Two very different stories, both made me clap my hands with glee!
First, Lady Gaga made a deal with Target to release an exclusive, remix-filled version of Born This Way in their stores. But wait, you say, doesn’t Target donate to a bunch of anti-gay organizations, including icky gay-hating political group Minnesota Forward? Well sure, they did, but their CEO apologized.
Not enough for Gaga.
“That discussion was one of the most intense conversations I’ve ever had in a business meeting,” Lady Gaga said. “Part of my deal with Target is that they have to start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups and begin to reform and make amends for the mistakes they’ve made in the past … our relationship is hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they’ve made supporting those [antigay] groups.”
As a result, the company has committed $500,000 to LGBT community projects, although that is a tiny fraction of the $156 million it donates every year to ‘community efforts’.
And just like that, I love Lady Gaga again.
Second, some eagle-eyed film fan noticed something familiar about the set of The King’s Speech- that gorgeous, well-windowed apartment where Geoffrey Rush lived and worked.
He thought he’d seen it in a movie before…. (VERY NSFW after the jump)
Our porn stores inspire Lady Gaga songs.
I have lots of stories of wandering into adult stores in college with friends and being shown how durable the glass dildos were by the clerk banging them against the counter loudly, or talking friends into asking where the completely illegal and immoral movies were kept. Nothing phases those guys.
There’s a new Twitter in town! TechCrunch sums up what you need to know about it.
I talk about Madonna and meat dresses and Lady Gaga and the problem with kids these days at Lemondrop.
Here’s a great mini-documentary about Threadless, badass Chicago tshirt company that has become huge in the last four years.
Brilliant brilliant brilliant- a collection of “sorry I haven’t posted in a while” posts from random blogs.
Ant Death Spiral isn’t the name of a band you should already know. It’s real, and it’s terrifying.
This guy was vegan and vehement until he read Meat: a Benign Extravagance. Now he says “I no longer believe that the only ethical response is to stop eating meat.” Read why. (thanks to Kevin Slaughter)
The charm just oozes out of Alie and Georgia- watch their show Drinks with Alie and Georgia, and read my scintillating interview with them next week when it comes out!
Tim Gunn on Taylor Momsen: “You know young lady, there are hundreds of thousands of girls who are just as attractive and even smarter than you.” Daaaaaaayum.
Old School plus Gran Torino? Produced by Ryan Reynolds? I think I’m on board.
Nina on Gaga: “Lady Gaga is a pop prostitute, a satanic bitch with her fascist and demonic secret signs! Her pop prostitution has more to do with bikini advertising than with warmth.”
Lest you think she requires a host of stuffed animals in her dressing room, all propped up so they can stare at her, or perhaps zebra meat, The Smoking Gun got ahold of Lady Gaga’s concert rider. (via Lemondrop)
On the left is an example of the kind of shoes that Alexander McQueen designed for his fall 2009 collection.
They look like those Frankencricket things that I found in my apartment in college and nearly burned the whole place down trying to get rid of them. Click to see them in action.
Lady Gaga, when asked about the teacup she’s been drinking from while walking around the streets of London, said
I used to have tea at home with my mother every day, you see. I’ve made a habit of drinking out of china because it makes me feel grounded. I don’t think it’s a good lifestyle to always be eating and drinking out of puaper. It’s very wasteful.
Right. Carrying a teacup around the streets of London is about your mom…. who is a native New Yorker, like you……and not about intensifying your insane persona? Really? So those sunglasses you always wear- were those bequeathed to you by your magical grandfather, who was from the future? And the bows made of hair that you wear- something your dad used to do for you on Sunday mornings?
I love you Gaga, but girl, let’s not try and pretend like all of our quirks are just cutesy parts of who we are, mmmkay? I like my performance art with a healthy dose of self-awareness.