Pictured: Patron Saints of Dlisted, Phoebe Price and Shauna Sand, preparing for our goodbye party.
Dlisted turned 18 on January 23, so now that it’s an adult (God, help us all!), it’s time for it to fly the coop. On June 30th, Dlisted will take its final bow and will close for good. This is a bittersweet decision that has been marinating in my brain for a long time and wasn’t even close to being an easy one since this site has been my life for nearly two decades, thanks to all of the writers and all of you.
In the site’s final post next Friday, I will explain in detail my decision to pull the curtain on Dlisted (SPOILER ALERT: it’s time for me to move on). That’s if I’m able to finish a draft without my fingers breaking from sadness and nervousness. Until then, Ben, Dominique, Emily, Kristian, Michelle, Vanessa, and I will continue to post as usual, and the comments will stay open. Also, Allison and I will be doing an episode of Dlisted: The Podcast about the site’s closing, so if you have any questions for us, send ‘em over to [email protected].
And for now, I leave you with what I consider one of Dlisted’s greatest honors. Here’s when Hot Slut of 2007, Phoebe Price, re-branded Hot Slut as Hot Babe because she’s elegant and wholesome like that!
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Treat Williams gave a little something to every generation. He joyously let out a hippie yodel in 1979’s Hair movie. He bestowed massive amounts of charm on 80s kids as The Little Mermaid’s prince in Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre. And he was the first daddy crush for many when he played a small-town doctor in Everwood. Not to mention Prince of the City, Smooth Talk, and more. So, many are feeling the sads in a big way this morning after hearing that Treat Williams tragically died yesterday in a motorcycle accident. He was 71.
At the end of last year, Celine Dion, the greatest singer in the world (fuck you, Rolling Stone!!) shared some devastating health news: she’d been diagnosed with an extremely rare neurological disorder called Stiff Person Syndrome. Like its very strange name suggests, SPS causes progressively worse muscle stiffness and repeated episodes of painful spasms. There is no cure.
Let’s rewind to last April. 55-year-old Celine announced she was postponing the second half of her Courage World Tour from May 2022 to February 2023 due to her spasms. Now, the original-original dates for these European shows were way back in 2020, but, you know, PANDEMIC. Fast-forward to Celine’s SPS announcement in December. She revealed that her health troubles had once again forced her to reschedule. This time, the shows were pushed to August 2023. They would have run until April 2024. Today, Celine’s fans received a bummer update. The entire tour has been canceled so Celine can continue treatment for SDS. Continue reading
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