Things We Saw Today: Twitter Puts Alex Jones In a Time-Out

In the wake of being named an ally against “globalists,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has decided to temporarily limit Alex Jones’s twitter account, describing it as a “timeout” and saying that “Any suspension, whether it be a permanent one or a temporary one, makes someone think about their actions and their behaviors.”

While we don’t mind Jones being treated by a child, it’s also hard to feel like this is anything but the last-ditch effort to get some good publicity as other platforms take a stand against bigotry. Twitter recently said that bigotry was acceptable on the platform, so maybe Jones actually naming Dorsey as an ally finally spurred him into action.

The fact that Jones’s account is only limited instead of banned is also telling. They’re not willing to actually suspend his account to stop the hate. Instead, they’re giving him a virtual slap on the wrist for his actions, another sign that the platform needs a serious overhaul and possibly new leadership to make it an actually decent place. In the meantime, Jones simply moved over to his InfoWars account, where he proceeded to push his dangerous, completely unhinged conspiracy theories, like his current favorite about special prosecutor Robert Mueller abusing children.

Other things we saw today:

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Taylor Swift Delivers Moving Speech on the 1-Year Anniversary of Her Sexual Harassment Trial

Taylor Swift performs at the Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017 at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2017 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

Taylor Swift is a polarizing figure, but whether you think she’s a devil or a savior, most of us had her back last year during her sexual harassment trail (not gonna just call it “groping,” because unwanted groping is sexual harassment) against Denver radio host David Mueller.

The incident, for those who don’t remember, was that Taylor Swift spoke up about Mueller grabbing her butt (sexual harassment) during a photo-op, and once that news got back to Mueller’s employer, he was fired. As a result, the radio “personality” sued Swift for $3 million, claiming defamation. Swift countersued for $1 symbolically, a dollar she hasn’t received as of the TIME cover piece she was on.

During a concert, according to HuffPo, the crossover artist broke from her performance to address the crowd about the significance of the show. It was a year since a Denver jury agreed with her version of the incident.

“A year ago I was not playing in a stadium in Tampa. I was in a courtroom in Denver, Colorado,” a teary Swift, seated at a piano, told the stadium crowd on Tuesday night. “This is the day the jury sided in my favor and said that they believed me.”

“I know when I meet you guys at meet-and-greets and after the shows, you guys tell me about the hard times that you’ve gone through in your lives, and I really appreciate you trusting me with that information,” Swift said. “And you know you guys have seen me go through so many ups and downs in my life just due to the public nature of the way my life is, and I just wanted to say that I’m so happy to see you and to have you and know you through the ups and the downs in my life.”

“I guess I just think about all the people that weren’t believed and the people who haven’t been believed, and the people who are afraid to speak up because they think they won’t be believed,” she continued.

“Sorry, I just haven’t really talked about it, and so I’m just not composed at all,” she concluded before launching back into the music.

After the events of the case, The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) said its hotline experienced a “35 percent bump in the days after the trial,” praising Swift’s victory an example, to young women, of the power of speaking up.

Since then, Mueller has remained a piece of crap. He was, of course, hired somewhere else as a radio personality on a radio show in Mississippi, under the name “Stonewall Jackson.”

Imagine being a nobody radio host and getting called out for harassment by one of the most powerful women in music today and still having a job in the end? If Taylor Swift can’t end the career of her groper, it’s time to pull back from this idea that a woman can just come with any claim and destroy a man’s career, in this day and age.

Just Saying

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Things We Saw Today: Disney Uses the Power of Tessa Thompson to Draw People into Their Streaming Service

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The Tessa Thompson train is still going strong, as the Afro-Latina actress has been cast in an upcoming Disney live-action/CGI hybrid remake Lady and the Tramp, which will be apart of Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

So far the casting includes Tessa Thompson as Lady, Benedict Wong will voice Bull, an English bulldog, Justin Theroux will be the Tramp that we all love, Kiersey Clemons from Dope will play the character of Darling, and Ashley Jensen (Extras) will voice a Scottish Terrier named Jackie, who’s one of Lady’s closest friends, a gender-bent version of Jock. The film will be exclusive to Disney’s streaming service once it launches in late 2019.

Look, just make sure you keep the “He’s a Tramp” song from the original and there won’t be any problems.

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The Replies to Nerdist’s Statement About Chris Hardwick Are Awful

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Nerdist released a statement after they reinstated Chris Hardwick’s name as founder on their site, and the replies on Twitter are … troubling, to say the least.

The statement that Nerdist put out on Twitter is thoughtfully done. From the carefully chosen language, it appears likely that they put Hardwick’s name back in place because they were legally obligated to do so, and the choice was not the current Nerdist team’s doing. Hardwick’s name had been removed from Nerdist following Chloe Dykstra’s Medium post that detailed alleged emotional and sexual abuse.

Nerdist mentions that it’s their parent company that “completed its investigations into the allegations against Chris Hardwick and issued a statement on our site that reinstated a mention of Hardwick as the founder of Nerdist, which is factually true.” Talk about damning with faint praise. Factually true.

The statement then expresses Nerdist’s “ongoing support” of victims of women and victims, and reiterates that their business relationship with Hardwick ended in 2017. The rest of the Nerdist statement is filled with resources about sexual assault and suicide prevention, as are their followup tweets.

Yet many of the replies to Nerdist’s statement on Twitter are angry Hardwick fanboys and fangirls who still take issue with the accusations against him by ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra and wave AMC’s “investigation” around as proof positive that Chris Hardwick did nothing wrong.

We need to address this so-called “investigation,” which Dykstra chose not to participate in, saying that she was choosing to move on with her life. People appear to be confused about what such an investigation would have constituted, seeming to believe it involved law enforcement or “the authorities” clearing Hardwick of all alleged wrongdoing.

The network’s investigation was conducted by the firm of Loeb & Loeb, which is an odd choice, as they have represented the interests of the Hearst family in the past. Hardwick’s wife, Lydia Hearst, is a Hearst heiress, and Hardwick is, by marriage, a member of the Hearst family. I’m no tin-hat conspiracy theorist, but it’s a sketchy ethical move—a potential conflict of interest on the law firm’s behalf, if nothing else.

The firm was not hired to directly investigate the truth of Dykstra’s allegations. As mentioned above, she did not participate. They were assessing Hardwick’s behavior in terms of AMC and its Hardwick-related properties, in terms of whether he was an active legal liability at the network. This was supposed to be strictly business, and if none of their interviews with “numerous” people uncovered abusive behavior by Hardwick while he was at work, well, that’s apparently that for AMC.

This is problematic for several reasons: We have no idea who the firm spoke with, and whether these people would have been in a position to speak out against Hardwick should they even want to, given the power dynamic in play, and Hardwick’s enormous influence and stardom. In addition, there’s the obvious fallacy that someone who theoretically behaves themselves at work should be cleared to continue to do so despite troubling abuse allegations.

How one presents in public, to some coworkers, is no indication of what they’re doing behind closed doors, or how they’re behaving with others. Ongoing discomfort with Hardwick’s reinstatement would appear to be evidenced by the recent departure of several female staffers from his show, The Talking Dead; it’s not a situation that these employees should have had to face.

Yet the replies to Nerdist’s statement demonstrate the culture that so many victims encounter: total disbelief and cruel disdain, plus the idea that this “investigation” has somehow scrubbed Hardwick clean of Dykstra’s allegations.

Oh, let’s not forget the pearl-clutching that those accused are going to lose everything and have their lives ruined.

At least some replies seem to understand what’s happening here.

Again, it’s 2018, apparently a scary byword for accountability for one’s actions, so anyone “cleared” surely must be innocent.

But let’s really get to the heart of how many Hardwick fans feel. Don’t mince any words, now.

Folks still seem to be confused about the nature of the investigation conducted at AMC.

They are also extremely confused about how human relationships can work.

I appreciate the Twitter users who are taking the time to calmly respond to the incendiary language used against Dykstra and Nerdist. While people are certainly more than free to stan Chris Hardwick, the instinct to viciously attack Dykstra and her supporters in the same breath seems to go hand-in-hand more often than not. I wonder why that is?

(via Nerdist on Twitter, CBR, image: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for AMC)

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Vincent D’Onofrio Asks Twitter to Weigh In: Is It Okay to Play an “Irredeemable Racist”

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Vincent D’Onofrio has been a successful working actor for more than three decades, but he recently turned to Twitter to crowdsource a bit of career advice.

Over the weekend, he asked his Twitter followers to weigh in on whether he should play a “real to life” character who is an “irredeemable racist.”

He clarified in a later tweet that the character in question would be based on a real person (not just reflecting reality). And he wants to know if people think that’s an acceptable sort of role to play, “considering the world in which  [we] live right now.”

Within a few hours, he said he’d gotten 2500 responses. (The tweet currently has nearly double that number of comments.) He quote-tweeted a lot of those, responding to both the thoughtful replies as well as the insulting and inane.

On the thoughtful side, he got a lot of replies from fellow actors offering a range of opinions.

A lot of people responded with comments about “liberal snowflakes” needing “permission” to take roles which is such a weird misinterpretation of the original post. Imagine being the kind of person who automatically thinks asking for advice is the same as begging permission. That is a level of toxicity I genuinely have trouble understanding.

Others asked if D’Onofrio wouldn’t be better off asking his friends, family, and colleagues for their opinions, rather than the masses. I imagine he did consult those people, of course. But it’s admirable that he’s willing to open himself to other opinions. Twitter can be truly awful a lot of the time, but one great thing about the platform is the ability to see the kinds of viewpoints we may not normally show up in our own circles. From his other tweets, it’s clear D’Onofrio is passionately concerned about racism in America and he’s not approaching that issue as if he has it figured out.

There were some really helpful and considerate replies offered up in the conversation. Perhaps the most important question is whether the script tries in any way to redeem or otherwise soften this “irredeemable racist.” There are ways to play a vile racist (Topher Grace just proved that with his stellar turn as David Duke in BlacKkKlansman), but if the script treats him as an anti-hero or anything less than monstrous–if this character’s bigotry is in any way normalized–then I can see why D’Onofrio is opening himself up to as much advice as possible.

D’Onofrio had to wade through a lot of garbage replies to his original post, but it was an interesting discussion to start with 180,000 strangers.

What o you all think of D’Onofrio’s question?

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Things We Saw Today: First Sabrina Reboot Pictures Are Freaky but There’s Not Enough Saucy Talking Cat

Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina in Netflix's the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Netflix’s forthcoming spin on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, called Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, has a much darker tone than what we’re used to seeing in the Archie Comics and the ’90s TV show. 100% more devil worship, 100% less Salem the cat’s sarcasm.

Sabrina the teenage witch Salem cat

This much more serious Sabrina adaptation will introduce characters both old and new from the Sabrina-verse, with the titular role played by Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka (who is now 18, in case you wanted to feel old today). The casting seems spot-on across the board—it’s hard to argue with Lucy Davis and Miranda Otto as Hilda and Zelda Spellman. They also play my witchy aunts in my recurring daydreams.

As io9 explains, we’ll be getting plotlines that go far beyond who’s taking who to the school dance:

The newest photos give us a full look at Kiernan Shipka’s Sabrina, a teenage girl who’s part of a long line of Devil-worshipping (and marrying) witches. In fact, the other photo in this collection appears to be Sabrina getting ready to become a Bride of Satan under the tutelage of Father Blackwood (Richard Coyle), surrounded by her aunts (played by Lucy Davis and Miranda Otto) and the three Weird Sisters, led by Tati Gabrielle’s Prudence.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina first look

Sabrina the teenage witch Salem cat

Netflix officially sayeth: “Tonally in the vein of ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ and The Exorcist,’ this adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature—half-witch, half-mortal—while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family, and the daylight world humans inhabit.”

Unfortunately, all of this Darkly Intense Rebootness means we’re unlikely to have much camp baked into this show, though that remains to be seen. Harvey Kinkle will probably still bumble around in blissful ignorance.

Sabrina the teenage witch Salem cat

I have to say these first looks and descriptions are promising, even if it’s hard to imagine a Sabrina without an acerbic feline companion.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina poster

We’ll likely still receive some version of Salem—we saw the silhouette of a black cat in the show’s promo poster. Maybe he communicates with her telepathically?

Sabrina the teenage witch Salem cat

(via io9, images: Netflix)

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  • Phew—Thor’s roommate Darryl survived Infinity War. (via Nerdist)
  • Speaking of Thor, Chris Hemsworth won a Teen Choice Award over the weekend for Thor: Ragnarok and while he couldn’t accept the award in person, he called in to tease some Avengers 4 “spoilers.” (via Twitter)

What’d you see today, my magical creatures?

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Alex Jones Names Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey As An Ally Against “Globalists”

In a somewhat unsurprising turn of events, apparently, Alex Jones considers Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey an ally of his in the “fight” against globalists. Given that Twitter is now the only social media platform to not disavow and ban Jones, and that they have decided that bigotry is acceptable speech on their platform, this is sadly not particularly shocking.

The site Media Matters posted the full quote from today’s show by Jones, which reads:

You have to understand, folks. I have worked so hard in this and have been so dedicated that I don’t want to be taken out of the game and I’m going 110 percent — I can’t quit. But you have to understand — I’m going to fight 110 percent to stay on the air and everything and I think we can, if you help us. But if we get knocked out, I’m just upset for the country and the world because they’re going after everybody already.

So, we are the main promontory as the enemy attacks and we’re right up front and under the main attack and I appreciate your prayers, but I prayed a long time ago on air — and I meant it — that we’d be lifted up like a standard against the globalists and that we’d be given the information, and the words, and the stamina to wake people up against the evil, anti-human, mark of the beast, one world government, Chinese social score plan that’s now here. And it’s happened. We’ve worked with others like [Drudge Report’s Matt] Drudge and other patriots, and you really learn who’s good and who’s bad. [Fox’s] Tucker Carlson’s good and [radio host] Michael Savage is good and a few others are good. [Fox’s] Laura Ingraham. Matt Drudge. So far [Twitter CEO] Jack Dorsey. And it’s going to be one hell of an adventure. I mean that’s the thing. This is one hell of an adventure. Flying around in private jet airplanes and owning slave factories doesn’t sound too fun to me. Fighting the guys that own the slave factories, that sounds really exciting. I feel good when I do that. Don’t you?

For those not in the know, the perceived globalist movement is an Illuminati-esque conspiracy to bring the world under one government. Jones sounds downright thrilled at the prospect of fighting a war against his enemies, which is terrifying given how desperate he might be given how his platforms are shrinking. Twitter is his main platform now, and given Dorsey’s tacit support over the past week, it’s understandable that he might see Dorsey as an ally.

Now, this doesn’t mean that Dorsey is some sort of outrageous conservative ally, but his actions have painted him as sympathetic to men like Jones and their actions. He will need to step forward and take action after Jones’s statements or reveal himself to be a supporter of Jones and similar movements. He really doesn’t have a choice — this publicity will negatively impact his platform, and Twitter is already drawing ire for Dorsey’s decision to not ban Jones.

This is a time where inaction speaks just as loudly as action. Between Jones’s words and Dorsey’s inaction, he is painting himself with the same brush used by Jones and his followers. And that is not necessarily a brush you want to paint yourself with. It’s enough to make me want to delete my own account, and maybe a mass migration from the app will be the only language that gets through to Dorsey. Whether or not he’ll respond to Jones’s quote remains to be seen, but hopefully, we’ll see a change on Twitter for good. Though given their past actions, this might be a fool’s hope.

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Watching Insatiable Made Me Long for a Proper Carrie Reboot

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After watching all of Insatiable I can say that there is one decent episode. Episode 5, “Bikinis and Bitches,” is one of the few episodes that deals with Patty’s weight loss and trauma in a meaningful, emotional way.

The episode is marred by having a trans character come in to be her magical marginalized upliftment, comparing their transition to Patty’s new weight loss body. It is an encapsulation of the type of show Insatiable wants to be. It wants to be this show with a powerful message about how being skinny doesn’t make you happy and the deep insecurity of being in your own skin. It’s just marred by all the early 90s/2000s style humor and the silliness that doesn’t add anything. There is some good stuff here, but it’s surrounded by a turd. Especially when it’s clear that Patty’s best friend Nonnie should be the protagonist.

A part of me wants to rip Insatiable to shreds, and while it leaves a lot there for that to happen, what I find myself getting out of the show is that despite all the desire in the world to be body positive and subversive, it can’t help but buy into the narrative that you need to be skinny, white, and traditionally beautiful to be the heroine of a story. That’s why all the interesting characters are in the background and Patty is front and center.

However, what I will say is that watching this show and reading interviews about what the creator wanted it to have really made me long for a well done Carrie reboot.

Stephen King’s first published novel, Carrie, released April 5th 1974, has always been among my favorites of his work. Not only is it style different from almost all of King’s future novels, but it, along with its 1976 film adaptation, really capture the loser-revenge storyline. No matter how many times I watch Carrie, without fail, I feel my heart tense up with the painful realization that all of Carrie’s happiness is about to come crashing down around her and the guilty satisfaction of enjoying her murder everyone in the room.

The one thing that has been missing from Carrie adaptations is that Carrie is described as an overweight girl with frumpy looks, but she has been played by Sissy Spacek and Chloë Grace Moretz, because Hollywood.

Throughout the book, as Carrie gains more control of her powers, she develops a strength from within that makes her able to stand up to her mother—and without an extreme weight loss or transformation, just basic self-care, she becomes a healthier person. However, people are assholes, therefore, kill them all. At least in the book.

What makes Carrie work is that you see her as the underdog, you see the depths of her despair, you watch her grow into herself and you witness the tragedy of seeing it stripped away.

For all of the protesting from the cast and creators about what Insatiable wants to say, it seems unable to say it. The thing that Insatiable wants to be is beyond its reach, because it doesn’t want to allow itself to be honest. H0nest about the fact that it, on some level, does feel like Patty can’t be perfect without being skinny. Honest about the fact that it can’t view fat people as sexual in a heterosexual context.

It also isn’t honest about the reason it cast a traditionally attractive heroine to play this role, because it buys into the beauty standards. It buys into the idea that skinny is magic and as much as it wants to say that it comes from within and Patty won’t be complete until she deals with herself, it doesn’t want her to be fat either.

The contract between the trailer for Insatiable and Sierra Burgess Is a Loser is night and day. While they are two completely different things, I have no doubt that when Sierra Burgess comes out, there are going to be comparisons between them and honestly, Insatiable deserves all the lumps it is taking and will likely continue to amass.

Insatiable fails at being a fun revenge story, contrary to what some reviews have said: she doesn’t murder anyone and really spends most of her time lusting after fuckboys and being selfish. It fails at being truly body positive, there is one happy fat character and she’s a black lesbian who is a mouthpiece for all the anti-body shaming ideas the show wants to have. All the moments of true interest: class issues, coming out stories, and the rare moments of dealing with true body insecurity are overshadowed by a story that feels like a broken marriage between the second season of Popular and Heathers.

But it’s not a surprise that Insatiable, like adaptations of Carrie, reveals that there is a real reluctance to see angry fat women on screen, because it would actually ask us to care about their feelings. Instead, it must be placed in a proper avatar so we can still hypersexualize teenage girls, because no one wants to see a fat girl learning to love her body in a bikini right?

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Chris Hardwick Returns to The Talking Dead As Female Staffers Quit

After AMC decided to re-hire Chris Hardwick following allegations of sexual assault and emotional abuse from ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra, the host made his return to the Talking Dead stage last night, becoming visibly emotional as he addressed the audience before the show. Hardwick’s remarks were as follows:

Hello. Normally I recap the show we’re about to talk about here, but instead I just wanted to take a minute to say that I am so appreciative to be standing here right now and I want to thank you, the Walking Dead community, for all of your support these last couple of months. This show isn’t just a job to me, it is a vital part of my life and has been like a sanctuary these last seven years. It’s been with me through good times and bad and I’m so grateful to the fans, producers and the amazing casts of both of these shows for allowing me to come here and be a part of this community every week.

It seems like we are on the precipice of great change on both Walking Dead shows in the coming weeks and months and I look forward to going on that journey with you. I’ve said the following words a million times and yet I have never been more thankful than I am in this moment to say: I am Chris Hardwick, and welcome to Talking Dead.

These remarks pointedly avoid addressing Dykstra’s allegations. AMC ran an investigation into Hardwick before allowing him to return to his hosting duties; as a result, a co-executive producer and several female staffers all quit in protest. Hardwick’s name has also since been reinstated on the about page of Nerdist, the website he founded.

For survivors, this is a frustrating moment. Dykstra’s essay was painful to read in terms of the abuses it described; for the man who allegedly committed them to come back and take his place as a self-proclaimed geek king again can only be seen as a complete disregard for Dykstra and for the women who worked on the show.

Dykstra stands by her essay, and tweeted this after Hardwick was reinstated:

It’s hard to see this as anything other than a complete slap in the face to Dykstra. Not only has Hardwick returned to his former seat, but he’s been offered new opportunities as well. This completely flies in the face of the idea that a #MeToo accusation will ruin a man’s life. Instead, it seems such an accusation will only put the man’s life on hold for a couple of months and then things will go back to normal.

We have to start believing women. It’s as simple as that. Women’s livelihoods should not be threatened because they come forward or because they feel the need to quit in protest when their boss comes back to work. But AMC clearly does not care about that at all, and as a result has decided to give a man accused of being heinously abusive towards his girlfriend a second chance.

Hardwick might have come across as emotional last night, but we also have to consider the emotional damage it did to survivors, especially Dykstra, to see him back in a position of power after that essay was released. They are who we should join in shedding tears for, not for yet another man who, after a slap on the wrist, returns to his former glory after a woman comes forward to share her story.

(Source: Deadline; Image: Getty Images)

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Start Your Week Off With a Bunch of Dancing, Partying Pikachus

Need to start your week off with something wholesome and wonderful? Here’s over 1,500 Pikachus in the Yokohama Minato Mirai area dancing, raving, and being joyful. One even has a rainbow afro!

The event, called Pikachu Outbreak, includes a big march of the Pikachus, a march of Eevees (for the first time ever!), a “Super Soaking Splash Show” (where images suggest the Pikachus are wearing super cute summer clothes), a shipboard greeting at Minato Mirai where a boatload of Pikachus appear (including Sailor Pikachu), and finally, “Pokémon Synchronicity”, a special performance using digital technology from Rhizomatiks and WOW creative studio. The event, which is held from August 10th to 16th, is now in its fifth year.

“Pokémon Synchronicity” is currently being shared the most on social media since it’s the main show, a great expression of the “Science is Amazing!” theme this year. The light-up equipment is definitely impressive, as are all the Pikachu moves. If you pay attention though, you’ll see a lot of other really cute details: the afro and night-time Pikachus are eye-catching, but I also appreciated the Pikachu that had flowers around its ears, the Pikachu with a slightly angrier expression, and life-jacket Pikachu! There is truly a Pikachu for everyone.

(Luckily, it doesn’t look like there were any mishaps so no Pikachus had to be dragged off-stage like in a different last year.)

There are also a ton of commemorative items that accompany the Outbreak, but are unfortunately only available in Japan. Where am I going to get my pictures from this adorable photoshoot of Pikachus frolicking through meadows and being cute now?

Which Pikachu from the Outbreak is your favorite?

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