Tom Hiddleston and the timing of that puppy

Before he dated our girl Tay, I never considered Tom Hiddleston to be someone who ‘plays the game’. He was endearingly earnest, a little bit goofy and there was definitely a small contingent of fangirls who thought he was the bees knees.

After the relationship though, that earnestness has been tarnished forever and now he seems more like someone who is hyper-aware of how he is perceived and will act for the cameras accordingly. I mean we all do, but it jars heavily with his previous ‘who me?’ attitude.

Tom Hiddleston Puppy

For example, we haven’t seen or heard of him in months, he’s not even on the Thor promotional tour and now he shows up, on the day that Taylor’s Reputation drops, holding a very, cute puppy. That’s interesting timing. The puppy isn’t going to stop Swifties from all around the world from dragging his name through the mud for the next few months, but it helps right? How can you attack earnest Hiddles and his adorable canine friend?

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Joe Alwyn for Prada

I imagine that it must be fairly tough to be a Taylor Swift boyfriend, other than the obvious perks of private planes and endless cupcakes, there is always external pressure to not be another person who breaks Tay’s heart. The Swifties will blacken your name.

Plus if you date her, she’s going to sing about you – that’s almost a given at this point. So if TS dedicates an entire song to you about being gorgeous, there is some expectation that you be .. gorgeous.

This is decidedly not gorgeous. I don’t know what Prada has done to Joe Alwyn but they’ve turned him into a serial killer with a bumbag. Is the aesthestic supposed to be Patrick Bateman for 2017? Continue reading

Taylor Swift’s Are You Ready For It video

Let’s be frank, I’ve been quietly underwhelmed by T Swift’s Reputation so far – other than the Look what you made me do video. I mean I get it, she’s trying to do something different sonically, but what I want is an actual Taylor song without all the brahhhhhms and the blips blips and the shouting. All three songs (LWYMMD, Are you ready for it and Gorgeous) suffer from overproduction, which is fine for Gwen Stefani, but Tay is not Gwen and her musical power comes from her songwriting. If you overlay it with so much stuff, you lose the connection to your audience who are there for the patented Taylor Swift feelings-through-song and I think that’s whats creating this giant disconnect between the fans and the new material. Anyway. New video.

It’s a Joseph Kahn production, so of course it’s going to look stunning and because it’s Joseph Kahn, her videos seem to be moving in a direction that involve more robots and assassins and less pretty dresses on a landscape scenario. If you miss the visual simplicity of Mean or You belong to me – you should take your time to mourn them, because they are never, ever coming back (together).

The entire video seems to be an homage of sorts to Blade Runner with some Ghost in the Shell as flavouring, which I appreciated, but I can only imagine whole swathes of young T-Swift fans are positively scratching their heads at what it all means. I would love it if this whole time, TS was actually a sci-fi nerd who harboured a love of all things Star Wars. Naked robot Taylor is not going be constrained by your opinions anymore and she’s going to break free and watch whatever movies she wants to. If this video is truly representative of how she feels (and not just a pretty visual gimmick), then I’m glad she finally feels free to be herself. Can’t really ask much more than that after ten years in the spotlight. We do miss old Taylor, but I guess she’s dead right?

Which queen reigns supreme?

The VMAs are coming up and so the pop queens of the world (and their PR companies) are dropping things left, right and centre. Let’s do a dive.

LADY GAGA:

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I’m alone Brandon every night. And all these people will leave. Right? They will leave. And then I’ll be alone. And I go from everyone touching me all day, talking at me all day, to total silence.

Lady Gaga is set to release her new Netflix tour documentary and it looks to be in the vein of KP’s Part of Me, where they rip the bandaid open on how emotional draining it is to be a popstar.

It’s not hard to see why fame and adulation would go straight to your head. Imagine thousands of people chanting your name every night, making you feeling loved like a queen and then going online (or to a bar) to find people don’t like the way your face looks, or what you wore or who you’re dating. The highs and lows must be tremendous. Unless you’re incredibly well-balanced and/or you have an excellent support group, I can see why that could do things to you.

Lady Gaga to her credit, has always been incredibly upfront about her sexual assault, PTSD, eating disorders and depression. She seems to be the most emotionally fragile of all the pop stars. Especially after this, I want to give her several hugs and share a cheesecake with her.

KATY PERRY:

Speaking of Ms Perry, what in the world is this?

For whatever her faults, Katy nearly always gives us interesting music videos. (I have a special fondness for Roar) but between this, Bon Appetit and Chained to the Rhythm, Katy needs a new clip director. This is Space Jam with Katy Perry. It’s not a compliment. It’s actively terrible. I actually sort of like Swish Swish as a song, but if you’re going to release a video clip, the day before Tay releases her new single. You come at the queen, you best not miss.

TAYLOR SWIFT:

Wow. This took me a few listens and I still don’t know where I am with this. The beat is amazing and those lyrics are killer “Honey, I rose up from the dead. I do it all the time.” but that chorus is …flat? I had an expectation that it would spiral upwards to reflect rage. Apparently, it’s sampling “I’m too sexy” which is an exceptionally odd choice of song (and to be honest, I’m too sexy is not even a very good song to begin with.)

Some of it is, is adjusting to new Taylor (who is alive, she asserts) and is an entirely different thing to cookie-baking, cat-loving, country-singing Taylor. Look at the evolution from Mean to Shake it off to Look what you made me do – she’s Cersei-ing out right in front of our eyes. If you think about it, it’s quite sad that she no longer feels like sweet Taylor. I’m still on the fence as to whether the song is empowering or not. It might take me a few more listens.

CARLY RAE JEPSEN:

EW (and I) are adamant that is the song of summer (Sorry Despacito, go away). If you haven’t heard it yet, don’t deny your soul the lift. Do it. It’s the best.

What do you think? How’s your pop culture day going?

Taylor Swift’s Reputation

Whatever you want to say about TSwift, her timing is impeccable. She releases news of a new single (tomorrow), a new album (November) and the cover of said album in one solid hit, She must have some clairvoyants on staff because she never drops anything on a day when you’re distracted by Game of Thrones, eclipses or Beyonce’s new album.

Taylor Swift Reputation Cover

So here it is, it’s called Reputation. I personally am not love in with this cover, it’s a showcase for her new look, however I can see why she’s gone the way she has. This is TS going full Blank Space on Kimye, on Katy and Tom H, maybe even Calvin. She’s suiting up and going into battle, it thematically makes more sense than going the tried-and-true-patented album covers of before. Particularly with Red and 1989, TS is photographed with her face half in shade, not facing the camera. On Reputation, she’s staring you down to tell you to back the hell up. If you can’t beat the snake label, own it.

Taylor Swift wins her sexual-assault lawsuit

Taylor Swift Sexual Assault Case

I want to thank Judge William J. Martinez and the jury for their careful consideration, my attorneys Doug Baldridge, Danielle Foley, Jay Schaudies, and Katie Wright for fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault, and especially anyone who offered their support throughout this four-year ordeal and two-year long trial process.

I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this. My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organisations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.

Our girl T has unanimously won the lawsuit against David Mueller, accused of groping her up the skirt in a meet-and-greet in Denver. He sued her first for reputational damage and she countersued for sexual assault. The judge dismissed his suit, ruling it as a lawful firing and then the decision came down from the jury that Mueller had in fact, assaulted her during their meeting.

So Tay was awarded her symbolic dollar that she requested and sometimes things go right in the world. What I’m most taken with is her composure through this entire thing, I mean obviously she has the benefit of expert legal teams and coaching, but not once did she back down from shitty, ¬†misogynistic questions such as:

  • Do you feel bad that he was fired?
  • Why is your skirt not displaced?
  • If you were so upset, why didn’t you take a break?
  • Why didn’t your bodyguard rescue you, if you were in distress?

“I am not going to allow your client to make me feel like it is any way my fault, because it isn’t.”

That’s my girl. And maybe that will learn handsy jerks to keep their extremities to themselves.