English People Apparently Now Ridiculously Easy to Shock:
Hard to believe that the once cutting-edge people of England, historically far less prudish than Puritan-descended America, were shocked and appalled by some of the same shit that Britney Spears did years ago, yet here we are.
While performing on the show Britain's Got Talent
this week, Miley Cyrus sent many a matronly schoolmarm into disapproving-cluck overdrive when she performed in a semi-slutty outfit and pretended to kiss a female backup dancer. And here we thought the lusty fascination with cockteasing jailbait like Cyrus was a uniquely American tradition.
For years stateside, we've as much as begged for our younger female stars to act older than their age, titillated even as we pretend our delicate sensibilities are offended. Basically our whole sexual identity as a country is that of Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale from The Scarlet Letter
(no, not the movie). Yet this week we've seen headline after headline regarding Cyrus' "scandalous" display in what claims to be a family-oriented show.
How is it the nation that brought us The Sex Pistols and The Clash are suddenly reduced to hysterics by an - at worst - PG-rated display of faux naughtiness that didn't even include actual lip contact? Easy: they're not. This whole thing reeks of manufactured controversy. The producers of Britain's Got Talent
knew exactly what they were doing; all week, Cyrus has been tarting all over Europe in less and less clothing, and her new single is called "Can't Be Tamed," for God's sakes.
Britain's Got Talent
were well aware that she's attempting to skew her identity towards an older audience, and they put her on the show anyway to generate free hype for their shitty talent show, with the press playing dutifully along. Okay, so Fails is now part of the problem. That doesn't mean we have to like it. If you're the praying kind, pray for Miley. These next few years are gonna be really rough on this poor kid.
Stabbings Everywhere Up In This Bitch:
A pair of Juggalos got stabbed outside a Wendy's this week, as hard as that may be to believe. The Wendy's in question was located near Denver's Fillmore Auditorium, where the two victims had planned on catching Insane Clown Posse's set before the altercation. 20-year-old Jeremy McKim has been identified as the main suspect and is currently in police custody, and both Juggalos survived the stabbing.
Lord only knows how the whole thing started; Fails can't help but imagine a heated argument regarding Faygo's superiority over Fanta, or perhaps a shoving match over how magnets work. Whatever caused the incident, we're glad the two victims are recovering. We weren't able to reach Violent J or Shaggy 2 Dope for comment, but if we had, we imagine it would have gone something like this:
Fails: Any comment on the recent stabbing near one of your shows?
Violent J: Yo, man, we happy them Juggalos is okay, yo.
Shaggy 2 Dope: Yo, we be mad happy about that shit all up in this piece. Mad love to my Jugz, y'all.
VJ: Word. Just goes to show, there's miracles all around.
S2D: True dat. We see more and more proof every day.
F: Actually, the victims' survival wasn't a miracle, they just weren't stabbed in any major internal organs and received prompt medical atten-
VJ: Nah, dog, I know a miracle when I sees one, yo.
S2D: F' sho. Doctors be healin' them Juggies with mad magic an' shit. Ain't no other explanation, G.
F: Okay, I see where this is going. Go ahead, say it.
Violent J: Fuckin' stitches: How do they work?