Politics Trumps Sex at the MTV Video Music Awards

Sex isn’t as cool as it used to be. At least that’s one message one might glean from Sunday night’s surprisingly restrained MTV Video Music Awards. Miley Cyrus wasn’t twerking all over a teddy bear and Britney Spears wasn’t there to slither around half-naked with a snake or make out with Madonna as in previous … Continued


Why Social Justice Warriors Think It’s OK to Be Racist Towards Asians

It happens all too often to Americans of Asian ancestry. They are walking home on a crowded street, and someone bumps into them and shouts, “Go back to China!” When it happened last year to Michael Luo, a New York Times journalist, he started the hashtag #ThisIs2016, and Asian-Americans shared their stories. It happened to … Continued


MTV’s Ridiculous New Year’s Resolutions for White Guys

For a network that has always either been, or striven to be, on the cutting edge of pop culture, MTV revealed itself to be remarkably out-of-touch with the zeitgeist. Apparently the youth-oriented cable channel didn’t get the memo that there is a cultural backlash against political correctness in effect, and that half the country is … Continued


Ladies, This is Not How You Celebrate Pregnancy

It’s enough to want to make you bring back the era of confinement during pregnancy (oh, wait, that was a myth). At this weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards, an event regularly replete with unfortunate fashion choices, “Catfish” star Nev Schulman’s pregnant fiancee Laura Perlongo decided, what the heck, she’d outgrown all of her maternity clothes, … Continued


Twitter Fails and Faux Pas: Summer 2014 Edition

I love Twitter, and I’m not ashamed to say it. I’m a grown man with a beard who owns a small business and I love Twitter. I really do. Now, before you smugly say something like, “Well if you love it so much, why don’t you marry it?” please read this previous piece about how … Continued


If Russell Brand Keeps This Up, I Might Start to Like Him

My first exposure to British actor/comedian Russell Brand was when he hosted the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. I was an instant – well, whatever is the opposite of “fan.” As time went on and I saw more of him, and occasionally read his op-eds in the Guardian, I liked him even less – or … Continued


What the $%#@ Happened to Miley Cyrus?

Monday morning, many TV viewers probably woke up wondering if the Miley Cyrus VMA performance was a nightmare. Sadly, it was in fact real. The Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski tweeted that Miley needs an “intervention,” adding, “That was not art. That was a cry for help-Shame on MTV and any who facilitate.” ABC TV personality Melissa Rycroft … Continued

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The Plight of Lower-Middle-Class Men: Charles Murray’s Fishtown and MTV’s Buckwild

Not much has changed for men since Shakespeare’s day. Today, the average American male finishes college and works for several years before marrying at age 28.[1] Contra Romeo & Juliet, a European male in the early modern era was not much different, waiting until his late twenties to tie the knot.[2] The reasons are similar. As Kay Hymowitz observes, … Continued

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Watch the First Kiss Ever Filmed–Huffington Post Paul McCartney Yesterday and Today–Rolling Stone Sex, Lies, Memoirs: The Cost of Writing Tell-All Books–Atlantic Reese Witherspoon on Domestic Violence & Rihanna–WaPo Get Ready for MTV’s Sex Advice Show–The Wrap Black & White & Red All Over the Red Carpet–WSJ Wearing Red Makes You Sexy, Dumb & Repellant–Jezebel … Continued