I'm Your Summer Girl
Happy Friday, my friends!
I really don’t think I ever want to work full time in an office again in my life, but I sure did love a Summer Friday in the city—whether you were heading out east or just bopping around and not being at work.
I feel like we should all just take them anyway. That should be a rule. Anyway, they make me happy. As did going to see my Haim sisters again this week after I got worried a stupid midwestern storm was going to ruin my night. It did NOT and they put on a rockin’ ass show, as per usual.
People do have a couple days off across the pond right now to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, aka 70 years of service as the monarch.
Harry and Meghan and the kids are there, which YAY. I’m glad the Queen can meet little Lilibet and chill with lil ginger Archie. Prince Louis (with his always amazing, strong Middleton brows and an outfit Wills once wore) is a meme-ified superstar. Charlotte is back being vaguely skeptical, just how I like her. She’s truly a girl after my own heart and I had a number of conversations with friends after Trooping the Colour about how we can’t wait to see how she blows the lid off this royal life when she gets older. And George is just too grown!
Of course, certain segments of the press are blasting Megs + Hazza—but what else is new? I’m just happy to see them again and hoping maybe we get a glimpse of the wee Sussexes at some point over the weekend.
In other news, there’s a great pod ep this week with Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, the creators of such wonderful shows like GLOW (Netflix) and Roar (AppleTV+). Liz and I go back to our beauty editor days and I just think they are two of the very best working in Hollywood today, so I was extremely happy to chat with them about their process, creating layered stories about woman, working with Nicole Kidman, and much more—including how Liz directed the Roar episode wherein Justin Kirk plays Merritt Weaver’s shitty duck (yes, like an actual duck) boyfriend who also happens to give great head. VERY ON BRAND CONVO.
Plus, my thoughts on the GLORIOUS Top Gun: Maverick and the new season of Stranger Things, which also made the kiddies fall in love with Kate Bush. This is a good thing! Why are some people so mad about it?????
Loved this fun beauty tidbit, too. It makes so much sense.
You can also listen to me on a new episode of Podsauce (or watch it below), which I recorded a while ago—think pre-Harry’s House, though I did get a plug in for my man. It was super fun, even though they forced me to choose between Harry + Taylor. I tried to Kelly Taylor my way out and choose myself…to no avail. At the end of the day, I had to go with the person who had the larger solo catalogue, but I could never really pick between my two loves. I’m sorry, H. I’ll see you in London soon.
I finished the second season of Hacks last night and it was truly perfect. God I love that show so much—but that final ep low-key felt like a series finale and if that’s the case I will miss it terribly.
I also finally got around to watching the wonderful Heartstopper on Netflix this week and OMG MY OWN HEART. I could hardly handle all that teen emotion, seeing as my insides often operate in the big old feelings way they did back when I was 16. One of the many reasons I’m super cool with not having kids is that I think I might be crushed under the weight of the feelings. Like, I could barely watch kids being mean to someone on this fictional show. I was in complete physical pain over that and their romantic angst.
But yes to more wonderful queer YA stories on TV, please.
And non-YA ones too. I cannot wait to watch Fire Island on Hulu this weekend.
O Captain, My Captain
The great Ethan Hawke celebrated the anniversary of the release of Dead Poets Society on June 2, 1989 on his Instagram. (Bailey, if you’re reading this, yes I’m targeting you and WILL make you understand Ethan’s importance if it kills me.)
Obviously this is a foundational text for Gen X and should be recognized as such.
But it also led to this exchange between two of my beloveds—and for that I am also grateful. Gwyneth rules, haters be damned.
Excuse Me, Liam
We haven’t done an old school scandal explainer in a while…and this week Liam Payne, formerly of a little group called One Direction, entered the chat and here we are. I feel like this story probably hit some of your feeds as it expanded outside the fandom quite a bit, but it’s less likely you paid as much attention to it as I did.
The long and the short of it is that Liam—in what looks to be an extreme grasp at relevancy coupled with some real issues that I hope he handles soon—went on Logan Paul’s podcast and started running his mouth about the lads and 1D. The choice of platform says A LOT before he started speaking nonsense.
While the other lads (mostly) go out of their way not to shit on their time with the band or talk smack about each other, Liam has other ideas.
He talked about backstage fights, which I don’t doubt happened and honestly feel justified. Like, duh. But he had to add that he said after he was thrown up against a wall: “If you don’t remove those hands there’s a high likelihood you’ll never use them again.” Hope you’re enjoying the headlines, you douche that I never liked much anyway.
He said some shit about Zayn that really is none of his business and definitely could be read to have some racist undertones, as Z was the only non-white, Muslim member of the band. Liam rambled that “There are many reasons why I dislike Zayn and many reasons why I’ll always, always be on his side. If I had had to go through what he went through, his growth and whatever else… My parents are overly supportive to the point where it’s annoying at times. Zayn had a different upbringing in that sense.” He also was pretty smug hinting at Zayn’s recent issues with Gigi Hadid’s mom Yolanda, who I think is a terrible person. (But you still can’t put hands on her, sir!)
He claimed that Simon Cowell told him he built the whole group around him and his face, so really none of this exists without him. Okay, buddy. And while I do think there was a period in early 1D where he was sort of positioned as a front man, the Styles charisma soon began to overshadow him. Also shout-out to the Niall girlies who have always been on the right side of history. That man is reliably adorable and talented.
And LOLOLOLOLOL to him thinking he’s got the most successful song of all the boys when Harry and Zayn and Niall have all had wildly more commercially banging solo careers and Louis just did a nice lil tour all of his own too. Also, Quavo’s doing a lot of the fan work there, bud.
I mean, it’s truly laughable—whether you actually like Harry Styles or not. I don’t think Liam Payne’s going to be selling out Wembley or 15 nights each at MSG and The Forum anytime soon.
The fandom has been dragging Payno to hell and back ever since, and the OG Directioners are also like how dare you ruin our childhoods you monster?
Oh yeah, he’s also in the middle of some sort of cheating scandal that’s playing out in the Daily Mail. I sense a trip to rehab is coming soon and may be necessary. Get better dude + I’m glad I was never a Liam girlie.
Speaking of the BEST former member of 1D, this is basically what has been happening inside my brain at all times since Harry’s House dropped.
I love that the silhouette ad is back. I love that Harry’s in it. I love that he had had his paycheck (which was surely not small) donated to the International Rescue Committee. (He’s also partnering with Everytown on the upcoming North American tour, which I’m collecting tickets for like Infinity Stones. Who needs savings right?!? Anyway, thanks for continuing to be the very best British fruit man you could possibly be…save a few notes 😉😉😉)
Almost Famous on Broadway? Yes, please and thank you … Kim Kardashian is launching a new skincare line called SKKN. I will say I think the name is great—though I’m waiting to hear from my beauty editor friends about the products themselves. I have doubts … I do not care about So You Think You Can Dance and def don’t generally take notice of what Matthew Morrison is up to, but I when I saw that he got fired from judging for breaking some sort of “protocol” I just knew it was going to be on the creep side of the spectrum. And I was right. He, of course, says he is not a gross bro … Also, a creep? Cary Fukunaga who has now had more allegations of inappropriate behavior made against him. Ugh, men … Kathy Najimy appears to have thrown some shade at SJP with this tweet to Kim Cattrall and while I will never watch Hocus Pocus or its sequel, I’m intrigued by this … Can you imagine how insufferable Bradley Cooper is when he’s in character as Leonard Bernstein? … Heidi and Spencer are having another baby he can drape in crystals … The Fug Girls did some flashback coverage of the premiere of Grease 2, which we all know I believe is superior to Grease. ICYMI, here’s a pod ep all about that important matter.
Until next week, one more Louis for the road. He is….a vibe.