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‘Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures’ Directors on Controversy, Branding, and Why Patti Smith Isn’t Involved

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PARK CITY, UTAH: For so many people, who were either too young or too disconnected from the art world to have heard it before, the name “Robert Mapplethorpe” didn’t become a familiar one until after his death, when his final exhibition “The Perfect Moment” became the center of a culture war firefight over obscenity, arts funding, and sexuality. Notoriously bigoted Senator Jesse Helms led the charge, challenging – nay, daring – his colleagues to “look at the pictures.” That directive has been repurposed by the documentary filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Party Monster, Inside Deep Throat) as the title of their documentary profile Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival Saturday in advance of its HBO debut this spring.
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Why The “Unbreakable” Janet Jackson Is More Important Than Madonna

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It’s been seven long years since the last studio album from Janet Jackson, but with Unbreakable, Ms. Jackson (yes, we are nasty) is back on the campaign trail, making her case as one of the most important women in music. Her trailblazing is clear and evident in today’s biggest pop stars — no Janet means no Queen Bey, no Rih-Rih — as well as more ascendant artists like FKA Twigs and Tinashe. The most direct comparison to Jackson’s career arc is probably Madonna, but Jackson’s is arguably more important than the legendary musical chameleon, and it’s because of what she represents for the agency of women of color in music.

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Camille Paglia Talks About This Crazy Weather We’re Having

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Camille Paglia, self-appointed feminist gadfly, is back at Salon with an interview in which she rides her various well-worn hobbyhorses into the glowing late-July sunset. Almost everything she says in this most recent (beware, there are more coming) installment — about topics like Bill Cosby, Emma Sulkowicz and the Clintons — ranges from incorrect to out of touch to genuinely insightful to extremely funny. She loves Freud, and also really loves Camille Paglia.

Well, not to be outdone in the scramble for those precious Paglia pageviews, we also talked to Paglia* about the hottest topic of the day: the hot weather we’ve been having lately. I mean seriously, it’s humid. So humid that only one thought came to mind: what does Camille Paglia think about the state of the thermometer, nay, both the thermometer and the barometer? Read on to find out.
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The Donut Heard Round the World: Links You Need to See

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Apparently licking a donut and making a quick, likely semi-ironic remark to a friend about hating America deserves self-disgust: given people’s policing of patriotism, pop star Ariana Grande has now felt the need to issue a second apology for what was essentially a moment of relatively innocuous (except for the potential germs, but oh well) immaturity. After her first statement, in which she was contrite but used the moment to discuss the issue of childhood obesity, she’s now seemingly been bullied into to go full-force in the opposite direction, saying she’s “never felt prouder” to be an American.
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The World Responds to Today’s Historic American Victory for Gay Marriage: Links You Need to See

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After a week of devastating news and social injustice in America, it comes as an ecstatic surprise that today the country took at least one giant step forward in one matter of equality. As you probably know by now, in a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court determined that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. And while inevitably this news came with its share of vehement, embittered ranting from the those who dissented, it was for so many a day of unbridled, cathartic joy and promise.
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