Okay, folks, we said we would be back in August, and here we are! We're feeling a little rusty after not posting for so long, but- just like riding a bike- we'll get our bearings back, QUICK...
So while while we wait to find out what, exactly, killed the KING OF POP (and who should get his 3-4 kids!!!), while DMX goes to rehab for the umpteenth time and while STEPHON MARBURY simultaneously breaks out into an all-out crying binge, dances a ditty and eats Vaseline in a 24-hour webcast, these are the questions going through OUR heads...
QUESTIONS FOR THE ZEITGEIST- AUGUST 1, 2009
Pontification(s) on the meteoric rise of the lovely Grace Jones/Brigitte Nielsen hybrid known as AMBER ROSE...
1- Okay, we can't start off The (newest) REAL RE-Edit without talking someone who has become about the hottest thing to happen to the blogosphere since Nicole Richie: the ubiquitous Amber Rose!
Hailed as everything from a fame-seeking 'video ho' to the new Grace Jones or the new-and-improved-Brigitte Nielsen, Ms. Rose has definitely made her mark on the entertainment industry. However, there may be something to the Grace Jones and Brigitte Nielsen comparisons. Consider this:
A- The androgynous (yet obviously stunningly exotic) Grace Jones redefined beauty in the 80s, busting out of the beauty milieu to become a top model and singer while providing shock value by sporting what was considered at the time a feminine no-no: a shorn head and full, lipsticked lips. She was 'discovered' by the man she was dating at the time, photographer and pop art icon Jean Paul Goode...
B- Statuesque Danish actress Brigitte Nielsen simultaneously emasculated and aroused men in the 80s, while appearing in the movie 'Red Sonja'. Like Grace, she also came to fame by way of who she was dating at the time, the part-time-porno-star-part-time-pugilist-actor Sylvester Stallone. All of this while sporting a short cropped blonde buzz cut that became her calling card. She even starred in two of Stallon's movies, 'Rocky IV' and 'Cobra', before they parted ways.
Which leads us to our Question for the Zeitgeist:
Its unquestionable that Miss Rose was made infamous through her relationship with her romantic interest (like Grace and Brigitte). So does that make Kanye West the new Jean Paul Goode (a.k.a, the mad scientist who, through careful imagery and calculated artistic risk,unleashes the newest Amazonian beauty into the world for beatific consumptioni), or the new Sylvester Stallone (the poor schmuck who is purportedly used by said Amazonian beauty to further her untofore nonexistent career)?
1a- How much do you want to bet that Amber Rose makes the Maxim magazine Hot 100 list this year?
2- Speaking of Grace Jones...How HOT was her ONLY New York Show at the Hammerstein Ballroom last week? (thanks for the GREAT pics, Kevin H.!)
(double-click to enlarge pictures!)
3- This question is directed to the french sculptore Madame (Marie) Tussaud...how does one make a wax figure of a "waxed figure"???
4- LOOOVE her, but...isn't Pamela Anderson (seen here arriving at the Premiere of ESPN/Disney's "X Games 3D: The Movie") a little "long in the tooth" to be still running this same "blonde bimbo" effect?
5- We liked them as a couple, but...Isn't this how Kim Kardashian SHOULD nurse her wounds after her high-profile breakup with Reggie Bush? (pic: KimKmanipedi). Isn't this how she should get OVER Mr. Bush, and not by getting UNDER someone else so soon?
6- 'Free: The future of a Radical Price' by Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of WIRED magazine...makes the argument that sometimes the price best price for your book, music, art, or magazine is...FREE! Then WHY is he selling it at Amazon for $26.99? (NOTE: Staying true to his credo, the book is available for free download here )
7- Speaking of "free" enterprise in the context of a globally capitalistic society...Do we REALLY believe that we are at the beginning of the end of The Recession?
8- She "came out" last week with a deeply personal issue and laid herself prostrate before her viewers last week on BET's
9- Why, according to a recent study, can teens text-message at approximately 70 words per minute, but it seems most can't type?
10- In one of the most recent politically questionable and potentially disastrous Republican moves (the only one not involving adultery, it seems!), former presidential candidate John McClain makes the claim that Republicans have a problem connecting with potential Latino constituents, which could lead to the further downward spiral of the party overall...and then votes AGAINST confirming Sonia Sotomayor as the first Latino to become a Supreme Court Justice!!! Was that smarter or dumber than picking Sarah Palin as his running mate?
11- With a new strain of the HIV virus having been discovered in Cameroon (read about it here), shouldn't this re-galvanize our efforts to fund research to completely eradicate this disease?
The REAL RE-Edit's "RE-Blog" (Hell, we read blogs just like YOU!)...
1- "... August 02, 2009. MediaTakeOut.com just learned that R&B singer Sisqo allegedly has A NEW baby’s mother. According to the Swizz newspaper Basler Zeitung, Sisqo was ordered to pay child support for a nine-year-old boy he is believed to have fathered in 1999.The mother, who's black and lives in Switzerland, claims that she and her friends met Sisqo while he was performing with Dru Hill at a concert in Zurich in 1999. At the time she was only 14 years old. She claims, "After the concert Sisqo was [standing] with his band at the bar, we went over and talked to them … Then everything went very fast."When the child was six, the woman reportedly reached out to Sisqo via his Web site and e-mailed him a photo of their son. Sisqo reportedly remembered who she was, but didn't acknowledge the child.The woman subsequently sued Sisqo for child support in a Swiss court. The singer repeatedly REFUSED to take a paternity test and so after 6 years in court, and even though no DNA tests were performed, the court concluded that the 1990s singer is the "presumed father" of the woman’s child...
OUR Question for the Zeitgeist is...between Sisqo and his Swedish "swirl-buddy", who has the blonder hair?
2- Beyonce's new Las Vegas show is a HUGE Flop
"August 02, 2009. Here’s a report on what’s ALLEGEDLY going on with Beyonce’s Las Vegas concerts from one of MediaTakeOut.com’s faithful:
I am a local girl who lives here! Me and my best friend went to her show and were extremely disappointed. We paid $1000 each for our front row tickets, and not only did she not perform hardly any songs from her Sasha Fierce album, including "diva" and "ego" she only changed wardrobe twice. Where were the fancy costumes? Heres a couple of more things:Tickets couldnt sell out, so they were comped by the Wynn/Encore to all of their "high limit" gamblers...most of whom were middle aged and white, who didnt know ANYof her songs, and sat down and did not dance the whole time she performed.Beyonce is using the alias "Rolanda Williams" while staying in the hotel.....my friend works in security and told me....:)In order to fill the theatre which only holds about 1500, the Wynn/Encore is giving away FREE tickets to their employees...since ticket sales have been so low....wow. Dang ..."
THE REAL RE-Edit wants to know.... Is Jay-Z reportedly covering the losses for the Vegas shows by buying up tickets for THESE shows, too? Moreover, is a long-running Vegas show, a la Celine Dion, Bette Midler and Cher, completely out of the question for Beyonce now?
3- "What's good for the Goose...Latoya Luckett Swagga jacks Beyonce for her new album cover..."
THE REAL RE-Edit asks...
Soooooo... Beyonce can "pay homage to" everyone from Tina Turner to Diana Ross to Bob Fosse, but the slightest indication of another artist's simliarity to her "imagery" is seen as "Swagga Jacking" now?...With her world tour let's just say, "not selling all out", shouldn't Mrs. Carter feel like "imitation is the highest form of flattery"?
2- With the exception of the GODDESS Grace Jones (see "Questions for the Zeitgeist" above for proof), she can affect an androgynous look better than anyone else out right now...How HOT is it that Rihanna was recently seen shopping at menswear designer Tom Ford's Upper East Side flagship store?
3- Sorry, but doesn't Neve Campbell's drab and ghoulish get-up (pictured below attending the Cartier International Polo Day at Guards Polo Club in Egham, England.) make you wanna SCREAM?
4- France's first Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy now has a Roger Vivier bag named after her- the Carlalala. Bruno Frisoni designs the crocodile bag (to be part of the Haute Couture collection for the Winter 2009-10 season) that was custom-made for Bruni-Sarkozy. Why do we have a sneaking suspicion that Victoria Beckham is FURIOUS at that, since she owns over 100 Hermes bags- supposedly valued at a collective $2 million- and has yet to have one named after HER?
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THE REAL FLASHBACK...
For this week's flashback, we are going to take a cue from Amber Rose and get inspired by Grace Jones, back when she exclaimed that she was a "Slave To The Rhythm". And now, Ladies and Gentleman, heeeeeeeeEEEEEERRRRRRRE'S GRACE!!!!