Why Bruce Jenner Matters

Two Kardashian related posts in a row? Yes, it’s true. Except this one has a lot more substance and weight to it.Bruce

Rumors are swirling around Bruce Jenner given his new appearance- long hair, nail polish, possible lip injections. It all points to one unconfirmed occurrence: he’s transitioning into a woman. According to Kim, he’s on a “journey” and it’s “his story to tell.” That’s probably the first time Kim has ever kept her mouth shut, but bravo for her not spilling the beans. It is his story to tell, which is why if this is true, it is so much more important for it to be told.

Whether we like it or not (mostly not), the Kardashians are global celebrities. They have a lot of power (if you can call it that) and influence on people, which is still mind baffling. Yet if Bruce transitions, they collectively have the power to globally address the topic and give the Trans community possibly their biggest awareness ever.

Over the past year, the Trans community is finally getting a voice- Transparent just won Best Comedy at the Golden Globes while Jeffrey Tambor won Best Actor in a Comedy for his portrayal of a father finally becoming who he was meant to be. Laverne Cox from Orange is the New Black is so lovely and even graced the cover of Time Magazine. Yet for every positive story there is one like Leelah Alcorn’s. We have a lot more ground to tackle so that kids aren’t committing suicide out of fear and that ignorant people aren’t spewing hatred.

timeIf Bruce Jenner gets a new reality show, which is rumored to happen, people will have the opportunity to watch his transition and understand the struggle and joys associated with it. If this happens, he and E! really have a moral responsibility to handle this properly and not just try to exploit this for fame and money. If done correctly, people all around the world who may not understand what it means to be Transsexual will have the opportunity to see it and maybe, just maybe, think that if the Kardashians are okay with it then they are okay with it too.

This would be the first time the Kardashians’ approval of something would mean volumes. This would be the first time I support something they care about. This would be the first time I would watch the show and think, “this is good.”

Let’s all hope that if true, Bruce Jenner and the Kardashian clan open the door to something wonderful. And if it’s true, all the power to you, Bruce.

KONY 2012: Make Him Famous

Invisible Children

The words alone are haunting. The fact that it is a reality is devastating.

For the duration of this viral 30 minute short documentary film, my heart broke and tears swelled my eyes, daring to fall at any given second.

Joseph Kony needs to be stopped. He has kidnapped over 30,000 children and turned them into guerilla soldiers and sex slaves. He has them murder their families and mutilate people’s faces. He’s been doing this for 20 years and it’s about time he’s stopped.

No child should live in fear of being abducted or killed. No child should rather die than live under his control. Now it’s up to us, as citizens of this world, to step up and make a difference because we’re the only ones who can.

The people of Uganda don’t have the amenities, resources, and capabilities to stop Kony on their own- especially when this is the only life they are accustomed to. If the world continues to sit back, this will be the equivalent of Hitler or Pol Pot’s mass murders. Now in a digital era, it would be a disgrace to know this is happening and not do anything about it.

As much as I love the entertainment industry, it’s sickening that more people know about Snooki than Kony. Everyone is talking about whether or not she’s pregnant or engaged when the world should be focused on the injustice in Uganda.

George Clooney put it best by saying, “I’d like war criminals to have the same celebrity as me.” People like him can make a difference by spreading the word to their countless fans who can then tell their friends. If people of his caliber spent a fraction of their time discussing the real issues in the world, ala Angelina Jolie, and not talk about what designer their wearing or who they’re currently dating, we can change the conversation of our culture.

KONY 2012 is a movement aimed to:

Spread the word.

Stop the L.R.A.

Stop Joseph Kony.

Stop the injustice


For more information and ways to get involved, please visit Kony2012.com or InvisibleChildren.com

A Letter of Appreciation to Lana Del Rey

Dear Lana Del Rey,

It’s not like anyone actually reads this blog, but I feel compelled to let you know that you are appreciated. All the haters, mainly self-proclaimed hipsters that live off their parents trust funds and wouldn’t know what a hard day’s work was if it slapped them in the face, don’t know what they’re talking about when it comes to you.

Everyone seems to be in a tizzy; like their panties are in a bunch or their skinny jeans are just too damn tight. They seem to believe they’re entitled to say your album isn’t good or talk trash about you because they’re jealous. They’re jealous because not even mommy and daddy’s money can make their pseudo band that performs in a bed bug infested apartment become successful. Okay, maybe I’m being a bit harsh on them, but who are they to complain about you?!

Your music is like a breath of fresh air, the first snowflakes on a winter’s day, the taste of perfectly brewed coffee in the morning. I’ve been listening to your music on YouTube since last year, and now with the full album being out for a week, I may or may not have drained my iPod battery on multiple occasions. I keep trying to decide what my favorite song is but it’s really an eight way tie between “Off to the Races”, “Blue Jeans”,  “Video Games”,  “Diet Mountain Dew”, “Radio”, “Summertime Sadness”, “Without You”, or “Lolita”. Deciding just makes my head hurt.

I’m also trying really hard to remember you. We went to Fordham at the same time and may have even had a class or two together but I just can’t remember you, Elizabeth Grant. I’m sure I wasn’t memorable either; it was hard enough trying to keep track of all the homework we had.

Either way, I think you’re great. Anyone who got turned off from you after your Saturday Night Live performance should get a hobby because really, SNL isn’t as important in pop culture as it used to be now that Tina Fey is gone. But you represent the future of pop culture- a singer who can make her name known on the Internet with a sultry voice and intriguing music videos. You managed to sell out the Bowery Ballroom 1 minute after tickets went on sale back in the Fall. Trust me; I’m still bitter about not being able to see you live.

Next time you come back to New York, I better be in the audience with real fans. If any haters are around, I’ll be the girl getting into a fight on stage left.

With Love,


Best of 2011

Best Song:

Lady Gaga – Born This Way

This song is on the right track to be the anthem of the year.

Best Album:

Adele – 21

If she doesn’t sweep the Grammy Awards in February, I will lose my faith in the music industry completely.

Best Music Video:

Katy Perry – Last Friday Night

Can’t help but love the homage to 80’s movies and the random celebrity appearances.

Best TV Show:


Okay, so I may get frustrated with storylines and the writers’ general lack of knowledge about their own show, but it’s still the best show on TV with a ridiculously talented cast. It doesn’t hurt that basically everyone is so attractive it hurts.

Best Movie:


Thank you Kristin Wiig for showing the world just how funny women can be funny. And Melissa McCarthy, you are a scene stealer. Please go to the bathroom in sinks more often

Best Book:

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Dear Tina: Do you know how much I love you? Let me count the ways… oh wait, there aren’t enough numbers to express that

Best Actor/Actress:

Ryan Gosling

Even though I still haven’t seen Crazy Stupid Love, Ides of March, or Drive (I know, I suck), I can tell that Ryan Gosling is clearly the biggest actor of the year. His face (/”Photoshopped” body) and name seem to be everywhere. There’s even a Tumblr page of a collection of Gosling Tumblr pages. That’s when you know you’ve made it.

Biggest Break-up

Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphries

I’m still crying over Kim and Kris’ breakup. I’ve lost all faith in love now! NOT! Their breakup was big because it was disgusting. Who divorces after 72 days? Oh right, spoiled rotten brats like Kim Kardashian who abuse the right to marry while pocketing millions of dollars and ratings in the progress. It’s really sad that people are afraid that gay marriage will ruin the sanctity of marriage, yet being allowed to do this is okay. What a world we live in.

Biggest Loser:

Ashton Kutcher

Sure, he got a record-breaking contract on a highly publicized show, but he’s a loser. Who cheats on Demi Moore?! Also, what’s happened to his adorable face? All that scruff just makes him look even more like, well, the Biggest Loser of 2011

Person of the Year:

Steve Jobs

There’s really not much left to say about the late genius. He has changed the way we listen to music, talk to our friends, and how we interact on a daily basis. His contributions to technology will be remembered forever and we thank him for sharing his creativity with the world. May he Rest In Peace

Who to Watch in 2012

Lana Del Rey

She became an internet sensation recently and sold out shows without even having released an album, trust me, I was one of those who wasn’t able to get tickets but don’t take my word for it, have a listen to her brilliance.

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

Over the course of the last week, some questionable occurrences in a certain celebrity’s personal life have consumed my mind and made me question what is really transpiring. While I will not publicly comment on this person’s interests because enough of that is already going on, I find it impossible not to comment on the illusions of Hollywood and the people who want to keep money in their bank account.

For all the grandeur and glory that Hollywood represents, it’s quite easy to be blinded by the blazing lights and beautiful bodies and ignore the ugly troll like appearance just under the surface. Anyone who takes everything that they see at face value is delusion. Yet many say that those who believe otherwise are delusional as well.

According to Websters, ‘delusion’ is defined as: a persistent false psychotic belief regarding the self or persons or objects outside the self that is maintained despite indisputable evidence to the contrary.

So which one is it? Are those who believe everything the talent, tabloids, and Hollywood execs say, the delusional ones? Or are those who take it all with a grain of salt actually deluded? I personally believe that’s akin to asking “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Both seem plausible so it comes down to a matter of what you personally believe.

In the case of Hollywood, I believe in taking a grain of salt and questioning calculated coincidences. If that makes me deluded, then call me deluded. It is just far too easy for someone to conjure up an idea of how they want to be portrayed in the media and then try to work the system to guarantee they are represented that way. This is what managers, publicists, and gossip columnists get paid to do. The representatives can easily issue a statement, leak a tip, and make sure that their client is published as being XYZ. It is then up to the talent to follow through with this and put on a good face.

This is where the conspiracy theories can easily be formed, and while I will not comment on the party I have in mind; they certainly have been utilizing these tools over the last six months, yet they have also given birth to the mother-load of theories by their own doing.

Some people will fight to the death over being right. Usually, this is for more important matters like healthcare or human rights; but even for something as miniscule as the happenings in Hollywood, everyone has an opinion formulated by what they have seen and what they believe. The only thing we should be able to agree on is that we will never know the real truth.

Evil Takes Shape in Ticketmaster & StubHub

When I was eleven, concert tickets were usually purchased at a verified Ticketmaster location. I remember waiting hours on a tangible line outside The Wiz to get Nsync tickets. Twelve years later, tickets can only be purchased through the monopolizing Ticketmaster via online.

Here’s how the process usually goes:

You go online to make a purchase as soon as tickets become available. You become frustrated when your wait time for tickets says 5 minutes. You become even more frustrated when you’re given tickets that are at the top of the arena. You begin to scratch your head wondering why you have such bad luck. You purchase the tickets anyway just to be inside because the show actually means something to you. Out of curiosity, you check StubHub and see that within the 15 minutes that tickets for the PRE-SALE have gone on sale, there are already 237 tickets for sale. Enter expletives.

While there is no fair system to selling tickets unless they are actually only sold at the venue, how I feel about Ticketmaster will never change now. How I feel about scalpers who instantly buy up all the good seats and then go put them on StubHub is only growing each time a concert is ruined months before it even happens. These people out to make a quick buck fill me with so much rage that if they were a unified force, I’d pulverize them!

In a smaller and less damaging way, ticket hounds are like terrorists. They intentionally inflict pain on others via the lack of tickets, raised prices, and even the stress of having to accept defeat. They show no mercy, no sympathy, and most importantly, are ruthless to make a buck. They are faceless but powerful.

We live in an age of monopolies, corruption, greed, and selfishness in every single way and it’s sickening. I’m tired of not being able to enjoy entertainment because everyone else wants to ruin it. I’m tired of going to movie premieres and being attacked, yes attacked!, because the people behind me are uneducated rats who sell celebrity autographs on Ebay. I’m tired of actually having a brain, decency, and passion only to have some stranger try to rain on it all the time.

With that being said, I am going to make the best of the concert I am attending because even if I’m up in section 322, I’m in the presence of greatness. I will ignore the fact that there are currently 815 tickets on sale on Stubhub only 4 hours after the Pre-Sale began. I will ignore that Ticketmaster and ticket hounds exist because frankly, they don’t deserve to.

If Books Die, So Do We

In 1998, business mogul Joe Fox, played by Tom Hanks, was seen as the evil corporate sellout when he opened his Fox Books chain store in You’ve Got Mail. Kathleen Kelly, played by Meg Ryan, was distraught that her small local bookstore would succumb to the juggernaut.

Twelve years later, big corporations like Barnes and Noble and Borders are the leaders in book sales. Local bookstores are a rarity and neighborhood treasure when they are found still open. Yet twelve years ago, no one would have fathomed the idea of the juggernaut stores being threatened by any other power. Sadly that has become a reality and it poses the question of, what now?

Due to the success of e-books, the horrendous economy, and people’s lack of desire to read, stores like Barnes and Noble are being hit hard. Just yesterday I discovered that my favorite Barnes and Noble, located in the heart of Lincoln Center here in New York, would be closing. The mother load has been attacked.

As a writer, news like this is terrifying. Are we that addicted to technology that we need to read on a screen? Is paper not sacred anymore? And even worse, are we becoming a dumber nation?

Reading is a fundamental part of one’s education, enlightenment, and enjoyment. If that starts to be taken away from us, we might as well revert to becoming cavemen and cavewomen. Except now we’ll be saying “Me got new toy,” when holding our Kindle and not absorbing a word that’s on it.

The irony is that You’ve Got Mail dealt with business rivalry and love acquired over the Internet. Now the Internet is the problem.