As this year winds down, we’ve recapped its highlights to bring you the best of 2018 in fashion, sneakers, music, movies, and more.
Most people would admit that it drives them crazy, but in 2018 Twitter has continued to be one of those places you go to for information straight from the source. And since tweets are often published away from the watchful eyes of celebrity PR teams, they tend to be the most candid and revelatory insight into a public figure’s mindset.
While it might seem like every year is chock full of big Twitter moments, 2018 seemed to be the year when everyone — from politicians and tech moguls to musical artists and brands — had something to say about the pressing issues of the day, whether that was politics, social justice, racism, or all of the above.
Elsewhere, you had cleaning products telling consumers not to, uh, consume them and billionaires accusing strangers of pedophilia. It was just that kind of year.
As we prepare to leave 2018 in our rearview, here are the tweets (and the odd Instagram caption) that best defined the year.
The tweet: “You know what, don’t bother showing me the video. We will make one of the mini-sub/pod going all the way to Cave 5 no problemo. Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it.
The context: One of the most harrowing events this year was the ordeal that trapped a Thai youth soccer team in a flooded network of caves for 18 harrowing days. Tesla/SpaceX tech mogul Elon Musk offered up his services to build a mini-submarine to aid the rescue effort. So far, so noble.
But what ensued was a war or words between Musk and British diver Vernon Unsworth, who had assisted in the rescue of 12 of the trapped children. After Unsworth accused Musk of engaging in a PR stunt, Musk fired back by accusing him of being a pedophile. Unsworth subsequently filed a lawsuit for $75,000 in damages.
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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting!