The Problem With Sookie Stackhouse: Thoughts on ‘True Blood’ Post-Series Finale

There’s a problem in Hollywood with the portrayal of female characters. They’re either so “strong” (objective word) that they come off as emasculating “bitches,” or they’re weak, perpetual damsels-in-distress, who want to be strong and want to get ahead, but can’t seem to figure out the proper balance, which leads to them falling back on finding…

OUTrage: What Does It Mean to be A Member of the Gay Community?

The (online) gay community is apparently outraged by Sam Smith “slamming” hook-up apps Grindr and Tinder. At least according to Rich Juzwiak at Gawker, who wrote a scathing, fat-shaming, reaching-for-an-issue-that-isn’t-really-there article called “Sam Smith’s Fucked Up Gay Conservatism” about the openly gay singer. It’s also been picked up by Kevin O’Keeffe on The Wire, who wrote…

“No Offense, But”: Reactions to the Possibility of The Walking Dead’s Daryl Dixon (Maybe) Being Gay

Whenever somebody begins with the phrase, “No offense, but…,” rest assured that it’s probably going to be somewhat offensive, especially where gay issues are concerned. No matter how progressive our culture seems to be on the surface, beneath that glossy, shiny exterior plastered with photos from Pride Parades, individual state marriage equality victories, and cover…

Mary Lambert Hits Hard with #BodyLove

No words. Just listen. Mary Lambert is the profound singer who was largely responsible for the success of “Same Love” last year post-SCOTUS and the fight for marriage equality. She continues to fight for equality, this time on the body image-front. Once you get over the surprise of the spoken-word “Body Love Parts 1 & 2,” it’s not…

Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” Is A Bouncy, Body-Positive Summer Jam That Brings The Booty Back

Some of you might have heard about Meghan Trainor, the 20 year old musician from Nantucket who has written songs for Rascal Flatts and Sabrina Carpenter (the girl who plays spunky best friend Riley on Girl Meets World), among others. If you haven’t heard of Trainor, well, you’re about to because her debut single, “All…

Instant Gratification, Insta-lebrities, Instigation: Why Nash Grier Shouldn’t Have a Platform

Not everybody deserves — or should have — a platform. Eight years ago,  internet-based celebrities were non-existent; the thought of achieving fame solely through the internet was a concept that I don’t think anyone anticipated, let alone expected to ever come to fruition. At the start of the 2000s, social networking was a relatively “new” concept, with…

Disney Animator Glen Keane Releases “Duet,” Reminds Everyone How Gorgeous Animation Can Change Lives

Glen Keane, the legendary Disney animator responsible for designing Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin in Aladdin, Pocahontas in Pocahontas, Tarzan in Tarzan, and Rapunzel in Tangled, released “Duet,” a 3-minute long short which beautifully depicts growing up and discovering love. It’s a testament to what can be accomplished…

Girl Meets World: Nostalgic or Nonstarter?

After 14 years, Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel), the couple who taught every current twentysomething about the nature of true love and the definition of “soulmate,” returned to the small screen to prove that their love is quite possibly what every single Disney movie EVER has been talking about for the last 70 years.…

HyperReality: New Name, New Directions!

Hey there, faithful readers! First off, SO MUCH LOVE to all of you. Seriously. The first 14 months of beautifulCHAOS was beautiful. Also chaotic. But mostly friggin’ awesome. With that said, I started beautifulCHAOS because I had SO MANY thoughts running my mind on a daily basis that I just needed to get them out. For…