Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Pop Culture Round Up

It's not all third world gastrointestinal epidemics around here, reader. There's other important news to write about that doesn't make you want to put your head in your hands and weep.

If you're at all dialed into mainstream pop culture, you've probably seen Beyonce shake her money maker to her new song "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" on one or more morning, daytime, afternoon or award shows. She's nothing if not hard working. If you haven't, here she is:

I was completely mesmerized by this trio of bodysuit rocking, long-legged ladies with, let's speak frankly, incredible asses. The stripper moves at :55, the energetic prancing in teetery high heels. The general annoyance I have toward Beyonce for her willingness to shill anything (including her own Dereon jeans line in this video) sort of flew out the window. Okay, that stupid metal glove thing is annoying.

On the face of it, "Single Ladies" sounds like some kind of unattached girls' anthem. As a single girl, I support that. But that's not quite what's happening here. Beyonce is scolding her ex, who wouldn't marry her after three years, who's now bent out of shape that she's getting some attention in a club from someone else, that he should have married her when he had the chance. So it's not so much an anthem to single ladies as it is an exhortation to men to propose faster.

What do you think about the idea that if you like it you oughta put a ring on it? I don't know about you, but watching Beyonce gyrate and vigorously slap her own ass doesn't make me think about marriage at all. Instead, I think about people I would like to have sex with, or did have sex with but should not under any circumstances marry. Now that marriage is no longer solely a business transaction surely there is plenty of room in life for such people, no? Though I probably wouldn't date those people for three years, certainly not if I was in tears the whole time about when I was going to be proposed to. Maybe this song should be called "Single Ladies (He's Just Not That into You and You Should Probably Go To A CODA Meeting)." I sense a big hit.

In other news: SNL was pretty meh this week except for this possibly not SFW but pretty funny digital short:

Oh, Boy George. I think you've just outpaced George Michael for deepest descent into looniness.

And finally, check out Martha Stewart's redonk new puppeh. Teh cuteness.

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