As you may have heard, Kendall and Kylie Jenner aren’t having the greatest week, and they have no one to blame but themselves.
For some reason, the sisters thought it would be a good idea to sell t-shirts emblazoned with trademarked images of artists like Tupac, The Notorious B.I.G., and Ozzy Osbourne.
To make matters worse, KJ and KJ superimposed photos of themselves over the images over the legendary artists.
It was like some sort of bizarre experiment in subliminal advertising:
“If we make people think of us when they’re looking at iconic artists,” the sisters seemed to be saying, “they’ll mistakenly think that we’re super talented, too!”
Needless to say, the plan didn’t work out.
First, Kendall and Kylie were slammed by Biggie’s mom in a social media tirade for the ages.
Shortly thereafter, the Jenners were destroyed by the Osbournes, as both Sharon and Kelly took to Twitter to verbally tear them new ones.
Now, relatives of famous musicians who weren’t directly affected by Kendall and Kylie’s idiocy are getting in on the fun:
Paris Jackson is roughly Kylie’s age and two years younger than Kendall, so hopefully her stern words about the importance of respecting one’s musical elders will hit home especially hard:
“As a huge fan of zeppelin, the doors, Floyd.. I mean these bands literally helped shape who I am today. I can’t condone this ‘fashion,'” Jackson wrote on Twitter.
“Legends like these who completely changed our world today, not just the music world, should be respected and honored. not turned into this.”
“Pink Floyd is not Chanel. Led Zeppelin is not Michael Kors. <etallica is not Givenchy. Don’t get it twisted. #bandsnotbrands #RESPECTMUSIC
Boom. Hopefully Kendall and Kylie heard the deafening sound of that mic drop.
The sisters issued the following apology on their social media pages yesterday, but it could be a case of too little, too late:
“These designs were not well thought out and we deeply apologize to anyone that has been upset and/or offended, especially to the families of the artists,” reads the statement.
“We are huge fans of their music and it was not our intention to disrespect these cultural icons in any way. The tee shirts have been pulled from retail and all images have been removed. We will use this as an opportunity to learn from theses mistakes, and again we are very sorry.”
Biggie’s estate has already rejected the apology, and no one else seems to be in any hurry to accept it.
It’ll be interesting to see how many PR crises these girls can endure.
Jay-Z took a page out of Beyonce’s Lemonade playbook and dropped an album, 4:44, out of the blue that nobody can stop talking about.
Between the huge new revelations about Jay-Z’s cheating and Beyonce’s miscarriages, some otherwise big deals were contained in that album that really deserve a little more attention.
Like Jay-Z’s mom, Gloria Carter, coming out as a lesbian on the new album’s third track. Yes, really.
Jay-Z isn’t using subtle references to Sappho or Victorian-era symbolism, either.
His lyrics in the song, “Smile,” really spell things out.
“Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian, had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian. Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate. Society shame and the pain was too much to take.”
It gets better.
We’re not just saying the phrase, “It gets better.” We mean that the story told through these lyrics absolutely get more uplifting.
“Cried tears of joy when you fell in love. Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her. I just want to see you smile through all the hate.”
That is precious.
The song is “Smile” by Jay-Z featuring Gloria Carter, so yes, she absolutely makes her own voice heard in the track.
“Living in the shadow. Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live? In the shadows people see you as happy and free, because that’s what you want them to see. Living two lives, happy, but not free.”
Again, this is Gloria Carter’s turn.
And she continues:
“The world is changing and they say it’s time to be free, but you live with the fear of just being me.”
The world is changing, but like any civil rights movement, even the major milestones don’t necessarily change hearts and minds, and certainly not overnight.
And many in the LGBT+ community have to combat their own internalized homophobia.
That is, they’ll shy away from things like holding hands with a partner or attending Pride activities.
“Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be. No harm for them, no harm for me. But life is short, and it’s time to be free. Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed. Smile.”
That’s so powerful.
Jay-Z was one of the first big names in the world of rap to openly support marriage equality, speaking out in 2012.
He described opposing marriage equality as discrimination (which it obviously is), akin to racist descrimination.
That may sound academic these days, but in 2012, Obama himself had only just begun to openly support marriage equality.
Back in 2008, and in every election beforehand, no major candidate could openly support the marriage rights of the LGBT+ community without being branded a “radical” by large portions of the electorate.
Bigotry is real, but cultures do get better over time. Little by little.
Unfortunately, there are almost certainly other women who are living Gloria Carter’s story.
Women who are raising children and afraid to come out as bi or gay because they don’t want their children to grow up with that stigma.
Because yes, homophobia persists, especially in certain communities.
By releasing this track, Jay-Z can really spread how personally this impacts him and how homophobia can ruin lives.
By coming out, Gloria Carter has made a huge step for lesbians but especially for lesbians of color, who face homophobia, racism, and misogyny.
Today is the end of June and therefore the last day of Pride Month.
Did Jay-Z drop the album last night as much because his and Beyonce’s twins, named Rumi and Sir according to reports, are alive and healthy and so he felt free to tell the story of past betrayals and miscarriages?
Did he drop it so that his mother could celebrate Coming Out on the last day of Pride?
Or did he somehow balance his and Beyonce’s twins and the month of Pride and choose today as the perfect (or last viable) day for his album’s release?
That’s genuinely impressive.
Though … Lemonade still takes the cake.
(Even though it didn’t win Album of the Year)
Lindsay Lohan’s getting the party started a little early for her birthday … hitting the beach at one of her favorite spots in Greece. The soon-to-be 31-year-old arrived in Mykonos Thursday and enjoyed a boat ride and a refreshing dip in the sea.…
Ever since the world learned that Beyonce had welcomed twins, rumors about the offsprings’ names and genders were just about everywhere on social media.
Unfortunately, numerous Beyonce baby name rumors means lots of misinformation flying around.
There’s still been no official announcement from the Carter camp, but TMZ is claiming to have obtained legal documents revealing the monikers of Queen Bey’s prince and princess.
(Yes, the site is also confirming it’s a boy and a girl.)
This is the family who gave us Blue Ivy Carter, so it should come as no surprise that the names are a long way off the beaten path.
According to trademark documents filed last week the twins’ names are …
Rumi and Sir Carter!
Filing to trademark the names of infants might be absurd for anyone who’s not Jay Z and Beyonce, but it makes perfect sense for the Carters.
It seems Jay and Bey took the precaution to ensure that no one will use their tykes’ names to cash in by using them to market:
“Fragrances, cosmetics, key chains, baby teething rings, strollers, mugs, water bottles, hair ribbons, playing cards, tote bags, sports balls and rattles and novelty items.”
“Novelty items” is a bit vague, but we suppose if you want to release, say, a line of high-end toothpastes or vitamin supplements, you’re legally in the clear.
You could also use Sir Carter as your rap name, but just know that as soon as the kid can talk, he will destroy you in lyrical combat, and your street cred will never recover from losing a battle to a toddler.
Anyway, the most important thing is that Beyonce and both babies are home, happy and healthy.
The twins remained hospitalized for several days due to unspecified health issues after their birth.
Sources inside the hospital claim both babies were showing signs of jaundice and had to spend some time “under the lights” to correct possible liver issues.
While frightening, it’s not an uncommon occurrence, and both Sir and Rumi are said to have recovered as expected.
Yes, we’re already calling them Sir and Rumi, so we’ll be pretty devastated if this rumor turns out to be inaccurate.
Not only will we have to break the habit of referring to the twins that way, we’ll have to rename our ride-sharing app that we plan to name after them.
Once upon a time, MTV’s Jersey Shore was garnering higher ratings than some of the biggest shows on broadcast TV.
Nowadays, the network rarely charts in the ratings and is returning to old formats in an attempt to bring the network back to its former ratings glory.
With the return of Fear Factor being a moderate success, it looks like the network is ready to bring back Jersey Shore from the grave, and we’re not quite sure how the heck it would work.
Still, would we really say no to a return trip to the Jersey Shore? Um, no.
Jenni ‘Jwoww’ Farley has revealed she is in active negotiations with producer SallyAnn Salsano about ways in which the series could return for another season of drama.
“I’ve actually been texting the creator of Jersey Shore,” she revealed to E! News.
The 31-year-old said she’s said to the creator, “How do we make this happen? But I need to be in bed by 9 p.m. I have to take my family and don’t let me get white-girl wasted so I can’t find where my family is. So if you can help me out with those, I’d be down.”
If you watch Jersey Shore online, you will likely remember how boring Jersey Shore became when the stars began growing out of their partying ways.
Snooki was even moved to another house while she was pregnant with her first child. If the stars are going to be reserved this time around, is it really worth bringing it back?
With regards to commitments, Jenni thinks it would be best to film for around ten days on an island somewhere as opposed to a huge season.
The possibility of a reunion does seem relatively high when you consider the dire straits over at MTV. Heck, maybe this reunion will pave the way for a new iteration of the series with a new cast.
It seems like Snooki also has the reunion bug since she posted a picture of herself posing with former female costars, Jwoww, Sammy Giancola and Deena Nicole Cortese.
The rest of the cast even revealed to In Touch recently that they would be game for a reunion, so something tells us this is something that will be happening in the very near future.
Obviously, the new series would not include any of the crazy antics of the original series, but it could be interesting to get the details on what they’ve all been up to since the show concluded in 2012.
We would pay to watch the show if it included the return of Angelina Pivarnick. That would guarantee at least a bunch of fights.
Over to you, Jersey Shore fans! Do you think it’s a good idea to bring the series back?
Sound off below!
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Twitter can be a wonderful place.
Unfortunately, there's no place safe from bullies, and Twitter is just as full of vicious trolls as everywhere else. (And no, we don't just mean the current President of the United States and his infamous tweets)
That's why it is so, so nice to see Twitter used as a powerful force for good — even if the only person being directly helped is a British 9-year-old.
See, Ollie has one of those almost over-the-top bullies, as many 9-year-olds do, who wants to impress upon him that nothing that he does for his birthday could possibly measure up to the bully's own celebrations.
We all know how that goes — some little kid wants to make another little kid feel like he can't measure up. It's the exact same motivation behind why adults are nasty to each other, basically.
So, Ollie's dad Christopher took to Twitter to ask for people to ask any celebrities, major or minor, to send a pleasant birthday message in Ollie's direction to give the 9-year-old a much-needed boost.
That's not unreasonable — there are grown-ass adults who tweet at celebrities to ask for a birthday shout-out. This seems a great deal worthier, you know?
But Christopher and his wife Natalie clearly never expected the kind of response that they received. Take a look at these tweets, and know that we saved the best — or, at least, the most famous — for last.
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