In this edition: one year on from the ouster of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt remains divided; American singer Demi Lovato sparks outrage among Russian web users; and a Lego replica of The Grand Budapest Hotel.
ONE YEAR AFTER MORSI, DIVISIONS PERSIST IN EGYPT
A year has passed since Egypt`s army ousted the then president Mohamed Morsi following vast anti-government protests. Twitter users have taken this one year anniversary as an opportunity to discuss and debate the current situation in the country under the hashtag “why we have replaced Morsi”.
The messages posted to the social network reflect a country divided between supporters and detractors of the former president. This web user says Mohamed Morsi did not deserve to remain in power because he did not live up to the expectations of the people. Many have shared similar viewpoints; some have even gone as far as to call him a thief or a terrorist.
Supporters of the ex-president have used the keywords to criticize his removal from power. The authors of these tweets say, with irony, that it was because he had been democratically elected that he had to be overthrown. They are open digs at the current government which was formed without elections.
And criticism has intensified in the wake of the bomb explosions in Cairo on June 30th in which two people died. The perpetrators of the attack had announced their intentions on the web a few days earlier, even indicating where they had planted the bombs. Shocked by the police negligence, many web users have been posting messages reproaching the government for spending more time pursuing supporters of Mohammed Morsi than on protecting the people of Egypt.
DEMI LOVATO’S GAY PUTIN KISS SPARKS OUTRAGE IN RUSSIA
American singer Demi Lovato has sparked outrage in Russia after her concert at New York`s gay pride event on Sunday… during the performance two of her male backing dancers shared a kiss on stage. One of them was naked but holding a portrait of Vladimir Putin to cover his genitals… it has not gone down well among Russian web users.
Thousands have taken to social networks slamming what they describe as an offensive performance. And a lot of the criticism is coming from fans of the American singer, posting under the #DemiHurtsRussianLovatics, to let her know they are upset and angry over what they see as a lack of respect for their country.
Supporters of the Russian president have also voiced criticism, saying it is absolutely unacceptable to use his picture in such a way. A growing number of messages are appearing under the #StayStrongPutin hashtag, reiterating support and blasting Demi Lovato for daring to mock the head of state.
And in view of this growing backlash within Russia, Demi Lovato fans from the rest of the world have leapt to her defense, saying she just wanted to demonstrate her opposition to the anti-gay laws implemented in Russia under Vladimir Putin, and in no way did she intend to insult an entire country.
TUMBLR PROJECT TAKES ON STREET HARASSMENT
French photographer Juliette Lancel has explored the theme of street harassment in her latest collection, which features photos of dozens of victims, who have also shared their stories… she wanted to give women a platform in a bid to tackle the problem more effectively. The shots document the inappropriate gestures and disrespectful, unwelcome or threatening remarks they face, in public spaces, on a regular basis; and the photos are available to view on the artist`s Tumblr blog.
STATS OF THE DAY
60 million posts are shared on Instagram every day and 1 000 comments are posted every second! This infographic, available on the Visual.ly platform illustrates the image sharing service`s dazzling success, as three and a half years since its launch, it now has over 200 million users. It is particularly popular with the under 35s and women who make up 90 % and 68 % of its users respectively.
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The "My life with Bradley Cooper" Instagram account belongs to Danielle Davies from the US, who is quite obviously a fan of actor Bradley Cooper. She poses with a cardboard cutout of the Hollywood star in all manner of locations and unlikely scenarios and posts the pics to the photo sharing platform … and they are proving pretty popular, as she already has close to 10,000 followers…
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Ryan Ziegelbauer and 8 of his friends spent 575 hours and used over 50,000 bricks to build this Lego replica of the Grand Budapest Hotel, the fictitious establishment brought to life by film director Wes Anderson in his latest film… you can check out this unique tribute to the world of cinema on YouTube.