One of the more interesting things about the times in which we live is that the line between politics and entertainment is completely blurred. I can turn on any TV show and know exactly how it feels about the current political climate.
Even local entertainment seems to have blurred that line. Meet Dan Richards, aka, "The Progressive Liberal." He is a wrestler in Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountain Wrestling (AMW), and is without a doubt, the villain of the league.
While wrestling has always had villains, or heels, they are normally some evil looking giant, not a guy a wearing a Hillary t-shirt. He'll call the audience "Fox News Maggots" and smugly lecture them about why they are wrong. That's his whole schtick.
During his first appearance, which took place in West Virginia, he grabbed the mic and said of then-candidate Donald Trump, "If he’s elected president, I hope Trump doesn’t build a wall around Mexico. Instead I hope he builds it around this town so none of you people can infiltrate the population." That made the crowd furious, which is exactly what Richards wanted.
What's interesting, though, is that Richards isn't really playing a character. He agrees with most of what he is saying. In an interview with Sports Illustrated he said, "It’s not like I’m pretending to be something I’m not. I’m just turning it up. I hear Trump chants everywhere I go now, as soon as I walk out.”
Wrestling fans love to have someone to hate so it's no surprise this character took off. Still, sometimes the audience hates him a little too much. According to Deadspin, in 2016 he threatened to take away everyone's guns. The crowd booed, as expected, but one audience member began showing off and rubbing his holstered pistol.
Even with these threats against him, Richards plans to continue doing the character, if only because it's how he thinks Democrats should really act. In an interview with The Washington Post he said, "I wish Democrats would be as unapologetic as Republicans are. Just be unapologetic with your policies and who you are. That’s how the Progressive Liberal is. I’m unapologetic.”
There are plenty of ways to troll a sleeping friend while on a road trip. My personal favorite is parking the car in front of a light pole or a wall, flashing your lights, and having everyone in the car at the same time scream their heads off as if you're all about to die.
That's one way to wake them up.
But Eria found a different approach to trolling her boyfriend, Scott, that had a much longer effect: she enlisted the help of the I'm Telling God Facebook group in roasting him mercilessly for his soporific ways. As a result, the 'Sleepy Scott' meme was born.
If you were like pretty much everyone in the world, you were probably let down by the fact that Croatia didn't have their storybook ending in taking home first place in the 2018 World Cup. Sure, France had an amazing team and all that, and the contest's youngest MVP player, Mbappé, even donated all of his winnings from the tournament to charity—so I guess it's hard to be too upset with the competition's end result.
And even though everyone played their hearts out (except Egypt, I mean, they went again Saudi Arabia and the results were just embarrassing), there was a clear winner this World Cup and it actually wasn't even any of the teams. S
ure there's a first, second, and third place result, but all of those accomplishments pale in comparison to the wonderful memes that sprung up as a result of this glorious tournament.
More than a few were thanks to Brazil's Neymar.
I grew up in a marginally superstitious family who brought some beliefs and hocus-pocus superstitions from the old country. I couldn't make too much noise late at night for fear of attracting a "jinn." I couldn't point at cemeteries or stare into a mirror for too long or my face would become deformed, and heaven help me if I was ever mean to or disobeyed my parents or grandparents, because then I'd be looking at a cursed life that would ruin me until the day that I died.
But the idea of "back luck" or stepping on cracks, walking under ladders, or stealing a black cat's macchiato isn't something that my family really bought into. Sure, we believed in supernatural stuff and the idea that karma gets back around to mess with you or your kids, but "bad luck"?
No honey, it isn't luck that's ruining your life, it's an unseen species of metaphysical monsters that exist in a different plane we know little about—but they are mentioned in the Quran, so be careful!
There are phenomena so unfortunate that simply looking at images of them will cause the same bad luck to befall you. So on this Friday the 13th, gaze upon these pictures with extreme caution.