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This week in internet culture: Cyberpunk 2077 and a blue moon

Also: 'The Mandalorian' returns!

Oct 30, 2020, 5:50 pm*

Internet Culture

Tiffany Kelly 

Tiffany Kelly

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The Mandalorian returns with a big plot twistIn today’s Internet Insider:

  • The moon is showing off on Halloween
  • Cyberpunk 2077 is coming. Remember to listen to trans people about it
  • Review: Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine
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BREAK THE INTERNET

A Wild, Wet Week For The Moon

Our only natural satellite is getting a lot of attention this week. First, there was the highly-anticipated discovery from NASA that there’s water on the moon. The memes wrote themselves (moon’s wet, wet ass moon, etc.) Then, news broke that Oscar Isaac was in talks to play the Marvel superhero Moon Knight in a Disney+ series. Now, we’re about to get a blue moon on Halloween night, which also happens to fall on a Saturday this year. 

A full, wet moon, visible in all time zones, on a weekend! It’s a dream occurrence for both witches and those who love all aspects of All Hallows’ Eve—including the parties. If this was a semi-normal year, the parties would be phenomenal. As an added bonus, daylight saving time ends on Nov. 1, meaning we get an extra hour of sleep. One extra hour of celebrations, if this wasn’t also 2020.

Unfortunately, this lunar event does fall on 2020. We can’t go to Halloween parties or costume contests. We can’t stand a few inches from a friend while inspecting the details of their costume. If we are to keep COVID-19 cases down, we need to continue social distancing and stay at home. But at least we can all commiserate together that we can’t celebrate this momentous Halloween as we would have in the Before Times. On Twitter, people are bemoaning the fact that this perfect Halloween is wasted on 2020. There’s also predictions from users that something crazy will happen. (Well, there is a very, very important election just days away!) But despite the fact that we can’t socialize in large groups, it’s comforting to know that we can all look up at the sky on Saturday and see a big, blue moon. See you on the other side. 

—Tiffany Kelly, culture editor    


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Whether you revel in slasher-fueled gore or prefer to hold your breath through every moment of a suspenseful buildup, there’s a horror genre made for you. Shudder caters to the fan who likes it all, so if you’re feeling this October vibe, you should check the service out for your spooky streaming marathons. Here are the best movies on Shudder right now. Read more.


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GAMING

Cyberpunk 2077 Needs to Listen to Trans People

CD Projekt Red delayed Cyberpunk 2077 again. On Tuesday, the official Twitter account for the open-world action role-playing game announced that Cyberpunk’s release date would be moved from Nov. 19 to Dec. 10, given challenges with shipping the game simultaneously across current- and next-gen consoles. 

Besides reportedly pushing employees to work overtime to finish the game on time, Cyberpunk 2077 has another big issue: its transphobia. First, publisher CD Projekt’s tone-deaf social media presence shook trans gamers’ confidence in the company, particularly after the Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account tweeted a transphobic joke. Then during E3 2019, CD Projekt Red’s gameplay preview featured a deeply transphobic advertisement for an in-universe product called “Chromanticore.” That ad features a trans feminine person in a bodysuit with a bulging erection. Above, the ad invites the viewer to “Mix It Up,” implying that the trans character’s genitals and gender are “mixed up.”

Read the full article here.

—Ana Valens, staff writer  


  • If you love the idea of cramming your month full of scares, let us save you the trouble of scrolling your library until your eyeballs fall out. We’ll recommend an excellent film that fits the bill in every edition of the Internet Insider this month, so grab your popcorn, dim the lights, and stay tuned. Today’s recommendation:
    • The Endless (2017): When two brothers receive a letter from a cult they belonged to as young adults, they toss rationality to the wind and decide to go back and pay them a visit. Both react differently to their return. Of course, things get weird (because how could they not?). But there’s a difference between regular weird and time loop weird, so if you dig the latter, you should definitely watch The Endless. —Colette Bennett, ecommerce editor
  • On The Rocks is an entertaining and melancholic love letter to New York. 
  • Behind the Seams, our new streaming series that explores costume design on film, has launched! Watch our first episode here

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NOW STREAMING

Sarah Cooper’s ‘Everything’s Fine’

Everything’s Fine, comedian Sarah Cooper’s new Netflix special, positions her as the anchor of the titular morning show. She smiles through the bad news, trying to keep the dread just out of frame. It’s a variation on what Cooper is now famous for: lip-syncing Donald Trump’s speeches and interviews, making the president’s word salad into something edible and digestible while pointing out its absurdity.

Though Cooper’s published books and done standup, her videos, originally posted to TikTok, pushed her onto a bigger, more politically divided stage, just as the pandemic rolled in. So how does her front-facing mimicry translate in Everything’s Fine? Essentially, as filler material. Cooper does a few Trump bits and branches out to Melania and Ivanka, but it reads like she’s doing them out of contractual obligation. 

Read the full review here

—Audra Schroeder, senior writer 


MEME OF THE WEEK

Kim Kardashian West’s 40th birthday celebration became an easy copypasta meme.


Work Slack

“Last Friday before the end of the world fam, what are we rocking out to?”
                                         —David Covucci, politics writer

Whispers from the office 


Now playing: “Season of the Witch”— Donovan


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*First Published: Oct 30, 2020, 5:23 pm