Celebrity gossip is not the place to look for nuance or thoughtfulness. A lot of it is downright sexist. Take, for example, today’s headline on New York Post gossip page’s Page Six column, “Selena Gomez ‘To Blame For Justin Bieber’s Behavior’.”
You’re probably aware that pop stars Gomez and Bieber were, for a time, a couple. They broke up. You’re also probably aware that Bieber has been losing it a little bit lately: arguing with his neighbors, showing up late/canceling concerts, trying to fight paparazzi, running around in gas masks, abandoning his pet monkey.
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Spoiler alert! This post contains spoilers about the movie “Spring Breakers.”
When I heard that Selena Gomez had been cast in a Harmony Korine movie, my brain kind of exploded. Korine is known for his dark, sexualized films (like “Kids,” which made Chloe Sevigny a star), while Gomez is a Disneyfied, baby-faced princess who until recently was dating Justin Bieber. The trailer and promo pics for “Spring Breakers” showed Gomez and her castmates – “High School Musical” alum Vanessa Hudgens, “Pretty Little Liars” star Ashley Benson, and the director’s wife Rachel Korine – wearing bikinis and little else as they drank, smoked, got arrested, and did drugs. Was this movie going to be Gomez’s “Can’t Be Tamed“/”I’m a Slave 4 U” moment?
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During Selena Gomez’s appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman” last night, the topic of Selena’s ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber inevitably came up. Letterman’s Bieber hate is well-documented, and he mentioned the brutal interview last year during which he’d made Bieber cry. As the audience laughed, Gomez paused for a second and then said, “Well then, that makes two of us.” A triumphant fist bump ensued, and a “We Made The Biebs Cry” club was officially formed. Hopefully Selena has put extra security in place today, because the Beliebers are not going to like this. [YouTube via Opposing Views]
Imagine the shitshow it must be to be married to Harmony Korine. I’ve disliked his work (aside from this awesome Proenza Schouler campaign video) since “Gummo,” which I found to be extremely exploitative and revolting. That said, this new Korine work, “Spring Breakers,” is getting fairly good reviews across the board. Assholes like it. Non-assholes like it. I may give it a chance, but like, an “on demand” or “Netflix” chance, not a spend-$14-on-a-ticket chance. Thursday night, Korine and his actor pals gathered at Cinespace for the film’s Los Angeles premiere. But you know what? Considering this is their home turf, most of the actresses — barring Selena Gomez — didn’t really bring their A-game. Disagree with me? Share your thoughts in the comments!
It’s great seeing Selena Gomez break free from the shackles of Bieber and really come into her own. While Sir Biebs continues his bizarre Downward Spiral European Vacation, Gomez is starring in what’s likely to be one of the top movies of the season, the Harmony Korine-directed “Spring Breakers” with her BFF Vanessa Hudgens and — sigh — James Franco. In any case, Selener seems to favor two designers in particular: Dolce & Gabbana and Versace. Take a look at her ten best, and tell us which is your favorite (and send her your post-break up congrats!).
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In case you haven’t already noticed, I am totally on Team Selena. I kind of like the girl — she’s genuinely talented and actually seems refreshingly down-to-earth. Of course, that could all be an act, but who knows? I also think she (or her stylist, for that matter) happens to have great taste: the “Spring Breakers” star (so excited) consistently looks classy and comfortable, whether she’s in high-fashion frocks or a loose, billowing garment like this cutout maxi dress she wore to The Alliance For Children’s Rights’ 21st Annual Dinner. I love this kind of bohemian look (though it isn’t anything I’d ever be able to wear myself — look at her freakin’ abs!), and I’m also pretty impressed that she managed to take this $150 dress from Urban Outfitters and make it look just as luxurious as the $1,500+ gowns she usually wears. What say you?