Social Media wRap: #RHBill, Newtown shooting, and Justin Bieber
MANILA, Philippines - This past week has been eventful. From the passage of the RH Bill to the Newtown shooting, it's been filled with ups and downs and that has been evident on social media. With the Mood Meter as our guide, here's this week's Social Media wRap:
Mood meter: Happy
Finally, after 14 years, the battle for the RH Bill has been won and Sen Pia Cayetano and Rep Edcel Lagman's faces show it in this photo that has been making its rounds on social media. It circulated soon after the House of Representatives and the Senate voted in favor of the bill despite various obstacles and numerous challenges. The bill is now awaiting the signature of the President and we'll soon have the RH law. Lagman says the benefits of the bill will be visible in 5 year's time.
Mood meter: Inspired
The Newtown shooting was tragic but that didn't stop people everywhere from making something good out of something bad. People started a campaign called 26 random acts of kindness in honor of the 26 lives lost during the shooting. People pledged to do 26 acts of kindness, asking the object of that kindness to pass it forward. Check out more photos from Buzzfeed.
Mood meter: Angry
We felt robbed and we felt cheated and so did many other Pinoys on social media after the Miss Universe crown was given to Miss USA Olivia Culpo instead of Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon. Netizens and celebrities alike didn't hesitate to show their dismay, shock, and anger on social media as soon as word of the results got out. "It hurts more than the Pacquaio loss, so close and yet so far, my heart is broken," said Kaye Tinga.
Mood meter: Sad
Waves of support and prayers came from social media where the news of the Newtown shooting spread fast. It didn't take long for #PrayersforNewtown and #Newtownshooting trended worldwide on Twitter. "All these parents have Christmas presents that are ready to be opened, but now they never will. #PrayForNewton" said @taylorday0.
This note from a first-grader whose best friend was killed in the Newtown shooting found its way on social media as well. It reads:
You are my best friend.
We had fun together.
I will miss you.
I will talk to you in my prayers.
I love you Jack.
Mood meter: Afraid
In this article, Rappler's Pia Ranada says there's no need to fear the apocalypse, but we're not taking any chances. According to this video, the world will end when Psy's Gangnam Style hits the 1 billion mark on YouTube. The video hit its mark early morning Saturday, December 22. We're still afraid.
Mood meter: Annoyed
Make him apologize, sure, but to declare someone persona non grata? That's kind of pushing it. We wanted Pacquiao to win and we're not huge fans of Bieber either, but we think our lawmakers have better things to do than punish a teenage popstar over his immature posts on Instagram.
Mood Meter: Amused
Aside from a quick lesson in biology, it seems like Sen Tito Sotto needs a lesson in Chemistry after his "Sa ibang bansa, bawal gumamit ng plastic, akalain mo isasabatas natin ang gamit ng condom?" comment. Rubber isn't plastic, UP SOCIUS is quick to point out. Hear, hear.
Mood meter: Don't Care
According to this image by the Buhay Hayaan Yumabong Party-List Facebook page, the RH bill will promote what seems to be gay partnerships, pets for couples, instead of children, and for some reason, women going after men. One of the commenters, Jon-Jon Rufino said, "So according to this, with the RH Bill passed, gay people will be able to love each other publicly, couples who want dogs rather than kids can have them, and women will have the opportunity to choose who they love, rather than wait to be courted?"
In our opinion that doesn't seem so bad.
Did we miss anything this week? Let us know in the comments below! - Rappler.com