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2020.09.19 07:32 mysticalarts007 Celebrity

Celebrity Drama/Love etc ]RP[
I do love a well written celebrity storyline that builds. It so easy to fall into the trap of endless sex with certain celebrity pairings, but I am in search of someone that paint a picture using all the senses. Celebrity fandom is possibly my favorite genre of writings when paired with an excellent partner. An excellent partner isn't always about how many paragraphs you can turn out, but how you can pull another into the storyline provoke all types of emotions that you itching for the next reply. So, with that being said I will put out there a few things I'm looking for and a few celebrities I do enjoy playing.
Things I'm looking for in a partner:
  1. The prefered method of writing Discord.
  2. 3rd person writing with Mutli-paragraphs.
  3. Decent grammar and spelling. I need to be able to read what you wrote.
  4. You will play the male character. I do prefer the writer to a male in real life, but it isn't deal breaker.
  5. Must be 21+ to write with me.
  6. Willing to use pictures, gifs as visual aid "non-sexual".
  7. Be active. [ I know we all have lives. Just communicate if you are going to be away more than a week or so ]
  8. FxM MxF only
Possible Celebrities, I could play but not limited to:
** Disclosure**
Just because the celebrity may be younger in age, I do not play them childish or immature. I do tend to make them mature in their actions and thoughts most the time without steering away from their personality.

I can't wait to see what we can come up with.
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2020.09.02 01:12 mysticalarts007 Celebrity

Celebrity status
Celebrity Drama/Love etc ]RP[
I do love a well written celebrity storyline that builds. It so easy to fall into the trap of endless sex with certain celebrity pairings, but I am in search of someone that paint a picture using all the senses. Celebrity fandom is possibly my favorite genre of writings when paired with an excellent partner. An excellent partner isn't always about how many paragraphs you can turn out, but how you can pull another into the storyline provoke all types of emotions that you itching for the next reply. So, with that being said I will put out there a few things I'm looking for and a few celebrities I do enjoy playing.
Things I'm looking for in a partner:
  1. The prefered method of writing Discord.
  2. 3rd person writing with Mutli-paragraphs.
  3. Decent grammar and spelling. I need to be able to read what you wrote.
  4. You will play the male character. I do prefer the writer to a male in real life, but it isn't deal breaker.
  5. Must be 21+ to write with me.
  6. Willing to use pictures, gifs as visual aid "non-sexual".
  7. Be active. [ I know we all have lives. Just communicate if you are going to be away more than a week or so ]
  8. FxM MxF only
Possible Celebrities, I could play but not limited to:
** Disclosure**
Just because the celebrity may be younger in age, I do not play them childish or immature. I do tend to make them mature in their actions and thoughts most the time without steering away from their personality.

I can't wait to see what we can come up with.
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2020.07.20 14:32 adalby12 Actors Who Were Considered For Oscar Nominated Roles - Would They Still Have Been Nominated/Would They Have Won? Best Actress 2000-2019

A couple of commenters decided I should do all of the categories in the 2000s first, so here is the list of people who were considered for roles that were nominated for the Best Actress award from the 2001 ceremony honouring the films of 2000 to the 2020 ceremony honouring films of 2019. Would any of these performances have been better? Would these actresses still have garnered that Oscar nomination? Could they even have won?
Harriet (2019) - When the project first began development in 2015, it was set to star VIOLA DAVIS in the lead role, but that project never came to fruition, leading to the Cynthia Erivo version that we got
A Star Is Born (2018) - Numerous performers were considered for the role of Ally, including JENNIFER LOPEZ, RIHANNA, SHAKIRA, JANELLE MONAE, KESHA, BEYONCÉ and DEMI LOVATO (bear in mind these are the names that were considered just for the role of Ally which went to Lady Gaga, there were other versions of an A Star Is Born remake in development long before this)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) - JULIANNE MOORE was initially cast as Lee Israel in April 2015, before dropping out that July after creative disputes with Nicole Holofcener, who still intended to direct at that point. Marielle Heller and Melissa McCarthy took over the project in May 2016
Elle (2016) - Paul Verhoeven originally intended the film to be an American production, set in Boston or Chicago, and as such considered many Hollywood actors for the part, including NICOLE KIDMAN, CHARLIZE THERON, JULIANNE MOORE, MARION COTILLARD, DIANE LANE, SHARON STONE and JENNIFER JASON LEIGH, before moving production to France in order to prevent the more controversial material being watered down or removed entirely
Jackie (2016) - Initially the film was to be directed by Darren Aronofsky and star his tgen partner RACHEL WEISZ in the lead role, but the project fell apart once their romantic relationship ended in 2010
Gone Girl (2014) - REESE WITHERSPOON produced the adaptation of the novel with the intention to play Amy as well, but ended up only producing
Gravity (2013) - Multiple actors were prevented from playing the part of Dr Ryan Stone due to scheduling conflicts: ANGELINA JOLIE, NATALIE PORTMAN, MARION COTILLARD and BLAKE LIVELY were all offered the role at one stage or another. Sandra Bullock then won the part over many other actors that were considered, including SCARLETT JOHANSSON and REBECCA HALL
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011) - Many actors were considered for the role of Lisbeth Salander, including EVA GREEN, ANNE HATHAWAY, JENNIFER LAWRENCE, LEA SEYDOUX and ELLEN PAGE, among others
Changeling (2008) - Angelina Jolie won the role of multiple other actors who campaigned for it, including HILARY SWANK and REESE WITHERSPOON
The Devil Wears Prada (2006) - KIM BASINGER was considered for the role of Miranda Priestly
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) - KATE BECKINSALE lobbied hard for the role of Clementine, which ended up going to Kate Winslet
Frida (2002) - Hayden Herrera’s biopic of Frida Kahlo was first optioned in 1988, and over the course of development the lead role attracted interest from MERYL STREEP, JESSICA LANGE and MADONNA
Chicago (2002) - TONI COLETTE was first offered the role of Roxie but turned it down. Many actors were then considered, with Rob Marshall saying he met with “10 or more women” including MARISA TOMEI, CHRISTINA APPLEGATE and MILLA JOVOVICH before casting Renee Zellweger
Moulin Rouge! (2001) - COURTNEY LOVE auditioned for the role of Satine, and even helped clear licensing rights for the use of Smells Like Teen Spirit in the film, but she was still beaten out by Nicole Kidman, as were KATE WINSLET, RENEE ZELLWEGER and CATHERINE ZETA-JONES, among others
Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001) - Many actors were offered and turned down the role of Bridget, including TONI COLLETTE, NICOLE KIDMAN, KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS and EMILY WATSON, with HELENA BONHAM CARTER and TILDA SWINTON also considered for it, among others. RACHEL WEISZ was also mentioned but was considered “too beautiful” for the part (bit of an insult to everyone else who was considered)
Requiem For A Dream (2000) - FAYE DUNAWAY was initially offered the role of Sara, but turned it down
As always, these lists aren’t exhaustive, I only include some of the names in long lists, most of these will have many names attached to them (Gravity and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo have tons), so there will probably be some I missed out
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2020.06.16 15:29 legerreplica HERVE LEGER FORMERLY

Herve Leroux, Creator Of The Herve Leger, Dies At 60
Herve L. Leroux, Who Created The Figure-Hugging Herve Leger “Bandage Dresses” Once Beloved By Celebrities And The Jet Set, And Who Became a Fashion Cautionary Tale After He Lost The Rights To The Name Leger, Died On Wednesday In Paris. He Was 60.
Internationally Known Thanks To The Success Of His First Label, Herve Leger, Mr. Leroux (The Name He Assumed After Losing The Rights To Leger) Helped Create One Of The Defining Styles Of The 1990s In The Form Of The Bandage Dress. It Was Formed From Dozens Of Elasticated Bandage-Style Strips Of Knitted Cloth, Creating a Body-Sculpting, Skintight Silhouette.
At The Peak Of His Popularity, Mr. Leger’s Designs Were Worn By Stars And Celebrities Like Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Victoria Beckham And Melania Trump.
On Her Blog, Ms. Kardashian Wrote Of The Bandage Dress In 2016: “I Would Literally Save Up All My Paychecks And Go And Wait, And Stalk The Girls That Worked At Herve And Just Get All The New Colors.”

Mr. Leroux Was Born Herve Peugnet On May 30, 1957, In Bapaume, In Northern France. He Studied Sculpture And Art History At The Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux-Arts In Paris Before Dropping Out To Become a Hairstylist And Milliner.
In 1981 He Met Karl Lagerfeld, Who Encouraged Him To Pursue Fashion Design. He Changed His Surname For The First Time After Mr. Lagerfeld Advised Him That Peugnet Would Be Too Difficult For Americans, The Target Market, To Pronounce. He Suggested Leger, Liking The Allusion To Lightness, For Which The French Word Is Legerete.
Mr. Leroux, Now Working Under The Name Leger, Worked Alongside Mr. Lagerfeld At Fendi And Later At Chanel And Freelanced At Lanvin And Diane Von Furstenberg Before Introducing His Own Boutique, Herve Leger, In 1984. A Fashion Line With The New Name Soon Followed, And Then Came The Inception Of The Bandage Dress.
“The Story Of The Dress Is a Very Simple One,” Mr. Leroux Said. “Before I Started Making Clothes, I Was a Hairdresser, Then a Hat Maker. One Day In a Factory I Found Some Bands That Were Headed For The Garbage. They Gave Me The Idea Of Taking Those Bands And Putting Them Next To One Another As One Does Making a Hat.”
Coinciding With The Ascendance Of Azzedine Alaïa, The So-Called King Of Cling, Mr. Leroux’s Bandage Dress Received Considerable Acclaim. It Was Designed To Encase a Figure And Enhance It In The Most Flattering Of Ways. While Sales Never Reached Blockbuster Levels, The Dress’s Aesthetic Impact Would Be Seen In The Work Of Rivals On Runways And On The Clothes Racks Of Mass-Market Retailers.
“Mr. Leger Proved Why Paris Is The Center Of Fashion Creativity,” Carrie Donovan Wrote In The New York Times Magazine After a Show In 1991, Using The Surname He Went By At The Time. “His Collection Was Original, Well Thought Out, Knowledgeably Executed And About As Incendiary As Style Can Be These Days.”
His Designs Also Proved Alluring To Investors Keen To Expand The Company Across Product Lines And Geographical Borders. In 1998, Mr. Leroux’s Business Was Acquired By The Los Angeles-Based Group Bcbg Max Azria. It Was The First Time An American Company Had Acquired a French Designer-Couturier.
But He Quickly Fell Out With The New Owners, And In 1999 He Lost Control Of The Leger Name, Which Was Retained By Mr. Azria, Who Called The New Collection “Herve Leger By Max Azria.”
In 2000, Mr. Leger Founded His Own Independently Financed Fashion House, Herve L. Leroux, Adopting a New Surname That Had Again Been Suggested By His Old Friend And Mentor Mr. Lagerfeld.
As Mr. Leroux Recalled In An Interview With Style.Com In 2006, “He Told Me, ‘Call Yourself Leroux Because Your Hair Is Red — Not As Red As It Was, Because You Are Older — But, Anyway, It Works, And Everyone Will Know Who You Are.’”

In The Last Chapter Of His Career, Mr. Leroux’s Clientele Remained Loyal To His Feminine Jersey Dresses And His Chic Approach To Contemporary Cocktail Attire. As Creative Director Of The Paris House Guy Laroche From 2004 To 2006, He Dressed Hilary Swank For The 2005 Academy Awards Ceremony In a Memorable Backless Midnight-Blue Jersey Gown, Which Was Seen By Millions Of Television Viewers When She Strode To The Stage To Accept The Best Actress Award For Her Performance In The Movie “Million Dollar Baby.”
Mr. Leroux Showed a New Collection In 2013 As a Guest On The Paris Couture Calendar After a 12-Year Hiatus From The Catwalk. But He Never Again Achieved The Recognition Or Fame He Found Under His Previous Name, Underscoring The Creative And Commercial Struggles That Can Ensue When a Designer’s Name Is No Longer The Designer’s.
He Is Survived By His Sister, Jocelyne, Who Was a Partner In The Leroux Business.
After The News Of His Death Broke, Many Of Those Who Loved His Designs Shared Tributes On Instagram.
The Entertainer Dita Von Teese Wrote: “We’Ve Lost One Of The Fashion Greats. I Loved Herve For His Wit, His Candor, His Sublime Elegance And Of Course, His Talent, Which Came From Authentic Obsession, With No Care For The Commerciality Of Fashion.”
And Cindy Crawford, Posting a Picture Of Herself Standing Next To Mr. Leroux In One Of His Scarlet Red Creations, Wrote, “Remembering The Man Who Created The Herve Leger Bandage Dress, Which Held You In All The Right Places.”
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2020.06.11 08:05 ArchVileSoup List of American traitors

A number of individuals, companies, outlets, and media institutions have stepped forward to announce that they support the groups enabling riots, violence, vandalism, theft, assault, and murder taking place at the hands of vandals and thugs across the United States of America. Anyone looking to find out which companies, brands, and content creators have betrayed the trust of the American people by aligning with groups that support the deconstruction of Western values, this list will enlighten you as to who the traitors are so you can stay informed.
[Note:] Some of the people/brands/companies on this list are not headquartered in America. However, they still cater to and influence the American (consumer) audience, and in light of their influence to help sway the views of American citizens, they have been added to the list.
Corporations/Brands by alphabet: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
Celebrities/E-celebs by alphabet: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

100 Thieves (E-sports organization) – Traitor
20th Century Studios – Traitor
2K Games – Traitor
343 Industries (Halo developer) – Traitor
500 Women Scientists – Traitor
A&E Network – Traitor
ABC Network – Traitor
Abelton (Audio company) – Probation
Academy Awards – Traitor (Obviously)
Acer America – Traitor
ActBlue – Traitor
ACLU – Traitor
Activision Blizzard (Winnie The Flu’s minion) – Traitor
Adidas – Traitor
Adobe – Traitor
Adult Swim – Traitor
AIGA Design – Traitor
AirBnB – Traitor
AltPress (Music News) – Traitor
Amazon – Double Traitor
AMD – Traitor
American Airlines – Traitor
American Express – Traitor
American Institutes For Research – Probation
Americans For The Arts – Traitor
Amplitude Studios – Traitor
Anastasia Beverly Hills (Cosmetic company) – Traitor
Ancestry (Genealogy database) – Traitor
Anime Expo (Convention) – Traitor
Aniplex (Anime production) – Traitor
Annapurna Interactive (Indie publisher) – Traitor
ANR (Americans For Nonsmokers’ Rights) – Traitor
AOL (From the 1990s) – Traitor
Apollo Theater – Traitor
Apple – Traitor
Arab American Institute – Traitor
Arc System Works (Developer) – Traitor
Armani – Probation
Asobo Studio (A Plague Tale developers) – Traitor
ASTRO Gaming – Traitor
AT&T (Held iPhones hostage for five years) – Traitor
Atari (Impostors) – Traitor
Atlanta Records (Record company) – Traitor
Audible (Audio book company) – Traitor
Autodesk (Development software) – Traitor
Avalanche Studios – Traitor
Avid – Traitor
AVN Media Network – Traitor
AXE Body Spray (Keeping women at bay) – Traitor
BabyNames.com – Traitor
Bad Robot Entertainment – Traitor
Balenciaga – Traitor
Bandai Namco Entertainment – Traitor
Bandcamp – Traitor
Bang Zoom! Entertainment – Traitor
Bank of America (Allowed to steal $45 billion from the U.S. Treasury) – Traitor
Barnes & Noble – Traitor
Bayer (Science organization) – Probation
Beamdog (Developer) – Traitor
Behaviour Interactive (Dead By Daylight developer) – Traitor
Believe Global (Music promoter) – Traitor
Ben and Jerry’s (Ice cream) – Traitor
Benefit Cosmetics – Traitor
Be Quiet! (PC parts supplier) – Traitor
Bergdorf Goodman – Traitor
Best Buy – Traitor
Bethesda (Doesn’t pay modders for fixing their games) – Double Traitor
BioWare (A company with a tired face) – Traitor
Blabber Mouth (Rock music news site) – Traitor
Black Metal & Brews (Music review site) – Traitor
Blackstar Amps (Guitar amp supplier) – Probation
Bleacher Report – Traitor
Blueberry (Designer fashion) – Traitor
Bluehost – Probation
BMW USA – Traitor
Booking.com – Traitor
Books Are My Bag (Book curator) – Traitor
Boomerang (Cartoon streaming) – Traitor
Boost Mobile – Traitor
Bossa Studios (Surgeon Simulator developer) – Traitor
Bratz (Toys for thots-in-training) – Traitor
Brazzers – Traitor
Brookefield Zoo – Probation
Budweiser – Traitor
Bungie (Destiny developer) – Traitor
Burberry – Traitor
Burger King – Traitor
Callaway Golf – Probation
Call of Duty (War propaganda) – Traitor
Campbell’s Soup – Traitor
Capcom USA (Game publisher) – Traitor
Capital Records – Traitor
Cartoon Network – Traitor
Cash App – Traitor
CBS – Traitor
CD Baby (Music distributor) – Traitor
Center For American Progress (Think tank) – Traitor
Certain Affinity – Traitor
Change.org – Probation
Chaosium – Probation
Cheap Ass Gamer (Game sales) – Traitor
Chevron – Traitor
Chick-fil-A (Christian food) – Traitor
Chip Theory Games (Board game maker) – Traitor
Chucklefish (Game maker) – Traitor
Chili’s Bar & Grill – Traitor
Cinemablend – Traitor
Cisco (Tech company) – Traitor
Citibank – Traitor
Cloak (Clothing brand) – Traitor
Cloudflare – Traitor
Cloud Imperium Games (Star Citizen developers) – Traitor
CNET – Traitor
Coloured Raine Cosmetics (Cosmetic company) – Traitor
Coca-Cola – Traitor
Color of Change – Traitor
Columbus City Council – Traitor
Comedy Central – Traitor
Conde Nast (Parent company for a Communist hive) – Traitor
Continuous Delivery Foundation – Traitor
Corsair (Component maker) – Traitor
Cosplay Realm Magazine – Traitor
Covergirl – Traitor
Crackle TV – Probation
Creative Assembly – Traitor
Creative Commons (Non-profit licensing solution) – Traitor
Creative Review – Traitor
Criterion Collection – Traitor
Crucial Memory (Tech company) – Traitor
Crunchyroll (Producers of High Guardian Spice) – Traitor
CryEngine (Software development tool from Crytek) – Traitor
Curve Digital (Game publisher) – Traitor
CW Network – Traitor
Cyberpunk 2077 (Video game) – Traitor
D’Addario (Guitar strings) – Traitor
DC Comics – Traitor
Death Wish Coffee – Probation
Deep Silver (Game publisher) – Traitor
Def Jam Recordings – Traitor
Dell (Cheap PC maker) – Traitor
Derpibooru (Imageboard) – Traitor
Design Milk (Home decor) – Traitor
DeviantArt (Furry breeding ground) – Traitor
Devolver Digital (Game publisher that insincerely tries to be edgy) – Traitor
Dickies – Traitor
Discord (Another furry breeding ground) – Traitor
Digital Extremes (Warframe developer) – Double Traitor
DigiXArt (Game developer) – Traitor
Dimension Ink Games (Developer) – Traitor
Dior (Designer fashion) – Traitor
Discovery (TV network) – Traitor
Disney (Ruining childhoods) – Double Traitor
DistroKid – Traitor
Dollar General – Traitor
Dollar Tree – Traitor
Dolby – Traitor
Dolce & Gabbana – Traitor
Door Dash (Delivery company) – Traitor
Doritos (Gamer fuel) – Traitor
Double Fine Productions (Failed at sock-puppet math) – Double Traitor
Dreamworks (Discount Pixar) – Traitor
Dribble (Creative community) – Traitor
Dr. Martens Footwear – Traitor
Dropbox – Filthy Triple Traitor
Drug Policy Alliance – Traitor
Drum Workshop – Virtue-Signaling Traitor
DualShockers (Gaming news outlet) – Traitor
Dungeons & Dragons (The original Christian nightmare) – Traitor
EA Sports – Traitor
eBay – Traitor
Eddie Bauer – Traitor
EFF – Traitor
Eidos Montreal (Deux Ex developer) – Traitor
Electronic Arts (Gambling enthusiasts) – Double Traitor
Elektra Music Group (Music distributors) – Traitor
Eleven Arts – Traitor
Elevation Church – Probation
Elgato Gaming (Streaming solutions) – Traitor
E-Line Media (Game publisher) – Traitor
EMILY’s List (Pro-choice PAC) – Traitor
Entertainment Software Association (Guardians of loot boxes) – Traitor
Epic Games Store (CCP training tool) – Traitor
Epiphone (Guitar maker) – Probation
Ernie Ball (Guitar maker) – Traitor
Etsy – Traitor
Eurogamer – Traitor
EVO (Core values) – Traitor
Extra Credits – Traitor
F1 (Racing organization) – Traitor
Family Dollar – Traitor
Fanatical (Software distributor) – Traitor
Fandango (Ticket sales) – Traitor
Fandom (Fan-ran wiki) – Traitor
Fender (Guitar maker) – Traitor
Field Museum – Traitor
Fight For The Future – Traitor
Fine Brothers (Content creation brand) – Traitor
Finji (Night In The Woods developer) – Double Traitor
Firework TV – Traitor
Focusrite (Audio interface production) – Traitor
Forever 21 (Fashion outlet) – Traitor
Fox TV – Traitor
Freeform TV – Traitor
Fruit By The Foot (Tag-team partner with Gushers) – Traitor
Fujitsu America – Probation
Funimation – Traitor
Funko (Toy maker) – Traitor
Fur Affinity (You don’t want to know) – Traitor
Game Informer (GameStop’s b*tch) – Traitor
Game Revolution (Gaming news site) – Traitor
GamesIndustry.biz – Traitor
Gamespot – Traitor
GameStop (Essential during COVID-19) – Traitor
Games Workshop (Warhammer licensor) – Traitor
GameZone – Traitor
Garfield Eats – Traitor
GaymerX (Gay gamers) – Traitor
Gearbox Software (Borderlands creators and destroyers) – Traitor
General Assembly (Business educators) – Traitor
General Mills – Probation
General Motors – Traitor
Gematsu (Gaming news) – Traitor
Ghost Adventures (TV show) – Traitor
Gibson (Guitar maker) – Traitor
Github – Traitor
GKIDS Films – Traitor
GLAAD – Traitor
GNOME Foundation (Non-profit software distro) – Traitor
GoFundMe – Double Traitor
Goldman Sachs – Traitor
Google (Evil) – Double Traitor
Goose Island Beer – Traitor
Gorilla Glue (Glue company) – Traitor
Goto.Game (Gaming resource) – Traitor
Grand Central Pub (Book publisher) – Traitor
Grammarly – Traitor
Greenpeace – Traitor
Grindr – Traitor
Gucci – Traitor
Guerrilla Collective (Games festival) – Traitor
Guerilla Games (KillZone developers) – Traitor
Guitar Center – Traitor
Gumroad (E-commerce company) – Traitor
Gundam Planet (Official Gundam product retailer) – Traitor
Gushers (Tag-team partner with Fruit by the Foot) – Traitor
Häagen-Dazs (Obesity’s best friend) – Traitor
Hatchette Books (Book publisher) – Traitor
Half-Price Books (Bookstore chain) – Traitor
Hallmark – Probation
Harebrained Schemes (Game developer) – Traitor
Hardsuit Labs (Game developer) – Traitor
Harley-Davidson – Traitor
Harmonix – Traitor
Hasbro – Probation
HBO Max – Traitor
Heart Machine (Hyper Light Drifter developer) – Traitor
Hershey’s – Probation
Hinterland Games (Game developer) – Traitor
Hi-Rez Studios (Game developer) – Traitor
History Channel – Traitor
Hitachi U.S.A. – Probation
Hollywood Records – Traitor
Home Depot – Traitor
Honda – Traitor
Hootsuite (Social media news management) – Traitor
HostGator – Probation
House House (Untitled Goose Game developers) – Traitor
HP – Probation
Hulu – Traitor
Human Rights Campaign – Traitor
Humble Bundle – Traitor
HyperX (Peripheral maker) – Traitor
IAFFE (NGO) – Traitor
Ibanez Guitars – Traitor
IBM – Traitor
Idea Factory International (Game localizer) – Traitor
IGN (6/10) – Traitor
IGN Australia – Traitor
iHeartRadio (Music broadcaster) – Traitor
IKEA USA (LEGOS for adults) – Traitor
Indeed.com (Job search) – Traitor
Indiegogo (Crowdfunding service) – Traitor
IndyCar Series – Probation
Infinity Ward (Game developer) – Double Traitor
Insomniac Games – Traitor
Instagram – Traitor
Intel – Double Traitor
Island Records – Traitor
Itch.io (Indie gaming store) – Double Traitor
iZotope – Traitor
Jagex (Runescape developer) – Traitor
JAKKS Pacific (Toy maker) – Traitor
JCPenny – Traitor
Jet Blue (Travel agency) – Traitor
JFrog – Traitor
Jim Dunlop (Guitar picks) – Probation
Johnson & Johnson – Traitor
Kellogg Copmany – Traitor
Kerrang! Magazine (Rock magazine) – Traitor
KFC – Traitor
Kindle (E-reader) – Traitor
Kink.com – Traitor
Kitfox Games (Indie developers) – Traitor
Klei Entertainment (Don’t Starve developers) – Traitor
Kobo (E-reader) – Traitor
Kodansha Comics (Manga publisher) – Traitor
Kohl’s (If you can’t afford designer fashion) – Traitor
Kotaku (Blogging activists) – Traitor
Last.fm – Traitor
Lawyer’s Committee For Civil Rights – Traitor
LEGO – Traitor
Level 99 Games (Board game maker) – Traitor
Levi’s – Traitor
Lexus – Probation
Lifetime TV (Channel for lonely cat ladies) – Traitor
Limited Run Games – Traitor
LinkedIn – Traitor
Linux Foundation – Traitor
Little Orbit (Developer) – Traitor
Logitech – Traitor
L’Oréal Paris – Traitor
Louis Vuitton – Traitor
Lowe’s – Probation
LPGA – Probation
Luminosity Gaming (E-sports organization) – Traitor
Lush Cosmetics – Traitor
Lyrical Lemonade – Traitor
Lyft (Taxi service) – Traitor
Maybelline – Traitor
Macy’s (Martha Stewart’s personal playground) – Traitor
Magic: The Gathering (Trading card game) – Traitor
Make-A-Wish Foundation – Traitor
Manga Entertainment – Traitor
Mapex Drums – Probation
Marc Jacobs (Designer fashion) – Probation
Marijuana Policy Project – Traitor
Marvel Entertainment – Traitor
Martin Guitar – Traitor
Master Card – Traitor
Materia Collective (Music producers) – Traitor
Mattel (Toy company) – Traitor
McCormick * Company – Probation
McDonald’s – Traitor
MediaJustice – Traitor
Metal Blade Records – Probation
Metal Hammer Records – Traitor
MetalSucks (Leftist news site) – Traitor
Michael Kors (Designer fashion) – Traitor
Microsoft – Traitor
Minecraft – Traitor
MOD Pizza – Traitor
Moog Synthesizers – Traitor
Mondelēz Intl – Traitor
MoveOn Organization – Traitor
Mozilla – Traitor
MSI Gaming (Peripheral maker) – Traitor
MTV – Traitor
Mythical Entertainment – Traitor
Napalm Records – Traitor
NARAL (Abortion specialists) – Ironic Traitor
Native Instruments (Audio company) – Traitor
National Women’s Law Center – Traitor
NBC Entertainment – Traitor
NBC Universal – Traitor
NCSoft (MMO publisher) – Traitor
Neiman Marcus – Traitor
Nerdist – Traitor
Netflix (Left-wing propaganda) – Traitor
New Balance – Traitor
New Democrat Coalition – Traitor
Newgrounds (Edgelord’s first baby-step) – Traitor
NewRetroWave (Retro music promoter) – Probation
Nextdoor – Traitor
NFL – Traitor
Niantic Labs (Pokemon Go developer) – Traitor
Nickelodeon – Filthy Triple Traitor
NightDocs (YouTuber) – Traitor
Nike – Traitor
Nintendo of America (But NOT Japan) – Traitor
Nissan – Probation
NodeJS (Javascipt library) – Traitor
Noisy Pixel (Gaming news outlet) – Traitor
Nokia – Probation
No More Robots (Not Tonight developers) – Traitor
Nordstrom – Traitor
NORML Canada (Marijuana advocacy organization) – Traitor
Norvina (Cosmetic brand) – Traitor
Novation (Audio software) – Traitor
NYAV Post (Recording studio) – Traitor
NZXT (PC component supplier) – Traitor
Obsidian Entertainment (Game developer) – Traitor
Oddysey Golf – Probation
Offworld Industries (Squad developer) – Traitor
Olay – Traitor
Olympus – Traitor
Oprah Winfrey Network – Traitor
Orangeamps (Guitar amps) – Traitor
O’Reilly Media (Entrepreneurial advisors) – Traitor
OriginPC (PC maker) – Traitor
Otakon (East coast weeb convention) – Traitor
Outer Loop Games (Indie developers) – Traitor
Paiste Nation (Cymbal maker) – Traitor
Pandora Music – Traitor
Panera Bread – Traitor
Paradox Interactive (Publisher & developer) – Traitor
Paramount Network – Traitor
Paramount Pictures – Traitor
Parsons Xtreme Golf – Probation
Patreon (Hipster welfare) – Traitor
Paypal (Legal money laundering) – Traitor
PAX (Almost cancelled over Dickwolves) – Traitor
PC Master Race (Official PCMR org) – Traitor
PETA (Pokemon’s greatest nemesis) – Traitor
PC Gamer – Traitor
Pearl Drums (Drum maker) – Traitor
Peavey Electronics – Probation
Penguin Books USA – Traitor
Pepsico – Traitor
Pfizer Inc. – Traitor
PGA Tour – Traitor
Philips – Probation
Pinterest – Traitor
Pixar – Traitor
Planet Peebles (Arts and crafts) – Traitor
Planned Parenthood (All lives matter… except for fetusus) – Traitor
Playboy – Traitor
PlayStation – Double Traitor
PlayStation Japan – Traitor
PlayStation Lifestyle (PlayStation news site) – Traitor
Plugin Boutique – Traitor
Pokemon – Traitor
Poly – Traitor
Popeyes Chicken – Traitor
Pop-Tarts – Probation
Porsche – Probation
Pornhub (Subversion) – Traitor
Power Rangers – Probation
PPI (Progressive policy) – Traitor
PQube Games (Localization publisher) – Traitor
PreSonus (Audio software) – Traitor
Print Magazine – Traitor
Procter & Gamble (Mega corporation) – Traitor
Promark Drumsticks – Traitor
PRSGuitars (Guitar maker) – Traitor
Public Citizen (NGO) – Traitor
Puma – Traitor
Pusheen The Cat (E-tailer) – Traitor
Rare Ltd (Game developer) – Traitor
Raw Fury (Game publisher) – Traitor
Reason Studios (Music production) – Traitor
Rebellion (Game developer) – Traitor
Red Hat – Traitor
Redox (Healthcare resource) – Traitor
Republic Services – Traitor
Reddit (Communism) – Traitor
Reebok – Traitor
Remo Inc. (Drumhead maker) – Traitor
Respawn Entertainment (Titanfall developer) – Traitor
Revelation Records – Probation
Revlon – Traitor
Riot Games (League of Legends developer) – Traitor
Rising Star Games (Game publisher) – Traitor
Roadrunner Records – Traitor
Rockstar Games (Game developer) – Traitor
Rock, Paper, Shotgun – Traitor
Rock Sound Magazine – Traitor
Rock The Vote – Traitor
Rogue Fitness – Traitor
Rolling Loud (Music festival) – Traitor
Rooster Teeth (Production company) – Traitor
RPG Site (Gaming news) – Traitor
RuPaul’s Drag Race (NSFL) – Traitor
Rust (Programming language) – Traitor
Saint Laurent – Probation
Sample Magic (Royalty free audio samples) – Traitor
San Diego Comic-Con – Probation
San Japan Convention – Traitor
Santa Monica Studio (Gave Krato’s his wife’s son) – Traitor
Screen Junkies (Multimedia outlet) – Traitor
SCUF Gaming (Peripheral maker) – Traitor
Sega – Traitor
Sekai Project (H-Game publisher) – Traitor
Sennheiser – Traitor
Sephora – Traitor
Sesame Street – Double Traitor
Seymour Duncan (Guitar pickups and pedals) – Traitor
Shady Records – Traitor
Shonen Jump – Traitor
Showtime – Traitor
Shudder (Horror streaming network) – Double Traitor
Siliconera (Gaming news) – Traitor
SiriusXM – Traitor
SKA Studios (Salt & Sanctuary developer) – Traitor
Sketchfab – Traitor
SK Gaming – Traitor
Skillet Music – Traitor
Skill Share (Learning specialists) – Traitor
Smart – Probation
Smartsheet (Tech solutions) – Traitor
Snapchat – Traitor
Sony – Disgusting Traitor
Sony Music – Double Traitor
Sony Pictures – Traitor
Soulstone Cymbals – Traitor
Soundcloud – Traitor
Southern Poverty Law Center – Traitor
Southwest Airlines – Traitor
Spitfire Audio – Traitor
Spotify – Traitor
Spriters Resource – Traitor
Square (Card reader company) – Traitor
Square Enix (Game publisher) – Traitor
Starbucks (Hipster hangout) – Traitor
Star Trek (Waning quality) – Traitor
Star Wars (Feminist propaganda) – Double Traitor
STARZ – Traitor
State Farm – Traitor
Steam – Probation
Steel Series (Product maker) – Traitor
Strymon (Boutique electronics) – Traitor
Subset Games (FTL developers) – Double Traitor
Subway – Probation
Super Rare Games – Traitor
SUSE (Open source platform) – Traitor
Sweetwater (Audio gear) – Traitor
Swing Left – Traitor
SXSW – Traitor
SYFY (Cheap) – Traitor
Sysco Corporation – Traitor
Taco Bell (A toilet’s best friend) – Traitor
TAMA Drums – Traitor
Target – Traitor
TASER (Consumer self-defense) – Traitor
TBS Network – Traitor
TCG Player (Trading card company) – Traitor
Team17 (Game publisher) – Traitor
Team Meat (Meat Boy developers) – Double Traitor
TechRadar (Tech site) – Traitor
TechRaptor (Gaming news) – Traitor
TeePublic – Traitor
Telemundo (TV network) – Traitor
Tesco – Probation
Thatgamecompany (Journey developer) – Traitor
The Black Caucus – Traitor
The Body Shop – Traitor
The British Library – Traitor
The Coalition (Gears of War developer) – Traitor
The Orchard (Music distributor) – Traitor
The Pokemon Company (Game maker) – Traitor
The Socialist Party – Traitor
The Tor Project – Traitor
Threadless – Traitor
Thunderful Publishing (Game publisher) – Traitor
TikTok – Traitor
Threadless – Traitor
Ticketmaster – Traitor
Tinder (Keeping abortion clinics busy since 2012) – Traitor
T-Mobile – Traitor
Toei Animation – Traitor
Tokyo Otaku Mode – Traitor
TOMS – Traitor
Tom’s Hardware (Tech site) – Traitor
Toonami – Nonstop Virtue–Signaling Quintuple Traitors
Toontown – Traitor
Tooth & Nail Records (Record label) – Traitor
Toyota USA – Traitor
TronicsFix (Electronics repair) – Traitor
TT Games (Game developer) – Traitor
Tumblr (Cursed progenitor of Social Justice Warriors) – Traitor
TuneCore (Music distributor) – Traitor
Turn 10 Studios (Forza developer) – Traitor
Turnitin (Tech-learning solutions) – Traitor
TV Land – Traitor
Twitch.tv – Traitor
Twitter – Traitor
Uber (Spying taxi service) – Traitor
Uber Eats (Food delivery) – Traitor
Überliss – Traitor
Ubisoft (Cloning specialist) – Traitor
Udemy (Learning facilitators) – Traitor
Ulta Beauty – Traitor
Ultra Music – Traitor
Under Armour – Traitor
United Airlines – Traitor
Unilever (Business news) – Traitor
Universal Music Group – Traitor
University Of Berkeley – Traitor
Urban Decay – Traitor
U.S. Steel – Probation
UTSA (University of Texas at San Antonio) – Traitor
Vanguard Group – Traitor
Vans (If skateboard culture were shoes) – Traitor
Vater Percussion – Traitor
Verizon Media – Traitor
Versace (Designer fashion) – Traitor
Vevo – Traitor
VH1 – Traitor
Viacom/CBS – Traitor
Vic Firth (Drumstick supplier) – Traitor
ViewSonic – Probation
Virgil Abloh – Traitor
Vigor (Developed by Bohemia Interactive) – Traitor
Virgin Records – Traitor
Virtual Wrestling United – Traitor
Visa – Traitor
Vizio – Traitor
Viz Media – Traitor
Volition Software – Traitor
Volkswagen – Traitor
VRV – Traitor
Wacom (Software productivity) – Traitor
Walmart – Traitor
Warhammer – Traitor
Warner Bros. Entertainment – Traitor
Warner Media – Traitor
Warner Music Group – Probation
Warner Records – Traitor
Webtoon – Traitor
Wells Fargor – Traitor
Wendy’s (Pimped their mascot as a waifu) – Traitor
Wildbrain (Children’s programming) – Traitor
Wix – Traitor
WordPress – Traitor
Worldstar Hip Hop – Traitor
Wraith Games (Developers) – Traitor
WWE – Traitor
Xander (Advertising agency) – Traitor
XBIZ (Second-rate faps) – Traitor
Xbox – Traitor
Yacht Club Games (Shovel Knight developers) – Traitor
Yahoo! – Traitor
Yamaha Music – Probation
Yelp – Traitor
Yen Press (Comic book publisher) – Traitor
YouTube – Traitor
YMCA – Traitor
Yorkshire Tea – Traitor
Ysbryd Games (Boutique publisher) – Traitor
Zbrush – Traitor
Zildjian Company (Drum kit maker) – Traitor
Zoom (Video communications) – Traitor
Zynga (Incubators for microtransactions) – Probation
2Z (K-pop group) – Traitor
5 Seconds of Summer (Musician) – Traitor
Aaron Mahnke (Podcaster) – Traitor
Adam Conover (Got owned by Joe Rogan… live) – Double Traitor
A Day To Remember (Musician) – Probation
Addison Riecke (Actress) – Traitor
Aidan Gallagher (Actor) – Traitor
Alpharad (YouTuber) – Traitor
Alexa (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
Alex Gaskarth (Singer) – Traitor
Alexis Tipton (Voice actress) – Traitor
Allegra Clark (Voice actress) – Traitor
Alyssa Milano (#MeToo hypocrite) – Traitor
Amanda Lee (Voice actress) Double Traitor
Amber Liu (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
Amy Marie (Game Theory editor) – Traitor
Andrew Yang (Politician) – Traitor
Andy Biersack (Singer) – Traitor
Andy Milonakis (Trying to breathe) – Traitor
Angelskimi (Streamer) – Double Traitor
Anita Sarkeesian (Destroyed the entire gaming industry) – Traitor
Anna Akana (Actress) – Traitor
Anne Munition (Streamer) – Traitor
Anonymous (hacking group) – Traitor
AntDude (YouTuber) – Traitor
Anthony Padilla (Smosh co-founder) – Traitor
Anthrax (Musician) – Probation
Aquana (Streamer) – Traitor
Ariana Grande (Wore a micro-skirt to a funeral) – Traitor
AriaSaki (Streamer) – Double Traitor
Arlo Stuff (YouTUber) – Traitor
Ashton Kutcher (Cougar hunter) – Traitor
Atreyu (Musician) – Traitor
AttackingTucans (Content creator) – Traitor
Avatar Metal (Musician) – Probation
Axel Braun – Traitor
Ben Eller (Guitarist) – Traitor
Beni (Singer) – Traitor
Ben Saint (Comic book artist) – Traitor
Ben Schwartz (Actor) – Traitor
Ben Stiller (Could never make a Tropic Thunder 2) – Traitor
Binging With Babish (YouTuber) – Traitor
Bill Nye “The Science Guy” – Traitor
Billie Eillish (Singer) – Traitor
Black Nerd – Traitor
Black Sabbath (Rock legends) – Traitor
Blake Lively (Actress) – Traitor
Bon Jovi (Was once Wanted Dead or Alive) – Probation
Brendon Urie (Panics at the disco) – Traitor
Brie Larson (Lacks a butt) – Traitor
Britney Spears (Singer) – Traitor
Bruno Mars (Singer) – Traitor
BTS (Femboys cosplaying as male singers) – Traitor
Bunni (I don’t know who the hell this is) – Traitor
Butch Hartman (Fairly Oddparents creator) – Probation
CalebCity (YouTuber) – Traitor
Chadtronic (YouTuber) – Traitor
Charli D’Amelio (Tiktok thot) – Traitor
Chevy Chase (Comedic icon) – Probation
Chiitan (Aspiring troublemaker) – Traitor
Chris Evans (Captain America) – Traitor
Chrisiousity (YouTuber) – Traitor
Chris Ray Gun (YouTuber) – Insincere Traitor
Chris Sabat (Tested if couch’s could cast) – Traitor
Chrissy Teigen (???) – Traitor
Chris Stuckmann (YouTuber) – Traitor
Christina Aguilera (Singer) – Traitor
Chuck Wendig (Impotent rage) – Traitor
Chuggaaconroy (YouTuber) – Traitor
Civvie11 (YouTuber) – Traitor
Cliffy ‘B’ Bleszinski (Used to make games for real men) – Traitor
Coach Gregg Popovich – Traitor
Comment Etiquette (YouTuber) – Traitor
Conan O’Brien (Way past his prime) – Traitor
Cory Barlog (Director of God of War) – Traitor
Cory Davis (Director of Spec Ops: The Line) – Traitor
Council of Geeks (YouTuber) – Traitor
Courtney Miller (Smosh Games member) – Traitor
Cranbersher (Animation streamer) – Traitor
Crank Gameplays (YouTuber) – Traitor
Cr1TiKaL (Former world’s best slap-fight commentator) – Traitor
Cristina Vee (Singer & beloved voice actress) – Traitor
Critical Role (Roleplaying snowflakes) – Traitor
Crush (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
Crystal Kay (Singer) – Traitor
Damien Haas (Smosh Games member) – Traitor
Daniel “ZhugeEX” Ahmad (Industry analyst) – Guileful Traitor
Daniel D. Fox (Zweihander RPG creative director) – Traitor
Daniel Ibbertson (From Slopes Game Room) – Traitor
David Baszucki (Roblox CEO) – Traitor
Dave Bautista (Former superstar) – Traitor
Dave Davidson (Musician) – Traitor
David Guetta (Musician) – Traitor
David Hayter (Voice of a legendary soldier) – Traitor
David Szymanski (Dusk developer) – Probation
Delilah S. Dawson (Feminist Star Wars author) – Traitor
Demi Lovato (Dat ass) – Traitor
Disguised Toast (Streamer) – Traitor
Docm77 (Streamer) – Traitor
D0mics (YouTuber) – Traitor
Don Cheadle (Actor who starred in Traitor) – Traitor
Donna Brazile (Burned Bernie in 2016) – Traitor
Dove Cameron (Singer) – Traitor
Dr. Disrespect (Former role model) – Traitor
DreamcastGuy (YouTuber) _ Traitor
Dr. Lupo (YouTuber) – Traitor
Dude Perfect (Former purveyors of masculinity) – Traitor
Easy Allies (Streamers) – Traitor
Ed Boon (Former rebel) – Traitor
Ed Sheeran (Singer) – Traitor
Ellen DeGeneres (Dances better than she tells jokes) – Traitor
Ellie Goulding (Singer) – Traitor
Eminem (Inverted Oreo) – Traitor
Eric Nam (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
Erin Fitzgerald (voice actress) – Traitor
Ethos (Samurai Zero creative director) – Traitor
Eva Marie (Couldn’t hang with Fandango) – Traitor
Exhumed (Musician) – Traitor
Fall Out Boy (Musician) – Traitor
FalseProof (YouTuber) – Traitor
FaZe Clan (E-sports competitors) – Traitor
Felicia Day (Fake gamer girl) – Traitor
Fergie (Wasn’t hot enough to keep Josh Duhamel from cheating) – Traitor
Fever 333 (Musician) – Traitor
Floaromaa (Streamer) – Traitor
Food Wishes (YouTuber) – Traitor
Foo Fighters (There goes my hero) – Traitor
Foxtrot44 (Streamer) – Traitor
Francesca Capaldi (Actress) – Traitor
Frank Iero and the Future Violents (Musician) – Traitor
FrivolousFox (YouTuber) – Double Traitor
Fuslie (Streamer) – Traitor
GameGrumps (YouTubers) – Traitor
Gigguk (YouTuber) – Probation
Glimmer (Podcasters) – Traitor
Goatwhore (Musician) – Probation
Godswill Ugwa Jr. (Viz Media community manager) – Traitor
Green Day (Musician) – Traitor
Greta Thunberg (Puppet) – Traitor
Gun Inaccuracies In Media – Insincere Traitor
Guns N’ Roses (Musician) – Traitor
H3H3 Productions (Disgraced) – Traitor
Halsey (Confused) – Traitor
Harry Styles (Only talented member of One Direction) – Traitor
Hasanabi (Streamer) – Traitor
Hayley Williams (Singer) – Double Traitor
HBomberguy (YouTuber) – Developing Traitor
Hillsong Worship (Musician) – Probation
Holland (Singer) – Traitor
Hoobastank (Musician) – Traitor
Ice Cube (Needs to swallow) – Traitor
Ify & Fiona(Entertainer) – Traitor
Iggy Azalea (Singer) – Traitor
iGumDrop (Streamer) – Traitor
iJustine (Digger) – Traitor
Imagine Dragons (Musician) – Traitor
Incubus (Musician) – Probation
Indeimaus (YouTuber) – Traitor
Internet Today TV (YouTuber) – Traitor
IntroSpecktive (YouTuber) – Traitor
ItsFunneh (YouTuber) – Traitor
Izzy Hale (Musician) – Traitor
James Charles (Catfishing heterosexual men) – Traitor
JackSepticEye (YouTuber) – Filthy Triple Traitor
Jad Saxton (Voice actress) – Traitor
Jaiden Animations (YouTuber) – Traitor
James Willems (Has really tiny dreams) – Double Traitor
Jamey Jasta (Singer) – Traitor
Jamie Marchi (Voice actress) – Traitor
Jane Fonda (Former sex symbol) – Traitor
Jason Derulo (One-hit wonder) – Traitor
Jax Blade Fitness (Blacked.com dream hire) – Traitor
Jay Park (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
Jeffree Star (Opportunist) – Traitor
Jeff Gerstmann (Catalyst for proto-#GamerGate) – Probation
Jenna Marbles (Productive thot) – Traitor
Jennifer Scheurle (Guild Wars 2 narrative lead) – Traitor
Jenny Vu (Streamer) – Traitor
Jesse Cox (Still pondering if it’s gay to be trapped ) – Traitor
Jessi (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
Jessica Nigri (Overrated cosplayer) – Traitor
Jessie Pridemore (Cosplayer) – Traitor
Jim Caddick (Streamer) – Traitor
Jim Gaffigan (What a man sounds like if he never left puberty) – Traitor
Jimmy Fallon (Paid to laugh) – Traitor
Jim Sterling (Former free speech advocate) – Traitor
Jirard Khalil “The Completionist” (YouTuber) – Double Traitor
J.K. Rowling (Revisionist storyteller) – Traitor
J. Michael Tatum (Voice actor) – Traitor
John Cena (Carried WWE on his back for 15 years) – Traitor
John Patrick Lowrie (Voice actor) – Traitor
John Wolfe (YouTuber) – Traitor
JoJo (Singer) – Traitor
Joel Osteen (Salesman) – Probation
Jonathan Paula (Jogwheel owner) – Traitor
John Boyega (Rey’s simp) – Traitor
Joshua Ovenshire (YouTuber) – Traitor
Joshua “TheJWittz” Wittenkeller (YouTuber) – Traitor
Joy Reid (MSNBC anchor) – Traitor
Justin Bieber (Home-schooling gone wrong) Misguided Traitor
Justin Trudeau (Face-paint extraordinaire) – Traitor
Jvcki Wai (K-Pop singer) – Double Traitor
Kanye West (Gave Taylor Swift PTSD) – Traitor
Kellin Quinn (Sleeping With Giants) – Traitor
Kevin Woo (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
Kathryn Knutsen (YouTube video editor) – Traitor
Katy Perry (Singer) – Traitor
Kesha Rose (Singer) – Traitor
Kevin Bacon (Never won an Oscar) – Traitor
Kevin Fagaragan (Artist) – Traitor
Kevin Hart (Unfaithful) – Traitor
Kim Kardashian (Cottage cheese connoisseur) – Traitor
Kinda Funny Games (YouTuber) – Traitor
KoneKoKitten (YouTuber) – Traitor
Korn – (Musician) – Traitor
KSI (Beat the snot out of Logan Paul) – Traitor
L.A. Beast (YouTuber) – Traitor
Lady Devann (Community manager for Bethesda) – Traitor
Lady Gaga (Musician) – Traitor
Lasercorn (Smosh Games member) – Traitor
Last Podcast On The Left (Podcasters) – Traitor
Lauren Orlando (Conceited) – Traitor
LazarBeam (Tiktok reviewer) – Traitor
Lazy Game Reviews (Game reviewer) – Traitor
Lee Howon (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
LegacyKillaHD (YouTuber) – Traitor
Lele Pons (Singer) – Traitor
Lil’NasX (Rapper) – Traitor
LilyPichu (Artist) – Traitor
Link Neal (Mythical co-founder) – Traitor
Lin-Manuel Miranda (Cultural appropriator) – Traitor
Linus Tech Tips (YouTuber) – Traitor
Lisa Su (AMD CEO) – Traitor
Little Mix (Musician) – Traitor
Lockstin & Gnoggin (YouTuber) – Traitor
Logan Paul (YouTuber) – Fake Traitor
Louis Tomlinson (Former member of One Direction) – Traitor
Lucahjin (YouTuber) – Traitor
Madison Beer (Singer) – Traitor
Madonna (Perpetually chasing relevancy) – Traitor
Malu Trevejo (Singer) – Traitor
Man Overboard (Musician) – Traitor
Mara Wilson (Actress/Author) – Traitor
Marianas Trench (Musician) – Traitor
Mari Takahashi (Smosh Games member) – Traitor
Marie Lu (Author) – Traitor
Mark Hamill (Senior breastfeeder) – Traitor
Mark Hoppus (Musician) – Traitor
Markiplier (If chocolate had a voice) – Traitor
Mark Ruffalo (Straightened out a lesbian) – Traitor
Mark Tuan (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
Mark Wahlberg (Sega CD rapper) – Traitor
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook lizard) – Traitor
Marshmello (Constantly seeking approval from Ninja) – Traitor
MatPat From Game Theory (YouTuber) – Traitor
Matt McMuscles (YouTuber) – Traitor
Matt Reeves (Director of The Batman) – Traitor
Matt Sohinki (Streamer) – Traitor
Maximilian Dood (Actually defended Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite) – Traitor
Max Scoville (IGN reporter) – Traitor
Mayday Parade (Musician) – Traitor
Mayor Muriel Bowser – Traitor
Michael Jordan (Legend) – Traitor
Michelle Rojas (Voice actress) Traitor
Mikey Way (Musician) – Traitor
Ministry (Musicians) – Traitor
Miso (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
Mitt Romney (Got bodied by Obama… twice) – Traitor
Mizy (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
Modern Vintage Gamer (YouTuber) – Traitor
Monica Rial (Wanted Vic’s dick) – Traitor
MrBeast (YouTuber) – Traitor
MrSuicideSheep (Musician) – Traitor
Muyskerm (YouTuber) – Traitor
NadeShot (E-sports competitor) – Traitor
Natalie Portman (Actress) – Traitor
Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann (Golfing expert) – Double Traitor
Nelstar15 (Square Enix influencer relations and streamer) – Traitor
Nessa Barrett (Next-level thot) – Traitor
Nikki & Brie Bella (Famous thanks to John Cena and Daniel Bryan ) – Traitor
Nina Lu (Actress) – Traitor
Nine Inch Nails (The only good meme from Digg) – Probation
Nintendrew (YouTuber) – Traitor
NitroRad (YouTuber) – Traitor
No.1 Alex (Streamer) – Traitor
Noah Schnapp (Actor) – Traitor
Nolan North (Used to be the best in the business) – Traitor
Noname (No clue but very popular) – Traitor
Ohnips (Artist who draws fap-bait and is fap-bait) – Traitor
Olivia Sui (Smosh Games member) – Traitor
Optimus (Streamer) – Traitor
Ozzy Osbourne (Musician) – Traitor
Pamela Horton (Playboy’s Bayonetta) – Traitor
Panic At The Disco (Creator of Highest Hopes) – Traitor
Paramore (Musician) – Traitor
Patton Oswalt (Kevin James’ lackey) – Traitor
PeachJars (Uber-thot) – Traitor
Pewdiepie (YouTuber) – Probation
PeanutButter Gamer (YouTuber) – Traitor
Peter Park TV (Streamer) – Traitor
Phil “Amazing Phil” Lester (YouTuber) – Traitor
Phil Spencer (Was Xbox’s last hope) – Traitor
PIEGUYRULZ (YouTuber) – Traitor
Pokimane (Thot) – Traitor
Police Chief Michael Shaw (Scared) – Traitor
Poofesure (YouTuber) – Traitor
ProJared (Tried and failed to become Sailor Mercury) – Traitor
Quackity (YouTuber) – Traitor
QuarterJade (Streamer) – Traitor
Quinton Reviews (YouTuber) – Traitor
Rami Ismail (Vlambeer’s clout chaser) – Traitor
Randy Orton – Traitor
Randy Pitchford (Financial Magician) – Traitor
Raymond Toro (My Chemical Romance) – Traitor
Ray Parker Jr (Singer) – Traitor
Rebecca Sugar (Steven Universe creator) – Traitor
RelaxAlax (Streamer) – Traitor
ReviewTechUSA (YouTuber) – Traitor
Revocation (Musician) – Traitor
RevScarecrow (YouTuber) – Traitor
Rhett McLaughlin (Co-founder of Mythical) – Traitor
Richard A. Fowler (Fox New contributor) – Traitor
Rihanna (Singer) – Traitor
Rise Against (Musician) – Traitor
Risorins (Artist) – Traitor
Rita Ora (Singer) – Traitor
Rob Delaney (Comedian) – Traitor
Roddenberry Podcasts – Traitor
Rosanna Pansino (YouTuber) – Traitor
Rowan Blanchard (Actress) – Traitor
Ryan Reynolds (Pegged Deadpool) – Traitor
Samuel Kim (K-Pop star) – Traitor
Sabrina Carpenter (Singer) – Traitor
Sara Ventura (Localizer for Nintendo) – Traitor
Sarah Whittle (Smosh Games producer) – Traitor
Scarra (Streamer) – Traitor
Scott Wozniak (YouTuber) – Flimsy Traitor
Sean Chiplock (Couldn’t prevent Hyper Universe’s demise) – Traitor
Sean Plott (From Day9.tv) – Traitor
Secrets (Musician) – Traitor
Selena Gomez (Celebrity) – Traitor
Seth Rogen (Celebrity leech) – Traitor
Sharla In Japan (YouTuber) – Traitor
Shaun (Perturbed over the mortally challenged) – Traitor
Shayne Topp (Smosh Games member) – Traitor
Shinedown (Musician) – Traitor
Simple Plan (Musician) – Traitor
Simply Nailogical (YouTuber) – Traitor
Sky-Hi (Singer) – Traitor
Skill Up (YouTuber) – Traitor
Smash Mouth (Musician) – Traitor
Smosh Games (YouTubers) – Traitor
SomeCallMeJohnny (YouTuber) – Traitor
SomeOrdinaryGamers (YouTuber) – Traitor
SonicFox (Worst human being on the face of the planet) – Furry Traitor
Son of a Glitch (A+ Start StreameYouTuber) – Traitor
Stacey Abrams – Traitor
Starsmitten (YouTuber) – Traitor
Stephen King (Writer) – Traitor
Stephanie Sheh (Voice actress) – Traitor
Steve Ballmer (LA Clippers owner) – Traitor
Steve Carell (Actor) – Traitor
Stephen Georg (YouTuber) – Traitor
Stop Skeletons From Fighting (YouTuber) – Traitor
Suicide Silence (Musician) – Traitor
Sum 41 (Musician) – Traitor
Summer Rae (Human Barbie doll) – Traitor
SungWon Cho (Actor who hasn’t been in any major movies) – Traitor
Sunny Malouf (Singer) – Traitor
Taeyang (K-pop singer) – Traitor
TeamFourStar (Content creators) – Traitor
Teawrex (Streamer) – Traitor
Technology Connections (YouTuber) – Traitor
The Beatles (Musicians) – Traitor
The Black Dahlia Murder (Musician) – Traitor
The Great Clement (YouTuber) – Traitor
TheOdds1Out (YouTuber) – Traitor
The Pussycat Dolls (Strippers pretending to be singers) – Traitor
The Rock (Used to be the most electrifying man in entertainment) – Traitor
The Weeknd (Singer) – Traitor
Tia Ballard (Funimation voice actress) – Traitor
Tiger JK (K-pop singer) – Traitor
Toby Fox (Undertale developer) – Traitor
Travis Barker (Musician) – Traitor
Travis Scott (Musician) – Probation
Twenty One Pilots (Musician) – Probation
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins (Streamer) – Weak Traitor
Tyler Scheid (Youtuber) – Traitor
Valkyrae (Streamer) – Traitor
Victoria Justice – (Proto-thot) – Traitor
Vikkstar (YouTuber) – Traitor
VintageBeef (Streamer) – Traitor
Warbringer (Musician) – Traitor
Wil Wheaton (Being told to shut-up since 1988) – Traitor
xChocoBars (Streamer) – Traitor
Xell (Streamer) – Traitor
Yo Mama (YouTuber) – Traitor
YongYea (10-min content creator) – Double Traitor
Yoshiller (GoNintendo writer) – Traitor
Yvonnie (Streamer) – Double Traitor
Zac Effron (Human Ken doll) – Traitor
ZackScottGames (Wholesome) – Traitor
Zak Bagans (Travel Channel host) – Traitor
Zedd (Musician) – Traitor
Zelo (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
Zeltic (Should have stuck to Hyrule) – Traitor
Zombie Cleo (YouTuber) – Traitor
Zombie Unicorn (Tried to bully bullies and got bullied) – Traitor
Zoe Amira (Makeup artist) – Traitor
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2020.04.03 18:19 mysticalarts007 Well written romance

Well written romance
Build a world with our senses.
I do love a well written celebrity storyline that builds. It so easy to fall into the trap of endless sex with certain celebrity pairings, but I am in search of someone that paint a picture using all the senses.
This will be a storyline of /romance/. This will not be sex driven but it will include it because it is apart of romance.
Celebrity fandom is possibly my favorite genre of writings when paired with an excellent partner. An excellent partner isn't always about how many paragraphs you can turn out, but how you can pull another into the storyline provoke all types of emotions that you itching for the next reply. So, with that being said I will put out there a few things I'm looking for and a few celebrities I do enjoy playing.
Things I'm looking for in a partner:
  1. The prefered method of writing Discord.
  2. 3rd person writing with Mutli-paragraphs.
  3. Decent grammar and spelling. I need to be able to read what you wrote.
  4. You will play the male character. I do prefer the writer to a male in real life, but it isn't deal breaker.
  5. Must be 21+ to write with me.
  6. Willing to use pictures, gifs as visual aid "non-sexual".
  7. Be active. [ I know we all have lives. Just communicate if you are going to be away more than a week or so ]
Possible Celebrities, I could play:
** Disclosure**
Just because the celebrity may be younger in age, I do not play them childish or immature. I do tend to make them mature in their actions and thoughts most the time without steering away from their personality.
I can't wait to see what we can come up with.
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2020.03.31 02:30 mysticalarts007 Celeb Roleplay

Let's build a world.
I do love a well written celebrity storyline that builds. It so easy to fall into the trap of endless sex with certain celebrity pairings, but I am in search of someone that paint a picture using all the senses. Celebrity fandom is possibly my favorite genre of writings when paired with an excellent partner. An excellent partner isn't always about how many paragraphs you can turn out, but how you can pull another into the storyline provoke all types of emotions that you itching for the next reply. So, with that being said I will put out there a few things I'm looking for and a few celebrities I do enjoy playing.
Things I'm looking for in a partner:
  1. The prefered method of writing Discord.
  2. 3rd person writing with Mutli-paragraphs.
  3. Decent grammar and spelling. I need to be able to read what you wrote.
  4. You will play the male character. I do prefer the writer to a male in real life, but it isn't deal breaker.
  5. Must be 21+ to write with me.
  6. Willing to use pictures, gifs as visual aid "non-sexual".
  7. Be active. [ I know we all have lives. Just communicate if you are going to be away more than a week or so ]
Possible Celebrities, I could play:
** Disclosure**
Just because the celebrity may be younger in age, I do not play them childish or immature. I do tend to make them mature in their actions and thoughts most the time without steering away from their personality.

I can't wait to see what we can come up with.
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2020.01.25 16:19 ThereIsNoSantaClaus /r/Popheads Album of the Decade #25: Frank Ocean - Blonde

artist: Frank Ocean
album: Blonde
listen: Spotify, Apple Music
August 20th, 2016. It’s a warm late summer Saturday afternoon. Many of us have been glued to our screens for weeks, hoping the moment will come. Finally, finally, Frank Ocean’s second proper studio album is on streaming services. No more rumors, no more waiting, no more misdirections, no more staircase building. The moment is here, we click play, and “Nikes” begins.
But before this moment, so much happened, a story that’s almost as interesting as the album itself.
tyler slept on my sofa, yeah
To those heathens unfamiliar with Frank Ocean, I gotchu. Born Christopher Breaux and raised in New Orleans, Frank moved to Los Angeles at age 19 to pursue a career as a musician. Before his breakthrough as a vocalist, he got work as a songwriter, getting credits on tracks by a prepubescent Justin Bieber (“Bigger”) and John Legend (“Quickly” featuring Brandy). Despite working with two current A-listers, Frank’s come-up would come through a group of edgy teenagers making goofy rap music. He became an early member of the unexpectedly influential Odd Future collective, and along with Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, and Syd, would become one of its most prominent members. Frank’s debut mixtape, 2011’s Nostalgia, Ultra, would fully break him through as a solo artist, and by the end of the year he got to write a song for Beyoncé (“I Miss You”) and feature twice on the Kanye West/Jay-Z collab album Watch the Throne. Nostalgia, Ultra was recorded in defiance of a middling relationship with his label Def Jam, and saw him recording over the instrumentals of a variety of different songs, such as “Electric Feel” by MGMT, “Strawberry Swing” by Coldplay, and “Optimistic” by Radiohead. This would later get Frank into legal trouble, as the Eagles would take offense with his use of the “Hotel California” backing track on “American Wedding”, and threatened to sue Frank despite the song being on a free mixtape. The controversy would not stop Frank’s rising star, as he would continue to record music, both solo and with Odd Future, such as the fan-favorite Tyler collab “She”. But things were about to get a lot bigger, and a lot more… orange.
spending each day of the year
If you’re vaguely familiar with Frank Ocean or Blonde, you’re probably aware of the memetic status of the long wait for the album. While there’s been far bigger gaps between releases and other similarly complained-about hiatuses (just look at the replies to literally anything Rihanna posts), people were unbelievably hyped for whatever Frank was doing next. Why? Well, channel ORANGE. Frank’s highly anticipated and overwhelmingly acclaimed debut album was released in mid-summer 2012, a week earlier than its announced date to avoid a possible leak. It was an album everyone deserved to experience together, a perfect summation of everything that Frank had done to that point. People fell in love with Frank’s abstract, idiosyncratic lyrics and song structures, the warm production, and a great list of collaborators from his Odd Future partners Tyler and Earl Sweatshirt to Pharrell, Andre 3000, and John Mayer. Frank had treaded new ground all through his career to this point, but he was about to jump forward in a whole different way.
Right before the release of channel ORANGE, Frank posted a letter, originally intended for the liner notes of the album, on his Tumblr. It discussed his falling in love with a man who continued to influence Frank, firmly establishing him as being one of the first and most prominent openly LGBTQ+ artists in the hip hop industry. He recieved widespread support for his announcement from the wider music community, with the notable exception of Chris Brown, who jumped Frank outside a studio in early 2013. Brown, who punched Frank in the face and whose entourage called him a faggot, would attend the Grammys weeks later and refuse to stand with the crowd when Frank won the award for Best Urban Contemporary Album. Why is this part relevant? It isn’t really, but fuck Chris Brown.
we’ll let you guys prophesy
As early as February 2013, Frank was talking about his follow-up to channel ORANGE. In an interview with BBC’s Zane Lowe, he said he was “10, 11” songs into his next album, and was working with Pharrell, Tyler, and Danger Mouse. 2 months later, he would cite the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Stevie Wonder (two of whom he would sample on the final album) as inspirations. In June, he would play several new songs at a rare live set in Munich, which included early versions of future Blonde cuts “Seigfried” and “Ivy”. This would be the last taste of anything new for a while, and the mystery of where Frank was and what he was working on increasingly grew as the years passed. In April 2014, he would post on Tumblr that the album was almost done, but seven more months would pass before anyone would be blessed with new Frank. Rather than an album announcement or new single, it was a lo-fi demo of a song that would not make the final album, “Memrise”. In January 2015, he would post a cover of the Isley Brothers’ “At Your Best (You Are Love)” as a tribute to Aaliyah, who had done a well-known cover of the song. 2015, however, would become infamous for something different.
The Post.
On April 6th, 2015, Frank posted on his Tumblr to finally announce the upcoming album alongside a curated magazine releasing in July. Through a misleading caption, the album would be regarded as Boys Don’t Cry up until the final release despite it being the name of the magazine. Hype would go into overdrive, and despite a lack of future announcements from Frank, fans would scavenge anything possible to find details. A picture of Frank on the set of a rumored music video leaked, and people would later find the song title “Nikes” in the director’s resume. This would later be (correctly) connected to a vague Chance the Rapper tweet from July, which he would actually post again closer to the final release. A mysterious empty playlist named states appeared on Frank’s SoundCloud in May, which caused a flurry of speculation for a while but ultimately led to absolutely nothing. Speaking of nothing, July 2015 would come and go, then August, then September, then 2015 itself. In late November, produceDJ A-Trak posted a tweet hinting at a mysterious upcoming song called “White Ferrari” releasing in several weeks. Frank fans jumped on it, with the evidence being: a) an old Tumblr post where you can see what looks like ‘rari’ written on a chalkboard next to Frank, and b) it’s the most Frank Ocean song title you can come up with. Again, this would turn out to be completely correct minus rumors that Playboi Carti was on the song.
2016 now. Frank would stay quiet for even longer, but fans would get a taste with a short feature on Kanye’s The Life of Pablo. Much of early 2016 was Frank occasionally emerging from the shadows, usually doing things that weren’t music like modeling for Calvin Klein. Finally, in July 2016, a self-deprecating post emerged on Frank’s website, acknowleding the many delays and announcing the album would be released in July. It wasn’t. As the final minutes of July ticked away and fans were losing all hope, suddenly, a mysterious livestream began on the website. It showed a black and white image of a warehouse. The New York Times reported the album and magazine would be out on August 5th. This was it. Or was it?
endless, timeless
People were so desperate for new Frank Ocean music that they watched him woodwork for weeks. Every so often, he would walk on camera and build… something. Clips of music would play, but they were often ambient loops or snippets of instrumentals. Well into the project, with the August 5th date having passed, there was a period of weeks with no new progress or appearances from Frank on the stream, leading impatient fans to search for the location of the warehouse. It would actually be found by Redditors as an event space in Brooklyn, but as the stream was pre-recorded, it wasn’t much help. Finally, on August 19th, Frank returned and finished the staircase, walking to the top and back down, completing the stream. Immediately after, a visual album called Endless dropped on Apple Music. Fans reacted with confusion and disappointment, believing that they had waited four years for something they could only play in one long sitting. However, there was a quick clarification that Endless was different from what people were still calling Boys Don’t Cry. The next morning, the “Nikes” video released on Apple Music, over a year after it was filmed. Things progressed incredibly quickly from there, as pop-up shops were announced for later that day, and it was discovered that copies of the long-teased magazine contained the even-longer-teased album. Fans wouldn’t have to wait for those to get online, however, as the album itself finally, FINALLY dropped on Apple Music at around 5:00 PM EST. That album is Blonde.
these bitches want nikes
It's pretty clear that Frank wanted "Nikes" to be everyone's introduction Blonde. It was released as a single/music video, the only one from the era, and it's also the first song on the album. "Nikes" is a bold choice for a lead single, a subversion of expectations for anyone coming in expecting a "Thinkin Bout You" or "Swim Good" type track. Over a melancholic, dark, almost ambient beat (and some of the only drums you'll hear on this album), Frank touches on a variety of topics, ranging from materialism to drugs to modern relationship dynamics to a shoutout to Trayvon Martin. Most notably, Frank's voice is pitched up for a majority of the song, almost building up the suspense on this long-awaited album for when the effect will drop. That moment comes almost exactly three minutes in, with Frank's natural voice coming through with the very self-aware line "we'll let you guys prophesy", which feels like a clear acknowledgement of the years of speculation leading to this moment. The final bridge of the album version (the alternate magazine version features a verse from Japanese rapper KOHH) is heartbreaking, describing a relationship where Frank's partner is making love with him despite them not being in love and the partner still not being over their previous relationship. Themes of relationship drama and love in the modern age permeate throughout the album, along with being regular songwriting topics of Frank's.
Of course, I can't discuss "Nikes" without talking about the video. Directed by Tyrone Lebon, a London based photographer and filmmaker, the music video features a barrage of different subjects, locations, and abstract imagery with occasional appearances from Frank and a cameo from A$AP Rocky. Lebon, himself an accomplished fashion photographer who has worked with Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, and, yes, Nike, creates these beautiful dreamlike scenes, some of which only appear for brief moments. There is a nude woman swimming in a glass tank of water, hazy scenes of people at a club party, a man on fire, the devil dancing, and at one point, a talking dog. Some shots in the video even reference other media, with the most obvious being this shot of a nude figure in a pile of money, which seems like an obvious analogue to the famous rose petal scene from American Beauty. However, more interesting to me is this shot, which references the infamous Heaven's Gate cult, who committed mass suicide in March 1997 in conjunction with the Hale-Bopp comet, which they believed would bring a spacecraft that would take their souls to another world. The cult members had covered their (TW: non-graphic photo of body) upper bodies with a shroud and worn identical pairs of Nike Decades, an image Frank and Lebon recreated for the video. Considering the songs critiques of materialism and wanting specific brands as a status symbol, you can definitely interpret the shot as a statement calling this type of behavior cult-like. The crushing weight of capitalism sends people in all sorts of weird directions in a search for deeper meaning, some find it in buying expensive shoes made by slave labor, some are exploited by the allure of cults like Heaven's Gate. Interestingly enough, the cult would find itself intertwined with the world of hip hop again two years later when Frank collaborator Lil Uzi Vert referenced them on the cover to his still-unreleased album Eternal Atake. Bizarrely, this lead to Uzi being threatened with legal action by the surviving members of a suicide cult.
we'll never be those kids again
I've touched on Frank's use of pitch-shifting on "Nikes", but it's far from limited to one song. As touched on in this amazing Left at London video, Frank has something of a reputation for playing with pitch alot in his music. On Blonde, the effect can be used to convey a variety of things, which differ based on which song you're listening to. To me, Frank's pitched up vocals on "Nikes" when mixed with the frustrations about materialism, status, and relationships in the lyrics convey a sense of alienation, his voice sounding almost inhuman. On "Ivy", Frank's voice is pitched up again, but noticeably less, with way more of his natural voice coming through. Considering the lyrics center around a long-dead relationship with an emphasis on how they were "kids", the pitch shift gives his voice more of a child-like tone. The dreamy production, with help from former Vampire Weekend membeproducer Rostam Batmanglij, creates a sense of wistful nostalgia mostly through reverb-heavy guitars and subdued synths. Even more pitch-shifting is used for the rap sections of "Nights" and "Futura Free", possibly conveying a sense of youthful arrogance in the latter, and for the chorus of "Self Control", sung by Austin Anderson, lead singer of underrated indie band Slow Hollows.
Quite possibly the only song on Blonde that wouldn't have sounded entirely out of place on channel ORANGE, "Pink + White" is also the album's most accessible track. Another longing love song with themes of mortality and nostalgia, it's still far from Top 40 radio, but the production from Pharrell Williams and a lush string arrangement from the legendary Jon Brion (who conducted my favorite film score, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as well as having worked with Kanye West, Fiona Apple, Sky Ferreria, Mac Miller, and others) gives the song extra punch. Of course, you can't talk about the song without mentioning Beyoncé, who drops by for an uncredited vocal performance, harmonizing behind Frank. As far as flexes go, getting Beyoncé on your album just for background vocals is definitely up there, but considering how Bey was one of Frank's first major co-signs, it makes a lot of sense. The final minute of the song, where Bey's harmonies, the piano and drum based beat, and the strings all swell, is purely beautiful.
be yourself
Rosie Watson, the mother of one of Frank's close friends, makes her second appearance on a Frank Ocean album on the first interlude, "Be Yourself". Watson was known for leaving passionate speeches of advice to her son over the phone, and one of them was used for the channel ORANGE interlude "Not Just Money". That speech was about money, and this one is about drugs. Watson tells her son not to fall into peer pressure, to not try to be someone else, and to not take drugs unless its under doctor's supervision lest he become a "weed-head" who is "sluggish, lazy, stupid, and unconcerned". While her fears of addictive weed are probably based in daytime news fearmongering, the message of individuality resonates. Frank is well known for doing his own thing, from going off on his own to be a musician to being with Odd Future to being one of the only openly LGBTQ+ figures in hip hop and R&B to literally being on his own by self-releasing Blonde. Frank has definitely been himself, and he's all the better for it. The interlude also features a reoccurring motif of the album, the ambient track "Running Around" by producemusician Buddy Ross, who has since worked with artists like Vampire Weekend and Bon Iver. "Be Yourself", along with later interludes "Facebook Story" and "Good Guy" and the outro of "Futura Free", feature "Running Around" underscoring various figures sharing monologues that define their ideology. Is there a particular reason for using this song specifically? Maybe, but personally I just think it's because its a really great, relaxing ambient piece.
The album goes right from being yourself to being alone, two sides of a coin. "Solo" covers the fallout of a relationship, leading to Frank smoking weed by himself in the midst of the dark, empty world. The chorus invokes almost apocalyptic imagery, speaking of "hell on Earth" and "cities on fire". Drugs have become Frank's only shelter from the grim world, but unlike what Rosie Watson thinks, he's not taking them to be someone else. He knows things have ended, but can only escape with his mind altered. The lonely atmosphere of the song and biblical imagery of the chorus are both supported by a single (solo) organ being most of the song's backing instrumentation. James Blake, who played the organ and produced the track, is no stranger to minimalist atmospheres, having created many of them on his solo (ay!) music.
Continuing the minimalism of the previous track, "Skyline To" is a dreamscape of a song. There's a hazy guitar, subtle synths and buried drums (provided by Tyler, the Creator) along with sounds of nature, creating a relaxing vibe. Much like a dream, Frank's lyrics are stream of consciousness, ranging from the passage of time to weed to sex. Piercing adlibs underscore many of Frank's lines, mostly saying "smoke", "haze", and "blur". These adlibs were, for some reason, originally thought to be Kendrick Lamar, but this was later debunked when physical copies of Blonde were released with the official credits.
keep a place for me
One of the album's absolute high points and one of the most heartbreaking songs of the decade, "Self Control" describes the slow death of a relationship. The first half is mostly underscored by minimal guitars provided by Austin Anderson and (Sandy) Alex G, with Anderson dropping in both pitched and unpitched. However, midway through the song, it goes to a whole different level. A wordless, distorted vocal wail brings in a gorgeous string section, and Frank's vocals for the outro are beautifully layered, creating a For Emma-esque multi-track choir, which plays out the song in a way that's both quiet and intimate and grand and epic. It's a painful, dramatic end to a relationship that was once happy, and Frank knows that it will be over that night.
"Good Guy" feels like it comes from the direct aftermath of the breakup in "Self Control". Frank goes on a blind date set up through one of his friends to a gay bar, but comes away not feeling much. His date texts "nothing like you look", and talks "so much more" than Frank does. Most of all, Frank realizes that his date only sees it as a fun night, while Frank, profound as always, is hoping for a deeper connection. It's a simple interlude, with the only instrument being a keyboard, but it creates a sense of such distinct loneliness and disillusionment in the face of heartbreak that it's up there with the album's best songs.
every night fucks every day up
After the album dropped, "Nights" became an instant fan favorite. It's not hard to see why, with its melancholy tone, synth-heavy instrumental, and personal lyrics recapping Frank's life in Houston after Hurricane Katrina hit his hometown of New Orleans as well as relationship drama. The song feels more straightforward than others on the album, but then around the three minute mark things start changing up. Distorted guitar riffs drown out the synths, and get louder and louder before a beeping noise transitions into a ambient trap beat as Frank's voice gets more pitched up for a final rap verse and layered for the last chorus. The beat switch on "Nights" is almost memetically acclaimed, with my favorite being Big Quint's reaction. It's the kind of musical choice that really elevates a song, leading to its current reputation of being the favorite song of every depressed vibe guy who makes slowed + reverb versions of Frank, Tyler, and Lorde songs.
Before Blonde dropped, there was much speculation as to who would end up appearing on the album as a feature. Kanye West was floated often of course, along with Chance the Rapper (due to the "Nikes" tweet), Playboi Carti, Bon Iver, and others. However, once the album actually came out there wasn't much of anything you could call a feature. Beyoncé singing backing vocals on a song, Kim Burrell on another, some voices on interludes, Not!Kendrick Lamar on adlibs. However, the one clear actual feature on the album was one nobody could be disappointed by. On "Solo (Reprise)", the absolute legend Andre 3000 comes out of his cave long enough to drop an absolutely fire verse over mostly just piano and occasional off-kilter, experimental drums. It's not a long track, coming in barely over a minute and not featuring Frank himself, but Andre's dense lyrics about everything from police brutality to ghostwritten bars (something that many people took as a shot at Drake despite it being recorded before Drake's ghostwriting scandal broke) create an instantly memorable, fleeting experience that transitions into the next section of the album.
don't have much longer baby
While there are several songs on Blonde that show Frank going more "out there" than ever before, maybe the best example is "Pretty Sweet". Channeling the orchestral swells on The Beatles' "A Day in the Life", the song begins with an overwhelming, chaotic string section blasting. Frank is audible, but being drowned out by the noise around him, which gets louder and louder before dropping completely. The second section of the song has some reverb-heavy, layered vocals from Frank over neo-psychedelia/dream pop-esque guitars. Suddenly, for the final minute, a drum-and-bass beat drops, which Frank wordlessly harmonizes before giving way to a children's choir, who sing a short outro which name-drops the song's title. The lyrics to the song are abstract and vague, singing about parents, religion, fake friends, and mortality. According to Genius, "sweet" is a term from the south (where Frank grew up) meaning to call someone gay. It's an interesting read, and I honestly don't think you can fully exclude any interpretation of Frank's work.
Easily the most memed track when Blonde came out was "Facebook Story". The song isn't inherently funny, but it appears in the middle of a fairly dramatic stretch on the album and features a man with a thick accent talk about fighting with his girlfriend over Facebook. In the immediate panic of the album's release, the speaker was often incorrectly identified as Swedish cloud rapper Yung Lean (who was also incorrectly identified as a vocalist on "Self Control" and is officially listed as having vocals on "Godspeed"), but it's actually French house musician SebastiAn, who had worked with Frank on Endless. SebastiAn tells a story about having an argument with his then-girlfriend where she insists that he accept her on Facebook (or "Fazebuk" as he pronounces it). When SebastiAn refuses because she's in front of him and its unnecessary, she accuses him of cheating on her and breaks up with him. The interlude follows the pattern of the previous interludes, telling a wider story on modern culture. Rosie Watson tells her son to be himself and to not be someone he isn't, something that resonates heavy in our hypercapitalist modern culture, which emphasizes buying expensive status items and creating a Personal Brand to sell yourself. "Good Guy" takes things to modern relationships, which in Frank's view lead to more people just trying to find some fun for the night rather than deeper meaning. On "Facebook Story", a relationship is severed over not being "friends" on a social media app when you're in the same room. Much of modern culture is defined by our status symbols, and among them is the idea that a relationship isn't official until it hits social media.
Finishing a four-song run of shorter tracks in the album's second half ("Pretty Sweet" is the longest of these at 2 and a half minutes) is "Close to You". Frank, who had listed Stevie Wonder as an influence on his new music all the way back in 2013, now reworks a Stevie cover of the Burt Bacharach and Hal David song "Close to You". It's not an exact word-for-word cover, but the inspiration is clear and a short piece of Stevie's talkbox-filtered voice appears at the end. Frank's verse, delivered through a vocoder effect provided by indie pop musician Francis and the Lights, is about the aftermath of a rough breakup, fitting with the previous interlude. Religious imagery comes up again, with Frank saying he's "preaching to this choir, to this atheist" when it comes to talking to his ex. He's not devastated by their breakup (touching back to the dichotomy of the relationship on "Nikes" and "Self Control") but he's lonely ("Solo") and worried about getting older. It's become ingrained in us that our twenties are the time where we become an adult, find a partner, and settle down, which leads to people feeling pressured to stick with people they might not have otherwise. Nobody wants to die alone and unloved, and it's a genuine feeling of anxiety for many that once they hit 30, they're basically a senior. Things in Frank's relationship may have ended badly, and he misses them deeply, but he still has memories that the two of them shared, and nobody can take those memories away.
your dilated eyes watch the clouds float
You might remember the "White Ferrari" tweet I mentioned from DJ A-Trak, where he said the song would be heard in a matter of weeks and it would be the best thing we heard that year. While it was more like months, the second part is 100% true. "White Ferrari" is my favorite song on Blonde and one of my favorites of all time.
"White Ferrari" is the sound of driving into the early hours of the morning, letting your partner rest their head on your shoulder as you look up at the stars. It's an epic story of a relationship from his teen years, special, valuable, and pure (like a "white Ferrari"), a nod to the fleeting moments we have in this world and who we spend those moments with. The song is sonically intimate, mostly backed with ambient-esque synths and quiet acoustic guitars. There's a really cinematic quality to the instrumental to me, feeling like the soundtrack to a great indie film, and the presence of Jon Brion on the song hammers that home. Frank goes for it vocally on the track too, starting in his lower register, adding some beautiful vocal layering in the middle to create an amazing harmony effect, and ending in a quiet falsetto that could be mistaken for Justin Vernon (and it has). The final verse in particular is wonderfully abstract, with a series of wistful metaphors for wishing things had just been different. We wonders why couldn't they be older ("I'm sure we're taller in another dimension"), which feels like a poetic take on the sentiment from the Beach Boys' "Wouldn't It Be Nice". He just wishes they could go wherever they wanna go, go back to the basics and beginning of their relationship, when they were "primal and naked", a line that can be interpreted as invoking early human imagery or the passion that comes from the start of a sexual relationship. He just wants them to be go beyond their imagined walls, go to where the boundaries are limitless ("You dream of walls that hold us in prison / It's just a skull, least that's what they call it / And we're free to roam"). However, like in many songs throughout the album, there's a sense of depressing reality setting in. They spent so much time together, thought what they happened was special, one of a kind, and profound. However, things didn't work out like that, and now Frank is alone and trying to figure things out. It's a beautiful song, and interpolating The Beatles' "Here, There, and Everywhere" on the line "Spending each day of the year" definitely helps. In another interesting note, the release of the full credits for the album revealed that Kanye West co-wrote "White Ferrari". Kanye's exact contributions to the song aren't known, but I'm grateful for anyone who took part on creating this perfect song.
"Seigfried" might be the most abstract and poetic breakup song ever recorded. Frank, in typical Frank fashion, takes a song about the end of relationship and brings it to deep existential ideas, mortality, and religion. Frank is frustrated by the end of a relationship, and considers that he should give up and just try for the idealized nuclear family, living in the suburbs behind a white picket fence with a few kids. But he rejects that, and it leads him down a darker path, one of life, death, God, and humanity itself. Frank isn't normal, he isn't superficial and based in status symbols, he wants something deeper and more profound. He wishes he could see God in a way that someone else could, even just a glimpse of belief, but is disillusioned by religion, something that was heavily touched on in the channel ORANGE song "Bad Religion". Frank wants to be able to believe, but he can't help but think about the fragility of human existence. A solar flare could turn our society upside down or end it entirely in a moment, which makes searches for deeper meaning seem pointless. This throws back to the invoking of the Heaven's Gate imagery from the "Nikes" video. People search for deeper meaning or satisfaction out of life in all kinds of varying ways. In Frank's eyes, he'd rather enjoy himself with film photography and psychedelic drugs. In the end, however, things circle back to what matters in the moment, the death of a relationship. He'd do anything for his ex, anything to bring them back. The psychedelic, dream-poppy production of the song is absolutely gorgeous, layering filtered guitars and keys with a dramatic string arrangement from Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, underscoring the deep existentialism of the song.
Because it's her favorite song on the album, I reached out to the amazing GoWestYoungKanye for a word on "Seigfried", and this is what she sent:
"‘Seigfried’ is my favourite song off all time — well, it’s tied for first with Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’, at least. For three years, I listened to it every single night before I slept, at least once, finding it more and more spell-binding and resonant and splendid with each listen. (I’m an insomniac, things that put me to sleep are rare, and I tend to give ‘it put me to sleep’ as a compliment.)
For me, at least, ‘Seigfried’ is the rawest song on an album that drips blood; there is something so infinite and agonising about the way Frank sings ‘two kids and a swimming pool’, and calls out ‘brave!’, echoing himself uncertainly. Most people are familiar with the beat switch at the album’s midpoint, and have rightfully lauded it, but the second the strings come in under Frank as he croons ‘I’m livin’ over city / And taking in the homeless sometimes’, acting as the track’s pulse, a quickened heart rate, is easily one of the best few seconds on the album, even if the bassline is only temporary. It wounds me, and it heals me, in the same way ‘Feeling Good’ does.
Ultimately, I think the beauty of ‘Seigfried’ is in its honesty: an attempt at subversion fails; Frank is not brave; he’s a fool. He attempts to slot the minutiae of love (his lover’s freckles and his own crooked teeth [among other flaws]) into the hetero-nuclear ideal (two kids and a suburban house with a swimming pool) but comes up empty — as I listen, I find myself thinking of the word ‘emptiness’ constantly, and the track echoes in the empty space accordingly. Sometimes, it's good to be alone."
Thank you Kiki ❤️
"Godspeed" connects things back to the theme of religion. James Blake, who created a religious atmosphere on "Solo", is back in a more ambient take on gospel sounds. There's a prominent organ with some quiet electric pianos, digital strings, and an outro from gospel singer Kim Burrell. The first verse includes a direct Bible reference, tying into a Psalms 23 quote about always preparing a table in the presence of your enemies. Despite how Frank's relationship with his partner ended, he would still be there for them no matter what, and would offer them a place in his home. He wishes his ex godspeed on wherever they go in their future life, wanting them to live safely and happily even when they aren't together anymore. Frank's moving on, and with the knowledge that the relationship is over, still giving his best to his former partner.
how far is a light year?
This brings us to the final song on Blonde. While "Futura Free" is nine minutes long, it's split into a song and an extended outro interlude. Bringing things full circle by pitching his voice up for a majority of the song, Frank raps about his life, his upbringing, his fame, and the uncertainty of life. He references 2Pac and Selena, two stars who died young. He's living the life he wants to live, but not taking it for granted. He's grateful for all the success he's had, but still nostalgic for his life before the fame. It's stream of conscious, but Frank can make that sound profound. The production is kind of celebratory, but also kind of melancholic, capturing the uncertain feeling of the song perfectly. As one final way of tying everything together, at the near five minute mark, the song proper ends, and after a long silence, the interlude begins. Called "Interviews", it features a series of questions asked to Frank's brother Ryan, rappeproducedesigner Sage Elsesser (also known as Navy Blue), and others by skater and designer Mikey Alfred. It's a nostalgic piece, allowing the guys to goof around and answer questions about superpowers and secret talents. The final line of the album, spoken by Alfred, is "How far is a light year?". In the moment, it was innocuous, but as a way to play out Blonde, it takes on a deep, profound meaning. Frank has taken us on a journey, and that journey has ended for now, but there's so much more to go.
please run that back though
Blonde is one of the only albums I'd consider legitimately perfect. It's creative and unique, an album that people have since tried to recreate but not been able to. It's intimate, lush, and ambient, but also experimental and incredibly out there. The lyrics are heartbreaking and personal, but also existential and profound. There's a dichotomy to it, one that ties perfectly back to Frank's "two versions" he mentioned in the Post. Frank has seemed comfortable with taking his time on the next album, and considering how worth it Blonde was given the long wait, I have complete faith in him coming back and dropping another great album in the 2020s. No matter how long it takes. Thank you for reading.
discussion questions
  1. Where would you like to see Frank go on his next album? His future music has been previously described as "space reggae" and taking inspiration from “nightlife, Detroit, techno, house”.
  2. There are many ways to interpret the overarching concept of Blonde. If you can sum up what the album means in 10 words or less, how would you?
  3. Frank announced a release date for Blonde, missed it, and then went a full year before another update. Are artists entitled to keep fans updated of delays?
  4. Frank made headlines on Blonde by releasing it independently aside from an initial exclusivity deal with Apple Music. Could you see this being the dominating future strategy, or do the labels have too much power for it to ever really work?
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2020.01.05 13:19 legerdress HERVE LEGER CREATOR

Herve L. Leroux, Who Created The Figure-Hugging Herve Leger Dresses Once Beloved By Celebrities And The Jet Set, And Who Became a Fashion Cautionary Tale After He Lost The Rights To The Name Leger, Died On Wednesday In Paris. He Was 60.
Internationally Known Thanks To The Success Of His First Label, Herve Leger, Mr. Leroux (The Name He Assumed After Losing The Rights To Leger) Helped Create One Of The Defining Styles Of The 1990s In The Form Of The Bandage Dress. It Was Formed From Dozens Of Elasticated Bandage Dresses Style Strips Of Knitted Cloth, Creating a Body-Sculpting, Skintight Silhouette.

At The Peak Of His Popularity, Mr. Leger’s Designs Were Worn By Stars And Celebrities Like Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Victoria Beckham And Melania Trump.
On Her Blog, Ms. Kardashian Wrote Of The Bandage Dress In 2016: “I Would Literally Save Up All My Paychecks And Go And Wait, And Stalk The Girls That Worked At Herve And Just Get All The New Colors.”
Mr. Leroux Was Born Herve Peugnet On May 30, 1957, In Bapaume, In Northern France. He Studied Sculpture And Art History At The ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux-Arts In Paris Before Dropping Out To Become a Hairstylist And Milliner.
In 1981 He Met Karl Lagerfeld, Who Encouraged Him To Pursue Fashion Design. He Changed His Surname For The First Time After Mr. Lagerfeld Advised Him That Peugnet Would Be Too Difficult For Americans, The Target Market, To Pronounce. He Suggested Leger, Liking The Allusion To Lightness, For Which The French Word Is Legerete.
Mr. Leroux, Now Working Under The Name Leger, Worked Alongside Mr. Lagerfeld At Fendi And Later At Chanel And Freelanced At Lanvin And Diane Von Furstenberg Before Introducing His Own Boutique, Herve Leger, In 1984. A Fashion Line With The New Name Soon Followed, And Then Came The Inception Of The Bandage Dress.
“The Story Of The Dress Is a Very Simple One,” Mr. Leroux Said. “Before I Started Making Clothes, I Was a Hairdresser, Then a Hat Maker. One Day In a Factory I Found Some Bands That Were Headed For The Garbage. They Gave Me The Idea Of Taking Those Bands And Putting Them Next To One Another As One Does Making a Hat.”

Coinciding With The Ascendance Of Azzedine Alaïa, The So-Called King Of Cling, Mr. Leroux’s Bandage Dress Received Considerable Acclaim. It Was Designed To Encase a Figure And Enhance It In The Most Flattering Of Ways. While Sales Never Reached Blockbuster Levels, The Dress’s Aesthetic Impact Would Be Seen In The Work Of Rivals On Runways And On The Clothes Racks Of Mass-Market Retailers.
“Mr. Leger Proved Why Paris Is The Center Of Fashion Creativity,” Carrie Donovan Wrote In The New York Times Magazine After a Show In 1991, Using The Surname He Went By At The Time. “His Collection Was Original, Well Thought Out, Knowledgeably Executed And About As Incendiary As Style Can Be These Days.”
His Designs Also Proved Alluring To Investors Keen To Expand The Company Across Product Lines And Geographical Borders. In 1998, Mr. Leroux’s Business Was Acquired By The Los Angeles-Based Group Bcbg Max Azria. It Was The First Time An American Company Had Acquired a French Designer-Couturier.
But He Quickly Fell Out With The New Owners, And In 1999 He Lost Control Of The Leger Name, Which Was Retained By Mr. Azria, Who Called The New Collection “Herve Leger By Max Azria.”
In 2000, Mr. Leger Founded His Own Independently Financed Fashion House, Herve L. Leroux, Adopting a New Surname That Had Again Been Suggested By His Old Friend And Mentor Mr. Lagerfeld.
As Mr. Leroux Recalled In An Interview With Style.Com In 2006, “He Told Me, ‘Call Yourself Leroux Because Your Hair Is Red — Not As Red As It Was, Because You Are Older — But, Anyway, It Works, And Everyone Will Know Who You Are.’”
In The Last Chapter Of His Career, Mr. Leroux’s Clientele Remained Loyal To His Feminine Jersey Dresses And His Chic Approach To Contemporary Cocktail Attire. As Creative Director Of The Paris House Guy Laroche From 2004 To 2006, He Dressed Hilary Swank For The 2005 Academy Awards Ceremony In a Memorable Backless Midnight-Blue Jersey Gown, Which Was Seen By Millions Of Television Viewers When She Strode To The Stage To Accept The Best Actress Award For Her Performance In The Movie “Million Dollar Baby.”

Mr. Leroux Showed a New Collection In 2013 As a Guest On The Paris Couture Calendar After a 12-Year Hiatus From The Catwalk. But He Never Again Achieved The Recognition Or Fame He Found Under His Previous Name, Underscoring The Creative And Commercial Struggles That Can Ensue When a Designer’s Name Is No Longer The Designer’s.
He Is Survived By His Sister, Jocelyne, Who Was a Partner In The Leroux Business.
After The News Of His Death Broke, Many Of Those Who Loved His Designs Shared Tributes On Instagram.
The Entertainer Dita Von Teese Wrote: “We’Ve Lost One Of The Fashion Greats. I Loved Herve For His Wit, His Candor, His Sublime Elegance And Of Course, His Talent, Which Came From Authentic Obsession, With No Care For The Commerciality Of Fashion.”
And Cindy Crawford, Posting a Picture Of Herself Standing Next To Mr. Leroux In One Of His Scarlet Red Creations, Wrote, “Remembering The Man Who Created The Herve Leger Gown, Which Held You In All The Right Places.”
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2018.06.01 19:00 autobuzzfeedbot 12 Amazing Celebrity Product Launches And Brand Collabs You Need To See ASAP

  1. Khloe Kardashian's Good American line isn't new, but there's a plethora of new items just in time for the warm weather, including bodysuits and denim shorts — you're gonna wanna buy EVERYTHING!
  2. DNCE has a partnership with K-Swiss with four awesome pairs of shoes, each design matching their personalities, that'll be perfect for when you're having a jam sesh to their really fucking fun music.
  3. Rihanna is infiltrating her fabulous self into our bras, undies, and lingerie, and I think I can speak for all of us when I say, we don't mind. Her new Savage X Fenty line features a wide array of size-inclusive pieces to make ya feel like your sexy self.
  4. Reese Witherspoon's Crate and Barrel x Draper James collab features fun designs we've come to know and love from Draper James, with items that are anxiously awaiting an invitation to all of your outdoor summer barbecues.
  5. Karlie Kloss' incredible Kode With Klossy brand is partnering with Away to bring the traveler who's constantly keeping connected, some smart, smart luggage pieces.
  6. Katy Perry's brand Katy Perry Collections is constantly coming out with shoes inspired by Katy's unique style, but these scented jelly sandals take the prize for their originality. Why walk to cocktails when you can walk on cocktails?!
  7. Demi Lovato's pre-existing collab with athletic wear line, Fabletics, is a whole lot better thanks to a bunch of new, affordable releases that might actually convince you to do some sort of physical activity for, like, a half hour.
  8. Miley Cyrus has a unique and glamorously glitzy collection with Converse, and it takes everything you know and love about Converse to a whole new, incredibly dazzling level.
  9. Jennifer Lopez and beauty brand Inglot are bringing all you queens a variety of cosmetics to create your own stunning looks, or to emulate Jenny from the block's iconic style.
  10. Kim Kardashian and LuMee are bringing those of us who cannot stop keeping up, Kimoji phone cases. So, if your phone is already your oxygen, these cases are bound to be like your blood.
  11. Taylor Swift's collab with Direct TV Now is better than ever thanks to their latest commercial featuring the Reputation queen riding through a magical forest on a caticorn — a mix of a unicorn and her real life pet cat, Olivia.
  12. Michelle and Barack Obama have a newly signed deal with Netflix to produce films and series including documentaries, docu-series, scripted and unscripted series, and other features. Now all I know is that my binge-watching habits will become a full-time lifestyle.
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2017.06.19 21:08 feedreddit Crazy in Love: A Comprehensive Timeline of Jay Z and Beyoncé’s Relationship

Crazy in Love: A Comprehensive Timeline of Jay Z and Beyoncé’s Relationship
by Cady Lang via TIME
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Beyoncé and Jay Z’s relationship is the stuff of pop culture legend. Over the course of almost two decades, the ultimate power couple has done everything from collaborate on music to tour together. And while their relationship hasn’t always been drama-free, there’s no doubt that Jay and Bey are committed. In honor of the birth of their twins, here’s a comprehensive primer on Beyoncé and Jay Z’s relationship.
1997 – 2000: Sometime during this three-year period, Jay Z and Beyoncé meet for the first time. Exactly when depends on the interview. In a 2007 interview with Charlie Rose, Jay Z said he met Beyoncé “10 years ago,” which would place their first meeting around 1997. However, in a 2008 interview with Seventeen, Beyoncé says that she first met the rap mogul when she was 18 (around 1999 or 2000) and that they began dating when she was 19.
November 2001: The pair appear on the cover of _Vanity Fair_‘s music issue alongside David Bowie, Gwen Stefani and others. According to an interview with _Vanity Fair_in 2013, Jay Z says that during this shoot, they were “just beginning to try to date each other,” and that at the time, he was still trying to “wine and dine” her.
October 2002: In her first post-Destiny’s Child work, Beyoncé is featured on Jay Z’s 2002 track “’03 Bonnie & Clyde;” she also appears as the ride-or-die Bonnie to Jay Z’s Clyde in the accompanying video. Jay Z’s use of the term “girlfriend” only heightened the romantic narrative of the song, sending tongues wagging about a potential romance between Beyoncé and Jay Z.
In a 2016 interview with BET, Roc-A-Fella founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke said that this song signaled to him and Damon Dash that Jay Z was really in love with Beyoncé.
“There was a time in Paris when they sent us ‘Bonnie & Clyde,’” he said. “When we heard that song, Dame looked at me and said ‘Yo, he’s in love.’ So if y’all know Jay, a lot of times everything comes out in music. When he does interviews he’s a little more reluctant to speak about certain things. But it always comes out in his albums; so at that time when ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ came out we knew he was in love with Beyoncé.”
November 2002: Although Bey and Jay are keeping mum about a relationship, they show up in matching denim ensembles (and Bey rocks Jay’s signature Yankees cap, natch) to promote “’03 Bonnie & Clyde” on MTV’s _Total Request Live._During this appearance, Beyoncé also says that they “met a long time ago.”
February 2003: Jay Z and Beyoncé are photographed together at the NBA All-Star Game Weekend, one of a number of outings that year.
April 2003: Lest anyone get the wrong idea about their chummy relationship, however, Jay Z sets the record straight in an interview with Playboy: “We’re just cool. We’re just friends.”
May 2003: Beyoncé releases “Crazy in Love,” as the lead single off her first solo album, _Dangerously in Love._Jay Z contributes a rap verse and features prominently as her love interest in the accompanying music video. Needless to say, their respective fans and most of the world assume that the two are more than just friends.
June 2003: _Dangerously in Love_officially drops. The album features another duet with Jay Z, “That’s How You Like It,” and perhaps more interesting, a reference to her love for a Sagittarius on the song “Signs” with Missy Elliott; Jay Z, born on Dec. 4, is a Sagittarius.
August 2003: The dynamic duo perform “Crazy in Love” at the MTV Video Music Awards.
November 2003: Jay Z releases The Black Album; on his song “Public Service Announcement,” he makes the declaration that he’s got the “hottest chick in the game wearing my chain,” which is widely believed to be about Beyoncé.
Later that month, Jay holds a “retirement” concert at Madison Square Garden where he and Beyoncé perform “Crazy in Love” together.
December 2003: In an interview with The Guardian, Jay Z is referred to as Beyoncé’s boyfriend.
August 2004: Bey and Jay make their first red carpet appearance at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards together in some very memorable matching ensembles.
Frank Micelotta—Getty Images2005: Rumors that Jay Z is having a relationship with then up-and-coming singer Rihanna surface. The author of an unauthorized Beyoncé biography, J. Randy Taraborrelli, told _Entertainment Tonight_in a 2015 interview that the unsubstantiated affair was fabricated for the tabloids to “boost Rihanna’s career.” Bey’s father and manager Matthew Knowles does not address the rumors until the following year in a lengthy press release that it’s a “consistent plan by some to create chaos around Beyoncé’s _B’Day_release.”
January 2006: Trouble rumors swap out for rumors of wedding bells after an interview with Cosmopolitan when Beyoncé hints at a possible wedding.
“Right now, the tabloids are saying I’m pregnant, and they’re naming the baby,” she said. “It’s hilarious. I don’t know when I’ll want to get married. I never pictured myself as a bride, but after my sister’s wedding, I did start thinking about what kind of wedding I’d want. I don’t think I want a big one.”
September 2006: Beyoncé releases her second album _B’Day,_which includes two duet tracks with Jay Z: “Dèjá Vu” and “Upgrade U.”
In the “Upgrade U” video, Beyoncé dresses up like Jay Z and lip syncs some of his rap verse.
Matthew Knowles releases a statement denying several rumors including the ones about Rihanna, suggesting they are an attempt to sabotage the album’s success following the release of B’Day. The album prominently featured a number of joyful love songs, but “Ring the Alarm” and “Resentment” get the rumor mill going as some fans speculated the lyrics to “Resentment” in particular could have been inspired by an affair.
November 2006: Jay Z releases the album Kingdom Come, which includes the song “Lost One.” The song’s introspective lyrics read “I don’t think it’s meant to be, B/But she loves her work more than she does me/And honestly, at 23/I would probably love my work more than I did she.”
Later, in 2010, Jay Z addresses the lyrics in his book, _Decoded:_“These lines are about trying to have a real, serious relationship with another ambitious professional. In a lot of ways, this is the flip side of the songs in my catalog like ‘Big Pimpin’, where women exist almost completely as predators or objects. This is about how difficult it is to respect a lover as an autonomous human being, with separate needs and goals and timelines than yours. It’s one of the hardest things about a real relationship of equals. But it’s worth it.”
The album also features “Hollywood,” a collaboration with Beyoncé.
April 2008: Beyoncé and Jay Z tie the knot in a top-secret ceremony at Jay Z’s penthouse apartment in NYC on April 4, 2008. The date is an homage to the significance of the number 4 in the couple’s life; both Bey and Jay are born on the 4th (Beyoncé’s birthday is Sept. 4 while Jay’s is Dec. 4.) In lieu of wedding rings, Jay and Bey get the Roman numeral “IV” tattooed on their fourth/ring fingers.
While the couple kept the wedding under wraps, without releasing photos or video, wedding footage makes its way into the “On the Run” tour visuals and on Beyoncé’s 2016 visual album Lemonade. It’s an uber-private ceremony — in a 2009 interview with Oprah, Jay Z says it was a small affair.
9 years already??? Congratulations to the Carters❤❤on their Anniversary 💐 ( thats my arm fixing the dress lol) Thats my minister Rudy Rasmus who married Solange, Beyonce and me❤
A post shared by Tina Knowles (@mstinalawson) on Apr 4, 2017 at 7:11am PDT
October 2008: Beyoncé offers a rare glimpse of what her relationship with Jay Z is really like during an interview with _Essence:_“We decide everything. My word is my word. What Jay and I have is real. It’s not about interviews or getting the right photo op. It’s real.” She also shares that she didn’t want an engagement ring because “people put too much emphasis on that. It’s just material and it’s just silly to me.”
During this month, Beyoncé also released “Single Ladies” and “If I Were a Boy” as the first singles off her third studio album I Am…Sasha Fierce. Producer Christopher “Tricky” Stewart commented in a 2014 interview with _Texas Music Magazine_that at the time, the song was “the only public statement [Beyoncé and Jay-Z] ever made about marriage.”
January 2009: Jay Z and Beyoncé solidify their status as a power couple by joining forces with President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama. The Carter-Knowles were vocal supporters of Obama during the 2008 presidential election and made high-profile appearances at both the Inauguration and an inaugural ball. Beyoncé performed “America the Beautiful” at the Obama Inaugural Concert and “At Last” for the first dance at the Neighborhood Ball.
April 2010: While Beyoncé is taking a break from her music that many believe is due to pregnancy, she makes a surprise appearance at Jay Z’s Coachella set that year to help him sing “Forever Young.”
October 2010: Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles, tells _Access Hollywood_that there’s no truth to the talk of pregnancy. “No, it’s not true right now,” she said. “It’s gonna happen when it’s time, but not right now.”
May 2011: In a blog post on his website Life + Times, Jay Z posts a video that he took of Beyoncé rehearsing for an American Idol_performance, captioning it “Sometimes you need perspective. You’ve been right in front of greatness so often that you need to step back and see it again for the first time. This is the dressing room rehearsal for _American Idol. NO MICROPHONE. No effects.”
June 2011: Beyoncé releases her fourth studio album, appropriately titled 4, after the couple’s favorite number. This is her first studio album that doesn’t feature Jay Z on any of the songs. Of the many love songs on the album, “Countdown” leads fans to theorize about a future pregnancy.
August 2011: Jay Z and Kanye West release joint album Watch the Throne; Beyoncé appears on the track “Lift Off.” Later that month before performing at the MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé announces her pregnancy by asking the audience to “feel the love that’s growing inside of me.”
At the end of her performance, she unbuttons her sequined tuxedo jacket to reveal her growing baby bump — much to the unbridled delight of the audience, Kanye West and pretty much the entire world. The announcement even sets a Guinness World Record for the most tweets per second recorded for a single event at the overwhelming rate of 8,868 tweets per second.
January 2012: Beyoncé gives birth to Blue Ivy Carter on Jan. 7, 2012 in New York City. The couple releases an official joint statement about the heir to the Knowles-Carter legacy: “Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful – we are in heaven. She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs. It was the best experience of both of our lives. We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.” Many see Blue’s middle name Ivy as a homonym for the Roman numeral IV, pointing to the Knowles-Carters’ affinity for the number.
About a week later, Jay Z posts the Neptunes-produced song “Glory” on his website, which commemorates the birth of Blue Ivy, most notably by including a clip of her cries at the conclusion of the song and giving her a credit on the song as B.I.C. (Blue Ivy is the youngest person to ever appear on a Billboard chart.)
The song is uncharacteristically revealing about the long-awaited joy Blue Ivy has brought them with lyrics like “False alarms and false starts/All made better by the sound of your heart/All the pain of the last time” and “My most greatest creation was you.” Jay also has some touching homages to Bey in the song, including a reference to her past life as a member of Destiny’s Child: “You’re a child of destiny/You’re a child of my destiny/You’re my child with the child from Destiny’s Child/That’s a hell of a recipe.”
February 2012: The Knowles-Carters post the first pictures of Blue Ivy on her own, now-defunct Tumblr. The Internet, predictably, loses it.
May 2012: Jay Z makes a rare display of public affection on Twitter about his wife.
"I'm gonna say this and then I'm gonna end mine." BEYONCE is the best performer in the world. Period.
— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) May 26, 2012
August 2012: The Carter-Knowles surpass Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen as _Forbes’_highest-paid celebrity couple at an estimated combined $78 million.
January 2013: Beyoncé sings the national anthem at Obama’s second inauguration.
That same month, Ora takes to Twitter to vehemently deny the rumor she’s having an affair with her then-Roc Nation mentor Jay Z.
February 2013: Beyoncé releases her HBO documentary Life Is But a Dream, which features footage of intimate and romantic moments.
Beyoncé also denies rumors that she wasn’t actually pregnant with Blue Ivy.
An especially poignant part of the film shows the pair singing Coldplay’s “Yellow” together. Later in 2015, Jay Z will select this song as his pick for her birthday playlist, citing that “This song reminds me of you and I on vacation. ‘Look at the stars, look how they shine for you.’ So many legendary nights. It represents vulnerability; it’s us in our own world, away from work and totally lost in love. ‘For you, I’ll bleed myself dry.'”
This month, Beyoncé also reveals to Oprah that she suffered a miscarriage before Blue Ivy; she also sheds light on how her marriage helped shape her self-concept. “I would not be the woman I am if I did not go home to that man,” Beyoncé said. “It gives me such a foundation.”
April 2013: The couple celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary in Cuba with their respective mothers. While the trip was drew criticism for possibly violating U.S. sanction laws, it was later officially cleared by the Department of the Treasury.
Beyoncé embarks on her Mrs. Carter World Tour; while on tour, Jay Z makes romantic surprise appearances like this one.
July 2013: Jay Z releases his album Magna Carta Holy Grail; Beyoncé appears on the track “Part II (On the Run),” a sequel of sorts to “’03 Bonnie & Clyde.” Out of countless lyrics about matters of the heart, “Holy Grail” has a verse that references infidelity, which leads some listeners to jump to conclusions: “Keep cheating on me /What I do / I took her back / Fool me twice / That’s my bad / I can’t even blame her for that.”
December 2013: Beyoncé drops her surprise self-titled visual album, _Beyoncé._The album features Jay Z on the sexy track “Drunk in Love,” which introduces the word “surfbort” into the pop culture canon. Jay Z — or representations of him — appears multiple times in the visual components, including Jay watching Beyoncé perform at the Crazy Horse in Paris in “Partition” and dancing with her on the beach for “Drunk in Love.”
The album is lauded for Beyoncé’s strong embrace of being an empowered woman, from “Blow” to “***Flawless,” which sampled Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The theme of betrayal that Bey’s addressed in the past pops up again, especially on the tracks “Mine” and “Jealous.” On “Mine,” lyrics talk about “having conversations about breakups and separations/I’m not feeling like myself since the baby/Are we gonna even make it? Oooh/’Cause if we are, we’re taking this a little too far” while on “Jealous,” she notes “I never broke one promise, and I know when you’re not honest.”
January 2014: Beyoncé and Jay Z give a much-praised performance of “Drunk in Love” at the Grammys; while Jay Z was criticized for his references to Ike and Tina Turner in his verse on the song, Beyoncé co-signs the lyric by singing the line with him during the live performance, a move that some pointed to as Bey standing by her man.
Later that night, when Jay Z wins a Grammy for _Magna Carta Holy Grail,_Hov pays homage to Queen Bey in his acceptance speech. “I want to thank God, I mean, a little for this award, but mostly for that and all the universes for conspiring and putting that beautiful light of a young woman in my life.” He also calls his Grammy a “sippy cup” for Blue Ivy.
April 2014: Jay and Bey announce their first ever joint tour called the “On the Run” tour, which includes a very excellent short film of a trailer.
Ora again dispels rumors that she and Jay Z are involved in anything besides a working relationship during an interview on Power 105.1, telling the interviewer, “Don’t you dare disrespect Beyoncé like that ever again in your entire life,” she said. “You should know better than that. That’s just straight-up disrespect.”
May 2014: The news of the tour is soon overshadowed after video footage is leaked of Beyoncé’s sister Solange physically attacking her brother-in-law in an elevator at the Standard Hotel in New York City, following a Met Gala after party. Beyoncé stood by without interfering during the incident.
The buzz about the footage was enough to prompt the family to make a statement to AP, saying that while there has been “a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident…the most important thing is that our family has worked through it. Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred.” The statement stated that Jay and Solange also apologized to each other and that “we have moved forward as a united family.”
Some speculated that the elevator episode was prompted by an interaction with Rachel Roy at the after-party. The fashion designer is the ex-wife of Jay’s ex-business partner Damon Dash. A former intern at Jay and Dash’s fashion label Rocawear, she eventually rose in the ranks until she was named the creative director of womenswear at the label.
The day after the elevator incident, Beyoncé posts a photo of herself on Instagram wearing a shirt with Aaliyah’s face on it. Some see this action as a slight toward Roy, since Dash had dated the late singer until her untimely death; When Solange appears to delete most of the photos of her sister on her Instagram account, it makes headlines. Meanwhile, Beyoncé posts a prayer and photos of her and her sister together on her own Instagram.
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Toward the end of the month, Beyoncé posts a photo of herself to Instagram that shows that she’s not at Kim Kardashian West’s wedding to Kanye West, an interesting development especially given Jay Z’s close collaboration with West. Some on the Internet point to Roy’s close friendship with Kardashian West as to why Bey and Jay skip the wedding.
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June 2014: The On the Run tour starts, with music’s ultimate power couple showing off tons of PDA onstage. During the Cincinnati stop of the On the Run tour, Beyoncé changes the lyrics of “Resentment” from “been ridin’ with you for six years” to “been ridin’ with you for 12 years,” which corresponds to their relationship timeline at that point.
She also changes the lyrics to another line from “I’ll always remember feeling like I was no good/Like I couldn’t do it for you like your mistress could” to “I’ll always remember feeling like I was no good/Like I couldn’t do it for you like that wack b—-ch could.”
The kicker of lyric changes, however, comes from the line “been ridin’ with you for six years/I gotta look at her in her eyes and see she’s had half of me” becoming “been ridin’ with you for 12 years/I gotta look at her in her eyes and see she’s had half of me. She ain’t even half of me. That b–ch will never be.”
Over on Beyoncé’s Instagram, all appears well with the Knowles-Carters.
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August 2014: Beyoncé releases a remix of”Flawless” featuring Nicki Minaj, adding the instantly iconic, self-referential line, “Of course sometimes sh-t go down when it’s a billion dollars on an elevator.”
Later that month, Tina Knowles tells a TMZ_reporter that “everything’s perfect.” Matthew Knowles, no longer Beyoncé’s manager, suggests that breakup rumors are a “Jedi mind trick” to ignite ticket sales for the tour in an interview on the _The Roula & Ryan Show.
However, at the end of the month, Beyoncé appears and performs a medley of her greatest hits at the MTV Video Music Awards, where Jay Z and Blue Ivy present her with the Video Vanguard Award. In her acceptance speech, Beyoncé tells Jay Z, “My beloved, I love you.”
After the VMAs, the pair are spotted being affectionate at Jay’s Made in America festival.
September 2014: Jay releases a tribute video to Bey in honor of her birthday. Later that month, HBO releases an “On the Run” concert special.
October 2014: Bey and Jay take a trip to Paris. Quelle romantique!
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November 2014: Beyoncé releases the track “Ring Off,” which includes a story about turmoil that her mother Tina experienced; she ultimately divorced from Matthew Knowles. Some view this ode as a cautionary tale for Jay Z.
February 2015: The pair appear at the Grammys that month.
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May 2015: One year after the elevator incident, Jay Z and Beyoncé attend the Met Gala together.
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September 2015: During a trip to Italy, Beyoncé posts a picture of herself on Instagram with a lemon, a photo that will be heavily analyzed after she releases her next album.
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April 2016: Beyoncé releases her widely celebrated sixth studio album (and second visual album,) _Lemonade._An overarching theme of the album is infidelity, with many lyrics and entire songs devoted to betrayal in a relationship (at one point in her song “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” she says “If you try this sh-t again/You gon’ lose your wife). However, the album ends with themes of reconciliation and forgiveness.
As might be expected, the Internet explodes with memes, hot takes and perhaps more importantly, a manhunt for a certain “Becky with the good hair” who is referenced on the song “Sorry.”
“Becky With the Good Hair” is one of two figures: either a fictional character who factors heavily into lyrics about infidelity, or an actual person with whom Jay Z cheated on Beyoncé. Whatever the case, the Bey Hive (the singer’s rabid fanbase) and the media devoted a great deal of energy to seeking out “Becky,” at one time pointing to designer Rachel Roy, who had worked with Jay Z. Celebrity chef Rachael Ray, whose name is similar to Roy’s, and hilariously Ray Romano, were also targets of the Hive’s ire.
Roy denied the rumors in an interview with People saying “there is no validity to the idea that the song references me personally,” and advocated against bullying.
Beyoncé also begins her Formation tour. At the opening show in Miami, she dedicates the song “Halo” to Jay Z with this sweet tribute: “I want to dedicate this song to my beautiful husband, I love you so much.”
May 2016: Beyoncé attends the Met Gala sans Jay Z. At a Met Gala after-party, multiple celebs including Rita Ora are spotted wearing “Not Becky” pins. Ora also Snapchats a selfie of herself with Queen Bee, in what one might assume is an attempt to sedate the Bey Hive.
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February 2017: Beyoncé breaks the Internet with a simple Instagram post announcing that the Knowles-Carter family would be expecting not one but two new additions to the family.
We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. – The Carters
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April 2017: On their ninth wedding anniversary, Beyoncé releases a new Tidal exclusive music video filled with lots of intimate home footage for “Die With You,” a song that she debuted in 2015 also on Tidal for the same occasion.
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💙 4.4.17 💙
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June 2017: After much speculation and waiting, sources confirm to People that the twins arrived. That means Queen Bey has given birth to the two newest heirs to the Knowles-Carter legacy so the Internet, predictably loses its collective mind.
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2016.05.28 04:07 raicicle The r/popheads Beginner's Guide to K-Pop

There's this mystical world and slightly insane industry known as k-pop that has managed to be the most lucrative foreign export to the Western music industry. Beyond the idolatry and theatrics, k-pop is home to some of the most forward-thinking and plain fun pop songs. The language barrier can sometimes prove to be a challenge, but, often the sheer catchiness of some songs absolutely overcomes that. I thought I'd make a personal popheads recommendations list for those looking to maybe delve into k-pop, but don't know where to start, or what big singles are in at the moment. The general format I'm going to take is to take a Western point of comparison, one or two songs to try, and some places to go next if you're into what you heard. I've tried to keep things relatively recent, although there a few older gems in the list.
You may come out of this as a k-pop convert, maybe like a few songs, or just decide that k-pop isn't for you! Anything's good. Onwards we go.

Carly Rae Jepsen’s Emotion

Try: Tiffany - Talk, f(x) - When I’m Alone Tiffany is one of eight members of South Korea’s most successful girl group, Girls’ Generation. Talk is a track on her solo debut, and was written by London producer GRADES, and Nicola Roberts of Girls Aloud! It's pretty much there for anyone who's craving anymore of the chugging bass and 80s synths of Carly's album. Alternatively, listen to f(x)’s When I’m Alone, which is a Carly Rae Jepsen song since she wrote it. This would happen to be that song that she sold off to Asia which is about the thing that rhymes with contemplation. Deeper? Wonder Girls’ Reboot (album), Tiffany’s I Just Wanna Dance (EP)

Disclosure, AlunaGeorge

Try: f(x) - 4 Walls 4 Walls is not just one of the best k-pop songs of 2015, but one of the year's best pop songs, full stop. Its UK garage flavour can be attributed to the fact that it was produced by London duo, LDN Noise, but maintains girl group harmonies and a subtly weird double bridge that only k-pop manages to stick in. A natural partner song is SHINee’s View, written by same said Londoners, that leans towards deep house. Their respective parent albums delve into other EDM subgenres like piano house and Europop, for the interested (although admittedly nothing comes close to the joy of 4 Walls). Deeper? f(x)’s 4 Walls (album), SHINee’s Odd (album)

Justin Bieber's Purpose, Nick Jonas

Try: BTS - Save Me, Block B - Toy BTS is as close as k-pop gets to Justin Bieber in his post-Purpose era. Lots of hip-hop and EDM-inspired pop songs, often with drops instead of choruses, vague Diplo influences and so on. Their latest single, Save Me, sits somewhere between Where Are Ü Now’s explosiveness and What Do You Mean?’s tropical house vibe. Block B’s Toy is also a fairly chill pop song in a similar vein (and the video’s choreography includes dabbing). Deeper? BTS’ The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever (Album), Taemin’s Press It (album)

Grimes, Beach House, Chairlift

Try: Neon Bunny - Romance in Seoul, Yukari - Marginal Man If you enjoyed Grimes’ Visions and the cuts off of Art Angels like REALiTi or Butterfly, or stuff by the other aforementioned artists, either of these tracks might interest you. Both are pretty disparate artists from the whole mainstream k-pop scene and the lucrative idol industry, instead kinda serving up their own spins of dreampop from their bedrooms. Deeper? Neon Bunny’s discography, Yukari’s Echo (album)

Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande's "Problem", "Focus"

Try: EXID - Ah Yeah, AOA - Good Luck For general new-gen girl groups in the vein of Fifth Harmony, EXID and AOA are both worth checking out. They pretty much are doing the same as in Western pop regarding those ridiculous brass hooks, and are just as (if not more) catchy and often more weird. You're not pressed to find more pop in this vein, just as it's not that hard to find in Western pop either. EXID, AOA, Sistar and so on are all groups doing stuff like that. For simplicity, I might as well just recommend the parent EPs that the singles come from. Deeper? EXID’s Ah Yeah (EP), AOA’s Good Luck (EP)

Rihanna, Drake, The Weeknd

Try: DEAN x ZICO - Pour Up, NCT U - The 7th Sense Names like DEAN represent the vanguard of alternative R&B in Korea (and all that trap influence), and share a lot of musical DNA with the biggest R&B/pop hybrid acts at the moment (Rihanna, The Weeknd), and lots of the upcoming acts too (dvsn, Bryson Tiller). It's hard to ignore how similar to intro of DEAN's Pour Up is to Kendrick Lamar's Swimming Pools, although it quickly turns into a totally different seedy R&B jam. Alternatively, try The 7th Sense, the debut track by the newest lucrative boy group, NCT U. Also, visuals and choreography tend to be intricately linked with songs, and the choreography to this track is actually phenomenal. Deeper? Crush’s Interlude (EP), DEAN’s 130 Mood: TRBL (EP)

Britney Spears, Kesha

Try: 2NE1 - I Am The Best, Girls’ Generation - Run Devil Run 2NE1's brand of pop is incessant and bursting with attitude. Their single, I Am The Best, threatens to sound dated, but with some of the most memorable hooks in k-pop history, it is rightfully an iconic pop song. Alternatively, the Girls Generation single, Run Devil Run, which was actually initially pitched to Kesha, who's recorded her own demo of it, matches the best of Western 00s electropop. Deeper? f(x)'s Pink Tape (album), 2NE1's 2NE1 (2011 EP)

Justin Timberlake's Futurelove/Sexsounds

Try: EXO - Lady Luck, Seungri - Strong Baby Hell, EXO's Lady Luck does actually sound like Timbaland produced it. Its beatbox-laden instrumental with sampled acoustic guitars carries an NSYNC-esque melody until it randomly explodes into a drop punctuated with female moans. I think, once again, k-pop has the case where most of its 00s material just sounds like either Justin Timberlake (or NSYNC), or Boyz II Men. Still, slightly more recent material like the EXO single put modern spins on the formula. Deeper? EXO's EXODUS (album), f(x)'s Red Light (album)

Alessia Cara’s “Here”, Frank Ocean, Gallant

Try: Primary x Ohhyuk - Island, Crush - woo ah For R&B that leans more traditional, although is still in the alternative R&B-sphere, the likes of Primary and Crush have been working in that area for a while. Lots of Rhodes electric keyboards, lots of jazz-inspired chord progressions and slightly wonky beats. Primary's Island is a certified slow slink of a song, while Crush's woo ah starts as lounge R&B, but ends with a trap-influenced psychedelic coda. Deeper? Primary’s & Ohhyuk’s Lucky You! (EP), Crush’s Interlude (EP)

CHVRCHES, Purity Ring

Try: Lim Kim - Awoo, Tiffany - I Just Wanna Dance Also for fans of Lorde’s or Stromae’s style of songwriting, Lim Kim’s Awoo blew up on listentothis recently. Like Lorde or Stromae, the songwriting is relatively playful, but the production has more in common with CHVRCHES’ or Purity Ring’s shimmering synths. Alternatively, Tiffany’s I Just Wanna Dance goes heavy on 80s nostalgia, and a lot of the synths in it sound straight out of a CHVRCHES record. Deeper? Casker’s ground part 1 (album), Tiffany’s I Just Wanna Dance (EP)

Skrillex, Diplo, Knife Party

Try: 4Minute - Crazy, CL - Hello Bitches Both Diplo and Skrillex have had their hands in k-pop (producing for acts like 4Minute and G-Dragon), and the rise of absolutely over-the-top trap-influenced k-pop monoliths with Frankenstein bridges and big drops inspired by exotic scales instead of choruses is absolutely their influence. Of course, this being k-pop, it’s at least twice as absurd. In general, it's the singles that bang hard, hence the further recommendations being singles, but an album worth mentioning would be G-Dragon's Coup D'Etat with collaborations with Missy Elliot, Diplo, Baauer, Sky Ferreira and Boys Noize, making it an incredibly Western album. Deeper? 4Minute - Hate, BTS - Fire, Big Bang - Bang Bang Bang

Meghan Trainor's Title, Lily Allen

Try: Lim Kim - Love Game, Akdong Musician - How People Move Apologies for blaspheming and mentioning Meghan Trainor's debut on popheads. Lim Kim's Awoo blew up, but the follow-up single, Love Game, trades in the Purity Ring chill for a more playful, lounge-inflected clapping chant. For retro-leaning jukebox pop, slightly quaint sibling duo Akdong Musician's single How People Move also certainly fits the bill. While a lot of their other material is more folky and singer-songwriter styled, they're not shy of random over-the-top oddities. Deeper? Lim Kim's Simple Mind (EP), Akdong Musician's Spring (EP)

Jessie J's "Bang Bang", Little Mix, Christina Aguilera

Try: Red Velvet - Dumb Dumb, MAMAMOO - You’re The Best If you're in it for upbeat pop without being too incessantly sugar-sweet, Red Velvet are probably the group doing it best in k-pop at the moment. Their concept is to flit between two categories of songs: energetic bangers, such as Dumb Dumb, or decidedly cooler R&B swooning. Single, Dumb Dumb, is one of the most unbashedly fun pop songs of last year, recalling the best of Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's Bang Bang, although it heads into far preppier, noisier territory with a chromatic bassline and detuned horns and an entire rap verse that literally just namechecks Michael Jackson songs for no reason (followed by a bridge that sounds like it's from a completely different song). Alternatively, MAMAMOO's single this year, You're The Best, is a horn-heavy Lady Marmalade-esque sort of song. Deeper? Red Velvet’s The Red (album), Girls' Generation's I Got A Boy (album)

Lady Gaga's The Fame

Try: Super Junior - Sorry Sorry, BoA - Eat You Up To be honest, half of all late 00s k-pop is just blaring electropop with ridiculous dance routines, and hair and outfits out of some lost sci-fi Justin Timberlake getup. For the rave synths present on Lady Gaga's The Fame, Super Junior's iconic single, Sorry Sorry (which has one of the most ridiculous dance routines amongst ridiculous dance routines), certainly satisfies that need. Deeper? SHINee's Lucifer (album), BoA's BoA (album)

Kimbra, Kylie Minogue's Body Language

Try: Ladies' Code - Galaxy, Lim Kim - Love Game Ladies' Code's Galaxy is one of my favourite singles of 2016, and this is despite 2016 being an absolutely packed year for music so far (Beyoncé, Radiohead, James Blake, Ariana Grande, the list goes on). For those who enjoy the jazzy cool that folks like Kimbra and Kylie Minogue often breathe, it's absolutely worth a listen for its featherlight production and delicately shaped melody. Its last chorus adds in a great upright walking bassline, making it the preppiest thing I've heard this year. Deeper? Ladies’ Code’s MYST3RY (EP), Red Velvet’s Ice Cream Cake (EP)


Try: Orange Caramel - Catallena A fan of cheesy eurodisco? Look no further, and simply take on some Orange Caramel songs. Their 2014 single, Catallena, samples a Punjabi wedding song, setting it to Gloria Gaynor-esque disco. Also, the video is silly. Their songs also channel trot, the most traditional pop genre in Korea from the 1910s or so. Deeper? Orange Caramel's Lipstick (album), Orange Caramel's Catallena (EP)
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2013.11.26 18:15 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: I used to be a paparazzo (2007-2011). I'm here to reveal all secrets of the dirty work and talk about celebrities.

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I heard that Daniel Radcliffe basically made all paparazzo photos of him worthless because he wore the same clothes everyday - making it look like all photos taken of him were done the same day. Basically Radcliffe got it right. This though, is pretty difficult with women who no matter what will try to look great in their outfits (I guess not all women, ehem.. Kristen Stewart). Leo Di Caprio is also good at making his pictures worthless (and worth a lot at the same time), but he takes it a step further. I heard that even when he goes out to restaurants he asks for the table that faces a wall, doesn't look up to the waiter and never takes off his hat or sunglasses.
What other clever ways have celebrities burned the paparazzi? And what suggestions do you have to celebrities that want to make their photos, "worthless?" Are you a celebrity? Cuz there's even more things that you could do to make your picture worthless (or for the paparazzi to be worthless). Good luck to you!
What was the most disruptive or invasive thing that you ever did to get that money shot? The worst one that haunted me for days... was Marcia Cross' twin daughters birthday with her husband that had cancer.
It was super creepy, worked with a partner, never left the car where I was hidden and took pictures of them enjoying a day in the park. When they went for coffee later, they saw us and they were super chill and nice people. Seriously, I couldn't believe they were so nice. They knew we were always there in the car taking pictures and thank us for giving them their space. Still super creepy. I hated that job.
I'm sure I did more similar things... you know.. being a creep is part of the job. But that's the one I just remembered right now.
Never really did anything "invasive" out of the ordinary that I can think off. Bruce Willis did call the cops on me once because he said I was trying to get into his property. This was not true, I simply was peeing in a bush in Mulholland ave...
If you suddenly became super famous, would you complain about not having privacy, being followed etc. or would you suck it up and say it's part of your life now? Would you smile and talk to paps or openly hate them? Of course I thought of this before. I believe that privacy is a lost issue now a days with the internet and the NSA. I am not embarrassed of who I am and I believe I would smile and talk to them openly.
I would hate it if I was in my honeymoon or something of that sort and some asshole was shooting me with a 500+ lens. But there's an easy way to avoid this from happening and many celebrities have figured it out (just take pics yourself and throw them online for free, kills the money shot)
I would follow the example of people that admired and were great with the paps. They are just people working for some shitty media that wants some shitty news.
The Cult of Personality. How demeaning was it to take pictures of celebrities? Here in NYC, we ignore them and they can live a fairly normal life and actually walk around (except John Lennon). NYC has a lot of paps and they don't ignore them. LA works pretty much the same. A lot of people ignore them, but a lot of people go to the city just to see a celebrity so of course they go wild when they see one.
It was pretty demeaning, especially being an artist myself. But I did get to see awesome people and even shook hands with Paul McCartney.
What's the worst or meanest celebrity you met? I had a chance of meeting a lot of celebrities too, and I have to say that Eddie Murphy is a major douche. Sean Penn punched a friend of mine in like the second week of the job.
Javier Bardem spat in my eye (and I was so nice to him).
There's a lot out there that are douches, but for the most part, they were nice. They are just like people, some assholes, some regular folks and then the extremely super nice.
I never saw Eddie Murphy, but what you say makes sense. In comparison, Samuel L. Jackson is fucking awesome and nice, and you would think he would be the mean one.
Damn. i thought javier bardem was cool. He can still be cool. I saw him a couple more times and he was dickish, but no spitting on my face.
Maybe he was having a bad day, maybe he is just a general asshole or has no idea what to be a pap is like, but the dude is a pretty good actor though I hated him on Love in the Time of Cholera. I have a few friends that are a fan of his and got sad with my experience with him. But fuck it, just hope the guy thinks about the shit that he did. I mean, that's like one of the worst thing you can ever do (to spit on someone's face). I think I rather be punched.
There's a lot out there that are douches. I did not provoke him or did not hound him. I was super nice to him and gave him space. I thought he was going to shake my hand like many before him have, that's why I turned around.
I work in Hollywood and I would have kicked him in his fucking knee and buckled him. Well... then I would have gotten arrested and worse. The paps never have anything going for them.
Did you ever see/meet anyone from the Chili Peppers? Yes. I have "famous" pictures of Anthony Kiedis and his son Everly Bear (I think that's his name). I'll link you or post them soon.
Anthony was really really chill and a really nice person.
Also saw Flea and Chad. Both great guys, but virtually worthless in pictures in the paparazzi realm.
Edit: Here's Anthony with his kid.
Cool pic. No sign of John Frusciante? =P. Had to google John Frusciante, I believe I saw him, but never tried to sell his picture. Searched my hard drive as well... nothing.
So do you just hang around the gates all day and see who turns up, or do you have vague ideas of who to expect? More than vague ideas. A detailed list of what flight they were on and constant calls from several sources even giving me more information.
What odd similarities do you find between celebrities and people? Odd? There's no odd similarities. Celebrities are people. They have two ears, two eyes, a mouth and a nose, two arms (etc. etc.)
Ohh ohh.
I see your redditor name now.
Does the industry establish any limits or unwritten rules when it comes to your profession? Is there a line that most are unwilling to cross when it comes to getting a shot? There are. But now there's too many idiot paps breaking the unwritten laws. So the limits have been disappearing and people will do whatever to take a picture. TMZ has pretty basic rules for their videographers about respect and not shoot if they the talent doesn't want to be shot. If you see a video of asshole paps filming and just provoking celebs, they weren't TMZ (or they were and got fired).
If you are still answering questions, what was the nicest thing a bodyguard said to you or the strangest thing a body guard did? Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's bodyguard was super chill. He always told me how things were going to go down, didn't block my picture, just did his job.
Fergie's bodyguard is like her best friend. He was also always awesome.
Jessica Simpson's bodyguard told me about all the people he had worked with before. He was also a former cop and marine. I asked him what would he do if I was an actual threat. In less than a second my arms were locked painfully behind my back and couldn't move. Super badass.
Holy shit. I wanna meet that last bodyguard. Sounds like that was a lot of fun. Also did you meet anyone that you still keep in contact with? Uhh.. there's a lot of people I still keep in contact from LA, but not an actual celebrity that I met.
I'm not going to name drop, but a friend of mine is a comedy stand up has been in a few shows and might be getting a movie deal soon.
I slept with a girl who is now in movies, youtube shows, commercials and shows. I keep contact with her, mostly because I want it to happen again. I don't think it will happen again.
Mary Kate and Ashley's (former) bodyguard! I know him, he's my friend! Yay! :) Bald guy that always wear pink shirts?
They switched bodyguards quite a few times. If that was him, he is a cool dude. Thank him for being a cool bodyguard for me.
Based on the years you spent as a paparazzo, I assume you had some experience with Britney Spears? As that was around the time of her 'breakdown' which brought on a major media frenzy. Tell me everything about her! Oh god...
Yep. She was indeed crazy. I tried hitting on her with the fantasy that I would be in someday and I was just 21...
What can I say that hasn't been said before? The camera I used when I switched agencies was the very same one that took the picture of her shaving her head and her vagina. My boss was like "this camera and I have been through a lot, break it and you are fired." (He was half kidding and I loved that D3)
My first jobs as a pap was Britney. She did randomly talk in British accents and was widely unpredictable. It was always a mess with shit tons of people trying to get pictures. One time she drove around in circles in a parking lot as 20 pap cars followed her. She would park, pretend to get out of the car, all the paps would jump out, but then she would just get in again and drive around the parking lot.
This pap told me a story that one day they were outside her house waiting for her. When she decided to come out and invite all the paps inside for a BBQ and a party but with no cameras. They obliged and went inside her house where she went to a different room. He said she then went to a different room and when she came back asked wtf they were doing there and called security to kick them out. He also said that he went inside a room that had random sex toys and shit smeared on the walls. THIS IS NOT MY STORY. Just a story I heard when house sitting some place else.
After her breakdown I saw her at LAX a couple of times. She always seem faded, almost robotic as her handlers took her through security and put her on her plane.
Edit: I actually already wrote about Britney on my blog and tell the stories there of when I saw her.
Have you ever been attacked by someone who didn't appreciate being photographed? Javier Bardem spat in my eye and that was about it.
Other people hide or run away, but none really attacked. Justin Bieber and I played a little game of see who can run faster. I won.
Oh yeah, and Beyonce's bodyguards. They push you and attack you, no fucks are given.
"I need you step out of the car, sir" This was at LAX. He was walking with Penelope and I was giving them distance while saying really nice things in Spanish (welcome to LA, I'm a huge fan, I love your work). He was about to get in his car when he turned around and I thought he was going to extend his hand to shake and say thank you (like many other celebs have). Instead he said "Eres basura" and spat in my eye. I saw Penelope freaking out, I saw his helper freaking out... I freaked out. I yelled back that I was just a guy trying to pay his fucking college debt working a shitty job, but no fucks were given. He got inside the car and left. I called my boss, he told me I had a lawsuit in my hands, specially because there was witnesses. I thought about it and talked to the police. They told me I could press charges under attack with a biological weapon (yep..) and it was going to be a whole fucking mess. I decided to drop it and leave it to karma.
"Would you hold still please"
spits in your face
To be fair paps are trash and only help feed America's unhealthy obsession with garbage that doesn't matter while helping them ignore the stuff that does. Lots of other ways to make money. I'm glad he spat in your face, he was right. Spitting in someone's face isn't the worst thing ou can do, spying on someone who is terminally ill and spending time with their family is worse. Do you actually have respect for yourself after doing that job? You should read the whole AMA and not only the asshole part. I answered your question before.
Totally agree that paps help feed the trash. Let us not forget is not only America that is obsessed with celebrities, my pictures sold worldwide (and Australia can be worse).
If you spat on someone's face... congratulations. You are an asshole... sir Asshole_Mountain.
Also if you were a tourist in LA where is the one spot you would go to see celebrities easily? Uhh... try the usual hang out places? Robertson? Beso restaurant? The thing is.. there's so many celebrities that a lot of people see them and not even realize it.
Have you known anyone before they became famous - or on the way up? If so, has that been beneficial later on? Yes. Tons of people. When I started, Twilight was nothing. My neighbor was Nikki Reed and she was awesome. We figured our birthdays were one day apart and we had a lot of similar interests (she going to college for art history which I also partake).
Also, Selena Gomez was just the little girl from Wizards of Waverly place. Miley Cyrus was just Miley. I saw both of them become massive which was super weird. They were both super nice when barely famous, but it changed fast.
There's more like that...
It was beneficial in the way that if they remember who I was, they were super nice to me. Like Vanessa Hudgens. She always smiled at my camera and other paps were always like WTF?! how do you do that?! It sounds super dumb, but I miss her sometimes...
If you look at my comments section, I've never said a bad word about Vanessa. She's such a sweet and down to earth person. She eats with the crew and is always happy and smiling. She's got a very magnetic personality. I miss her. She was one of my favorites. I would always make her smile and blush.
Which celebrities are the most 'in demand'? Do you think any celebrities genuinely get unfairly harassed or are excessively pursued by the paparazzi? Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt and Jolie are the top 3 demands and will always be a good sell.
Uhh... its not the paparazzi that chooses who to pursue, is the obsessed audience that wants to know more about a certain person. Some get unfairly harassed when the media only cares about them. I remember Rihanna after the Chris Brown days, everyone was in that case (I shied away from on demand stories). She definitely was pursued like crazy for a while.
I understand what you mean - that was poorly phrased! My apologies. I guess I wondered if you felt there are celebrities who can legitimately complain about the involvement of the press in their lives. I particularly wondered in light of what you said about celebrities who used to be child stars hating it; I've seen the clips of Suri Cruise telling paps to photograph her doll instead of her, and I wonder how this will impact her later. Do you think there's an increase in how involved audiences want to be with the children of celebrities? I believe that America and every country should adapt the no baby pictures like in Europe, where they blur the pictures of anyone under a certain age.
It truly is fucked up that Suri Cruise is as famous as she is. BABIES BABIES BABIES. The magazines and my bosses would yell at me for that. I don't understand celebrity obsession, much less celebrity baby obsession.
I think that's the part of things I've found hardest to comprehend. While I find the interest in celebrity coming-and-goings to be a little off, I can understand it as being a sort of aspirational thing. When it comes to the current trend of knowing what is going on with celebrity babies, and the trend of (some) celebrities creating web presences for their babies via instagram and twitter, I find it really strange. When I think how many sad stories there are about child celebrities not coping with the work or the fame for something they've done, I compare it to a generation of celebrity children, in particular Suri Cruise, who are famous and magazine-fodder for doing nothing except carrying some genetics. I don't see this going anywhere good. And, like you, I don't understand the celebrity baby obsession. I have one more question if you have time! Do you think the presence of social media (while obviously making it easier for selfies etc and undermining your job) has made celebrities in general more open and accepting of public scrutiny? Celebrities that have a social media presence are for the most part better off. But have to be always careful about what they post online, anything can be taken out of context. For myself, I know there's people that are going to upvote me and people that are going to downvote me. I'm happy for those who appreciate me and don't care about the haters that just hate (unless they have something constructive to say). I think many celebs are grasping this notion. There's probably as many Justin Bieber fans as Bieber haters and he should understand that not everyone is going to like him. This is what everyone should acknowledge and everyone would be fine (or that is my view).
I'm not trying to give you a hard time, cos I appreciate you're answering the questions, even the 'hard' ones, which is more than many AMAs, but... Hahaha.
I believe that America and every country should adapt the no baby pictures like in Europe, where they blur the pictures of anyone under a certain age. My agency sold those pictures before. The harm was already done, did not think much of it. Also, the only pics I have of Kiedis are with his kid. I wasn't going to get out of my way to blur that out.
You just posted an un-blurred pic of Kiedis' toddler. What gives? But you are right that I would prefer to have that picture blurred out (also, I should be watermarking my pictures, but laziness!)
Generally, how do you find out when "celebrities" will be at a location? Is it random chance? Or do their publicists tip you off and they just act surprised? Already answered this in some ways.
Random chance happened a lot (I mean, Aleksander Skarsgard and Bai Ling lived in my same apartment complex)
Anyone and everyone will tip you off. Publicists sometimes give information without the knowledge of the celebrity, so they are genuinely surprised.
Do you have any picture of bai ling where she's not trying to nip slip? Looked through my hard drive. Apparently Yes.
There's a set of her eating at Fish Market in Venice, boring pictures of her just applying make up.
There's another set of her arriving to LAX with a red shirt on. Boring pictures of her again.
I guess the only ones that make the light of day are those that show her pencil eraser nipple.
Did you make friends with any of them? If I were a celebrity I'd try to have one paparazzi friend... one. I would like to say yes... but friendship is a two way street, so I know it's silly to think they were my friends.
I chatted up with many and even hung out, gave them my business cards and what not. But no one ever called me :(
I've heard that celebs will call pap to tip them off, is this a common occurrence? Yes, depends on the situation. Some need the media attention at just the right moment.
Hello. Did you talk with Diego Luna and Gael Garcia?? As a mexican I'm really proud they are doing so well in the international film business. YES! As a Mexican and a huge fan of all their work I had to talked to them. I approached them to get that picture of me with them at LAX.
Gael was a bit of a dick and Diego was the nicest fucking guy ever. Gael was confronting me because I took more than one picture, he told me that one was enough. I told him that in the business I keep shooting until I get the right frame. Diego calmed Gael and asked me to direct them to the taxis. I helped them navigate LAX while taking pictures and Gael was still being dickish (while Diego super chill)
Iñarritu was there with them as well, but I didn't bug him because he was with his family.
Also saw Diego once in a bathroom in a bar in LA. I was already drunk and walking out when he was walking in. I randomly yelled "DIEGO!" and he looked at me with a "do I know you" type face. I just told him I was a fan, shook his hand and left the awkward situation.
That's really cool, I just saw you got Tijuana at your twitter, I'm from Monterrey. Viva Mexico!!! maybe you could make another AMA at /mexico. Soy Queretano and active member of /mexico ;)
They love to downvote in that subreddit... I might give it a try. I'm also going around TJ giving talks of what it was like to be a paparazzi.
Did you work as paparazzi at Tijuana when the artists went to vacations? No artist comes to Tijuana for vacation. I worked mostly in Los Angeles though I went to several other places.
I don't pap anymore, but if I spot one in TJ, I know I'll have to take their picture. Macaulay Culkin was here not that long ago and I missed him and I'm glad I didn't see him.
Va para el cerrito? Si hay cafe de olla y un quesito fresco, con mucho gusto.
Yucateco acá... Solo... hola. Mare! bombaaa!
Out of 10 A-list celebrities how many are in the closet? 3 out of 10? 5 out of 10?...it's a cliche question I know but i still need to know. Hahaha.
I think I have a decent enough gaydar and I would say that is more than you imagine. Tons of Hollywood waiters (wanna be models/actors) like to claim that they have slept with celebrities so I have heard that a lot are.
Any Alec Baldwin encounters? Hahaha... oh yes. The man flies from LAX to JFK a lot. I saw him a bunch. He was never nice but also never a dick.
Never anything bad but I do suspect he has no teeth. He was also embarrassed whenever his daughter picked him up for some reason.
No teeth? Yes, like he has prosthetic teeth and takes them out at will (like Grandpa!)
I believe the word you are looking for is "dentures". AHH yes. I couldn't think of that!
Do you have a most prized photo of a celeb? (more so personally to you, not what everyone else wanted) One of my favorites was Lindsay Lohan in Hawaii. It was like my first travel job and major sale and the first time using a 500mm lens. But there's a lot of other pictures I treasure (like the aforementioned Paul McCartney).
Do you have any pictures of Tom Hiddleston? I'm such a giddy fangirl Never saw Hiddleston, he was not famous when I was around, sorry :(
What is the need for all this following around? How's the attitude and how are the people who you work with? There seems to be no care about giving people their space, and their private time is it, and sounds like this is an industry for just people who don't care about others? There are a lot who are not American (probably do not have the papers to work there) and give no fucks about anything.
It is a dirty industry where people trample over each other to make money.
My last year working was for an agency where everyone was fair and smart, so that was way better.
What was the pay like? For example, did you get good money if you were the lone photographer (because I can't spell Papa whatever)? The pay always depended. I know now a days is way worse and paps fight more for lame pictures.
It could be anywhere between 5 cents and $5,000 or even more.
I averaged around 5k a month. I had horrible months where I made less than 1k. My best month was 12k.
Pay was tricky. The picture gets sold, the magazines don't pay you until months later. Blogs pay a misery. The agency you sold the pictures fuck with the numbers and pay you less. So the numbers were always all over the place. Sales reports included title of picture sold, what it sold for and my commission. Sometimes the report was 5 pages long of tiny tiny amounts that added up to 2,000.
So... it always depends. There is money in the job, its just not easy money (and I hear that now a days is way worse).
(and I hear that now a days is way worse). More paps, less privacy.
Any idea why? What changed? Technology changed the game. Now a celebrity can be somewhere and an idiot with an iPhone will take their picture an upload it to Twitter. That's a free picture for magazines to grab while that paps are trying their hardest to get a good picture.
What's Audrina like? I'd like to hear what you have to say about her. She's always been my celeb cursh. Well.. this is going to be a very bias answer since she is also my celebrity crush.
Yes, I have folders and folders with tons of pictures of Audrina. I used to hang out by her house and follow her all the time... She was always super nice, her sister and brother were chill too. Her dad tried to sell me their monster truck (as if I made that much money as a pap). Basically, picture that high school crush that you had nothing in common with but still believe you were going to marry her (or at least that's how it was for me).
What are some of the crazy things that happens to a paparazzo? Anyone do something that caught you completely off guard? Uhh.. Javier Bardem spat in my eye.
A lot of crazy things happened almost daily...
Which celebrities smoke cigarettes? Any idea of a percentage? Also any celebrities that seem tame but actually party hard? I caught a few smoking and some asked me to delete the frames because they don't want that image.
It wasn't that often. Complete guess of a percentage, 30%. And from that 30% only 5% are closeted smokers.
Uhh.. The Jonas Brothers? probably not the answer you were looking for.
I'd be interested to hear more about the jonas brothers? is it just joe jonas that parties hard? or the other ones too (no one remembers their names...)? Uhh Nick and... uhh ... uhhh...
I'm not sure. I know Ashley Greene is awesome and loves to party. Joe dated her and other girls that would love to party. Last time I was in Hollywood I bumped into Joe. I'm sure he parties. Not much to say about them, they were nice kids.
Obviously some celebrities act like they hate the paps, but have there been any in your experience that stood out as exceptionally nice and kind to the people that take pictures? Besides all the celebrity whores (Kardashians, the Hills, Jersey Shore, Kate and Jon Gosling, etc.) yes.
Al Pacino has to be one of the nicest ones that you would never expect. Hugh Jackman is super nice that every time I saw him I just wanted to brohug the dude. Like I said before, those who you expect them to be super mean turn out to be nice. Some that you expect to be super chill are complete dicks.
Tl;dr Al Pacino and Hugh Jackman.
I wish people would stop taking pictures and celebritizing the kardashians. They are seriously the least interesting people ever. They are famous for no reason. I don't even think they're attractive. Kim is oddly hot.
Seriously, in person she doesn't seem interesting or hot. I would take pictures of her and be like "bleh," then look at my camera and she would look perfect. Oddly photogenic in like the worst lightning and worst moments.
But yeah. I have no idea why they are famous besides Kim having an ass that I could sleep on as if it was a waterbed (and yes, it is that huge in person).
Did any celebrities call you to take their picture? I heard Hilary Duff does this. Not me personally. A lot of them do call other paps.
Can you say who was calling paps? Many have at some point in their career...
All the Twilighters. The Kardashians. Lindsay Lohan. Almost everyone from The Hills.
If its not them directly is via a publicist.
Celebrities need paps as much as paps need celebrities (or even more... )
Do you consider paparazzi work "photography"? Why or why not? I consider it one of the toughest photographies next to National Geographic stuff. Animals are tough creatures to get perfect pictures of, so are celebrities. Think about it, we get pictures of people that don't want their picture taken, similar to polar bears that are looking for a meal and much rather eat the photographer.
Sport photography is an a controlled ambient. You know the light, you know the sport, you know what is going to happen, you just better be a good shooter. Model photography is very controlled. Pretty much every ambient is nice and controlled except photojournalism (or paparazzi, which is its lowest form) and nature type awesomeness (which someday I hope to do).
How do you know where people are going to be? Is it mostly PR tip offs and obvious things, like being at the airport, or is there more to it? Its that obvious. When you are in LA and the business, you can't escape it. I would see celebrities when I DIDNT WANT TOO.
Being at LAX to just be at LAX can get you some luck, but its dumb and pointless. Limo drivers and their agencies are more than willing to sell some information. Same with airline people.
Many paps have the city "wired". Valet parking people, managers of restaurants, or virtually any one that wants to make a quick buck can make a call and sell out a celebrity for $50 or so. I had tons of people that also called me for free.
When the twilight craze was going full speed I befriended some Twilight crazy fans that send me information constantly. These girls knew everything and messaged me for free the information.
So I always wondered how exactly do you know which flight someone is on does Delta call you and say hey Kanye's on our flight or what? Basically...
Either someone that works for Delta. The driver who is supposed to pick up Kanye or Kanye's PR gives you the flight #. Sometimes is the obvious celebrity gets on a flight from LHR and people get pictures. There's only a few flights from LHR to LAX, you figured out which one they are on.
One time I saw Ann Coulter randomly and took her picture. She asked me how I knew and guessed "someone in JFK told you!" I was like... "sure Ann, because you are that important"
Taking pictures of Ann Coulter is a waste of ink and paper. Should have beat her with the camera instead. I snapped four (digital camera) The flash didn't go on for 2 of them. Sent the one semi decent pic to my agency just in case.
Here's that she-devil
Have you ever played the game pokemon snap? YES! and it is my main inspiration.
Which celebrities had the best or worst temper when they got their photos taken? None and all at the same time.
Whoever you think will be mean, is actually super nice. Whoever you think will be super nice is the opposite.
When a celebrity has a movie coming out, they are super nice. When they have negative press they become assholes.
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Was it hard to get Michael Cera to kiss a girl in Superbad? Actually, FabulousFaceRape, it was quite easy to get him to kiss a girl. Thanks for asking, FabulousFaceRape. My regards to Mrs. FaceRape.
You guys have stated that some of the funniest jokes in Superbad were from the original script that you two wrote when you were 13 year olds. What is one of the jokes that stands out from the original script that eventually made it into the movie? "funny thing about my back... it's located on my cock."
Where does a celebrity buy weed from? I have a prescription, so I buy it from a store. It's a fucking dream come true.
I heard Emma Watson walked off the set because you were high. Is this true? No. That would make for a wonderful story though. Emma seemed super psyched with how everything went and even came to our premier to do press. I think if you're that put off by weed, odds are you aren't working with us in the first place.
Did you guys already have her in mind to play the part before/while writing the script? Yeah. We wrote the part for her and then went out and asked her. We where fucking shocked when she said yes.
Seth: What’s the one joke or line in one of your films that made your parents roll their eyes and say “Really, son?”. My parents sometimes get sick of me talking about weed on talkshows and shit like that. They finally said to me "jesus, do you have to talk about weed all the fucking time?" but people always asks so I don't know what to say.
Evan: Why don’t you act in the films you write? Evan: I don't act because I have a bad memory and third eyeball.
Seth, on a scale of Mr. Rogers to Snoop "Lion". How high are you right now? I'm about Harrison Ford right now.
I love you. You are the funniest guy in the world, what is your opinion on the illegal downloading of movies? I personally don't do that because it does take money out of people's pockets. sometimes very small films rely on sales to make any money. Huge movies are okay to ilegally download though. Ha! download man of steel all you want.
Man of Steel wouldn't happen to be up against any other movies this weekend would it? Are you implying that we are petty and competitive? Cause we are.
What is the best advice you've ever received? "Never touch the pole in a strip club." - Evan's Dad.
Seth, I've been following you on twitter and you still seem to be pretty down to Earth, have you noticed any changes in yourself since you've become famous? I only eat off diamond plates and my cutlery is made from the bones of christian babies. But other than that I'm same ol' seth.
How much of This is the End was ad libbed? About 50%. The actors came up with a lot of crazy shit, and topped our script a lot more than we'd like to admit.
How the hell did you proposition the actors for This Is The End? Like Rihanna and such. Well, Seth had noticed that in magazine interviews Rihanna had said that some of her favorite movies were SUPERBAD and PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, so it was a shot in the dark and she said yes. Emma Watson, we just kind of reached out. And everybody else we knew in some capacity and called them up as a friend, and asked if they wanted to come to New Orleans and die really quickly.
Was the house in the movie actually James Franco's home? No. The inside was built in a warehouse that was used to store coffee beans. The outside was largely computer generated. I don't think franco actually has a house. He lives in a library like the bum in "With Honors".
Why was Jonah so angry in his Rolling Stone interview? I think sometimes they just catch us on a bad day. I talked to that guy for about two hours and when I went home I was like "jesus, I said about two thousand things that could make me look like a complete motherfucker". Alot of it is luck of the draw as to what the people will choose to use, and how they want the article to be. Jonah is not bruce banner in real life.
Did you guys have much luck with girls in high school? No, that's why we made SUPERBAD. If you're having trouble not getting laid, take that frustration and put that towards a future career, because it's not going to immediately change the fact that you're not getting laid.
DID YOU DOWNLOAD THE YEEZUS LEAK? You bet your ass I did. I'm shocked he made a song inspired by our film "guilt trip" but I'm flattered.
Dopest dope you've ever smoked? Whooo. toughy. The first time I went to amsterdam when I was 19 I was alone waiting to meet a friend, so I went into a coffee shop and asked for the strongest weed they had. I smoked a huge joint of it alone and then sat alone in the coffee shop for two hours having no idea what to do. I kept thinking my giant backpack was in people's way.
I actually extra-d on this in NOLA last summer and had a blast, and I loved seeing the movie. Most of the characters are more or less how we imagine them from all the other stuff they've done. And then there is Michael Cera. Where did the inspiration for the crazy, coke-blowing George Michael Bluth come from? We thought up the character first - someone who is just a cokehead, maniac sex-deviant - and then retroactively, we thought who would be the most surprising person to see in the role. So we chose the sweetest, most beautiful, innocent boy in the world, Michael Cera.
Hey Seth! I met you a few weeks ago when you visited Oakland to promote your film, and I took this AWESOME picture with you. I wanted to say thanks for being so chill about greeting your fans, and I wanted to ask you if we are wearing the same glasses? Penguin, right? Ha. No. Raybans. But you are very handsome.
Seth: what is your reaction to Freaks and Geeks becoming such a revered and celebrated tv show? It's fucking crazy. When it got cancelled, there weren't really shows on dvd and netflix didn't exist, so there was no precedent for shows that got cancelled to come back to life. We thought it was done. And now more people probably watch it than when it was on in the first place, which is awesome and unexpected. I'm blown away by it.
How sexy is Franco on a scale of 1-10? James Franco is an 11 out of 10 on the sex-o-meter.
Are you two really making a movie about Kim Jong Il? It is not Kim Jong Il, it is his son, Kim Jong Un. We're doing it with James Franco. We're shooting in Vancouver. We're super-excited!
Were you actually stoned when you filmed any of your scenes? Ha. Sometimes maybe for some low impact scenes.
Probably in a residual sense but it's hard to act really high. for me anyway.
Have you ever used real marijuana while shooting those scenes? We're not as unprofessional as people might think.
Who are your favorite people to smoke weed with? I mostly like smoking weed with babies.
What's your tradition for opening weekend on a movie? I usually stress out like crazy and yell and people for no reason as a way of dealing with my insecurities.
What is the worst thing Evan asked a cast member to do and they refused? I asked Craig if he would say a bunch of terrible things about Mother Teressa and he almost did it but then politely asked that we not push that joke and we begrudgingly let it go.
What is the proper term: sneakers or tennis shoes? As Canadians, we find "sneakers" humorous and refer to them as "runners," which makes a lot more sense. You don't sneak around in them, you run or walk.
Which do you like better, things or stuff? I'd say that things are undeniably better, because stuff sucks shit.
Seth, you were a writer for Sacha Baron Cohen on the Ali G Show…what was that like? It was great. It was mine and Evan's first actual job together. We would think of people he could interview and then write the questions that he would ask the people, while trying to predict what the people we are interviewing might say. We went on the road to texas and then to spring break in florida where we exposed frat boys as being much more homo-erotic than they would have liked.
I saw This is the End at the midnight showing. Absolutely loved it. My question : did you toke with any of the Backstreet Boys? We did not get high with the Backstreet Boys. We'll find out if they do that in the sequel. Besides, they don't need drugs or alcohol. All they need is each other.
What is your favorite movie you've done? Probably THIS IS THE END and PINEAPPLE EXPRESS. They're both just so fucking crazy, and specifically I think we enjoyed making these we were thinking the whole time "I can't believe they're letting us make this."
On a different note, I, Evan, would like to note that I didn't work on OBSERVE & REPORT but wish I had, because of how cool it is.
Hi Seth and Evan Which would you say was your most stressful movie to make? And which one was the best or funniest to make? GREEN HORNET was definitely the most stressful. 50/50, SUPERBAD and THIS IS THE END were all a lot of fun.
What type of music do you like? I like all types. Been listening to Ab-soul, Chance the rapper, tyler's new album, yeezus!, daft punk, and of course, Crosby Stills Nash and Young.
Who is the weirdest person you know? Probably Michel Gondry. He is the least normal human I've ever met in my life; he's from a different planet made of styrofoam and lego, where physics and logic are not the same as in our world.
Favorite band? Our favorite band mutually is Led Zeppelin.
Which of your many, many quotable lines do you get shouted at you walking down the street? This is Evan; neither of us really get lines shouted at us. Seth used to get "You know how i know YOU'RE gay?" a lot, but now no one cares about him or me. We're just dust in the wind...
Why is Evan never in any of the movies you guys write? I am in the last scene in this is the end dancing with my wife.
Was there anyone in particular that you wanted to kill during filming because of any reason? The answer to any question - "who could you not believe was there?" "Rihanna."
"Who did you most want to kill?" "Rihanna."
If we were killing someone or just thrilled to have someone on set, it was Rihanna. She is more famous than everyone else on the film combined.
If you had to have Randy Newman's voice, which era of Randy Newman's voice would you want? The "Toy Story" Era of Newman.
Seth, remember that time on some talk show when you told the host that your girlfriend wanted to get a dog, but you said no because then she'd want a baby...well, how's your wife enjoying her dog? She loves our dog more than most people love their babies.
Which was your favorite scene to film in This Is The End? Which was your favorite to write? We loved filming what we refer to as the cum battle. The writing of the first party scene was fun because it was great to see who we could get to do what crazy shit.
Q1: I know you guys are both writing partners but how does the process work? You obviously discuss it but who writes what and how do you organize your ideas or settle differences? Ever since we started when we were 13, we've done everything together (except for acting). Even when we were in separate cities, we would write over the phone. If we don't agree on something, it's like any team or partnership, we just debate it until we reach an amicable middle ground. Also we have a lot of great people that we work with - Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shapir, Alex Mcatee, and our producing partner James Weaver, and we bounce stuff off them all the time.
We both do everything together. We sit in front of one computer at one desk and we make huge lists of ideas that slowly evolve into the movie. We outline the emotional stories and the structure for a long time and then we write the dialogue. All sitting six inches from each other. the whole time.
Would you direct a new generation of Freaks & Geeks if you had the chance? No, I have nothing to do with the creative elements of that show, I was just an actor and I don't have the right to do that.
Does Craig really sweat a lot in real life? Yes he does. He actually carries a sweat towel around with him all the time because as he puts it, "I'm always sweating or about to sweat".
Why don't you guys do more work with mclovin? He is in This is the End and he's in the movie we just finished filming, Townies. He plays a frat guy with a giant cock.
Would you rather make a movie that did poorly in theaters and turned out to be a cult classic, or one that was a box office hit but was virtually forgotten in a year? The first one. We've made both those types of movies (people don't like to admit it, but Green hornet made a shitload of money) and it feels much more gratifying to make movies that people love but aren't as successful. Kind of.
Love your stuff man. You are a good writer. But anyways, on SNL you mentioned you played Magic. what were the cards you wanted to make? and after you got rich did you buy a black lotus? Ha. I don't think I ever got the black lotus. The royal assassin was a hot commodity. I am a fucking nerd.
How would you describe This is the End's sense of humor? Spunk-a-riffic!
Hey guys, so Jonah got his nomination...Which member of the cast do you see getting an Oscar nom next and why? Probably not me! Maybe Jay. He's been in movies that have won oscars and whatnot.
Where do you come up with your ideas for these hilarious movies? Either in Canada or America, usually the Continent of North America. But we had a few zingers in Asia while we were on the Green Hornet trip.
I noticed Deftones' music was in your film, and the title "This Is The End" is actually a line from the song in the movie, Hole In The Earth. Intentional or no? I mean, I didn't really figure you guys had much to do with the music anyways, I just wanted to know if you guys were Deftones fans? That is a coincidence, but we did actually pick pretty much all the music in the movie, and I was HUGE in to deftones in high school. Seven words is a fucking sick song.
I've been enjoying all your recent podcast appearances. Have you ever considered starting your own? We talk about making our own podcast a lot. The idea is to do a show that reviews people who review movies and other things.
You should drop by them more often. Especially Doug Loves Movies. Because there have been too many nights where we've gone to sleep asking ourselves... "who watches the watchmen?
What is you favorite type of pie? Mine would be key lime. Lemon meringue pie is by far the king of all pies, and the other answer is WRONG!
What's your biggest piece of advice for writing comedies? My biggest piece of advice to anybody is just to finish what you start. Because if you don't finish stuff, you're just trying to be a writer. When you finish it, you're a writer. And specifically regarding comedy, share with a lot of your friends; don't be isolationist about it, try to get a lot of opinions and try writing with a partner - it works for me!
So I know This is the End and all... but are all of you guys going to continue to collaborate and make more comedies in the future?? I hope so. We're about to direct another movie with me and Franco. and we have some stuff with Jonah and the others that we're working on too.
Shout out to Nick Theodorakis!
Is Danny McBride actually a jerk, or is he cool? Danny is actually the sweetest guy on earth. He's married and has a baby and I don't think has ever attempted to murder someone.
, are you and James Franco as close as the movie makes you out to be? Me and franco are close, but he's super busy and he never listens anymore!
Evan -- who would win in a fight: Franco, McBride, Jonah, Craig or Seth pretending to be Franco pretending to be Harry Osborn from Spider Man? Hmm...I would say it would be Jonah, playing the Seth from SUPERBAD, who's actually being played by the Seth from Seth's life in the Green Goblin outfit and women's underwear.
What are your favorite beers? Man. I like Canadian beers. Kokanee is what I grew up drinking, so I'm partial to it.
What are your favorite South Park episodes? Southpark: hard. Imaginationland is amazing. when jimmy gets a hooker. The world of warcraft one is rad. so many...
What projects do you guys have planned after this movie? We already made another movie with Seth, Rose Byrne, and Zach Efron, called TOWNIES, about Seth and Rose raising a child next to a frat and they go to war.
How are you so awesome? All Comedians are awesome. You just have to know where to look. Which is north.
(Americans are also pretty good)
Hey Seth huge fan been watching all of your work for years. I've got a few questions. I’m wondering How come you don’t you appear on the league more? Your roll as dirty randy is one of the funniest on tv. Do you ever consider doing more serious/non-commical movies? 50/50 was somewhat a step in that direction but I’m just curious if you are interested in doing movies where you aren’t trying to make people laugh (action, mystery, etc.) Have you ever considered playing a roll where you are a religious figure (priest, monk, crazy Mormon, etc.)? I think it would be hilarious. We talk about making more dramatics movies, but it really seems that if approached right, you can make any movie into comedic one. 5050 showed us that. It's a greater challenge, but the movie is more accessible and more people will see a movie about a tough subject often if it's funny.
Which movie is your favorite comedy? My favorite comedy is SPACEBALLS (this is Evan). I think Mel Brooks is the funniest man ever.
Do you have to be REALLY good in English Literature(big vocabulary etc.) in order to write movies? I was pretty good at English literature (this is Evan speaking) - I was bad at almost everything else. I probably couldn't do this job in French, or Hebrew, or Aramaic.
Who is your man crush? Chris Messina. He's everything I will never be.
Does any of you guys have time to play videogames? If so, what's your favorite one? We try to make time for videogames but it's hard these days.
Seth's favorite game is CALL OF DUTY, and I like UNCHARTED.
Do you think peanut butter should be crunchy or creamy? Crunchy. Creamy is for saps. Only FOOLS eat creamy!
Was mclovin based on a real person? Yep. Me and Evan actually had (and still have) a third friend named Fogell. He was smaller than us and the three of us were always together. He hates us for this mclovin shit.
SETH What's the best way to pass a urine drug test for MARIJUANA? They have things call "whizzinators" which are like dildos that have pee bags in them. all you need is some clean piss (child's) and you're all set.
What was your opinion on the whole Youtube Comedy Week? I had a lot of fun doing it (this is Seth) - it was very entertaining. What did YOU think?
There's a video of you (Seth) doing standup as a young kid infront of a pretty big crowd. Was it your first time doing standup? Did you write down your jokes and rehearse beforehand? If it's the clip I'm thinking of, it's not my first show. It was something called "comedy night in canada" and it was my biggest show i'd ever done at that time. I think around 400 people or something. I think I'm around 15 in that video. I may be wearing a "Korn" shirt.
Damn. You guys have been making the rounds. Adam Carolla Show, NPR, etc. etc. You must be exhausted from answering questions about the movie. So, my question: Burritos. Great food, or the greatest food? Depends on the burrito. Breakfast burrito: greatest food.
I loved the L.A specific jokes in the movie, the subtle delivery of the word "Cahuenga" killed me. What other subtle line deliveries / sight gags crack you guys up the most but may not have registered with the whole audience? I would say every time you see anything that looks like LA, it's not perhaps a gag but something we're proud of because we filmed every minute of the movie in New Orleans - so the Hollywood sign, the palm trees, Melrose are all constructed or made with computers. Actually if you dissect the film the geography makes no sense - they go from Franco's house to a corner store in like 2 minutes walking, which is impossible. It's on the DVD, but we shot a whole thing where they talked about remaking some of their past movies, and only Seth and Jay had heard about Craig Robinson's past movie DRAGON WARS, so we made a bunch of jokes about it. Other than THIS IS THE END, DRAGON WARS probably has the most screwed up layout of LA.
How worried are you that the NSA is creating a movie studio and stealing all of your material? I assume the NSA has a video of every single time I've ever masturbated in my life, and every stupid face I've ever made during sex. I've accepted the dominance of the NSA.
When you were on NPR and the interviewer started getting rude about your comments on gluten (hilarious btw), I thought you handled her comments nicely. Were you taken aback by the way she was talking to you? It felt very unprofessional. We talk about gluten a lot in the movie, and talk a lot of shit on it, but we don't know what gluten really is. We don't believe in research. Just gut instincts.
Is it weird to you that two Jewish dudes wrote the most Christian film of the year? I think that's why we wrote it. We grew up surrounded by people who were taught that we were probably going to hell. I think this is our way of dealing with our fates.
Which would you rather swallow whole: one hotdog, or two meatballs? Well, I know from personal experience I can easily swallow both one hotdog and two meatballs.
You guys write some wonderful dudebro comic moments. Who are some women making you laugh that you love working with? Sarah Silverman is hysterical. Anna Faris is hysterical. Liz Banks is hysterical. I just worked with Jenny Slate and she kind of blew my mind as well. Rose Byrne is hysterical as well.
LOVE THE NEW MOVIE! How was the process of making "This is the end?" I heard there were some ups and downs. It was incredibly fun. The studio was skeptical that it would be a good idea for us to play ourselves, but we lied to them and told them we would shoot a version where we could edit around that if people didn't like it. We did not do that. We just made the movie we wanted to make and had a blast doing it. Our friends were all there, and they were mocking each other. What more could you want.
Do you vape? Sure, we do vape. It's the mature thing to do.
How long did it take James Franco to paint all that shit in his house? He painted it crazy fast. I think he painted like 20 giant paintings in about 48 hours. He was with a artist named Josh Smith who helped him. Also a cool artist.
My wife finds you mildly attractive. What should I do about that? We both have wives, and they would cut off our wangs if we ever cheated, so no worries!
What prompted you to use all of the actors actual names in the movie? We always wanted to do a movie where people played themselves and something extraordinary happened; the initial version of this movie was Seth Rogen and Busta Rhymes were filming a music video and a movie respectively, on the Sony lot, and Antmen attacked from the center of the earth.
We had a separate idea with Jason Stone about this short video about the apocalypse. We thought that we should combine these ideas, so we thought we'd do a film with Seth and all of our friends instead of Busta Rhymes. No disrespect to Busta Rhymes. Flipmode Squad is cool as hell in our books.
I saw the movie on Wednesday and I laughed the whole time, thank you. Favorite deli in LA? I don't have a favorite deli in LA. Seth and I used to live behind Canter's so we used to go there a lot, but we hear Langer's is really good so we'd like to go to Langers. I hold everything up to the gold standard which is Schwartz's in Montreal - so far, no other deli has beaten Schwartz's.
How can I get fake Hollywood weed? That is a very good question! I would call my props master, he could give us the answer. I'm assuming you'd go to the fake weed store.
Seth: Any plans to show up on The Mindy Project during season two? Unfortunately, my character is being held captive in Iraq. It's pretty heavy stuff.
Are you guys Canuck fans? Who's winning the Stanley Cup? The Canucks are out of the Stanley Cup. I'm a fairweather Canucks fan, IF they win the Stanley Cup at best.
If you could be one creature, fantastical or real, what would you be? If you answer I'll do a portrait and post it :D. We would both want to be minotaurs.
Evan, Can you describe your writing process? Thanks. When we write, I always try to write together- I like to write with another person because I like to have someone to bounce things off of and fix my mistakes. I try to share things as often as possible with as many people as I can: I have a lot of smart friends and I try to take advantage of that. Share with your friends.
Fellow Vancouverite here. How often did you guys used to get high and go to Duffins Donuts? We were more of a Mac's Milk fans rather than donuts.
Spunk-a-riffic! Our movie has more jerk-off or cum jokes than any movie ever made, and it's a title we hold proudly.
How has being famous changed your outlook on life and hollywood in general. I'm not famous (Evan here) and I'm going to speak for Seth and say that it's ruined his outlook on life and everything is empty for him now.
Please tell me Pineapple Express 2 wasn't just a joke. That film NEEDS to be made! We talk about it all the time. The story we have in This is the End is the actual story we talk about doing. We have some original (we hope) ideas that we want to do before doing sequels, and comedy sequels seem to be the hardest, but it's definitely something that we keep coming back to. And the enthusiasm for it is hard to ignore.
Can I pitch my screenplay to you guys on here. Yea, sure, go for it!
Come to New Zealand to make a movie, fuckers! You can stay at my house. We'll go pig stalking. We're going to be in Australia in 2 days for THIS IS THE END press - if you hop over the ocean, you could see us there!
I can't think of any questions, but you guys rock. I have nothing to say because I don't know what you look like or what you do, but you also rock!
No question, just a huge thank you for making high-class stoner films and expanding the genre so drastically. Pineapple Express blew my mind. That's why it's especially important for stoners to become politicians, lawyers, and doctors.
Shoutout to /trees.
This isn't a question, but you should be in the expendables 3. I would love to, but I hear that they would want to Josh Gad instead.
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