Bogey and Bacall, Hepburn and Tracy, Holden and (the other) Hepburn — all of Hollywood’s epic and classic romances — were based on cheating. All of those head-over-heels real life breathless love stories were only so passionate because of the crazy-heavy cheating involved.
And we love that.
No one loves being cheated on. No one loves cheating with. But we love the drama of cheating. We love picking a “team.” We love hearing about two people who just can’t be together. We love gossiping about “are they or aren’t they?” and then tearing them apart when they are.
Even the world’s beloved Audrey Hepburn was once “the other woman.” While filming Sabrina she and William Holden carried on and he even wanted to leave his wife for her, but he couldn’t have children and Audrey always wanted children. And now it’s an anecdote that we’ll always hear about William Holden and Audrey Hepburn and never about the poor wife in the middle.
Though it happened a while ago (especially in celeb gossip time) every single mention of Jones since includes a line or two about how she has a baby and hasn’t revealed the name of the father. As though that’s her identity now: Single Mom With A Mysterious Baby. Or worse, Slut.
Back when she gave birth, some of the comments on blog posts regarding the unnamed father, were ruthless. Many commented snarkily, “She doesn’t even know.” Yeah, because if a woman has a kid and decides to raise the baby on her own, and doesn’t reveal the name of the father, it must be because she’s a slut who slept with so many men that she couldn’t keep track of which one impregnated her.
If anyone knows me, they know I’m super into anything pop culture related, especially anything geared towards teenagers. Teenagers and their culture fascinate me to no end. When a band like One Direction comes along, I just strap on in and go along for the ride, usually while scream-singing, and with tears of joy streaming down my face. I don’t have a problem with people who don’t like pop culture because to each his own, but I do have a problem with people who give me shit for liking pop culture (and like, I do mean the poppiest of pop culture).
Earlier this morning, I was looking at The Onion’s FB apology for their Quvenzhané Wallis tweet, and some commenter was pissed at another commenter for not knowing The Onion’s schtick, so she told her to go back to watching the Kardashians and E!, like it was The Biggest Insult she could give her. Hello, have you ever watched E!? It is Entertainment at its finest, people. If you’re a person watching PBS (or whatever channel is deemed “smart”) and getting all angsty on The Onion’s FB, then maybe E! is the smarter way to go. My point here is that there’s no reason to bring someone down based on what television they’re watching. If Fox News is what floats your boat, then you watch Ann Coulter ’til your little heart explodes from Republican joy. (There’s a chance I’ll dislike you for different reasons, though. LIBERAL IN THE HOUSE, Y’ALL!) Lately there have been too many dudes trying to get up in my business who get all judgy and eye-roll-y when I start to talk about pop culture. I can guarantee that if you’re trying to get into my pants, then that’s the absolute worst thing you could ever possibly do. Like, I let you talk about baseball, son, and I try really hard to not let my eyes glaze over, so the least you can do is let me talk about Zayn Malik‘s hair for five minutes.
Anne Hathaway is a celebrity I can’t stand. There, I said it.
I tweeted, in reference to the Jaws theme being used to cut Oscar acceptance speeches off that were going on too long:
And looking at my Twitter feed, I realized that I wasn’t alone. A lot of people felt the exact same way.
Alex Blagg, comedy writer:
And it went on.
I want to say here that I wish everyone in Hollywood could be Jennifer Lawrence. But then if everyone in Hollywood was Jennifer Lawrence, who would she have to make subtle and charming fun of?
“You know, equality is a myth, and for some reason, everyone accepts the fact that women don’t make as much money as men do. I don’t understand that. Why do we have to take a backseat?
I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. And let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what’s sexy. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous.”
Do you agree with the ultimate Independent Woman (throw your hands up at me!) – are men still running the show and defining the feminine experience at-large? And if so, how can we women take that power back and start defining the feminine experience for ourselves?
Quote & image via GQ
For more on the power balance in Beyonce and Jay-Z’s relationship, check out our guest blog by Jay-Z’s biographer Zack O’Malley Greenburg HERE.
I would love to go on a date. You don’t think that? I’m a woman…Seriously, all I want is a guy to take me out and make me laugh for a good hour and take my ass back home…
No one asks. Trust me on that. I’m waiting for the man who’s ballsy enough to deal with me. I’m going to wait, though. You always find the wrong shit when you go looking.”
Why do you think men aren’t asking women out on traditional dates anymore? Even ridiculously hot, confident, successful women like Rihanna?
Quote & image via Vogue
Drew Barrymore discusses her feelings about her good friend (and Saturday Night Live double!) Kristen Wiig dating her ex, Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti:
“It all seems so wacky and incestuous, but that’s kind of how life works…It seems fitting that they would find each other. I was like, ‘Right, of course, that makes perfect sense.’”
When is it okay for a friend to start dating your ex? Is it EVER really okay?
Quote & image via Allure.
“Do you believe in the power of love, a love that lasts a lifetime like in the movies?”
“Definitely, yes. It sounds cheesy, but..Real relationships are not affected by whatever happens in life. Knowing that you’ll always keep something special no matter what happens is something that has made an impact in my life. That’s one of the biggest lessons I’ve received in life.”
quote & image via Seventeen Espanol
“I feel like I’ve found my other half, and I’m so excited about getting to love him for the rest of our lives…there’s not a lot of positive information out there about marriage. It’s the old ball and chain, the seven-year itch, the divorce rate. Still, my parents have been married for 30 years; his parents have been married for 40 years. Mine had great moments and some really sh-tty moments. But they couldn’t have been married to anyone else, and they make each other better.”
quote & image via Glamour
We already knew Jay-Z was pretty much the man, having heard some of the inside scoop from his biographer Zack O’Malley Greenberg in his piece for us: Jay-Z & Beyonce: Perfecting the Work-Life Balance.
But here is a candid camera video of Jay-Z riding the subway to his Brooklyn gig and schmoozing with a little old lady (who happens to be in her own right an artist – who is now famous). Aww!
Obviously, everyone in the world instantly now knows this fact – thanks social media. So, what what to say about it?
How entertaining! I like baby news and prince / princess fairytales as much as the next person. I like pretty pictures and following with sometimes-rapt attention the lives of people who are far more privileged than myself. And believe me, I’ll follow it…if for no other reason than the fact that I owe the royal pair. They helped my grandmother understand that living together before you were married didn’t mean the loss of my honor / end of my life.
I’m a little weirded out! What’s this fascination with famous people’s procreation? Fantasy wrapped up in a pretty media package? Is it the elevation of the quotidian? (Normal couples have babies every day…but so do Royal People!) Does it allow us to experience all the good things about pregnancy (Photoshopping, designer maternity clothes, royal trust funds) without any of the bad (financial strain, sleeplessness, tummy flab). Living vicariously through the Dutchess of Cambridge = pretty fun.
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