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Saturday Links: Candy Salad Edition

Let’s all dress like food and eat food every single day.

Hazel

This video for Viva Vena!, the sister fashion line of Vena Cava, satirizes fashion commercials and is hilarious. Directed by Matthew Frost, it portrays Lizzy Caplan as a carefree gal who frolics in flowers, listens to obscure ’60s records, and presses seashells to her ears—all while, you know, she becomes who she is. So fashion, so free, so funny.

I love Joe + Gigs, a website where writers and poets pick a work of art—a lot of times, it’s a painting by a famous artist—and write a short piece to accompany it. Such a good idea! This story is my favorite. Ah, Satanist roommates.

Fellow Rookie babe Amy Rose made CANDY fucking SALAD for Buzzfeed. OMG, I wanna eat all of that up and cry and barf. “Sorry not sorry” is right!

Gabby

I don’t know about you guys, but it really bothers me when magazines do “Get This Look” features, and the resulting outfit is a really sad imitation of some amazing thing that Beyoncé wore—like, don’t even try to tell me that I will look like her if I purchase a jewel-toned cocktail dress that can go from day to night. So I was pretty excited when The Hairpin’s version of that trope, which in the past has taught us how to look like ghosts, cannibals, and Angela Lansbury, decided to take on FOOD. First it was baked goods, and this week it was sandwiches! Writer Rebecca Jane Stokes nailed “grilled cheese” with a yellow-lace-crop-top-and-Ugg-boots combo. I hope this series continues, because I’m dying to know how to dress like soup.

Emma S.

Finally, a quiz that makes sense to me. I’m so glad that the women of Jezebel have created a system with which to figure out which kind of Girl Scout cookie you are. I’ve always felt like a Thin Mint, but it’s good to have this external validation.

Also, since I clearly have cookies on the brain, here’s a video from the New York Times about what selling Girl Scout cookies does for one of those fabulously vested young women. (The badges! I die over those badges!)

Stephanie

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Thursday would have been Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 146th birthday. Her Little House books were my first literary loves and writing inspirations. I discovered them at the age of five and immediately embarked upon a phase of wearing long dresses and doll bonnets tied around my neck everywhere I went.

I still sometimes fantasize about living in Laura’s world, full of adventure and new frontiers, but Zoë Triska at The Huffington Post makes some pretty fair points about why life on the prairie really wasn’t that awesome. Among the biggest downsides were illnesses like scarlet fever, which blinded Laura’s sister Mary…or maybe it didn’t? NPR shares a new theory.

Jessica

As if Erykah Badu was not just an awe-inspiring gal’s gal already, in an interview posted this week she talks about how, in the last decade, she started working informally as a doula—a woman who hangs out and takes care of women while they are giving birth, something between a best friend and a coach. Now she’s working to become a midwife, which means she would be trained and licensed to deliver babies. I don’t think there is another R&B icon whom I would rather help me deliver a baby. 

Naomi

The fact that human remains found under a car park in Leicester were confirmed this Monday to belong to King Richard III is my favorite news story of not just this week, but the whole year so far. It is a fascinating tale from beginning to end—and a little creepy, in the best possible way. (This reconstruction of the king’s face is EVEN CREEPIER.)

King Rick’s life is shrouded in myth, and he kinda has a bad rep thanks to Shakespeare’s portrayal of him as a hunchbacked monster of a man. For centuries, people believed his body was thrown in a river after his grisly death in the Battle of Bosworth. BUT, finally we have the truth!

It’s lovely when legends are pulverized somewhere as banal as a car park. It’s also a nice reminder that even if you are a king and have all the riches in the world, you can’t escape ending up a pile of bones. Although sometimes it’s a very fascinating pile of bones.

Anaheed

The internet gives us so many gifts, as proven by the other items in this post. But the very thing that makes it so great—its ability to connect people with common interests—can also make it an echo chamber of negativity. The great Paul Ford said that the internet has given us all a sense of an “ambient tribal identity,” where “the question ‘I wonder who else hates this?’ has an immediate answer.”

People coming together over stuff they care about or that makes them happy is awesome; but when people unite over the “cause” of dragging someone or something down, it makes the world seem smaller and meaner. I’m thinking about all of this for the thousandth time this week because of two things that happened on the ol’ internet.

The first thing was that Grimes deleted most of her Tumblr because people were giving her a ton of shit for including Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Psy, Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Lana Del Rey, and Mariah Carey on a list of her favorite songs of 2012. To explain herself, Grimes, aka Claire Boucher, left up two posts, which you should read in full, but here’s a short version of my favorite parts:

So I made that post about my favourite songs of 2012 (including Taylor Swift and Gangnam Style etc.) and people just hated on it. I just don’t understand…. I don’t see why we have to hate something just because it’s successful…. Like, how can you hate Beyoncé? She’s changing the world. She stands for people of colour and women everywhere succeeding in a stifling patriarchy, without compromising her morals. And she makes challenging, interesting art. She’s always positive. She is everything good. And the fact that she is hugely successful is not a shitty thing. It’s an important and amazing thing and she clearly works hard for it….

And I’m sorry, but I think it’s fucking incredible that a Korean-language song is the most popular thing on the planet…. [Psy's] art is creating a generation of kids that will grow up seeing Asian culture as being as valid as Western culture, which they currently don’t…. Racism isn’t over. Sexism isn’t over. The only way things actually effect social change is by hitting the audience that perpetuates these ideas.

Boucher said she needs some time away from the internet while she records her next record, because she can’t handle her “personal website becoming a content farm.” And yet it doesn’t fucking end—after she made that totally understandable and relatable statement, a guy on Gawker was all: “If you don’t want attention for what you do on your Tumblr, don’t post on your Tumblr and certainly don’t start deleting shit from your Tumblr.” OK. Somehow I don’t think Grimes needs advice on internet etiquette from Gawker.

The second thing was this wonderful poem by Sarah Nicole Prickett on The New Inquiry: “Is Taylor Swift a Feminist?” Each line is a link to an online story asking if so-and-so “is a feminist”: Beyoncé, Tina Fey, Lady Gaga, Barack Obama, etc. Can we please stop interrogating people about this? Isn’t what we do and how we conduct ourselves in the world more important and revealing than checking a Y/N box in response to a complicated and loaded question?

In conclusion, I love you, internet, but you can be a real dick sometimes.  ♦

32 Comments

  • Violet February 9th, 2013 7:33 PM

    <3 <3 <3 Grimes <3 <3 <3
    you go girl

  • Ms.O February 9th, 2013 7:47 PM

    finally comments yay
    THANK YOU ANAHEED. Seriously, that feminist thing made me wanna puke. Calling Tina Fey a bad feminist doesn’t make her better. So check out this cool thing: http://www.areyouafeminist.com
    Also Grimes is so ridiculously awesome and amazing and pop culture nerd-ing.

    • Mintvirgin February 11th, 2013 11:38 AM

      hahahah this test is really nice! i have just done it, and i am a feminist// but i knew that fact!

  • DrewNotBarrymore February 9th, 2013 8:36 PM

    I love all the of this Saturday’s Links, but the responses on the Buzzfeed website to Amy Rose’s article are so mean! :( I had no idea why people are responding so rudely to such a sweet, silly article. :(

    • Anaheed February 9th, 2013 9:08 PM

      Seriously, this is the only comments section that doesn’t make me want to vom.

      • DrewNotBarrymore February 9th, 2013 9:25 PM

        Rookie’s comment section is normally the only one I look at! :) I understand to some the “candy salad” may be TOO sweet, but I was shocked to see
        “No pictures of that skinny blonde girl making herself throw up afterwards?”

        I just felt it was disregarding, not too mention completely unnecessary. :(

        • Molly February 9th, 2013 11:34 PM

          But it felt good to see at least one person calling whoever that was out for being a jerk.

        • Dayzee February 10th, 2013 6:05 AM

          yeah, that comment made me so furious. so replied with an angry paragraph.
          Rookie you should feel proud for having almost an completely asshole-free comment section.

    • Ozma February 10th, 2013 12:12 AM

      I know! I was really upset to see them being so harsh!

    • MissKnowItAll February 10th, 2013 8:41 AM

      I saw that and it made em want to punch a hole in the wall.IF ANYONE INSULTS MY ROOKIE SISTERS
      I WILL
      END
      THEM

    • Amy Rose February 10th, 2013 12:27 PM

      Thanks so much for supporting me, you guys, and to Hazel for putting this up in the first place. That asshole who suggested the eating disorder shit kind of ruined my day, especially since it’s the most popular comment on the post. I really hate any comments section on the Internet besides this one, which is a joy explosion for me to read all the time.

      • Molly February 10th, 2013 7:08 PM

        Seeing that AWESOME salad made me wanna eat only that for breakfast lunch and dinner every single day of my life!

      • Abby February 10th, 2013 7:23 PM

        AMY ROSE I PERSONALLY LOVE YOU SO INCREDIBLY MUCH. You’re so pretty and perfect and you made CANDY FUCKING SALAD for heaven’s sake!! All of us here at Rookie love you… don’t listen to the mean people!

  • ivoire February 9th, 2013 10:08 PM

    same ugh i only read rookie comments because its the only sane one

  • Jessica W February 9th, 2013 10:34 PM

    Ugh the only celebrity who I WANT to hear from on the internet is leaving the internet???!!! Sad days

    The Lovelorn

  • azultardis February 9th, 2013 10:40 PM

    love all the links this saturday, and I agree with what Grimes says, there’s nothing wrong with success. I love Taylor and Beyonce and I like Psy and 1D and a lot of people says how awful my music tastes are now, but I don’t feel that way, I just like them and I feel comfortable posting and writing about them. sometimes people on the internet can be so rude and even in real life. there’s nothing wrong with having “mainstream” tastes or anything, people needs to get over it and accept that some people are succesful and that’s it. they work hard for it and deserve it.

    • Paint By Numbers February 10th, 2013 1:01 AM

      Exactly. The thing many people don’t realise is that a musician’s career started because they have a passion for what they do and they would have had to have great determination to become so successful in the first place.

      Oh and who really cares if someone listens to Taylor Swift, Beyonce, PSY, whatever… It’s their own choice what they listen to, so why say such negative things about it if they enjoy listening to it?

      I listen to a whole mix of things, ranging from The Beatles, to Grimes, to Hole, to Taylor Swift, even Swedish pop and that works just fine for me.

      Poor Grimes.

      http://paint-numbers.blogspot.com.au

  • Domenic February 10th, 2013 1:49 AM

    Are the people hating on Grimes like way too underground to like mainstream music? Some people are so ignorant and actually idiotic to realise that pop culture is something that can be enjoyed, and enjoying things with other people is GOOD. Sometimes if I find an obscure band that has a really low count of views I’ll think “this sounds cool” but nobody else will really know about it and I can’t really share the love I have for it easily without FORCING people listen to it- which completely ruins the experience all together.

    GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • paige.xo February 10th, 2013 3:22 AM

    Speaking of how horrible the internet is… one of the best things about rookie is how the comments section doesn’t make me want to throw my laptop out the window… Pretty sure, its because you moderate them, but I like to think that its because everyone here is super lovely.
    There is nothing worse than reading a really amazing article and then see people smashing it or just generally hating in the comments. :/

    • Anaheed February 10th, 2013 4:10 AM

      We honestly accept like 99.9% of the comments. You guys are just a really especially wonderful group of people.

    • HollinsCollins February 10th, 2013 10:40 AM

      I totally agree. It makes me so mad when I see lists on IMDb that say ‘celebrities who are considered attractive but are NOT’ or something. And there’s this cool website I like called flavorwire, but ALL THE COMMENTS ARE MEAN. Why.

  • insanejane February 10th, 2013 4:35 AM

    Oh God !!! Need this salad <3 <3 It'll be for my movies week-end with my best friend ;) I'm ready to eat…eat…eat…watch great movies…and eat !
    I feel an adoration for the wonderful Amy Rose <3

  • insanejane February 10th, 2013 5:34 AM

    oh ! and thank you Hazel for this amazing video :D What a beautiful world…

  • Taylor WM February 10th, 2013 9:33 AM

    The fact that Rookie loves Grimes as much as me is honestly just the best.

  • Lascelles February 10th, 2013 10:25 AM

    Boingboing’s Maggie Little House’s blind theory is herpes. I think Boingboig is just seeing herpes everywhere because Anne might have had it.

    http://boingboing.net/2013/02/04/forget-scarlet-fever-what.html
    http://boingboing.net/2013/01/24/fun-science-fact-anne-of-gree.html

  • oharnoldlayne February 10th, 2013 11:40 AM

    I knew it! I’m a samoa.

    And it’s crazy how some people seem to get pleasure by putting people down on the internet.

  • Bananaskid February 10th, 2013 11:54 AM

    I am a girl scout, how ironic.
    This video is amazing and awesome.

  • Guinevere February 10th, 2013 8:30 PM

    Really in love with the “fashion art film.” ;)

  • lipstik February 11th, 2013 1:36 AM

    Love Lizzy Caplan. Love Girl Scout cookies. Love Grimes. A candy salad? I’m going to make a gluten-free version and eat a bowl once a day.

    Saturday Links are my favorite things to look forward to. <3

  • soretudaaa February 11th, 2013 7:50 AM

    I’ve never had a cavity in my life. Not before that salad post…