Moments in the Media: Batman v. Superman, Ferrell v. Smith, Bieber v. Media

Max Miranda, Senior A&E Editor

Science has provided us with many solutions to difficult questions.  However, we have yet to answer the ultimate question: Superman or Batman? It looks as if the answer will be coming humanity’s way in the summer of 2016 when Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck come together to bring the world: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Although the announcement came at Comic-Con in San Diego in 2013, Warner Bros. officially announced that they would be filming the mega superhero movie on May 21 of this year.

Artist Wiz Khalifa was arrested for possession of half a gram of marijuana on May 25. In the El Paso County Detention Facility, the famed creator of “Black and Yellow” took a controversial photo of himself in jail and posted it on Twitter, (a cell-fie if you will) simply captioned “jail selfie.”

Justin Bieber and pop group One Direction, once known as champions of innocence, are under scrutiny for scandalous behavior this month. Two videos have been released of a 14-year-old Justin Bieber repeatedly stating racial slurs and mentioning joining the Ku Klux Klan. Bieber has come out with an apology for each video. Meanwhile, in a video posted four days prior, One Direction band members Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson were seen smoking marijuana in their car.  The video has sparked controversy among their humongous fan base, and as a result Zayn has also come out with an apology.

May 22, the Iranian police force arrested six young Iranians for making a video of themselves dancing to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.”  Although the police chief called the video, “a vulgar clip which hurt public chastity,” Pharrell Williams had a comment of his own, writing on Twitter, “It’s beyond sad these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness.”  Williams was not the only one who took to Twitter.  Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, backed the young people up as well.  The bulk of the group has been released from prison, perhaps in response to these tweets.

For  decades, the world has been fascinated with how Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini grew up to become the men we view so contemptuously today. The History Channel’s new series, World Wars, gives viewers an insight into how each of these legends was nurtured in an awful World War-era environment, with additional explorations of Allied veterans Winston Churchill and Charles De Gaulle. The series is narrated by two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner and features several famous politicians, as well as historians.

Everybody  knows that Will Ferrell is famous for two things: a) being an extremely rich Hollywood funny-man whose movies make millions each year, and b) looking exactly like the drummer from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Ever since Will Ferrell’s drum banging role in the movie Step Brothers, the world has wondered which doppleganger is the better drummer. The question was answered on May 22 when The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon hosted an epic drum-off between the two. The drum battle ended with Will Ferrell breaking out his cowbell to perform with the rest of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The artist whose last album was titled Unapologetic, seems rather unapologetic for her appearance at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards. For the fashion awards, Rihanna flaunted a see-through dress to the awards, with only a g-string underneath. The same night, Rihanna ironically won the fashion icon award at the event.

In two weeks, actor LeVar Burton has raised over $3 million to support a new Reading Rainbow for a new generation. The slogan of the campaign is “Bring Reading Rainbow back for every child, everywhere,” and the campaign looks as if it is going to be successful with over 75,000 backers on Kickstarter so far.