Thursday, September 30, 2010

Katy Perry is Not the Only One Being Oppressed on Sesame Street (A Satirical Commentary)

“So Katy Perry can't wear a little Tinkerbell outfit on Sesame Street, but it's fine for Elmo to run around without any pants? I'm confused."

     I was initially surprised and appalled that Katy Perry's now notorious stint on Sesame Street sparked such a huge controversy. However, when I saw the above hilarious observation posted by megcabot on Twitter, it all made a lot of sense to me.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

ANTM, Everyone Deserves the Same Judging Treatment!

Last week on “America’s Next Top Model,” we witnessed what seems to increasingly be a staple of the series in recent cycles: the out-of-judging panel elimination. Immediately following their stunning makeovers (seriously, that was one of the best rounds of makeovers the show has ever had!), the contestants were asked to pose in a few photos and their performance (i.e. how they handle their new looks in a picture) was critiqued by coach J. Alexander and on-set coordinator Jay Manuel. The one who received the worst critique was immediately ousted from the competition. That unlucky soul was 24 year-old Terra of Arlington, Texas.

Monday, September 20, 2010

ANTM: Tyra Demanded More Meat than Anamaria Could Muster

So, I wonder if there are any fellow America’s Next Top Model fans who were just as perturbed as I was by the results of last Wednesday’s elimination ceremony (the first of this new cycle). Anamaria, the 19-year-old from Queens, New York, was given the boot for one of the most unfair, and frankly hurtful, reasons ever from the ANTM judging panel. Granted, Anamaria seemed rather mouthy and conceited throughout her brief time on the show, but her attitude was not the chief factor that played in her departure.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

"Don't Be a Sue," Be a Feminist

I was very much amused when I came across a recent promo from the civic engagement campaign Members Project, featuring a rant from the cold-hearted, politically incorrect, but nonetheless hilarious Sue Sylvester (of TV's "Glee," as portrayed by the amazing improv comedienne Jane Lynch). 
In this promo, we listen as Sue expresses a deep disdain for animal rights (since all animals do is defecate on our property and tempt humans with their tasty, "delicious" flesh), an antipathy toward literacy education ("Words are hard!"), and indifference for funding the arts (the money would best be put forth helping smelly artists bathe themselves). Thus, Members Project implores "Don't be a Sue," and encourages its viewers to become involved in their communities despite Sue's glaring disapproval. (This promo and others starring the “Glee” cast can be viewed here.)
When Jane Lynch recently took home a much deserved Emmy award in August for her performance on "Glee," the folks at were quick to laud her and her work in bringing Sue's special brand of "faux feminism" to life on the small screen. "Faux feminism"-- I couldn't have said it better myself (or with the same succinct alliteration). Sue's brand of "womanly empowerment" does seem to contradict many of the ideals which have been laid out by feminists over the years.