Curbing dangerous binge drinking on a college campus? An admirable goal. Slut-shaming women whose inhibitions melt away when soused? Not so much.
The University of Minnesota debuted a new anti-binge drinking campaign called “The Other Hangover,” which warns students to think about how their reputation will be tarnished if they do stupid things while drunk. It was created by students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications for the 2009 National Student Advertising Competition. It’s an ad campaign blitzkrieg with billboards, coasters, sidewalk clings, magnets, and mirror clings all around the campus. Some of the sentiments on “the social consequences” of drinking: “‘But I was drunk,’ doesn’t repair the friendship” or “Just because you were drunk, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen,” which is innocuous enough. But others are straight-up slut-shaming young adults for being sexual. Keep reading »
Some of the baby shower guests picked up their fetus cupcake decorated with an ultrasound scan and thought, How cute! At 30 weeks you can see his little nose and lips and fingers! Aww… And the rest just thought, Yum … babies. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
As a teenager on “The Osbournes,” Kelly Osbourne was outspoken, opinionated and fat — and really comfortable in her own skin. I remember reading her cover article in winter 2003′s Bust magazine called “Kelly Osbourne: Independent Spirit” and thinking she was pretty awesome. In the years since Kelly’s reality TV show debut, she’s been on drugs, then quit drugs, gained a fiancé, and then lost a fiancé. She competed on “Dancing with the Stars” and now she’s on E!’s “Fashion Police” with Joan Rivers. In the middle of all this, Kelly lost a ton of weight. “I took more hell for being fat than I did for being an absolute raging drug addict,” she told Us Weekly last February. “I will never understand that.”
Kelly and her “new” body were recently on the cover of Shape magazine and she bragged to Us Weekly about how it was an “incredible experience” because “I have never worn a bikini in my life before yesterday.” The Frisky posted about it and yesterday almost 300 people found their way to The Frisky site searching for “kelly osbourne bikini.”
Know who was rolling her eyes at all this? Me. You know who thought I was being too harsh? Amelia. Naturally, we had nothing better to do with our time than to hash it out over IM. Bare your claws, ladies, because it’s time for a catfight! Keep reading »
I am no Biblical scholar. Far from it. But there is one thing I know from the Bible stories that I have read: there weren’t any princesses. Or frilly dresses, tutus or tiaras. Not so in My Princess Bible, a pink-washed Bible storybook for young girls about “God’s special princess.”
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Levi Johnston‘s music video, “After Love,” with wannabe R&B singer Brittani Senser, is finally out and you can watch it exclusively on E! Online. I am so happy that Levi has found his true calling. He should forget about running for mayor of Wasilla — stroking and petting a scantily clad R&B singer is an area in which he truly excels.
The rest of the acting in this music video, not so much. [E! Online] Keep reading »
OK, maybe Nicki Minaj is not the world’s most eloquent speaker. But you don’t have to be Barack Obama to get the point across that suicide is never the answer. At the 2010 BET Awards, Nicki spoke up about the tragic suicide of Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi, who jumped to his death last month after his roommate live-streamed video on the Internet of Tyler hooking up with a man. “I would encourage my gay fans to be fighters, to be brave,” Nicki said. “I could never imagine what they’re going through, but suicide is never the answer. Things always get better. I’m supporting you guys and I love you very, very much. And for the people that don’t love you … (long pause) they need help. They need help.” We hope that more celebs like Nicki, Ellen Degeneres, and columnist Dan Savage speak up and tell gay teens, it only gets better. [Colorlines] Keep reading »
Axe body wash’s ad says you can “scrub the skank away” with something called Snake Peel. (Ew.) I would find this only a little less offensive if Dove sold an equal body wash that advertises it’ll “scrub the douche away” … which, you know, wasn’t actually for literal douching. [Ms. Magazine] Keep reading »
“I’ve been told I’m too forthright with opinions. Well do they want a fierce woman or milquetoast? Should I be me, or should I pretend to be something I think people want? Pretending seems pretty ridiculous to me.”
— Katherine Heigl on her reputation as a difficult actress to work with. She insists she’s just an opinionated woman. Don’t worry, I still love ya, Katie. [New York Times] Keep reading »