In case you missed it—Winter 2016
MANAGING MOSAIC EDITOR
Maybe you had a busy winter and fell behind on the headlines. Perhaps you were vacationing in exotic climes and want to know what happened while you were gone. Or maybe, after freezing to near-death during Snowmageddon 2016, you are still in a cryogenic sleep-type coma, waiting to be awakened 50 years in the future. No matter your reasons for missing this winter’s biggest stories, never fear: we got ‘em right here.
The 2016 Oscar nominations were, like most things, overwhelmingly white. Not a single person of color was nominated for the ceremony’s top honors, prompting backlash from the Internet and celebrities alike. This controversy had it all—racism, awards shows, glamorous strangers giving hot takes—and was practically engineered to grip our goldfish minds as the winter’s most fashionably divisive topic. After Jada Pinkett Smith called for a boycott, celebrities drew lines in the sand on whether or not they would attend the Oscars. Many stood in solidarity with their black colleagues, and called for more diversity in Hollywood. This controversy proves, yet again, that the world is not quite the post-racial utopia your Fox News uncle claims it to be.
Kanye/Wiz Khalifa Twitter Feud
Speaking of controversy, here’s a statement: There is now incontrovertible proof that God exists. Why? On Jan. 27, our Lord and Savior Kanyeezus West gave unto us another gleefully unhinged Twitter rant. After misinterpreting a tweet from Wiz Khalifa as a dig at his wife Kim K, Kanye unleashed a legendary stream of abuse—so legendary, in fact, that it is now your scripture. Included were some of Ye’s favorite topics, such as his unmatched greatness and insulting Amber Rose. The entire affair was unnecessary and divine, like most things Kanye does outside of rapping. Among the highlights: “No one I know has ever listened to one of your albums all the way through,” and “I went to look at your Twitter and you were wearing cool pants.” #WizWearsCoolPants
Death of Alan Rickman
More news from the spiritual realm: on Jan. 14, heaven got a little more Snape. Alan Rickman died at the age of 69, following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He will forever be remembered for his deep, lilting voice, dry wit and for playing the darkly charismatic villains we could not help but love. Sadly, Rickman was not the only beloved British entertainer who passed away this winter.
Death of David Bowie
There are truly no words to describe the magnitude of losing David Bowie. Bowie, 69, passed suddenly—little more than a week before his death, he released his masterful final album, “Blackstar.” He reinvented the wheel as often as he reinvented himself, giving us Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke, Aladdin Sane and Major Tom. But above all else, he was himself—an otherworldly creative force, an alien genius whose time on Earth made our lives immeasurably brighter. There will never be another Starman.