Halsey: Not Gay Enough for You?

“What Does a Queer Pop Star Look Like in 2016?” This was the title of an article written by BuzzFeed, recently criticizing singer, Halsey, for her performance with the Chainsmokers at the MTV music awards. The performance featured Halsey in a sparkling white two-piece with a long brown-haired wig over her normally short, punk cut. For many of Halsey’s fans, it was yet another way that she was expressing herself- in her usual unrestrained and in-the-moment attitude. But, for critics, it was just “too straight” to accurately represent Halsey’s “gayness”.

Halsey, who has made her career on being honest and entirely open with her fans, has never been quiet about her sexuality. As an openly bisexual female, Halsey has been paving her own way through the music industry. Make no mistakes, there have been openly gay celebrities in the past. Melissa Ethridge and  Elton John being two of the most memorable. That doesn’t make Halsey’s road to success any easier, though. For someone who has promised to be her true self, discovering that ‘self’ and becoming confident with that ‘self’ can be scary. Not to mention when you have the world watching and waiting to judge every step of your journey.

All young, female pop stars are pressured to meet a certain standard to appeal to the larger audience. One could argue that Halsey’s concerts and performances with her fans are a more intimate and safe place for her to be herself. Yet, the VMAs stage is an entirely different world. Its like going to a restaurant with a dress code after years of lounging around at your local pub. The change of clothes and hair doesn’t change who you are as a person. And they certainly shouldn’t encourage people to question your sexual identity.

The beginning of the BuzzFeed article attacks Halsey’s recent VMAs performance.  Then it even questions her bisexuality because of it or at least her loyalty to portraying herself as a gay individual appropriately. Later, in the article, BuzzFeed puts the blame of her style choices on the pressure of the industry stating, “ Halsey remains an out bisexual woman, no matter what she does with her art. But she’s also working her way through the thorny tangle of an old-fashioned and male-dominated music industry, which places enormous demands on how women look and act.”

The finger pointing does nothing to take away from the ignorance of their assumptions. If anything, it only adds salt to the wound. Who is to say that Halsey didn’t make the choice in wardrobe, hair and physical interactions entirely on her own? For a singer who has been bravely honest with the world, why would she jump ships so suddenly?

An early report of the incident by Teen Vogue caught Halsey’s initial response to the BuzzFeed article via Twitter. She has since deleted the outspoken responses from her page. Maybe she decided that the article spoke for itself, or maybe she was confident enough in her own peace of mind to let to the article’s flame burn out on its own. But, the damage is already done. The bierasure has been unleashed on the unsuspecting singer, and could have a profound effect on her impressionable fans, out-bisexual individuals and curious ones, as well.

Is there such a thing as not being gay enough (not looking gay enough)? No, but BuzzFeed’s blissful ignorance and drama-seeking headlines have those of us who are openly gay, and feminine, questioning how our femininity is received, even by people in our own LGBT community.

What do you think about Buzzfeed’s response to Halsey’s outfit choice at the VMAs? Is this something that anyone should even comment on with such intensity? Even if the person is famous and in the public eye? Comment and let us know below! Or tweet at us @GlamorousPaper

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MTV Movie Awards 2016 Recap

In case you missed the 25th MTV Movie Awards last Sunday (4/10), here’s a quick rundown of the winners and some of the exciting, most-talked-about moments from the show.

2016 MTV Movie Awards Winners:

  • Movie of the Year: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • True Story: Straight Outta Compton
  • Documentary: Amy
  • Best Female Performance: Charlize Theron — Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Best Male Perfomance: Leonardo DiCaprio — The Revenant
  • Breakthrough Performance: Daisy Ridley — Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Best Comedic Performance: Ryan Reynolds — Deadpool
  • Best Action Performance: Chris Pratt — Jurassic World
  • Best Hero: Jennifer Lawrence — The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
  • Best Villain: Adam Driver — Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Best Virtual Performance: Amy Poehler — Inside Out
  • Ensemble Cast: Pitch Perfect 2
  • Best Kiss: Rebel Wilson & Adam DeVine — Pitch Perfect 2
  • Best Fight: Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) vs. Ajax (Ed Skrein) — Deadpool

Take a look at the other nominees and watch the acceptance speeches here!

The Wow, The Meh, and The Cringey

The MTV Movie Awards has never been one to take itself too seriously. It’s for sure no Academy Awards or Golden Globes, especially with its emphasis on flashy effects, big-budget blockbusters, and younger audience appeal. To kick it off this year, MTV decided to host the awards outdoors on the Warner Bros. studio lot in Burbank, CA as opposed to the traditional theater venue, a risky move that was ultimately fun and innovative. Nevertheless, sometimes it outdoes itself in jaw-droppers and head-scratchers. Here are few of the most exciting moments of the night, whether spectacular or not.

WOW: Co-Hosts Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart Recreate Mad Max in the Coolest Entrance Ever

https://twitter.com/MTV/status/719487689595031553

MEH: Cursing Up a Storm and D*ck Jokes

The hosts never shied away from throwing in a swear every now and then, dropping F-bombs left and right. One of them being in reference to Leonardo diCaprio and his character’s encounter with a bear in The Revenant. Don’t watch with youngsters if you want to keep them pure.

https://twitter.com/MTV/status/719498998365573121

CRINGEY: Teen Moms Joke

Zac Efron, Adam DeVine, and Anna Kendrick participated in a bit that at best falls flat and at worst makes fun of teen moms and MTV’s show 16 and Pregnant. In an effort to promote the three actors’ upcoming movie, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, the involves Anna setting up a dating audition for the two guys, but instead of the girls she picked out coming on stage, actors pretending to be pregnant teens come up instead. Like DeVine’s expression throughout the bit indicated, this joke was just distasteful.

Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, and Adam Devine Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images
Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images
Lots of other fun things like Alexander Skarsgård presenting an award pantsless, Rebel Wilson and Adam DeVine’s kiss, and The Lonely Island’s jiggy Will Smith Tribute happened too, but we’ll forever be scarred by that awful song about Leo and the bear.

Alexander Skarsgard and Samuel L. Jackson Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for MTV
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for MTV
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https://twitter.com/MTV/status/719585839232065536

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Sunday Paper: Septemeber 6, 2015

Check out this week’s top stories in entertainment and pop culture news in your Sunday Paper!

This past Sunday was a huge night in hollywood because the 38th annual MTV VMA awards took place at the Microsoft Theater in LA. Here’s a recap of how the night took place!
1. Taylor Swift and her squad was everyone’s goals for the night as they stunned the red carpet.👩🏼👩🏻👩🏽✨

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2. Nick Jonas took us to another level when he performed his new single “Levels” at the VMA pre-show. 📶

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3. Nicki Minaj opened the show once again and the Queen of Rap never disappoints. 💃🏾👑

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Oh and she even had a little help from her friend Taylor Swift after their Twitter beef. Can you say best friend goals? 👸🏾❤️👩🏼

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4. Miley Cyrus had a plethora of outfits that left us mouth wide open, giving side eye or scratching our heads. 😧😒😣

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5. Macklemore performed his new song “Downtown” and it would be a perfect jingle for an Old Navy commercial… (no shade)…👔👕👗👖

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6. Demi Lovato also performed her new single “Cool for the Summer” and Iggy Azalea even popped up to spit a verse and to show support for her girl. 👩🏻🎤👩🏼

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7. The Queen of Rap accepted the award for best Hip Hop video, danced her way on stage, thanked her pastor AND completely shut Miley down in front of everyone. We were all thinking “Oh sh**!” 👸🏾😳

8. Justin Bieber balled after his first performance at the VMAS in five years! 😭


9. Tori Kelly gave us a spiritual experience with her performance of “Should’ve Been Us.” 🙌🏾

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10. After six years Taylor and Kanye shared the same stage, but instead of snatching the microphone they were sharing a hug. 👩🏼✌🏾️👦🏾

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11. Kanye received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and gave the most epic speech ever…🎥🎬🎶🏆

Then he kept going…⌛️

And kept going…😴

Then announced he is running for president and dropped the mic. 🇺🇸

We wonder if Taylor will be his running mate?👦🏾👩🏼🔜🇺🇸

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Tell us what you thought of the MTV VMAS 2015 in the comments below or using the hashtag #GlamorousPaper

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Sunday Paper: August 30, 2015

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Tonight is the night we have all been waiting for. No it isn’t unlimited drinks at your local bar, but the MTV Video Music Awards will be on which isn’t a bad trade. Host Miley Cyrus will kick off the 32nd annual award show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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Tonight will be filled with tons of fan-favorite performers like The Weekend, Tori Kelly, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Demi Lovato, Twenty One Pillots featuring A$AP Rocky, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars and Pharrell Williams. Nicki Minaj is set to open the show again this year and how could we forget her “Anaconda” performance last year?Kanye West is this year’s Michael Jackson Vanguard Video Award recipient and we can already expect a show stopping performance from the soon to be father of two. Remember when last year when Beyonce won and completely shut down the entire night? Take another look just in case you forgot!

Missed Nicki Minaj’s and Taylor Swift’s Twitter beef? Check out how the drama went down here.

Tune in MTV tonight to catch the Video Music Awards at 8!

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It seems to be the new trend for promoting music is to have as many of your celebrity friends get involved. After weeks of #WhatDoYouMean Justin Bieber has finally released his first single in three years and it will for sure make you groove in your seat.

The 21-year-old singer was Hollywood’s bad boy until his roast came earlier this year and he gave a sincere apology to his fans and anyone he has hurt. Since then Bieber has been keeping his head focused on the music and teamed up with Diplo and Skrillex to put out “Where are Ü Now” which has been nominated for Song of the Summer at the MTV Video Music Awards. Justin is really working to turn things around and really get back to the music. His single “What Do You Mean” is definitely a step in the right direction.

Check out the Official Lyric Video here:

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Sunday Paper July 12, 2015

Take a look at a few stories in review in this week’s edition of Sunday Paper!

MTV is coming out with a new documentary and it’ll definitely make you uncomfortable. The documentary “White People” created by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas who was recognized for covering the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007.

MTV’s Emmy-winning “Look Different Campaign” gave thought to “White People” which is set to start and an uncomfortably close conversation about white privilege. The documentary follows five white people from across the country and tries to understand their racial identity and for them to recognize their privilege in modern American society. Catch the documentary as it premieres on MTV July 22. Check out the trailer below!

Not only has J.K. Rowling brought us the unforgettable “Harry Potter” series she is also serving up sass. Serena Williams recently won the Wimbledon 2015 tennis match for the fourth time and while most were rooting for her some weren’t so gracious.

One Twitter user decide to body shame Williams’ body and Rowling was not having it. The unknown user attributed William’ success to her being “built like a man.” Rowling who is obviously clever with words shared the quote and added, “Yeah, my husband looks just like this in a dress. You’re an idiot.” She added a photo of Williams in a tight red dress and she looked stunning. Rowling’s 4.9 million followers also agreed with the overwhelming amount of retweets and favorites.

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Apparently Rowling has been a long time fan of Williams as many other tennis fans are. Before the Wimbledon match Rowling posted a photo of the two with the caption, “I’m #TeamSerena today, because you don’t meet many super-talented people nicer than she is. Go @SerenaWilliams.” She later added, “#SerenaSlam! I love her! What an athlete, what a role model, what a woman!”

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The new Princess of Cambridge Charlotte has finally had her Christening as of July 5 and the Kensington Palace has released the official portraits. The photos were taken by notable photographer Mario Testino who is known for shooting for Vogue. He definitely has a creative eye because the photos are stunning!

Check them out the photos of the Christening and the official portraits below!

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