Archive for the ‘Hollywood Staff-ish’ Category


Welcome to the age of the Faux Media Apology. Here are some tips and reminders in the event that you need to refresh your understanding of the Anatomy of an Apology. Take note fallen “heroes,” “icons,” and “idols.” As you seek redemption via a carefully-worded, sound-bite-worthy corporate script, master-minded with  focus-group-like precision, and thus guaranteed to win back the favour of your constituents…We, your former trusty supporters and allies, duped, disappointed, yet desperately hopeful, await your strategically-timed remorse-missive delivered through the lens of PR-savvy handlers… But wait. Perhaps you prefer the lucrative, prime-time, blue chip, advertising-sponsored-put your dollars next to…. [ Read More ]

Dear Jodie Foster: I Think You Should... stop sucking and blowing

In August, which is like 1000 years ago in media time, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison broke up because of… QUELLE HORREUR!… an infidelity on the part of Kristen Stewart. I won’t chide you if you don’t know “who” they are because if you don’t know who they are then you win! You win because you’ve successfully managed to steer clear of The Hype and live your life, and not the life the media are encouraging you to live. However, if on the off-chance that you haven’t been sucked into the media vortex of “other people’s lives” permit me to…. [ Read More ]


Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2011 was a particularly awesome Mother’s Day to remember. Why? Because it was the first Mother’s Day in 6 years that I actually felt like I earned the title of Mother; and it was the first time in 6 years that I actually felt like I deserved the title of “Mother.” [My daughers are 6 and 3 years old]. Oh, and Oprah returned a tweet of mine. But more on that later. Up until this particular Mother’s Day, I mostly felt like I was going through the motions of Motherhood. You know, mentally checking off…. [ Read More ]


Previously I posted about the self-congratulatory beast known as “Celebrity Charity’ism.” I and others have come to the natural conclusion that more than dealing in self-less altruism, increasingly these so-called celebrities are engaging in acts of charity for the sole purpose of boosting their public image, and let’s face it, their already inflated egos. And yes, for each celebrity who is able to lead with her heart and not by the ego which is in/securely attached to her public self-worth, increasingly there are more who do it for audience recognition and because they’ve learned that it’s perceived as the right…. [ Read More ]


Is it just me or is anyone else tired of celebrities who seduce us into buying their schlock and then THEY give it to charity? On February 24, 2011, I came across a headline on my Twitter timeline which read: “Why are black pop stars performing at the behest of dictators?” Written by Lori Adelman, the story came courtesy of The Griot an African American online journal. I immediately clicked on the link and was surprised to find that not only had Mariah Carey, Beyonce, and Usher performed for Libyan dictator Mouammar Qaddafi, but they accepted a $1 Million paycheck…. [ Read More ]


A few days ago Jezebel compiled and posted this compilation of Kanye West’s “most ridiculous on air moments.” I’m not sure what the point of the PSA was other than to draw yet more attention to the fails and foibles of a young Holly’weird entertainer on the brink; to further humiliate, demonize, excoriate, and mock a black male celebrity—oh look, he’s so angry [but in that sexy black male kind of way]—to add more fuel to the fire and ire of a clearly inexhaustible genius and sometime professional ego-maniac; or to show how ‘on point’ Jezebel is when it comes…. [ Read More ]


In recent news, there has been a lot of talk about Courtney Love.  According to the will and might of sycophantic media behaviour, she seems to be experiencing a comeback, or is it a resurgence[?] in popular culture opinion. Why you ask? Well, because, it’s *that time* again. And lest you think there isn’t anything more important happening in our world culture—“George Bush Doesn’t Like Black People”— than the shenanigans of the former Mrs Kurt Cobain, also known as the Verbally Abusive Mother of Francis Bean, also known as a Successful Plastic Surgery Ambassador, also known as a Lifestyle Mental…. [ Read More ]

Pop Cultural Criticism is the gift that keeps on giving. And not for anything, it is the opinions of the masses that fuel my desire to participate in ongoing discussions concerning matters of taste. I am by no means an “expert” on Taste, except that I sometimes know what I like, I know what I dislike, and given my professional experience with design visionaries, tastemakers, creative geniuses, style gurus and the like, I just may be in a position to substantiate an opinion or two on what might be considered good and “relevant.” This is not to say that my…. [ Read More ]

There is a curious scene in The Hills Season Finale Premiere where Heidi Montag, fresh from 10+ surgeries, sits across from her Mother on the sofa in a conspicuous tete a tete and asks her: “Do I look good?” The camera moves along the lines of her Mother’s comfortably folded body to her slightly lined, yet beautifully open and somewhat pained face as she deliberately pauses, casually flicks a swath of dirty blonde hair from her shoulders, and replies in a calm voice, “I think you should re-phrase the question.” To me this was a Moment. An unscripted, “natural” moment…. [ Read More ]

This blog entry is brought to you by the fine scholars at the SAY WHAT BIOTCH? School of Journalism. And today’s entry is dedicated to the I-accidently-crunched-my-brains-instead-of-my-Abs-scholar, Miss Jillian Michaels of The Biggest Dummy, I mean Loser-television fame. A day or two ago, Ms Michaels was quoted as saying, “I can’t handle the affects of pregnancy on my body,” and the comment reverberated through the media channels much the same way, I imagine, as the news of Michael Jackson’s passing last year. Well, maybe not so much, but I can venture a guess that the impact amongst Moms was swift…. [ Read More ]

Take a Page from Jane Fonda on How to be Fabulous. Jane Fonda is FABULOUS. Jane Fonda is one of those eternally likable people who you might someday wish to call a friend. She’s not only whip-smart, beautiful and interestingly interested, but she’s also fundamentally down to earth. I say this because I feel like I “know” her. Right. Sounds a bit “stalkerish” doesn’t it. Obviously, I have no “real” connection to Ms Fonda, or anybody else of her ilk, but it’s not impossible to imagine how somehow might perceive to think they know a thing or two “about a…. [ Read More ]

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Go Sideways. Last night was a GOOD night. As a result I am “over-hung” as I write this. But it was worth it. Here’s what I have discovered over the years, and I just might have to credit the movie Sideways for taking me there: Drink what you like and enjoy yourself. I like to drink Pinot Noir. I like it because it’s drinkable. I got on this whole Pinot kick after watching Sideways. Which is a little strange because I am not typically susceptible to the subliminal offerings of Hollywood flics. Oh, but didn’t we all love this movie…. [ Read More ]

Give us Your Best Line, and then Give Us a Break. I am thankful because I got some really good advice recently about my blog. [Please hit me back and let me know, dear reader, if you catch the difference]. I’m all about giving props for well-considered advice. Yes, for the most part advice can be self-serving, but if you simply take what you can use and discard the rest, you will benefit in ways that you can’t ever imagine. For me, it’s not so much about having someone tell me what to do, as it is in asking someone…. [ Read More ]

ithinkyoushould. ”Stop Saying Sex-Addict Like It’s a Bad Thing” That’s a gift from Bill Maher. And I don’t know about you, but reading the news gets me excited. It’s like I don’t know where to begin, or what to read first, and then what to do with the news I just read. This is a huge part of the reason I started my blog. I needed an outlet for the things that I saw, read, heard, and inadvertently came across in the mass culture. [Plus my head was beginning to pop-off at inappropriate times, and my husband and I agreed.... [ Read More ]

ithinkyoushould. Mind Your Manners, Asshole. Getting your point across, like telling somebody off constructively is an art. Depending on the subject matter, you can give as much or as little detail as necessary to influence the person to whom you are speaking. Good or bad, people will take from that conversation whatever they deem necessary to carry on with their lives, and you will feel sufficiently “off-loaded” to carry on with yours. Telling somebody off artfully carries equal sway. The impetus can be found in the delivery, the tone of voice, and by the very words themselves. And this is…. [ Read More ]

ithinkyoushould. Buy Some Tiger Toys Oh dear. This can be taken one of two ways. The way I’m taking it, is by planting my tongue firmly in my cheek, and placing my foot squarely in my mouth. Oh, that’s two of two ways, but you get the point. Tiger was recently interviewed by ESPN about his last few months, he says sorry again, and lets us know that his life has been difficult since, but there’s really nothing more. The gory details he tells us are reserved for him and his family. But I think he just doesn’t get it….. [ Read More ]

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ithinkyoushould. Sell Your Version of Events. Hmmm. This is Tricky. I want to mention that I read the Rielle Hunter, “Hello, My Name, is…” thing a few days ago  first excerpted from the Washington Post, and then in GQ. I think that I actually waited a day because I kind of wanted to process–more like chew and spit out– the whole thing. Ya. I still don’t know what to make of it. I actually wrote down a quote from her and I wanted to run with that as my lead-in. She said, “People pay more attention to scandal than they…. [ Read More ]

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