Our Obsession With Violating Celebrities’ Privacy Is Destroying Our Own

In many ways, celebrities are the ultimate manifestation of the American dream: the idea that you can start out an ordinary person and become a Star. Fittingly, then, a burgeoning obsession with celebrity was perhaps the defining feature of 20th-century American culture. The very idea of “celebrity” didn’t really exist in 1900; by 2000, you could visit a remote Himalayan village or go and hang with the bushmen of the Kalahari and you’d still find someone who loved Michael Jordan or told you how much you looked like Brad Pitt. And today, those same villagers and bushmen are probably marveling over how Solange attacked Jay Z in an elevator. … Read More

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bell hooks Called Beyoncé an Anti-Feminist Terrorist

Beyoncé has not always identified publicly as a feminist. But somewhere between the release of “Run the World (Girls)” in 2011 and the birth of Blue Ivy the following January, she started opening up in the press regarding her belief in feminism — still, sadly, a term her pop star peers mostly try to circumvent. But as celebrated as Beyoncé’s light-touch, low-pressure brand of female empowerment has been by some high-profile feminists like Sheryl Sandberg, Ms. Knowles apparently does not pass bell hooks’ high feminist bar — this week, hooks shocked just about everyone by branding her an “anti-feminist terrorist.” Welp. And there ain’t shit the Beygency can do about it — bell hooks remains a leading voice on intersectional feminism. … Read More

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30 Best Celebrity Instagrams From the 2014 Met Gala

Last night was the glitziest, most glamorous evening in the fashion universe: the Met Costume Institute Gala. Also known as the Met Ball or “Fashion Prom,” the Gala brings Hollywood and the fashion industry together to celebrate the opening of the Costume Institute’s latest exhibit. This year’s exhibit is a retrospective on Charles James, known for his structured aesthetic and glamorously elegant gowns. Most of last night’s ball gowns didn’t stray far from a classic style, but as the Met Gala is known for experimental fashion (remember Kim Kardashian’s wearable Givenchy garden from last year?) there were a few outliers. Namely, Rihanna (who stunned in Stella McCartney), Cara Delevingne (also in Stella), and everyone who wore Prada — including the normally flawless Lupita Nyong’o, who was some kind of mermaid trapped in a fishing net? I guess? … Read More

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Famous Paintings Improved by Beyoncé and Jay Z

Because America simply does not have a saturation point when it comes to all things Carter, some brilliant Tumblr user has created Carter Family Portraits — a gallery of famous paintings with Beyoncé and Jay Z Photoshopped in place of the original figures. We first spotted them on Beautiful Decay, which pointed out that while some of the Carter-implantations are ***flawless, others essentially look like they were created on FACEinHOLE. … Read More

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Lily Allen: The Bitch Is Back… and She’s Gone a Little Soft

Stateside, at least, Lily Allen has always been dubbed the antithesis of whichever female pop star is most popular when she releases an album. It is exhausting stuff, I’d imagine, so much so that she wrote the title track of her new album Sheezus about such matters. Don’t let the title (or controversial first single “Hard Out Here”) fool you, though — Allen’s not out for blood with this record. … Read More

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Warpaint’s Beyoncé and Rihanna Slut-Shaming Reveals a Racial Double Standard About Women’s Sexuality

In the annals of rock ‘n’ roll foot-in-mouth moments, it was a pretty good one. Yesterday Q magazine published an excerpt of its upcoming feature on LA lifestyle-section band Warpaint, wherein guitarist Theresa Wayman complained about the “hyper-sexualization of mainstream music,” singling out Rihanna and Beyoncé as examples of what she perceives as a problem: “[Rihanna] has an insane voice, she could’ve done something so much more stuble and artful… [and] every song on Beyoncé’s last album has her basically looking like a slut and she does not need to do that. She’s gorgeous and so fucking talented. And they all take it as women’s liberation!” To the surprise of precisely no one, these comments did not go down well. At all. … Read More

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