Stan wars raged out of control in May. Taylor Swift fans tried to cancel Burger King for a tweet poking fun at her songs about ex-boyfriends. Barbz called for Usher’s head when he downplayed the prospect of a Verzuz battle between Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Kim, calling the Young Money chart-topper a “product” of the Bad Boy pioneer. Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande fans united against Tekashi 6ix9ine for the suggestion that their collaborative No. 1 single “Stuck with U” cheated its way past his comeback track “Gooba,” which landed at No. 3. Doja Cat caught smoke from every direction throughout the long Memorial Day weekend for dalliances in nebulous internet chat spaces and cavalier use of slurs popularized by racists on forums. Lana Del Rey got lit up by a coalition of Nicki, Beyoncé, and Cardi B fans last week for an Instagram post expressing frustration about the feeling that she isn’t allowed the same leeway for self-expression … [Read more...] about Stan Culture Is Due a Reckoning. So Are the Celebrities They Worship.
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Quarantine Apart During the Coronavirus pandemic, Julianne stayed primarily in Los Angeles while Brooks quarantined in Idaho. "I always wanted to spend more time here. I bought this place in 2014 and I've never spent enough time here. I come here like a week a year and it's my dream property," Brooks shared on his iHeartRadio How Men Think podcast. "I wanted to spend more time here. The place also needed an overhaul. It really needed a cleaning." … [Read more...] about All the Signs Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich Were Headed for a Split
This phrase seemed to be on everybody’s lips in February when, with 36 million people watching, the artist formerly known as Stefani Germanotta belted out a stunning, triumphant, and technically impressive Academy Award telecast tribute to The Sound of Music. As a beaming Julie Andrews hugged her in appreciation after she’d finished singing, you knew you’d just witnessed one of those universally respected, generation-uniting musical moments that we so rarely get in this era of Twitter-sniping — for one peaceful evening, everybody seemed to be bowing down to Gaga. (“Congratulations to Lady Gaga and Julie Andrews for a most emotional moment on this year’s Oscars,” Steve Martin tweeted. “Oops, forgot to be satirical.”) Since we must now predict the long-term cultural significance of a televised event before we’ve even broken for commercial, pundits had declared the performance an irrefutable turning point in … [Read more...] about Lady Gaga Goes to the Middle
Perry sings the songs fine; she is nothing if not competent. But her voice remains pallid — the color on a Katy Perry record has to come from the songs themselves, and on Prism, Perry’s all-star collaborators have let her down. I reserve the right to change my opinion; Perry’s music has a way of insinuating itself into your consciousness, especially when it’s clobbered home by a zillion radio plays. But as of now, I count only one great song on Prism, “Roar,” which doles out its hooks and pep-rally sentiments in precisely the right proportions. As for the rest? As Perry herself might have put it, before she started dabbling in auras and mantras: ur so meh. … [Read more...] about Jody Rosen on Katy Perry’s Half-Baked
It’s also frequently really funny. Macfadyen, who is an absolute master of conveying cluelessness in his Succession role as Tom Wambsgans, channels his instinct for awkwardness into Charles, the kind of guy who is always a verse behind when he tries to sing a Gilbert and Sullivan tune with his boss. Clifford’s Diana can seem exasperated by him, but the two actors also have a warm chemistry together, and display tenderness that makes it possible to believe there are shades of gray in their story. There are wry touches elsewhere, too, including a laugh-out-loud moment when one of the Millionaire producers, sure that Charles has no chance of winning, realizes she forgot to load glitter into the machine that’s supposed to dump it in the event of a million-pound winner. And when one of the British producers realizes executives from ABC are on their way upstairs to discuss buying the rights to an American version, he says, in a panic: “Basically, Mickey Mouse is … [Read more...] about You Should Watch