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Erykah Badu Has Major Beef With The Flaming Lips

Are you familiar with The Flaming Lips? Then maybe you heard about their newest video, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” a collaboration with singer Erykah Badu and her sister Nayrok. The video was leaked to Pitchfork a couple of weeks back, and featured vocals from Erykah, plus images of a naked Nayrok careening through the streets. When it first appeared on the web, it made a big splash — inciting controversy for its blatant nudity — and garnering major publicity for The Flaming Lips.

But a few people weren’t very happy with it — namely Ms. Badu, who claims that the band’s singer Wayne Coyne took advantage of her and misrepresented her image. The video includes imagery of Nayrok splattered with blood, glitter and what looks like semen. And it also features images of a naked Erykah in a tub — images she says Coyne coerced her into doing. Keep reading »

This Girl Needs To Win The Justin Bieber “Girlfriend” Contest

Is Bieber A Daddy?
justin bieber paternity drama
19-year-old Mariah Yeater says she trysted with the pop star. Read More »
Justin's Pap Brawl
The singer lost his cool on a paparazzo outside an L.A. mall. Read More »
Bieber & Mariah Flirt
Mariah Carey Santa outfit photo
Justin Bieber flirted with Mariah Carey in a new Christmas video. Read More »
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Hey, Justin Bieber, you don’t know me, but it’s pretty clear that this girl needs to win your weird little “Girlfriend” contest. You know, the contest where you make “fans” (and this girl) create a heteronormative version of your song”Boyfriend” in the hopes that their versions will appear on your upcoming NBC special. If we had any say, she’d totally win for getting the general tone and message, but we don’t. So instead, we’ll say kudos to her for not being some weird Bieber drone. I hope the Beliebers don’t try to murder her in her sleep! [Reddit]

Separated At Birth: Lana Del Rey And “Moonrise Kingdom” Star Kara Hayward

Lana Bombs "SNL"
Lana Del Rey was overly husky, nasal and out of key on "SNL." Read More »
Lana Spoof
Mario Brothers and Lana del Rey make a funny baby. Watch »
Lana On Vogue UK
Lana Del Rey Snags Vogue UK Cover
The singer lands the coveted March cover. Read More »

Has anyone else noticed how much singer Lana Del Rey and breakout star of “Moonrise Kingdom” Kara Hayward look alike? Kara could practically be Lana’s baby sister or mini me. What do you think? (Below, a comprehensive guide to celebrity look-a-likes.)

Out Friday: Oyster Mag’s All Lady Issue

Vag Magazine
"These skirts need to be more feminist!" Read More »
Vice Mag's Period Spread
Vice magazine brightened up a fashion story with ... period blood. Read More »
LiLo In Love Mag
Lindsay Lohan poses for Terry Richardson photo
Pervy photog Terry Richardson shot Lindsay for LOVE mag. Read More »
Magazine Racism
Psychology Today asked "why are black women less attractive?" Read More »

This Friday, fashion mag Oyster will do a novel thing — they’re launching an all-lady issue. The fun starts with a cover shot by amazing New York photographer Cass Bird featuring ’90s supermodel Shalom Harlow, and continues on the inside with features on Tavi Gevinson; Editor of the New York Times T magazine, Sally Singer; “Girls” creator Lena Dunham; and a column by Slutever blog’s Karley Sciortino. Also featured: illustrator Julie Verhoeven, photographer Alice Spriongs and actress Marisa Berenson, who spoke about her grandmother Elsa Schiaparelli.

It seems sort of funny that a magazine devoted to covering women’s fashion would have to specially devote an issue to “women,” but there you have it. We’ll be picking one up.

You Need “Girls”-Themed Paper Dolls, Yes You Do

Now you can play with Hannah, Marnie and the rest of the gang — even when they’re not actually schlepping across your TV screen. These “Girls”-themed paper dolls come with all the characters’ necessary accoutrements — like Shoshanna’s abortion snacks, Hannah’s diary and Jessa’s pregnancy test. See one more after the jump and the rest at the link! [NYMag.com] Keep reading »

Miss USA Contestant Quits Because Contest Is Rigged — Or Maybe She Doesn’t

Miss USA Cover
Miss USA Call Me Maybe
Watch this: Miss USA contestants cover "Call Me Maybe." Read More »
Miss USA On TF!
rima fakih photo
Everything we've ever written about Miss USA pageants. Read More »
Homeless Miss America
Miss America has housing issues like so many other Americans. Read More »

Yesterday, Sheena Monnin, Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012, resigned from the Miss USA pageant system, claiming she discovered documents that proved that the Miss USA contest — which aired on June 3 — was actually rigged! Quelle horror! According to Monnin, she quit after a fellow contestant spotted a list that announced the top five contestants before the show actually happened. In a post on her Facebook wall, she relayed the story: 

I witnessed another contestant who said she saw the list of the Top 5 BEFORE THE SHOW EVER STARTED proceed to call out in order who the Top 5 were before they were announced on stage. Apparently the morning of June 3rd she saw a folder lying open to a page that said ‘FINAL SHOW Telecast, June 3, 2012′ and she saw the places for Top 5 already filled in. Thinking she was just seeing a rehearsal fake top 5 from a previous day she walked away, then realized that it had without a doubt been labeled as the Final Show Telecast, June 3rd. After the Top 16 were called and we were standing backstage she hesitantly said to me and another contestant that she knew who the Top 5 were. I said ‘who do you think they will be?’ She said that she didn’t ‘think’ she ‘knew’ because she saw the list that morning. She relayed whose names were on the list. Then we agreed to wait and see if that was indeed the Top 5 called that night. After it was indeed the Top 5 I knew the show must be rigged. Keep reading »

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