Something, dare I say, feminist happened over at Fox News yesterday! Anchorwoman Megyn Kelly schooled her guest, jerkface/conservative talk radio host Mike Gallagher, for calling her three months’ maternity leave a “racket” on his radio show. You know, maternity leave — that time a woman takes off work to recuperate after an 8 lb. human being passes through a vagina. Yeah, what a racket that is. At least Megyn Kelly is able to have a sense of humor about with this goon, who is very, very worried that the status quo privileges he enjoys as a white dude are being infringed upon. If a man asked me, seemingly in earnest, “Do men get maternity leave?” — and that’s a direct quote — my jaw would hit the floor. I am not usually a fan of Fox News or Ms. Kelly, but I have to give her a sisterly tip of the hat on this one. (However, the Family and Medical Leave Act guarantees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave, so it’s not exactly something America should be proud of. The United States joins Papua New Guinea and Swaziland in countries that don’t offer paid maternity leave.) [NJ.com] Keep reading »
Tide’s new “Hoodies & Cargo Shorts” commercial is all about a prissy mom’s squeamishness with her daughter’s tomboyish tendencies. But in case you missed the subtext: Pssst! The mom is worried her daughter is a L-E-S-B-I-A-N! The gay blog Queerty thinks Tide might be “lampooning” the Stepford mom’s behavior — and that’s probably a little of it — but this doesn’t read as satire to me. Advertising, as you know, is meant to connect with people by tapping into their deep-seated beliefs and/or fears. Nothing just “happens” in a commercial, including fanning the flames of homophobia. Keep reading »
My strange addiction is that I’m addicted to “My Strange Addiction.” Each week I promise myself it will be my last time writing about it. And then I see a new episode and the cycle starts all over again. The surge of adrenaline, the utter disbelief, the running to my laptop to blog about it. I’m sorry, readers. I promise this will be my last time — at least for a while since the season is over. The pillow addict was a tough act to follow, but TLC has topped itself this week with Cassie, the 26-year-old widow who is addicted to eating … her late husband’s ashes. Keep reading »
Cee Lo Green is such a genius. I am absolutely obsessed with his new video for “Cry Baby,” from the ’50s styling to the amazing guest stars—Jaleel White, aka Steve Urkel, and a girl who looks suspiciously like Laura Winslow. Wow, Jaleel has some pretty hot dance moves and looks kind of sexy in a pair of white plaid pants with Converse. Side note: I really want to know who Cee Lo is singing to here. I have a feeling it’s the same person he was addressing in “F**k You.” She really inspired some great breakup songs. Keep reading »
Back in 2004, I was sent to review a little movie called “Sideways.” It was the story of two 40-something dudes embarking on a wine-tasting trip, one of them hoping for a last fling before he gets married. The Pinot Noir talk in the movie made me roll my eyes, so hard I almost got a headache. I also fell asleep in the middle. I ended up giving the flick a blah review. So imagine my surprise when other reviews started coming in and everyone loved it. It went on to win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. The whole experience left me scratching my head and thinking, Did I miss something?
I’m having the same experience with “Bellflower,” an indie movie that made a big splash at Sundance last spring and that was just released in theaters on Friday. Currently, the movie’s rating on Metascore is 74—very high. Critics from The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times have given it raves. Keep reading »