Because he’s fabulous
I am shocked.
Legendary artist Prince was found dead at his recording studio in Minnesota early on Thursday. He was 57. So far, no further details have emerged.
so so legendary.
Every time I watch this video I do the ugly cry, but I keep repeating it because I’m a masochist.
If you haven’t seen Kelly Clarkson’s live performance of Piece by Piece on American Idol last night, it’s a must see.
If there was any ever doubt that Beyoncé is Queen.
“Formation” (Explicit version)
In what’s sure to be a hot movie for the fall, the official trailer for ‘Gone Girl’ has been released. The movie that’s based on the popular book by Gillian Flynn will hit theaters on October 3rd, 2014.
Well. This isn’t surprising. Singer Chris Brown was arrested and charged with felony assault in fight near W Hotel in DC. The singer and another man (Chris Hollosy) was charged with felony assault after a fight broke out early Sunday near a Washington hotel.
The man they attacked was treated and released at a hospital, and reportedly the charges were due in part to the severity the injuries the victim sustained.
Brown is still currently on probation for the assault of his on and off girlfriend, singer Rihanna.
Someone get this guy some anger-management. And jail time please.
For the past few years, Chris Brown’s image has been that of a womanizer, misogynist, bad boy jerk. And of course that incident with Rihanna, where he beat her up, bruised her face and failed to really act remorseful about the incident is still looming over him, four years later.
In a recent interview featured in the Guardian , we get a taste of Chris Brown’s past and things sort of start to explain themselves. He talks about “losing his virginity” at age 8, which is obviously rape- but it’s sadly apparent that he doesn’t even realize what’s wrong with the incident- in fact he proclaims that it’s better prepared him for a future of sleeping with a lot of women.
He lost his virginity when he was eight years old, to a local girl who was 14 or 15. Seriously? “Yeah, really. Uh-huh.” He grins and chuckles. “It’s different in the country.” Brown grew up with a great gang of boy cousins, and they watched so much porn that he was raring to go. “By that point, we were already kind of like hot to trot, you know what I’m saying? Like, girls, we weren’t afraid to talk to them; I wasn’t afraid. So, at eight, being able to do it, it kind of preps you for the long run, so you can be a beast at it. You can be the best at it.” (Now 24, he doesn’t want to say how many women he’s slept with: “But you know how Prince had a lot of girls back in the day? Prince was, like, the guy. I’m just that, today. But most women won’t have any complaints if they’ve been with me. They can’t really complain. It’s all good.”)
Every single part of that interview response is sadder and sicker than the next. It’s no wonder he appears to be ill-adjusted, violent and acts out. In the interview he talks about his mother often being abused by his step-father and then entering into the music business at the age of 13. I think any psychologist would say he’s probably on par or even done pretty good for a boy who’s had a lost and abusive childhood. I find it disturbing that he speaks to a generation of boys as a celebrity. I really hope his fans and non fans alike can see that being abused at 8 doesn’t make you a “beast” as he called it- or actually maybe it has.. but not in a good way.
Miley Cyrus is featured on the cover of the Rolling Stone, but you don’t even have to be a good guesser to predict it’d be a topless shot with her tongue sticking out.
She even got a pair of classy tattoos on her feet to mark the occasion.
So there’s that.
Oh and she claims she’s going to stop twerking.
In the interview she says:
“People are like, ‘Miley thinks she’s a black girl, but she’s got the flattest a– ever.’ I’m like, ‘I’m 108 pounds!” She then goes on to say, “Now people expect me to come out and twerk with my tongue out all the time. I’ll probably never do that [bleep] again,” she adds, “I wasn’t trying to be sexy. If I was trying to be sexy, I could have been sexy. I can dance a lot better than I was dancing.”
There’s so much to say about the fact that a phallic crotch grab can basically derail the universe. And I’m sort of stewing a bit in processing the swirling of intersecting notions in my head. But I’ll try to break it down a bit.
I think first and foremost Miley at the VMAs was a performance and I’m pretty sure that Miley and MTV are laughing and champagne cheersing all the way to the bank over the hub-bub of basically a regurgitation of every other MTV Video Music Awards “scandalous” show ever.
If you listen to words they will basically tell you all you need to know:
“It’s our party we can do what we want to.”
Here’s what Miley tweeted not that long ago:
So to them it’s a win.
Miley Cyrus belongs to the YOLO generation. Do what you want when you want and don’t GAF about the consequences. You Only Live Once.
So that’s part of it.
The other part is some of the world finds that offensive. and raunchy. and weird. And then there’s this crossover of- is Miley not acting her proper gender or race with her crotch grabs and her twerking and gold teeth and the leaning back and the tongue waggling and sexually aggressive attitude and hints at drug use. Oh, and then there’s the slashing and burning of the caricature of who you thought was Hannah Montana, childhood star.
Miley hasn’t been Hannah for years. Let’s move on.
It’s a bit of the old feminist critique that raunchy can’t be empowering and on the other side being criticized by the propers that she’s too sexy and too suggestive to be a lady. And of course this must be the final straw that sends the next generation to hell in a hand basket. *sarcastic face* And then there’s this double standard that many men- mainly male rappers/performers and even the women around them do the same or worse.
And if you think about it- does one little dance really deserve this much uproar?
There’s this part of me that shudders at the notion that we are tearing her down for being sexy or quirky or not feminine and proper enough. Tearing a young woman to shreds for a costume choice. For performing an act, or a dance on stage that was probably choreographed by whoever and styled by whoever.
It’s also that we feel the need to knock down liberated free or powerful women a notch or two and say that they can’t possibly like being sexy or like acting raunchy; that they are a product of a failed society. Madonna, Salt-N-Pepa, Britney, Gwen Stefani, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, TLC, Rihanna, Lil’ Kim, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera, Kei$ha, Josephine Baker, and yes Miley Cyrus. (I’m forgetting some, I’m sure of it). By the way, I’ll insert here that twerking is not a new phenomenon. You just hadn’t heard about it until now. Black hip-hop culture has been doing it for at least 20 years. African dancers have been doing it for much longer. I also think Miley and many performers are borrowing things from a whole handful of performers of the past. I think things are just too conglomerated right now in entertainment to accuse her of stealing things or stealing cultural acts.
We’ve seen this all before, criticizing women entertainers that is. And every time we have this same conversation.
Many of the feminists (as well as the general public) that are/ will be criticizing Miley say that raunchy women have basically been tricked by society into thinking overtly sexy is powerful. On the other hand, “Lipstick feminists” think that things like stripping and crotch grabbing are empowering. So there’s a disagreement on whether she really did anything wrong.
I lean towards the notion that women deciding who they want to be trumps the criticism that they must’ve been tricked into society to be that way. I also think in part her performance isn’t worth going gaga for days about. This sort of entertainment isn’t for every one. Neither is it geared towards the very young or the very old, so there’s a lot of the wrong demographic criticizing things they were never meant to enjoy. That all being said, I don’t want my daughter acting this way; but then again I don’t let my children watch MTV. Yet. As a parent you set boundaries when needed, so I’m not interested in “this isn’t appropriate for TV” argument, because put your kids to bed and it’s fine.
Sometimes I’m surprised by the continuation of us being shocked by entertainers that are trying to one-up whatever or whoever was talked the most about last. You’d think we’d be used to it by now.
You’d think that after Madonna kissed Britney or Janet showed her boob or Beyoncé gyrated a little too much we’d be over it. But apparently not. Meh.