Tag Archives: Scandal

Blog Roundup

  • Meghan Markle: I’m More Than An ‘Other’This isn’t a new post, but this was my first time reading this. With the announcement of the royal engagement, this is a reminder of just why we love her so much. 
  • On Blonde Girls in Cheongsams [Racked]
  • 5 Lessons from Jimmy Iovine [GOOD]

  • Alexa Chung answers questions while eating spicy vegan nuggets.
  • Airlines hate your smart luggage [Gizmodo]
  • Silicon Valley is sneaking models into their holiday parties [Bloomberg] This is absolute trash and disgusting. I hate hearing about this stuff. 
  • Google is rolling out a new feature that allows celebrities to answer the most asked questions about themselves – selfie style [Engadget]
  • YouTube will launch a paid music streaming service next year [Hypebeast]
  • Apple reportedly purchasing Shazam for $401 million [Hypebeast]
  • Hangover cures from your favorite food pros [Coveteur]
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Uma Thurman Bites Back

The first part of this caption got cut off, but it says “Happy Thanksgiving.” The most important part of this caption, however, is that s/o to Harvey. Oh my goodness. I love Uma Thurman and I feel like this message is almost as if it’s coming from her character in Kill Bill. We can’t wait to see what she’ll be addressing next, but whatever the case, I think every woman can fully agree with and stand by Uma on this one.

No amount of rehab, money, or # of apologies will prevent us from forgetting what you all did.

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Ashley Judd on How to Handle Sexual Harassment

I’ve been holding onto this video for a couple of weeks now and usually when that happens, it’s because I want to marinate on things a little bit longer before I post. These past few weeks – past month – have been littered with news calling out numerous individuals across different industries, but mainly entertainment, for sexual harassment and sexual assault. At times, the details are disturbing and hard to read, but I continue to do so because it’s important. I know that the victims, both men and women, likely struggled to spit those details out for fear of re-opening those wounds. I have so many thoughts on all of this that I could write an essay about it. However, I want to focus for a second on the video posted above.

The assaults, the harassment – all of it is just bad. One thing that consistently irks me is the cat calling. I don’t know how we can get away from it. I wish I could say that I’m someone that is quick on my feet and that when it happens to me, I’m able to shoot something back out at the caller, but I am never that person. You want to know what kind of person I am? The one that comes up with a comeback four hours later. It can be hard to call out the people that are calling YOU out, but I really loved Ashley Judd’s advice in this video that she did for Teen Vogue. I hope that others find this useful as well.

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Blog Roundup

  • How 6 Asian Women Have Grown to Embrace Their Beauty in a World Influenced by Western Ideals [Bustle]
  • Molly Young: How I Shop [Fashionista]

  • The Ken Doll rebooted [GQ]

  • Square unveils customizable prepaid debit cards [The Verge] These are really cute!
  • How to take good photos of fireworks this coming 4th of July [GOOD]
  • Women in tech speak frankly on culture of harassment [New York Times]
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Blog Roundup

We’re doing a different format this week. This two-part article about a girl who texted her boyfriend to commit suicide is now facing nearly 20 years in prison. Read the two parts to the article here:

  • The Bizarre Trial of the 20-year-old Who Texted Her Boyfriend to Kill Himself [Vice]
  • Inside the Tense Courtroom When the Suicide Texter was Found Guilty [Vice]

Other roundup news:

  • Chance the Rapper Hires American Sign Language interpreters for upcoming shows [Hypebeast]
  • What Would Happen If You Never Used An Alarm Clock? [Digg]

  • Skateboarding legend Brain Anderson on coming out [The New Yorker]
  • I was an investor, she was a founder. [Source]
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This Moment in Survivor

I don’t watch Survivor, but I do follow a blog called Oh No They Didn’t and have been since middle school/high school. Basically they capture all of the biggest highlights in pop culture in a day and after I used to come home from classes and/or work, I use Ohnotheydidnt to catch me up on everything. The first clip I watched tonight was from the latest episode of Survivor (sorry spoiler alert) of one contestant who outed another contestant for being transgender to save himself from going home.

I pretty much watched this with my mouth open for nearly the 13 minutes because I just COULD NOT believe that this happened. It is despicable and incredibly inappropriate for someone to do this and also call it being “deceiving.” Anyways, I have a lot of feelings about this, but more importantly, there’s a lot to be learned and observed from watching this so I wanted to share it before I went to bed.

This stuff cannot happen.

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Casting JonBenet

JonBenet Ramsey and I were the same age so when the story broke out about her death, I was really too young to process it. To this day, even though there was sort of closure, there wasn’t really. People are still making documentaries about it and sharing their theories so naturally, this is one of those cases that I also never let go. I’m still very fascinated by all of it and often wonder what JonBenet’s life would have been like today had this not happened to her and why it seems like everyone close to her involved was let off the hook. This trailer was incredibly haunting to me, but still captivating enough that I might log into my Netflix account (which I do less than a handful of times a year) to watch this when it premiers on April 28th.

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Blog Roundup

  • Most fashionable kids on Instagram [Fashionista] um… my future children?
  • Lifestyle blogger brags about taking 2nd place in Florida Half Marathon…gets CAUGHT! [Barstool Sports]
  • 4 beauty products that you don’t need in your routine [Byrdie]
  • Could listening to music at work stall your productivity? [Well+Good]

  • Urban Decay to launch skincare line [Nylon]
  • How to predict unfaithfulness in a relationship [My Domaine]
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Mariah’s 2017

By now, you may have heard that Mariah Carey flopped last night during her New Year’s Eve Performance. If you haven’t heard it, you can watch the video above for all you need to know, but do it now before it gets taken down or something. What I want to know though is… what person believed that Mariah Carey was ACTUALLY going to sing during this performance? It’s 2017 and I can’t remember the last time Mariah actually sang at a performance, but at least she’s owning it like the bad B that she is.

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China’s Most Racist Commercial

I was absolutely floored when I viewed this commercial earlier this evening. Already, it has been viewed over 4 million times and that’s probably because it is completely ridiculous. It has been awhile since I have posted anything this controversial and I went back and forth for a few minutes wondering if I even should at all, but then I remembered that college me probably would’ve posted this and ripped it apart without any hesitation and we never want Yow Yow! to become soft or just fluff. So let’s talk about this commercial for a second.

There’s so much wrong with this video, it’s almost tough to figure out where to begin. Here are my issues with it:

  • Why does the black man in this ad have to come in with stains on his face and shirt whistling at the woman? This is playing into the stereotype that black men are more sexually aggressive towards women and that’s not okay.
  • The woman then puts something into this mouth (detergent) and then proceeds to shove him into the washing machine – looks to be kind of like in a violent manner if you ask me.
  • Lastly, he comes out of the washing machine no longer black, but now a light skinned Asian man. He also happens to be so clean (stain-free) and so white.

Nothing about this commercial, made by Chinese detergent brand Qiaobi, is okay. It is difficult enough to have to still in 2016 watch acts of racism occur in our own country and while I’m not naive in believing that this doesn’t happen outside of the United States, it still is very disappointing to see this.

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In Powerful Covers of the Day…

Wow, NY Magazine is making a huge statement with this cover and it is incredible. So far, 46 women have come forward about being assaulted by Bill Cosby. The cover features the 35 women that are okay being photographed and interviewed for the article. Bill Cosby’s show came out before I was born and had its final season when I was just two years old so I didn’t have any strong ties to him or the sitcom at all, but until this story came out, I do know that a lot of people really adored Bill Cosby. It’s actually quite sad that this has happened though, but very empowering for these women to stand up and have a voice about the matter. It’s such a takedown on Bill Cosby, but this is the right thing to do.

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Giuliana Rancic Leaves E! News

E! TV personality Giuliana Rancic announced today that she will be leaving E! News, but will still be a part of Fashion Police and E! Live Red Carpet – two other franchises part of the network. She had this to say about her departure:

For more than a decade, I was fortunate enough to play a role in the success of E! News and will miss my family at the show,” Rancic says. “At the same time, I am excited to not only continue as host of two major franchises on E! but also executive produce the aspirational new show Rich in Faith for Oxygen as well as take my wine and clothing lines to the next level. “This is such a thrilling time for me and I thank the gang at E! for understanding my desire to embark on this next chapter in my life.”

After the scandal that happened earlier this year with Zendaya, I honestly can’t say that I am surprised. I think her way of handling the incident didn’t sit well with most people and it was hard for her to really make a comeback from that. It wouldn’t shock me if in another year or less than a year she exits the network completely.

Her last day on E! News will be Monday, August 10th.

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10 Hours of walking in NYC as a woman

I am completely behind on everything that has been on the internet this week and I finally had the chance to watch the video that went viral. I’m sure by now most of you have seen it, but if you haven’t – please take the time. Take the time to see what it’s like to be a woman walking in a city by herself minding her own business and take a second to understand how one little catcall can instantly make a woman feel uncomfortable. The actress in this video was silent the entire time during her 10 hours of walking around New York City and in those 10 hours she was – to put it simply – harrassed.

My office is in the heart of Silicon Valley and is on a very nice street with lots of shops and restaurants and plenty of people. I took a walk just the other day to CVS only to have a man walk beside me and say “nice boots.” I couldn’t help, but wonder on my walk what would compel a man to say that to me. It’s not like I walk around San Francisco and tell other guys that I like their shirt or talk at them incessently until they respond to me. It’s crazy to think that that is normal to men and it’s not okay.

I think the hardest part about watching this video was seeing the men that would trail alongside her for minutes as she walked on her own. It is scary to be followed and I hope that everyone can see this video and the next time they see this happening to another woman to step in and call someone out.

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FAFSA Offends

We all know how easy it is to make a quick joke on social media these days, but oh how things can go sour fast. The federal financial aid agency which we know as FAFSA made a huge mistake today posting the following tweet above and naturally, people were offended. In fact, I’m offended. I get that they were trying to be clever, but categorizing those that fill out the FAFSA as poor is incorrect. Not everyone that fills out the FAFSA is poor and why shame those that do when tuition for higher education currently is as high as it is.

The tweet was up for an hour before it was taken down and followers had a lot to say in response.

Shame on you FAFSA.

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Macklemore’s Mess Up

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Oh boy… America’s favorite and definitely Seattle’s favorite rapper Macklemore has done goofed. At a secret performance on Friday night at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Macklemore donned an outfit resembling very closely to a Jewish caricature. For someone who cares so much about equality, you would think that an outfit like this would be completely out of the question for him. That’s why people are so confused! I don’t want to say right away that this is taking away his credibility for everything that he has started and preached, but it definitely doesn’t look good.

To make matters worse, Macklemore didn’t apologize. Upon being called out on it by actor Seth Rogen, Macklemore went on to further deny it and didn’t take responsibility for his actions.

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How is he gonna get out of this one? Today, I found him on Instagram with Seattle Seahawks football player Russell Wilson visiting patients in the hospital (something Wilson regularly does.) Is this timing and appearance a coincidence to distract people from his very offensive costume?

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Oh wait… we do have an apology! You can check it out here. Thoughts anyone?

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