This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news.
Manson gets clocked
Marilyn Manson got more than eggs and bacon early Sunday morning.
At 2 a.m. in a Denny’s in Alberta, Canada, Manson sat down for some late night munchies. He mingled with fans and then, according to police reports, a man flat out socked him.
Some reports say that the punch was provoked by a scuffle between Manson and some other diners.
Other reports say it was completely unprovoked.
But the point is, someone had the balls to punch Marilyn Manson. The guy known as the “Antichrist Superstar.” The guy who cuts himself on stage. The guy who makes his own absinthe called “Mansinthe.”
Kudos to the man that punched that guy.
Bouncing baby Duggar
Jill Dillard, of the Duggar dynasty, had her first baby Monday night. Israel David Dillard weighed in at 9 pounds, 10 ounces, and has 20 aunts and uncles.
Dillard, 23, was married last June and the “19 and Counting” star announced two months later that she and her husband Derick were expecting.
The Dillards courted for only a year before getting married, and claimed they didn’t kiss until pronounced man and wife.
I understand that the Duggars believe that family and having children is of the utmost importance. Hence why they get married so young and pop out babies like T-shirts out of a gun at a Nickelback concert.
But I also think that the time in your early twenties is valuable. It’s still a time of self-discovery and exploration. It’s when you travel to climb Mt. Fuji in Japan or run with the bulls in Spain. It’s when you move across the country and take jobs that are intimidating and exciting. It’s when you, not to sound entirely and disgustingly like a Lifetime movie, discover who you truly are. If you’re in a relationship, it’s when you really grow and understand each other.
A baby just makes things complicated. They puke and poop and stuff.
But I also hear babies are blessings, so best of luck to the budding family. I hope they also have ample “I” names prepared.
Apple’s iOS 8.3 was released Wednesday. This means I will have to delete some of my 2,178 photos to make space on my phone for the update. But it also means new emojis.
The much anticipated diverse emojis have arrived. The new emoji keyboard includes emojis in a range of skin tones and an expanded flag set, including 42 flags from around the globe.
This means people can now communicate even better with pictures instead of words. Words are overrated.
Another (very important) change is that the high-five emoji — more popularly known as the praying hands emoji — will no longer have rays around the hands. This is to further emphasize the emoji gods’ point that it is not religious. It’s purely two buddies congratulating each other.
Personally, I need prayer more than that.
Out of sync
Jimmy Fallon had the thought, “Hey, I have this really annoying segment on my show where celebrities lip sync to other celebrities’ songs. I should extend that atrocity out into a whole 30-minute show.”
That’s exactly how “Lip Sync Battle” was born.
It is what it sounds like it is. Two celebrities “battle” each other on who can fake sing along to Top 40 the best. Someone wins and nothing really matters.
Congratulations, you didn’t actually sing.
I guess it’s not too different than “American Idol” then.