The Running Game: How TV Accurately Addresses Change Or The Lack Thereof

Spoilers for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Shameless, and You’re The Worst

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Dustin’s list of the top shows of last week was mostly correct, but also, somehow, completely off. I’m going to blame it on the fact that he didn’t include this week’s episode of You’re The Worst. Maybe it’s because his list came out two days before the show did. Maybe it was an oversight on his part. Maybe he’s just wrong about everything. Who knows? The point is the best shows on right now are the ones that have characters continually fucking up while make very little progress in the way of real, concrete change.

Which isn’t as depressing as it sounds. There’s a lot of messages from media and society that says change is always good. Make overs! Cleanses! Cosmetic surgery! There’s an entire genre of films where middle-aged, white dudes give up their whole lives to strike out on a new adventure, and an entire sub-genre dedicated to Middle Aged White Dudes Bailing; Damon, Matt. (In retrospect, perhaps he was running from all of the sexual assailants he was friends with. In which case, lucky he had that Bourne training.) But in real life, the people who are constantly changing their jobs, their interests, their friends, their spouses? They’re a little bit crazy, right?

That’s actually the entire plot of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Rebecca is miserable, and decides to abandon her life in New York because Josh Chan and West Covina will fix everything. She’s hit that sweet spot where, by changing literally everything, she has to change absolutely nothing. Sure, she might be stuck in some sort of old-timey well (figuratively, the show hasn’t gone that far. Yet), and the only real way out is to slowly and painfully climb to the top, but Becs doesn’t have to worry about that. Because she’s just going to keep flapping her arms as fast as she can until she can fly! Look how hard she’s flapping!

The other problem with Rebecca’s method is that it sort of, a little bit works. In a lot of ways, Rebecca felt better in West Covina. Because even when people are picking things that are terrible for them, they’re picking things that are terrible for them that they like. Case in point? Gretchen hooking up with Jimmy after bailing on Boone and Olivia on You’re The Worst. I knew it was coming, the show so much as told us it was coming, but I still got «oh, honey no!» on her. But of course she’s going to oh, honey no. Because, and bear with me while I try to explain the complexity here, Gretchen really likes Jimmy.

It sounds stupid to say out loud, but people tend to continue in destructive behavior because they really like it. Gretchen doesn’t feel like her problem is that she has such deep-seated issues that she can’t truly connect with people, and avoids honesty and intimacy at every chance. Her problem is that Jimmy left her. She wants him, and he wasn’t there. Now he’s back. So her problem is kind of solved. At least until Jimmy bails again which will only solidify her belief that she’s inherently unlovable, and will desperately wish Jimmy back into her life (while vocally stating how little she cares about him lest those around her believe her to be weak).

And even if either Rebecca or Gretchen decided to address the deeper underlying issues that are actually making them miserable, that doesn’t mean there’s a lot of actual change to be done. Admitting you have a problem is the first step. Followed by lots of steps that identify what the problem actually is, why that problem is preventing you from living the life you want to, what things you could feasibly do to change the problem/your behavior, and then just on a daily basis convincing yourself not to engage in the behavior that you really like to engage in because at some point in the distant future it might get slightly easier to avoid said behavior. This is probably why Rebecca is still just flapping her arms in that well.

It’s also why the premier of Shameless this week saw Lip literally running away from his problems. He felt like drinking so he jogs the seven miles to work. His ex, with whom he’s still in love, is going back to her ex who is an abusive creep. So Lip runs to Professor Youens’ house to begin paying him back for Lip’s rehab. When he’s not running, he’s working. Or hanging out with other former addicts who consistently talk about not using. And then he goes for a run again.

And he’s doing a great fucking job. Because sometimes change is just getting through the bullshit of one day without doing something stupid so you can wake up tomorrow, and try again to continue not doing stupid things. It’s slow and boring and very often painful. It also doesn’t really make for dynamic TV, but it’s still amazing to watch because it’s significantly truer to life. And remember, life is a gradual series of revelations that occur over a period of time. It’s not some carefully crafted story. It’s a mess, and we’re all gonna die.

Happy Friday.


Yu Darvish Once Again Addresses Dodgers Fans After Blowing WS

I’m a big Yu Darvish guy, but even I can’t spin his two dreadful World Series starts against the Astros into a positive. He played a major role in the Dodgers not hoisting their first Commissioner’s Trophy since 1988, and a lot of Dodgers fans won’t be sad when he gets a $ 150 million contract from another team in free agency.

But just because fans are ready to cut ties doesn’t mean Yu’s over Los Angeles. He took to Instagram this afternoon to address Dodgers fans, and touched on what his brief stint with the team meant to him:

Dear Dodgers’ Fans, It has been a week since the World Series. Your words of encouragement after the outcome of Game 7 has heartened me immensely. I genuinely felt blessed to play as a Dodger and was touched by the people of LA, which became my lifetime treasure. Above all, I was very lucky to be surrounded by wonderful people for the past 3 months! My training will commence today as I will make full use of this experience. Please take care!

Was that a farewell note? Maybe… he just posted this picture on IG with the caption, “Thank you LA!”

Yu’s message the day after getting shelled in Game 7:

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How Stranger Things Addresses the Disappearance of Beloved Barb in Season 2

MAJOR spoilers for Stranger Things season two below!

It was the rallying cry heard ’round the internet after Stranger Things dropped season one on Netflix last year: #JusticeForBarb. Poor Barbara Holland, played by Riverdale actress Shannon Purser, only lasts a few episodes before the Demogorgon drags her straight-laced, Sally Jessy Raphael glasses-wearing self down to the Upside Down. While seeing the Demogorgon snatch Will in the season one opener is scarring in its own right, the brutal way Barb goes out struck a chord with plenty of fans, all of whom wondered if Barb would be in season two. Now that the new episodes have hit the streaming network, we finally have our answer.

No, Barb is not in season two. That being said, her absence looms large both in Hawkins and in the lives of the characters who reside there.

The last time we see Barb, she’s a rotting, slug-covered corpse in the Upside Down. With this revelation, we had a feeling that there was a slim-to-none chance of her returning for season two. Her absence doesn’t come as a surprise. What does feel a little bit shocking is just how much season two does to acknowledge her disappearance. Some might cry fan service, but for the most part it feels like a nuanced and realistic portrayal of the trauma people go through after losing a loved one. This is particularly the case for Barb’s former best friend, Nancy (Natalia Dyer).

In season one, while Nancy is losing her virginity to Steve at his pool party, Barb is getting attacked by the Demogorgon underneath their window. Nancy blames herself for Barb’s death, and her relationship with Steve understandably suffers in season two. She’s not the only one going through a major loss, though. We discover that Barb’s parents refuse to believe their daughter is dead, especially because the shady Hawkins Lab arranged it so Barb’s car ended up abandoned next to a train station. Further complicating matters is the arrival of professional conspiracy theorist and former Chicago Sun Times investigative journalist Murray Bauman, who is driving the Hollands into debt with his P.I. prices.

Nancy spends a good chunk of time avoiding their phone calls and refusing to accept her friend’s fate, which results in panic attacks and a Barb hallucination in the library. Eventually, she joins forces with Jonathan, and the two make it their crusade to expose Hawkins Lab and bring peace to Barb’s family. By teaming up with Murray, they’re able to pull it off and finally reveal the tragic truth about Barb. There’s even a funeral for her, although the casket is presumably empty.

While the way Barb exits the show will haunt us until the end of our days, we have to hand it to the Duffer brothers — whatever justice remained out there for Barb has been served. May she and her mom jeans rest in peace.

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Rachel Lindsay Finally Addresses the «Derogatory Word» Vanessa Called Her on The Bachelor

Though Bachelor Nation is currently in a dry spell — stuck between the end of Bachelor in Paradise and the start of Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s season of The Bachelor — the reality show’s past contestants have been keeping our thirst for spilled tea quenched. Most of the post-BIP attention has been focused on Dean, Kristina, and Danielle’s cringe-worthy love triangle, but the spotlight has just shifted away from the trio and on to two women who competed for Nick Viall’s heart on the 21st season of The Bachelor: Vanessa Grimaldi and Rachel Lindsay.

*Cue dramatic background music*

It all started when Danielle Lombard, another contestant on Nick’s season and one-third of Bachelor in Paradise‘s most infamous love triangle, did a Reddit AMA («Ask Me Anything») to answer fan questions. In the thread (most of which has since been deleted), a participant asked D-Lo to touch on some apparent drama that was brewing behind the scenes between Vanessa and Rachel. Though much of said drama wasn’t really shown on screen, it was rumored that the two had bad blood, which D-Lo pretty much confirmed.

«Vanessa called Rachel something that was extremely derogatory,» she explained on the Reddit thread. «From what I heard it was bad. Vanessa had to be separated for the rest of the show.» Yikes. After this tidbit spread like wildfire among Bachelor Nation, Entertainment Tonight got to the bottom of things by getting in touch with Rachel for the scoop on what really happened between her and Vanessa — and it’s pretty shocking.

«Vanessa told me that I used ‘aggressive’ tones with her, and I was very upset by that.»

Rachel explained how she chose to distance herself from Vanessa while in the Bachelor mansion, but that Vanessa approached her one day to share how she felt about Rachel’s attitude. «Vanessa told me that I used ‘aggressive’ tones with her, and I was very upset by that,» Rachel told ET. «There are so many stereotypes placed on African-American women.»

And what about that «derogatory word» Danielle referenced in her Reddit AMA? «She called me a ‘bully’, and for her to use that phrase was offensive to me,» Rachel said. «She had no examples to match it . . . I also felt as a special education teacher who works with children, she was using the word frivolously.»

It looks like there’s way more than meets the eye when it comes to these shows. No word on whether Vanessa will respond to Rachel’s claims, but the fact large chunks of D-Lo’s Reddit thread were deleted certainly seems telling. We’ll update this when additional, tea-worthy information becomes available.

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Jay-Z Addresses That Solange Elevator Whooping

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While he won’t be inviting Kanye West over anytime soon for afternoon high tea (which really just involves sipping Hennessy and chowing down on crustless sandwiches while Beyonce walks around the pool doing vocal runs), Jay-Z finally opened up about that elevator throwdown back in 2014 with Solange Knowles. Surprisingly, it wasn’t to break down Bey’s “Flawless” remix to say “Of that billion dollars in the elevator, Solange represented somewhere around $ 40 and a Duane-Reade gift card.

I guess Jay figured if he could bamboozle millions of fans into buying Tidal, he sure as shit could do it again in a simple interview and played the she’s-like-a-sister card. People magazine says he discussed it during a recent Rap Radar podcast.

“We had one disagreement ever. Before and after we’ve been cool. She’s like my sister. I will protect her. That’s my sister, not my sister-in-law. My sister. Period.”

In case you forget how this bro and sis treated each other, lemme refresh your memory. Sometime after the 2014 Met Gala, the Knowles sisters and Jay shimmied into an elevator at the Standard Hotel with their security detail. Shortly after the doors closed, Basement Baby let everyone know she had just finished reading Harry Potter, because she turned into the Womping Willow on Jay. Beyonce kind of just stood in the corner checking out her manicure and the new tile on the floor. The fight was rumored to be about alleged Becky with the good hair Rachel Roy, who these days can’t open Instagram without seeing at least a million notifications with bee or lemon emojis. BUT that’s all behind them.

‘Yonce looked up from her acrylics long enough to assemble a team to write her emotional response with “Lemonade,” and now Jay is on a giant mea culpa tour with 4:44, because he’s getting TWO million notifications with bee and lemon emojis. He doubled down on how elevator slaps are totes normal, bro:

“We’ve always had a great relationship. I fought my brothers and argued with my brothers my whole life. It just so happens, who we are, these things go into a different space. But it ain’t nothing.”

I’m pretty sure normal brother/sister spats are when you’re seven and throw your little brother off a slide at the PlayPlace at McDonald’s or, I dunno, use your mother’s kitchen shears to decapitate his favorite Cabbage Patch doll. Not go to Slap Town at the Standard as grown ass adults. That being said, next time Bey curates a photo of those two smiling and choking each other by a ball pit, we’ll know they’re just being a couple o’ crazy kids!



Jito Kok Addresses Getting Punched By Danilo Gallinari on Reddit

On Sunday, a rooster tangoed with a Kok, and the Kok came away victorious.

What we’re talking about, of course, is new Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari fracturing his hand after delivering a blow to Netherlands forward Jito Kok. It may be the NBA dead season, but you better believe the Clippers Curse is alive and well — even in a supposed “international friendly”.

To provide further context to Gallo’s stupidity, Kok hit R/NBA to give his side of the incident:

That’s me getting hit right there. By the way there was no build up either, I do think I hit him on that box out tho. He wasn’t too happy with that

Kok on his face doing damage to Gallo’s hand:

Yeah it caught me off guard, I was actually just running to offense and the dude just swing at me. Lucky I didn’t fracture my cheek bone, he’s definitely worse off haha

He also addresses his inadvertent elbow during the box out:

Yeah looks like that’s what happened but I assure you that wasn’t intentional. And no there was nothing between us up until that moment, they were getting chewed out by their coach though because we kept the game pretty close till the end. Probably just frustration on his part

Plus side for Gallo: he left a small mark.

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Jesse Williams Addresses Infidelity Rumors in JAY-Z’s Footnotes For 4:44

Jesse Williams is currently in the middle of a custody battle with estranged wife Aryn Drake-Lee, and in an 11-minute Tidal video for JAY-Z’s latest album, Footnotes for 4:44, the Grey’s Anatomy actor opened up about their divorce. Jesse joined JAY-Z, Chris Rock, Will Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Anthony Anderson, Aziz Ansari, and other celebrities for a chat about relationships, and without mentioning Aryn by name, Jesse addressed cheating rumors. «I was in a relationship 13 years, 13 real years, not five years, not seven years – 13 years,» he said. «All of a sudden motherf*ckers are writing think-pieces that I somehow threw a 13-year relationship. Like, the most painful experience I’ve had in my life like with a person I’ve loved with all of my heart – that I threw a person and my family in the trash because a girl I work with is cute.»

Jesse and Aryn split after nearly five years of marriage back in April and share son Maceo and daughter Sadie. Aryn is also a cofounder of Jesse’s Ebroji app.

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Kesha Addresses Her Awkward Jerry Seinfeld Encounter: «I Should Have Known Better»

Remember when Kesha attempted to hug Jerry Seinfeld and he totally rejected her? Well, Kesha is finally opening up about the cringeworthy moment. The singer, who is currently promoting her new single, «Praying,» told SiriusXM’s Hits1 on Friday that she felt like she was «5 years old» after the incident. «I instantly was like, ‘Oh f*ck me.’ And I like somehow ended up in my very own mini episode of Seinfeld for like five seconds.» She then added that she’s a huge fan of the show, saying, «I’ve seen every episode a thousand times. I used to carry the whole season package with me everywhere on my carry-on. Like DVDs . . . That’s why I wanted a hug so hard.» «He’s not a huggy guy, that’s fine,» Kesha concluded. «I should have known better. I’ve seen the hugging episode. That was my fault.»

Days after the video of the awkward embrace went viral, Jerry explained the encounter, telling Extra, «I’m 63. I don’t know every pop star. . . . I don’t know everyone. I’m not [a hugger].» It’s also pretty clear from the clip that Jerry meant no ill intent; he simply just didn’t know who Kesha was.

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Joe Buck Addresses Misidentifying Brooks Koepka’s Girlfriend

27-year-old Brooks Koepka may have won the U.S. Open at Erin Hills on Sunday, but that became nothing but a side story thanks to Joe Buck whiffing on his girlfriend situation:

Poor Brooks. Dude had a major career breakthrough to win his first major but Joe’s gaffe got Twitter so frenzied that Brooks’ ex started trending for all the wrong reasons. Hell, even her Wikipedia page got torched:

Buck’s defense for ruining that moment? Some staffer handed him a card with old information:

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Swaggy P Addresses D’Angelo Russell, Ball Family in Exit Interview

For the most part the Lakers were straight trash this year (hell, they couldn’t even tank correctly), but surprisingly Nick Young distanced himself from that by having an unlikely bounce-back season. Yes. Swaggy somehow managed to put that D’Angelo Russell drama behind him and lit it up from behind the arc — now he’s set up to earn a nice contract in free agency… if he opts to not pick up his $ 5.7 million player option.

He addressed that, and much more during his Lakers exit interview this morning.

Swaggy knows the Lakers can’t have him and LaVar Ball “talking crazy” next season:

Swaggy on the snitch:

Yeah, he’s not coming back:

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