It’s the day after the socially acceptable display of cultural appropriation by the planet’s richest and most vacuous twits. I have no idea why the usual woke suspects aren’t announcing their horror and disgust at this year’s wholesale appropriation of a religion imagery and its major characters (can you imagine the response if Lana Del Rey and Jared Leto had turned up as Muhammad and Aisha rather than Mary and Jesus). I assume that people assume that Catholicism is a white religion and therefore fair game. In the facts-based universe however, Catholicism has far more adherents in South America, Africa and Asia than the US and Europe combined. Anyway, apparently the pope doesn’t care and God knows* that the whole rotten institution doesn’t deserve a shred of respect. Still, try this as a social test over the next few days: those expressing disapproval over this stunt will be labelled entitled and intolerant by the very same people who last week were upset at a schoolgirl for wearing a qipao.
It’s Billy Joel’s birthday today (1949) which gives us a reason to listen to a couple of songs. He’s had a prolific career and it’s impossible to choose just two that would be representative of his body of work.
On Twitter this morning:
Lenin in the marketplace
Ленин следит за базаром, Москва, 1996 год. pic.twitter.com/MUjwy90GXr
— ПАМЯТЬ В КАДРАХ (@pamyat_v_kadrah) May 8, 2018
Trigger warning: Allergies!
Pollen Bomb! Eric Henderson wondered what would happen if he tapped a pollen-laden tree with his backhoe in Millville, NJ. His wife Jennifer grabbed the video. Makes you want to sneeze!#AllergySeason pic.twitter.com/L2cURSNmXf
— Mike Seidel (@mikeseidel) May 8, 2018
And apparently it’s Eurovision time once again, and you guys outside Europe can watch too.
May God have mercy on your souls.
— BBC Eurovision🇬🇧 (@bbceurovision) May 8, 2018
Also, Ireland is through to the finals.
— Twitter Moments UK & Ireland (@UKMoments) May 8, 2018
Finally, our furry friends in Poland are discussing the weather, as one does.
Cyrus: Is it global or local warming?Hili: It depends on what data you are looking at.
Cyrus: Czy to jest ocieplenie globalne, czy lokalne?
Hili: To zależy od tego na jakie dane patrzysz.
* It’s an expression.