Ahh, the holidays. It’s a time for extreme awkwardness, forced social interaction and perpetual lies regarding the status of your not-very-exciting life. But perhaps the most uncomfortable encounter of all is when your new boyfriend meets your parents for the first time. Will Mom approve? Will Dad make some kind of unnecessary comment about his gun collection? Will your boyfriend fuck it all up by mentioning his band? Before you make the introduction, watch this video to prepare yourself for what everyone will be thinking during the process, and strategize accordingly. [Glamour]
Jenna Marbles is one of my greatest pleasures. My thoughts on Jenna Marbles are almost unequivocally positive. I started watching her channel when she posted “Some Idiot/How Sports Bras Work” about Yuksul Aytug’s truly idiotic comments about female Olympians and have watched every single main-channel video since then. Jenna Marbles is basically the highlight of my mid-week.
And I get that she says stuff that doesn’t seem particularly enlightened to leftists and feminists and people who are invested in social justice. She got reamed after making a video called “Things I Don’t Understand About Sluts,” and I totally agree with the objections to that video, but I don’t know. At the same time, I find it tremendously condescending when the feminist movement (as much as that’s a thing) singles out a woman for “internalized misogyny” and decides to tell her what she should be thinking, if she would just enlighten herself and get on their level. The same thing happened this week with Beyoncé’s 2014 retrospective video “Yours and Mine,” because she said that men and women balance each other out, and defined herself as a feminist and humanist in a way that many feminists and humanists believe is naïve (at best, and ignorant at worst). It’s a demand for female public figures to be perfect feminists — as majority feminism would have them be — straight out of the gate, and it gives no slack, leaves no room for growth, and turns women who are powerful, outspoken, self-possessed, and confident away from feminism. Just look at Amanda Palmer, who just last month decried a “radical, violent brand of feminism” that, let’s be honest, a lot of feminists who consider themselves (OK, ourselves) “moderate” have engaged in, in some capacity. Keep reading »
Caution: Do not try this at home, ladies and gentlemen. (But if you do, please record it and send it to us, because that shit’s bound to be hilarious.)
When Redditor dkbobby‘s family gathered ’round the table to play a harmless game of Jenga, little did they know they’d all witness what I’ve declared as one of the greatest moves in the game’s history. Dkbobby’s sister-in-law decided to try and karate chop the bottom of the block stack, which they obviously needed to record because it’s practically impossible, but what happened next is MIND-BLOWING. We can all hope to be even as half as athletically skilled during our upcoming holiday game nights. No word yet on how this move can be applied to Scattergories. [Happy Place]
Every year, Jeff Wyanski of Pleated Jeans compiles a video montage of the year’s most misheard music lyrics. For 2014′s roundup, we hear from Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, MKTO, Jason Derulo and a bunch of other artists who clearly had issues enunciating this year. I know this list only includes pop hits, but I really would like to nominate Miranda Lambert’s “Smokin’ and Drinkin’” where I’m CERTAIN she says “It was one of those fires that burned all night and made your coochie smell like smoke.”
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Steve Carell guest starred on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” last night, and joined the host’s famous Babershop Quartet “The Ragtime Gals” in singing one of the world’s sexiest songs. The “40-Year-Old Virgin” actor took lead vocals on “Sexual Healing,” while Jimmy and the gals belted out back-up. If you’re not hypnotized by all of the stripes, you’ll see that they actually did a pretty bang up job (do people still say that?)
Marvin Gaye would be so proud.
Every time I go to the gym (which, I confess, has not been in quite some time), I eye this one machine that has a bunch of wires and weights and wonder how the heck it works. I’ve never seen anyone use it, and I refuse to try it because A) I will likely hurt myself and B) I will likely look like an idiot. And then this morning, I saw this video of a man at a Crossfit gym who got … creative with ways to use the gym equipment in which he clearly has no idea how to maneuver. This, my friends, is why you consult a trainer. Not even Carrie Underwood’s amazing new workout line could make this disaster look good. [Daily Picks And Flicks]