The Chatterbox | March 28
File under: “Feed me”
- Celebrity mom and vegan Alicia Silverstone recently blogged about how she prefers to feed her son, Bear: mouth-to-mouth, momma bird–style. Here’s the video.
- “There is nothing like a happy ending to a child’s humiliatingly public starvation process,” writes Gawker’s Emma Carmichael about an article in April’s Vogue, to which we refuse to link. The “happy” ending? That’s Carmichael's sarcasm (it is Gawker, after all) regarding the book deal snagged by the article’s author, Dara-Lynn Weiss.
File under: “Blue language”
- “It may well be that [Indiana high-school senior Austin] Carroll’s [F-bomb–laden] tweet didn’t represent the highest type of wit,” writes CNET’s Chris Matyszczyk. “Some might conclude, though, that the principal of Garrett High School is a very particular type of wit indeed.”
- Fair warning: Gawker drops an S-bomb into its headline for a look at the recent surge in popularity of movies rated PG-13. “The great irony of PG-13,” observes Rich Juzwiak, is that “it came from a place of boundary-pushing. It emerged in 1984, after the heart-ripping intensity of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and monster-microwaving carnage of Gremlins” went beyond what parents thought PG ratings should allow.
File under: “Grounded”
- In case you missed it, some Colorado parents need to lighten up and learn how to be a little bit less competitive.
- Under normal circumstances, we wouldn’t stoop to discuss the Lifetime TV series Dance Moms. (Ever seen us mention it here before? Exactly.) We hope that the show’s latest appalling and desperate bid for attention—showing girls ages 8 to 13 learn and perform a burlesque routine in nude bras—heralds the beginning of its end. In response to outrage over the scene, which aired earlier this month, Lifetime has pulled the episode from distribution channels and promises never to air it again. Memo to Pittsburgh “dance” teacher Abby Lee Miller: Look at your life.
File under: “Rules, schmules”
- The Weinstein Company announced this week that it will release a its documentary about bullied kids unrated. The move is an effort to to avoid the MPAA’s R rating for Bully. Michigan lawmaker Hansen Clarke told The Los Angeles Times: “The hypocrisy is that the very movies that contribute to violence can be seen by teenagers because they get a PG-13,” referring to The Hunger Games, “and the one film that actually teaches them to respect others is given an R.”
- Speaking of The Hunger Games, a Tumblr account is posting tweets written by those who were disappointed and in some cases angered by seeing black actors cast in the film. This being 2012, at least one Twitter account dumped by someone quoted on Hunger Games Tweets has already been hijacked by a comedian to generate a meme. The Chatterbox sighs.
- Ten-month-old Julissa Ochoa and her 5-year-old brother Eric were killed Monday shortly after being hit by a car in Brighton Park. According to the Sun-Times, Joey Chavez of Little Village has been charged “with two counts each of felony aggravated DUI resulting in death and aggravated DUI resulting in bodily harm,” as well as with the following misdemeanors: leaving the scene of an accident, failure to give information or render aid and driving with a suspended license.
File under: “Happy returns”
- An episode of the Chatterbox with this many head-shakers has to end on a positive note. Luckily, we also came cross this video of young birthday boy Cole and his younger brother, Chase, whose father came home from Afghanistan dressed up like the Cole’s hero, Captain America. Two minutes in, the Captain doffs his mask, revealing his true identity and his boys go in for the hug. Hit the link or watch the video below.