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Can Anything Derail a Trial Faster Than Putting Taylor Swift on the Jury?

By Vivian Kane | Pajiba Love | August 29, 2016 |

By Vivian Kane | Pajiba Love | August 29, 2016 |

The VMAs were last night, and the #1 accessory looked to be outlines of vaginas. (Go Fug Yourself)

Britney Spears had a comeback performance of sorts last night, and it was… fine? Like, not great at all, but perfectly serviceable lip synching in a pretty really terrible outfit. But everyone would probably be talking about her performance much differently if MTV hadn’t made the decision to schedule IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING BEYONCE. That was just unfair. (Revelist)

And, in final VMA news, have you ever wondered what Kanye’s Twitter feed would sound like in audio book form? Now we know. (Lainey)

I’m not in favor of celebrities getting special treatment, but does anyone actually think Taylor Swift can serve on a jury without derailing the whole trial, just by way of the huge distraction that is her being there? Exhibit A: The fellow potential jurors who couldn’t even be in a room with her without live tweeting the experience. (HuffPo)

49er Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the National Anthem before a game, for a really good reason. Even the NFL’s official response statement more or less supports him, because, well, it’s pretty hard to argue with what he’s standing up for. (Celebitchy)

Okay, one more VMA bit, because in an awesome, powerful move, Beyonce brought the “Mothers of the Movement” to the event.

I’m getting real nitpicky with the choices on this list of the best shows on Amazon Prime, but I can get about 8 seconds into trying to re-rank them before my brain collapses in on itself. (Uproxx)

This year’s famous Pirelli calendar is full of de-glammed Oscar winners. It’s gorgeous. (Vanity Fair)

This makes more sense than I wish it did: Why early dating was often confused with prostitution. (PRI)

A potentially really interesting conversation about how to categorize YA novels got hijacked at the Edinburgh Book Festival and turned into a still really interesting rant session. (Guardian)

New year, same story: Gross dudes just can’t handle the annual Go Topless Day. (NSFW ‘cause boobs.) (Gothamist)

Oprah pick The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead is sitting atop the The New York Times best sellers list. This amazing novel about race, injustice and the American way is the story of a slave named Cora whose quest for freedom is set in an America where the Underground Railroad was an actual physical railroad existing beneath the earth. Have you read this one or anything else by Whitehead? (Cannonball Read 8)