Last week, Avril Lavigne released a new music video, the now infamous "Hello Kitty." You'd think Avril Lavigne and everyone's favorite cartoon cat would be a match made in heaven, but unfortunately her (rather bland) video was pretty darn racist – cultural appropriation, awkward stereotypes, the whole nine yards. So, in honor of the latest music misstep, let's take a look back at the racist music videos of late.
"Hard Out Here," Lily Allen
Lily Allen's "Hard Out Here," was meant to be an anthem decrying the sexism of the music industry. Unfortunately, Allen's intended feminist message got somewhat obscured by the racist overtones of her video, which featured her dancing (fully clothed) in front of a group of (almost naked) women of color. Sure, it was intended as satire, but that doesn't take away the sting.
"Talk Dirty," Jason Derulo
Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty" can be heard just about every other time you turn on the radio, and the song itself is bookended with a girl speaking in a heavy accent – it ends with a giggling Asian girl saying, "I don't understand" in broken English. Problematic to say the very least.
"Dark Horse," Katy Perry
The 50 percent of the time we're not hearing "Talk Dirty," we're hearing "Dark Horse." Katy Perry's video for "Dark Horse" offended thousands with the burning of a Allah pendant. It should also be noted that Perry's a repeat offender, after her geisha-inspired "Unconditionally" performance at the American Music Awards.
"Fine China," Chris Brown
"Fine China" was yet another problematic video – I mean, it's in the title: he actually refers to his Chinese girlfriend as an inanimate object. The video itself is also rife with stereotypes. But really, do we expect much better from Chris Brown and his rather sullied reputation?
Whew – and the worst part is, that's just the tip of the iceberg.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are moving their reign of violence and terror from Westeros to the US. The Game of Thrones show runners have signed on to write and direct Dirty White Boys, an adaptation of the novel by Stephen Hunter. The story follows three escaped convicts — Lamar Pye, who fled prison after killing a fellow inmate, his mentally disabled cousin, Odell, and an artist-turned-felon, Richard — as they travel across the Southern states in an attempt to escape from the state troopers. They hide out with a convict groupie, who killed her parents as a teenager, and form a twisted family as they embark on a journey filled with mishaps and misfortune.
The pair currently has no timeline for getting Dirty White Boys onto the big screen, as they're busy focusing on the "52-week" job that is Game of Thrones. While some fans might be upset about any project that takes Weiss and Benioff's attention away from the show, they should have nothing to worry about, seeing as Dirty White Boys is essentially Game of Thrones, if the show took place in the Southern US. In fact, the two projects are so similar that it's hard not to picture characters from the Seven Kingdoms when reading the film's summary...
Lamar Pye is Jaquen H'gar!Jaquen might not be the most prominent character in the series, but he did give us the show's unofficial motto: Valar Morghulis, or All Men Must Die. Like Lamar, he's a career criminal with a reputation for violence and leads a gang of dangerous, hardened baddies. He also escaped from captivity (with the help of Arya Stark) in order to avoid a life-threatening situation, he's on the run from the authorities, and he's willing to kill all of the people who stand in his way on his journey to freedom. While Lamar is dedicated to protecting Odell, Jaquen is indebted to Arya, and kills the people she asks him to. It's like Hunter subtracted Jacquen's powers, gave him a new name, and decided to write a novel about him.
Odell is Hodor! In Dirty White Boys, Odell is Lamar's cousin, a phsyically strong but mentally disabled man who escaped an abusive family with Lamar's help. Lamar now takes care of and protects Odell, and they are unfailingly loyal to each other. In Game of Thrones, Hodor is the Stark family's stable hand, a physically strong but mentally disabled man who helped Bran and Rickon escape when Winterfell was burned. He carries Bran around on his back and protects him, and they are unfailingly loyal to each other. Basically, the only difference between these two is the size of their vocabularies.
Richard Peed is Gendry!These two have a habit of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Richard is a reserved, talented artist who is capable of great violence, but mostly tags along on Lamar's adventure in order to keep his protection. Gendry is a quiet, talented blacksmith who is forced to travel with Arya after he is kicked out of his apprenticeship in King's Landing and he is no longer protected by the king. Although he's more interested in crafting swords than fighting with them, Gendry doesn't shy away from violence if he needs to protect his friends, and just like Richard ends up in a gang of misfits, so does Gendry, tagging along with Arya and Lommy Greenhands before joining the Brotherhood Without Banners.
Ruta Beth Tull is Melisandre!If Ruta Beth has a love of the color red, these two are a match made in heaven. Ruta's a "convict groupie," who writes letters to Richard describing what she believes to be their cosmic connection and attempting to bond over the fact that she murdered her parents. If there's any character in Game of Thrones who believes in having a cosmic or spiritual connection with someone, it's the Red Priestess herself, Melisandre. She believes that only she understands Stannis and his power, and that only she can help him win the Iron Throne, and she proves her loyalty by giving birth to a Shadow Demon that kills Renly. Their girls' nights would be terrifyingly entertaining.
Bud Pewtie is Robb Stark!An honorable but flawed man, who is courageous and determined to do what is right? He can only be a Stark. In this case, Bud Pewtie, the state trooper who is on the hunt for Lamar and his buddies, is the Dirty White Boys version of Robb Stark, the former King in the North. Both men are good at heart, and strive for justice. Both men are confused about the paths they've chosen in life. And both men have terrible taste in women: for Robb it was Talisa/Jeyne Westerling, who he impulsively marries despite already being betrothed to a Frey girl, and for Bed it's Holly, the wife of his partner Ted. Let's hope Bud isn't going to a wedding any time soon.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis collaborator Mary Lambert was given just a couple of hours to come up with the hook for their Grammy Award-nominated song Same Love. The music newcomer reveals she had never even met the then-rising hip-hop stars when she was asked to work on the chorus at the last minute - and she had to think fast to write and record it right in front of the duo.
The singer tells the Associated Press, "I was sort of a last resort. It was a match made in heaven."
Lambert penned the hook in "about two or three hours" and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were immediately impressed: "They loved it. It was like this beautiful minute of silence after I sung the chorus."
The rappers aren't the only ones who have become big fans of Lambert's work - Same Love, which champions gay rights, has landed the musicians a nomination for Song of the Year at this weekend's (26Jan14) Grammy Awards, one of seven top honours Macklemore and Lewis have been shortlisted for.
The tune has been adopted as an unofficial anthem by same-sex marriage supporters in their continued fight for the legalisation of gay unions across America, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' manager, Zach Quillen, admits the Grammy nod is the icing on the cake for the stars.
Quillen says, "We'd probably all agree that the nomination for Song of the Year for Same Love, in particular, is quite meaningful for us, in what the song has turned out to be and (what it) means to people. We regard it as our highest accomplishment."
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are also up for prizes including Album Of The Year and Best Rap Album for The Heist at Sunday's ceremony.
In part because of the controversy surrounding the physical similarities between the protagonists, people have been drawing a lot of comparisons between Frozen and Tangled. Which one holds up? Let's go through, piece by piece:
Even though they all look near-identical (why'd you have to do that, Disney?), Rapunzel, Elsa, and Anna are all admirable in different ways – we have Anna, champion of the awkward and earnest ("You're gorgeous – wait, what?" might have been my favorite line in the whole movie), we have Rapunzel, queen of the cast-iron skillet, and finally, Elsa the Ultra-Badass Tortured Soul.
The winner: Frozen – because even without an assist from Anna, Elsa trumps Rapunzel, hands-down.
Frozen 1, Tangled 0
Reformed bad boy Flynn Rider Eugene? Or anti-social, raised by trolls Kristoff? Both offer lots of fun contrarian banter with their respective heroines – hmm, it's a tough one. Kristoff was pretty excellent, but in the end, "The Smolder" is hard to beat. Also, where was the love duet between Anna and Kristoff?? "I See The Light" tips the balance in Flynn's favor.
Frozen 1, Tangled 1
Pascal vs. Olaf? Though I giggled at Olaf's "In Summer," I generally found him pretty darn obnoxious: Pascal wins, mainly by volition of the fact that he can't talk. Also, he's an iguana in Germany.
Frozen 1, Tangled 2
It's hard to say what Tangled's most popular song was – the catchy "When Will My Life Begin," and the starry-eyed romantic "I See The Light" are both contenders. In Frozen, there's absolutely no question what the best song is (hint: it has millions upon millions of hits on YouTube, and was recently nominated for a Golden Globe) – Idina Menzel and Disney musicals might just be a match made in heaven.
I think I have to give this one to Frozen, seeing as I've had "Let It Go" playing on an endless loop since I saw the film.
Frozen 2, Tangled 2
The Near-Death Experience
In Tangled, Flynn dies from a wound sustained from the evil Mother Gothel. It looks like all is lost, until a single tear from Rapunzel (the last remnant of her magic hair) brings him back to life. In Frozen, it's Anna who dies. Her frozen heart (curable only by an act of true love) causes her whole body to turn to ice – but not before she saves her sister's life. Anna thought it was a kiss from Prince Hans (and later Kristoff) that would thaw her frozen heart, but it turns out sisterly love works just as well.
So who wins? I have to say Frozen. It was a nice subversion of the "True Love's Kiss" trope that's popped up in just about every Disney movie (Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Enchanted, and The Princess and the Frog, to name a few).
Frozen 3, Tangled 2
Go see it.
Murder. Conspiracy. Sex. Suffering. Sultry southern accents. From the looks of the first full-length trailer for Season 2 of House of Cards, we're in for quite the tumultuous ride.
Less than a day after the Netflix original show was nominated for four Golden Globes, the second glimpse — the first was of Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) smoking for 30 seconds — has been released. Last season we left off with (spoiler) Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) murdering a congressman (Corey Stoll) and snatching up a nomination for Vice President. According to these new clips, he's not done ruining people's lives for his own gain. As Francis cooly says in the trailer, "For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain, there can be no mercy... and the butchery begins." And let's not forget about his equally morally-corrupt wife Claire, who casually utters, "Let's make him suffer." What a match made in heaven.
And because a show about Washington D.C. can't function without a ragtag group of journalists who are willing to sleep with the enemy for a story, Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) is back on the hunt for Francis, along with a few of her colleagues. All we can say is that after we're done watching all 13 episodes of the second season (all at once, of course) on this upcoming Valentine's Day, everyone is going to be looking over their shoulders to make sure Kevin Spacey isn't behind them. Check out the chilling trailer below:
Season 2 of House of Cards premieres on Netflix on Feb. 14, 2014.
Here are some of this week's highlights from Flavorwire, VH1, Celebuzz, and Hollywood.com, ranging from Harry Styles to Courtney Love.
Harry Styles and Kendall Jenner went on a date. It's a match made in publicist heaven. Is Kendall the latest in the One Direction member's string of high-profile girlfriends? We'll have to wait and see. Celebuzz has pictures of the pair escaping from the paparazzi.
Check out some of People's Sexiest Men Alive at their best and worst. In honor of the recent announcement of Adam Levine as the world's sexiest man, VH1 released a list of some of the past winners looking good and, well, terrible. You'll be able to reminisce about the young Mel Gibson or grimace at Brad Pitt's bearded days. Check out the gallery at VH1.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen retire. Again. Will they ever stop announcing that they are done with "You got it dude!" and more into fashion now? Hollywood.com ponders this very question.
A Time's columnist found Courtney Love's phone in a cab. An op-ed writer for the New York Times stumbled upon Courtney Love's phone. Rather than abusing this great power, he did the right thing and returned it. Read more details of the crazy story at Flavorwire.
Sarah Silverman's failed NBC pilot Susan 313 might have not gotten picked up by the network, but that's not going to stop the comedian from sharing her comedy with the public. With the go-ahead from 20th Century Fox, Silverman went to YouTube and posted the pilot on her personal channel JASH (although we wouldn't have been surprised if she posted the video without getting approval first).
The pilot follows a newly single woman named Susan (played by Silverman) who heads back to her old life, and more importantly, her old apartment in an attempt to move on from her 10-year relationship.
Silverman introduces the video by saying, "This isn’t like, 'Can you believe they didn’t pick this up?!' It's like, 'They probably did the right thing, but we liked the show.'" And you know what? We like the show too. Here's why we think Susan 313 should have been given a chance:
1. The cast includes comedy gold like Tig Notaro (Inside Amy Schumer) and Harris Wittels (Parks and Recreation).2. The cast also includes actress and writer June Diane Raphael, who deserves her own section on this list. Raphael, also known as Casey Wilson's writing partner, has starred in NTSF:SD:SUV, Drunk History, Burning Love, New Girl, and most recently Parks and Recreation as Tynnyfer. 3. Jeff Goldblum guest stars as Silverman's ex in the pilot. Jeff Goldblum, guys.4. Ron Howard was producing. Ron Howard, guys.5. Within the first five minutes, it's apparent that Susan 313 is already better than NBC's Sean Saves the World. One can only guess as to why the network would pass up on a show that seems to be a match made in heaven and go with one that probably doesn't deserve the NBC time slot.6. The premise seems somewhat similar (but not too similar) to the pilot of New Girl, and that show's doing well, right?7. The comedy is still classically Sarah Silverman, but it's much more toned down than we thought it would be. And we mean that in a good way.8. A broken faucet causes Susan to have a full-on meltdown. And we like that because we all know that stuff like that happens way too often in the real world.
While the pilot didn't get picked up this time around, we can only hope that someone out there likes the comedy enough to make sure more episodes get made. Netflix, are you listening?Silverman's first HBO stand-up special, We Are Miracles, will air November 23. You can check out more of her work on Jash.com, the online comedy network that she founded along with Michael Cera, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, and Reggie Watts.
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has been snapped showing off a huge diamond ring after becoming engaged to her rapper beau Kanye West on Monday (21Oct13). Kardashian was celebrating her 33rd birthday when the Stronger hitmaker popped the question in front of family and friends at baseball stadium AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.
The Keeping up with the Kardashians beauty was later spotted beaming with joy as she posed with her left hand towards cameras, showing off her new gem.
Kris Jenner wasted no time in congratulating her daughter and future son-in-law, telling E! News the couple is "A match made in heaven!".
She adds, "I am so happy for both of my kids, Kim and Kanye."
Kim's younger sister Khloe Kardashian also joined in with the celebrations, sharing her joy with fans on Twitter.com. She writes, "Wow! Am I dreaming?... Tears of JOY! Wow!"
The couple, who became parents to baby North West in June (13), started dating last year (12).
It looks like Bono wants an Oscar, guys. In the newest trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the brand new U2 song titled "Ordinary Love" overlaps with Idris Elba's (playing Nelson Mandela) booming voice and poetic words in an effort to send empowering chills down your spine.
The lyrics, which were specifically written for this film, include lines like: "Oh, the beauty that's been lost before/ Wants to find us again" and "We can't fall any further in." With what seems like a music/film match made in heaven (what with U2 singing about human rights in every other song), we can't help but assume that the Irish rock band is aiming for an Oscar nod this upcoming award season, especially since it wouldn't be the first time they've made the ballot. In 2002, the group partnered with Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York to create "The Hands That Built America," which was nominated for an Academy Award and won at the Golden Globes.
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The Justin Chadwick-directed biopic, based on Mandela's autobiography of the same name, follows the political figure's life from his childhood to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom opens in limited release on Nov. 29.
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Models and musicians – the pairing is as perfect as pancakes and syrup. Just last week, U2 bassist Adam Clayton married his model girlfriend Mariana Teixeira de Carvalho in Dublin, entering a long, distinguished line of rockers who have said “hell yeah” to fashionistas and models around the globe.
Here’s a rundown of some of the best model/rocker pairings over the years.
Kate Moss and Pete Doherty Kate Moss may be happily married to The Kills’ Jamie Hince, but before there was Jamie, there was her busted relationship with Pete Doherty. Moss was hardly a vision of innocence herself, but hooking up with a notorious, self-admitted junkie made for pure tabloid gold. Drugs and scandal followed, with Doherty claiming everything from “loving her bones” to saying that Moss was a “nasty old rag” who once kicked him in the head. In his mind, the pair broke up because, according to Doherty, “I can’t buy her diamonds.”
Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley The Piano Man definitely loves his statuesque blondes, and supermodel Christie Brinkley is no different. Brinkley starred in Joel’s video for “Uptown Girl,” which, contrary to popular belief, wasn’t actually written about Brinkley, but another one of Joel’s model exes – Elle McPherson. The pair married in 1985, but their marriage was strained due to Joel’s philandering and love for booze, and they finally divorced at the end of 1993.
Jack White and Karen Elson This couple was smoking hot and seemed like they were made for each other. White and Elson met when the former starred in the White Stripes video for “Blue Orchid,” and the pair married in 2005. Although they divorced 6 years later, they were awesome enough to hold a divorce party in 2011, so everyone thought that all was well between the two. However, lately Elson has accused White of basically being a douchebag (who really has it out for the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, for some reason), and White has countersued her in what’s become a messy ending for the once-reigning Couple of Cool.
Caleb Followill and Lily Aldridge Son of a preacher turned rock star who has fire-sex meets California girl at overexposed music festival, and they live happily ever after – that’s essentially the story of Kings of Leon’s Caleb Followill and Victoria’s Secret Angel Lily Aldridge. The two met at Coachella in 2011 and married later that year. Their daughter, Dixie Pearl Followill, was born in June last year.
Simon Le Bon and Yasmin Parveneh Not all model/rocker pairings end badly. Simon Le Bon has been married to Yasmin Parveneh since 1985. At the time of their marriage, their relationship was all over the gossip headlines – Le Bon was the lead singer of Duran Duran, one of the biggest bands of the 1980s, and Parveneh herself was one of the highest-earning models of the decade.
Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo Previously trying his darndest to be the Leonardo DiCaprio of the pop world, Adam Levine has had a long list of models by his side. His latest model girlfriend, Behati Prinsloo, is set to be his future wife, putting to rest his image of the perpetual pop bachelor. Though the pair had briefly broken up and Levine wasted no time in hooking up with model Nina Agdal, the two got back together and decided to get engaged.
Agyness Deyn and Albert Hammond, Jr. When Agyness Deyn and Albert Hammond, Jr. hooked up in 2008, it seemed like a match made in hipster heaven. Usually seen in paparazzi photos holding hands and walking dogs, the relationship was rumored to be much rockier than it initially seemed, and the couple finally broke up a year later. Deyn has definitely dated her share of rock stars, including The Paddingtons’ Josh Hubbard, Phantom Planet’s Alex Greenwald, and Last Shadow Puppets frontman and solo artist Miles Kane. The world is waiting for a supergroup of all the model’s exes, hopefully called Deyn’s Discards.
Rod Stewart and Rachel Hunter Like Billy Joel, Rod Stewart likes his women tall and blonde (and nearly identical-looking). In 1990, Stewart married model Rachel Hunter, the woman responsible for millions of young men saving up their dollars for Sports Illustrated issues in the 90s. The two separated in 1999 and officially divorced in 2006, and Hunter went on to have it going on as “Stacy’s Mom,” while Stewart – what else? – married another model.
Iman and David Bowie Arguably one of the coolest couples ever, Iman and David Bowie have been married since 1992. The union of Ziggy Stardust and the most gorgeous advocate for social aid had the entertainment world in a frenzy. Forget haters, barely anyone thought that this marriage would last, but twenty-one years later, the couple is still going strong.
Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour From the documentation of his behavior in the media, it’s safe to say that anyone who dates Axl Rose is probably making up for some bad karma in a past life. Allegations of physical abuse, theft, and violence Rose’s relationship with Seymour, but for some reason, the couple still decided to get engaged. The engagement was short-lived, due to Rose accusing Seymour of being unfaithful (because why would anyone cheat on a prize like Axl Rose?) and the couple finally broke up.
Keith Richards and Patti Hansen Who would’ve ever thought that Keith Richards would be the guy to be married to his wife for thirty years? Richards married model Patti Hansen in 1983 and have been together since then. A couple that makes it through drugs, rock and roll, Mick Jagger, and everything in between, is definitely a couple that stays together.
Paulina Porizkova and Ric Ocasek When these two hooked up, most people were scratching their heads, thinking “….what?” The gorgeous, then-19 year old Paulina Porizkova was featured in the Cars’ video for “Drive,” and although lead singer Ric Ocasek was still married at the time (and 35 years old), the two started dating and have been together ever since. Porizkova has also gone on to say that Ocasek is better-looking than George Clooney.
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills And the award for the most notorious rocker/model pairing goes to Paul McCartney and Heather Mills. Mills is a former model, famous for 2 things: having a prosthetic limb as part of her leg and for trying to suck Sir Macca drier than anyone else ever could. The pair married in 2002 and divorced 6 years later, with the divorce becoming a highly-publicized affair for the settlement amount that the celebrities were fighting for. Mills wanted £125 million – McCartney offered £15.8 million. Because is £15.8 million is obviously pennies, Mills kept fighting for more, eventually ending up with a total of £24.3 million, plus £35,000 per year to take care of their daughter. The best part of this is that Mills fancies herself to be a charity campaigner.
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