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The Emotional Life Cycle Of Playing The Lottery (In GIFs)

The Emotional Life Cycle Of Playing The Lottery (In GIFs)

Guess what? I didn’t win the New York Lotto AGAIN. For some reason, my family is fascinated with the Lotto. Not Vegas style gambling, just your average convenience store lottery. Since my early childhood, I remember them purchasing tickets but never winning anything significant. As an adult, I find myself getting sucked in.  I know the chances of winning are less than slim, but whenever I attempt to resist, someone says, “You’ve got to be in it to win it.”

If you have ever purchased a Mega Millions, Powerball, Sweet Millions, or state Lotto, you have experienced the following. Keep reading »

“Broad City”‘s Ilana Glazer Celebrated 420 With This Weird Video Tribute To Love, Sexiness & Bubble Wrap

"Broad City"'s Ilana Glazer Celebrated 4/20 With This Weird Video Tribute To Love, Sexiness & Bubble Wrap
Watch "Sex: A Journey Of Love"!

God, my love for Ilana Glazer of “Broad City” knows no bounds. The show’s resident pothead celebrated 420 yesterday with a very special episode of her web series, Chronic Gamer Girl (in which she usually plays videogames stoned),  entitled “Sex: A Journey Of Love.” Her cute pup Lincoln makes an appearance, there’s some rolling around in bubble wrap, and Ilana delivers an inspiring speech imploring the viewer to recognize their sexiness. It makes no sense (unless you’re high, duh). [NYMag.com]

When Did Peggy Olson Become “Mad Men”‘s Resident A-Hole?

When Did Peggy Olson Become "Mad Men"'s Resident A-Hole?
Seriously Peggy, STFU!

Sigh. Well, I suppose in some ways, it was bound to happen. At the end of “Mad Men”‘s last season, Peggy Olson took a seat in Don Draper’s recently vacated chair (him having been given a leave of absence), gazing upon her new office in a pose that recalled his from season one. The implication was that Peggy was the new Don, but it wasn’t until last night’s episode that we realized just how much Peggy had come to resemble her mentor, i.e. a miserable asshole. In the episode, Peggy’s assistant Shirley receives flowers from her fiance on Valentine’s Day, which Peggy assumes are for her. Peggy stomps around and flounces like a petulant child the entire episode, alternating between “generously” offering the flowers to Shirley (not realizing they were hers in the first place) and then demanding she throw them away. When Joyce finally tells her that the flowers were never hers, Peggy’s  behavior only worsened, resulting in Shirley’s transfer to another desk. (In the same episode, another Black female assistant, Dawn, also had her job impacted by a white partner’s temper tantrum.) Some might say this was really out of character for Peggy, but I think we were just given a glimpse of Peggy at her worst, having achieved all that she thought she wanted but happiness. Hopefully, because Peggy isn’t as fucked up as Don, this will be a wakeup call rather than a foreshadowing of more to come. Check out a clip above!

The Soapbox: “Game of Thrones,” Thanks for Employing Porn Stars

The Soapbox: "Game of Thrones," Thanks for Employing Porn Stars

I’m just going to say it upfront: I’m a massive fan of “Game of Thrones.”

I know it’s problematic, controversial around its portrayals of women, and arguably more violent on screen than required (see last night’s rape scene for an example). And I know there’s been plenty of excellent critiques arguing that “Game of Thrones” is feminist, or isn’t feminist, or asking if it matters whether it’s feminist or not. I’ve appreciated the commentary on racism and “GoT,” as well as in fantasy in general. Through this I have learned a great deal on how to be a fan of problematic media while still maintaining a critique; there are certain ways where the book and the show differ that make the show more sexist, and in other ways less sexist, than the original material. I’m glad, actually, because if I never engaged in anything I found critique-worthy I think I’d self-destruct! Keep reading »

“Game Of Thrones” Turned A Consensual Sex Scene Into A Rape Scene And Ruined Everything

"Game Of Thrones" Turned A Consensual Sex Scene Into A Rape Scene And Ruined Everything
"Game Of Thrones" FAIL

Fair warning: SPOILERS AHEAD.

Goddammit, I am so pissed off. On last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” a climactic and much-anticipated consensual sex scene between incestuous brother-sister duo Jaime and Cersei Lannister was twisted into a violent rape scene for seemingly no reason at all, ruining the sexual tension some of us pervs enjoyed between the two and potentially screwing up the narrative for future episodes. And, to add insult to injury, both the episode’s director and the actor who plays Jaime are defending the scene as if it wasn’t a gross departure from George R. R. Martin’s original text, and are arguing that the rape was actually consensual. For the love of the Lord of Light, WHY? Keep reading »

Frisky Reader Revealed: Yes We Can With Billieanne!

Hands down, the best thing about working at The Frisky is our amazing readers. We so heart all of your witty, thoughtful, and informative comments — heck, we even appreciate the mean ones. Sometimes, we can’t help but wonder about the faces behind the avatars. So we decided to bring back our regular column where we learn all about a Frisky reader. After the jump, meet Billieanne!

(And if you’re interested in being featured as a Reader Revealed, shoot me an email with “Reader Revealed” in the subject line!) Keep reading »

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Watch “Fargo,” Check Out Bodega Bamz & Make Butternut Squash Carbonara

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Watch "Fargo," Check Out Bodega Bamz & Make Butternut Squash Carbonara

Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend! 
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Peeps Dressed Like Miley Cyrus Is An Easter Present From Us To You

peeps miley cyrus

Sometimes when other people have too much time on their hands, it is for our gain. Example: Peeps dressed like Miley Cyrus. Peep-Miley from her “Wrecking Ball” video and many others were entries in The Washington Post‘s annual Peeps diorama contest, all of which you can see online. When Easter dinner gets awkward, fire up the laptop for a slideshow that will be entertaining to one and all. [Washington Post]

The Daily Squee: Baby Gorilla’s First Easter Egg Hunt

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gorilla easter egg hunt
Found It!

The Easter Bunny came early this year to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden for the annual gorilla egg hunt, the first for gorilla baby Gladys. The one-year-old baby made national headlines last year when she was rejected by her biological mother at zoo in Texas; she is now being raised by a surrogate gorilla mommy in Ohio, with whom she did the Easter egg hunt. It looks like the baskets were popular as hats. Silly gorilla, that’s not what you do with an Easter basket. [YouTube]

“Let It Go(T)” Is The “Frozen”/”Game Of Thrones” Mashup You Didn’t Know You Needed

"Game Of Thrones! Games Of Thrones!"

I have yet to see “Frozen,” but that damn “Let It Go” song is inescapable. I was on the verge of totally hating it, but then I saw this “Game of Thrones”/”Frozen” mashup, with lyrics like ”Who’s the hero on this show? / Tyrion? That new guy? Even book readers don’t know,” and I had a new appreciation. I wonder if the same approach would work with another song I’m sick of like, say, a “Happy”/”Hannibal” mashup? Hmm. [Rolling Stone]

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