Kim K Cover Shows ‘Rolling Stone’ Doesn’t Care About Rock ‘n Roll

Sinead O’Connor spoke out against Rolling Stone’s July cover model, Kim Kardashian, on her official Facebook account yesterday: The post drew tens of thousands of likes, comments, and shares, and no shortage of insults. O’Connor was quickly labeled a “one-hit wonder,” “has-been,” and “irrelevant” by commenters, many of whom were more upset about her use … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Music

Sam Smith is Not a Gay Singer

Don’t make Sam Smith gay. That is to say, don’t make Sam Smith a representative of the gay community and a symbol for all things gay. The 22 year-old British singer just won four Grammy awards and is on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone. Last year Smith revealed that he is … Continued

Entertainment, Music

The “Rape Moment” in Pop Culture

America is having a moment—an uncomfortable moment, no doubt, as our country’s collective attention has been focused once again on the ugly problem of rape. Over the last month, a number of rape allegations have emerged from both the civilian and celebrity world, and the sheer number of these stories and the publicity they’ve received, … Continued


I Read ‘Rolling Stone’s’ Millennial Sex Piece So You Don’t Have To

Is the recent Rolling Stone piece on millennial sex worth responding to? Hardly. But yet here I am, responding. I mainly want to respond by saying, Don’t read it. It’s a terrible waste of time. There is something strangely familiar about it. Maybe it’s because, for years now, major publications have been publishing so-called exposés … Continued


Sometimes, A Cover is Just a Cover

When you actually read the press release Rolling Stone magazine put out in the wake of the social media furor that arose this week surrounding their forthcoming Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cover, it makes more than a little sense. “Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are … Continued


Barack Obama: Celebrity-in-Chief

This celebrity has been on The View,  The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Oprah, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, has been on the cover of Rolling Stone, and has had exclusive interviews with Entertainment Tonight and People Magazine. Can you guess who it is? If you guessed the Commander-in-Chief, … Continued


Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot at Ten

Ten years ago, Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot came out, an album that The Atlantic‘s Spencer Kornhaber is calling “the best rock record of the new millennium” in this piece, which burns a little too hotly in its adoration of the alternative-rock band. No doubt about it, the album was a milestone for Wilco, which formed … Continued

Entertainment, Music

Dartmouth, Hazing, and Animal House, Part II

So Rolling Stone seriously overbid on this article that they just published about Dartmouth College and hazing, which covers the fratty shenanigans of the serial-complainer and bro-turned-whistle-blower Andrew Lohse (who I wrote about here). To give you a sense of the kind of kid Lohse is, all you have to know is that he is … Continued


Tyranny, Insanity, and Pop Culture

It was rather disconcerting for me to come across this article from The New Republic on the pop-culture tastes of dictators–I don’t know about you, but the less I have in common with these mass-murdering tyrants, the better. But, as it turns out, I (and millions of other Americans) are into the same music, movies, … Continued


The Daily Pop Culture Scene

The $8,000 Chicken McNugget–The Telegraph Is This Headline Out of Line?–Rolling Stone The Punk Businesswoman Debuts at Paris’ Fashion Week–WSJ The Amazing Thank-You Notes of Famous People–Huff Post Are These Magazine Covers Racist?–The Daily Beast The Story Behind the “Keep Calm & Carry On” Poster–Atlantic The New Morality of Eating: Sin, Confession, Penance–Spiked The Lorax … Continued