The Miley Cyrus National Nightmare of convincing us she’s really hip hop and not the Disney daughter of the “Achy Breaky Heart” guy continues unabated. Between all the twerkin’ videos, bragging about how she gets stoned with Snoop Dogg, and announcing “I’m not a ratchet white girl,” it’s been a busy summer for Hannah Montana. But it looks like she isn’t too pleased with being on the receiving end of a few eyerolls. Maybe instead of lashing out on Twitter, she could do a little reading about cultural appropriation and commodification and stop making a fool of herself. I recommend starting here. [Twitter]
For the last few weeks, the notoriously controversial male feminist Hugo Schwyzer has been off Twitter and Facebook, an absence that was noticed by some, at first, and then everyone who pays attention to these sorts of things when the reasons for his social media disappearance became common knowledge. Schwyzer, who’s made a career denouncing “the myth of male weakness,” had cheated on his wife (his fourth) repeatedly, they had separated, and that, plus the stress of what he calls “takedown culture” online, had led to Schwyzer checking himself into a psychiatric facility. The admitted former drug addict (who once, in the midst of a drug binge, tried to kill himself and his then-girlfriend) explained in a mass email to friends, former colleagues and acquaintances (including myself) that he had become a danger to himself and he was taking time away from the internet to get well and repair his marriage to the mother of his two small children.
Except he didn’t take time away. First, he gave an ill-advised interview to NYMag.com, in which he described his infidelity as “off-brand” (he’s right, in the sense that he has spent the last few years writing about sex, gender, marriage, relationships, etc. from the perspective of a bad boy gone good). That was followed by interviews with LAWeekly.com (in which he confessed to another suicide attempt) and a porn gossip website (regarding the details of one of his affairs, with an online web cam model), not to mention upwards of four additional “goodbye” blog posts on his own website.
For a few days, things were quiet on the Hugo front. Until today, when Schwyzer reactivated his Twitter account and began tweeting, almost non-stop, for an hour. Admitting almost right away that he was in the midst of a manic episode – Schwyzer says he suffers from bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder – Schwyzer said it was time for the truth to come out, that he was a “breathtakingly cocky,” “self-aggrandizing” fraud who “loved the attention” and was “fucking awesome at getting it.” Keep reading »
Over the weekend people checking into Twitter hoping to hear news of Kate Middleton’s labor were instead punished by a truly disturbing image. If you felt a disturbance in the force yesterday, if you heard the sound of screaming all over the world, this is why: Geraldo Rivera posted a nude selfie, sideways, with the caption, “70 is the new 50.” Scores of Twitter users were immediately blinded by the sight of Rivera wearing nothing but rose-tinted glasses (indeed …) and a bath towel tied way too low around his hips. Read more on The Stir…
You guys, this Twitpic Heidi Klum posted yesterday has been confounding me. I keep looking at it and asking myself, But what does it mean? I decided to do some free writing to try to get to the bottom of it all, because clearly, Heidi is trying to tell us something. Keep reading »
Breaking up is hard to do. So maybe that’s why people give so many bad excuses for it. Of course, at some point, we’ve all probably heard or resorted to “It’s not you, it’s me.” And while that sounds like a cop-out, chances are it isthat person. That person just isn’t sure he or she wants to be with you. Well, if you’re getting dumped, he or she is very sure. But that doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you per se. No one likes to hear that though, because people want some kind of concrete reason like, “I hate your underwear.” But that’s usually not the way it goes. The hashtag #WorstBreakUpExcuses has been trending on Twitter all day. Here are 10 of the worst ones. I hope they’re not serious but I wouldn’t be surprised if they were! Read more on The Stir…