Graydon Carter is kind of a wuss, if you ask me. Vanity Fair had a whole long takedown of Gwyneth Paltrow planned for the magazine, and it was gonna be pretty intense and shocking and REALLY damaging to ole Goopy’s career, apparently. Then Gwyn fired back and the whole thing got canned, for some unknown reason and now Graydon, Vanity Fair‘s Editor-in-Chief, is saying that the whole thing was blown out of proportion and was never going to happen. Apparently the piece was more about the “love/hate phenomenon” surrounding her and not a piece about how fucking insufferable she is (not to mention that supposed affair).
In a new letter posted on VF’s website, Graydon said he was intrigued by the fact that she was named People’s “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” and Star’s “Most Hated Celebrity” in the same week and wanted to explore that a bit. Apparently the men in the office were shocked that people hated Goopy, but the women thought it was totally right. Graydon himself found her sort of obnoxious, but he assigned the story to Vanessa Grigoriadis, who went out into the world to research Goop and her life.
It was one of probably a half-dozen stories we ordered up that week, and once the assignment was made, I didn’t think too much more about it, inasmuch as it wasn’t due in until the end of the summer. Vanessa began making the rounds, talking to people in and out of Hollywood in an effort to get some understanding of the Paltrow phenomenon. And then she reached out to representatives of Gwyneth’s and then to Gwyneth’s friends.
Well, this just released a whole mess of furies. Paltrow sent out a mass e-mail to her show-business friends saying that the magazine was going “tabloid” following our coverage of Tom Cruise’s search for the perfect Scientology wife, and Brad Pitt’s search for the perfect action-film franchise. “Vanity Fair is threatening to put me on the cover of their magazine without my participation,” she said. “I recommend you all never do this magazine again.” She asked that they not speak to Vanity Fair about her, or about anything else ever again. Ever. Never. Kim Jong-un couldn’t have issued a more blanket demand. In due time, the e-mail made its way onto the New York Post’s “Page Six.” An actress throwing a hissy fit is hardly news. But the extreme ferocity of Paltrow’s outrage set off alarm bells throughout the dark regions of the celebrity-mining industry. The overall theory: she must have something to hide.
Long story somewhat short: the story that was turned in was apparently fair and balanced, but because of the hoopla surrounding it, Graydon decided to sit on it for a while and let things die down. Then Gwyneth called him and they talked things out – and she also asked how to get people to like her (LOL), which is kinda sad. Graydon hasn’t denied that they did indeed discover “bombshells” about her life, but he also said he doesn’t want to publish them at this time, for whatever reason.
The fact is the Gwyneth Paltrow story, the one we ordered up, delightfully written as it was, is not the one the anti-Gwynethites expect. That it has generated more mail and attention than many of the biggest stories we’ve ever published only makes the situation more complicated. The thing of it is, we really don’t publish “epic,” out-of-the-blue “takedowns” of individual public figures, unless they are in heated conflict with another public figure or unless their positions and their actions have a grievous effect on the lives of others. We’ll save our gunpowder for bigger stories. And so, sorry as we are to disappoint all those many people out there, for the time being we’ll leave it to another publication to roll out the “epic bombshells” surrounding Gwyneth Paltrow. It’s a story I might read. I just don’t want to publish it.
Fair enough, but I don’t for one second believe that this was as simple as just a truce. There was a reason he – and Vanity Fair at large – wanted to publish this story to begin with. For whatever reason, they decided against it, whether from threat of a legal action, someone calling in a favour, whatever. That’s all fine and well, but I was really looking forward to something juicy there.
February 19, 2014 at 3:30 pm by Jennifer
Matthew McConaughey is the comeback king [Lainey Gossip]
Alec Baldwin’s wife is very flexible [The Superficial]
Wait a minute… is Jennifer Garner pregnant again?! [ICYDK]
How is Emma Watson’s fashion sense these days? [I'm Not Obsessed]
This is Kate Upton’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit shoot [IDLYITW]
Nina Agdal went see-through for Sports Illustrated [Taxi Driver Movie - NSFW]
Gwyneth Paltrow’s rep denies she had an affair [Celebitchy]
What in the hell is Jessie J wearing? [Moe Jackson]
Poor Danica Patrick and her nipple slip :( [Celebslam]
Tamera Mowry has a really adorable family [Bossip]
Kristen Wiig dressed up like Harry Styles and it was amazing [The Frisky]
Lady GaGa is a ’20s style flapper now [Fishwrapper]
Rita Ora doesn’t mind if you see her boobs [Drunken Stepfather - NSFW]
Let’s look at all these pics of Seth Cohen and Blaire Waldorf [theBERRY]
Oh look, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds actually left the house! [Socialite Life]
Taylor Swift has a really cute outfit [Popoholic]
Rihanna is rocking vintage Moschino! [Bohomoth]
Let’s enjoy Cara Delevingne and her Mulberry collection [G Celeb]
RuPaul’s Drag Race has a lot of fans [OMG Blog]
Charlie Sheen won’t get a pre-nup before getting married [The Blemish]
It’s time we all see Alexandra Daddario’s nude scene [The Superficial]
Abbey Clancey needs to watch what’s happening with her dress [Taxi Driver Movie - NSFW]
Please tell me Miley Cyrus and Jared Leto aren’t a thing [Lainey Gossip]
Is this Katy Perry’s engagement ring? [ICYDK]
Pharrell has a new solo album coming out [Starpulse]
Here’s Mario Testino’s towel series [Drunken Stepfather - NSFW]
Tom Hiddleston is ELLE’s Man of the Year [Celebitchy]
John Mayer owns many, many necklaces [theBERRY]
February 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
I feel like Rihanna has kinda tamed herself in the past several months – or maybe we’re just that desensitized to her crotch patting, stripper visiting, ass-baring ways. Either way, I wasn’t really moved by her new interview in Vogue, in which she insists that she’s not trying to be a rebel, she’s just unconventional and likes going against the grain.
Fair enough, of course, but I don’t really see Rihanna as a rebel at this point. She’s just… RiRi. She likes to get her ass out and smoke a lot of weed and that’s what she does. She’s never been a role model and isn’t trying to be and yada yada… so why is this still a discussion?
Here’s what she had to say, anyway:
“I don’t go out of my way to be a rebel or to have that perception, but a lot of the decisions I make, a lot of the direction I want to move, is against the grain, or against society’s tight lane.
“I’m aware of that sometimes. It might not be fitting with the norm, but that’s okay for me.”
Cool. On a side note, that hand tattoo is just horrendous. Why would you layer tattoos on top of one another? Why? And then show it off in a magazine? Just personal preference, of course, but dear God.
February 19, 2014 at 1:30 pm by Jennifer
It really kinda cracks me up that anyone is supposed to believe that Kendall and Kylie Jenner – teenagers who are more concerned with modeling and Instagram selfies than pretty much anything else in life – got together and sat down to write a Young Adult novel. However, we are indeed supposed to believe that, as the two are releasing Rebels: City of Indra. It’s a dystopian story that THEY DEFINITELY DID NOT WRITE that apparently centers on “two super-powered girls, Lex and Livia, who embark on a journey together, not realizing their biggest danger might be each other”. Yes, that sounds right up their alley!
From E! Online:
“Kylie and I love the creative challenge and are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to share this story,” Kendall said, while her sister added, “We can’t wait to share these characters and the world we created with readers everywhere. We are so excited!”
Karen Hunter, publisher of Karen Hunter Publishing, adds, “The story that Kendall and Kylie crafted is a thrill ride—one that their fans and fans of this genre won’t be able to put down.”
This piece of shit is coming out on June 6 – though actually, I’m probably being a bit hasty on my judgments. Given that this will have been ghostwritten, I bet it’ll actually be pretty good. I’m all about dystopian YA, but I think the fact that these two have been able to pay their way to calling themselves “authors” when I guarantee you they did nothing but sign a contract for the actual writer to execute this story kinda makes me want to stay far, far away.
February 19, 2014 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
Surprise! Kim Kardashian is a plastic surgery enthusiast! [Celebitchy]
It’s time for the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ trailer! [The Superficial]
Peter Dinklage is on the cover of ‘Esquire’ and it’s great [Lainey Gossip]
Oh no, Shayne Lamas had to have a hysterectomy after losing her baby [ICYDK]
Corbin Bleu got his butt out – hurrah! [OMG Blog]
Is this naked picture REALLY of Emma Stone? [Drunken Stepfather - NSFW]
Jessica Simpson is rocking that bod in the new Weight Watchers ads [I'm Not Obsessed]
Oh great, it’s Kendall Jenner boobs [Taxi Driver Movie - NSFW]
Anastasia Ashley has a very tiny bikini [IDLYITW]
Lily Aldridge had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction [Moe Jackson]
Rita Ora eats at really fancy establishments [Celebslam]
Bar Paly looks really nice in a bathing suit [G Celeb]
Let’s look at Jennifer Lawrence’s sexy promo pics for ‘X-Men’ [Popoholic]
This is how Rihanna is spending her 26th birthday [Bossip]
Kanye West wants his wedding to be a performance art piece [PopBytes]
When is Kate Middleton getting her Vivienne Westwood on? [Bohomoth]
Why did Bradley Cooper go commando at the White House? [The Frisky]
Brandi Glanville’s Twitter neurosis just got worse [Fishwrapper]
Victoria’s Secret models tend to get great celeb boyfriends [theBERRY]
Shia LaBeouf wore the same sweatpants two days in a row [Socialite Life]
Sophie Anderton didn’t bother to wear a bra with her see-through top [Taxi Driver Movie - NSFW]
Ever wonder what Barbara Walters calls her vibrator? [Starpulse]
Teresa Palmer’s new son tried to steal her ring [The Blemish]
Here are Kate Upton’s boobs in zero gravity [The Superficial]
Oh dear, Katy Perry had a hair tragedy [Lainey Gossip]
Is Angelina Jolie’s purse worth the $425? [Celebitchy]
February 19, 2014 at 10:19 am by Jennifer
Pharrell is all the rage again these days, picking up awards left and right and really taking over mainstream pop. Between the success of his collaboration with Daft Punk and now ‘Happy’, which is a great fucking song and does indeed make one rather joyous, he’s riding high. Of course, we have to remember the start of this comeback, of sorts, which was his work with Robin Thicke on ‘Blurred Lines’, the worst song in history, and yet one of the catchiest.
We all know Robin Thicke is a scumbag. Every single one of his songs is about how great his dick is and how you DEFINITELY want a bit of it, even if you say you don’t. After all, you just need some convincing, so don’t bother resisting, because he’s going to give it to you even if you say no. Robin Thicke is a borderline vocal rapist and everyone knows it, but apparently that’s not how Pharrell sees it.
No, Pharrell thinks ‘Blurred Lines’ wasn’t about sex at all! In fact, he wouldn’t have liked all those naked women in the video if there was anything sexual about it. UHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH?????????
Sorry, my brain just exploded.
From Time Out:
“There were lots of women who wanted to understand what we meant by those lyrics. But the two lines go: ‘You don’t need no papers/That man is not your maker’.
“Boom! Lyrically, you’re done: there’s nothing else to talk about. ‘That man is not your maker’. Plus that treatment was written and shot by a female director, who’s a feminist.”
“Is it sexist when you walk around in a museum and a lot of the statues have their boobs out? The women in that video weren’t doing anything sexual: they were only dancing.
“Just because they had their boobs out, that was ‘sexist’. I didn’t do anything sexually suggestive to any of those women, I wouldn’t allow it. I have respect and I know the message that I want to put out. I’m a fun guy’.”
Okay, I… don’t really know where to start with the sheer idiocy/ignorance here. First of all, saying TWO LINES in an entire song about how a man is not your maker does not give you a clean slate to do whatever the fuck else you wanna do for the rest of the track… especially when the rest of the track is you telling her that that OTHER guy might not tell her what to do, but YOU will because YOU know she “wants it”.
And yes, your idea of a “fun” time as a guy is to have naked women dancing around you. If this wasn’t sexual – which, in the great words of Judge Judith Scheinlin, don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining – why would they need to be naked? What artistic purpose did it serve? That you fully clothed men are singing about convincing a woman how bad she wants you while they dance around you naked with pouty lips? Christ almighty.
Sorry, Pharrell, not buying your sack of shit today. He’s either arrogant as shit and thinks we’re all stupid or HE is actually that stupid. I can’t decide which would be worse.