This Week in Pop Culture: June 15–21, 2019

We've scoured this week's entertainment news and rounded up our favorite vocab words from the stories that everyone's buzzing about.
definitions & notes only words
  1. advocacy
    active support of an idea or cause
    Rapper 21 Savage donated $25,000 to a nonprofit legal advocacy organization that helped him when he was arrested in February by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
    - NBC News (June 14, 2019)
    21 Savage has donated $25,000 to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that, among other things, fights for immigrant’s rights. 21 Savage was the subject of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation in February of this year over his expired visa. Savage was born in England but brought to the United States by his parents when he was a child.
  2. agape
    with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe
    The father of three shared a photo of himself to social media in which his mouth was agape and his eyes wide open.
    - USA Today (June 18, 2019)
    Former pro-wrestler and popular actor The Rock seemed able to take on any challenge, at least on the big screen. However, a real-life challenge proved too much for Dwayne Johnson this week: assembling his daughter's Barbie Dream House. Johnson posted a picture of himself on social media, mouth agape and clearly overwhelmed by the daunting task. Ultimately, The Rock surrendered and passed the task to the child’s mother.
  3. attire
    clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
    And Cardi definitely kept it moving like a pro! Videos posted to social media from the music festival show the Bonnaroo crowd cheering for Cardi and she performed in her cozy new attire.
    - E! (June 17, 2019)
    There was a lot of good music at the Bonnaroo festival this week, but Cardi B. is making headlines her wardrobe, not her performance. During the rapper’s set, her attire ripped. She quickly left the stage, came back seconds later clothed in a bathrobe, and finished her act. The show must go on!
  4. carouse
    engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking
    Elsewhere in the video, Swift lounges in a pool float, hosts a tea party, throws cake in a food fight and carouses with the video's many celebrity co-stars — Ellen DeGeneres, the five "Queer Eye" stars," Laverne Cox, RuPaul and many more.
    - USA Today (June 16, 2019)
    Taylor Swift released her latest single and video this week, entitled “You Need to Calm Down”. The video features Katy Perry and Swift embracing (dressed as a hamburger and a side of fries, respectively) officially ending their long-running feud. While the definition of carouse contains a reference to drinking, it doesn't always mean the people doing the carousing are inebriated. Carousing can just mean having a crazy good time with your friends.
  5. covet
    wish, long, or crave for
    Still, advertisers in particular highly covet same-day viewing of shows, so it’s pretty stunning that Jeopardy! was able to beat almost every prime-time series last season.
    - New York Magazine (June 18, 2019)
    James Holzhauer’s last game of Jeopardy! was viewed by 14.5 million people — the game show’s highest rating in fourteen years. Holzhauer’s winning streak lasted 32 games, and he won more than $2 million before losing early in June. To covet is to want something really, really badly.
  6. dismal
    causing dejection
    North American moviegoers spurned sequels this weekend with Sony’s “Men in Black: International” heading for a modest $26 million debut while “Shaft” will finish with a dismal $7.3 million in seventh place.
    - Variety (June 15, 2019)
    The expensive sequel Men in Black: International earned a dismal $26 million at the box office in its opening weekend. The film, starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, cost $110 million to make. Industry watchers are chalking the failure up to “sequel fatigue”, although that affliction did not keep people away from Avengers: Endgame a few weeks ago.
  7. dystopian
    of an imaginary place where life is extremely bad
    Scholastic announced Monday that it will publish a new prequel to the dystopian YA series by author Suzanne Collins — who first introduced literary fans to the world of Panem across three Hunger Games books between 2008 and 2010 — on May 19, 2020.
    - Entertainment Weekly (June 17, 2019)
    After the huge success of the Hunger Games book series, author Suzanne Collins announced that she will write a prequel to the series, due out next year. The world of the Hunger Games depicts a dystopian society where things are pretty desperate and miserable. The prequel to a dystopian novel often shows how the dystopia world got so messed up in the first place.
  8. irrefutable
    impossible to deny or disprove
    “Over the last two years, we’ve shown Google irrefutable evidence again and again that they are displaying lyrics copied from Genius,” Genius’s chief strategy officer Ben Gross told the Wall Street Journal.
    - Rolling Stone (June 16, 2019)
    Genius, the song lyric website, is accusing Google of plagiarism. Previously, Google directed searches for lyrics to Genius, but recently the search engine has started displaying the lyrics right on its own search results page. How can Genius claim to have irrefutable evidence that Google stole? Coders for Genius imbedded two kinds of apostrophes in the text that, when decoded, spell out “red handed”. As in “We caught Google red-handed.”
  9. metric
    a system of related measures that facilitates quantification
    The Artist 100 measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.
    - Billboard (June 18, 2019)
    The Jonas Brothers are at the top of the Billboard Artist 100 list for first time this week . The band has achieved this particular success on the strength of their latest album Happiness Begins and its singles, like “Sucker.” The metric behind the Artist 100 is complex mix of different states for sales, plays, and downloads across different channels.
  10. queue
    form a line or stand in line
    Disney representatives noted that such data do not take into account the wait times for visitors who use the virtual queueing system called FastPass, as well as the wait times for guests who board the rides through the “single rider” lines. - L.A. Times (June 19, 2019)
    Our "every cloud has a silver lining" story this week comes from the world of theme parks. Disney's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge attraction is so popular and there are huge lines to get into the entire area of the park, and the various rides, stores and experiences contained within it. Visitors are waiting for two or more hours for many activities. The upside of this, however, is that the older Disney attractions in Disneyland are less busy, and wait times in line are shorter.

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