I simply cannot bring myself to get completely excited about the upcoming season of “The Bachelor” — premiering Jan. 4 — since ABC picked that gigantic robotic bore
, Pilot Jake Pavelka, to be their token stud this time around. However, I am hopeful that Jake’s generic good looks will attract the crazies, i.e., the bachelorettes that are dying to fall in love with him at first sight — since that’s the real reason I watch this garbage in the first place. Check out the promo for the new season above — way to butcher the dude’s last name, BTW. Keep reading »
Let me start off by saying a few things: I’m a feminist; I love Taylor Swift; and I also respect the minds of bloggers Kate Harding of Broadsheet and Amanda Hess of The Sexist.
But I really disagree with both of them, as well as with Sady Doyle on Bitch magazine’s She Pop blog, about Taylor Swift, specifically how detrimental it supposedly is that Swift’s songs “reinforce some not-so-woman-friendly stereotypes in extremely annoying ways,” as Harding wrote.
I know. Heavy stuff for a Monday. Keep reading »
Songs can be dangerous to your health, says a teen panel that has developed a “nutrition facts label” for currently popular songs. The panel worked with the Boston Public Health Commission and judged songs based on “healthy relationship ingredients” like equality, trust, and respect and also “unhealthy relationship ingredients” like possession/obsession, disrespect, and drama. Their conclusions are then displayed in a chart similar to the nutrition facts chart found on food labels. The health commission says these labels help consumers become lyric nutritionists, so they can better identify the themes in a song that will undoubtedly have an impact on their mood and relationships, and then can consume more “healthy relationship ingredients” for a “balanced media diet.”
Both Lady Gaga‘s “Paparazzi” and “Bad Romance” made it into the top 10 list of unhealthy songs, but “Break Up” by Mario featuring Gucci Mane and Sean Garrett, which has themes of manipulation and disrespect, topped the list. [Impact Lab] Keep reading »
Apparently, testosterone has gone down 17 percent in the last 14 years among American men, and one member of the decreasingly masculine population has made a documentary, “An Emasculating Truth,” which asks: “What does it mean to be a man?” Oscar travels around the country, interviewing various people and attempting manly activities (lifting weights at Gold’s Gym on the Jersey Shore, going hunting, etc.) in an attempt to figure out where manliness has gone.
It looks pretty interesting, especially the part where GQ style columnist Glenn O’Brien says men will be eliminated in a thousand years and women will become lesbians and run the show, but we’re not sure if it’s a clever viral marketing campaign from Dockers (the documentary’s website says “Presented by Dockers” at the bottom) or if the khaki-pants-maker simply funded this clever inquiry into why men are spending so much on hair products and wearing too-tight jeans these days. “An Emasculating Truth” will be available to view online later this month. Keep reading »
I had uncomfortable feelings about this “Saturday Night Live”
skit where Kenan Thompson and Blake Lively
make fun of Elin Nordegren
allegedly beating up Tiger Woods
. Ever since the Woods/Nordegren shiz-nit went down over Thanksgiving, I’ve been noodling a blog post about how I’ve heard and read nothing
condemning Nordegren’s what-sounds-a-lot-like domestic violence
against her husband and the fact that he seems to be covering for her. Keep reading »
It’s no secret that we’re a society of tough-love advocates. Simply turn on the TV, and any self-help series has at least one critical, blunt caregiver or role model trying to motivate participants wanting to change for the better. Each week, we can watch Dr. Phil, “The Biggest Loser” trainer Jillian Michaels, Simon Cowell, and countless others offer no-nonsense opinions and advice that often incite anger, frustration, and crying jags before they inspire change. Keep reading »
You’ve survived Black Friday and the post-Thanksgiving work week, but there’s more shopping to do and, because we live in America, we’re lucky that many malls contain this magical relaxation device called a “movie theater.” Sure, not every movie is relaxing, but the act of movie-going and the traditions that go along with it are comforting; the smell of popcorn, the pleather seat giving in to your weight, the first inhale of carbonated sugar water. This week, feel guilty for avoiding your parents over the holidays with “Everybody’s Fine,” feel shame for sleeping with your presumed dead husband’s brother with “Brothers,” or avoid relationships altogether with “Up In The Air.” Keep reading »
Oh, to be a fly on the wall in some beer-drenched frat house full of peeps who don’t understand “30 Rock” is satire. In last night’s episode, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) went for Lasig surgery—that’s an off-brand Lasik—and got her hair did in a ferocious new ‘do, all to look TV-ready for Jack’s new show, “Dealbreakers.” It backfired, of course, and that was even before the high-definition camera. [Hulu] Keep reading »