The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Thanks to our friends at the Public Art Fund, a shiny, life-size statue of Andy Warhol by Rob Pruitt went up yesterday afternoon in front of his old Factory studio in Union Square. We think he’d approve. [via Gothamist]

2. Watch a 30-second teaser trailer for TV on the Radio’s movie Nine… Read More

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WTF of the Day: PETA’s Edgar Allan Poe Ad

If you ask us, a lot of what PETA does is kind of like that episode of Saved by the Bell where the gang finds out that an oil spill at Bayside High has killed Becky the Duck — well-intentioned, but ultimately more about style than substance, or making sense, for that matter. Which brings us to their latest publicity stunt: Earlier this week the animal rights group sent a letter to Jeff Jerome, curator of Baltimore’s Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, offering to help fund the cash-strapped museum in exchange for space to prominently display an ad educating people about the other “Red Death.” Click through to read the letter in full, and let us know what you think of the plan in the comments. … Read More

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BuzzFeed’s 10 Most Viral Stories of the Week

Editor’s note: Each Friday, our internet-savvy friends over at BuzzFeed curate a post for us that’s filled with links to some of the most talked-about items on the web that week. Enjoy!

* It’s been a cold week and nobody knows that like Chicago! Check out the best images of The… Read More

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What Do Super Bowl Commercial Controversies Say About Us?

Every year when Super Bowl Sunday rolls around, you can count on a few things: roughly seven out of every ten people you talk to will have buffalo-wing breath, the likelihood of knowing someone with their face painted in team colors will spike dramatically, and one advertisement campaign or another will have provoked the collective ire and fascination of the room. Some people watch the game, some people watch the commercials, and we all watch the controversies swirling around the commercials. It makes sense: companies that have plopped down $3 million for 30 seconds of airtime want to smack you out of your nacho-induced stupor fast — so what better way than through something potentially divisive? And what tells us more about ourselves as a society than the things we find offensive? In that spirit, we’ve broken down the most controversial Super Bowl spots of the past few years to see what they say about American culture. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Jimmy Fallon’s popular Thank You Notes segment, a recurring Friday night homage to everything from his dad to hangovers, just landed him a two-book deal. The first Thank You Notes book will hit shelves May 23. [via TV Guide]

2. To be filed under things that we find hard to believe: James… Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we celebrated National Cheese Lover’s Day with a nice Manchego. We were impressed by Paste Magazine’s Songs for Haiti project. We were surprised, nay slightly suspicious, to learn that Cindy McCain is lending her image to the “No H8 Campaign,” a photo project in protest of the passage of… Read More

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Animal Collective Will Save the Seals

What’s the point of being a super popular indie band if you can’t do a little good in the world? Animal Collective stars in the new PETA ad campaigning against seal hunting in Canada and boy are they just about as cute as any seal we’ve ever seen. Brian “Geologist” Weitz, Noah “Panda Bear” Lennox, and David “Avey Tare” Portner will appear on ads everywhere helping to spread the word — indie girls, shed your fur. Good work, gents. Anybody else using their cred (or cash) for a good… Read More

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SRSLY!? PETA Is Freaking Out Over A Fly?

Don’t get me wrong, we’re all about sustainable farming and ending cruelty toward living creatures (our Senior editor is a level-9 animal activist), but going after Obama over flicking a fly simply absurd. During a Wednesday interview with CNBC, the President sounded to a pesky buzz-by with cat-like reflexes. PETA’s beef? They’ve termed it an “execution” and intimated that Obama should have used a trap that allows a fly to be caught and then set outside (they took the further step of sending the contraption to the White House).

Why not stick to more accessible arguments? By getting publicly up in arms about something with which almost no one sympathizes (and taking the further step of sending out a bizarre, silly-sounding trap), PETA has made itself out to be a fringe group with outrageous ideas (which, for the record, it isn’t). SRSLY guys, learn to pick your battles. Otherwise, you’ll keep winning our increasingly incredulous award. After the jump, our reminder of why flies are not awesome. … Read More

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5 Headlines From the Last 24 Hours That Shouldn’t Be Funny But Are

1. “Oregon woman obsessed with rabbits arrested again” [via BB]
Why this ISN’T funny: “Officers said they had to break into the room Tuesday and found eight adults and half a dozen baby rabbits, one dead.”
Why this IS funny: The word “again.” This actually happened once before. With 250 rabbits, no joke. She also really, really likes bugs bunny.

2. “PETA wishes Obama hadn’t swatted that fly” [via HR]
Why this ISN’T funny: PETA cares more about saving flies than putting end to a crazy, rabbit-obsessed woman.
Why this IS funny: They sent Obama a flycatcher. … Read More

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Daily Poll: Silly Super Bowl Ad or Veggie Porn?

The Live Feed’s James Hibberd reports that NBC has banned this Super Bowl ad from PETA; apparently the tagline — “Studies Show Vegetarians Have Better Sex” — coupled with the fact that one of the lingerie-clad models is seen “licking pumpkin” and “touching her breast with her hand while eating broccoli” ruffled the Peacock’s… Read More

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