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CommentBuzz: The Week’s Best Reader Comments About (Mostly) Miley Cyrus and Some Other Things

Published March 24, 2014 by gossipzoo

On Fridays, we wear pink look back on the week that was and, in most cases, thank the Good Lord that we can finally look toward a new, more hopeful day. This Friday is especially hopeful as it seems Miley Cyrus Mania is beginning to die down a little (I do mean a little), and this week’s CommentBuzz, which features your comments on a variety of topics, is small but important proof of this truth.

All that said, the hottest topic of the week was still, of course, was Miley Cyrus, whose Rolling Stone cover and interview caused a tsunami of dramatic internet reactions:

Come on I love your body but please stop wearing such ugly outfits! U can rock anything dosent mean u should wear the trashiest thing u can find or have made” – Marie

“I will say that I am enjoying This Miley better haha I just didn’t like the pasty outfit other than that do your thing” – Marie

“You need help Miley. u need too go too rehab and get off drugs.” – loveiansomerhalder

And her new music video with Mike WiLL Made-It provoked some (surprisingly positive) reactions:

“I just saw the video on Vevo, and I absolutely LOVE it! Miley is so beautiful!!!” – Demi

“Honestly get a grip n leave the girl alone. Why do people feel the need to put others down. She hasn’t done anything to harm anyone n it seems she knows exactly what she is doin otherwise she wouldn’t be a multi millionaire…..miley is laughing all the way to the bank” – nessa21

And we move on from Miley to the Lamar Odom, whose personal drama is still making headlines. Our readers offer their support:

“Sadly his dad just likes the little cash and attention he gets from all this. Not nice” – justyfly

I’m rooting for Khloe and Lamar. No matter how much reality tv BS surrounds them, that relationship and his attachment to Khloe’s family is the real deal. I love how Khloe loves him. I really hope they make it. He belongs with that crazy ass family for better or worse. Screw his “dad”. The fame-seeking Kardashians, despite their flaws, love each other and that include Lamar. Awesome for Lamar for recognizing that. Love to them!!!!!!” – rosannadanna

Nina Dobrev and Derek Hough are dating, and some of us do not approve:

“Boo!!!!!! she broke up with Ian for him?!?!?!?!?!?!? bad choice. Derek is cute but Ian is HOT!” – Amber

One reader reminded us of a dark, forgotten moment in Madonna and Sean Penn‘s relationship:

“Ew, he tied her up and beat her when they were dating, why would you want them to get back together?” – Jamie

Unfortunately, Kelly Clarkson lost the battle to keep a ring once owned by Jane Austen:

“Kind of ironic in that throughout much of England’s history they spent a lot of time and effort stealing priceless artifacts from other countries.” – javadude54

“If the museum wanted the ring so bad then why did they auction it off the first place, I’ve gone to auctions where they sold Revolutionary Items and the previous owners did not ask for them back. I understand the value of Jane but if you give auction something off you shouldn’t return it. But Clarkson has a good sense of style I’m sure she’s going to find something better in her antique findings!” – Shannon

In conclusion, reader Cory J. Lack gave some serious thoughts to Sunday’s Emmys:

“This article makes a good point, and I definitely found the Kevin Spacey thing to be the only redeeming aspect of the bit, but at the same time I think “it was supposed to be bad!” doesn’t excise the fact that something is, well, bad. I watched an episode of Doctor Who once with a friend and I asked her why everything was so incompetent. She instantly knew what I meant, funnily enough, because she responded with “it’s supposed to be like that!” I don’t like this idea that making something bad intentionally makes it good. Beaning seven batters in a row doesn’t make me a good pitcher, regardless of whether or not that’s the plan or not. I bring this up because I have the sneaking suspicion that the House of Cards gag was an incidental inclusion rather than the entire point of the sketch. It would have you believe that it was supposed to be a trainwreck from the get-go; something so bad it HAD to be planned… but I never got that impression. I felt as though it was exactly as bad as I’d expect the Emmys to be: a perfect mix of self-deprecation combined with an ironic sense of self-importance. This whole thing about the “Golden Age of TV” has given these people more reason than ever to be full of themselves. And as such, when Conan O’Brien showed up talking about 900 billion people watching porn, my thought wasn’t “where are they going with this” but rather “yeah, this is par for the course.” The Kevin Spacey gag still worked, but it would be a lot more effective if the gag was more overtly awful; and yet, I’m not sure that’s possible, because what was apparently -supposed- to be exaggerated awfulness was exactly what I was expecting from the Emmys. Also, some input about this site itself: If you’re going to make me split anything remotely of substance into four separate comments, don’t set the videos on the page to autoplay. Thanks.”

That’s all we have time for this week, Celebuzzers. Thanks for contributing! Remember, if you want to be featured in next week’s CommentBuzz, simply leave comments on your favorite articles.

CommentBuzz: The Week’s Best Comments About Miley Cyrus, 50 Shades of Grey, and… More Miley!

Published February 3, 2014 by gossipzoo

Another day, another weekly roundup that, as it turns out, is just another episode of The Miley Cyrus Show. Is this how it’s going to be now? Thanks a lot, Obamacare! Everyone pack it up, go home. The Emmys are canceled on account of Miley Mania, as are next year’s Oscars and the Russian Olympics. Other pop stars, don’t even bother releasing new music. Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, just nope. You’re done. It’s all Miley, all the time. We’re twerking ’til we die, and nothing’s gonna get in our way. Because #WeCantStop. R.I.P. me, and on my tombstone, please find this week’s best reader comments:

So, Miley went on record about “making history” at the MTV VMAs, and all hell broke loose:

“yea it was obvious that she didnt think that one through! lol” – Sandra

“That’s right Miley say it as many times as u want to make yourself feel better because the reality is that that was tateless. I liked the song and u but clearly u need rehab. And people talk about theman in the uk who beheaded the soldier a couple months ago still..he might make it in the history books but that doesn’t make him an icon” – Candice

“I agree that I am sick of the pictures of Miley’s tongue hanging out…but I am also really sick of this topic. We all know that the VMAs are known for being risque…all I can say (especially with past performances) is that if people want to see kid-friendly performances that they should probably watch the Disney channel. I personally didn’t care for Miley’s performance but it’s over and done with. Don’t watch the VMAs knowing there are going to be eyebrow-raising controversial performances and scantily-clad attire and then keep complaining about it later. It was not a class act. Miley Cyrus is no longer like her uber-innocent alter ego Hannah Montana. That’s what she wanted to do and the direction that she wanted to take. Time to let it go and move on.” – brantastic

“Ya know what i say??? Especially since i saw the UNCENSORED version of Robin Thicke’s Video for this song, her performance makes a LOT more sense…even down to the foam finger….Seriously, look it up on youtube and youll understand it. People want to knock Miley, but what about Robin Thicke and Pharrell doing a music VIDEO in which the girls are dancing around TOPLESS with only a gstring on (and yes, they DO show their tits) and HIM not getting criticized for it????” – April

“Perhaps you aren’t the first to behave ridiculously but nobody said Madonna was ever right” – Celeste

“Miley, You have it all wrong! History is ” I Have a Dream”, first steps on the Moon, The Berlin Wall crashing down, NOT YOUR EMBARRASSING VMA PERFORMANCE. Oh, and by the way, we are sick of seeing your tongue hanging out. You look like an overheated dog.” – pgiggy

“Well said! Good girl Miley!” – Caroline

“Good job, Miley! Good job! This is definitely history!” – Demi

In other Miley “news,” the singer lashed out at the paparazzi and called them “c*nts”:

“It takes one to know one.” – repeter

“she is the next lindsay” – Tricia

With the 50 Shades of Grey casting announcement, we can say goodbye to an era of guessing and predicting. We can still talk about who should’ve been cast, though:

“matt bomer all the way !!!! charlie is not good looking enuff christian is meant to be a beautiful breath taking man i just dont think it wikll work its a odd coupling i wont be watching it ill stick to the books and my imagination !!!!!” – Maria

“Charlie aka Jax from SOA is perfect for the roll! He is so hot on his series and he can absolutely make a,woman’s heart and other body parts swoon when he gets naked. He has the perfect facial features and the body to play this part! Lets not forget his gorgeous face and expressions. That’s a whole other story” – Debbie

“i don’t like these two!!! i would like alexis bledel for anastasia’s role.” – Barbara

“NO WAY! Ian Somerhalder is the perfect man for this role, not this guy :(” – musicluver23

“no no no no no no no no no non on nono non no on no nonnononononononnononononononononno!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and….. wait for it…. NO!” – Rose

“amanda seyfried would make a good ana” – ana

God no. These two are some of the worst actors I’ve seen so far for this film.” – Sophia

“It’s hysterical. It’s just like when Robert Pattinson was cast in Twilight. Everybody hated the idea until the first marketing images were released – then BOOM, head over heels in LOVE, LoL! How do you suppose ’50 Shades of Grey’ POSSIBLY be inspired by Twilight?” – fb100003243699996

In one of our favorite moments of the week, Farrah Abraham confused feminism with lesbianism:

“She needs to go to school, or at least read books when she’s not doing porn videos and ruining her daughter’s life. Sad how the ignorant people can become so famous just because of reality tv shows” – Ana

And in “WTF, REALLY?!” news (that does not relate to Miley FOR ONCE THANK GOD), Paris Hilton will soon be releasing a new single and music video. Oh, I give up…

PLOT TWIST: Sadly, not even swimsuits can save her music career” – Jordan

That’s all we have time for this week, Celebuzzers. Thanks for contributing! Remember, if you want to be featured in next week’s CommentBuzz, simply leave comments on your favorite articles.

Come Clean, Chicago: We Hate Winter

Published February 5, 2013 by gossipzoo

Illustration by Marc Rosenthal

Ah, February. That notoriously bleak sludgefest, bone chilling and impenetrable. It’s Chicago’s annual postholiday hangover of ice scrapers and road salt stains, of moldy boots and slippery driving, parking skirmishes and lumpy gray snowdrifts punctuated by flaxen splashes of dog piddle. And we love it.

We’re supposed to, anyway. Chicagoans are hardwired to accept—nay, welcome—an extended arctic interval so hostile that the rest of the world would likely consider it punishment. But let’s be honest: Our attitude toward the nadir of winter is not love or even resignation. It is fear. Fear that we will be exposed as ordinary people who, beneath the civic chest thumping, dread the dehumanizing grind of cold weather.

“Chicago ain’t no sissy town,” said the infamous First Ward alderman Michael “Hinky Dink” Kenna. That was in 1907, and a century later most of us still cannot imagine a crueler insult than being called a sissy. Deep in our hearts is a vague anxiety that someone, somewhere, will declare us spineless, so we do not allow ourselves to lament the one built-in buffer against that slight: our weather. To do so would be admitting we are not tough enough for a city that has never shouldered weakness. So we live a lie together, pretending to enjoy what no one could possibly enjoy. And to convince ourselves, we regurgitate hoary variations on the same five themes.

1. Bragging rights. For some reason Chicagoans believe they are superior to everyone else because they suffer so uniquely. (“You don’t know what cold is! I just sealed plastic wrap to my windows with a hair dryer!”) People still trade tales of woe about Snowpocalypse 2011, when Mother Nature turned the city into her own personal icicle and Lake Shore Drive into a car cemetery—but we act like last year’s freakishly warm winter never happened. Instead of savoring the pleasant reprieve, we awaited our inevitable fate that never came. Above all, Chicago must uphold its image as a martyr, and comfort is the enemy of martyrdom.

2. You can’t appreciate the warm unless you endure the cold. Right. And the only way to judge Citizen Kane is by watching Weekend at Bernie’s II. Nevertheless, this is my wife’s favorite defense; something about her body needing the purifying chill and changing seasons to set her internal clock. “Tulips can’t grow in the spring,” she says, “unless they’re cold in the winter.” My wife sleeps in a hoodie. She is not a tulip.

3. Eggnog and fireplaces. Also known as the Let It Snow defense, this one trades on cozy, turtlenecky indoor images that rarely exist in reality. For a few snuggly days before Christmas, maybe. But by Groundhog Day, when Yuletide cheer turns to black ice, the only chestnuts anyone wants to roast on the open fire are Jack Frost’s.

4. It toughens us up. A friend on the North Shore gets up at 5:45 a.m., puts on two ridiculous layers, and runs through ice patches and tundra slush—just to show he can. Worse, he thinks he has to. He needs that badge of honor, even if he has to thaw it out on the radiator for 12 hours. School cancellations, or CPS’s stubborn lack thereof, seem to be the barometer for toughness, but all that does is foster another generation in denial. “Chicago knows how to handle winter,” says Rob Lentini, a former Evanstonian who now lives on the Atlantic Coast. “Other places, which won’t be mentioned—Virginia!—collapse into a fetal position when it snows.”

5. Winter separates real Chicagoans from the phonies. The lifers claim that February’s desolation is the price you pay to live in this fine city, a test of inner strength that proves whether you belong. In other words, if you can’t deal with a little frostbite on your eyeballs, move your candy-ass to Florida. These are the same people who, during vacations in warmer climes, obsessively check the weather back home.

So come clean, Chicago. No one will think any less of you. Listen to my friend Jon Bifro, a North Center resident since 2005, who loves the hot chocolate cheer of December and leaves it at that. “Then the holidays end and it just gets colder and grosser,” he says. “I hate February. @#$% February.” Finally, someone honest enough to declare the truth. Then again, the guy’s from Cincinnati.


Can $86 Million Save a Neighborhood?

Published February 5, 2013 by gossipzoo

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Comer-built houses dot Pocket Town's streets.

Comer-built houses dot Pocket Town’s streets.


Deep Pocket Town »

On a mild September day in 1999, Gary Comer drove from his Gold Coast apartment to a neighborhood on Chicago’s Far South Side. Known as Pocket Town, it’s a small triangular “pocket” of Greater Grand Crossing bordered by Oakwood Cemetery to the north, the Norfolk Southern tracks to the west, and the Metra tracks to the east.

Like many parts of the South Side, Pocket Town had become overrun with drug dealers and gang violence in the 1970s. Block after block was blighted. The local school was failing. Fifteen percent of residents lived below the poverty line, and unemployment topped 25 percent.

Comer, a diminutive 70-year-old in khakis and a crewneck sweater, got out of his car and walked into the two-story red brick Paul Revere Elementary School. “This little guy, who barely reached my shoulder, came up to me and tapped me,” recalls Shelby Taylor, the principal at the time, a tall man with a deep voice. “He asked to take a tour of the school.”

Days later, Comer wrote a check for $68,000 to fix an electrical problem in the aging building that prevented computers from being used in the computer lab. A grateful Taylor asked Comer what he could do for him in return. Comer responded, “Well, Shelby, I would like a good soul food lunch.” Over greens, grits, and cornbread, Comer told him: “I will use all of my resources to help turn Revere around.”

Dumbstruck, Taylor learned that the unassuming senior citizen was the billionaire founder of the mail-order clothing empire Lands’ End. Comer had graduated from Revere more than half a century before. And it turned out that helping the school was only the beginning. Comer soon resolved to do no less than transform the lives of the families and young people of Pocket Town.

Comer’s hugely ambitious quest contains elements of both the Kalamazoo Promise (a Michigan philanthropist’s pledge to pay for college for all local kids who graduate from public high school) and the Harlem Children’s Zone (an urban renewal program that provides an assortment of “cradle-to-career” services for children and families in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood). The plan he eventually hit upon was to address the interconnected problems facing Pocket Town’s residents: poorly performing schools as well as issues like substandard housing and inadequate health care.

Given his age, Comer knew he’d be unlikely to live to see Pocket Town completely resuscitated. (Indeed, he died of prostate cancer in 2006.) Through the Comer Science and Education Foundation, which he set up in 1998, now run by his son, Guy, 42, he made sure the money would keep flowing. “Gary told me that even though he’d be gone, he would take care of this neighborhood,” Taylor says.

So far, some $86 million of Comer’s money has been plowed into Pocket Town. “[That’s] a fair amount of money for a small neighborhood,” says Robert Sampson, a Harvard sociologist and one of the country’s foremost experts on neighborhood revitalization. It works out to about $43,000 for each of the area’s 2,000 or so men, women, and children.

The big question: What results has that huge investment yielded? And what lessons are there for policymakers, philanthropists, and everyone who cares about the fate of struggling urban neighborhoods?

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