The Worst Emmy Award Winners

The Emmys are approaching. September 19th will be the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards.

In the past few years, award shows have been under scrutiny, whether it be the Grammys, Oscars, or in this case, the Emmys. There’s been backlash due to the lack of diversity in judges and winners, hence, the predictability of the awards.

Now, I was planning on predicting and giving my opinion on the 2021 nominees, and then I realized I hadn’t seen ANY of the shows listed. Awkward, indeed. I’m sorry I didn’t want to watch Emily in Paris, my bad!

Check out the list of 2021 Emmy Nominees here

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So instead, I will be looking at the worst Emmy award winners to date. There was actually a lot to choose from, but I selected my favourite, or should I say least favourite.

Starting off strong here,
For Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, 2012
Nominees:
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
Damian Lewis (Homeland)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey)

To be fair, there’s a lot of good choices here. I mean, Jon Hamm as Don Draper is unforgettable, probably one of my favourite shows of all time! Michael C. Hall killed the role of Dexter! And most notably, Bryan Cranston, Walter White, Heisenberg, the man the myth of the most legendary role in all television history. But no, guess who won? Damian Lewis for Homeland. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed Homeland, but in comparison to the shows listed above? No. Homeland doesn’t even belong amongst that them, nevermind beat them out and win the award! Someone has some explaining to do with this one. That’s all I can say without getting too worked up.

In the following year for the same award, Jon Hamm and Bryan Cranston were beat out again by Jeff Daniels for the Newsroom. Why.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, 2007
Nominees:
Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy)
Aida Turturro (The Sopranos)
Chandra Wilson (Grey’s Anatomy)
Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy)
Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos)
Rachel Griffiths (Brothers & Sisters)

First off, what even is this nominations list? Why is Grey’s Anatomy dominating? I know this might be an unpopular opinion, but what is the deal with Grey’s Anatomy? I’ve tried my hand at it, and the acting was cheesy and cliche, which is fine for daytime mindnumbing TV. However, this is the Emmys! Not the Hallmark awards. Turturro and Bracco are the only two I believe deserve to be on this list. The Sopranos is the most influential television series of all time. Again, it shouldn’t even be getting compared to Grey’s. I’m sure you can see where this is going. Yes, Katherin Heigl of Grey’s Anatomy took home the award. Notably, probably the worst actress in Greys. Why Emmys, why?

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, 2011
Nominees:
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
Louis C.K. (Louie)
Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory)
Jim Parson (The Big Bang Theory)
Steve Carrall (The Office)

For me, there’s an obvious choice here. But that’s never the way it goes, huh. Yes, Alec Baldwin was funny in 30 Rock, and Matt LeBlanc basically played himself in Episodes which was super entertaining and hilarious. Louis CK is an obvious no for various reasons. But, the obvious winner would be Steve Carrall as Michael Scott in the Office. One of, if not the most iconic character in a comedy series ever. No, instead, Sheldon took home the award. Another unpopular opinion, I guess, but I’m standing my ground. The Big Bang Theory is not funny because their stab at “comedy” is solely based on negative stereotypes, whether it be racially fueled stereotypes or the dumb blond cliche. The characters don’t develop or change throughout the 11 years of this shows running. They stay cardboard cutouts of stereotypes. It’s lazy comedy, and I have no clue why Jim Parson won the award.

In fact, Carrall ended up with zero Emmys for The Office. Justice for Steve Carrall.

Why We Love True Crime

Have you ever been binge-watching a true crime series, and as the narrator goes into gruesome detail of a murder, you think to yourself, what is wrong with me?

True crime is one of the most popular podcast and Netflix genres. The idea of “evil” fascinates us.

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One could say there’s evil everywhere in entertainment. Watch Saw or Game of Thrones! The worlds of fantasy and horror have no limits, and you can sleep at night knowing it’s all fake.

The work of a writer just can’t itch that spot in our brains the way the work of a real-life serial killer can.

That was a grim sentence to write, but it’s true! And that doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you or the genre of true crime.

It’s like the saying that you just can’t look away from a trainwreck. Psychologists argue that this response of “not being able to look away” is a survival instinct. Whether that means a fatal car accident, you drive past on the highway or a gory true crime story. Your brain usually wants to know more.

Bad news sells.

Watching a true crime series gives you the reassurance that you’re not the victim and the illusion that you’ll be prepared if you’re ever alone in a dark alley late at night.

On a primal aspect, true crime is the perfect storm for human consumption. Our body’s main function is to survive, and by watching true crime, you’re studying how to escape death.

Your common sense knows that most people don’t die in a gruesome murder and rape. However, true crime stories can make you think that not walking alone at night or sleeping with a knife under your pillow will protect you from the evil in the world.

This is why research shows that true crime tends to appeal more to women, the victims of most heinous crimes.

It makes you feel like you can cheat death.

This sub concisely encourages the victim-blaming narrative and makes the viewer think certain actions and behaviours are risky when they aren’t.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with indulging in a true crime series, and I hope this clears up that you’re not a psychopath for doing so. Nevertheless, it’s important to be concise of the message your brain is receiving no matter what you’re watching. Whether you like it or not, the media you consume affects your behaviour, mental health and overall attitude towards life.

If you find yourself hiding away from the world around you out of fear of being the victim of the next Netflix true crime docuseries, it’s time to take a break and see the world for what it really is, not through the narration of a true crime podcast.

Why I No Longer “Hate” Sports

I grew up in a fairly artsy family. Both my parents write and draw and are very up-to-date with arts and culture. In no part of my childhood was there talk of sports in my household. The only time I would hear about sports was my Grandpa, a huge Chelsea F.C. fan.

However, I did play sports as a child, like soccer, volleyball, ice skating and track. But I never lasted too long due to a lack of passion. As I became a tween, I got into theatre, music, and activities that made more “sense” in regards to my upbringing and family.

As I got deeper into the arts and strayed from sports, I became very disconnected from the scene of caring about the Canucks, Grizzlies or White Caps. As my knowledge dwindled, I decided that instead of learning and asking questions, I would just dislike sports.

It’s scary knowing nothing about something. Being the dumbest in the room? What do you mean you don’t know what position Kesler played???

I was too scared to admit I didn’t know something. And blindly hating on something was a whole lot easier.

The rest of my teen years went like that. I never admitted I just didn’t understand how Football worked, and it had to be that it was boring, stupid, and macho.

Now fast forward to 2020, yes, the cliche year where we all learnt something, I know, I know. For the first time, probably ever, I sat down for a full sports game. My boyfriend’s a huge basketball fan, so that was the sport of choice.

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At first, I was reluctant to pay attention or put any mind into watching. I didn’t understand what the difference between a three-pointer and a regular shot was. Why were the points going up by 2? None of it made sense, so I sat there half-paying attention scrolling through Instagram for the first quarter.

Then something hit me, and my ego took a seat, and I asked how does a foul work? Followed by what’s a brick? Why did they get 3 points? And it went on from there. By the time I actually understood the game, I was locked in.

Today, I love basketball, and I even have a team I support and everything. It’s something I can’t believe I spent my whole life not knowing about.

I now also understand and watch baseball and hockey. Still working on football, though, to be completely honest.

My point is, I know so many people who write off sports just like I did. It’s really scary not to know things, and being honest, sports fans can be very intimidating. Before this year, seeing tweets about sports felt like I was trying to read code. It’s a whole world I just didn’t understand.

But if you shift your thinking, sports culture is a whole new world for you to discover. It’s fun and exciting. I let my ego get in the way of me learning something new and universal for so long. I urge my fellow artsier people to ask questions, be the dumb one in the room because you aren’t losing anything by learning something new.

What’s the Deal with Tik Tokkers at the Met Gala 2021?

The world has been waiting with anticipation after missing last year’s Met Gala. Due to the pandemic, almost all award shows were shut for 2020. But here we are, 2021, and the Met Gala is back! 

This year’s theme is “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.”

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Last month the guest list was released, and this year it looks a bit different. Addison Rae, Emma Chamberlain, and Charli and Dixie Damelio. The world was shocked! How could “influencers” be invited to an event of such prestige and class? They are kids! 

What makes it even more controversial is that due to Covid-19 restrictions, the guestlist went from 600 to 450 attendees, and amongst the 450 are these influencers. 

Today, I want to look at last night’s influencer looks and give my honest opinion, no bias, no hate, just a girl that loves fashion.

First up is Addison Rae in Tom Ford for Gucci,

Twitter has been roasting Addison all night. However, I have to say this is better than I expected. Addison has never been a “fashion icon” by any means, which likely fueled the hate when people saw her name on the guestlist. So yes, this dress isn’t anything of a fashion icon. Its simple silhouette is quite basic for the Met. However, it’s flattering, and the red along with the bustier does make it flattering and attractive. The corset style has been quite overdone in the past year, especially amongst Gen Zs, but hey, it’s cute, and it’s not offending me.

I’ll give it a 6/10

Now Emma Chamberlain in Louis Vuitton,

 

Emma’s look outdoes Addison’s by a longshot. It’s far more exciting and gives the eye a lot more to look at. The shape of the top reminds me of those trendy butterfly tops, but far more classy and glam! The asymmetrical skirt is something new, so even though the shape of the top has been done, the skirt makes it special, which is harder to do as a 20-year-old who’s still developing their personal style. Details are everything! The green eyeliner is the cherry on top. She is playing it safe, but she is a 20-year-old YouTuber. I don’t expect my jaw to drop.

8/10 for me.

It turns out the Damelio girls did not end up attending, which is probably for their own good based on how Twitter treated their fellow Tik Tokker Addison.

I think it’s a waste of time to get all worked up about the Gala guests. If anything, these young influencers attending are giving more power to the people. I mean, we follow these people. We, as their followers, are giving them this platform and opportunity. 

Overall, the two influencers’ looks I reviewed were decent, some aspects better than others, but neither was a flop in my eyes. I’ve seen A-List celebs wear a lot more horrendous looks.

What’d you think? Should there be more influencers at the next Met Gala? Or should they stick to the age old traditions?

Pumpkin Patch Season is Almost Here, and You Know What That Means…

As the leaves turn orange and yellow and fall to the ground, we are reminded that it’s officially that time of year again! 

Pumpkin patch season! Everyone in the Lower Mainlands favourite family-friendly and cutesy couples activity. Within the vast farmland of the Lower Mainland, there seems to be a patch every other acre. 

I have no problem with these festivities. However, every year I can’t help but laugh at the experience of it all. 

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We all know the cliches of the Autumn season. I know you see them every year on your Instagram feed. You know, Pumpkin Spice everything, knee-high boots with the socks peeking out at the top, cozy sweater sleeves holding a cup of tea, but most of all doing “nature” for the purpose of an Instagram pic. 

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Every year.

I’m not even sure if these folks even end up bringing home the pumpkins they picked for their little photoshoot. 

As cynical as I may sound, I actually don’t hate these people. I don’t even really dislike them. If anything, they’re essential to the Autumn in Vancouver experience. Without their constant Instagram posts, I’d be left lonely and dull for the entirety of September and October. 

The Queen of Autumn is pictured above, with her beautiful locks, PSL, and fall tones. 

There are 15 pumpkin patches and corn mazes across Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. The end of September is approaching, and starting on the 17th, these patches will begin opening to the public. 

 

Even though I’ve pointed out that I think these pumpkin patches are turning into one big Instagram backdrop, I challenge you starting September the 17th, to grab your family, partner or friends, and head out to the farm to people watch the beauty and hilarity of what fall really is.

And hey, maybe you’ll get a good Instagram picture out of it.

Should BC Students be Returning to Campus?

It’s September, and you know what that means. Summer is over, and we must return to everyone’s favourite place, school! 

We’ve been locked away for the past 18 months, experiencing school through a webcam while pretending not to be in bed. However, it is now September 2021, we are returning to campus in BC, and this will be their first time on campus for some. Whether that means moving away from your hometown or simply getting out of bed for a commute, this is a milestone in the pandemic. 

UBC campus in the fall

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Although we are back on campus, there are still guidelines in place to keep students and staff safe. However, some are arguing that this return is too soon. 

Last Sunday night at the University of Victoria, well over 1000 students gathered for a huge party outdoors on campus. Saanich police report that most of the students were unmasked and crammed together, which raises concern for the safety of students, staff, and local community members. 

Similar events have been reported at UBC, where an indoor frat party ended up being a super spreader event. According to students, over 200 attendees are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms and are getting tested. 

Public Health and the RCMP are monitoring these events and trying to stop them at the source. However, these parties continue to occur across the province.

Through conversations with classmates and friends, I can safely say that students prefer in-person classes to the online learning platform. In-person learning provides social interactions and community, a sense of routine and motivation, and an escape from household responsibilities and stresses. 

Being on campus improves the quality of education and positively impacts students’ mental health, but it also seems to pose a major health risk.

Do you think the return to campus was the right decision by the government? What’s more important, returning to “normal” or the upsurge and spread of Covid-19?

Why We Can’t Forget Hogan’s Alley

Fifty years ago, the construction of the Georgia Viaduct in Vancouver displaced a thriving cultural community, Hogan’s alley.

The freeway now stands where hundreds of Black families lived and worked. It was a safe place for Black Canadians at the time, where they wouldn’t be in fear of racism and violence. Notably, Nora Hendrix, the grandmother of rock legend Jimi Hendrix, lived a few blocks from Hogan’s Alley.

Since the displacement, the area is being rapidly gentrified, and until recently, there were no cultural amenities or commemorations in the historical area. Colonialism is all about silencing the oppressed, “the past is the past” has been a cop-out for years.

In fact, most Vancouverites had no idea Vancouver once was home to a thriving Black community.

In order to survive, Black Canadians and other immigrants have stayed silent for years to avoid violence and further displacement. This invisibility has worked in favour of the government for years.

In 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement grew immensely, striking up massive protests and growing momentum worldwide for change and equality. The movement held space for conversations surrounding injustices facing Black people. The United States isn’t the only country where Black people fear their lives.

Recently, several initiatives have been made to restore and pay tribute to Vancouver’s first concentrated Black community.

Nora Hendrix Place is a temporary modular housing development run by the Hogans Alley Society and the Portland Hotel Society. The 52-unit space provides housing for low-income individuals, prioritizing those with Black heritage.

A Black Cultural Centre is in the works. Approved by the City of Vancouver, the Cultural Centre will be a hub for the Black community. Education resources, food, art, music and dance that empower Black Canadian heritage are all examples of programming that promote community building.

This week, Strathcona elementary school students are urging the school board to rename the school after famous Black Olympian Barbara Howard. Howard is believed to be the first Black woman to represent Canada in an international competition. She’s not only celebrated for her athletic achievements, but Howard also taught at Strathcona after retiring as an athlete. According to the grade 7 students, Lord Strathcona, a European Colonialist, doesn’t represent the school’s diversity.

Petition to Rename Lord Strathcona Elementary

As we progress in society, we are working towards amplifying the voices of Black and Indigenous people, who’ve previously been silenced. We are not going to let the rich history of Hogan’s Alley be forgotten.

Vancouver’s culture isn’t yoga pants and skiing.

Vancouver’s culture is Indigenous history, Black lives, Asian lives, and the resilience of immigrants that have worked to death in order for their families to survive.

Vancouver Skate Culture

Skateboarding has gone from being labelled a “slacker” pastime to an Olympic sport as of 2020. As a west coast city, Vancouver continues to play an important role in expanding skate culture into the mainstream. In fact, Vancouver is home to some of Canada’s oldest skateparks and skate shops.

Skateboard culture all began in California back in the ’50s, just down the coast. When waves were flat, surfers began “sidewalk surfing.” The sport was considered very taboo but somehow gained a cult-like following.

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In Vancouver, we are home to some of Canada’s oldest skateparks and skate shops. Often compared to California, B.C. is known for our laid-back vibes and West Coast spirit. With the mountains (full of snowboarders) and the ocean (for the surfers) framing our city, local thrill-seekers, were ready to try out the pavement.

Notably, Vancouver is quite liberal and has welcomed skaters by providing open public spaces like the downtown art gallery plaza, where skaters can socialize and skate without fear of authorities. Making Vancouver a global attraction for skateboard tourists and a home to many professional skaters.

In April 2003, the Vancouver city council passed a motion that city bylaws be amended to permit the use of skateboards and in-line skates on city streets. The bylaw also eliminated police authority to seize and detain skateboards, which was previously possible if skaters were caught trespassing.

In comparison to Toronto,

Traffic and Parking prohibits the use of skateboards, roller skates, in-line skates and similar devices on the roadway on streets where there are sidewalks, except for the purpose of crossing the road. (City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 950)

Now, Vancouver is looking to you for direction in developing Vancouver’s skate culture. “Vancouver CitySkate” is a long-term plan for creating and expanding skateboard facilities across Vancouver. City of Vancouver has posted a survey for the public, so that locals can map out where they want parks/spaces and have the facilities truly reflect Vancouver’s skate community.

The 2021 Olympics will be a huge step for skateboard culture. The previously stereotyped and judged sport will finally be legitimized, putting Vancouver on the map as a hub for competitions and events.

We should all be excited for the years to come, as one of the parents, or maybe aunt’s, of skateboard culture.

Returning to Stadiums

As Canada continues to vaccinate the general population, we’re coming seemingly closer and closer to the end of this mess. Over 50% of Canada’s eligible population have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

With the good news, sports fans are on the edge of their seats to return to stadiums.

“As soon as there is a chance to play at home, we are ready to go home and ready to party,” said Axel Schuster, CEO and sporting director for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Hope and optimism have been challenging to maintain over the past year, but don’t give up. Last week, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry addressed the possibility of fans returning to sporting events.

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Sports like hockey are more difficult because they’re indoors, so we should see a later return in the fall. However, football, soccer, and baseball stadiums allow for fresh air flow, making them a far safer option, so by mid-late summer, you could see a BC Lions game live from BC Place.

Vancouver is also still hoping to host the Canada Sevens Rugby tournament this fall.

The BC Lions have pitched a return-to-play proposal for this summer which includes, a capacity of roughly 4,500 fans. The open roof feature at BC Place makes for a safe environment to enjoy your favourite sport and bring back the fan culture our local teams have been missing.

Do you remember the first sports game you watched on TV amidst the pandemic? It was jarring to hear no cheers and screams, to not see tears shed and smiling faces. Crowds are a huge part of any sport. A full house of cheering fans can be what pushes your team to a win.

Fans create the atmosphere of what sports are. Not to mention how many leagues rely on their dedicated fans to stay afloat. 60% of the CFL’s revenue comes from fans at the gate. Another year of empty stadiums could be the breaking point.

We’re all excited for a return to normalcy. Whatever that will mean? As long as that return includes seeing a Whitecaps game, many Vancouverites will be happy. A return to the stadium is important for fans and players. Let’s work together so that we can cheer together.

 

Reviewing the Highs and Lows of Vancouver Fashion

As a self-proclaimed fashion expert, I’ve always had an opinion on Vancouver’s fashion culture. A 2011 article by Canada MSN Travel ranked Vancouver the third worst-dressed city in the world.

We’ve got a broad range, from the athleisure cults to Birkenstocks to power suits. We’ve got it all. And with that, there is good and bad.

Next time you’re on a city stroll, look around at the outfits people have put together. Take note of the colours, styles and textures your fellow Vancouverites have come up with. And I’m not talking about high fashion here. I’m talking about your neighbour Linda or some guy walking his dog on the sea wall. Clothing is a way to tell a story about yourself without saying anything. Everything you wear is intentional, whether you believe it or not.

With my humble and usually correct opinion, I will be reviewing and analyzing some Vancouver fashion staples and trends.

Vancouver is the birthplace of Lululemon, one of, if not the most successful athleisure brands in the world. This is why the athleisure style is so (in my opinion) over-saturated here on the coast. Yes, guys, I know it’s comfortable and practical! But that’s where it ends. Leggings and track pants aren’t a look. Sure, wear them while you’re working out, but I’m sad to inform you, you’re not pulling a ‘look’ together. It just is what it is, bland and not very flattering. Add to that, way too expensive, oh my god.

On average, Vancouver has 192.4 rainfall days a year. We all got to have a sturdy raincoat, and with that comes, believe it or not, raincoat culture. There are more affordable options like MEC. But many Vancouverites splurge and stunt some Arcteryx or Patagonia. And hey, if you’re going to spend 400 dollars on a rain jacket, why wouldn’t you wear it all year? If you were to pull Vancouverites off the street and guess the weather based on their outfits, you would be thrown for a loop. Raincoats are worn year long as a subtle flex of wealth and practicality. I think it can look a little silly when the sun is out, and the prices are insane, but it seems like a good investment as a raincity resident, and I’m kind of here for it.

Vancouver isn’t only for rich people who can throw their money away on leggings and luxury raincoats (I mean, it kinda is). The other notable side to Vancouver is our West Coast, Commercial Drive East Vancouver Hippy realness. That in itself can mean many things, but I mean, it is a lot of things. Birkenstocks are a must, and I know they get a bad rap. Often criticized as “Jesus sandals,” the chunky sandals are a little ugly, but they somehow have stuck around for years, so there’s an undeniable beauty to the infamous footwear. I’ll also lump canvas totes and linen flowy pants with the sandals, as they are all shapeless, almost anti-fashion pieces. I think I’m biased as the child of two East Van hippies, but this style gets a yes from me. It’s reasonably affordable, effortless, and it also just gives off good chill vibes, unlike athleisure, which gives evil sci-fi vibes.

With all this being said, wear whatever the heck you want. I’m a hypocrite, and I’ve probably worn all of the above but let me have my moment. Whether you like athleisure or not, your style is your style, and it’s a tool to express yourself, so have fun with it!

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” —Yves Saint Laurent