Wren, a Los Angeles based womenswear brand founded in 2007 by Melissa Coker, commissioned short filmmaker, Tatia Pilieve, and together asked 20 strangers to kiss for the first time for their Fall14 collection.
With music by French singer and actress, Soko, ‘we might be dead tomorrow’ – this video project showcases the beauty of a ‘First Kiss‘. The couples’ reactions ranged from giddy excitement, nervous hesitation, adorable cautiousness, “…I’ll just follow your lead”, to sexy curiosity, etc.
I had to have watched this video more than 20 times, wrapped up in fascination; it’s an innocent voyeurism to be sure, but I bet the video will make anyone want to go grab someone for a smooch! I genuinely hope the couple at the 2:06 mark got together afterward, their chemistry was amazing!
On Twitter, PLEASE follow @wrenstudio, video by @tati_p, music by @soKothecat; and the lovely @Zeezerizer is the woman in that steamy pair at 2:06 (the one that hilariously asks, “what’s your name again?”)! I dare you not to love this, watch #FirstKissVideo and get it trending…and also? Take a moment to look at the chic clothing Wrenhas to offer on their website! Dipped in Cream LOVES Wren!
If you’re about my age, in your 30s, then you grew up with MTV’s The Real World and Road Rules as the reality shows to go to. Before this overload of ‘reality’ television, I was fascinated by what I assumed was reality.
I was convinced that I would audition for Road Rules, so I could travel; or audition for Real World, so I could be filmed ‘coming of age’. Then I realized how much more enjoyable it was to be a voyeur. Who doesn’t enjoy people watching, and learning the why and how adulthood, and social pairings? It’s fascinating stuff. By watching those early seasons of those shows, we saw young adults date, befriend, then argue, cohabitate, party, we saw them be.
In the 1998 season of the show, set in Seattle, we saw the truth. We saw that there are some realities that aren’t very glamorous, and we saw how some truths are exploited by the media for ratings. Two of the castmates, Stephen and Irene, did not get along well, and that’s putting it mildly. When Irene had reached her tipping point, and had already decided she was leaving the show, she gave her farewell to Stephen by effectively outing him on national television; Stephen retaliated by first throwing a beloved item from Irene’s childhood into the bay outside the cast’s home (the set was on a pier), and then by flagging down Irene’s vehicle before it pulled away and slapping her. This is what became known at the time as, ‘the bitchslap heard round the world’.
At the time, I was shocked by both those moments. Firstly, I was horrified by the fact that Stephen was allowed to stay on the program. The way it was shown, it appears that the castmates chose to let him stay under the condition that he seek counseling for his anger issues. I agree that he needed counseling, but don’t feel he needed to stay on the show. I feel that by letting him stay on, his terrible behavior was glorified. Secondly, I was disgusted that Irene’s chose to out him, by implying that being homosexual was a laughable insult. If it was premeditated or not, it’s edited to look that way, and it is gross. Something so personal, whether true or not, should never be used to attack someone regardless of the circumstances.
Now, 15 years later, Irene wrote an article for Vulture magazine (which you can read HERE), retelling her experience on the show. I found it interesting, and worth sharing. So, give it a once over, and let me know your thoughts.
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In true hipster fashion, I can say that I devoured all of season one of the Netflix original series, “Orange Is the New Black”, before everyone else became obsessed with it. I was instantly hooked by its inside peak into the criminal justice system after we’ve seen Benson and Stablerbust a perp. No other dramedy is exploring what’s happening inside the pods, the circumstances over why inmates ended up serving time, or how their ‘new’ personalities fit in with their pre-prison lives.
“Orange is the New Black” (hashtagged #OINTB) is a TV dramedy based on a memoir of the same name, following Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling), an attractive wasp who is sent to a minimum security women’s prison for 15 months for having once acted as a drug mule, as a favor for then-girlfriend, Alex Vause (played by Laura Prepon), for an international drug cartel when she was in her early 20s.
Every episode shows how Piper is adapting to life in prison, and her struggle to retain aspects of her outside life intact, developing her character within the new rules she has to follow within the prison society. The first episode really set the tone for season one when, in a secret phone conversation granted to her by a head guard to her fiancée, Piper says, “I’m Chapman here”. Though she’s the show’s protagonist, Netflix did a superb job of compiling a supporting cast whose stories are just as engrossing, if not more, as Piper’s.
By no stretch of the imagination are the women in the prison innocents, but with every episode shedding light on their lives before they landed in the prison, and the new roles they play while inside, we get to see how societies shape one’s personality.
OITNBisn’t afraid to explore many rich and interesting story lines regarding racism, religion (there’s a scary born again evangelical played by Taryn Manning), socioeconomic status, familial bonds that form between inmates (Poussey and Taystee, played by Samira Wiley and DanielleBrooks respectively), sexual exploitation (the creepy guard that trades sexual favors is aptly called, ‘Pornstache’), gender roles (Boo), and sexuality (the women that ‘go lesbian’ while in prison), in diverse and revealing storylines.
In Sophia’s story line (played wonderfully by Laverne Cox), we’re given a small glimpse at the issues faced by transsexuals when transitioning. The show explores mental health, and I cannot put into words how sympathetic I became towards Uzo Aduba’s character, ‘Crazy Eyes’, and the simplicity of how she sees life. How do we flirt? Nickname your woman after a flower. How do you protect her? Throw your pie.
How do you let her know she’s loved? Compliment her tits daily. That’s it, simple. She has a poetic awareness about her surroundings that is insanely interesting to watch. There are stories that are shocking, some so sad that they melted a bit of my cold, cold, heart.
These are just a few of the characters that help OITNB humanize inmates making the show addictive. Don’t just take my word for it, “Orange Is the New Black” has been trending on Twitter, there are already an amazing amount of quotable memes on Tumblr, and I’ve decided that “I threwmy pie for you” is the perfect way to express true romantic devotion, and I’m definitely stanning for Daya and Bennett, and I’ll never look at a chicken the same way.
Hopefully you all jump on this bandwagon, it’s well worth it.