Fug File: WTF

What the Fug: Gabrielle Union in Rodarte at the Birth of a Nation premiere

Gabrielle Union is in a tough spot. She nabbed a role in a universally lauded Oscar frontrunner, Birth of a Nation, only to watch the movie’s fortunes potentially crumble after Nate Parker’s past was made more public. She wrote an eloquent Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times about how, as a rape survivor, she does not take those allegations lightly. And now she has to hit the promo circuit in service of both the movie and the man behind it, and it some how falls to her to give interview bites that might validate him. (For the record, Gabrielle says he is “a good man” and “evolving” and I appreciate that she is in a tough situation and trying to be positive, but she cites my least favorite argument: that being a family man, and having daughters, means Parker has become a super and enlightened person. It evokes the brilliant, cutting takedown of that argument from The Toast, “As A Father of Daughters,” of which here is a sample: How merrily I used to drive down country lanes in my old Ford, periodically dodging off-road to mow down female pedestrians (you must remember I had no daughters then). Was what I did wrong? How was I to know? I had no daughters to think of. Mallory Ortberg is a wonder.)

ANYWAY: Gabrielle Union is in an unenviable position not of her own making, and now the movie is premiering and she is effectively the accidental Bride of Controversy…

Gabrielle Union

… and so I guess she dressed the part.

[Photo: Getty]


What the Fug: The Kardashians Ride Again

There are some truly, truly, epically offensive outfits in here. Honestly, at this point they just make me shake my head and say, “Oh, KIMBERLY,” because at the end of the day, again, my mantra is: It’s a comedy, and the joke’s on them. Also, the more people rage about her, the easier it is for her to wash right over me, I guess. But if it’s at the point where if you can’t discuss Kim in the comments with any measure of remove or composure – and that’s not a judgment; I get that she’s polarizing — then you might just want to scroll past this one. We stick them in a slideshow to make it easier for people to avoid the Jenndashians, and if you need to spare yourselves, do.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]


WTF: Kate Moss at the Business of Fashion Dinner

I know we were all waxing poetic recently about the glories of the housedress, Kate.

Business Of Fashion Dinner Celebration

But the word house is right there in the name! You’re not supposed to wear it out.

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What the Fug: Liberty Ross at the Emmys

This is basically the Real Housewives Reunion Meltdown Spectacular version of Lady Edith’s dress.

Liberty Ross

Do not try to unwrap this present. She WILL flip a table. And that’s just her warm-up.

[Photo: Getty]


Emmys Who Caped It Better: Natasha Lyonne or Kaitlin Doubleday

I suspect that, in an actual ring, Natasha would twist Kaitlin into a pretzel. Let’s see if she can top her in an entirely non-physical poll battle. Oh, the suspense.

Natasha Lyonne

Objectively, for me, this Sally LaPointe dress is wacky. Natasha looks like she chopped up a bedsheet on a dare. But she also looks very pretty with that great hair, and she’s braceleted, and her Noted Kook aura clicks very well with what is essentially one half of a very lazy ghost costume. So while I can’t say I like this, I WILL say that I like HER, and that this outfit may therefore have found its best possible chance of not winning any Worst Dressed awards. That counts as a happy ending, right?

Kaitlin’s version of this is more refined:

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What the Fug: Mandy Moore in Prabal Gurung at the Emmys

Can we just pretend that this is all that happened to Mandy Moore at the Emmys?

Mandy Moore

Because this is so sunny and wonderful. It is a happy place. And then you see the rest of the dress — specifically what it did on TV — and your heart sinks.

Well, we at GFY are in the business of sinking hearts, I suppose. So get ready.

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What the Fug: Anna Chlumsky in Christian Siriano at the Emmys

Anna Chlumsky just had a baby two months ago.

Anna Chlumsky

And yes, it was a girl. She has the gift bag to prove it.

Oh, CHRISTIAN. He’s been on such a roll lately, though, that he was due a stumble. At least when it happened, it was with someone so thoroughly charming and talented that her smile alone makes you want to forgive the warty duvet. Even Cinderella’s mice would have side-eyed that.

The 68th Emmy Awards, Arrivals in LA

But from behind she looks like a Jane Austen heroine. Perhaps she just should’ve avoided turning around all night.

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