Category Archives: Music

Rant: “Fat” is not an insult. It is (sometimes) an objective comment

Karl Lagerfeld was a guest-editor for the French edition of Metro at the beginning of February. And inside the newspaper, he made a comment about Adele: “She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice”.

Of course, that sentence provoked a real uproar. Kelly Cutrone, a renknowned American fashion publicist, went as far as to call for a Chanel boycott on Twitter. Ultimately, Karl was made to apologize to the lady : “I’d like to say to Adele that I am your biggest admirer. Sometimes when you take a sentence out of the article it changes the meaning of the thought. […] [Adele] is my favorite singer and I am a great admirer of her. I lost over 30 kilos over 10 years ago and have kept it off. I know how it feels when the press is mean to you in regards to your appearance.  Adele is a beautiful girl. She is the best. And I can’t wait for her next CD.”” he said in Metro two days later.

Well, I still don’t think the public’s reaction was fair.

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Just how British are London’s musicals?

West End musicals are such a success with tourists that you could expect them to capture the essence of British culture. And yet, the one that was voted Best New Musical at the 2011 Olivier Awards is Legally Blonde, a theatre adaptation of an American teen movie that tells the story of Elle Woods, a Californian sorority girl who works her way into Harvard Law School. Of course, the musical first made its debut in Broadway, West End’s cousin from overseas. And these two seem to have more and more in common.

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Interview: Elise Costa, pop culture expert

Élise Costa has the coolest job ever. She is a pop culture expert.

“Awesome! And how does that pay the bills?”, you may ask.

Well, Élise  works as freelance writer, enabling several French media (mainly websites) to take advantage of her expertise when it comes to pop culture. She likes to analyze frivolous subjects with a serious method – she could probably write a thesis about Lindsay Lohan’s meltdowns or Britney Spears’s mishaps (instead, she studied law at university). She has encyclopedic knowledge of American culture, whether it be TV shows, books, films, and of course, music. Sometimes, she publishes glimpses of her talented pieces of writing on her blog.

In May 2010, she published a book about Britney Spears, entitled Comment je n’ai pas rencontre Britney Spears, which you could translate by How I did not meet Britney Spears. She wrote it after she took a road trip following Britney Spears’s footsteps, from Louisiana – where Britney grew up – to Los Angeles, where Élise saw her live for the first time.

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