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

By Drew Grant
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.

Drew Grant

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

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