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UFC on ESPN 15 in Tweets: Pros react to Frankie Edgar’s bantamweight victory over Pedro Munhoz – MMA Fighting

It was another successful night of fights at UFC on ESPN 15. In the main event, Frankie Edgar made his bantamweight debut and managed to edge out Pedro Munhoz via split decision. “Slow” Mike Rodriguez delivered a quick finish in the co-main event spot against Marcin Prachnio.

Here is how the pros reacted to the UFC on ESPN 15 main and co-main event:

Pedro Munhoz vs. Frankie Edgar

So good to see Frank win again! Guy is a legend #ufc

— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) August 23, 2020

Wow what a great fight by two Warriors!!!!!

— Dan “50k” Ige (@Dynamitedan808) August 23, 2020

Give me a Cruz va Frankie ppv I’m buying

— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) August 23, 2020

I’m a huge fan of @FrankieEdgar he’s a stud but @PedroMunhozmma won that fight hands Down, who’s limping and after and beat up after the fight? .. Mma judging in the UFC is a joke. I love Frankie he’s a savege but he knows he lost I in his heart. Good win Pedro!

— Bryan Caraway (@BryanCaraway) August 23, 2020

Marcin Prachnio vs. Mike Rodriguez

When he didn’t break out of the clinch after a few elbows I was immediately worried and I was right to be. Damn! #UFCVegas7

— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) August 23, 2020

Rodriguez balances technique, aggression and killer instinct well. That elbow was slick as hell!

— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) August 23, 2020

Excellent short range strikes while fighting for underhooks from both guys, and a knock out while I typed this. Damn, missed it!

— michael (@bisping) August 23, 2020

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Cardi B Tweets In Defense of Kylie Jenner’s ‘WAP’ Music Video Cameo – Vulture

After fans started a petition for the removal of Kylie Jenner from Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” music video, Cardi took to Twitter Sunday to defend the cameo, which some objected to on the grounds that, as a wildly-successful reality star and cosmetics mogul, Jenner, who is white, was taking a slot that could have gone to another up-and-coming female musician of color, like her video costars Mulatto, Sukihana, and Rubi Rose, who appeared alongside more well-established singers Normani and Rosalía in the video’s extremely wet mansion. In a series of (now deleted) tweets, Cardi explained why Jenner made the cut. In not so many words, Kylie and her family, especially mom Kris Jenner, are just plain nice.

“Why did I put Kylie on my music video?,” Cardi wrote, in response to a tweet criticizing Jenner’s lack of musical or dance ability, compared to costar Normani. “She treated my sister and daughter so lovely at her kid bday party. Travis and Set are real close and Kris Jenner have giving me advice on certain things I ask for and her husband real cool with mine.”

“These are the girls that I personally like,” Cardi had previously told Apple Music about the female artists she featured in the video. “That I like their music. That I really feel they are going to go mainstream.” In several other deleted tweets, captured here by PopCrave, the rapper defended Jenner’s cameo, which featured her strutting down a hallway and opening a door, when compared to Normani’s, which highlighted the singer’s dancing.

“Normani is one of the best female artist that dances Like she dances her fuckin ass off!,” she tweeted. “Why would she open a door? Please tell me how that would make sense? The best part of the song is the beat & hook it what makes you want to shake your ass.” Wrote Cardi, “Not everything is about race. Theres issues out here in the world that it is about race that I preach all the time about. This is not about fuckin race.”

Cardi B Defends Kylie Jenner’s ‘WAP’ Music Video Cameo

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Angry tweets and mocking videos: China attempts to shape coronavirus narrative online – NBC News

As the blame game about the coronavirus pandemic heats up between the United States and China, senior Chinese officials have taken to English language social media platforms to both fend off and make accusations about its spread.

Although Twitter is blocked in his homeland, Hu Zhaoming, spokesman of the International Department of the ruling Communist Party, joined it last month. He has since become a vocal member of the microblogging site, posting a series of pointed tweets about President Donald Trump and the response to the virus in Europe and other countries.

China’s ambassadors from France to South Africa have also used official embassy accounts to respond to criticism that their homeland had been too slow in its initial response to the virus, which originated in the city of Wuhan late last year. So far, the virus has killed more than 269,000 people globally, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Some Chinese officials also posted the theory that the deadly virus may have been brought into Wuhan by American athletes when they competed at the Military World Games there in October — something U.S. officials have vehemently dismissed as “disinformation” and “crazy talk.”

Then last week, a slick, animated video published and distributed by Chinese state media, entitled “Once upon a virus” was widely shared online. Featuring a Lego-like terra-cotta warrior representing China and a Statue of Liberty for the U.S., the pair traded barbs on COVID-19.

“We have discovered a new virus,” the warrior says. “So what?” Lady Liberty replies.

The satirical video goes on to criticize America’s “inconsistent” approach to the pandemic, while implying that Chinese warnings about the virus went unheeded.

It is one example of how China has become “much more assertive” and confident in putting forward its view into the wider public sphere, Rana Mitter, a professor and the director of the University of Oxford China Centre, told NBC News.

“It’s quite a shrewd move,” he said. Although it omitted Chinese shortcomings, he added, it did “pick away at anxieties that already exist” in relation to the U.S. handling of the pandemic.

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Mitter added that the use of social media to convey a state’s message was not unique to China and had also been practiced by Russian embassy accounts in the past.

While not producing satirical videos, Trump, a well-known tweeter, has shifted from initially praising China’s handling of the outbreak to sharply criticizing it, as the threat the pandemic poses to the U.S. economy and his re-election prospects has crystallized.

But this week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been leading the online and offline criticism.

“The Chinese Communist Party continues to block access to the Western world, the world’s best scientists, refusing to cooperate with world health experts, to figure out exactly what happened,” he tweeted Sunday, without elaborating on what the evidence was. “This is unacceptable during an ongoing threat, an ongoing pandemic.”

He followed this up by suggesting that there was “enormous evidence” that the virus originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. On Wednesday, he told a news conference that China could have prevented the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide had it not “covered up” the outbreak in the city.

“The next time that a calamity like this hits, we need reliable partners. As a result of China’s choices, countries are starting to understand the risk of doing business with the Chinese Communist Party,” he said.

His comments were met with a wave of anger from Chinese officials, much of it online.

During a webinar livestreamed Tuesday, China’s ambassador to Britain insisted there had been “no cover-up” and “no hiding at all,” by Beijing.

Without naming names, Liu Xiaoming said that some U.S. politicians “were busy with spreading rumors and slanders,” while turning a blind eye to China’s “enormous efforts, sacrifice and contribution.”

He added that they wanted to “pass the buck” for the slow U.S. response to the virus.

Pompeo’s comments were met with a less tempered response from Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying on Wednesday, who accused the U.S. of “pressuring other countries in a smear campaign against China.”

Hua tweeted: “The choice is NOT between the US and China, but between LIES & FACTS, bullying & cooperation, unilateralism & multilateralism.”

As finger-pointing grows in the race to influence global opinion, it is not just the U.S. but Europe too tussling over narratives with China.

On Thursday, the European Union’s ambassador to China warned that rising Sino-U.S. tensions were problematic for everyone and undermined the global cooperation needed to deal with the pandemic.

The E.U. also faced criticism after part of an opinion piece co-written by 27 European ambassadors — to mark the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the E.U. and China — was published in the official China Daily newspaper, with a sentence removed before publication that referred to China as the place where the outbreak began.

It was “regrettable that part of the sentence about the spread of the virus has been edited,” Nicolas Chapuis, the E.U.’s China ambassador told reporters at a briefing Thursday. The original op-ed has been published on the E.U.’s official website.

But Mitter warned that the online war of words was something we’ll likely see more of as China uses different tools and methods to win influence — some “traditional and low-key” and others “unprecedentedly much more assertive” to achieve its diplomatic goals.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Adela Suliman is a London-based writer and reporter for NBC News Digital.

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