Afternoon Links: The VMAs Win the InternetStan Honda/AFP/Getty Images
Well, VMAs, I have to hand it to you. You’ve hijacked all of the feeds. You’re drunk, you’re driving, you’re being tailed by police, you’re hitting telephone poles and you’re still going. I guess you’ve won. I guess we’ve been dwarfed by your enormity, your force. The fact that the Internet’s reactions to the performances — Miley’s most of all — spawned so many aftershocks, even though not all of them were real (see: Will Smith and family) reactions to begin with, makes this post-VMA redux seem like the show was actually a peek into a meme-breeding facility. The ceremony seemed pre-GIFed. Talking points were offered to the Internet like appetizers on trays, like the VMAs were saying, “Sir? Ma’am? You asked for content? Here it is.”
- Indeed, it was a one-time-only jam.
- Nicole Kidman’s comedy/tragedy mask faces: “I smile now.”
- Tony Jaa joins Fast & Furious 7.
- Iron Man 3’s alternate ending, with anamatics. And here is the Batman romantic comedy, The Dark Notebook Rises. Lastly in this link trilogy: Advice, Batman to Batman.
- SyFy gets a put pilot order for a 12 Monkeys drama series.
- The people vs. Donald Trump.
- What the slaying of Megaupload hath wrought.
- “I was ordering like everything on Etsy. Everything! Like ferrets dressed as Edwardian nannies. Crazy shit. You know, I declared celibacy for two years and I learned how to do all of this stuff. I learned how to crochet, how to knit, how to solder, how to do resin work, how to make altered books. You know, crafty shit.” — Courtney Love
- So, Hannibal, why was 6 afraid of 7?
- A very furry Nevermind to you.
- Adam Levine and Gene Hong, BFFs.
- The musicians are hurting, singing the CBS blackout blues. Why did we invent music, anyway? Because we needed VMAs, silly.
- Counting the gay jokes at Franco’s roast.
- Nudist standoff!