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‘I am racist’: Man dismissed from job after going viral for hurling anti-Asian remarks in England

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  • An investigation is underway after a man was captured in a viral video hurling racist remarks at an Asian couple in Bolton, England, during an altercation.
  • The incident took place shortly after the couple and the man were involved in a collision.
  • The man, an employee of the trucking company Accolade Logistics, was dismissed from his job after the video went viral.

A man was dismissed from his job after he went viral for hurling anti-Asian remarks at an Asian man and woman in Bolton, England, during an altercation.

An investigation is underway into the incident that happened near the Asda supermarket on Blackburn road in Bolton on Friday.

Taiwan couple feeds all their wedding guests with $800 worth of Costco food

  • A Taiwanese couple went viral on Facebook for filling their wedding banquet solely with Costco food.
  • The bride posted photos of their wedding feast to Facebook group Costco Honestly Speaking about Commodity Experience on Monday.
  • The couple reportedly spent 25,000 TWD (approximately $787) at Costco for their banquet. 
  • The bride’s Facebook post has garnered over 40,000 likes and more than 1,000 comments, with Taiwanese netizens amazed and inspired by the couple’s creativity and resourcefulness.

A Taiwanese couple’s outdoor wedding banquet that was supplied solely with Costco food has gone viral on social media.

The bride posted photos of their wedding feast to Facebook group Costco好市多商品經驗老實說 (Costco Honestly Speaking about Commodity Experience) on Monday, showcasing their entire banquet supplied with items from big-box retailer Costco.

Harvard grad who lost job offer due to TikTok video critical of ‘All Lives Matter’ glad to be off social media

  • Claira Janover, 24, lost her job offer and was doxxed by Trump supporters after her TikTok video criticizing “All Lives Matter” went viral in 2020. 
  • Janover previously made a satirical video to condemn individuals who proclaimed “All Lives Matter,” a term created in oppositional response to the “Black Lives Matter” movement. 
  • In a recent interview with Insider, the 24-year-old said she received rape and death threats from online users.
  • Two years later, she found that she was “completely averse to the idea of ever being a public figure on the internet again.”

Claira Janover, a 24-year-old Harvard graduate who previously lost her job offer and was doxxed by Trump supporters due to a TikTok video, said she has moved on with a life away from social media. 

Janover, who was previously a content creator, went viral two years ago over a video in which she condemned people with “the nerve, the sheer entitled Caucasity to say ‘All Lives Matter.’”

Writer who has never heard of Panda Express amuses Twitter with article on the popular chain

  • Lincoln Anderson, editor and owner of Manhattan community newspaper The Village Sun, became a trending topic on Twitter after excerpts from his recent article on Panda Express were shared on the platform.
  • Anderson, who had never heard of Panda Express, wrote about the opening of a new location from the popular Asian American restaurant chain, calling it a “self-described ‘fast-casual’ Chinese restaurant.”
  • The article further noted that the restaurant “describes its fare as ‘Chinese Flavors With American Tastes,’ if that makes sense. The chain’s 'all-time favorite' dish is 'Original Orange Chicken.’"
  • While many Twitter users found the post funny, some defended Anderson’s article, noting that it’s possible for someone to never run into a Panda Express, particularly in Manhattan, New York.
  • In response, Anderson admitted that he was not that familiar with the restaurant but argued that “many New Yorkers probably don’t have a clue what Panda Express is — or don’t care, no disrespect to Panda Express.”

An editor for a local newspaper in Manhattan, New York, who had never heard of Panda Express, was ridiculed on Twitter for an article he wrote about the popular Asian American restaurant chain. 

Covering the opening of a Panda Express outlet in the city, The Village Sun’s Lincoln Anderson wrote: “Admittedly, it’s no Hane. Rather than a swanky sushi spot, it’s a self-described ‘fast-casual’ Chinese restaurant.”

Man in blackface mocking ‘The Little Mermaid’ identified as Indonesian star’s sibling

  • Jossi Marchelli, the brother of popular Indonesian actor Acha Septriasa, has been banned from TikTok for posting a video in blackface mocking Halle Bailey, the star of the upcoming live-action adaptation of  “The Little Mermaid.”
  • The now-deleted video shows Marchelli sitting in front of a TV with his back to the camera. When the film’s trailer shows Bailey onscreen, the man turns around with his darkened face to talk to the camera.
  • “Mommy, she looks just like me,” he says in a mocking tone.
  • Marchelli’s video gained attention after popular TikToker Aunt Karen, who is known for calling out users of the social media platform, criticized his actions. She also discovered that he used to study at Chicago’s Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
  • Aunt Karen's most recent TikTok video about Marchelli has garnered over 2.2 million views and 383,000 likes so far.

The man in blackface who posted a TikTok video mocking “The Little Mermaid” star Halle Bailey has been identified as a former law student and the sibling of an Indonesian star with over 3.5 million followers on Instagram.

Jossi Marchelli, the brother of Indonesian actor Acha Septriasa, stirred controversy on TikTok after popular TikToker Aunt Karen shared his video earlier this week.

IU goes viral for performing in hot air balloon at sold-out 14th-anniversary concert

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  • K-pop soloist IU has gone viral for performing in a hot air balloon during her four-hour 14th anniversary concert, her first in-person show in three years. 
  • IU performed “Strawberry Moon” in a pink hot air balloon on Sunday at the Seoul Olympic Main Stadium to ensure she could interact with her fans at the upper levels.
  • The concert also had a fireworks show, drones forming light displays, special guest artist Jay Park and thousands of seat cushions for attendees provided by IU’s mom. 
  • IU also revealed she has been dealing with a minor hearing issue for about a year, which she describes as causing a painful ringing. 

K-pop legend IU has gone viral for performing in a hot air balloon during her 14th-anniversary celebration concert over the weekend. 

IU’s “The Golden Hour: Under the Orange Sun” concert was her first in-person show in three years since 2019’s “Love Poem.” The singer sold out the Seoul Olympic Main Stadium, a venue that has a maximum capacity of more than 69,000. Sunday marked 14 years since she started her career with the EP “Lost and Found.”

‘Squid Game’ actor O Yeong-su goes viral for busting moves at Emmys afterparty

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  • “Squid Game” may have won big at the Emmys on Monday, but one cast member stole the show at the afterparty by getting down on the dance floor.
  • O Yeong-su, who played Oh Il-nam (Player 001) on the show, took the spotlight during the festivities hosted by Netflix following the awards ceremony.
  • In a video recorded during the party, the 77-year-old actor can be seen boogying in the middle of the dance floor as everyone cheers him on.
  • The clip has since gone viral, garnering more than 768,000 views on Twitter.
  • The video also received more than 245,000 views on New York Times bestselling author Meena Harris’ TikTok page.

“Squid Game” may have won big at the Emmys on Monday, but one cast member stole the show at the afterparty by getting down on the dance floor.

The Netflix series has a lot of reasons to celebrate after taking home six out of the 14 Emmy awards it was nominated for, including best actor for Lee Jung-jae, who became the first Asian to win in the category. He also became the first actor from a non-English-language series to nab an Emmy award.

21-year-old woman shepherd in China dubbed ‘gentle desert butcher’ goes viral on Douyin

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  • A 21-year-old woman in northwestern China has been rising to stardom on Douyin for sharing videos of her life as a shepherd.
  • In one video, she slaughters and skins a sheep within eight minutes.
  • The woman’s family owns a sheep farming business, and her daily routine includes looking after approximately 600 sheep.
  • She believes her videos went viral because she does not look like a typical shepherd.
  • The woman hopes that viewers do not see her as a brutal butcher.

A 21-year-old woman working as a shepherd in northwestern China has garnered over 7.2 million fans on Douyin, where she shares videos of her daily life.

The woman, named Huiran, resides in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region where she works as a shepherd for her family’s sheep farming business. 

‘Maybe he realized how stupid it was halfway in’: Hit-and-run driver in Japan paints his vehicle orange to avoid arrest

  • Tomoyuki Saito, 33, allegedly struck a 54-year-old man in a hit-and-run accident while driving in Tokyo on Aug. 12.
  • Saito had been drinking prior to the incident and did not have a driver’s license, according to reports.
  • By the time police found him, his vehicle had been partially painted to the color orange.
  • Police are investigating the incident with the assumption that Saito tried to avoid detection by repainting his car.
  • News of the incident has gone viral, with many netizens commenting on Saito’s partially painted vehicle.

The drunk driver of a truck involved in a hit-and-run incident in Japan seemingly attempted to elude law enforcement by painting his white truck another color.

Tomoyuki Saito, a 33-year-old car mechanic, was driving down the rainy streets of Tokyo at around 9 p.m. on Aug. 12 when he allegedly hit a 54-year-old man from behind.

Singaporean Twitch streamer abandons ‘Valorant’ livestream to save father’s life

  • A video of Singaporean Twitch streamer Ng Sher Ren stopping her “Valorant” livestream to save her father’s life has gone viral.
  • In the TikTok video, Ng can be seen playing the first-person shooter game with three teammates before hearing a sound nearby.
  • After realizing that her father is not feeling well, she abandons her online match.
  • “My dad had a heart attack… his heart stopped once in the hosp [sic]. His condition is stable now,” Ng wrote in her post’s caption.
  • TikTok users commended Ng’s decision to attend to her father – even if that meant losing her match.
  • Ng’s video, which was posted on Thursday, has already garnered over 670,000 views and more than 80,000 likes.

A video of a Singaporean Twitch streamer stopping her “Valorant” livestream to save her father’s life has gone viral.

TikTok user and influencer Ng Sher Ren posted the 30-second clip on Thursday. The video, which has already garnered over 670,000 views and more than 80,000 likes, starts with a zoom in of a scoreboard and onscreen text that says, “Threw the game but saved my dad’s life.”

Minnesota pawn shop owner claims to have discovered lost photos from the Nanjing Massacre

A pawn shop owner in Minnesota claims to have discovered long-lost photos taken during the Nanjing Massacre.

In a video posted to TikTok with over 9.5 million views, Evan Kail says that a customer sent him an old album of photos from World War II with the intention of selling it. When he opened the album and inspected its contents, he found disturbing photos labeled as if they were taken during the December 1937 massacre, which lasted for six weeks and saw at least 200,000 Chinese civilians killed by the Imperial Japanese Army.

An Air India flight attendant is winning hearts for how he handled a crying baby mid-flight

  • Air India flight attendant Neil Malkam earned online praise for consoling a crying toddler mid-flight.
  • The child’s father, Jeevan Venkatesh, uploaded a video on Instagram that shows Malkam carrying the young girl down the aisle of the plane. 
  • “Really appreciate the sweet gesture of a @airindia.in staff, It was a surprise when my daughter felt comfort lying in the stewards shoulder, thanks to him,” the appreciative father wrote. “Lots of changes in this trip after Tatas takeover.”
  • Instagram users  lauded the employee for his kindness, while others pointed out that he still helped out even though he was not obligated to.
  • Venkatesh’s video has already garnered over 3.1 million views and 228,300 likes.

An Air India flight attendant is winning hearts online for consoling a crying toddler mid-flight.

Uploaded by the child’s father, Jeevan Venkatesh, on Aug. 7, the now-viral Instagram video shows flight attendant Neil Malkam going beyond his duties to ensure everyone has a peaceful flight.