June has come to a close, but before you pack up your bags and head to the beach for a weekend full of fireworks and rosé, let’s take a look at what was trending on social media last month.
1. The Pulse Shooting in Orlando
As a show of support for the month of #pride, and as a reminder of those we’ve lost, I will be wearing this beautiful ribbon that my lovely brother @johnnypants711 created. Remember to be courageous, be kind, and spread love. You can donate to the Pulse Victims Fund via link in bio. ???? #istandwithorlando
On June 12, a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Immediately following the tragedy, many took to social media to offer love and support for the victims, their families, and the LGBT community. Hundreds of thousands of posts under #PrayForOrlando, #IStandWithOrlando, and several other hashtags on Twitter and Instagram urged fellow social media users to donate funds and blood to assist all who were affected.
2. Awards Shows & the Best Acceptance Speeches
The Tony Awards and the BET Awards aired this month, and with them came inspiring acceptance speeches from big winners like Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton” who received the Tony Award for “Best Original Score” and Jesse Williams of “Grey’s Anatomy” who accepted this year’s BET humanitarian award. Miranda addressed the LGBT community with a sonnet written for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, while Williams addressed racial oppression in the United States. Both winners quickly became trending topics on social media, with quotes from their speeches spreading across Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
— Samantha Joyce (@SamJoyceBooks) June 13, 2016
— Alimi Ballard (@AlimiBallard) June 27, 2016
3. Politics: #NoBIllNoBreak and the #Brexit
After a filibuster over gun control in the Senate started by Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, the Congressional Democrats staged a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives – pleading with Republican leaders to allow votes on gun control legislation. When the C-SPAN cameras stopped rolling, many on the floor took to Periscope and Facebook Live video to share footage of the sit-in, which sparked the hashtag “#NoBillNoBreak” to become a trending topic on all social media channels.
— Daughter Jouxdy ⚜ (@SheSeauxSaditty) June 23, 2016
In other political news, the British voted to leave the European Union on June 24 causing a firestorm of social media posts under the trending hashtag “#Brexit.” My favorite is below.
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) June 24, 2016
4. Basketball Is Over, and With It Everything That Matters
King LeBron James finally brought home an NBA Championship trophy to Cleveland, ending the city’s 52-year drought of championship wins for major league professional sports teams. The Cavaliers defeated Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in unprecedented fashion, coming back from a 3-1 deficit and winning three games in a row to claim their championship in historical NBA fashion. Social media users congratulated the Cavs, and also shamed Curry’s wife, Ayesha, for tweeting that the game was “fixed” and soon after deleting her tweet. Needless to say, Twitter was lit for the seven game series, and the greatest tweet of them all lies below.
live look at my timeline: https://t.co/XEozOdg1p8
— katherine shelby (@katherineshelby) June 17, 2016
5. #OITNB + #GOT = We All Watch Too Much TV
Season four of the Netflix hit series “Orange Is the New Black” returned for season four this month, and with it weeks of binge-watching for most of us. On top of that, the “Game of Thrones” season finale aired with the best episode of the season and plenty of opportunities for memes.
— Common White Girl (@girlhoodposts) June 28, 2016
6. A Celebration of #Pride
The month of June has been dubbed as #Pride month in the United States, with several events supporting the LGBT community taking place all over the country. In New York City, a nonprofit organization, Heritage of Pride, plans and produces New York City’s official LGBT Pride events that “commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969—the beginning of the modern Gay Rights movement.” This year’s annual Pride Parade took place on Sunday, June 26, surrounded by several events celebrating gay pride in New York.
— FDNY (@FDNY) June 26, 2016
7. Kanye Drops Video for “Famous” and He Might Get Sued?
On Friday, June 24, Kanye West debuted the music video for “Famous,” off of his latest album The Life of Pablo, and there were SEVERAL photoshopped naked celebrities in it including George W. Bush, Anna Wintour, Donald Trump, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian West, Ray J, Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner, and Bill Cosby, and West himself. The video turned everyone on the Internet into a legal expert, as many are researching and discussing whether the celebrities included can bring legal action against West. Only time will tell when the tweet below comes to fruition.
— Giuseppe Anthony (@ItalianMonster8) June 25, 2016
8. Taylor Swift & Calvin Harris Broke Up, and Now She’s Dating Tom Hiddleston
Yeah, I still don’t get this one. On June 1, Swifties everywhere nearly lost their minds when Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris ended their 15-month relationship. While speculation over the split went viral, Harris calmed the Internet by tweeting that, “The only truth here is that a relationship came to an end & what remains is a huge amount of love and respect.” However, the tweet has since been deleted when nearly two weeks later Swift was caught cuddling and making out on the high seas with Tom Hiddleston. Since then, the two have been spotted in public countless times doing couple-y things such as meeting each other’s parents, dancing at a Selena Gomez concert, and riding on Swift’s private jet. Naturally, Harris has unfollowed his ex on all social media platforms and has now Snapchatted some suspect stories that seem to be throwing shade in her direction. So sit tight, grab some popcorn, and watch as this story unfolds in July.
These looks like stills from a film about a man who takes his weak nana to see the water one last time. pic.twitter.com/zz0VMpiPLR
— Sarah Kurchak (@fodderfigure) June 15, 2016