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Newsletter: TikToker who refused mask says COVID killed her family

Plus: Gamers send epileptic triggers to journalist who wrote ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ seizure warning

 

Kris Seavers

IRL

Published Dec 11, 2020

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You thought your week had bad vibes, but supporters of President Donald Trump say they don’t have the “vibrational frequency” to get the coronavirus. In the news today:

  • Gamers send epileptic triggers to journalist who wrote ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ seizure warning
  • TikToker says her family died of COVID after she refused to wear mask—and viewers have no sympathy 
  • Why the Cherokee Nation has had so much success against the coronavirus

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BREAK THE INTERNET

Gamers send epileptic triggers to journalist who wrote ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ seizure warning

Ahead of the long-awaited release of Cyberpunk 2077, a CD Projekt Red release, reporter Liana Ruppert of Game Informer warned of epileptic triggers in the game. Ruppert says her article was met with gamer trolls who intentionally sent her seizure-inducing flash videos.

Read the full story here.

—Nahila Bonfiglio, contributing writer


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TEENFLUENCERS

TikToker says her family died of COVID after she refused to wear mask—and viewers have no sympathy

People online are feeling little to no sympathy for a TikToker who admitted to only taking the coronavirus seriously after several of her family members died from it.

In a viral video, Jada Woods rails against face masks and brags about going maskless into stores that require them. But in a follow-up video, she says her uncle and grandfather died and that her aunt is on a ventilator. 

Read the full story here.

—Eilish O’Sullivan, news wire editor


RECOMMENDED

  • Documentaries are most effective when there’s a personal story at their center, and HBO Max’s series Murder on Middle Beach checks that box. Filmmaker Madison Hamburg dives into his mom’s violent murder and the woman she truly was. With twists, intimate family interviews, and an ending that asks more questions than provides answers, it’s a documentary that reflects the complexity of life.
     
  • The Daily Dot’s Audra Schroeder writes that the Sound of Metal is Riz Ahmed’s “absolute best performance” in his role of a metal band drummer losing his hearing. The film, now streaming on Amazon Prime, also stars Olivia Cooke and Paul Raci in what Schroeder calls “a study in balance.”

Stripper style: How ‘Hustlers’ dresses the late ’00s

The 2019 stripper movie Hustlers is an underrated gem, combining crime drama, buddy comedy, and social commentary about capitalism and sexuality in America. In this week’s episode of Behind the Seams, we explore the film’s deceptively clever costumes, which offer a pitch-perfect portrait of late-2000s fashion.

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Why the Cherokee Nation has had so much success against the coronavirus

As the rest of the country continues its struggle to curb the now-astronomical coronavirus case rates, a tribe in Oklahoma is being hailed by experts for its successful response to the pandemic. Read the full report here.

SELF-CARE: SPICY CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS

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As Helen Rosner wrote for the New Yorker last month, even things that are supposed to bring us moments of meditation in quarantine—like, say, cooking—are getting tedious after nine months of relative isolation. I’ve found it hard not to get in a rut in the kitchen, and admittedly, some weeks I succumb to frozen pizza and curbside delivery. But there is one recipe I’ve been coming back to again and again, and somehow, it never tires me out.

Maybe it’s because it’s only three(!) easy steps. Maybe it’s the natural joy of eating with one’s hands or the colorful mise en place of lettuce, limes, and green onion. Whatever it is, Bon Appetit‘s spicy chicken lettuce wraps are a meal to behold—and they’re yummy every time.

—Kris Seavers, IRL editor


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*First Published: Dec 11, 2020, 5:59 pm CST