Selena Gomez Receives Backlash For Using A Controversial Hashtag

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After saying hashtags don’t save lives in light of the Black Lives Matter movement

Following this weekend's March For Our Lives demonstration, Selena Gomez took to Instagram to share some thoughts on gun violence.

“I don’t want this to just be an Instagram post anymore. PLEASE. ENOUGH. These people, families and CHILDREN have suffered enough," she captioned a photo showing herself and another attendant at the demonstration. "Today we march for our lives. I’m going to continue to trust god with the future and also play my part in bringing change.” And while that part of the post is well and good, it’s the hashtag, “#notjustahashtag,” she used that many people took issue with.

Back in 2016, Gomez tweeted the following in defense of Taylor Swift during her drama with Kimye: “There are more important things to talk about… Why can’t people use their voice for something that fucking matters?” When someone on Twitter responded, asking why neither she nor Swift said anything concerning Black Lives Matter or police brutality (two “more important things” at the time), the singer responded in a since-deleted tweet, “Oh lol so that means if I hashtag something I save lives? NO—I could give two fucks about ‘sides.’ You don’t know what I do.”

Recalling this, many people flooded Twitter with their frustrations.

Some called Gomez a hypocrite.

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Others are criticizing her for reducing Black Lives Matter to a hashtag.

While others are accusing her of only speaking up for certain groups of people

During a time when many believe black people are being left out of the conversation regarding gun reform—even though black communities are the ones most affected by gun violence—these comments are troubling.

Gomez has turned off the comments for her series of March For Our Lives Instagram posts. She has yet to respond to the backlash.

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.