February 6th, 2004

jc's milkshake brings all the nfl boys to the yard.

Chasez had initially planned to perform "Some Girls (Dance with Women)," a song from his upcoming solo album, during halftime of the NFL Pro Bowl this weekend.

The singer said in a statement that the NFL expressed concern over some of his lyrics, and asked him to perform "Blowin' Me Up (With Her Love)" instead.

......riiight. Because there's nothing suggestive at ALL about a song called "Blowin' Me Up." (She was oh so tight like dynamite? I mean, come on.) Thanks, National Football League, for taking it upon yourselves to tell us what's decent and what isn't, and doing a lousy job of it.

Not only that, but their reasoning for cancelling the show after making JC change the song is even more ludicrous:

"We thought it was over the top," McCarthy told TelevisionWeek.com. "It was because of the song, and how we believed it was going to be choreographed. We wanted to go in a different direction."

McCarthy said that Chasez had
not (emphasis mine) been holding rehearsals at the Pro Bowl. As a result, the NFL made a preemptive strike.

So... they made an assumption about the immorality of a program they hadn't seen, rather than one they had? Jesus Christ. Does anybody else find ironic the fact that the spokesperson here is named McCARTHY? And check this out if you're experiencing a distinct feeling of deja vu:

Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell on Monday announced an "immediate investigation" into the MTV-produced and CBS-aired "classless, crass and deplorable stunt."

No word on whether Ms. Jackson, her bosom or Justin Timberlake, whose grab precipitated the wardrobe malfunction TiVo'd around the world, would be called to Washington, D.C., to testify.
(emphasis mine again)

So, because executives at CBS approved a half-time show produced by MTV, the performers themselves are being summoned to testify at a federal committees? What are they going to testify to? "Your honor, I swear when I reached over and grabbed her top I didn't know anything would fall out!"

This is ridiculous. I don't know if this kind of exorbitant overreaction is just a reminder of how rabid the American conservative movement has become, or a reminder that we're in a political election year and everybody wants to suddenly pretend like they care about cleaning up America's airwaves. You want to clean up your fucking airwaves, American football? Maybe you could start by putting some clothes on your cheerleaders. Funny how I don't hear anybody complaining. (those are the Patriots cheeleaders, by the way, all decked out in red, blue, and flesh.)

JC certainly seemed to see the connotations and the hypocrisy behind all of this, as he said in his statement when he withdrew his performance from the program:

"While I agree the mishap at the Super Bowl was a huge mistake, the NFL's shallow effort to portray my music as sexually indecent brings to mind another era when innocent artists were smeared with a broad brush by insecure but powerful people," Chasez stated. "That's not the America I love."

You tell 'em, J.C. Even if you're just cashing in on the opportunity to boost your publicity, you tell 'em. Hey, Cathryn, come on over here, your boy's lookin' mighty fine.

Just for comparison's sake, here are the lyrics to the song JC originally wanted to perform--and here are the lyrics to the song the NFL wanted him to sing instead.
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I'm really excited about this post. But before I dive in, though, I'd like to say a particular thank you to each of the writers who were a part of the Armchair last month: flyby, dorrie6, kessie, olivia_lupin, reena, geoviki, and zionsstarfish. You are all wonderful writers and you made the list so truly entertaining for the month. Thank you so much for your willingness to participate and your enthusiasm. :) I hope you had a great time. I did. Each of these ladies has fics that are worth checking out. :) If you haven't yet discovered them, now's the perfect opportunity.

I also want to squee over February's Author of the Month: the lovely and talented fearlessdiva. I'm so pleased to follow suit in squealing that the long-anticipated re-writes of Tissue of Silver have just been posted at http://silververse.net. ToS is one of the best full-length fics in the fandom despite its rough state, and the new rewrites have turned it from a purely skilled, romantic fic to an absolutely incredible work. Go. Read. And then go fangirl her on the Armchair. :D

And now for recs. Slytherlynx, I would like a progress report. :))

Recs. All Harry/Draco.

I've been really disappointed lately at the general lack of really good H/D fics I've seen--or rather, the ones I *haven't* seen. So over the past few days I've been on a quest to find some really good recent Harry/Draco writing, the kind that renews one's faith in the pairing, you know? And while some of this may be old--I don't think I've done a recs post since October--this is all refreshingly strong writing. The only thing that I wish is that there were more of them here, honestly--but I have to say I've had a blast catching up on so many fics lately. :)

If you're looking for something to read past what's here I also suggest strolling through my fics category under memories. There are currently 215 H/D fics linked there--and all of them are, I think, first class. There's bound to be *something* there you probably haven't read, haha. :)

In any case, I hope you'll enjoy all of these as much as I have, and hopefully find them inspiring, as I have. Authors, if I haven't yet reviewed your fics, I hope you'll accept this by way of a review.

"I like camomile tea."


"It's soothing."

"It tastes like urine."

"You'd know."

"Don't be disgusting, Potter; I'd never drink camomile."
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They bought the house for the stairs. Harry saw the way Draco's eyes lit up at the sight of them and began measuring payments in his head as the realtor showed them the living room. The night they bought the house, they put pillows on the steps and slept there; the night they moved in, they made love from the wine cellar to the stars.
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He leaves Draco with instructions to try again with the wash. Draco scowls even deeper than he has been, but he reluctantly nods, kissing Harry soundly and making him promise to be home no later than seven on Sunday.

“I shall burn down the entire building if you’re late,” he threatens, but Harry understands that to be the sort of empty threat that a spoiled eight year old would make.

“Of course you will,” he dismisses, returning Draco’s kiss. “I’ll see you on Sunday.”

“No later than seven!” reminds Draco, but Harry has already Apparated.

Draco scowls into the laundry basket.
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There’s a corpse in the bathtub upstairs and Harry doesn’t know what to do with it.
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He comes across them sometimes, laughing in the gardens, lounging in the library; Bellatrix always appraises Draco with her dark, wild eyes, and seems to find him amusing, like a toy. Narcissa never looks at him at all.
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He opened the present; a generic, environmentally friendly broomstick polish. Draco belatedly realized that it was the same notorious polish that Zabini had brought every year, though he didn’t own a broom, and threw away empty within three months.
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He remembers when nobody in the school believed that the war was going on. He remembers when it was just him, Ron, and Hermione.

And Draco.
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The skin on my fingertips is wrinkled from being inside him, as if I had been in the hot bath for too long.

I’ve been in the hot bath of him for so long. Less than a year is left.
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Plebe Recs!

(Okay. These don't fall under the category of "fics that restore your faith in the pairing," haha. But they are *delightful* for reasons which will be entirely obvious, haha. also i feel i should add that if you really want the BEST plebe recs around, look no further than orphne's journal. She recs the most hilarious fics ever, and her summaries are just as good as the fics themselves.)

“It’s still there!” Harry exclaimed.

“Yes. And if we could somehow access it-”

“We’d have a way to escape,” Harry finished. “It’s brilliant!”

“Not quite. There’s no way to get to it besides knocking down this wall.”

“Bugger! It’s always something, isn’t it?”
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"Don't ever doubt that I want you, Harry. Don't ever doubt that you're beautiful. Don't doubt what you feel."
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Pirates of the Caribbean. -- I know, I know. I have more recs than this, but I am lazy.

Linking elbows, the courtly gentlemen made their way out of the dressing room.

They'd got used to getting stuck in the door by now.
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And finally, to end this post, a little bit of perfection that I hadn't read before, by my most favoritest favorite writer ever ♥ -- "Shacked Up", by astolat.


In other news, I think that the world needs to write dark, consensual Bellatrix/Harry PWPs. And draw smutty, consensual Bellatrix/Harry artwork to go with it. Mmmm.
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Meep. I have 10 minutes left in WIP day. I had forgotten about it.

Um. There are SO many things I could pick and put here. Half of them I haven't looked at in ages. This is one of them.

Hermione/Blaise. Femslash. I started this about, oh, 10 months ago, and never went back to it. I was in a mood, and I wanted the red hair without the Weasley, so I borrowed red-haired!female!Blaise from a certain other writer we all know and love. With her full permission. So. Yeah.

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