We might not write about every little thing on the pop culture radar, but that doesn’t mean we’re not talking about it. That’s why each Friday Vv Magazine’s editors round up the stuff we loved, hated, debated and obsessed in OVER/UNDER-RATED.
Under-rated: Rupert Murdoch stepping down from Fox
Although it won’t happen until next year, the notorious media mogul and – depending on what side of the political spectrum you fall – right-wing tyrant plans to vacate his role as CEO of 21st Century Fox. While we’re used to mourning the end of eras in the media, we’re going count down to celebrate. That said…
Over-rated: James Murdoch
Rupert Murdoch’s son James is apparently taking over where daddy left off, but nepotism ain’t what it used to be. As you may recall, James’ name was deeply entangled in the infamous News of the World scandal. While that was only a few years ago, that’s ancient history in the digital age. Gawker, the site that made Rob Ford’s crack tape an international affair, published a seemingly innocent call-out to its readers yesterday: “Have any good stories about James Murdoch? Send us an email.” That’s how the news of the world works these days, James. We look forward to watching.
Under-rated: Fucking Taco Parties
Wanna throw the sickest summer taco party? Forget formal invites or clever Facebook events. Just send “Elegant Readings With Michael Ian Black: Taco Party” to your guest list, and the party creates its fucking self. “If you don’t like AC/DC, stuffing your fat face full of tacos, playing fucking taco pinata, swimming in crystal-clear, taco fart-free water, and waving around fucking Kentucky bluegrass sparklers, then stay home and suck on your grandma’s fucking tit ’cause this is not the fucking party for you…”
Under-rated: Hillary Clinton’s first Instagram post
While some haters think she’s flashing wealth, Hillary Clinton’s first Instagram post, featuring her signature pantsuits in red, white, and blue with the caption “Hard choices”– a play on her memoir title – isn’t about the fashion labels. In fact, Hillary’s notable absence in the pic seems to be part of her overall new social media strategy to make her online campaign more about the people and less about selfies. We’re looking forward to the launch of her campaign on Saturday and, we have to admit, we’re smitten with her seemingly newfound sense of humour – reminiscent of Martha Stewart’s post-prison je ne sais quoi. Hil’s Twitter bio is still our fave: “Wife, mom, grandma, women+kids advocate, FLOTUS, Senator, SecState, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, 2016 presidential candidate. Tweets from Hillary signed –H”
Over-rated: The term “basic bitch”
You know it’s time to retire your favourite go-to insult when you’re mom starts using it to describe her frienemy at the garden club. If being a kind person just isn’t an option for you, try adopting for a diss with a little more controversial pizazz, like ditch pig.
Under-rated: J.Lo’s dance moves
We wouldn’t go so far as to crown Prince Royce’s “Back It Up” the song of the summer, but if a hologram of former Fly Girl J.Lo – who shakes what her mami gave her in the music video – appeared every time the single hit airwaves, we’d never get anything done, but we would also believe in angels.
Over-rated: The Entourage movie
Just when you thought the Sex & the City franchise took the cake for ruining years of devout dedication to a once beloved TV show, along came the Entourage movie. Producer Mark Wahlberg makes an overdue but highly unnecessary cameo to shamelessly plug Wahlburgers, in case you were worried about how to give him your money now. Just download “Good Vibrations” and feel slightly less sick about it.
Under-rated: Orange is the New Black Season 3 premieres today
This weekend is the new holing-up-and-avoiding-social-media-until-we’re-done. See you Monday.
Over-rated: Leonardo DiCaprio’s blonde fetish
Following Leo’s latest love affairs is like watching a runway show or daytime drama in 1984, back when Hollywood had yet to really get their feet wet in diversity. If Gisele was his finest moment, we can’t really tell his latest girlfriend, Kelly Rohrbach, who is – shocker – a swimsuit model. Hugh Hefner clearly has a successor. Hopefully Leo ages better.
Under-rated: Willow Smith for Marc Jacobs
We want to hate this, and we even prefer Jaden to his sis in terms of style, but we have a feeling this might ground Willow the way whipping her hair back and forth on Oprah totally didn’t.
Over-rated: Miley Cyrus’ nude photo shoot for Paper Magazine
Put that girl in some culottes and a nice blouse and then we might blush. We’ve seen this all before, and no skin crease, crack or hairless region is gonna make it seem shocking. We love us some Miley on the dance floor, but we’d love for her dry-humping phase to come to a swift end.
Under-rated: Zoe Saldana’s response to criticism over husband taking her last name
Meninists, this one is clearly for you. Read Zoe’s entire response for yourself and dare to love her more:
“Fathers, sons, brothers, men everywhere: Your legacy will not perish if you take your partner’s surname, or she keeps hers. I’ve been made aware that a comment I made regarding my marriage has garnered some attention.
“I felt proud that my husband decided to take my last name as his own… and I his. I shared my hesitation with him when he told me about his decision, not only did he say, “I don’t give a shhheeeetttt!!” (with a very strong Italian accent!!) he also asked me, “Why not? What are you so afraid of?” And it made me wonder… What am I so afraid of?”
“Why is it so surprising, shocking- eventful that a man would take his wife’s surname? Women have never been asked if its ok for them to give up their names — why doesn’t that make the news? Men, you will not cease to exist by taking your partner’s surname. On the contrary — you’ll be remembered as a man who stood by change. I know our sons will respect and admire their father more because their father lead by example.”
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