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Well folks, despite the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, awards season is in full swing. MTV’s Video Music Awards took place on Tuesday evening Shakira’s historic Video Vanguard Award win, a nostalgic “Itty Bitty Piggy” performance by Nicki Minaj with Lil Wayne and much more.
But do you know who wasn’t on the main stage? Or even the Extended Play Stage? Victoria Monet. Fans asked the industry veteran to perform her hit single “On My Mama” at the awards show, but unfortunately she had no control over it. Monet tweeted“My team was told it’s too early for this opportunity, so we’ll keep working!” When newbies like Olivia Rodrigo and Reneé Rapp (who I love very much) come onto the scene just a year or two after releasing their debut projects Victoria can do it too. Sorry, not sorry!
The show lasted for what felt like an eternity and bombarded the audience with filler performances and Teleprompter misadventures (to distract from the fact that there are no writers to keep the show and banter running smoothly). What gave me reprieve, however, was Selena Gomez’s answer to the nomination of Chris Brown in the year of our Lord 2023. Now do I believe that Selena should have been nominated for an Afrobeats award? Hell no, but she hasn’t been repeatedly charged with assault, so I’ll deal with that.
Despite her Aversion to becoming a memeit was inevitable, especially when Gomez sat next to his best friend, Taylor Swift, who was there have the time of their lives. Swift, who won Video of the Year, has been in the headlines lately for an alleged affair with NFL player Travis Kelce. (If you know me, you know how I feel about this man.) I will withhold my comments – but I do will let this TikTok speech. If you don’t know who his ex-girlfriend is, I recommend you look her up. Fast.
Anyway, happy Friday, happy Latinx Heritage Month, and welcome to another edition of The Culture Catchall.
We’re still talking about it
- To borrow a phrase from Tyra Banks: Drew Barrymore, we have our fingers crossed for you! We were all cheering for you! I’ve never screamed at a girl like that in my life! Our favorite Hollywood darling is now being labeled a scab after effectively crossing the picket line with the revival of her eponymous talk show. “I own this choice” she said, as Spectators are thrown out for supporting Hollywood workers. Earlier this year, Drew stepped down from her duties as host of the MTV VMAs show in solidarity with her comrades. Now a vicious precedent has been set more daytime television shows return to the air. (On Friday, Drew was released an apology videobut their show will go on.)
- Disney and Spectrum have finally reached a carriage agreement just in time for the 2023-2024 NFL season. While ESPN, FX and ABC stations are restored in major markets, eight networks remain behind. Parents: Unfortunately, your children, tweens and teens are losing out. Find out more at Deadline about which networks and local broadcasters are affected.
- In one bombastic exposé, NBC News Internet reporter Kat Tenbarge shed light on allegations that “Rick and Morty” co-creator Justin Roiland used his fame to woo young fans. Eleven women and non-binary people came forward, citing and submitting “thousands of messages with Roiland from 2013 to 2022” – many of which resulted in sexual exchanges. Some of these fans were 16 years old when Roiland allegedly contacted them. Please be careful there This article contains explicit language and graphic details.
- Hasan Minhaj: I can’t defend you any further, Mr. Homecoming King. In one New Yorker profileThe former “Daily Show” correspondent admitted to fabricating details of his stand-up appearances in various comedy specials, ranging from a fake anthrax revelation scare to a made-up prom rejection story. This not only undermines Minhaj’s integrity, but also casts doubt on his use of identity and oppression as a vehicle for further comedy – even though these traumatic events may never have happened to him. One can only wonder what shadow this casts on other comics of color. Read up for yourself here.
- “Euphoria” producer and talentless hacker Sam Levinson was accused of distorting the visual aesthetics of a filmmaker and photographer. In an interview with Hungarian broadcaster Punkt, director Petra Collins claimed that Sam had approached her about directing the HBO series, claiming he was “inspired” by her photos. It seems like his goal is to push women out of opportunities (*cough* Remember Amy Seimetz, the original creator of “The idol“?) I would say something like “I hate to say I told you so,” but then I would be lying!
- The infamous Gannett network is Find two reporters reporting exclusively on Beyoncé and Taylor Swift at USA Today and The Tennessean. (Emphasis on “reporter,” not Middle-aged Stans managing Timothée Chalamet (Fan accounts.) Mind you, the listings come after Gannett cut countless roles in local news markets over the past two years. We love the lack of job security in the news! It is So Fun! The Daily Beast has more details.
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