Pop Torn: 10 pieces of culture we're feeling iffy about

This week we're on the fence about JerrySeinfeld.com, James Middleton's naked antics, and Blake Shelton's tweets

Published May 7, 2011 12:01PM (EDT)

Clockwise from top left: Jerry Seinfeld, Madonna, a Situation Room meme and Blake Shelton.
Clockwise from top left: Jerry Seinfeld, Madonna, a Situation Room meme and Blake Shelton.

And here I woke up this week thinking that we were going to have nothing to talk about after the royal wedding! Of course, with such a focus on international news -- with the death of Osama bin Laden and the Barack Obama's decision not to release the photos -- it's been kind of hard to focus on the fun stuff. That wasn't a problem for the ambivalent-natured Pop Torn, however, since it's hard to qualify this week's culture news as "fun."

1. Thinking that Situation Room photo is a meme: Because the most viewed photo on Flickr wasn't really captivating until we put a video game controller in Obama's hand.

2. Madonna's Kabbalah Centre is under investigation for taking people's money: Funny, churches have been doing this for centuries and haven't been caught yet.

3. Stuntpeople hired to play most of the characters in "The Hunger Games": An outrage. Hollywood needs to go back to only hiring models.

4. Kathryn Bigelow's "Kill bin Laden" is already in the works: Eerily similar to finding out every major newspaper has the obituary of A-list celebrities all ready to go before they die.

5. "The Voice's" Blake Shelton is a repentant homophobe: He tweeted earlier in the week, "Any man that tries Touching my behind He's gonna be a beaten, bleedin', heaving kind of guy," which is a rework of a Shania Twain song (and a very straight thing to do). He's since apologized, tweeting that he loves everyone. Aw?

6. James Middleton pretends to be a lawyer to get his naked pictures off of Fleshbot:  The royal wedding present that just keeps giving and giving.

7. Jerry Seinfeld's new website: It just seems like an odd amount of text as background; it starts with the words "airplane food" and ends with "Jihad E."

8. The uproar over Lady Gaga's "Judas":

I've seen more sacrilegious iconography in 20-year-old Madonna videos.

9. Paris Hilton gets confused for Lindsay Lohan on her reality show: It's a pretty good zing, but it seems weird to make fun of someone if half the world can't tell you two apart.

10. The rebirth of Stevie Nicks: First there was a whole "Glee" episode devoted to Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours," and now she'll be appearing on the "American Idol" finale. Hey, it's not a comeback if you've never gone away. Stevie Nicks rules.

By Drew Grant

Drew Grant is a staff writer for Salon. Follow her on Twitter at @videodrew.

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