T LOunge for May 27th, 2021

Posted on May 27, 2021

Il Diavolo L’acqua Santa Bar and Restaurant – Como, Italy


One last hunker-in-a-bunker, just for old time’s sake, kittens! Or for those of us who are still firmly entrenched in hunker-down mode, if that’s the case. Whatever the reason, it’s a good day to huddle together and reject the outside world completely, don’t you find? It’s Thursday, which is the second-best day of the work week. Hello, let’s celebrate that!

As per the usual, we’re off to fill up our content baskets with our pickings from Content Meadow. Please enjoy sampling from our buffet of distractions while we toil and labor. No, no. We don’t mind. It’s our honor, really.


Julie, Charlie, and the Women of Color ‘Friends’ Failed
Showrunners cast very few non-white women. When they did, those characters existed only as villains and foils.

There’s not a lot of discussion about the way white supremacy impacts dating, but romantic racism is real and prevalent. There are exclusive (read: exclusionary) dating apps that users have to be approved for that then access your social media accounts to see your Blackness and decide time and time again that they prefer whiteness. Several apps have racial dating filters; one claims the tool is there to make Black love easier, but it just feels like a way to let romantic racism thrive. Others require users to state their ethnicity. And it is abundantly clear to me that Bumble was founded on white feminist theory because expecting Black women, who are notoriously labeled “aggressive,” to make the first move is inherently setting us up for failure.



25 Feminist Movies You Shouldn’t Miss
Netflix and chill feminism.

International Women’s Day may land in March, but you can celebrate all year long by asking for that raise, by donating to organizations like Planned Parenthood or #TimesUp, and by celebrating the creative work of other women. So once you’re done devouring books written by women, binging podcasts made by women, for women, and appreciating art by (you guessed it!) women, might we suggest some required…watching? If you’re in the mood to indulge in some on-screen feminism, here are 25 of our favorite films that put women front and center. From new hits that expose and admonish toxic culture (Promising Young Woman) to early feminist classics that paved the way for female-fronted flicks (A League of Their Own), this lineup is a movie marathon nobody can afford to miss.


Kelly Clarkson to Take Over Ellen DeGeneres’ Daytime Slot
NBC had carried ‘Ellen’ in major markets and will now fill the void in 2022 with a show it owns.

The Kelly Clarkson Show has been tapped to take over the slot currently occupied by Ellen when the latter show comes to an end next year. Clarkson’s show — which is owned and produced by NBC’s syndication arm — will take over the slot in fall 2022 on NBC-owned stations.
NBC has carried Ellen in major markets across the nation. Clarkson’s show currently airs across the country on 200 stations and will be billed as daytime’s headliner in leading time slots next year after DeGeneres wraps her longtime run.


Marti Allen-Cummings Isn’t Here To Make History. This Is Destiny.
They hope to be the first non-binary person and first drag artist elected in New York.

In its truest form, drag is a protest. The protests of trans women, non-binary people, and drag artists were the impetus of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, one of the most sweeping political revolutions in modern history. It only makes sense then, that trans women, non-binary people, and drag artists have a seat at the table of governance deciding the future of their rights in America and in their cities. That’s where Marti Allen-Cummings, candidate for New York City Council in 2021, comes in.


To Protect Me From America, My Parents Changed My Name Without Telling Me
Leslie Nguyen-Okwu explores what it means to balance on a hyphen, as an Asian and Black woman in America.

When I was 18, my parents legally changed my name without my permission. In one split second, I went from Leslie Okwu to Leslie Nguyễn-Okwu. There was no discussion, no vetoes, nothing. “Looks better this way,” they said, “end of story.” But not for me. With a crisp, new birth certificate in hand, I suddenly had to bear the weight of my full and fraught heritage as a Vietnamese Nigerian American. I was torn.


Chris Noth Confirmed To Reprise Mr. Big Role In ‘Sex And The City’ Sequel Series At HBO Max
It’s official. Chris Noth will reunite with Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis to reprise his role of Mr. Big in HBO Max’s Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That…. Noth had been in talks for a while, even amid reports that he was not planning to return for the sequel series.
And Just Like That…, from executive producer Michael Patrick King, follows Carrie (Parker), Miranda (Nixon) and Charlotte (Davis) navigating the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s. The 10-episode, half-hour series is scheduled to begin production this summer in New York.


This Scotch Distillery Hired a Dog to Help with Quality Control
If any casks have imperfections, Rocco will sniff them out.

Dogs have further solidified their position as our best friend: A well-trained pooch in Scotland has just been employed by Grant’s Whisky as a quality control expert to help the distillery make better booze.
Rocco—a one-year-old cocker spaniel—has started working at the Grant’s facility in Girvan, a town in South Ayrshire, Scotland, tasked with sniffing out any imperfections in the wooden casks where the whisky is aged.


Helena Bonham Carter Is the Red Carpet Rebel Hollywood Needs
The year was 2011, and everyone couldn’t stop talking about one thing on the Golden Globes red carpet: Helena Bonham Carter’s mismatched shoes. The British actor hit the step and repeat in a shapely Vivienne Westwood frock with a pink satin pump on one foot, and a green satin pump on the other. E!’s Fashion Police dubbed the clashing footwear a “fashion fail.” But Carter went on to defend her style choice, telling People, “Why not wear mismatching shoes? Who says we can’t? I was just having fun.”


On Timothée Chalamet as Willy Wonka and the Perpetual Déjà Vu of the Modern Reboot
I really want to join the chorus of excited voices, ready to embrace the incoming eccentric whimsy of Wilée Wonka and his wayward approach to confectionary production, but something is holding me back. I have no idea whether or not I’m excited about the forthcoming installment of a story we already know quite well, having had both Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp previously treading the factory boards as Wonka (not to mention repeated readings of the book as a kidx). Not to sound deeply unoriginal, but I like originality, and I appreciate that the archive backstory of Mr. Wonka could be interesting and nuanced and odd in ways I wasn’t expecting. There’s just something that doesn’t thrill me about a pre-tale tacked onto an existing (and well-loved) character, rather than striving for an original moment or unknown destination. We all know where Willy ends up. (Spoiler: it’s a chocolate factory). It’s not boring, exactly; it’s just unoriginal.


Azzedine Alaïa Lives on Through Peter Lindbergh’s Photographs
Virtually all of Azzedine Alaïa’s many fans in fashions were taller than the 5’2” legendary couturier, who died at 82 in 2017. Apart from Naomi Campbell, who still calls Alaïa “papa,” the most notable was the late German photographer Peter Lindbergh, who towered over the Tunisian designer at six feet. Bonded by their admiration of women and love of black-and-white, the pair collaborated throughout the 1980s and ‘90s, with Lindbergh tagging along to the beaches of Le Touquet and Alaïa’s Parisian atelier. (Greta Garbo, one of many A-list clients, used to show up to her fittings at the latter incognito.) “Azzedine and I are hand in glove,” Lindbergh says in Azzedine Alaïa. Peter Lindbergh, a new book accompanying an exhibition at the Fondation Azzedine Alaïa in Paris. According to Alaïa, the pair worked together so seamlessly they didn’t even need to talk.


Paris Hilton’s sex tape was revenge porn. The world gleefully watched.
What a generation took away from the case of the Paris Hilton sex tape.

The story of Paris Hilton is not a clear-cut tragedy the way the story of Britney Spears is. Hilton’s talent is for publicity and business, not for something clear and visible like Spears’s talent for music and performance, so her story doesn’t offer us a visceral sense of promise consumed and then destroyed.
Instead, when we think about Paris Hilton we just remember that period of the ’00s when she was annoyingly omnipresent, on tabloid cover after tabloid cover, without appearing to have any reason to be so thoroughly everywhere. With that memory comes the knowledge that while Hilton was pilloried in the press, she also courted press attention with abandon.






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