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Your Week in Pop Culture: Toyota fails in #SwaggerWagon ad ft. Busta Rhymes

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The family that 'Soulja Boy's' together is clearly out of a Toyota commercial. (Source: Toyota USA/YouTube) The family that 'Soulja Boy's' together is clearly out of a Toyota commercial. (Source: Toyota USA/YouTube)

(RNN) – The cultural appropriation is strong with this one, Toyota.

All the automaker's YouTube commercial/bad music video is missing is spinning 24-inch rims on Toyota's “swagger wagon,” aka the 2015 Toyota Sienna.

Released Aug. 1, the video features a perfectly nuclear suburban family doing the “Soulja Boy” dance from 2008, the phrase “mother-fathers,” outfits like Puff Daddy and Ma$e in the Mo' Money, Mo Problems video and a Busta Rhymes-induced product placement, brought to you by SiriusXM Radio.

The video is an update on the 2010 viral, um, “sensation” that garnered 12.5 million views, according to Rolling Stone.

The advertisement fails on several fronts: no family who raps this poorly together has ever been this happy doing it, even in a “swagger wagon.” This commercial has also ruined the word “swagger.”

It's also ruined Busta Rhymes, who has drawn attention not for his cameo, but his overall appearance, which also sparked conversation after the 2014 BET Music Awards earlier this summer. Did Busta at least get a Rav 4 for his contribution? A Toyota Tundra? Anything cooler than a “swagger wagon?”

One thing is for sure, no one driving a 2015 Toyota Sienna is listening to any of the SiriusXM hip-hop or rap radio stations. They are listening to '80s on 8.

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The summer of Chris Pratt rolls on with ‘Forgot about Dre' recitation 

Get out of the way, Jennifer Lawrence. Chris Pratt is America's new adorable sweetheart.

Ever since he's been the husky, but adorable Andy Dwyer on NBC's Park and Recreation, Pratt has had a fan base. But since he lost 75 pounds to play Peter Quill in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, his personality has really shone through in interviews.

So, the internet officially loves him on par with “Jennifer Lawrence is so approachable and normal” levels of love.

On a recent appearance on The Whollywood Shuffle radio show, Pratt discussed rap, his amazing rendition of Eminem's verse in Forgot about Dre and possibly playing Knight Rider. Oh, and no one writing this also knows all the words to Eminem's verse and raps along with Pratt. Nope. Not happening.

For his part, Pratt also thinks it's a hilarious shame that Justin Bieber got punched by Orlando Bloom in Ibiza last weekend. Thus, we swoon and are totally jealous of his wife, actress Anna Faris.

More Chris Pratt: Chris Pratt gives ‘MTV Cribs'-style tour of Star-Lord's shipVulture

Television: Shark Week is the best of summer TV and learning 

Discovery Channel is bringing back summer's best week of TV: Shark Week.

Beginning on Sunday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. ET, shark lovers everywhere will get an in-depth look at the king of the sea. The line-up is packed with shows and entertainment, including Go-Pro video cameras being attached to shark's head for Shark Week's Lair of the Mega Shark.

For those who are social media savvy, the #SharkWeek will bring all of the shark-lovers together on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

And to top it all off, the Discovery Channel made an awesome promo, featuring Rob Lowe, with the tagline “King of Summer since ‘87.”

Also on TV: A primer on James Corden, who will reportedly be the new host of CBS's ‘The Late Late Show'Vulture

Something a little pop culture-y: Kevin Spacy and Julia Louis-Dreyfus switch character bodies for ‘Entertainment Weekly' 

Add this tweet of magazine covers by Entertainment Weekly to your "Things you can't unsee" file.

To celebrate its “25 best characters on television right now” issue, Entertainment Weekly will come out with two covers, but it's not of the two characters in their star roles in HBO's Veep and Netflix's House of Cards.

In one cover, Spacey dressed as Veep's Selina Meyer, and he is clearly a better looking man; in the other cover, Louis-Dreyfus is dressed as the cutthroat Frank Underwood, with blood flowing from her hands and her petite feet not even touching the ground. They both look marvelous.

And it's not too late, TV fans – you can vote for your favorite TV characters on EW's poll by clicking here.

Also from pop culture: Jeff Goldblum attended a wedding, so of course they took a ‘Jurassic Park' photoUPROXX

A little something from YouTube: Australian pranksters can't handle stingy Amazon ants 

For one Australian prankster, the South American Bullet Ants were too much to bear – especially wearing gloves full of them.

The comedy duo Hamish & Andy shot the segment for Hamish and Andy's Gap Year, a show UPROXX says is “like a cross between Karl Pilkington's Idiot's Abroad and Jackass,” which is an astute observation.

The pair, made up of Hamish Blake and Andy Lee, traveled to the Amazon and one of its tribes to test its coming-of-age ritual of wearing gloves filled with Bullet Ants.

Hamish, who was the one who took on the challenge, felt “the worst pain a human is capable of experiencing” for several hours, even by wearing the gloves for just a few seconds. After a few hours of intense pain brought on by the rapid stinging and released toxins of the ants, he was taken to the hospital and given pain killers, an IV and antihistamines.

Oh, and just a day after the stunt, one hand looks like the Hamburger Helper logo in an Instagram post.

Anything for comedy, amirite?

Something to buy from Amazon: College football Jell-O molds are perfect for tailgate parties 

You can't spell tailgate party without J-E-L-L-O.

At least that's what Amazon wants you to believe with its collegiate-themed Jell-O Jigglers Mold kits, available on Amazon for $5.99 with free shipping.

College football fans can choose from 23 different college teams and make your mascots and beloved university emblems out of sweet tasty Jell-O in the color that reflects your loyalties. The kit comes with two mold trays and four 3-ounce boxes of Jell-O mix. For the adults at the tailgates, you can make school-themed Jell-O shots, because you can't spell college without Jell-O shots. Booze not included.

For you Georgia Bulldogs reading this, ours comes with strawberry Jell-O.

Movies: Comic books ALWAYS do well as movies 

Just as books have done in the past, if it was once on pages, it will go gangbusters on the silver screen.

The Marvel galaxy's Guardians of the Galaxy, starring the aforementioned Chris Pratt, grossed over $94 million in its debut weekend, knocking the sci-fi thriller Lucy into second place.

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

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy (NR) $94,320,883
  2. Lucy (1) $18,252,590
  3. Get on Up (NR) $13,585,915
  4. Hercules (2014) (2) $11,010,367
  5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (3) $8,690,314

In theaters: Aug. 8

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – If you have ever seen anything TMNT-related, you know what this movie is about. Heroes in the half-shell, TURTLE POWER! The movie stars four guys playing turtles, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Shalhoub, Will Arnett and Megan Fox as April. Watch the trailer here.

The Hundred-Foot Journey – A widowed French restaurateur with a heralded Michelin-starred restaurant award faces competition when an Indian family moves in and buys a restaurant across the street from hers. What she finds out is that the family's son is a talented chef who teaches her a thing or two. Produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, the movie stars Helen Mirren, Om Puri and Manish Dayal. Check out the trailer here.

Check out the rest of the new releases for Aug. 8 on IMDB's website.

Honorable clickbait

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Joe Biden's #throwbackthursday picture is totally hotGawker

Family finds solace in photos with stillborn daughter – Raycom News

Spurs hire NBA's first full-time female asst. coach Becky Hammon – Raycom News

Hillary Clinton visits ‘The Colbert Report' by random coincidenceMorning After

Mother of 5 writes Facebook post to body-shaming beach trolls – Raycom News

Dishonorable clickbait 

Did the writer of ‘True Detective' plagiarize Thomas Ligotti and others?Defamer

George Clooney put a picture of his private parts on the refrigerator of ‘Roseanne' setUPROXX

Suspected Juggalos try to cut man's tattoo, then set him on fire Gawker

Government worker suspended for tweeting nude selfies on the clockMediaite

Giraffe collides with overhead bridge, killed during transport – Raycom News

Chinese socialite confesses to charging $17K for one night of sex - CNN

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