#WhatsTrending on Social Media – September 2016
Fall is in the air - the temperatures are dropping, the sweaters are coming back out and there’s no better time to review what’s been happening this past month. So get cozy and let’s take a look at what’s been trending for the month of September this year.
August ended with a bang when news stations everywhere began reporting about a stand-off between police and Chris Brown at Brown’s California home. The whole thing began when reports were leaked that Brown had pulled a gun on a woman in his home. The woman, Baylee Curran, called the police to report Brown and they surrounded his home. Brown, however, refused to leave. Instead he reacted to the situation by positing a slew of angry videos on Instagram targeting everyone from the woman in question, to the police and the press. Curran shared her side of the story by saying that Chris and his friends got upset when she touched a necklace and Chris’ security supposedly refused to return her phone until she agreed to sign a waiver. Curran reacted by grabbing her phone and running from Brown's home before calling the police. Brown's Lawyer, Mark Geragos arrived and shortly after the events as Chris’ team began to emerge from the house, resulting in Chris eventually emerging and having police conduct a search of his home. Brown was arrested then released from jail after posting $250,000 bail. He has an arraignment set for the 20th of this month and has completely denied all accusations that have been brought forth by Curran.
Colin Kaepernick and the NFL
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick faced controversy at the end of August when he refused to stand during the national anthem before a game against Green Bay. Kaepernick said that he will not, “stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Many of the reactions to Kaepernick’s actions have been torn. While there are those who are outraged about his actions, there are also those that are standing by Kaepernick, including fellow athletes. During many recent football games and athletic events, athletes ranging from Miami Dolphins players, to high school football teams have been kneeling, sitting, or standing with fists raised to show their support of Kaepernick and his statement.
Have you found yourself eating more Chipotle this month? If you have it’s probably because the fast food chain has been trying a number of strategies, like their Chiptopia rewards program, to help bring in more customers since their infamous E. coli outbreaks last year. For September the restaurant has been trying out several new promotions at once: a free drink with any valid student ID and the purchase of any food item, free kids meals with the purchase of an adult entrée, and of course their Chiptopia rewards program. If you’re not familiar with the rewards program how it works is once you purchase four burritos (on multiple visits) you can receive a free burrito! Will these promotions sway the masses to rush to Chipotle for their burrito fix again? Only time will tell.
Brock Turner release
Stanford rapist and former university swimmer Brock Turner was released from jail earlier this month after serving only half of his already very lenient six-month sentence. Turner was sentenced back in June when he assaulted a woman behind a dumpster. The case drew national attention after the victim’s impactful statement went viral. National outrage came when Turner was so lightly sentenced by judge Aaron Persky. The light sentencing was because any sentence longer than six months, “would have a severe impact on him.” Several speakers have since asked for Persky to be removed from office through a recall election, and many petitions have been created in the wake of Turner’s sentencing to recall Persky. Turner was released under a California law that gives inmates credit for time served. Turner now lives in Dayton, Ohio with his family. He has since registered as a sex offender for life, and must complete one year of a sex offender management program, as well as three years of probation.
Fall means football, and this season started off big with a college matchup between University of Houston and the University of Oklahoma. Houston began this season as the team to watch and their take down of a major Big-12 university proves it. While the Cougars are still a black sheep to make the College Football Playoff, it could still happen. Their 33-23 win against Oklahoma is just the beginning as the #HTownTakeover continues! #GoCoogs!
The new iPhone 7 was announced this month after months of rumors. The new phones have a pressure-sensitive 3D touch layer that buzzes when you press and hold the screen, a new static solid state home button, it’s water resistant, there’s no headphone or aux jack – instead apple’s new EarPod headphones will connect through the Lightning connector port, a new camera, stereo speakers, longer battery life, a faster processer and more storage! There is also the option for an iPhone 7 Plus which has a larger display and 3 cameras total. Will you be switching over to the iPhone 7?
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