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Opinion: Reality TV frames virginity as a burden

July 15, 2014
The summer before I began my freshman year at Ohio State, I decided to take my chances on this guy. During our “first date,” we parked ourselves on a picnic table at a local park in West Chester, Ohio. I was nervous, as it had been a while since a guy was romantically interested in me, so while talking, I fidgeted with a ring that had been fixated on my right middle finger since freshman year of high school. It was a simple, sterling silver band. “What is that? A purity ring?” this charming bachelor asked in a mocking, sarcastic tone. “Oh, no! It’s just a ring,” I said while… Read more

Aspiring Ohio State entrepreneurs vie for ‘Shark Tank’ opportunity

May 17, 2014
Do you have what it takes to survive in the shark tank? That’s the question some Ohio State students, alumni and faculty asked themselves Thursday as they prepared to pitch their ideas to the casting directors of ABC’s reality show “Shark Tank.” The hit reality show, which allows aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their product or business plan to “sharks,” a panel of potential investors all of whom are self-made millionaires or billionaires, made a stop in Columbus to hear the ideas of current and former Buckeyes. The event, held Thursday in the Founders Room at the Ohio Union, was the first step towards becoming a contestant on the… Read more

Opinion: ‘Eurovision’ a fresh example of how to keep reality TV popular, honest

May 13, 2014
When “American Idol” premiered on Fox in 2002, the ratings boom opened up a new market for reality singing competitions on television. Since then, a number of “Idol’s” mutated clones have popped up on the airwaves: NBC’s “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent” and “The Sing-Off,” and Fox’s now-cancelled “The X Factor.” As saturated as the market already is, ABC has announced a new show, “Rising Star,” to premiere this summer (the format isn’t much different from its predecessors). Though these shows still bring in millions of viewers during their broadcasts, they have seen ratings drop considerably in the last few years. The initial appeal of the format’s boom was understandable:… Read more

Opinion: Fight between Jay Z, Solange goes down in elevator; Donald Sterling better off silent

May 13, 2014
This is part of a series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news. Jay Z has more than 99 problems A music video for a fresh remix of Aerosmith’s “Love in an Elevator” has been leaked, featuring Jay Z laying down some sick beats and Solange Knowles belting out kickin’ vocals. TMZ released surveillance video footage of Knowles, pop superstar Beyoncé’s sister, attacking Beyoncé’s husband, Jay Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter , in an elevator at New York City’s Standard Hotel. Queen Bey, who apparently is the ruler of the land Passivé Aggresiva, is shown in the more than 3-minute… Read more

Opinion: Imminent ‘Parks and Recreation’ ending a move that puts ‘money over a masterpiece’

May 13, 2014
That’s it, it’s over. NBC has given “Parks and Recreation” one more season to live. The network announced on Sunday that the mockumentary-style comedy’s seventh season is set to be its last. Shortly after the news broke, word got out that Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) had actually chained herself to her desk in protest —what a gem she is. This must be what Derek Jeter felt like, calling it quits before the final season even began. If the show had to end, I would have rather “Parks and Rec” ended after Season 6. Instead, I have to sit through the last season’s episodes, knowing full and well that… Read more

Opinion: ‘Game of Thrones’ provides commentary on modern day dwarfism

April 17, 2014
I don’t usually watch “Game of Thrones,” but when I’m invited over to eat pancakes and watch TV, I’m the first one there. In last week’s episode, there was a wedding. I’ve gathered from my friends’ comments that weddings are common on the show. This spoiled, blond brat with a creepily small face was getting married to this seemingly normal lady. The brat would then become king. I think. I was too busy stuffing my face with pancakes to follow the plot line too closely. But one of the wedding festivities did fully catch my attention. The brat brought out five dwarves to re-enact a battle between former kings. Because… Read more

Opinion: ‘Rick and Morty’ weirdly contiguous, profoundly philosophical

April 17, 2014
The best new show on television is a cartoon — “Rick and Morty,” an animated television series which premiered on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim in early December. It follows the inter-dimensional hijinks of alcoholic grandpa and super scientist, Rick, and his slow-witted grandson, Morty. “Rick and Morty” was created by Dan Harmon, the creator of NBC sitcom “Community” and Justin Roiland, who is among other things, the infamous voice of Lemongrab in “Adventure Time.” The show has enjoyed monstrous ratings since its inception. According to Vulture.com, in the young male demographic, it has at times literally beaten every other show on television during prime time, even shows that aired on… Read more

Opinion: Stephen Colbert a ‘brilliant’ replacement for David Letterman

April 10, 2014
Now that everyone knows who will replace David Letterman, it’s time to celebrate and just admit how much we love Stephen Colbert. CBS announced Thursday Colbert of “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central has been tapped to replace Letterman on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” No one was too shocked that Letterman decided to retire. It was time. He still has the personality, and the ratings, but he knew it was time to leave. Immediately, it was clear any controversy would be over who would replace Letterman, not why he was leaving. A week after Letterman announced he was leaving, CBS said Colbert had been picked to replace him.… Read more

Opinion: Honey Maid advertisement turns negative comments into lovely example

April 6, 2014
“Zooming In” is a weekly series in which Photo editor Shelby Lum provides her insight on pop culture. I remember the look. The look on the woman’s face when I walked in with my family to eat at a restaurant — the judgemental look her eyes gave us as she scanned between my father’s Chinese face to my mother’s Caucasian face and then to my brother, sister and I — and I remember even more vividly when she told us we couldn’t be seated in her empty restaurant. It wasn’t because they were closing either. We simply weren’t welcome. So when Honey Maid aired a commercial in March as part… Read more

Opinion: Loss of David Letterman, loss of late-night fixture

April 4, 2014
Longtime late-night funnyman, David Letterman, announced his plan to retire sometime in 2015 in front of a live studio audience Thursday. The 66-year-old “Late Show With David Letterman” host has been a constant fixture in the world of late-night television since the debut of his first nightly talk show, “Late Night with David Letterman” in 1982. Many expected him to replace Johnny Carson in 1992. Instead, NBC hired newcomer Jay Leno. Letterman moved from NBC to CBS, and “Late Show” premiered on CBS in 1993. Last year, Letterman surpassed Carso  as the longest serving late night talk show host — 2014 marks his 32nd  year on the late night circuit.… Read more