's all about babies and kittens (because the Internet just loves baby humans and animals, doesn't it?).
Check this Animal Planet segment on Reginald, a long-haired Persian who's about to learn a lesson: "getting wet is nothing compared to getting dry." (Fast forward to 0:43 in the video)
BuzzFeed also has awesome .gif files from the video.
Here's another one that you might have already seen. Watch out, Tony Stark, because Iron Baby is here:
Dying to know more about Patrick Boivin, the genius behind "Iron Baby?" Watch out for the next episode of #TechRap.
Don't speak. No, really, don't.
No Doubt was in hot water this week for the music video of their song "Looking Hot." Native American activist groups called the video "racist," prompting the brand to pull the video out and issue an apology.
Is the music video really racist? Watch it on Gawker and tell us what you think.
Did we miss out on anything viral (and insanely interesting) from the past week? Leave a comment below and let us know! - Rappler.com
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