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BREAK THE INTERNET
Famous couples will post a lot in 2022
Willingly or involuntarily, you probably learned too much about celebrity couples in the last two years of the pandemic.
Celebrity news is no longer about paparazzi shots (although those are still popular). Instead, celebrities create their own news through social media posts. The line between celebrity and influencer is becoming increasingly blurred, especially after celebrities started joining TikTok. A few celebrities stay blissfully offline, but others choose to show more of their personal lives.
The result? Celebrities who post photos, videos and announcements that get a lot of attention. The last copy arrived Wednesday evening: Megan Fox posted a video of her engagement to singer Machine Gun Kelly, which has currently been viewed more than 20 million times. Instagram’s comment section immediately turned into a comment space, with most people focusing on the last line in her caption, “We drank each other’s blood.” Whether they actually drank each other’s blood or not, it doesn’t matter – they got attention for it, just like they did for their “I am weed” meet-cute.
That same night, actors Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet announced their separation in a combined message Momoa posted on Instagram. “We’re not sharing this because we think it’s newsworthy,” They wrote. “But so that as we live our lives, we can do so with dignity and honesty.” Of course, the news immediately became newsworthy.
—Tiffany Kelly, culture editor
Make self-care a Friday night ritual
Friday is your day to relax, recharge and check in with yourself. After a long, tiring week, a healthy dose of self-care is just what you need to start your weekend off right.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best health, wellness, and self-care ideas to help you achieve the perfect end to the week. Start the weekend healthier and happier!
A line from ‘Seinfeld’ gets a meme remake
For a show about nothing, Seinfeld has produced a lot of content. The latest meme takes a scene from a season 8 episode of Seinfeld, “The Chicken Roaster,” in which a Kenny Rogers Roasters opens across from Kramer and Jerry’s apartment. The bright red sign is starting to annoy everyone. When Jerry sees a red light coming out of Kramer’s apartment, he asks: “What’s going on in there?”
The scene’s red light lends itself well to a fried meme and other accounts found uses for the line in movies like The thing and show like succession.
Read the full story here.
—Audra Schroeder, senior writer
DAILY DOT CHOICES
- The work-from-home revolution is here to stay, but your couch (or bed) probably isn’t the productivity haven you deserve. With this guide, you can turn your workspace into an epic home office.*
- drive my carA forerunner for Best International Feature at the upcoming Academy Awards, is a slow, beautiful story that follows a theater actor/director dealing with grief. It is currently only in theaters. (I watched it, aptly, at a drive-in theater.)
- Got a Nintendo Switch for Christmas? This twisted collection of microgames is the must-have WTF party game on console.*
- Jonny Greenwood (yes, from Radiohead) has been on a roll lately with film scores. My favorite of his is phantom wire, but he also did last year’s scores The power of the dog and Spencer, which are both excellent – and great to work on.
*The Daily Dot may receive commission in connection with purchases of products or services listed here.
TikTok star Rory Teasley dead at 28
TikTok influencer Rory Teasley has reportedly died aged 28 after being strangled for 10 years by his boyfriend during an argument over a video game.
The New York Post reported that just before midnight on January 6, Teasley’s boyfriend, Docquen Jovo Watkins, called the police to report that the two had gotten into an argument and that Teasley was now “sleeping” on a couch. He was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital.
Known as user @too2pump4tv on TikTok, Teasley described himself as “Everybody Gay Bestfriend” in his bio. He was known for posting dance and comedy videos and gained a following of about 222,000 on the platform.
Read the full store here.
—Cecilia Lenzen, Contributing Writer
MEME OF THE WEEK
Machine Gun Kelly’s outfit while proposing to Megan Fox was instantly memedicated. This was the best:
Now playing: “Spencer” by Jonny Greenwood
*First published: January 14, 2022, 2:21 PM CST
Tiffany Kelly is the culture editor at Daily Dot. Before that, she worked at Ars Technica and Wired. Her work has appeared in several other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.