The Girls trade in their hoodies for ski masks this week for a chat about Spring Breakers. We all loved the film, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to talk about: its success as what director Harmony Korine has called a “pop poem,” the debatable empowerment/exploitation of its Disney-factory stars, Molly’s inexplicable fascination with Southern men in cornrows. While we may diverge on our interpretations of the film’s morality, there’s no denying that James Franco’s rendition of Britney Spears’s “Everytime” will go down in history as one of the greatest cinematic moments of all time. But Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez weren’t the only ones trying to catch some street cred this past week — Beyoncé’s strange new single had us wondering where the de facto queen of pop can go from here — and if we really needed to be reminded to “Bow Down.”
Finally, we compare notes after a surprisingly thought-provoking weekend of vintage Real World reruns on MTV. Real World newbie Emily couldn’t get over the goosebump-inducing experience of watching all those relaxed-fit-jeans-clad guinea pigs stumble around in the primordial goo of reality TV, while Real World expert Tess wonders how long the current binge-drinking bikini-clad version of the franchise can last as is. Perhaps the early, issue-conscious seasons of the show are the Kids to the Real World St. Thomas’s Spring Breakers? And not one of us can actually pronounce the words “Real World.” As Molly pointed out after recording, it’s totally our Rural Juror.