You’ve seen the UC Berkeley a cappella group’s cover. You’ve seen the little girl doing the iPhone apps cover. Brace yourself for yet another cover of Lady Gaga‘s “Poker Face,” this time by pasty-lookin, camera-shy librarians.
Students and faculty at the University of Washington’s Information School remixed “Poker Face” into a quirky ode to librarianship called “Catalog” and it set my little nerd heart aflutter. Ca-ca-ca-catalog, ca-ca-ca-catalog! [BoingBoing] Keep reading »
Alicia Keys‘ new music video for “Unthinkable (I’m Ready)” addresses the heavy topic of interracial dating throughout the decades. I like the video, actually, because it shows how bigotry doesn’t necessarily disappear with time. But over at Feministing, our friend Courtney M. Martin — who’s also a Frisky contributor — is unimpressed. Martin found the “white dude in a truck and a bunch of angry black men” motif annoying, accusing Keys’ video of “fall[ing] into all of the tired stereotypes of the tragic interracial love story.”
Surely interracial dating is a complicated issue to deal with in a five minute-long music video, but maybe Alicia Keys could have been more original. What do you think? [Feministing] Keep reading »
I love Rihanna‘s song “Te Amo,” but come on, this video is so chee-to-the-Z. (That’s “cheesy,” duh.) Women writhing porn-ily on couches, a huge fireplace, hazy mists on the grounds of a castle? It’s like a supermarket romance novel starring lesbians being acted out on film. What do you think? (FYI, definitely NSFW, unless your boss is a horndog, which mine is.) Keep reading »
My sophomore year of college I had a boyfriend who cared for me more than I cared for him. Devin* was a nice guy who treated me well, but after maybe five months of dating, I broke up with him in the kindest way I could have. It was a clean break for me, but Devin needed — insisted, in fact — to know the details of why I was breaking up with him. If I remember correctly, he said he needed to know why I didn’t love him so he could get over me. But the honest truth is he hadn’t done or said anything wrong. I wasn’t angry at him. There wasn’t another guy. It was painfully simple: I just didn’t like Devin’s personality anymore. Somehow, at his insistence, I must have explained this to him, because eventually he stopped calling.
A year later, Devin published his first novel and gave an interview with a major media outlet and said he wrote the gang rape scene in his book after I had broken up with him. I remember sending him an email about that at the time, but I don’t remember what I said in it. I just know I was freaked out and disgusted. Keep reading »
In fairness to SJP, though, she wore crap on her head long before we ever heard the words “Lady Gaga.” [5/27/10, London] Keep reading »
Caller: Dr. Williams, how the heck are you? My wife just came in and made me lunch after she was mowing the yard.
Walter E. Williams: “Good, good. You have her under control.”
Caller: “Absolutely, absolutely.”
Williams: “I guess you’ve learned a lot from me.”
Caller: “I’ve been listening to you for a long time. She does a lot more chores than she used to, so I appreciate that.”
Williams: “Okay! And I believe in keeping wives under control.”
Caller: “You’re a good man.”
— Radio host Walter E. Williams, who was filling in on The Rush Limbaugh Show and making us vom. [MediaMatters.org] Keep reading »