Every so often my roommate and I go down a YouTube rabbit hole. Usually it involves Beyonce dance videos (to start). Yannis Marshall, Tricia Miranda, that kind of thing. This week, we found this:

I am completely obsessed with this routine (and this song). If you guys haven’t heard Kelly Clarkson’s cover of it, listen here.


She’s just being Miley?

So Miley was generally offensive and terrible last night while performing her newst song “Can’t Stop Us” and “Blurred Lines” with Robin Thicke. So she did some things like this:

And then there was this:

And everyone was like:

So yes, the racism and cultural appropriation made everyone very uncomfortable. Hooray. You can watch the whole video here.

Rider Requests

Ridiculous band riders are my fave. And now, we can see them as well as read the weird things rock stars demand. Photographer Henry Hargreaves, with the help of stylist Caitlin Levin, shot Flemish still-life-style photographs of the requests. All caption wording comes directly from contracts and is unedited.

Al Green: Twenty-four long-stem (dethorned) red roses.

Axl Rose: Fresh Wonder Bread (white), Dom Perignon

Beyoncé: Juicy baked chicken,HEAVILY SEASONED: garlic, sea salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Beyoncé can only have Pepsi products.

Billy Idol: One tub I can’t believe it’s not Butter!, Pepperidge Farms Soft Baked Nantucket Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Britney Spears: Fish and chips, McDonald’s cheeseburgers without the buns, 100 prunes and figs, a framed photo of Princess Diana.

Busta Rhymes: Twenty-four pieces of fried chicken, Rough Rider condoms, Guinness.

Foo Fighters: Big-ass kielbasas that make men feel self-conscious.

Frank Sinatra: One bottle each: Absolute, Jack Daniel’s, Chivas Regal, Courvoisier, Beefeater Gin, white wine, red wine. Twenty-four chilled jumbo shrimp, Life Savers, cough drops.

Lady Gaga: Small plate of cheese (nonsmelly, nonsweaty), on ice.

Mariah Carey: Cristal Champagne, bendy straws.

Marilyn Manson: Gummi bears.

New Kids on the Block: Häagen-Dazs ice cream, Oreo cookies.

Nine Inch Nails: Two boxes of corn starch.

Prince: Coffee and tea setup, including honey, lemon, sugar, cream, fresh ginger root. Physician will be used to administer a B-12 injection.

Rihanna: Hard-boiled eggs, turkey bacon, turkey sausage, at any time throughout the day. Please be prepared!

Van Halen: Herring in sour cream, large tube of KY jelly, M&M’s (Warning: absolutely no brown ones).

Apparently, NIN needs the corn starch to get those leather pants on/off. And the Van Halen/M&M’s thing isn’t as ridiculous as it seems; they would request no brown candies as kind of a “canary in a coal mine” situation. They had serious concerns about the staging and power supply for their shows. David Lee Roth was concerned that the venue wouldn’t pay attention the the very specific instructions they had for setting up their equipment, so he figured if they paid attention the the M&M’s, they probably read everything.

A Lesson in Photoshop

Some retouched images:

I think they removed part (or all) of Penelope’s rib cage:

Katy Perry’s thigh gets creepily small:

Eva Longoria goes from tiny to tinier:

Faith Hill on the cover of Redbook. Look at her arms! This was the winner of a Jezebel contest for “Best” (Worst?) photoshop job. Read about it here.

More JLaw because I love her:

And Rihanna gets whitewashed for Esquire:

These are all incredibly beautiful women without the retouching! It drives me crazy to see how far some publications go. There is such a small range of allowable features to have: dark-skinned women are made lighter, light- skinned women are made darker, women with large breasts are sized down, while the opposite is sized up. Why do we all want to look alike? Strange world we live in.


EDIT: Not even Handsome George (as my mom calls him) is immune to this: