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Shania Twain Apologizes for Saying She Would Have Voted for Trump

Country-pop superstar Shania Twain caused a stir yesterday when she said in an interview with The Guardian that if she would have been able to vote in the Presidential election that it would have been for Donald Trump.

Here’s the excerpt from that interview that caused such a ruckus on social media.

It is not the only way in which she expresses her conservatism. If she had been able to vote in the US election, she would have plumped for Donald Trump, she says. “I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest. Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both. If I were voting, I just don’t want bullshit. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?”

That’s it. In a very long interview, mostly about her life and career, this paragraph that was near the very end, caused people to lose their minds and prompted Twain to apologize/clarify what she meant.

This is really a non-story and why The Guardian even asked her about it is questionable. Twain is Canadian and therefore ineligible to vote in US elections, so it really doesn’t matter who she hypothetically might have voted for. Not to mention, it has nothing else to do with the profile piece about her life.

And if she had been able to vote for Donald Trump and felt that was the right choice – she shouldn’t apologize for anything.

Celebrities who say something different than what’s expected of them need to stop bowing to the liberal mob when they start crying about an opinion they don’t agree with. Last time I checked, people were free to think whatever they want and vote for whomever they like.

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Jay-Z Feuds with Trump

Rap artist and mogul Jay-Z sat down with CNN’s Van Jones, discussing topics such as the #MeToo movement and President Trump’s recent colorful comments about immigrant countries.

From the Hollywood Reporter:

“It is disappointing and it’s hurtful,” Jay-Z said of Trump’s infamous comments regarding immigrants from countries such as Haiti. “Everyone feels anger, but after the anger, it’s real hurtful. Because it’s looking down at a whole population of people, and it’s so misinformed, because these places have beautiful people and beautiful everything. This is the leader of the free world speaking like this…somewhere along his lineage something happened to him. Something happened to him, and he is expressing it in this sort of way.”

The rapper also called the President a “superbug.”

Trump hit back this morning on Twitter with this single tweet.

Interestingly enough, Van Jones actually asked Jay-Z about this in the interview and he responded “”because it’s not about money at the end of the day. Money doesn’t equate to happiness. It doesn’t. That’s missing the whole point.”

 

Jay-Z is up for eight Grammy Awards tonight, including Album of the Year for 4:44.

Joe Scarborough releases song inspired by Women’s March….yes, seriously

Saturday is the one year anniversary of the Women’s March. Never wanting to miss an opportunity to get some press coverage, the unreasonably angry,  liberal women took to the streets to…uh march again.

It’s still rather unclear what they are protesting. I mean it’s not like they’re living in Iran or something.

Maybe they all collectively decided they needed some exercise or some time away from their 12 cats. You know, some times you just have to get away, am I right ladies? Whatever their reasoning, rest assured the angry, female activists dressed so eloquently in their vagina hats while chanting incoherently, will have plenty of media sympathizers.

One of those in the media who apparently knows what it’s like to be a middle-aged white woman living in America is Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough. Come to find out hosting a third-rate morning political talk show isn’t all Joey can do.

He’s actually an extremely talented singer/songwriter. He probably ranks somewhere between Bob Dylan and Big Bird. Impressive company, I know.

Think I’m kidding about his singing and songwriting? Sadly, I’m not.

No, Joey boy decided Saturday would be a great opportunity to release his debut single!

Listen, if you can.

So, there you have it folks. And I know, what you’re thinking, no, he hasn’t announced tour dates yet, but keep checking back!

Taylor Swift is Smart to Remain Apolitical

Today, Marie Claire published an opinion piece scolding Taylor Swift for not addressing politics or feminism on her latest album, reputation. In the article, the author states:

Fall of 2016 saw a slew of celebrities become outspokenly involved in the political process, as they should have. Taylor did post on Instagram about the fact that she was voting. And sure, some people interpreted her sweater as confirmation that she was casting a vote for Hillary Clinton, but was it really enough? Taylor is not required to be vocal about her politics (obviously, every American has the right to keep their vote private), but it’s also fair to side-eye and question her decision to remain silent—and said silence certainly contributed to her rep.

She then goes on to criticize Taylor’s brand of feminism:

Taylor was on the receiving end of criticism for being something of a poster child for white feminism. For years, feminist critiques of Taylor have been mounting, taking aim at everything from her music videos to her mostly tall/white/thin girl squad.

There’s no one “right way” to be a feminist, of course, but when you’ve built a brand (one marketed primarily to young women and girls) on female empowerment, it’s certainly worth taking a beat and considering your critics. Taylor’s failure to do so in a meaningful way has had a huge impact on her reputation

I’m a huge fan of Taylor Swift and have been since her country days. reputation has been blasting all week long on my commute to and from work. And I find it refreshing that the singer is silent when it comes to politics.

Without saying so much, the author almost insinuates that Taylor voted for Trump because she remained silent about the candidates throughout the election. She never told us, but so what if she did? She’s an intelligent young woman who seems like she knows the issues and it’s her vote, her choice.

We have way too many celebrities running around trying to tell us how to think and vote and at a time when we need the escape from politics, we look to our entertainers to entertain and Taylor is doing just that.

Her album sales have never been better and her latest tour is hitting huge stadiums starting next year. Half her fan base probably comes from deeply red states, especially since her roots are in country. Why take a risk and alienate them when there’s no need?

Here’s hoping Taylor sticks to her apolitical stance.

-K

New Snoop Dogg Single Cover Depicts Dead President Trump

Did Snoop learn nothing from the Kathy Griffin stunt earlier this year?  Today, the Compton rapper shared the cover of his new single “Make America Crip Again” on his Instagram account. The image of the rapper shows him holding a drink while standing over a flag draped over a dead body labeled “Trump.”

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The song which opens with “The president said he wants to make America great again/F*ck that sh*t, we’re going to make America crip again” and goes on to take a swing at Trump’s NFL comments last month. ““As I look around I see so many millionaires with skin like mine, don’t pretend that I’m with that bullsh*t your president been tweeting/Colin Kaepernick was blackballed… This still America with three K’s, believe that sh*t.”

Snoop Dogg is no stranger to anti-Trump sentiments. Earlier this year he released a music video where he assassinated the President who was dressed as a clown.

Is pretending to murder the President of the United States now considered performance art?

We get that you’re upset the election didn’t go your way. Really. But it’s time to move past it.

-K

*Update: Snoop Dogg has deleted the image from his Instagram for now.

 

Eminem’s Freestyle Rap Blasts Trump at BET Hip Hop Awards

Add Detroit rapper Eminem to the list of Trump haters. Last night at the BET Hip Hop Awards,  the fifteen time Grammy Award winner blasted the President in an impassioned freestyle rap that touched on everything from his tan, North Korea, Puerto Rico to the comments Trump made about the NFL.

 

And if you’re an Eminem fan who voted for Trump? Here’s what he has to say about you:

I’m drawing in the sand a line, you’re either for or against,

And if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split,

On who you should stand beside, I’ll do it for you with this: F— you

The full lyrics can be found here.

It’s fine for Eminem and all the other celebrities to have an opinion about politics. They are people too and have the same free speech that the rest of us enjoy as citizens but when you start alienating parts of your fan base that’s put millions of dollars in your bank account, it comes across as pretty unappreciative. Like it or not, if musicians and actors/actresses want to continue to have success in the entertainment industry, they’re going to need middle America to buy their albums and see their movies.

And in an already hostile political climate, screaming that you “f–king hate Trump” is not helpful. It’s also ironic that the same Hollywood who proclaims “love Trumps hate” and “love wins” applauds Eminem for using his platform to take a stand. Also ironic that this comes from the same crowd who just a few years ago criticized the rapper for his violent and misogynistic lyrics.

The rapper is gearing up for the release of his eighth studio album and is no stranger to rapping about politics – he’s taken on everyone from Hillary Clinton to George Bush in previous efforts so it’s probably a good bet that this next album will be highly political since that’s all Hollywood can seem to churn out these days.

-K

Defeat the Elite? Driving Congressman Todd Rokita

Mariah Carey. Katy Perry. Rhianna. Kanye West.

Whatever your taste in music, you have to admit, all of the aforementioned artists have experienced major success.  They’ve had multiple songs and albums shoot up to #1, sold out arenas and other large capacity venues, while playing to thousands to adoring fans.  Oh, and they’ve made more money than most of us can imagine.

Another thing they all have in common? Crazy and diva-like demands.

According to a Business Inside article, before Mr. West performs he requires 1 box of toothpicks, 1 bottle of hot sauce, but not just any hot sauce. It must be Tabasco, Caribbean type and also, can you pick up 4 six packs of Heineken? Mr. Kanye West absolutely needs those as well.

Similarly, Katy Perry requires an “arrangement of pink fresh flowers,” 6 vitamin waters, plastic drinking straws and freeze dried strawberries before singing one of her chart-topping tunes.

Well, Katy and Kanye better move over and make room for …Todd Rokita? Seriously, he’s one needy guy and apparently, driving around the Indiana congressman requires an 8-page memo.

The memo details everything Rokita has to have in order to properly serve his constituency. For instance, if you’re going to chauffeur around Rokita you better have “the football”, an assortment of items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, bottled water, napkins, gum and hand sanitizer.

Also, you mustn’t engage in useless, “unnecessary conversation” with the congressman. Unfortunately, he just doesn’t have the time. However, as the memo stipulates, you are allowed to talk to him if you’re asking to remind him to bring his phone and wallet.  Another situation where talking to his highness is permitted is if you are telling him about turns or sudden stops on way to his next speaking engagement.

While most could have anticipated that performers like Rhianna and Taylor Swift would have outrageous and absurd demands, to hear something similar of a congressman who “works for us” is absolutely ridiculous.

Why do we tolerate, adhere to the demands of someone like Kayne or Katy Perry? They sing a favorite song of ours, entertain us, and do so at a level a very small percentage of the population can, oh and we’re willing to pay premium prices to watch them do so.

What does a congressman do? They vote and give speeches…and let’s not forget the all important hand shaking.

Any idiot could be a congressman. Don’t believe me? Just look at some of the people Congress today.

My ultimate point being, congressmen can be easily replaced and for someone to “require” everything in the document is insane!  Not only that, the man is seeking a promotion.  Oh and get this, his campaign’s slogan is “Defeat the Elite.”  Yes, you read that right, the man who has the demands of a Grammy-winning artist has the balls to call other people elite?!

Defeat the elite indeed, congressman.

-BZ

 

 

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