There’s a Hanes commercial that’s playing before all of my YouTube videos these days that features, in typical underwear-ad fashion, very, very fit women doing silly dances and backward somersaults in their soft-filtered, pastel-and-white bedrooms while not getting dressed (but pretending to be in the process of getting dressed). I don’t know about anyone else, but I find it kind of depressing. The characters in the commercial are singing along and dancing to a song that’s about being brave, taking risks, and embracing the possibility of failure, but they’re doing it alone in the privacy and solitude of their respective homes. So, like, if the idea of “dance like no one’s watching” is the point of the ad, it’s sort of moot, because in the universe of the commercial, no one is watching (except for a confused cat). You have to dance like no one’s watching while people are watching in order for it to be brave or risk-taking. Add to that the fact that they all have super-typical underwear model body types and it’s just a boring, very conventional underwear ad that’s more about promoting an “ideal” body type than about the underwear those bodies are wearing. I look forward to the day when we have an underwear commercial featuring a woman who’s a size 16 doing a silly, spirited dance and backward somersaults in her underwear, because with our beauty standards, that actually would be kind of brave on the part of the brand. Keep reading »
I may be an atheist, when it comes to the existence of god or any “supernatural” phenomena, but I am certainly not an atheist when it comes to presents. YAY PRESENTS. I will gladly accept all of the presents, please and thank you, and I like giving them as well.
My Christmas present to you, dear Frisky readers, is this divine collection of totally amazing Christmas-themed YouTube videos I have carefully curated for you today, with the help of my lovely and talented sister, Gia Pennacchia. Because this is pretty much how we spend quality time together as a family during the holidays. Keep reading »
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 »
So, I binge. I binge a lot. I binge-watch whole series of TV shows to make it bearable to do the dishes, clean, and cook; I binge-listened to This American Life and Snap Judgment to make my last two jobs — editing product photos and chopping fruit — more bearable. I binged my way through Jenna Marbles’ videos in my free time a few years ago. In the last year-and-some, I’ve binged through “Adventure Time,” “Archer,” “Breaking Bad,” “Orange is the New Black,” the first two and a half seasons of “The X-Files,” the first season of “Twin Peaks” (now I have to watch the rest of it), and the first two seasons of “American Horror Story.” I binged on “Game of Thrones,” then I proceeded to binge through the Song of Ice and Fire series, and now I have to wait until the goddamned spring to get more Westeros.
So imagine how happy I am when I find something new to binge on! I recommend all of the above (of course — if they had sucked, I wouldn’t have watched entire series of them). I’m having to get craftier with my bingeing, resorting to new forms of media and some very old relics of my childhood. Here are the four series that I’m bingeing on now or will be bingeing on soon: Keep reading »
The creators of the vegan food blog Thug Kitchen are white and excuse me but I’m completely unsurprised. The Washington Post is saying that it doesn’t matter, and Roxane Gay is bringing up the important point that it speaks volumes that a lot of people heard “thug” and immediately thought “black.” And I get that, and I agree.
But personally, when I first saw the blog, I saw someone writing in a voice that was intentionally “black”-sounding and putting the word “thug” on it. And I thought, I don’t know who this person is, I can’t tell from the way they write who they are or where they come from, but I sure hope that it’s a black individual, because otherwise this is an offensive faux-patois they’re using to be funny, and by so doing, they’re saying that black vernacular is funny. Keep reading »
This parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” from YouTuber LisBug — about the crappy comments on her YT videos — is just what I needed to see. I’ve only just started bothering with YouTube and have gotten nothing but gross comments on my videos. These, for instance, were posted on a video about how to efficiently cut cantaloupe: Keep reading »