I’m sure Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Tea Party candidate who is running for president, was thrilled when she heard she’d be on the cover of Newsweek. I am also sure her campaign is freaking out right now over this picture. Could the magazine have possibly found a photo that makes her look more nuts? On the other hand, it’s a perfect illustration of the bigoted, sexist and inane things that come out of her mouth. In this case, the power of imagery is not such a bad thing. [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »
Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel maid who accused the head of the International Monetary Fund of sexual assault two months ago, has finally spoken out. She granted interviews with both Newsweek magazine and ABC News, which aired her interview by Robin Roberts this morning. Keep reading »
The late Princess Diana and the very-much-alive Kate Middleton strut side-by-side on the latest cover of Newsweek. It’s shocking, yes, but it also strikes me as tasteless to play around with the image of a dead person who left behind two children. This Photoshopped cover image appears on a Newsweek double-issue in which editor-in-chief Tina Brown, who published a book about Diana in 2007, opines on what Diana would have been like had she lived to her 50th birthday. (She would have owned an iPhone, got Botox, worn J.Crew, and moved to New York City, Brown imagines.) That is a legitimate enough topic to explore, of course. But Photoshopping Middleton next to her husband’s dead mother in order to sell magazines feels unseemly to me.
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From left to right: Justin Bieber, T-Rex, Sarah Palin, Taylor Lautner, Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, Pauly D, Lindsay Lohan, Kate Gosselin, Unicorn. Don’t worry, kids, giant Michelle Obama will save the day. To see some more amazing pics of the best celebrity dolls of 2010, click here. [Newsweek] Keep reading »
When I heard actor Sean Hayes
was going to host last night’s Tony Awards
, I wondered whether he would address that homophobic Newsweek article
, which claimed that gay actors are incapable of playing straight characters convincingly. Oh, he addressed it. Check out the clip above, in which Hayes plants an extremely
passionate kiss on his “Promises, Promises” co-star Kristin Chenoweth
. Boing! Keep reading »
A recent Newsweek article called “Straight Jacket,” about how gay actors can’t pull off straight roles, is causing mega-nega-buzz on the interwebs. Kristin Chenowith was the first to blast the piece, defending her “Promises, Promises” co-star Sean Hayes, who the article refers to as “the big pink elephant in the room.” Now producer Ryan Murphy and the entire cast of “Glee” are calling for a Newsweek boycott until the publication apologizes for the piece. In it, the writer calls Jonathan Groff (who plays Lea Michele’s new love interest on the show) “your average theater queen.”
This all got me wondering—is Ramin Setoodeh’s article really that offensive or are people just being overly sensitive? Sometimes quotes can be taken out of context. So I sat down for a careful read of “Straight Jacket” and wanted so badly to be able to say that people were getting their panties in a wad about nothing. But seriously, this article is so freaking out of line. Keep reading »