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 #WeeklyObsessions. 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…
Amal Alamuddin Clooney Escorted Her Husband To The Golden Globes!
Vv Verdict: Mr. Alamuddin makes such a gorgeous groom!
If there was an official “Person of Interest” this week, it was Amal Alamuddin Clooney who took time off from being a world-renowned human rights lawyer to accompany her hubby to the Golden Globes to watch him get a gold trophy. Aw, adorable! If Hollywood’s one-time eternal bachelor shocked the world in 2014 when he tied the knot — something he’d once sworn off doing — the Golden Globes established who our real obsession is: his non-celebrity wife who actually makes a difference for a living. The media and online frenzy that ensued after the power couple’s first awards show red carpet appearance proved once and for all that our real fascination is with Amal Alamuddin’s complete lack of interest in the spotlight. In an era where celebutantes rule the world and everyone wants to be a reality star, perhaps we’ve finally moved on and can only be surprised by the exact opposite of the norm. It’s kinda like how Kate Middleton’s classic style shocked us after an era of “leaked” sex tapes, planned paparazzi crotch shots, and nip-slips. For a look at the celebs who’ve already mugged for the spotlight in viral fashion campaigns and PR stunts in 2015, check out 10 Craziest Fashion News Stories Of 2015 (Thus Far).
Amal Alamuddin Clooney’s White Gloves
Vv Verdict: Political statements are the new fashion statement!
When Ryan Seacrest asked in typical red carpet coverage fashion who Amal Alamuddin Clooney was wearing as she made her way into the Golden Globes ceremony, she didn’t name drop the designer of her dress (Dior), or plug a fashion house like other celebs always do, usually for an undisclosed amount of money or designer freebies. When asked about her now famous white gloves, she simply said that they “are mine.” Well done, Mrs. Clooney. She did, however, make a point to show off the “Je Suis Charlie” button on her purse to highlight her solidarity with the men and women killed in the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in Paris. We imagine her decision to accessorize with white gloves was a way to keep eyes off her engagement ring and on a subject that actually matters. Publications who put her on the top of their worst-dressed lists clearly missed the point. We’re much classier than that — obviously — and only did an official Vv Magazine 2015 Golden Globes: Best-Dressed List.
Tina Fey & Amy Poehler Made A Rape Joke… But So Did Bill Cosby
Vv Verdict: You know what’s sometimes more offensive than a rape joke? Silence.
Um, Bill Cosby was doing standup in Hamilton, Ontario last week (yes, we Canadians are clearly the testing ground for a controversial figure’s comeback) where he made a comment (which he intended to be a joke) to a woman in the audience who was on her way to grab a drink at the bar: “You have to be careful about drinking around me,” he said. Um, gross. While everyone else seems to be debating whether or not Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Bill Cosby rape joke at the Golden Globes was appropriate, at least their joke made an important point: If Cosby is going to shrug off and barely address the accusations, the rest of us don’t have to be silent about it. The social media era is upon us, and we’re all responsible for what we contribute to the conversation… especially if we don’t contribute at all. There’s no excuse for being a bystander in the age of Twitter. The current trend right here in Canadian media is certainly to expose scandal — just check out what happened with Global host Leslie Roberts and CBC’s Amanda Lang in this week’s Scene & Heard.
Jay Baruchel Debuts In Man Seeking Woman On FXX
Vv Verdict: Canada is more than just Ryan Gosling’s pretty face
Montreal native Jay Baruchel might just be the most under-rated Canadian in Hollywood… but not any more. His new show, produced by SNL‘s Lorne Michaels, hit the 2015 TV line-up this week, and we are obsessed. Baruchel playing a man fresh out of a long-term relationship and reluctantly trying to get back into the dating scene? Sign us up! The pilot is definitely a trip, and you’ll have to suspend your disbelief when Adolf Hitler co-hosts a house party in one of the more memorable scenes. We’re certainly curious to see where the plot goes from here. And considering that Lena Dunham’s Girls had its season 4 premiere this week too (with an amazing sex scene we really want to talk to Vv readers about next week), the polar vortex just got slightly less depressing! And, don’t worry, this year is only getting better. We’ve already looked ahead in 2015 Trends Forecast: The Good, The Bad, & The Fugly.
The Very, Very White Oscars 2015 Nominations
Vv Verdict: We we’re making a protest sign out of Lego (because “The Lego Movie” was snubbed too)
Once we stopped discussing Jennifer Aniston’s noticeably missing nomination in the Best Actress category for Cake, we turned our attention to the biggest Academy Awards nomination snub of 2015: everyone who isn’t a white male! To top it off, the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma, produced by Oprah and Brad Pitt, was nominated for Best Picture, but didn’t get a nod in the categories of Director, Actor, or Screenplay. Women weren’t entirely ignored by the Academy, as long as they were white and didn’t try to do something hard behind the camera. In the wake Ferguson on US soil and Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the world is still clearly troubled by our perceived racial, religious, and cultural differences. If Hollywood has ever had a significant impact on human rights progress in the world, it has been in its ability to tell stories to the masses that unite the world and its many cultural groups in humanity despite our surface-level differences; to introduce us to the many perspectives and previously untold points of view of the globe; to prove that “the Other” is essentially us and not the enemy. Or at least that’s what we thought, but maybe we gave them too much credit. In the 20 acting categories for the Academy Awards 2015, all the nominees this year are white people. This lack of diversity in nominees hasn’t happened since 1995. Yikes. We had more fun checking out the diversity this week at Best Looks From London Collections: Men.
Megan Fox Reveals Bikini Body And Diet
Vv Verdict: At least she doesn’t pretend to eat anything she wants and suffers like the rest of us
After photos of Megan Fox wearing a tiny bikini on the beach that revealed her cut six-pack abs and toned everything, we couldn’t help but obsessively Google how she stays so fit. Expecting the usual celebrity lies (“oh, I’ve always had a fast metabolism” and “I could never give up junk food!”), we were happy to find out she actually suffers for her smoking bod: “I cut out all bread and those sort of carbohydrates. No crackers, no pretzels, no chips. Nothing unhealthy,” she told E! News about her post-baby weight loss. “The worst thing I put in my body is coffee, once a day.” We’re still jealous, but at least she makes our envy feel well-earned. Bravo, Megan — your photo this week was the guiding light in our determination to stick to our New Year’s resolutions to eat better, especially around the office. Check out what healthy snacks we’re currently obsessed with in Best Guilt-Free Healthy Snacks.
What did you think of Amal Amal Alamuddin Clooney’s white gloves at the Golden Globes? What are your thoughts on Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Bill Cosby rape joke? And do you think the Academy Awards 2015 nominations and their lack of ethnic diversity are outrageous and demand to be addressed? Let’s talk about it! Join Vv Magazine editors at the virtual #WeeklyObsessions watercooler by leaving your thoughts in the comments below or by sending us a tweet about “#WeeklyObsessions: Amal Alamuddin, Oscars 2015 + More” on Twitter. We love a good debate! And, who knows, you might help inspire next week’s #WeeklyObsessions.