Melania Trump Goes Viral After South Korean Girl Freaks Out Over Seeing K-Pop Star

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Queens Group 821 Releases Remix To Viral Hit “Lobby” Featuring Slim Jxmmi (of Rae Sremmurd)

Upon logging into Instagram and searching the “#LobbyChallenge” hashtag, you’ll find a plethora of clips of gangstas, hustlas, kids, video vixens, and grannies alike having fun, participating in the “Lobby Challenge” – a carefree dance with a grim undertone. The dance was created by the Against Da Grain Ent.’s trio properly known as 821 Boyz, the hottest prospects out of Queens, New York. With the original single already making waves, the 821 Boyz add Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi to the mix and he’s no stranger to turning up the dial whenever he drops a verse.

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Kordell Stewart Sues Viral Video Star … You’ll Pay for Calling Me Gay

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Viral Twerk Master, Lexy Panterra, Releases New Video

LitLexy Panterra might have become the world’s most famous twerker this summer when her twerk freestyle to “Lean On” went viral with over 100 million collective views.

Before the video Lexy was in the news for her twerk exercise classes that attracted celebrities like; Mel B, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, Karrueche Tran, and Christina Milian. Lexy and Christina Milian also released an instructional twerking app called LexTwerkOut.

Apparently Lexy is also a singer. For the first time did a video of her twerking to her own music called “Lit”.

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Why This Tweet Went Viral

You already saw my Robots Read News comic about self-driving cars. This one got more attention than any other tweet I have done. Let’s see why.

1. It is a visual image. Pictures do better than text.

2. It uses three dimensions of humor: Cruel, clever, bizarre

3. No person or group is offended (so it is easy to retweet without fear)

4. Self-driving cars are a hot topic and sexy enough that folks want to be associated with it. Robots are extra-topical these days too. When you combine two headline trends, you usually get something funny.

5. The comic portrays all humans as dumb. That theme always performs well.

6. It is brief and has no sound, so it easy to consume. People can forward it without feeling they are asking much of the recipient.

7. It looks good on mobile devices.

8. It has no sexual or other problematic content, so people can forward it without professional risk.

There are other ways to go viral, but if you hit all of those eight points, you will probably get people’s attention. True viral activity doesn’t often happen because even professionals can’t generate viral content on demand. This comic idea popped into my head while I was thinking of something else and I wrote it down. I doubt I could have started from scratch to build a viral tweet and succeeded. But I did consciously make it conform to the eight points to increase its chances.

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Why Silicon Valley’s Paid Leave Policies Need to Go Viral

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On Tuesday, Netflix announced it would start offering unlimited maternity and paternity leave for its employees. Both biological and adoptive parents now have the option of taking up to a paid year off after having a child, with the option of coming back part-time, if they wish to do so.

Netflix chief talent officer Tawni Cranz explained the thought process behind the company’s decision on its blog: “We want employees to have the flexibility and confidence to balance the needs of their growing families without worrying about work or finances,” she wrote. “Experience shows people perform better at work when they’re not worrying about home.” The streaming giant was already known for providing generous work benefits, such as unlimited vacation time, but its unlimited parental paid leave policy is downright groundbreaking.

As of now, the U.S. is still the only developed country that does not legally mandate new parents get any paid time off; federal law only requires employees be able to take up to twelve weeks unpaid. And while many employers do offer some form of paid leave, tech corporations, like Netflix, are currently providing the greatest amount of salaried time off to new parents.

In the past few years, Silicon Valley has been leading the charge in creating progressive family policies and has become known for offering unique perks to better manage the work-life balance. Facebook, for example, provides $ 4,000 in “baby cash” to new parents. Microsoft announced this week it’s letting expecting moms leave the office two weeks before they’re due. Meanwhile, IBM just announced it will provide breastfeeding moms the option to express-ship pumped milk back home while they’re traveling for work.

The tech sector is even more forward-thinking when it comes to paid paternity time off. Twitter offers new dads ten weeks off, while Google, Pinterest, and Kickstarter give up to twelve. The most generous companies are Facebook, Instagram, and Reddit, which all offer up to seventeen weeks off to both men and women who have a new baby. Yahoo and Apple offer lower amounts of time: eight and six weeks, respectively. But that’s still way more than the national average. A study conducted by Boston College’s Center for Work and Family found that 76 percent of fathers went back to work after one week or less and 96 percent after two weeks or less.



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But are tech dads really taking all—or any—of that time off? Yahoo senior director of product management Fernando Delgado previously worked at Google when both of his daughters were born. At the time, Google granted new fathers seven weeks off. “When each of them was born, I took off two weeks immediately,” he said. “Then after that, I would take a week off every four weeks or so, until I used up all of my paternity leave.” During his time at home, he helped his wife adjust to their new life with a baby, and aside from checking emails occasionally, he admits he disconnected from work quite easily.

Paternity leave not only provides new dads with valuable bonding time with their children, but it also relieves some of the pressure placed on women to put their careers on hold in order to care for a newborn baby. While many men in the workforce are still affected by the stigma of paternity leave, according to Delgado, it’s not a problem in Silicon Valley. “The majority of my friends who work in tech and had kids took all of their paternity leave time off,” he explained. “Most of them did the same thing I did—[they took] two weeks and then continued taking time throughout that first year.”

One of the strongest arguments against passing federal paid parental leave is that it might end up hurting business owners, but with huge new IPOs regularly announced and Google’s stock price climbing yearly, perhaps it’s time to reconsider. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of YouTube, which is owned by Google, said business and employee satisfaction improved after Google increased paid maternity leave from twelve weeks to eighteen, and paid paternity leave from seven to twelve weeks. The turnover rates for new moms also dropped by 50 percent.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently announced that he and his wife Priscilla Chan are expecting a child later this year. It’ll be interesting to see how much time he’ll take off out of the seventeen weeks that Facebook grants. If he does decide to take a considerable amount of leave, perhaps it’ll serve as an aspirational example for working dads around the country.

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NYC Catcall Viral Video — Woman Sues for $500k … Damn, I Was USED!

Shoshana Roberts, the woman catcalled 100-plus times in an anti-street harassment vid that went viral, is now suing the director of that video. In case you missed it … Roberts was secretly recorded walking around NYC while men threw endless whistles…

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Little Girl’s Viral Paint Mishap Sums Up Life With Toddlers

A Colorado mom was in for quite a surprise after she left her toddler alone in the living room for a few minutes.

Victoria Farmer was breastfeeding her infant son in the next room when she noticed the house became “scary quiet,” she told FOX31 Denver.

When she went to check on her daughter Anistyn, she found the 2-year-old covered in white paint, looking like an ancient Greek statue.

In her interview with FOX31 Denver,  Farmer explained that she’d been doing some home improvement late into the previous night, and when she was finished, she couldn’t get the paint bucket lid to fully seal. Exhausted, she went to bed and left it partially open — which was just enough for Anistyn to take a dip.

“It looks like she just climbed right in and went for a swim,” the mom wrote on Facebook when she shared a photo of the toddler. Her post quickly made its away across her friends’ social media feeds and beyond. On Life of Dad’s Facebook page, the image was shared over 25,000 times. 

Farmer told 7News Denver that she and her sister quickly washed the paint off the little girl, but cleaning the little white footprints off the floor was a much more challenging endeavor. ”I look like an irresponsible parent, but she’s just really quick,” she added.

At the end of the day, the mess is pretty adorable. But maybe don’t try this at home.

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Silento Explains How “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” Went Viral [Exclusive]

You haven’t been able stand two minutes near a computer this year without being subjected to the “Watch Me Nae Nae” song. The viral dance hit (officially titled “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” has been the subject of many YouTube and Vine renditions but only the creator, Silento has the magic ingredient behind the record. At seventeen-years-young, the ATL native already has a gold-selling single and a label deal with Capital Records with nothing but potential ahead.

Now history has shown us that these sort of break-out hits don’t exactly lead to substantial careers but Silento insists that he’s not an one-hit wonder when we grilled him about the notion at the 2015 Bet Awards.

“Before [“Watch Me Nae Nae”], I was making other music; rapping and singing. That’s just the attention track,” a confident Silento tells Hip-Hop Wired. As fate would have it, his claim to fame started by playing around on social media.

“At first…I was having fun at school; just singing out of my mouth. And I recorded for fifteen seconds and put it on my Instagram,” Silento recalled. After getting several hundred comments, his next move could be considered a no-brainer.

“Then from there, I capitalized and made it a song,” he admitted.

Watch our interview with Silento below and buy “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” on iTunes. The recently released official video can be seen below.


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Jahlil Okafor — Viral Sex Story Is B.S. … ‘Considering Legal Action’

NBA rookie Jahlil Okafor claims he’s been targeted by an Internet “troll” — who is spreading disgusting lies about a sexual encounter that NEVER happened … and now he’s taking action to shut her down.  Social media exploded over the past 24 hours…

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Life For A 15-Year-Old After Fight Video Went Viral

Emily, 15, became known as “shovel girl” after a video went viral of her and another teen having a fist fight, until Emily grabbed a shovel and threw it at the other girl’s head. What has life been like for Emily since hundreds of thousands of people watched her throw that shovel?

Emily claims that she’s had more than 2,000 death threats since the video went viral. But she says she wants people to know that she’s not the bully; she’s the victim. “A lot of people were making fun of me on Twitter, calling me names,” the teen tells Dr. Phil. “People threatened to hit me with cars. They said I should get hit by a shovel, because it wasn’t fair to her.” Emily adds that she was nervous to go out in public because of all the hate she had received online. “I can’t talk to anybody about anything, because they say, ‘Are you going to get the shovel?’ Social media has made my life a lot worse,” she says.

Dr. Phil asks Emily why she and the other girl had a fight.

Emily says that they planned the fight via messages to one another on Facebook. “We were just arguing back and forth and eventually, she told me to kill myself,” she claims in the video above.

On the day of the fight, Emily claims the other girl showed up at her house with some of their other friends. “We fought. Then I told her to leave. She said she wasn’t leaving, and I said, ‘I’m just going to shoot you with a BB gun’… I wasn’t really going to shoot her,” Emily says. “She came up behind me. I could see the shovel, and I just picked it up and hit her with it.” The shovel hit the other girl in the back of the head, knocking her to the ground.

Dr. Phil asks Emily’s mom, “You say you’re kind of proud of her because why?”

“I was proud of her because she took up for herself. I wasn’t exactly proud that she used a shovel, but it did get the girl to leave,” she says. “Emily did not want to fight. Emily’s not a fighter.”

Dr. Phil says to Emily, “I noticed when you did hit her with the shovel, she was retreating. She was moving away. So it seems like she was moving away from you, and you weren’t in immediate threat. You had to run after her and throw the shovel to hit her in the back of the head. Why did you hit her with the shovel?”

“I wasn’t really thinking. After everything that happened, my mind went blank,” she says.

“She could have been killed,” Dr. Phil says.

Dr. Phil has a message for bystanders, like the person who filmed Emily’s fight and posted it online. “I think bystanders who do nothing to protect the victims are as guilty as bullies who do the bullying,” he says. “As bystanders, we all have duties and responsibilities, and I would hope that as her mother, you would counsel her about what to do in that kind of situation.”

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Life For A 15-Year-Old After Fight Video Went Viral

Emily, 15, became known as “shovel girl” after a video went viral of her and another teen having a fist fight, until Emily grabbed a shovel and threw it at the other girl’s head. What has life been like for Emily since hundreds of thousands of people watched her throw that shovel?

Emily claims that she’s had more than 2,000 death threats since the video went viral. But she says she wants people to know that she’s not the bully; she’s the victim. “A lot of people were making fun of me on Twitter, calling me names,” the teen tells Dr. Phil. “People threatened to hit me with cars. They said I should get hit by a shovel, because it wasn’t fair to her.” Emily adds that she was nervous to go out in public because of all the hate she had received online. “I can’t talk to anybody about anything, because they say, ‘Are you going to get the shovel?’ Social media has made my life a lot worse,” she says.

Dr. Phil asks Emily why she and the other girl had a fight.

Emily says that they planned the fight via messages to one another on Facebook. “We were just arguing back and forth and eventually, she told me to kill myself,” she claims in the video above.

On the day of the fight, Emily claims the other girl showed up at her house with some of their other friends. “We fought. Then I told her to leave. She said she wasn’t leaving, and I said, ‘I’m just going to shoot you with a BB gun’… I wasn’t really going to shoot her,” Emily says. “She came up behind me. I could see the shovel, and I just picked it up and hit her with it.” The shovel hit the other girl in the back of the head, knocking her to the ground.

Dr. Phil asks Emily’s mom, “You say you’re kind of proud of her because why?”

“I was proud of her because she took up for herself. I wasn’t exactly proud that she used a shovel, but it did get the girl to leave,” she says. “Emily did not want to fight. Emily’s not a fighter.”

Dr. Phil says to Emily, “I noticed when you did hit her with the shovel, she was retreating. She was moving away. So it seems like she was moving away from you, and you weren’t in immediate threat. You had to run after her and throw the shovel to hit her in the back of the head. Why did you hit her with the shovel?”

“I wasn’t really thinking. After everything that happened, my mind went blank,” she says.

“She could have been killed,” Dr. Phil says.

Dr. Phil has a message for bystanders, like the person who filmed Emily’s fight and posted it online. “I think bystanders who do nothing to protect the victims are as guilty as bullies who do the bullying,” he says. “As bystanders, we all have duties and responsibilities, and I would hope that as her mother, you would counsel her about what to do in that kind of situation.”

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#DropAndGiveMe10 Viral Pushup Charity Challenge Raises Money For Military Families

You don’t need ice or a bucket to take part in the latest charitable challenge gone viral. The only prerequisite is a desire to help families of fallen men and women in uniform.

And some upper-body strength.

The #DropAndGiveMe10 challenge is heating up online, asking participants to both complete 10 pushups on camera and donate a chosen amount for each pushup toward the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. Those who complete the feat are encouraged to challenge three others to do the same.

What started as a small grassroots effort before Memorial Day took off once TV personality Bear Grylls of “Man vs. Wild” completed the challenge on May 23, Cynthia Kim, the foundation’s co-founder, told The Huffington Post in an email. Grylls passed the challenge on to the “Today” show’s Kathie Lee Gifford, actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and NFL athlete Drew Brees.

Star power began getting the word out on the campaign as well as the foundation, which funds college scholarships for military children who’ve lost a parent in the line of duty. Gifford and Brees completed the task, along with a growing list of other celebs who’d been nominated, including Andy Cohen and Matt Lauer.

“We’ve been blown away by the reaction,” Kim told HuffPost, noting other media personalities like Jimmy Fallon, Meredith Vieira and Bill O’Reilly have been challenged. The videos have garnered millions of page views. “It is overwhelming to see the support for our mission through the pushup challenge and to know that so many of ‘our kids’ will be supported.”

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The Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, which allocates funding for families of service members across all branches of the military, has provided more than $ 9 million in educational opportunities since its founding in 2002, according to Kim.

Kim started the foundation with her husband, David — a U.S. Army veteran — as a way to honor a young soldier in David’s unit who was killed in Panama in 1989. The soldier had been expecting a baby daughter, Kim told HuffPost. David’s concern for the fallen soldier’s family inspired him to launch the foundation years later.

The nonprofit fills a vital void in assisting such students in need, its website notes. Many aid groups, for example, only target specific military branches or units, and a lack of a centralized directory of organizations makes it difficult for families seeking financial help to find answers.

Funds raised through the challenge will help the foundation further bridge the gap between beneficial resources and the those who need them — a group of kids very worthy of the foundation’s help, according to Kim.

“Service, giving back, and selflessness is in their blood,” Kim explained to HuffPost of the children who benefit from the foundation, mentioning many of them are reluctant to accept financial help because they believe there are others who need it more than they do. “Their spirit of self-reliance and concern for others is so inspiring and it’s [a] testament to the values of their parents and all the men and women who serve in uniform.”

To learn more about the #DropAndGiveMe10 challenge, visit the campaign’s website here.

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Meet The Lovable Couple Who Got Married And Went Viral On The Same Day

A day before their wedding, an emotional video of Kristie Scherrer and Tavis Doucette aging 70 years in six minutes (thanks to makeup and prosthetics) hit the Internet. The collaboration between YouTube channels Cut Video and Field Day quickly became a viral sensation with more than 14 million views.

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“We realized it was released when we were on our way to our rehearsal,” Scherrer told The Huffington Post. “When we got to the dinner, we told a few of our friends who knew about it that it released and they all admitted that they had seen it. By then the local news had even picked it up. At the wedding everyone had seen it but us. We really wanted to watch it together and there was no time the day of the wedding.”

So 12 hours after their big day, the newlyweds watched the video for the first time at a screening with family and friends. A crew from Field Day was there to capture their tender reactions.

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“Like [Kristie] said in the film, we couldn’t be more sure of the person that we’re with,” a misty-eyed Doucette says after viewing the finished product.

Although you don’t get to see or hear much from the couple’s family in the reaction video, Scherrer told HuffPost that their entire family was “deeply moved” by it.

“We don’t live anywhere close to our family and never have as a couple, so I think it showed them a more intimate side of our relationship than they are used to seeing when we visit,” she said. “They laughed and cried and were really proud of us.”

The adorable couple first met at a cafe on their second day of school at Wagner College back in 2006. They were introduced by a mutual friend and stayed close friends until their senior year, when their friendship blossomed into something more serious.

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The couple moved from New York City to Los Angeles last year. Scherrer is an account executive at a marketing firm and Doucette is an actor.

“Which means I am a very experienced bar tender,” he joked.

Doucette and Scherrer said that neither of them anticipated the massive and overwhelmingly positive reception to the original video, but feel honored to have been part of the experience.

“Tavis asked if I cared if he submitted us for it and I said sure,” she said. “We went to the audition during my lunch hour and I really didn’t think anything of it. Then we got cast and started to learn more about the project and who was behind it. The director told us we could ‘expect some people to see it.’ But this kind of reaction, the responses and messages we have received, it’s been incredible.”

Watch their reaction video above. To see more photos from the couple’s wedding and from throughout their relationship, check out the slideshow below.

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After Man’s Miserable Vacation Pics Went Viral, He Got A Glorious, Glorious Redo

In March, Kevin Blandford’s employer gave him a free luxury vacation to Puerto Rico. The catch? He couldn’t take his baby for liability reasons, and his wife didn’t want to leave their child.

Blandford took a friend on the trip instead, and documented his sad solitude in an Imgur series called “Not a single second of fun in Puerto Rico” . The gallery went viral with 2.5 million views.

Last week, the Puerto Rico Tourism Agency flew him and his family back to the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa to redo and re-photograph the trip. Blandford brought the same clothes as last time to match the images.

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“It was amazing,” Blandford tells The Huffington Post. “My wife had a lot of fun. It was really great.”

It was the couple’s first vacation with their baby, and Blandford recalls “she hated the water when we got off the catamaran into the deep ocean […] But, when we got her into the pool she was splashing and very happy. That was probably my favorite part.”

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Check out the gallery of their trip below.

Won another trip to Puerto Rico, but this time with my wife. Had many seconds of fun.

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Engineering a Viral Result

I recently engineered a Robots Read News comic for maximum viral potential, using what I have learned on that topic, and succeeded. It was my most popular tweet. Can I repeat that success with the same formula? That is not clear. But I will share what I learned about creating viral content for Twitter so you judge for yourself.

Lesson 1:

To achieve a viral outcome, each creator needs a different approach, because the messenger is part of the message. I could say something brilliant on the topic of automotive repair but because I do not match that message, it would go nowhere. So the message has to be compatible with the messenger. In my case that usually means sticking to comics and making observations about human nature.

Lesson 2: 

On Twitter, the standard for success is the “retweet.” When people forward your content to their followers they are, in a sense, endorsing it. People will only endorse content that matches their brand ambitions.

I have learned through trial and error that folks will not retweet content that targets one person or group. The exceptions are activists, but generally their numbers are limited. For a strong viral effect you need content with nearly universal appeal. Hate tweets are divisive by nature.

Being “nice” is a challenge for a humorist because humor generally has a target. I can game the system by making the target “everyone” or “idiots” because none of that seems  terribly personal, and everyone agrees that people can be dumb sometimes. 

Lesson 3:

The content has to have a minimum level of quality, but it does not need to be amazing. In the case of humor, it has to make people laugh. But you need not be in the top 2% of hilarity to generate a viral response. You just need to be a safe, guaranteed, harmless laugh that people feel good about retweeting.

In the comic at the bottom of the post I combined three of the six dimensions of humor (mean, bizarre, and clever). A three-dimensional comic is generally a winner if executed with commercial-quality writing and timing. 

Lesson 4:

Freshness matters. A lot of humorists and writers are covering the same topics. Finding a fresh topic is hard but necessary because people will not retweet content that feels stale. The trick is to come up with a topic that is on people’s minds but for whatever reason few people have discussed.

In the comic below I picked the topic of ancient construction mysteries. The History channel is running lots of shows about aliens and pyramids and whatnot. I figured the topic was likely to be on the minds of most channel-surfers, but because it is not headline news, it was a relatively fresh topic.

Lesson 5:

In order for content to go viral it needs to appeal to a big, general audience. But your Twitter following might be a narrow audience. To break out of the narrow audience to the full audience you want content that appeals to your narrow audience without offending your wider audience. Many of my readers have engineering mindsets, so a comic with a whimsical view of how the ancients did engineering was likely to click with my core followers without being too narrow for the general public.

If your company firewall is blocking the comic image here, you can view it on Twitter here.

Scott

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In other news, soon you might be able to 3D print your own robot friend and give it a personality suited to your situation. That’s my interpretation of this technology anyway.

At the same time that humans are printing and programming robots, machines will be rewiring human minds (essentially programming humans) to solve all kinds of brain problems if this company is successful. The future is humans and robots programming EACH OTHER.


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Viral ‘Terre Des Femmes’ Photo Series Shares An Important Message, But Not An Original One

A powerful feminist poster series about judging women by their clothing has gone viral — but it looks strikingly similar to a project from 2013.

The series, produced by student Theresa Wlokka of Miami Ad School in Germany for nonprofit Terre des Femmes, was picked up by news outlets from Bustle to Design Taxi this week.

The set of three posters shows the words used to judge women as they relate to the length of her skirt, the depth of her neckline and the height of her heels. The concept behind the series is that women are judged no matter what they’re wearing, regardless of whether an outfit is considered “prudish” or “revealing.” The images highlight the type of everyday misogyny that holds gender equality back.

The series makes an important point about the way people make damaging assumptions about women based only on their physical appearances — specifically, their clothing choices. However, commenters and Twitter users have pointed out that these posters bear a clear resemblance to college student Pomona Lake’s 2013 piece, “Judgments.” (See a side-by-side of the two projects below.)

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Left, Pomona Lake’s 2013 project, “Judgments.” Right, Theresa Wlokka’s poster for Femme des Terres.

Lake, who formerly went by the name Rosea, told The Huffington Post that she reached out to Miami Ad School after friends shared the new series with her, informing them that the idea had been plagiarized. Lake says the school never responded, but Wlokka reached out to her personally.

According to Lake, Wlokka told her that she had never seen Lake’s work before, claimed that this poster series was her original idea and apologized for the inconvenience.

“Sometimes you can absorb ideas without realizing where it’s from, but in this instance, word for word the projects are the same,” Lake told HuffPost. “If they had emailed me and reached out for permission and credited me with the idea, I would have said yes.”

A Twitter account appearing to belong to Frida Regeheim, who is credited as the ads’ copywriter, was deleted Friday. A tweet sent earlier in the day from the account claimed that the posters’ creators had been in touch with Lake and received permission to use her idea — something that Lake claims is untrue.

Regeheim and Terre des Femmes have not responded to HuffPost’s request for comment.

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UPDATE: 11:10 p.m. — Wlokka gave her account of the situation in a statement to HuffPost later on Friday:

It started with that we got an assignment in one of our classes to do a print campaign for a charity organization last year. We instantly decided we wanted to do something for female rights. As women we’ve been harassed several times, in different ways, based on the way we look. From men, but also from women. We’re too harsh on each other and call each other names. And I don’t know how many times I’ve read about rape victims that were wearing a mini skirt. Who cares what she was wearing? She should be able to go naked and it shouldn’t matter.

We also talked about how we think when we dress and how a lot of women often dress to please someone else rather than themselves.
There’s such a big black cloud over such a simple, fun thing as clothing. It should be a way of expressing yourself and something to have fun with. Not a foundation to judgement.

After we made the ads and it spread over the Internet, to an extent we’re overwhelmed by, we heard about Rosea’s picture and other ideas that also are in the same direction. Of course we wanted to be unique, but we didn’t see it as something negative that others wanted the same change as us. And that’s something that Rosea agreed on when we emailed with her. We’re all fighting the same fight. When it comes to advertising there usually is something out there that’s similar to your idea. In this case we see it as something positive since it’s for a good cause. We’re really happy that the campaign has started a discussion and we hope that it makes people think. About how we treat each other, not about the way we dress.

We were in contact with Rosea yesterday and also tried to reach her today as we can understand her point of view. So far we did not get an answer.

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Swedish Sign Language Interpreter Steals The Spotlight In Viral Video

A Swedish sign language interpreter is stealing the Internet’s heart this week with a spirited, smile-inducing performance.

According to this YouTube video, Tommy Krångh interpreted a song performed by singer Magnus Carlsson on “Melodifestivalen,” a Swedish singing competition. Krångh’s rousing performance appeared on public service TV station SVT.

Look at him go:

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Since being uploaded on March 14, the video has been viewed more than 580,000 times.

“In the world of sign language, this man is Michael Jackson,” quipped College Humor.

Watch the whole clip above.

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McDonald’s Responds to Indie-Pop Duo’s Viral Complaint

A rep for McDonald’s has responded to an indie-rock band’s Facebook post claiming the fast-food giants asked them to play a South by Southwest showcase for free in exchange for exposure. Indie-pop duo Ex Cops wrote a scathing Facebook post Wednesday alleging that the McDonald’s invite said, “There isn’t a budget for…
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A Look Into the Future of Viral Marketing

Born in 1979, I just barely qualify as old enough to have developed a world view according to which when something “goes viral” my first impulse is to wash my hands compulsively and avoid human contact. As it has with many things, the internet has rendered my world view obsolete. Going viral is now a good thing.

No one knows the value of going viral as well as advertisers and marketing firms, hence what’s come to be known as viral marketing. According to something I think I read on the internet, viral marketing involves the use of new media and social media in particular to increase brand awareness. Television and film marketers have proven particularly adept at using the internet, that ubiquitous yet entirely virtual entity, to break down the fourth wall. You can now follow characters from your favorite books on Twitter. You can visit web sites set up by fictitious characters from fictitious worlds that exist only in the movies.

This blurring of reality and fiction is all well and good and kind of fun as long as it remains on the other side of the screen. It’s when these tricks begin to play out in our own brick and mortar reality that I draw the line and say “hey, not cool.” Consider the “prankvertising” campaign for the movie Devil’s Due, where unsuspecting passersby, drawn to what appeared to be an abandoned stroller were rewarded for their concern with the scare of a lifetime, a lifelike demonic hellbaby jolting suddenly upright in the stroller, seething. Or how about those NYC commuters, already harried and late for work and wondering if it’s not time to just throw in the towel and move back to Iowa, suddenly besieged by zombies at Union Square because the creatives at AMC thought it would be a brilliant way to promote the next season of Walking Dead. For many this is all in good fun. But this is a high stress city and there are people with heart conditions.

My guess is these two examples are only the beginning, that this is all too much fun and too much novelty and that it will be a long time before marketers fall back on more traditional means of getting the message out. But how far can it go? If zombies and hellbabies are only the beginning what’s next? Here are some of my terrifying predictions.

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Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith Under Investigation By Child Services After Photo Of Daughter Goes Viral (REPORT)

RadarOnline is reporting that superstar couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are under investigation by the Los Angeles Department of Children & Family Services after a photo of their 13-year-old daughter, Willow, lying in bed with a 20-year-old friend went viral online earlier this month.

“The investigation was formally opened last week and is being taken very seriously by the department. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have been extremely cooperative with officials. Of course, they aren’t happy that their parenting skills are under scrutiny, but they understand,” a source told the website, adding that social workers will be speaking to Willow separately, as well as former Disney star Moises Arias, who was pictured with her in the photo.

The Huffington Post has reached out to both Smith and Pinkett Smith’s reps for comment, but has yet to hear back at this time.

Meanwhile, the 42-year-old actress and matriarch of the family, brushed off the notion of any controversy after the photo of Willow sparked attention, telling TMZ’s cameramen:

“Here’s the deal: There was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation. You guys are projecting your trash onto it and you’re acting like covert pedophiles, and that’s not cool.”

Will Smith has yet to make any comment regarding the photo, but viral photos seem to run in the family, as a photo of him helping a fan announce her pregnancy has exploded online.
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