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Michael Jackson’s Memorial Exploited Emotions And Wasted Taxpayer Dollars

I’ve already said that I love Michael Jackson’s music and am very sad that he passed away at far too young of an age. I think it’s terribly sad that his children, who have already led such bizarre lives, at least out in public, now have lost their anchor. Which is why it was heartbreaking to see Paris Jackson speak at her father’s televised memorial yesterday, saying (with prompts from the Jackson clan to “speak up, sweetheart, speak up”), “I just want to say ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just wanted to say I love him, so much,” eventually collapsing into her aunt Janet’s arms.

I agree wholeheartedly with Jessica Grose at Double X, who says that while Paris’ emotions seemed genuine and the Jackson family said it was her desire to speak, they should not have allowed her.

I’m all for public grieving, and for Paris to have spoken at a family funeral would have been entirely appropriate and I’m sure cathartic. But having her grieve in front of the entire world felt incredibly exploitative…. To allow this child to put herself out there in this manner just seemed wrong.

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“Dating In The Dark” Wonders If Looks Matter

If my estimates are correct, in three weeks “The Bachelorette” concludes its latest run. What are we going to watch on Monday nights?! Oh don’t worry, ABC knows they have a reality TV dating show void to fill and “Dating In The Dark,” premiering on July 20th at 8 pm, is their latest gimmick. According the ABC.com, “Three single men and three single women move into a house together, and get to know each other and form bonds in total darkness.” The ultimate question — do looks really matter? Um, yes. Which is why they cast realistic, but completely attractive people for this little experiment. In the end, whichever “couples” emerge into the light won’t be disappointed by a schlubby bald guy or a mousy twig with bad teeth at the other end of the hand they’re holding. Still… Keep reading »

Blind Dates And Texting Don’t Mix — Or Do They?

Over at Double X, there’s this truly hilarious essay by Kelly Seal, who explains how she found herself apologizing to someone she was supposed to go on a date with, before they ever met, via text messaging. How and why? Seal and “Doug1968” met online dating and exchanged a few emails before setting up an in-person date. As has become incredibly typical of modern dating rituals, they opted to firm up their plans via text message. That’s when things got tricky. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Whose Baby Did Hayden Kidnap?

It’s 11:07 pm, do you know where “Beth Cooper” is with your child? [NYC, 7/7/09] Keep reading »

“500 Days” Of “Sid & Nancy”

Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon Levitt, stars of the upcoming ZOMG-I-cannot-wait-to-see-it movie “500 Days Of Summer,” filmed a mash up of a scene from their movie with the incredibly, uh, compelling love story of “Sid & Nancy.” Only Zooey plays Sid Vicious, and Joseph plays Nancy Spungen. Awesomeness. (A few NSFW language issues — they bleep out the f-word, but keep s**t. Just so you’re forewarned.) Keep reading »

Michael Jackson Memorial Highlights

If you’re a really great employee like me, you’ve probably been watching the Michael Jackson memorial service all day. It’s actually been pretty amazing, stars telling intimate stories and musicians performing tribute songs. Wait, is that Avril Lavigne? What the hell is going on here? Here’s the latest MJ news, in case you’re missing what’s going down at the Staples Center. Keep reading »

Buy-Bye Man Bangs!

Have you heard? Man bangs are OVER. Chace Crawford, Zac Efron, and Jared Leto have ditched their fringe in recent days and all three look way more handsome as a result. After the jump, six other dudes who should seriously consider a visit with the scissors. [Gatecrasher] Keep reading »

Thoughts From Guys On Our IM: What Was Your Worst Sexual Performance?

Last night, while I was writing my piece on the 7 types of sex that don’t have to count, I IM’d with a guy friend of mine, who said the one sexual experience he doesn’t always count is the one in which he, um, sucked. Which got me thinking of the bad sex I’ve had thanks to the occasional dude who couldn’t get it up and then I realized I’ve never actually asked the fellas on my IM about the worst they’ve ever been in bed. I sought to rectify that immediately. Keep reading »

Worst Celebrity Pick-Up Lines: Warren Beatty Wants Your Panties Down

It’s easy to imagine that Hollywood is one giant orgy, but in reality celebrities have to be careful with their sexcapades since their lives are always on blast. Even though he’s like eleventy, Warren Beatty was once quite the heartthrob and in model Léon Bing’s upcoming memoir “Swans and Pistols” she says that even though Beatty came with his girlfriend Julie Christie, he said to her, “If I wasn’t here with someone, we’d be in the upstairs bathroom right now with the door locked and your panties down.” [NYPost] Eek! Douche chills! Thankfully, the constant pap presence still doesn’t stop leading men from laying on the sleaze, so here are some of our favorite pick-up lines. Keep reading »

Quote Of The Day: Patricia Field Hates A-Line Skirts

“I hate the A-line skirt. It’s like a lampshade. Ugly. Kristin Davis always wanted to wear A-line skirts as she thought it hid her big behind. She has a fabulous figure – she is completely hour glass, and I would say: ‘Kristin, you have a small waist – show off your round ass!’ She would never show it. I wanted to make her into a Bettie Page in ‘Sex and the City,’ but all she wanted were A-line skirts and Ralph Lauren clothes.”

– Patricia Field on what she considers the biggest fashion disaster [Mirror.co.uk] Keep reading »

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