++ I'm totally digging Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" music video, along with the song because it's just so catchy as hell. I love how there's homage to things like Tron and The Fifth Element. Although with all the hype surrounding the collaborative group of women featured, I figured that the video should've been longer, or there to have been like a mini-movie from it. Most of the ladies only get like a few seconds of a cameo in the video itself, and I kind of wished there was more. That's my only nitpick, really. Otherwise, this is basically on the same level as "Blank Space" for me, essentially meaning it was awesome. Also, Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj's "Feeling Myself" video (x) dropped on the same day, which was such a wonderful experience as well. Just all the ladies, me likey. (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
++ I don't watch reality television, there are at least only a few I've ever watched in my life (including the older The Real World and Road Rules seasons from like way back when) and I find most reality shows these days to be mindless drivel. However, I spent the last several days watching Hell's Kitchen on YouTube. Not full episodes, mind you, just the uncensored highlights of the seasons. I don't know how that happened, I just was just on there looking at stuff and suddenly I'm on a k-hole of watching it. I just couldn't look away, and found myself addicted. It's of course ridiculous (the drama, the excuses, the typical reality show formula setup and staged with a lot of heavy editing in places for the ~dramatic effect) but also satisfying in terms of how justice is served at times. Obviously Gordon Ramsay is known for yelling at the contestants, but after binge-watching it's understandable how irritated he can be with adults who claim to be amazing cooks and chefs and yet are inadequate at the job, never mind their excuses and immaturity when they're supposed to be professionals. It's a reminder to keep your ego in check, because no matter how good you think you are at something, bragging, even a simple humble-brag, won't do you any favors. Similar when Gordon tried to help restaurant owners in Kitchen Nightmares, you see that ego straight away with how defensive they get when he finds something that needs worked on, and when they're called out on their denial they get even further on the highly defensive attitude. It's unbelievable.
There's also a certain respect for Gordon Ramsay because, while yes it can become over-the-top at times with the way things are edited for viewing entertainment, his approach to situations is for the most part quite fair. He is like a cooking drill sergeant, he expects those who claim to be professionals to act like it and calls them out when they're not doing their job, praises them when they do something right, and he listens to others and will apologize when he crosses a line. You can tell he respects the cooking industry and wants to help people realize their talents and prove/improve themselves.