Check out @FeministTaylorSwift, the latest viral novelty Twitter account that parodies the songs lyrics of the pop idol singer with a feminist undertone. Since its launch by college senior and blogger Clara Beyer on June 12th, the feed has gained more than 78,000 followers after a plenty of blog and news media coverage over the weekend. For more info, check out the Know Your Meme entry.
Miss Teen South Carolina has a new challenger! At the Miss USA pageant last night, Miss Utah Marissa Powell responded to a question about gender-based income inequality in America with a rather strange fumbling answer, proclaiming the need to "create education better." Immediately after her response was broadcast, #MissUtah soared up to the leading trending topic on Twitter, accompanied by jokes mocking the 21-year-old's incoherence. While amusing, her answer wasn't nearly as disturbing as Miss Alabama Mary-Margaret McCord's defense of the recently leaked NSA PRISM surveillance program, asserting that she would rather have her phone messages tracked than feel unsafe.
For more than two decades, filmmakers and video producers have paid Warner/Chappell Music licensing fees to use the "Happy Birthday" song. And for many years, the American music publishing company has claimed that the intellectual property rights to the song will remain privately owned until 2030--but maybe not for long. The filmmakers behind an upcoming documentary, tentatively titled "Happy Birthday," has filed a lawsuit against Warner/Chappell with a huge body of evidence supporting that the the song has actually been in the public domain since the 1920s. If ruled in their favor, the music may have to return the hundreds of millions they've improperly charged in licensing fees since.