Below are some of the top social media trends in Los Angeles for the week of May 26 – 30.
#YesAllWomen trended on Twitter throughout Tuesday and Wednesday as both men and women showed their solidarity for women’s rights. The hashtag started after a video by Elliot Rodger, the Isla Vista shooter, went viral. In the video, Rodger explained his incentive for the killing spree, saying, among other things, “I don’t know why you girls have never been attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it.” #YesAllWomen represents a movement to prove that women should be treated with respect and that men are not automatically entitled to physical affection.
In other sad news, Maya Angelou passed away Wednesday at the age of 86. Maya Angelou and #RIPMayaAngelou both trended on Twitter as users paid their respects to the activist and author. One of the top Tweets was by Los Angeles-based actress Pauley Perrette who wrote, “#RIPMayaAngelou Beautiful Mind. Beautiful Life. Thank you for everything you did on earth. Heaven just got Blessed.”
Ballmer buys the Clippers
Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft, plans to buy the Clippers for $2 billion. This is huge news for Los Angeles, and the Twitterverse was buzzing with opinions. In particular, L.A.-based sports writer Arash Markazi had a lot to say. He had some of the top Tweets once the story broke, including a graphic he posted stating that the Clippers are now the most valuable NBA franchise.
Finally, hype about the latest Disney live-action film, Maleficent, took Los Angeles social media and press by storm. Stories included Jolie’s significant other Brad Pitt getting attacked at the premiere, and a predicted strong debut at the box office.
Overall, Angelinos seem to be enjoying the film. L.A. local Frances Wang raved about the movie on Twitter, saying “Maleficent was amazing. Angelina Jolie is perfect in that role (as expected) and the story line is everything!!!”
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