Stop Meme-ing Taylor Swift

At this point, thinking sober thoughts about a new Taylor Swift song is painfully predictable. It's a here we go again exercise that think-piece writers and social media pundits have come to dread and celebrate in equal measure. Yet, no matter how formulaic the Swift responses are, the internet must be fed. Luckily for all involved, her latest single, "You Need to Calm Down," is irresistible hot-take fodder: It's been hailed as revolutionary, slammed as queerbait, praised as inclusive, and condemned as intolerant. The lyrics and music video nod to Swift's many celebrity feuds, but also include a GLAAD endorsement and a petition to ratify the Equality Act. There is homophobia, and also a food fight. It's a Tayfecta of …

Stop Meme-ing Taylor Swift

At this point, thinking sober thoughts about a new Taylor Swift song is painfully predictable. It's a here we go again exercise that think-piece writers and social media pundits have come to dread and celebrate in equal measure. Yet, no matter how formulaic the Swift responses are, the internet must be fed. Luckily for all involved, her latest single, "You Need to Calm Down," is irresistible hot-take fodder: It's been hailed as revolutionary, slammed as queerbait, praised as inclusive, and condemned as intolerant. The lyrics and music video nod to Swift's many celebrity feuds, but also include a GLAAD endorsement and a petition to ratify the Equality Act. There is homophobia, and also a food fight. It's a Tayfecta of …

Stop Meme-ing Taylor Swift

At this point, thinking sober thoughts about a new Taylor Swift song is painfully predictable. It's a here we go again exercise that think-piece writers and social media pundits have come to dread and celebrate in equal measure. Yet, no matter how formulaic the Swift responses are, the internet must be fed. Luckily for all involved, her latest single, "You Need to Calm Down," is irresistible hot-take fodder: It's been hailed as revolutionary, slammed as queerbait, praised as inclusive, and condemned as intolerant. The lyrics and music video nod to Swift's many celebrity feuds, but also include a GLAAD endorsement and a petition to ratify the Equality Act. There is homophobia, and also a food fight. It's a Tayfecta of …

Dominican officials say alleged gunman mistook Big Papi for someone else

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (CNN)More than a week after David Ortiz was shot as part of what police have called a murder-for-hire plot, authorities in the Dominican Republic now say the former Red Sox star was not the intended target. Ortiz is 6’3 and 250 pounds, according to the Red Sox, and is one of the Dominican Republic’s most recognizable celebrities. “The fact that David Ortiz wasn’t the target doesn’t change anything,” Rodriguez Sanchez said. “The law is the same for everybody.” The extraordinary twist in the case came less than a week after a prosecution spokesman dismissed reports that Ortiz was not the intended victim, saying he doubted any Dominican would not recognize the ex-ballplayer. Erick Montilla, the spokesman, …

Dominican officials say alleged gunman mistook Big Papi for someone else

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (CNN)More than a week after David Ortiz was shot as part of what police have called a murder-for-hire plot, authorities in the Dominican Republic now say the former Red Sox star was not the intended target. Ortiz is 6’3 and 250 pounds, according to the Red Sox, and is one of the Dominican Republic’s most recognizable celebrities. “The fact that David Ortiz wasn’t the target doesn’t change anything,” Rodriguez Sanchez said. “The law is the same for everybody.” The extraordinary twist in the case came less than a week after a prosecution spokesman dismissed reports that Ortiz was not the intended victim, saying he doubted any Dominican would not recognize the ex-ballplayer. Erick Montilla, the spokesman, …

Dominican officials say alleged gunman mistook Big Papi for someone else

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (CNN)More than a week after David Ortiz was shot as part of what police have called a murder-for-hire plot, authorities in the Dominican Republic now say the former Red Sox star was not the intended target. Ortiz is 6’3 and 250 pounds, according to the Red Sox, and is one of the Dominican Republic’s most recognizable celebrities. “The fact that David Ortiz wasn’t the target doesn’t change anything,” Rodriguez Sanchez said. “The law is the same for everybody.” The extraordinary twist in the case came less than a week after a prosecution spokesman dismissed reports that Ortiz was not the intended victim, saying he doubted any Dominican would not recognize the ex-ballplayer. Erick Montilla, the spokesman, …

MTV Movie & TV Awards 2019: See the full list of winners

(CNN)The MTV Movie & TV Awards celebrated the best on-screen work of the past year on Monday night. “Shazam” star Zachary Levi hosted the show. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was awarded the Generation Award, and Jada Pinkett Smith was honored with the Trailblazer Award. Ruth Bader Ginsburg received nominations for best real-life hero, and was also nominated in the best documentary category, as well as most meme-able moment, and best fight, for the legal effort portrayed in the documentary “RBG.” (“RBG” was produced by CNN Films.) She won for Best real-life hero. See below for a full list of winners. Best movie “Avengers: Endgame” *WINNER “BlacKkKlansman” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” “Us” Best show …

‘You Need to Calm Down’ may be Taylor Swift’s most political move yet

(CNN)Taylor Swift’s “You Need To Calm Down” is a pop anthem for equality and understanding. The video features numerous celebrities who identify as LGBTQ, including Ellen DeGeneres, Billy Porter, RuPaul, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Adam Lambert, Todrick Hall, Hayley Kiyoko, Adam Rippon, Chester Lockhart, Dexter Mayfield, Hannah Hart, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness and Tan France to name a few. Some are met by chanting protestors holding anti-gay signs. Taylor Swift gives surprise Pride Month performance at the Stonewall Inn The “You Need To Calm Down” video comes just days after Swift gave a surprise performance at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, an LGBTQ rights landmark. Swift has become more vocal about her politics over the past year. For …

The Most Random People In Taylor Swift’s New Video

Taylor Swift released her latest single, “You Need To Calm Down,” on Friday, and of course I had thoughts right off the bat. I still like the song, and it’s definitely been stuck in my head all weekend. This morning, Taylor dropped the video for the song, and she’s really not playing around here. There are about a million celebrities in the video, many of them famous members of the LGBTQ community. Many of the inclusions in the video make perfect sense, like executive producer Todrick Hall, and known lesbian and friend of Taylor Swift Hayley Kiyoko (who also happens to be my girl crush). But Taylor really pulled out all the stops here, and there are some cameos in …

Could KFCs vegan burger challenge chicken?

I’ve come to KFC’s Gloucester Road, London restaurant, one of 20 KFC branches across the UK trialling the Imposter Burger over the next four weeks, to see what customers make of it. Made from Quorn, a fungus-based meat substitute, it is the chain’s first attempt at a vegan alternative to its chicken burger. Jordan’s colleague Laura, a vegetarian, is delighted that she’s finally being catered for. She and Jordan both work for the police and KFC is a regular meal break outing for staff. “I felt like I was missing out,” she says. “Everyone would go there and I’d just get chips or beans.” Image caption Mujahid Ali had sold 80-90 non-chicken burgers by midday KFC, best known for its …

5 Common Misconceptions About Fertility Betches

Let’s face it. Infertility is just one of those things in life that sneaks up on you, and you may not know until you’re trying to get pregnant. Once you realize you’re part of more than 6 million women whom it affects, it can feel completely overwhelming. The great thing is we live in an era of the best possible fertility treatments available. Family balancing, economic factors, and delay in childbearing have all lead to the increased demand in assisted reproductive technologies, but how much do you really know about them? For starters, more than 7 million women have utilized infertility services. Since information about fertility treatments isn’t typically discussed outside of the doctor’s office, let’s set the record straight …

5 Celebs You Probably Forgot Had Serious Work Done Betches

I’ve been doing a lot of articles lately on Photoshop and how celebrities and influencers use it. But photo editing isn’t the only way we get these superhuman photos that create the standard for what is attractive in our society. In addition to personal chefs, trainers, makeup artists, and professional photographers, celebrities also alter their appearances with plastic surgery. Between botox, fillers, new noses, bodies, chins, etc., it’s easy to forget what these people actually used to look like. In case you need a reminder, being attractive in this day and age has more to do with how rich you are than your genes. Also, I think these people mostly look like they’ve had work done, especially in person. We …

Why Bella Thorne Leaked Her Own Nudes Betches

In what can only be described as the biggest power move of 2019 so far, Bella Thorne leaked her own nudes on Twitter. Now, that’s not a sentence I can say I’m entirely surprised about writing, since Bella Thorne appears very confident about her body on social media. But, her reasons for posting these photos were way different than her usual “felt cute, might delete later” type pics, and I’m not here to hate on this move. In fact, I love it. This is honestly big d*ck energy in action. Here’s what happened to cause Bella Thorne to leak her own nudes. First, on Thursday, fans noticed some weird tweets coming from her account. (Weirder than the usual tweets from …

Not OK, computer: how it feels to have your music leaked

When Radiohead were held to ransom by hackers, they shrugged and put 18 hours of unheard material online for free. But for other artists, having music leaked can be devastating In 1997, Radiohead imagined a future in which technological dependency and out-of-control consumerism had merged to form a dark, digital void. OK Computer, the bands third album, painted prescient pictures of riot police at political rallies and anxious lives lived in suburbs surrounded by endless motorways. The digital advances promising to bring us together, it seemed to warn, would instead corrode and cause chaos. Last weeks big Radiohead news wouldnt have sounded out of place on that albums technosceptic vision of tomorrow. The band had been hacked, Tuesday, and 18 …

“Healing Crystals” Bring Bad Vibes For The Environment And Local Communities

Crystals are the new must-have accessory for those seeking “well-being” and “positive energies”. Off the back of big celebrity endorsements, these pretty (although ultimately useless) semiprecious gemstones have seen an unlikely comeback over the past few years.  Needless to say, any supposed health benefit from these stones is currently pure pseudoscience. However, even beyond their promises of “good vibes” straight from Mother Nature, these gemstones could be having a negative effect on the environment and local communities. As reported by The Guardian, many “healing crystals” – whether it’s opals or quartz, tourmaline or amethyst – originate from a murky supply chain that starts in conflict-struck countries with lax labor laws and environmental regulations. The industry is largely unregulated in impoverished areas, riddled with violent military …

While You Were Offline: Justin Bieber Wants to Fight Tom Cruise

It's been a week where everyone's favorite member of the Queer Eye Fab Five—sorry, Bobby—Jonathan Van Ness came out as being genderqueer, where Radiohead released outtakes from OK Computer to foil hackers, and a week where an ice wolf that died over 40 millennia ago was discovered, preserved, in the Siberian permafrost. And that's not all—President Trump also favorited a tweet about Rihanna for some mysterious reason. What else happened on the internet last week? While You Were Offline is here to catch you up. President Trump Got a Nice Letter from Kim Jong-Un What Happened: The romance between President Trump and Kim Jong-Un continued last week with a press conference in which everyone discussed a very special letter, one …