The petition calling for Fetty Wap to perform “Trap Queen” at Nancy Reagan’s funeral
A petition on Change.org labeled Nancy Reagan a “trap queen” and had called for rapper Fetty Wap to perform his hit song of the same name at her funeral in March 2016. It didn’t happen, despite the 7800 signatures collected, however, the petition did shed light on the failed policies of the Reagan era that helped give rise to an illicit drug trade, without which “trap queens”— in their original sense—would not exist.
A trap queen is a woman who manages and runs her boyfriend’s dope operations. The petition, which refers to Nancy Reagan as “the most famous Trap Queen in American history,” begins by pointing out the CIA’s role in cocaine trafficking in Central America during the Reagan administration, which fueled the ensuing crack epidemic in South Los Angeles.
“While her husband, Ronald Reagan, was linking up with Papi to flood the streets with narcotics, Nancy was on TV telling kids to ‘Say No To Drugs,’” the petition reads. “Her infamous ‘anti-drug’ phrase encouraged strict laws on drug possession that led to a school-to-prison pipeline we’re still dealing with now. Blacks and Latinos went to jail in droves for possessing drugs her husband gave them. It was an incredible sleight of hand that would make any wannabe Trap Queen hide in shame for her inability to be as diabolical as Nancy.”
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The petition banning Donald Trump from the UK
The British government finally responded to a petition demanding that Donald Drumpf is banned from the country. (Yes, it has the authority to prohibit certain individuals if the are considered harmful to society.)
The government’s petition website requires 10,000 signatures for a response and 100,000 signatures to be debated in Parliament.
As of December 2015, it had over 500,000 signatures. The Home Secretary, Theresa May, responded by saying:
The Prime Minister has made clear that he completely disagrees with Donald Drump’s remarks. The Home Secretary has said that Donald Drumpf’s remarks in relation to Muslims are divisive, unhelpful and wrong.
The Government recognizes the strength of feeling against the remarks and will continue to speak out against comments which have the potential to divide our communities, regardless of who makes them. We reject any attempts to create division and marginalisation amongst those we endeavour to protect. (Source | Photo)
The petition to make the US national anthem Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs”
A recently launched petition urges Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to change the national anthem of the United States to Black Sabbath‘s “War Pigs.”
“The current national anthem has served America proudly for many a year now. However, it’s time that we retire that old standard and choose a song that better reflects America and its policies and practices,” writes organizer Shannon Madden. “I nominate ‘War Pigs’ by Black Sabbath. I’m open to suggestions, but I’m hard-pressed to think of a more honest assessment of where we are in 2016 America.” The petition has 5,470 signatures in only three days.
The petitioner who wants Adele to admit she has succeeded due to “white privilege”
A petition created by a woman named Rhianna Jones addressed to Adele, President Obama and Billboard magazine on Change.org demands that the singer admit she has “little talent” and is succeeding mainly because of her white privilege.
The petition reads “Adele sold over 3.38 million copies of her album “25” and the media is praising her as if Adele’s success has everything to do with talent. Rather, it’s her white privilege that has put her on top,” it declares. Jones also “demand that Adele donates her money to African-American causes such as #Blacklivesmatter.”
No word on why Jones addressed the petition to Obama or Billboard. As of this writing, it only has 204 signatures. (Source)
The company that wants “femojis” added to the official unicode keyboard
Bodyform launched a campaign calling for the “femojis” above to be added to the official Unicode keyboard in hopes of erasing the taboo surrounding menstruation, and to encourage girls and women to talk about their periods.
The emojis are made up of a sanitary pad, period underwear, cramps, spots, bloating, and PMS.
Nicola Coronado, the marketing director of Bodyform, said, “We want to break down the taboos around periods. There are currently 1,620 emojis on the Unicode keyboard, but for the important things in life, like our periods, there is no way to express ourselves in this new universal language.”
The petition to stop Instagram from changing its feed
Instagram is changing its algorithm to reflect Twitter and Facebook’s popularity-based news feeds. Once the changes go into effect, the most popular Instagram posts will rise to the top of your feed, rather than those that were posted recently.
The backlash against this move was immediate. A petition was started by Sarah Heard on Change.org, along with the hashtag #keepinstagramchronological. In the first 24 hours, the petition attracted over 70,000 signatures and has risen to almost 160,000 people at the time of this writing.
Heard asks, “Is this something that the community really wants? After what happened when Facebook switched to algorithm-based feeds, it’s certainly not something that small businesses will want! At the very least, shouldn’t the community be able to opt-in, rather than having it mandated that this is how we will now see our feed?”
The photo sharing app has yet to comment. (Source)
The woman who petitioned God to bring David Bowie back from the dead
David Bowie was 69 years old when he passed away on January 10, 2016, after a secret 18-month battle with cancer. Fans mourned worldwide, and some have even shown their grief by appealing to God to bring Bowie back to life via a petition on change.org.
The man who petitioned to have movie popcorn banned in the UK
If you love popcorn at the movies and you live in Britain, be wary of Mike Shotton. He started a petition to have the “noise pollution” of eating popcorn banned from all movie theatres in the UK.
The 39-year-old from Newcastle wants to force movie theatre chains to kick popcorn to the curb. He’s hated the tradition of popcorn at the movies for a long time, but it was only recently when his viewing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was “ruined” by chewing children, that he decided to take action.