“Papa Don’t Preach” Speaks to the Complexity of the Father-Daughter Relationship

Quite possibly more than any other piece of pop culture, musically speaking, Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” speaks to just how intense and often contentious the father-daughter relationship can be. Based on an actual conversation between a group of high school girls that songwriter Brian Elliot heard outside his studio in …

Selena Gomez’s “Bad Liar” Video Channels Lameness In Its Shock Value

Selena Gomez has probably “shocked” more expertly with other music videos of hers in the past, like the Alek Keshishian-directed “Hands to Myself” or even the obsequious “Good For You.” Her latest single, “Bad Liar”–supposedly about The Weeknd, who seems far closer to Lana Del Rey these days–seems to be …

Lindsay Lohan in Sick Note: Hopefully Like A Spinoff of What Happened to Annie James From The Parent Trap

Lindsay Lohan’s commitment to all things European, especially faulty accents of no distinct nature, has reached a new plateau with her first acting gig since 2015 (unless you count the ten-minute short, Till Human Voices Wake Us) when she appeared on the almost worse than Girls depiction of Brooklyn, 2 …

Lady Gaga & Starbucks: Proof that Corporate Merging Is the Only Way to Get People to Shell Out for a “Good Cause”

The current collaboration between Lady Gaga and Starbucks surprisingly has nothing to do with the corporation selling an exclusive pressing of her music (not that it sells music in quite the same way anymore), so much as culling their powers of whoredom together for a “good cause.” That is, getting …

The Beatles Were Wrong: The Love You Take Is Not Equal to the Love You Make

The Beatles are wrong about very few things. Collectively, they were practically infallible (just look at Sgt. Peppers). Individually, well, they were all hot messes. And yet, for the most part, in their art, there were no untruths. With just one exception: “The End.” In keeping with its incorrectness, it …

2D’s Brain on Drugs Showcased in “Sleeping Powder” Video

2D may have been kidnapped into Gorillaz, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t liable to break out on his own musical stylings upon occasion–a new song called “Sleeping Powder” being the prime example. Ribbing off the “your brain on drugs” commercial from the 90s that Rachael Leigh Cook recently felt …

Taylor Swift Gets Another Point in the “Bad Blood” Column Between Her and Katy Perry

Though Taylor Swift does her best to play the innocente, her vitriol was obviously peaked in the wake of Katy Perry’s “Swish Swish” “diss track” aimed at achieving recompense for Swift’s 2014 “Bad Blood.” While Swift attempted to downplay who the song might be about in an interview with Rolling …

Tess Trueheart versus Breathless Mahoney: The Age Old War Between Virgin and Whore

Glenne Headly had many roles before her untimely demise on June 8th, but perhaps one of the most unwittingly political ones was her interpretation of Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy comic strip character Tess Trueheart. As Dick’s steady dame, she often finds herself endangered by the villains he comes up against, just …

Jerry Seinfeld Essentially Uses “I Don’t Know Her” Defense About that Kesha Hug Refusal

It was the denial of affection heard ’round the world–or at least the few pockets of the globe that still pay attention to Jerry Seinfeld and Kesha (still reeling from her legal quagmire with Dr. Luke). In an exchange that personified awkwardness at David Lynch Foundation’s National Night of Laughter …