Pop Project Favorite Things: 2020 Quarantine Edition

Watch out, Oprah! I’m coming for your crown with this one. I thought I would lighten the mood in the world with one of the most talked-about columns on here: Pop Project FAVVVOOORRRIITTTTEEE TTHHHHIIIINNNNNGGGGGSSSSSS (Please read this in your head like Oprah Winfrey introducing something). Welcome to Pop Project Favorite Things: Quarantine Edition. That’s right. I’m making a list of all my favorite quarantine things. There also might be some summer things in here to because believe it or not; it’s summertime. I was shocked too.

watching her empire crumble

Past Favorite things: 2016|2017|2018|2019

Eat your heart out, Oprah!

So without further ado, let’s dive into what exactly my favorite things are. Unlike Miss Oprah, I’m a broke-ass bitch, so I am unable to give these out for free. There would be a master list, but I’m that broke of a bitch, and I lost that ability. We know who is responsible for that. But I’m not too broke to give you the most excellent list of Quarantine. If I was Oprah Gail Winfrey, yes that is her real middle name, I’d grab a box of tissues and Gayle now. She’s going to be 100% shook by my list.

Drag Queens

Alaska Thunderfuck 5000

Drag queens have been a source of enjoyment during these troubled times. I wholeheartedly believe that we need a drag queen as president. Sure, Trump may think he’s a drag queen with that spray tan and sorry excuse for a weave. We all know better. They are just so fierce and sassy. I’ve been watching A LOT of RuPaul’s Drag Race and let me tell you: those queens get bitchy , and catty and I am here for it.

But on a more serious note: I’ve always had respect for them, but like what they do is an art form that needs more respect. What they do to enter-taint us (get it?) every night needs more applause and praise. My favorite queens, in no particular order, are Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, Adore Delano, Courtney Act, Bianca Del Rio, Trixie Mattel, Katya Zamolodchikova, Shangela, and of course RuPaul. There’s probably more, but they are all just talented hoes.

Being shipped to you after being in cleansed and quarantine for four months is a Build Your Own Drag Queen Ken Doll. You can make your drag queen and have Ken live out his dreams: wearing Barbie’s clothes and living his drag life. There’s also an endless supply of half-used former drag queen makeup for your use. It used to be Bianca Del Rio’s, so it’s just clown makeup.

Wearing a mask

If a Kardashian can wear a mask, you can

If you are reading this and saying, “It’s my body, my choice. The government can’t force me to wear a mask,” then in the words of Oprah Gayle, “GETTTT THEEE FFUCCCCCKKKKKK OUTTTAAAAAA HEEERRRRRRREEEE.” Again, please read that in your best Oprah voice. Look, while I’m not the hugest fan of wearing a mask, but like I get that to prevent others from getting it. I do love the fact that it’s showing us who are slightly crazy friends are. You know those friends that are on your Facebook feed. The ones that believe the government is out to kill us. 

It’s also allowed us to know those friends that are hypocritical. There’s like two camps: those who were pro banning LGBT from businesses but anti banning people not wearing masks from stores and then pro-life/anti-abortion but don’t want to wear a mask. I guess they don’t like to be judged or people telling them what to do with their bodies. Sound familiar?

I think the mask makes me more attractive, but that just says I’m very insecure about my smile. But a mask is the best part of accessorizing as well as letting mouth your true feelings to people and them never finding out. Do you know how therapeutic it is to tell an ignorant asshole to fuck off and them never to know?

For those who wear a mask, you will be receiving $400,000. It will be quarantined for 50 months. Congrats on attempting to save lives by keeps your germs to yourself. If you are refusing to wear a mask, there are tickets for you to go to Fyre Festival 2020. Enjoy assholes.

Nostalgia

Current Nostalgia jam and no, it’s not because of TikTok but rather Folklore

Like most millennials, I’ve been using my time quarantine to relieve my childhood and revisit things of my past. I have enjoyed all of it. I visited the complete discography of Demi Lovato (Here’s my review of her first album “Don’t Forget”). I’ve rewatched some of the classic anime “Sailor Moon.” I also relived the best of pop music of the 90s and 00s. It was such a fantastic time.

In honor of nostalgia, I will bring you the reunion of One Direction after they quarantine for about three months. That’s 2 weeks per member. That’s right, there will be five members but because it’s not just One Direction without all five directions. You know the five directions: Harry, Niall, Louis, Liam, and Zayn. Also, you are welcome for the fact that this one is short.

Activism

Protest in LA. Fuck Yeah

The amount of activism that has been going in the world has made me believe that there’s hope behind that orange pile of shit. Now, I’m not talking about the people that were protesting with their guns over haircuts. I’m talking about people going out there and protest for Black Lives Matter and other causes like that because they are tired of seeing it and want change. There were so many protests, in fact, there’s still protest and it’s showing the world how much power the police have.

The police are going around and arrest all the protesters that are doing it peacefully. People are recording it and posting it on social media like they are a Karen (don’t worry, we’ll get to Karens). The press then called out by the world for not covering the stories accurately. You see, there were only showing one side of the protest, and it was the violent protests because little know fact: News make a better rating if the news is, how do you say, exciting. And what’s more interesting than black Americans destroying shit when it was mostly bored white suburban teenagers. Yeah, this is all fucked up.

For all those who protested, in the mail is your ballot and instructions on how to vote. You can also go to vote.org. Let’s get out there and vote out those who support bigotry.

Homeless Chic

While he looks cleaner in this pic, KJ Apa is the leader of Homeless Chic. Even if it might have been for a role.

Some may call in Quarantine chic, but let’s just call it for what it is: it’s homeless chic. Personally, I think it’s sweet that young Hollywood is raising awareness for homelessness. Soon, all their tween and teen fans will be looking to screw the homeless just in case they are a celebrity.

Just because you are no going anywhere doesn’t mean you need to look like you are down on your luck and in need of a warm shower, food, and clean clothes. Like, take a shower, put on your sweatpants, and attempt to be productive in your home. Sure, you might be still hot looking like a mess, but no one soberly wants to screw someone that looks like they are sticky.

I’m not going to give you anything for this. You just need to go take a shower. Seriously, please take a shower and never look back at the homeless chic. Also, please donate to your nearest shelter that helps the homeless. While I might joke about it, it’s a severe topic.

Facebook

The only reason that Facebook is on here is that I hate the platform and everything on it. My favorite feed is toxic and full of people posting things that are against my beliefs. Now, I don’t say anything on there because I was raised right: you talk about them behind their back. You say things you would say. to their face, in case someone tries to call you out for it.

I’ve learned about the “take a break” option, where it lets you hide their post from your feed. The problem is that it’s most of the people that I follow. I respect their opinions, but there comes a certain point where it shows a person’s true colors. I’ve deleted the app off my phone and just been using the browser site. I decided to take a break from the app because I don’t gain anything from it. It honestly makes me frustrated with ignorance and stupidity.

Everyone reading will receive my new app called “Faceblock.” It prevents you from doing the following: posting something ignorant, or letting the negative keep you down. It’s in the testing stages and will be out in 2-19 years. But it’s worth the wait. In the meantime, I highly recommend you taking a break from the app because it’s toxic. Here’s a status you can post if you would like to tell the world about your break from the devil’s social media:

Dear Facebook friends, I respect your opinions and your views. But a lot of you are toxic and ignorant. I’m over your toxic posts and ignorance, as well as your lack of understanding of what considers actual news and what’s just clickbait. Because of this, I’ll be taking an extended hiatus from this platform until a time comes I wish to return to see your toxic and ignorant posts and views and have that return to my life. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

I’ll save the rest for my final list that comes in December. I also don’t want to cause any more grief for Oprah or Gayle. I bet they are freaking out over the fact that I will now have two lists this year. Don’t worry, O and G, if you thought this list was good. Just wait until the end of year one. Oh, say I to Steadman for me. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t exist.

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Dragspiration Quotes from RuPaul

During this weird and challenging time, we need a voice of reason and something to inspire us. Today, we are looking to our Drag goddess, RuPaul. Mama Ru reminds us to love ourselves because only then can we love somebody else every week on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” But I thought it was time that we dived into her inspirational lyrics. That’s right, Ru has a bustling music career where she gives us bops. A lot of those bops are a mood.

So like all of my previous inspirational quotes on here, I just pulled a couple of lyrics from her music that I felt would lift up a queen when she was down. So enjoy some of these inspirational quotes from Mama Ru…henny.

When you aren’t feeling your outfit…

When the haters are getting you down…

For those dance battles in the club…

When you are about to go down that runway…

When a dick bashes your look…

For when you need to a career boost…

When that son of a bitch breaks your heart…

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Review | Demi Lovato ‘Don’t Forget’

Nostalgia has been running wild as we were forced into our homes and into Quarantine. I don’t know about you, I’d be listening to all the music of my youth. Feeling the feels that those songs that bring up. One of those albums I had to listen to was Demi Lovato’s first-ever album, “Don’t Forget.” While I wasn’t a Demi fan during the original release of the time (Team Miley 4 Lyfe), the singles and the videos were kind of everything. Who doesn’t love a queen singing a pop-rock banger in the rain with a light show fountain?

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Somewhere we went wrong
We were once so strong

“Don’t Forget” is the debut album of Demi Lovato. Released in the fall of 2008, the album is in the pop-rock genre. It’s followed suit with most of Demi’s Disney counterparts during this time. Most of the records released in 2008 by Disney Stars were pop-rock. The Jonas Brothers produced the album with John Fields. Demi chose to have the Jonas Brothers work with her on the album.

“I tend to write songs that are, I guess, a little bit more intense and less catchy, and I needed help writing catchy songs,” Demi told MTV back in 2008, “So that’s where they came in. I put a lot of my musical input and lyrics into these songs, and they just helped me with hooks and stuff like that.”

The album is hugely front-loaded with “La La Land” and “Get Back,” starting the record, aka the first two singles. It also doesn’t help that the two songs sound so similar and just blends. It all sounds like one track. This is one of the downsides with the 2008 teen pop-rock. It wasn’t until you get to the titular track that the album started to sound different. Even then, it sounds like one big track. The album also feels like songs that should have been on the Jonas’ third album “A Little Bit Longer” but they didn’t want. It’s sounds like we’ve heard all these songs before.

Lyrically, it doesn’t suffer from the Jonas’ wordy lyrics, which is a perfect thing. The words get a little more emo after “Don’t Forget,” but they are your standard Disney lyrics. It just doesn’t sound like Demi. It seems like Demi is trying to be the Jonas Sister. That hurts the album because, as I mentioned above, it sounds we’ve heard them before. That hurts the replay of the album. Out of all 11 songs on the record, I’ve only listened to 4 of them on repeat: “Until You’re Mine,” “La La Land,” “Get Back,” and “The Middle.”

Verdict

“Don’t Forget” is a good album, but it suffers from the first half of the album blending together. It also suffers from sounding like a Jonas Brother reject record. It might have to do with the fact that they did everything on this album, but it definitely hurts the record. I do recommend this album because it’s not a bad listen. In fact, it’s a good listen. Just one that is familiar and won’t last a long one.

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Album Review | *NSYNC’s ‘No Strings attached’

I’ve never been a huge *NSYNC fan. I’ve liked the “hits” but didn’t listen to their full albums until later in life. Most people were shocked to hear that I’ve never listened to their iconic album “No Strings Attached” in full. I’ve listened to the singles, and I like the singles but just never heard the record until now. It’s time to walk about what is considered to be the best *NSYNC album “No Strings Attached.”

But in the end, ya know it’s gonna be me

Released on March 21, 2000, “No Strings Attached” was the first album under their new label, Jive Records. The group had a very public legal battle with their former label RCA Records and their management team Trans Continental. There’s a whole big YouTube Original documentary on it called “Boy Boy Con,” and that would explain well better than I could. Long story short was that: The band got conned out of a lot of money by their manager, who claimed to be the sixth member of *NSYNC. The title of the album is based on a metaphor for the newfound freedom.

“We were all in a taxicab, and it was the first time we finally got our name back, and it was like, ‘This is it. We finally get to work on this album. What’s the concept?’” Lance Bass recalled on his Podcast ” The Daily Popcast With Lance Bass, “Chris Kirkpatrick was like, ‘Something about I got no strings on me… Pinocchio.’ I was like, ‘Perfect. Like, no strings attached.'”

“No Strings Attached” was their first step into the R&B genre, which they continued with for the rest of their career. With this album, *NSYNC influenced many artists and bands into genre-crossing. When they did it with “No Strings Attached,” it made them stand out more than their now label mates Backstreet Boys.

thoughts on the album

The album itself isn’t a very good one. It’s not a bad album, and I can see why it was highly rated at the time of its release. The record is excellent vocally as Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez are heard the most on the album. That’s not a bad thing, but it would just be nice to listen to the other voices like on their self-titled debut album.

Because they are testing out different genres with this album, the flow of the album not really there, it starts heavy with the first two singles, which was pretty much standard practice with Jive records releases. The songs are kind of all over the place. A lot of the songs are just filler and frankly not that good. The R&B influenced songs are rather good and the highlights. JC and Justin’s vocals sound well with R&B.

The lyrics are rather mature for a boy band at this time. They have a song called “Digital Get Down,” and it’s about cybersex. For those who don’t know what that is, it’s called sexting these days. Just instead of being through texting, it was done in a chatroom or an instant messenger. The lyrics were refreshing with how mature the lyrics were. The lyrics were refreshing. The only song that I honestly just hate with a burning passion is “Space Cowboy (Yippie Yi-yay).” There’s no redeeming quality from that song. It the worst song on the album. It’s not even Lance Bass singing it, so what’s the point of it?

Verdict

“No Strings Attached” didn’t age well. It’s still an influential and iconic album, but it’s just not a fun listening experience. The R&B influenced songs are the highlights of the album while the pop songs were filler songs that weren’t so good. I do recommend checking out the album as it’s a pop classic. We are still feeling the influences in it today through Ariana Grande’s “break up with your girlfriend i’m bored” sampling “It Makes Me Ill” and artists and bands using it as inspirations for switching genres.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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