Brandy and Monica Are Finally Gonna Figure Out Whose Boy This Is

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Since the beginning of time (1998), one question has haunted humanity: Is the boy Brandy’s, or is he Monica’s? Next week, we might just find out once and for all.

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As “The Boy Is Mine” singers announced on Saturday, Brandy and Monica will be doing a Verzus battle on Aug. 31, streamed live over Instagram and Apple Music, Billboard reports.

“History,” said Brandy on Instagram.

Monica agreed: “This will be historical.”

I know that both singers have big ol’ catalogs full of hits to their names and are much more just than that one song where they play-fight over an imaginary man who’s dating them both, but also that song was huge—as in was the best-selling single of 1998, staying at #1 for 13 weeks huge—and it still fucking rules some twentysomething years later so I hope you’ll excuse me for being so tunnel-visioned and reductive about the thought of them going head to head on “The Boy Is Mine” one more time!!!!


In her upcoming documentary, This Is Paris, Paris Hilton opens up about the physical and verbal abuse she claims to have suffered as a student at Provo Canyon School, a boarding school in Utah.

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“From the moment I woke up until I went to bed, it was all day screaming in my face, yelling at me, continuous torture,” she said in a recent interview with People. “The staff would say terrible things. They were constantly making me feel bad about myself and bully me. I think it was their goal to break us down. And they were physically abusive, hitting and strangling us. They wanted to instill fear in the kids so we’d be too scared to disobey them.”

“They would use [solitary confinement] as punishment, sometimes 20 hours a day” she added.

Watch the trailer for This Is Paris, premiering Sept. 14 on YouTube, below.


British model Maxine Heron is speaking out against the transphobic pushback she received from the fashion industry as well as her former modeling agency after publicly disclosing that she’s trans in 2018.

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Heron, now 26, transitioned as a child and decided to keep that to herself as she began working as a model—possibly to protect herself, as being outed has ruined many trans women’s successful modeling careers. This happened to models April Ashley, Tracey Africa, and Caroline Cossey in decades past, and the threat of weaponizing trans women’s identities against us is still very real, as the NikkieTutorials blackmail situation from earlier this year demonstrates.

Anyway, Heron decided to disclose her past to the public two years ago as an act of solidarity with trans people as well as to better use her platform to advocate for trans rights. Unfortunately, this led to her not getting booked for a single paid gig in the year that followed, which her agent rationalized in a really fucked-up way.

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“The founder of the agency told me it was ‘probably the trans thing,’” Heron said, per PinkNews. “They then told me this was something I’d have to deal with in my career because of the lifestyle choices I’d made. I thought they meant my choice to come out, but they replied: ‘No your lifestyle choice to transition in the first place.’”

She has thankfully signed to a different agency since then and, by the looks of her Instagram, appears to be booked and busy.

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  • This Brandy song also still fucking rules:

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proudhamerican
ProudHamerican

Wow, the Wikipedia page for the Provo Canyon School is pretty horrifying:

The “behavioral modification program” used by Provo Canyon School in its earliest years included physical restraint, physical punishment, isolation from the outside world, progressive restoration of liberty, lie detectors, monitoring of personal communication, and administration of drugs. However, a 1979 permanent court injunction specifically prohibited the Provo Canyon School and its Medical Director from: “(1) opening, reading, monitoring or censoring the boys’ mail; (2) administering polygraph examinations for any purpose whatsoever; (3) placing boys in isolation facilities for any reason other than to contain a boy who is physically violent; and (4) using physical force for any purpose other than to restrain a juvenile who is either physically violent and immediately dangerous to himself or others or physically resisting institutional rules.”

I would say that half the list is par for the residential therapy course—obviously “physical punishment,” “lie detectors,” and “administration of drugs” are off the rails. It certainly feels like torture even when it’s not--especially isolation from the outside world. But what Hilton details is fully believable because I think these programs might attract employees who are more prone to abuse their power over clients.