Fugs & Pieces: July 29, 2016


The Olympics are a week away, and pressing questions remain: Will Rio be such a disaster that it makes Sochi look like a precious vacation? Will Bob Costas’s eyes catch something? Will NBC remember how to cover the Olympics without neutering both the emotion and the actual sports? (I feel like the only event it handles well is swimming.) Will a member of the Refugee Team win a medal? (PLEASE!)

In that vein….

– I cry every single time I watch it: The defining sports moment of the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta was when gymnast Kerri Strug sealed gold for the Magnificent Seven by vaulting on essentially one leg — and then of course Martha Karolyi helped her off the mat, and Bela carried her to the medal stand. But did you remember that it was so crucial because poor Dominique Moceanu underrotated and fell on both her vaults? The Magnificent Seven have been giving interviews about it, now twenty years later, and your heart will break for poor Moceanu when she remembers worrying that her dad would be mad at her. [Cosmopolitan.com]

On that tip, in fact, you should watch it and cry with me. The original coverage of the ENTIRE finals — 98 minutes long – is on YouTube, led by… wait for it… John Tesh. I’ll give you the times for the final vaults, so you can skip to them if you don’t have an hour and a half to burn.

Moceanu vaults just after the 1:25:00 mark (Dominique Dawes, or as Tesh says, “Awesome Dawesome,” goes right before that), and then Strug’s first vault is at 1:28:00. Her mother’s glasses are SPECTACULAR YOU GUYS, and the moment they realize she got hurt on her first vault… I start welling up right then. And when she lands on one leg and then collapses, I lose it. That’s not just the Atlanta moment; that’s all-time, right there. What that little girl did… and then you see the swarm of people around as they try to get her out of there, and then the Russians — young Svetlana Khorkina! — start weeping…

This does make me miss a) the 7-person team, and b) NBC’s better coverage, which — amazingly – actually paid attention to the whole event and let the theatrics breathe. NBC has taken all the breath out of the Olympics now and often tips its hand by montaging things or clipping them the way it does, especially with track & field (javelin, pole vault, decathlon… they all suffer). With all its bragging about using its channels, and streaming… y’all maybe worry less about stupid virtual-reality stuff with Samsung and concentrate harder on giving the athletes — not just of our nation but of all of them — their due. THANKS.

Phew. I had feelings. Let’s get to other links.

–  Speaking of the Refugee Team, S.L. Price wrote a beautiful piece about them for Sports Illustrated. The entire lead anecdote is a gut punch. If this doesn’t make you want to open your arms to your fellow man, nothing will. [SI.com]

– A couple people have compiled lists of Olympians to follow on Instagram. This one offers 15; this one, 20. John Orozco is on both lists, but he may not be present, as he hurt himself during training and won’t be able to compete. You probably CAN’T control spoilers on there, though, which is totally why I’m unfollowing USA Swimming and NBC once the Games start. [Men's Journal and Boston.com]

– At Celebitchy, here are your VMA nominees!

– The wonderful Kim France has a great post up on Girls of a Certain Age, in honor of her 2000th post. (I’m not just saying that because of her very kind shout-out to us, I promise.)

– There is a warehouse in Virginia full of patriotic parade floats. Atlas Obscura paid them a visit.

– Have you watched Stranger Things yet? I’m going to watch it this weekend. At Revelist: #WeAreAllBarb: ‘Stranger Things’ fans reveal why this unexpected character won their hearts

– Via Lainey, I am happy to bring you your Weekly John Cho.

– This headline at Washingtonian speaks for itself: Best Job Ever: The Smithsonian Is Hiring a Craft Beer Historian

– A male author wrote a totally condescending piece about two female lit agents who did not swoon over his book pitch; you can read screen shots of it here, to avoid giving that dinkface’s own blog any hits. I think my favorite commenter handle shown is Hello This Is Your Mistake Calling. [In The Inbox]

– This is interesting, at Refinery29: Exactly What Women Spend To Compete On The Bachelor

– At Pajiba, this is really good. Part of their 52 Films By Women series: The Astonishing Integrity of Gina Prince-Bythewood’s ‘Beyond the Lights’. If you haven’t seen that movie, I highly recommend it. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is fantastic in it, as is Nate Parker and — to be briefly shallow, as I often am — also often shirtless and REAL HOT.

– This piece at the New York Times, about young artists currently on display at the Met, will make everything better for you. It is absolutely wonderful.

And, if you missed anything here at GFY this week, some highlights:


Royals Round-Up, July 29th, 2016

And we are deeply in the portion of the year where most of the royals are on vacay. Thank goodness Charlene came out in some MAJOR JEWELS and one hell of a gown.

If you missed it earlier this week, Wills and Kate came out in their matching Cambridge tops to support British yachting.

Elsewhere around the internet:

Wills and Kate are coming to Canada in September, allegedly WITH the kids. (Macleans)

– And Charlene and Al are coming to the US. (People)

– At The Duchess Diary, Pippa Middleton’s New “Title:” What Does It Actually Mean?

– At The Telegraph: Inside the Queen’s wardrobe: Behind-the-scenes at the Royal Collection’s exhibition of immaculate outfits

– This was interesting, over at Vogue: The Strange, Sweet Odyssey of Princess Tatiana of Greece

– Variety reports: ‘The Crown’: Peter Morgan Says Royal Family is ‘Very Aware’ Of Netflix’s Queen Elizabeth Drama

– I obviously enjoyed this piece in People about Prince George ordering his cake. It seems I may have his personality down?

[Photos: ALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images, Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images, Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images, Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images, Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images, Ben Birchall/PA Wire, Chris Jackson/Getty Images]


Well Played, Margot Robbie


Okay, I want to preface this by saying that I may be alone on this island, and that I have notes on the shoes:

Margot Robbie At Her Hotel In NYC

But I love this. Yes, it got wrinkly (she’s coming back from something, so I decided that she just rolled around in the air-conditioning in the backseat of her car for the duration), and, yes, the dress I wore to my 7th grade dance had that exact pattern — where did that thing go? It’s probably in style again — so I am biased but…I dunno, you guys. It just appeals to me. In fairness, I woke up yesterday with the worst migraine I’ve had in like 15 years so my brain might not be working anymore. Please let me know.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]


WTF: Rita Ora

You guys, Rita Ora hosting America’s Next Top Model is possibly the best thing that’s ever happened to this blog.  I admit it: I stopped watching ANTM about five cycles ago. But if part of the plan to reboot it included, “make Rita Ora wear dramatic stuff and walk around and get photographed so people are tempted to tune in and see her clothes in action,” well…

Rita Ora Out And About In NYC

…it’s working.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]


Fugs and Fabs: The Democratic National Convention

We wrote up the fashions of Michelle Obama and the Republican National Convention; now the DNC gets its turn in the spotlight.

And I’ll repeat: I will try to remain unbiased, but I may not always succeed, or I may think I did and you may disagree (as was rampantly the case with the RNC). One big reason we covered the RNC is because we already routinely write about Michelle, and we knew the DNC would have a more celeb-studded roster that would be relevant here, and we felt it would appear imbalanced if we didn’t make an effort to cover both. Likewise, if we boiled the RNC down JUST to the Trumps, it might have seemed like we were half-assing it or giving it short shrift. No agendas are being pushed here with the way we cover either of these things. Sometimes a compliment is just a compliment, and a joke is just a joke. If I tease a politician here or link to a news story there, it’s not because I’m pushing an agenda. It might be that I’m trying to provide relevant context, or maybe anticipating a note and trying to be thorough. Or it might be that I made myself laugh, or that I don’t like the person — or DO like the person — regardless of political affiliation. If I make fun of Trump, it’s not because he’s the Republican nominee; it’s because it’s Trump. Or if I like Michelle Obama’s dress or dislike Melania’s, it’s not because of either’s party affiliation. I promise.

We’re going to do our level best to set the right tone, and I also hope you know I’m sincere about good-faith efforts in that regard. This site is very much governed by my personality and Jessica’s, and how we think and feel, and sometimes that’s going to mean we say something that clashes with what you think (and not even about politics; about fashion, too).  Perhaps think of this site and that section as a bit like our living room: You know who we are, and what you’re likely to hear when you step in the front door and stay awhile. We can appreciate our differences; we just think it’s reasonable to expect no name-calling, acrimony, or fisticuffs. Fair?

And don’t worry: It’s unlikely we will keep this up. For one thing, the conventions are over; for another, I’m exhausted and want to lie down in a corner.

[Photos Getty]


Well Played: July’s Best Accessories


If yesterday’s WTFs of the Summer post was owned by Rita Ora, and last June’s accessories slideshow belonged to Blake Lively, then Naomie Harris is our queen here. I wish we had MORE stuff from July; if I missed one you loved, please toss it into the comments.

[Photos: Getty, Fame/Flynet]


Fug or Fab: Jenna Coleman at TCAs


Jenna Coleman is Victoria — about Queen Victoria — which is going to be on Masterpiece this year. I’m sure I’ll watch it. I really hope that it includes my favorite thing about Queen Victoria, which is that she titled all her diaries, after Albert died, things like “The 23rd Year of My Most Grievous Suffering.” This went on for like SIXTY YEARS. At a certain point, did she run out of adjectives? I have so many questions.

One of which is, do you like this?

2016 Summer TCA Tour - Day 2

I admit to being surprised that I do.

[Photo: Getty]