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]
Follow me on Twitter.
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]
Created by Anna Christopher and Regina Taufen, the web series “Lisa’s Advice” takes a comedic look at female friendship through short clips. The series is “at first a satire about advice-giving, but underneath is really about how women talk to each other and navigate the hilarious yet very real codes of female friendship.” Sounds about right to me! There’s no way you don’t recognize at least a little bit of yourself and your best friend in these two. After the jump, some of Lisa’s best terrible advice! Keep reading »
We have comedy team Just Boobs Sketch to thank for this great parody of the extreme measures women are expected to take to adhere to modern beauty standards. As part of the group’s mission to #EndThighGap, the comedy ladies peddle us a fictional pair of jeans that will widen thigh gaps with the help of a wooden rod, and for only $69.99! Bleak, isn’t? Let’s put the thigh gap trend to rest already! [Cosmopolitan]
A new Lifetime show, “Girlfriend Intervention,” invites a group of black women (or, as the show calls them, “sisters”) to make over a white woman (a “basic”) and help her find her inner “strong black woman.” Yes, this is an actual show! On TV! How this racist mess got past multiple executives and onto the air without even one of them questioning whether it’s obscenely problematic boggles the mind. Stand-up comedian Phoebe Robinson and her friend Jessica Williams from “The Daily Show” decided to replicate “Girlfriend Intervention” on real-life New York City streets, and the results are every bit as amazing as you think.