Lady Gaga: Banned Video Glamorising Rape

Artpop Lady GagaEverybody in the world knows her name, Lady Gaga isn’t your ordinary popstar, in fact in most of her ‘artsy’ videos you see the singer wearing very little which is also a portrayal of her style in day to day life. We all know Lady Gaga likes to put on a performance but the latest news to come out was actually quite shocking and in poor taste…

It has emerged that ‘Do What U Want’ the second single from new album Art Pop featuring R Kelly was banned for glamorising rape, throughout the clip the singer is naked which comes to no surprise. R Kelly who plays a doctor is shown to reach under the operating sheet covering her whilst before she passes out. He also states “I’m putting you under, and when you wake up, you’re going to be pregnant.” if that isn’t glamorising rape then I don’t know what is.

Other controversial factors of this collaboration is the fact that Lady Gaga collaborated with R Kelly who was acquitted of Child Pornography charges in 2008 and for the video to be directed by Terry Richardson a photographer who has received many complaints by models stating his inappropriate sexual behaviour towards them. The photographer directed the video Wrecking Ball for Miley Cyrus as well as photographing her and the likes of Kate Moss.

The lyrics ‘You can’t have my heart, and you won’t use my mind but do what you want with my body’ clearly back up the accusations of rape being glamorised. Although the lyrics in my opinion are quite poor and I don’t personally like the song it still managed to reach No.1 in the UK.

Lady GagaDo you think rape was glamorised here?

Although her popularity may be declining the controversy surrounding her now might bring Lady Gaga back into the limelight, she’ll just have to be more careful when selecting ‘artsy’ projects.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/lady-gaga-r-kelly-and-terry-richardsons-scrapped-music-video-an-ad-for-rape-9551572.html

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Maleficent Movie Review

MaleficentAngelina Jolie was born to play Maleficent

Having been excited for this film for months I can finally say it was worth the wait, the last live action I recall was Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton) which sadly left me disappointed but Maleficent was magnificent. This re-telling of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty changes your perspective of the dark fairy Maleficent, she isn’t evil like she was originally portrayed, in fact she is quite complex and has a softer side to her.

Starting off in the Moors divided by two kingdoms, those of the fairies and magical creatures and those of the humans we meet a young Maleficent who is graceful and curious, she encounters Stefan a human who has very little and wishes to one day rule the kingdom, the friendship blossoms and soon love blooms. The humans invade the peaceful kingdom and Maleficent becomes the protector of the land, this prompts the dying King to request the death of her and whichever loyal servant does this will rule the kingdom after he is deceased.

The film is visually stunning and borrows elements from the original Disney film and adds it’s on unique twist to it, Maleficent isn’t the Villain we all grew up thinking she was, like all humans she put her trust into the wrong person who betrays her. Unfortunately this betrayal see’s her become bitter which is why Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) is on the receiving end of this and of course has the infamous curse cast on her.

Elle FanningAurora is portrayed brilliantly by Elle Fanning and like a young Maleficent is curious of the magical kingdom and life, a funny part in the film is when she mistaking thinks Maleficent is her fairy godmother, as I do not wish to spoil the film I will leave out most of the details but if your a fan of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty then you already know the fate of young Princess Aurora. 

The only part I didn’t like about this film was the three magical Pixies/Fairies (named as both within the film) who are there to protect Aurora, as they are quite annoying but luckily they don’t feature throughout the film in large doses. The three are played by Leslie Manville (Flittle), Imelda Staunton (Knotgrass) and Juno Temple (Thistlewit)

Director Robert Stromberg cant be faulted for this film and all Disney fan’s will love his take on the classic, if you read other reviews then they may well compare it to Frozen which is irrelevant and completely different so trust your own instincts on the film and you too may enjoy it as much as I have. With it’s twists and beautiful scenery the film is a must see for all Disney and Fairy Tale fans alike.

I watched the 2D version of the film so cannot comment on the 3D version but personally I don’t think it needed any, it was magical enough and the story was well written that it didn’t need extra effect to carry it.

Film Rating 5/5MaleficentWhy not check out my Top 5 Disney Villains? https://chasingtheimpossibleblog.wordpress.com/2014/05/19/top-5-disney-villains/

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In the Name of Entertainment: Makeover TV

How to Look Good NakedReality Television is associated with different factors such as unprofessional actors, unscripted dialogue for the realistic effect, however in Snog Marry Avoid? Elements of the programme are staged in which the contestants are humiliated for their appearance, e.g. People talking behind their back as they walk past is often featured. The participants also appear to come off as quite dumb in order to add to the humiliation they are about to face. How to Look Good Naked also uses staged elements. E.G Gok Wan often destroys the participants clothing if it is ‘unflattering’ again this detracts away from realism as it wouldn’t happen if the cameras weren’t filming as well as the organisation of the catwalk in shopping centres where participants showcase their new transformation and are asked to appear naked at the end of the catwalk.

The success of makeover reality television shows are due to the increasing concerns of health and body image, in order to adhere to a certain set of standards set by society women are subjected to what Laura Mulvey calls the male gaze which, it can also be linked to ideology. Ideology can be defined as “a systematic framework of social understanding motivated by a will to power or a desire to be accepted as the ‘right’ way of thinking”(Lacey, 2009, p.100)The underlying systems of ideology within the media makes consumers feel that striving for the ‘perfect’ image is acceptable behaviour and that body image is extremely important.

Cosmo MagazineMagazine images of slim models and celebrity inspiration is constantly in the limelight which makes media consumers feel that they should look that way as it is the only body image being perceived, if celebrities put on weight or are photographed without makeup on then they are instantly criticised for having an unpolished appearance, this reflects on females in society as they are portrayed as being abnormal or unattractive if they have a curvy frame and skin that isn’t flawless.

In How to Look Good Naked, the female participants are unhappy with their looks and it is hyper-emphasized with close up camera shots on the body parts which they find ‘unconventional’, e.g. stomachs and thighs are frequently the parts which females tend to dislike about their selves. “Knowing that she is to be subjected to the cold appraisal of the male connoisseur and that her life prospects may depend on how she is seen, a woman learns to appraise herself first.” (Bartky, 1990, 38) In both Snog Marry Avoid? And How to Look Good Naked the reasons for the contestants wanting the makeovers are often more deep rooted than simply wanting to feel good about their selves, it is also influenced by how they feel they should look. Quite often the contestants lack confidence in their bodies and feel that they need to change in order to attract a partner or what is more relevant for How to Look Good Naked is the desire to feel more feminine after having children, having had their body shape change prior to and after giving birth the female lacks confidence in herself, as Bartky illustrates the female must learn to love her body first and maintain it in societal standards in order for it to be appealing to the opposite sex and even in the instance that elements of her life may depend on her appearance which could be career related.

Ok MagazineAlthough the purpose of makeover programmes is to change the lifestyle of participants it attracts it’s audiences by adding in entertainment aspects at the costs of humiliating those who have taken part in the programme. According to Dovey (2000) lifestyle television is “filled by voices proclaiming and celebrating their own “freakiness”, articulating their most intimate fears and secrets” (Biressi and Nunn, 2005, p.96) In How to Look Naked participants prior to their makeovers have an image of their body projected onto a large building in a public place, wearing only unflattering lingerie as strangers are exhibited to their humiliation.

Barbie Twins In Snog, Marry, Avoid? Before their appearance is changed the participants have over eccentric looks, little clothing and large amounts of make up on, they are quite often ‘bullied’ over their appearances by what members of the public have to say about them, another reason why they want the makeover is to feel confident in their selves after being subjected to bullying in the past which is what makes them cover their selves in makeup and fake tan as a sort of persona in order to hide their true identity.

Conboy et al (1997) argues that the body is constantly in the process of change, without the changes linking to societal requirements the female form will always be considered grotesque or undesirable, this links into makeover programmes such as How to Look Good Naked and Snog Marry Avoid? As stated previously females feel they should change the way they look in order to fit the standards rather than to accept the way they already look, this is a reflection of body image and vanity in contemporary culture due to the increasing pressure to look perfect.

Freak Show PosterMetaphorically the lifestyle programme is like watching a freak show, the female is exhibited in front of an audience who can laugh at her expense because of her unconventional appearance.

In conclusion reality television is constantly using entertainment factors in order to make their shows more appealing to consumers, although it takes away the realism with its use of staged scenes it still makes lifestyle shows such as How to Look Good Naked and Snog Marry Avoid? Successful. The freak show format allows audience to laugh at the expense of others and feel better about their selves which allows the programmes to legitimise the female body in the name of entertainment, if the body doesn’t fit societal standards showcased by the media then it isn’t acceptable so why not laugh at it? This is what the makeover programme offers, the humiliation and entertainment of others whilst they try to fit the norm and adhere to what they think they should look like. It’s the shocking dress and makeup choices that participants in Snog Marry Avoid? Wear that makes the show more appealing, they essentially humiliate their selves on a daily basis with the poor choices of thick layers of tan and little clothing so adding it into the reality format makes the show more entertaining and acceptable to laugh at others as it isn’t something that you could do in real life. It essentially showcases the female body for bullying/humiliation if it isn’t perfect and calls it entertainment.

Bibliography

Biressi, A. and Nunn, H. (2005) Reality TV: Realism and Revelation. London: Wallflower Press.

Conboy, K, Medina, N and Stanbury, S. (ed.) (1997) Writing on the Body: Female Embodiment and Feminist Theory. New York:Columbia University Press.

Lacey, N (2009). Image and Representation: Key Concepts in Media Studies. 2nd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Mulvey, L. (2009) Visual and other pleasures. 2nd ed. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

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Peaches Geldof Death Revealed

Peaches Geldof familyThe death of Peaches Geldof shocked the world on April 7th when it was revealed that she had died, she leaves behind children Astala Dylan Willow and Phaedra Bloom Forever and husband Thomas Cohen. The child of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates echoed the death of her mother when it was revealed today that heroin was found in her blood, an overdose also killed her mother in 2000.

Peaches has previously overdosed in 2008 and told the world how her ‘wild child’ ways were over when she settled down and had children, it’s such a shame that the star who was rumoured to be a new judge on Australia’s Next Top Model had turned back to the drug, now like she did her children will grow up without their mother.

Bob Geldof wants Thomas to remain close to the family so that the children will grow up knowing about their mother, the S.C.U.M singer has reportedly changed his name to Thomas Geldof Cohen to honour Peaches’ memory. It just goes to show that such a deadly addiction can haunt a family. It is not known why the traces of Heroin could not be found in her Kent home by the police or sniffer dogs and why  Peaches had turned back to the drug.

Peaches Geldof with Thomas Cohen

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The Sun: Sexualised Media

Nicole NealThe Sun came to a shocking new low today with its ‘Under boob’ trend being modelled by Page 3 girl Nicole Neal, the trend like the ‘side boob’ sported by celebrities consists of part of the breast being exposed, in this case the curvature of the bottom of the breasts. The above look was described as being a festival inspired, personally I find it far too much and don’t see how anybody cause possibly leave the house so comfortably when showing off so much skin. As for ‘festival’ just because she has flowers in her hair doesn’t mean it’s a festival trend. also people usually go to festivals to see live music not women wearing very little.Miley CyrusIt come’s to no surprise that controversial stars such as Miley Cyrus is not shy of the side boob trend, especially considering that she wears very little on stage. But is the under boob and side boob really a trend that people should be following or is it just an excuse for females to be sexualized even more?

Gender inequality is certainly far from being solved when the media splashes images across the world of ‘side boobs’ and ‘under boobs’ like it’s a perfectly acceptable thing. Would you really want to see your children or relatives walking around like this because they’ve seen it in magazines or showcased by celebrities?

Considering The Sun is now linked to the breast cancer charity Coppafeel, you would think that’d be more respectful to the female body but obviously not, previously they held a contest against Ex Big Brother and Apprentice ‘star’ Luisa Zuissman and model Helen Flanagan to see who had better breasts. Is this really important and ‘news’ I think not but the paper is so misogynistic that it couldn’t possibly stoop any lower.

Helen FlanaganRather than showcasing women as just something that can be looked at The Sun should showcase talented women and show there is more to us than just breasts, rather than pitting two ‘celebrities’ together to see who has better breasts, fake vs natural, this is the kind of content you’d expect to find in lads mags, especially when they have their top lists to determine which female is sexier.  Page 3 is outdated yet they wont listen to the public and scrap it, instead it seems that more female bodies are showcased and very little news is actually reported so is this still a ‘family’ newspaper or just another lads mag that has articles in to deviate from the fact that often enough large images of bikini clad women take centre spread.

As young females grow up they shouldn’t feel like they are only worth what their body looks like, females should grow up not feeling like their body counts for everything and that boob fashion trends are the norm but with such sexualized content publically showcased then gender inequality is looking less likely.

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James Arthur: The Pressures of Fame

James Arthur Album CoverSince winning the X Factor, champion James Arthur has appeared in the media negatively involving sex scandals, arguments with fellow stars and homophobic rants. The star’s new releases have even been blacklisted by radios meaning its virtually impossible for him to catch a break and hits have even failed to make the top 40.

This provides a perfect example of the pressure stardom takes on people, rather than being helped through his breakdown the star seems to face increasing backlash adding more impact to it all. The X Factor isn’t glamorous, being a successful popstar doesn’t mean that you will be treated fairly, as James has experienced as soon as you step out of line you will be out-casted faster than you can blink.  

In November 2013 an online row got out of hand when James labelled an unknown rapper Micky Worthless a ‘fucking queer’, he soon became branded homophobic and album refunds were given to fans he turned against him, another spat a month later came with fellow X Factor contestant Lucy Spraggan who branded him homophobic and he retaliated by branding her an attention seeker, in all fairness who has heard about her since the X-factor other than on this incident?

It’s such a shame that his latest single Get Down was blacklisted by radio stations, on numerous occasions he has apologised for the homophobic label even telling audiences live from performing on the X Factor that it was a bad mistake and he had made poor choices.

James ArthurRecord label Syco owned by Simon Cowell has now decided to drop the singer after his latest song ‘Follow the Leader’ contains references to terrorism, it’s clear that the singer has been self-destructing since being pushed into the limelight, rather than being exploited by scandals he should have been given support by his record label, im sure Simon Cowell could have afforded to have done this than choose to drop him at his weakest.

The new rap lyrics “Wish I’d never let you in , to think that I was thinking maybe I should let you live, I’m gonna blow up your family like a terrorist” are the final straw for Simon Cowell who has decided not to release a second album. It’s in extremely bad taste but I don’t think anyone would intentionally reference terrorism so I feel it’s just a big cry for help.

It seems that the best thing would be for James to fade out of the limelight and feel normal again rather than being a media puppet portrayed as evil and allowed to be abused for poor mistakes.  Such a shame that someone so talented got caught up in the X factor circus and abandoned at his weakest, maybe in the future the public will allow the singer to start again and release new material that isn’t blacklisted but for now the first step would be to get rid of all the negativity surrounding him and for the Twitter abuse to stop.

 

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BodyShockers: My Tattoo Hell

Katie PiperBodyshockers: My Tattoo Hell is the first of I believe three shocking documentaries on Channel 4 focusing on body modification, the second focuses on piercings and then the third and final documentary goes back to tattoos.

Tattoo’s are never perceived in a positive light it seems, previously Channel 4 had a show focusing on poorly executed tattoos and tattoos done abroad on drunk holiday makers, why can they not focus on credible artists for a change?

Katie Piper meets different people with tattoo regrets ranging from a new mom to a Johnny Depp impersonator, the most shocking tattoo of the show to me was one on a mans eyelid, what a strange and painful place for a tattoo! This man purely got the tattoo to out stage his brother who has a camel tattooed on his toe, the man in questioning had ‘Japs’ tattooed on his eyelid with is just bad taste and racist. He claimed to have gotten it whilst on a drunk night out not thinking about his decision, what the show didn’t highlight it that it is illegal to tattoo somebody under the influence. He takes the painful and dangerous route of tattoo removal.

Merlisa My Tattoo HellNew mom Merlissa had a large chest piece done to rebel against her grandparents, at the tender age of 16! Again not mentioned on the show that this is again illegal. Getting a tattoo for the shock factor is never a good idea, Merlissa undertakes the decision to have the piece removed as she feels self conscious around other mothers at they playground, she states it was part of her past and no longer wants the piece as a reminder, this is why tattoos should have large amounts of thought put into them before they are inked permanently.

I don’t want to detail the whole show as it is worth a watch so i’ll leave you with the trailer! Documentary is available on 4OD

 

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Plastic Surgery Trends: 2014

Plastic surgery amongst celebrities is more common than a McDonald’s building! In Hollywood if you don’t have it, surgically enhance it so you can flaunt it.

Marilyn MonroeA top trend predicted is chin implants, this is to achieve the Hollywood glamour look after it was reported Marilyn Monroe herself had this surgery, the procedure leaves the client with a more defined chin. Since 2010 the amount of procedures has doubled and is set to continue throughout 2014.

Another trend for the year is the intimate surgery known as the labiaplasty or vaginoplasty, in the quest for women to have a ‘designer vagina’ this is know to be one of the UK’s fastest growing surgery treatment. The labiaplasty is designed to reshape or reduce the size of the labia minora (inner lips) of course this procedure isn’t just for medical reasons and can be purely for aesthetic purposes. The vaginoplasty is a treatment that tightens the area, a popular treatment for those that have given birth.

kim-kardashian75% of anti-aging treatments come from non-surgical treatments, this is popular amongst celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Botox, chemical peels and dermal fillers are becoming increasingly popular by people that want radiant ageless skin without going under the knife.  This is set to be the biggest trend of 2014 with boob jobs and reductions still being quite high.

If 2014 has such a demand for plastic and cosmetic surgery then will 2015 be any different? Growing old naturally seems to be taboo, with such a high celebrity influence natural beauty is becoming a myth. In 2014 even your vagina has to be designer so there’s little hope that natural beauty will make a comeback.   

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Disney Princesses: Miley Cyrus Makeover

Disney PrincessesDisney Princesses are given a Miley Cyrus makeover by Italian artist Moricci, I find the images to be in bad taste, just because her Disney image is purposely corrupt, we all know she doesn’t want to be known as Hannah Montana, but why not? after all that’s how so became famous but to take the innocence out of Disney Princesses which children view is just disturbing. What if your child Googled Disney Princesses and came upon this?

Belle Wrecking BallBelle from Beauty and the Beast can be seen re-interpreting Wrecking Ball which of course see’s Miley swinging naked on the ball, as well as Sleeping Beauty Princess Aurora who can be seen in a netted dress complete with nipple covers.

Sleeping BeautyDisney Princesses don’t ‘twerk’ or go around naked so why should such an innocent childhood image be corrupt?

A closer view of the images can be found here http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2481224/Disney-Princesses-reimagined-Miley-Cyrus.html do you find them to be just a bit of fun or out of bad taste?

Miley has far from removed herself from the Disney scene so why bother bringing her back into it, when she clearly goes to the extremes to avoid the squeaky clean and innocent image. Why not have the Disney Princesses representing influential role models rather than a walking train wreck?

Miley should learn that she doesn’t need to take her clothes off just to gain attention, it almost sees her following in the footsteps of other troubled child stars such as Amanda Bynes and Lindsey Lohan.Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball 

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Women Get Real: The Ideal Body Shape

Balloon chests and tiny waists are now being rejected by women for a softer curvier body shape, gone is the idealistic ‘porn’ body favoured by men, women still favouring this look are models such as Katie Price and Pamela Anderson, who we all know have had a lot of cosmetic surgery to achieve their look. 

Women now feel that model Kelly Brook has the ideal shape, a soft body with curves and no enhancements, gone is the reality that being as thin as Kate Moss is the shape that must be achieved and attained by women, personally I’ve never found her that appealing and don’t see her as a good role model for young women. Have you ever thought that being skin and bone is attractive? Well not anymore as the rise of curves is coming, move over size zero.

Kate Moss“However 92 per cent of girls  reported they felt ‘under pressure’ to keep up with the latest body shape ideals, despite many women once again embracing a more natural look” Ladies should feel comfortable no matter what their size is! Don’t follow the trends or worse the silly celebrity diets such as ‘The Maple Syrup Diet’, embrace your body and dress to accentuate it. If you constantly worry if your the right shape or size then you wont be living your life to the full.

Marilyn Monroe was a healthy size 14 and im sure she never worried about being a size 6!  So whatever your size feel comfortable in your own skin or if you wish to lose a tiny bit of weight do it in a healthy way and not starve yourselves purposely or consider surgery because you feel its a quick fix.

Although the porn body may seem like every guys fantasy do you really think they’d want to settle with someone obsessed with their looks and surgery? Barbie is a doll for a reason she can easily be manufactured differently and women shouldn’t even try to achieve that ‘perfect’ plastic look.

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