By Laney Portelance
This past summer seemed to be a Clinton-a-thon, with Hillary stealing the spotlight on all the major news networks, talk shows, and comedy programs. However, now that campaigns for the 2016 presidential race are in full swing, and especially now that Sanders has had his time on the CNN debate stage, some pretty famous people have taken notice of the independent senator from Vermont.
Recently, The Daily Show has been talking a lot about Bernie, and generally, he gets the lighthearted, goofy jokes, whereas the more cutting satire is directed at Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
On September 18th, Stephen Colbert invited Bernie on The Late Show and joked that he doesn’t understand why Bernie won’t take the word “socialist” as an insult.
On Saturday, October 17th, SNL aired a ten-minute satire of the DNC debate from the previous week. Bernie Sanders was played by Larry David, who insisted he wasn’t part of “the billionaire class” due to his ownership of one pair of underwear.
On October 15th, Ellen Degeneres sat down with Senator Sanders to talk about his policies, but not before he danced a little to his opening song, Burn Baby Burn.
On October 16th, Maher likened Sanders’ popularity to that of Mick Jagger, tried to help him un-demonize the word “Socialism,” and outright endorsed him for president.
By Laney Portelance
From dating, to rating, to sharing your life in real time, smart phone app stores have no shortage of new social networking sites and apps to play with. Below are a few interesting (and free!) options, just in case you’ve grown bored of Facebook for your social needs and are in search of the next big thing. In my editor’s opinion, some of these could mean the beginning of the end of the world (but he’d old).
Peeple has been called the “Yelp for people.” It has yet to be released, but developers say that the app will allow people to rank others on a five-star system. Supposedly, you can rank anyone if 1) you have their phone number and 2) they have signed up for the app. Ranking people is a controversial idea to be sure, as there is no shortage of bullying on the internet. Even so, CEO Julia Cordray insists that Peeple is a positive-only app. We will have to wait until October 12th to find out.
Periscope is a portable live stream. Wherever you are, as long as you have Internet, you can watch a live stream from anyone, anywhere in the world. Catch a show you’re missing in real time, interact with friends in a different city, see how a celebrity spends part of their day, etc. The possibilities are endless when you’re a fly on the wall.
Nextdoor is ideal for neighborhoods and communities. With this app, it’s easy to share information on break-ins, pot-lucks, and babysitters. Virtually everything you might want to ask, sell, or do with your neighbor is available inside, with the goal of building a strong, considerate community in mind. Perfect for parents looking for ways they and their children can interact in the neighborhood, or just for anyone who wants to get to know the people next door.
Yeti is essentially a combination of Snaptchat and Yik-Yak. Users on college campuses can share photos and videos with everyone at their school, and everyone with Yeti can keep track of their campus stories. Not only is this app a fun and engaging way to see what’s happening around your school, but it can also be incredibly helpful in times of crisis, such as a break-in or a shooting, where posts on the app would provide a quicker response than the college ever could.
Taylor Swift’s relationship with Calvin Harris was incorrectly reported to have ended. Why? Allegedly, Harris visited a massage parlor where things other than massages are rumored to take place (you know what I mean).
It was said that Swift, who has been with Harris since the spring, broke up with the DJ after photos of him visiting a Thai massage parlor surfaced. That’s kind of super embarrassing for Harris. I would quote some appropriate Taylor Swift song lyrics about quick reporting media but I’d probably get sued.
A modern love tale: Calvin Harris: Suing? Taylor Swift: Suing. ❤️
— Yung Rachu (@FifthGangsta) October 12, 2015
All jokes aside, Harris is not taking these allegations lightly. I wouldn’t either.
It's not going to be a 'happy ending' for everyone I sue for defamation of character for all these bullshit stories bye bye
— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) October 12, 2015
Ironically, reviews of the massage parlor he was seen exiting sing praise of the staff and say for people to “get their minds out of the gutter”. I’m not sure I want to live in a time where someone can’t visit a massage parlor without getting accused of committing a crime.
So don’t worry Swifties, there’s no ending, be it ‘happy’ or not, in sight for Calvin and Swift.
Nicki Minaj is this month’s cover of New York Times magazine and she had a lot to say. Primarily, she discussed her and Miley Cyrus’ apparent ‘beef’ and explained her actions at the MTV Video Music Awards.
— Nicki Minaj News (@NickiWorldNews) October 7, 2015
“The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls,” the musician said in a cover story for The New York Times Magazine’s Culture Issue. “You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.”
These statements are very true. Nicki previously implied that if she was another type of artist, she would have been nominated for the Best Music Video award, and Cyrus’ response was to say Nicki was not a very nice person, instead of considering her words.
— Drew Kyle (@_DrewKyle) October 8, 2015
Minaj was very open in the interview and didn’t shy away from questions about her current boyfriend Meek Mill and Drake’s current feud. She said that she didn’t have anything to do with it because they are both grown men, and when asked if she liked drama, she did not hesitate in calling the interviewer out for the rude question.
Personally, I love that Minaj did not stand for any of the interviewer’s unnecessary questions and was afraid to end the interview early. Nicki has and will always be a boss b*tch.
By Megan Chase
Not every sex symbol is the same and over time, we have seen the evolution of the “Hollywood Hunk.” While Hollywood has always been known for it’s good-looking citizens, what females consider being “attractive” has certainly changed over the years. Chiseled abs and strong jawlines are still very much present, but the introduction of “geek chic” to the scene made way for a multitude of different heartthrobs.
Think, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Daniel Craig. A suave demeanor with an air of cockiness, this type of heartthrob is considered to be the stereotypical view of what women want. Aside from the physical, confidence is the key factor in what makes these men most attractive.
These guys are so polite it’s painful to the point of being awkward. Despite this, they still emit confidence because they are sure of themselves, but haven’t quite worked out how to deal with people just yet. Michael Cera and Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider Man, both prime examples of the new “Geek Chic” heartthrob. Forget about the nice guys finish last malarkey – these guys are genuinely decent and caring people.
Ah, the brooders – Marlon Brando did it back in the day and Ryan Gosling is doing it now. They deliver intense, silent stares and you’re always wondering what they’re thinking, but you bet it’s intelligent. The flip side to this heartthrob is they can come off as distant, disinterested, and a bit rude.
Robert Pattinson (aka Edward Cullen from the series Twilight) and Justin Bieber have hoards of young girls screaming for them everywhere they go – even shopping malls. The Beatles, The Backstreet Boys and N*SYNC did it back in their day, with all three examples reducing girls around the world to tears at the mere sight of them. This heartthrob is only attractive to young girls as this type of heartthrob is normally obsessed with their love interest, willing to devote their lives to satisfying them and making them happy. While grown women may find this amount of affection a little, well, creepy, it appeals to the young romantic in some women.
The one thing all of these heartthrobs have in common is their confidence in their own self. They are who they are and make no apologies for it.