Raising the Dead

Recently, when footage of a Whitney Houston hologram rocking out with Christina Aguilera on The Voice leaked online, the response was almost universally negative. “It’s not right and it’s not OK,” was the nearly-unanimous reaction. For those of you who innocently believed that Houston’s performing days were over (given that she died in 2012), let us … Continued

Celebrities, Entertainment, Music

Amy Schumer Truthers

Over the weekend, comedian Amy Schumer was in Greenville, South Carolina, for a performance. She decided to take a jog before her show, but when eager fans spotted her and began taking pictures and video of her, things got interesting. One man evidently got too close to Schumer, who claims that when she asked him to … Continued

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Celebrities and Their Terrible Non-Problems

Rich people, Hollywood actresses, and the media elite like to think they understand the struggles faced by middle and working class Americans. And very often, they try to act as if they share those difficulties. Gwyneth Paltrow is the poster child for such behavior. Her most noted example was when she once publicly said, without … Continued

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Are We Too Hard on Kanye?

Why are we fascinated by Kanye West? He has been a dominating force in the music industry ever since he released his debut album, The College Dropout, in 2003, but he’s also been the object of ridicule for stunts such as his infamous 2009 MTV Video Music Awards interruption of Taylor Swift, which launched a … Continued

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The Cult of Ugliness: America’s Celebrity Fashion Crisis

“Contemporary art has made a cult of ugliness,” British philosopher Roger Scruton once wrote. Looking at Hollywood award shows this season, I think the same can be said of contemporary celebrity fashion culture in America.  And it’s not just at awards shows. At last year’s gala for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, whose … Continued

Celebrities, Fashion

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Laissez-Faire Marriage Plans

Fresh off his “Best Actor” Golden Globes win for his role in The Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio finds himself in a minor maelstrom surrounding his stated views on having children. From the New York Daily News: “Do you mean do I want to bring children into a world like this?” he replied to a query about … Continued

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What Will Pop Culture Look Like After the Baby Boomers?

Who will be the next David Bowie? Bowie’s January 10 death deprived the world of one of its greatest creative talents. Born in 1947, the relentlessly innovative Bowie was both a part of the Baby Boomer generation and one of the primary shapers of the culture it created. His influence pervaded not only music, but … Continued

Culture, Entertainment

Enough with the Hashtag Gratitude

Are you ready for it? Not the turkey. Not the Beaujolais. Not the wacky uncle. No, not any of these Thanksgiving traditions. Are you ready for the coming onslaught of hashtag gratitude flooding your newsfeed, your Instagram, your life? Maybe you’ve already noticed it, as the entire month of November has now become an extended … Continued

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Celebrity Fear Mongers

Have you heard? It’s a miracle you’re alive. Killers lurk everywhere—on store shelves, in schools, in every home. Consider just a few of the many things we’re told will cut your life short: bacon (well, really, all meat), sugar, soda, diet soda, plastic of any kind, your kid’s mattress, their clothes, corn, milk, tuna, coffee, … Continued

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Emily Blunt Needs a Civics Lesson

It is comforting that actress Emily Blunt has others write her lines for her because when she goes off script, she flubs it big time. Blunt deserves congratulations now that she is a newly minted naturalized American citizen. Mazal tov and welcome to the land of the free and the home of the brave, Ms. … Continued

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