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 »
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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.
What do you think? Tell us in the comments.
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 »
Do you remember November 1999? No, neither can I. But I do remember that we were all going crazy getting ready for the approach of the year 2000. Sure, that was the end of the millennium, and this is only the end of the decade—but why is no one talking about how we’re about the say goodbye to the good old aughts? Newsweek is on the ball, though. They put together this history of the decade in seven minutes. Take a peep—it’s pretty entertaining. What would you have included that they didn’t? Anything you’d take out? [Newsweek] Keep reading »
If you happened by a newsstand this morning, you no doubt saw the new issue of Newsweek featuring Sarah Palin on the cover. In the pic, Sarah stands in a beauty queen pose wearing a red sweatshirt and short shorts, her legs shiny and her hair perfectly coifed. My first thought looking at it was: Could she have really posed for this? I mean, she did don the red sweatshirt on her book cover. But, nope. Mystery solved. The image came from the August issue of Runner’s World magazine, where she posed for several images in jogging gear—some with Trigg, some without—and gave such deep quotes as, “It doesn’t matter your background, your demographics, your race, your political affiliation, [running is] such a uniting, healthy, fun, awesome activity. It cracks me up going to some running event and seeing some dude who campaigned so hard against me, or a lady who’s been blogging some mean comments about me. But we’re all there together.”
Sarah, of course, is thoroughly nonplussed with the cover. It doesn’t help that the cover line reads, “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Sarah Palin? She’s Bad News For The GOP—And For Everybody Else, Too.” Wonder what she would have said about that on “Oprah” yesterday. Keep reading »
In her Newsweek blog “Confessions of a Skinny Fat Person: Let the Fat Wars Begin,” Kate Dailey reveals her annoying skinny fat mindset about weight and its relationship to health. For those of you that don’t know what a “skinny fat” is, it’s a person who is skinny on the outside and fat on the inside. You know…that person with great genes who looks great in their jeans no matter how many bags of Doritos they eat. Because Kate appears to be skinny (she tells us more than once that her ass looks good), that has somehow qualified her to write about obesity and health for Newsweek. After reading “Lessons From the Fat-O-Sphere,” being introduced to the fat acceptance movement, and discovering that her body fat was 30% (critically high), she felt like a fraud. And the true question finally dawned on her “is it about weight or about health?” Duh. It’s about health. And then she realized how much this country hates fat people. Again…duh. Keep reading »