Pat Robertson sparks Internet outrage with comments on Orlando shooting

Controversial conservative pundit Pat Robertson weighed in Tuesday on the Pulse shooting in Orlando, saying on his “700 Club” show that liberal LGBT rights activists and radical Islamists are working in tandem with each other and that the attack that killed 50 people on Sunday was the result of that alliance.

Robertson went on to say that since liberals tend to champion Muslims and LGBT rights, they are in an ideological conundrum now that a radical Islamist killed a group of gay people, and that the best thing for conservatives to do is to “sit on the sidelines and let them kill each other.”

Video of the show first went viral on Right Wing Watch, “a project of People For the American Way dedicated to monitoring and exposing the activities of the right-wing movement,” according to its website.

Robertson maintains the group that “should kill each other” is the liberals, but his remarks have sparked outrage. You can watch the video, from Right Wing watch, below:

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Earlier Tuesday, satirical website Newslo joked that Robertson claimed the Orlando shooting was God’s punishment for the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling in 2015. Robertson issued a clarification about the article here.

Right Wing Watch reported that “The 700 Club” issued a response to the Right Wing Watch video in a tweet later Tuesday afternoon, but it has since been taken down.

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Shaquille O’Neal poses as undercover Lyft driver in video

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Former NBA player Shaquille O’ Neal pretends to be a Lyft driver in video for ride-hailing company. Photo via Lyft.

Most of Austin still has hard feelings about Lyft and Uber’s decision to pull their services out of the city. But Shaquille O’ Neal’s appearance in Lyft’s latest promotional video might help everyone feel a little more forgiving — if just for a moment.

The former NBA star donned several wigs, accents and personas in the video, released Wednesday, as he picked up passengers around Atlanta. He made subtle and not-so-subtle references to his film career and basketball fame as he joked with a number of people who somehow didn’t recognize him. Though I’m not sure how that’s even possible when the man stands at 7 feet 1 inch tall and is the star in the legendary film “Kazaam.”

And if you’re still struggling to find a way around, check out some alternative apps Austinites seem to be using in place of the ride-hailing moguls.

Mashup of Obama’s speeches makes for presidential cover of Rihanna’s ‘Work’

President Barack Obama speaks in the DNC event at the Austin City Music Hall on Friday, Mar. 11, 2016 RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
President Barack Obama speaks in the DNC event at the Austin City Music Hall on Friday, Mar. 11, 2016 RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

It’s President Barack Obama like you’ve never seen him before.

In honor of Memorial Day, Youtube user Baracksdubs had a special gift for the internet — a mashup of Obama’s speeches that works almost perfectly to create a rendition of Rihanna’s hit single “Work.”

As you gear up to watch the video, check out both the POTUS‘ and Rihanna’s visits to Austin this year.

Video shows ‘Beauty and the Beast’ trailers then and now

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Youtube user Jace Diehl compared the animated and live-action trailers for “Beauty and the Beast.” Photo via Jace Diehl/Youtube.

The tale as old as time proves its timelessness in the new live-action trailer for “Beauty and the Beast.” But how does it compare to the 1991 animated trailer?

The answer is: beautifully.

Youtube user Jace Diehl created a clip-by-clip comparison of the two trailers, showing just how similar the upcoming new film is to the old one. From the opening shots of Beast’s castle to the text saying “Be Our Guest,” the trailers’ similarities are pretty thrilling.

Even actor Josh Gad, who will play LeFou, shared the video on his Facebook.

‘Game of Thrones’ creators apologize for Sunday’s episode (Spoilers)

 

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The character Hodor, played by Kristian Nairn, is a loyal servant in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Photo courtesy of HBO.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers. 

No one knows how to break a person’s heart better than the creators behind HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Don’t even try to act like you’re not still reeling from the death of Ned Stark in season one.

But on Sunday, “GoT” took the devastation to the next level with Hodor’s death and moving on seems impossible. So last night, “GoT’ producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to apologize for what happened on Sunday. Though, it’s not likely to make you feel better.

Weiss and Benioff showed no remorse for killing of the loveable character. Instead they apologized for the aftermath of the episode’s airing — the numerous bad jokes fans love to make. It’s important to note that fans also created Hodor door stoppers available for purchase. 

“We’re sorry for all the idiots who from now on will be shouting ‘Hodor’ every time you go through a door,” Benioff said.

A few of those jokes are listed below:

Video of Texas woman in Chewbacca mask goes viral, breaks Facebook Live records

Candace Payne wears an electronic Chewbacca mask in video that went viral May 19. Photo via Candace Payne/Facebook.
Candace Payne wears an electronic Chewbacca mask in video that went viral May 19. Photo via Candace Payne/Facebook.

The Force is strong with Grand Prairie’s Candace Payne, the woman now known for wearing a Chewbacca mask in a video that went viral this weekend.

After making some returns at Kohl’s on Thursday, Payne sat in the parking lot and live-streamed a video of herself on Facebook, gushing over her latest purchase — a “Star Wars” Chewbacca electronic mask. As of Monday, the infectious, record-breaking video has received more than 136 million views, garnering Payne attention from BBC, NPR and “Good Morning America.”

“This is for me,” she said in the video, making it known the mask was not for her two kids. “I mean I’ll let them play with it I’m not a bad mom, I’m not a jerk — but in all honesty at the end of the day it doesn’t go in their toy box. It goes in my room.”

In an interview with Forbes, a Kohl’s representative said the Hasbro toy was originally $44.99 but put on clearance thanks to the overwhelming interest sparked by Payne’s video. And by Friday afternoon, the masks were sold out.

This led other Kohl’s representatives to show up at Payne’s door that same day with numerous toys in hand. They also gave her and her kids $2,500 in store gift cards and 10,000 rewards points.

The video also inspired #HappyChewbacca on Twitter. But the best part might just be the shoutout from actor Peter Mayhew, who has played the part of Chewy.

Dad dresses up like Darth Vader and wakes up toddler

Rob Lopez wakes up son while dressed as Darth Vader. Photo via Rob Lopez/YouTube.
Rob Lopez wakes up son while dressed as Darth Vader. Photo via Rob Lopez/YouTube.

Not long ago, in a galaxy nearby, one man used the Force to awaken his 2-year-old son.

Weekly YouTube vlogger Rob Lopez  decided to wake up his toddler while dressed as one of his son’s favorite “Star Wars” character, Darth Vader. And his initial reaction is priceless. A person can only hope to be as cool in the face of evil as Sebastian was.

 

Man builds miniature ‘Jurassic Park’ park for pet tortoise

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Photographer Oliver Turpin creates a miniature version of them park from “Jurassic Park” for his pet tortoise. Photo via Turpin’s Youtube channel.

 

God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates a miniature version of the theme park from “Jurassic Park” for his pet turtle.

On May 2, U.K. photographer Oliver Turpin uploaded a video to his Youtube channel, showing off the gift he made for his Leopard Tortoise, Louie. In a truly cinematic fashion, he used his iPhone to film Louie hanging out in his new home, which is complete with grazing areas, a pool and visitors center.

Apparently, “Jurassic Park” is Louie’s favorite film. fav film

And what is the iconic theme park without the poor goat?

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Anyway, this Youtube user’s reaction pretty much sums it all up.

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Ted Cruz admits new ‘Star Wars’ movie made him cry

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Whether Ted Cruz is actually the U.S. senator he says he is, or one of the many alter-egos Internet users speculate he is, the man has feelings. Feelings about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

The Republican presidential candidate appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Wednesday to answer a few of the comedian’s pressing questions. Among them, “What is your favorite cereal?” and “Who do you like better: Obama or Trump?” In choosing between Obama and Trump, Cruz suggested he wasn’t entirely confident he wouldn’t run over Trump if given the chance, but asserted, “I dislike Obama’s policies more.” Kimmel wasn’t wowed by Cruz’s cereal of choice: Mueslix. When Cruz agreed his choice was surprising, and Kimmel might have “expected Captain Crunch,” the late-night host assured him, “No, I was expecting Mueslix.”

It was Cruz’s answer to “Which is the last movie you cried in?” that had the two very different people seeing eye-to-eye.

“I would almost say the last ‘Star Wars’ movie,” Cruz said after only a second of hesitation. “I mean, I stood in line for two hours for ‘Empire Strikes Back.’ Han Solo was my hero — I’m not going to spoil it but I’ll just say there was an image in that movie that was traumatic at a level I never wanted to see.”

“I was almost embarrassed when the tears started to well up in my eyes,” Kimmel conceded.

We’re slightly surprised it wasn’t Cruz’s own rendition of “The Princess Bride,” the senator’s favorite movie, that got those brown eyes going; especially considering Mandy Patinkin, who starred in the film, asked him directly to stop quoting it.

You can watch Kimmel’s interview below:

Watch: Chick-fil-A worker jumps through window to chase car as cow dances

Dance like no one is watching. Even if a security camera is, in fact, watching.

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According to the San Antonio Express News, footage from an area Chick-fil-A captured a drive-thru employee leaping out of a window to chase down a customer who drove off without paying. As the employee, Kendall Compere, rockets himself after the car to claim the chicken chain’s due compensation, one of the restaurant’s cow mascots dances merrily.

Watch the footage below.

Compere eventually caught up with the customer, who paid for their food, the Express-News reports.