‘I Kissed A Girl’ came out around the same time that I started kissing girls. It became a weird theme song to my life, like background music that you can’t turn off. Holding hands with my first girlfriend in public meant that someone on the street would inevitably sing it at us (in NYC, no less). And when I told some of my old friends about my new relationship, one of them joked, 'Was it the taste of her cherry Chapstick?’ Meanwhile, it was blasted at the queer parties we’d go to, in a semi-ironic attempt to take back a song that was so clearly aimed at invalidating our experiences. Lyrics like 'It don’t mean I’m in love tonight’ were a sugarcoated, female version of 'no homo,’ making a pop anthem out of the view that same-gender experimentation is cool and fine as long as you have a boyfriend who doesn’t care, and as long as you don’t have feelings for the other person. That would be so gay.

  Released on One of the Boys along with the similarly super-homophobic 'Ur So Gay,’ 'I Kissed A Girl’ was never really categorized as an offensive thing. Katy Perry even became something of a queer icon: Somehow after releasing a song with the words, 'I hope you hang yourself with your H&M scarf while jacking off listening to Mozart,’ she went on to have her songs covered on Glee, spoke publicly against Prop 8, and was honored by the Trevor Project. She gets away with an entitled, IDGAF-what-you-think brand of homophobia while also appointing herself a spokesperson for LGBTQ rights. It’s like there’s this pressure to laugh at her gay jokes because she insists she means well. If you take her homophobia too seriously, it’s on you for being uptight: Kind of like how I wasn’t allowed to be offended when men sang it to me on the street. It was all in good fun.

Slate staff writer Amanda Hess writes, 'Katy Perry’s entire persona is perfectly designed for the football audience, and it was only a matter of time before the NFL exploited her potential, and vice versa.’ She continues, 'What this performance on TV’s biggest stage, aligned with America’s biggest sport, will confirm is that Perry is the singing, dancing personification of the Cool Girl.’ Who is the 'cool girl’? As Gillian Flynn wrote in Gone Girl, she’s a guys’ girl: 'A hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping…’ Add 'casual homophobia’ to that list and you’ve got Katy Perry’s brand strategy, designed to attract a young female audience while winking at the football-loving guys around them. She’s trying to appeal to everyone at once: Tweens, dudes who love sports, queers, feminists, misogynists… And she might be getting away with it.

—  “how katy perry gets away with homophobia” by columnist Gabrielle Korn 
Same news, different year: Spring 2014 vs. 2015

                         Lets kick things off with a breakup…

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         Nothing gets our attention like ‘drug scandal’

2014

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       But what does Uncle Simon think about all of this? 

2014

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   Cue post drug scandal Harry Styles quitting rumors

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Sorry 1DHQ, your creativity points = 0

Why Louis’ current rebranding is more effective and less harmful than you think

We all know it is vital that for 1D to have any sort of a future, they need to appeal to a more adult market. What’s the best way of doing that? Make them seem like adults. It’s pretty simple right. 

Sure, you say, but why do they have to push straight partyboy Louis? How is that helping anyone? Well, let me tell you. 

Straight partyboy Louis is, despite what the fandom thinks, the most innocuous, forgettable image that you can push on a young white male celebrity. Adults don’t really give a fuck that a 23 year old boybander is out partying and picking up girls. It’s a non-story and anyone who has been 23 knows it’s pretty standard tame behaviour. He’s not getting arrested, he’s not shooting up, he’s not using prostitutes or doing anything scandalous that would make adults sit up and take note. And whilst it feels to us that they are pushing the het thing really hard, remember that for most people heterosexuality is so much the norm that it doesn’t register. They won’t read these articles and go, oh my gosh, he must be straight, that is big, fundamental information I shall retain and never let go of, they will just go, meh, he’s normal, whatever. Or if they’re smart they will just point out that he is gay and this is PR.

My point is that these kinds of articles are the best way for his name to be in the papers, giving just enough of a sorry excuse for a story that they can print his name in non-1D contexts, without adults getting too suspicious that something is afoot, because the stories themselves are pretty dull. These are the stories people will skim past, shrug off, claim they don’t care about or that they are unshocked by…

BUT - and here is what matters - they will also subconsciously incorporate the name of Louis Tomlinson into their mental catalogue of adult celebrities. Skim past enough half-arsed stories about Louis Tomlinson and eventually, without even trying you will have an idea of him doing things that adults do. No more “One Direction, aren’t they like 16?” because no, somewhere in your mind you associate them with alcohol and clubbing and the use of drugs being non-shocking, so, your brain does the work quietly in the background and concludes, they must be adults.

Side bonus point - these sort of articles can actually prompt people to defend Louis Tomlinson as being an adult. Literally, they are provoking the public to actively assert that Louis is in fact an adult. 

Go check the comments on the article if you don’t believe me. Pay attention not just to what is being said, but to the number of likes and dislikes for each comment. E.g. “ He’s in his early 20’s, doing what people in their early 20’s do…leave him alone!” gets 1630 likes and only 179 dislikes. “He’s a role model to kids… needs to buck his ideas up” gets only 70 likes but 209 dislikes!

Happy days. The times they are a’changing…

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Capcom had two DGS events showing off gameplay at today’s NicoNico Chou Kaigi expo!

This video shows our first look at the jury trials in action, with a live demo from Takumi starting at 17:40.  During a cross-examination, juror no. 3 suddenly breaks in and declares he’s made up his mind and votes guilty, which sets off the other jurors.  Ryuunosuke then begins a closing argument to change the jury’s minds.  This plays out as a “jury examination” where you can press like a normal cross-examination or select two statements which contradict each other.

When Ryuunosuke finds a contradiction, he can object directly to the jurors, bringing in some pretty fancy camera angles in the process:

Once Ryuunosuke has convinced enough members of the jury to reverse their vote, the trial can continue as normal.

(Note this was recorded from a livestream and as such has some quality issues; it will be replaced with an official upload if one is provided.)

The fact that your fave is problematic isn’t a big deal — the big deal is if we ignore it. Patricia Arquette’s Oscar speech was entitled, privileged and racially insensitive. Tina Fey’s new show is racist, Trevor Noah has made transphobic and sexist and anti-Semitic jokes, Lena Dunham’s feminism is very privileged and largely excludes women of color. They have contributed to systems of injustice that oppress others. These things are all true.

Patricia Arquette is a dedicated women’s rights activist and a talented actress, Tina Fey is a ground-breaking comedic writer who has opened doors for many women, Trevor Noah is a very talented comedian whose new role as host of The Daily Show is important to the visibility of people of color in the media, Lena Dunham is a very talented writer who has accomplished great things at a young age and has changed the way we view young women in the arts. These things are also true.

So can we just talk about it?
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Earlier this week at Valdosta State University in Georgia, a Black student, Eric Sheppard, participated in a protest on campus and at one point, walked on the American flag. Eric (who is now being labeled a terrorist smh) talks in depth to students who questioned his actions, explaining why he walked on the flag and what it represents, here: http://bit.ly/1OlshNc

Now today all these white folks show up at the school to protest Eric Sheppard and Black protesters. This is incredibly amazing, in the hypocritical way. I don’t recall any white people protesting these white frat boys as they spit on a wounded veteran and urinated on the flag during spring break this year (April, 2015) as reference here by Fox News (surprisingly): http://fxn.ws/1DHW33m

I also don’t remember hundreds of white people protesting Michelle Manhart in 2007 when she posed nude with the American flag dragging on the floor, as seen here: http://bit.ly/1DHWfzN

Murica, folks.

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New photos obtained by the Daily Mail appear to show One Direction member Louis Tomlinson rolling a cigarette next to a suspiciously green substance.

One photo in particular shows Tomlinson holding what appears to be rolling paper and sitting next to a green, weed-like substance. That picture was taken Wednesday (April 22) per the Mail, after which Tomlinson was seen out and about at many clubs (not to mention cursing out paparazzi, but who can blame him). The photos are apparently from Snapchat. A rep for the band did not immediately respond to Billboard’s request for confirmation or comment.

Louis Tomlinson Is Starting His Own Record Label

This isn’t the first time Tomlinson has been connected to marijuana. Last year, a video emerged of Tomlinson and ex-band mate Zayn Malik allegedly sharing a joint in a van in Peru.

Billboard has weighed in and the story is… brief and underwhelming.

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The second event today showed off more gameplay of the game’s first case, starting at 10:38!

The video gives us a good look at the courtroom, but more interesting is the story details it reveals.  Since these could be considered a spoiler (indeed, Takumi warns as much), we’re putting them under a cut:

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Kristen Stewart has been dating a female woman, who is a lady, for several months. The internet doesn’t know what to do about that. The internet is all, “two woman ladies? What? For how?!” Because the internet is adorable. Just…

I kinda have to laugh about this so that I don’t get really, really sad about how deeply damaging this sort of thing is to queer women and how many of us spend our entire lives questioning our own basic feelings towards our female partners.

Let’s Praise Books… Unless We Don’t Need to Read Them

Over at The New Republic, William Giraldi explains why both readers and writers need books:

For many of us, our book collections are, in at least one major way, tantamount to our children—they are manifestations of our identity, embodiments of our selfhood; they are a dynamic interior heftily externalized, a sensibility, a worldview defined and objectified. For readers, what they read is where they’ve been, and their collections are evidence of the trek. For writers, the personal library is the toolbox which contains the day’s necessary implements of construction—there’s no such thing as a skillful writer who is not also a dedicated reader—as well as a towering reminder of the task at hand: to build something worthy of being bound and occupying a space on those shelves, on all shelves. The personal library also heaves in reproach each time you’re tempted to grab the laptop and gypsy from one half-witted Web page to another. If you aren’t suspicious of a writer who isn’t a bibliophile, you should be.

But it’s not just books we need, says Giraldi, we need physical books that we can touch and smell. He doesn’t say this as a technophobe, and he doesn’t lay claim to various studies that say we absorb and understand more from the physical page than the digital screen. Instead, Giraldi argues, “like so many literary points worth emphasizing, [this] is an aesthetic one — books are beautiful.”

There’s something, he suggests, in sitting among your collection that inspires. Giraldi quotes Sven Birkerts: “Just to see my books, to note their presence, their proximity to other books, fills me with a sense of futurity.”

But what if there are simply too many books these days? Forget digitization and the volumes previously out of print but now available. This is a problem that dates back to the 15th century when the printing press was in full swing and 20 million books were printed in Europe.

We live – and have lived – in a world of “overproduction,” argues Tim Parks in the New York Review of Books.

Just when we were already overwhelmed with paper books, often setting them aside after only a few pages in anxious search of something more satisfying, along came the Internet and the e-book so that, wonderfully, we now have access to hundreds of thousands of contemporary novels and poems from this very space into which I am writing.

Inevitably, this tends to diminish the seriousness with which I approach any particular book. Certainly the notion that these works could ever be arranged in any satisfactory order, or that any credible canon will ever emerge, is gone forever. I’m disoriented and don’t expect things to be otherwise any time soon.

Disorientation, an inability to create a canon, cultural critics would call that a decentralization — or disintermediation —of authority. A subset of them would argue this is a good thing and that we live in an age of cultural negotiation.

But if there are too many books, maybe we shouldn’t read them at all. Maybe it’s easier – perhaps better – to just read reviews and get the gist.

“[W]e’ve always been shallow readers,” writes Noah Berlatsky and we shouldn’t fret that our digital screens amplify that. Our best way forward is to skim through writing about writing “and have some idea about it.”

And here’s where the Internet may truly become a boon for culture. Where else are you constantly encouraged, and even required, to talk creatively and endlessly about works you have not really read, and things you know little about?

For Berlatsky, books are a “cultural network” where it’s more important to know what a book’s generally about and how it relates to others “than to know exactly what’s in that one book in particular.”

Or, as Pierre Bayard, author of How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read, puts it, “Being cultivated is a matter not of having read any book in particular, but of being able to find your bearings within books as a system.”

Harsh, for the book lover, to be sure. Harsh for the author too.

The book here becomes a mere data point on a larger system and understood in aggregate. It becomes, in a sense, mere metadata. Or, in a world of media everywhere, where we have what seems like infinite choice over both form and content, the book is simply being relegated to one of many choices.

Clay Shirky alluded to this a few years back:

“Having lost its actual centrality some time ago, the literary world is now losing its normative hold on culture as well. The threat isn’t that people will stop reading War and Peace…. The threat is that people will stop genuflecting to the idea of reading War and Peace.

Again, decentralization, disintermediation and cultural negotiation. This time not within a set of cultural objects, but at a macro level concerning what objects our culture holds valuable. We may not like the result but can’t deny the reality.

Over at The Morning News, Nikkitha Bakshani writes:

A UC San Diego report published in 2009 suggests the average American’s eyes cross 100,500 words a day—text messages, emails, social media, subtitles, advertisements—and that was in 2008. Data collected by the marketing company Likehack tells us that the average social media user “reads"—or perhaps just clicks on—285 pieces of content daily, an estimated 54,000 words. If it is true, then we are reading a novel slightly longer than The Great Gatsby every day.

Of course, the word "read” is rather diluted in this instance. You can peruse or you can skim, and it’s still reading. I spoke with writer and avid reader John Sherman about his online reading habits. “Sometimes, when I say I read an article,” said Sherman, “what I actually mean is I read a tweet about that article.” He is hardly alone in this.

We no longer read for knowledge, she writes, but instead consume whatever and wherever in a perpetual search for information.

The book holds out promise for more though. Let’s leave it with Giraldi:

Dedicated readers are precisely those who understand the Socratic inkling that they aren’t smart enough, will never be smart enough—the wise are wise only insofar as they know that they know nothing. In other words: Someone with all the answers has no use for books. Anthony Burgess once suggested that “book” is an acronym for “Box Of Organized Knowledge,” and the collector is pantingly desperate for proximity to that knowledge—he wants to be buffeted, bracketed, bulletproofed by books.

Image: Sucked In And Drawn Along, by Lotus Carroll.

Re: Sawyer/Jenner Interview

I am not currently watching the interview (since we lack television aside from Netflix), but I will have plenty to say on things once I have some time to catch up on the clips and inevitable media-explosion. But in short, I have great respect for anyone who has the courage to come out, and we all deserve the chance to live authentically.

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Dog the Bounty Hunter shocked the women on Fox News’ “Outnumbered” today when he said that he didn’t believe that “rising GOP star” Marco Rubio would be able to defeat the “dynamic duo” of Bill and Hillary Clinton. The panel was discussing the Fox News poll released yesterday, in which Rubio was identified as leading the GOP field with the support of 13 percent of likely Republican primary voters.

“I think you’re powerful and heroic but the fact that you endorse Clinton makes me sadder than ‘The Notebook’”

Though EP Rob Doherty swears they’re not aiming to end the season on a cliffhanger, that doesn’t mean the show won’t go out with a bang.

“Someone is coming,” Doherty teases, staying mum on whether he’s referencing a familiar face from the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories. “We want to set up a few personal things that are on the horizon for Sherlock and Joan when we resume next year,” he adds.

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an original piece I wrote last night and performed today in my english class. i’ve never written in this style or performed a piece before but gave it a shot. i hope my words inspire you to make a change. this is When I Grow Up.

When I Grow Up

I feel like my life is surrounded by a single question.
A question I’m asked by
My family,
My friends,
And my teachers.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
What do I want to be?

At age 5,
I wanted to be a farmer.
I wanted to reside in the country and grow crops of my own.
I wanted to wear overalls and ride tractors.
But I was told,
Women don’t work out in the fields.
Women don’t ride tractors.
Girls are supposed to wear dresses and skirts.
Being a farmer is a man’s job.

At age 7,
I wanted to work in Hollywood.
I wanted to star in the big movies.
I wanted to produce and direct box-office hits.
I wanted my co-stars to be Robert Redford and Brad Pitt.
But I know,
70% of speaking roles in movies are given to men.
93% of popular films are directed by men.
The Oscar for Best Original screenplay has been given to women 8 out of 76 times.
And I know,
94% of all the writing awards at the Oscars have gone to men.

At age 9,
I wanted to run a company.
I wanted to be the head of a business and bring up new ideas.
I wanted to make the business the best it could be.
But I know,
Women only hold 4.6% of CEO positions at S&P 500 companies.

At age 11,
I wanted to be the first female President of the United States.
I wanted to go down in the history books.
I wanted to run a country and do what was best for it’s people.
But I know,
Women only hold 20 out of the 100 seats in the Senate.
In the House of Representatives, women only hold 84 out of the 435 seats. That’s only 19.3%.
There are only 104 female members in congress, out of 535. 
That’s only 18.5%. 
And today, this country still has yet to see a female president.

At age 13,
I wanted to be a writer.
I wanted to be the next J.K. Rowling and write with such power.
I wanted my words to be read by the world.
Be interviewed by the biggest magazines.
But I know,
Only 9 out of 52 winners of the National Book Award for Fiction are women.
Only 11 out of 48 winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction have been women.
And I know,
The Nobel Prize and Prize in Economic Sciences have been awarded to women only 47 times out of 889 people and organizations.
There is only one woman who has received it twice.
I want to be equal to men. 
Women still make only 77 cents to every dollar men do.

Now,
I want to be equal.
Because I know,
Women only make 77 cents to every dollar men earn.