February’s best social media moments

It may have been the shortest month of the year, but that hasn’t stopped social media from reacting to some crazy and memorable events that have happened throughout February. Once again we’ve narrowed down our select few moments that stood out above the rest. Here are our top 5 choices below:

1. Football remembers Emiliano Sala

Football was united in grief at the beginning of the month after police confirmed the body pulled from a plane crash wreck in the English Chanel was Emiliano Sala. On the 21st January, the Argentine and pilot David Ibbotson were travelling to Cardiff on a flight from French city Nantes. The Argentine had just signed for the Welsh club and was yet to play his debut when the tragedy happened.

After the announcement, social media sites were full of messages and posts about the tragic loss of such a promising player, with fellow footballers and clubs paying their respects online.

Perhaps the most heartbreaking tribute though came from Emiliano’s sister Romina, who posted a picture of Sala’s dog waiting for him to come home…we definitely cried a little at this! RIP Emiliano.

2. The Frozen 2 teaser trailer dropped

The first Frozen movie was amazing (don’t @ me). Okay, it was a little overhyped, but it is also one of the most successful Disney films of all time and many fans would agree. So when the teaser trailer for Frozen 2 dropped on February 13th, the internet has some thoughts, feelings and of course, MEMES, to say about it.

It didn’t take long for some fans to ask the question – where was Elsa’s girlfriend? Calls for Elsa to embrace her Sapphic side haven’t come out of the blue. Frozen’s anthem ‘Let It Go,’ has been embraced as a coming-out anthem (it was sung by Elsa), and there’s been a Twitter campaign since 2016 noting how iconic it would be if Disney made the character into a lesbian princess. The latest trailer just seems to have pushed the issue back in the spotlight once more.

We suppose we’ll have to wait for the film to be released to find out whether this was all just speculation or if Disney had the guts to do it…

3. #GetTonyAFlypast becomes a reality

Back in January, BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker described the remarkable story of Tony Foulds – a pensioner who has spent his life to preserving the small memorial of a WW2 American bomber crew who sacrificed their lives for his. The pilot decided not to land his crippled plane on Endcliffe Park, in Sheffield, to avoid a group of children on the grass. Tony dreamt of a proper military honour for the crew ever since. The story tugged at the heartstrings of many viewers on BBC, and as a result, the Twitter campaign #gettonyaflypast was born.

The campaign was a huge success, and guess what? Tony’s dream became a reality. #tonygotaflypast trended soon after.

We say it time and time again here at DMT, but never underestimate the power of social media!

4. The Brits and Oscars make waves online

Award season was in full swing in February, but the two that stood out on social media were The Brits and The Oscars. Wardrobe malfunctions, political statements and celebrity feuds, the Brits has seen them all over the last 40 years, with plenty of iconic moments taking place at the awards ceremony – and it was no different this year.

From Jack Whitehall’s savage and birderline inappropriate jokes, to Beyoncé and Jay-Z posing in front of a Meghan Markle portrait, and The 1975 calling out the patriarchy, there were plenty of talking points for users on social media to discuss.

As for the Oscars, the majority of social media’s attention was drawn to one particular performance of the night. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper seemed to be getting pretty close during their performance of ‘Shallow.’

Social media users, tabloids and fans are all speculating that there might be a little more than friendship between the two, despite Bradley Cooper being in a happy relationship. GaGa responded with: “First of all, social media, quite frankly, is the toilet of the Internet.”

Yikes, sorry GaGa!

5. Ariana Grande is confirmed to headline Manchester Pride

Rumours had been rife that Ariana Grande was performing at Manchester Pride this year and at the end of February the rumour was confirmed to be true.

Understandably, ‘Arianators’ and music fans went mad for the news online. However, the announcement was also hit with some major criticism as many LGBTQ+ users were quick to question whether Grande, who is straight, is the right person to headline. Not to mention the hefty £70 ticket pricetag!

Ariana was quick to respond to these criticisms on her own social media.

The controversy over Ariana’s headline act is still swirling, but either way, it’s certainly been one of the most talked about events on social media this past month, especially here in Manchester!

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