Santacon, TikTok are the fashionable day Christmas grinch – Purple Bluff Every day Information
In a real plot twist, drunken Santa Claus got Christmas into a bind.
I’m going to pick up the SFO movie daughter in a couple of hours, and she’s not bringing our traditional New York cheese board back to Corning.
It appears that COVID outbreaks have quadrupled since SantaCon met in Manhattan on Dec. 11, according to the Daily Mail. Many Manhattan stores and popular East Village specialty stores have decided to close through January, including my favorite wine shop and bar, Ruffian.
Santacon started out in San Francisco in 1994, inspired by an article by Mother Jones about the Danish activist theater group Solvognen. The idea was to make fun of consuming Christmas. It came to New York in 1988 when a San Francisco resident put on a $ 12 Christmas suit and led 200 Santa Clauses up Fifth Avenue. Aside from the pub crawl, Santas also make charitable donations, but I’m not entirely clear on these details.
Santacon has spread to 44 countries around the world with different interpretations. Last Week Tonight host John Oliver says, “It’s not a magical occasion. It’s a terrifying combination of binge drinking, public urination, and trauma for young children. “
On the day of Santacon, 56.7 cases per 100,000 were reported. As of December 17, the city reported 231.4 cases per 100,000. New York City health director Mark Levin blames the thousands (nearly 30,000) Santa Claus celebrations that crowded Manhattan’s bars a little over a week ago.
Also last week, the film daughter was booked for a shoot when Saturday Night Live called to see if she was available for a submarine after a crew member called in sick at the last minute. Fortunately, she missed that job as several crew members tested positive the following week and the live audience canceled the same night our local Tom Hanks took the stage.
“We don’t have an audience for safety reasons,” said Hanks. “And we sent our cast home, most of our crew, but I came here from California. And if you think I was going to fly 3,000 miles and not be on TV, well, something else comes up.
So just like that, no more Radio City Rockettes, a couple of closed Broadway shows, and no New York cheese. I will blame drunk Santa Claus for my problems in the first world.
Let’s blame China
Donald Trump was right about TikTok. The app is bad news and has influenced thousands of teenagers around the world and here in Tehama County.
Just last week our local law enforcement agencies were on high alert when another TikTok challenge went viral. This related to false calls for violence and threats on campus.
Fortunately, our Corning police treated the problem like rock stars. They clearly communicated the problem in a letter from the police chief and were visible on campus, although no credible reports were found.
A state class action lawsuit against TikTok involving dozens of American families alleges an independent security review found the app sucks data, including children’s facial profiles, and sends it to Chinese servers, according to an NPR report dated August 2020.
At that point, Trump signed an executive order banning the use of TikTok, which caused a public outcry among some of its 100 million active monthly users.
Biden was elected and immediately canceled Trump’s TikTok order. I think Trump was right about the money, even though nobody in the government seems to care what he thinks. Biden has been busy trying Build Back Better so he is likely unaware of all of the app’s trends that are taking this country’s youth by storm.
My son says I’m too smart to be a conspiracy theorist and that ‘TikTok is a perfectly good application mom’ but listen to me for a minute. Couldn’t China begin some of these trends or challenges under the guise of a typical American teenager with a combination of data collected?
Earlier this year, TikTok urged kids to litter toilets on campus, and on site, the kids did just that, forcing schools like Chico High to keep only one toilet open for each gender, despite thousands of students enrolled. Who started this trend and how do we know it wasn’t China? How come the challenge creator never gets caught?
Anyway, now that my conspiracy side comes into its own, I admit I haven’t been trusting China lately and am willing to forego my favorite TikTok and Walker Hayes’ ‘Fancy Like’ Applebee’s dance moves just to be make sure China doesn’t use us against ourselves.
If they can’t speak directly about the origins of their own COVID outbreak, or the whereabouts of tennis star Peng Shuai when the Women’s Tennis Association asked for answers, how can we trust them with our children’s cell phones?
Shanna Long is a fourth generation journalist and former editor of the Corning Daily Observer. She and her husband live in Corning and grow almonds, walnuts and plums.