Over the weekend, the rumor began that MTV was banning Lady Gaga and Beyonce‘s 10-minute epic collaboration video, “Telephone“—which was amusing, ’cause when does MTV actually play videos anyway? This got me thinking—what was the most offensive part of the video? The near nudity in the beginning? The cigarette sunglasses? The lesbian crotch-grabbing? The mass murder? Well, apparently, none of the above. The video isn’t actually banned at all—MTV has been playing it since Friday. “Fans can continue to catch the video as we repeat it on-air and online,” a spokesperson said. Which is good news, I think. Because, honestly, the only truly offensive part of the video to me is all the shameless product placement. Virgin Mobile, Diet Coke, PlentyOfFish.com, Wonderbread, Coors Light, Polaroid—are there any products not endorsed in this thing?
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Call me grandma, but I fondly remember the days when MTV played actual music. When I was 14, I’d stay up late watching “Alternative Nation” and “120 Minutes,” just praying that they’d play “You Outta Know” or “The Sweater Song”—headphones on, of course, so as not to get busted by the parentals. It’s been years since I’ve seen an actual video on the channel, but now it is finally official. With the redesign of the network, MTV has dropped “Music Television” from the bottom of its logo. “The people who watch it today, they don’t refer to MTV as music television. They don’t have that same emotional connection,” explained MTV’s head of marketing. She says the idea had come up before but that “we had never taken the idea upstairs. We thought, ‘No one is ever going to let us do this.’ It’s the one thing we’ve never touched … But it felt like, ‘Why have we been so scared when the channel itself has evolved so much over the years?’” While this does make a lot of sense, it also feels like the end of an era. And honestly, shouldn’t they have cut to the chase and changed it to STV—short for Snooki Television, natch? [LA Times] Keep reading »
Could this be? The “Jersey Shore” guidos headed to “Gossip Girl” country? Snooki, The Situation and the rest of the fist-pumpers have renewed for a second season, but sources say MTV is scouting locations beyond Seaside Heights, New Jersey. The hoity-toity Hamptons — where celebs like P. Diddy and Christie Brinkley have homes — is one place that scouts are checking out, along with Delaware. If there really is a Situation on the East End of Long Island, your camera crews won’t get the up-turned noses that make good reality TV. Fancy pants Blair Waldorf-types have plenty of money to keep the riffraff out — and they’re less likely to start throwing punches! [New York Post] Keep reading »
The cast of the “Jersey Shore” might have made minimum wage working at the surf shop this summer, but they’re holding out for big bucks to star in season two. MTV offered Snooki, Pauly D, The Situation, and the rest of the crew a signing bonus of $10K plus $5K per episode, for a 12-episode season. The cast said fuhgeddaboutit to that low-ball offer, and made it clear that they are playing as a team on this one. MTV has reportedly upped the offer to $10K per episode and told the cast that they have until the end of the day today to sign—anyone without a contract will be replaced. No word yet on what our favorite guidos and guidettes will do, but we think MTV is way out of line on this. They supposedly paid Lauren Conrad $75K per episode of “The Hills,” and threw $63K per episode at her replacement, Kristin Cavallari. Heck, even Audrina makes $35K per episode. And let’s just say California rich girls are way more interchangeable than the genius chemistry between the seven housemates of “Jersey Shore.” [TMZ]
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MTV has aired two episodes of “Teen Mom,” a spinoff of the “16 and Pregnant” series, and Farrah, the only pregnant teen who chose to go it alone, has casually dated two guys in both episodes. She doesn’t want to be a single mother forever, but she’s careful about who she introduces to baby Sophia. Farrah’s mother and sister think her only priority should be her daughter. Her sister even said Farrah was an irresponsible mom for going on a date while Sophia visited her great-grandmother. The mother and sister don’t seem to understand that they’re all on the same page when it comes to the baby. Farrah is going to college, works at a fast food restaurant, and is the dominant caregiver of Sophia. But sometimes a mom, even one who became pregnant when she was in her teens, deserves a break too. If Farrah were a married woman in her 20s, her mom and sister would probably beg her to take some time alone or with her husband. But in reality, Farrah is able to plan a schedule that allows her to take care of all her responsibilities and spend time with her baby, so it shouldn’t be a big deal if she’s able to also fit in a date or two. Keep reading »
Forget everything you ever knew about getting the perfect blow-out. In this video, Pauly D of MTV’s “Jersey Shore
” beauty schools you in how to get the perfect guido blow-out—which includes techniques you’d probably never even fathom trying. His routine, which takes almost a half hour, starts off with a jumbo-sized lump of gel, which he explains might be “a little white, so just rub out the white.” Next comes a spray product, which Pauly explains is a moldah
and a shapuh
(a molder and shaper), which he applies for a full 15 seconds.
Seriously, who decided that it would look cool to make your hair stand straight on end like you stuck your finger in a light socket? [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
Maybe dressing like a guidette isn’t your thing (we’re hoping to God), but you can still show your “Jersey Shore” pride with this line of T-shirts and panties. To recap: one character on the MTV reality show, Mike, cockily refers to himself as “The Situation,” which has something to do with his washboard abs. So when “The Sitch,” as Amelia likes to call him, started working in the local customized tacky T-shirt shop, you knew it would only be a matter of time before his “The Situation”-emblazoned boyshort creation would spawn an entire fashion empire. Well, here you have it. Show your love for Mike by throwing one of these tees over your surgically enhanced breasts (although he’d probably like it better if you weren’t wearing it at all). [MTV] Keep reading »
Oh, look, a plot of MTV’s “Real World” that revolves around something other than hot tub threesomes and body shots! Much to the chagrin of their cranky blogger neighbors
, “The Real World: D.C.” descended upon our nation’s capitol to emote, drink, talk to small African-American children, and figure out their confusing sexuality. Considering the last eight or so seasons have been mind-numbing, barely-watchable garbage, we are thrilled at this new improvement! (Though we kind of want to smack the blonde kid in this clip, as he seems uber-annoying.)
However, keep in mind, whatever integrity points MTV gained (+5) cleaning up its act with “Real World: D.C.,” it lost points with the brain-herpes that will be “Jersey Shore” (-3,000) (airing December 1!!!!). We will be watching both. Keep reading »
this was going to happen: an Italian-American organization in New Jersey
has complained about MTV
‘s newest reality show, “Jersey Shore,”
because of offensive, stereotypical language it uses to describe Italians. In a promo for “Jersey Shore,” the voiceover promises the beach-going partiers will “keep their hair high, their muscles juiced, and their fists pumping all summer long.” Apparently, a reputation as the “hottest, tannest, craziest Guidos” is not something that the group UNICO National
would like to enforce. Keep reading »
Even before she was blond, Lady Gaga
was causing a sensation on MTV. Wanna find out what sets her off? Check out this clip from “Boiling Point” that features pre-Gaga lip service articulated with bonus side ponytail!
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