BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #58: Goodbye TVgasm, DOMA; Hello Cougar Music

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Lisa Timmons (wherelisalives.com) are joined by Matt Whitfield (Yahoo!, Watch What Crappens) to talk about everything under the sun. We start by saying goodbye to TVgasm.com, which is shutting down this week. Ben talks about some of the behind-the-scenes stuff that inspired the site and eventually led to his departure. After that, the gang takes on the Man of Steel, DOMA, Aaron Hernandez, Gwyneth Paltrow, and inevitably, our favorite cougar anthems. Definitely listen to this one!

AND WHATNOT: How To Crash Fashion Week; Also, Chunky Shia LaBeouf, Bieber-Related Injury, and Mars!


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Best Week Ever: How To Sneak Into New York Fashion Week – def worth checking out
Socialite Life: Shia LaBeouf Sports A New Hairdo & A New Lady
Vulture: The Five Best Parts of the Oscars’ Class Picture
Zap2It: Bravo’s Tabatha Coffey: The botched plastic surgery that nearly killed her
Eyewitness News 10: Woman Allegedly Hit Man With Frozen Steak
Jam Technique: Scariest Football Picture Ever?
MSNBC: Simulation crew takes first steps on mock Mars (thanks jash)
92.3 NOW: Bieber’s Dancer Falls At the 2011 GRAMMYs (thanks LBucha!)

AMERICAN IDOL RECAP: Who Needs Charisma Anyway?

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If you’re like me, you sat and plodded patiently through this past, awful season of American Idol knowing that at the very least we’d receive some sort of consolation in knowing that Crystal, the immensely talented busker from Ohio, would win it all and thus preserve the one thing this franchise had left: a thread of legitimacy. But alas, it was not meant to be. Lee DeWyze took the crown on last night’s show, thus serving up yet another upset in the hallowed history of American Idol. I wasn’t feeling the choice, but was I tremendously upset? Nah. Not really. Like many other people, I just didn’t really care who won ultimately. I was pushing for Crystal, but eh, Lee’s fine too, I suppose. Granted, he can’t quite hit any notes, and granted, he looks overwhelmed by the mere sight of a tulip, but hey, if there’s anything we learned about the reappearance of Taylor Hicks last night, it’s that star power isn’t necessary to win Idol. All you need is a strong blue-collar fan base, and you’re golden.

How else to explain Lee’s victory? It certainly wasn’t because of musicality or talent or any semblance of a dynamic personality. Clearly his Everyman from Chicago persona resonated a bit more strongly than Crystal’s Earth mother, feathers-in-the-hair, coffeeshop look. Besides, she lacked Lee’s humble nature (and perhaps some decent quality toothpaste), and that can work against you.

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