Zergnet: Simply Irresistible
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her daughter, Bristol Palin, were in the headlines again this week, railing against Sunday’s episode of “Family Guy” featuring a character with special needs. In the episode “Extra Large Medium,” the elder son, Chris, goes out on a date with Ellen, a mentally handicapped woman who tells him, “My dad’s an accountant and my mom’s the former governor of Alaska” — an obvious reference to Palin’s son, Trig, who has Down syndrome. The Palins, of course, interpreted it as such; both Bristol and Sarah took to the ex-governor’s Facebook page, where Bristol wrote, “If the writers of a particularly pathetic cartoon show thought they were being clever in mocking my brother and my family yesterday, they failed. All they proved is that they’re heartless jerks.” Boom boom pow!
And yet … Andrea Friedman, the 39-year-old actress with Down syndrome who read the voiceover for Ellen on the “Family Guy” episode in question, said peeps needs to chill. In an interview yesterday with The New York Times, Friedman spoke out and said, “It’s not really an insult. I was doing my role, I’m an actor. … I was laughing at it.” She added, “[I turned on the TV and] I saw Sarah Palin with her son Trig. I’m like, ‘I’m not Trig. This is my life.’ I was making fun of Sarah Palin, but not her son.” Keep reading »
In certain couplings, it’s hard to tell who is the crazy one. Is it him? Is it her? With Vienna Girardi of “The Bachelor” and her ex, Brian Lee Smith, most people assumed the latter, just because everyone likes to hate on Vienna. Rumors have circulated that she was still dating Smith when she left to film “The Bachelor,” and that since returning from the show, she’s been following him and his new girlfriend around, harassing them. But RadarOnline.com has uncovered some info that tells another story—that he’s the crazy one. They recently found out that Smith was arrested in October for trespassing at Vienna’s parents’ house and they have the mug shot to prove it. Sources back this up. “They broke up at spring break of last year,” says a friend. “Vienna has not even seen Brian since he was arrested in her front yard.” She just got another degree more believable to me. [RadarOnline.com]
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Because I have the sense of humor of a 13-year-old boy in the throes of puberty, I tend to enjoy fart jokes, penis jokes, and this new website Because we live in a magical world where beautiful things happen daily, you’d better believe that humans “accidentally” put penises, vaginas, boobs, and butts into everything they create … in architecture, advertising, technology, urban planning, and religious paraphernalia for starters. My favorite is the wall which creates little glowing penis-shaped shadows. And not only do humans do it, but nature does it too with fruits, vegetables, trees, clouds. That’s right, God likes penis jokes too! This means it can’t be wrong to enjoy them. It also means that God has an awesome sense of humor, which we already figured out when we had sex for the first time. [Things That Are Doing It] Keep reading »
Only a few weeks left until the Oscars, people. The epic awards show will be going down on March 7, with Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin hosting. Since pretty much the same people won both the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes acting awards, pundits are predicting that the Oscars will be like “Groundhog Day.” But that’s no fun—we want upsets and surprises!
Sadly, over the years, the Academy has proved itself to be fairly predictable. Play a prostitute, win Best Actress. The older you are, the more likely you are to win Best Actor. In honor of the upcoming awards, we thought we’d take a look at some Oscar theories—both at how they’ve played out in the past and how they’ll affect this year’s race. The first theory we’ll dissect: that the Best Actress Oscar always goes to America’s Sweetheart the first time she does a role with an iota of heft. Keep reading »
This is the best response to Vanity Fair‘s all-white cover of Hollywood starlets we’ve seen: some pranksters mocked up a fake cover of “Vanity No Fair,” with — gasp! — women of color sitting in the same outfits and poses as the actresses on Vanity Fair‘s March 2010 issue. Click here to see a larger version.
The Black Eyed Peas have combined “Imma Be” and “Rocking Your Body” into one mega mix video that’s more than 10 minutes long. The band takes on robots in a kind of fun, move to the beat, “District 9″ sorta way. It’s really entertaining, especially since plot-driven videos aren’t as popular as they once were, and Will.i.am even tweeted that this is “the best video the black eyed peas ever made.” So what do you think? [Just Jared] Keep reading »
One film in particular has shaken up the Berlin International Film Festival taking place this week: “Frauenzimmer,” a documentary by 28-year-old filmmaker Saara Aila Waasner which follows three grandmother-aged women who work as prostitutes in Germany. Yes, prostitutes! Christel, 59, boasts of the demand for older women; Paula, 49, runs a bordello; and Karolina, 64, is a dominatrix who works in an S&M studio. Waasner said she wanted to show “the real people behind the job” and how some female sex workers find the job to be empowering, not exploitative. We just have one question: How soon until “Frauenzimmer” — or “Silver Girls” in English — opens in the U.S.? [The Local DE]
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