#InTheseTweets | Sixth Edition

In These Tweets is a weekly cultural dive into trending topics on Twitter. A collection of snapshot analyses on a variety of moments impacting our world. Sometimes serious, sometimes light, always substantive. We outchea, #InTheseTweets.

In news that should shock no know one, America’s bigot-in-chief has coined the pandemic COVID-19 virus as the ‘Chinese Virus’ despite the World Health Organization’s (WHO) request that locations or ethnicities not be attached to the outbreak to not “fuel stigmatizing attitudes”. That request was apparently a tall order for the same dude who referred to Haiti and countries in Africa as “shithole countries”, Mexican immigrants as “bad hombres” and a political rival as “Pocahontas”. Donald Trump’s use of inflammatory/racist language is really second nature because at his core that’s really who he is. He is also keenly aware that his most fervent supporters ride with him heavily because his modus operandi is to shift the blame to others in order to prop himself up or to take no responsibility for his hand in the creation or expansion of any problems in the U.S. In one of the most vulnerable times in world history, the leader of the U.S. is once again being a buffoon on the world stage. I wish there was more of a surprise factor here, but well...there’s not.

In better Coronavirus updates, prominent musicians such as John Legend and Keith Urban are giving their fans live stream performances to make up for canceled shows in an effort to uplift folks who are practicing social distancing (which should be all of us, dammit!). Artists and creatives all over the world are taking a major hit in these uncertain times. For every Legend and Urban who are megastars, there are hundreds of thousands of indie artists and performers who are trying to figure out how they will make ends meet from losing thousands of dollars in projected income. So, if you have the means and know a singer, musician, poet, comic, dancer, etc. who is enduring the weight of financial loss in the midst of this pandemic, consider donating to their preferred method of payment collection. Most, if not all artists, are willing to offer some type of service for a donation received. We all outchea trying to eat, remain creative and sane!

This has been an incredibly rough spring for the 2019-2020 NBA season. After reeling from the loss of retired icon, Kobe Bryant, NBA players, along with every other major US sports teams, are sitting on the sidelines for the remainder of the season due to the Corona pandemic. But because NBA fans are some of the most avidly passionate sports fans around, they are occupying their time on social media playing the ultimate game of fantasy league “what if”. By pitting some of the game’s current superstars with giants of yesteryear, fans are placing bets on which juggernaut squads could best the others. It’d be cool to see some of the players weigh in with their opinions of what superteams would be the most dominant. But ideally, none of the athletes will have to wait too long to be back entertaining their fans and playing the game they love.

We always knew that iconic hip hop supergroup, Wu Tang Clan, was “for the children,” but with their latest acrostic-style PSA, it can be said that the Wu is for everybody. Using their platform to address their cult-like fanbase, the Clan’s official Twitter account used every letter in their name to give safety precautions to New York City on dealing with Coronavirus protection. The infographic “Protect Ya Neck against the Coronavirus” alludes to their famous early career single, “Protect Ya Neck” and lets us all know that the Shaolin emcees ain’t playin’ about making sure we are caring for ourselves.