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The 21st Century has graced us with some of the greatest sports legends of all time. From tennis players to swimmers to race car drivers, today’s article intends to celebrate the icons of sport from the century, with some of their careers still on the rise.
If you know everything you need to know about golf, then you have probably heard of Tiger Woods. Even if you know nothing about golf, then you have probably heard his name. Woods became a professional golfer when he was twenty in 1996 and in his very first major tournament in 1997, he won the Masters breaking the world record by twelve strokes, earning him the rank of number one in the world. His success has only increased since the turn of the 21st century. He continued to hold his rank of number one from 1999 to 2004. After a quick break, he then held the rank again from 2005 to 2010. He is set to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame later in the year.
The Jamaican sprinter was known for his pranks and lack of seriousness when it came to sports during his youth. It wasn’t until the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association banned him from competing in the World Championships due to his immaturity that he started to take his career seriously. In the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, he broke the Olympic world record with a time of 9.683 seconds, beating the previous world record that he had set a few months earlier at the Reebok Grand Prix. This world record was set with unfavorable winds, his shoelaces untied, and he slowed down at the end of the race to celebrate. It has been theorized that he could have finished with a time below 9.5 seconds if he had tied his laces and hadn’t slowed down. During the 2008 Olympics, he also broke the world record for the 200m sprint, becoming the first person since the introduction of electronic timing to hold the world record for both sprints at the same time.
The world-famous tennis player has won twenty-three Grand Slam singles titles which are most of any player during the Open Era. She also has the world record for the longest number of consecutive weeks in the number one spot tied with Steffi Graf. In 2016 she was the highest-paid female athlete in the world earning around $29 million dollars and in 2017 she was the only female athlete to feature on Forbes’s list of highest-paid athletes in the world. Serena and her sister Venus Williams are currently unbeaten in the women’s doubles. The sisters were trained by their father Richard Williams who pulled them out of the Rick Maccis tennis academy to coach them himself after racism was directed at the girls from parents of the other children.
Ever since Lewis Hamilton’s first season in Formula One, he has been the first and only black driver to race in the competition. Hamilton achieved a world record of seven World Drivers’ Championship titles tied with Michael Schumacher. He also holds the world records for the most wins, pole positions, and podium finishes in Formula One. He has used his position to usher in a new generation of fans as well as campaigning for social activism in regard to racism both within and outside of the racing world.
Despite only being thirteen years old at the time, Ellie Simmonds won two gold medals for Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing. She was the youngest person competing for Great Britain at the Olympics and in 2009 received a Member of the Order of the British Empire from the Queen, becoming the youngest person to ever receive one at the age of fourteen. During the 2012 Olympics in her home country, she won a gold medal again and broke the world record by five seconds for the 400m freestyle. At the 2016 Paralympics held in Rio, Simmonds set a new world record for the 200m individual medley becoming the person to finish in less than 3 minutes at 2:59.81. She has been involved with numerous charities focusing on ones aimed towards young people and those with dwarfism.
Buzzfeed is a social media page that has been posting high quality content for many years now, they post a range of different things and the site has now grown across multiple platforms and pages. Buzzfeed is very unique through the fact that they have a large team each contributing to the huge variety of content that they post on a daily basis, from news to food videos to arts and crafts, Buzzfeed covers it all in a light hearted and easy to read format. This page has on;ly grown in success as the years have gone by with the amount of subscribers only increasing, with social media playing a huge part in our lives you begin to question what it is that made Buzzfeed so popular ?
Like many other social media pages people use Buzzfeed as a source of world news, they cover a wide range of events including some pretty unique stories that may not be covered by any other news outlet. As they are providing something that cannot be found anywhere else online it is no surprise that Buzzfeed has the huge following that it does. Buzzfeed news is in my opinion a source that can be trusted to give an unbiased account of world events in a detailed manner, they are providing a service to people in a way that is light hearted and without any malice, which I’m sure we can all agree is a positive fresh approach compared to other negative presences on social media.
Another useful service that may contribute to Buzzfeed’s popularity would have to be their review videos, covering a wide range of product categories Biuzzfeed regularly post review videos detailing new and innovative products on the market. With the visual aid of the video format these videos not only cover whether or not a product is worth the money, but Buzzfeed also put a lot of effort into giving a demonstration to show how a product should be used within real life situations. Covering a range of categories such as housewares, health and beauty, technology and more, the videos are easy to watch, often very comedic and actually provide useful information when it comes to buying a new product.
Buzzfeed is very well known for creating high quality and delicious looking food videos, so much so that they have now created a whole page dedicated to Buzzfeed food. The great thing about Buzzfeed is that they are very inclusive with a whole range of different cuisines and spreading word about other cultures. Buzzfeed is a great platform to discover something new and that may as well be a new delicious meal for you and your family to give a go. Their videos are easy to follow and very aesthetically pleasing showing delicious food that can be easily made by you at home. Buzzfeed are probably the most well known food video providers on social media so you can be sure that you can trust their videos and make a lovely meal.
Buzzfeed are also known for their online quizzes, have you ever wondered which Disney Princess you are most like or maybe you’re wondering which Hollywood star you would be based upon your characteristics. These quizzes are fun time killers which have proven to be very popular in recent years, Buzzfeed are constantly posting new and interesting quizzes so there should definitely be one on there for you. Taking TV and movie favorites is a very clever way of getting more people onto your social media pages, it not only provides a fun activity to do in those times that you are very bored but also allows people to think about old classics they used to watch as a child. Some people also turn to Buzzfeed quizzes to help within their real lives, with options like the does he like me quiz and which restaurant should you visit quiz, Buzzfeed has found a way to influence our choices within the real world.
A final reason as to why Buzzfeed has seen a huge amount of success could be down to the simple fact that they provide high quality entertainment through comedy, with constant posts on a daily basis including funny videos and new memes Buzzfeed is providing genuine comedy on a daily basis. In times where things may not be going so well it can be a huge comfort to see a funny post on social media. As this platform is online once you see a funny video it is likely that you are going to send it to all of your friends to enjoy, with that in mind Buzzfeed truly has the power to bring happiness into multiple peoples day simply by posting funny content.
It has been an eternal struggle in the modern movie industry to find a video game that could be well adapted into a successful film. From the golden age of video game adaptions in the 90’s to the high-budget but barely profiting titans of recent years.
There is a huge breadth of titles out there, with giants such as Sonic and Mario portrayed by high profile actors and even smaller franchises like Dead or Alive finding their time on the big screen. So, with all this huge pedigree coming out of one of the largest and by far the fastest-growing media industry out there, you would think that making some serious money out of adaptions would be child’s play. Some of the greatest movies of all time were adapted from books and comics, so why should video games be any different? Unfortunately, a respectable profit is almost unheard of from any video game movie, and critical success is even rarer. But why could this be?
It all started in 1993 with the infamous Mario movie. It’s hard to know how to make a movie out of a property that, at the time, had very little in the way of story or even big-screen visual appeal. A huge part of the appeal of Mario is in the simplicity and raw gameplay, the main thing that distinguishes videogames from movies as an art form. So how can you adapt between these two opposing concepts? Well, someone down the line decided that Dennis Hopper in a lizard costume was the way to go and the market immediately rejected it. Similar perplexing decisions would be made through the years, giving us Jean-Claude Van Damme as Street Fighter’s Guile and the perplexingly extensive Resident Evil film series. Nintendo even joined up with Todd Holland to create a separate video game movie called Wizard, which boiled down to a 100-minute trailer for Super Mario Brothers 3, even featuring gameplay tricks to give gaming kids more codes to success than any movie has ever before or since.
Throughout this niche industry’s life, there have been many different approaches to this adaption. Some try to take the extremely limited story presented in a platforming or fighting game and shoehorn a half-baked plot into it and call it a day. Others take only the characters from the game and try to build a unique story around it. And the Warcraft movie even tried to adapt the expansive story of the original Warcraft game into a relatively short film. All these approaches repeatedly failed, but one has a lot of potentials. As has been proven time and time again in both the movie and the video game industry, the story structures of the two mediums are completely incompatible. One can only work with short and direct plots with defined plot structures, owing to most films being around the 90-minute mark and even the longest films barely exceed 4 hours in length.
Video games, on the other hand, require elongated stories that can take anywhere from 10 to 100 hours to complete, and often the story will differ in at least some small way between different playthroughs. There certainly are game stories that could be adapted to film, such as with the (theoretically) upcoming Metal Gear movie, but examples of these are extremely limited. Building a film from the characters, however, could be a very good bet.
The latest video game movie to come out was the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Though marred with controversy since its announcement trailer, the end product ended up being an acceptable movie. If it wasn’t tied to a video game property it would have been nothing special whatsoever, but even more than the Warcraft movie, Sonic managed to cobble together a legitimate movie by taking the well-established characters of the property and writing a story that was completely separated from the franchise.
This allowed them to write it as a movie first and an adaption second, allowing the entire team a huge amount of creative freedom to just write a movie instead of having most of their ideas dictated by something from an unrelated medium. Creating a standalone product will always be the way to go with any sort of adaption, and until more production companies realize this, video game movies will likely continue to fail as they always have.
There is no argument when it comes to questioning the popularity of social media, particularly in recent years we have seen a significant increase in the amount of social media users on a daily basis. Social media can be a very positive thing with many users having an account for the simple reason of connecting with friends and updating people on what has been going on in your life however, there is a dark side to almost every social media platform with many people seeking popularity through the form of likes and subscriptions to their pages. A high percentage of Instagram’s users were found to have invested in fraudulent followers and likes on their social media feed to make it seem like they have had a sudden increase in popularity when this simply isn’t the case. Many people would question the reasoning that goes through a person’s head that they feel the need to purchase likes in order to seem more popular online.
Youtube is a video streaming platform which follows a similar format to most social media platforms, content creators upload a feed of videos in order to gain subscribers and likes on their content. The world of youtube has undergone significant change through the fact that it has created very well paid careers for some of the world’s best video creators. With this in mind, it is no surprise that Youtube has become a very competitive place in terms of generating an income.
As Youtube has turned into a business for many people there has also been a huge increase in the number of people buying likes and subscriptions to appear popular and eventually help increase the amount of money they make. Many people would argue that this strategy is unfair to those who show commitment to building their following legitimately and by creating high-quality videos for their fans.
However, there is another side to this dilemma with many arguing that buying likes on YouTube allows smaller influencers to become more recognized and speed up the process of increasing a creator’s followers. YouTube likes can often be bought from providers like themarketingheaven.com, to help smaller channels get the recognition they deserve for their creativity.
Due to the fact that social media has turned into such a huge enterprise for content creators and social media influencers all around the world, social media has become a place that is rich in competition against other influencers for brand partnerships and other opportunities to make a living. Nothing is guaranteed in this line of work so people are much more likely to turn to underhand tactics that can help give their career a boost. Unlike other professions where you may have a contract guaranteeing your weekly hours, being a social media influencer will only be a successful career if you appear to be popular on your platforms. Brands are more likely to do partnerships or offer sponsored posts to people that are going to target a large demographic so buying followers is going to increase those chances.
Whether or not using tactics like these are ethical, it will continue to be done for a long time, there are people out there who like to achieve success by buying their way through life, and there are others who prefer to put effort into their work and build a legitimate career and following for themselves. The social media page has evolved into something far more complex than being a place to share family moments and is now being used as a means to create careers, as the market gets more crowded we are only going to see a further increase in the number of underhand business tactics as a way to get more likes.
In this article I will be giving the limelight to eight of the greatest talk show moments in modern TV history, handing over the stage to these women who shot back at Hollywood misogyny.
Jane Fonda has been a feminist and political icon for decades; with her exercise video that brought her to fame, to lending her house to the Black Panther organization during tense moments in American equal rights protests. Jane Fonda is a brilliant woman.
Even today, Fonda continues to protest for what she believes in and doesn’t have time for those who would waste hers. The specific event of which I speak is the interview on Megyn Kelly Today, where Kelly asks Fonda a particularly inappropriate question: ‘…you admit you’ve had work done… I read that you felt you’re not proud to admit that you’ve had work done. Why not?’. Fonda, handing this rude question with her usual grace, answered, ‘We really wanna talk about that now?’. Kelly, laughing along with the audience, realizes her mistake and follows Fonda’s lead in steering the focus back to the reason for the interview; the new film Fonda is staring in. Snaps for Jane Fonda.
Scarlett Johansson has forever been at the unappealing end of sexist questions. Each time she deftly puts the interviewer in their place makes light of their question, which garners laughs from her colleagues and audiences, and makes everyone present aware that she is not the least impressed with being asked these sexist questions. One of my favorite interviews where she swiftly makes her thoughts on the statement known is in an interview alongside her cast member Samuel L. Jackson.
During the interview, the host makes the statement ‘That’s what women do though, isn’t it.’ Johansson immediately inhales, probably not believing she has to keep doing this. ‘There’s always a good woman behind the camera.’, continues the host. Johansson jumps in with, ‘Or in front of, on the side.’ The host, hopping back in states,‘Either way, looking gorgeous.’ Johansson says, ‘Thank you very much. Well, you know what that’s. – I can also be used as a sparkly object to distract the spirit… he’s just like, “look at this shiny thing”, yeah.’ Johansson makes it very clear she’s not pleased with being demoted to “pretty thing at the side of the screen”, putting the host rightfully in her place.
Another one of Johansson’s interviews clearly shows what Johansson thinks of sexist stereotypes towards women and girls. She reinforces that we can be the best at sports, and can get the besten bastel geschenke für mädchen, and not have to adhere to the stereotypes we’re assigned.
On a red carpet interview, Rihanna was asked ‘What are you looking for in a man now?’. Rihanna glares at this reporter and says, ‘I’m not looking for a man. Let’s start there.’ We love Rihanna. Can we clap, please?
During an interview on her new film Beauty and the Beast, Emma Watson conveys an anecdote where ‘They were saying that I couldn’t be a feminist… and have boobs… Feminism… is about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality… I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it. It’s very confusing.’ We love Emma Watson for being blunt, standing up for feminist rights, and educating us all.
Simone Biles, a professional dancer, was called upon not smiling when compliments were given to her; ‘I was waiting for you to smile at some of the comments; you didn’t.’ ‘Smiling doesn’t win you gold medals.’ Snaps for Simone Biles, for telling the world that women don’t owe you any reaction and breaking the myth that we’re demure.
Serena Williams has faced so much sexism during her sporting career; from being unjustly critiqued on the court, unnecessarily gendered on wins, and even the subtle versions of sexism, that sometimes hurt the most. Williams states, ‘I would really like to thank Sports Illustrated for recognizing me not just as sportswoman or sports of the year, but just sportsperson of the year…’. You’d think it was a simple recognition, but this means everything. Keep on winning, Serena.
Anne Hathaway was sexually harassed on the red carpet and then in an interview was asked ‘…what’s the lesson learned from something like that…’. Hathaway swiftly responds and expresses her disappointment; ‘… I was very sad that we live in an age which when someone takes a picture of another person in a vulnerable moment and rather than delete it and do the decent thing, sells it and I’m sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies sexuality of unwilling participants, which brings us back to Les Mis because that’s what my character is…’. Hathaway steers the interviewer back to the important topic and the same time brilliantly tells him what she thinks. So many snaps for Anne. Thank you.
Leverage may have ended a couple of years ago, but the show is still garnering a lot of response. The crime series was rolled in for five seasons with the first episode hitting screens on 7 December 2008. But the main topic of discussion or the episode that caught everyone’s attention was “The Long Goodbye Job”. As a finale, it was remarkable and people were quick to compare the same with other hit TV shows. Considering that the buzz around the same is intact, we decided to look back at a couple of moments that defined the finale. Hence, go ahead and take a look at all of them.
It’s quite hard to forget a character like Nate as he was cool and a keen observer. The main man of the Leverage group was always a ahead of the rest, although many didn’t seem to think so. When he was in custody, he went on to display a lot of emotions while answering Casey’s questions. Since he has to make it look like his team is actually dead, he goes ahead to handle the situation with ease by doing what he does best. So when she finally asks him how he was able to tell he wasn’t in the hospital, things become serious, and we are exposed to a scene that will be remembered forever.
Whether you like it or not, Nate and Sophie do form a great couple and that was finally put into question when Nate proposed to her. That particular moment was beautiful as fans tend to rewatch the same. It was an ideal way to end the hit series, and the formation of this union created a better form of clarity for the rest. While it was all carried in a subtle manner, things turned out to be unique, and everyone was glad that it happened. So all our applauses go for this particular formation and the establishment of love.
The scene with Nate and Parker on the roof is another memorable one that highlights an important moment. Nate’s working out how Parker is going to zipline from the theatre roof to the roof of the Highpoint tower. She specifically wants to know why he’s letting her in on this part, including the aspect of planning. But by letting her in, Nate also shows that he trusts Parker’s judgement and that she will be ready when he passes the torch to her. Due to all that, the scene stands out, and the moment talks about a number of concepts that only true fans will understand.