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Hey Reading And Leeds Festival, Female Artists Also Exist, You Know?

Ever heard of 'em?

The highly-anticipated line-up for 2020’s Reading and Leeds festival has just dropped and it’s quite shocking.

Sure, there are some big names, like Stromzy, Liam Gallagher and reunited Rage Against The Machine, but that’s not what has us shook. One quick glance of the line-up has the internet asking, where on earth are all of the women? 

Out of 92 names billed on the first Reading and Leeds poster, only 20 are women. Not to mention, three of those names are mixed bands. Factoring into account the number of people in all the bands, the line-up is made up of just 21% female artists.

If it couldn’t get any worse, it’s almost as if women have been pushed to the one stage this year. The festival republic has most of the female acts, leaving very little women on the main stage. 

If you’re a fan of iconic female artists, make sure you check out our analysis of Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s Super Bowl performance on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Sadly, there are no female headliners, with only one female act on the main stage, per day. Those acts include the incredible R&B up-and-comer, Mabel, the alt-rock phenomenon, Bloxx, and the ultra-fast, fierce rapper, Lady Leshurr.

Lady Leshurr looking for other female acts like…

There is a chance that more women could be added to the line-up when they release more names, but to be honest, it doesn’t look likely. Ultimately, Leeds and Reading festival have notoriously been male-dominated, as are a lot of other festivals

So, if you’re planning on heading to Europe this summer, don’t go to Reading or Leeds, hit up more progressive festivals like Primavera Sound. This Barcelona-based festival doesn’t skimp out on non-male acts, striving for a 50/50 split and calling it the “new normal”.

If festivals like these are actively choosing not to support non-male acts, the choice is simple, don’t go. 

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Never Forget The Time Mattel Released Gay Ken, Barbie’s Gay BFF

Come on Barbie's gay BFF, let's go party.

In 1993, Mattel released a very special Ken Doll. He was wearing a lavender-coloured mesh shirt under a dark purple shoulder-padded vest and rocking a silver cock ring around his neck. Are we joking? Absolutely not.

Wonder how we got here? Allow us to explain. 

1993 was a time and a half. Barbie was the coolest toy on the Toys-R-Us shelves but her boyfriend, Ken, wasn’t. Hence, Mattel started to do some good ol’ fashioned market research to ask young girls if they liked the guy or not. The response was understandable, they liked Ken, but they wanted him to be “cooler”. 

Evidently, the young girls were big fans of Madonna’s hot, gay, backup dancers because that’s essentially who they described as “cool”. Taking their answers into account, Mattel finalised their research and released a new collection of dolls. The Earring Magic Barbie line came out and so did a new Ken. No pun intended for Ken here.

As a result, Ken became a bit of a gay icon; aside from the bleached-blonde hair and the earring. Given the pastel colours and the ring around his neck, the gays loved the doll so much, it quickly became the best-selling Ken model in Mattel’s history. 

While the success of the doll was unprecedented, the doll ended up being recalled from stores once an expose into the meaning of the “circular charm” began in the newspaper, The Stranger. Now, these dolls are such a collector’s item, they’re going for hundreds of bucks on eBay

While they were pulled from stores back in the ‘90s, we sincerely hope Mattel start to release queer dolls, intentionally. In 2019, Mattel launched their first gender-neutral doll, donned “a doll for everyone”. Could gay Ken make a return soon? I sure hope so because I can’t afford the ones on eBay.

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The Best Reactions To Shakira's Sneaky Super Bowl Tongue

Her hips aren’t the only thing that don’t lie.

The Super Bowl Halftime has officially ended and boy, oh boy was that a show. I mean, people were obsessed!

If you missed it, check out our recap of it here on the latest episode of It’s Been A Big Day For… 

Latina queens Jennifer Lopez and Shakira gave the pop queens of history a run for their money with this dance-filled, political-statement-making 14 minutes.

Whipping out the hips, playing the electric guitar and playing with a rope, Shakira kicked things off on a wild note. This was eventually carried as J-Lo brought out the stripper pole, giving us Cirque Du Soleil realness.

Two literal queens absolutely killing it.

The two queens also brought out Bad Bunny and J Balvin, to perform ‘I Like It’ and ‘Mi Gente’, ultimately showing how far the Latina-influence on the mainstream music industry has become. 

But, let’s be real, what really made this performance as great as it was, was Shakira’s tongue. Yes, you heard correctly. Twitter has had an absolute field day with this little clip. 

It’s been relatable. 

It got nostalgic. 

It entered the world of Roald Dahl.

It got way too naughty.

It got us hungry.

And, it got goats involved, which we obviously loved.

While it’s all good to have a laugh, one Twitter user pointed out its origins. We absolutely stan a cultured queen.

It was never going to be an iconic Super Bowl without a few memes, and this sure is a good one. And if you need a little refresher on what exactly happened today, don’t worry, we got you!

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