Monday, August 29, 2016

Dear Gossips,

“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,

Lainey 

The placement of Britney Spears

August 29, 2016 12:36:38 Posted at August 29, 2016 12:36:38
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Kevin Mazur/ Larry Busacca/ Larry Busacca/MTV1617/ Jeff Kravitz/ Anthony Harvey/ Getty Images

How do we properly assess the performance of Britney Spears last night? Knowing what she’s gone through, is it the gentle approach? Do we make an exception on standard and collectively agree that it was a decent return to the VMAs? It was a decent return to the VMAs. Full Story

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Nick Jonas’s Bacon

August 29, 2016 12:08:36 Posted at August 29, 2016 12:08:36
Kathleen Posted by Kathleen
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Mike Coppola/MTV1617/ Dimitrios Kambouris/ Nicholas Hunt/ Jamie McCarthy/ Getty Images

That’s not a euphemism. Nick Jonas performed a song called Bacon last night at the VMAs. His performance opened with him in a kitchen, holding a fresh plate of bacon. This is how most of my daydreams about Nick also open. Full Story

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I Can’t No Pastries

August 29, 2016 11:20:26 Posted at August 29, 2016 11:20:26
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Nicholas Hunt/ Kevin Mazur/ Anthony Harvey/ Jeff Kravitz/ Getty Images

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 cooler than all of us

August 29, 2016 10:55:49 Posted at August 29, 2016 10:55:49
Kathleen Posted by Kathleen
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Jeff Kravitz/ Jamie McCarthy/ Kevin Mazur/ Nicholas Hunt/ Getty Images

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

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August 29, 2016 – Smutty Shout-Outs

August 29, 2016 10:39:15 Posted at August 29, 2016 10:39:15
Lainey Posted by Lainey

For Jordy, aka my office roommate, aka the Key Makeup Artist for the Best Hip Hop Video at the VMAs – CONGRATULATIONS homie! Jordy is Key Hair on The Social and she and Nat, our Key Makeup Artist, worked on the Hotline Bling video last year in Toronto. Follow Jordy on Instagram here Full Story

Smutty Tingles

August 26, 2016 20:24:22 Posted at August 26, 2016 20:24:22
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Natalie Portman came back for the smiles (Dlisted

Andrew eats with friends (Just Jared

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck sleep in separate bedrooms for his birthday (Cele|bitchy

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

No show Taylor?

August 26, 2016 20:09:07 Posted at August 26, 2016 20:09:07
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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FameFlynet, Splash News

Taylor Swift heading to the gym today in New York. New York, also the site of this year’s VMAs on Sunday. But, according to PEOPLE, she won’t be there citing sources connected to MTV and Taylor who insist she’s not going and never intended to go, regardless of the receipts. Full Story

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Pete’s Dragon: a reason to go to the movies

August 26, 2016 19:54:39 Posted at August 26, 2016 19:54:39
Sarah Posted by Sarah

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

Smutty Social Media, August 26, 2016

August 26, 2016 19:38:54 Posted at August 26, 2016 19:38:54
Maria Posted by Maria

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