Winner and loser of the week in pop culture ft. Fat Axl and the girl who threw up on Paula Abdul
Tahani Anderson. You may not know Tahani Anderson now, but if you’re a fan of So You Think You Can Dance, you’ll see her ability on the reality competition's Next Generation edition in the near future. But it’s not only Anderson's moves that are making her famous. It’s also her vomit. A promo for the series about children with mad dance skillz shows Anderson finishing her routine and falling to the floor when the judges told her she would move on to the next round. And then it happened: “I am so proud of you,” Paula Abdul said as the two hugged. Suddenly, Anderson’s cheeks puffed out like Dizzy Gillespie’s and as the Straight Up legend asked if she was okay, the tiny dancer blew chunks all over the floor and the judge’s likely expensive jacket. The audience couldn’t get enough of the mishap, and their delighted reactions were rather priceless. “I’m so sorry,” Anderson whispered, but Abdul assured her is was no biggie. “I’ve never had anyone just vomit on me like that before,” Abdul said, proving that she is nothing like the rest of us. Anderson then demonstrated that she possesses more poise than all scholarship pageant contestants combined. During a post-barf debriefing, she said in the most precious manner imaginable, “I hugged Paula and she just squeezed me too tight, and all the happiness came out on her jacket.” Never before has vomit been so charming.
Fat Axl. Axl Rose is pulling a Beyonce, demanding that an “unflattering” image that’s launched a thousand Fat Axl memes be removed from the Internet. The photo was taken by a Winnipeg Free Press photographer who was covering a Guns N’ Roses concert in 2010. Rose claims that every photog had to sign a release saying all the images they made would belong to the band. The photographer said he doesn’t remember what he signed, if anything, before shooting the show. But now the photo’s out there - just Google “Fat Axl” - and the damage has been done. But to be frank, we hadn’t seen a single Fat Axl meme until we read a Washington Post story about all the poorly worded copyright notices his camp sent to Google. According to the Post, “The Internet has a term for this sort of thing: the Streisand Effect, named for an incident in 2003 in which Barbara Streisand tried — and disastrously failed — to erase an aerial picture of her mansion from an online database used by researchers who study coastal erosion. Her efforts became a news story, giving the photo a lot more attention than it would have received on its own.” Fail.