vanderpump rules car wreck
Queen V tells Jax Taylor and Tom Sandoval, that she was going to focus on SUR and PUMP this year, so they have equal bartending business during the event. They're both pretty excited about this because everyone knows that no-one tips hot bartenders better than a gay drunk man wearing rainbow feathers.
After, Jax runs into Scheana Shay in the back of SUR making coffee. She immediately asks him about Lala Kent. He explains that he sees her as “a sports car that you want to take for a test drive, but you’re never going to buy”. Essentially, that’s every girl Jax has ever been with. Sheana asks Jax if he is jealous that James Kennedy is making moves on Lala. He claims he’s not, but we all know that losing a chick to a skinny DJ in a neon pink tank top is a real blow to his ego.
Jax says he’s “sort of dating” Brittany Cartwright, the girl who lives in Kentucky. Scheana asks what their status is and he says that they “hang out when she’s around”. Jax then asks Scheana about whether Mike Shay, her husband, will be attending the Gay Pride event. She says that it’s a tradition and she’s hoping that he will keep his drinking under control. However, as Jax knows firsthand: if you’re trying to stay sober, stay VERY FAR AWAY from SUR and the animals that work there.
James goes over to Lala’s house to “make music”. Well, that’s funny.. This is the day after their blow up at the club with Kristen Doute, where she revealed that James had been previously talking shit on Lala.
James tells Lala that he doesn’t want what happened to affect their relationship and that she needs to pick sides between himself or Kristen. Lala basically tells him to go kick rocks. She says she has no interest in dating him, but then kisses him so who the fuck knows. Then, James reveals that he likes to be bitten on the back of his arms during sex.
After that bizarre and rather concerning piece of information, the two practice a song that James is producing. It was…..interesting.
Tom Schwartz and Sandoval take Shay to a personal trainer in an attempt to help get his life on track. The boys are working out until the gears quickly shift to conversation about the upcoming proposal Schwartz is planning. He says that the ring he is using to propose to Katie Maloney is almost ready—and, says that while he’s happy to be marrying Katie, he doesn’t want to be over-the-top in front of Shay, because of the marital problems he’s currently dealing with.
Sandoval asks Shay how his drinking has been going, but Shay admits that his pill addiction is the real problem. Meanwhile, Scheana officially changes her name after be married for a full year. Ironic, huh?
Back at SUR, the gang is setting up for the Gay Pride event. Lisa spots very noticeable marks on the back of James’ arms when he walks in the restaurant and he tells her that they are scars from the bedroom. Mind you, he is wearing a pink tank top, which allows the whole world to see these marks. I think I speak for the entire general population when I say that this kid in a major fucking douche.
Lala admits to her coworker that she thinks Jax is hot. She approaches him at the Gay Pride event and asks him if he wants to get a “friendly” drink sometime. Of course, Jax says yes., before saying that there is a rumor going around that him and Brittany broke up, which he thinks he may have started. Hey, at least he admits he’s fucking stupid.
James finally shows up to SUR and Lala quickly notices the marks on the back of his arms. He’s really trying to hide them in his sleeveless neon tank top, right? She asks him what they are and he admits he slept with someone. She asks if the girl was a “mother fucking cobra”. In her defense, fair question. He looks like he got in a knife fight with a samurai.
In typical girl fashion, Lala claims she isn’t going to care about what James does, but she fucking cares. She tells him to leave her alone and he says she told him she didn’t want a relationship. James says she is the most beautiful girl he has ever seen.
True or false: James has said that to every single female he has come in contact with these season? TRUE.
Lala talks to Lauren, a SUR hostess, about how mad she is about the situation with James. Lauren tries to dismiss the conversation and tells her not to worry about it.
Meanwhile, James is bragging to Sandoval and Ariana Madix about the seven hours of sex he had the night before. To make it even better, Jax steps in to confirm his upcoming date with Lala, right in front of James.
Finally, Lala asks James who he had sex with and he confesses that it was Lauren. Can this get any better?! She asks if she should beat him or Lauren up.
Honey, the answer is James. The answer is always James.
Lala storms over to Lauren and asks if she’s ever going to admit that she’s the girl that slept with James. Lauren runs away. Classic.
To make this shit show even better, Lala and Jax then leave the party together.
It’s like a really bad car wreck that you just can’t turn away from—and, that's why we just can not stop watching.
Vanderpump Rules airs every Monday at 9pm on Bravo.
Give us your best meme of Kamala destroying Pence at the debates: GO!
After months of deliberation, Joe Biden has picked Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate.
Harris became nationally recognized after she surged to prominence in the 2020 Democratic primary season. Notoriously, she called Biden out about racial issues during the first Democratic debate. "There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public school, and she bused to school every day," she said in a speech that has now become famous. "And that little girl was me."
55-year-old Harris is currently the only Black woman in the Senate. She served as California's Attorney General prior to being elected in 2016.
Harris was born in Oakland, California; her father is from Jamaica and her mother from India. She studied at Howard University and then at University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. She worked as a prosecutor in Alameda County and San Francisco before running for district attorney and then attorney general.
As a Senator, Harris was on the Intelligence Committee which interrogated Trump about Russia, and she also made waves through her interrogations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Attorney General William Barr and Brett Kavanaugh.
This is how Kamala Harris handled Barr. Now imagine how she’ll handle Pence. #BidenHarris2020 https://t.co/UbRcW4vzpy— Rantt Media (@Rantt Media)1597179179.0
Since her 2020 presidential campaign concluded, Harris has focused on the Senate's response to the coronavirus crisis, as well as their response to systemic police brutality and racist violence. In the past, Harris worked closely with Joe Biden's late son, Beau, on challenging big banks in the wake of the housing crisis.
Biden announced the decision via email and text messages to his supporters. "You make a lot of important decisions as president. But the first one is who you select to be your Vice President," he wrote Tuesday afternoon. "I've decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021. These aren't normal times. I need someone working alongside me who is smart, tough, and ready to lead. Kamala is that person."
If elected, Harris would be the first vice president to be female or a person of color. "I think that she will help bring a strong voice on issues of immigration and racial justice," said Rep. Ro Khanna, a Fremont Democrat who backed Harris' opponent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the primaries. "Given her life story, to see someone like her selected ... it will be encouraging to so many young people of different backgrounds."
Harris's mixed record as a prosecutor and her vacillation on progressive policies like Medicare for All has come under fire from many progressives' but in this scenario, even the most radical progressives seem to agree that Biden must be elected in order to oust Trump.
Immediate reactions to the Biden-Harris ticket on social media indicated how much supporters were looking forward to seeing Harris face off with Pence during the debates: The match-up seems to be made in meme-heaven.
I will take EXTREME pleasure watching Kamala Harris eat Mike Pence alive in a debate. JUST SAYING.— Adam Rippon (@Adam Rippon)1597180224.0
Kamala Harris waving goodbye to Mike Pence’s wig after the first VP debate https://t.co/ZYplRfTG4E— Joey Nolfi (@Joey Nolfi)1597178245.0
mike pence on his way to the first debate against kamala harris https://t.co/A1PBV94fiI— chase (@chase)1597177622.0
Perhaps meme culture is the best response to the Biden-Harris ticket, as Democrats must support Biden as the only way to oust Trump–though Biden is far from ideal. "Biden is very problematic in many ways, not only in terms of his past and the role that he played in pushing toward mass incarceration, but he has indicated that he is opposed to disbanding the police, and this is definitely what we need," said civil rights activist Angela Davis.
Davis continued, "The election will not so much be about who gets to lead the country to a better future, but rather how we can support ourselves and our own ability to continue to organize and place pressure on those in power. And I don't think there's a question about which candidate would allow that process to unfold."
We ranked the worst parts of Internet fandom in no particular order—since they're all terrible.
As harmless hobbies, most fandoms are predicated on the universal ideal that most media is entertainment, liking things feels good, and you don't get to be an asshole if all don't appreciate your favorite thing.
But at the heart of every Internet dumpster fire, there's an ardent fanbase trolling forums and picking fights about their terrible opinions. While it's one thing to be overly-invested in the love lives of the Kardashians or easily excitable over Lady Gaga's burgeoning film career, some people's dedication to their fandoms can shape their identities.
An obnoxious fandom may simply take every opportunity to flood the Internet with memes, but toxic fandoms can turn into bullying communities, with some circulating intolerant, even harmful, rhetoric. From misogyny and racism to calls for violence and public doxxing, these out-of-control fan bases are some of the worst one's active today. Thanks to the return of Rick & Morty season 4 last night, we're reminded of these insufferable fanbases now more than ever.
1. "The Real Ricks" - Rick & Morty
In 2013, Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon's adult animation about an anti-hero mad scientist and his meek grandson began as an innocuous half-hour comedy. Soon, its niche appeal to speculative fiction geeks with irreverent senses of humor garnered a cult following. But a small fraction of the fanbase latched onto Rick's nihilistic and hyper-intelligent misanthropy and basically took it way too seriously. On Facebook, a private group of like-minded "Real Ricks" identified with the character so much that they focused the fandom on defending Rick's narcissism and lack of compassion. Their serious devotion is mocked by the highly circulated "copypasta" post: "To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand Rick and Morty. The humor is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of theoretical physics most of the jokes will go over a typical viewer's head."
"Real Ricks" radicalize Rick's tongue-in-cheek quips ("I don't do adventures with chicks") into actual misogyny (including harassing the show's female writers). They elevate Rick's worldview as a guiding pseudo-philosophy that recognizes and even pities "superior" men for their lonely existences as the smartest and most capable humans alive. Although it's a small fraction of the fanbase, it's among the loudest online, which is enough to sour the show's actual merits of unique comedic timing and sharp commentary.
Despite the Internet "canceling" Dan Harmon every few years, it seems that Rick & Morty and its fans will never die.
2. "BTS Army" - BTS
Twitter User: JooniesBoop
Aside from the fact that BTS is not a unique pop group and have no appeal if you're not a fan of K-pop, the fan base's zealotry is annoying, at best, and alarming, at worst. People's most common interactions with the "BTS Army" involve their obsessive gate-keeping of how the Internet talks about its members. The value of its boys (if we dare to speak their names), Namjoon, Hoseok, Jimin, Yoongi, Jungkook, Jin and Taehyung, knows no bounds. But that over-protective doting on the band results in vicious bullying of anyone who expresses a dissenting opinion, from name-calling to racially charged abuse.
Many black BTS fans have shared their experiences with racism from the BTS community. Some fans have received comments on their user pictures that black people aren't "worthy" to be fans of BTS, while another shared, "I've been called ni**** and also told to go pick cotton and it's always anonymous. But they always let me know that they're Armys because they always end the message [with] 'we don't claim you in Army.'" While the Internet always hosts hateful posts, toxic fandoms can unite bullies under a common cause and attempt to justify the harassment of others with their love for their idols.
3. Elon Musk
The cult of personality surrounding Elon Musk is a mix of celebrity worship, self-righteousness, and buying into the man's own savior complex. His core fanbase clings to the notion that Musk's tech-savvy can save humanity. While the group's moral superiority and defensiveness make them insufferable, their willful ignorance of his companies' environmental downsides and disregard for worker safety makes them stubbornly blind. To justify (if not outright deny) Musk's unsound, erratic behavior, many claim that journalists are actively sabotaging his vision of the future. Again, not every supporter of Elon Musk is a devout fan, bordering on worshipper, but those who elevate the problematic billionaire to icon status just muddy the waters of progressive change.
Musk's acolytes were even named the "Worst Dedicated Fan Base" in a March-Madness-style tournament, cynically hosted by The Onion's Michelle Spies. "Elon Musk is their masculine technologic messiah, sent to bring them into a new era," she explained. "They will defend their billionaire Lord to the death."
4. Jordan Peterson
As a clinical psychology professor-turned-YouTuber philosopher, Jordan Peterson appeals to mostly male, disaffected twenty-something-year-olds who cling to his paternalistic self-help advice in place of real guidance. His best-selling nonfiction book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos matches the interests of his 1.9 million YouTube subscribers.
Namely, Peterson offers rudimentary tips for self-improvement and a sympathetic attitude that claims progressivism and Leftist politics have made it harder for young men to reach their full potential. His insular fanbase clings to Peterson's theories that "the masculine spirit is under assault" and feminists have "an unconscious wish for brutal male domination." The mix of personal insecurities and finding scapegoats for one's dissatisfaction with life leads a faction of fans to circulate misogynist and transphobic ideas couched in conservative politics.
5. "Bro Army" - PewDiePie
Felix Kjellberg (a.k.a PewDiePie) tops the YouTube playground with 106 million subscribers to his gaming vlog, but his controversial satire of Nazi salutes, racial slurs, and alt-right beliefs attracts a loyal fan base that has no clear understanding of irony. With a majority of his followers skewing younger than 24-years-old (11% being younger than 17), PewDiePie's fanbase is active in the meme-culture of recycled imagery that blurs whether the intention is satirical or genuine. When the shooter of two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand quoted a popular meme about the YouTuber before opening fire, Kjellberg publicly clarified that he was "absolutely sickened having [his] name uttered by this person" and in no way condoned the action. Still, PewDiePie's blunt, unsophisticated riffing on anti-Semitic and alt-right sentiments risks "normalizing hatred" rather than mocking it.
In August 2020, PewDiePie's playlist was leaked, and his fans began leaving transphobic and homophobic comments en masse on some of the artists' pages. Some music artists have even openly asked, "Pewdiepie please don’t listen to my music" because his fans are so toxic.
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