Even though Nintendo should have stopped announcing new Pokmon after the sad, dismal failure that was Popplio, it seems they’re determined to lower the bar even more. As of today, there’s a Pokmon that looks like Republican presidential candidate and wrinkly-smirk emoji Donald Trump.
Meet Yungoos, a loitering-type Pokmon that, like The Donald, is basically a weasel in a hairpiece. Also like Trump, Yungoos has a strong jaw and tiny little hands. Sad!
We’ll probably never learn what Trump himself thinks of Yungoos, because although he’s happy to offer strong opinions on every subject from immigration to Diet Coke to the RPatz-KStew breakup, he refuses to answer America’s burning questions about Pocket Monsters.
Can we be expected to elect a leader who doesn’t have the guts to openly declare that America can catch ’em all?
Only 146 more days left in this nightmarish horse race.
Indian PM follows accounts that appeared to celebrate Gauri Lankeshs death, but his party says criticism is mischievous
Indias ruling party has defended Narendra Modis use of Twitter after a number of users followed by the Indian prime minister appeared to celebrate the fatal shooting of a journalist this week.
Leaders from across Indian politics have condemned the murder of Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead outside her home in Bengaluru on Tuesday, but a number of Modi supporters appeared to attempt to justify the killing.
One commented: You reap what you sow. Another wrote in Hindi: A bitch died a dogs death and all of her litter is crying in the same voice.
Modi, who operates his own Twitter account and follows 1,779 others, has been criticised for continuing to follow accounts that have levelled abuse at Lankesh. He has yet to comment on the killing.
The head of his BJP partys information unit, Amit Malviya, said the prime minister followed normal people and described the controversy as mischievous and contorted.
PM following someone is not a character certificate of a person and is not in any way a guarantee of how a person would conduct himself, he said in a statement. [Modi] follows normal people and frequently interacts with them on various issues. He is a rare leader who truly believes in freedom of speech and has never blocked or unfollowed anyone on Twitter.
Modi is regularly criticised for following users who post offensive content. In July 2015 he invited 150 social media users to his residence for a meet-and-greet, among them Twitter users who had used sexual slurs and levelled other abuse against women.
Malviya said Modi was frequently attacked for the actions of his supporters while abuse by backers of opposition political leaders was ignored. This debate is not only farcical and fake, but also an exhibit of selective right to freedom of expression, he said.
Indias information technology minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, condemned the online abuse of Lankesh, tweeting that he deplore[d] the messages on social media expressing happiness on the dastardly murder.
Separately, Delhi police have filed a case against a Facebook user who published a hit list of journalists, activists and authors including the Man Booker prize-winner Arundhati Roy.
Police have sought the IP details of the user, who identified himself as Vikramaditya Rana, after he made a series of posts including one saying Lankeshs killing serves her and her kind right for the damages these so-called journos have caused our nation.
Lankesh, whose murder is being examined by a specially appointed investigative team, had previously voiced concern about the rabid hate that she was subjected to online.
In her speeches and writing, Lankesh, 55, frequently criticised the Hindu nationalist ideology associated with the BJP and worked to rehabilitate guerrillas involved in the countrys five-decade-long Maoist insurgency.
Though police have not commented on the motive for her killing, friends, lawyers and colleagues of the journalist as well as some members of the BJP have speculated that it was in retribution for her work.
On Thursday the hashtag #BlockNarendraModi was used as part of a campaign to block the leaders account and highlight the abuse that many prominent Indians, particularly women, say has become endemic online.
One prominent journalist, Barkha Dutt, wrote in the Hindustan Times this year that trolling has become part of my daily life. I dont even notice it any more; thats how dangerously inured I have become to the gross innuendo and violent and sexually explicit abuse that is heaped on so many women, she said.
Controversial Youtuber and fashion blogger Taylor Goldblatt has been attracting all the wrong kind of attention lately, after a foul racist tirade about the Mexican workers who were installing his ‘Tay Fucking $’ neon sign went viral.
Now this story has to be taken with a pinch of salt, because it’s hard to believe that a human being could be so thoroughly unpleasant. Surely we are all being trolled? Goldblatt hails from Tennessee but spends most of his time in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. His online persona is that of the ‘rich brat,’ gleefully showing off his wealth while name-dropping expensive brands, and generally coming across as vapid, self-obsessed and superficial. “Hello there, my name is Taylor. I’m a rich kid, spendthrift and money is my middle name,” he writes on his YouTube bio. “I spend the majority of my time living a lux life of opulence in Beverly Hills, CA. I am a blogger and social media creative, with an avid love for menswear and all things fine luxury.”
The channel landed him in hot water last year after thieves were able to track him down through his videos and rob him at knifepoint in his New York apartment. He believes that his online presence made him a target, having spoken extensively about his $35,000 Gucci collection. Now his online antics have made himself a target again, this time of people furious about his openly racist treatment of Mexican immigrants. Screenshots of his Instagram stories were shared on Twitter by @ialfreddyate, attracting an outpouring of support for the workers and all kinds of hate and ridicule for the bigoted blogger. Seems he finally got the fame and attention he so obviously craves!