30 Pop Culture Moments From This Week Everyone Was Talking About
I'd be remiss not to mention Bernie's practical attire, which quickly became an
iconic meme where people photoshopped him into things.
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Even Ryan Reynolds got in on the fun, sharing a
photoshopped picture of Bernie sitting next to Deadpool on his Instagram. Bernie eventually responded to the memes, saying he was just trying to keep warm.
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Both ladies were incredible — though personally, I would've loved to see Cardi B performing "WAP" at Inauguration, as
she joked about doing on Twitter.
Biden has already made a number of changes as president, but one change Twitter went wild over was his
removal of Trump's Diet Coke button.
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Tom Newton Dunn, a commentator who had interviewed Trump in the Oval Office,
discovered the button back in 2019, when Trump pushed it and a Diet Coke was brought out on a platter. He was also the first to notice Biden seems to have removed it.
But let's move on from politics: This week, we're still talking about Olivia Rodrigo's smash hit, "Driver's License"...
Olivia's continued to garner high-profile praise from fellow music artists Taylor Swift and Niall Horan. She
addressed this, saying, "All of these people who I've looked up to since I was like, 11 years old are reaching out being like, 'Oh, I love this song! This is so great!' That's just so beyond anything I could've ever dreamed of." She also had a funny exchange with Cardi B over the song, when Cardi tweeted that she wanted to write a song about not having a driver's license and how it meant she couldn't get McDonald's late at night.
...Especially in relation to Sabrina Carpenter's new song "Skin," which some people thought might be a response to Olivia's song.
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Let me catch you up on the
drama real quick: A lot of people have assumed "Driver's License" is about Olivia's rumored ex, Joshua Bassett, interpreting the lyrics about a boy leaving Olivia for a blonde girl as being about Sabrina Carpenter. So when Sabrina released a new song this week with references to someone she could've been friends with that used "blonde" to refer to her, many assumed Sabrina was talking about Olivia. However, this is all just speculation! Whatever happened, at least we have two great songs out of it!
A lot of other stars released new music this week, including Billie Eilish and Rosalía ("
Lo Vas a Olvidar"), Lauren Jauregui and Pabllo Vittar (a remix of the already-released "Lento"), Jason Derulo and Adam Levine (" Lifestyle"), and Lil Wayne (" Ain't Got Time").
Ashanti and Keyshia Cole's Verzuz battle finally happened — they performed a bunch of their iconic hits, and fans were loving it (although they were
a bit disappointed in the sound quality and Keyshia being an hour late).
posted her first vlog in a year after asking her TikTok followers whether she should return to vlogging.
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Her mother, Lori Loughlin, has now been
released from prison following the college admissions scandal. Olivia recently appeared on Red Table Talk to discuss the ordeal, but she did not mention a return to vlogging at that time. In the video, Olivia briefly addressed the scandal again (and stated she was donating some of the proceeds from her vlogs to charity) before jumping back into vlogging about things like her daily routine.
We haven't heard much about the
Kimye divorce this week — but many are speculating details are being saved for the final season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
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noted that it seems like Kim and her family are keeping mum about the divorce (it has not been confirmed, though Kim has posted photos without her wedding ring) in order to save it for the final season of their show — which, according to Page Six, will heavily feature the divorce.
Speaking of the Kardashian/Jenners, Caitlyn Jenner spoke this week about her relationship with Kendall and Kylie,
stating she's closer to Kylie.
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While on the
podcast, she said, "I get on very well with the two of them, but Kylie and I just seem to be closer most of the time." Him and Her
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"Everything is new and better," she shared on
Twitter. She also recently took up horse-riding after a therapist suggested she start a new hobby. This left a few critics saying she was flaunting her wealth, but Chrissy clarified that she had not bought the horse and that she was just trying to heal post-miscarriage.
Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik
subtly announced the name of their baby when Gigi added "Khai's mom" to her Instagram bio.
finally confirmed that he and Jessica Biel had welcomed their second child, and that his name is Phineas.
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Are they going to give birth to Ferb next? (Sorry.)
Clare Crawley and Dale from this past season of
The Bachelorette broke up, with Dale releasing a statement saying they'd broken up. But Clare suggested she'd learned of the breakup at the same time as the rest of us.
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posted on Instagram, "I was made aware of a 'mutual' statement at the same time you all were." Yikes.
Speaking of breakups...quarantine couple Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck
broken up as well.
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The couple were photographed together a LOT during the pandemic.
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joked that he was old after receiving his vaccine, and Arnold filmed the experience, sharing an iconic Terminator quote (that somehow wasn't "I'll be back"). Liv called her experience with COVID "terrifying" and said it "F's with your body and mind equally." As for Dave, all we know is that he's quarantining.
Among people who sparked backlash this week for not following COVID-19 restrictions were Dua Lipa, Bow Wow, and Jake Paul.
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performed at a packed nightclub in Texas, Dua Lipa seems to be traveling somewhere new every week, and Jake Paul hosted a big birthday party. Kim Kardashian also faced some backlash after posting a photo of herself by the pool, with lyrics calling it "Paradise," during a pandemic that has killed 400,000 in America alone. Do better, y'all.
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No spoilers for
WandaVision, but there were some big nods to the comics and implications for the MCU... And as for Bridgerton, we heard a lot about the sex scenes this week and how they were "intricately choreographed."
There were also a lot of fun Marvel tidbits this week that didn't relate to
Wandavision — including Anthony Mackie saying he has a better butt than Chris Evans, reports that Matt Damon flew to Australia to film for , and Tom Holland telling the story of how he found out he'd been cast as Spider-Man by Thor: Love and Thunder seeing an article online.
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Matt, if you'll remember, played an actor playing Loki in a play on
Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok. No word yet if he's reprising that role!
opened up about marriage in quarantine with Nick Jonas while on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, stating the time together has been a blessing and joking that "we still like each other."
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She also spoke about Kamala Harris being sworn in as vice president, saying "Welcome to the club, America," stating that her home country of India has had several woman in power and that leadership and government should be diverse. Also this week, Priyanka spoke to People about the
racist bullying she experienced in high school, which caused her to finish her schooling in India.
Jamie Lynn Spears
called out Elon Musk for the death of her cats, leaving everyone a bit confused.
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She initially stated that Tesla's silent engine was killing her cats, then later walked back some of the criticism, saying Tesla "was not to be blamed" and stating that she had not run over any cats.
And finally, the new Willy Wonka prequel (out in 2023) seems to be
nearing casting its Willy Wonka, with the decision reportedly being between Tom Holland and Timothée Chalamet.
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That's all for this week! See ya this time next week with more news!
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