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Olivia Wilde

It looks like she’s wearing a galaxy.  I love the big poofy skirt on it.  In a sea of beige and tan, this dress definitely stood out.

Anne Hathaway

I was kind of split on this dress at first, but ultimately, the texture of it and the sleeves won me over.  Long sleeves were a trend on the red carpet this year, and Anne worked them well.  The color suits her well, too.

Angelina Jolie

Usually Angie wears shapeless sack dresses in boring colors like black or beige.  I like that she switched it up this year in a lively green, and like Anne, she made a good choice with the long sleeves.

Julia Stiles

Not a dress I saw on many lists – best dressed or otherwise – but I really loved Julia’s get-up.  It’s got a great shape, and she picked a perfect year to wear black (usually it’d be overdone, but this time around it was actually a stand-out).  It’s delightfully simple with just a smidge of texture.

Alex Pettyfer

I love a guy in a well-tailored suit, and British up-and-comer Alex really nailed it this time.  I hate seeing guys in baggy suit pants and jackets that swallow them up.  I also love the casual simplicity of the one button jacket.

Hailee Steinfeld

It’s tough when kids have to dress up for the red carpet.  They have to look elegant but not like they’re playing dress-up, they can’t be childish but they can’t be dressed too provocatively either.  True Grit star Hailee did a great job of ticking all those boxes.  I love the texture on her gown and even the color – it actually doesn’t look like a wedding dress!  Miley Cyrus could learn a thing or two.

Jayma Mays

It’s not so much that I ABSOLUTELY ADORE this dress or anything.  It’s a nice dress – slinky but classy, textured and layered.  But I really love the whole look.  With the beading on the dress and the shape, and her hairstyle and make-up, Jayma looks like she stepped out of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.  This is the look January Jones was going for, but didn’t obtain.

Dianna Agron

Dianna was one of the many who wore a light, almost nude color on the red carpet, but she was one of the few who pulled it off.  The color complements her hair color and skin tone.  Her hair and make-up look great.  It’s just a nice ensemble.

Kyra Sedgwick

I’m shocked to be typing this, but I was very fond of the color of this gown.  It stood out like a beacon on the red carpet.  The ruffly, casual quality of the garment gave it an air of the bohemian.  Very nice.

Zachary Levi

Zachary made this outfit stand out with the vest.  Not many guys can rock a three-piece suit, but he pulls it off well.  Men would do well to learn that layers are always a good thing.

Mandy Moore

I just realized how much this dress actually reminds me of my prom dress.  I swear that’s not why I like it, though – I hated prom.  The color is great and looks good with her hair, the skirt is light and ethereal.  A great look, in general.

Leighton Meester

Rarely can someone rock a patterned gown, but the fabric of Leighton’s dress is so lightly patterned, it’s barely noticeable.  Instead, it gives it a stand-out quality.  Again, I’m loving the long sleeves.  I wouldn’t mind seeing more of that at the Oscars.

Robert Pattinson

R-Pattz scored so many points in my book with this ensemble.  His hair looks washed!  His suit fits wonderfully!  AND IT’S NAVY BLUE, BUT NOT OBNOXIOUSLY SO!  Good job, vampire boy.

Mila Kunis

Unlike Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mila rocks the green without looking like a Christmas tree.  It’s simple, but the texture adds a nice dimension to it, and the green is just gorgeous.  I’m also almost always a fan of the one-shoulder strap, asymmetrical look.

Colin Firth

Colin Firth is often one of the classiest male dressers on the red carpet, even more so since he paired up with Tom Ford.  The jeweled buttons on the shirt, the sleek lapels, and the pocket square all make this tux a unique one.  He accessorized too, as well.

This year, the red carpet was a hot mess.  Let’s check out who wore the messiest of the hot messes.

Sandra Bullock

Everything about this look appears to be drooping or heading south.  The dress is saggy, it’s a boring color.  Her bangs are hanging down in her face.  She killed it almost every time last awards season, but this year was a disappointment.

Julie Bowen

I actually kind of like the structure of this gown.  However, I hate how ragged those little “flowers” around the skirt and the bust line look.  Like a bunch of wadded tissue.  Then there’s the color and pattern of the material.  It looks like the upholstery on a Goodwill couch.

Kevin McHale

Kevin always tries to go the extra mile to stand out on the red carpet.  Usually his choices are edgy but just classy enough to make him look dapper.  Not this time.  The polka dots on shiny material that make up the suit jacket are tacky tacky tacky.  Looks like he got a bottle of White-Out thrown at him.

Helena Bonham-Carter

Helena looking crazy, what’s new, right?  This outfit has multiple personalities – the top is a different print than the skirt, the shoes are different colors.  It’s not just unique, it’s insane.  She looks like the Wicked Witch of the Vivienne Westwood.

Natalie Portman

I was excited to see how the very fashionable Natalie would handle maternity wear on the red carpet.  It was a let-down, to say the least.  A bland ivory dress with a garish rose at the bust?  Not only is it boring, it’s ugly as sin and it kind of reminds me of a grocery store cake.

Emma Stone

This one was particularly disappointing, for me.  I love Emma.  But not only was her blonde hair a shocker (and it made me have Lindsay Lohan flashbacks), but she combined two of the biggest (blandest) trends on the red carpet this year – sleeves and a peach/beige color – to make one ugly outfit.  The color barely even registered on my television.  She looked like a nude smudge.

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Girlfriend looked like a pine tree.  There’s really no other way to put it.  The texture, the color, the shape.  Catherine must have still been in a Christmasy mood.

Christina Aguilera

Is there a piece of this dress missing?  It looks like a fancy slip or maybe a doily from a coffee table.  It’s also the least-flattering dress I saw all night.  Gaudy and not good.


Heidi Klum and Seal

For a fashion model and host of “Project Runway,” Heidi consistently looks awful on the red carpet.  This year she decided to go for a print that screamed, “I look like an ugly Liz Claiborne purse that’s been sitting on the shelf at Macy’s since 1989.”  As for Seal… the suit’s shiny, messy and paired with a pair of nasty looking brown shoes that clash with the black of his suit.

January Jones

I like the flapper look that January is trying to pull off, but it shows too much skin.  The cut-outs on the bust are pointless and distracting.  She looks like Thoroughly Modern Millie in very ancient Greece.

Michelle Williams

Another disappointment from another celeb who usually looks great.  The flowers look like they were cut off of a Wal-Mart baby doll dress in the mid-’90s and pasted haphazardly onto a shower curtain.  Her hair looks great, though.

Halle Berry

“Yeah,  I just took this corset-y lingerie from Victoria’s Secret and sewed on some see-through black fabric and… yeah, that’s my Golden Globes dress.”


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Back in the first season of Glee, oh so many moons ago, there was quite a bit of talk about whether or not the show fell into sexist territory on occasion.  If you’re thinking, “I never heard anything about that,” clearly you weren’t looking in the right places.  People who complained that Glee had a not-so-admirable opinion on girls and women were kind of right.  Terri and Quinn were both lying about their pregnancies (or lack of pregnancy, in Terri’s case) and were uncaring “shrews” towards Will and Finn, respectively.  Emma and Rachel were both “the other woman” in two separate already-established relationships.  Sue was the evil villain of the show.  There was nary an admirable female character in sight, whereas Will, Kurt, and Finn (and Artie, to a certain extent) were (and still are) portrayed as saintly.

I personally didn’t think it was that big of a deal, back in the first season.  I’ll admit, I was a bit distracted by all the flashy musical numbers and the “we can do it!” feel-good attitude.  The show was a little dose of sunshine every week, and for that, I was willing to overlook some of the more serious problems it has.  Most shows have issues with continuity, character consistency and development, tone, pacing, etc., at some point.  Granted, Glee has those problems in spades, but the problems I’m talking about are more social.  Is the show racist at times?  Is it sexist?  Is it ableist?  I think a lot of shows are, but those shows don’t package themselves as repurposed after-school specials, complete with morals and a lesson.  The theme of the show is, “Appreciate the things that make us different.”  Dare to stand out, to go against the “norm.”  That’s why the show gets a lot of attention on that front.

So the question is, why does a show that preaches acceptance and tolerance persist in being intolerant, or at the very least, ignorant of people who are different?  These past two episodes have kind of shook my inner-feminist awake and said, “Neener neener, I’m not playing nice.”  Here’s a brief list of what I take issue with.

1.  Sluts, prudes, and nothing in-between.

Glee never portrays girls’ sexuality in a positive light.  I thought they might, back in the first season (I think it was the second episode?), when Rachel pays a visit to the Celibacy Club and says, “You know, girls like sex too.”  I thought, finally, a girl on television who isn’t a “whore” and isn’t a “prude.”  She’s just normal (not that there’s anything wrong with being a so-called “prude,” but in TV land, some character would have a problem with it eventually).  But no, come this season and Finn’s complaining that Rachel won’t let him get any.  In last week’s episode, “Never Been Kissed,” he said something to Sam, like, “Figures we’d date the only girls in school who won’t put out.”  First off, really?  Rachel and Quinn are the ONLY TWO GIRLS IN SCHOOL who won’t put out?  Seriously, Finn?!  And why would Rachel or Quinn WANT to put out?  So they could be labeled as “sluts,” like Brittany and Santana?

There’s no middle ground.  The girls are either uptight and won’t give their poor, poor boyfriends any sex, or they’re too promiscuous – girls who gain a reputation as “whores,” and can get no real respect from boys or their fellow girls.  Let me assert, there is nothing wrong with having sex, or not having sex.  It’s the show that portrays them in these ways:  it’s healthy for boys to want sex, and for girls to not give it to them.  It’s not healthy for girls to want sex.  For all the promise I saw in this show,  I was proven wrong.  I thought they’d have female characters who weren’t defined by their sexuality in some way, and while most of the girls on this show are multi-faceted (sexuality or lack of sexuality is NOT Rachel’s defining characteristic, for example), there are still some confusing, negative messages being sent out here.

NOTE:  The subtitle on this first entry to my list is a bit misleading.  There IS something “in-between.”  There’s the girl no one wants to imagine in a romantic situation at all, i.e. Mercedes.  Everyone knows that curvy girls can’t get love, duh.  Clearly that’d be gross.

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I attend Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.  You may know it as David Letterman’s alma mater – that’s our biggest “claim to fame.”

But Letterman has some competition for “most well-known sexist with Ball State connections” in the form of the Ball State Ass Slapper.

Yesterday, everyone on campus received the following public safety notice:

“University Police are reporting two complaints of assault following incidents at approximately 8:00 a.m. this morning, April 7, in the vicinity of Worthen Arena and the Student Health Center.  According to Assistant Chief Robert Fey, two women walking in the area reported being slapped on their buttocks by a white male as he rode past them on a bicycle.”

One of the victims was a student, the other a faculty member.  According to this article in the campus newspaper, the man didn’t just slap their asses, he groped them.  Then, he assaulted one of them further by giving them the finger and turning back around and yelling, “I love you!”

What’s most revolting about the response to this, which includes a suddenly very popular Facebook fan page for the Ball State Ass Slapper (he currently has about 5,500 fans).  The incident has become some huge joke, and even people who I expected more from are becoming fans.

Even worse, I saw some of the following comments regarding the Ass Slapper:

“I feel that if The Ass Slapper is ever caught, he will die.  From high fiving.”

“He smacked a 33 year old?  Extra points for him to bag a cougar.”

“I bet he didn’t give her the finger.  She didn’t say anything about that until today lol.”

“not sure which is worse, the guy actually slapping their asses or the chicks calling the cops on him??  ass slapper, you can slap my ass any day brother.”

“The Ball State Ass Slapper is my idol.  The two girls that told are the DEVIL.  The one that didn’t deserves a really big cookie.”

“does anyone know how these girls were dressed?”

Also, the pictures are mostly of men spanking women.  And I’ve heard tell that next week we will have a campus-wide ass slapping day, which I really hope does not happen.

Most people played it off like they weren’t teasing the slapper’s victims, or making him out to be a hero.  They were just making fun of the fact that Ball State “overreacted” by sending out those public safety alerts.  As far as I know, they are obligated to do that any time an incident is reported.  Besides, many of the comments on the fan page made it clear that the majority were honestly supporting the perpetrator.  Frankly, I’m glad that the campus police told me about it, so I don’t see anything humorous about any aspect of this situation.

In fact, I am sickened by it.  It’s assault no matter which way you slice it.  And apparently the story is going nationwide, and I’m afraid it’ll be played for laughs.  I’m almost certain David Letterman will pick it up and make a mockery of the situation and of the school.  It’s embarrassing and infuriating.

ETA:  This is getting a lot of attention (and every time I say that about a post, it suddenly decreases in popularity, but that’s kind of what I’m hoping for).

The bottom line is yes, I know that it’s a bit upsetting that Ball State won’t alert us about some serious things that happen in places like the Village.  That sucks, a lot.  But that doesn’t make this situation, or their reporting it to us, any less serious.  Where do you draw the line between “ass groping” and sexual assault, since according to most, this isn’t sexual assault?  I don’t see a line between the two.  He didn’t slap these women, he grabbed them, and those that reported it felt uncomfortable about it.  I believe that they didn’t do it for attention.  One was a 30-something year old faculty member, so I’d expect more than that from them.  They probably didn’t know it would erupt into something like this.  I doubt the perpetrator even knew this would happen.

But can’t we just admit that it’s a slippery slope?  If we’re laughing off tush slapping, then next we’re going to laugh it off when some person walks down the street grabbing girls’ breasts.  Then we’ll laugh it off when another person starts grabbing at guys’ crotches.  Next, it’ll just be “funny” when someone is walking around flashing students.  Before you can blink, someone will get raped and then they’ll be told it was just a joke.  It’s dangerous.  We have to seriously consider the dangers girls face every time they go outside.  The sexual assault, rape, and abuse statistics for America are insane.  Every minute of every day in the U.S., a woman is raped.  I know there’s a considerable gap between butt smacking and rape, but it is sexual assault, by definition, and if that’s a joke, then where do you draw the line?  Let’s use our brains here, and show some maturity.

It’s my dog, Frasier, in a photo my sister and I took to submit to Hipster Puppies. He’s wearing my knock-off Ray Bans, a sweater, and he was “reading” Slaughterhouse-Five.  Total hipster.

Despite a recent poll revealing that 70% of Americans think Sarah Palin is unqualified to be President (and that includes a majority of Republicans), it seems more and more likely that she will be running for the position in 2012.  Whether or not she gets the nomination remains to be seen, of course, but to me the mere possibility of such a thing happening is beyond terrifying.

It’s not that I loathe the woman, although I wouldn’t say I’m her biggest fan (far from it, in fact).  I have some shred of admiration for any woman in politics, and I even admitted to a friend recently (he’s probably her biggest fan) that I respected her a bit for calling out Rush Limbaugh for using the word “retard.”  Granted, she still lets her political allegiances shine through.  She called out Rahm Emanuel for the same thing recently (and rightfully so; it can be a nasty, offensive word), but in that particular case, she went so far as to call for his resignation.  No such demand was made of Rush Limbaugh, even though his audience was much larger than Mr. Emanuel’s.  But still, at least she has one issue she’s willing to play turncoat for.  I also think that she’s been correct in some of her cries of “sexism.”  I’ve seen people fall into the trap of misogyny when criticizing her, much like they did with Hillary Clinton.  Even her supposed compatriot Glenn Beck has made sexist comments about her.

Of course, I also think Palin has a tendency to “cry sexism” at every little bit of criticism lodged at her.  Problem is, I’m not entirely sure that she herself is actually that aware of sexism and what it means and how to identify it.  It’s just that the probability is good that she’d hit the misogyny nail on the head at least a few times, and she has.  But I’m certainly not ready to call her a “champion of women’s rights” just yet (and probably not ever).  I don’t think that could be said of a woman who once said, “I felt like, wow, John McCain is a maverick. He’s all about empowering women. He is all about equality.”  Yeah, Sarah, because saying that women don’t deserve equal pay, as McCain does, is really empowering.

All those things -whether good or bad – aside, my real issue with Sarah Palin is that she has become the figurehead of this recent (although that adjective is debatable) movement of “Real Americans” and “anti-intellectualism.”   Read the rest of this entry »

Confession:  I absolutely loved A Goofy Movie back in the day.  So, needless to say, I was pretty happy to find this just a few moments ago.

A guy and his (copious, extremely helpful) friends created a shot-for-shot live action recreation of the opening number of the movie, “After Today.”  Watch, and enjoy.  It’s super fun, and I respect a person who has this much time and imagination on their hands.  Seriously, how non-sober does one have to be to come up with an idea like this?  Love it.

I just hope they do a sequel.  May I suggest the scene where Max performs Powerline’s hit, “Stand Out” at the school assembly?  It’d be a step up in terms of how challenging the project would be, but I’m pretty sure they could pull it off.

A bunch of analysts who are artistes at praising crappy films have weighed in on this year’s Golden Globes nominations, and who they believe will win.  You can find them at this link.  

The “pundits” are Lane Brown (Vulture, New York Magazine), Erik Davis (Cinematical), Edward Douglas (, Scott Feinberg (AndTheWinnerIs), Marshall Fine (Star Magazine, Hollywood and Fine), Pete Hammond (Notes on a Season, The Envelope), Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly), Kevin Lewin (World Entertainment News Network), Guy Lodge (InContention), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Sam Rubin (KTLA), Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Jeff Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere), Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today).

Here are some lowlights:

“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds” – Lodge
“Up in the Air” – Brown, Douglas, Feinberg, Fine, Karger, Lewin, Rubin, Stone
“Avatar” – Davis, Hammond, Musto, Travers, Wells, Wloszczyna

Okay… sure, Avatar is pretty looking, and it’s got some amazing technological power behind it, but best drama?!  Fo realz?  It’s not even best animated film of the year (because, come on, it’s mostly animated).  I haven’t seen Up in the Air yet, but I’m already rooting for it.  Then there’s that tiny part of me that would love to see Inglourious Basterds win.  Anything but Avatar, please.

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My original Hottie McDottie Bradley Cooper post has earned my blog its highest number of views, so clearly, he’s a popular fella.


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The Broken Plate, Ball State University’s literary journal, is now accepting submissions. This is the second year it will be a national publication, meaning anyone can submit (and there’s a chance you could be published in the same journal as some noteworthy authors). We accept poetry and prose, both fiction and nonfiction. If you send in prose, it better not be awful, because I have to read every submission.

I was published in it last year, and it’s a great opportunity (and it’s nice to have something legit that you can point at and say, “Yep, I’m a writer”).



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