T LOunge for June 24th, 2021

Posted on June 24, 2021

Rudi’s Bar and Lounge – Marbella, Spain


Ah, there it is. There’s the eye-popping luxury you were asking for. You were asking for it, right? After all, today is THURSDAY and if that doesn’t call for a little bordering-on-tacky grandeur, then what does? Find something soft and wildly upholstered upon which to plant thy buttocks.

We’re trying to tamp down on this, but we’re a little anxious about traveling after staying inside for so long. We have less of an issue with taking Amtrak down to D.C. this weekend as we do taking American Airlines to Las Vegas next week. There have been way too many stories of cancelled flights and rage-filled travelers lately. We just got used to being in restaurants and supermarkets again. We’re not sure how well we’ll handle some sort of horrible airport-related stress if it pops up. If anyone’s got a protection spell handy or knows how to make an offering to Hermes, the god of travelers, we’d be ever so grateful.

Anyway, enough with our first world problems. We’re once again off to the content assembly line, to put the final nuts and bolts on our content widgets before packing them up for shipping. So to speak.


Britney Spears Calls for an End to Her Conservatorship: “I Just Want My Life Back”
“I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive,” said Spears in an explosive court address.

“I am not happy, I can’t sleep. I’m so angry, it’s insane. And I’m depressed. My dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship, including my management … they should be in jail.”
“It’s not OK to force me to do anything I don’t want to,” the singer also said. The pop star continued, expressing how her ultimate desire is to be able to make basic life decisions on her own, such as going on a car ride with her longtime boyfriend, Sam Asghari, and have another child, which she alleges she’s not currently permitted to do.
“I have an IUD inside of myself so that I don’t get pregnant, but [my team doesn’t] want me to have any more children.”


Liz Phair On Being Soberish And The New Generation Of Indie Rockers Inspiring Her
There was a part of Liz Phair that thought she’d never make solo music again. “If that younger generation hadn’t come forward with all those female artists, I very much doubt I’d put out a new record or tour,” the platinum-blonde singer says over Zoom from her home in Los Angeles. Phair, now 54, is referring to artists like Soccer Mommy, Snail Mail, Haim, and Phoebe Bridgers, all of whom have asserted their autonomy within a mysoginist industry. There’s now a space for vulnerable songwriting, and the once-taboo topics Phair was criticized for bluntly singing about—sex and the power dynamics of a male-dominated world—are the norm. She couldn’t be more thrilled.


Anna Sawai Wants To Eliminate Stereotypes For Asian Female Characters
The 29-year-old actress’s ascension, from the Fast & Furious franchise to Pachinko, has been swift.

The 29-year-old actress grew up between New Zealand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Japan due to her father’s job with an electronics company. Meanwhile, her mother, who studied opera, taught her to sing, which helped her secure the title role in a Tokyo stage production of Annie. From there, she made her film debut in 2009’s Ninja Assassin and performed as part of a J-pop group named FAKY.


Kim Kardashian Doesn’t Think Her Family Promotes Unattainable Standards of Beauty
During part two of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians reunion, Kim defended her family and Kendall Jenner added that she hopes they encourage people to be “the most healthy version of yourself”

During part two of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians reunion on Sunday, host Andy Cohen asked the family if their glamorous photoshoots and sexy swimsuit shots promote unattainable beauty standards for other women. But Kim Kardashian, 40, quickly jumped in to share her perspective.
“No, I don’t. Because I think we get up, we do the work. We work out.”


You’ll Never Forget Your First Scuppernong
North Carolina’s storied state fruit will sting your lips and sweeten your soul.

For two centuries, tobacco was king in the Carolinas. Alongside textiles, it ruled the agricultural industry, but as the production of these items slowly moved overseas or was reduced significantly, growing fields lay bare. New industry rose and the big-little grape that could, did. Scuppernong is a funny word to say, and it comes with a fun and varied history. Every state in the union has a vineyard or a winery, but only six species of grapes are indigenous to North America and the muscadine is one of them. That’s where we get scuppernongs.


Netflix’s ‘Sexy Beasts’ Trailer: The Best (and Most Horrified) Reactions
“I like your fin.”

If you love love, chaos, and the undeniably sexy energy that was Cats, then boy does Netflix U.K. have a dating show for you. The streamer announced Wednesday its latest foray into dating shows, Sexy Beasts, which questions: What if my nightmares and the Discovery Channel mated for public entertainment?
The concept (which shockingly isn’t original—BCC Three and A&E have both done versions of this show in 2014 and 2015, respectively) asks attractive singles to don professional prosthetics while dating to force them to focus on personality over the fresh hell that is their dating partner’s anthropomorphic faces.


The Anesthetizing Power of Restocking TikToks
On May 7, Catherine Benson, known online as @_Catben_, uploaded a video to TikTok where she replaced a roll of paper towels, filled a napkin holder with napkins, funneled sesame seeds into a spice container, put a sticker reading ‘sesame seed’ on it, and placed it alongside the other identical containers in a perfectly filled drawer. Moving to the fridge, she placed chocolate milk cartons in a straight line, filled up a clear plastic box with fruit cups, and refilled coffee canisters with Dunkin ground beans. Each activity is slightly sped up, giving it a staccato rhythm, and allowing Benson to fit more of these actions into TikTok’s minute-long format. Benson’s video, a compilation of activities so routine you’d never think to describe them to a dinner guest, has 19.4 million likes.


Defining Society with Photographer Gisèle Freund
How the celebrated photographer found herself posing for Robert Mapplethorpe

Gisèle Freund was born in Germany in 1908, and fled to France in 1933 when the country was under Nazi rule. As a Jew, a socialist, and a lesbian, she feared for her life after one of her friends was arrested and murdered. Freund, who had always loved taking pictures, established herself in Paris, where she became a photojournalist and a highly regarded portrait photographer.


How to Make Cuneiform Cookies
It’s time for me to practice Cuneiform, a 5,000-year-old writing form that’s considered to be the first known. I’m intimidated and intrigued; I have watched all the tutorials and it looks so fun, even meditative.
I try to picture an ancient Mesopotamian scribe at work. A beginning scribe could be as young as 7 years old, whereas I am 37. An ancient scribe would likely use a reed sourced from a marsh in Iraq and expertly cut down to the ideal shape. I am using a square wooden dowel bought on the internet. An ancient scribe would work in clay and I am working with cookie dough (ancient history never tasted so good).


Is 36 Really Too Old To Become A Mother? In A Word: No
How old is too old to have a baby? Naomi Campbell recently announced a pregnancy at 50. But according to a YouGov survey of the great British public, the ideal age for a woman to become a mother is at 28 (the 2019 average for first-time mothers was 28.9). More contentiously, 46 per cent of male respondents believed that the latter half of a woman’s thirties (from age 36 onwards) was “too old” (making the Duchess of Sussex, who has just had her second child at 39, over the hill), but 71 per cent of men thought that age, for a man, was an appropriate one at which to take on fatherhood. A double standard? Twas ever thus.


‘Drag Race’ Doing ‘Brady Bunch’ Crossover with Sitcom’s Original Cast
The event promises to “make and break pop culture history” as it reunites ‘The Brady Bunch’ original cast members alongside ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ favorites.

You read that right: RuPaul’s Drag Race is doing a crossover event with the iconic sitcom The Brady Bunch — and several members of the show’s original cast are on board.
In celebration of Pride Month, the Paramount+ streaming network announced Dragging the Classics: The Brady Bunch.
The special promises to “make and break pop culture history” as it reunites The Brady Bunch original cast members alongside RuPaul’s Drag Race favorites as they recreate the 1971 episode, “Will the Real Jan Brady Please Stand Up?” The event will use “state-of-the-art technology to transport the cast into the original Brady house.”


Michael B. Jordan Apologizes for Cultural Appropriation in Rum Brand Name
The ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Creed’ actor responded to members of the Caribbean community over his newly launched J’Ouvert, a term for a regional celebration around the emancipation from slavery.

Michael B. Jordan will change the name of his rum brand after sparking online criticism, specifically assertions of cultural appropriation, following its launch earlier this month.
In an apology posted to his Instagram story, the producer and Black Panther actor responded to social media calls to change the name from J’Ouvert, which is the name of an annual celebration originating in Trinidad and Tobago that celebrates emancipation from slavery and the start of Carnival.
“We hear you. I hear you & want to be clear that we are in the process of renaming. We sincerely apologize & look forward to introducing a brand we can all be proud of,” Jordan said in his post.


The Supreme Court’s “cursing cheerleader” case is its biggest student free speech case in 14 years
Turns out, applying the First Amendment to public schools is hard.

The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that a public high school violated the First Amendment when it punished a student — the cursing cheerleader you might have heard about — for a vulgar message she posted online while she was off campus. It’s the Court’s first major student free speech case since 2007.
That is, however, more or less the only thing the Supreme Court established in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. Justice Stephen Breyer’s opinion for the Court is a tribute to modesty, acknowledging the many hard questions presented by this case and explicitly refusing to resolve most of them. As it turns out, deciding how the First Amendment should apply to high school students is hard, and the Court appears to believe that it needs more time to think about how to do so in future cases.


The fight over European values is playing out at Euro 2020
Why the Germany-Hungary soccer game will be a symbol for the future of Europe.

When Germany and Hungary play each other in the Euro 2020 soccer tournament on Wednesday, the match will be viewed as much more than a game. It’ll serve as another front in the war for the future of a more accepting Europe.
On one side stands Hungary, led by autocratic right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, whose government passed a law last week banning gay people from appearing on TV shows or in educational materials for citizens 18 years old and under. On the other is Germany, the European Union’s leading nation, which alongside other countries has condemned the law as discriminatory and emblematic of Hungary’s democratic backsliding under Orbán.


Drama is the order of the day in new ‘Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace’ trailer
‘Not all fairytales have the perfect ending…’

In case the real life unfolding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departure from the Royal Family wasn’t dramatic enough, US TV channel Lifetime decided to up the ante with its own reimagining of the couple’s story. And if the first trailer for the new movie is anything to go by, they’re certainly seeking to take viewers on quite the emotional rollercoaster ride.






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