The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Conservatives are angry about last night’s 90-minute Glee episode, which included the music of Lady Gaga and addressed issues of anti-gay bullying. “This is Ryan Murphy‘s latest depraved initiative to promote his gay agenda,” said Dan Gainor of the right-wing Media Research Center. [via Hollywood Reporter]

2. Beyoncé has released a new music video — but it’s not the highly anticipated “Girls (Who Run the World).” It’s a sweet, school-centric clip for “Move Your Body,” a version of “Get Me Bodied” that she produced to support Michelle Obama‘s anti-obesity campaign. Watch it here.

3. William S. Burroughs has been dead since 1997, but Turkey has just caught on to how odd his books are. The Turkish translation of his 1966 novel The Soft Machine was released in January, and, despite the testimony of its publisher, the Prime Minister’s Council has decided that it “does not constitute a literary piece of work in its current condition.” Governments: clearly culture’s most competent critics. [via io9]

4. The actress Melissa Farman has been cast as Bristol Palin in HBO’s adaptation of Game Change. Damn. We were really pulling for Miley. [via WSJ]

5. Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corp is hoping to find a bidder that will pay over $100 million for Myspace. Sounds unlikely to us. [via Reuters]

Bonus link: Watch the new REM video for “Every Day Is Yours to Win,” on YouTube for only 24 hours