A few days ago I took a crack at writing a Daily Mail caption for Sarah Silverman and as a reader called Julie pointed out, I missed a key word: flaunting. No one uses the word “flaunting” more than the DM caption writers – if a celebrity is showing anything from their arms to their face to their legs, they are “flaunting” the body part. Thankfully, Sarah has given me a golden opportunity to right my wrong. “No pants, no problem: comedian Sarah Silverman flaunts her toned tush in cheeky Instagram photo for her 2 million followers.” (Lainey: I would replace “tush” with “derriere” – the DM loves the word “derriere”.)
Bridesmaids is not exactly underrated as I think most people agree it is hilarious and it’s been written about extensively over the last 10 years (like this Vulture ode to the supporting players). And it stands alone, a single piece of great work, with no sequel or reboot. I wonder how long that will last.
Matching thirst traps?
I got a lot of emails about my piece on Chrissy Teigen and Courtney Stodden yesterday and many people think Chrissy’s apology was insufficient and self-pitying and I went too easy on her, pointing out that taunting a teen about suicide is different than the run-of-the-mill meanness of the Internet. I completely understand the point and when I said “it does the job” I should have expanded that it does the job for Chrissy, but not for Courtney (who still chose to accept it). There’s the intent (Chrissy trying to be popular and funny) and the impact, which is explored here. And the question we are left with is what does accountability look like going forward for Chrissy? That’s what many people want to know.
Jessica Seinfeld has a new vegan cookbook coming out and has been reposting support from her friends like Amy Schumer, about whom she captioned the repost: “the friend who does the kind things without being asked.” The wording is interesting because it implies that she has to ask other famous friends for support and that she considers it a kindness. There have been long-simmering rumours that the reason Jess has fallen out with other famous friends is that she felt a certain kind of way about them not promoting her work. Is this a fair expectation? Putting aside the fame and the money and the fact that she gets the kind of coverage most cookbook writers would kill for, is it reasonable to expect your friends to publicly celebrate your work, or is it entitled? Jessica often and enthusiastically promotes her friends’ projects, so maybe it’s a question of whether or not it’s fair to expect the same in return.
One thing I’ve immensely enjoyed about the resurrection of Bennifer is that Lainey and I text ‘COME ON’ to each other, every time a new morsel drops. JLo will have that ring back on by the Fourth of July.
if Bennifer's back you know what's next pic.twitter.com/biVKQUM7aG— Molly Lambert ðŸ¦” (@mollylambert) May 12, 2021