Dear Media, It's Time To Quit Comparing Kate Middleton And Meghan Markle

Dear Media, It's Time To Quit Comparing Kate Middleton And Meghan Markle

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Last week, I wrote about the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, so you might be wondering why I decided to write about the British royal family again this week. It's not because I'm possibly their biggest fan (even though that might be true), but instead, it's because I have seen something become a constant on my social media pages and even in the actual media that needs to stop.

It's time to quit comparing Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.

I have seen people comparing their wedding dresses (Can you believe Meghan wore something so simple to a ROYAL wedding? Wow, Kate's was way out there, she was trying too hard). Katy Perry even said that Kate "won" the contest between who had the better wedding dress. (Last I checked, there wasn't a contest.) People have compared their hair, their makeup, their style choices, and if Meghan and Harry ever have children, then there will surely be comparisons of who is the better mother and whose children would make better kings or queens.

Surely the queen must like Meghan better since she was allowed to join the royal family for their Christmas service before she was married into the family, right? (Honestly, Harry was probably so head over heels for her so the queen made an exception). Well, Kate remembered to curtsey after marrying William, while Meghan didn't, so the queen is probably bitter about that. (I'm sure Meghan was just nervous as are most women on their wedding day and simply forgot, and I'm sure the queen understands that. She got married once too, you know?)

There was even an ordeal about what Kate wore to Harry and Meghan's wedding because people thought she was trying to upstage the bride. (Her dress was lemon colored people, I promise). It's almost like the media is trying to create an issue between the two Duchesses where there is no issue.

These comparisons and fake rivalries need to stop.

Both Kate and Meghan seem like amazing women who care deeply about the role they have stepped into. They care about the issues their country faces, and they care about doing their part to ensure changes are made. They are both beautiful in whatever they choose to wear that particular day. Kate seems like a great mother, and should Meghan ever decide to have children, I'm sure she will also make an amazing mother.

Don't get me wrong, they are two different women with two very different backgrounds, who both just happened to marry a prince. They are passionate about different things, and it's those things that people and the media should be focusing on.

Instead of focusing on these ladies' clothing and hair decisions, let's talk about the different things they are each doing to try and make the world a better place, because THAT is worth being in the media. Who wore what better is not.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student's semester are always crazy hectic.

We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of "Chrisley Knows Best."

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in two days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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The Top 10 Gay-Themed Commercials That Should Be Celebrated

Gay-themed advertisements are an important part of our representation in pop culture. Here are the ten best gay-themed commercials that deserve celebration.


Advertisements have a long history of reflecting and influencing popular culture. As someone from one of the boroughs of New York City, I've always been surrounded by advertisements. So it is extremely obvious to me why representation in these advertisements matter. Commercials online and on television are no exception. As a gay man, I'd like to present you with ten commercials that make me feel a sense of pride.

1. Israeli Gays Get Distracted On The Beach

Israel is a safe haven for LGBTQ people living in the Middle East. While places like Saudi Arabia and Iran treat gay men horrifically by enforcing Sharia Law, Israel welcomes them with open arms. That open minded attitude was even more obvious with this commercial from 2006.

2. Pepsi Brings Out The Confidence In One Guy (With A Gay Twist)

This Pepsi ad from the UK has a comedic twist that will delight the viewer with the main character's confidence. I find the women's reaction to him passing by each of them even more humorous than his friend's reactions.

3. Doritos Gay Sauna Contest Entry That Could've Gayed Up The Super Bowl

This commercial was created as a contest entry where aspiring filmmakers could create commercials for Doritos. The winning entry would be aired during the Super Bowl and the filmmaker would win a cash prize. This viral smash didn't make it, however. It seemed unfair, as several straight-themed commercials feature tons of innuendo. Unfortunately, it seems as though gay male sexuality is still threatening to some.

4. Campbell's Soup Portrays The Adorable Gay Household We All Wish We Had

This Campbell's Soup commercial is a short and sweet depiction of two gay dads sharing a sweet moment with their son. If it proves anything, it's that gay households are just like any other.

5. Marriage Equality Gets An Endorsement From Tide

While marriage equality has been a source of debate over the years, the only thing wrong with this union was the attire chosen for it. A brilliant twist ending courtesy of Tide.

6. This Heinz Commercial Is A Gay New Yorker's Dream Come True

As a gay man and a New Yorker, this commercial makes me very happy. Affection between same sex couples hasn't always been something we could see on television. However, this Heinz commercial squashes all that.

7. A Sweet And Unexpected Coming Out At McDonald's

This McDonald's commercial from Taiwan features a twist ending that is heartfelt, not comedic. For anyone who has struggled coming out, this should hit you right in the feels!

8. Sister And Brother Fight Over The Hot Pool Boy... With Coca-Cola

A nice bottle of Coke is quite refreshing. Who knew it was the perfect ice-breaker to approach your crush? This ad features a brother and sister competing for the pool boy's attention. However, it seems like someone else beat them at their own game.

9. This IKEA Commercial Was A Historic Turning Point

This classic IKEA ad from 1994 was groundbreaking for gay representation in advertising. It would be remiss of me not to include this important commercial on the list.

10. What Happens When Your Dad Sets You Up On A Tinder Date?

It's always nice to have your parents acceptance. However, even for gay guys, parents can get a little too close for comfort. This Vote Savvy ad portrays just that. But hey, they mean well, right?

Whether comedic, heartfelt, or provocative, these ten commercials have done wonders for gay male representation in advertising. It also reflects the representation of gay men around the world. From Israel to Taiwan to the UK, these commercials reflect the growing acceptance around the gay community. As far as I'm concerned, that's something to be celebrated.

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