SATURDAY Night Live kicked off its show last night with a parody of the show, Justice With Jeanine, where the former prosecutor weighed in on the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict.
The skit featured the trial Judge, Bruce Schroeder, where he referred to Rittenhouse as "my client."
Meanwhile, GoFundMe issued a statement following the teen's acquittal, saying that fundraisers for Rittenhouse are now permitted.
GoFundMe previously removed all fundraisers for the teen's defense.
The teen broke down in tears on Friday as he was cleared of five criminal charges after a dramatic trial.
Rittenhouse was seen smiling in exclusive pictures published by The Sun as he left in a car minutes after the verdict was announced.
He was accused of murdering Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber as well as injuring Gaige Grosskreutz after shooting them during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer.
The teenager pleaded not guilty on all charges and claimed self-defense.
Read our Kyle Rittenhouse live blog below for the latest news & updates…
JUDGE'S COMMENTS SPARK OUTCRY
Judge Bruce Schroeder's comments sparked outrage on social media on Wednesday.
"Why hasn't there been some motion to remove him from this trial???" one person asked on Twitter.
"What, the actual f**k?" someone else wrote.
Rittenhouse judge just used the term “A black” to refer to a POC…
JUDGE REFERS TO PAST JUROR AS 'A BLACK'
The judge who oversaw Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial came under fire on Wednesday after he referred to a juror in a previous case he presided over as "a Black."
Judge Bruce Schroeder explained his choice to allow Rittenhouse to pick the names of the six jurors who would not be joining the final jury of 12 out of a tumbler by saying he started the process after "bad optics" in a previous case.
He said a clerk chose “a Black, the Black, the only Black” in the jury pool to be removed in that instance.
“There were 13 jurors, one of whom was Black. And when the clerk, the government official, drew the name out of the tumbler, it was a Black, the Black, the only Black," he said during his lengthy explanation, according to The Independent.
"There was nothing wrong with it, it was all OK, but what do they talk about – optics, nowadays … That was a bad optic, I thought,” he said.
“I think people feel better when they have control, so ever since that case I’ve had an almost universal policy of having the defendant do the picks.”
CASE AGAINST JOE BIDEN
Defamation Attorney Todd McMurtry reportedly argued that Kyle Rittenhouse may have a case against President Joe Biden.
Biden called the teen a "white supremacist."
BREAKING REPORT: Defamation Attorney Todd McMurtry, [who helped Sandmann reach a settlement with CNN] Argues Kyle Rittenhouse May Have Viable Case Against Joe Biden…
KYLE’S LAWYER CRITICIZES GOP, CONTINUED
Kyle Rittenhouse's defense attorney Mark Richards also spoke out against a recent tweet by Donald Trump Jr.
Donald Trump Jr. said in a since deleted tweet:
"Gun Owners of America is sending Kyle Rittenhouse an AR-15. Sign the card in support of Kyle. Americans have a fundamental right to defend themselves and to keep and bear arms. The verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial is a recognition of those rights."
In response to the tweet, Richards told Insider, "He's an idiot. I don't have to expand on that because it speaks for itself."
KYLE'S LAWYER SAYS GOP LAWMAKERS 'TRYING TO PROFIT' ON HIS ACCQUITAL
"There's a lot of people trying to profit on this, and I don't think people should," said Mark Richards, who represented Kyle Rittenhouse in his Kenosha homicide trial.
The defense attorney called the alleged actions "disgusting."
"They're raising money on it and you have all these Republican congressmen saying come work for me," Richards told Insider.
"They want to trade on his celebrity and I think it's disgusting."
WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF JURY DELIBERATION TIMES? (CONTINUED)
In one infamous murder case, the trial of Casey Anthony, the jurors took a total of ten hours to reach their conclusion in finding her not guilty of felony charges.
Derek Chauvin, a former police officer who was convicted of murder, also faced a jury deliberation of ten hours.
One of the longest jury deliberations in history took place in 2003 and lasted for 55 days. Jurors in Oakland, California faced the task of determining the fate of three police officers accused of assaulting and falsely arresting residents.
WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF JURY DELIBERATION TIMES?
In the case of Kyle Rittenhouse, many were left wondering how long it would take to find out whether he was named innocent or guilty.
While there was no way to determine an exact amount of time, there have been some interesting details in this case.
For one, Judge Bruce Schroeder allowed Rittenhouse to hand-draw the numbered slips of paper to determine the jury deliberators himself. This task is typically done by a courtroom clerk, not the defendant.
The 12-member jury began their deliberation on Tuesday, November 16, following the closing arguments giving on the previous Monday.
On Friday, the jury found him not guilty.
HOW LONG DO JURY DELIBERATIONS TAKE? (CONTINUED)
In a process that takes place in private quarters behind closed doors, the jury deliberates in secret until they reach an unanimous decision. This can take awhile, or no time at all depending on the case.
While there is no sure fire way of knowing what conclusion the jury will come to, some predictions can be made based on the amount of time spent deliberating.
Many find that when a jury makes a decision rather quickly, the defendant is often guilty. On the other hand, when a deliberation takes an extended amount of time, many may see it as the opposite.
HOW LONG DO JURY DELIBERATIONS TAKE?
Depending on the case, jury deliberations can last anywhere between a few minutes and a few weeks.
In the majority of states and all federal courts, the jury must come to an unanimous decision before they can make any announcements.
Because of this, there is no set time limit on jury deliberations. Once the jury receives the charge, or the judge’s written instructions on the law, the decision is left up to them.
WHAT IS A JURY DELIBERATION ROOM?
According to the NCSC, a jury deliberation room "must be comfortable, well ventilated, and designed to minimize the stress on jurors.
"The jury deliberation room must protect the privacy of the jurors and their deliberations and assure confidentiality."
In many courthouses, the conference room or jury assembly room may be used as a deliberation room as well. Larger courthouses typically have a room specifically for the purpose of deliberations.
The room should have soundproofing, controlled circulation, and supervision by a court officer. There should be a bathroom available, as well as a lock.
Telephones are not allowed in a jury deliberation room.
RITTENHOUSE TO PURSUE CAREER IN NURSING
Family spokesperson David Hancock said Kyle Rittenhouse's "normal" life will include pursuing a career in nursing.
"He can be an 18-year-old young man," Hancock told Fox6.
"He is studying pre-requisites at Arizona State University for nursing and he is going to continue that.
"We’re going to do everything we can to make sure he can live a normal life moving forward."
EXCLUSIVE: KYLE RITTENHOUSE GRINS AS HE LEAVES COURT
Kyle Rittenhouse was pictured grinning as he left court on Friday after he was found not guilty of killing two.
Rittenhouse quickly rushed out of the courthouse and was whisked away in a black Chevrolet Equinox.
The Sun snapped Rittenhouse's face beaming as he sat in the middle back seat of the vehicle as he left court a free man.
MAYOR DE BLASIO: 'MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT'
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio posted a scathing criticism of the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict on Twitter following the announcement that Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges.
Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, de Blasio wrote, are "victims," and "should be alive today."
"The only reason they’re not is because a violent, dangerous man chose to take a gun across state lines and start shooting people," he added.
Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum are victims. They should be alive today.
The only reason they’re not is because a violent, dangerous man chose to take a gun across state lines and start shooting people.
To call this a miscarriage of justice is an understatement. https://t.co/TwaI2ghgM5
DONALD TRUMP JR MAKES CRUDE JOKE ABOUT BIDEN AND VERDICT
Donald Trump Jr made a joke on Twitter about President Joe Biden and the not-guilty verdict reached in Kyle Rittenhouse's trial.
Biden had a routine colonoscopy on Friday, and temporarily relinquished his presidential powers to Vice President Kamala Harris.
"The Rittenhouse jury just gave Biden his second colonoscopy of the day," Donald Jr wrote.
The Rittenhouse jury just gave Biden his second colonoscopy of the day.
AOC: COURT SYSTEM IS 'PROTECTING THOSE IT WAS DESIGNED FOR'
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared her concerns about the Rittenhouse verdict in a tweet on Friday afternoon.
"What we are witnessing is a system functioning as designed and protecting those it was designed for," she wrote.
Ocasio-Cortez added that her heart "still breaks for the communities and families whose grief now compounds."
What we are witnessing is a system functioning as designed and protecting those it was designed for.
My heart still breaks for the communities and families whose grief now compounds, and the countless others who will be denied and deprived in similar scenes across the country.
KYLE 'WISHED THIS HAD NEVER HAPPENED,' SAYS ATTORNEY
"To say that we are relieved would be a gross misunderstatement," said Mike Richards, one of Rittenhouse's defense attorneys, in an interview with CBS News.
Richards said that Rittenhouse "wants to get on with his life," noting that the teenage defendant was not present at the press conference, but already headed home.
"He wishes none of this would have ever happened," Richards added.
STEVE KERR'S RESPONSE TO VERDICT
"We're seemingly ok with a teenager's right to take an AR-15 into an area where there's civil unrest…that's really scary," said Steve Kerr.
Steve Kerr is feeling uneasy after the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict 👀 pic.twitter.com/nGghEA12ps
REP. CORI BUSH CALLS FOR EXPULSION OF HOUSE REPUBLICANS WHO OFFERED KYLE INTERNSHIP
Rep. Paul Gosar and two other House Republicans have reportedly offered Kyle Rittenhouse an internship.
Rep. Cori Bush tweeted out a call for expulsion.
Just being real: every day it feels more and more dangerous coming to work.
Not only do these members fuel violence. Now they’re actively recruiting someone whose sole qualification is killing people standing up for Black lives and getting away with it.
They must be expelled. https://t.co/ww7JFEWfXS
In response to the internship offers, Rittenhouse's attorney said he believes his client pursuing a career in politics would not be a "wise thing" to do.
It has been reported that Rittenhouse wants to pursue a career in nursing.
KHLOE KARDASHIAN UNDER FIRE
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star commented on the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.
She tweeted that she was "speechless and disgusted" after the teen was found not guilty on all charges.
However, fans jumped on the tweet and expressed their disappointment that Khloe spoke out about the ruling, but has yet to address the Astroworld tragedy that occurred earlier this month.
PROTESTS AFTER VERDICT
Hundreds have already gathered in Chicago to protest the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse.
The demonstrations around the nation have reportedly been peaceful.
Protestors have also gathered in New York City and Milwaukee.
SNL MOCKS JUDGE BRUCE SCHROEDER
In the skit, called Jeanine Pirro Cold Open, cast member Mikey Day played Judge Bruce Schroeder.
Schroeder referred to Kyle Rittenhouse as "my client" in the skit.
WHO WAS JOSEPH ROSENBAUM?
Joseph D Rosenbaum died after being shot in the head on August 25, 2020, during the heated Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Kenosha.
Rosenbaum left behind his now 3-year-old daughter who lives in Waco, Texas.
He was 36 years old when he died.
During the demonstrations, Kyle Rittenhouse clashed with a crowd gathered near a car dealership and Rosenbaum, who did not have a firearm, threw an object that appeared to be a plastic bag at him and missed, according to a criminal complaint filed last year.
Rosenbaum and Rittenhouse moved across the parking lot and appeared to be close to each other when loud bangs were suddenly heard and Rosenbaum fell to the ground, the complaint said.
WHO IS GAIGE GROSSKREUTZ?
Gaige Grosskreutz was the only person who survived being shot by Kyle Rittenhouse in 2020 during the protests in Kenosha.
Taking the stand during the trial on November 8, 2021, Grosskreutz said he was armed with a pistol.
But he said his hands were raised when he was shot by Rittenhouse on the evening of August 25, 2020.
The 27-year-old Grosskreutz said: “I thought the defendant was an active shooter.”
Asked what was going through his mind as he got closer to the 17-year-old Rittenhouse, he said: “That I was going to die.”
Rittenhouse shot Grosskreutz in the arm, tearing away much of his bicep or vaporized it, as the witness put it.
WHO WAS ANTHONY HUBER?
Anthony Huber, 26, was taking part in the 2020 demonstrations in Kenosha along with his girlfriend Hannah Gittings.
Gittings told CNN in an interview last year Huber had spotted an armed man in the crowd.
“He pushed me out of the way and ran off. I tried to grab him,” Hannah Gittings said. She referred to what Huber had done as a “heroic thing.”
She told CNN Anthony launched at the armed individual to protect her and other people nearby.
According to the complaint, Huber appeared to reach for Rittenhouse’s gun with his hand while holding his skateboard in the other.
As Huber tried to grab the gun, Rittenhouse pointed it at his body and fired one round, according to the complaint.
ANTHONY HUBER’S PARENTS FILED LAWSUIT AGAINST KENOSHA
In August of 2021, Karen Bloom and John Huber filed a civil lawsuit against the city and county of Kenosha.
According to a statement released by the family in August, the suit seeks “to hold the City of Kenosha Police Department and the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department responsible for inviting armed militia members to patrol the streets, deputizing and conspiring with them to control peaceful civilians, and creating a dangerous and unsafe environment.”
Following the verdict in Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial, Anthony’s family released another statement.
“Make no mistake: our fight to hold those responsible for Anthony’s death accountable continues in full force,” his parents wrote.
“Neither Mr. Rittenhouse nor the Kenosha police who authorized his bloody rampage will escape justice. Anthony will have his day in court.”
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TikTok has become one of the fastest-growing apps in recent history, crossing over 1 billion active users threshold recently. It was released in 2017 by the Chinese company, ByteDance, which is now valued at $250 billion due to the app’s surge in popularity.
Some of TikTok’s most popular accounts are also enjoying big profits. Smart TikTokers who capitalize on the fact that the average user spends over eight hours every month on the platform can make as much as $5 million per year.
The former U.S. administration wanted to ban TikTok in America out of concerns that the Chinese government could access private user data. To avoid shutting down its business in the country, TikTok is willing to sell the U.S. portion of its business to an American company such as Microsoft, Oracle or Walmart if ByteDance is pressed by the Commerce Department further. In the meantime, there’s money to be made on TikTok. Here’s how.
TikTokers with large followings can make from $200 to $5,000 a month, depending on the size of their following. Those who have do not have over 100,000 followers will not make any money, while those who are over 1 million will make the most. The range of how much TikTokers make will vary due to many factors, including localities and views.
TikTok is all about the 15-second short videos users can create and share. TikTokers who create interesting content, often including dance and music, often get the highest engagement. However, TikTok is more than just a dance and music app — there are accounts that focus on a variety of topics, including personal finance.
TikTok superstars take advantage of their following to get paid to promote other companies and sell their own products. It all depends on your popularity and who your audience is.
Influencer Marketing Hub has an earnings estimator that can roughly calculate how much you can earn on TikTok. According to them, a TikToker can earn between $200 and $20,000 for a branded video. The earnings depend on the number of TikTok followers you have and your engagement rate, meaning how often users interact with your account and like and leave comments on your short videos.
The more followers you have on TikTok, the more you can earn money creating branded clips and sponsored videos. The larger and more active your followers are, the better your chances to hit high-earner status.
There are steps you can take to grow your TikTok follower count. But there’s a caveat — the steps are simple, but the high-earner status doesn’t happen overnight. Growing your TikTok audience takes time, consistency and hard work. Consider these ideas to grow your followers and maximize the money you can make on TikTok:
Decide on what your interests and talents are and what kind of person would like your short videos. There’s a lot of competition on the platform so don’t go too general. You’ll have better chances of growing a following if you focus on a smaller, more specific niche.
Once you know what your niche is, create a profile that resonates with it. Keep your target follower in mind when you’re setting your account up and envision what you should look like from their eyes.
Creating videos that stand out from the crowd is the key to attracting a following. Make sure the videos you’re creating are consistent in style so your following can recognize you. Make your videos interesting to your fan base. A good way is by asking friends or fellow TikTokers to watch and critique your content. Their constructive criticism can give you a different point of view from what you see, or can even point out things you should fix that you may have missed.
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Keep your audience interested by posting videos regularly. It’s up to you to set up a schedule you can work with — just remember to post fresh clips consistently so your profile doesn’t look abandoned. If you’re worried you’ll get too busy to post regularly, consider setting aside a few hours each week to create a batch of short clips you can post later.
An active profile shows advertisers you’re capable of creating videos that trigger a response from your audience. Once you’re regularly posting unique content that’s geared towards your specialized niche, don’t forget to engage your followers. Run contests, ask your viewers to tag friends in the comments and be sure to reply back to any commenters to keep the conversation going.
Applying these steps helps you grow your TikTok followers and shows companies and potential sponsors that your audience is loyal, engaged and the next lucrative customer base. Once you start getting attention from brands, know your value as a TikToker and price your services accordingly. You may be able to develop your TikTok persona from just a hobby to a side hustle to a full-time business.
The most successful accounts on TikTok right now belong to young females. It makes sense when you consider that one-third of the users on the newer social media platform are teens. Here are the seven highest-earning TikTok stars:
Addison Rae Easterling, known as addisonre is one of the earliest TikTokers. She earns $5 million per year posting short dance clips. Addison is a former competitive dancer who has 76.7 million followers and has received almost five billion likes. Addison created her own cosmetic company, called Item Beauty.
Charli D’Amelio is just 16 years old and earned $4 million, ranking her as the second-highest-earning TikToker. Like Addison Rae, Charli was a competitive dancer who found success on the platform with her dance clips. Charli has a whopping 108.6 million followers. She was recently in the Sabra Hummus Superbowl commercial and even has a Dunkin’ drink, the Charli Cold Foam, named after her.
Dixie D’Amelio is Charli’s sister and has 49.1 million followers. She earns $2.9 million per year, which is impressive considering she has less than half the number of followers her sister does. While Charli’s meteoric rise on TikTok was because of dancing, Dixie’s success comes from her singing.
Loren Gray was the most-followed account on the short-video-sharing platform until recently. Gray is a singer who signed with Virgin Records in 2018. Gray has 51.3 million followers and often gets over two million likes per video. Her loyal audience is the reason she earns an estimate of $2.6 per year from sponsorships from Revlon, Burger King and Skechers.
Josh Richards is the only male that makes the list of highest-earning TikTok accounts. Josh posts lipsyncing and dancing shorts for his 24.5 million followers. He earns $1.5 million in sponsorships. Josh is a serial entrepreneur. At just 18 years old, he created an energy drink company called Ani Energy, co-founded Talent X, a talent management agency and is an officer at Triller, a TikTok competitor.
Known for his skills as a dancer and choreographer, his TikTok videos have given way to immense popularity on the platform since his beginnings in 2016. Having partnerships with Bang Energy drinks has contributed to his wealth, among many other sponsorships. Having over 4342 million followers, he became one of the highest earners in 2020 and has one of the 15 most-liked TikTok videos of all time. He is leveraging this popularity over to YouTube, where his content also covers challenge videos, pranks and gaming. He is one of the founders of Shluv House, which stands for “self-love,” where he lives with other social media influencers.
A beatboxer, Spencer X began posting videos on TikTok in early 2019. He had humble beginnings, couch surfing at friends’ homes while making his way through Los Angeles later in 2019. By then, he had gained a following of around 10 million users. Eventually, he gained partnerships with Sony, Uno and Oreo. Since his rise to popularity, he’s no longer needed to couch surf and has developed a popular YouTube channel that has around 2.69 million subscribers. He is now focused on creating his own singles.
Melanie Grafil contributed to the reporting for this article.
This article has been updated on Sep. 28, 2021 to update the number of active users and expand on the TikTok influencer list.
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