Why do we make it so hard for female celebrities to be “likable?” More
There’s something strangely comforting about seeing photos of celebrities, models and other beauty-standard beacons without the protective armor of their makeup, blow-outs and Photoshop. Here I was thinking those crinkle-lines around my mouth when I smile were some sort of … More
You know what the world needs more of? Unflattering pictures of celebrities trying to go about their lives in public spaces. Said no one. More
Well, I suppose Selena Gomez wouldn’t be a former child star without some creepy parent baggage hanging on her back. It only makes sense that as the Spring Breakers actress is attempting to show the world how grown up she is, Selena would open up about her sorta inappropriate father and his habit of using his young daughter to flirt with waitresses at Hooters. More
People magazine published a compendium of former Disney stars, including Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff, and Ashley Tisdale, on their celebrity blog today. Only instead of the typical “where are they now” fodder, they hired Hollywood trainer Harley Pasternak to talk about … More
I made my friend watch the Oscars with me last night , so we could share beer and vegan mashed potatoes during (obviously) and she could help me have opinions on the spectacle. “What’s your biggest takeaway from the 2013 Oscars?” I grilled her afterwards. “That they were brought to us by Klonopin and a lack of inspiration?” she offered. Which is about as good a way as any to sum last night’s ceremonies. More
Quvenzhané Wallis just wants to win an Oscar, give her speech and then go home and eat pizza. Pepperoni pizza. Stop asking her if she feels like a princess.
The English singer-songwriter Dido just came out with a new album, so she’s doing a fair amount of press. And as a female celebrity over 40, she’s getting asked about her age. But instead of spouting platitudes about aging, beauty, and confidence (not that we don’t love those; we do), she answered at least one tabloid with a hilarious story–that also manages to subtly hint at how ridiculous it is that everyone’s focused on her age. More
Country singer Mindy McCready died Sunday in what looks to be a suicide. Police found the 37-year-old dead on the front porch of her Arkansas home with “an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.” More
A few episodes into season two of Girls, most of us have gotten used to seeing Lena Dunham naked. We’ve even managed to stop discussing the size of her thighs and whether or not she’s obese. (Ok, everyone but Howard Stern, but what else would you expect?) But then she went and had TV sex with Patrick Wilson, and the internet collectively regressed to rating Lena Dunham’s looks on a scale of “Patrick Wilson would never screw her IRL” to “Patrick Wilson would screw her IRL.” She’s “not conventionally attractive,” people keenly observe, and Wilson is. So there’s no way that they could ever have sex in real life! And how can we even watch TV that isn’t realistic?! More
The New York Observer‘s Rex Reed is a famous film critic who’s been involved in the industry for decades. And in his review of the new film Identity Thief, he proved that years of experience have granted him the supreme talent of fat-shaming. He creatively called Melissa McCarthy, the talented actress and comedian who’s been recognized for her brilliant work on film and television, “tractor-sized,” a “hippo,” and “a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success,” simultaneously wondering how her “charming, talented, attractive and versatile” co-star, Jason Bateman, got “stuck in so much dreck”–encouraging young writers to remember that if they just put in enough time at their craft, they too could be allowed to publicly bully successful adults with ad hominem attacks. More
David Byrne loves bikes so much, he’s written a book about riding his bicycle all over the world. And he loves biking at home in New York so much, he designed some bike racks to go up around the city. A few went up in Brooklyn (pictured above), but the New York City Design Commission rejected others that were supposed to go up around the city, supposedly for political reasons (according to his personal blog). We’re not sure what their problem with them is, but we just wish they were a little more functional. More
Peruse the right sidebar of Mail Online on any given day and you’ll find a smorgasbord of fat-shaming, gossip-mongering and oohing or booing over celebrity outfits. But today in particular the Mail’s sidebar grabbed me. First it was Miranda Kerr dolled up in some women’s magazine, then January Jones, then Dakota Fanning. One, two, three, throw in a couple of lesser-known Victoria’s Secret models in European fashion spreads, Olivia Wilde dressed like a cancan dancer on the cover of Vanity Fair and an MSNBC news anchor showing off her baby bump and there it is: The whole absurd portrayal of women in fashion and entertainment media summed up in less than a few hundred megapixels.