Alana? Alana who? MaKenzie is coming back to “Toddlers & Tiaras,” Honey Boo Boo Child! Yay! Her Ni-Ni is gone, but she has a new flipper, a kitten named Prince and so many fans that her name is Tweeting on Twitter. Her ego must be the size of Alana’s mother’s double chin. I look forward to watching more of Mak being herself tonight, i.e. getting jacked on Pixie Sticks and dancing, throwing temper tantrums and verbally abusing her mother. What more could I dream of? Oh, Mack and Alana in one episode.
“It’s more interesting to imagine this conflicted situation here and a strong woman and — you know? But that’s been an image that people have tried to paint of me since the day Barack announced, that I’m some angry black woman. … You know, I just try to be me. And my hope is that over time people get to know me. And they get to judge me for me.”
– First Lady Michelle Obama reacts to portrayals of her as an “angry black woman.” Michelle has been dogged by this stereotype from the beginning of her husband’s campaign when rumors abounded that she ranted about “whitey”; more recently, New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor’s new book, The Obamas, alleges Michelle sparred with her husband’s staff. It is sad in our culture that a woman — who just happens to be black, and may or may not have reasons to be angry (ahem, ahem) — gets dismissively painted with a wide brush as an “angry black woman,” as if she is just behaving the way stereotypes say she is expected her to behave. The new book by MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women In America, is sadly quite timely. [Bossip]
Okay, okay, I know, you’re in love with me. You’re totally obsessed with me. You want to find the key to my heart. If you really want my undying love? Just show up at The Frisky offices with a backpack or child’s wagon full of these little guys and I’ll consider going out on a date with you. No takers? Ugh. Fine then. [YouTube]
I know I’m a few days late to the party, but the other night I saw a rerun of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” where she visited Steven Tyler at his Sunapee, New Hampshire home. The interview was chock full of redonkulous moments — like when he takes Oprah to visit the sacred place where he discovered his spirituality and they listen to the stillness. Or the moment he removes his socks to reveal his severely mangled feet. Yes, he is wearing a toe condom. And yes, he continues to play with it casually, while he answers O’s probing questions. These are just the hazards of being a rock star, I suppose — having feet that look like hooves. But this is nothing. The most incredible moment of incredible moments, is when Steven talks about conceiving his four children. “When we made love we cried — and after that we had a kid,” he says. WHATTTTTT? Did I hear him correctly? Steven believes that tears shed during sex signifies the conception of a baby? Please tell me I misunderstood him. Please. Whatever the hell that crazy coot meant, I think it’s safe to say that Oprah’s baaaccckkk.
You know, sometimes your dad gets gay married late in life, and you definitely are gonna want to be there. This Renault ad — for their stupidly named Twingo car — shows just how you’ll get there. [YouTube]