Category Archives: In The News & Around The Web

Feel Good With Brooke Simpson’s ‘Stone Cold’ Voice Audition

With the constant barrage of shit we’re faced with on a daily, constantly reminded how much people suck, it’s always great when we get a little content that just makes us feel good. This video, more of a surprise to me than I can say, happens to be one of those. From beginning to end, everything about this video made me smile.

Contestant, Brooke Simpson, took to the stage of The Voice to belt out Demi Lovato’s power ballad, ‘Stone Cold.’ Now, anyone who has seen Demi rock that performance knows that it’s no easy feat, and you need serious chops to do it justice. However, Brooke proved that she was up to the task and she did an amazing job.

So, not only were the song choice and performance incredible, so was the reaction and subsequent banter of the judges. Now, despite American Idol’s quality decline in more recent years, and The Voice’s steady ratings hold, here’s something that most people seem not to want to admit: The Voice has not produced a fraction of the stars that American Idol has… if any at all. It’s great when a previously unknown contestant goes on to win the finale, but how many have actually gone on to achieve solid success after their win? I’ll wait…

Nevertheless, where The Voice has American Idol beat is the charisma, banter and connection of the celebrity judges and this is as evident as ever in this video. It’s so great to see this household-name judges put their hearts into singing the praises of these unknown contestants because they genuinely see their talent.

Seriously, watch this video and smile!

ps, from now on, I’m gonna start walking around with a little notepad just so that I can toss it at someone in incredulity.

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Take a walk down memory lane with Daniel Radcliffe

This has been pretty much everywhere the past few days, so most of you should have seen it. For those of you who may not have, I am beyond pleased to be the one to bring it to your attention. It has been almost 15 years since Harry Potter & the Sorceror’s Stone first came out, and yet it remains the gift that keeps on giving!

A video of a young, pre sex-inducing Daniel Radcliffe doing a screen test as Harry has been making the rounds, and it is all kinds of adorable and nostalgic. While, from The Prisoner of Azkaban onwards, Daniel did a kickass job of making that role his bitch, I’d always thought he was just barely tolerable in the first two movies, in part due to his age. Surprisingly, though, he kills it in that screen test, even doing an incredible reading from The Prisoner of Azkaban, which didn’t come out until three years after.

Radcliffe, we all know, has done an amazing job of nurturing an impressive acting career, even when considering films which don’t do fantastically at the box office (including Victor Frankenstein, which I haven’t seen yet, but am dying to), but seeing him prepare for the role which made it all possible is – please forgive the corniness – absolutely magical!

Dirty Paws is the Werewolf Story I Never Knew I Needed

I totally credit The Gaily Grind for introducing me to this. Karina Farek who, amazingly does a lot of gay-themed artwork, wrote, directed and animated Dirty Paws, and it is the most adorable thing! Dirty Paws follows a couple – half of whom is a werewolf – on the night of a full moon, and, obviously, the trials that this presents. I know that it’s only an animated short, but I can’t believe just how endearing it is. It’s hard to describe just what about it is so incredible, and it might be different things to different people but, for me, I love that it follows less the werewolf (as so many of these stories tend to) and more the human partner. I think this stands out so much to me because, despite the supernatural and fantastical nature of the story, the fact that we see it mostly from the perspective of the human makes it a bit more relatable to us… unless you happen to be a werewolf yourself, in which case I sincerely apologise and… holla at me! I also love the relative normalcy of the situation, and the underlying, unspoken message that love really can weather anything if you let it. Seriously, someone needs to work on this becoming an actual HBO series, and I’ve got tons of casting suggestions. Ok, enough of my yapping! Enjoy the video!

#BeyonceAlwaysOnBeat is the Reason The Internet Was Created

Sure, sure, the dissemination of crucial information, education, and advancement of human existence are sorta reasons also, but I can assure you that the creator of the internet had known, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we would one day need to the phenomenon #beyoncealwaysonbeat.

Social media has a way of turning the most obscure ideas into global obsessions. If the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the Blue/Gold Dress Debate or #CharlieCharlie have taught us anything, it’s that at any moment, we, the public, can turn anything into a worldwide frenzy through our use of social media. Beyoncé, who is already pretty much the queen of everything, if the number of GIFs on Tumblr is any indication, recently took Twitter, Instagram and Vine by storm with the hashtag #beyoncealwaysonbeat. If you aren’t aware of it – and I’d be seriously shocked to learn that you were – this latest craze involves taking a short clip of any one of Beyoncé’s incredible, on-point choreography, and blending it with any random song (though it works best with songs containing strong bass beats). The result is the incredible realization that Beyoncé’s moves seem to go in sync with anything thrown at her… though, really, we didn’t need a hashtag to tell us that.

The entire thing is silly yet genius, inane but hilarious, and I cannot tell you how much time I’ve spent going through far too many of these videos. For those of you who may not be aware of it, I’ve included some of my favorite after the jump.

Show me the #beyoncealwaysonbeat videos, dammit!

Paralyzed Ex-Football Player Chris Norton’s Walk Across His Graduation Stage Will Make You Feel Things

Seriously, get ready for the feeliest feels possible! Chris Norton, who became paralyzed after a sports injury in his freshman year, was afraid that he’d never again regain movement beneath his neck. Still, he set a monumental goal for himself: to walk across his graduation stage to receive his degree. Chris dedicated up to six hours a day training for that moment and, watching him accomplish it is an absolutely remarkable experience.

With help from his fianceé, Emily – to whom he’d gotten engaged just the day prior – every tiny and difficult step that Chris took kicked “the impossible” right in its face. The cheers and encouragement that he received from the audience is pretty much the audible version of what you feel inside, watching him realise his goal. You’ve got to watch the video to truly appreciate the awesomeness of it all. Just keep reminding yourself, “don’t shed a tear, don’t shed a tear.”

Actually, you know what? To hell with that! Shed as many tears as you want!

Ireland Votes YES To Marriage Equality

Score one for the Irish! Ireland has become the newest country to legalize same-sex marriages! However, what’s even more awesome than that is the fact that they’re the first country to pass the law by popular vote. This means that the Irish public was the one actually responsible for declaring that marriage equality should exist, and they cast their vote to support that!

With the US still awaiting the Supreme Court’s ruling on nationwide marriage equality, it’s incredibly refreshing to know that there are countries out there where the vast majority of the population is sensible enough to leave their bigotry in the past, where it belongs.

So, in celebration of Ireland’s amazing ruling, go out and grab a whiskey, or stare at pictures of Gerard Butler shirtless all afternoon. This is a judgment-free zone!

Josh Duggar’s Sexual Assault History Highlights The Hypocrisy of The Fundamentalists

Well, you had to have been living under a rock if you hadn’t heard the news that the wholesome and morally-upstanding uberChristian, Josh Duggar, had, as a teenager, sexually assaulted underage girls. Some outlets are even reporting that some of these girls may have been relatives. What makes this story even more sickeningly tragic is that, although his parents had known about it all these years – they had reported it to the police an entire year after they first found out – it had all been kept hushed up in order to preserve their pristine holier-than-Jesus-himself image. After all, I would imagine that it would be super hard to be chaste up until your wedding night if you’d already indulged in multiple counts of sexual assault.

I feel too much for the victims of this situation to bellow “I knew it” in the direction of this god-awful family, but I would like to bring your attention to this post that went up not even a full year ago! Do you guys remember this? When Lafayette, Arkansas, was considering passing a bill which would make it illegal to discriminate based on profiles such as sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or socioeconomic background, Michelle Duggar was quick to warn the residents of that area that allowing such a law would allow “men” – referring to transgender females – to use girls’ locker rooms. She’d also all but flat out said that convicted child molesters would, with the law, have the right to enter private areas designated for girls. Funny, she didn’t seem so concerned that her football team-sized brood of daughters was being enclosed with a child molester when said molester was her own son. The protection of molestation victims didn’t seem to be much of a preoccupation when she was hiding what her son did for the past ten years. I suppose the fact that he wasn’t transgender meant that his transgressions weren’t cause for alarm.

This is just another example of how those who are loudest in passing judgment against others are those who are often the most morally bankrupt. And so, I would just like to remind all of you who may have felt personally victimized by Michelle Duggar’s disgusting argument, or even those of you who are shamed and bullied by others on a daily basis, of one thing. If the reason you’re being hated on or discriminated against is nothing more than you being yourself, you need to hold your head high, because the likelihood is that your tormentors are guilty of far worse sins.

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