Life is pretty stressful right now, and if you're like much of the rest of the world, you've turned to the Internet for solace.
Some of us find escape in video calls and games, others in Netflix and music, others in endless scrolling. But if you're looking for a new, relaxing, visually stimulating way to ease your frayed nerves, perhaps consider watching videos of slime, soap-cutting, or any other form of "oddly satisfying" content.
The world of "oddly satisfying" content is large and undefinable. There are thousands of different types of content optimized to satisfy and relax you—from ASMR to binaural beats to zit-popping, the list goes on and on. The Reddit thread "oddly satisfying" is a hotbed of these types of posts, as are YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok.
For the purposes of this article, we'll stay away from auditory ASMR, instead focusing purely on visual content. This is your invitation into the safe, magical, fanciful world of colorful paint, billowing slime, and deliciously skilled workers doing their jobs well.
The "I Think You're Crazy Singer" has come through with another tone deaf take.
Singer-Songwriter CeeLo Green, AKA Thomas Callaway, has one of the best voices in the music industry.
It's why he was chosen as one of the original celebrity coaches on The Voice. He can hit notes that other singers wouldn't dream of and deliver them with some serious power. But too often the way he chooses to use that impressive voice is...not great.
When the Gnarls Barkley singer isn't harkening back to the golden era of soul music with breathy tones and soaring notes, he's harkening back to the fetid era of old school misogyny, with takes that are completely tone deaf.
WATCH: Billie Eilish Declares Your Opinion Of Her "Not My Responsibility" In Powerful New Short Film
The young star bears all in "NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY."
Break out pop star and five time Grammy-award-winner Billie Eilish is sick of your body shaming.
The 18-year-old just dropped a powerful new short film in which she slowly removes her clothes as we hear her voice hypnotically decry the media's obsession with her body. She says, "Some people hate what I wear. Some people praise it. Some people use it to shame others. Some people use it to shame me. But I feel you watching, always, and nothing I do goes unseen. So, whether I feel your stares, your disapproval, or your sigh of relief—if I lived by them, I'd never be able to move. Would you like me to be smaller? Weaker? Softer? Taller? Would you like me to be quiet? Do my shoulders provoke you? Does my chest? Am I my stomach, my hips?" Meanwhile, she strips to a black bikini in slow motion, eventually sinking into a pool of black viscous liquid and declaring your opinion "not my responsibility."
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A Prince tribute airs tonight in honor of the four-year anniversary of the icon's death.
Prince was born on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
By the time he died exactly four years ago today, he'd released 23 albums, redefined the color purple, and ingrained himself within the legacy of pop music forever.
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The artist best known as Childish Gambino shared a new album online...for a few hours.
Now that his former client, Andrew Yang, is out of the presidential race, how has Donald Glover been spending his time?
Making new music...kind of. Over the weekend, the polymathic artist best known as Childish Gambino uploaded a collection of music to a website called DonaldGloverPresents.com, including his 2018 track "Feels Like Summer" in addition to a plethora of new tunes (with features from Ariana Grande and 21 Savage). But now, a few hours later, the music has disappeared.
Glover's last album was 2016's Awaken, My Love!, which received an Album of the Year Grammy nomination. He signed with RCA back in 2018, just before releasing his Internet-breaking hit "This Is America," which won both Song and Record of the Year at the Grammys. He's long maintained that he'd retire the Childish Gambino moniker, but it's not apparent which name he's using for his music going forward.
In dire times like these, he really couldn't have let us just have this one nice thing?
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There's something insidious and strange about the ongoing legal battles between Deborah Dugan and the Recording Academy.
Deborah Dugan was removed from her position as president and CEO of the Recording Academy just days prior to the Grammy Awards, but she hasn't gone quietly.
Since her removal, she's slammed the Academy with a multitude of accusations, and they've kept coming. In a new supplemental discrimination charge, her attorneys accused executive producer Ken Ehrlich of influencing the nominations process.
"Specifically, Mr. Ehrlich attempted to press the Academy into nominating a song by a particular superstar in order to increase his ability to convince the superstar to perform at the Grammys," reads the filing.
It also claimed that the Recording Academy was attempting to suppress Dugan's accusations against them. The new document also states that "the Academy has subjected her to repeated, ongoing and egregious retaliation," such as a lawsuit "asserting outrageous, false and frivolous allegations." Dugan's attorneys argued that instead of hiring a private investigator to handle her case as requested, the Academy "handpicked" Proskauer Rose, a legal firm that has worked closely with the Grammys board—and received millions in funding from it—to deal with the accusations. "Proskauer selected the investigator who is supposed to be investigating, in part, Prokauser," reads the complaint. "A greater conflict of interest can hardly be imagined."
Dugan also argues that the Academy fabricated reasons to fire her and launched a smear campaign in the process. "The Academy terminated Ms. Dugan's employment without cause, and immediately leaked that information to the press, along with defamatory and retaliatory quotes," the new document read.
According to Dugan and her attorneys, this sent "a message to women and minorities of all walks of life that the Academy is more interested in protecting itself than remedying sexual harassment, discrimination and voting irregularities, and that anyone who dares to stand against the Academy's unlawful conduct will be harshly punished.
"The real reason that Ms. Dugan has been terminated is clear: she was willing to stand up and fight against the Academy's ...sexual harassment, gender and race discrimination, self-dealing, conflicts of interest and award nomination voting irregularities, among other misogynistic misconduct," the suit adds.
An Ongoing Reckoning
In January, Dugan first accused the board of "egregious conflicts of interest, improper self-dealing by Board members… and a 'boys' club' mentality." She also brought up inconsistencies in the Grammys' voting procedure and "exorbitant" legal fees paid to external law firms, and she accused the organization's general counsel Joel Katz of sexual harassment.
"The EEOC complaint includes several bombshell accusations, including that her predecessor, Neil Portnow, raped a female artist in New York; that she was pressed to hire Portnow as a consultant for $750,000 by the Academy's then-board chair, John Poppo; and that the Academy's general counsel and former board chair, Joel Katz, sexually harassed Dugan in May 2019, as she was being courted for the top Academy job," reported NPR.
The Recording Academy, for its part, stated that Dugan has launched an "unwarranted and damaging media campaign" intended to "derail the Grammy Awards show" and argued that "consistent management deficiencies and failures"—not Dugan's desire to change their ways—led to her eventual release.
It's unclear whether or not the Grammys board will face consequences for how it has treated Dugan, but there's something strange and insidious about all this, something that indicates corruption on many different levels. Will the Grammys ever be free of their reputation for racism and sexism? Though Dugan's initial appointment may have been a performative attempt to correct these ideals, it seems that that there's a deep flaw somewhere in the system, and it isn't going away.
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