Have I ever mentioned how much I love my job? I get paid to watch TV and movies, obsess over celebrities, and then say whatever I want about them. Basically I make the kind of observations that I’d normally make for free into the ear of a friend, except I make them on the internet, and at the end of the day somebody pays me for them. Let’s ignore for a second that I’m about to use the word ‘rad’, and acknowledge that it’s pretty damn rad.
Most days. Because most days, everybody’s on the same page. You get that what we’re doing is delivering celebrity news in a package with a little more of our own personalities injected. We get to write whatever we want, and we usually don’t want to write it out the same way everyone else does. So instead of writing ‘Austin Mahone takes shirtless selfie’, we write, ‘Austin Mahone takes shirtless selfie, still refuses to acknowledge he is Justin Bieber incarnate.’ Who could be offended by that?
Well, turns out a lot of people, and stuff like that happens a surprising amount of the time, where our articles backfire. Not just with Beliebers and Mahomies, but with anyone who happens to stumble across our site and either doesn’t get the element of sarcasm or just doesn’t care for our opinions. And even though it kind of sucks to be raged at by commenters in situations like that, it does create some pretttttttty interesting dialogues, that I thought I’d share with you, since the year is almost out. So here they are, comrades, in no particular order — The Most Controversial Crushable Articles Of 2013.
Feel free to, um…tell us what you think.
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When Nina Dobrev and Derek Hough started ‘dating’, I pointed it out as a probable fakelationship right away, on account of the extremely prevalent rumor that Derek is gay. (According to blind gossip, he’s who Ryan Seacrest was actually dating while he was pretending to be dating Julianne Hough.) But you know who has a huge, angry fan base that really doesn’t want him to be gay? Dancing With The Stars‘ Derek Hough. You learn something new every day.
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Oh man, The Duggars. Talk about a can of worms. They’re a family of fundamentalist Christians who are the stars of the TLC show 19 Kids And Counting because, as I’m sure you put together, they have nineteen kids and don’t seem extra-likely to stop there. They also have a lot of ideas about how you should raise your kids, including teaching them that birth control is bad, abortion is like the Holocaust, and that wearing pants makes you a whore. Oh and their fans really don’t like Jenni, because she disagrees on all those counts.
— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) October 13, 2013
Lea Michele put up some sexy photos advertising her upcoming album just three months after the tragic death of Cory Monteith, and I shared my personal opinions on that. Namely that someone going right back into self-promotion right after the death of someone they were supposedly close to getting engaged to made me uncomfortable, and led me to buy into the fakelationship rumors about these two. And boy did people (somewhat understandably) not like that.
Jenni noticed that there was some backlash about Jennifer Lawrence starting up, just like there had been for Anne Hathaway last year. Turns out people aren’t quite ready to talk about that yet.
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After the shocking death of Paul Walker, we discovered that he’d started dating his girlfriend of seven years when he was thirty-three and she was just sixteen. I felt like it was possible to discuss an important issue like statutory rape separately from the tragedy of his death, but over thirteen hundred comments on that post alone suggest that most readers disagreed with me.