Pop Culture Rant of the Week: I'll Take a Decaf Ariana Grande, No Whip
Three things on my mind:
1. Ariana Grande: I enjoy her. I really do ("Break Free" is a fine choice as a second single from her upcoming album). But someone needs to school her in On-Screen Charisma, especially when it comes to her music videos. In "Problem," she appears a little unsure of herself, especially when singing on top of a white staircase and attempting to keep up with the little choreography she's been given. Maybe it's just me: I came of age during the 90s, a time when music videos featured killer moves and a whole lotta swag (see: Janet Jackson's "If," Britney's "Drive Me Crazy," and BSB's "Everybody"), not some bend-at-the-knee wiggle with manic ponytail flipping. I get it: Miss Grande isn't a dancer, and if you caught her abbreviated performance during the Macy's 4th of July Spectacular, you'll see why her directors should come up with something that showcases more of her voice.
2. The New Rosie O'Donnell/Elisabeth Hasselback War: Methinks Elizabeth is a little drunk on the punch Fox News has been feeding her since she left The View earlier this year. The conservative blonde is clearly showing her true colors (shades of what I call Stick-Up-The-Ass Scarlet).
3. The Emmy Nominations: Once again, The Snub Heard Around The World belongs to Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany. TV Academy, what do you have against a talented actress who has brilliantly succeeded at accomplishing an acting feat never before seen on television? BBC America, do you need some extra funds pumped into your FYC campaign budget? What gives?