The UK Boarding School Rap Battle Scene is Alive (... Ironically)

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These kids have it all: Enthusiastic crowds, cheering, sick burns, and now they just need rhymes longer than two lines! But seriously, it looks like everyone's having a good time with this one.

Internet Vigilantism of the Day

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A 47-year-old British woman named Jacqueline Williams was arrested and charged with racially aggravated public order offense yesterday, only hours after the British Transportation Police issued a public appeal on YouTube to identify the female passenger who was seen hurling racist remarks at other train passengers in a recently upload video (shown left). It seems that the British law enforcement has taken a liking to crowd-sourced investigations, as yesterday's arrest marked the third case of racial abuse involving a viral transit fight video from this year.

Russell Brand in Court of the Day

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Russell Brand's, um, brand of comedy isn't everyone's cup of tea, but, if anything, he's pretty good at being on his toes when it comes to making light of a dull situation. As such, when Brand was testifying about the UK's drug policy to Parliament, he made quite the show out of it, which also happened to be better than his stand-up.

[boingboing]

Controversial Marketing Campaign of the Day

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A new Olympic Games ad by Argentina stars Fernando Zylberberg, a star field-hockey player, training for London on the Falkland Islands. "To compete on English soil, we train on Argentine soil," the spot says. Problem is, the Falklands are a self-governing British territory over which the two countries have fought forever.

"The Olympics is about sport and not politics," said a spokeswoman for Britain's Foreign Office. "We are also dismayed at the insensitivity and disrespect demonstrated by the filmmakers in their use of a war memorial in the Falklands as a prop."

[adweek]