Paul Walker’s untimely death last weekend left most of us genuinely shocked and saddened. Some people posted sweet messages on Walker’s Facebook page, others brought flowers to the crash site, but the employees at an LA Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf had a very different reaction: they set out two tip jars labeled with the titles of popular Paul Walker movies, encouraging customers to vote for their favorites with cash. The supremely tacky move was called out by none other than Jason Biggs, who happened to see the jars and tweeted the above photo to the Coffee Bean Twitter account, along with the message, “Umm, am I crazy, or does this seem exploitive [sic] and in poor taste?” The company was appropriately horrified. “This is completely inconsistent with our brand values and the jars have since been removed,” said a Coffee Bean spokesperson. “Our thoughts and condolences remain with the many friends and family of Paul Walker during this difficult time.” [Buzzfeed]
On Monday night at a media industry event, a reporter from Capital New York asked Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles about her magazine and feminism. Coles responded that Cosmo is “deeply feminist,” and covers issues like “equal pay for equal work,” “sensible control for guns,” and “access to contraception and access to abortion, should, God forbid, you need one.”
“There’s nothing more mainstream than equal pay for equal work. I mean, it’s completely obvious that’s what feminism should be for, and for women’s right to choose what happens to their own bodies. It’s unbelievable in 2013 we happen to be talking about this, but the battle over healthcare, the battle for women’s right to choose their own contraception, that ludicrous panel full of old men in Washington ruling what women could and couldn’t do—where is feminism then? Where are all the left-wing academics? Actually, Cosmo has been out there clamoring all along for this.”
Some feminists are not so happy about this, perceiving Coles’ remarks as dismissive of academics in areas like gender studies, race theory, history and others that have had a direct result on feminist advances of the 20th and 21st century. But I’m actually happy that the editor of the most major women’s mag in America didn’t run screaming in the other direction when the F-word came up.
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There are certain things that you miss when you don’t have cable for more than a decade of your life. Like, how the whole “On Demand” thing works. (WHUT? You can watch shows after they’ve aired?!) Until I started curling up with my boyfriend’s Time Warner Cable remote, I had no idea that all “murder porn” as they call it on “South Park” had migrated to its own channel. (Sorry if I’m like, 12 years late with this news, like I said, I didn’t have cable.Please forgive me.) Since I prefer not to use the words “murder” and “porn” in the same sentence, I can more accurately describe the ID lineup as all “true crime” stories ALL THE TIME. Or as the network more eloquently puts it: ” Investigation Discovery gives you insight into true stories that piece together puzzles of human nature.”
You’ve got everything from your “Datelines” and “20/20′s” to your fictionalized, real crime series. The acting is soooo bad, but often the story lines are more believable than TV crime shows (even when they’re ripped from the headlines) because they are REAL. If you’re not already indulging in this fine channel, here are some reasons why you should probably start right away. And let me warn you, you’ll probably get addicted like I did. Keep reading »
When I was a preteen, I made a purse out of an old pair of jeans and thought I was just too cool. Artist Ian Berry took things a big step further, using denim as a medium to make beautiful “paintings.” In a report by the BBC, Berry shows off his art. The designs look almost as if they’re paintings, but are made solely of jeans. Berry has exhibited his work worldwide, and was even commissioned by Giorgio Armani. Mind. Blown. [BBC]
“Game Of Thrones,” “Breaking Bad” & “Homeland”-Inspired Baby Names Are On The Rise — But Where’s Saul?!
Parents have long taken inspiration for their child’s name from pop culture. For the last few years, “Twilight”-inspired names like Bella/Isabella and Edward have been huge, as have names borrowed from famous tots like Mason (Kourtney Kardashian’s son). But the names on the rise this year are mostly inspired by characters on the small screen, specifically grim and violent dramas like “Game of Thrones,” “Breaking Bad” and “Homeland.” Keep reading »
If you are on Twitter and don’t follow @RobDelaney, you need to rethink your life. It’s like going to Italy and not eating pizza, or driving through New Jersey for the first time and not listening to Bruce Springsteen, which I’m pretty sure is illegal. Bruce Springsteen is the King of New Jersey, and Rob Delaney is the King of Twitter.
Delaney is more than a hairy Twitter King in a green speedo, however, and he recently wrote a fantastic book called, Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.
I just finished reading it, and now I want to hug people who look sad, call my mom to tell her I love her, trespass on creepy abandoned property, tickle a kitten, and be a better, funnier person.
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“You’re a virgin?” he breathes. I nod, flushing again. He closes his eyes and looks to be counting to ten. When he opens them again, he’s angry, glaring at me. “Why the fuck didn’t you tell me?”
I don’t know if that’s the scene “Fifty Shades Of Grey” stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are filming, but it is so much more fun to look at photos of them onset and imagine the shitty bits of dialogue coming out of their mouths. Can’t wait for all 90+ minutes to hit theaters! See a few more pics after the jump… [Photos: Fame/Flynet] Keep reading »
Thirty-two years ago today, a legendary pop star was born. It’s Britney Spears‘ birthday, bitches! To celebrate Brit-Brit’s day of birth, we thought it would be prudent to answer a series of very important life questions using only the infinite wisdom of Britney Spears GIFs. Read on to get your shit sorted out by life coach Britney… Keep reading »