September, 2009

Whoopi Goldberg doesn’t have all the facts-facts

By · Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 · 89 Comments »

Here’s Whoopi Goldberg on The View explaining that Roman Polanski’s rape of a 13-year-old girl wasn’t “rape-rape”: I’m pretty sure that what Whoopi is insinuating here is that the girl didn’t resist or say no. The other panelists make the point that this is irrelevant, since a child can’t legally consent to sex anyway. That’s […]

Christie Hefner, Sarah Palin, and the meaning of feminism

By · Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 · 29 Comments »

Last year I got into several disputes over whether it was appropriate for Sarah Palin to consider herself a feminist. Most people, including me, consider her abortion stance anti-feminist, but is that alone enough to disqualify her? She clearly embraces the feminist message in other respects, and self-identifies as a feminist. (Notice, of course, that […]

Hey, kids, here comes Roman Polanski!

By · Sunday, September 27th, 2009 · 116 Comments »

In the Mackenzie Phillips incest thread a couple of days ago, a commenter said, “Men don’t honor boundaries.” Cue Roman Polanski. God, what a mess. I wish he’d gone to jail at the time, right after he’d raped that girl, but he didn’t. Instead he’s spent the past 31 years being a fugitive from justice […]

I was alive in the 60s and I remember the Mamas and the Papas, so I guess it’s time for me to weigh in on the Mackenzie Phillips thing

By · Friday, September 25th, 2009 · 29 Comments »

Everybody else is doing it. So here goes: The story is, of course, nauseating. It’s so distressing that I find it difficult to even focus on the details; the mind skips ahead nervously, trying not to engage. As for whether it’s true, everything I’ve heard about John Phillips tells me that he was pretty much […]

New book reveals the Obamas’ private world of drug-fueled orgies, weekend crack binges, and transvestite prostitutes

By · Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 · 176 Comments »

Not really. The new celebritrash book on the First Couple is out on the shelves today, and based on the reports I’m seeing there’s not a whole hell of a lot there. The most interesting revelation is that it was Michelle who nixed the idea of Hillary for VP: “Do you really want Bill and […]

Jon Stewart analyzes the ACORN thing so I don’t have to

By · Thursday, September 17th, 2009 · 26 Comments »

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c

Now these are some of the best videos of all time

By · Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 · 18 Comments »

In the wake of our little conversation thread about the merits of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video, I thought it might be interesting to talk about what makes a great music video. Also this will give us (by which I mean “me”) an excuse to keep ignoring politics. I don’t think Beyonce’s video is bad by […]

This is the most likable Obama has ever been

By · Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 · 22 Comments »

The “jackass” moment: I’m sure all presidents are more interesting offstage than on, and probably likable too. I was strangely pleased the other day to learn that George Bush employs 1950s-era hipster lingo in his off hours, referring to Obama as “this cat.” Nixon, of course, was an Oval Office wild man, and Kennedy banged […]

Your pop culture reporter at work

By · Monday, September 14th, 2009 · 80 Comments »

Every now and then I check in with popular culture to see if it still sucks. It always does; pop culture hasn’t let me down yet. It also appears to be getting suckier and suckier with time, though that could be just because I’m gradually turning into the Crabby Old Fart. At any rate, the […]

Susan Boyle sings the Stones

By · Sunday, September 13th, 2009 · 19 Comments »

Moving right along with our music-themed weekend, here’s a coincidence. Susan Boyle sings “Wild Horses” in a cut off her new album: It’s a coincidence because I was just listening to this song last night. The original Stones version, I mean, complete with Jagger’s horrible nasal crappy voice. But it is a recklessly beautiful song, […]