Dear Farrah, I know you don't know me, and I don't know you. I mean, I've watched you go through your pregnancy on television (16 and Pregnant), then watched you parent your beautiful daughter, again on television through the show Teen Mom, so it feels like somehow I know you. I don't always agree with you, but I appreciate your spirit and tenancity. ...more
When I got home last night from the MTV VMAs the two top headlines about the show were a) that Beyonce’s baby news “overshadowed” the night and b) that Maroon 5’s Adam Levine “called out” MTV for hosting an awards show where they “pretend to still care about music.”...more
When I read MTV’s Real World Contract posted by The Village Voice, one of the many elements that struck me was the danger and acceptability of misusing language when used for financial gain. Words like “rape,” “violate,” and “sexual assault” are nasty, heavy, uncomfortable words, words that land like bricks, words that everyone has difficulty understanding when they are “appropriate” to use, and ironically, even survivors have trouble using these terms to describe their experiences. It is much easier to say “non-consensual physical contact.” It is easier to write “interacting” or “carries the risk.”
It is easier to dress it all up under the guise that a signature means consent.
This week's guest blog is by Kathryn Doorey, an editorial intern with MissRepresentation.org"Nicole was all about liquor and partying and ass in the air and it was like she doesn't have respect for herself." - Mike"The best way of getting back at a girl is to have sex with her." - Vinny"Sam and Ron were so reckless towards each other, I'm surprised no one ended up in the hospital or arrested." - Jenny...more
I was alive for four whole months before MTV existed.Prince, Michael Jackson, Modonna, Aerosmith, Nirvana and Pearl were my youth. Not just listening to them. Seeing them. Living their music through the stories they told with their videos. I got my news from Kurt Loder, social activism from Rock the Vote, dry humping skills from The Grind, tolerance from Real World, sex advice from Love Line, and my appreciation of sarcasm and being a social outcast from Daria. ...more
I’m a little late on this one, I know. Actually, what I’m about to discuss has been bothering me for a while and really reached a peak at the American Idol Finale a couple of weeks back. I had decided to just let it go, just move on, but I can’t. I have to “Express Myself” (note the Madonna reference) and then, hopefully, I can get on with my life.
It seems that everybody is ‘gaga’ over Lady Gaga right now. That is no surprise. I’ve been on the planet long enough now to recognize a marketing phenomenon when I see one. They come, some stay, som...more
You know when you are sitting there, doing your taxes and researching life insurance premiums, thinking to yourself, I am such an adult right now, how awesome and mature am I?And then, you turn on the television to watch C-Span, and as you are flipping around, you see an ad for the MTV Movie Awards, and you are all, ugh, like MTV is even still on the air, they don't even know what good music is anymore, it's just noise. hosted by Jason Sudeikis......more
Hulu Plus is now on xbox, and when I realized that the first 4 seasons of the Real World were available, my heart literally jumped. The first season of the Real World was the first tv show I really loved. It was with that season that my love of New York City was born. I was about 10 or 11 when the show first aired, and I thought these people were the epitome of cool. I realize now that the oldest cast member was 3 years younger than I am now, but watching the show again, they STILL seem crazy smart and "with it". I almost hate to admit it, but that season shaped a lot of my opinions....more