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Who Needs a Grammy When You've Got Beef?
After Meg Thee Stallion’s new hit single “Hiss” dropped in which she spat a verse that said, “These h–s don't be mad at Megan, these h–s mad at Megan's Law”, Nicki Minaj took it as a personal affront (“Circle, insert looking-eyes emoji”). Maybe that has something to do with the men she keeps in her life, but regardless, the verse sent her into hyperdrive. A 72-hour rant on social media had Minaj spewing bile, culminating in a very terrible diss track called “Big Foot” and even more terrible artwork for the track showing oversized footprints trekking down a pink city street. One user on X, @theeciarasnow, astutely stated, “You didn’t think this artwork through. You are literally depicting Megan as something wreaking havoc in YOUR territory. Literally showcasing her as something causing huge problems in your domain right now. This is showing how shaken you truly are.” Meanwhile, Meg Thee Stallion has remained silent on the whole thing. She’s probably too busy polishing her Grammys.
He's Ken, She's Just Barbie?
With the Oscars nominations coming through last week, a few notable nominations and omissions ruffled feathers. The Barbie movie picked up eight nominations, including Best Picture, but it was Ken who got the big nod from the Academy, not Barbie (or Barbie’s director). Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie received no nominations, while Ryan Gosling picked up one for Best Supporting Actor. The ever-gracious Gosling issued a statement saying, “There is no Ken without Barbie, and there is no Barbie movie without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie, the two people most responsible for this history-making, globally-celebrated film.” People were quick to point out that the feminist themes of the film seemed lost on the Academy. Call me crazy, or a bad feminist, but eight nominations is hardly a snub! And it made a billion at the box office! Also, if I have to write about that d–n movie one more time, I’m going to throw my laptop off the Burj!
2024: The Year of Dev Patel Supremacy
Dev Patel stans are finally vindicated. After years of begging for this smart, handsome, charismatic man to be given his own action film franchise, Patel has taken matters into his own hands. Social media went wild for the new trailer for Monkey Man, produced by Jordan Peele. Directed by and starring Patel, the movie is described in a similar vein to John Wick – a brutal revenge movie that puts the underrated actor under pressure (and straight into a string of fight scenes). Cue our instantaneous reaction.
The Great Lipstick Heist
In possibly the greatest marketing move ever, Charlotte Tilbury’s PR seeding for its new Beauty Icons and Lip collection was distinctly missing something. Namely, the lipstick. First flagged by one of TikTok’s most popular beauty influencers, Mikayla Nogueira, who began unboxing the huge PR gift on-camera only to notice that all of the lipstick compartments were empty, the reaction to the “mistake” caught on like wildfire. The comments were savage. But this was all part of a larger plan, revealed in due time by Charlotte Tilbury’s clever social media team. On the heels of Nogueira’s viral video, the brand announced a surprise “Lipstick Heist,” replete with a whodunit narrative. Honestly, the whole thing was genius! Don Draper is somewhere taking notes.