Weekly Rewind: July 6
Take on Serena Williams via Snapchat, get out and proud in London, and look up to the skies for an angry baby Trump: here's our weekly round-up of the best stories from around the world wide web.
5. Square off to Serena Williams... on Snapchat
With Wimbledon in full swing, you might be feeling inspired to dust off your racquet and hit the court. And if you fancy your chances against seven-time champion Serena Williams, well, you're in luck. As reported in Mashable, Snapchat has just released an AR tennis game which pits your Bitmoji (the animated version of yourself on Snapchat Lenses) against that of the seven-time Wimbledon champ. Which beats IRL sweating on centre court any day. Game, set and match!
2. Are you Love Island-body ready?
If you're a regular viewer of Love Island (and there's no shame in it - we're all addicted) you might have noticed a certain type of ad popping up in the breaks: plastic surgery and diet product promotions. It's a cynical example of targeted advertising that has already attracted opprobium from the NHS and the Mental Health Foundation and now, as Stylist reports, feminist action group Level Up are calling on the public to voice their disapproval on social media, using the hashtag #LoveIslandAds, in a bid to force the channel, ITV2, to reconsider its advertising. Given the outcry over Protein World's infamous Beach Body Ready ad, it's depressing that this sort of thing is still happening, to be frank.
3. Hamilton's pooch is top dog
As salaries stagnate and we all frantically try to grow our measly Instagram followings to 'influencer' levels, here's some depressing news courtesy of the Metro: Lewis Hamilton's dog rakes in a reported $700 USD per day (over $250,000 per year) through modelling gigs. With 142,000 Instagram followers, Roscoe the bulldog is a bona fide influencer, too. Though it's probably small fry compared with what the F1 driver takes home, it's good to know the pooch is paying his own way when it comes to acupuncture, private jets and plush hotel stays...
2. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Trump Baby
He's often accused of throwing his toys out of the pram, and now a group of protestors have taken the analogy to its logical conclusion, by turning Donald Trump into a gigantic angry baby, reports The Telegraph. The six-foot inflatable blimp, which is named Trump Baby and clutches a mobile phone, will take to London's skies during the US President's visit to the UK next week, after more than 10,000 people signed a petition to give it permission to fly. "We are just a small group of friends who set out to use humour to take a stand against the rise of racist and fascist politics both here in the UK and over in the US," said a spokesperson for protest group Nona Hurkmans. The question on everyone's lips: if Trump catches sight of his inflatable alter-ego, will he act his age or his shoe size?
1. Out and proud: Pride's best moments
This weekend, London will be bedecked in all the colours of the rainbow, as the UK capital gears up for the return of the annual LGBTQ festival. Pride parades have been happening all over the world this month, from Dublin to Manila, and the Independent has rounded up some of the best moments. From a marriage proposal on the streets of New York to 'Proud Dads' driving a rainbow bus, they're guaranteed to put a big smile on your face.