Whoa dude, my secondhand embarrassment for the brosephs over at controversial nonprofit Invisible Children just went through the roof. A friend showed me this video they made in 2006 (remember, that’s not that long ago when you look at the clothes they’re all wearing) to promote a day of action on behalf of Uganda. It’s … really, truly, mortifyingly bad. There are dance numbers and cheesy special effects. And absolutely everyone is white. [YouTube]
Surprise! You thought “Toddlers & Tiaras” darling Eden Wood had retired, but in fact, she was busy filming her new reality TV show for Logo. “Eden’s World” will follow Eden, her (stage) mother, her publicist and her manager on their quest to make the former beauty queen a super star. As the random dude in the preview says, “Not everyone is Judy Garland, you know?” Oh yes, I am well aware. Eden Wood is certainly no Judy Garland in training. MaKenzie was robbed. An entire series about that little tasmanian devil? I would have watched. Alana, her mother and their endless supply of “go-go juice”? You could have counted me in! Eden Wood. Blech. [NY Mag]
I am of the mind that Mr. Fred Rogers is one of the best human beings that has ever graced this planet. I have fond memories of watching “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” as a child, and consider him partially responsible for my ability to tie my shoes and fondness for old man cardigans. So I’m very, very excited to see the documentary “Mr. Rogers & Me,” directed by Benjamin Wagner, a former MTV producer who was Mr. Rogers’ neighbor for a summer. Mr. Rogers told him to “spread the message” that “deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex.” Following Mr. Rogers’ death in 2003, Wagner and his brother “set out to learn more about the man himself and discover what he meant by ‘deep and simple.’” Check out the trailer above; “Mr. Rogers & Me” has a few upcoming screenings and will be released on DVD on March 20. [Mr. Rogers & Me via Laughing Squid]
A few days ago, NPR’s “Talk Of The Nation” featured a psychologist named Vicky Williamson who specializes in earworms. That might sound like a particularly gnarly kind of parasite, but it’s actually the term for songs and melodies that get stuck in your head. According to Williamson, 90 percent of people experience an earworm at least once a week, and she’s studying the phenomenon in the hopes of better understanding human memory. In the process she’s collecting data on the most common earworms along with potential cures (apparently reciting the British National Anthem will clear your head in no time). I am often plagued by awful commercial jingles, Nickelback choruses, and Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” (yep, my life sucks). How about you guys? What songs always get stuck in your head? [NPR]
This morning Joel McHale visited with Kathie Lee and Hoda in order to promote a brand new episode of “Community” (on tonight at 8 p.m. EST!). He managed to force Hoda to drink a special Guinness and orange juice cocktail. Delicioso!