“I’m Poppy,” says Poppy, often. In one of her hundreds of videos on YouTube, she repeats those two words in her childlike monotone for 10 minutes. This has been viewed more than 12.6m times. Poppy has about 300 videos on her channel, which have received a combined 235m views, increasing by 250,000 a day; YouTube says her subscribers have grown 260% in the past year. Her videos are the sort you stumble upon while following links blindly down an online rabbit hole: portals to a pastel-washed parallel universe populated by platinum-blond Poppy and her fellow characters – a basil plant and a mannequin called Charlotte. In the first video of Poppy ever posted, in November 2014, she wordlessly consumes candy floss: this has had 2.3m views. In another, she wonders aloud why Selena Gomez has so many social media followers: 2.6m views. In one of her higher-concept clips, she kneels in prayer before a metallic P. “Say it with me: ‘I am not in a … [Read more...] about Poppy is a disturbing internet meme seen by millions. Can she become a pop sensation?
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Taylor Swift was named Billboard's woman of the decade on Thursday night - but her speech contained none of the usual award show platitudes.Instead, the star criticised "toxic male privilege" in the music industry, championed fellow female artists and escalated her feud with Scooter Braun."Women in music are not allowed to coast," she observed. "We are held at a higher, sometimes impossible-feeling, standard.""I've seen a lot," she added. Skip Youtube post by Billboard Warning: Third party content may contain adverts Report End of Youtube post by Billboard Swift, who turned 30 on Thursday, opened her 15-minute speech by reflecting on the last decade of her career, and the struggles she had faced.She said that in her early days, critics had speculated that "a male producer or co-writer" was the real reason for her success; or that a "savvy record label" was responsible for making her a star."It wasn't," she said pointedly. "People want to explain away a woman's success in this … [Read more...] about Taylor Swift blasts ‘toxic male privilege’ during Woman Of The Decade speech
close Video Fox News Flash top entertainment headlines for Sept. 27 Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines for Sept. 27 are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. LOS ANGELES – Susan Olsen has enjoyed many of the spoils that came with being a child actor on the legendary family sitcom “The Brady Bunch.” Now, at 58 and fresh off an exciting HGTV special series, where the surviving castmembers renovated the venerable “Brady Bunch” house, Olsen is opening up about her time as Cindy Brady and why she detested being on the series. 'BRADY BUNCH' STAR SUSAN OLSEN RECALLS VISITING THE SHOW'S ICONIC HOUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME “I say in order to have immortality, you have to have a soul and the soul is love. And I think that the love that was shown on the show, it was genuine between all of us cast members and I think people pick up on that,” Olsen told Fox News in reference to why the show … [Read more...] about ‘Brady Bunch’ star Susan Olsen reveals reason she hated being on iconic sitcom
There is a lot to question about the wild theories raised on Paramount Network’s new true crime series, It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards, but let’s get one thing straight – the sincerity of the man behind them, John A. Cameron, isn’t one of them. For the last eight years, Cameron, a retired cold case detective, has sought to prove that Edward Wayne Edwards was the most prolific serial killer the world has never heard of. He believes that Edwards committed upwards of a hundred murders, killing some of the most famous victims of the last 70 years: JonBenet Ramsey; Laci Peterson; Teresa Halbach (Making a Murderer); Adam Walsh (son of America’s Most Wanted‘s John Walsh); Chandra Levy; Jimmy Hoffa; Martha Moxley; Steve Branch, Michael Moore and Christopher Byers (of the West Memphis Three case); and the Black Dahlia. Cameron also believes Edwards was the Zodiac Killer, who terrorized the Bay Area in the late 1960s, and that he is responsible … [Read more...] about Inside One Man’s Serial-Killer Unification Theory
Pixar's animated short about a kitten and a pit bull and the live-action short about two friends in a retirement home delve into themes of chosen family. Right now, Rosana Sullivan can't have a pet, despite how desperately she wants one. Her husband is allergic to cats and she has a toddler in the house, so getting a dog would be "insane," she says. So Kitbull, her Pixar SparkShort about an unlikely friendship between a stray black kitten and an abused pit bull, fulfilled that fantasy for her. "I've always been obsessed with the nuances of animal behavior," says Sullivan, who at one point studied to be a veterinarian. The short, which at first stemmed from her desire to draw a black cat engaging in funny antics in the midst of feeling creatively blocked on another project, developed into a story of connection. "I realized I wanted a pit bull, too, and for these two to be outcast characters," she says, citing archetypal and breed prejudices against black cats and pit bulls. "I … [Read more...] about Oscars: Short Films ‘Kitbull,’ ‘Connie + Consuelo’ Explore Unlikely Friendships
Fiction The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) In this magnificent novel, Whitehead once again draws inspiration from true atrocities of America's past, this time creating a fictional account of a real-life Florida reform school for boys that was infamous for torturing and killing its poor black students, and then secretly burying their bodies, in the 1960s. Whitehead builds his story around Elwood Curtis, an ambitious, socially conscious, law-abiding teenager in Tallahassee who gets into the wrong car on his first day of elective community college classes and winds up arrested for auto theft. His sentence is enrollment at the Nickel Academy — which, despite its solid reputation, turns out to be built on cruelty, racism, and corruption. As Curtis discovers that his good behavior and best intentions won't be enough to keep him safe, his worldview shifts, and survival becomes more of a strategy. Whitehead's prose is meticulous; he nimbly shifts between the 1960s … [Read more...] about These Are The Best Books Of 2019