#SocialGathering: Banksy Opens Bethlehem Hotel, Lindsay Lohan Announces Fashion Line

Banksys Walled Off Hotel - Getty - H 2017
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Banksys Walled Off Hotel - Getty - H 2017

And Charlize Theron tosses her bra.

Can't keep up with what's been going on in the social media world? Fret not. Here, a gathering of what stars, artists and brands have been up to this week on social media.

Banksy’s Politically Charged Work

The ever-elusive artist Banksy’s latest installation, The Walled Off Hotel, opened on March 3 in Bethlehem, in the West Bank's Israeli-controlled Area C, putting a spotlight on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On March 20, the space will be fully operational, with rooms at $30 and up per night, with a $1,000 deposit required (this is fine art, after all). The Walled Off Hotel riffs on a typical British inn, and the concept is a nod to the Balfour Declaration that confirmed British support for establishing Palestine as a Jewish homeland. In the hotel's pub, in lieu of games, there are video cameras and bombs. The bellboy is a dill-pickle-loving monkey, the self-playing piano features tunes by Elton John, couches spill entrails, and a “Wall-Mart” store invites guests to buy graffiti supplies.

Dominique Petrin, 40, the Montreal-based artist commissioned to design one of the hotel rooms, tells THR that room number four represents “a bedroom in an English colony that’s on the verge of falling.” Xanax wallpaper and Petrin’s colorful trompe l’oeil designs cover the walls, which boast a view of the West Bank wall. Previews of the room can be seen on Petrin’s Instagram.

Banksy counts stars like Brad Pitt, Kate Moss, Drake and Justin Bieber as fans, and his work draws huge social numbers. Very few photos of the new installation have hit social media, since the press were not invited to visit the hotel before it debuted. While it is illegal for Israeli citizens to enter Palestine-controlled West Bank areas A and B, Israelis are free to visit Israeli-controlled Area C, where the hotel sits.

The Walled Off Hotel’s reservation desk opens March 11 at 1 a.m. PT.


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Lindsay Lohan, Fashion Designer?

Speaking of mysterious artists, Lindsay Lohan continues to leave fans guessing her religious affiliation. Lohan posted a photo of herself wearing a jeweled head scarf, sparking more rumors that she had converted to Islam. The caption claims a fashion line is coming soon and follows an #InternationalWomensDay post in which she quotes the prophet Muhammad. Muslim followers were delighted with both posts, hoping the actress converts to Islam.


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Charlize Theron’s #BraToss Challenge

For International Women’s Day, Charlize challenged followers to toss their bras up in the air and post it on social media. Some 1,200 users participated on Instagram — a flash in the pan, compared to other socially charged philanthropic campaigns.


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Glossier’s Cloud Paint

Social media beauty brand Glossier launched a new blush, already spotted on the faces of Chrissy Teigen, Taraji P. Henson and more. The easy-to-apply cream blush can be worn on all skin tones and comes in four shades: Puff (pink), Beam (coral peach), Dusk (brownish nude) and Haze (berry). Instagram users have posted their reviews and brand-friendly images that Glossier regrams: a beautiful relationship indeed.


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