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Your Week in Pop Culture: Soccer, SEC fans thrive in their fans' likenesses

Soccer and SEC football fans are just alike - unrefined and obnoxious, but as passionate as they could possibly be. (Source: MGN Online) Soccer and SEC football fans are just alike - unrefined and obnoxious, but as passionate as they could possibly be. (Source: MGN Online)

(RNN) – The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil begins on June 12!

While some may be happy about this, others who just don't get soccer are continuously told they are unrefined and are badgered by soccer fans who just can't believe you have no interest in their sport of choice.

An article by a sports blogger making solid and accurate associations between FIFA participants and their American sports equivalents brought a comparison of my own: soccer fans are just like SEC football fans. Both fandoms are relentless, pushy, diehard and probably sick and tired of the haters telling them that their sport isn't great.

Case in point: there is nothing you can tell anyone rooting for the SEC - the most powerful and dominant college football conference - to convince them they are not superior to everyone else. Soccer fans with their particular soccer clubs are no exception. You put that into the global context of the FIFA World Cup and it brings about the true meaning of global homerism.

But being a soccer fan does not make you refined. Soccer across the world has caused mass riots and brawls, fans throw bananas at black players in "refined" European countries and inspired many drunken celebratory songs like those heard on any SEC campus in the fall. Polo is refined. Sailing is refined. Soccer is not, it's just like any other American sport. That sucks to hear, doesn't it?

Soccer fans are just like SEC fans, if not from the pure obnoxiousness that lies in "my sport/team/conference/league/school/midfielder/running back/striker/quarterback/goalie/linebacker is better than yours" arguments, but because of its fandom. It doesn't pay to be diehard and want to force it on everyone else if they don't want it.

So rejoice, American soccer fans. You're just as rowdy as fans who make up Southeastern Conference football. You're more alike than you realize.

A little something from YouTube: This puppy is not having your wake up call

Puppies are great, aren't they?

They give us kisses with puppy breath, adorable antics and their barks are like Simba trying to roar for the first time in The Lion King.

Thor, a Great Dane puppy who belongs to the owners of a bagel factory in Michigan, is indeed all of these things, but he cares not for early wake up calls.

In a video made in 2012, but just recently picking up steam (thanks, internet), Thor just wants to stay in bed. He cares not for bagel-making, just bagel eating. Thor wants to stay in bed, stretch his long puppy legs out, grumble at his daddy and ignore all things work related.

It's the cutest thing ever. You can watch the video here.

Pop culture moment of the week: ‘Guy Love' from ‘Scrubs' lives on in 2014

Zac Braff and Donald Faison really are the best of friends, and it's not just because BuzzFeed says so.

But since BuzzFeed is like the Dead Sea Scrolls for millennials, it carries some weight, much like Braff and Faison's friendship since the days of Scrubs. In the season 6 musical episode of Scrubs, the duo sings the power ballad that defines all bromances, Guy Love.

Move to 2014, and the buddies reunite to sing it live at Braff's movie premier in Austin earlier this week. And it's still as amazing as J.D. and Turk singing it in the halls of Sacred Heart Hospital.

 Check out the video that makes your friendships look weak here.

Also on YouTube: 10 Germans try to say the word "squirrel"

Tumblr of the week: Zooey Deschanel's eyes are creepy on dudes – FACT.

Zooey Deshanel's dazzling blue eyes have made her a pop culture princess, but those pretty blue eyes on random dudes?

These photos will haunt your dreams for all of eternity. We speak of the photos at Guys with Zooeyes, where no man is safe or attractive with Zooey Deschanel eyes. NO ONE. Guy Fieri is particularly frightening.

The Tumblr was created by Melissa Morris Ivone, the "design overlord" at the Philadelphia tech startup Curalate. 

She says she started the blog in a friendly coworker competition with the creator of Kids with Beards (an equally awesome Tumblr you should check out).

"I decided to try my hand at creating a meme. My team and I were brainstorming silly concepts, and in the vein of Chicks with Steve Buscemeyes, the idea of photoshopping Zooey's eyes onto people came up," Ivone said. "I definitely never expected it to receive any sort of internet-phenomenon status!"

Do not look at these photos before you go to bed. I promise you will wake up in the middle of the night in a cold, terrifying sweat. Just know that a really cool chick made a meme that is haunting your dreams.

TV: Jonah Hill gives tearful apology on ‘The Tonight Show'

Jonah Hill apologizes for being caught in an Alec Baldwin moment.

TMZ released video over the weekend of paparazzi talking about his outfit, to which Hill threw out a homophobic slur in response.

On Tuesday night, Hill was a guest on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, and before the two could begin talking about his upcoming movie 22 Jump Street, Hill opened with an apology.

In response of the photographer attacking him verbally all day, Hill said his anger made him "want to hurt him back," so he said "the most hurtful word I could think of" in the heat of the moment.

"I think that doesn't matter how you mean things, words have weight, words have meaning and the word I used was grotesque," Hill said tearfully. "No one deserves to say or hear words like that."

With his sincerity and his long support of the LGBT community, the apology could be a bad, but manageable blemish on his skyrocketing career.

Music: This ‘90s inspired jam session is brought to you by Kimbra

Jam of the Week: Kimbra, 90s Music

This song is how most millennials spend their time: listening to ‘90s music and finally understanding those lyrics they would sing to because the beat was so catchy.

Kimbra, the chick who sings the second verse to Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know, released her latest solo effort, 90's Music, which gives love to Mariah, Nirvana, Aaliyah and Lisa ‘Left Eye' Lopes in this techo-pop ode to ‘90s everything. You can check out the pop overload here.

Movies: ‘Maleficent' dominates box office as only Angelina Jolie can

Megastar and quintessential Gemini (happy birthday, girl) Angelina Jolie cares not that you don't like the performances around her portrayal of the original bad chick of Disney animation, Maleficent. She shined, and the film dominated the box office, knocking the latest X-Men offering to the No. 2 spot over the weekend.

Not doing so great – the western comedy led by Seth MacFarlane debuted at No. 3, and could continue to fail, just like his weak efforts to try and recreate Blazing Saddles. I'm sorry not sorry you've failed at imitating Mel Brooks.

Here are last weekend's Top 5, according to Box Office Mojo (listed next to previous week's ranking and weekend gross):

  1. Maleficent (NR) $69,431,298
  2. X-Men: Days of Future Past (1) $32,551,098
  3. A Million Ways to Die in the West (NR) $16,797,385
  4. Godzilla (2) $12,008,129
  5. Blended (3) $8,144,303

In theaters: June 6

The Fault in Our Stars – The ‘bring extra Kleenex for you and your girlfriend' flick of the week – This decade's The Notebook, two teens battling cancer meet at a support group and a precious first love story unfolds. It looks like it will be so good. No, I'm not being sarcastic. Based on the young adult novel by John Green, it stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (new Ryan Gosling, maybe? Just sayin', he can tap dance). Check out the trailer here, which will probably make you cry. 

Edge of Tomorrow – A military officer in a futuristic battle for Earth with aliens finds himself in an eternal time loop where he dies in battle and wakes up to the same day over and over again. Aliens, Tom Cruise running, a pretty girl - seriously, Hollywood - is this the best you can do? This is Groundhog Day with aliens. They are better off remaking Top Gun. The film stars Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson. Check out the trailer here.

Also in theaters: Obvious Child, Borgman, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, The Sacrament, Trust Me, Anna

Honorable mention

The Harry Caray beer diaries – Keith Olbermann/ESPN

Your Week in Music: This year's CMT Awards could get ‘radical' – Raycom News Network

A crowd greeted Jim Kelly after his final radiation treatmentUPROXX

Metallica 'Black Album' hits 16 million in salesBillboard

Brad Paisley posts mocking selfies with Westboro Baptist protestors – Raycom News Network

New study finds 67 percent of Native Americans find 'Redskins' name offensiveBuzzFeed

Top 10 QBs of the BCS eraAthlon Sports

Man's GoPro camera captures armed robbery – Raycom News Network

National Zoo gave their otters a keyboard and it's fantasticHuffington Post

(Dis)honorable mention

Bride attaches 1-month-old baby to train of wedding dress – Raycom News Network

The reality of dating white women when you're black Gawker

Walmart Heirs have given less than tenth of 1 percent of their wealth to their family's charity Slate

Dan Marino says he sued the NFL by accident, withdrawing lawsuitRegressing

Justin Bieber caught telling racist joke on videoGawker

V. Stiviano is getting racist about black people nowUPROXX

The southern goddess of pop culture's birthday was last week (Gemini's holla!), thus no column while we traveled to Atlanta to see a taping of WWE Smackdown (CM Punk is still gone,:-(, but we've moved on to Roman Reigns). Want to send late "happy birthday" tweets? Tweet me @TanitaG_RNN.

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