This morning I wrote a piece about Twitter at its worst. The death of Robin Williams was and is a tragedy, and some (certainly not most) of the responses from social media are also a tragic reflection of the worst of our kind, and the worst things our technology has to offer. In light of another tragedy—the murder of Michael Brown an unarmed 18 year-old in Ferguson, Missouri by police—we can see social media at its best. A couple of years ago I interviewed the director of the Occupy Wall Street documentary #whilewewatch, and he spoke about being inspired by social media activism, which developed in direct response to the lack of real (and accurate) news coverage. I had a very similar conversation with Oscar-nominee Jehane Noujaim, who made a film about the Egyptian revolution. This happens every time there is organized protest that the authorities then turn into a “war zone.” Click inside for more. More »
You know. I wanted to have a nice, quiet Sunday afternoon with my family. I wanted to work hard, put my kids to bed early, and watch The Strain and maybe The Leftovers. That’s all I wanted. But, instead, I’m going to be raging for a little while because the casting call for women for the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton is SO EFFING PROBLEMATIC, I can’t even deal. Like, I cannot believe someone wrote this with a straight face in 2014. And people—likely, people of color—approved it and shared it with the world. Click inside for more.
This may be one of my favorite internet stories ever… although nothing can compare to the cry-fest inspired by another Reddit thread earlier this week. Before you see this spreadsheet, let me just say that, at first, I wasn’t sure about how I was going to react to this story. I don’t know if any of you watched the season premiere of the new FX show Married, but I was editing a review on it and was disappointed to see that the series was presenting yet another trope-ish female character, which the writer dubs “The Tired Wife.” You know who she is—she works, takes care of the kids, and never ever wants to have sex ever. The good news is that my writer saw the second episode and told me that her character gets a little more depth, but the bad news is we’ve seen way too much of this archetype and it needs to stop (or at least get some nuance). So I present this story not to promote more of the Women Are Always Tired And Never Horny/Sexual movement, but just to see what you guys think of this sexual dissatisfaction spreadsheet, and much of the relationship advice that the wife is now getting online. Click inside for more!
Ever since we saw that video ofConan O’Brien with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, I’ve been waiting for another one of his hilarious clips to make its way around the interwebs. Enter Conan O’Brien and Dave Franco on Tinder. You guys have to watch this—Conan making a Tinder profile is everything. The Tinder van (because they have a Tinder van) is everything. Peep the video for more!
As you all know, I’m the Assistant TV Editor over at Paste Magazine and I had a really interesting experience one day. One of my writers wrote this great piece on the Simpsons a while back and I’d emailed him to say that he was getting all of these hilarious comments on the article. He told me that he never reads comments, so I e-mailed him back and shares a few of them. I didn’t argue with him on the comments thing because, honestly, that’s an incredibly smart decision for people who write online. Literally, everywhere else that isn’t PITNB the comments can just suck LOL. As Selena Gomez just showed us, people get crazy online and so I was really happy to see this piece from The Atlantic, titled A Positive Example of the Internet Comforting a Grieving Stranger. Get ready for your morning cry. More »
The video above has been leaked online and it purports to be “footage” from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is no such thing … but, nonetheless, it’s damn cool video to watch. I don’t even know how people are able to put together videos like this so quickly but … I’m impressed. If JJ Abrams‘s Star Wars movie turns out even half as good as this fake video, then I think we’ll be in good shape. Enjoy.
Every once in a while the celebrity/pop culture world blesses with some sort of gem that goes on to change our lives for all eternity. I remember when Samuel L. Jackson teamed up with Anne Hathaway for the most amazing Christmas sing-along ever. And then there was that elevator fight seen ’round the world. Today, I come bearing a new gift. Victoria Beckham and Samuel L. Jackson sat next to each other at Wimbledon and the most hilariously awkward Vine was birthed. Click inside for more!
I kid you not… as I type this—between the faint odor of diapers in my house and the clip I just watched—there’s a tiny bit of vomit in my mouth. So, there’s that. And there’s this! E! has a new show called Botched about plastic surgery horror stories (and we know a few celebrities who have them) and the patients who’ve survived them… sort of. This Sunday’s episode will introduce lucky viewers to Renee, who started having health issues six months after getting silicone butt injections—AKA booty shots. Whatever you do, please don’t ever watch the video above… unless you’ve always wanted to know what it looks like when a woman flips her butt implants around. Because that’s what you’re gonna see.
I’m gonna go weep for the state of the universe now. Also, as grody as this is, I’m glad her story exists and that she’s sharing it. Renee admits to not listening to her doctors on many occasions, which is why she ended up with these issues. Peep the video for more?
So, I saw this story on Buzzfeed yesterday and I couldn’t wait to hear everyone’s thoughts on this. There’s a group of girls in Encinitas, California and they go by the name of the Pink Helmet Posse. Yes, they are adorable—and “f–king rad,” as the writer puts it—but she also goes so far as to call them the ‘Baddest Bitches Around‘ in the title. Of course, she’s partly being playful, and being dramatic in that Buzzfeed way, but a lot of people took issue with this way of phrasing or framing the story. I’ll admit, I flinched a bit when I saw the headline, but it didn’t stop me from reading the story (which is a great story). I’m curious to hear what you guys think of this, so click inside for more!
In the short history of selfies, there have been a few pretty neat celebrity selfie photos. The one that immediately comes to mind is the selfie that some girl snapped with Beyoncé while she was performing on stage last year. Today we learn that 14-year old Jack Sugenor may have just snapped the most epic celebrity selfie of all. While she toured Belfast in Northern Ireland yesterday, Queen Elizabeth, II was photographed by young Jack who had the quick wit to snap a selfie with Her Majesty as she walked past him. Briliant. See the photo below. More »