Is this innocent face destroying society with her “Jersey Shore” platform? (Uh, that’s Snooki, in case you didn’t know.) Or are her critics classist and condescending? Read and voice your thoughts on our piece "Five Vilified TV Shows Critics Have Got Wrong." Also included: “Skins,” “South Park,” “Californication,” and—yes—”My Super Sweet 16.”
Jane Yolen, 72, is a sci-fi/fantasy author who has written over 300 books, one of the most popular being The Devil’s Arithmetic, about a modern-day Jewish girl transported in time to WWII-era Poland, which was made into a movie starring Kirsten Dunst in 1999. Yolen is also a big proponent of libraries, which is basically why the Tea Party has recently made her a target. Read about how she bravely called out Wisconsin State Senator Ron Johnson for his hypocrisy, and how right-wing radicals are now attacking her online here.
Fashion wonks: remember about three, maybe four seasons ago, when then-Paris Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld was dressing exclusively in the tan-pink shade known as “nude”? And those of us whose skin tone is not that specific tan-pink shade were like… WTF? Well—here is a nice little open letter to the fashion industry about how calling tan-pink “nude” is racist and insults those of us whose actual naked skin is a little more… vibrant than fashion-industry nude. Not to insult the shade itself—it’s a nice little hue on the low end of the Pantone scale—but like, call it “cherry vanilla” or something.
Obviously, Roseanne Barr is the illest—her recent reappearance in the media has brought much joy, mirth and totally dry wit to our lives. In her conversation with Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman, though, she also discusses how she used her acerbic humor to completely change the face of television, looking at progressive topics like unions and gay marriage, plus featuring prime time television’s first ever lesbian kiss. And—daresay—she’s better, and more relevant, than ever? Read/watch the entire hilarious and smart exchange over here.
Sooo… have you seen the Breast Milk Baby? It’s a popular European doll that teaches children about breastfeeding, and it’s about to be marketed in the States… which is obviously giving conservatives and Fox pundits palpitations. But Crunktastic from Crunk Feminist Collective has a different concern…. could it contribute to people thinking feminist, progressive mothers who don’t breastfeed are “bad”? Check out her think piece over here.
(02:14:21 PM) bradass87: listened and lip-synced to Lady Gaga’s Telephone while exfiltratrating possibly the largest data spillage in american history
-Wired has finally released the full transcripts of the chat logs between alleged whistleblower Bradley Manning and Adrian Lamo, the disgruntled former hacker who reported his alleged cable data dump to the FBI. All in all it’s mostly a heartbreaking read — Manning was clearly isolated, depressed and desperate, and for every 40 lines he typed, Lamo reciprocated with one.
By now everyone knows the cables were burned onto a blank CD marked “Lady Gaga,” but this particular segment of the chat was the kind of cultural moment that gets burned into history. Gaga might not have been our personal choice for a lip sync/download party—Robyn, maybe?— but if the leaked Cables are this generation’s Pentagon Papers, in 30 years, it’s going to be a real artifact.
Perhaps playing on Cynthia Plaster Caster’s lifelong penis documentation project, British artist Jamie McCartney spent five years taking casts of various women’s vaginas for a huge project that culminated in a sculpture he titled “The Great Wall of Vagina.” (Heh.) Beyond the feminist implications, evolutionary biologist PZ Myers thinks that McCartney might be beating out scientific research when it comes to documenting variants of female genitalia. Watch the awesome mini-documentary above, and then go read his post, where he essentially declares as much: that this project is far ahead of actual science. Wild!
"The Voice" finale is tonight! Before it ends, go read Sarah Seltzer’s awesome piece on why it is the progressive’s response to “American Idol”:
As a result of “blind” tryouts and voting patterns that followed, McClellan was just one of a varied crew of finalists: fat, thin, older and younger, gay and straight (despite “Idol’s” producing gay stars like Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert, none of them came out publicly until the run was over) racially, ethically and musically varied, and possessed of personal histories that renders them more than vehicles for pop treacle, but instead, in most cases, genuine artists who need to be coached rather the created.