YouTube’s #ProudToBe, Harry’s anniversary and the Frappuccino controversy: betty’s weekly round up

It’s Friday, which means we’re another week closer to the start of summer holidays. And if you ask us, they can’t come soon enough (only two and half weeks to go guys! Keep on keeping on).

But while the sun has abandoned us, it hasn’t been all bad. Here’s everything we’ve been doing, loving and reading this week.

Serena Williams truly is the World’s No #1

Serena Williams has been in the news a lot this week. Firstly, when John McEnroe remarked that if she were a man, she would be ranked “like 700th in the world”, Serena reacted with typical coolness, responding: “…Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir”. Then later in the week, Vanity Fair released their new cover starring a breathtaking Serena Williams, seven months pregnant and naked, on the front. We never thought we’d see anyone trump Beyoncé’s pregnancy shoot, but Serena, you hit it out of the park.

You might want to rethink that Friday frap…

Bad news, frozen coffee fans. A BBC Watchdog investigation revealed this week that ice at three of the UK’s biggest coffee chains was found to contain faecal bacteria. Which in normal-person terms means: poo germs. Poo germs, right there in your venti mocha Frappuccino.

The cafes in question were Starbucks (nooo), Costa (nooooo) and Caffe Nero (nooooo), ie. All Of The Main Ones. Now obviously we’ve been drinking their icy drinks for years without anyone dying of food poisoning so there’s probably no reason to completely freak out… but a germ expert has called the little lurkers “concerning” and the chains in question are all taking steps to clean up their act. Meanwhile watch this space next weekend for our ultimate DIY iced coffee recipe. Cheaper, prettier, and without any nasty secret ingredients. Ew.

The Boy Who Lived turned 20

From the cupboard under the stairs to the Hollywood walk of fame, Harry has come a long way in the past two decades. That’s right, this week marked a whole 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published, and pretty much changed the face of children’s literature – hell, literature full stop – forever.

Naturally the internet celebrated with all the fervour of Gryffindors winning the house cup, and there were wonderful wizarding tributes left, right and centre. Our favourites included Twitter’s special Harry emoji, Pottermore’s beautiful Tweet Beam, these four writers passionately defending each of the Hogwarts houses (even Slytherins deserve love, guys) and, of course, JK Rowling reminding us that you just never know when one day might change your world forever. After all this time? Always.

Please look after this bear

In more emotional childhood book news, author Michael Bond passed away this week aged 91. The Paddington creator wrote over 20 stories featuring the famous talking bear, which have inspired young readers (as well as TV shows, films and a lot of teddies in welly boots) since 1958.

Fans of the world’s most famous duffle-coat wearer (soz, Liam Gallagher) paid tribute to the bestselling author by leaving flowers and jars of marmalade at the Paddington statue in his namesake, London’s Paddington station. No YOU’RE crying into your sleeve.

Are you #ProudToBe?

YouTube’s #ProudToBe video was released this week to celebrate the voices of the LGBTQ+ community in honour of Pride month, and I honestly don’t think it’s possible to watch it without welling up a bit. The bravery of the entire LGBTQ+ community is breathtakingly inspirational, and the YouTube community’s commitment to helping their fans feel like they are part of something is nothing short of beautiful. We hope everyone out there is #ProudToBe whoever the hell they want to be.

It’s been a pleasure, guys. Have a great weekend x

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