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February 2017

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Does Vogue Deserve to be Lambasted for Its Cover?

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There’s a lot of talk about the new Vogue cover, with angry twitter trolls pouncing on it’s faux diversity, coupled with a critique on Ashley Graham’s decision to cover her thigh with her hand instead of proudly displaying her curves. Graham has spoken out, saying that she chose her pose, and the powers that be at Vogue did not demand it.

The new Vogue cover was an attempt to feature women of different backgrounds, races, and sizes, which includes (from left to right), Liu Wen, Ashley Graham, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Imaan Hammam, Adwoa Aboah, and Vittoria Ceretti. Though it’s an admirable effort, many readers also pointed out that everyone featured is light-skinned.

I have a few observations here. First, calling out Ashley Graham’s pose is equivalent to saying, “Why didn’t you show your fat leg?!” The effort to protect her thereby becomes latent, online bullying. Second, Vogue brought this on themselves. If you want to feature diversity, then don’t style all of your models to look exactly the same. They should not all be wearing black turtle necks with polka-dot bottoms so as to suggest that they look alike. It’s a major fail that will inevitably lead to comparison. Diversity celebrates our differences, and this cover strips its models of that. Lastly, I agree that this could have been generally more diverse. Using Ashley Graham doesn’t remove your responsibility to feature more realistic frames. We need to move from the term “plus-size” to actual, real women. The traditional model frame is dated in today’s society, and Vogue isn’t catching up.

Wednesday

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February 2017

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Jane Lynch Hosts the Red Dress Awards: See Pictures

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To honor those who have made key contributions to Heart Health Awareness, the Red Dress Awards entered its 14th year with Jane Lynch as host and some special guests, including a performance from Grammy® Award and Oscar winner Melissa Etheridge, who headlined the event. The Awards featured additional performances from rock all-female string-quartet Bella Electric Strings, and teen singer Carly Rose Sonenclar of The X Factor. Enjoy pictures from the event below. All photos courtesy of Rabbani & Solimene Photography. 

Lena Hall

Tamron Hall

Joy Bauer & Hoda Kotb

Carson Kressley

Jane Lynch

Star Jones

Kym Johnson

Laila Ali

Honda Kotb

Monday

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February 2017

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Melissa McCarthy Impersonates Sean Spicer: And He Reacts

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I can think of many words to describe Melissa McCarthy’s impression of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, such as brilliant, surprising, hilarious, and genius, but Spicer himself used a different, much-loathed word in my vocabulary, calling it, “cute.” Though he attempted to show a sense of humor, it was clear he would “rather be talking about the issues,” instead. My advice for Spicer is that he can talk about the issues AND that SNL parody, because it might be the best in the history of the show.

McCarthy’s surprise appearance was met with an immediate roar from the audience, which she quieted — in character. Her best (and most quoted) line was, “I’d like to begin today by apologizing on behalf of you to me for how you have treated me these last two weeks, and that apology is not accepted.” She also imbibed an inordinate amount of gum as a nod to Spicer’s curious habit in which he revealed that he “swallows two and a half packs of gum by noon” each day, and he “talked to [his] doctor about it,” who said it’s “not a problem.” Watch below.

Friday

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February 2017

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Dear Mariah Carey — “I Don’t” Either

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Remember the day when Mariah Carey claimed to “not know” Jennifer Lopez, and the world pounced? Well perhaps it’s time she does “know” her, considering JLO completely re-branded her image and dresses in a way that actually compliments her body. I realize we live in a world that begs women to empower other women, but I live in a world that begs women to play to their strengths, and strutting around in a barely-there ensemble with her titties spilling out — is NOT Mariah’s strength. The fashion choices are not only aesthetically deplorable, they’re unflattering and thirsty. Furthermore, it doesn’t go with the song at all. This is a heartbreak song, and I’m at a loss as to how stumbling on the top of a car in a garter has anything to do with the lyrics. She can barely stand. This is not empowering, it’s embarrassing. She’s too good for this. She’s too pretty for this. I expect more from Mariah Carey. I’m also so distracted by the awful outfits I can’t even tell you if the song is any good. It might have something to do with trust, which is baffling considering she’s the one who flirted with her dancer during her entire reality show. Perhaps James Packer should be sitting on top of an expensive car waxing on about heartbreak instead.

Friday

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February 2017

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Super Bowl Commercial: Mercedes-Benz Starring Peter Fonda

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The Super Bowl is fast approaching, which means it’s time for those much-anticipated commercials. First up, it’s Mercedes-Benz, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Mercedes-AMG with a nod to the iconic film, Easy Rider. Peter Fonda stars in the spot, channeling his 1960’s role and looking cooler than ever. Check it out below.

Thursday

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February 2017

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Rob Lowe Addresses The Assistant Issue on Jimmy Kimmel

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Rob Lowe landed in some hilarious hot water when his personal ad for an assistant became public, but upon further review, perhaps it’s not quite as bad as we originally thought. Dinner plans, Jacuzzi, lifting 20 pounds, no unfair assumptions, etc. What more could someone want. In fact, below would be my own list if searching for an assistant.
1. Buy me tampons when I run out at the most inconvenient time ever.
2. Go to a specific gas station that exclusively carries my favorite brand of sunflower seeds.
3. Sign for those annoying packages that require someone’s presence.
4. Call the cable company to yell at them for my internet NEVER working.
5. Return all my ridiculous amazon purchases made during a night of insomnia.
6. Entertain all of my irrational fears by saying things like, “Good point” ad nauseam.

Watch Lowe’s interview with Jimmy Kimmel below, and feel free to chime in with ideas for your own imaginary assistant.

Tuesday

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January 2017

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The Good Fight on CBS: Poster, Payment, and Streaming Issues

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There’s no one more excited for the return of a high quality law show than myself. but CBS’ spinoff has a few snags worth mentioning. For starters, the poster. I realize most of these network-related advertorial assignments are farmed out, and I have zero idea who executed this objectionable piece of art, but someone deserves a talking to. The three leading ladies have a come-fuck-me face, along with the words “Get Nasty,” as a tagline. I need not suggest the sexual undertone of “Get Nasty,” and though perhaps it could get a pass due to the #NastyWoman movement a la Hillary Clinton, that is likely an unintentional overlap. These are strong, powerful women, and they deserve more. The trailer below is also peppered with excess sex, and though I would not describe myself as a prude, I certainly would not have led with the lascivious. It’s low-hanging fruit (no pun intended — but speaking of fruit — LET THE MEN GET NAKED FOR ONCE).

My next complaint? What on earth is CBS All Access, do I have to pay for it, and WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR IT? I currently subscribe to Tidal, HBO Go, Xfinity, Amazing Prime Streaming, Sirius, and more. CBS seriously expects me to add to that list, FOR ONE SHOW? If they aren’t aggregating content to offer more than a basic subscription to their only enticing creative endeavor, I will not pay extra, even if it is $5.99 per month. Old CBS programming is not enough. Something has got to give, and it’s not going to be Howard Stern, Beyonce’s Lemonade, or old episodes of Sex and the City. Sorry, CBS. Furthermore, if I were giving advice, I’d have launched this as a free service season one and charged for season two. That is if they believe in their show of course.

Tuesday

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January 2017

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Ed Sheeran Covers British GQ: Read Quotes Now

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Ed Sheeran covered the March issue of British GQ to promote his upcoming album, and the hit singer/songwriter brought out his competitive side. Though I’m not sure it’s the best idea for sweet, nice guy to show his salty side, Sheeran is currently on top of the world. His two new singles are topping the charts, and he shockingly has a cut off Justin Bieber’s record, which was nominated for Album of the Year at this year’s Grammy Awards. Check out some choice quotes below, and head on over to GQ for more. It’s available now for digital download, and it hits newsstands Thursday.

On his biggest competition:

“Adele is the one person who’s sold more records than me in the past ten years. She’s the only person I need to sell more records than. That’s a big f***ing feat because her last album sold 20 million. But if I don’t set her as the benchmark then I’m selling myself short. I’m not in competition [creatively] because we all sit in our own lanes, but once the creative product is out there is a race to the finish line.”

On whether he’s aware of Sheeran-lite copycats on the scene:

“There are a lot of singer-songwriters around now. I’m not the first but there are more than before. I’m very happy for everyone to be in the same race as me, even if they copy every single thing I’ve done. In a 100m sprint to get a No1 album I just know I’m going to win. I don’t care who’s doing what. I just know I’m going to win. I’m going to make sure I come first.”

On why he’s so driven:

“There’s an underdog element to it. Taylor [Swift] was never the popular kid in school. I was never the popular kid in school. Then you get to the point when you become the most popular kid in school – and we both take it a bit too far. She wants to be the biggest female artist in the world and I want to be the biggest male artist in the world. It also comes from always being told that you can’t do something and being like, ‘F*** you. I can.’”

Thursday

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January 2017

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Keke Palmer Addresses Trey Songz Incident With Larry King

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I’ve never felt more satisfied with an interview, and to think that the snippet below is just a short representation of what we’ll see in full on February 1st. In a series of hard-hitting, matter-of-fact questions, Larry King got to the bottom of the Keke Palmer/Trey Songz feud, which erupted on Instagram when the ‘Scream Queens’ star accused the R&B artist of “sexual intimidation,” alleging that he coerced her into appearing in his music video shoot, for which she did not grant permission. Palmer proclaims that she said no to Trey multiple times, further that, “I feel like as a female, often I’m put in situations where sometimes males will use their masculinity, their sexuality, to taunt you […] I hate to say that and make it known, but I ain’t the first person that’s gone through this. People have gone through this all the time.” Tune in to Larry King for the full interview at 11am PST/ 2pm EST on ORA.

Wednesday

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January 2017

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A Tribute to Mary Tyler Moore – On Screen and Off

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As a child who resisted sleep, Mary Tyler Moore on Nick at Nite was my sanctuary. It originally aired just four years after her legendary stint on the ‘Dick Van Dyke Show,’ where she won an Emmy for a performance that began at just 24 years old. Though Moore played a traditional housewife, she insisted on wearing pants, which caused major controversy for its time. According to Moore, she found it unrealistic to do housework in a dress with pearls, and therefore pushed for her cool trademark capris, which released other housewives from their “pantyhose prison.”

When Mary Tyler Moore transitioned to her now iconic leading role, producers were quick to make sure the viewers understood this was an entirely new show, thereby giving her a broken engagement to solidify she did not leave the beloved Dick Van Dyke to pursue a career as a journalist in Minneapolis. She was instead single and ready to build her career. She landed in a newsroom as an Associate Producer beside a stellar cast, including Ed Asner as Lou Grant, Ted Knight as Ted Baxter, Gavin MacLeod as Murray Slaughter, Valerie Harper as Rhoda Morgenstern, and of course — Betty White as Sue Ann Nivens.

To understand the radical impact of ‘Mary Tyler Moore,’ one need not look far. Mary and her best friend Rhoda represented independent, empowered women whose dating life was so secondary to their everyday life, it was almost an afterthought. They did not need a man to feel complete, and they were mostly too good for the men they dated anyhow. That narrative is difficult to find even on today’s television landscape, as most women are window dressers to the man’s more important storyline. The 70’s world in which Mary lived was historically significant for women, given that the pill first became available and more women were earning degrees and working outside the home. Behind the scenes, the show was equally important. Treva Silverman became first female with an executive title on a network sitcom. She won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and Writer of the Year in 1974. This makes sense given the content of the show, and it’s a lesson for writers everywhere. If you’re going to write a strong, powerful woman, it’s probably best to use the voice of another strong, powerful woman when doing it. According to The Atlantic, “In 1973, 25 out of 75 writers on the show were women, which was revolutionary at the time.”

‘Mary Tyler Moore’ is not without criticism in the world of feminism. For starters, she conformed in ways that invited debate. She was the only one to call her boss, “Mr. Grant,” instead of Lou, for example, and she was often sheepish, especially when asking for the raise she deserved. Her inner circle were arguably far more rebellious than she, which allowed the viewer to covet their lovable, somewhat innocent protagonist. But that’s far beside the point. She was carving a path and her trepidation made her one of us. As such, Mary Tyler Moore was one of us, and her death could not be more timely in a world with pussy hats, a women’s march, and constant talk of equal pay in Hollywood. Sex and the City certainly celebrated women, but those women were in search of something that Mary Tyler Moore had already found. She will be missed.

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