Disney's new brainwashing wall decor
Tue Apr 28
Like most little girls, I dreamed of growing up to be a princess, with a frilly dress, tiara and a prince, just like in a Disney movie. The fairy-tale scenario is innocent and sweet...but these new decorations for girls' rooms take the fantasy a bit far. New wall-hangings sold via Target are equal parts fashion mag and Disney doctrine, with headlines like "Great Legs Are a Dream That Can Come True." Oy. These messages are destructive enough when you're a teenager, but seeing them when you can barely write your own name is ridiculous. Disney, all little girls will always have a soft spot for you in their hearts, but can you tone down the propaganda a touch, please?
More cheap ice cream!
Tue Apr 28
Feels like dj vu! Tomorrow, Baskin-Robbins is offering 31-cent ice cream from 5--10pm at all of their locations. (Too bad the heat's supposed to break tonight.) You can grab up to three scoops! That's one giant cheap treat. Proceeds benefit the National Volunteer Fire Council . As if we weren't already on enough of a sugar high from Ben & Jerry's deal last week...
Octomom further exploits her children
Mon Apr 27
We didn't think it was possible either! But alas, the mother of 14 has found a way to make more cash off of her litter. In this Radar video --which she presumably got a pretty penny for (or at the very least, a ton of exposure)--Nadya Sulemon inks it up at Kustom Kulture in Los Angeles. What did she get, you ask? An angel, of course, with 14 stars surrounding it to represent her 14 children. Very original and not at all cheesy or contrived! Make sure you watch the entire video so you don't miss the story behind the giant burn on her butt, which, you know, is totally normal to talk about on camera. Thank you for this gem, Radar!
A former "Baby Ivy Leager" reacts to the documentary Nursery Univeristy
Fri Apr 24
The story of my acceptance into one of New York City's "Baby Ivies"— The Episcopal School 's nursery program—is one my parents never tire of telling. It goes like this:"Mrs. Lembo [then director of the institution] was down on the floor with you. We were in her office, all dressed up, and there she was sitting on the floor. And she asked you—you were two-years-old!—what your favorite color was. You said 'violet,'" my dad says, proud tears welling in his eyes. "And then," my mom chirps in, hand to her heart, "She asked you what violet looks like. And you said 'purple.'" Decades later, my parents still get wistful recalling that moment of glory, one that supposedly guaranteed my place in the privileged-tot hot spot. It thrilled them—possibly more than my acceptance to a real Ivy 16 years later did. I had gotten into nursery school without a legacy or a fancy address. After I began school there, my teachers came to visit me in my apartment once a year to make sure my...
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