Donatella as Huckster: Designing a Leotard For Gaga That Forced Her to Wear Madonna’s Head

It’s the feud endlessly regurgitated by drag queens and anomalous straight women like myself ever since Madonna’s infamous 2012 “Look it up” comment with regard to calling Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” a reductive version of “Express Yourself.” In recent times, that documentary that really didn’t need to be made …

Keep Your “Supplies,” Or: What the Fuck is Justin Timberlake Doing?

With what will soon amount to five albums in sixteen years, former boy band staple Justin Timberlake has never bothered to get very political, relying instead on those classic motifs that made the likes of Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson so “dreamy”: talk of love. Whether new love, love gone …

Class Envy: The Man Who Would Be Vogue vs. The Man Who Would Be FBI’s Most Wanted

With “The Man Who Would Be Vogue,” the first electrifying episode to kick off the second season of American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, those faithfully devoted to the Ryan Murphy canon will instantly recognize the recurring motif of his work: a dedication to calling out the hypocrisy …

Børns to Die: Blue Madonna Album Highlights Are All About Lana Del Rey Collabs

Three years after the release of Børns’ debut album, Dopamine, his second offering to the music gods is a perfected product on a sound and motif that is so often missing from the pop world: innovation and meaning. With the positive reception of Dopamine, Børns flung himself head first into the touring …

File Under Why God Why?: Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” Being Used in an Applebee’s Commercial

As though life was content to continue proving, “I will shit on everything you love,” Applebee’s use of the unspokenly sacrosanct power ballad that is “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” is a new level of desecration–even when compared to Alan Ruck reviving Cameron Frye for the sake of …

No “Finesse” to What Bruno Mars & Cardi B Are “Doing”

Though the Cardi B and Bruno Mars collaboration, “Finesse,” a remix of a song already featured on the odious 24K Magic–the 2016 album that wouldn’t die–is ascending the charts at an alarming rate, one has to wonder, simply: why? So kids who didn’t grow up in the 90s can feel like …

Whether Miami, Tokyo or London, Taylor Swift’s “End Game” Video Is An Attempt to Channel “Carefreeness”

As Taylor Swift continues to retool her “reputation” to her advantage by becoming more of a bad girl, it seems the video for “End Game” is attempting to channel the ultimate in such terms, user name-wise: @badgalriri. Re-teaming with director Joseph Kahn (who was responsible for the heavy in ripoff …