What’s the best way to sell running shoes to women? Nike goes with big butts. (Well, “big” by print advertising standards. You’re not going to see Gabby Sidibe‘s ass in any of these Nike Women ads.) In 2005, the company hawked its lady products with a big juicy booty. Similar to Dove’s Real Beauty campaign, a print advertisement declaring “My butt is big” was pretty groundbreaking at the time. Critics, however, disliked the fact that only a woman’s ass — as opposed to, say, her face — was used in the ad.
Now, five years later, Nike Women is recycling their big butts and, oh joy, the model isn’t just a disembodied bottom. But, personally, I’m not crazy about it. Some of us don’t have an interest in doing “ten thousand lunges” and couldn’t care less about luring “herds of skinny women away from the best deals at clothing sales.” We just rock our big butt for our big butt’s sake!
What do y’all think of Nike Women’s new ad? [Guanabee.com] Keep reading »
An Eva Mendes sex tape? Please let it be true! Mendes’ new flick, “The Other Guys,” is in theaters soon, so the sex tape rumors could just be a PR stunt. (Yeah, we are that jaded.) But in a world where most celebrity sex tapes are of people we would pay money not to see naked (cough John Edwards cough), a video showcasing Miss Mendes’ many charms would be an absolute delight. The tape will allegedly be released tomorrow, so fingers crossed! You know, assuming it’s consensual and all that jazz. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
Don’t worry about Snooki — the girl doesn’t need you to cry her a river because she’s already done that herself. In a mugshot released today after Friday’s arrest for disorderly conduct, her pouf is de-poufed and she’s got mascara streaming down her face. Tragic, I tell you. [7/3010, Seaside Heights, New Jersey] Keep reading »
A few weeks ago, I was privileged to attend a screening of “12th & Delaware,” a new documentary that screened to critical acclaim at Sundance and debuts tonight on HBO at 9 p.m. (EST). The film examines the fight over reproductive rights in the United States though the lens of an abortion clinic and a so-called “crisis pregnancy center,” which are located across the street from one another in Fort Pierce, Florida. The abortion clinic, which is constantly picketed by protesters, operates under high security and the doctor is driven to and from work every day with a blanket over his head. Meanwhile, the Pregnancy Care Center is run by anti-choicers who purposefully named their business to sound like an abortion clinic and purposefully opened up shop near an abortion clinic to confuse women seeking to end a pregnancy. Keep reading »
It may not have come from a masseuse, but Former Vice President Al Gore still got a “happy ending.” On Friday, an Oregon DA’s office cleared him of sexual abuse charges due to “lack of credible evidence.” In June, massage therapist Molly Hagerty claimed that Gore was “a crazed sex poodle” who made “unwanted sexual contact” with her in an upscale Portland hotel room in 2006. At the time, both the vice president and his ex-wife, Tipper Gore, called the charges hogwash. But Portland police have followed through with their investigation and said Friday that a “sustainable criminal case does not exist.” Apparently, Hagerty failed a lie detector test and forensic testing also did not turn up any evidence.
Whew. We’re relieved our Nobel Prize-winning almost-43rd president is still a stand-up guy. [People] Keep reading »
Fresh off his gabfest with the girls last week on “The View,” Sarah Palin is taking a stab at the president’s masculinity. Appearing on “Fox News Sunday” yesterday, she said Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has “the cojones” — Spanish for “balls” — that President Barack Obama “does not have” to deal with illegal immigration. Arizona, as you surely remember, recently passed strict immigration laws which “would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and give the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally,” according to The New York Times. Keep reading »
A chat with Roxana Shirazi is a delight. She’s thoughtful, articulate and you just want to steal that lovely, soft-spoken British accent out of her throat and run off with it. So it’s pretty easy to forget this London-based Iranian author has written the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll memoir about insatiable sex drives, peeing on rock stars, and cunnilingus with groupies.
The Last Living Slut: Born In Iran, Bred Backstage is one of the craziest memoirs I’ve ever read and not just for the stunning narrative arc. Although she writes about childhood growing up in Tehran, Iran, during the Iranian Revolution, and the sexual and physical abuse she suffers from her friends and family, Roxana also gives us a peek into a balls-out, X-rated life most of us couldn’t imagine. Co-published by Neil Strauss, author of The Game, and Anthony Bozza, her book is also about becoming a teenage belly dancer at underground London clubs, then a rock ‘n’ roll scenester who beds her rock star idols — guys from Guns N’ Roses and Buckcherry, to name just a few.
It’s funny. It’s gross. And it’s unlike any memoir I’ve ever read. So I called up the woman who carries around a vibrator in her purse and asked Roxana Shirazi to talk about growing up in a fundamentalist Islamic culture, her abortion, female jealousy, and the meaning of the word “slut.” Keep reading »
It’s been a rough weekend for ol’ Snooki
. Not only was the “Jersey Shore”
star arrested for disorderly conduct on Friday afternoon on a Seaside Heights beach, but she also fell off a parked
bicycle. In a video taken by TMZ just before she was arrested, a slobbering drunk Snooki tries to mount a bicycle but does a face plant on the boardwalk. The emotional rollercoaster took its toll on the young guidette. A witness told The Daily News
that she yelled at arresting police officers, “You can’t tell me what to do‚ I’m Snooki. Do you know who I am? I’m f**king Snooki. You can’t do this to me. I’m f**king Snooki. You guys are going to be sorry for this. Release me!” But throwing a tantrum didn’t work: JWoww tweeted
on Friday afternoon, “Going to bail Snooki out of jail … The things I do for this girl, I swear.”
[NY Daily News]
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“I was completely mental and had just been through so much … I do not want my fans to ever emulate that or be that way. I don’t want my fans to think they have to be that way to be great. It’s in the past. It was a low point, and it led to disaster. … All I will say is I hit rock bottom, and it was enough to send a person over the edge. My mother knew the truth about that day, and she screamed so loud on the other end of the phone, I’ll never forget it. And she said, ‘I’m coming to get you.’ … I cried. I told her I thought my life was over and I have no hope and I’ve worked so hard, and I knew I was good. What would I do now? And she said, ‘I’m gonna let you cry for a few more hours. And then after those few hours are up, you’re gonna stop crying, you’re gonna pick yourself up, you’re gonna go back to New York, and you’re gonna kick some ass.’”
— Lady Gaga is elusive with the details about her past drug use, but tells Vanity Fair that her mother took her to her 82-year-old grandmother’s house in West Virginia to sober up. In the past, Gaga has admitted she did “bags and bags of cocaine.” [Vanity Fair] Keep reading »