A deep-seated sense of moral outrage and civic engagement, combined with the knowledge that the cultural conservatives who lusted to ban him were on the other side, drove him forward: He couldn’t escape politics, so he might as well come out as a public representative. On October 26, 2004, two days after the “Mosh” video dropped, he headlined the Shady National Convention in New York City’s Roseland Ballroom. The event was to launch his own Sirius radio channel, but he was channeling politics throughout, its dependence on financial interests and banal rhetoric in particular. A blustering businessman (“Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Cash”) nominated him, called him a winner. Then Eminem appeared and gave a dull speech long on homilies and short on content. “Americans have been given hills to climb and the strength to climb these hills, and because we have made that hard journey, we can finally see the valley below,” he announced to the … [Read more...] about On ‘Like Home’ Eminem Still Thinks America Can Be Saved
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Which isn't to say that it was OK to turn "Bobbitt" into a verb or the forever-term for removing a penis from its person. It was a sickening situation all around. While some wrote Lorena off as a crazy scorned wife, most felt great sympathy for her—but also didn't think what she did was right. Still others considered her a feminist hero—not necessarily for her actions (though some supporters proudly flashed V-for-victory signs then made snipping motions) but for telling her story and not being cowed by people dragging her through the mud or legal eagles who recommended she take a plea. … [Read more...] about What You Didn’t Know About the Still Shocking Story of John and Lorena Bobbitt
Update: Book Club gave us Andy García as the hot Diane Keaton–dating jetsetter. It was an Andy García snack. The Mamma Mia sequel — in which García plays Señor Cienfuegos, a dapper albeit mysterious hotel manager — is the full Andy García menu. He’s running the Hotel Bella Donna, Sophie’s (Amanda Seyfried) hotel, revamped in her dead mother’s (Meryl Streep) memory. He putters around the grounds. He puts fresh soil in the flower pots. He lights tiki torches. He says things like, “The pleasure and privilege will be mine.” (Christine Baranski utters the only logical answer to the prospect of Andy García saying the word ‘pleasure’ and ‘mine’: “Be still my beating vagina.”) … [Read more...] about Are You Ready for the Summer of Thirsting After Andy García?
February 27, 2020: Michael Polansky’s ex rolls in like her life is a Taylor Swift music video. Senior staff editor for the New York Times opinion pages, Lindsey Crouse, writes an op-ed detailing what it was like to find out her former boyfriend of seven years was now dating pop mega-sensation Lady Gaga. (First, it was confounding, then she channeled her ex’s new girlfriend by leaning into her ambition and, of course, her fashion.) This bite-sized piece of gossip bounced around the internet, but ultimately, who among us wouldn’t tell the world a pop star has their sloppy seconds? … [Read more...] about A Timeline of Lady Gaga’s Messy
As fans will recall, Swift addressed Braun's company Ithaca Holdings LLC acquiring her former record label Big Machine Label Group in a Tumblr post last June. In her post, Swift claimed she was "sad and grossed out" over the sale of her music catalog and accused Braun of "incessant, manipulative bullying." However, she's expressed her intent to re-record her albums. … [Read more...] about Taylor Swift Fans Are Convinced She Just Outplayed Scooter Braun With This Cryptic Cover