I have decided to drop my daily scanning of The Daily Mail Showbiz. Yes I enjoyed the celebrity news/goss but the hateful tones and crimes against women slowly made the habit feel quite dirty and horrible. According to DMS it seemed women were either
- Owners of “dangerous curves”- dangerous curves, what?! Dangerous as in their tempting men to assault them?
- Sexually provocative despite being underage
- Identifiable purely by their sexuality- a story of a personal trainer adopting a baby was titled “Bisexual trainer adopts baby”- why is her sexuality relevant?
- Or just their to be ridiculed- they recently had a swipe at Sienna Miller for commissioning a nude portrait of herself while pregnant, with female columnists saying that pregnancy was an ugly time of a woman’s appearance and what the hell was she thinking reproducing it? And then another female columnist had a go at Angelina Jolie for choosing to talk to their children about Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for access to education. “Why does Angelina feel the need” was a quote from the column- well seems like she’s a sensible parent who wants to enlighten her children on what’s happening in the world, or perhaps instead she should be encouraging them to cultivate dangerous curves at a young age, be disgusted with their bodies during pregnancy and see people according to sexuality, I’m sure DMS would much prefer that.
And it seems I’m not the only one that sees it this way, under almost any article in the readers comments section people would be complaining about the discriminatory or insane tone.
The article which disgusted me the most was “Teenager Elle Fanning shows off her womanly curves as she plays homage to New York statue” Elle is 14. I don’t feel that I need to elaborate to illustrate how wrong that article is, thankfully that article didn’t go unnoticed as Alan White for the New Stateman wrote an open letter to Melanie Phillips about the prematurely sexualised culture on the paper’s website- read the letter here.
Within the letter there’s a link to a podcast which illuminates some of the other crimes of journalism The Daily Mail has committed:
So what have I replaced my daily guilt with? Daily laughter courtesy of The Daily Mash.
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As mentioned in a previous post Lady Gaga’s lyrics for new song “Cake(like Lady Gaga)” include the lyrics “I’m getting fat and so is my bank.” Meanwhile Christina Aguilera reveals in Billboard magazine that frustrated at her record company for pressurising her to lose weight she told them
“You are working with a fat girl. Know it now and get over it.”
Now by popstar standards perhaps Gaga and Aguilera are on the heavier end of the spectrum but I would hardly describe them as being fat! What fans love about the songstresses are their talent, strength and confidence in not feeling the need to conform- Born this way and Beautiful.
Surprises in the Billboard article are that during Aguilera’s Stripped tour, her label told her that her weight gain would mean that she wouldn’t sell any records or tour tickets and that the people that she were working with would miss out too. Talk about laying it on thick! Aguilera obeyed and lost the weight for her Back to Basics promo and tour- however in an interview at the time she put her weight loss down to feeling insecure in her body in front of her husband and wanting to make a change. Was this a PR fed spin? Good for her for loving her body and not giving a crap what people say- although I can’t help hark back to a time when she was a skinny mini and criticising Kelly Osbourne for being fat- what goes around comes around?
Jessie J will grace the cover of British ELLE magazine’s November issue, photographed by the wonderful Rankin.
In the accompanying interview she reveals that “That really scary, spiky, cartoony kind of thing, that was me two or three years ago.” “I’ve always wanted to look like this,” [referring to her new polished mainstream look] “but it didn’t grab people’s attention. And in the beginning you’ve always got to do something that’s going to make people go, “Who’s that?””
Do we believe her? Was the original fashion forward bold Jessie J a fake? If this is the case it’s amazing she’s been so candid and admitted that her whole style was only being for publicity.
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Lady Gaga’s new track “Cake (like Lady Gaga)” has been debuted at Mugler’s Spring/Summer 2012 show. For those of you that are wondering what the hell does cake mean?- it means either ass or v-jay jay. Other lyrics of interest are a mention of her so called weight gain “I’m getting fat and so is my bank.” and a swipe at fashion critic for the NY times Cathy Horne and her boyfriend Art Ortenberg “Ortenberg you can suck my dick, walk bitch you ain’t Lady Gaga” “Cathy Horyn your style ain’t dick. Walk a mile in these foot-high heels, I run in these you ain’t running shit.”
Now where has this feud come from? Initially Horyn criticised Versace for choosing to dress Lady Gaga in her “Edge of Glory” video, Lady Gaga reacted to the criticism and then Horyn’s bf responded by writing a letter to WWD magazine referring to Gaga as “vacuous” and telling her to “grow up”.
While I think it’s out of order for anyone to bad mouth anybody what surprises me is Lady Gaga’s reaction to Horyn as Gaga responded so humbly and graciously to Madonna’s criticism of her song “Born this way”
(For those not in the know Madonna performed a mash up of “Express yourself”, “Born this way” and “She’s not me” while on tour pointing to the similarities between Madonna’s “Express yourself and Lady Gaga’s “Born this way”. Lady Gaga responded by stating: “It sometimes makes people feel better about themselves to put other people down or make fun of them or maybe make mockery of their work, and that doesn’t make me feel good at all. That just makes me feel like I’m not being a good human being … I don’t even want to fight back because it’s more important to me to keep writing music. Because that’s really all I care about, is the music.”)
So why is she fighting back now? Surely Horyn’s a small fish to fry or is it precisely this reason that she has reacted- Horyn isn’t going to be able to beat her catchy rap come back whereas Madonna has a wider audience and legions of fans?
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It’s crazy to think that Gwen Stefani is Daisy Lowe’s stepmother. At 42 Gwen Stefani is 19 years older then Daisy although they look closer to being sisters. Gavin Rossdale must be feeling pretty blessed to have two such beautiful style icons in the family.