Thing Tank

Seeing Pink, done with Dunham, Bitcoin surge, and more

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There’s really only one way to know for sure if pop superstar Pink was, in fact, openly grimacing during pop superstar
(I guess? Right?) Christina
Aguilera’s tribute to pop superstar (for real this time) Whitney Houston at the AMAs this week. I mean, I guess we could just ask her directly, because she is an adult and can respond to questions, but I and everyone on Twitter was thinking something more along the lines of just randomly guessing and assuming that yes, of course, they hate each other. 


Speaking of tone deafness, “Girls” creator and star Lena Dunham continues to play a bright young disaster in real life, offering up a swift defense of “Girls” writer Murray Miller moments after he was accused of sexual assault by actress Aurora Perrineau. This was followed by an even swifter apology, which (twist!) went over just as well. One day later, Zinzi Clemmons, a contributor to Dunham’s “Lenny” newsletter, posted a statement to Twitter explaining her departure from the publication and detailing experiences with behavior she calls “hipster racism,” writing, “It is time for women of color — black women in particular — to divest from Lena Dunham.” (I’ve been saying a slightly less diplomatic version of this since “The Crackcident.”) 


And speaking of things with fair-to-medium name recognition and highly unstable actual value, the increasingly popular cryptocurrency (which has nothing to do with dead bodies quite yet) Bitcoin continues to soar in price, hitting a new high this week by breaking $8,000 (for a single Bitcoin) for the first time — a surge of more than 47 percent since its value dipped to a concerning low in November. Also hitting a new high this week? Me after
getting stressed out trying
to read about Bitcoin. 



And finally this week in news you most certainly cannot use, Paris Hilton invented the selfie. Or so says Hilton in a tweet featuring the alleged ur-selfie of herself and Britney Spears, snapped back in 2006, some four years after the term was first coined (not that it matters, why would it matter, nothing matters). This heavy-handed FaceTuning of selfie history did not go uncommented upon, and Twitter just about bristled with historical examples of the form dating back to a daguerrotype of
Robert Cornelius, 1839’s
(unofficial) Vainest Man Alive. Next she’ll say she invented Bitcoin. (She didn’t, right?)

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