Urban Society Round Up #2

Well, this has been a mental two weeks. I think the phrase ‘thrown in the deep end’ has never applied quite so literally to my life (apart from the time I was actually thrown in the deep end of the community pool, but whatever. I forgave my brother.) One week after starting this new job, I found out my Managing Editor was away on annual leave for a week. Cue panic attacks, stress, and a general feeling of ‘holy-hell-I’m-not-cut-out-for-this’. But, you know, I survived. And it gets easier. And I got to write some things along the way!

I got a little political over the last two weeks. You may have head that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has decided to no longer allow any refugees arriving by boat into Australia, but rather to deport them to Papua New Guinea. (If you’re Australian, take that with a heavy dose of irony. If you’re not, welcome to the xenophobic swing of Australian politics.) I – like many Australians – think this is an all round disgusting and simplistic measure, and so I quite enjoyed writing about a refugee who tried to pay back the government $18,000. Note: he originally sought – and was granted – political asylum in Greece, before coming to Australia legally. On the other side of the world, UK Prime Minister David Cameron seeks to ban porn on the internet. To put it less simplistically, he wants to implement an ‘opt-out’ family-friendly filter, as well as crack down on child porn, extremely violent porn and simulated rape. His heart’s in the right place, but is this really the best method? Plus, as one 21-year-old UK commenter pointed out, young people everywhere have to embarrassingly ask their parents to turn on the porn. Awkies.

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Then we get to the shock value posts (because it’s all about the clicks, people). I came in early especially to write about Rolling Stone putting the Boston Bomber on the front cover, because a) I was so fired up about it, and b) I wanted to do the thing properly. For a uni assignment I researched the general media-wide cock-up that was the Boston Bombings, so I a bit of what I was talking about (and I like to talk smart sometimes). Then there was the barrel-of-laughs wedding that ended in a family-wide brawl, that caused more than one commenter to reference ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’.  And here is a video (and accompanying words, but mostly the video) of why it is very important not to do things like stick your head in a crocodile’s mouth. Sadly, I also wrote about a baby that was stabbed 90 times by his mother (warning: graphic images). As awful as this was, I wanted to talk about mental illness and post-natal depression, because a mentally sane person simply does not stab their baby. I knew this would attract comments such as “don’t stigmatise mental illness like that” (which it did), but I also thought that for every outraged person, there would be a mother nodding along thinking of the times they’d wanted to throw their baby out the window because it didn’t stop crying.

And so we get to the uplifting part of this tale! Here, watch Zach Braff help a man propose to his girlfriend, or read about the social media that only allows images of happy things, whether great or small.

Of course, there’s a bit of celebrity gossip along the way. Every morning we do a post called ‘Hot Mess Threesome’, which is some kind of celebrity scandal, gossip, or just plain funny news. It’s good practise in ‘how to be a funny writer’, which isn’t one of my strong suits. What do you think of these little ditties?

  • Hugh Jackman ‘admits’ to wearing Wolverine suit in the bedroom [link]
  • Michelle Bridges and the Commando split up [link]
  • Kochy tries to skateboard and breaks his co-host’s ankle [link]
  • A reporter draws a massive penis on live TV [link]
  • Kim Kardashian and Kanye West spend almost a mill on gold-plated toilets [link]
  • Kelly Rowland became an actual ‘survivor’ and had to get rescued while at sea [link]
  • The View come to the defence of butt sex [link]

And, of course, we wrote about the Royal Baby. I still can’t believe they went with George.


Why nobody cares that Cara Delevingne was caught with cocaine.

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Oh, Cara, you saucy little minx you. Miss Delevingne was caught by the paparazzi two weeks ago dropping a ‘packet of mysterious white powder’ outside her Belgravia home.

The giggling Victoria’s Secret model and current face of H&M tried to discreetly cover it with her foot, but London paparazzi caught the moment the (almost empty) packet went flying from her hands on camera.

And then, everybody kind of… forgot about it.

When a certain other Brit super model was caught with cocaine back in 2005, the tabloids had a field day. Kate Moss – who at the time was also the face of H&M – was swiftly dropped by the brand and later made a public apology to “all the people I have let down.”

So why didn’t the same media storm follow Cara?

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The bisexual babe released this photo on Instagram of her locking lips with equally stunning Sienna Miller, and the internet went bonkers.

Nobody was talking about the drugs. They were far more interested in a little lady on lady action.

It’s a move than even Business Insider called “brilliant”.

Making out with an amazingly sexual babe and Instagramming it to deflect from a bit of bad press has to the most badass way to cover up a scandal to date.

The kiss that I’m tentatively calling the kiss of 2013 occurred at last week’s Met Ball, otherwise known as Anna Wintour’s Cool Kids Club.

In case you’ve been living under a fashion rock, the Met Ball is like the Oscars of fashion. This year’s theme was ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture”, and the beautiful people of Hollywood took to the theme with varying degrees of success (See: Kim Kardashian.)

Every celebrity media hub and blogger worth their salt hones in on the Met Ball like grammar nazis to a YouTube comment section. This means that a) there’s no way a kiss like this would be missed, and b) the Met Ball provides a nice little distraction from pesky things like drugs and butter fingers.

Abbey LeeAs it turned out, Cara’s kiss was second most punk thing to happen all night, trumped only by Abbey Lee Kershaw flashing the cameras in support of gun control.

A spokesman for H&M told The Daily Mail that “Our team will evaluate the evidence over the next few days. If the story is true, then we will take action.” As of yet, they haven’t done a thing.

Even if she is dropped from the brand, history shows that it almost certainly won’t be the end of Cara Delevingne. Kate Moss’s agent Sarah Doukas says that the 2005 cocaine scandal that rocked Miss Moss’s career actually caused the model’s earnings to increase over time.

It just goes to show that people will forgive you anything if you’re beautiful enough.

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This is what Cara wore to the Met Ball. I would have made out with her too given the chance.

What do you think of the whole situation? Do you think she should be punished or are people making a big deal over nothing?

Image Credits

Image 1: Huck Magazine

Image 2: Cara Delevingne’s Instagram

Image 3: Just Jared

Image 4: Huffington Post