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SNL Can’t Seem to Make Obama Funny

Saturday Night Live” started its new season this week, using omnipresent “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane and musical guest Frank Ocean to boost viewership while showcasing a few new cast members—and a brand new president.

We never really understood where Fred Armisen wanted to take his Obama impressions. He was almost always stiff and uncomfortable in the role, playing the part of straight man while others set up halfhearted jokes around him. We’re glad that media personalities got over their initial aversion to making fun of Obama, but writers and comedians obviously still face a big challenge in trying to make the man funny.

New guy Jay Pharoah has a history of impersonating the president in his stand-up acts, so we’re not surprised to see that he is better when it comes to reproducing Obama’s tics, but on watching his debut we didn’t detect much in the way of, you know, jokes–and Jason Sudeikis’s moronic Mitt Romney is even worse.

Our verdict? It’s still a long way from funny. If Obama does manage to get re-elected, we look forward to four more years of avoiding SNL’s consistently lame impersonations. Agreed?

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Motives Behind Target’s Refusal to Sell Frank Ocean’s Album Questioned

Frank Ocean’s new album, Channel Orange, officially drops today, but if you were thinking of picking it up while running some errands at Target, think again. Since the critically acclaimed album was released in digital form on iTunes last week, Target will not stock the physical version, saying in a statement that they focus on offering their guests “a wide assortment of physical CDs, so our selection of new releases is dedicated to physical CDs rather than titles that are released digitally in advance of the street date.”

Sounds fair enough, but the timing of Target’s decision, along with its history of being linked to anti-gay groups, has some questioning whether the retailer’s refusal to sell Ocean’s album has more to do with the artist’s recently-revealed bisexuality than with the iTunes exclusive. Read more

Frank Ocean, Anderson Cooper Revelations Speak Volumes

Frank Ocean, the Odd Future singer with an upcoming solo album “Channel Orange,” has revealed in a letter on his Tumblr that he’s bisexual. The missive was published mere days after Anderson Cooper revealed that he’s gay. Cooper’s revelation wasn’t greeted with quite as much surprise as Ocean’s, but both are being regarded as large steps towards increasing the visibility of the LGBT community.

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