The ARIA awards, Bindi Irwin, and condoms! The Newsroom recaps what’s been happening in the world of social media.
#BindiIrwin wins Dancing with the Stars America
Bindi Irwin, the beloved daughter of the late Australian icon Steve Irwin, beat former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter to win season 21 of the US series Dancing with the Stars.
The 17-year-old, who made her way through three months of rehearsals with dancing partner Derek Hough, received a perfect score of 30 for their final dance routine that featured a beautiful tribute to her father and brought audience members to tears.
Backstage of Dancing with the Stars, Bindi remembered her father Steve and said she dedicated this season to him, wishing he could have been there.
“I hope that he’d be proud of me. And I hope that I am able to carry on in his footsteps and make sure that his legacy lives on,” she said.
However her victory did not come without backlash. Former Australian politician Amanda Vanstone could not find a reason to celebrate young Bindi when she appeared on The Verdict.
“Give me a break, she’s not the only kid who’s father has died,” said Amanda. “It doesn’t make her special.”
We’ve seen the #IceBucketChallenge and the #KylieJennerLipChallenge, but this is probably the most bizarre viral trend yet, that find a new use for condoms.
Dubbed “The Condom Challenge”, it involves one person filling up a condom with water and holding it above the head of another person, then dropping it. Except instead of the condom popping due to its strength, it covers the other persons face making them appear distorted.
The results are equally terrifying and hilarious:
The hashtag and challenge became so viral it now even has its own Twitter page; @CondomChallenge, that posts people’s attempts. Check them out:
— Condom Challenge (@CondomChaIlenge) November 25, 2015
— Condom Challenge (@CondomChaIlenge) November 24, 2015
— Condom Challenge (@CondomChaIlenge) November 23, 2015
Facebook changing their relationship status
It’s publicly humiliating enough to change your relationship status to single. But have you ever dreaded the thought of still having to see your ex’s face and posts appear on your Facebook news feed?
Well worry no more, because the social networking site has been trialling features to be able to make your ex-partner disappear from your Facebook without having to delete them. It is reported the way it will work is once it is indicated a relationship has been removed from your profile, Facebook will offer a range of suggestions.
Options will include things from not being able to tag or be tagged by your ex to limiting views to their pictures and statuses.
Facebook; helping people get over break-ups since 2015.
Do people actually watch the ARIA awards? Apparently so.
The hashtag #ARIAs popped off last night during the Australian music award’s airtime. The trend continued this morning as viewers and attendees shared goggle-box style commentary online.
I'll host anything as long as there's a cheque. And your Mum. x https://t.co/I7tqYPKGC3
— Osher Günsberg (@oshergunsberg) November 26, 2015
All this ARIA talk makes you wonder what the ARIAs are.
— Sam Taunton (@samtaunton) November 26, 2015
But the name on everyone’s lips (and fingertips) was Matt Okine, the breakfast radio comedian whose acceptance speech turned into a gender-equality rant.
— ARIA (@ARIA_Official) November 26, 2015
What’s even crazier is that his speech was edited out of the TV broadcast, which has definitely received a fair share of media attention. Should we be suss? Smells a little like an #ARIAs stunt. – Xantre Macaraeg
Top photo of Bindi Irwin winning Dancing with the Stars 2015 from Bindi Irwin’s Instagram.