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 »
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]
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.)
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.
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 »
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 »