‘GLOW’ Season 2 Doesn’t Pander To Your Surface-Level Feminist Rhetoric

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And it’s so essential

The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are back for another round, and Season 2 of Netflix's GLOW has stakes that are higher than ever. Picking up right where it left off, former best friends Ruth (Alison Brie) and Debbie (Betty Gilpin) are forced to continue working—and wrestling—with one another on a show whose success has the odds stacked against it.

Though already one of the most authentic depictions of women on television, GLOW’s second season raises the bar even higher, frankly portraying what a complex relationship between two women really looks like. No pretty airbrushing of difficult issues—no neat resolution where all the players come together to decide that all their differences don’t matter in the face of a larger adversary. It is gritty, it is raw, and it is sometimes petty. And that’s what makes it important. 

It's a common—and lazy—narrative trope to portray women as being either catty archnemeses or best friends forever, with little room in between to explore the complicated emotions and history that inform the way one person treats another. And because most shows don’t depict multifaceted backstories for women, viewers can forget that rash actions tend to be the result of a series of events, rather than an instantaneous reaction to a specific trigger, which leaves audiences thinking that women are two-dimensional, and not really worthy of much screen time—or respect. 

And this is where GLOW stands out, and truly succeeds at being different. It respects women enough to portray the messy reasons people have for doing what they do. No matter how objectively callous or vitriolic someone's actions may be, there's always a reason for those actions, and until we discover what that reason is, we have to keep searching, in the hopes of understanding.

The fact that GLOW works to better show the human condition is what makes it a successful show, one that reminds you the women on-screen—and women, period—are nuanced, complicated and, frankly, fucked up humans. 

Too often, even in this era of "woke" television, the depiction of female camaraderie borders on reductive. There is no authentic dialogue, and there are few real-world stakes. There are implications that all women should agree with each other 100 percent of the time in order to come together and achieve an ultimate goal. But is this wise? Is it even possible?

Relationships between women don’t need to occupy an alternate reality in which everything is flattened and simplified. This is why GLOW strikes such a chord amongst so many women. It's stripped of the artifice that brings women together under the banner of one socially conscious rallying cry; there is conflict, and there are external considerations. But, perhaps most importantly, there is a level of logical irrationality that allows you to really look inward and identify with these characters and, ultimately, validate these women as fully realized humans—flaws and all.

Real humans are messy, and real life is never as linear as a script will try and make it seem. We’re all over the place. We’re unpredictable and not always completely rational. And while GLOW could have easily left Ruth and Debbie’s relationship at yet another standoff—milking the one-note, “you fucked my husband” story line for all it was worth—they chose to take the more difficult route. They chose to explore the backstories of both these women to see what grounds them in their neuroses, to see exactly where their baggage comes from. So it makes sense that the narrative arcs got messy, that motivations remained unclear, and that a true resolution was never really achieved. But, again, this what makes it feel like an actual study of two real women who are very slowly rebuilding their friendship. Albeit, one bodyslam at a time. 

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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.