November 6, 2013 § 2 Comments
One of the reasons I’ve been so quiet this past week is that I’ve been practicing and practicing and practicing the TEDx talk I’ll be giving November 15, and haven’t really felt like internetting, at least not actively/publicly. The TED talk is titled “Why Study Villains, Scoundrels and Rule Breakers? Trolls as Case Study,” and although I present an overview of my troll research (shock), it’s really about the kinds of things we can learn from transgressive behaviors (that is, behaviors that are REGARDED as being transgressive within a particular culture or community). This idea dovetails nicely with my not-even-kidding-you-guys fascination with and appreciation for Courtney Stodden. I was just explaining this connection to my friend Mike, who emailed me a link about the untimely demise of the Greatest Love Story Ever Told, aka 19 year-old Courtney Stodden and her 54 year-old former X-Files monster of the week, and decided to share.
Because the thing is (and I argue something similar in my TED talk, though geared towards trolls), Courtney Stodden might be outrageous, but her antics aren’t THAT far from the kinds of constant, unrepentant STUNT QUEEN moves “normal” celebrities make on a regular basis (I’m looking at you, Kardashians). Neither is her overly sexed, borderline pornographic personal brand much worse or more shocking than how “normal” young female stars are routinely packaged. Nor is/was Doug Huchison’s leering interest in a teenager (let’s not forget, Stodden was 16 when she first burst onto the WTF scene) much creepier than the sexist, fetishistic cult of (white) female youth that simultaneously drives the entertainment industry and normalizes the lascivious male gaze, particularly when directed at the latest hot young usually blond thing (emphasis on “thing,” since these young women are treated more like ornamental commodities than complex human beings). What Stodden does is call attention to these points of (perhaps uncomfortable) overlap, and that, for me at least, is what makes her genuinely interesting. For better or worse, Courtney Stodden is what is actually true about American pop culture. And god bless her for her honesty.
November 6, 2013 § Leave a comment
…That I asked myself this very question, and in fact discussed the custody question mark that is DOURTNEY STODDEN (Courtney Stodden and Eugene Victor Tooms’s adopted dogchild) via text with my very best childhood friend (of Martha Stewart fame; see this post for a rundown of our various fantagonistic exploits). “I can’t believe Doug and Courtney are calling it quits!” she wrote. “I know!!! I am heartbroken,” I responded, after which I asked about Doutney’s sad future as a dog from a broken home. “I read they will share custody (phew!),” Katie answered. “At least there’s some justice in the world,” I wrote, and then went on a long rant about how I hope it turns out this is the STUNT QUEEN move to end all STUNT QUEEN moves (the phrase “STUNT QUEEN” must always be in all-Kanyes), and that Doug, Courtney, and Dourtney will be laughing all the way to the bank/VH1’s primetime lineup a la Speidi. A girl can dream!
Really though, I’m sorry to hear this news (I’m not, really, because Courtney needs to spread her wings and FLY). My love for the instillation art piece that is Courtney Stodden is well documented; verily she is the hero we all deserve. So, I salute you, the former Mrs. Doug Hutchison! I trust you are already shopping a Rock of Love-style dating show (also: apparently the NYT reviewer who thought she was slamming Rock of Love doesn’t realize that an opening line like “VH1’s ‘Rock of Love With Bret Michaels’ is carnival sludge: a nauseating paste of fried dough, cigarette ash, salt and grain alcohol” only makes my heart grow fonder). I do not think I need to say that I will watch that mess, because I will. Oh, how I will watch it.
In conclusion, never change you beautiful troll!
April 3, 2013 § 4 Comments
The vast majority of the articles I’ve read about Courtney Stodden fall into one of two categories. Either they are written in hushed, disgusted tones, or they are punctuated with wide-eyed OMG WTFs. In almost every case, Stodden’s celebrity is framed as unwarranted, inscrutable, and quite possibly a sign of the apocolypse.
But bah I say. BAH! The correct answer is to marvel at Stodden’s pitch-perfect embodiment of the sensationalism and exploitainment that quite literally drives the contemporary mediascape forward. Courtney Stodden is the raw amalgam of every television series TLC has ever produced; she is the Daily Mail in human form; she is, in short, what click-based ad revenue would look like, if click-based ad revenue looked like a person. She is perfect and beautiful and we deserve her.
And with that, I give you her most glorious photo shoot to date: her full-frontal spread with corpse fetish website Girls and Corpses. NSFW, obviously, but worth every penny — and do savor the detail that the featured corpse is named “Doug.”
March 9, 2013 § 2 Comments
My hero Courtney Stodden (no really; check out this article in which I bestow upon her flaxen crown the title of honorary troll) has recently taken to posting nuanced character studies/profiles in courage to her must-watch-TV YouTube channel. This week she tries her hand at “Courtland,” her fictional half sister. “At least I have half of my fucking dignity left,” she explains, which made me want to invite the budding thespian to my wedding. She continues: “I’m not going to my judgmental place, but I’m from Washington State, ok?”
Courtney, you are sunshine on a cloudy day. Don’t ever, EVER change.
February 10, 2013 § 2 Comments
I was traveling this past week and ended up stranded in Orange County for an extra day due to SNOWPOCALYPSE. I finally made it home last night, and this morning woke up to this masterpiece — my hero Courtney Stodden is at it again, this time with a glamorous music video. A glamorous music video for the AGES.
August 31, 2012 § 4 Comments
The good news is, now that she’s 18, it’s no longer creepy! LOL SURE OK!!
From the Superficial:
Stodden just called in to “TMZ Live” … and told us she’s been “flooded” with XXX offers from the moment she became “legal” … and the thought of her getting intimate with another man is freaking out her 52-year-old hubby. Still, Court says … “I’m not gonna say yes right now … and I’m not gonna say no.”
I WONDER WHAT WILL HAPPEN????
July 31, 2012 § Leave a comment
April 27, 2012 § Leave a comment
I think Courtney Stodden is in danger you guys. What if she falls and scuffs her knee? What if she’s unable to escape the dragon that appears to be chasing her? What if she’s being cyberbullied by a 14 year old on Twitter AS WE SPEAK? At 17 years old, Stodden is in constant hypothetical danger. Good news though, a beefed-up CISPA just passed in the House, including revised language subsuming “the children” under “cybersecurity.” You can breathe a sigh of relief, CourtCourt, now anybody who so much as thinks a nasty thing about you could be subject to limitless government search. Per Techdirt:
Previously, CISPA allowed the government to use information for “cybersecurity” or “national security” purposes. Those purposes have not been limited or removed. Instead, three more valid uses have been added: investigation and prosecution of cybersecurity crime, protection of individuals, and protection of children. Cybersecurity crime is defined as any crime involving network disruption or hacking, plus any violation of the CFAA.
Basically this means CISPA can no longer be called a cybersecurity bill at all. The government would be able to search information it collects under CISPA for the purposes of investigating American citizens with complete immunity from all privacy protections as long as they can claim someone committed a “cybersecurity crime”. Basically it says the 4th Amendment does not apply online, at all. Moreover, the government could do whatever it wants with the data as long as it can claim that someone was in danger of bodily harm, or that children were somehow threatened—again, notwithstanding absolutely any other law that would normally limit the government’s power.
This is excellent news. Nothing is more precious to us than OUR CHILDREN, particularly of the teenage child bride variety. But Courtney Stodden won’t be the only beneficiary of Congress’ largesse. We ALL stand to win, particularly given the difficulty of knowing exactly how old people are online. You hear that, anyone who’s ever said anything rude to anyone on the internet? THEY MIGHT BE 17. In conclusion, CISPA is an excellent piece of legislation designed to provide
legal avenues of pushback against political dissent protect our children and make the internet as locked down safe a place as possible. You guys are the worst best!
April 18, 2012 § Leave a comment
Due to an irrational fear of touching or being touched by butter (not kidding), this video makes me want to start crying.
It’s nice to see a kid so young be so poised and articulate! All those years of pageants have really paid off.
In Miley Cyrus news, looks like somebody needs to lay off the damn Salvia.
Speaking of Salvia:
Oh and Dick Clark died.
So yeah, it’s been pretty quiet on the blogging front due to finishing the line edits on my dissertation. I haven’t had much space in my head for any more words than absolutely necessary. I have however had several outstanding television experiences, including the actually genius Food Network show Sweet Genius. Not since Too Cute has a show made me so happy.
It’s not the cooking I care about, it’s the derangement. Chef Ron gives contestants really weird ingredients to work with, shit like wheatgrass and duck meat, and even weirder inspiration pieces, for example “sand” and “Chinese Dragon Head” and then is like MAKE ME A CHOCOLATES LOL.
One show that made me WAT into my soup was this hot mess, about a Spanish woman named Tania Head who told everyone she’d been on the 76th floor of the second WTC tower and had survived against all odds. She became the poster-lady for the 9/11 Survivor Network, and even was asked to speak at the memorial for the guy who she claimed saved her life. Despite the fact that she’d never stepped foot in the US until 2003. And had never been inside the World Trade Center. And, you know, wasn’t a survivor. To say that I don’t even is the understatement of the year.
I am going to write something about the dissertation tomorrow, for now all of my thinking parts hurt.
April 16, 2012 § Leave a comment
Just in time for Halloween, aka anytime Courtney Stodden does anything, here is a description of the new thing I’m doing for Modern Primate:
The following is part of a series on Honorary Trolls, individuals singularly talented in the art of controversy. Some Honorary Trolls are actual trolls, others have a score to settle, and others simply make poor life choices! Whatever their motivations, there are many lulz to be had. Join me, will you?
For more on the lovely and elegant Mrs. Stodden, go to here!
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