From all indications, Bon Iver might end up being to the Grammys what Kanye West was to the VMAs. If you're not following the ongoing saga of sulk and shill, first Bon Iver said the Grammys were unimportant. Then he was nominated for some, and lo, there were promos on ice. Then the Grammys asked him to perform with somebody else--a group of people Justin Vernon called "awesome people" but who nevertheless weren't good enough, and here it comes:
"We wanted to play our music, but we were told that we couldn't play. We had to do a collaboration with someone else. And we just felt like it was such a large stage. We're getting nominated for this record that we made, me and Brian [Joseph] and a bunch of our fucking friends, and we were given accolades for it. And all of a sudden we were being asked to play music that had nothing to do with that. We kind of said 'fuck you' a little bit and they sort of acted like they wanted us to play, but I don't think they wanted us to play."
This is a wonder of passive-aggression! At once, Justin manages to emphasize how much acclaim his album received, while simultaneously spinning that praise into being held down from achievement and friendly rapport by the fickle, suddenly gauche man. He also manages to spin the Grammy invite as insincere, and he gets the words "fuck you" in there too--all while maintaining the same boasting tone. If he wrote his lyrics like this instead of like a literary magazine hopeful, he'd be the best, most nuanced songwriter working.
The entire rest of the interview is essentially like this, and you should read it all, but we wanted to single out one more quote: "Rock 'n' roll should be the fucking people with guitars around their backs. And their friends. And their managers."
What you hear below is rock 'n' roll.
Even to this day, "Dark Tournament" remains the defining shonen "Tournament Arc."
Oftentimes, it's impossible to separate the quality of the anime we grew up watching from the sense of nostalgia those series evoke.
Case in point: Dragon Ball Z. Historically, DBZ is likely the most influential anime series of all time, both redefining the shonen genre for every series that came after it and introducing an entire generation of Western kids to Japanese animation through the legendary Funimation dub on Cartoon Network's Toonami block. Chances are high that if you meet someone who loves anime and grew up in the late '90s or early 2000s, they'll have a deeply personal bond with DBZ.
At the same time, it's hard to argue that DBZ holds up in the modern day, especially for new viewers coming in with fresh eyes. The pacing of the original series is super slow, the fights drag out forever, and while DBZ created so many of shonen's most prevalent tropes ("This isn't even my final form!"), almost everything DBZ ever did has since been done better by other series.
About a year after being accused of selling furniture to ICE detention centers, e-commerce site Wayfair is in another controversy.
Wayfair, the e-commerce website beloved by millennials on a budget who don't want their apartments to look just like IKEA showrooms, is no stranger to controversy.
Last summer, employees of the company organized a protest after allegations surfaced that Wayfair had sold $200,000 worth of furniture to border detention facilities. Now, Wayfair is being suspected of trafficking missing children in their furniture.