Over the weekend the New Orleans Saints cheerleading team, the Saintsations, released their cover of T-Swizzle’s smash hit “22.” It’s an appropriate cover since a quarter of the Saints’ cheerleading roster is, in fact, 22-years-old, and #22 on the Saints’ football roster is Heisman winner Mark Ingram. This clip deserves a deep dive.Read More
Previously on the Bachelorette: Brooks broke his finger, a woman yelled, the looming specter of Disney’s The Lone Ranger loomed, and Dez told an emotional guy that he didn’t have to go home, but he also couldn’t stay near her.
Chris Harrison informs us we’re leaving Southern California for New Jersey in the (what looks like) winter!Read More
Whenever I touch on what I find worrisome about the politicized life—here, here, and here, for example—the most common retort is “So? It’s like, free speech man. I’m allowed to say I disagree with people. Boycotts are just capitalism.” That sort of thing. And it always leaves me shaking my head at how thoroughly they have managed to miss the point.
Look: No one is telling you that you can’t boycott people who vote a way you don’t care for. No one’s telling you it should be illegal for you to say you won’t support someone because they dared disagree with some stance you have decided is really super serial. What I am saying is that engaging in such behavior—politicizing every aspect of your life, allowing politics to determine your every move, and judging everyone you meet online and in person by how stridently they agree with the positions you support—is immensely, horribly destructive to the very fabric of our society. It inspires mistrust, hate, and fear. It tears apart the polity. And a polity torn asunder is a weak one indeed. A house divided, and all that.
I bring the politicized life up yet again because I was flabbergasted to read this little essay by Elizabeth Scalia over at First Things. Here are the first two grafs:Read More
This here blog has had its fair share of fun marveling at the spectacle that is Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Only Beyoncé is self-serious enough to believe raffling off face time with her mother is worth something of value. Only she is so disciplined that she can make hecklers dissipate into thin air and continue the next verse of her song.
So it’s comforting to see that Beyoncé can sustain the same level of grandiosity when she congratulates a close friend and fellow mother.
For Beyoncé, a simple Tweet and text message isn’t enough. She needs to blow up her website with a black and white splash page of Yeezus and the Lion of the Kardashian Chimera.Read More
During its heyday, the seminal MTV documentary “Jersey Shore” had a bad rap for glamorizing the mating rituals of juiceheads and guidettes and introducing into the American lexicon the phrase “smush rooms.” And yet, just as “The Wire” deserved plaudits for its no-holds-barred depiction of Baltimore, “Jersey Shore” revealed the culture of the Shore to the world.
Lost amid the repeated domestic violence between Ronnie and Sammi was the fact that the show’s producers had out-casted “The Apprentice” and “Shark Tank.” “Jersey Shore” assembled the deepest bench of aspiring and talented entrepreneurs ever to answer a duck phone. The show produced a world-famous DJ, a living catchphrase turnt cautionary tale, and the woman the world would come to know as JWoww.Read More
Matt Yglesias wonders why Superman is wasting his time by saving peoples lives instead of submitting to being used as a giant solar power cell, or something:
What we’re talking about, essentially, is the world’s greatest solar power cell. The earth’s yellow sun gives his eyes the ability to boil water, and his arms and legs can exert enormous amounts of force. In other words, he could be rigging up a plan to generate enormous quantities of pollution-free electricity!
Of course, there’s always the chance that Superman doesn’t really want to serve as the world’s power-generating slave:Read More
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While T.I. may be the “Southern Jay-Z,” the rapper from Atlanta who’s been most successful copying Hov’s playbook is Ludacris. Like Shawn Carter, Chris Bridges used a successful rap career to spring into movies and liquor endorsements. If that’s not the American dream, I don’t know what is.
We forget that, before starring in the Fast & Furious franchise, Luda was responsible for engineering some of the greatest hip-hop songs to fight to.Read More
2 Chainz has never been particularly deft at the autobiographical. Even though he titled his smash debut “Based on a T.R.U. Story,” Tauheed Epps prefers to share his affinity for Gucci stores and strippers rather than tell listeners what it was like being called “Tity Boi.”
But newfound fame can affect artists. Chainz unveiled the title of his September 10 release over the weekend at Atlanta’s legendary Birthday Bash concert: “B.O.A.T.S II: Me Time” or “Based On A The Real University Story II: Me Time.” Don’t fret; Chainz’s lines are snappier than his album titles.
The last week alone was chock full of material enough for at least three tracks.
I documented Chainz’s pre-Birthday Bash concert last week in the Bay Area that squared Tity 2 Necklaces against forces inside and outside the law. Controversy swirled as Chainz disputed police reports that he was robbed at gunpoint. The rapper stayed T.R.U. to his talking points until TMZ released video showing how can haul. Having two guns aimed at your face is scientifically proven to increase acceleration away from a violent confrontation.Read More