It’s not just “I Kissed a Girl” — or the inclusion of Migos on “Bon Appétit” — it’s the lack of conviction and muddled intentions of a pop star who has no problem selling records and concert tickets to gay fans, but won’t be true to them in a time of great social change, where even the smallest, most subtle statement would have a resonant impact.
“These are dark times, there is no denying…”
In fact, I’d take it one step further and state more bluntly that 2016 was the year where hypermasculinity and male superiority won over social progress and equality. The all-too-real reality show of male bravado that was 2016 has been nothing if not a wake-up call.
It’s important now more than ever for stories about people of color to flood mainstream media; storytelling is the most powerful tool we have in the fight against hatred of any kind. Moana is a triumph in both storytelling and empowerment.
Stand up. Speak out. Spread love.
Am I in control? Do I have any power in a seemingly powerless situation? How can I possibly “move on”? Is it possible to mentally survive a cycle of abuse? Most victims of physical and/or psychological abuse continuously ask these questions long after the actual acts of abuse have ceased; the lasting effects can and often do continue […]
On June 26th, 2015, the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of marriage equality nationwide, because in the end, #LoveWins When I was little, I didn’t dream about getting married. I didn’t really care one way or the other, personally. When I was younger, all I cared about was whether or not I was in possession […]
Originally Posted August 4th, 2014; Updated June 26th, 2015 Chris Pratt is Hollywood’s latest TV funny man-turned viable Hollywood leading man; everybody seems to want a piece of the Pratt. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy may have been last summers most surprising smash hit, raking in an estimated 94 million in its opening weekend (and breaking August […]
SPOILERS! If you haven’t seen the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy, turn back NOW. Season 11 of the Shonda Rhimes-helmed Grey’s Anatomy has been a tumultuous rollercoaster for the show and it’s fans. After the previous season-long departure of original cast member Sandra Oh (who played fan favorite Cristina Yang), season 11 felt largely unknown. How […]
It’s never ok to be desensitized to injustice. This is what the media does. This is why it’s important to fight for better media, for more equal representation. We need to raise awareness if we’re ever going to survive.
Iggy Azalea was one of the most successful breakout rappers of 2014; she also represents the best (i.e., worst) example of cultural misappropriation. Since before the conception of her mainstream career, she has openly and bluntly made derogatory remarks about various races, subsets of people, and has made a career out of cartoonishly imitating ghetto […]
Growing up, I had an irrational fear of clowns. I distinctly remember going to a neighbor’s birthday party when I was seven or eight and locking myself in a nearby closet, unable to move until my mom crawled in with me and coaxed me out. That clown had hair the color of a red delicious apple and […]
Originally posted on Punk Mum:
I’m going to engage in a full boycott of Lena Dunham’s work until she takes personal responsibility for her actions and admits that what she did was wrong. I don’t mean she needs to reveal that she’s a pedophile (she’s not), that she traumatized her sister (she didn’t), or that…
“He did this thing to my ass that made my eyes water.” It was the post-coital line heard ’round the world. Or at least reverberated off of the walls of every household tuned in to watch this Fall’s buzziest new late night primetime obsession How to Get Away With Murder. Connor Walsh, played by Jack Falahee, is […]
Gone Girl, directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck and breakout star Rosamund Pike, is a smart, intense crash course on public perception and the twist-of-the-knife, cutthroat media circus that surrounds the national exposure of often small town tragedies. Based on the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn, the story revolves around “fictional” […]
I’ve recently learned of a new term used to describe men who are so far out of the closet that they’ve basically become a poster child for the clichéd, Hollywood-crafted stereotype of what a gay man is: “Billboard gay.” The way it was presented to me was in an effort to downplay the process of coming out […]
There’s a problem in Hollywood with the portrayal of female characters. They’re either so “strong” (objective word) that they come off as emasculating “bitches,” or they’re weak, perpetual damsels-in-distress, who want to be strong and want to get ahead, but can’t seem to figure out the proper balance, which leads to them falling back on finding […]
The (online) gay community is apparently outraged by Sam Smith “slamming” hook-up apps Grindr and Tinder. At least according to Rich Juzwiak at Gawker, who wrote a scathing, fat-shaming, reaching-for-an-issue-that-isn’t-really-there article called “Sam Smith’s Fucked Up Gay Conservatism” about the openly gay singer. It’s also been picked up by Kevin O’Keeffe on The Wire, who wrote […]
On August 4th, 2014, Nicki Minaj dropped her latest single, the immediately catchy “Anaconda,” which samples Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 1992 classic “Baby Got Back.” In the song, Minaj raps proudly about her large derrière and all of her male suitors due to her, um, assets. The cover art (below), which shows Minaj squatting with her back to […]
Whenever somebody begins with the phrase, “No offense, but…,” rest assured that it’s probably going to be somewhat offensive, especially where gay issues are concerned. No matter how progressive our culture seems to be on the surface, beneath that glossy, shiny exterior plastered with photos from Pride Parades, individual state marriage equality victories, and cover […]
Originally posted on The N!colas Blog:
I’ve only been close with one transgender person in my life so far, and she happened to be somewhat famous. Her name was Octavia St. Laurent, known by many from the iconic film Paris Is Burning. There’s nothing I can write here to convey how effervescent and lovely…
No words. Just listen. Mary Lambert is the profound singer who was largely responsible for the success of “Same Love” last year post-SCOTUS and the fight for marriage equality. She continues to fight for equality, this time on the body image-front. Once you get over the surprise of the spoken-word “Body Love Parts 1 & 2,” it’s not […]
When HyperReality‘s “Sam Smith and the Gay Male Body Archetype” went viral at the beginning of July, attracting nearly 150,000 views in just six days, I quickly realized that the reaction was split in two. On one side of the spectrum, there was an outpouring of support for Sam Smith and an understanding that media has effected […]
Mainstream pop music isn’t always about sex, love, and booze. More often than not, if you listen closer, it’s about so much more, especially where female pop singers are concerned. This is a problem. 5 Stereotypes of Women in Pop Music: They’re shallow. Their music is shallow. And fluffy. And shallowly fluffy. All they sing […]
Kristen Bell teamed up with Funny or Die for a Mary Poppins “Spoonful of Sugar” parody that demands minimum wage pay increases. Bell’s Julie Andrews-circa-Disney’s-Poppins is SPOT-ON, sometimes uncanny, and all-around a Jolly Holiday way to raise awareness about life below the poverty line (it’s not lost on us here at HyperReality that Mary Poppins […]
Some of you might have heard about Meghan Trainor, the 20 year old musician from Nantucket who has written songs for Rascal Flatts and Sabrina Carpenter (the girl who plays spunky best friend Riley on Girl Meets World), among others. If you haven’t heard of Trainor, well, you’re about to because her debut single, “All […]
Freddie Mercury may have passed away nearly 23 years ago, but his spirit is 1,000% present as Queen takes the stage with American Idol finalist the bone-chilling-jaw-droppingly talented Adam Lambert on their new international tour, billed as Queen + Adam Lambert. Walking into the Mohegan Sun arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, it was impossible not to feel the energy […]
On Wednesday, July 15th, 2014, Marvel announced that a new Thor comic book series would star — wait for it — a woman in the title role as the new God(fess) of Thunder. Thor’s mighty hammer, Mjolnir, has rarely been wielded by a woman, and for the first time in the 52 years since Thor’s first comic […]
When I bought my ticket for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, I certainly wasn’t expecting a startling commentary on human nature and the great “Nature Vs. Nurture” debate; though I shouldn’t have been surprised that that was exactly what I got, especially given the nature of the first film, 2011’s Rise of the […]
Many refuse to believe that we have an issue with body image, and many refuse to acknowledge the impact that mass media, including advertisements, television, film, music, etc., have on our perception of beauty; they claim “freewill!” and say that we have control over our own self-perceptions. To an extent, I agree, but for the […]