Pop Culture

10 Badass Princesses You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Everyone knows that princesses are really lame. That is, the typical pop culture princess — all baubles and fancy dresses and complete lack of agency — is really lame. But luckily, some princesses break the mold (or even break the bones of their enemies). This week, we’ve been hearing a lot about The Princess Who Saved Herself, a book that “reinvents the princess myth” for the modern girl, so it seemed like a good time to take a look at a few other badass princesses you might not have heard of (yet). Sound the royal trumpets and make way: here come ten princesses who are the opposite of lame — some fictional, some historical, all… Read More

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Family Feuds and Celebrity Tirades: Links You Need to See

Dennis Quaid (who, once upon a time, starred in classic family movies such as The RookieFootloose, and The Parent Trap) overwhelmed the Internet after having a meltdown on set and going off on an expletive-packed tirade. Rumors are already circulating that the whole thing might have been a hoax, but only pure hatred could produce the creative insults Quaid hurls at “Dopey the Dick” — to give an example. Take a peek at these four other ridiculous on-set rants and recall pre-Kimmel era, when we could wholly enjoy an outburst, free from the uncertainty that the ubiquity of pranks has produced.  … Read More

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Holographic Protests and “Natural” Slang: Links You Need to See

Every day, there’s an abundance of new writing with the familiar complaint about how technology is turning us into rude and inconsiderate zombies who eschew human contact in lieu of constantly gazing into the backlit depths of our smartphones. One of the main selling points of the Apple Watch is the gadget’s potential to alleviate this problem, and of course there’s been a ton of writing on that, too. This essay argues, for example, that its marketing as a corrective tool for the way technology makes us behave is even ruder than the rudeness former technologies create: it makes those who don’t own it feel like they’re not part of a societal solution. Meanwhile, this short and witty piece about being “too old” for Instagram supports the widely agreed-upon theory that technologic socializing tends to bring out people’s ruder sides. If any of this is disheartening, you should definitely avoid this article illuminating the dangers of data collection through the recent AI-flick Ex Machina. It contains major plot spoilers but the article is still worth the read. … Read More

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The Weirdest Vintage ‘SNL’ Musical Performances

Contemporary Saturday Night Live doesn’t always have its finger on the pulse the way it should. It’s done a few things wrong, like the ongoing race debacle that creators tried to make right with the recent hiring of more diverse cast members. SNL also isn’t nearly as edgy as it used to be, during the days of Eddie Murphy and John Belushi. But Studio 8H has, at least, always featured a wide variety of musical guests — some stranger than others. Dangerous Minds dug up a video of hardcore band Fear playing the SNL stage in 1981. Inspired by Lee Ving and company’s wild performance, we rounded up some other weird vintage musical… Read More

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Guessing Game: Anton LaVey, Nietzsche, or Ayn Rand?

All the hails belong to today’s birthday boy, pop culture icon of evil and Satanist Anton LaVey. The eccentric Church of Satan founder constructed his organization based on principles of individualism, egoism, and atheism — a few traits he shares in common with abyss-ful philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and creator of Objectivism, the evil-obsessed (and just plain evil, to many) Ayn Rand. In fact, LaVey once said: “My religion is just Ayn Rand’s philosophy with ceremony and ritual added.” Sometimes it’s hard to tell the three wearers of black apart when judging by their words — which is why we decided to have a little fun with the deeply cynical trio (we can already hear Rand protesting that term from beyond the grave) with a guessing game. Who said it: Anton LaVey, Nietzsche, or Ayn Rand? … Read More

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Johnny Depp Doesn’t Even Like Chocolate: Links You Need to See

Classical guitar plays. The wind blows. The leaves in the nearby trees whisper to you, “Johnny, Johnny, Johnny.” You take a look at yourself in the mirror; you are Juliette Binoche. You open a nearby tin, its surface embossed with criss-crossed candy canes. Inside, chocolate. Brittles, bordeaux, truffles, and butterchews. All so sumptuous, so sweet, so rich. You, Juliette Binoche, pick up a chocolate. You consider it, the way its surface melds to your fingers, bent by the heat of your touch. You bite, and you remember: Johnny Depp doesn’t even like chocolate. … Read More

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Being Fired From Hot Topic Made Me Stop Caring About Being “Alternative”

There’s nothing more professionally demoralizing than a group job interview — except maybe a group job interview at Hot Topic. Sitting on the concrete floor of my local Hot Topic’s back room, I wondered if my scuffed Chuck Taylors, bootcut black jeans, Bowie button, black plastic glasses, and vintage Weezer T-shirt — featuring what appeared to be a Daniel Clowes drawing of two female superheroes — would be “alt” enough. At the time I had no unnatural piercings, no gauges, no tattoos, no dye in my hair. I was a high school valedictorian who’d faced only two run-ins with the cops, once for absentmindedly blowing past a stop sign on the side of a school bus and once in front of my house because the cop was confused why someone would be blasting Brand New on a quiet street at that time of night. (On the latter occasion, my parents were too busy playing Toe Jam and Earl on my old Sega Genesis in their bedroom to hear the police loudspeaker and save me.) … Read More

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Meet Godzilla, Tourism Ambassador: Links You Need to See

After almost two decades of clothing ads that could have classified as  shocking, pornographic and exploitative, American Apparel finally decided to do something about it: replacing objectified models with an adorable sloth (along with, of course, getting rid of CEO Dov Charney)! The sloth is a 23-year old, three-fingered Bradypus named Buttercup, who was orphaned as an infant and then became the face of a wildlife sanctuary in Costa Rica. Questions now arise, like does Buttercup have an H1B or O1 visa? Did they photoshop Buttercup’s face? What’ll come of this campaign should Buttercup fail to fit into one-small-size-fits-all styles?  … Read More

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How a New Wave of Feminist Cooking Publications Is Redefining Women’s Relationship to Food

“Goddess” and “beer” aren’t two words we’re used to seeing together; the beer companies have told us for decades that women are just a backdrop to beer enjoyment and beer making. (Even though that stereotype is further from the truth than you might think: according to the Brewer’s Association, the craft beer market is about 30 percent women.) But a timeline in Render Magazine’s second issue takes it easy on our Clydesdale-and-male-soaked unconscious. The “Goddesses of Beer” timeline is filled with kitschy and playful drawings of ladies with rosy cheeks, but beneath those cute drawings, there’s a powerful statement: women have always been brewmasters, as early as 1800 BC and even throughout the thirteenth century when strict restrictions were put on alewives once brewing moved from the house to the taverns — a woman could only be a brewmaster if her husband held the license. … Read More

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The Apple Watch Has Eaten the Internet: Links You Need to See

You could be reading this on your wrist right now. You’re probably not, but you could be, because the Apple Watch is real, and so wearable technology has finally poked its weird, tiny head into the mainstream. And boy does the mainstream seem to enjoy it.  … Read More

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