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You'll Never Guess What Spread at the Swingers Convention in New OrleansA swingers convention in New Orleans has been deemed a “super-spreader” event by officials after 41 attendees tested positive for coronavirus. Searching desperately for a pun, my boyfriend commented that, “it’s too bad the number of cases wasn’t 69.” We have since broken up.
Free BritneyWe tell ourselves Britney Spears wants our attention. From the very outset of her fame, the idea that Britney wouldn’t put it out there if she didn’t want us to look made her audience feel better about gawking at the exposed midriff of a 17-year-old girl. But the three-note opening hook of “...Baby One More Time,” the song that would launch her to an almost unfathomable level of closely studied celebrity, is ominous, oddly funereal for a teeny bopper pop hit. It posed a question: “Oh baby, baby, how was I supposed to know/That something wasn’t right here?”And with her introductory line as a solo pop star, Britney was already pushing back against the idea that she was asking for whatever her audience gave her.
Why Does TikTok Hate Matthew Morrison So Much?At some point in 2020, Gen-Z internet unanimously agreed to hate Matthew Morrison, the generally “ok” network television actor. On TikTok and Twitter, mostly, a widely proliferating meme proclaims: “Fuck Matthew Morrison!” There is no reason for this. He is not a particularly famous person; his most notable recent project is NBC’s Grinch Musical Live, certainly not enough to warrant a generation of internet users proclaiming their disgust at the man in unison. Yet, despite a relative lack of news about the actor, this seemingly out-of-nowhere vitriol for Morrison is simple to explain. It all comes down to object permanence.
New Lawsuit Alleges Erika Jayne's Divorce Was Really a Business ArrangementIn early November, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne filed for divorce from superstar attorney Tom Girardi, a man whose cases have been featured in films like Erin Brokovich. The news seemed to come as a shock to fans, who believed Jayne’s tales of a picture perfect marriage onscreen. In an announcement that followed the news, Jayne said: “I have great love and respect for Tom and for our years and the lives we built together. It is my absolute wish to proceed through this process with respect and with the privacy that both Tom and I deserved.” In the weeks since, however, this facade of an amicable separation seems to have crumbled.
U.S. Women's Soccer Team Is Finally Allowed to Play In Decent Venues, Just Like the Men's TeamIt’s been over a year since the US Women’s National Team filed a pay discrimination lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation and the suit has been moving through the court system at the speed of a one-legged turtle. The suit, filed in March of 2019, claimed the USSF had discriminated against the women’s team because of their gender, resulting in unequal pay and unequal working conditions compared to their co-workers the US Men’s National Team. In May, a California judge issued a partial summary judgment, removing the pay discrimination claim from the suit, arguing that because the women’s team made more money than the men’s team in 2019 no gender-based pay discrimination took place. (This, of course, did not factor in that the women won the World Cup that year and spent more time working than the men).
Lady Gaga's Oreos Are the Cookie Equivalent of a Corporate RaveI liked Lady Gaga’s latest album, Chromatica, well enough. As a transexual, I am obliged to say these things in public, since the terms of my relationship with Mother Monster are outlined quite clearly in my contract. But I’m also not a liar, and while there are high points to her trumpeted return to dance pop, the album was also more of the same. And the same is fine! It was almost like she dressed up an Oreo cookie in pink and green, while underneath, it was just the same Oreo.
Lawsuit Charges California Has Failed Black, Latinx, Low-Income Students During the PandemicWhen K-12 classes went remote earlier this spring, experts warned that the impact would be most felt by those who were already being failed by our educational system, in particular Black and Latinx students as well as those living in more rural districts. In June, the New York Times predicted that “the average student could fall seven months behind academically, while black and Hispanic students could experience even greater learning losses, equivalent to 10 months for black children and nine months for Latinos.” As the covid-19 pandemic has continued into the fall, the disparities, which track along already existing fault lines, have become starker, especially when it comes to which students have the option of learning in-person and which do not.
Let's Check in On Selena Gomez, Who Is Reportedly 'Pissed' at Saved by the Bell But Also Maybe Dating Jimmy ButlerLast week, Selena Gomez trended on social media after a clip from the Saved By the Bell went viral (I, too, hate 2020 mad-libs.) In it, one character jokes, “I know for a fact that Selena Gomez’s kidney donor was Justin Bieber’s mom. God, I wish that I had my phone so that I could prove it,” to which another replies, “Prove what? That you’re an idiot? It was Demi Lovato’s kidney. They’re best friends, like you and I were.” Fans were pissed that Gomez’s 2017 kidney transplant surgery was turned into a cheap joke, and NBCUniversal released a statement: “We apologize. It was never our intention to make light of Selena’s health. We have been in touch with her team and will be making a donation to her charity, The Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research at USC.” By now, this flub would be ancient history, except that a “source” close to Gomez told Entertainment Weekly on Tuesday, “Selena was really upset by the Saved by the Bell scene about her health and thought of it as bullying and offensive. She felt as though her kidney transplant, and others who have gone through that, was used as a joke at her expense.” Until Gomez speaks to it publicly—and she shouldn’t, it’s two seconds in a garbage show no one will remember come 2021—I’m not convinced!
Hey Obama... Some People Actually Do Want to Defund the PoliceDuring an interview on the Snapchat political show “Good Luck America” (because apparently that’s a thing?), former President Barack Obama decided to stick his foot in his mouth once again by telling host Peter Hamby that political candidates who use “snappy” slogans like “defund the police” could be jeopardizing their goals of enacting meaningful police reform. Brushing past the fact that people calling for the police to be defunded aren’t saying their ultimate goal is police reform, now we’re supposed to take unsolicited slogan edits from a man whose most memorable Presidential campaign slogans were the wildly creative zingers “Change” and “Yes We Can”? Sounds pretty “snappy” to me.
Healthcare Workers Say Some Patients Don't Believe They Have Covid-19—Even When It's Killing ThemMSNBC reports that frontline healthcare workers in Appalachia, as well as in cities and towns across the nation, are reporting that despite increasing positivity rates in their communities, they regularly encounter covid-19 skepticism among their patients. Healthcare workers in these communities have been preparing for a pandemic for years, but what they couldn’t have anticipated is that they would also have to deal with people being in denial that the pandemic is happening, or that they could have gotten sick—even when they have tested positive for the virus and are getting sicker by the hour.
Remember BlackBerry? She's Back (Sort of)Many years ago, in a time before moments were recorded and edited into TikToks, Reels, and Fleets there was an electronic device known to the people of the era as a BlackBerry. An archaic device, the BlackBerry—or as it was sometimes called the BB—was used to transmit messages between parties using an ancient transcription service called BB Messenger. The BlackBerry was square in shape with a keyboard that had the tiniest keys possible and a screen that did not respond to touch. A trackball propelled a cursor allowing users to access the internet. It was a simpler time.
Marsai Martin Is The Youngest Hollywood Executive Producer EverMarsai Martin, best known for playing Diane Johnson in Black-ish, has set a Guinness World Record for being the youngest person to be an Executive Producer for her 2019 film Little, which starred Martin herself as well as Regina Hall and Issa Rae. Martin is currently 16, but at the time the film was released on April 12, 2019, she was only 14 years and 241 days old.
Would You Rather the Rats Fall on You or You Fall Into the Rats?Here’s a pleasant thought experiment for this dreadful Tuesday, sponsored by (I’m sorry) a tweet from New York micro-interest blog Gothamist’s Jake Offenhartz and inspired by two rat-forward lawsuits currently pending in New York City. Would you rather a bunch of rats fall onto you, or would you rather fall into the pit of rats?
Why Did Lush UK Give Money to an Anti-Trans Group?Beauty brand Lush, which prides itself on natural ingredients and being a general friend of the planet, has reportedly also been a friend to Woman’s Place UK, an anti-trans women’s rights group in the United Kingdom. According to Pink News, financial statements on Woman’s Place UK’s website show a £3,000 contribution for “event organizing” from Lush. The money was generated through the company’s charity pot initiative, which anyone who has been to a store would be familiar with. Charity pot donations are made possible by the sale of creams and washes designated by special packaging often featuring animals in need or the ocean, and portions from the sale of those items go toward grants that Lush issues throughout the year.
Nobody Wants to Be a Knight AnymoreMost of what I know of knighthood comes from Disney’s Sword in the Stone, but I have seen it multiple times and thus am an expert. And as an expert, I can definitively say that there is one main way a person becomes either an officer, commander, or member of the now-defunct Order of the British Empire and that is by being an orange-haired jerk or his himbo son. However, apparently, there is a second way: The UK government and crown will just sell the titles to folks who don’t even live in leaky castles.
This Is What Government Abandonment Looks LikeWe’re about to enter the grimmest period of the covid-19 pandemic, with cases, hospitalizations, and deaths spiking across the country and with holiday travel and gatherings driving what will likely be a deadly surge. As the Washington Post noted, we may soon “reach levels where hospitals are forced to choose which patients to save and which to let die, and where lockdowns become unavoidable realities of everyday life.”
A Sad Day for Singles: Rihanna Is Reportedly Dating A$AP RockyI’m a woman of few desires, and one of those desires is for Rihanna to be happy. I was excited for her when it seemed like she was getting super serious with Hassan Jameel, a hot billionaire, despite my belief that there are no ethical or moral or good billionaires. I was happy for her when they broke up, because she was once again single and free. And now, I’m happy that she is reportedly dating A$AP Rocky, a longtime friend who, no doubt, is happier than all of us combined right now.
The Rock Climbing World Is Apparently Disgustingly Racist and SexistHoping for a momentary escape into nature, away from the racism and sexism embedded in our society? Then by all means do not go rock climbing, a pastime whose participants have merely found more inventive ways to express their bigotry.