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YouTuber tears up at cultural representation in Spiderman: Miles Morales

Published: 18/Sep/2020 13:19

by Alice Hearing

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YouTuber P1SM has shared an emotional clip of his first reaction to seeing the cultural representation in the new Spiderman: Miles Morales game.

The YouTuber set out to review the demo for Marvel’s Spiderman: Miles Morales, based off hit movie Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse, which was released in 2018 to critical acclaim.

The film follows the main character Miles Morales in New York, who becomes the Spiderman of his universe, but quickly discovers there are others like him from five other universes. Miles is half African/American and half Puerto Rican.

When the film was released, it gained notoriety for more than just ticking a box for diversity; it was praised for providing the right nuances to represent a biracial teenager from Brooklyn.

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The long-awaited demo for Spiderman: Miles Morales was released this week

The same can now be said for the game; an important development in the quest for a greater diversity of video game protagonists. Spiderman: Miles Morales is a stand-alone adventure and a sequel to Marvel’s Spiderman (2018), with the demo released this week.

The 26-year-old gamer tweeted the clip out on Thursday of his reaction to seeing the same nuances played out in the game. The clip went viral on the platform, racking up an impressive 18,000 likes.

In the clip, JC becomes tearful as soon as he sees the number of Puerto Rican flags displayed in the scene from the trailer, and the markets in Harlem. He said: “This is awesome to see, part of my heritage just being on display with a character that I love.”

JC tweeted reiterating his point, writing, “I’m a Puerto Rican/Dominican/Black man who grew up in the south Bronx. Everything I saw here reminded me of home, reminded me of family, reminded me of all the things I love about my culture. It hit me hard. Again, representation matters.”

His reaction resonated hard with a lot of people who felt the same way. As well as many others, streamer Ms 5000 Watts responded to the clip and wrote: “I felt the exact same way. You never know how a lack of representation affects you until you see that representation actually happen. Seeing the PR flags everywhere really hit me.”

Spider-Man: Miles Morales is set to launch on both the PS4 and PS5 on November 12 in the United States and November 19 worldwide.

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What are TikTok cults and how can you join one?

Published: 25/Feb/2021 17:35

by Georgina Smith

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Many TikTok users have been left baffled by hundreds of comments that appear under random videos promoting ‘cults’ relating to celebrities or memes, but why exactly are these cults so popular?

Over the past year in particular, TikTok’s userbase has expanded to include not just more users in general, but more communities, with the app being a hub for content relating to various fandoms and hobbies.

More often than not, these communities tend to stay relatively self-contained, as TikTok’s bizarrely accurate algorithm generally does a good job of suggesting the most relevant content for each individual user. This means two people can use the same app but have totally different experiences in terms of the content they see.

However, a new trend sees some groups of people banding together to make their community stronger, spreading the word by putting copy-and-paste messages in comment sections of unrelated viral TikToks.

@papi_dre1

Thank you all for 1.5 million❤️ #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #xyzbca #xyzabc #hamster #viral #whathappened #true #fy #4u

♬ I spoke to the devil in Miami by XXXTENTACION – Nate

A key element of the cult trend, is that participants will change their profile to the exact same picture, usually a meme, and they use this to identify each other so they can follow each other back.

Subjects of the trend so far have included singer Lana Del Rey and a viral image of a random hamster, but it’s looking like more cults are in the process of forming.

Why do people join TikTok cults?

The purpose of the trend is fairly innocent, with people generally wanting to make friends with similar interests to them. Having a matching profile picture makes it easy to see who wants to participate in the trend, thereby making connecting with people easier.

Posting the comments about the cult under popular TikToks serves as another way in which users can find each other, and many people have experienced a huge surge in followers since they joined in on the trend, proving to be appealing for those who want to grow their account.

How to join a TikTok cult

After identifying which community you want to be a part of, you’ll need to locate the picture that everyone is using as their profile picture. The images that are used are generally popular memes, so by typing a few keywords in on Google you should easily be able to track down the image.

Once you’ve changed your profile picture, keep an eye out in comment sections of popular TikToks for other participants, and make sure to follow these accounts. As you begin to follow people you should have others follow you back, and you can speed up the process by posting comments yourself.

However, it’s worth noting that not everybody is on board with the cult trend, as sometimes comment sections can be overtaken.

Regardless, it seems like the popularity of TikTok ‘cults’ is on the rise, so if you see these kinds of comments while browsing the app, you’ll know why there are so many of them.