In this edition: Israelis taking bomb shelter selfies; web users in the Philippines speak up for an unwed mum; and a young woman`s selfie montage shows struggles with hair pulling …
ISRAELIS TAKING BOMB SHELTER SELFIES
Here’s the latest trend to hit social networks in Israel; bomb shelter selfies. Photo shared while Palestinian rockets rain down across the country, and the Israel defense forces step up air strikes on the Gaza Strip …
On their own, or with their families, Israelis have been posing for these pics, smiles on their faces, and posting them to this Facebook page: “Bomb Shelter Selfies”. It’s one way of documenting their experiences inside the underground safe rooms, where they sometimes have to stay for hours, even entire nights.
Talking to the Haaretz daily newspaper, the founder of the Facebook group Sara Eisen said it is also a way of showing the world that the Israelis are not going to let the attacks get to them; for more than a week now rockets sirens have been sounded on a regular basis across Israel.
But given the seriousness of the context, not everyone approves of these selfies. Twitter users have pointed out that Gaza residents do not have the luxury of posing for bomb shelter selfies during Israeli air strikes, as they do not have any bomb shelters and are unable to seek refuge during the attacks.
PHILIPPINES: ROW OVER PRIEST`S SERMON HUMILIATING AN UNWED MOTHER
This video shows a priest berating an unwed mother during her son`s baptism last Sunday. Father Romeo Obach from Cebu in the Philippines is seen speaking out against a society which, in his opinion, encourages sexual relations outside of marriage, and scolding the 17 year old, publicly humiliating her.
The video has been shared over 40,000 times on social networks over the past week, with net users across the Philippines slamming Romeo Obach`s behavior, saying the Catholic Church needs reforms, some even refer to the bible when condemning the public humiliation. The priest was suspended from his duties on Wednesday.
Others have tried to play down the remarks made by Obach who has since posted a letter of apology to Twitter on the page run by Cebu`s main newspaper. This woman however thinks the priest only apologized because the video was seen by thousands of people. Many web users hope the young mum will take him to court, while others have criticized her and denounce a society which condones underage sex.
Father Romeo Obach has met with the young woman`s mother to apologize in person. He has also sent a handwritten letter to the young mum asking for her forgiveness. She has accepted his apology and will do her best to ensure the video is removed from sharing sites.
NOW AND THEN: SEEING THE FUTURE FROM THE PAST
Photographer Samantha Decker juxtaposes photos of the present against the same scenes of the past, highlighting changes that are yet to happen, with stunning results. As we can see here with the Eiffel Tower. This “Now and Then” collection is available on the artist`s web site.
NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
86 year old Baddie Winkle has a real zest for life and she`s gained a large following on Twitter and Instagram. Web users love her youthful sense of humour and free spirited personality, her wacky past times and her fabulous collection of t-shirts … she now has hundreds of thousands of followers, some have even hailed her as the coolest Grandma on the Internet.
AN ALIEN IN THE CITY
Walking through the streets of Ann Arbor in Michigan, it’s highly likely you`ll come across Sluggo. Chalk drawn by artist David Zinn, this little alien like fellow blends into the urban landscape and gets up to all sorts… you can check out Sluggo`s latest adventures on the site zinnart.com.
VIDÉO DU JOUR
Rebecca Brown from London, has trichotillomania, the compulsive urge to pull out one`s hair, usually from the scalp but also sometimes eyebrows and eyelashes. Feeling lost and alone she started taking a photograph of herself every day from the age of fifteen. She wanted to try and understand her condition in order to beat it. She is now 21 years old, and has created a time lapse video of her transformation over the past six years. The clip is available to view on the BeckieO YouTube channel.