Venezuelan filmmaker and comedian Joanna Hausmann is so over people taking one look at her blue eyes, red hair, and white skin and asking her if she’s really Latina. With “Things White Latinos Are Sick of Hearing,” a digital short made for Flama, the New Yorker is taking a tongue-in-cheek stand against the awkward, clueless and borderline racist questions Latinos who don’t fit into the physical stereotype face in America.
Samuel L. Jackson wants you to make your protest against police violence trenD. In a video posted to his Facebook page over the weekend, the actor called on all his celebrity friends and fans that participated in the ALS ice bucket challenge to sound their condemnations of police violence against black Americans in a similar viral video campaign. The challenge this time is to sing “I Can’t Breathe”, a protest song by a social justice collective of artists called the Peace Poets, on camera and post it to social media. The song title references the death of Eric Garner at the hands of Staten Island police, who held him in a chockhold as he gasped, “I can’t breathe,” over and over again.
The Double Rainbow Guy, aka Paul Vasquez, became a YouTube celebrity after he recorded himself weeping at the sight of nature's own color band. Ostensibly on that merit alone, he's now running for president—on Facebook, that is. Vasquez is taking advantage of a new Facebook app called Votocracy. For only $99, Votocracy allows candidates to earn supporters through "likes" before hosting primaries for every state and Washington, D.C. Ultimately, the goal is for the 51 final contestants to compete in a televised race, a la American Idol.
Needless to say, they don't have a TV deal yet. But that's not deterring us from thinking of the possibilities of a country run by viral sensations. Why stop at the presidency? Here, we imagine an entire United States administration culled from YouTube: