Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Radar's Hype Report

Radar is such a kick-ass magazine. I don't know why it isn't more popular. The writers are opinionated and brutally honest, which is what I love when I read magazines. The Hype Report made me laugh out loud. They are hilarious and so true! Posh and Becks top the list.

1. Posh and Becks
It's not that they're untalented—they arch their backs nicely in porny W fashion shoots. They're excellent at peddling fragrances. And when it comes to lending suspect Scientologists an air of heterosexuality, there's nobody better. But is that any reason for a besotted media to swarm David and Victoria Beckham daily? For ESPN to devote 19 cameras to film his July soccer debut with the L.A. Galaxy (even though he played all of 16 minutes)? For the Washington Post to muse on his chances of being knighted? Let's face it: He's an overpaid soccer star; she's a pointless collection of body parts. Thankfully, not everyone has fallen for their charms: Britney Spears recently snubbed Posh at the Chateau Marmont, a move the Hindustan Times called "another sign that [Spears] is in a precarious state of mind." We call it enlightened.

20. America Ferrera's Looks
An overweight young Latina struggling to reconcile Mami's injunctions to chow down with a white girl's pressure to be skinny—has America Ferrera ever played another role? Let's recap: Real Women Have Curves (big gal copes with minority status and the pressure to be thin), Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (ditto), and Ugly Betty (well, you know). Thank goodness her fairy godmother—the entertainment press—is always there to overcompensate with a kind word: The New York Daily News dubbed her "America the beautiful," W fawned over her "gorgeous" looks, and People en Español named her one of its 50 Most Beautiful. Okay, she's not ugly. But she's no Betty.

28. Facebook (This one I totally agree with)
Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg is the new prince of Silicon Valley. Traffic disclosures from his social networking site—30 million users, tripling in popularity every year—have analysts swooning over a rumored IPO (some have valued the company at up to $10 billion). But even as the site positions itself as a one-stop portal for all your Internet needs, it's still unclear whether it will become the next Google—or the next Friendster. Facebook's banner ads have an abysmally low click-through rate, and most of the "applications" under its platform have fizzled. The few that haven't will surely wither if the company starts charging for them. We suggest Zuck unload his billion-dollar baby while he still can.

Check out the whole list here.

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