Welcome back from the weekend, Boston. Hope yours was a great one. I spent mine checking out my hometown drive-in to see Man of Steel (boo!) and World War Z (ooh!). And last night I saw my favorite prototype-hipsters, The B-52s, at Bank of America Pavilion. 'Twas a sweet, breezy summer night for some "Rock Lobster." Also for frozen margaritas that glowed an unnatural shade of green, and yellow mustard sandwiches served with a side of hot dog. Yesss. How'd you spend yours?
Whatever you did this weekend, it was hard to avoid the main entertainment world story that saturated social media like a tub of melted butter on a biscuit, baby doll: Paula Deen. The celebrity chef is seeing her one-woman-empire crumble after accusations of racist comments, revealed through a lawsuit filed by a former employee. Deen admitted to telling certain jokes and using inflammatory racial language in a recorded deposition, so there's no longer much debate over whether the allegations are true. Now the question is: is she sincerely sorry in the painfully awkward apology videos Deen released on Friday, after skipping a Today Show interview due to stress-induced illness? (She rescheduled her interview for this Wednesday.) And was the Food Network right to decide, as it announced Friday afternoon, that it would not renew Deen's contract when it expires at the end of June? (Shorter: She's fired.) There's also the distinct possibility she'll lose her cookware partnership with QVC; more on that at "Pop Radar."
There are two other shorter apology videos Deen released on Friday, but there's only so much schadenfreude one blog post can handle.
She does certainly seem very distraught, like she's one angry YouTube comment away from biting into a pan of arsenic- and shrapnel-laced muffins baking in the oven. Of course, whether she's sorry about her actions or the fact that it's costing her a career remains open to interpretation. I have mine, but I'll save it for later. For now I want to throw it out there to you hungry media-pundit wolves: what do you think about Deen's comments and the reaction to them?
Also this weekend:
- World War Z, the Brad Pitt action flick about a zombie apocalypse, scared up a big $66 million opening weekend. Paramount has already announced it will develop a sequel. I really enjoyed Z, but I hope the sequel packs in a little more social commentary: like George Romero's Living Dead series did. Maybe the zombies can be Twitter-addicted tweens with faces contorted into duckface rigor mortis?
- Daredevil Nik Wallenda completed a quarter-mile tightrope walk, without a harness, over a 1500-foot high Arizona canyon. The walk, broadcast live on the Discovery Channel, was about 20 minutes of Wallenda inching forward while giving constant, mad props to God and Jesus. Yes, Nick, God was watching over you - from between fingers, while screaming at the TV.
- Pop singer Aaron Carter got beat up in Boston. The 25-year old singer, brother of Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, said he was jumped while leaving a restaurant by four guys who told him he shouldn't be performing in "the town of the New Kids." It's the latest instance in an epidemic of moonwalking street toughs and the rampant violence associated with boy band turf wars. Nothing gets Aaron's party down, though. He subsequently tweeted and Instagrammed his uncompromised love for Boston (and his bruises) alongside hashtags like #BostonStrong and #Soldier. He also Facebooked his breakfast of a Capri Sun and Dunkaroos.
Because he rolls hard. Like Sonic the Hedgehog.
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