Of Tigernado, Black Widow and Movie Moms – Brandy McDonnell comments

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tigernadoOn Wednesday night, the Tiger Safari roadside zoo in Tuttle (which is west of Oklahoma City) was hit by one of the many small- to medium-size tornadoes wandering around the landscape, and there were concerns that wild animals had escaped. It turned out that no tigers were harmed or released in the making of that tornado, but by the time that was confirmed, we had already turned tigernado into a topic trending worldwide on Twitter. Tigernado is a reference to the inexplicably popular Syfy telefilm Sharknado, and memes based on that ridiculous monster movie and its sequel soon were flying around Twitter like so much twister debris. The poster for Life of Pi also became a popular tigernado meme, especially as flood waters rose and turned streets into rivers if not oceans, and jokes about Oklahoma rolling a 5 or 8 on the Jumanji dice ran as rampant as hyped-up storm chasers. Meanwhile, all I’m thinking is that we really need to make the 2010 documentary The Elephant in the Living Room required viewing in a state this disaster prone.Read more>>

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.