Outraged at MTV: Buckwild Trailer

Yesterday, MTV premiered the trailer for its new reality show that will replace Jersey Shore.  Here’s the official summary from MTV:

BUCKWILD is an authentic comedic series following an outrageous group of childhood friends from the rural foothills of West Virginia who love to dodge grown-up responsibilities and always live life with the carefree motto, “whatever happens, happens.” 

Money might be tight in their neck of the woods, but whether they’re throwing a dump truck pool party or building their own human slingshot, nothing stops them from making their own entertainment. Love and relationships come and go, but their bond with family and friends is always at the core for this eccentric group where anything goes!

And here’s what the trailer shows:

http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/860723/buckwild-trailer.jhtml#id=1698078

Having grown up in West Virginia, I can say that not everything shown in this trailer is how it is being young in West Virginia.  Once again, MTV is reinforcing a stereotype and this time I have to say they have gone too far.  These kids that are on this show should be ashamed of themselves for being a part of this ignorant show.

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Start Getting Real: An Interview With Real World: Boston Alumni, Genesis Moss

Fifteen years ago, Genesis Moss became one of seven strangers picked to live in a house in Boston as a part of MTV’s long running reality show, The Real World.  During this time, Moss challenged the stereotypes that her fellow housemates had when it came to being a lesbian.  Fast forward to the present, Genesis now lives in Los Angeles with her partner and together they run a successful photography/ graphic design company which has been awarded Wedding Wire’s “Bride’s Choice Award” for 2012.  For information on Genesis’ photography/ graphic design company, click this link.  Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Genesis about what it was like for her to be on the show, her friendships with former cast members, the possibility of a Real World: Boston reunion and more.

  • Looking back on your time on the Real World: Boston, you were one of the first lesbians on the Real World. What were your thoughts going into the experience knowing the whole subject of being openly gay on television was still controversial at that time?

Honestly, I think that was the catalyst for me doing it in the first place! I was the type of child that always did everything everyone told me. I followed that pattern into my teenage years and even went to a college that I was “told” to go to even though I never wanted to be there. So my coming out, for me personally, was me coming out on so many other levels than just being gay. It was my statement to the world that I was my own person, and nobody had the right to tell me how to think or live. Had I been a heterosexual 20-year-old girl, I never would have applied to the show.  I knew the only thing that was going to help all of the other repressed teenagers that were so much like myself was to be ME but be it on television. Not of all us wear flannel and have short hair. I think the world needed to see that. 

  • Are you still in touch with Jason and Kameelah or anyone else from the Boston cast? Are you friends with any other RW/ RR cast members?

I occasionally keep in touch with Jason through Facebook. Out of everyone, I keep in touch with Elka the most. We’re getting ready to do a dinner out soon as a matter of fact. I was also very good friends with Ruthie from Battle of the Sexes in Jamaica. She was actually one of the reasons I relocated to Los Angeles in the first place. However, as it sometimes happens in life, our schedules get in the way, and we don’t spend as much time together as we should. Elka though, she’s my girl. She’s an amazing person, and I’m grateful she’s still in my life after all of these years. 

  • What impact has being on The Real World made on your life?

On the positive: I gained a greater sense of self from the show. Anytime anyone has the opportunity to see themselves through someone else’s viewpoint, well, you can’t help but learn a great deal about yourself. It was a huge growing experience for me. On the negative: I trust people a lot less, and I value my privacy a lot more. Although I suppose some people might consider that to be a positive thing. hahaha!

  • Living in L.A., have you had any interesting encounters with other celebrities? Have you had any famous fans approach you?

I’ve seen my share of celebrities and those have mostly been encounters from attending various charity functions. I’ve never had a celebrity “fan” so to speak. I know that sounds lame! I do have a friend that’s a professional dancer that use to party with a certain celebrity and her dancers fairly frequently. She happened to be from my native area, Mississippi, and was a part of my MTV generation. The first time he met her (around 1999) he asked her if she knew who I was. It turned she DID know who I was and was a big fan of the show. That celebrity was Ms. Britney Spears.

  • Being that this year marks 15 years since your season of The Real World aired, are there any unofficial reunion plans for you and your castmates?

 There was supposed to be a Boston cast reunion planned in a local night club in downtown Boston. It was being orchestrated by Syrus. As of right now I haven’t had any confirmations so I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

You can find Genesis on Facebook and Twitter.  Also you can look at Genesis’ blog to get her views on photography and other things.

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Pop Culture Redefined Year in Review 2011

2011 has been an interesting year for this blog.  The first couple of months of 2011 were devoted solely to commenting on events that happened in pop culture.  Events like Charlie Sheen’s meltdown and the disappointment in MTV.  Things changed slightly when I moved to Las Vegas in April.  While making the transition from east coast to west coast had its challenges, it was interesting to make a cross-country trip to start a new life in one of the world’s most visited cities.

In the eight months I have lived here in Sin City, I have seen some amazing things from the iconic Las Vegas Strip to the incredible landscape that surrounds Vegas.  From a photographer’s perspective,  this part of the country has a wealth of subjects to capture in both still photography and video.

Moving to Las Vegas has also been interesting because I have been able to get close to celebrities and take their picture.  Even though I was with the rest of the general public at the Billboard Music Awards and the Daytime Emmy Awards, I managed to get some excellent pictures of some well-known celebrities.

In November, I was fortunate to attend two more events that were amazing.  The first one was seeing Max Brooks, author of World War Z, speak at the Clark County Library.  This guy is very interesting and hilarious.  After his speech, he signed books and spoke to the fans in attendance.  During my time with him, I got him to sign a couple of books, took my picture with him, and shamelessly gave him the address to this blog in the hopes he would read it and maybe tell some people about it.

The other highlight of November was attending my first press conference.  I have to tell you it was an amazing experience to see my blog’s name on an official list of news organizations approved to attend.  The press conference was to announce the partnership of fashion designer Marc Ecko and urban Latin/ reggaeton duo Wisin y Yandel on a men’s apparel line called Los Lideres, which is based on the style of Wisin y Yandel.

What does 2012 hold for Pop Culture Redefined?  Hopefully more coverage of some major pop culture events here in Las Vegas.  Maybe some interviews with some well-known celebrities will happen for this blog.  The one thing that is certain is that I am going to try to become more of a presence in the pop culture industry.  It may not happen right away but it will happen eventually and during the journey to there, I am going to bring you some great articles on pop culture.  Happy New Year to everyone.

Music of My Favorite Decade The 1990s Part 1: Great Bands

The other day someone close to me said that the 1990s were the worst when it came to music.  Naturally I disagreed with that statement because of a couple of reasons.  I thought the 1990s were rich with great music for these reasons: it gave us great bands such as Garbage, No Doubt, and the Spice Girls (yes I said the Spice Girls.  I will explain why I think they are great in a moment) and we saw the emergence of some singers with great staying power.

During the 90s, some great bands formed or gained popularity.  One of those bands was Garbage.  When Garbage arrived on the scene back in 1995, it was apparent that this band was a force to be reckoned with.  Formed by producers Butch Vig and Steve Marker and Vig’s longtime friend and musician, Duke Erikson, Garbage was born out of the desire for the three men to make their own music instead of remixing everybody else’s.  At first the guys were going to take the direction of Garbage as a trio, but after the initial recordings with Vig doing vocals, the men knew that they were missing something: a woman’s influence.  As chance would have it one night while watching MTV’s 120 Minutes, Steve Marker saw the video of “Suffocate Me” by Angelfish and found the missing piece to the puzzle, Angelfish’s lead singer Shirley Manson.  Their first hit, Vow,  sent Garbage to being famous.

Garbage’s unique electropop style to this day has not been successfully duplicated.  While Garbage went on hiatus back in 2008, things are looking good that the band will be back together.  On a personal note, I met Garbage back in 1999 when they were on tour with Lit as a part of MTV’s Campus Invasion in support of their second album, Version 2.0.  I have to say that Shirley Manson and the guys are some of the coolest people I ever met and to this day I can hear Shirley say to me in her Scottish accent, “I love your shirt” referring to a holographic button down shirt I had bought from Gadzooks.  Here are some pics below:

Shirley Manson

Garbage and Marshall University SAPB

Another band that achieved greatness in the 90s was No Doubt.  The Orange County band brought ska music to mainstream with their breakout album, Tragic Kingdom.  While the band formed in 1985, their self-titled debut album was not released until 1992, but the band’s first album was not met with critical acclaim.  It wasn’t until 1995 that No Doubt would discover mainstream success when the first single off Tragic Kingdom, “Just a Girl” , debuted in October 1995.  Since  Tragic Kingdom, the band’s popularity skyrocketed and No Doubt became an inspiration for bands such as Paramore. 

The final band that was great during the nineties was the Spice Girls.  The girl group from England consisted of Victoria Adams (Posh Spice), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice), Melanie Chinsolm (Sporty Spice) and Melanie Brown (Scary Spice).  The Spice Girls gained popularity in 1996 with their first single from the album Spice, “Wannabe” and the 90s became defined by “Girl Power”.  The term “Girl Power”, as the Spice Girls explained it, was about strong and loyal friendship among females and has been dubbed the third-wave feminism.

MTV: The Decline of an Iconic Channel

MTV sucks!! Let me rephrase that statement: the channel that passes as MTV sucks!!  The MTV that I grew up with is by far better than the MTV that exists today.  Back in the ’90s, MTV still played music videos and interesting shows like Daria and Road Rules.  The programming that plays on MTV today is nothing more than mindless drivel with no redeeming value whatsoever.  Take Jersey Shore, for example, the majority of the episodes are devoted to (insert Snooki, J-Wow, the Situation, or any of the cast members) getting drunk and having sex.    

     The majority of MTV’s programming is reality shows.  Now I do not have a problem with reality shows, but what I take issue with is the “people” on these shows or the subject of the show.  I am not one to believe that television is the cause of violence, teen pregnancies, or whatever.  I believe firmly that it’s first and foremost the way a child is raised but even I admit that we should not have shows like Teen Mom glorifying teen pregnancies.  Here recently MTV has come under fire from the Parents Television Council over its newest show, Skins.

    Another issue I have with Jersey Shore is that the cast became instant celebrities because of their drinking and whoring around.  Both Snooki and J-Wow got books published based on their celebrity status.  Also these parasites get to go to red-carpet events because of their show.  I have a niece and a cousin that watch this show religiously.  It makes me shudder that a drunken whore with bad hair and a horrible tan like Snooki is a role model.

The Michael and Lisa Marie kiss [updated 10/5/2009]

This moment was one of the most memorable for me. I remember when I first saw this on MTV’s Video Music Awards. It was one of the most akward kisses to watch.

 

Update:  Due to YouTube removing the original video that I added to this post, here’s another video of that infamous kiss:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXzviwwtZg8.