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FAFSA Put A Latina On Notice After She Posted Her Lavish Prom Video That People Read Too Much Into

In late March, 17-year-old high school student Lizbeth Rivas opted to have a video taken of her prom experience, instead of traditional photos. In the prom video, Rivas appears to be living the high life. She dances to the song “Clout” by Offset and Cardi B, models her expensive-looking white prom dress, and flashes a luxury Mercedes-Benz with her crew of friends. To any of her followers, it looked like Rivas was living a life of privilege.

Rivas’s video went viral, prompting comments that mentioned the disparity between her lifestyle and those who can’t afford the same prom experience.

One Tweet in particular took off: Twitter user @_Ferrrg responded to the video with a meme that alluded to FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid organization) watching the video and keeping note of Rivas’s extravagant lifestyle.

Although the official FAFSA account was never tagged, FAFSA itself responded through Twitter with a meme of a little boy side-eyeing and sipping a cup of tea. Translated to internet speak?: “We’re watching you“.

Most found the interaction hilarious and it wasn’t long before the response from FASFA went viral.

FASFA’s tweet received over 13K retweets and 48K likes. Though many users found the interaction funny, some expressed concern Rivas would have trouble with financial aid.

According to Rivas she is just an average student struggling to make ends meet like anyone else.

Rivas revealed that the videographer of the high-quality video wasn’t an expensive professional they hired, but a talented friend-of-a-friend. “We wanted to do something different and memorable to us,” Rivas explained to mitú. “I honestly did not think it was going to blow up like how it did on Twitter nor was I looking for attention.”

Rivas went on to state that she paid for her luxurious-looking prom from money she earned at her job at the mall. “People started speculating that my parents paid all this money,” Rivas said. “When in reality, I have a whole job that I was saving up checks since December”.

According to Rivas, people on Twitter have made wrong assumptions about her financial situation.

FAFSA’s response prompted Rivas’s initial Tweet to go even more viral, putting Rivas in fear of receiving the financial aid she sorely needs.

“How [FAFSA] responded made me upset because that just fueled more people and their misconstrued opinions,” Rivas said. According to Rivas, her parents are neither in the financial situation to give her an expensive prom experience nor in the situation to pay out-of-pocket for her college tuition.

Rivas worries now that the viral video and its response could damage her access to financial aid for college, as well as her dreams of going to art school.

Rivas revealed that due to her financial situation, she’s looking at public universities for a college education. “I wanted to go to art school but it’s really expensive so I’m just looking at public universities,” Rivas says.

This ordeal brings up a larger conversation about privilege, the performance of wealth that many participate in (regardless of their financial status) and the crisis younger Americans are currently facing when it comes to paying for higher education.

Hopefully this will be a lesson for everyone not to assume what’s in someone’s bank account based on what they see on that person’s social media–especially when most of what we see on social media rarely represents reality anyway.

A Woman In Mexico City Attacked Someone’s Car With A Metal Pole So Now She Is Lady Piñata And That’s Fair

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A Woman In Mexico City Attacked Someone’s Car With A Metal Pole So Now She Is Lady Piñata And That’s Fair

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There’s not much joy that we get on social media these days. It’s all devastating news from every direction. We do, however, enjoy when social media comes to bat for those who have been wronged in some way. “Twitter do your thing,” is the best way, if not the only way, to get people’s attention and call out terrible people doing horrific things. This simple call out on social media allows the world to see cruelty at its worst and hopefully make them responsible for their vile actions. That’s what’s happening in Mexico City following some horrible road rage.

A video on social media went viral in Mexico showing a woman assaulting another woman in a car with a stick. 

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The assaulter got out of her car and hit the victim’s windshield, her car door, and anywhere else she could reach with her stick. It clearly looked like some kind of road rage incident, but the victim who recorded the entire thing took to social media to express what happened. 

The victim is Viviana Garcia, and she expressed on Instagram that she got into a minor accident with the car in front of her, which is when the woman came out and began hitting her. The accident took place in Tlalpan Centro, in Mexico City and at first, she said, that everything seemed to be under control because police were already at the scene of the accident. 

Both parties were in the process of exchanging insurance information. In Mexico, representatives from the insurance company come to the scene of the accident and take documents of what happened themselves. 

Garcia said that her insurance representative was taking a long time to arrive. When they finally do, they informed her that they do not cover that damage. They told her she had to withdrawal $6000 (in pesos). She said once the officers left, and after her driver arrived for support since she’s a minor, a woman in the car began to record her and told her: “you’re going to remember me.” 

A video from the perspective of the assaulter’s family has also been released, and now we’re getting a clearer picture of why they were upset with her.

While they are recording Garcia, you can see the young women is scrolling on her phone on Instagram while she waits for the insurance respective. She was clearly behaving immaturely, but that is no reason to beat anyone up. Violence should be avoided at all costs. 

Garcia said their video proves they were threatening her from the very beginning. Garcia insists that the video shows she was not at fault and was simply waiting for the next step of resolving the accident. They claim, according to Garcia, that they accused her of being on the phone when the accident took place. 

The woman in the car comes out and points a gun at her driver, and that’s when the other woman came out to hit her with a metal stick.

Credit: @Mexicopolako / Twitter

Garcia said that glass from the windshield hit her face and that she was also hit on her cheekbone. She ended her post by saying, “Please help me spread this, it is not possible that these kinds of things are happening in our environment, help me find them.” 

Social media did more than just investigate who this woman was. They tagged her Lady Piñata

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The entire video exposes that the assaulter was in the passenger seat in the back and was riding with her sister and parents. 

“Whose fault is it?” a person on Twitter asked. “The daughter who is a crazy and hysterical or the parents who look happily at their crazy and hysterical ‘doll'”?

People were able to find out who the woman was and it’s reportedly 35-year-old Erika Vanessa López García. The car she was in is registered under her parents Heriberto Lopez Buendia and María Elena Garcia Rico.

The incident is under investigation, but we have a feeling this sordid mess is far from over. Until then we’ll always have Lady Piñata. 

Credit: @soyelalansillo / Twitter

Garcia thanked all of her followers for their help in locating her assaulter. And just think, what could have been solved with 6000 pesos (around $300) is now going to cause this deranged family a whole lot of money. Whatever they end up paying Garcia, their shame on social media will live on forever.

Watch the full video of the attack below!

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Hola, esto sucedió el día de hoy. Tuve un accidente automovilístico de un choque muy pequeño con una camioneta azul placas MYD-94-00 todo parecía estar bajo control ya que una patrulla estuvo al tanto de el accidente… llega el momento de los seguros de los autos. Los de la camioneta hablan a su seguro y solo están en espera a que el mío llegue…pasa el tiempo y el mío tarda en llegar, al fin llega y por cuestiones de tiempo mi seguro no cubre el daño y este se retira…siguiente a que tenemos que pagar 6000 en efectivo para poder retirarnos. Los oficiales se retiran y mi seguro igual. Solo quedamos mi chofer ( que llegó a los 20 min de mi accidente para brindarme apoyo ya que soy menor de edad), los de la camioneta (un señor de edad adulta, una señora de edad adulta y una joven de al rededor unos 20 años), el seguro de la camioneta de los señores y yo. La chica comienza a grabarme y a decirme que de ella me iba a acordar con junto a la señora de edad mayor agrediéndome a insultos…regresan a la camioneta y la señora de edad adulta apunta con la pistola a mi chofer advirtiéndole que no haga ningún movimiento y la otra chica baja con un bate metálico a golpear mi vehículo, al momento al que yo volteo a ver lo que la chica estaba haciéndole a mi vehículo los cristales entran a mis ojos y se clavan en mi pecho y cara, también recibí un golpe en el pómulo con en bate y ellos huyen conjunto al señor que atendía al seguro de su camioneta. Por favor ayúdenme a difundir esto, no es posible que este tipo de cosas estén sucediendo en nuestro entorno, ayúdenme a encontrarlos. Gracias a dios estoy siendo atendida por doctores y no pasó a mayores…hoy fuí yo y mañana puedes ser tu.

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The New ’13 Reasons Why’ Season Trailer Is Out And It Looks Like They’re Killing Off A Pretty Major Character

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The New ’13 Reasons Why’ Season Trailer Is Out And It Looks Like They’re Killing Off A Pretty Major Character

Get ready, everyone. The controversial, zeitgeist-defining show “13 Reasons Why” is back for season 3. And although we said a permanent goodbye to Hannah Baker last season, this season it looks like we’ll be saying goodbye to someone else. 

Bryce Walker. That’s right, the psychopathic rapist and Bully No.1 of the last two seasons appears to have been laid to rest in a new trailer that just dropped Thursday. 

And according to the same trailer, the cause of his death is nothing other than murder. 

That means that “13 Reasons Why,” a show that has become infamous for its graphic depictions of teen trauma, seems to have pivoted to murder-mystery format. 

So not only have the students of Liberty High been subject to dealing with the aftermath of a classmate’s suicide, multiple rapes, and an attempted school shooting, they can now add “murder” to the list of events they’ve had to deal with. We don’t know if any school counselor in the history of school counselors would be equipped to help with so much trauma. 

As a refresher for those of you who haven’t watched (or don’t remember) the ending of Season 2, we left off with us seeing Jessica feeling newly empowered after testifying about being sexually assaulted by Bryce, seeing Hannah’s parents deciding on divorce after losing their lawsuit against the school, and seeing Clay successfully thwart Tyler’s plans to carry out a school shooting. However, we were left hanging when it came to whether or not Clay would be blamed for Tyler’s school-shooting attempt.

The new one minute and thirty-six seconds-long trailer starts with an ominous voice-over that describes the unusual circumstances for the students at Liberty High. 

A mysterious British voice addresses a man named “Deputy Sandal” (presumably the man that will be investigating Bryce’s murder”). “Here’s the thing about the kids at Liberty High,” she says. “They’re connected by their secrets. Connected and forever changed. The truth is: given the right circumstances, the right motivation, anyone could have done this.”

The “this” in question is the murder of the aforementioned Bryce Walker. 

At the end of the trailer, Bryce’s mother pleads with Bryce’s classmates to reveal any information they may know of about the circumstances surrounding his death. “If any of you know anything. Please say something.” As usual, series protagonist Clay looks internally tortured and possibly ready to combust at any moment. 

A lot is riding on the upcoming season of “Thirteen Reasons Why” after their much-criticized previous seasons.

The show, which is considered one of Netflix’s most successful series, has long been a flashpoint for critics and parents alike who believed the show sensationalized serious subjects such as rape and suicide. 

Indeed, one recent study blamed “Thirteen Reasons Why” for a spike in suicide rates among teens after the show debuted. For its part, Netflix has responded to the accusations by calling the topic “critically important” and vowing to “ensure that [they] handle this sensitive issue responsibly”.

But regardless of the controversy surrounding the series, many viewers still can’t wait to see what happens with Clay and the rest of the gang from Liberty High.

The popularity of Netflix shows is unprecedented among Gen-Z’ers. Practically all of the internet is speculating about #WhoKilledBryceWalker and sharing their theories on Twitter.

This person makes a pretty convincing argument that the newest season is a set-up for a plot twist.

This is just further evidence that the show evolved from a Public Service Announcement to “Pretty Little Liars”.

This person sums up pretty accurately what most of us feel about the third season as well as Bryce’s death:

The creators knew what they were doing when they enticed us with the murder of the television most-hated character (second to King Joffrey, of course).

Some think Bryce Walker was a victim of suicide.

It would make sense that a young man who acted out so much hate on other people would secretly have the same amount of hate directed towards himself.

Others (like many of us) is confused as to why this show is still airing when it was based on a standalone novel.

Honestly, after the thirteenth tape was played on the last season, that really should’ve been it.

As for us, we can’t wait for the newest season simply in order to comb through Twitter for the inevitable new memes the season provides. Season 3 of “13 Reasons Why” is set to premiere on August 23rd on Netflix.

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