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While You Were Offline: Donald and Arnold Are Twitter Beefing Because 2017

It’s been a long week, being back to work after the holiday break. It’s a wonder that you’ve even managed it, so, hey: give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it, hero. With all that going on, it’s completely understandable that you’ve let your concentration slip and missed some stuff that’s been going on online. That’s cool. We’ve got your back, champ. If you’re needing to prepare for small talk at some leftover social event and have no idea what’s been going on outside of just making it through another 24 hours for the least seven days, have no fear. Just look below and you’ll find the highlights of the last week on this wonderful virtual prairie we call the World Wide Web.

Welcome to 2017: Donald Trump and Arnold Schwarzenegger Are Having Twitter Beefs Now

What Happened: NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice returned this week, with its former star (and still executive producer) now waiting to become President of the United States. What could go wrong?
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened: It’s a sign of how strange the new world is that the return of a reality TV show could turn into a moment of political significance. And yet, the new season of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice was just that, because the former star of the show is now the president-elect, and yet unusually will continue to make money from the show while in his new job. It helped that Donald Trump’s replacement happened to be Arnold Schwarzenegger, aka the former governor of California.

At first, the Internet amused itself with the fact that the show was being promoted with a “secret” catchphrase that the Schwarz, as we’ll now call Arnold, would use in place of Donald’s iconic “You’re Fired.”

The subsequent reveal of “You’re terminated” on Monday evening actually real news , somehow.

But more was to come at the end of the week, when the president-elect of the United States took to Twitter having noticed that . (It also poorly critically, but that didn’t seem to matter to Trump.)

Once again: this man will be the leader of the free world in a matter of weeks. Also once again: this man is dragging a show that he is still the executive producer of publicly. But, wait, it gets better or, at least, stranger. Because Arnold Schwarzenegger is on Twitter as well, and responded with some subtweeting.

You bet that what was going on as weird .

The Takeaway: Happy 2017! This is going to be one very, very long, strange, and very not normal year, everyone.

Please Silence Your Cellphones During the Performance

What Happened: What if you didn’t have to turn off your phone when you were at the movies?
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened: Where to start with this one? Well, let’s go right back to the beginning, which came at the end of last week:

“Theater mode”? That one tweet—and the subsequent discovery that Apple had patented “situationally aware” technology years ago—was enough to spark off a wave of and commentary about what it mean. Twitter, of course, had some feelings on the matter.

The Takeaway: The one question that remains unanswered: Aren’t people who want to use their phones in a theater, movie or otherwise, kind of missing the point of why they’re at the theater?

Megyn’s Big Move

What Happened: Having successfully raised her profile over the past couple of years, Fox News siren Megyn Kelly is moving networks—or selling out to the lamestream media, depending on who you’re listening to.
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened: After months of speculation, the news broke early this week: Megyn Kelly, host of Fox’s The Kelly File, would be leaving the network after all. Quickly, Kelly moved to take control of the story herself:

It was too late, however; the move was big news being reported everywhere a matter of national importance.

You might have thought that those on the right wing, arguably Fox’s—and therefore, Kelly’s—target audience would be upset about the news anchor leaving them for the mainstream, but that really wasn’t the case if social media was any indicator.

Meanwhile, those on the left weren’t exactly thrilled with the shift:

And let’s not forget what’s really important about Kelly’s new role at the network the fact that it is said to include a daytime show.

The Takeaway: Of course, let’s not let any of this distract us from Megyn Kelly’s actual history of broadcasting.

There’s Already a Contender for Typo of the Year

What Happened: Here’s a publishing secret: When designing a cover based around a famous symbol recognizable by pretty much the entire world, make sure that you’re using the right symbol.
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened: This one is practically self-explanatory, and based around one simple mistake. One simple, obvious, we can’t believe anyone actually made it, mistake. To wit:

Yes, that’s a cover graphic for the Washington Post’s Express about the Women’s March that uses the symbol for the male gender. It originally debuted online via the paper’s Twitter account in a now deleted tweet, which of course led to some helpful people pointing out that maybe things weren’t exactly what the Express team had intended.

Someone even suspect they know exactly how it happened:

Does that really matter, though? Especially when of the media started on and sharing mistake.

For its part, the Express team ‘fessed up on Twitter and apologized:

…But then, it couldn’t really do anything else, could it?

The Takeaway: Still, at least that was the most embarrassing typo from a major media organization to make it out this week, right? Oh, wait. Never mind.

The Young Puns

What Happened: If the makers of Jude Law’s new TV show intended on coming up with a name that would turn the show into a meme, they succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened: When it comes to imagining unexpected ways to promote your television show, producers of HBO’s The Young Pope accidentally hit the motherlode, by choosing a name that social media just couldn’t stop plugging into its favorite music:

What made The Young Pope so memetic? No one is quite sure, but there’re many trying to find . Coming soon: AMC launches Baby Rabbi.
The Takeaway: The sad fact is, not every song is ready for the Young Pope. Please, give generously.

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