Scene And Heard
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 23:09
1. Blink Plays For 9/11
Blink-182 usually brings to mind the perfect middle school soundtrack—emo cult favorites like “What’s My Age Again” and “Down.” But the punk rock band is more than just party staples and safety pins. Drummer Travis Barker and band mates Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge gave up precious time and money to play a tribute concert in NYC in honor of the 2013 Sept. 11 anniversary. All proceeds from the concert were donated to hospitals including City of Hope and William Randolph Hearst Burn Center.
2. Burqa Boundaries
In the fashion world, avant-garde ads are often lauded for being bold and pushing boundaries. When the bold becomes offensive, however, it’s not so cool. Diesel’s latest ad features a Caucasian, heavily tattooed model wearing a burqa—and nothing else. The fact that the model was photographed topless (the burqa covers her breasts) brings up a question of appropriateness: in an article for MTV Desi, Shruti Parekh called the ad “a nasty flaunting of privilege.”
3. We Can't Stop Learning
Miley Cyrus has been called a lot of things lately, but thus far, very few have considered her someone who can make you smarter. Recently, a British scientist claimed that listening to songs by Miley Cyrus and other pop artists can have a calming effect that increases one’s ability to think logically. Dr. Emma Gray believes that emotive pop songs “can produce a heightened state of excitement that is likely to enhance creative performance in subjects such as English, drama, and art.” New excuse to like the song “We Can’t Stop”?
4. Campaign Danger
Anthony Weiner, the candidate who’s willing to bare it all, has yet again proven himself to be worthy of his reputation. On Tuesday night, porn star Sydney Leathers attended Weiner’s campaign party boasting surgically enhanced cleavage and wearing a promiscuous red dress. According to Leathers, it was her “duty” to be at the party. Of course, her “duty” was also to stand outside Weiner’s midtown campaign headquarters Tuesday afternoon telling people not to vote for Weiner. Perhaps the “perpetually horny” mayoral candidate still has a chance, somehow, by winning sympathy votes.
5. iPhone 5S Release
When you buy your first Apple product, you essentially sell your soul for a pretty penny because it’s very hard to go back. Also, each shiny new iPhone boasts more superpowers than the last. On Tuesday, Apple, Inc. finally unveiled the latest iPhone 5. The iPhone 5S, and its cheaper counterpart, the iPhone 5C, will be available on Sept. 20. The 5S boasts a new color choice—gold—as well as a touch ID fingerprint authentication security feature and faster performance. The 5C is “unapologetically plastic” and will come in five colors.