Katy Perry

Ranking the MTV VMA Performances from Best to Worst

Last night saw the MTV Video Music Awards come to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The best thing about the night was clearly Taylor Swift telling One Direction to “Shut the fuck up,” but beyond that, the show was, as ever, about the performances — all the post-event hysteria has been about Miley Cyrus’s… interesting rendition of “We Can’t Stop,” but there were plenty of other notable moments, including an N*Sync reunion and Kanye West performing “Blood on the Leaves.” So… from best to worst, here’s how we saw the evening’s performances. … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: Comic Strip / Music Mash-ups Inspired by ‘This Charming Charlie’

The Tumblr that has caught the attention of people across the Internet this week is This Charming Charlie, which mashes up panels from classic Peanuts comic strips and replaces the existential dialogue with the lyrics of Morrissey. When a friend tweeted that he’d rather see any other comic and musician mash-up, it made me think of other perfect pairings from the funny pages and your Spotify playlists. Check them out after the jump! … Read More

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This Thing Sounds Like That Thing: Katy Perry, Sara Bareilles, and Other Famous Pop Music Ripoffs

Four months ago, Sara Bareilles, underrated princess of empowerment rock, released “Brave,” a heartwarming, foot-stomping song all about, well, being fearless. People dug it, including Katy Perry, who tweeted at Bareilles her approval after the track was released. … Read More

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10 Notorious Kids TV-Show Controversies

The proverb that a child’s mind is like a sponge can be as much a source of wonder as of vexation. Unlike primetime sitcoms and hour-long dramas on HBO, viewers tend to agree that children’s television must be driven by a higher purpose, and must deliver the right message. As a result, even when the programming seems lighthearted and beyond the reach of politics, the debate about kids TV can verge on bitter acrimony, whether it’s a show about neighborhood kids who love to share (“socialist propaganda”) or a hero who delivers the benefits of civilization to his fellow elephants (“promotes colonialism”). Concerned parents and uninvolved critics have always had something to say about the culture kids are exposed to. After the jump, inspired by the news that a Russian kids’ show was pulled off the air after a joke about Putin’s divorce, are a few controversies that have arisen in recent memory. … Read More

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Celebrities’ Punk Rock Selfies From Last Night’s Met Gala

Selfies aren’t just for the layfolk. Even celebrities take them now and again, and last night’s extravagant, punk-themed Met Gala — corresponding with the museum’s latest Costume Institute exhibit, Punk: Chaos to Couture — was an opportune time for the glitterati to take to social media with pictures of their dresses, hairdos, nails, and other accessories (including friends and other fabulous people). We scoured Instagram and Twitter to bring you the best of last night’s selfies. Take a peek through the images below, including a sufficiently punked-up Madonna sporting tartan and rocking a black bob, a very pink Debbie Harry, Katy Perry’s bling-tastic nails, and Zooey Deschanel’s pretty (if questionably punk) hairdo. Oh and, erm, Alicia Keys in a bathrobe. … Read More

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Camille Paglia’s Most Culturally Tone-Deaf Moments

Author, critic, self-avowed dissident feminist, and veteran professor of liberal studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Camille Paglia is in many respects a shrewd woman. And yet somehow Paglia has become just as well known for her frankly insipid and often unsound pronouncements about pop culture. Most recently, she wrote an article for The Sunday Times misleadingly comparing Rihanna to Princess Diana. The pop star, who apparently returned home sloshed to find her face melding beautifully into Lady Di’s on the cover of the paper, was thrilled with herself, posting the picture on Instagram, hashtagged with the made-up word: “extraordinaRIHbehavior.” To hold you over until she sees fit to compare Miley Cyrus and Kate Middleton, we’ve rounded up her most culturally tone-deaf moments. … Read More

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10 of the Most Disturbing Pop Culture Parodies We've Ever Seen (NSFW)

This week, we heard about a terrifying-sounding SpongeBob SquarePants porn parody entitled SpongeKnob SquareNuts, and we thought to ourselves: but why? Turns out, there are tons of incredibly disturbing pop culture parodies floating around the Internet, just waiting to ruin all of your childhood memories. In case that’s something you want, we’ve collected ten of the most upsetting here for you after the jump. But you’ve been warned. Not disturbing enough? Did we miss your favorite video? Let us know in the comments. … Read More

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A Selection of Contemporary Cultural Icons on Feminism

Zooey Deschanel’s recent declaration that she is indeed a feminist, Peter Pan collar and all, inspired us to take a look at a few of the different reactions the controversial term has gotten from contemporary cultural icons over the past few years. Here, a selection of famous women on feminism, their comments ranked from our favorites to our, um, less-favorites. Do you agree?… Read More

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This Inspiring Video Might Make You Rethink Katy Perry

Katy Perry is one of those pop stars who usually elicits a major eye roll around these parts. And for a valid reason: it often seems like her career is more about what’s shooting out of her chest than the actual music. But thanks to a clip tweeted by Sarah Silverman from Comedy Central’s upcoming Night of Too Many Stars fundraiser, we’re going to have to revise our feelings about Perry. In the video below, she sings “Firework” with Jodi DiPiazza, a young girl with autism who has used music to help her communicate and express her emotions. What makes their duet all the more incredible: as DiPiazza’s dad explains, at one point he and his wife thought that their daughter would never even be able to speak. We dare you to watch this lovely video without tearing up. … Read More

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10 Notoriously Disastrous Musical Performances

Musicians make mistakes, too. They’re only human, after all. But that doesn’t stop us from delighting in a bit of good-natured Schadenfreude when a performance devolves into a total train wreck. This week has seen its share of disappointment when it comes to live music, including an abrupt end to Jack White’s concert at Radio City Music Hall and the Biebs losing his lunch in the middle of a 105-minute-long set. In light of such mishaps, we’ve put together a list of some of the most notoriously awful, embarrassing, or otherwise disastrous live performances in recent history. … Read More

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