The maverick director has a theory that if everybody loves something — we’re thinking McDonald’s, Green Day, John Grisham — you’re better off avoiding it. “If everyone likes a movie,” he says, “there’s usually something kind of lame about it.”
— Richard Linklater
A generation after that, Bieber repeated the feat, and even though he was 20 at the time, the images still sent shock waves across the Internet and met with not a little derision. “That turned so many heads,” says Billboard‘s Keith Caufield. “Because it was such a startling thing that Bieber would be in his underwear, sexy and half naked. It’s like, ‘Whoa, hold on!’ We don’t bat an eye when Britney Spears is in her Intimate line, or if Selena Gomez decides to shoot a sexy music video. But if a pop guy takes off his shirt in a music video? It’s like, ‘Oh my God! Stop the presses!'”
— excerpt from Where The Boys Aren’t: The Slow, Curious Fade of the Male Pop Star
(Entertainment Weekly, July 2015)
i remember an interesting thing i read once that your first and perhaps your second project cover your childhood and then after that you have to make up some more experiences before you can write about them. that makes sense to me. you could say that debut is about my childhood, post about adolescence, homogenic when i became grownup, vespertine when i met the love of my life, medulla when i had a baby, volta when we were rootless and trying to decide where to live, and biophilia when we found it! thats one way of looking at it. there are many other ways too.
(and then vulnicura happened)
I find it very interesting that a man can be a stripper, talk about it openly, go on SNL and parody it in several sketches, and nobody accuses him of leveraging his sexuality to get ahead. They applaud it. And he did make a quality film, and it obviously did really well, and it had a certain pedigree – it wasn’t trashy – but I do not think a woman would be treated the same way. I’m living proof of that. A woman’s sexuality is dangerous and threatening and dirty, and for Channing, it’s a charming tool in his arsenal. And I love Magic Mike. I love Channing. This is in no way a diss on him.
— Diablo Cody