Searching “vagina” on iTunes for a cheap thrill, basement pervs? You are shit out of luck. iTunes censors the word “vagina” from Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues on its e-book page in the title and throughout the teaser, spelling “vagina” as “v****a.” Strangely, though, iTunes does not blur the word “vagina” from the book’s cover image — hopefully no one sprains a wrist clutching their pearls upon seeing it. Thank you, Apple, for keeping for keeping us safe from such a dirty, bad word! How would my pretty little head have handled it if I wanted to buy a copy of The Vagina Monologues but I had to see the word “vagina” on your website? [iTunes.Apple.com]
It’s been so crazy and fascinating to watch Tavi rise from 11-year-old fashion blogger to the editor of her own magazine, Rookie, and bonafide celebrity. Now she’s working the media circuit to spread the word about Rookie Yearbook One, a new book featuring the best articles, photos, and illustrations from Rookie‘s first year. Stopping by “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” yesterday, Tavi was poised, insightful, and funny as she described her rise in the fashion world, getting her hand stroked by Bjork, and, of course, how she perfected her bitchface technique. The whole interview is great, but the bitchfacing tutorial starts at the 2:45 mark. [Late Night with Jimmy Fallon]
A who’s-who list of indie musicians and artists are contributing to a new e-book of essays published to help raise money for the Pussy Riot legal defense team. Three members of the Russian feminist punk band were sentenced to two years in prison for “hooliganism” last month after they staged a protest inside a church and spoke out publicly against Russian president Vladmir Putin. Yoko Ono, Le Tigre’s JD Samson and Johanna Fateman, Justin Vivian Bond, and others will contribute essays to the $2.99 Pussy Riot! A Punk Prayer For Freedom, which is out September 21. [Gallerist NY]
It’s not big news that ads are photoshopped. But every once in a while I see something that’s so completely ridiculous that I have to wonder if the people involved are for real. You have to understand, from far away, I had no idea who the hell those guys were supposed to be, and it’s a giant billboard — it’s the size of the building. I honestly thought that Michael Chiklis on the right was a Pixar creation.
No, this is in no way the worst case of photoshopping ever. I’m not saying that. You might even be thinking, This isn’t a big deal, I wouldn’t have looked twice. But isn’t that the problem? Why aren’t we looking twice? Why aren’t we surprised by these photoshopped images any more? Why are we accepting this? And I’ve noticed that lately, men seem to finally be getting the same crazy photoshop treatment that women get, though I don’t see this as a victory. All it does is perpetuate this stupid cycle of raising standards by depicting all celebrities so flawless, they look computer generated. (Or worse, when the images become so manipulated, they look like other people. I thought that Kim Cattral on the “Sex and the City 2″ poster was Katherine Heigl.) Keep reading »
I went to a wedding this weekend at a beautiful farm outside of Portland. When it came time to eat, we all took our plates outside to sit at picnic tables under a small grove of trees. The sun was out, a pleasant breeze was blowing, horses were frolicking in an adjacent field, and I spent the whole time hyperventilating as a group of yellow jackets darted around the table and one of them leisurely ate my sandwich.
To answer the obvious question, no, I’m not allergic to bee stings, I’ve just harbored a phobia of bees ever since I was a kid (or maybe ever since I saw “My Girl”?) that, to my chagrin, hasn’t abated in adulthood. Here are four ridiculous things I’ve done as a result of my ridiculous fear of bees… Keep reading »
“I’m doing a duet record and I’m here to ask Honey Boo Boo Child to be my duet partner … She is real, she is lovely, she’s funny … She doesn’t take herself seriously. The whole family doesn’t take themselves seriously. It’s really just good fun. I love anybody who dances to the beat of a different drummer .. She is the queen. She understands what drag is. That’s what pageants are.”
– RuPaul Charles‘ official duet proposal to Alana Thompson aka Honey Boo Boo Child. Wait, my idol RuPaul would like to record a duet with my other idol, Honey Boo Boo? I need to process this bit of information. When the very short list of celebrities that I worship end up in one news headline together, I feel very overwhelmed. Obviously this needs to happen. This must happen. It MUST. Song titles are running though my head: “Glitzy Made Me Do It,” “A Dollar Makes Her Holler,” “Pageant Girl,” “Crown Chaser,” “Jealous of My Flipper,” “Shh! It’s A Wig,” “Don’t Step On My Forklift Foot.” I shall keep you posted. [E! Online]