This Is Paul Mescal’s Summer, We’re Just Watching It” ran the headline on a Vice piece; Buzzfeed went for “Paul Mescal Stepped Out In Shorts To Buy Drinks To-Go And People Are Thirsting So Hard”; Elle offered: “Why Is This Hot Picture Of Hot Paul Mescal So Hot?” I’m no expert, but I think they kind of like him.
This is not a united country. Last week, it seemed as if it could be, for a short time, especially after “names of contestants were released last week, the list was so obscure that it looked like the sort of thing men who haunt dusty record shops try to collect. “Yeah, I found an ultra-rare Myles Stephenson,” etc. Confusion over a series 14 X Factor winner is understandable, but when some people deemed Judy Murray to be of insufficient celebrity, I almost seared my scallops in dismay.
Judy is not just the mother of Andy and Jamie Murray, as many grumbled. She was the Scottish national tennis coach, she has scores of Scottish titles of her own, she has worked to encourage the profile of female coaches and she has run grassroots initiatives aimed at encouraging more kids to play, particularly kids who don’t have access to the kinds of funds that a sport like this often demands. I don’t know if she can cook, but I have no doubt that her slice (of cake?) will be ruthless.
Dua Lipa: move over, Ginger Rogers
‘Dua Lipa seems to be a pop star with smarts.’ Photograph: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
In 1982, when Bob Thaves captioned a cartoon of Fred Astaire with “Sure he was great, but don’t forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did… backwards and in high heels”, he had no idea of the life the quote would take on. It’s a classic, now decorating the countless soft-focus images of empowered inspirational sunsets that pepper social media.
I love spoke to GQ recently, she gave a modern pop twist to the Ginger Rogers quote.
Discussing a particular 2018 performance of One Kiss, which was awkward enough that it become a meme, she admitted that the response was hurtful. She then recalled going to a show by an unnamed “male artist that actually doesn’t do anything on stage. And they got this stellar five-star review. But then you have women who get up on stage and they’re practically doing cartwheels, costume changes – it’s a spectacle”, and even so, she said, it would be picked apart. Backwards and in high heels, then, is as true as ever.