This week in pop culture: OCT 8

Jenna Pederson

ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER

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The story behind the meme

The memes of Tekashi 6ix9ine are all over the internet as the rapper pleads guilty to violent drug trafficking due to gang involvement. Daniel Hernandez (his legal name) confessed to being a part of Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods back in January and—since being caught—has brought all of his ex-gang members down with him (if the ship is sinking, why now?). Hernandez has cooperated with the courts, pleading guilty to his crimes and possibly getting a lower sentence. An ulterior motive to cooperation perhaps? While this is totally possible, it’s just as possible that he feels guilty, as friends of Hernandez said he never would have joined the gang had he not befriended one of the gang members, who really knows. Hernandez has even claimed fellow rappers like Cardi B are involved in Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. The funniest part of this whole situation is the reactions on Twitter and all the memes that have come out of it. People have joked, claiming Jerry Trainor and other celebrities, are apart of Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. In response, Trainor joked back to fans, tweeting “I had my face tattoos removed years ago.” Maybe I’m the only one who found that completely hilarious simply because of how off the wall the characters were that he played on Nickelodeon. There are great memes all over the internet about Tekashi (Hernandez), ranging from him calling out Scar for killing Mufasa to revealing the krabby patty secret formula.  

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 Bye bye Hawkins

“We’re not in Hawkins anymore.” The lurking message left on the screen at the end of the “Stranger Things” season 4 teaser trailer. Before I continue and fangirl, here’s a massive SPOILER ALERT  to those of you who haven’t seen season 3 yet. Now that a spoiler alert has been made, let me just say the majority bet on this new location is Russia (and that “the American” locked up was totally Hopper). While nothing was revealed about season 4, sadly, there was a distinct bell heard. This could totally mean nothing, but with a show like “Stranger Things”, that’s unlikely. It might just be a hint on the new location (were there bell towers in Hawkins?). The Duffer brothers have also said that they plan to open up their special effect scale, just “a little bit”. A little bit? Have they been toned down? As if the Demogorgon, Upsidedown, Demodogs, and, not to mention, the MindFlair were just no big deal. Or am I just a total nerd for special effects? Details on season 4 have yet to be released, aside from them leaving Hawkins of course, but one can bet that if there’s any character whose name starts with the letter B, they’ll be dead by the end of it (Barb, Bob, and Billy). The final heartbreaking detail would be that there is currently no release date for us to mark on our calendars; let’s just hope that it’s not another year and a half.  

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Bieber marries again

Justin Bieber got married again! Kidding, but his wedding photos to Hailey Baldwin have been released, and can we just talk about how cute they look, even if some of us thought he was better off with Selena? Of the many guests to attend were Usher, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, and the Jenners. In a way, Bieber is getting married again, as he and Baldwin had a religious ceremony this month. Last year, the two just went to the courthouse to be legally married but later explained that they wanted to have a religious (Christian) wedding. Your wedding is supposed to be the best party of your life, right? There doesn’t appear to be much drama between Selena and Justin here (despite what some tabloids would love for readers to believe). Instead, Selena is holding her head high and spoke out about her music and the immigration crisis the day after his wedding. Everyone looks pretty happy, well, except maybe those of us who were Jelena (Justin and Selena) fans.  

Graphic by Arturo Magallanes

Graphic by Arturo Magallanes

Hello, Libras

Happy birthday, Libras!  As of September 23, Libra (and cuffing) season has officially kicked off, and one can only hope it brings some balance to our lives. Libras are an air sign ruled by Venus known as “the scale”, always seeking balance, peace, and harmony as they weigh out all of their options. These idealists love pleasing others (and just loving others), are great listeners and have a tendency to overthink. During Libra season, every sign can expect to seek some sort of balance until its end on October 23, which is honestly great after a hardworking Virgo season. Many of us, including more introverted signs, are more likely to want to spend time with our friends, officially balancing out Virgo season. The biggest warning to all my fellow signs is to keep a calendar as you make plans, as astrology charts warn all of us about the risk of over-committing this season. Here’s to hoping this season brings great things, cheers Libras.