T Lo’s Weekend Pop Culture Homework

Posted on March 30, 2018

Darlings, before we send you off into the wilds of the weekend, we would feel remiss in our duties if we didn’t pack some lovely bits of pop culture ephemera and human interest stories in order to fuel whatever Passover seder or Easter dinner conversations lie in your near future. Or just to give you something to read to make you feel all smart, cultured and with-it.

In other words, here’s what passed in front of our eyes and tickled our fancy this week.

 

“But Mauro makes them, and the lambs, every Easter, out of plaster molds he brought with him from Sicily—the molds, passed down among families, are a huge reason that lots of agnelli out there look good, but aren’t the real thing.”

Bridget Read at Vogue takes us on a delightful tour: “The Dying Art of Sicilian Marzipan Is Still Alive in Bensonhurst, at Easter.

 

“Leslie Nielsen didn’t just create a viral phrase with his deadpan response to “Surely you can’t be serious,” but the previously dramatic actor also laid the groundwork for his future as a great comedic star, mainly in the “Naked Gun” franchise.”

Stephanie Merry at the Washington Post gives us “40 comedies from the past 40 years that changed the way we talk.

 

“Where once she was edgy and provocative, she is now absurd and offensive. Her views are muddled and incoherent. She is more invested in banal and shallow provocation than engaging with sociopolitical issues in a thoughtful manner. No amount of mental gymnastics can make what Roseanne Barr has said and done in recent years palatable.”

Roxane Gay voices her concerns and makes her stand at the New York Times: “The Roseanne Reboot is Funny. I’m Not Going to Continue Watching.

 

“Only one or two of them recognize her as a professional comedian and newly minted movie star; to the majority of middle-aged white people on this boat, she is simply a confident woman with three free hours to search for whales off the coast of Los Angeles. A woman whose commentary they enjoy.”

Caity Weaver gives us the pop culture story of the week, if not the month or even the year, at GQ: “There’s Something Funny About Tiffany Haddish.”

 

“Building an inclusive movement is about intention. We have to be intentional with including trans women, all women, all marginalized people. Whether we say “Me Too” or call ourselves feminists or strive to create a diverse workplace that reflects the world we live in, it’s all about being intentional.”

Nojan Aminosharei at Elle talks it out with a woman who’s got answers: “Transgender Activist Trace Lysette on What It Takes to Build an Inclusive Movement.”

 

“While in the past the slurs and stereotypes were hushed and guarded, nearly every conversation with families like mine is now dotted with them. “

Jared Yates Sexton makes his case at Elle magazine that: “The New Roseanne Ignores the Very Real Racism of Many White Working-Class Families.”

 

“All those lush, colorful food words rendered unfamiliar by 300 years; those run-on imperative sentences that briskly conclude by advising the reader to “pour it into basins, or what you please”: it’s like reading a bossy tone poem, or a tiny and beautiful short story.”

Inspired by her 310th birthday and accompanying google doodle, Constance Grady at Vox argues “Why Hannah Glasse, author of the 18th century’s Joy of Cooking, is worth reading today.

 

“Abloh’s appointment seems to suggest that any traditional understanding of what it takes to be a creative director is no longer valid (at least not at the most heavily funded houses). It also confirms that high fashion has seen the success of Supreme’s game – create excitement and maintain it at all costs – and it wants in.”

The Fashion Law weighs in on the news: “Virgil Abloh to Take Top Spot at Louis Vuitton Men’s Division … Effective Immediately

 

“In the shadows of the most expensive real estate in the world, these women have constructed a city of cardboard. And as they chat in Tagalog, swap mobile phone pics, and set up board games, they unpack their lunches. Hong Kong’s well-to-do families may be off brunching at dim sum, but here on the streets on a recent Sunday afternoon, it’s all adobo and bagoong.”

Max Falkowitz at Taste paints a picture: “Sundays in the Park with Bagoong.

 

“However, she clarified her somewhat vague statement — which sparked controversy among SATC fans on social media — in an Instagram post on Thursday morning, writing that she will be voting for her former co-star. “My sister on and off screen, you have my love, support and vote.”

Abid Rahman at The Hollywood Reporter: “Sarah Jessica Parker Breaks Silence on Cynthia Nixon’s N.Y. Governor Bid.”

 

“They need to look memorably good, and it is a way of complimenting those who have stood and waited for them or donated to charity or worked tirelessly for so long.”

Alexander Wittaker at InStyle: “All the Fashion Rules Meghan Markle Must Follow When She Joins the British Royal Family.

 

“This is pretty interesting casting. In the plus column, Menzies can be darkly charming, but he can also play cold, dismissive, and even cruel very well. He’s got a VERY chilly jawline, if that makes sense, and he’s got a touch of Phil’s nose.”

Our Fairy BlogSister Heather Morgan at Go Fug Yourself examines the news of the latest casting for The Crown: “Tobias Menzies is Your New Prince Philip.”

 

[Photo Credit: vogue.com]

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