I live in New York. I am a comedian, writer and actor. My day job is blogging for VH1.com. I write about the silly things celebrities and pop stars do, so you know...God's work.
You may have seen my writing on many other reputable websites (McSweeney's, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, xojane.com, The Hairpin, Splitsider, The FW, etc.). I also write crazy blogs about Game of Thrones, Magneto and Jeff Goldblum.
Life's weird, right?
I watched the “Live” Grammy nomination concert tonight and I was very excited when I saw Lorde perform in a Mia Wallace-esque plain white blouse and black slacks. A huge part of that is because when I interviewed her way back in ye olde August, she cited Mia Wallace as her style icon. So to see her take such a big stage dressed like her style icon was cool. I mean, imagine the fucking year she’s had and she decides that for a massive live television concert she wants to dress up like her idol. That’s fucking cool!
I was also excited because the look was crisp, clean and didn’t play into the virgin-whore dichotomy that female pop stars seem to always play into. There’s nothing inherently wrong with playing into that dichotomy. It exists because it’s mythic and ancient and powerful.
What’s exciting about Lorde’s performance look is that because it sidesteps sexuality, her stage persona isn’t about being a virgin or a whore. It’s not about what her sexuality means politically. It’s not about catering to men.
Whether you like her look aesthetically or not, it’s important to have someone like her out there so young women know they have the option to opt out…or opt in. It’s their choice.
So when dude bloggers tweet or joke about her appearance and how it’s not cute or sexy or fashionable (and I even saw a screencapped anti-Semetic joke—WHAT THE FUCK?), I have to roll my eyes because those responses are precisely why the industry needs a young artist like Lorde. Those dudes’ knee jerk “I don’t like that! It’s not cute!” responses are WHY it’s fucking awesome and why her style is on fucking point.
Also, c’mon, Pure Heroine is an amazing debut album. It’s good music, damn it.
I will post it! (It’s also a massive work-in-progress and I haven’t made my official Holiday 2013 mix.)
My co-worker was just awe-struck by the fact that my December Spotify playlist currently includes Christmas music, Haim, Cat Stevens, Lana Del Rey, the Andrew Sisters, Nelly Furtado, Daft Punk, Razorlight and music from the Disney film Frozen.
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