Red Nose Day, organized by Comic Relief, uses entertainment to raise money and awareness to help kids who live in poverty (Red Nose Day). They have raised over $1 billion dollars for kids around the world in the last 25 years. In 2013 One Direction visited Accra, Ghana headed to Accra, Ghana and visited a pediatric clinic that benefited from the charity (Daily Mail). The boys in the band released a cover song of “One Way or Another”. All of the proceeds from the song went to help those in the clinic suffering from severe sicknesses such as malaria. With over 3 million sales worldwide, Niall shared this message to than fans for the support of the band and the cause: “We just want to say thank you to our fans for their generosity. They never cease to amaze us. We’re so very proud of our involvement and knowing that this money will make a real difference is the best part of what we do. Please continue to support Comic Relief and do what you can for this incredibly important cause. Love Niall. X” (Comic Relief). In its first week, the single topped charts in 63 different countries. According to Daily Mail, £850k was raised for Red Nose Day through single sales when their story was written. They were able to raise a total of 2 million British pounds to help the children of Ghana.
A series of videos were released by the band to raise awareness. The Daily Mail described one of the videos in their story. “As Styles sat on the hospital bed next to Kofi he was overcome with emotion and burst into tears. Using his white T-shirt to cry into the floppy haired star was inconsolable. He also met and was rather taken with two month old Gwendoline who was suffering with pneumonia.Gwendoline’s mother Philomnia held her daughter in her arms while Harry affectionately played with the tiny baby.” The videos shared helped people realize how privileged they are. In one of the released videos, Zayn Malik, a now former member of the boy band, repeatedly said that it only costs 5 pounds to pay for a vaccination to save a child’s life from malaria (Comic Relief YouTube video). It was an emotional day for the number one boy band in the world and brought a lot of attention to the cause to their millions of fans. Combined the One Direction Red Nose Day YouTube videos had nearly 18 million views, a major impact for the organization.
Justin Bieber threatened to make his Instagram account private if his fans continued to post hateful comments about him and his girlfriend Sofia Richie (Daily Mail). The comments began after Bieber began posting several images of him and Richie in the backseat of a car (People). A few days later his ex girlfriend, Selena Gomez got involved. She commented on his post “If you can’t handle the hate, then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol- It should be special between you two only. Don’t be mad at your fans. They love you and supported you before any one ever did” (Time). Bieber then responded “It’s funny to see people that used me for attention and still try to point the finger this way. Sad. All love.” He later commented again “I’m not one for anyone receiving hate. Hope u can all be kind to my friends and eachother. And yes I love my beliebers.” actually deleted his Instagram account all together after making it private and public again all within a few minutes. The singer had 77.8 million followers. Gomez then posted a collage including pictures of her with her fans with the caption“My whole life. You matter most. Thank you letting me do what I love every day.” It did not directly mention Bieber but People wrote that the post “seemed to throw shade” at the singer.
When Bieber threatened his fans, many beliebers took to twitter to make fun of the fact that the singer did not realize that the 77.8 million followers he had would still be following him and would still see everything he posted if he went private. One tweet by the user @niazartkid said “does justin bieber knows that even if he puts his Instagram on private theres still about 77million ppl following him who will see his posts” the tweet had 138 retweets and 178 likes. Another tweet by @girlhoodposts had 106 retweets and 229 likes. It said”#SelenaEndedJustinParty Justin does realize that he has 77.7m followers and going private isn’t going to get rid of those… dumbass smh”. The hashtag used in the tweet trended with over 1.17 million tweets (Pinkvilla). According to Time many tweets in the hashtag were Gomez’s fans suppporting her, some were Bieber’s fans happy that someone stood up for them, others tweeting were just living for the drama and the shade. After Bieber deleted his account, Gomez took to Snapchat, sharing to her story an image that read “What I said was selfish and pointless” (Us Weekly).
This incident was not the first time Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, AKA Jelena have hashed out their disagreements using social media and it certantly wasn’t the only drama Justin found himself in on the app. “Rumours have been a flying that Justin has been flirting with and dating Victoria’s Secret model Barbara Palvin, taking her to see The Lion King and getting close to her for pics; and now Selena has tweeted a picture of Justin that has ol’ Babs in the background,” shared Sugarscape in 2012. Lil Twist orriginally posted the picture and quickly deleted it. Gomez reposted the image with the caption “……” to Twitter (Hollywood Life). Instagram comments tend to get Bieber in Trouble. In January Bieber commented on Ariana Grande’s post saying she looked good. Grande then took to Twitter: “not today satan !!!!!! gtg finish this music & live my cute, drama free life !!” Another instance where Bieber got burned on Instagram was when he shared an image of Cindy Kimberly with the caption “Omg who is this!!” Apparently he didn’t notice the icon in the corner of the image signifying that she was tagged. Fans did and called him out on it in the comments saying “N*gga ifk why your 4th grade IQ equivalent ass brain didn’t think to look at the tag instead of sending us on a mission like we’re the next installment to blues clues” (Twitter).
When you have 77.8 million followers, sometimes when you’re sharing personal things with that many strangers, it can get out of hand. The absence of Instagram in Beieber’s life may enhance it by creating less drama. Of course, it would also be easier for the singer if people weren’t so outspoken behind a keyboard. Many of the things said the the singer online would not be said to his face. This is especially true with fans and people he does not know. If other people did not get involved with his relationship with Richie, he may still have Instagram and the fight between Bieber and Gomez on Instagram may not have happened. Though it is one less social media platform to use to promote his music, the internet can unfortunately distort the way phrases are meant to be said. Sometimes taking breaks from social media can help keep a person sane. Bieber is learning to be more vocal about what needs to be done for his own mental health.
On October 3rd in the early hours of the morning, five men dressed as policemen buzzed the Hotel de Pourtales intercom (Us Weekly). They asked “Where is the wife of the rapper?” (WUSA). They were asking for Kim Kardashian, who was staying in the hotel during the Paris fashion week. The men held a gun to the concierge’s head and forced him to open the door to Kardashian’s room (Us Weekly). The reality star was robbed at gunpoint, bound and gagged in the bathroom of her luxury apartment. According to TMZ, the attackers used plastic handcuffs with duct tape and grabbed her ankles. This was when she told police she thought was about to be raped. They then put her in the bathtub after duct taping her ankles. The thieves got away with 10 million dollars’ worth of jewelry including borrowed jewelry and an “upgraded” engagement ring from husband Kanye West (People Style). There were no signs of forced entry, so police told US Weekly that they think the robbery was an inside job. Authorities said the crime was likely to have been committed by a “highly organized” gang. Us Weekly’s law enforcement sources said it is one of the strangest cases they have dealt with because the Selfish author was sleeping alone with so much jewelry and did not have a personal body guard with her. Kardashian’s body guard was accompanying her sisters Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner.
According to People Style, there are people in the media that are holding Kim Kardashian West accountable for flaunting her jewelry and wealth on social media. Security experts and Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld say she shouldn’t have flaunted the jewelry. Sources also say that Kardashian blames herself for the scary event. The Telegraph reported that Kardashian’s sister Kylie Jenner, along with former step father Caitlyn Jenner were ridiculed for sharing joyful photos on social media too soon after the incident. Kylie’s post included a beach photo captioned “Looking back at Turks.” Caitlyns read “Had so much fun with Kylie at Sunday’s car show. Here we are with my friend Jeff Dunham’s original #Batmobile.” One angry commenter had something to say about it, “I’m sorry but what the hell is with you and Kylie…you sound like you don’t care about Kim, I’m sure you didn’t mean it but it’s insensitive and Kim was tied up and had a gun to her head but Kylie can’t stay off social media for more than one day?” After the comment, Kardashian’s former step father posted another comment with an image of Kim. “Love my girl!” wrote Jenner. “After hearing the full story, I’m so thankful she’s okay. It’s a reminder for us all to be careful in the uncertainty of this world.” Many spoke up in response to some of the awful things many have said about Kim Kardashian on social media (E News). “People making jokes about @KimKardashian tonight would do well to remember that she’s a mother,a daughter,a wife,a friend.Be nice or shut up,” wrote Late Late Show host James Corden.
According to Perez Hilton, Kim Kardashian West was not the only celebrity to have a scary robbery story. Included in the site’s gallery of Celebs with Scary Stories of Being Robbed are: Tay Diggs, Kate Moss, Matthew McConaughey, Rod Stewart, Keri Russell, Simon Cowell and LL Cool J. Though none listed came close to what Kardashian experienced, Simon Cowell’s experience was similar. His house was raided at two in the morning and the robbers stole cash and jewelry from his mansion. Cowell, his girlfriend Lauren Silverman and their son Eric were sleeping. Unlike Kardashian’s situation, a security guard was able to spot the intruder, tackle him and recover the possessions worth $600,000. Both Cowell and Kardashian were left traumatized. When Tay Diggs and LL Cool J were being targeted, both of them were able to detain their attackers on their own until police arrived.
Kim Kardashian West’s experience was very unfortunate and unusual. If her body guard had been there the situation may have been prevented. If she was not flaunting her jewelry on social media, it’s likely that she wouldn’t have been targeted by the gang. Social media and Kardashian’s use of the sites such as Instagram, Snap Chat and Twitter, are important factors to the robbery case. Many see the impact social media had on the situation, leading to Caitlyn and Kylie Jenner being attacked by commenters for posting on social media soon after the incident. Though some people were being cruel on social media, making fun of the E! star for “getting what she deserved.” It’s wonderful that Kardashian has great friends and other celebrities standing up for her in her time of need. Keeping Up with the Kardashians has been put on an indefinite hold and all of her appearances have been canceled for the time being as she recovers from the traumatic experience (WUSA). Most of the media is understanding of this and is just glad the reality star is okay.
In January of this year Brock Turner was discovered publically sexually assaulting a woman at a Stanford University undergraduate party (Buzzfeed News). Once found, Turner attempted to run but was chased, tackled and restrained by two witnesses. Initially there were five charges, two charges of rape, one for attempted rape and two for sexual assault (Atlanta Journal Constitution). The charges of rape were dropped after reviewing DNA test results between the rape kit and Tuner. In March, Tuner was found guilty of three felony offenses: sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object, sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object and sexual assault with intent to rape an intoxicated person. He was sentenced to six months in jail out of the minimum of two years and maximum of fourteen years. He only served half of his sentence (three months). Though convicted of sexual assault charges and an attempted rape charge, the media continuously uses the now registered sex offender’s previous title of being a Stanford swimmer in headlines. This case is the perfect example of white and male privilege playing a major role within the judicial system and in the media.
The media continuously downplays Turner’s actions because of his status, athleticism, race and gender. According to the Intercept, “Associated Press, USA Today, TIME, CNN, Sports Illustrated, MSNBC, and the BBC were criticized by readers for failing to immediately identify Turner as someone who had committed sexual assault.” The article also shared that TIME referred to Turner as “former Stanford swimmer and star swimmer” and did not acknowledge his crimes of sexual assault until the story’s third line. Many took to twitter in response to the articles. One tweet by freelance writer and author, Danielle Campoamor, read “Dear @TIME & @SInow, you spelled “convicted rapist” wrong. Brock Turner THE CONVICTED RAPIST, not Stanford Swimmer,” and has received over 3,600 retweets and likes combined. One explanation of why media outlets never used the words “convicted rapist” was because Turner was only convicted of attempted rape and rape-related charges. Using “convicted rapists” would be legally incorrect but using statuses that formally applied to the convicted felon is downplaying his crimes. Media sources continuously used the sex offender’s most professional looking photo displayed on the internet. Tuner’s official mugshots were not released by Stanford or by the Santa Clara County’s Sheriff’s Office for 16 months, noted by NBC News. Many commented that if he was a person of color or lower status that the mug shots would have been released immediately, much more accessible and present in the media. The mug shot images were not released to the media until journalists badgered both the sheriff’s office and Stanford.
Discrimination based on race affects the judicial system and the way the media portrays the sentences. Because Turner is white, his mugshots were hidden for many months while in cases where black men were killed, mugshots were used to let the public know about their tragic deaths. Black and other minority victims are not only victims in the way that they were killed, they’re victims of the media when it comes to the use of their images. According to the Denver Post, a White Aurora officer shot and killed an unarmed Black male during a traffic stop. On the Denver Post’s twitter, the officer’s photo was an official police photo in uniform and an American flag behind him, while the man he killed had a mugshot to honor him. Another example of racial discrimination in the media was a Texas State student was killed during a home invasion and the photo used was also a mugshot. Corey Batey’s case was very similar to Turner’s. New York Daily News stated that Batey, an African-American, 19-year-old football player at Vanderbilt, also sexually assaulted an unconscious woman and was found guilty on three felony counts. He was charged with aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. “He was immediately remanded into custody and must serve a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 to 25 years in prison.” Turner only served three of his six months in a local jail out of the two-year minimum for the crimes he committed.
The media creates and enforces stereotypes that affect judicial outcomes in which the media continues to encourage after the verdicts. Turners case is a great example of this. The media continuously called and continues to call him “Stanford simmer, All-American swimmer, Stanford student, star athlete and more,” before and after he was convicted of three felony counts of rape related charges. Black men or other minority men and women do not have this luxury or privilege of being looked at differently by the judicial system. This is also the case for the media related to and surrounding their cases and images to display the crimes committed. Minorities do not even get the privilege of being honored after being killed. The photographs used for minorities continue to be mug shots even when they have done nothing wrong other than being a victim in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is a sad reflection of how the media portrays race and encourages stereotyping.