We have a feeling that 50 Shades of Grey would be just a little less sexy if Steve Buscemi played the role of Christian Grey… just a little. You can see for yourself at the video below. But in the meanwhile, here’s a handful of other news stories that also caught our eyes:
1. Crazy For Feeling So Loan-Ly: It’s long been assumed that the pressure of paying student loans can drive someone (maybe you) crazy, but now we have proof. A study of 30-somethings has shown that the greater a person’s student loans, the worse off their mental health is. And this is true almost regardless of socioeconomic status or other factors. Researchers admit that we need further study before forming any concrete conclusions, especially since it seems to contradict studies that say that higher education can improve a person’s overall health. To be clear, it’s probably too early to use this as an excuse not to pay your student loans, and your therapist would probably agree.
2. And To Uncle Chuck, I Bequeath My Friends List: Facebook has implemented a new feature that allows a user to designate an “heir” to their profile if they should leave this mortal, non-Facebook coil. Previously, Facebook had simply frozen the accounts of people who had passed on, never alerting your friends that you were no longer able to like their statuses. While it may seem morbid and a little ridiculous, it does allow someone to turn a Facebook profile into a digital memorial through the same social media most of us communicate with others on. Now Facebook truly is part of the circle of life.
3. Marvel’s Diversity Hat Trick: New Marvel Comics title Angela: Asgard’s Assassin is getting notices for its strong female lead and for her companion: Sera, a transgendered woman of color possessing realistic yet heroic proportions. Technically, Sera isn’t Marvels’ first trans character, but she is the first one who is a major character in a mainstream Marvel title and isn’t a shapeshifter like X-Men villain Mystique. On top of all this, Angela and Sera’s relationship has developed a sort of Xena-Warrior-Princess-and-Gabrielle lesbian subtext. Great work, Marvel. Now don’t screw it up.
4. The Whitening Of Pop Music: But while comics are embracing diversity, the pop charts seem to be moving the opposite direction. A historical tally of the Grammy Awards and Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart (still the benchmark for judging whether a song is a hit) both show that pop music hasn’t been as white as it is now since 1981. 2013 was, in fact, the first year in Billboard history where not a single black artist had a number 1 hit. When 2013 is less diverse than 1958, you know there’s a problem that extends well beyond Iggy Azalea’s appropriation of black hip-hop.
5. 50 Gateways Of Porn: A researcher in Canada has determined that the massive, inexplicable success of the 50 Shades Of Grey books has given rise to the number of women actively seeking out erotic or pornographic material, something that previously fell under the purview of men (thanks, Obama). The 50 Shades books also seem to have increased a demand and audience for female-centered erotic materials. Considering the primary audience for 50 Shades, this means that your sweet Aunt Karen may very well have a PornHub account now.
And talking about 50 Shades, Mr. Buscemi will see you now…