Let’s just start this off on a positive note: This last week on the web was a lot less combative than the previous seven days. Not that it’s been all peace and rainbows—this is still the Internet, after all—but at least this week had some kinder, gentler moments. (Kanye West has ideas to make the world a better place! An actor didn’t take a role just for the paycheck!) Here, as always, is the roundup of things you may have missed on our favorite series of metaphorical, metaphysical tubes.

Berning Down the Hashtag

What Happened: Not for the first time, a social media hashtag intended to show displeasure about Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders ends up going in a different direction.
Where It Blew Up: Twitter
What Really Happened: Bernie Sanders has been having a week, what with his supporters causing trouble at the Nevada caucuses, leading to a backlash that swallowed much of everything else, including his victory in Oregon, especially after he released a statement that did little to quell concerns.

It was a moment that made some Sanders supporters reconsider their feelings towards the candidate, and lead to this tweet:

Initially, the answers came fast:

And then, those who still support Bernie discovered the hashtag and decided to have a little fun with it:

Perhaps best of all were those who took the hashtag in a more literal sense, turning the whole thing particularly surreal:

The Takeaway: Say what you like about the Sanders campaign and its supporters—and this week has shown that, well, everyone is already doing that, actually—but their social media game is strong. By Friday, the competing (positive) hashtag #BernieLoveWave was atop the Twitter trending list in the US.

Why Wasn’t This Hashtag Used When Ted Cruz Dropped Out of the Race?

What Happened: Depending on who you believe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau might have elbowed a member of the opposition in parliament this week.
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media think pieces
What Really Happened: The facts, as they used to say on Pushing Daisies, are these: On Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was at the center of a political firestorm after being accused of both manhandling Gordon Brown, the whip of the opposition, and elbowing Ruth Ellen Brosseau, a member of parliament for the NDP Party while in the House of Commons. This, of course, led to news coverage, but even moreso, it led to coverage of the social media fallout:

#elbowgate was a tending topic for days after the event, as both sides argued about what actually happened in the face of an apology from Trudeau that, of course, just stoked the fires more.

The Takeaway: The best accidental exchange about the topic may have been this:

OK, it wasn’t a US content farm, but…

Sorry For the Realness, Internet

What Happened: Kanye West vs. Ellen DeGeneres. It was never even going to be close.
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media think pieces
What Really Happened: Kanye West showed up on the Ellen DeGeneres Show this week, and in the process, broke the Internet’s brain with an extended monologue about the state of art.

The amount of coverage the appearance got was amazing, as if it was an actual news event and not a talk show appearance.

For the most part, it was his seven minute explanation of how he sees his place in pop culture—”I don’t care how much you sold, if you’re playing on radio. Are you connecting? Picasso is dead. Steve Jobs is dead. Walt Disney is dead. Name somebody living that you can name in the same breath as them… Don’t tell me about being likable. We got 100 years here. We’re one race, the human race, one civilization. We’re a blip in the existence of the universe, and we constantly try to pull each other down. Not doing things to help each other. That’s my point”—that drew so much attention. At least that’s what got the strongest reactions on Twitter. Well, that and how uncomfortable Ellen seemed during the whole thing.

The Takeaway: However strange the West’s monologue might have seemed, we can at least thank it for provoking this headline for the ages: “Payless Shoes Confirms That Kanye West Did Call Its CEO”.

Baby Got Backlash

What Happened: Blake Lively quoted a vintage rap lyric on social media.
Where It Blew Up: Instagram, Twitter, media think pieces
What Really Happened: So, here’s the thing. Blake Lively posted the following on her Instagram this week:

L.A. face with an Oakland booty

A photo posted by Blake Lively (@blakelively) on

If that caption seems familiar, then…

However, it turned out that not everyone was supportive of Lively sharing her love of early ’90s rap classics.

Before too long, the story wasn’t Lively’s appearance, or even her butt, it was the racism implied in the Sir Mix-A-Lot quote, with multiple stories centering on the offense it caused. This, in turn, led to a wave of those decrying the outcry:

But, ultimately, only one opinion truly mattered here: that of Sir Mix-A-Lot, who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the whole affair. “I think she’s saying, ‘I’ve got that Oakland booty,’ or ‘I’m trying to get it,’” he said. “I think we have to be careful what we wish for as African-Americans, because if you say she doesn’t have the right to say that, then how do you expect her at the same time to embrace your beauty? I mean, I don’t get it. I think it’s almost a nod of approval, and that was what I wanted. I wanted our idea of beautiful to be accepted.”
The Takeaway: Actually, Roxane Gay should have the final word here:

The Name Is Gone, James Gone

What Happened: As reports started circulating that Daniel Craig wouldn’t return to the role of James Bond after last year’s Spectre, Twitter couldn’t contain itself.
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened: According to a report from the somewhat unreliable Daily Mail, Daniel Craig turned down a £68m ($100m) offer to return as Britain’s favorite secret agent for two further movies. Twitter had a field day:

Unsurprisingly, talk quickly turned to who should replace Craig.

Soon enough, reports were emerging that the role was essentially Tom Hiddleston’s, if he wants it, although some are very much on the Idris Elba side of the argument. Even the new mayor of London had an opinion to share.
The Takeaway: Everyone was having so much fun that it seems churlish to remind them that the initial report remains entirely unconfirmed by anyone who’s actually connected with the Bond movies.

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