THE DAILY DOUCHE: American Douchery


This Page Six story is like that plastic bag floating around in American Beauty, except it is a bag of douche, and it isn’t particularly beautiful. Basically, big-shot movie director Ed Zwick, along with his crack team of douchebag Hollywood “producer”-types, waltzed into an impoverished third-world country, told some underpaid PA’s to round up a bunch of the village’s teenage amputee oppression-victims to essentially play themselves as extras (CGI-ing off limbs ain’t cheap, guys!), then promised to buy said children prosthetic limbs in addition to the standard “background” day rate (probably some sunflower seeds), all in a showy stunt to scare up some good press for this Leo DiCaprio vanity picture that they’re maybe worried might be a little too “Human Rightsy” to fill theater seats. By Hollywood standards, even this absurd level of exploitation wouldn’t be particularly surprising, but things just get audaciously douchebaggy in the part where they DON’T EVEN GIVE THE POOR KIDS THE LIMBS THEY WERE PROMISED. Excerpt from the so-f’d-up it’s-almost-funny story:

Young Nkululo Mnisi – whose arms and legs were cut off by machete-wielding rebels – used to be taunted by cruel classmates as “baboon” because of the way he ran on his stumps and crutches. Mnisi told a South African newspaper that the dream that kept him going was the promise of getting artificial limbs so he’d be able to play soccer like a normal child.

But months after filming ended, Mnisi and his fellow amputees were still waiting. [...]

A rep for Warner Bros. told Page Six, “We’re working on it.”

“Sometimes…there’s so much douchery in the world…that your head feels like it’s going to explode.” Way to go, Team Zwick – you guys are today’s Daily Douchesquad!



They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s a 9000-word-long way of saying, “Ugh”. Click the orange “left and right” arrows to flip through them all.

SIZZLER: Pete & Kate To ‘F**k Forever’



Look what happens when Pete Doherty is able to keep his ass out of rehab & prison for a couple of months. According to Rolling Stone’s Rock & Roll Daily countdown clock, the man’s gone a full 73 days without getting his mugshot taken, and well… it looks like he’s used this time wisely. The Daily Mail reports that Pete and GF Kate Moss are engaged and expecting. Engaged to each other (not in illegal activities) and expecting a baby (not a drug bust.) It’s a proud, incredibly terrifying day for us all.

(Oh, and by the way; the title of this post is a play on a Babyshambles song by the same name. But you knew that already.)

Project Runway: Outrage! Stiffing the Gunn!



It’s pretty much universally accepted that the best part of Project Runway remains to be Tim Gunn, the stern yet kind taskmaster who, we assume, would be fantastic to spoon with. One would then imagine that the real breakout star of the show would be nicely compensated for his hard work. But, in a quote given to New York Magazine, looks like Mssr. Gunn won’t be leaving his current job anytime soon:

People keep asking me when I’m going to leave Parsons, but what Bravo pays me could fit in a small piggy bank! Parsons pays the bills.

A small piggy bank? What does that hold… like 11 loads of laundry? We wonder how it compares with Heidi’s take. Which leads us to question if this has anything to do with NBC’s massive budget cuts. Last week, we learned that they pay their models in carbs, and now Tim Gunn is getting the non-sexual end of the shaft. Considering the finale earned Bravo’s best numbers ever, it would be a shame if the network were stiffing its best talent. Then again, we would hope that the most charming man on TV is beating development deals off with a ruby-encrusted stick.

LISTEN UP: Welcome To My Black Parade


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  • I’m buying the new My Chemical Romance album tomorrow and nobody can stop me. Not Modern Music, who posted the new single, not Alex who made fun of me when I declared that out loud, not anybody. So there.
  • The Music Slut is preparing for the inevitable Courtney Love autobiography by posting the ancient track “Uncrushworthy”.
  • Glorious Noise has another track off the new Harry Nilsson/John Lennon cover album by The Walkmen. They don’t disappoint.
  • Culture Bully remembers two bands that are no more: Blind Melon & The Darkness. R.I.P, you drug addled one-hit-wonders, you.
  • Finally, I don’t plan on actually downloading the two Liz Phair tracks that Zeon’s Music Blog posted today… I just wanted to add them to this list so I could include a picture of her.

BWE Presents: Show Us Your Gunns!


Who does the better Timpression? Project Runway contestants Michael Knight and Jeffrey Sebelia go head to head to see who does the best Tim Gunn impersonation… so who’s better?

THE CURRENT TALLY: 38 of you give it to Jeffrey, 16 of you say Michael, and the rest won’t have any of it, giving it to either Santino or the real thing. But we’re still counting! We’ll post the winner of the challenge in a few days, so for now, watch and vote!

ICYMI: Marathon Runner Slips, Falls. You Laugh, Show Friends


marathon.jpgYou’ve been training for years. The time has finally come. The big day. The Chicago marathon. You take off. You’re in the lead. You’re winning. You see the finish line. It’s a few feet away. You’re about to cross it. You raise your arms. Victorious. You’re inches away… and you slip and fall and crack your head.

Now that hurts. On sooooooooooo many levels.

Watch the Video here