Three shows that that were hot topics on social media in January 2019

R. Kelly, Fyre Festival, You Netflix
Surviving R. Kelly, Fyre Festival, You Netflix

In the month of January, where cold Canadian winters and holiday credit card bills come in, the best thing to do is stay indoors.  It’s up to you what you want to do. 

You can play video games. You can catch up on some good reads. You can watch a variety of programs on your streaming devices. Or you can simply just fornicate 😍. 

If you choose to consume some content into February, here are three recommended shows you should watch that had social media buzzing.

Surviving R. Kelly

R. Kelly is a monster.

Legendary R&B singer R. Kelly’s controversial docuseries kicked off 2019 with a bang.  Surviving R. Kelly was executive produced by filmmaker and music critic Dream Hampton.  The docuseries revisited Kelly’s infamous history of having sexual relations with minors. 

Multiple victims including his own wife were interviewed, sharing their traumatic accounts with the ‘Pied Piper.’  The three-time Grammy winner’s scandalous past were brought up from stories as old as 25 years ago.  Most notably his marriage to the late Aaliyah, who was of under age at the time. 

Despite being cleared in 2008 on child pornography charges, Kelly still found himself in hot water repeating his sexual behaviour.  It is believed that he is currently running a sex cult on his properties and holding women captive.

Trailer for Surviving R. Kelly

The three-night, six-hour series debuted on January 3 and averaged 2.1 million viewers on the Lifetime channel. The bigger story came out of all of this was the impact it had on social. It was a trending topic (#MuteRKelly) that led to many R. Kelly collaborators distancing themselves from the disgraced singer. RCA Records, his long-time record label recently dropped him.

Public opinion has waned on the 52-year-old, who plans to pursue legal action against the creators of the docuseries. But the jury is out, R. Kelly’s once wholesome image is more tarnished than ever. Had social media been more prevalent in the early 2000’s around the time his child pornography charges became headlines, his career could have been derailed back then as well.

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2018 Year In Review

Wayne Lapasa
Wayne Lapasa

Wow, this year has now come to a close.  Another one is in the books!   It’s time to look back on what 2018 was for me.   I wanted to take the time to recap three highlights in the last 12 months that really stood out for myself.

Dirty selfie from Shake Shack
Dirty selfie from Shake Shack mid-summer 😅💪🏻

Excercise

If you recall from my 2017 year in review post, I mentioned that I struggled to find my footing for hitting the gym.   I was in school at the time, I was working two jobs and lacked the passion.  Thankfully towards the last quarter of the year, I literally just sharpened my mindset and rededicated myself.

I took that same mindset into this past year and set a personal goal: go to the gym five times a week for 365 days.  That’s right…52 weeks!  Are you insane!?  Wayne…you’ve never done that before lol.  The process started in the third week of September 2017 and I’m proud to say that I achieved this for all of 2018.  This was no easy task given a few weeks out of the year I was travelling, with the odd week or two I also caught the seasonal sick bug. 

What does it take to do some sort of physical activity 294 times in one year like I did?   Consistency and lifestyle.  As I have said in the past, they are married to each other and you can’t have one without the other.   Pushing through the calendar year beyond the September 2018 target date also allowed me to extend my goal even further.  As of this writing, I am still going five days a week strong!

GQ for the night.

Hosting

Most of my friends know that I once used to moonlight regularly as a club MC/host.  I’m talking hosting everything from nightlife parties, to stags, weddings etc.   In early November, I was asked by my employer to be the master of ceremonies for our annual Christmas party.  I constantly refer to this evening as “prom,” the one night of the year where everyone in the company literally dresses up in formal attire lol. 

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Social media scandal inspired by Netflix show?

Scandal in the 6

This past month’s story involving six students from an all boys high school assaulting two fellow classmates, has been the talk of the town on social media. St. Michael’s College School is one of the most prestigious high schools in all of Canada. If you are not to up to date with this news story, here is a recap:

CityNews were the first media outlet to receive the disturbing videos.

Was the bullying inspired by 13 Reasons Why?

The details are certainly disturbing. While hazing and bullying are nothing new to adolescents, could it have been inspired from programming seen online?

Netflix’s controversial show 13 Reasons Why, takes a look at teenage pressure such as sexual, alcohol and drug abuse. It is quite possible that what happened at St. Mike’s could have been inspired from the hazing that character Tyler Down endured on the show:

This was the most controversial scene in season two of 13 Reasons Why.

What to do now?

It’s a terrible thing to see our youth emulate what they see on their devices.  I think bullying in general is never going to go away and with a medium like social media, we can react fast and raise attention.  In this case, the videos were briefly circulating on Instagram and it was a matter of time before the authorities got involved.

As for the school turning a blind eye originally, shame on them.  It took local news outlets to expose them for not paying attention to the school culture that goes within their hallways.  What they thought that was happening was just a small level of teasing, has now turned into a sexual assault case, with six students aged 15-17 being expelled for good.