Vulture Festival debuts in L.A.
New York Magazine packed up their uber-cool Vulture Festival, previously held in New York and set up shop in Los Angeles for the first time at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The location was the absolute best. I say this because I attended the rooftop opening night party and felt as if I had been whisked away by the magic of LaLa Land. They created an unforgettable weekend extravaganza for pop culture fans. If you were in the audience you heard from the mouth of HBO’s Insecure show creator, Issa Rae about her own insecurities and thoughts on internet trolls.
Pop Culture’s Princess
Issa Rae is one of pop culture’s princesses and most familiar faces, so as one would expect, she spoke to a standing room only crowd of admirers. Ms. Rae had an informative and humorous chat with Vulture’s staff writer Alex Chung as he warmed up the Wine Down with a blush-face game of “Have I Ever!” Issa shared that she’s never dated a celebrity and that while she really is awkward, she has met people that are much more awkward than she. “Oh no, you are too awkward!!”
Issa is Insecure too
As Alex spoke to Issa, I realized that even with all of her success she remains very down to earth and like most, has insecurities. Alex asked about how her web series allowed her to prep for the kind of world that we are living in now with social media and having these conversations with trolls existing in space.
To a degree, just being an internet user I’ve read every single comment that Insecure received. For the first couple of seasons, oh wait a minute, we’ve only had two seasons, so the whole time. But yes, I read everything because I was obsessed! You know when I reduce myself to the most basic fraction, I’m an avid internet user who got a show. When people are liking and watching your stuff I’m already online, so of course I’m going to read to see what they had to say about it. So yeah for me it was about training myself to take out the most constructive criticism and dump out what I don’t like and understand that oh, people just don’t like me or just don’t like the show. – Issa Rae
Insecure airs on HBO Sundays at 10/9c.