Why Millennials Love 'Grace & Frankie'

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Social justice, self-depreciation, and A-listers are at the heart of it

A show about two septuagenarians who are forced to rebuild their lives after their husbands leave them isn't a television show description that screams "millennial engagement." Still, hoards of us hunker down every year to binge on Grace & Frankie, the Netflix original series that just released its fifth season and is already renewed for a sixth. The show has become a smash hit across generational lines, and even though I know why I love the show, I wanted to hear from other millennials about what it is about Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) that keep us young folks glued to our screens.

In case you haven't seen it, Grace and Frankie have very little to do with one another before their husbands, Sol (Sam Waterston) and Robert (Martin Sheen), gather them to dinner for an announcement: The men are gay, they've been having an affair for nearly 20 years, and, now that same-sex marriage is legal, they want to take advantage of it and wed each other. But first, they'll need divorces from Grace and Frankie. It's a weird place to be in for people of any age, but it sends the two women into full-on identity crises while making them fast friends. Grace & Frankie gets additional flavor from its adult children. Grace and Robert are parents to Mallory (Brooklyn Decker), a now-separated housewife and Brianna (June Diane Raphael) who has taken over her mother's cosmetics company. Hippies Sol and Frankie have two children, both adopted, of their own: Coyote (Ethan Embry), a recovering drug addict, and Bud (Baron Vaughn), their well-to-do black son.

Together this ensemble cast has won fans over as one of the most eclectic blended families on television, one that speaks to millennials' own experience with ad hoc families full of real characters. "I love Brianna," Loryn C. Wilson, 34, says. "I love how both her wit and her cynicism are direct byproducts of Grace's parenting... or lack thereof. Also, her [outifts] are FIRE." Brianna rejects normalized codes of femininity in favor of a sex-positive, sometimes crass, but thoroughly independent take on modern womanhood. She is a feminist but admittedly struggles to balance her autonomy with healthy relationships.

For millennials, this is all very familiar territory, as is the way the show leans into its progressive values. Dominique Hazzard, 28, told me, "I love seeing old-ass gay people being happy, even though they are white men." April Miller, 30, echoed similar sentiments, also noting that the friendship between these two women is queer in its own right as well. "Outside of their ex-husbands being in a committed relationship—they are two older women who were brought together by fate but have ultimately chosen to live their lives as [platonic] partners," she explained. "The men in their lives are side pieces. Of course, their partnership continues to be tested, but it's a non-traditional and fresh story line."

For others, the show is a how-to guide on healthy relationships. "I actually really love that they've moved into exploring the benefits and challenges of such a close, though unexpected, friendship-bordering-on-codependency," Jishava Patel, 25, said. "These two needed each other and brought out the best in one another, but also have brought out the worst, too. And their ability to realize it—eventually—and humbly—sometimes—apologize is so real and refreshing. [It's] about the healthiest depiction [of friendship] I've seen in a series, so far."

Grace & Frankie has also found a sweet spot for A-list cameos. RuPaul was a guest star on this season. The Drag Race host plays Benjamin Le Day, an overworked, no-nonsense assistant to the wealthy, anonymous buyer that purchased Grace and Frankie's house after their children put them in an assisted living facility. His scathing insults toward the two women are ruthless and hilarious, and his presence allows us to see yet another side of our main characters as they try to relate to a black gay man. Nicole Richie popped up, too, appearing as Kareena G, a social media-obsessed pop star and Benjamin's boss.

Because Grace & Frankie is constantly pushing the envelope on both age-appropriateness and family friendliness, it makes sense that the celebrities millennials love would be down to join the cast. They get the chance to work with entertainment industry legends, play characters that are well-written and often different from their previous roles, and probably have a great time in the process. At the heart of it, Grace & Frankie "transcends race, age, and class," a fact that 29-year-old Tajmar James pointed out. "They are old and rich white women, and I identify with them and want to be their friends." Unlike its main characters, if it keeps the same spontaneous energy, Grace & Frankie will never get old.

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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.