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Monday, March 21, 2016

Your Indie Heroes Will Betray You: The Last Shadow Puppets, Rachel Brodsky, and Confronting Sexual Harassment in Music

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 10:14 AM

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Full disclosure: I love The Last Shadow Puppets. I spent the summer of 2013 playing their lone album on repeat and spent the next three years all but resigned to the fact that the band was a glorious one-off. So, when the duo – comprised of Miles Kane and Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner – announced a sophomore album called Everything You’ve Come to Expect, scheduled a San Francisco date, and dropped “Bad Habits” as the first single, I was predictably thrilled.

To be fair, “Bad Habits” is a weak single, weighed down by the duo’s outsize ambition and unfocused rock ‘n’ roll-ish lyrics. The revamped image of the band also leaves something to be desired: The pair now resemble mob bosses with a penchant for jogging through 1970s Los Angeles. That said, a sub par lead single and overzealous stylists are menial sins at worst, not the stuff that alienates fans or ends careers.

And I can live with menial sins. I can’t, however, live with their behavior as detailed in Rachel Brodsky’s profile-cum-thinkpiece for SPIN. In between analysis of their return and their forthcoming album, Brodsky describes Kane’s continued harassment throughout the interview: he propositions her, points out Turner’s bulge, and yanks her in for a “not-entirely consensual” goodbye kiss. She calls it what it is – sexual harassment in a working environment – and uses the incident as a framework to discuss the industry-wide “boys will be boys” outlook. She includes Kane’s apology note in full, but finds the gesture an insufficient olive branch. (“Notes like it don’t change the events that preceded them,” she writes.)

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Kelly Clarkson Calls Dr. Luke "Not a Good Guy" and Says She Was Blackmailed Into Working With Him

Posted By on Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 12:10 PM


If you've been keeping up with all the Kesha/Dr. Luke drama, you probably already know that Kelly Clarkson is on the anti-producer bandwagon. On Feb. 19, the day of Kesha's last court hearing against Dr. Luke (wherein the judge ruled that she will not be released from her longterm Sony record deal, despite her claims that Dr. Luke sexually abused her for years), the former American Idol star tweeted her support to the pop singer, as well as hinted at a similar past with the alleged sexual abuser. 

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Five Reasons Tyler, the Creator Suuucks

Posted By on Fri, Dec 9, 2011 at 8:38 AM

The first time we saw Tyler the Creator's video for "Yonkers," we were totally blown away. It was sharp, it was dark, it was infectious, it was crazy different. We immediately got all excited about this new rapper and his collective, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All... until we realized they're all complete fucking idiots and "Yonkers" was a fluke. Here's five reasons Tyler the Creator suuucks.

1. He's (Still) Prattling on About Columbine


First, Tyler Tweeted "R.I.P" to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold -- who, lest we forget, murdered 13 people and injured 24 at their high school in 1999. Then he said they were "probably really cool people." Then, when people objected, he weakly stated: "I wasn't saying what they did was right." Then, most recently, he told Respect Magazine that if another Columbine was to occur, he would be the one to get the blame, "just like it was Em's and Marilyn's and fucking Slipknot's [fault] and all them motherfuckers." Hey Tyler, if you're going to keep bringing up the Columbine tragedy in a totally insensitive and ass-backwards manner that both disrespects victims and supports murderers, don't then start whining about how everyone will blame you if it happens again. Learn when to shut the hell up.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Why Did Jack White Collaborate With the Misogynistic Insane Clown Posse?

Posted By on Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 11:05 AM


Jack White is a man we like. We like the White Stripes, we like the Dead Weather -- hell, we even like bits and pieces of what The Raconteurs have done (yes, they're boring occasionally, but they really come alive from time to time). He's a maverick, a man with ambition, a man with creative scope. And he's handsome, which helps.

So, we're never that surprised to see Jack White pushing himself creatively. Nonetheless, we weren't terribly impressed to hear that he'd teamed up with Insane Clown Posse -- one of the biggest jokes any music-lover has had to endure for the last nineteen years.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Sexually Frank: The Rebranding of a Childhood Favorite

Posted By on Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Et tu, Lisa Frank?
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The sexualization of little girls' playthings is nothing new. Much ado was made of Dora the Explorer's makeover from regular looking kid to a lithe, feminized version. Even My Little Ponies have been made over to have smaller bodies, longer, skinnier legs, and come-hither poses.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Five Sexual Partners? You've Blown Your Chance With Matthew Morrison

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Elle Magazine interviewed Matthew Morrison, who plays the adorable singing school teacher in popular Fox show, Glee, in the latest issue and the resulting interview was less than awesome. In addition to asking the actor is he ever does anything to "suppress" his "gayest traits" (like singing and dancing) to seem more straight, Elle busts out this tiresome question, "Imagine you had the ability to see the number of a woman's sexual partners on her forehead. What's the highest number you could see and still take her seriously?" While the presence of a sexist question in a ladymag interview isn't surprising, Morrison's answer is: " I want a really classy kind of woman, so the number's going to be low. Four, I think."

Even the interviewer who lobbed out the annoying question was taken aback, responding"Four? I'm racking my brain to think of a place where you'd even be able to find adult women with numbers that low."

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Could Someone Please Explain Olivia Munn to Me?

Posted By on Tue, Aug 4, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Yesterday morning, I woke up to this in my RSS feed. Might be NSFW but I'm not sure as I'm afraid to look at it for fear my breakfast will repeat itself on me.

Munn: A Fine Example For Little Girls

I just...I mean...WHAT THE HELL DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH VIDEO GAMES? Seriously, someone please explain it to me with words that are not "marketing" or "demographic" because that BS will not fly with me.

Hit the jump for more scantily clad ladies and my angry mutterings about them.

(Oh hey! I'm a marketing genius! Look at me go! Working the system from the inside out! I hate myself!)

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