TikTok was at the forefront of the pop culture discourse this last week, from dissecting easter eggs in Miley Cyrus’ Flowers music video and creating fan conspiracies, to finding out All Time Low hadn’t taken an indefinite hiatus, a lot was going on, and not all of it was true. We had a lot of fun pop culture moments this week from the members of Maneskin marrying each other to Rolling Stone having boygenius play homage to Nirvana in their cover shoot.
With the release of Flowers fans went from acknowledging the clear call back Miley was making to Bruno Mars’ song When I Was Your Man and her lyrics linking back to how she and Liam lost their home in the Woolsey Wildfire in 2018. From there the theories got wilder though and eventually reached conspiracy level with a pop culture Twitter account claiming the video was filmed in a home Liam cheated on Miley in, 14 times. This is where media literacy and journalistic integrity come into play.
Then there’s the confusing case of the anonymous sexual assault allegations against All Time Low and the seemingly questionable way in which they’ve dealt with them. We did some digging so you don’t have to and it seems that the band is still undergoing a legal battle against the alleged victims citing defamation and libel. While it may feel wrong that the band has resumed playing shows and are promoting a new album, they seem to be making the moves of innocent men. According to court findings by Rolling Stone Magazine, the libel and defamation case is still ongoing and may be moving to an actual hearing sometime this year. We’re breaking down what this means for fans, the alleged victims and the band and how this differs from cases like Heard vs Depp and Pitt vs Jolie
Sources for Miley Cyrus Fan Conspiracies & All Time Low Court Case
Shakira allegedly discovered Gerard Piqué’s cheating because of a jam jar (Page Six, Francesca Bacardi, Jan 18 2023)
Måneskin Held a Surprise Wedding Ceremony to Coincide With Their Album Release (Distractify, Chris Barilla, January 2022)
Charli xcx x kesha accidental tweet (Charli xcx tweet)
Miley Cyrus fans think her new single, ‘Flowers,’ takes a dig at her ex Liam Hemsworth. Here’s every detail and Easter egg from the song you may have missed. (Insider, Jordan Parker Erb, January 15 2023)
Miley Cyrus debunked viral cheating rumours about Liam Hemsworth years ago (PopBuzz, Sam Prance, January 19 2023)
All Time Low respond on Twitter (October 25, 2021)
All Time Low Sue To ‘Prove’ Sex Abuse Allegations are ‘False’ (Rolling Stone, Nany Dillion, February 2022)
Twitter Ordered to Identify Jane Doe Who Accused All Time Low of Sexual Abuse (Rolling Stone, Nancy Dillion, December 2022)
Name 3 Songs Episode: Body Discourse, Brad Pitt Allegations, & Nonbinary Actors
Name 3 Songs Episode: Depp v. Heard: The Cultural Impact Of Celebrity Abuse Cases (featuring Aja Romano)
Name 3 Songs Episode: TikTok Is Changing How The Media Reports On Pop Culture