PAPER People: @punker_irl

For most of 2020, our world has been reduced to the experiences we have on our phones. And TikTokers have been leading the charge in creating viral entertainment that keeps us scrolling for hours and hours. So this year’s PAPER People shifts its focus exclusively to TikTok — the breakout app our President wanted to ban, that launched sleeper hits and massive pop careers, that ushered in an entirely new generation of influence. Meet our 20 favorites across comedy, fashion, social justice and more, who are owning their spaces and racking in millions of likes. (And follow PAPER on TikTok).

Related | PAPER People 2020: Meet 20 TikTokers We Love

Think of Syd, AKA @punker_irl, as TikTok’s Manic Panic product representative. He’s reworking the mall goth look for Gen Z and gaining millions of fans while doing it. Hit follow to watch him raise mental health awareness while recreating Just Dance routines, lip sync to everyone from Doja Cat to Lil Peep, and even single handedly save the USPS by offering a PO box for fans to send letters to and promising to write back. Sometimes in full clown makeup.

@papermagazine

Introducing our class of 2020 PAPER People exclusively on TikTok💕 We all want to be @punker_irl 🥺✨

♬ moment lildeath – yoogmi

What’s your favorite animal social media account to follow and why?

My favorite animal social media account is @Monkeys400 and the #MonkeyMonday because they make me happy.

What’s your go-to appetizer?

My favorite appetizer is Mozzarella sticks.

What’s your most overused word or phrase?

I use this made-up phrase that my friends and I used to say in middle school. Instead of saying, “On god,” we would say, “On baby.”

What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?

I think the most embarrassing thing I’ve done is sign up for TikTok.

What does your star chart say about you? (Do you agree?)

I am a Scorpio, i have a Pisces moon and my rising sign is a Capricorn, so this means I’m very moody, I wear a “mask” when meeting or talking to people, and I have a very strong urge to solve problems and get over them as fast as I can.

What was your first reaction after going viral?

When I first went viral my only two emotions were terrified and embarrassed.

What’s your favorite TikTok sound?

My favorite one is the “asdf” audio that goes like, “Ahh I’m a muffin it’s muffin time, who wants a muffin?” — very silly, very funny.

Where do you want to be when the world ends?

When the world ends, I would like to be with my friends because I wanna be with the people who make me the happiest.

What does your (UberEats, Seamless, GrubHub, etc.) order history look like?

My order history is literally just boba and s’mores blizzards from Dairy Queen.

What was the last song you listened to?

The last song I listened to was “Francis Forever” by Mitski.

Creative direction: Agusta Yr (at No Agency New York)
Styling: Erika Golcher
Styling assistant: Macauley Deverin
Environments: Aspik Tears

Doja Cat Responds to Racism Accusations

Doja Cat has responded to accusations of racism.

Over the weekend, the star came under scrutiny after her 2015 song called “Dindu Nuffin” resurfaced. The song title is a racist slur used to mock Black victims of police brutality. Additionally, Doja was accused of appearing in racist chats in the past, which led to hashtags like #DojaCatIsOverParty and #OnlyKlans going viral.

In response to the backlash, Doja issued a statement via her Instagram on Sunday night to apologize “to everyone that I offended.”

“I’ve used public chat rooms to socialize since I was a child. I shouldn’t have been on some of those chat room sites, but I personally have never been involved in any racist conversations,” she began. “I’m sorry to everyone that I offended.”

Doja then went on to say that she is “very proud” of her Black South African background and where she comes from, adding that the aforementioned song “was in no way tied to anything outside of my own personal experience.”

“It was written in response to people who often used that term to hurt me,” Doja explained, before saying, “I made an attempt to flip its meaning, but recognize that it was a bad decision to use that term in my music.”

Doja also tried to reassure her fans she is “taking this all very seriously,” and that she’s “sorry for upsetting or hurting any of you.”

“That’s not my character, and I’m determined to show that everybody moving forward,” she said.

See Doja’s statement in full, below.

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Doja Cat Has Entered the Chat

Lana Del Rey wrecked everyone’s morning of concentration with a long Instagram post firing back at a decade of criticism that her music “glamorizes abuse,” and taking perplexing shots at seven other women in pop.

Related | What the Hell is Lana Del Rey Talking About?

“Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, fucking, cheating etc – can I please go back to singing about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, or dancing for money – or whatever I want – without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorizing abuse??????” she wrote.

The post has over 92,000 comments. Doja Cat was the first of the named pop girls to hop in the ring. “Gang sunk that dunker” she commented on the post, via PopCrave (the comment was quickly deleted). What does it mean to sunk a dunker you ask? No one knows. At first, Doja appeared to be siccing her fans on Lana, however commenters say it’s a basketball reference that means “points were made.” Is Doja here for Lana’s critique of the music industry?

Doja changed her handle to “Gang” and repeated the phrase as a fill-in-the-blank on Twitter.

Fans don’t seem to know what she means either, but they’ll sunk any dunker Doja requests.





Even if it wasn’t a warcry, her fans didn’t need one. The Beyhive, Bardigang, Barbz, Arianators, Camilizers, and Kehlani’s fans (god bless) were already armed. It remains to be seen: will the other girls jump in the chat?

The reaction people really wanted was Azealia Banks. She and Del Rey famously beefed over Lana’s opinion on Kanye’s MAGA hat selfie, prompting the “Summertime Sadness” singer to threaten: “I won’t not fuck you the fuck up.” The rapper began trending almost immediately this morning alongside Del Rey’s post.

Photo via Getty

Make the Internet: Five Viral Black Creators on Owning Their Voice

The internet is Black — I’ve decided it. Al Gore might have invented it, but Black people the world over make it what it is today. Consider every Tiffany Pollard meme, every Nene Leakes reaction gif. Recall each viral Jaboukie tweet and every trending Quen Blackwell video. Stan language, while used by most with a Twitter account, would be nothing without ballroom or AAVE. The voice of the internet is Black and that is not up for debate.

Related | Doja Cat and Tyra Banks Show Out for TikTok’s Black Creators Summit

We’ve all seen misguided attempts to speak the language — from Katy Perry playing with the word “wig,” to Democrats attempting to “boy bye” Trump out the White House. Still, while vernacular created largely by the Black community has entered pop culture, the faces behind the keyboards are most often overlooked. So in honor of Black History Month, we DM’d five of the most viral Black creators who are quite literally “Making the Internet” to talk memes, fame and owning their own content.

Mike Thornwell

Michael Thornwell on Instagram: “Reposting bc everyone seems to be looking for the original lmao”

Michael Thornwell on Instagram: “High school girls with CEO fathers”

Michael Thornwell on Instagram: “Apple getting ready to press the button which fucks up every iPhone 7 and below next week.”

Michael Thornwell on Instagram: “Y’all asked so I’m bringing this back. (Also desperately trying to drive engagement up so have a field day!)”

@Fakeroberts: How often are you noticed IRL?

@Mikethornwell: Surprisingly enough I actually get noticed somewhat frequently! Even when I lived in Japan there were a few people who recognized my face. I obviously am not yet at the point of being recognized as ‘Mike Thornwell’ but many people can at least recognize that they know my face from some vague memory of a video of a boy in a wig on their timeline.

@Fakeroberts: Lol I love ‘boy in wig.’ What’s one thing you want your followers to know about you?

@Mikethornwell: I want my followers to know that I portray myself as accurately as possible on my socials but at the end of the day social media is a 2D, one-way experience. You can only see so much. Keep in mind that all of us behind these screens are human and we all go through the same shit. No number of followers or perceived success can change the human experience. So please be kind.

@Fakeroberts: Love that. Agree. I simply must ask: that “cotton picking” incident… pls tell me that didn’t actually happen lol.

@Mikethornwell: Chile I wish I could tell you that, but are we really that gagged that a white old woman would have the gall to fix her mouth to say something that outlandish? That’s honestly not even the worst customer service story. Just one of many unfortunately.

@Fakeroberts: Good point. It’s in their nature lol. What’s the greatest meme of all time?

@Mikethornwell: Whew that’s a tough one I honestly feel as though any reaction video or GIF of Nene Leakes or Tiffany Pollard are automatically golden. They are in my mind the goddesses of meme culture.

@Fakeroberts: Last question: with the whole “Renegade” situation are you ever worried about not getting the credit for your work? Like, how protective are you of your own work and image?

@Mikethornwell: The thing about being a Black creator is that you come into this space with an understanding that you will likely not get all the credit that you’re due. You will often have to be more diligent than your white counterparts. You will have to work harder to be seen and accepted. You will probably not receive half the praise white creators do, even with twice the amount of creativity and impact. This is a tale as old as time. There are systems in place that clearly need to be dismantled and rebuilt from scratch in a way that is beneficial to creators across the board. So while I am protective of my image and work, there is no stopping the inevitable. Which is why I’m more focused on getting to the root of these issues and trying to learn how to fix them as I expand my knowledge and influence. For now that mostly means supporting other creators and advocating for companies who genuinely give a fuck about us.

Khadi Don

Khadi Don on Instagram: “How did I do? 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 y’all follow me on Tik Tok: KhadiDon. That dance took me forever 😓🥴”

Khadi Don on Instagram: “McDonald’s be like…. #ImGoingtoChicFila”

Khadi Don on Instagram: “RACIST WHITE PEOPLE BE LIKE….#LieutenantLindsey”

@Fakeroberts: How often are you recognized IRL?

@Khadi: Depending on what area I’m in. Pretty much every day, especially if I’m in cities like Atlanta, Chicago or Detroit.

@Fakeroberts: What’s one thing you want your followers to know about you:

@Khadi: That I have many more talents outside of comedy that I can’t wait to showcase to them.

@Fakeroberts: What’s the best meme of all time?

@Khadi:

Anything Spongebob related lol.

@Fakeroberts: LMAO I love demonic Patrick. How does it feel to see yourself as a meme or reaction pic?

@Khadi: It’s hilarious I love it. I remember this went viral for a while:

They used that picture for everything lol.

@Fakeroberts: Lmao I remember that. Why did you start making videos?

@Khadi: I used to get put on punishment and was in my room with only a camera. I got bored and started to experiment lol, which led to me loving it. Once I realized the impact I had and how it could open doors I took it seriously.

@Fakeroberts: Last question: with the whole “Renegade” situation are you ever worried about not getting the credit for your work? Like, how protective are you of your own work and image?

@Khadi: When I was coming up and was super small I would constantly get my work stolen without receiving credit. From as small as Vine to bigger bits on television. I used to worry but today I don’t as much. I take it as a compliment and consider myself the blueprint. I’m super protective but I know at the end of the day nobody can do what I do better than I can.

Denzel Dion

DENZEL DION on Instagram: “me when the government knocks on my door to draft me for world war 3”

DENZEL DION on Instagram: “It’s upsetting me and my homegirl @dolcetelmah”

@Fakeroberts: How often are you noticed IRL?

@Denzeldion: I get recognized a lot IRL. It’s weird because I’ve been on social media for six years now and it still feels like a breath of fresh air.

@Fakeroberts: I can imagine. What’s one thing you want your followers to know about you?

@Denzeldion: What you see online is what you get in person. I’m 100% myself in all my videos and what I post online.

@Fakeroberts: What’s the best meme of all time?

@Denzeldion: In my opinion the best meme of all time, is “and I OOP” just because it’s so universal and I literally used it for every situation that was happening at the time.

@Fakerobers: Agree, she really was the moment. Can you tell us anything about your new show with Rickey?

@Denzeldion: The only thing I can tell you it’s that Rickey and I’s show is going to be FUNNY, ICONIC and just everything that we all need.

@Fakeroberts: PRAISE BE! I can’t wait. What made you start creating videos and content?

@Denzeldion: I honestly just started creating videos based on the curiosity of whether or not I could be as funny as my classmates/ peers portrayed me as.

@Fakeroberts: Amazing. Okay. Last question: Looking at the whole “Renegade” situation how protective are you of your own content and image? Like are you ever worried about not getting credit for your work?

@Denzeldion: I’m very protective of my own content and image — I don’t really worry about not getting credit for my work, but it does happen when creators are often ripped off with no credit and it’s blatantly disrespectful.

Related | Rihanna Says Society’s Problems Are Everybody’s Problems

Lynn Spirit

#GirlYouSeeThatGlitter on Instagram: “Took it to church tonight”

#GirlYouSeeThatGlitter on Instagram: “Raw and uncut video This is how I really be Doing my hair it’s a process 👩🏾‍🦲♒️📱
Beauty begins the moment you decided to be yourself.””

@Fakeroberts: How often are you noticed IRL?

@Lynnspirit: Noticed like every day. Not a day goes by that I’m not getting attention somewhere. It gets ridiculous sometimes 😁.

@Fakeroberts: Lol I bet. What’s one thing you want your followers and fans to know about you?

@Lynnspirit: I’m very confident in everything that I do and am facing my fears because there’s something beautiful on the other side of fear. Make no excuses in life; take chances and risks.

@Fakeroberts: That’s beautiful. In your opinion what’s the beat meme of all time?

@Lynnspirit: The best memes of all time are the memes that have me in them! I’m always so shocked to see to myself in memes!

@Fakeroberts: How does it feel to see yourself used as a meme or reaction pic?

@Lynnspirit: It feels so unreal to see myself as a meme! I’m like dang, that’s really me! I always think about how far I have come and how far I’m going! Very blessed.

@Fakeroberts: What made you start making content and videos?

@Lynnspirit: I was making videos as therapy for myself. It helped me get through some tough times in my life!

@Fakeroberts: Do you feel like you completely “own” your image? Are you ever worried about not getting credit for your work?

@Lynnspirit: Yes I completely own my image, I’m not surrounded by people who try to change my image or make me be someone I’m not! I’m very thankful for my team for making sure I’m staying true to myself and genuine! No I don’t worry about gettin credit for my work. We live in a society where people steal people stuff all the time without giving credit!

Kayla “Nicole TV” Jones

Nicole Tv on Instagram: “New upload. Suck my ass. #nicoletv”

Nicole Tv on Instagram: “New upload on my channel. #nicoletv”

Nicole Tv on Instagram: “This what y’all came looking for 🥺”

@Fakeroberts: How often are you recognized IRL?

@Kaylanicolejones: Very often. People know my face, my body build & even my voice more than my multiple confusing names.

@Fakeroberts: What do you want your followers to know about you?

@Kaylanicolejones: Nothing I’m not already telling them. I just want them to live with me… live within me. What I put out is like them being me or them being with me. They’re apart of whatever process I began and they’re included in every story.

@Fakeroberts: Why did you start making what you make?

@Kaylanicolejones: Multiple reasons for each creation with the same aspirations.

@Fakeroberts: What’s the greatest meme of all time?

@Kaylanicolejones: Me. The catfish skit that went viral with Deshae and I.

@Fakeroberts: With the whole “Renegade” situation, how protective are you over your content? Is it even possible to really own your image/work online?

@Kaylanicolejones: Very. I had a guy remake my song and take the name and dance like TF? Totally trademarked “Move Like a Snake” right after and a lot of bigger companies and commercials try to run off with it, so I handle them too. Nothing on paper gets passed me.

Photos via Instagram

PAPER: Make the Internet

The internet is Black — I’ve decided it. Al Gore might have invented it, but Black people the world over make it what it is today. Consider every Tiffany Pollard meme, every Nene Leakes reaction gif. Recall each viral Jaboukie tweet and every trending Quen Blackwell video. The voice of the internet is Black and that is not up for debate.

Related | Doja Cat and Tyra Banks Show Out for TikTok’s Black Creators Summit

Stan language, while used by most with a Twitter account, is primarily Black and LGBTQ+. Where would the internet be without AAVE? Without ballroom? We’ve all seen the wider misguided attempts to speak the language — from Katy Perry playing with the word “wig,” to Democrats attempting to “boy bye” Trump out the White House. Still, while vernacular created largely by the Black community has entered pop culture, the faces of the internet’s innovators are most often overlooked. So in honor of Black History month we DM’d five of the brightest Black creators who are quite literally “Making the Internet” to talk memes, fame and owning their own content.

Mike Thornwell

Michael Thornwell on Instagram: “Reposting bc everyone seems to be looking for the original lmao”

Michael Thornwell on Instagram: “High school girls with CEO fathers”

Michael Thornwell on Instagram: “Apple getting ready to press the button which fucks up every iPhone 7 and below next week.”

Michael Thornwell on Instagram: “Y’all asked so I’m bringing this back. (Also desperately trying to drive engagement up so have a field day!)”

@Fakeroberts: How often are you noticed IRL?

@Mikethornwell: Surprisingly enough I actually get noticed somewhat frequently! Even when I lived in Japan there were a few people who recognized my face. I obviously am not yet at the point of being recognized as “Mike Thornwell” but many people can at least recognize that they know my face from some vague memory of a video of a boy in a wig on their timeline.

@Fakerboerts: Lol I love “boy in wig.” What’s one thing you want your followers to know about you?

@Mikethornwell: I want my followers to know that I portray myself as accurately as possible on my socials but at the end of the day social media is a 2D, one-way experience. You can only see so much. Keep in mind that all of us behind these screens are human and we all go through the same shit. No number of followers or perceived success can change the human experience. So please be kind.

@Fakeroberts: Love that. Agree. I simply must ask: that “cotton picking” incident… pls tell me that didn’t actually happen lol.

@Mikethornwell: Chile I wish I could tell you that, but are we really that gagged that a white old woman would have the gall to fix her mouth to say something that outlandish? That’s honestly not even the worst customer service story. Just one of many unfortunately.

@Fakeroberts: Good point. It’s in their nature lol. What’s the greatest meme of all time?

@Mikethornwell: Whew that’s a tough one I honestly feel as though any reaction video or GIF of Nene Leakes or Tiffany Pollard are automatically golden. They are in my mind the goddesses of meme culture.

@Fakeroberts: Last question: with the whole “Renegade” situation are you ever worried about not getting the credit for your work? Like, how protective are you of your own work and image?

@Mikethornwell: The thing about being a Black creator is that you come into this space with an understanding that you will likely not get all the credit that you’re due. You will often have to be more diligent than your white counterparts. You will have to work harder to be seen and accepted. You will probably not receive half the praise white creators do, even with twice the amount of creativity and impact. This is a tale as old as time. There are systems in place that clearly need to be dismantled and rebuilt from scratch in a way that is beneficial to creators across the board. So while I am protective of my image and work, there is no stopping the inevitable. Which is why I’m more focused on getting to the root of these issues and trying to learn how to fix them as I expand my knowledge and influence. For now that mostly means supporting other creators and advocating for companies who genuinely give a fuck about us.

Khadi Don

Khadi Don on Instagram: “How did I do? 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 y’all follow me on Tik Tok: KhadiDon. That dance took me forever 😓🥴”

Khadi Don on Instagram: “McDonald’s be like…. #ImGoingtoChicFila”

Khadi Don on Instagram: “RACIST WHITE PEOPLE BE LIKE….#LieutenantLindsey”

@Fakeroberts: How often are you recognized IRL?

@Khadi: Depending on what area I’m in. Pretty much every day, especially if I’m in cities like Atlanta, Chicago or Detroit.

@Fakeroberts: What’s one thing you want your followers to know about you:

@Khadi: That I have many more talents outside of comedy that I can’t wait to showcase to them.

@Fakeroberts: What’s the best meme of all time?

@Khadi:

Anything Spongebob related lol.

@Fakeroberts: LMAO I love demonic Patrick. How does it feel to see yourself as a meme or reaction pic?

@Khadi: It’s hilarious I love it. I remember this went viral for a while:

They used that picture for everything lol.

@Fakeroberts: Lmao I remember that. Why did you start making videos?

@Khadi: I used to get put on punishment and was in my room with only a camera. I got bored and started to experiment lol, which led to me loving it. Once I realized the impact I had and how it could open doors I took it seriously.

@Fakeroberts: Last question: with the whole “Renegade” situation are you ever worried about not getting the credit for your work? Like, how protective are you of your own work and image?

@Khadi: When I was coming up and was super small I would constantly get my work stolen without receiving credit. From as small as Vine to bigger bits on television. I used to worry but today I don’t as much. I take it as a compliment and consider myself the blueprint. I’m super protective but I know at the end of the day nobody can do what I do better than I can.

Denzel Dion

DENZEL DION on Instagram: “me when the government knocks on my door to draft me for world war 3”

DENZEL DION on Instagram: “It’s upsetting me and my homegirl @dolcetelmah”

@Fakeroberts: How often are you noticed IRL?

@Denzeldion: I get recognized a lot IRL. It’s weird because I’ve been on social media for six years now and it still feels like a breath of fresh air.

@Fakeroberts: I can imagine. What’s one thing you want your followers to know about you?

@Denzeldion: What you see online is what you get in person. I’m 100% myself in all my videos and what I post online.

@Fakeroberts: What’s the best meme of all time?

@Denzeldion: In my opinion the best meme of all time, is “and I OOP” just because it’s so universal and I literally used it for every situation that was happening at the time.

@Fakerobers: Agree, she really was the moment. Can you tell us anything about your new show with Rickey?

@Denzeldion: The only thing I can tell you it’s that Rickey and I’s show is going to be FUNNY, ICONIC and just everything that we all need.

@Fakeroberts: PRAISE BE! I can’t wait. What made you start creating videos and content?

@Denzeldion: I honestly just started creating videos based on the curiosity of whether or not I could be as funny as my classmates/ peers portrayed me as.

@Fakeroberts: Amazing. Okay. Last question: Looking at the whole “Renegade” situation how protective are you of your own content and image? Like are you ever worried about not getting credit for your work?

@Denzeldion: I’m very protective of my own content and image — I don’t really worry about not getting credit for my work, but it does happen when creators are often ripped off with no credit and it’s blatantly disrespectful.

Related | Rihanna Says Society’s Problems Are Everybody’s Problems

Lynn Spirit

#GirlYouSeeThatGlitter on Instagram: “Took it to church tonight”

#GirlYouSeeThatGlitter on Instagram: “Raw and uncut video This is how I really be Doing my hair it’s a process 👩🏾‍🦲♒️📱
Beauty begins the moment you decided to be yourself.””

@Fakeroberts: How often are you noticed IRL?

@Lynnspirit: Noticed like every day. Not a day goes by that I’m not getting attention somewhere. It gets ridiculous sometimes 😁.

@Fakeroberts: Lol I bet. What’s one thing you want your followers and fans to know about you?

@Lynnspirit: I’m very confident in everything that I do and am facing my fears because there’s something beautiful on the other side of fear. Make no excuses in life; take chances and risks.

@Fakeroberts: That’s beautiful. In your opinion what’s the beat meme of all time?

@Lynnspirit: The best memes of all time are the memes that have me in them! I’m always so shocked to see to myself in memes!

@Fakeroberts: How does it feel to see yourself used as a meme or reaction pic?

@Lynnspirit: It feels so unreal to see myself as a meme! I’m like dang, that’s really me! I always think about how far I have come and how far I’m going! Very blessed.

@Fakeroberts: What made you start making content and videos?

@Lynnspirit: I was making videos as therapy for myself. It helped me get through some tough times in my life!

@Fakeroberts: Do you feel like you completely “own” your image? Are you ever worried about not getting credit for your work?

@Lynnspirit: Yes I completely own my image, I’m not surrounded by people who try to change my image or make me be someone I’m not! I’m very thankful for my team for making sure I’m staying true to myself and genuine! No I don’t worry about gettin credit for my work. We live in a society where people steal people stuff all the time without giving credit!

Kayla “Nicole TV” Jones

Nicole Tv on Instagram: “New upload. Suck my ass. #nicoletv”

Nicole Tv on Instagram: “New upload on my channel. #nicoletv”

Nicole Tv on Instagram: “This what y’all came looking for 🥺”

@Fakeroberts: How often are you recognized IRL?

@Kaylanicolejones: Very often. People know my face, my body build & even my voice more than my multiple confusing names.

@Fakeroberts: What do you want your followers to know about you?

@Kaylanicolejones: Nothing I’m not already telling them. I just want them to live with me… live within me. What I put out is like them being me or them being with me. They’re apart of whatever process I began and they’re included in every story.

@Fakeroberts: Why did you start making what you make?

@Kaylanicolejones: Multiple reasons for each creation with the same aspirations.

@Fakeroberts: What’s the greatest meme of all time?

@Kaylanicolejones: Me. The catfish skit that went viral with Deshae and I.

@Fakeroberts: With the whole “Renegade” situation, how protective are you over your content? Is it even possible to really own your image/work online?

@Kaylanicolejones: Very. I had a guy remake my song and take the name and dance like TF? Totally trademarked “Move Like a Snake” right after and a lot of bigger companies and commercials try to run off with it, so I handle them too. Nothing on paper gets passed me.

Photos via Instagram

Please Stop Ingesting Food Coloring for TikTok

Literally, honestly, and exactly what the headline says: please stop ingesting food coloring for TikTok views!

If you’re like me, then you exhaust your TikTok account’s For You page algorithm daily, and sometimes to the point where you start seeing content you wish you could unsee. One video in particular, made by Nova Scotian user @Coltyy, has been haunting me for the past several days — and every day since I first saw it, I’ve stayed updated on his journey towards virality.

Related | The ‘For You’ Age: How TikTok Conquered 2019

For over a week now, Colton has been demonstrating the effects of blue food coloring ingestion for his followers. Grinning with a full set of bright royal blue teeth, Colton gives TikTok updates as to his condition and what, if any, new side effects he’s experiencing from drinking dye-water out of a styrofoam cup. Spoiler alert: there’s almost always something new happening to his body as a result of the unnatural process!

@coltyy

Day 8 of drinking blue food coloring! 😂 I might be turning blue…🔵( It’s harmless guys) piyen03 #fyp #foryou

♬ Hombre Religioso (Religious Man) – Mr. Loco

His noble mission? To turn his urine blue. The personal challenge started out with a set length of a mere five days, but has gone well beyond that upper bound. By day three, Colton noted that he was starting to see his urine start to change colors, but wasn’t quite sure. On day seven, he noted some “pretty embarrassing” changes that he wouldn’t disclose, as well as his skin starting to change to a blueish hue. In his most recent update, he described his pee turning an even deeper blue — a truly startling development.

While Colton notes in the captions under his videos that the process of ingesting food dye is “harmless,” TikTok has marked the video as potentially unsafe. “The action in this video could result in serious injury,” a banner reads under his most recent update for day eight of his journey.

Safe or unsafe, let’s leave this rejected The Smurfs 2 sponcon challenge in the drafts, ‘Tokers. Make another dance to a Doja Cat song instead!


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Russ – MOMMA Lyrics

Play this song

[Intro]
Yeah (Yeah, uh-huh)
Yeah (Yeah)
Every once in a while (Mhm)
You gotta unjade and just (Mhm)
Shake the snow globe (Yeah, c’mon)

[Chorus]
You ain’t gotta cry no more, mama (No)
I did it (Haha, I did it)
And we don’t gotta chase our dream no more, mama (Why?)
We live it (One more time)
You ain’t gotta cry no more, mama (Yeah)
I did it (Haha, I did it)
And we don’t gotta chase out dream no more, mama
We live it (Yeah)

[Verse 1]
Smoking weed while on ATVs while driving past the camels (Uh)
My mama’s Instagram account looks like the travel channel (Facts)
Pyramid snapping from hearing me rapping (Haha), it happens
No obstacles because my face starts steerin’ me past ’em (C’mon)
I’m laughing because you hate me (Haha)
All because your girlfriend wants to fuck and CNN want to talk and tape me (Yikes)
It’s crazy, I’m disregarding you
My mama’s advice is energy wise, that I should put it on you
You can’t get to me like nana’s secret recipes
I’m somewhere on a yacht, tequila shots around the seven seas
Memories over money (Yeah), liquor over beer
If you can see it from the front you know its bigger in the rear
Yeah, you know it’s fat (Know it’s fat)
I like my women built like Doja Cat, I told her that
Ain’t no holding back, bitch, I’m lit, this is it
Everything that I shop for (Yeah)
I bought my mom the dream houses that she shopped for, yeah

[Chorus]
You ain’t gotta cry no more, mama (No)
I did it (Haha, I did it)
And we don’t gotta chase our dream no more, mama (Why?)
We live it (One more time)
You ain’t gotta cry no more, mama (Yeah)
I did it (Haha, I did it)
And we don’t gotta chase out dream no more, mama
We live it (Yeah)

[Verse 2]
I’m well-protected, well-dressed, well-invested
With a classic debut that’s why I still rock the necklace (Yeah)
Still fuck my ex-bitch, don’t worry, it be random
I can’t help it, dawg, pussy hits different in the mansion (Ha)
Santorini tanning (Yeah), mama order baclava
Frank is out here introducing people to the octagon (Yeah)
I’m just trying to not piss off my neighbors and the soccer moms
I’m adding basketball courts and pools for the ambiance (Sheesh)
Let me live, I’m twenty-six I’m on some rich shit
Models pulling up, we getting drunk, I made us gimlets
Write ’em off as business expenses, I’m pensive
‘Cause when she say she fucks with me, I can’t tell if she meant it (Tell the truth)
Fuck it (Fuck it), the whole city had it (True)
Gary Vee hitting me, new investments, I throw fifty at it (True)
It all hit me when I got the car, Nipsey once was beast
Told me Alicia Keys told em’ that my mom’s pretty (Yeah, yeah)

[Chorus]
You ain’t gotta cry no more, mama (No)
I did it (Haha, I did it)
And we don’t gotta chase our dream no more, mama (Why?)
We live it (One more time)
You ain’t gotta cry no more, mama (Yeah)
I did it (Haha, I did it)
And we don’t gotta chase out dream no more, mama
We live it (Yeah)

A Meme Queen Made Doja Cat’s ‘Cyber Sex’ Go Viral

“Oh! What a time to be alive,” is the line from Doja Cat’s “Cyber Sex,” a song that’s on every Twitter gay’s lips this week. Why is this track suddenly everywhere? It’s all thanks to a veteran meme queen, the one and only @TheQueenNenobiaBKTidalWave — aka Nenobia, aka EstellaRobinson, aka The Queen of Brooklyn.

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Nenobia has been the internet’s favorite Brooklyn meme queen for a while now, although her Instagram account has undergone several transformations. In her bio, she states that she was “FLAGGED AT 54k, 26k and 7700k.” At least one of her old accounts still exists on the platform with over 50,000 followers, but the one she is currently operating under is @TheQueenNenobiaBKTidalWave. This lineage is important because Nenobia got her start with virality in 2015 from a HotNewHipHop rant posted to the press outlet’s YouTube channel, in which she addresses her love for JAY-Z and Hillary Clinton, as well as her hatred for ISIS. Soon after, she developed her own following as a result of the memes shared from the street interview.

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While not much is made public about the social media star’s life, she goes on Instagram Live fairly often for her fans and interacts with commenters. Recently she’s started a recurring trend on her Lives — dancing to Doja Cat’s “Cyber Sex” off of her newest album, Hot Pink.

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Dozens of different videos exist of Nenobia performing the song — including her favorite “What a time to be alive!” line — on the internet, and stan Twitter has bravely attempted to catalogue them all in threads like the one above. Whether in private, public, or in the driver’s seat, Nenobia simply cannot get the catchy tune out of her head. Now, neither can stan Twitter. It’s the kind of post-ironic success that originally led to Doja’s rise, with hits like “Moo!” and the TikTok bop “Juicy.”

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All was love, but for a brief moment, Nenobia vowed to never perform “Cyber Sex” on Instagram Live again because of the fact that Doja had not acknowledged her now-viral videos. It didn’t take long, however, for Doja to notice the meme queen. Wednesday evening on her own Instagram Live, Doja Cat quoted one of Nenobia’s viral videos and expressed her love for the social media star.

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With stans demanding a collab from the two queens immediately, there’s no telling what could happen next. The audio from the meme of Nenobia is already even starting to go viral on TikTok. Just please, for the love of God, don’t get Nenobia’s account flagged again! We need the “Cyber Sex” memes daily.

Estellarobinson on Instagram: “YO I Was so sad 😞 😢 thinking’s about my son #mylsdobson #ripmylsdobson ALL DAY AND TO SEE THIS @dojacat MADE ME SMILE 😃 SO BIG NAH BISH I…”

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