53 posts categorized "ARIANA GRANDE"

Dec 14 2018
Frankie & Ariana Grande Duet On SEASONS OF LOVE Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2018-12-14 at 11.46.21 AMAriana vocal-produced this little number ... (Image via #RentSingAlong)

Frankie Grande and his sister Ariana Grande (ever heard of her?) ganged up for a duet on “Seasons of Love” from Rent as part of the Rent Sing-A-Long initiative to celebrate FOX's upcoming live version of Rent ...

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Dec 07 2018
Twink-To-Bear Transformation + LES DIEUX DU STADE Is Back + Globes Banter + Trump vs. Tillerson + Madonna By Warhol + Rick Perry's Manhood + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: That is talent.

BELOW: Keep reading for the twink-to-bear transformation of all time, Trump's war of words with Tillerman, Ariana Grande's blackness and more ...

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Dec 03 2018
Forget Grindr's President, Its INTO Platform Needs An Editor: Ariana Grande's Not In Blackface, Isn't Dissing LGBTQ People Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2018-12-03 at 5.45.34 PMThis is not blackface. It's a fake tan. (Image via Republic)

With the  publication of Eli Erlick's take-down of Ariana Grande's “thank u, next” video on INTO — which, again, ironically, is hopelessly problematic Grindr's egghead vertical — that site is now officially a self-parody, and one that is probably a negative influence that masquerades as an empowering one.

First, I am open to criticisms my own site (God, blog is so dated; it feels like having a public access show) has received over time, even annoying ones, so INTO has to be the same way, as does Eli, who has removed her name from the piece because of death threats. I empathize with her that there are people who can become obsessive and annoying, but she really has no business putting a piece like that out there and then running from it. Death threats from Ariana Grande fans are unlikely to be legitimate. Anyone who crosses the line, she will have to learn — as I have — to block, and then consider filing restraining orders/calling the cops; the law is extremely, fundamentally weak in this area, but it's doable, as my stalker and his partner will soon learn.

There is a difference between heated criticism and personal abuse and stalking.

Second, I do believe that it is more than okay to examine which messages seemingly fluffy, simple, off-the-cuff and poppy works of art/slices of consumerism may be sending — it's not utter insanity to think twice about a 75-year-old song and how its lyrics sit in current ears, it's not wrong to be offended by offensive things and it's not the height of stupidity to watch a new Ariana Grande video and say something if you see something

To clarify this point: If you spend more time being offended that others dare to be offended than you do speaking out against racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, you're a part of the problem. PC is not worse than those things.

However, in the case of Eli Erlick's pompous piece calling the new Ariana Grande music video transphobic, homophobic and filled with blackface images, I think she's so goddamned far afield it can only serve to push people away from thoughtful social critique altogether. In the (pretty dumb) new movie Bodied, PC culture is savaged in a juvenile, oversimplified way in order to prop up the film and its secret hero, but as over-the-top as that film's representation of delusional, mostly white academics is, Erlick manages to match it with passages like this:

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Dec 01 2018
Cameron Dallas's Assets + Mormons vs. Gays + George H.W. Bush Dies + Nick Jonas Marries + Mueller's End Game Will End Trump + Ariana's THANK YOU, NEXT + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Protein bar.

BELOW: Keep reading for George H.W. Bush, Nick Jonas, Cameron Dallas and more ...

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Nov 05 2018
Insta-Flasher + Trump Hearts Barbed Wire + RIP Gay Games Co-Founder + Frankie Grande's Throuple + THE VOICE Reject Is Ex-Gay + Lora Luft Loves A STAR IS BORN + More! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Big man on campus.

BELOW: Keep reading for the Insta-stud who shows literally everything, Trump's Holocaust-y romance with barbed wire, Lorna Luft on A Star Is Born (all of them), the latest white lady to harass black people turns herself in and more ...

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Aug 31 2018
Bishop Playfully Shades Ariana NEW SOMETHING' AT TACO BELL Grande At Aretha's Service Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2018-08-31 at 12.58.52 PM(Image via video still)

Aretha Franklin was honored at a widely viewed service Friday, and one moment seems sure to live on, much like Aretha's hat at Obama's inauguration — the moment when a church elder admitted to Ariana Grande he thought, when he saw her name in the program, it was “a new somethin' at Taco Bell.&rdquo

He went on to praise her graciously ...

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Jul 13 2018
Gay Covers + Trump Slams CNN, Non-White Immigrants + Mueller Indicts 12 Russians + Harry Styles: TINA, SHE'S GAY! + Henry Cavil Scared Of #MeToo + Ariana Grande Argues GOD IS A WOMAN — 6-PACK Comments (0)

Above: Abs-olutely flattering lighting.

Below: Keep reading for Steve Grand, Donald Trump & Theresa May, Robert Mueller, Ariana Grande & more ...

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May 03 2018
Man Who Threatened Chicago Gay Bar On The Loose + Freddie Stewart Gets His Kit Off + Christina Aguilera, Blair St. Clair & Ariana Grande Have New Music + Three Stooges Heir Suing Dead Man For Rape + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

Above: Maybe, but he looks worth the effort.

Below: Keep reading for the anti-gay maniac on the loose in Chicago, Freddie Stewart goes nude, the Three Stooges heir suing a dead man for rape, Christina Aguilera's back, Trump and Giuliani's blunder, Blair St. Clair's first video is a winner, Ariana Grande has got Jennifer Coolidge down pat, and more ...

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