Celebrity Overreach: Leonardo DiCaprio edition

With the Presidential primary season in full swing, the media is lousy with sightings of that annoying yet ubiquitous species: the celebrity political hack. You can’t throw a brick at a Hillary or Bernie rally without being introduced to a celebrity “special guest” or musical act, and Instagram feeds are clogged with images of “famous” people … Continued


Finally, Our Long National ‘Hunger Games’ Nightmare Ends

Call it “Katniss fatigue” or blame it on Donald Trump, but Americans may have finally eaten their fill of The Hunger Games. Mockingjay Part 2—the fourth and (mercifully) final installment of the popular franchise—hit theaters last weekend and despite its respectable box office receipts, it seems that moviegoers are not as motivated to immerse themselves … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

JLaw, Meet Your New Love Guru: Ben Bernanke

In a world dominated by dating apps that promise true love (or at least efficient hookups) at the swipe of a finger across a screen, old-fashioned dating and marriage advice might seem passé. In fact, as a new generation confronts the question of whether or not to get married, it’s more necessary than ever. How … Continued


Hollywood Needs a Biology Lesson

A dear friend of mine declined to attend the (superb) Broadway play Skylight because, she said, it was “gross” that Carey Mulligan, who is 30, plays the love interest of Bill Nighy, 65. Vulture has a piece headlined, “Emma Stone, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence Have an Older-Man Problem,” castigating moviemakers for assigning each of … Continued


The Do’s and Don’ts of Personal Space (Oscars Edition)

This year’s Academy Awards were unforgettable—and mostly for the wrong reasons. Even setting aside the performance of host Neil Patrick Harris, who pretty definitively “bombed,” and the surprise winners (Birdman) and losers (Boyhood, save for Patricia Arquette), Sunday night’s event highlighted a couple of social faux pas worth recording—particularly as they relate to personal space. … Continued


Tinder and the Problem of Sexual Objectification

The smartphone dating app Tinder has been catching fire faster than Katniss Everdeen can wield a bow and arrow. Currently, Tinder boasts over 50 million global active users, who check their accounts 11 times per day or spend an average of 1.5 hours daily on the app. From its start, however, Tinder has been clouded … Continued


“Separated” Still Means Married

Some time ago, I wrote a piece here suggesting that Jennifer Lawrence was obscenely overrated. Everyone had J-Law fever, and I proposed that perhaps the young lady with whom everyone was so enamored, the young lady who was, for example, flipping off the Oscar Press Room, was actually kind of vulgar. The haters hated, but … Continued


Why Privacy Violations Should Outrage Us

In light of the recently minted “Snappening”—the latest nude hack involving 200,000 photos of Average Joes culled over several years, it’s time to rethink our stance on privacy. Privacy in the domain of technology is considered a privilege that many Americans are quickly willing to shrug off, including my Acculturated colleague who penned “Celebgate and … Continued

Culture, Tech

Jennifer Lawrence: The Face That Launched 1,000 Hackers

I know I might as well stamp “tragically unhip” on my forehead by admitting this, but right now I’m rereading The Iliad. You know, Homer. They made a movie of it with Brad Pitt a few years back? I just can’t get enough of dactylic hexameter! (I’m not kidding—it’s 600-page poem.) Anyway, plowing through a … Continued