Last night at the Golden Globe Awards, Margaret Cho played a character named Cho Yun Ja, a movie reporter from North Korea, in a misguided attempt to coast off fumes generated by the publicity machine that surrounded “The Interview”‘s weird half-success. The bit was a little clunky and mostly unfunny. Margaret Cho, a woman of North/South Korean descent, stepped onstage and did what she has been doing for the majority of her career: speaking in a thick Korean accent and poking gentle fun at where she comes from. As Cho Yun Ja she was stoic, stern and weird, dressed in an unflattering military suit and never cracking a smile. It was uncomfortable to watch, it was squirmy. but it was not racist. It was just kind of tired.
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One suspect, 18-year-old Mourad Hamyd, has been taken into custody for the attack on the headquarters of satirical comedy magazine Charlie Hebdo which left 12 people dead on Wednesday. Two other suspects, brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, have yet to be found by French police. Keep reading »
I actually love Christmas music — I agree it’s weird, but it’s my thing — but after three weeks, even I am tiring of “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”And just in time for the holiday, we’ve got some new Christmas tunes to listen to … from Kanye West? Well, sort of. Sketch group Local Business Comedy re-recorded Kanye’s entire Yeezus album, but with holiday-themed lyrics, and put the whole thing up on Soundcloud. The results are ridiculous, bizarrely wonderful and the perfect thing to put on the stereo if your family is just standing around awkwardly making chit chat while the Christmas ham bakes. “We love Kanye and thought it’d be funny if he woke up one day and was like, ‘I am Santa Claus,’” Stephen of LBC told Refinery 29. “Then weeks and weeks of writing and recording and mixing later, we had this album and it’s still cracking us up. We’re just glad other people like it.” [Soundcloud via Refinery 29]
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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Black Friday is fast approaching and bringing with it untold physical and emotional suffering in the name of discounted juicers and Xboxes. Fist fights will break out at Walmart, people will camp outside their local Best Buy days in advance, and, well, the whole fiasco will look something like a horror movie. The folks at Nacho Punch felt the same way, and imagined the scariest shopping day of the year as a terrifying box office thriller. Consumerism: scarier than any ghost! [Neatorama]
An eyeroll-worthy amount of people attempt viral celeb impressions (to mixed results), so when I first came across this video of Lauren O’Brien‘s perfect Hollywood interpretations, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I found was heaven in the form of Ellen DeGeneres, Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Lena Dunham, Angelina Jolie, Mary-Kate and Ashley, and other celebs brought to life by O’Brien. The series started on her Instagram account before making its way to YouTube. O’Brien hopes to make her way to “Saturday Night Live” someday — fingers crossed! [Jezebel]