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The “Better Than Revenge” TikTok Trend, Explained

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Coming at us all the way from the depths of your 2010 CD collection is Taylor Swift’s song “Better Than Revenge,” which is currently spinning in the background of the new Better Than Revenge TikTok videos. It’s all part of some juicy, juicy social media drama, so if you’re in the mood, strap in.

As you probably know, Swift’s iconic lyrics go, “The story starts when it was hot and it was summer. And, I had it all. I had him right there where I wanted him. She came along, got him alone, and let’s hear the applause. She took him faster than you could say sabotage.”

Just like the song, the trend focuses on backstabbing and women who steal each other’s boyfriends. You typically see a montage of a happy couple in the videos, hugging, kissing, and smiling. And then, right as the lyric about sabotage drops, that’s when it becomes clear their story doesn’t end well.

At that point, the montage switches to photos of the poster’s now-ex with another woman. (Or it shows evidence that she was, in some way, involved in the breakup.) One of these videos sparked a Twitter debate between TikTokers Mads Lewis, Nessa Barrett, and Jaden Hossler after Lewis posted her own version.

According to Seventeen, the video showed images of Lewis’s relationship with Hossler before Barrett allegedly “took him faster than you can say sabotage.” She later deleted the video, calling it “immature,” but it had already made its way into the forever-files of the internet.

TikToker Indiana Massara shared a “Revenge” video as well, but hers is a little more ambiguous. The caption reads, “The way I could end them all with this challenge,” but she doesn’t say much else or explain who the “them” might be.

Massara’s fans have speculated that she’s alluding to her rumored ex-boyfriend Blake Gray and his new girlfriend Amelie Zilber. Did Zilber take Gray faster than you can say sabotage? The world may never know.

The trend gets shadier and shadier the deeper you go into the hashtag. And all it takes is one look at the comments section to see how many people love it, with some saying they’re all about “Messy TikTok.”

Again, as Lewis noted, it’s not the most mature way to call attention to an ex. In this instance, the confusion between her and Barrett — which went deeper than this particular TikTok video, according to Seventeen — appears to have caused Barrett and her boyfriend, Josh Richards, to go their separate ways.

But what else do you expect from lyrics that pit women against each other? “Better Than Revenge” is allegedly about actress Camille Belle, who dated Swift’s ex Joe Jonas in 2008. At the time, Swift was called out for slut-shaming due to the lyrics, “She’s not a saint, and she’s not what you think […] She’s better known for the things that she does on the mattress.”

Years later, in 2014, Swift did admit she’d gone overboard. She told The Guardian, “I was 18 when I wrote that. That’s the age you are when you think someone can actually take your boyfriend. Then you grow up and realize no one can take someone from you if they don’t want to leave.”

It’s precisely why you might want to stick to other versions of the trend, which feature dogs and babies “stealing” people away. Because if a puppy wants to stab you in the back and take your partner, they totally can — and they will.

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What to Know About ‘Cheugy,’ the Gen Z Term Trending on TikTok

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If you read The New York Times, watch the “Today” show or keep a close eye on the latest happenings on TikTok, you may have recently encountered the word “cheugy.”

The nebulous word—frequently framed as a Gen Z term referring to millennials—can be applied to a variety of things, ideas or people. Generally synonymous with “basic,” but not inherently negative, cheugy (pronounced “chew-gee,” apparently) captures everything from Minion memes and cargo shorts to lasagna and an obsession with sneaker culture.

Introduced into the public consciousness largely through a March TikTok video, cheugy actually dates back to 2013. According to The New York Times, Gabby Rasson, now a 23-year-old software developer, invented the word as a high schooler looking to describe people who were slightly off trend.

“It was a category that didn’t exist,” Rasson told the Times. “There was a missing word that was on the edge of my tongue and nothing to describe it and ‘cheugy’ came to me. How it sounded fit the meaning.”

From there, it spread organically through friends she made at school, camp and then college. An Instagram account by the name of cheuglife appeared in 2018. Cited in several recent TikTok videos explaining the term, cheuglife seems to be the unofficial arbitrator on all things cheug. Shortly after, the account added its definition of the word to Urban Dictionary, describing it as “the opposite of trendy. Stylish in middle school and high school but no longer in style.”

The term didn’t really begin to take off until March 30, though, when 24-year-old Los Angeles copywriter Hallie Cain posted a video on TikTok briefly encouraging other users to take up the term.

Gucci belts like the one Miley Cyrus is wearing have been branded “cheugy.”

“Okay TikTok, I have a new word for you that my friends and I use, that you clearly are all in need of,” Hallie Cain said, shortly before cutting to another video with the text “Things that give off ‘I got married at 20’ vibes,” and visuals of retail shelves filled with wood block decorations. “Or people will say things like ‘this is millennial’ or ‘girlboss energy.’ All of these terms are pointing to the same thing. The word is cheugy.”

Cain’s video, which identified phrases on clothing, Herbal Essences shampoo and Instagram captions like “life’s a beach” as cheugy, clearly struck a chord with at least some in the TikTok community. So far, the video has racked up more than 650,000 views and 111,000 likes, a decent response, but not Earth-shattering by TikTok standards.

Then The New York Times wrote about cheugy. Published online last week and in print on Sunday, the piece appears to be the cause of the recent wave in cheugy chatter.

In the week since the article’s publication, the “Today” show, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Vox and Daily Mail have all covered the term. Urban Dictionary named it its word of the day Wednesday. Buzzfeed even created a quiz for visitors to the site to vote and definitively decide what exactly is and isn’t cheugy. Notably, none of the major battlegrounds in the Great Gen Z-Millennial War—skinny jeans, side parts and the word “doggo”—received the cheugy designation.

So, what is cheugy?

Flip flops, “bro tanks,” and snapbacks are all cheugy. Chevron patterns, cable knit socks, Ugg boots, giant scarves, anything Hurley, Golden Goose sneakers and Gucci belts have also been dubbed cheugy. But cheugy is not limited to fashion. Broccoli cheddar soup in a bread bowl at Panera Bread? Cheugy. Axe Body Spray? Cheugy. Cruise ships?, “Cheug-mobiles,” says cheuglife.

Of note, Levi’s, Birkenstocks, thrifting, and crafting your clothes made it through the cheug wars unscathed, earning the designation of “decidedly un-cheugy.”

But is being cheugy a bad thing? It depends on who you ask. Abby Siegel, a 23-year-old producer and former student at the University of Colorado, Boulder who the cheuglife account cites as introducing it to the term, says everyone can be cheugy.

“Everyone has something cheugy in their closet,” Siegel told The New York Times. “We didn’t intend for it to be a mean thing. Some people have claimed that it is. It’s just a fun word we used as a group of friends that somehow resonated with a bunch of people.”

Actress Angelababy’s Ugg boots? Cheugy.

The cheuglife Instagram clarified early on—less than two months after its creation—that the term was not intended to be used as an insult. “’Cheugy’ is not reflective of a person’s character and is honestly not that deep. We are all cheugs,” it wrote.

In a follow-up to her original video, Cain clarified that she wears things knowing they are cheugy. A millennial TikTok user whose three videos on the subjects have accumulated more than 3.5 million views conceded he enjoys a few cheugy things—Buffalo Wild Wings, to name one. Many of the dozens and dozens of videos with the hashtag “cheugy”—together they have gathered 3.3 million views—feature users talking about how they’re cheugy.

Where the term goes from here is unclear. It was by no means a popular word before late March. The cheuglife Instagram page only surpassed 1,000 followers after Cain made her TikTok video. Those sorts of shallow roots do not bode well for the term’s longevity.

Cain, the one who brought so much attention to the word, seems entirely done with the cheugy discussion, particularly with how she sees it being used to “fuel a generational feud.” As someone who is 24 years old, she noted, she’s been associated with both Gen Z and millennials and doesn’t identify as either. “No one speak to me about #cheugy ever again,” she wrote.

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Viral TikTok Video Amongst New Leads for Sofia Juarez Case

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KENNEWICK, WA – A viral TikTok Video is amongst one of the 75 new in the search for Sofia Juárez. 

“But as of recently we’re now around 80 new tips,” says Special Investigator on the case Al Wehner.

Most of them came in April.

“We were not expecting this, we’re definitely very surprised because usually we deal with Sofia’s case more during the anniversary in February and now it’s been overwhelming new leads.” Says Victoria Juárez, Juárez family spokesperson. 

In fact, one of those new leads was a viral TikTok video. 

The TikTok video comes from an account with the username @akayalla with a following of over 80 thousands followers. Aka y Allá goes around interviewing people in Culiacán, Sinoloa in Mexico for comedic purposes. But what started out as a comedic video quickly turned somber.

In the video, Allá asks the girl, who appears to be homeless, how old she is. She says she’s around 22 but that it doesn’t really matter about her birthday because she was kidnapped at a young age. She then proceeds to say hi to her grandparents and asks them to come and get her because she doesn’t know where she is from.

Over 1,000 comments soon circulated on the video. People in both the U.S. to Mexico we’re wondering if this could be Sofia. Sofia would have been 23 this year.

“When we saw the video, we were very nervous. There are some similarities in the way she looks compared to our family.” Says Victoria Juárez.

Now, Kennewick Police are trying to contact the young girl in the video. 

“We’ve been in contact with people in Mexico who say they’re her family and they say it’s not Sofia. But we are working to confirm that.” Says Lieutenant Aaron Clem. 

Once they can contact this young woman, they can obtain a DNA sample and compare it to that of the Juarez family, to see if it’s a match.

Unfortunately, being that these people are in Mexico, this makes it more difficult for Kennewick Police to make more headway in the investigation across borders. 

A new lead also stated that a credible witness shared they saw a girl matching the description of Sofia on S. Washington Street near East 15th Avenue. They said they saw this female be approached and be taken by someone else as she cried. 

An occupied van was also seen on a nearby street. This van is described to be light blue or gray/silver and an early 1970s to 1980s full sized panel with no windows, like a work-type van. This was seen on February 4, 2003 between 8-9:15pm. 

Police are seeking any further information and details about this van. If you know of anything you can contact Special investigator Al Wehner at 509-582-1331 or al.wehner@ci.kennewick.wa.us and also make a report on Sofia Juarez’s website

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The Newest TikTok Food Trend Is Ranch Pickles: Weird or Wonderful?

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Move over, basic dill pickles. Ranch pickles are the new kid on the block, but are they actually good? I would think so since an order of fried pickles with ranch is one of the BEST appetizers on the planet IMO.

To make these new viral snacks, all you do is add Ranch seasoning to a jar of pickles.  Afterward, just shake the jar so the seasoning is evenly distributed, and leave the jar in the fridge for a day or more. Then, enjoy!

The snack is getting a lot of attention on various social media platforms, especially TikTok. One account, @mamacookslowcarb, shows how to make them. The video has gotten over 4 million views and almost 374,000 likes.

This video got so much attention that the Fact or Cap guys from @partyshirt had to test them out to see if they were actually good in their segment Snack or Yack. They definitely approved, saying these pickles would be great on sandwiches. Their video got 2.2 million views and over 380,000 likes.

What is the weirdest food combo that you enjoy? Would you try this?

Source: TasteofHome.com

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