The Kardashians might be the only reality television family that become MORE authentic in the spotlight. If you watch season one of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, you’ll notice a very fame-hungry family, but as time marches on, they seem to be settled in what’s become a platform to promote their brand. And speaking of brands, hearing that Tristan Thompson cheated on Khloe Kardashian just days before giving birth, certainly didn’t help promote a family unit. But leave it to Kim Kardashian to beautifully summarize the debacle, by simply saying, “It’s so f*cked up.” Watch below.
Another Eddie Redmayne baby entered the world. OK Magazine
Tommy Lee and his son’s brawl rages on. TMZ
Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian have issued a temporary cease fire. Wonderwall
Ben Affleck’s HORRIBLE tattoo is real after all. ET Online
The Chainsmokers‘ Alex Pall is now dating his surveillance-camera mistress. E! Online
Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber are broken up for the 5,722 time. People
Kim Kardashian showed another picture of Chicago West, and she’s darn cute. IG
Fifty Shades star Jamie Dornan has his own #MeToo moment. Elle
Black Panther is still breaking records. ComicBook
Anderson Cooper already has a new boyfriend. Reality TV World
Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik broke up. Celebuzz
Donald Trump Jr. and his wife are headed to divorce court. Us Magazine
Emma Watson and Glee star Chord Overstreet were spotted getting cozy. Harpers Bazaar
A Bachelor Winter Games couple bit the dust. Pop Sugar
Does Josh Duhamel have a new love interest? Radar Online
Amber Rose is a single woman after split from 21 Savage. Dlisted
Danica Patrick and Aaron Rodgers are going strong. CBS Sports
Emily Ratajkowski got married in secret . . . men around the world weep. The Cut
It’s no surprise that Taylor Swift took a different, “aw shucks” approach to her new “Delicate” video given that her team drastically miscalculated the direction for ‘Reputation.’ Though the record amassed huge sales, it did not enter the same zeitgeist as her previous releases, and it might have even further damaged her many PR problems. Plus, the songs were not good. I hate to be so blunt, but those are the facts. A good song could have fought her way out of the paper bag she built for herself, but that’s simply not the case.
It’s been brought to my attention via the sleuthing social-media-sphere that Swift’s video overtly overlaps with a Kenzo perfume ad directed by Spike Jonze. I watched both, and there are clear similarities. Of more interest than the possible rip-off; however, is the revelation of what the “Delicate” video was supposed to be. Upon first viewing, it seemed like unintentionally poor dance moves and hard-to-view funny faces. It wasn’t over-the-top enough to emphasize it’s awkward-girl tone so it only served to make me uncomfortable. Had the production team taken it up to the same notch as the Kenzo video, perhaps I would not have been as confused. The other glaring error here is that the video does NOT represent the song’s actual meaning. This is a song about liking a boy in the first, delicate stages of the relationship when we fear we might mess it up or that our reputation could influence his feelings. It’s not about being the awkward outsider at a party.
Now for the larger question. Does it matter that Swift’s video is may be a rip-off? It didn’t seem to matter when Beyonce ripped off Bob Fosse’s choreography for “Single Ladies,” and it also didn’t seem to matter when Beyonce lifted the choreography of Italian singer Lorella Cuccarini’s live performance at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards while performing “Run the World (Girls).” But it matters for Taylor Swift. Why? Because Swift has no PR capital left to spare. Her nice-girl demeanor was destroyed when Kim Kardashian exposed her lies about the Kanye West feud, and it certainly didn’t help when she ran off with Tom Hiddleston on the heels of a messy breakup from Calvin Harris. Though men often get the pass women do not with these types of trysts, there was too much existing damage to salvage such a choice. Her record could have resurrected her image with contrition, but her team advised her to take the opposite, “Look What You Made Me Do” direction, which was a massive misstep. Watch both below and decide for yourself.
Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost are going strong. Pop Sugar
Elon Musk is still in love with Amber Heard. RTVW
Kim Kardashian is having a girl. Contact Music
Jennifer Hudson’s divorce battle begins. TMZ
Is Lena Dunham a hipster racist? The Superficial
Jennie Garth and her husband are separated. Wet Paint
Julia Stiles is a mom. Perez
Gwyneth Paltrow is engaged. The sun
Chrissy Tiegen is pregnant. People
Meghan McCain is married. Us Weekly
Jennifer Garner doesn’t want to date. Good Housekeeping
Serena Williams tied the knot. Brides
James Cameron reveals why Jack and Rose didn’t share the door in ‘Titanic‘. Too Fab
Kevin Hart debuted his first public baby pic. Page Six
Reese Witherspoon’s daughter is a debutante. E! Online
It’s been a long Labor Day vacation filled with Distillery tours, The Cliffs of Insanity/Moher (see The Princess Bride), a valuable history lesson on Northern Ireland, and an odd story about a giant disguised as a baby (Giant’s Causeway). Plus, some killer Irish pub music featuring a fiddle. As I journey back home and think of my friends and family currently battling IRMAgeddon, I feel it my duty to post the most superficial reprieve possible, which involves my tabloid gossip reel. So what did I miss? Click the links to discover who’s shtupping who, fame-driven feuds, and more.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s supermodel obsession has reached new heights. The Sun
Kristen Bell saved Josh Gad’s family from hurricane Irma. E Online
Kirk Cameron thinks hurricane Irma is God’s punishment. Us Weekly
Sharon Osborne called Kim Kardashian a non-feminist “ho”, and Kim responded. Buzzfeed
John Mayer hit on Nicki Minaj, and he might have a shot. EW
Mindy Kaling revealed the sex of her baby. Vanity Fair
Kendall Jenner and Blake Griffin are a thing. Mirror
Tyrese Gibson and Dwayne Johnson have a feud brewing. Wonderwall
Amber Tamblyn put James Woods creepy past on blast. Page Six
Larsa and Scottie Pippen just derailed their divorce. TMZ
Kim Kardashian and Sharon Osbourne don’t like each other. Radar Online
Is Brangelina back on? E! Online
Amber Heard is hot. Hollywood Tuna
If you’re Taylor Swift, you’ve got a lot of explaining to do. For starters, she landed in a fight with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian after she bashed Kanye’s song lyrics during her Grammy speech, only to later have her very clear approval exposed via Kim’s snapchat. The act was itself illegal, given that Swift was allegedly recorded by Kanye without her permission and did not give consent for its release, but team Kimye is smart enough to know that any subsequent lawsuit would further damage the Swift brand, so they’re in the clear. Plus, a pissing match with rich people is pointless. Kimye is also tough to take down given that their image has so little to do with propriety. If you entered the public arena via a sex tape, it’s pretty challenging to soil your brand.
It’s clear that Taylor Swift’s song “Look What You Made Me Do” is a direct hit on the Kimye debacle and the lyrics are brilliantly and strategically crafted. She’s mad, she doesn’t like Kanye’s dumb “tilted stage” and has risen up “from the dead.” Also, if she got her karma, then everyone else will to.
A close friend in the music industry classified this song as a lazy double-down on the Kanye drama, which is personified by the Right Said Fred “I’m Too Sexy” hook. Those Right Said Fred songwriters were given credit on this track, presumably because of that whole Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines” judgment. So is my friend correct? The short answer is that I’m not sure. Swift has absolutely zero choice but to address this feud, and she can’t do it in a magazine interview, because each and every time she addresses controversy in magazine interviews she makes it ten times worse. Music is the only way, and re-invention is the key. We all know she has mastered the victim lane, so isn’t it better to flip things around and go for a more angry spin? That being said, the song has to be GOOD for this strategy to work, and Swift’s songs nearly always are. This song might be a little soulless and repetitive, but it does the trick. She’s either on the cusp of her next chapter or this is the beginning of the end. We shall see.
There are many artists I don’t like. There are many musicians I think are sell-outs, hypocrites, or simply a product of a machine I resent. When I saw the nominations for album of the year at the Grammys, for example, I found myself enraged at the thought that Sturgill Simpson was the only artist to actually write his own album — alone. In fact, I once likened Adam Levine to Britney Spears to prove the point that he no longer was worthy of his ‘Songs About Jane’ entrance into the industry. He had become part of the machine, and was therefore nothing but a pop star spouting Sia songs. Having said all that, there’s something about Ruby Rose’s hit at Katy Perry that incited my rage. Her tweet is below.
“Purposeful poop” to “bomb a petit” to a sloppy mess of writing over the top of Funkagenda..stop trying to make ‘Wit..I mean “fetch” happen.
— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) May 19, 2017
Rose received a predictable backlash, but she stood firm, saying:
I’ve always stood up for the people I love and against things I think are cheap or mean spirited. That’s not new. You have to follow your ❤️
— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) May 19, 2017
So who is she standing up for, and what exactly is mean spirited — except for her, of course? Here’s the story in a nutshell. Ruby Rose and Taylor Swift are friends. Perry and Swift had a falling out when Perry recruited Swift’s dancers during Swift’s national tour. Swift addressed the move in a public interview, saying that Perry tried to sabotage her tour by poaching her people. Perry’s dancers spoke up, saying that they were closer to Perry, and since Swift’s tour wasn’t exactly dance-heavy, they felt bored. When the opportunity arose to jump ship, they took it. Swift subsequently released “Bad Blood,” which was an obvious hit at Perry. Perry then released a not-so-cryptic tweet referring to Swift as Regina George in sheep’s clothing. Joe Jonas’ ex-girlfriend jumped on the train, pointing out that Swift bashed her with some not-so-friendly lyrics in retaliation for “stealing” Jonas. In summary, the Perry camp felt Swift parades herself as supportive of other women, yet she’s the opposite. I can only assume Rose thinks of Perry as “mean-spirited” as a result.
While I agree that Katy Perry’s new music is less than stellar (to say the least), I also agree that Swift is no innocent lamb, which was especially apparent when Kim Kardashian revealed that Swift played victim over a song she in fact approved. She’s cunning and calculated. Having said all that, these celebrities are little babies in need of a pacifier. Keep your mouth shut, Ms. Rose. I love a genuine, honest critique, but not when it’s agenda-driven, clearly biased, and unnecessary.
It might be unfair to call the new Diane Sawyer sit-down with Caitlyn Jenner an “interview,” given that it was more an informational voice-over than a Q&A. I’ve long insisted Caitlyn Jenner is not compelling without the Kardashians at her side, and I have also long insisted that Diane Sawyer is not a good interviewer. Gone are the days of Barbara Walters, where the purpose of her question was to actually gather information. Walters’ disarming nature allowed her to ask the hard-hitting, invasive questions that everyone wanted to know. In the interview below, Caitlyn Jenner likely talked for about ten minutes of the hour, and we did not learn much.
So what SHOULD she have asked? First, I want to know about Caitlyn’s feud with Kris Jenner and the current status of the relationship. I want to know why there is such a disconnect between what Kris says she knew about Caitlyn’s transition. I also want to know about Caitlyn’s sexual orientation and whether she was attracted to her ex-wives. In fact, Kim Kardashian asked Caitlyn this very question, as she also wanted to know. Additionally, does Caitlyn empathize with her family’s struggle to accept her transition? Can she understand the incredible shock of being married to a man for 23 years that then confesses this gender-identity struggle? And why did she abandon four children but then have the wherewithal to have two more and raise four step-children as her own? If it’s true that her gender struggle negatively impacted her ability to parent, then why was she able to effectively parent six children?
Caitlyn Jenner took the wrong path to her transitional process. Instead of getting to know the trans community which she conveniently was never interested in at all, she should have provided a stark lens into her physical transformation. I realize being a woman is more than one’s physical being, but never before has anyone of that magnitude provided such insight. She should have also discussed her sexual preference more heavily. But those are all the things she is vehemently opposed to exposing. Instead, she introduced herself to the world post-transition, as if we’re all just interested in Caitlyn’s boring personality. If the Kardashians can’t stand on their own with individual shows, Caitlyn Jenner certainly cannot.