Watching ‘Daria’ Made Me Feel Seen And Known

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I wasn’t allowed to watch TV as a teenager but somehow—perhaps at my then-boyfriend’s house, where we’d watch Total Request Live together most afternoons before work—I came across Daria, the animated sitcom airing on MTV from 1997 to 2002. When the series begins, Daria, who debuted as a supporting character on Beavis and Butthead, has moved with her family from Highland, Texas, to Lawndale, USA, accompanied by her popular and fashion-obsessed little sister, Quinn, and her benignly neglectful parents, Jake and Helen. In the opening sequence, Daria, a makeup-free brunette with large round glasses, stands motionless in the backcourt of a PE volleyball match, knee pads askew, while everyone else plays enthusiastically. Two girls collide in front of her trying to dig up a kill, the ball hits the floor, and several seconds later Daria half-heartedly sticks out her arm. I didn’t know what "life rights" were when I was 17, but, if I had, I would have complained about not releasing mine. 

It’s hardly uncommon to hate high school, but with that signature solipsism of adolescence, I thought I was unique in loathing my small public high school, notable only for its small student body (250) and its excellent girls volleyball team (21 straight regional titles from 1984 to 2004, including second and third place State finishes my freshman and sophomore year). These athletes took PE with normal non-athlete civilians, and the volleyball unit each semester was 53 daily minutes of adrenaline, shame, and nonstop aerobic crisis.  

While Quinn adjusts to Lawndale High effortlessly, becoming the leader of the popular girls before she even steps indoors, Daria is placed in a class for students with low self-esteem after purposely failing a psychological assessment. “We tell you over and over again that you’re wonderful, and you just don’t get it. What’s wrong with you?” Helen says, pounding on the dinner table, when given the news Daria will have to take a class to address her low self-esteem. “Don’t worry, I don’t have low self-esteem. It’s a mistake,” Daria replies, in her characteristic affectless drawl. “I have low esteem for everyone else.”  

In class, Daria meets Jane Lane, a similarly misanthropic aspiring artist. “I can fill you in later, I’ve taken this course six times,” she whispers to Daria during a particularly nonsensical part of the syllabus. Jane could pass the test, she tells Daria, but she likes having low self-esteem. “It makes me feel special,” she says. 

United against a student body of idiots and fools, Daria and Jane endure high school together. Jane gets a boyfriend, Daria tries out contact lenses, they go on field trips and to school dances, they meet daily to eat pizza and watch gonzo news program Sick Sad World (“Is your toll collector wearing pants, a skirt, or nothing but a smile? Cold Breeze on the Interstate, next, on Sick, Sad World!”)

In one episode Daria has to visit the career counselor’s office, staffed by student volunteer Tiffany. “Aren’t you the girl from Quinn’s house?” Tiffany says. As someone with a much more popular sibling, who was tailgated and honked at while driving because people thought my brother was driving our shared car, I felt seen and known. 

I graduated high school before Daria did and went to a college where TV was similarly hard to come by (this was the early ‘00s and our dorms did not have cable, I KNOW). But I never really stopped thinking about Daria. Sometimes I’d catch a marathon on someone else’s TV, and for a brief period in my 20s I had cable and saw another season in reruns. Each episode ends with Daria et. al. drawn in unusual costumes or situations (Daria as a Baywatch lifeguard, Jane as David Bowie, Quinn as a gargoyle, etc).  I hadn’t realized how these brief flashes of an alternate absurd reality gave me hope for a different future of my own, a life free of volleyball and group projects, a future where I would be transformed from a nerdy nobody into a (literal) butterfly or at least a cool skater chick.  

Now that a Daria revival is rumored to be in the works, I’ve considered going back and watching the two seasons and the two made-for-TV movies I still haven’t seen. A good Sick Sad World teaser still makes me laugh, after all, and while I don’t plan on having kids, if I did have a daughter, I’d name her Daria. “I don’t know if I want to finish watching it,” I told my best friend the other day. “I’m worried it will still be really good and then it’ll be over and I’ll be so sad.” “I’ll be so sad,” she repeated back to me, in the deadpan tone I’ve unconsciously adopted as my standard adult register. The similarity was immediately obvious. “I didn’t even mean to do that,” I said. 

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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.