This Week in Pop Culture: August 10–16, 2019

We've scoured this week's entertainment news and rounded up our favorite vocab words from the stories that everyone's buzzing about.

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  1. advocate
    a person who pleads for a person, cause, or idea
    As a longtime mental health advocate through her foundation, the Oscar winner pointed out the importance of looking after one's self and others following a tragedy and beyond.
    — Fox News (Aug 11, 2019)
    Lady Gaga announced that she will donate enough money to fund 162 classrooms in the cities recently affected by mass shootings: El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio and Gilroy, California. In her announcement, Gaga made a plea to those suffering from mental illness to reach out for help. An advocate is someone who actively supports a cause that’s important to them.
  2. bounty
    the property of copious abundance
    If estimates hold, the “Fast and Furious” spinoff could increase its domestic haul to around $108 million, in addition to a hefty bounty overseas.
    — Variety (Aug 10, 2019)
    Fast and Furious: Hobbs & Shaw was number one at the box office for a second week in a row. In this case, bounty refers to the large amount of money that the film has amassed so far.
  3. exuberance
    joyful enthusiasm
    But it’s really about these characters and these relationships that have meant so much to me. And then it’s also infused with this mutual energy and this exuberance.
    — People (Aug 13, 2019)
    The first trailer for the latest film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s literary classic Little Women was released this week. The new version stars Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern and Meryl Streep in the story of four sisters growing up in Massachusetts during the Civil War. Acclaimed director Greta Gerwig helmed the project. Exuberance is cheerfulness, exhilaration and elation.
  4. hiatus
    an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
    This break, the first such hiatus since the group’s 2013 debut, will allow the members to go on vacation and “recharge.”
    — Entertainment Weekly (Aug 11, 2019)
    Sorry, K-Pop fans. BTS, the mega-successful South Korean septet, announced that the guys are taking an extended break from touring and recording so they can live like “normal people” for a while. But the group has promised its fans that this hiatus doesn’t mean that a breakup is coming.
  5. pilfer
    make off with belongings of others
    Within the last few months, the signs have been pilfered three times, according to a statement on the town’s website.
    — People (Aug 12, 2019)
    Police in Wellesely, Massachusetts have been busy for the last 19 weeks, the same amount of time that Lil’ Nas X’s song “Old Town Road” has been number one on the Billboard charts. What’s the connection? Thieves have been pilfering, or stealing, road signs for a street named — you guessed it — Old Town Road.
  6. satirical
    exposing human folly to ridicule
    We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.
    — Entertainment Weekly (Aug 10, 2019)
    In the wake of the recent mass shootings, Universal Pictures has decided not to release its darkly satirical movie The Hunt, in which people are hunted for sport. The film’s controversial trailer attracted the attention of President Trump and many other prominent people. Something satirical has a mocking or ironic tone.
  7. scurry
    move about or proceed hurriedly
    The ear-worm song may make parents scurry, but watching your toddler clap and sing along makes it worthwhile. - USA Today (Aug 14, 2019)
    Kiddie sensation “Baby Shark” is expanding beyond its more than three billion YouTube views. A live tour, with stops in 100 cities, is being planned to capitalize on the immense popularity of the song. The live show will include renditions of other children’s classics in addition to the ditty that no one can get out of their head and little kids can’t get enough of. To scurry is to move quickly.
  8. stereotypical
    lacking spontaneity or originality or individuality
    Earlier this summer, Cyrus opened up about how she doesn’t “fit into a stereotypical wife role.”
    — People (Aug 10, 2019)
    After just seven months of marriage and an even longer history of being on-again and off-again, Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus have decided to split. In a joint announcement revealing the news, the pair promised to continue co-parenting their various animals. Something stereotypical is cliched and predictable.
  9. unscathed
    not injured
    No one gets through unscathed. We’re all going to have a few scratches on us.
    — Yahoo Lifestyle (Aug 12, 2019)
    Taylor Swift accepted the Teen Choice Icon award this week. Swift delivered an impassioned speech, thanking her fans and remarking that no one goes through life unscathed, or unharmed. Swift’s new album Lover will be released later this month.
  10. vanguard
    a creative group active in the innovation of new concepts
    This year’s VMAs will celebrate a true legend of music videos by giving the Video Vanguard Award to none other than rapper Missy Elliott.
    — Entertainment Weekly (Aug 12, 2019)
    Hip hop legend Missy Elliot will receive the MTV Video Vanguard Award at this year’s Video Music Awards. Elliott’s videos are as inventive as her songs, from the balloon-like suits of “The Rain” to the dance sequences in “Work It” and “Gossip Folks.” Earlier this year, Elliott was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Created on August 14, 2019 (updated August 15, 2019)

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