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July 19, 2013  | by: Neil Protacio
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Image from Rolling Stone

 

Ouch! Too soon…

Rolling Stone magazine is no stranger to any type of controversy. Cult leader Charles Manson graced its cover at one point, hell, even Snooki made it. So on a scale of Charles Manson to Snooki, where exactly did Rolling Stone magazine drop the ball when they plastered 19 year old Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its front cover? Apparently way past the inappropriate line.

Like a band-aid ripped straight off of a flesh wound, the pain still seethes with Americans today. “Insensitive!” many have yelled. Yet, Rolling Stone was quick to parry with a statement: “The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue.” The Rolling Stone claims that the decision to use his picture as its cover was in the bounds of journalism.

Hate to say it, but Rolling Stone is right.

The United States is still reeling from a tragedy that literally shook the nation. What was supposed to be a day of achievement for Boston Marathon runners became the scene of a heinous bombing thanks to Tsarnaev and his brother. However, as we continue to mourn those who have passed away, let us not be short sighted of what Rolling Stone magazine is really all about: journalism.

Think of the cover as the lead sentence in any story: it has to pull you in. The cover is definitely an eye-grabber. If you haven’t been living under a rock, you automatically know who this kid is at first glance. Subheading the selfie are the words: “The Bomber: How a Popular, Promising Student Was Failed by His Family, Fell Into Radical Islam, and Became a Monster.” That’s powerful, and like the Boston Globe has said: it’s also marketing.

So is Rolling Stone wrong for banking on Tsarnaev’s image? Perhaps the answer to that question is deeper than many may think. America has glamorized murderers, I mean, c’mon, we make movies about them all the time! What’s interesting about this predicament is that people are making these accusations because it hits close to home. People don’t want to see Tsarnaev attractive. Anger has taken its discourse, and what Americans want to see is the 19-year-old kid battered and bruised. That’s completely understandable, and this behavior is not unheard of. Remember when nobody wanted to bury his brother?

Americans can’t seem to whirl their head around any idea of compassion, much less understanding towards this situation. When western civilized societies are wronged, the impulse is punishment and punishment now. We don’t like seeing terrorists or murderers in their everyday attire – we want to see them in orange robes and behind bars.

The Rolling Stone, however, turned that aggravation down three notches and transformed Tsarnaev into what others absolutely refuse to see him as: a human being.

Yes, despite the fact that the kid was smart, popular amongst his peers, and was looking toward to becoming a dentist – ALL OF THE GOOD has taken a backseat to his subscription of Al Qaeda’s magazine. We’re quick to stamp the “terrorist” mark on his forehead and turn the blind eye to his citizenship here in America. It’s amazing how much grudge we can hold for one person without the slightest bit of curiosity of who this person actually was. Ignorance is bliss, I guess.

In that light, who’s the monster now?

What do you think about the latest Rolling Stone cover?

July 17, 2013  | by: Paris Close
Instagram (corymonteith)

Instagram (corymonteith)

 

Cory Monteith, popularly known for his portrayal of the irresistible and charming Finn Hudson on Fox’s Glee, was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver, Canada on Saturday, July 13. He was 31.
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July 09, 2013  | by: Kelly Hanelt
Flickr (Ciel Photography)

Flickr (Ciel Photography)

 

Happy July 9th, also known as National No Bra Day! Bras, despite their ubiquity and seemingly harmless undergarment status, are a complicated topic for womankind. While some see them as a tool of repression, others love and collect them as a style statement. For some women they are a necessary evil, and for others their daily uniform. Some women couldn’t care either way. Bras man, what are you going to do with them? Well today, that answer is quite simple – take them off.

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July 09, 2013  | by: Neil Protacio
Twitter (F1abraham)

Twitter (F1abraham)

 

From household name to porn DVD cover, “Teen Mom” star Farrah Abraham has been in and out of headlines for her questionable motherly antics. Quite frankly, it’s beginning to get a little anal (ha-ha! See what I did there?).

After having graced headlines for appearing in “Backdoor Teen Mom” with pornstar icon James Deen, which subsequently became Vivid Entertainment’s #1 selling DVD, the “Teen Mom” star tweeted that she was excited to party at the company’s gentlemen’s club in Mooresville, North Carolina.

A call was made to Vivid questioning the appearance and a representative confirmed. Yes, Abraham will be at Vivid on July 18. No word yet on what exactly she’s going to be there for as it is still in negotiation.

This is getting sad, folks. Abraham was known for her tragic story on “Teen Mom”in which we learned that she was raising a daughter after her boyfriend was killed. To make things worse, she was in the grips of an overbearing mother. Suffice to say, ‘Teen Mom” fans were rooting for her!

Long gone are those days of “Teen Mom” and now Abraham has been enrolled in alcohol rehab. After having starred in “Backdoor Teen Mom”, she has gotten on everyone’s bad side by bad mouthing not only Deen, but other celebrities, including “Teen Mom” co-star Catelynn Lowell. On top of that, instead of spending Mother’s Day with her daughter, Sophia, Abraham ditched the kid for a party in Dallas.

Twitter (f1abraham)

Twitter (f1abraham)

 

In hindsight, perhaps this is the best way to pull in the cash to raise her daughter Sophia. Who are we to judge? Many celebrities such as Channing Tatum and Eve have swirled the pole and twerked for dollars. After this appearance, though, shall we address Farrah Abraham as “Teen Mom star” or “Vivid Entertainment” star?

What do you think of Farah Abraham’s appearance at the Gentleman’s Club?

July 02, 2013  | by: Neil Protacio
Twitter (Paula Deen)

Twitter (Paula Deen)

 

That dreaded N-word. It’s ugly to hear coming from the mouth of someone who isn’t black. In fact, once the vile word is spewed, it’s almost as if your head’s guaranteed a slice through the career guillotine. Look at what happened to Kramer.

It was shocking to hear that Paula Deen, the woman who is as sweet as sweet tea, became the hot topic subject for her less than eloquent vernacular, and for her idea of a southern plantation-themed wedding with black waiters (cough slaves cough). But once the dust had settled and nearly all her partners left her career for dead, this writer didn’t feel as if justice for the black community was served. In fact, what I felt was confusion…even pity.

The context in which the N-word was used may never be known, and at sixty-six years old, it’s not uncommon to forget when you’ve used the word or to keep track of anything you do. But in that sentiment of foul language and behavior, a large bull’s eye looms over the head of the southern chef, despite the fact that other celebrities have done the same, if not worse.

In the midst of rape allegations, Kobe Bryant lost two major endorsements in 2003, but clinched onto the almighty Nike sponsorship. While Nike could have easily snipped the line when the case closed, ultimately branding Bryant as a cheater, they stayed quiet when the basketball player called a referee, a f***** in 2011. The road to redemption was costly – a $100,000 worth redemption, in fact. And after reaching out on television and social media, Bryant stayed on top as one of the most celebrated basketball players of all time.

Chris Brown, famous for not only his music, but also the domestic abuse case involving then girlfriend Rihanna, got a mere slap on the wrist. No jail time was served other than community service. He released an apology nationwide and after a quick hiatus away from music, he came back swinging with a new album. Fans, especially women, made it known that they forgave him by making Grafitti number 7 on the Billboard 200. Brown is also known for his homophobic slurs, slinging the F-word at Frank Ocean – who’s openly gay – and inferring that Drake is a homo.

If domestic abuse, infidelity, and homophobic slurs can’t destroy the careers of a basketball player and an R&B singer, why exactly did the N-word and the idea of an Antebellum-era styled wedding push Deen off the map? The answer may be in her skin color.

Whites – the original oppressor of the United States. Nobody has really forgiven them for slavery and taking over Native American land. As we fast forward through time and land ourselves in the 21st century, the Georgia cowgirl is the modern day oppressor. She doesn’t realize that enjoying the professionalism of Black waiters in a southern plantation is the underlying feel of white privilege, or not knowing what it’s like to be on the opposite side of the era. She, like many other white folk, simply just don’t understand how the N-word, specifically coming from her mouth, cuts deep. So when push came to shove, and companies had to decide whether they wanted to keep white-as-snow Paula Deen on their side or keep the black community….companies of course went for the latter.

Deposition aside, how fatal do her words cut, and how are they not worse than Bryant and Brown? This is where the sword swung at her twice. Where Paula Deen can’t triumph in controversies because of her skin color, Bryant and Brown can relish in theirs and much more.

Men have always been seen as sexual predators, always lurking for new booty to smash, and Bryant being a popular, touring basketball player, it was simply apart of the road life to be sleeping around. Brown on the other hand had a free media spin that inspired sympathy. According to news sites, Brown has had a history of domestic abuse in the family. Can we face palm now? Geez, no wonder he beat the living daylights out of Rihanna!

But is what they did in the past excusable? Certainly not, however their careers continue to flourish.

Let’s come back to Deen in an incident where she used the N-word… which just so happened to be when a black robber held her at gun point. We’re giving her a penalty because of something she may have screamed in anger?

Now that the television has had their fill of Paula Deen, the question remains, can she learn from her mistakes? Can she vindicate herself from her statements and grow out of her ignorance? African Americans nationwide deserve an apology and she’s done that. Her former fans may have even given her a brief history lesson and explained their feelings to her – I’m not sure, but Paula Deen has apologized and I feel like she meant it. Cutting her from Food Network, Home Depot, Target, Walmart, Sears, and QVC is a bit of an overkill.

If what Paula Deen speaks is true (“I is what I is!”) then she’s not the racist we all perceive her to be. She is white and ignorant, fully blinded by white privilege and one-sided history lessons. She can learn from her mistakes just as other celebrities who have made the same mistakes have. What Deen needs to do now is take time off from television and educate herself.

C’mon ya’ll. Do you really think Paula Deen is going to draw out a whip and crack it over people’s backs? Let’s not.

July 02, 2013  | by: Neil Protacio
Twitter (lovebscott)

Twitter (lovebscott)

 

Androgynous, mystifying, and glamorous. These are just a few words that can describe the beautiful B. Scott, a famous YouTuber and pop culture blogger. B. Scott is know for trumping many media pundits and landing himself in numerous television and radio spots – all while portraying a gorgeous mix of man and woman in his look, and maintaining a lively and lovable personality.

B. Scott was asked to host a BET Awards pre-show and when he arrived, apparently the network producers asked him to tone down the fierce and kick off the heels.

Um, do they not know who the Queen is?

B. Scott took to Twitter as love muffins nationwide sent a barrage of comments to BET on their poor taste.

 

The attitude toward B. Scott’s wardrobe is perplexing, to say the least. The BET network is known to highlight accomplished Black entertainers and role models, yet it seems as if the red penalty flag will be thrown in once a man wants to show up to the red carpet in heels and makeup.

This isn’t the first time BET has run into problems. The network has long since been affiliated with justifying stereotypes and turning a blind eye to current events that directly affect the black community. In that light, perhaps Black Entertainment Television isn’t ready to embrace their gay community, even as the Supreme Court of the United States just recently ruled the 17-year-old Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and threw away California’s same-sex marriage ban.

June 27, 2013  | by: Kelly Hanelt
Flickr (@mdnj1982)

Flickr (@mdnj1982)

 

While hordes of media attention has been directed towards the recent birth (and hyper-paranoid fake pictures) of North West, today marks the birthday of another one of Kim’s clan: little sister and bona fide badass, Khloe Kardashian Odom. Anyone who has ever watched “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” which, let’s face it, is pretty much everyone, immediately recognizes Khloe as the spirit of the show. Kim is the face, Kris is the brains, Kourtney is the strength, Lord Disick is… Lord Disick, and Khloe is undeniably the spirit. So, in honor of her 29th birthday, here is a list of the 20 reasons we love Khloe.

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June 20, 2013  | by: Kelly Hanelt
Twitter (@limpgloss)

Twitter (@limpgloss)

 

You knew that McTwerk Team was leading nowhere good. For the past few months, the public life of Miley Cyrus has played out like a horror movie trailer. One sees glimpses, sneak peeks, and interviews. You have seen enough to know that whatever artistic endeavor that has come to fruition from all these efforts is nothing your eyes care to experience. Yet you knew that on the fated day that it did arrive, whether you chose to participate in the mayhem or not, there was no escaping it. When Miley released the audio for “We Can’t Stop,” it wasn’t anything groundbreaking, just the next step in what has to be one of the the most public emancipations from child-star innocence in the past decade (and with competiton like Lindsay Lohan, Macaulay Culkin and Amanda Bynes, that’s saying something.) But it didn’t end there. Oh no, it did not.

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June 18, 2013  | by: Kelly Hanelt
Twitter (@lameadolescent)

Twitter (@lameadolescent)

 

Every summer has a soundtrack. For reasons easily discernible (the sun, the freedom, the enhanced feeling that something marvelous is lingering just out of reach) the season adopts music in a magical manner. People have playlists for all sorts of occasions, sure, but none is so universally beloved the montage labeled “songs of summer ____.” This year is no exception. The radio stations have already declared their unwavering loyalty to Daft Punk and Macklemore, among others. Loyalty to a fault I should say, because after the 95th time listening to “Get Lucky” on one road trip, luck is the last emotion felt. However, since the search for that perfect summer song is never really over, here are 5 contestants vying for your auditory affections. May they serve you well.

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June 13, 2013  | by: Jara Montez
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Flickr (mafik66)

 

So long to teens having babies, Mama Dee’s unique vocabulary, stories of seven strangers living together, and everything else not related to music on MTV, VH1 and CMT. That’s right…They’re gone!

Well, just for one day.

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