Greetings. This is Brittani’s Video Party, where I bring some of the “best” videos from all over my internet together so we can clap, cry or deconstruct. Have you ever gotten to a video and it already has 33 million views and you wonder where the heck have you been? Well I’m here to help you so that you see it when it only has 32 million views. Aim low, world. Aim low.
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It’s Geek Week on YouTube which, to them, means mostly stuff about gaming. One video speaks to the lack of women in gaming and includes short interviews of women currently working in the gaming industry. It also features the creepiest kind of video game I’ve ever seen. I’m sure you’ll be able to guess which one it is so I won’t ruin the surprise for you.
Researchers have come up with a term called “cute aggression” and it’s not “when a kitten is a aggressively attacking your fingers” like one of the women in the video guesses. It does, however, explain the phenomenon of squeezing things you think are frickin’ adorable. Soul Pancake runs an experiment that involves humans having cute reactions to cute pictures AND bubble wrap.
After its HBO premiere, Jay Z’s performance art film was made available on YouTube. The short compiles footage from Jay’s six hour performance of “Picasso Baby” at the Pace Gallery in New York City. Esteemed homos were in attendance including Jenna Lyons and Mickalene Thomas. I’m super into this. I think if I was there, I would have cried.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty looks like it’s going to be really good. As someone who spent unreal amounts of time daydreaming in high school, I am (unsurprisingly) interested in this movie. It’s based on a short story by James Thurber and stars Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig.
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I really enjoyed the Picasso Baby performance piece because it looks like so much fun. It’s literally a jam session with Jay Z, some of his friends, some fans, and everyone’s being creative, everyone’s vibing, and everyone’s having a good time (I think I briefly saw Jay Z and someone do the Kid n Play). I first saw the video on ONTD and it upset me that so many members were dismissing the video because they thought it was pretentious because he called the act a performance piece. There’s still a basic misunderstanding of contemporary art, I feel, because it’s still evolving and it can’t be neatly labeled and really, what Jay Z was doing is no different than a show from our favorite musicians. If a performance moves you, is it not art? Or is a performance only art of it’s done within a specific medium?
Sorry, went of tangent there.
Okay so yeah, there are some art heavyweights and celebrities, but they were getting silly, too. I came away from the video just wishing I were there.
YES. Everything you just said.
Cute aggression basically explains why my boss always says (usually re: her kids, or other kids) ‘she’s so cute and fat I just want to eat her.’
Also we did Walter Mitty in drama in high school! Excited for it to be a movie!
I think that wanting to eat people as a result of their cuteness has a rather different meaning for me than it does for your boss.
andddddddd there it is.
I’m a little nervous about the remake of Walter Mitty. It’s one of my favorite movies, Danny Kaye is so amazing in that role. I just hope they didn’t change the essential feeling and story.