“But for people to understand just how blessed we are. It was an expression of our now. Our fame, right now. Us on the inside of the TV…This is FAME, bro”.
Duana texted me, like, 5 seconds after those words came out of Kanye West’s mouth last night during the VMAs: “I’m going to use that forever.” Me too.
“Us on the inside of the TV.” Watching us watching them watching us. You can’t be famous without being watched. To be famous, in the “now” of Kanye West, is to not only accept that you are being watched but to actively ensure that you are being watched. Some do it better than others. The VMAs gave us so much to watch last night, so many versions of fame, so many examples of those who are watched well and those who can barely manage being watched, even if they weren’t actually there. And, of course, the best example of the one we all watch, who knows she’s always being watched, and who has risen to that expectation better than anyone else: Beyoncé. Beyoncé “inside of the TV” and making sure that every single moment of what we were watching was of the Beyoncé standard, right to the very end, right to final frame of her performance.
More on both Beyoncé and Kanye West to come. As for the show itself? Well, it ended on the Prom Queen and King holding hands walking off the stage. So… I’m not complaining.
Yours in gossip,
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Next week will be two years since we lost Joan Rivers. And it’s true, that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. Because the Joan Rivers random amazingness on a red carpet can never be replaced. Sometimes during an interview, she straight up forgot who she was talking to, not because she wasn’t sharp but because they weren’t interesting enough for her to remember. Full Story
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Alessia Cara is 20 years old. She’s 20 years old and she already oozes so much confidence and charisma it’s unfair. It’s unfair to her peers (she’s so real she makes Ariana Grande look like a Madame Tussauds wax figure) and it’s unfair to us grown ass adults who will never be as cool as she is. Full Story
Natalie Portman came back for the smiles (Dlisted)
I couldn’t stop watching that Beyoncé Aaliyah video yesterday. To the point that I got emotional. (TooFab)
Demi Lovato’s new boyfriend (TMZ)
I wish I could un-know that I know this (The Superficial)
Maria Menounos’s leather dress (Hollywood Tuna)
Venus and Serena are so cute together (Go Fug Yourself)
Frances Bean’s divorce details (Evil Beet)
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So far, it’s been kind of a sh*t year for film. The highlights have been incredibly high (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Green Room, Swiss Army Man, Captain America: Civil War), but they’re vastly outnumbered by a slew of utter dreck, and more than once this year, I’ve had to force myself to go see a movie while feeling like I simply couldn’t sit through two more hours of garbage when I could be doing something else with my time, like punching myself in the face repeatedly. Full Story
Shawn Mendes gave an interview to Billboard and is claiming he was misquoted about his fans not knowing him. I want to shake these young popstars and tell them not to pander to their fandoms. It’s OK if they don’t “know” you. You can love and appreciate your fans without giving them your soul. Full Story