Sponsored posts from celebrities — or worse yet, "influencers" — are bad when it's not clear they're actually ads. That's why, according to a report from Bloomberg, the Federal Trade Commission wants to crack down on these fuzzily-labelled posts.
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Video: As if you needed more proof that celebrities live in a different world than us: here's what happens when an Instagram account with 8 million followers (this particular one shows the 433 soccer account) posts a picture and then gets deluged with likes, comments, emojis and whatever other notification. There's no sad awkward moment before your first like from your mum, no social anxiety about social media, instead the phone becomes essentially unusable as it gets bombarded because of its popularity, like its being forced to run some sort of hacker script but it's really just hundreds and thousands and millions of people across the world looking at their phone and double tapping on a dumb picture about nothing.
The Fappening made headlines over a year ago, and Feds are still hunting down the hackers responsible for releasing hundreds of naked celebrity photos. Now there's been a new celebrity hack, one that might be slightly more terrifying.
At last, no more roaming the streets of your town hoping Cupid's arrow will guide you to that dreamy B-movie star or hot relative of the mayor. Because thanks to Tinder's new Verified Profiles, those local celebrities on Tinder will now be verified — which, in theory, means your dream of dating them could come true!
In April, snitchy Californians lodged 22,000 water-wasting complaints that resulted in 838 penalties issued. And guess what? The state reduced overall water use by 13.5 per cent. It's evidence that these kinds of reporting efforts might be working. What's not really working? Posting photos of celebrity homes on Twitter.
It's a tale as old as time: Celebrity joins Twitter, celebrity gets viciously harassed on Twitter, celebrity becomes a shell of their former self because of Twitter, until finally — celebrity leaves Twitter. Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is now counting herself among the chosen few (hundred). Because remember: Twitter's broken, and it's not getting fixed any time soon.
Yesterday, we got a look at a fun (if creepy) little bit of tech that claims to give us a peek at our grizzled, age-stricken faces in 20 years' time. What we got was certainly... something. So we decided to put the Future Self software to the real test, by inputting celebrities as they were 20 years ago and comparing the results to how they look now. It's terrifying.
Blessed with the calming voice of a warm blanket on a cold night, Morgan Freeman is basically the best narrator for nearly every documentary and most life situations. I could listen him talk about anything and it would feel important. But what about Morgan Freeman on helium? How's that sound? Hilarious.
Tattoos don't have the same stigma as they once did but we're still a bit away from having body art painted on the sleeves of politicians or on the necks of princesses. I wish they were though. These photoshopped images of famous people covered in tattoos are so great that I wish it was real life. How hilarious would it be to see Spock covered in ink? Or to have the regal Jackie O tatted up? It would be awesome.
If you ever thought that Scarlett Johansson looked like Marilyn Monroe or that George Clooney reminded you of Cary Grant or that certain celebrities today make you think of famous people from years past, you're not crazy. It's true. Beautiful famous people look like beautiful famous people, no matter the era. And these photographs in George Chamoun's Iconatomy photo series prove that.
Emoticons are inherently silly. They're text based facial expressions that don't always make sense. Anytime a $ or # gets inserted to an emoticon, no one has any idea what the hell is going on anymore. But! When emoticons capture a feeling perfectly, they're beyond brilliant. A string of words can't even express life the same.
What do you Instagram? Food. Cupcakes. The beach. The beach with your sandy feet. Clouds. Dogs. Beer. Selfies. High heels. Forgotten Nights. TBTs. And maybe on some off chance a blurry photo of a celebrity you saw on the street. Or on a magazine. Or in a movie. You're certainly not as hilarious as Peeje T. He perfectly photoshops celebrities into his Instagram. It's wonderful.
Celebrities endorsing products in weird, non-sensical combinations isn't anything new. Ozzy Osbourne, for instance, hocked I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, and Kiss wanted you to rest for eternity in your very own Kiss Kasket. But those were the dark ages. The dawn of the smartphone gave celebs an even easier, more intimate way to make sure we never forget who they are and that they're still famous, so help us god.