Lady Gaga’s “Artpop,” The #RHOBH Trailer, and That Gucci Collaboration
Straight from the Interview offices—from Manhattan’s midtown to Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn, sometimes L.A., and beyond—this is the Word Wide Web Bulletin—a compilation of some of the stories the internet has been murmuring about. From politics to drag, and everything in between. This week, Little Monsters demand more Artpop from Lady Gaga, the dramatic trailer for the new season of #RHOBH is here, and Colton Underwood comes out. Let’s talk about it.
Put Your Rave Paws Up
You know the formula already—as stated by the sex philosopher Samantha Jones: “First come the gays, then the girls, then… the industry!” In the case of the 2013 future-forward pop album Artpop by Lady Gaga, it’s the gays that have kept its spirit and relevancy alive in the year 2021. The album, which was poorly received by fans and critics alike, reentered the zeitgeist this week as Little Monsters worldwide reminisced on the impact of the nearly 10-year-old album. It’s quite funny that an album which Mother Monster herself described as “heart surgery” is receiving praise years after its release, but for longtime fans of Lady Gaga, this renaissance has been a long time coming. The album delivered, in its due time, a press tour from an unhinged and creative pop star unlike any other we’ve seen in recent history. If you need further proof, just listen to “Manicure,” “Sexxx Dreams,” or “Mary Jane Holland,” and while you’re at it watch the pop-meets-Bravo music video for “G.U.Y.” The Artpop fever hit its peak when a Change.org petition was signed over 40,000 times, asking Gaga and her record label Interscope Records, to release a B-Side of the album, containing songs that the pop music legend never released. While we patiently await the Summer 2021 soundtrack from Lady Gaga, we’ll just keep streaming the oldies but goodies. (And “Montero.”)
The petition to #buyARTPOPoniTunes for a volume II has inspired such a tremendous warmth in my heart. Making this album was like heart surgery, I was desperate, in pain, and poured my heart into electronic music that slammed harder than any drug I could find.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) April 13, 2021
The Met Gala is Back, But Not on Monday and Not in May
Anna Wintour and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art sent ripples worldwide when they announced that the hottest party in the world, The MET Gala, will be back for not one, but two glamorous nights. The 2021-2022 Met Gala will honor American fashion in two segments; the first one titled “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” will examine our nation’s impact on the fashion world, and the second part, titled “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” will offer a historical perspective going as far back as 1670, according to the museum. The internet set ablaze with jokes, predictions, and dream guest lists for the two-fold event. As the 2019 Met Gala was canceled due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the upcoming American homage to fashion at the Met Gala is sure to feed the souls of fashion-hungry crowds, and of course the pockets of the MET. After all the event is a fundraiser. But we can’t help but fear where some will take their looks—we’re looking at you, J*m*s Ch*rl*s.
me at the met gala pic.twitter.com/1d1IAX0XXy
— angieˣ (@thekidsraIright) April 12, 2021
The Diamonds of #RHOBH are Back Darling, Bling Bling and Drama
“What’s wrong with being fake and phony sometimes?,” asks Lisa Rinna in the trailer for the highly-anticipated season 11 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (RHOBH). It’s clear the drama in the Diamond Hills has been brewing. Obviously, there are scandals, like Erika Jayne and her husband Tom Girardi’s money troubles. and the “widows and orphans” he (or is it they?) stole money from. There’s also new blood in town, like Kathy Hilton—yes, mother of The Hilton sisters and sister of Kyle Richards—and Crystal Minkoff and her ugly leather pants—an instant fan-favorite Housewife ready to deliver all the shade. The women of Beverly Hills never fail to deliver, even when the drama is about a dog named Lucy; there’s a reason why RHOBH is one of the most loved, and hated, franchises in the Bravo-sphere. The Diamonds return to our television screens on May 19th. Watch the trailer below, and catch up on this conversation between Rinna and Denise Richards. Oh, and don’t forget to let Miss Jayne tell you a thing or two about earrings. It’s Beverly Hills darling, chi chi chi.
Gucciaga: The Gucci x Balenciaga Collab Everyone’s Talking About
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Unless you’ve been living under a literal rock, you’ve seen the clothes, the video, and the hot takes—everyone is here for the Gucci x Balenciaga collaboration. The clothes, which were described by people on the internet as “an exchange student’s wet dream” and the video to accompany the presentation, feel like a dose of adrenaline—a much-needed shock to our veins in a world seemingly devoid of good things. The show is filled with references, like Tom Ford’s red-hot velvet suit from 1996, or all of his collections during the late 90s at Gucci, which can only be described as hot. Sorry, dictionary—invent a better word and we’ll use it. The clothes range from hypebeast staples like puffers and Balenciaga-shaped Gucci purses to sensual Studio 54-ware—we’re talking silky, unbuttoned tops, belted crop tops, and heavy jewels. The world is reigniting, and Alessandro Michele wants to dress us (or maybe undress us?) for the club. Watch the show below, and get ready to party like it’s 1996.
Former Virgin Bachelor Colton Underwood Comes Out as Gay
In other shocking, but not totally surprising news, the former Bachelor contestant Colton Underwood went on Good Morning America to tell the world he is, in fact, a homosexual. I, for one, applaud this man’s bravery to go on national television to live his authentic truth, after joining a reality TV contest about heterosexual love and after jumping a fence—quite literally running away from a house full of women ready to marry him. Can’t get any gayer than that, can it? Well, you’re wrong. Almost as if it were planned, wink wink, Netflix announced a series following Underwood and his coming out process, guided by none other than Olympic star-turned gay Messiah and our in-house jean reviewer Gus Kenworthy. Though we applaud and even encourage these types of stories, well-documented and streamed for millions of eyeballs worldwide, there are far better options for shows, and even far better so-called “gay-guides.” Netflix knows where to look and who to look at, but to highlight this particular journey, well honey, that’s choices.
Netflix execs meeting with Colton Underwood today pic.twitter.com/mqcjEGTloJ
— Anthony Carmen (@nthonyCarmen) April 14, 2021
And Wishing the Late Selena Quintanilla Un Feliz Cumpleaños
Selena Quintanilla would have been 50 years old today. She might not be here physically with us but she will forever live on through her music and in the hearts of all of us who love her and remember her always. Happy birthday to this beautiful angel. ✨ #Selena50 pic.twitter.com/MEsZ5eG64j
— 𝗦𝗘𝗟𝗘𝗡𝗔 (@loveselq) April 16, 2021
Today marks what would have been the late Selena Quintanilla’s 49th birthday. Allow us instead to rejoice in the light and music she brought to this world during her short but successful career. Selena, as she is known to her fans and family, has inspired multiple generations to express their roots and celebrate their true identity; in fact, Selena Gomez was named after the late Tex-Mex icon. So as we head into the weekend, below, watch Selena slay a Disco medley during her last concert in Houston at the Astrodome. Feliz Cumpleaños, Selena!