Fans of Australian comic Chris Lilley’s mockumentary We Can Be Heroes and Summer Heights High are already familiar with Ja’mie, the snotty, exiled prep student whose dirty mouth is only equal to her self-delusion and Machiavellian popularity tactics. Played by Lilley (Angry Boys) in drag, Ja’mie is part Heathers, part Mean Girls and entirely the worst: She’s racist (“I’m gonna hashtag it ‘friedrice,’” she sneers at an Asian schoolmate), classist (her after-school outreach involves reading The Hunger Games to the less fortunate) and just plain cruel (“You know what would be really embarrassing?” she snapped at a classmate in Summer Heights. “Having your head.”) Read More
As Neal Pollack and a bunch of other less famous people know, it’s hard to be on a game show. Sure, from the comfort of your couch, without the hot glare of the studio lights or the live audience or the family members counting on you to win or the other contestants counting on you to lose or the kindly (though not so kindly this close up, now that you’re right next to him) face of the host whose been hosting this program for years now–like this is his life and its no big deal just give an answer already–it’s pretty easy to judge people for giving silly answers.
We don’t know what it’s like, for instance, to have prepared and studied for months so we could learn what the majority of 100 polled Americans would say they kept in their fridge, or find empty around the house, or do at home on a Saturday night if they can’t afford to go out. That’s just not what we spend our day thinking about, but if we had, if we had practiced and studied and put our noses to the grindstone and beat out other families with less determination to meet Steve Harvey, and we finally made it onto television only to be asked a question about zombies–goddamn zombies! Which aren’t even real, most of the time!– we’d probably freeze up and say the first person thing to come to our mind, as well. Read More
The message of Suzanne Collins’s YA series, The Hunger Games, seems pretty straightforward: Poverty is bad, capitalism is bad, having children fight each other to the death is bad, “reality” celebrities are bad, The Capitol and District 1 (maybe 2) are kind of bad, having nice clothing is bad, Peeta sucks.
But since Catching Fire and its subsequent sequels confuse that point with a bunch of other stuff (mostly CGI) corrupt the best of intentions, the original book’s themes can get kind of lost.
Toshi, the party promoter/actor/owner of Smart Apartments LLC (“Hotel Toshi”) has to cough up $1 million to the city of New York as part of his settlement to put a halt on his brand of illegal, short-term rentals in residential spaces, which had flourished in the age of Airbnb.
The city sued Smart Apartments in October as part of their crackdown of 50 buildings with units that had been converted into hostels to turn out a profit with out-of-town tourists (as opposed to long-term leasers) without prior approval.
This just proves that spending too long in Penn Station will smother your soul so completely that even goddamn magic can’t bring it back.
“Sorry, Platform 9? No, I don’t think there’s a 9 and 3/4s…”
(*Takes photo on Instagram.*)
(*Hashtags it: #NOFILTERS #HOGWARTS*)
Really? Because that kid has a LIVE OWL IN A CAGE, so at the very least you should put down your phone and try to help him out. Read More
As someone in the office just put it: “You can die for your country, but you can’t smoke a cigarette.” That line, usually just applicable to drinking throughout the United States, will soon apply to anyone between the ages of 18 and 20 trying to buy tobacco products in New York City. Today, Mayor Bloomberg signed a new law (passed by City Council earlier this year) that means in 180 days it will no longer be legal for high school seniors to use time-honored traditions to look cool at parties where there are college kids.
This is the first time in America’s history where a city or a state has raised the age to prohibit young adults from purchasing tobacco products.
Of course, it’s all for “our own good.” Read More
A lot is being made of Kanye West’s new music video for “Bound 2″ which he premiered on Ellen today, because, why not? Monday is Bret Easton Ellis Day and Tuesday is The Ellen DeGeneres Show Day, and Wednesday will be, who knows, Kanye’s Rob Ford Day? (WE HOPE, WE HOPE SO BAD.)
But while there’s been a lot of guff about the sexual imagery of the video, it’s actually quite tame. Below, we’ve broken down every single frame from the video. Read More
When you think about it, obviously. Obviously, Bret Easton Ellis deserves a podcast for all his hard work fighting with Nikke Finke and making The Canyons. And obviously, the premiere episode should feature Kanye West talking about “product” and disposable culture and bootlegs of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and what life was like before multiplexes and Kim Kardashian.
Obviously. Read More