by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Real World is in its 28th season (!), which got me thinking about how the show has degenerated
over the past 20-plus years from a truly groundbreaking docu-series to just another
pseudo-reality shitshow with weird green-light PG-13 sex scenes. But remember Season Three
with Pedro? That season, filmed in San Francisco, dealt with AIDS in a mature
but relatable way when the disease was still misunderstood and extremely taboo. They all had real jobs. When some of the housemates when to mass, others engaged in different forms
of worship while the remaining roomies engaged in natural discussions on God and
religion. Sure, the early seasons lacked the naked three- (and four- and
five-)somes and catfights of The Real
Worlds to come, but I miss the real Real
World, where normal-looking people with average backgrounds came together
to work, play and explore a new city.Fast forward a couple decades to the current season, which takes place in
Portland, Ore. Funny, between Portlandia and
an as-mainstream-as-it-gets MTV show, this hipster capital of the world’s
coolness bubble is about to burst. But I digress. Portland is an awesome city
to transplant a group of 20-somethings for a couple months. It’s known for
being easy to traverse via bikes or public transport, the dining and nightlife
scene is bustling with offerings and you’d think there would be endless
festivals, arts, outdoorsy stuff and other events to keep you occupied for the
24 hours you’re being filmed each day. But no. These douchers have managed to visit
the same handful of neon-lit night clubs, sushi joints and SUBWAYS (pretty sure
it’s in their contracts to eat at least on six-inch sub per day) through the
past 10 episodes (…yet I still watch. I don’t know, I’m a masochist). Pictured: Rejected applicants from The Bachelorette, Survivor, Big Brother, Amazing Race, Bad Girls Club and Judge Judy.
I originally tuned in to scope the digs
(though the allure of the The Real World
space and home décor is starting to fade), see what kind of quirky job the
roommates would end up with (they all work at a normal pizza shop, except two
girls who were too inept to even bus tables; they serve frozen yogurt out of a
cart. I repeat, they’re in their 20s.), or find any other example of ripe
Portland weirdness. Last week, my watching finally paid off as Averey, Johnny
and Jordan attended a totally awesome overnight zombie survival course at
Portland’s Trackers Earth — and I think we finally got a glimpse at the real Portland. For the first time this season, the people in
the background didn’t look like extras from a Smirnoff Ice commercial!
Check out the full episode here.
Nathan Fielder, the comedian behind one of my
favorite shows to come this year,
is all about messing with people to get some laughs. Not so much Punk’d, but in more of a social
experiment sort of way, which was on display in his hilarious Comedy Central
show, Nathan For You. Perhaps he’s
warming up for Season Two, or maybe he just wants to ruin some lives — either way,
Nathan’s been taking to Twitter with some interesting was to prank people you
love, then show the world and laugh at them.
Back in April, he
encouraged people to freak out their folks with this text prank:
This week, he put
relationships to the tests with another “experiment”:
Here were some
The number of people who actually save pet names with Emoji icons in their contacts is disheartening.When in doubt, or if you don't have a significant other, always text mom.This prank actually happened for the best, in this couple's case. #bitchesbecrazy
Ya been caught!It’s been a hot
minute since we’ve gotten a song from comedy music trio The Lonely Island —
the guys behind “Dick in a Box,” “I Just Had Sex” and “Lazy Sunday.” They drop
their third album, The Wack Album,
Friday, with tracks including “3-Way,” featuring Justin Timberlake and Lady
Gaga, “YOLO” featuring Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar and this new song
featuring Dance Pop princess, Robyn. “Go Kindergarten” makes fun of all those
stupid instruction club hits…while also being quite twerkable in its own right.
(Lyrics NSFW, if “whipping yo dick out” isn’t cool where your work.)
I really like, “So
raise your glass, then break the glass/Then stomp your bare feet on the glass.”
freaking out about this picture
of a Taco Bell employee licking taco shells that were probably then served to
customers. Am I the only person that thinks this is possibly the least unsavory
“Taco Bell: Exposed” type of thing? Yeah, pre-licked taco shells are gross, but
isn’t that a risk we all take when we take that late-night Taco Bell tango? At
least he didn’t lick all the nacho cheese dust off the Doritos Locos taco
Speaking of health and wellness, it’s bathing suit season and we at CityBeat have taken on a new
workout regime. Prancercise, bitches.
this either watched or heard about Sunday’s shocking, bloody and devastating
episode of Game of Thrones. Without
dropping any spoilers here (no promises in the links!), io9 collected some of
the best tweets about the ep.
I think I speak for all of us when I say fuck you, George R. R. Martin. Fuck
you very much, you heartless bastard.
Gold Medal tweet
Finally, I’m late
in the game but just started catching up on Hannibal. It’s so good! How is
NBC getting away with such a smart graphic show? Tune into that shit.
(Thursdays at 10 p.m.)
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
WEDNESDAY JAN. 9
As a sign of growing maturity and responsibility, WWE! is
going to refrain from making some sort of poop joke about the proposal
to install new public toilets downtown.
2 Comments · Tuesday, February 21, 2012
contemporary filmmakers can claim a career as interesting as Gus Van
Sant’s. The 59-year-old director studied painting at the Rhode Island
School of Design before shifting his studies to film. He tried his hand
at Hollywood after graduation, but soon moved his home base to Portland,
Ore., a place where his artier leanings would flourish.
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2009
If Mayor Mark Mallory isn't an expert on streetcars after visiting Portland, Ore., last week, then Michael Jackson isn't dead and Jeff Berding is respected by his peers. The Enquirer reported today that Mallory, fresh off a field trip to America's leading producer of progressive mass transit and Indie rocker boners, said that if Cincinnati's proposed anti-streetcar ballot measure passes that it will be an end to local mass transit (including Midwest commuter rail) forever.
Lack of vision, planning and investment have made Cincinnati a 'bike unfriendly' city
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 3, 2008
A lack of consideration for bikes as a legitimate form of transportation -- and a consequent lack of funding and planning -- has left Cincinnati way behind one of the most simple and important movements of the 21st century. Today's economic realities are forcing American society to consider alternatives to a car-based lifestyle, and cities that long ago took the lead on bike safety and transportation planning are benefiting from it in numerous ways.