The ignorance is real
So, I did not watch the MTV VMAs last night, although I did have a blast following much of the shenanigans on Twitter. One of the biggest issues people had with the show was host Miley Cyrus. I think I expected she would wear… exactly what she wore. And I knew she’d probably, like, show her boobs or something. But I was really surprised about her using the word “mammy” in some apparently not-very-funny skit with Snoop Dogg. Why was I surprised? I dunno… because I’m ridiculous and I expect that, even if it was her idea, MTV would have been like, “Nah. We can’t let you invoke that dangerous racial stereotype, especially while you’re culturally appropriating the hell out of dreadlocks.” But that’s not what happened. Click inside for more.
This is probably not funny [anymore].
So, here’s my thing about Nicki Minaj‘s Anaconda wax figure up at Madame Tussauds. First of all, I agree with Azealia Banks—Nicki is considered by many to be one of the best rappers alive. Anaconda may have been a huge hit, but they could have chosen another pose for her, if say, they’d really thought about her overall impact on rap. My other thing is that gross people are gross. After you’ve seen a bunch of photos online of people putting their hands and tongues all over this wax figure, why would you show up and do the same damn thing? Now wax Nicki is getting bodyguards/bootyguards to keep it from being wax sexually assaulted. Nice work guys! Click inside for more.
Straight outta non-misogynistic terms for women
Hey guys. Soooo remember a while back I got sorta, kinda, hugely pissed off over the casting call for women hoping for a part in the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton? Remember how the women were ranked according to skin tone, with the light-skinned Beyoncé prototypes at the top of the list, and the “Poor, not in good shape. Medium to dark skin tone” women at the bottom. I wasn’t sure then if I was going to be heading into theatres to see this movie, and I’m still not sure, especially with this awesomely misogynistic new quote from Ice Cube. Click inside for more.
"It was a surprise to me ... I wasn't invited"
Jennifer Aniston and her beau Justin Theroux managed to pull off a surprise wedding ceremony here in LA last week and, as you may recall, we heard that Jen invited her Friends friends to celebrate her special day. Today, tho, we learn that Jen didn’t actually invite all of her Friends friends … in fact, she failed to invite any of her male Friends friends to her wedding. People magazine caught up with actors Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing) and Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani) this week and asked them about Jen‘s nuptials last week and learned that neither one was invited to the wedding ceremony (it is not yet known if David Schwimmer [Ross Geller] was invited but I’m pretty sure he didn’t attend) — in spite of the fact that both Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow were invited and did attend the wedding (Courteney, you know, was the Maid of Honor). Both Matthew and Matt had nice things to say about Jen and Justin, even if they were excluded from sharing in their wedding ceremony last week. Awww. More »
"I think this could be my last interview. I can't do it."
I’d planned to write a cheeky little post about how FKA twigs is a god, and all these journalists need to bow down and stop bothering her with trivial questions about her soon-to-be-married life with fiancé Robert Pattinson. I was also thinking of making a comment about how, even though I effs with twigs, she may have picked the wrong guy to be with, if she has issues with being questioned about her personal life. But then I read the opening lines to this E! article and I thought, Nope. She’s totally right. This is ridiculous. We need to stop treating women artists like they can’t exist (as individual, autonomous artists) as soon as they get in a relationship. Click inside for more!
'The Counted' is an important project in tracking police killings
So I had an incredibly odd experience the other day. I was writing a piece for Salon on the process of mourning and the police-related deaths of Sandra Bland and Sam DuBose, and at the end of it I was making a point about how numb we, as a culture, have gotten regarding murder. Mass shootings, murder by cops—there’s some outrage for the very big stories that get publicized and then there’s a certain numbness to it. I referenced the 500 killings by police, using the Guardian’s special project The Counted. Before I submitted the article, I realized I’d made a mistake looking at the wrong link and the number was actually 664. My article went up the next day, and the new number was already something like 670. Now we’re at 674 (and counting). Click inside for more.
Posted under: Sam DuBose, Sandra Bland
BUT KEY & PEELE WAS MY SHIIIIIIIIIIIITTTTTTT!
If you can make it through any of the Key & Peele Liam Neesons sketches without laughing, you are clearly a robot sent to take over our planet, and you must be destroyed. If you don’t see the genius behind Obama Meet & Greet, we cannot be friends. The same is true for Negrotown, Gay Wedding Advice and that one epic, feminist bit Mother Majesty, and countless others. I friggen love this show and this is almost as bad as when Chappelle’s Show disappeared into the abyss. Key & Peele is DUNZO, but it won’t be the last we hear from this dynamic duo. Click inside for more!
Posted under: 'Key & Peele'
"In the case of #curvy, we don't like putting restrictions around a term that..."
This is a story that I simply have not understood, from beginning to end. Here’s why. About a week ago, a dear friend of mine who shall remain nameless introduced me to the Instagram hashtag #EggplantFriday. UM WHAT. I could not believe that it was allowed on Instagram and, in case you were wondering, yes it’s related to penises. Of the eggplant variety. So if actual porn makes its way onto the photo sharing app, why in the world did Instagram ban the hashtag #curvy recently? Representatives claimed it was because of all the “inappropriate content” that came along with it, but that never made a bit of sense to me, nor does this explanation for why they’ve unblocked the word. Click inside for more.
Posted under: Instagram
NO NO THEY ARE TOO PERFECT NO
So, here is the deal guys. I am single. For reals. And although I am kind of psyched to be so, and have high expectations for the next few years of my life I still suffer from that bitter Single Person Syndrome that occasionally takes hold of me. I only say all of that to say, if you’re also single, you might want to avoid the rest of this post, because there’s kind of nothing worse than two disgustingly attractive human beings like Chanel Iman and Jordan Clarkson laying all over each other, being disgustingly attractive together. But if you can handle it, click inside for more.
NO DAYS OFF FOR 6 MONTHS?!
Every once in a while, I get so excited about a movie that I refuse to watch any previews, clips, or trailers. This was basically my approach with Gone Girl, and it yielded powerful results—I had no clue what I was getting into (and it became one of my favorite movie-going experience in a long time), and I’m doing pretty much the same thing with Southpaw. That first image we saw of Jake Gyllenhaal as Billy “The Great” Hope was all I needed to see (along with some of his recent, incredible film performances) to know that Southpaw was probably going to be life-changing. Click inside to find out how he transformed both physically and mentally for this role!