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Weekend update: Bad acts caught on camera, a GoFundMe for racists, and more

Here's what you may have missed this weekend.


Eilish O'Sullivan

Internet Culture

Posted on Sep 14, 2020   Updated on Sep 14, 2020, 8:16 am CDT

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Deputies pulled over a Lyft driver for a broken tail light. A video shows them beating up the Black passenger. Here’s what else caught our attention this weekend:

  • Bad acts caught on camera 
  • Black woman creates GoFundMe for racists to pay for her to ‘go back to my country’
  • School teachers are beginning to die of COVID-19

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Bad acts caught on camera

There was no shortage of horrific incidents caught on camera this weekend. A teen was arrested after allegedly encouraging her 3-year-old brother to smoke marijuana for a Snapchat video. A deputy in California was caught on camera allegedly burglarizing a dead man’s home. And a CEO had to rehome his 4-month-old puppy, Bici, after being caught by his condo’s security camera abusing the pitbull.  

Customers at fast-food restaurants were also caught acting up. A TikTok star filmed himself stealing from a McDonald’s worker, and a “KFC Karen” demanded to be served chicken and mashed potatoes while standing on top of a counter, maskless. 

Catch up on more you may have missed below. 

—Eilish O’Sullivan, news wire editor

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Black woman creates GoFundMe for racists to pay for her to ‘go back to my country’

Jordene Phillips, a Black woman living in London, set up a donation page for all the racists telling her to “go back to your country.” Phillips wrote in her GoFundMe description that she will “happily” leave if they fund the expense. 

Read the full story here.

—Stacy Fernández, contributing writer


  • I was fed up with watching shows on streaming services that only have one to a few seasons and are incomplete, so I started binging Downton Abbey (late to the game, I know), which ended in 2015 with six seasons under its belt. The soapy period drama follows the affluent Crawley family, the struggle to maintain their massive Yorkshire estate, and the bevy of live-in servants who wait on them. Here’s how to stream
  • Julie and the Phantoms, which comes from Disney YA musical mastermind Kenny Ortega, makes sense. Within the first five minutes of the show, we meet Luke (Charlie Gillespie), Alex (Owen Joyner), and Reggie (Jeremy Shada), who all die after eating spoiled hot dogs between soundcheck and the gig that could’ve launched their band into stardom. Around 25 years later, they reappear in front of Julie (Madison Reyes) after she finds their old demo CD her family garage.
  • The best option to protect yourself and your family are FDA-registered surgical masks—but buying them on Amazon is a bad idea. We’ll explain why, as well as where should you buy them to ensure you’re getting the real thing.*


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School teachers are beginning to die of COVID-19

At least six teachers have died since early August across the U.S. from the coronavirus, according to the Washington Post. While it’s been difficult to contact trace where each teacher was infected, the deaths have further instilled fear in educators about in-person learning. It’s clear, though: Teachers are dying of COVID-19. 

Read the full report here.

—Tess Cagle


  • ‘Dear White People’ star Jeremy Tardy exits series, accuses Netflix and Lionsgate of racial discrimination 🎥
  • Oregon deputy suspended for falsely claiming antifa is starting wildfires 🔥
  • Trump seemingly tries to pass off 4-year-old photo as new, gets called out by photographer who took it 🗳️
  • Chrissy Teigen offers Newt Gingrich Facetune help after photo fail 📸
  • Kyle Rittenhouse devotees launch online campaign to smear his alleged victims 💻

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*First Published: Sep 14, 2020, 3:00 am CDT