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Weekend update: Bad holiday posts that should’ve stayed in the drafts and more

Here's what you may have missed this weekend.

Dec 7, 2020, 8:43 am*

Internet Culture

 

Eilish O'Sullivan

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Harrison Deal, a young Loeffler campaign staffer, died in a car crash on Friday in South Georgia. Conspiracy theorists are already taking advantage of his death to prop up election fraud conspiracies. Here's what else caught our attention this weekend:

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  • Holiday posts that should've stayed in the drafts
  • People point to double standard after white man threatens to shoot cop and walks away unscathed
  • Fauci says kids won’t get the coronavirus vaccine anytime soon

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Holiday posts that should've stayed in the drafts

Jim Jordan took Twitter by storm over the weekend after he accused Dr. Anthony Fauci of trying to cancel Christmas when all the nation’s top infectious diseases expert was trying to do is dish out some helpful holiday travel advice to curb the spread of the coronavirus. 

The Republican congressman wasn’t the only one criticized for a bad holiday post. The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama is getting slammed online for posting a photo of a Christmas tree adorned with pictures of people who were arrested or are wanted for crimes, calling them “thugshots.” While the department is standing by its “decorations” that have a racist connotation, it has since deleted the post. 

But as the holidays swing into full gear, we’re also bound to see some good festive content to help redeem the internet. That much is true for viewers who saw the viral video of an adult man who dressed up as Buddy the Elf to meet his biological dad and serenade him with the movie’s awkward song (check out our internet person of the weekend below for more details).

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Catch up on what else you may have missed below. 

—Eilish O'Sullivan, news wire editor


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A DOUBLE STANDARD

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People point to double standard after white man threatens to shoot cop and walks away unscathed

Bodycam footage out of Ohio shows a white male driver resisting arrest and threatening to shoot an officer on the morning of Dec. 2. He managed to stay physically unharmed in the process, and now people online are pointing out the racial double standard the incident made apparent. 

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—Kahron Spearman, contributing writer

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Fauci says kids won’t get the coronavirus vaccine anytime soon

A COVID-19 vaccine for kids likely won’t be approved until after January 2021, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The delay on a vaccine for children is not unexpected, but it will likely throw a wrench into schooling plans for many families. A number of states and cities, including New York City, have closed down public schools as coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and deaths surge to record levels in the U.S. Many had plans to reopen for in-person classes in the spring of 2021, but that may see further delay as we await a COVID-19 vaccine approved for kids.

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—Nahila Bonfiglio, contributing writer 

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INTERNET PERSON OF THE WEEKEND

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Our internet person of the weekend is 43-year-old Doug Henning, who dressed up as Buddy the Elf to meet his biological dad and then serenaded him with that song. His father never saw the 2003 classic, so he was understandably a bit confused.

Inspired by the Digg's "Who Was This Week's 'One Main Character' On Twitter?"

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*First Published: Dec 7, 2020, 3:00 am