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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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“There Can Be Only One”: The ‘Highlander’ Theory of Pop Culture Death Matches

In 1986, Highlander, a seamy little B-picture featuring Sean Connery and a cast of unknowns in ’80s noir New York, was unleashed upon the world with this tagline: “There can be only one.” In the complicated mythos of Highlander — which would go on to spawn five sequels, a television series, novels, animated series, and a rumors of a reboot starting in 2008 — “there can be only one” referred to the fact that we lived in a world where there were Immortals, a special class of people who live forever unless a fellow Immortal beheads them. The last Immortal standing got all the power. … Read More

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Taylor Swift Lies “Across the Narrow Sea”: Links You Need to See

“Alfred, fire up my private jet,” I would say in a world where all of my dreams were coming true at once: butler, private jet, castle, unlimited funds for an MFA program. But it turns out that most people with private jets actually just want to fly to…New York? Great. I’m already here, and it’s snowing in March. The New York draw, CNN explains, has to do with “Russian business owners mixing business with pleasure.” Indeed. … Read More

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Music’s Most Pointless “Catfights”

Earlier this week, in her new Rolling Stone cover story, Madonna said something that resonated with women everywhere: “We live in a world where people like to pit women against each other. And this is why I love the idea of embracing other females who are doing what I’m doing.”

This is especially true if you’re a female performer of a certain status. Even Madonna atoned for her feud with Lady Gaga, telling RS, “The only time I ever criticized Lady Gaga was when I felt like she blatantly ripped off one of my songs [‘Express Yourself’/’Born This Way’]. It’s got nothing to do with ‘she’s taking my crown’ or ‘she’s in some space of mine.’” … Read More

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The Best Quotes From Kanye West’s Tear-Inducing Talk with Zane Lowe

Kanye West set the music world on fire with his performance of new single “All Day” at the Brit Awards yesterday, and today his honest interview with BBC’s Zane Lowe resulted in genuine tears, introspection, bon mots and enigmatic catchphrases. We culled the best quotes below. … Read More

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Stephen Malkmus Covered Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” for Some Kids

Former Pavement frontman and current Jicks frontman Stephen Malkmus is known more for his irreverent, biting lyricism and living… Read More

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The 5 ‘SNL 40′ Sketches You Absolutely Have to Watch

Last night, during NBC’s celebration of Saturday Night Live‘s 40th anniversary, viewers were treated to three hours of familiar faces and sketches — both live sketches and montages of classic ones. And just like every other episode of SNL, the new sketches were hit or miss. But there were still plenty of gems found in the mix. From the successful return of fan favorite “Celebrity Jeopardy” to a wonderfully long segment featuring Maya Rudolph’s perfect Beyoncé impression, here are five SNL 40 sketches everyone will be talking about. … Read More

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