58 posts categorized "ARIANA GRANDE"

Apr 19 2019
I'd Still Say Mesh + Pelosi Promises Mueller Action + Huckabee Sanders Lies About Lying + Schock Report + Bernie & Kamala's Big Bucks + EARTH Day + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Just a simple boy with a dream.

BELOW: Keep reading for a meshy situation, Sarah Huckabee Sanders goes full fembot and more ...

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Apr 02 2019
The Good Gay Wins + LOVE OR DRUGS? + Is New VIEW Book Biased? + Pelosi Chastises But Supports Biden + Fleeing Brunei + NOW APOCALYPSE Money Shot + MORE! Comments (0)

ABOVE: Oh, now I get cosplay.

BELOW: Keep reading for a short film on anti-gay abuse that is even more horrifying than you expect, a Glee veteran's song about sex and drugs, and Now Apocalypse's most out-there sex scene yet  ...

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Mar 21 2019
Chris Hemsworth Showers For You + RIP Barbara Hammer + Gaga Dating Renner?! + Lori Loughlin's Christian Values + Old Gays Try To I.D. Divas + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Goonies are Bidgood enough.

BELOW: Keep reading for Chris Hemsworth's show-off shower, Trump's blatant graft, Gaga's new bottom and more ...

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Mar 20 2019
Bryan Hawn Is One Of My Favorite Things Comments (0)

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Bryan Hawn's BroScience series is on Episode 12, this time parodying Ariana Grande's “7 Rings” with 2 big ol' butts.

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Whose? Why, his and Vlad's ...

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Jan 28 2019
RIP Landen Jones + Billionaire Heckled + How The Party Almost Got Started + Valentina's Sour Note + MORE! — 6-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Nyle DiMarco, on top of being hot, has also remade Ariana Grande's latest music video in ASL.

BELOW: Keep reading for a Mark Fisher Fitness tragedy, Howard Schultz gets heckled and more ...

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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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