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Week 1: Prison, Rock, and Controversial Dating

Updated: Sep 10

1: Ruby Franke; arrested without bail

Does 8 Passengers sound familiar? To some of you, just the name gives you flashbacks to your 2016 YouTube era. For everyone else, 8 Passengers is a family vlogging channel, based around Ruby Franke and her six kids. They are devout Mormons who live in Utah, and while Ruby’s parenting style has always been criticized as ‘too strict’, no one could have imagined how far she would go. Ruby and her coworker, Jodi Hildebrandt, are being charged with 6 accounts of child abuse after one of the neighbors alerted the police after being asked for help by one of the children. Sadly, this is a perfect example of how the cookie-cutter families of YouTube are not always what they seem.

 

2: Olivia Rodrigo: Pop Star to Rock Star

Who else loves Olivia Rodrigo! From seeing her grow up on the Disney Channel, to listening to her heart-wrenching debut album, SOUR. I think I can speak for most of us when I say that I was sobbing, throwing up, dying when I heard 1 step forward, 3 steps back. Her newest album, GUTS, takes us on a deep dive into Rodrigo’s somewhat darker emotions. She exposes her rage, insecurity, and internal angst to us in a series of 12 incredible tracks. Rodrigo is willing to be vulnerable and show us her ugly emotions, something all of us should take inspiration from.

 

Lil' Timmy Tim and King Kylie?

A celebrity famous for being famous, and an actor with a fiercely debated attractiveness are officially together?!? In an unlikely turn of events, Kylie Jenner and Timothée Chalamet are confirmed, after they were seen kissing at the Renaissance Tour. First Pete Davidson and now this! The Kardashians seem to have a type, iykwim. This is extremely significant because... duh.


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