The consequences for stumbling in the court of public opinion are loud, swift, and severe, and the cabin fever everyone is experiencing in quarantine has ratcheted tensions up to ten. Suddenly, everyone has time. This does not bode well for anyone who speaks in error or out of turn or without a filter. Traversing the internet as a public figure means creating an image for yourself, whether you intend to or not. People watching your moves from afar create a profile in their heads, like detectives. Lana, whose tiff with Ann Powers centered around the singer’s insistence that she isn’t consciously playing a character, is seen as no-nonsense and outspoken, a firebrand who “won’t not fuck you the fuck up” for crossing her, who once led her following in a mass hex against the president. But in her eyes, the Instagram post that got her in trouble was her first declarative statement on the internet. Doja Cat is an internet humorist who is present as a celebrity as … [Read more...] about Stan Culture Is Due a Reckoning. So Are the Celebrities They Worship.
Igbo culture and history
Quiz, written by James Graham, who authored the play of the same name, and directed by Oscar and Emmy-nominated Stephen Frears, differs from other scripted accounts of true crime because it doesn’t merely add more nuance and color to a high-profile case. It invites the audience to seek answers to several questions, including a big one: Is it possible that the people accused of cheating their way into winning a million pounds actually are innocent? … [Read more...] about You Should Watch
The Katy Perry brand was thus established. She gave old-fashioned bubblegum a goofy, naughty 21st-century makeover, complete with mild sexual button-pushing and milder curse words. An album, One of the Boys, followed in 2008, bringing two huge hit singles in this mold, “I Kissed a Girl,” a song about lesbian experimentation that seemed tailor-written for the frat-dude fans of Girls Gone Wild, and “Hot N Cold,” the most misogynist misandry anthem ever recorded: “You change your mind/Like a girl changes clothes/Yeah, you PMS/Like a bitch/I would know.” The songs were obnoxious but undeniable, a fact attributable to the titanic songwriting and production duo of Max Martin and Dr. Luke, but also to Perry herself, an able but not outstanding vocalist, who pushed out the songs with just enough flair, but not too much — all you want, when the music’s so sturdy. … [Read more...] about Jody Rosen on Katy Perry’s Half-Baked