My problem is that I’m both of these people
My problem is that I’m both of these people
Harmonizing (1944), by Horace Pippin
Jack Kilmer - Palo Alto
Carrie Bradshaw (via whatwouldcarriesay)
VW Porsche Prototype - should have been produced.
Spike Jonze is a magical creature that was sent here to enchant us all.
Helen Mirren taking down this sexist interviewer in 1972 is giving me life rn
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UGH MINDY YOU’RE KILLING ME you’re too kind girl
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I have the exact same physical proportions as Taylor Swift. A body that is too long and gangly to ever be appealing, a small head, pale skin and dance moves that rival Elaine Benes’ in both lack of self awareness and just sheer badness. I’ve also been a scorned ex girlfriend, a girl pining for a boy that likes someone else, and labeled “quirky” in lieu of an actual compliment- so why, with all of the material Taylor Swift has to relate to me, am I completely uninterested and uninspired by her new single while I’m obsessed and inspired by Nicki Minaj’s (with whom I have nothing in common with except for a dream to be “bossed up”) Taylor Swift-esque ex boyfriend anthem/ode to having an ass (another trait Nicki possesses and I do not) “Anaconda”?
This past week the world has been exposed to a pop culture dichotomy of epic proportions (pardon the pun): a white female pop star releasing a video intended to address her “haters” that have criticized her dance moves and a black female pop star releasing a video that shuts down “haters” whose hatred carries much more weight.
Both Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift are inspiring examples of hard working female celebrities, but the differences between their new music videos highlight what it means to be a hard working black pop star and a hard working white pop star. Taylor put herself up against it (“it” being anyone with any awareness whatsoever) this week by choosing to have an elaborate music video release during the horrific and monumental events occurring in Ferguson, Missouri. Her grievances listed in “Shake It Off” (people thinking she stays out too late, dates too many guys, is a bad dancer) were made to seem even more trivial once Nicki Minaj released “Anaconda” which plays upon some major themes that black women in pop culture are pigeon holed into (some being featured in Taylor’s video). Over the past few years twerking, being a person of color and having a giant ass have been mocked and exploited left and right by white people, especially in the music industry. Twerkers and black women with curves have become a frequent backdrop for white musicians to either gain street cred or highlight how silly they are. Either way, it’s perpetuating old fashioned, minstrel-esque racism where “exotic” black women are used to highlight all the positive and “pure” things about being a white woman. In the video Nicki is center stage doing all the things back up dancers have been doing on stage next to Miley, Katy, Iggy Azaela and now Taylor Swift in the past. She twerks (really, really, really well), wears jungle garb, humps chairs and the ground and in a final act of reclaiming her sexuality gives notorious nice guy Drake an impressive lap dance in an act that not only made me nervous for Drake’s penis and dignity but made me want to use my (let’s be real, non existent but hypothetical) sex appeal to take down some misogynists disguised as “nice guys”, preferably with a knife the way Nicki does in this video.
Initially I was a little bit taken back by Nicki’s “skinny girl” rant because, well, I’m a skinny girl and I want to be taken seriously. But with skinny girls like Taylor Swift giving us such a bad rap, I get it Nicki, I really do. While I wish it was possible to have confidence without explicitly putting down another type of person, when your body type has been used as a prop for literally HUNDREDS OF YEARS I think you should be allowed a little leeway and anger. I have faced approximately 0 institutionalized hardships because of my race (a few more because of my gender but again, being white really helps) and neither has Taylor Swift. This lack of knowledge is what makes “Anaconda” a million times more inspiring and confidence building than “Shake It Off” to me. I know I’m never going to look like Nicki, I’ll always look more like a pre-pubescent boy than a hot woman, but I want the self worth and aggressive mentality Nicki has in this video, not the “come on guys, liiiiike me, I’m fuuuun” whine Taylor is omitting in hers.
Ugh I wrote a thing for the first time in forever because I was feeling bad about being a slacker so read it if you want I guess but also it’s not that great just a heads up. I’m writing an essay on a similar topic and some of this will probably be included I just needed to sit down and write something for inspiration