Sure, we might not write in-depth cultural critiques of everything that makes a splash on pop culture’s radar every week, but that doesn’t mean we’re not talking about it around the Vv Magazine office watercooler. That’s why, every Friday, Vv Magazine’s editors roundup the stuff we loved, hated, debated, and obsessed over during the week that was with Vv’s Over-rated/Under-rated. We’re not ashamed to admit that we do more than just keep up with the Kardashians — we have office polls on what everyone from Bruce Jenner and Kate Middleton to Marc Jacobs and Justin Trudeau will do next…
Under-rated: Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck
Director Brett Morgen used 200 hours of unreleased audio and 4,000 pages of Cobain’s own writing to make Montage of Heck, which finally airs on HBO on May 4 and promises to be an in-depth look into the psyche of the reluctant voice of a generation. Make a bowl of Kraft Dinner (Kurt’s favourite snack), throw on your “Corporate Magazines Still Suck” t-shirt, and get ready to be easily amused.
Over-rated: The Royal Baby
Superfans of the Royal family have been camped out front the hospital where Kate Middleton will give birth all week, and she hasn’t even gone into labour… or even arrived at the hospital. No word yet on whether they brought frankincense, gold, and myrrh, or if there’s a little drummer boy present, but these whackjobs certainly believe in this baby’s divine right to the throne. The monarchy — it’s the Scientology of the Old World. Who knew?
Under-rated: Amy Schumer’s #girlyoudontneedmakeup movement
Amy Schumer is our everything right now, and this awesome mock music video “Girl, You Don’t Need Makeup” perfectly sums up all the feelings we have when celebs like Beyonce, Cameron Diaz, Adriana Lima, and Megan Fox (who we tend to forget have the help of expensive beauty regimes, photo filters, and whatever else money can buy) initiate makeup-free social media trends. There’s something so smug about the way they pretend to be naturally gorgeous yet care-free while simultaneously making us feel like monsters — damned if we follow their lead (thanks to our exzema patches, puffy eyes, and washed-out, tired faces), and damned if we don’t (having to admit to ourselves that we’re ruled by vanity and a prisoner of the beauty ideal). Shumer plays the female lead in a One Direction-style music video for faux boy band Trap Queen in which the lads convince her to take off her makeup and be natural before then insisting she put it back on. The digital short has actually sparked an awesome social media movement in which people around the world are posting real makeup-free shots — unlike the faux natural celeb shots we’re accustomed to. Check out the video for this line: “Girl, I want to get real with you… I regret telling you not to wear makeup… it’s like I tore up a shag carpet assuming there was hardwood floor underneath.”
Over-rated: Launch of Tidal’s new “Discovery” initiative
Jay-Z and his posse of famous friends behind new music streaming service Tidal have yet to wow us with any special features, so imagine our complete lack of surprise when we were totally underwhelmed by Tidal’s new “Discovery” initiative, which brings emerging artists to the limelight. Jay, you’re, like, well over a decade too late to beat MySpace to the punch.
Under-rated: New webseries “Forgotten Assholes of History”
It’s everything the “A Part of Our Heritage” commercials couldn’t be.
Over-rated: Revenge cancelled after season 4
If it takes you that long to get even with Victoria Grayson then it serves you right.
Under-rated: Kristen Wiig’s new dramedy Welcome to Me
Well, it looks like we’ll have to find a new catchphrase for our one-night stands, but we’re still excited to pass on The Avengers‘ opening weekend to see this comedy gem; it’s about an imbalanced woman wins the lotto and buys herself a talk show to host. Who wouldn’t?
Over-rated: Hilary Duff on Tinder
We were psyched to learn from Vv Magazine gossip columnists The Scenesters that Hilary Duff was swiping right on Tinder and mingling (read: swapping saliva) with the common folk fresh off of her divorce, but it turns out its for a reality show, TMZ is reporting. If we learned anything from the two-season wonder that was Paris Hilton’s My New BFF, it’s that famous people totally stay in touch with civilians once they’ve exploited them for their own gain on competitive reality programming.
Under-rated: I Am Naomi Campbell
Interestingly enough, the alternative title for Naomi Campbell’s upcoming reality show about her everyday life for Yahoo! Style was also Welcome to Me.
Over-rated: Style.com become e-commerce site
We’re sure Conde Nast’s plans to turn beloved runway review site Style.com into an upscale e-commerce site for fashion, beauty, travel, and technology brands will be epic, but where will we go to pretend we’re sitting front row at Chanel rubbing shoulders with Victoria Beckham and whispering first impressions of fashion to Anna Wintour? We’ve finally accepted the end of print publishing but is reading as a whole on the outs now too?
Under-rated: Tibetan couple’s viral wedding photos
Tibetan couple Gerong Phuntsok and Dawa Drolma’s wedding album of 88 photos went viral, instigating intrigue in all things Tibet, especially in China where state news agency Xinhua declared Phuntsok and Drolma the “most blessed bride and groom in the entire country.” Eat your heart out, Royal baby!
Over-rated: viral celebration of the #dadbod
So, what you’re saying is, if guys are just a tad on the out-of-shape side, it can be considered cuddly, cute, and manly-in-a-father-figure-way? Phew.
Under-rated: The new Whitney Museum of American Art
Just when you thought Manhattan might be played out, the city that never sleeps makes a move — this time teaming up with world-renowned architect Renzo Piano for a new Whitney Museum in a totally different location. Mark our words: it will single-handedly revive the art scene.
Over-rated: The first teaser for Fifty Shades Darker
We stupidly assumed we’d have a break from all Things Fifty Shades of Grey –at least until it ruined our Valentine’s Day for the second year in a row with the sequel to the smut trilogy– but the first teaser for the second coming of the Disneyfied S&M film is already viral. Sorry Mom, we thought you’d like these saucy Mother’s Day fur-lined handcuffs and “DIRTY SLUT”-emblazoned blindfold. Our real Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2015 is here, we promise…
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