Celebrity

Grimes, Feminism, and the Endless Burden of Being a Spokesperson

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Now that feminism is trendy, public figures who espouse the ideology are under extra scrutiny, with their every statement providing fodder for the media’s gristmill of anti-sexist outrage. Thus, a long and nuanced profile about Grimes (the stage name of musician Claire Boucher) from The Fader’s Emilie Friedlander was hastily aggregated by another site with the headline, “Grimes’ next album is full of diss tracks aimed at music industry misogynists.”
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In Praise of J.K. Rowling’s Post ‘Harry Potter’ Career: Messy, Fun and Badass

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For years in between Harry Potter installments, J.K. Rowling kept so much under wraps. She exerted tight control over the biggest literary juggernaut of our time, managing it with fierce pride, down to the last nondisclosure agreement.

After that final book was released and the hype slowly died down, however, we’ve really gotten to know Jo Rowling, beyond the archetypal origin story of the single mom on government assistance. It turns out she is everything we could hope for in a  world famous author-cum-celebrity.
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Watch: Tom Cruise Obliterates Jimmy Fallon in Lip Sync Battle

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Tom Cruise embarked on a new mission last night, which proved to be not at all impossible. He joined, and obliterated, Jimmy Fallon in a lip-sync battle on The Tonight Show. The Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation star kicked off the competition with The Weeknd’s “I Can’t Feel My Face,” and then Meat Loaf’s “Paradise By The Dashboard Light,” a rendition he dedicated to all the “Jersey girls on these hot summer nights.”
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From Taylor Swift to Jon Stewart, Celebrities Are Getting Called Out for Biases

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Imagine if then-Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac had gently alerted Jon Stewart to his opinion that the host’s impression of Herman Cain “sounded like Kingfish” — and instead of blowing up and dropping an F-bomb, as Stewart reportedly did, the host had taken a beat to think about that critique, and then come back and said, “Hey, you’re right. Let’s drop the impression. Do you have any good ideas for how to target this guy?”
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