Halleloo! New York City is still a hot mess, with power outages and flooding affecting millions of people. Amelia is still without power — send positive thoughts to her and Lucca. But the show must go on and that’s why we’re doing What Are We Wearing Today?: Hurricane Sandy Edition. We are all working from home for the foreseeable future, which means we’re dressing a little more casually. Just how casual? Wait until you see Ami’s fuzzy socks, y’all.
The new trailer for “The Carrie Diaries,” starring AnnaSophia Robb as the young Carrie Bradshaw, is out and it’s the fun froth you would expect. You’ve got to hand it to the “Sex & The City” franchise: they sure are dedicated to fantasy! We’re not sure how many suburban girls fresh off the boat from Connecticut get scooped up immediately by the fashion editor at Interview magazine, who sends Carrie free clothes and trots her out to the hottest club. The ’80s fashion is fun, though, and AnnaSophia really has got Sarah Jessica Parker’s facial movements down. Clearly I will be watching this (although I’d never admit it) when it debuts in January.
“Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell” is a show I keep meaning to start watching, especially because of skits like this. Kamau hit the streets to talk to talk about street harassment, asking women how it makes them feel and asking men why they do it. Surprise, surprise, boys: Yelling “Check out that ass!” at a woman just makes you look obnoxious (at best) and mad creepy (at worst). But the some of the men Kamau talked to don’t seem to get it. They think women “really like it.” There’s this one guy who insists that women “really like” being hollered at by strangers. Hmm, maybe he hasn’t considered he’s the one who actually enjoys making women uncomfortable? Oh, obliviousness.
What do you do when you’re forced to stay home from work with bottles of booze and a flickering Internet connection? Make Hurricane Sandy themed memes, of course. I found all these on Tumblr and Facebook.
If you see any great memes floating around, email me at Jessica@TheFrisky.com and I’ll update this gallery with the new ones.
Last week we watched an interesting social experiment on the TV show “What Would You Do?” where actors playing a mom and kids went to a Halloween costume store looking for non-gender-conforming costumes. A little boy begged to be a princess and a little girl begged to be Spiderman, while nosy shoppers (mostly) discouraged the kids and their mom from those costumes. So I was delighted to see an actual real-life mom write a piece for the New York Times this weekend about the time her three-year-old son wanted to be a princess. And interestingly, her concern wasn’t that he wanted to be girly — it was that all the princess junk out there didn’t take into account her son is black.
Doreen Oliver writes that her older son is autistic and struggles to communicate. So if her younger son wants to express himself in any way, even by dressing up like a princess on Halloween, she and her husband will support him. And, she adds, “[I]f it turns out Bug is gay, we’d embrace his identity.” The problem wasn’t that Bug wanted to be a princess, though — it was that “his idea of a princess had blond hair and peach-colored skin” and sure enough all the princess costumes had blonde wigs and pictures of “smiling white women.” Keep reading »