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Poll: Which Couple Was Your Favorite On “So You Think You Can Dance”?

Don’t forget to watch the finale tonight! According to our poll last week, 42% are rooting for Katee to win, with Joshua (34%), Twitch (16%), and Courtney (8%) coming in second, third, and fourth in your hearts. But how about something more important — which couple really rocked your world, er, the dance floor? Keep reading »

Dancing With The Stars Goes Gay: Lance Should Dance With A Man!

Lance Bass has certainly danced with boys before. Granted those cute N’Sync coordinated moves didn’t require the gents to partner up, but let’s face it, they were still pretty gay. And now that Lance has signed on to show off his skills on Dancing With The Stars, the question is: Will this gay guy be given a male or female partner? Judge Cheryl Burke says, “America isn’t ready for two men dancing.” Really? Did she see Academy Award-winning Brokeback Mountain? Those hunks performed a very impressive horizontal tango. We took a Frisky staff poll and discovered that all of us ladies would appreciate two men with hot bodies, dancing around in tight-fitting clothing, grabbing each other, sweatin’…um, we have to stop thinking about this before the drool fries our hard-drive. Suffice it to say, two dudes dancing together sounds like two-times the hotness! And perhaps finally even a reason for us to watch the darn show in the first place. [TV Guide]
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Project Runway: I Heart Blayne & The Retro Olympics

I give up. I totally have given into Blayne and have decided that he’s as lovable and funny as a puppy that’s just learning how to walk, but occasionally has accidents in your apartment that make you hate him for a couple minutes. Maybe it’s that we both have an addiction to being tan, though I gave up the booth years ago in favor laying out on my roof deck and slathering on bottled self-tanner. (May I recommend, by the way, that Blayne use a bronzer for African-American women in between tanning booth sessions? It’s my secret.) In any case, Blayne is just one of the many Project Runway contestants this season that seems to be competing to coin the show’s next catchphrase rather than to win the title of Top Designer — after all, “fierce hot tranny mess” is worn the hell out, and Blayne’s “holla atcha boy” is desperate to take its place. While we’re not convinced it’s bankable enough, it’s certainly better than Suede’s desire to make his own name — spoken constantly in third person — the next big utterance on reality TV. Amelia does not like Suede, she does not like Suede at all. Keep reading »

Beyonce Is Not L’Oreal’s Beauty Ideal

L’Oreal Paris’ latest Feria ad, featuring spokesperson Beyonce, has been getting some unintended attention in the last couple of days because the company has been accused of digitally lightening the entertainer’s skin and editing her nose to appear pointier. Though L’Oreal denies the accusations, the difference between the ad and the real Beyonce is striking. L’Oreal’s deal with Beyonce in 2006 was part of a growing trend to include black women in ads for beauty products that were traditionally marketed solely to white women. And black women took notice because Beyonce is one of the biggest entertainers of our time. Although she in no way represents a majority of black women, we were excited to see someone that resembled us and to have products, like hair dye, that would work with our hair texture.
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We See Chick Flicks: The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 2

When I went to the theater last night to see the second installment of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, I expected the movie to warm my heart and make me wish I was young again, with a close group of attractive friends. I thought it would be cute. I thought it would be cheesy. I did not think that there would be hot guys taking their shirts off. Keep reading »

Is Internet Fame All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

Wired.com recently created an algorithm widget-thingamajig called Celebrity Meter, which will tell you exactly how internet famous you are by tallying the number of webpages linking to you and how many friends you have on various social networks. But before you go running off to calculate whether you’re famous enough to need an alias the next time you make dinner reservations or a bodyguard when you go out in public, think about what it actually means to be internet famous. Will designers start clamoring to dress you? Will the tabloids start seeing a ‘baby bump’ every time you indulge in a burger? And will John McCain spoof you in his next campaign ad? Just how different is internet fame from real life fame? To get a better idea, let’s compare two archetypes: Julia Allison, who’s internet famous (and WIRED Magazine’s covergirl this month), and Jessica Simpson who’s real life famous. Both women are in their late 20’s, both admittedly love the limelight and all things girlie, and both are interested in promoting themselves as brands. So how do they stack up against one another? Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: The Making Of Paris Hilton’s Video, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” And Sex On TV

  • Go behind the scenes of Paris Hilton’s political ad parody — she contributed lines to it and taped it in just four takes, without a teleprompter! [CNN]
  • Robert Hazard, the songwriter who penned “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” has died. Watch Cyndi Lauper’s classic video in his memory. [AP via CNN]
  • Kids are three times more likely to hear about sex with pets, corpses, or someone else’s wife than see a happily married couple on prime-time TV. [WashingtonPost.com]
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    Quickies!: Marijuana Smokers Have Risky Sex

  • Researchers at Emory University found that black girls who are marijuana smokers engage in riskier sex and have a higher rate of STDs. [EurekAlert!]
  • Sneak a peek at Down the Rabbit Hole, photographer Justin Monroe’s take on Alice and other fantasy figures featuring Amanda Lepore, Janice Dickinson, and porn star Eric Rhodes. Potentially NSFW! [Popbytes]
  • Tug-O-War and rope climbing were once Olympic sports, but aren’t the weirdest, er, activities to test Olympiads. [Asylum]
  • These WWII pin-up girl recreations with live models seem rather cheesy. [Asylum]
  • What happens when your best friend(s) hate your boyfriend? [Tango]
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    Friendship Groups Work In Films But Not In Reality

    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was released in theaters today, and this time around the women have been apart all year, but their summer plans will keep them separated. According to the film’s website, “Now it will take more than a hurried note…or even a treasured pair of pants passed back and forth among them to keep their lives connected.” But this got me thinking…Do friendship groups like The Sisterhood and Sex and the City, in which all the friends get along and are connected equally, exist in reality? In my experience, the answer is a resounding, “No.” Keep reading »

    Top Ten Songs With Sexually Suggestive Food Metaphors

    This is by no means the end all, be all list of sexually-charged food metaphors in popular music, but it is a list of our favorites. Please add any others you can think of in the comments! So, anyone hungry for, say, some hot peas and butter?

    10. “B-Boy, where the f**k you at?/I been looking for your ass since a quarter past/Hot peas and butter, baby, come and get your supper/Before I make you suffer/That’s when you had enough/Can I get hot when you hit the jackpot?/Surely I can, if you the man/I get loose and produce large amounts of juice.” – “Keep On Keepin’ On”, MC Lyte
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