The biggest part of the holidays is the tradition of it all. The food. The family. The yelling. It’s always the same and it always feels right. Like, every year on Thanksgiving after I’m done eating and have become immobile, I bravely make my way downstairs, far away from my family and marathon the Thanksgiving Friends episodes. So let’s put all that time I’ve wasted to some good use with this very scientific and formal list of my favourite ones:
Written by Michelle Salvatore
(*All OUAT recaps will be spoiler-heavy. I don’t know why you would read a recap of a show and not expect spoilers. Carry on)
It was roughly thirteen minutes into last night’s episode of Once Upon A Time that I asked my glass of Skinnygirl red: “Am I already that drunk, or is this show extra-gay tonight?”
The answer was both. And it was so satisfying.
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So, I’m sure you’ve heard and, at some point today, will have watched Kanye’s interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live from last night. It’s attached below if you have time/want to. It’s a fascinating watch in the study of celebrity, in the study of ego and the study of Kanye West.
I am a very big Kanye West fan. With that comes a lot of responsibility and headaches. To quote a friend of mine, being a fan of Kanye West is like being in an abusive relationship; Kanye makes it very hard to be a fan of Kanye West. The way Kanye West presents himself is intolerable. Let me repeat that: the way Kanye West presents himself is intolerable. His points are always valid (Beyonce’s video was and is better than Taylor Swift’s), it is just the way he goes about presenting his points. He’s rarely wrong, but he’s dismissed because he is so ridiculous. If he didn’t use caps lock when he tweeted his rants, they’d be tolerable. The problem with Kanye West is that while he may claim he is self-aware, but he is far from it and is so far beyond the point of wanting to change that and, for me, that’s okay. He may know you think he is a jerk, but that only feeds his ego (thanks, Beyonce). At the beginning of his interview with Jimmy he claims he doesn’t do publicity stunts in the normal way celebrities do. True. Kanye West (rarely) stages photo-ops with the paperazzi the way, say, the Kardashians or a list of professional actors, actresses & musicians do. No, Kanye West is not a publicity whore. But, the way he has gone about doing things (interrupting Taylor, the George Bush incidient, etc…) they themselves are all stunts, he doesn’t recognize them as being that because he thinks that going about proving his point in whatever absurd manner he may do so is okay. So right there, a few minutes in, this interview isn’t going to be very self reflective because, well, Kanye isn’t.
If you take away all of this though, Kanye isn’t wrong. When Kanye West says he’s a genius, is he wrong? No. He has had an incredible impact on music, culture and society – good or bad. He’s just being honest, or, rather, he is being a celebrity without the mask. Because they all think they are geniuses. All of them. Even the ones you think don’t, the most humble of them, they all think they are. How could you not? When your record is #1, your worldwide tour is sold-out and you’re the most famous person in the world, you’re so far removed from reality that how else can you think? “It comes with your first plane ticket to L.A” Kanye says to Kimmel. I love this line so much. They are all like this, they just don’t say it and they put on their false humility. What is the difference between Kanye West and Reese Witherspoon? In reality, not a lot. Except when Reese is doing the rounds, putting her face out there, she is America’s Sweetheart. When she’s being drunk & disorderly and disrespecting authority, her true self shines. Remember? She is not different than Kanye West. She just presents it differently.
So if we know this about Kanye by now, why are so many people so surprised and so offended by this? Why is he still treated like a clown? Because he didn’t like being made fun? None of them do. Because he – inappropriately – says how he feels? Turn on your radio right now. Chris Brown is probably getting more radio pay than Kanye West. Does that make any sense? No. Is it because he gave his child a ridiculous name? Ashlee Simpson named her kid Bronx (!!!!!), but no one was upset about that.
Again: I’m not blind to the reality of Kanye West. He is at times intolerable. He is self-indulgent. He is egotistical. He is everything that society doesn’t respect and doesn’t agree with. But when did we go in expecting our celebrity figures to have humility? I’ve always said, I love Kanye West but I never want to meet/sit next to and/or have lunch with Kanye West. Kanye West is a ridiculous person, but I’m not holding that against him. At this very moment, there are two celebrities who have very much in common: Kanye West and Miley Cyrus. Miley recently stated that it feels great to be the most famous person in the world right now. I mean, that is page 1, line 1 from the Book of Kanye West. How is that any different from recording a song called “I Am A God” or referring to yourself as “Yeezus”? Not that Miley is being treated any differently that Kanye right now, as she is just as polarizing, if not more, but I’d rather that than false humility. This is why I have no time for Taylor Swift and her surprise face.
I just wish he would laugh at himself. I wish he wouldn’t take himself so seriously. I wish he would understand that we get it. People, especially fans of Kanye West, understand what he’s been repeating for several years now. This is where Kanye is most human; where Yeezus is at his most relatable; he is not done proving himself and never will be. This may come from whatever personal issues he has faced, but it’s admirable. It’s annoying, but admirable because we are all Kanye West in that sense. We are always and will never stop trying to prove ourselves. We will never stop trying to get people to take us seriously. But at some point, we just have to know when we’ve done enough.
If “Hey ya’ll” or “Texas forever” are near and dear to your heart, this post is for you and we just became best friends…
I must admit before I actually begin this post that I am a new die-hard Friday Night Lights fan. It was only this summer that I ever watched an episode (and then, you know, watched the entire series in like…3 weeks?). But, for those who are fans of the show know, it just hits you. Once you go Texas, you never go back. So whenever there is ANYTHING Friday Night Lights related, I will try and talk about it.
So Tami Taylor (birth name: Connie Britton) was on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live last night and this clip is kind of making the rounds. Andy Cohen is having the most fun on TV but also gets exactly what he needs to from his guests: a juicy soundbite. When asked about the ongoing rumors of a movie based on the TV show (which was based on the movie, which was based on the book…) Connie says it’s probably not going to happen. She would love to do it as long as the material is great, but Kyle Chandler doesn’t feel the need to go back. And I’m right beside him on that one. Those 5 seasons captured everything I needed and will ever want from this series, and I never need to go back. Now – with that said – if Kyle Chandler all of a sudden changes his mind, I, like Andy Cohen, will be first in line on opening night.
The entire clip is worth the watch if you’re a fan. Andy let’s his fangirl out and we can’t judge him because if we could, we would do the exact same thing. Connie goes on to say that she, like everyone else, she didn’t care for the murder plotline in season 2. Duh.
Have you seen this yet? This is the best thing I’ve seen all week – excluding that video of the baby dancing to Britney Spears’ “Work Bitch” which has been taken down from all of the internet. Anyway, watch this and then we’ll discuss:
Saturday Night Live works best when it attempts to capture the zeitgeist. No one is better at capturing that right now than Miley Cyrus, so, the two together should have delivered an exceptional episode – that was not the case. Last night’s episode was very safe; it felt like the episode – the writers in particular – feared going there. Which, fine, as Miley is a little overexposed right now and maybe she too wanted to play it safe (who here is surprised she didn’t rip up a picture of Sinead? Because I am). The episode last night worked best when it captured the moment: the cold-open brought the most laughs of the night, and the We Can’t Stop parody was perfect (government + pop culture = SNL gold). While the episode might not have lived up to my expectations, or it’s own potential, it made two things very clear: Taran Killam is very much Will Ferrell’s successor and Miley Cyrus may not be a comedienne in the vein of Emma Stone, or be a clear favourite like Jennifer Lawrence, but she is just as capable.