Remember that video? You know, the one with “rich Mexican girls” snorting cocaine and daring their friends to do the “little pass challenge”? It was all a joke. Yup. One big, fat, accidental, Internet joke.
Vice recently spoke to Ber, the first girl who’s video went viral, and got the 411. “It was a bad joke in a WhatsApp chat that got taken completely out of context,” she told Vice. “I know I’m the one to blame and I never should have recorded that video.”
This video of her snorting cocaine first went viral amongst her friends, then social media-wide and finally became a trending news story after “‘The Cocaine Challenge’: The Latest Trend Among Rich Mexican Girls” was published by SDP Noticias. A milieu of other news agencies published stories based on the SDP article without even interviewing the people who appeared in the videos, according to Ber.
Ber is now reaping the consequences of partaking in drug-fueled extracurricular activities and recording them. Her “reputation is going down the drain thanks to a moment of stupidity; all because of a joke between friends that got blown out of proportion.”
We all know that twins have a special bond that most of us single-borns can’t even fathom. That’s why there’s arguably nothing more entertaining than hearing unbelievable stories of twins showing the world the depth of their connection.
And this connection is no better illustrated than by a video that’s been making the rounds on the internet a year after it was posted.
The viral video of newborn twins holding hands gives us a glimpse into the transcendent bonds that twins have.
The video centers around new mother Celi who is holding her twin baby girls for the first time. For starters, Celi herself is an incredible woman–a budding army officer who happens to be a super-prolific entrepreneur. Not only is Celi is a Youtuber and Podcaster at Twinbaby Adventures and “Women in Season” respectively, but she is also an influencer who runs the Fitbreezylife wellness Instagram account. And if that resume wasn’t already impressive enough, she gave birth to twin baby girls Genesis and Genevie in June of 2018. Celi documented the first few moments of post-partum on her Instagram account. Needless to say, her followers were shook.
In the video, the freshly-born babies reach for each other and tightly grip one another’s hands while lying on Celi’s chest.
The incredible video shows Celi holding her twin baby girls right after she gave birth to them. As soon as the baby on the right is placed on Celi’s chest, she reaches for the hand of her twin sister. As if on cue, the baby on the right grabs hold of her sister’s hand tightly. The two continue to hold tightly onto one another, prompting the nurse to exclaim: “Oh! Look at them hold hands!”.
Naturally, Celi becomes overcome with emotion, laughing and crying as her twin girls hold onto each other as if they never want to let go. As the twins continuing to hold each other, the other bystanders in the room also begin to express their amazement. “Oh my god!” we hear someone say off-camera. “That is so precious. You guys are going to make me cry”. As the babies hold on to each other tightly, the nurse reiterates her shock at the scene: “They literally reached for each other. I’ve never seen this,” the nurse says.
As for Celi, she believes that the gesture was more than just a coincidence.
Celi explained to Buzzfeed that, while she was pregnant, one of her twins suffered from more complications than the other. According to Celi, the baby on the left was born first, and according to medical tests, was the stronger twin before being born. But the baby on the right “barely passed” some medical tests. “I thought that maybe, Baby A [on the left] knew her sister needed strength,” she told BuzzFeed. I’m not crying, you are!
Now, nearly a year after their birth, Celi says her daughters have changed a lot.
Not only have her daughters developed unique personalities, but Celi says they’re also not as dependent on each other as they were at first. “At 14 months, they’re honestly very different. One will get annoyed if she needs to share, and one is nicer,” Celi said. “I also sometimes go shopping with one and leave the other twin with dad at home, and they don’t really notice the other is gone”. And while we’re sure that the twins don’t need each other around 24/7 like they did while in-utero, we’re also pretty sure that these two will forever have a tight bond that no one else can compete with.
Needless to say, the video has people on the internet feeling all the feels.
We have to say, it’s so refreshing to see a heart-warming story about unconditional love when the news seems to be constantly bombarding us with tales of tragedy and horror. It’s stories like these that make us remember all of the good and love that there is in the world.
This woman, for example, wasn’t shy about sharing how much the story touched her:
It’s truly unbelievable that so many parents get to witness the unshakeable bond between their twins on a daily basis.
This woman said what we were all feeling:
If this didn’t make you want your own little bundles of joy ASAP, then you might just not have a pulse!
This girl added this video onto the list of reasons why she was feeling extra-emotional:
Excuse us while we bookmark this video for the next time we feel like we need a good cry.
Sometimes our familias can really surprise us. We want and expect them to understand everything we do and all that we are as individuals. And, of course, family should accept you for who you are. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
Whether you come out as gay or maybe you’re in an interracial relationship, sometimes family disappoints us. Sometimes they hurt us by not allowing us to be happy.
But, often enough, there are stories of immense change and progress. Stories of “it gets better” permeate the Internet and give hope to countless others who may be facing the same family crisis.
One man is seriously pushing us to the verge of a full blown cry fest with their heartwarming story of acceptance.
In a Tweet that has since gone viral, one trans man shares a video of their dad giving them a fade and trimming their beard in the backyard.
In the tweet, they explain that when they first came out as trans, their family didn’t know what to do with them. But that after three years of a not always easy journey, things have gotten better for them and their family
They remind us all that family acceptance isn’t the only way in which things can get better though.
For some, family may never come around. This twitter user notes that they’ve lost a lot of family and friends on their journey. But as queer people often point out, it’s also about your chosen family.
They also point out the true significance of self love and surrounding yourself with a support system no matter what that looks like.
And yea, ok, their dad may not be the best barber.
They point out that yea maybe the dad messed up the haircut, but whatevs, that’s besides the point. The point is…get yourself a support system that cuts your hair in the backyard because they love you.
As so many trans people know, being a trans person in this country is not only dangerous, it can mean the end of family and important friendships.
While a recent Ipsos survey suggests people around the world are becoming more tolerant of transgender people, one expert warns the “encouraging” results are not inevitable. They take work.
And many in the community have real world experience in losing the people who once meant the world to them.
And for trans women of color, in particular, the US is a very dangerous place.
The average life expectancy of a black trans woman in the US is thought to be 35. Most of this year’s victims were still in their twenties.
Federally, trans people have also seen cutbacks in protections in shelter, health care, and incarceration under the Trump administration.
In a statement, the Human Rights Campaign said, “It is clear that fatal violence disproportionately affects transgender women of color, and that the intersections of racism, transphobia, sexism, biphobia and homophobia conspire to deprive them of necessities to live and thrive,” the organization said.
“This epidemic of violence that disproportionately targets transgender people of color — particularly black transgender women — must cease.”
But right now, Twitter was absolutely loving for this heartwarming story.
Gurl, saaaaame. As a queer person, it’s incredibly powerful to hear stories of family acceptance. And to see and understand the journey that some families take — it’s proof that change and progress is possible. Sometimes in those people from whom we’d least expect it.
Many couldn’t hold back their ugly tears.
But like don’t worry. Pretty much all of Twitter is ugly crying right there alongside you.
Some on Twitter wanted to share their own similar experiences.
This person wanted to point out that they have a step child who is in transition and that’s she’s fully supportive of her child.
While another tweet wanted to keep things real.
For some, family and friends may never come around to your authentic self. Unfortunately, this is a reality that many trans and queer people constantly face.
Because, sadly, for many, things don’t get better with their family.
Many people commented that they were happy and moved by this story of acceptance and progress. However, for many other people that moment of acceptance hasn’t come yet and many feel that it may never.
But we’re gonna leave it on a feel good note…
We’re happy for you @transtramposo and can’t wait to hear more about your journey with your accepting family. Keep sharing these heartwarming moments!
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