Though we won’t be getting new episodes of “Orange is the New Black” until the middle of next year, the cast has returned for a bit to wish everyone a Happy Holiday, with this Litchfield Prison-centric version of “The 12 Days of Christmas.”
Almost all of the cast participates–except, tragically, Norma the mute lady. Which is sad, because in real life, actress Annie Golden is an awesome singer who had a brief career as an 80s pop star, and a much longer career as a Broadway actress. In fact, she even originated the role of Squeaky Fromme in Sondheim’s “Assassins!” Maybe they were all just worried she’d steal the show again, like she did in the Christmas pageant in Season One. [Buzzfeed]
Jenna Marbles is one of my greatest pleasures. My thoughts on Jenna Marbles are almost unequivocally positive. I started watching her channel when she posted “Some Idiot/How Sports Bras Work” about Yuksul Aytug’s truly idiotic comments about female Olympians and have watched every single main-channel video since then. Jenna Marbles is basically the highlight of my mid-week.
And I get that she says stuff that doesn’t seem particularly enlightened to leftists and feminists and people who are invested in social justice. She got reamed after making a video called “Things I Don’t Understand About Sluts,” and I totally agree with the objections to that video, but I don’t know. At the same time, I find it tremendously condescending when the feminist movement (as much as that’s a thing) singles out a woman for “internalized misogyny” and decides to tell her what she should be thinking, if she would just enlighten herself and get on their level. The same thing happened this week with Beyoncé’s 2014 retrospective video “Yours and Mine,” because she said that men and women balance each other out, and defined herself as a feminist and humanist in a way that many feminists and humanists believe is naïve (at best, and ignorant at worst). It’s a demand for female public figures to be perfect feminists — as majority feminism would have them be — straight out of the gate, and it gives no slack, leaves no room for growth, and turns women who are powerful, outspoken, self-possessed, and confident away from feminism. Just look at Amanda Palmer, who just last month decried a “radical, violent brand of feminism” that, let’s be honest, a lot of feminists who consider themselves (OK, ourselves) “moderate” have engaged in, in some capacity. Keep reading »
Every year, Jeff Wyanski of Pleated Jeans compiles a video montage of the year’s most misheard music lyrics. For 2014′s roundup, we hear from Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, MKTO, Jason Derulo and a bunch of other artists who clearly had issues enunciating this year. I know this list only includes pop hits, but I really would like to nominate Miranda Lambert’s “Smokin’ and Drinkin’” where I’m CERTAIN she says “It was one of those fires that burned all night and made your coochie smell like smoke.”
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Tomorrow, the final episode of “Serial” will post online and fans of the podcast are on pins and needles waiting to see how the story will end. Well, spoiler alert, but I’m pretty sure Adnan Syed will still be in jail and we’ll all still be pretty unsure as to whether he killed Hae Min Lee. (I am inclined to believe Adnan is innocent, but I would also be utterly unsurprised if he did do it. SO FRUSTRATING.) That’s not to say the episode won’t be interesting or even revelatory — I’m sure host Sarah Koenig has been working round the clock to deliver an episode to remember, driving herself crazy with stress. Kinda like this on point Funny or Die spoof starring Michaela Watkins, who does a great Sarah Koenig, but an even better impression of Cristina Gutierrez’s terribly grating voice. [Funny Or Die]
Rapping comedian Zach Sherwin released a rap about Serial over the show’s theme song yesterday, just in time for the show’s finale on Thursday. (It’s a great idea — the song makes for an awesome beat!) Sherwin addresses most of the conversations that have surrounded the podcast: The exploitation of Hae Min Lee’s death for entertainment, how much more informed host Sarah Koenig has been than the audience and what her strategy has been in releasing the information she has, and the fact that the show has barely touched the issue of race despite the fact that most of the people discussed on the show are people of color from diverse backgrounds. And, of course, the fact that the show is totally engrossing and addictive – goodness knows, listening to it has been one of my white-guilty pleasures for the last three months.
Regarding the note that Sherwin ends on: We really don’t know what’s going to happen during the show on Thursday, and I’m anxious that it’s going to end without a real conclusion. What do you think? Speculate in the comments! [YouTube]
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