How Tiffany Pollard Invented The Internet


Her mind, it amazes us sometimes

Before we could determine it for ourselves, Tiffany Pollard declared herself the HBIC. Today, that sentiment lives on in her Instagram handle, the way she’s become immortalized in GIF form, and how she managed to get an entire art exhibit dedicated to her antics. Pollard busted into the motherfucking building more than 10 years ago and, it seems, never really left.

Rachel Lindsay may have been the first black Bachelorette of the television franchise, but Pollard was the first to win over America. After appearing on Flavor of Love and Flavor of Love 2 (and having her heart broken both times), Pollard got her own moment in the spotlight with I Love New York. She never did end up getting what she sought out on those dating shows—someone to love, a ring, a happily ever after ending—but she ended up with something better: lifelong notoriety. 

As far as reality star careers, Pollard’s 15 minutes of fame expired a while ago. But it has been renewed in the past couple of years when a picture of her sitting on a bed against a wall, legs propped up and sunglasses on, became a widespread meme. She was memed again when Beyoncé gave birth last year and a GIF of Pollard saying, with eyes bulged, “Beyoncé?!” went viral. These are both from scenes filmed long ago, the context often forgotten (though when you put them in context, they’re almost always funnier), but they’ve become their own language. As Doreen St. Felix wrote for The New Yorker, Pollard exhibits the perfect amount of melodrama for this exhausting age. Anything that needs to be said can be said with a Pollard GIF.

Pollard became a part of the pop culture lexicon again in 2016 when she appeared on the U.K. version of Celebrity Big Brother. In a scene that Matt and Viviana, curators of the “David’s Dead: A Celebration of Tiffany Pollard” exhibit in Brooklyn have referred to as the pinnacle of reality television, Pollard is informed that Bowie has died, but she thinks the dead "David" in question is David Gest, one of the other celebrity guests in the house who has been sick in bed. What follows is Pollard reacting as only Pollard could/would—with dramatics, tears, and lots of yelling. 

This scene takes up two walls of the exhibit. There’s an almost minute-by-minute recreation of what went down—from Pollard receiving the news to her finding out the truth to her being comforted during her short-lived grief. Appropriately, the late Bowie’s exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum is what motivated Matt and Viviana to dedicate a show to the reality star. “We decided it was time to celebrate our generation’s greatest performance artist who gave us the most important moment in reality TV history,” they tell us. “It is seven minutes of pure chaos, and there hasn’t been anything like it on TV since.”

And that's because there's nobody else on reality TV quite like Pollard. Beyond having more quotable one-liners than anyone who came after her, Pollard always remained unapologetically herself: a loud, proud, sure-of-herself black woman. “She is a unique reality star in that she is wholly vulnerable and relatable in how open and honest she is and, at the same time, she is aspirational in how confident she is,” Matt and Viviana say. “Whether she’s telling fellow Big Brother contestants not to look at her in the face after trying to vote her out, or telling Claudia Jordan that she doesn’t show tears when she cries because ‘it’s an inner cry, bitch,’ we can all learn a lot from Tiffany.” 

Audrey Lyall, who created one of the pieces that hang in the exhibit titled “I Am Just So Powerful,” feels the same; in her creation, Pollard is a puppeteer in control of different women from the different shows she’s appeared on. “It’s meant to show that [Pollard’s] the queen of reality television and inspired everyone who came after her,” Lyall says about her work. “People treat reality TV as a joke, but her persona inspires people to put themselves out there and be loud and proud.”

You don’t have to go very far to see Pollard’s influence in action. Log on to any social media platform, and she's there. Watch any reality television show, and her characteristics are visible in the least-liked, most-obnoxious person on camera. Upstairs at Pollard’s exhibit in Brooklyn, was a VIP section roped off for Pollard and her equally dramatic mother Sister Patterson’s visit later that night. There was a record player and a couch for the guest of honor to sit on. Taped above it, in big paper letters, were five words, visible even from downstairs: “Tiffany Pollard Invented The Internet.”

“David’s Dead: A Celebration of Tiffany Pollard” is on display now until June 2 at THNK1994. Check out some of the artwork ahead. 

Photo by Imani Givertz

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

Photos by Joe Maher/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

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.

Screenshot via YouTube, Photo Courtesy of HBO

"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)

Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images.

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.