Katy Perry has gotten some shit over the past few months for her cultural appropriation practices – from dressing up like a geisha to, more recently, featuring mummified bodies with huge boobs and asses with big hoop earrings during her Prismatic World Tour shows. So what does Katy make of the criticism?
From Rolling Stone:
“As far as the mummy thing, I based it on plastic surgery,” she says. “Look at someone like Kim Kardashian or Ice-T’s wife, Coco. Those girls aren’t African-American. But it’s actually a representation of our culture wanting to be plastic, and that’s why there’s bandages and it’s mummies. I thought that would really correlate well together… It came from an honest place. If there was any inkling of anything bad, then it wouldn’t be there, because I’m very sensitive to people.”
She knows the rules are changing, that “cultural appropriation” is increasingly uncool, but she’s not thrilled about it. “I guess I’ll just stick to baseball and hot dogs, and that’s it,” she says. “I know that’s a quote that’s gonna come to fuck me in the ass, but can’t you appreciate a culture? I guess, like, everybody has to stay in their lane? I don’t know.”
Ouch, she’s right – the hot dogs and baseball thing will definitely come back to haunt her. On one hand, I get what she’s saying: I believe you can appreciate other cultures that you’re not a part of for their beauty and rich history, but I also think it’s a thin line between appreciation and attempting to claim something as your own that you don’t fully understand. I think Katy’s intentions are good, but intention doesn’t really matter if the end result is fucked up – especially to the cultural groups who are on the receiving end. After all, it might be cool to “act black” or appreciate “ratchet” parts of black culture now, but where it counts, it’s definitely not all that great of an experience for people of colour much of the time. Just something for Katy (and Gaga and others…) to think about.
July 31, 2014 at 7:30 am by Jennifer
Chris Brown has been living it up since leaving jail a couple of months ago – recording songs with Justin Bieber, throwing big parties, pretending he’s a gang-banger and generally just being his usual asshole self. Something else he’s doing? Getting fat, apparently (according to TMZ).
I guess Chris used to have a six pack and was all fit and hot by society’s standards, and now he’s got a bit of a belly and isn’t all that toned. In fact, he DARED to go shirtless with that horrendous body:
Chris Brown continues to look noticeably heavier since getting out of jail … bravely partying without a shirt on while hanging out Wednesday afternoon in glorious St. Tropez.
CB is partying in France while one of his new neighbors in the San Fernando Valley tells TMZ he has no qualms about shooting the R&B singer if he trespasses onto his property.
Based on these photos, it doesn’t seem Chris moves with a lot quickness these days … so he’s best to heed the warning.
Y’all know I hate Chris Brown, but seriously? First of all, he’s not fat – they’re making out as if he’s 350lbs. Secondly, even if he WAS 350 lbs, why is that a reason for ridicule? Is his behaviour and general dickishness not providing enough material? It’s just so… middle school. I know we’re dealing with TMZ here, but I thought they could be slightly more creative than weight shaming.
Anyway, what do you think? Is Chris really getting fat? Is he going to have a breakdown? Will he ever have a career again?
July 31, 2014 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
David Guetta is a DJ who is filthy fucking rich just for knowing how to push a few buttons on a laptop, and people go batshit for this dude. Of course, EDM isn’t what it once was when rave culture was at its peak, but the younger generation is still loving polished club music and basically handing David Guetta money.
Last weekend, Guetta “played” a set at Tomorrowland festival in Belgium, and clearly he’d taken a little too much acid/ecstasy/whatever newfangled drug kids these days do at music festivals and literally trips balls on stage, staring out into the great unknown for long spans of time and going on a trip that is clearly outside this galaxy. It’s almost magical to watch.
Here we go…
Absolutely brilliantly insane. I love it. Also, we’ve gotta watch the obligatory Saturday Night Live digital short, which is one of the best things that’s appeared on that show in the past few years, hands down.
Stuff like this really makes me love life to the fullest, man.
July 31, 2014 at 5:30 am by Jennifer
Lady Gaga likes dressing up as every nationality of the world, and her most recent foray into international waters was the outfit seen above, which she wore in New York City where she was out promoting Cheek to Cheek. I don’t even really know where to begin with this one. I suppose the nose ring is a creative touch compared to just a bindi, which is the more popular cultural appropriation accessory.
In addition to being ridiculous, this outfit just looks ugly (on her). Not feeling it.
July 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm by Jennifer
Ohhhh shit, Martha Stewart is throwing shade! Blake Lively may have just launched her own lifestyle website, but Martha is not worried about her coming for the homemaker crown and thinks Blake ought to stick to acting because she will never be on her plane of existence. LOVE IT.
From Page Six:
When asked about Lively’s new website, Preserve, Stewart, 72, seemed puzzled as to why the “Gossip Girl” actress would want to be anything like her.
“Let her try,” Stewart told the Huffington Post on Saturday. “I don’t mean that factiously! I mean, it’s stupid, she could be an actress! Why would you want to be me if you could be an actress? I just did a movie yesterday, though — I can’t even tell you about it — but I want to be Blake Lively.”
“Every day I get starstruck by somebody or something,” she continued. “It’s fun to admire and to learn from people who are better at everything than you are, so I have many heroes I worship, Derek Jeter — I can’t play baseball like Derek Jeter! And Beyoncé — I certainly can’t dance and sing like Beyoncé!”
Hilariously, Blake was rambling on to Vogue recently about how great Martha is and how she’s “generous and kind” and whatnot. And I’m sure she is – I don’t think Martha said any of this maliciously, but she does make a good point. What’s with certain actresses feeling the need to become a lifestyle brand unto themselves? What makes Blake Lively (or Gwyneth Paltrow, for instance) qualified to tell you what foods or $300 tea towels you need in your life? Martha may not have started in this industry either, but she at least did the work and knows what she’s talking about.
July 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Jennifer
Scarlett Johansson is very pregnant and living her glamourous French life, so she’s been opting for a more natural beauty look lately. Her most recent move is an interesting one: a very short, very strange haircut that looks like she did herself in a Britney-esque breakdown. It actually kind of suits her, I just wonder if it’s for a role or to escape the bullshit summer weather (IT IS HOT!).
What do you think? Does she pull it off?