The Weeknd has unveiled his new look for the new year, and it’s leaving some fans in shock.
The 30-year-old singer’s new music video for the song, “Save Your Tears,” depicts the artist in the throes of what can only be described as an all-out plastic surgery disaster.
In the video, which dropped on Tuesday to promote his “After Hours” album, The Weeknd sings “But then you saw me, caught you by surprise,” while sporting a shaved-down and crooked nose, bloated cheeks, grotesquely puffed-out lips, surgical scars and a host of other features.
The video has already garnered over 1 million views on YouTube on the same day it was released.
However, some viewers were left in shock by the hideous new look of the typically handsome young artist, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye.
“Why does The Weeknd look like that in the Save Your Tears music video!?! I don’t like it,” one fan tweeted, while another cited the lyrics to his 2018 song “Can’t Feel My Face,” joking, “i bet he really cant feel his face now.”
Other user on Twitter joked that he could portray the Batman villain The Joker – a strange twist for an artist dubbed The Dark Knight – while others drew apt comparisons to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, who underwent a number of cosmetic surgeries in the years leading up to his death.
However, it’s more likely that the music video is a simple continuation of the body horror saga of his past music videos, which were steeped in dark and gory imarery.
In the video for “Heartless,” the Weeknd can be seen tripping and partying in Vegas. In “Blinding Lights,” the artist then gets bloodied up. “In Your Eyes” features the singer getting decapitated, but he is subsequently reanimated in the video for “Too Late,” where his head is attached to another man’s body.
The Weeknd’s face has also been covered in bandages and bruised in recent public performances, lending credence to speculation that the Starboy’s new look is the result of too many sessions under the knife.
The latest visuals are the likely result of some combination of prosthetics and CGI.
The artist recently told TMRW magazine that he is taking inspiration for his new work both from the Black Lives Matter movement and the coronavirus outbreak, which forced him to cancel his planned tour to promote his hit album, “After Hours.”
“I have been more inspired and creative during the pandemic than I might normally be while on the road,” the artist revealed.
“The pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement and the tensions of the election have mostly created a sense of gratitude for what I have and closeness with the people near me,” he added.
Continuing, he explained that his iconoclastic vocal style was largely inspired by the Ethiopian artist he grew up listening to, which he combined with other musical styles he began listening to while he developed as an artist.
“The older I got, I was exposed to more music, and my voice became a chameleon going into different characters with each album,” he continued. “By following my own path and breaking industry norms, it seems to be influencing others.”
Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida
A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.
In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.
“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.
Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.
Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.
Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.
Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.
However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.
Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son
A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.
The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.
The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.
“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.
“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.
The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.
The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.
“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.
The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.
The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.
Video Shows Taliban Taking Joyride in Captured US Blackhawk Helicopter
The rapid fall of Kabul to the Taliban has resulted in a number of surreal sights – from footage of the Islamist group’s fighters exercising at a presidential gym to clips of combatants having a great time on bumper cars at the local fun park.
However, a new video of Taliban members seemingly testing their skills in the cockpit of a commandeered UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows the chilling extent to which U.S. wares have fallen into the hands of a group it spent trillions of dollars, and exhaustive resources, to stamp out.
In the new video, shared on Twitter, the front-line utility helicopter can be seen taxiing on the ground at Kandahar Airport in southeastern Afghanistan, moving along the tarmac. It is unclear who exactly was sitting in the cockpit, and the Black Hawk cannot be seen taking off or flying.
It is unlikely that the Taliban have any combatants who are sufficiently trained to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk.
The helicopter, which carries a $6 million price tag, is just a small part of the massive haul that fell into the militant group’s hands after the country’s central government seemingly evaporated on Aug. 14 amid the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition troops.
Some 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft financed by Washington for the now-defunct Afghan Army are believed to be in the possession of the Taliban.
The firearms include M24 sniper rifles, M18 assault weapons, anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.
Taliban fighters in the elite Badri 313 Brigade have been seen in propaganda images showing off in uniforms and wielding weaponry meant for the special forces units of the Afghan Army.
The U.S. is known to have purchased 42,000 light tactical vehicles, 9,000 medium tactical vehicles and over 22,000 Humvees between 2003 and 2016.
The White House remains unclear on how much weaponry has fallen into Taliban hands, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitting last week that the U.S. lacks a “clear picture of just how much missing $83 billion of military inventory” the group has.