BlogHer's Wall of Shame (and Fame): What the Internet Tastes Like, Virginia's Non-Boobquake and Fashion's Next Chastity Belt
By The Editors of ... on May 05, 2010
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Welcome to BlogHer's Wall of Shame and Fame, where you'll find the stuff so good we can't make it up: the most awesome and appalling of the week's headlines. Below:
Wall of Shame:
- No Boobquake for Virginia's State Seal
- Because "Dutch Oven" Is Way Too Embarrassing to List as Grounds for Divorce
- Gossip Maven Cindy Adams Tells Assault Victims to Grow Some Nails
- Court Decides Skinny Jeans Are Fashion's Chastity Belt
Wall of Fame:
- What Does the Internet Taste Like?
- Christiane Amanpour's CNN Sign-Off Would Make Rory Gilmore Proud
- Electron Boy Saves Seattle!
- Obama Kills It at White House Correspondents' Dinner
And now for the good stuff ...
WALL OF SHAME
Virginia's State Seal Will Stay Topless After All
Virginia's Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, handed out pins to his staffers that featured his own alteration of the state seal -- with the Roman goddess Virtus' formerly exposed breast now modestly covered up. He's since announced he'll discontinue their use, blaming the media for creating a "distraction" with the story. (Um, maybe he should have thought about not timing it to coincide with Boobquake week? Just a thought.)
Cindy Adams' Advice for Victims of Sexual Harassment and Abuse? "Deal With It"
The New York Post gossip maven chose the last week of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (what is it with public figures and crap timing this week?) for a peculiar rant against women who've been mistreated by who she calls "Larry Lothario."
"Deal with it. That's what we did in our younger, prettier days. Dealt with it. In some cases, sticking a pen in the guy's lower belly and whispering politely, "Try that again, pal, and you'll have to go to Emergency to pee," worked just fine."
In whichever way we chose, we dealt with it. Calling a lawyer to say, "I'm suing because this guy laid his hands on me"? Oh, please, if that's his only part he laid on you, get some nail extensions and inform Larry Lothario next time you'll rake him like the leaves.
Victims these days. So soft.
Jury Decides Skinny Jeans Are Evidence of Consent
A jury found that an Australian woman's skinny jeans were so tight that their removal implied consent -- and let the defendant walk, though there was "compelling" evidence she'd been assaulted. Can we get over this "what she wore" nonsense and relegate all clothes to "fashion crime only" status, pronto?
The Better Marriage Blanket Solves All Your Fart-Related Marital Problems
From the "Yep -- Real Product" files: This fart-absorbing comforter has "active carbon fabric, the same type of fabric used by the military to protect against chemical weapons!" This commercial goes on to say "you owe it to your marriage" -- much more convenient than all that real thinking about relationships -- and puts the cherry of ridiculousness atop this sundae of superfluity by suggesting it as an anniversary gift. Is there anything in the realm of human imagination that would make a worse gift?
WALL OF FAME
What Does the Internet Taste Like?
We would have gone with "kitteh" or maybe "cheezburger," but in honor of ROFLcon last weekend, Boston creamery Toscanini's whipped up a much cleverer creation: vanilla, with a liberal sprinkling of nerds. Now, you tell us: Which flavor should blogs be?
Christiane Amanpour Signs Off CNN; the Rory Gilmore in Us All Cries a Little
Saying, "I have tried to be your eyes and ears in pursuit of the truth and the stories that beg to be told," Amanpour celebrated her final episode after 27 years at CNN with a seriously amazing set of clips from her tenure as international correspondent there:
But the journalist isn't done with the public eye. She showed up at the Newseum in D.C. to honor fallen journalists on World Press Freedom Day this week, and she's got a big summer planned: starting her gig hosting This Week on ABC, and playing herself in Iron Man 2.
Of course, we'll always think of The Gilmore Girls when we hear "Amanpour" and "final episode" in the same sentence:
Image: Bruce Birmelin
Barack Obama, King of Comedy
The president got a couple zingers on Jay Leno about Conan at the White House Correspondents' Dinner last weekend -- but the best part of the story was David Letterman's Monday-night quip that Obama's "already been promised the 'Tonight Show' in 5 years."
Electron Boy Saves Seattle!
Erik Martin is a 13-year-old boy with liver cancer and a dream of being a superhero. The Seattle Make a Wish Foundation staged an awesome day of derring-do for him, complete with secret identity, Delorean motorcade, call from Spiderman and the Seattle Sounders soccer team.
Get more weird and wonderful headlines in BlogHer's Wall of Shame (and Fame) archive.
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