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Gay Twitter Was Talking About More Than Kevin Hart Last Week

Anytime people get together in good spirits, hilarity usually ensues. Anytime people get together on social media, hilarity, drama, controversy and a slew of other things are guaranteed to follow, especially on Twitter. One of the most hilarious things about that is when you have a group of people who are unabashedly themselves. So much so that whatever they feel, and whatever they decide to post online is permitted and nothing is forbidden. Whether that be the Kevin Hart/Oscar’s controversy or some nude mannequins, all things are up for discussion in the most colorful way possible. This kind of honesty and openness is a wonderful thing, as long as no one gets hurt, of course. Last week, #gaytwitter was hysterical in the best possible way.

#KevinHartOscars

Twitter @meakoopa

For some time now, people in our society have been permitted to say whatever they want regardless of whom it harms. Comedian Kevin Hart was been called out for uncouth jokes he’s made over the years. He has been stepped down from hosting the Oscars and justice hath been served. And this is how we got here.

No, Sharon!

Twitter @Asquared1234

Everyone knows that person who just has to ask how a gay couple met. Everyone also knows that Grindr is a thing. So… just stop asking already.

This Should Be a Song Lyric

Twitter @85Halcyon

Someone, anyone, please turn this tweet into a song lyric and compose a beautiful ballad about this girl’s girlfriend’s hat. It rhymes, it’s cadence is great, and it needs to be shared with the world stat!

Father and Son

Twitter @MeMyselfandMyke

The love between this man and his father is something that doesn’t always happen when some come out. The love and support and hilarious banter between these two is gold.

Furry Fever

Twitter @SteffiJarnefelt

So furries are a thing this year. Don’t worry just wait for it, it’ll happen.

He’s Fabulous!

 Twitter @instinctmag

This is the single most perfect example of body positivity that it hurts. This gorgeous man changed his entire image and he is the most spectacularly beautiful bear this week. That beard tho!

Daddy or Nah

Twitter @damno_0

So, discussing things is something people do, and someone had to ask what we like to talk about. While there are many worthy topics, only one can be called DADDY!

Le Social Media GayDar

Twitter @no1heartfan

So apparently someone has figured how to find out if someone is gay based on social media. While this isn’t necessarily rocket-science or even a science at all, it can help save millions of members of the LGBTQ community a whole lot of time and battery life on their phones.

Something Sweet is in the Cauldron this Holiday Season

Twitter @fuckpidgeons

While you’re sitting across from your family this holiday, the perfect thing to throw everyone for a loop is right here. This little bit of magical wonder will leave many in awe and bewilderment. If it did not exist before now, it totally should from henceforward. Be warned, some may take offense. 

Daddies, Daddies Everywhere

Twitter @cunnnilingus

So, when you’re alone at night and you can’t get the idea of a Daddy out of your head, what do you do? What else is one to do, other than fap fap fap the night away.

Respect That

Twitter @TransGalicorn

The exchange between these two friends is priceless. It is truly a sign that friendship is magic.

The F Word

Twitter @Timmycaunce

As a part of a public service, #gaytwitter is hosting a debate this Holiday. Is it appropriate to use certain words in music if the context is acceptable?  #gaytwitter has the answers for you.

Let’s Play Pretend

Twitter @TheNarcisistas

While it isn’t the best thing one can do, sometimes you must play your part to get anywhere in life. Sometimes you cannot tell everyone what you really feel. Whether that be out of fear or simply not wanting to change things. Other times you just hope for that small chance that he’s gay or bi or bicurious too and he will give you the D.

Planning Ahead

Twitter @Juiceandvodka_

Considering that society retirement is something that everyone seems to think about, this dude is skipping way ahead to the proverbial epilogue of his later years. While stripping is typically a young person’s game, no one ever said anything about doing it in the afterlife. He plans to provide entertainment in hell. Not a bad plan.

I NEED IT SO BAD RIGHT NOW

Twitter @TenCaratHill

So have you ever needed to just get it in… or in you? Yeah, that urge can drive you insane. You almost feel like you’re going through withdrawal symptoms. Some days you just gotta have the d.

The Great Tumblr Migration

Twitter @moleculargay

Since Tumblr practically shut down, the gay community on Twitter has gotten much bigger and some really know how to make an entrance. Let’s just say some people will be noticed when they walk into a bar, that bar being Twitter.

Stand Out

Twitter @JimmyWhetzel

Look, hun, don’t let them chiseled jawlines make you feel self-conscious. They ain’t got nothin’ on you. It’s far more likely with that smile, they’re all watching your tush wiggling in them jeans. Even if they ain’t, you can still go home play Smash Bros. and create the gangbang of your dreams.

The Struggle is Real

Twitter @LaMickiMinjaj

When you’re a young gay man starting out in the world, post high school, clothes can get really pricey and what you’ve been wearing for the past few years doesn’t seem to cut it. That’s depressing. Start accessorizing honey. 

It Just Got Really Real

Twitter @BlackGayTweetz

If you choose sides on the internet, especially in a community as seemingly small as #gaytwitter, people pay attention and call you on your crap. Whoever it was that incurred the wrath of BlkGayTweets, may some heavenly presence help this poor unfortunate soul.

The King Hath Cometh and He’s Blue… and Black

Twitter @ActualHumanWill

Last weekend was The Game Awards. This is a huge annual event for many in the nerd spectrum. This particular award show, someone huge received the E-sports Player of the Year Award. Clad in his signature Blue Fox suit, Sonic Fox a self-proclaimed announced that he is a furry and gay man in as proud and nervous of a fashion as he could. He is a shining example of the LGBTQ community.

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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