What happened in February? Folks have started to slip out of their "new year, new me," mode, and the things that happened in January 2019 might already feel a million miles away. Still, it's good to keep up with the zeitgeist, so use this guide to learn about the trending topics of February 2019, like big news stories, celebrity events, and the Super Bowl halftime show that had everyone asking, "how many tattoos does Adam Levine of Maroon 5 have?"
Maybe you missed all the chatter about Levine's ink because you were too focused on all the Democrats announcing their 2020 presidential run. Or perhaps you were too caught up with the Grammys hosted by Alicia Keys. No matter the case, it's important to stay on top of the ever-evolving 24-hour news cycle, because what else would you talk about on your next Bumble date?
Here are the most talked about topics and events from February 2019, but don't cap yourself at just this short month - check out all the 2019 trending topics and become a cultural expert.
On February 4, news broke that ICE detained 21 Savage (born Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Jospeh). Outlets reported that the rapper is a British citizen who overstayed a 2005 visa. According to the organization, 21 Savage came to the US at the age of 12, and his visa expired in 2006. He could potentially be removed from the US.
While fans were outraged that the Atlanta-based rapper was in ICE custody, most fans were surprised to discover that 21 Savage is British. Memes abounded about the rapper, giving him a cockney accent and joking that he should be writing his lyrics with a quill. Singer Demi Lovato got in on the action, and rappers like Rapper Wale called her out, asking "Why is sombody freedom funny... I don't get the joke."
Lovato deactivated her Twitter account after the incident.2424Did this define February?
The Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show
While the Patriots' and Rams' game itself was low-scoring and, at points, difficult to watch, the halftime show featuring Maroon 5, Travis Scott, Big Boi, and Squidward garnered a hefty amount of attention. The social media buzz mostly focused on Maroon 5's Adam Levine, who deemed it too warm to wear his shirt and opted to strip it off.
The Twitter community was quick to make jokes, mostly about Levine's very-tatted torso. Some called out the hypocrisy of the NFL, noting that somehow it was okay for Levine to show his nipples, but Janet Jackson's infamous slip got her in big trouble. Others simply opted to make jokes about Levine himself, likening him to a watered-down Anthony Kedis.1314Did this define February?
After Hulu and Netflix dropped their respective Fyre Festival documentaries in January, Vulture writer Megh Wright asked people to unfollow F*ckJerry, the social media company behind some of Fyre Festival's marketing.
F*ckJerry - and its 20-plus other meme accounts under the Jerry Media umbrella - have been targets of criticism due to their "curation" of comedians' jokes, often without said comedians' permission. F*ckJerry posts screenshots of other people's material, be it from Twitter or Instagram, and uses them for sponsored content.
In 2016, Jerry Media charged $30,000 a post. The creators of the memes they reposted didn't see any of that money. Comedians big and small started spreading the hashtag #F*ckF*ckJerry (sans asterisks) and asked their followers to unfollow the media giants.
On February 2, Jerry Media founder Elliot Tebele pledged to no longer post content without the creator's consent, saying in a Medium post, "“We want to apologize to anyone who feels we have wronged them in the past. We want to do the right thing by creators by seeking permission and giving them the credit they deserve."1619Did this define February?
On February 13, 2019, The New York Times published a searing exposé on rocker Ryan Adams. Seven women–including his ex-wife Mandy Moore and a woman who says she was underage while communicating with Adams–alleged that the singer emotionally and psychologically abused them.
Adams's lawyer said the allegations are "extremely serious and outlandish" and were made by "disgrunted individuals" who blamed their lack of musical success on him. Adams also tweeted the same day, saying he is "not a perfect man," and apologized "to anyone I have ever hurt, however unintentionally."89Did this define February?