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The weekend update: The internet reacts to Chadwick Boseman’s death

Here’s what you may have missed this weekend.


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An anti-masker tried to prove face masks don’t work by blowing out a candle while wearing one. He only proved the opposite. Here’s what else caught our attention this weekend. 

  • ‘#RIPKing’: The internet reacts to Chadwick Boseman’s death
  • Did Tim Tebow just embrace QAnon?
  • Fans are remembering when Chadwick Boseman flamed ‘Karen’ and her potato salad

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‘#RIPKing’: The internet reacts to Chadwick Boseman’s death

It was announced on Friday that, following his private four-year battle with colon cancer, Chadwick Boseman passed away. Tributes to the late actor, who starred in Black Panther, 42, Da 5 Bloods, among others, began pouring in online. 

Among the wave of tributes, however, were some pointing out his last tweet was in celebration of Kamala Harris. They subsequently got called out for “clout-chasing” and “politicizing” Boseman’s death. Shaun King also sent an email to supporters in which he mentioned Boseman and then used the opportunity to plug his book, leading many to accuse him of attempting to profit off of Boseman’s death. 

On the flip side, the final tweet posted to Boseman’s Twitter account, where his family announced his death and paid tribute to the late actor, broke a record to become the most-liked tweet of all time. Twitter called it “a tribute fit for a King.” And two videos featuring Boseman resurfaced from 2018, the same year Black Panther was released. In one, Boseman got emotional when speaking about two young fans who had terminal cancer. The video is being seen in a new light after his passing. In the other, which many are calling a welcome relief, King T’Challa roasts Karen and her “bland a**” potato salad during an SNL skit. 

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Did Tim Tebow just embrace QAnon?

Sports star Tim Tebow has caught the attention of QAnon supporters after denouncing human trafficking on his Instagram page. Tebow’s comments were followed by numerous hashtags, including #SaveOurChildren, #endhumantrafficking, and #savethechildren, that have been heavily promoted QAnon supporters in recent weeks. Tebow thus far has not referenced Q by name or used any hashtags more directly associated with the conspiracy. Tebow, however, has not refuted any links to Q since his post went viral.

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—Mikael Thalen, contributing writer


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Fans are remembering when Chadwick Boseman flamed ‘Karen’ and her potato salad

In an old Saturday Night Live skit, Chadwick Boseman, reprising the role of King T’Challa, gracefully dunks on Karens (and their food) during a game of Black Jeopardy, and people are soaking up the lighthearted memory. 

Read the full story here.

—Stacy Fernández, contributing writer


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