Put a ring on it

Portlandia meets Beyoncé

Listen: Pa Mi by La Goony Chonga

“Some people, if somebody called you a chonga, they would think it was insulting, like calling you ratchet,” says the Cuban-American artist who goes by La Goony Chonga. But she’s all about the Miami subculture that she says is heavy on kitch, hoops, and baby tees. That aesthetic has sparkle dusted its way into her new EP, Descontrol, an I-don’t-give-a-fuck series of reggaeton-trap-hop bangers that command respect for their author, no matter how she presents. I’m struck that we’re still having to create our identities around presumed disrespect (thx, AC), but if that’s the situation, we might as well dance. Get in there.

Very engaging

How’s this for empowerment: In the year 2021, Tiffany’s is about to debut a men’s engagement ring. It’s part of a massive, post-acquisition overhaul designed to bring back the young people who no longer care about legacy brands like this. Obvious market grab aside, I’ve always thought that if engaged women have to signal their own downpayment, it would be nice to invite people of other genders to carry some mark of ownership, too (sry is my attitude toward institutions showing?). Tiffany seems to be targeting gay men, which, cool, but please also show me a straight homeboy is engaged, right?

Ugh but then is an extra ring just adding another expense to an already out-of-control wedding industrial complex? How many diamonds do we really need to buy to file our taxes jointly? Or can we make do with plastic beads?

Make your own $

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And a parting gift: the most illuminating discourse on the “hot girl” discourse I’ve seen to date. (I still don’t get it.)


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