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Chelsea Handler is not funny and she’s offensive on top of that. Her stale jokes about Lupita Nyong’o, Sidney Poitier, and the late Nelson Mandela during her Oscars takeover of the Huffington Post Twitter account are just the latest testaments to her mountain of non-funniness.
The Oscar tweets in question reference Angelina Jolie wanting to adopt Nyong’o and Poitier; Handler made another joke that fell flat about Mandela being resurrected. Good jokes about Jolie’s adoptions expired about five years ago and laughs at the expense of Mandela’s recent death are just tacky.
It’s quite possible for non-black comedians to talk about race and specifically about black people without being racist or racially insensitive. Louis CK is a good example of that and Bill Maher hits the right note most of the time, but Handler has not yet figured out how to talk about race without coming across as racist.
Her brand of humor often centers on black male rappers and the prevailing stereotypes about them. When she hosted the 2wereVMAs, she started the show by being patted on the butt and otherwise sexually harassed by a slew of black men (she eventually straddled Rick Ross) and during her monologue she referred to Kanye West as the big black elephant in the room. On her show, Chelsea Lately, Handler regularly interviews black men (again, lots of rappers) and peppers them with “edgy” questions filled with stereotypes.
She’s going for irreverent and punchy, but most of the time it just comes off as ridiculous. Handler completely jumped the shark when she started dating rapper 50 Cent. After their relationship ended, Handler’s critics were provide plenty of fodder for their concerns about her racial insensitivity.
On Howard Stern’s radio show, Handler talked a bit about their break-up. “I think I called him the worst thing you could say to a black person short of calling him the n-word. I said something like you’re like a street person basically. Something along the lines of being a gangster, and it was really, really offensive and I hung up and I’ve never spoken to him again,” explained Handler. Nice to know that Handler goes straight for racially offensive takedowns when she’s dealing with black people in her inner circle.
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There’s being a fan and then there’s taking things too far. These fans decided to show their undying loyalty to their favorite celebrities by professing their love in ink…unfortunately.
The Ciara neck tattoo
She may be engaged to Atlanta singer/songwriter Future, and thus taken, but that didn’t stop one man from getting Ciara’s face tattooed on his neck. The die hard C-squad fan club member showed off his ink on social media and the soon-to-be mom reposted it on her instagram page with a shout-out to her faithful follower. No word yet how Future feels about the tattoo.
In this day and age where a celebrity’s every move can be well chronicled, somehow these celebrities managed to surprise us all by popping up pregnant out of nowhere. No announcement, no save the date, just them, the red carpet, and a baby bump.
Lil Kim reigned as the Queen Bee of rap in the late 90’s. Although her career took a nosedive following a jail stint for lying under oath, the diminutive star still managed to release new music. She may not be the hottest female rapper around anymore but the Brooklyn emcee will have a new title to her name. Lil Kim popped up at an event during New York Fashion Week earlier this month with a big bun in the oven. She’s a few months into the pregnancy and her boyfriend and daddy to be Mr. Papers revealed she is having a baby boy.
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Technology can be a beautiful thing because it provides a connection between a celebrity and his or her fans, but in the wrong hands, technology can expose a star in ways they never intended. Unfortunately, these 15 celebs found themselves in the middle of nude photo scandals.
He may be Kim Kardashian’s man and baby daddy now but a few years ago, Kanye West was a single man on the prowl. Back in 2010 the “All of the Lights” rapper allegedly snapped a picture of his family jewels and sent it out to multiple women. West wasn’t completely unclothed in the photo. He had on a pair of boxers but his private part was provocatively exposed. The owner’s natural response was to shop the nude pics to various media outlets for the highest price.
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Lately there’s been a lot of attention cast on the celebrity men who dip out their spouses or girlfriends for a little loving on the side but there’s little mention of the men who stay faithful – or at least appear to be… Here’s our list of 15 faithful celebrity men who we never hear cheating rumors about.
Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as the 44th U.S. president on January 20, 2009 but long before he was known as the first Black leader of the Free World, he was a husband to wife Michelle. The two met when Michelle was assigned to mentor a young Barack, who was a summer associate. Their first date was a trip to the theater to catch Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing and ever since the couple wed in October of ’92, Barack has done the right thing by his wife. They have two daughters together and while he has probably the most stressful job in America, the President and his First Lady appear to be just as in love living in the White House as the day they got married.
We told you yesterday about the controversy that was caused when blogger Carefree Black Girl posted pictures of the movie posters for the film 12 Years a Slave that are in Italy. Instead of the usual images of Chiwetel Ejiofor running, there were huge images of Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt in the forefront of the posters, while Ejiofor’s Solomon Northup could only be seen at the bottom of the poster, a small image of him at that, running. While some were upset, a few others tried to say that it was about money–pushing famous faces in the film that would help sell tickets, something Brad Pitt can obviously do.
But if you’ve actually seen the movie, you would know that Brad Pitt’s character really only shows up in the last 30 minutes or so, working with Northup to construct a gazebo. While he’s important in getting Northup to freedom, he’s not necessarily a central character in the film to have his face plastered on his own poster. Plus, it’s just kind of bogus. I mean, c’mon, it’s a film about the brutality of slavery, if it’s Brad Pitt or Michael Fassbender that is what pushes you to see a film like this, you’re better off staying your a** at home.
But it seems that Lionsgate has realized after all the backlash that the posters aren’t a good fit, and they’ve decided to pull them. They claim that the posters were never official ones and were released in Italy without authorization by the distribution label they work with, Summit Entertainment. Here’s their statement, courtesy of Shadow and Act:
The ’12 Years a Slave’ theatrical posters featuring Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender that were recently released in Italy were unauthorized and were not approved by any of the producers or licensors of the film. Summit Entertainment, acting as exclusive sales agent for the licensors, is investigating and taking immediate action to stop the distribution of any unauthorized posters and to have those posters currently in the marketplace recalled.”
So there you have it. The posters will come down. Hopefully this mess will not keep those of you who haven’t seen 12 Years a Slave from checking it out, because it’s truly a gripping piece of work. But as always, Hollywood folks have to do better…
For all the accolades “12 Years a Slave” has garnered thus far, leave it to the Italians to remind us things haven’t changed all that much in the realm of cinema.
Yesterday, Lindsayetumbls posted this photo to her Tumblr page with the caption, “This is the Italian poster for 12 Years A Slave. Amazing.” and immediately the reactions of utter disbelief started pouring in, including my personal favorite: “There is no emoticon for the face I’m making.”
When I saw the poster I immediately thought, is this a promo for a “Legends of the Fall” re-release or is somebody playing games? Unfortunately, neither was true. You don’t have to have seen “12 Years a Slave” to know this poster is all types of wrong — even if some Tumblr posters want to justify the advertising choice. Some have expressed approval for this promo choice, remarking that Chiwetel Ejiofor isn’t well known outside of the United States and Italian audiences would be more likely to see this film knowing Brad Pitt is in it. And while that may be all well and true, I highly doubt anyone not interested in a slave narrative is going to sit through 134 minutes of one just to see Brad Pitt. The movie is titled “12 Years a Slave,” not “12 Years an Indentured Servant.” Also, considering Brad Pitt isn’t the protagonist in this film and Chiwetel is actually the slave that the movie centers around, I’m pretty sure we all can agree this poster is a fail of the utmost kind. Maybe someone should actually take a chance and see how international audiences respond to black cinema leads rather than assume they can’t be marketed to appeal to the masses and making this the alternative.
What do you think about this poster?
We all have a stretch of time in our past where we were on some other stuff or trying to find ourselves. We talked different, dressed odd, and everyone told us it was just a phase, and thankfully they were right. The same can be said of these celebs. While individuality and creativity should be applauded, many people were scratching their heads and raising their eyebrows when these stars went through their weird phases.
Christina Aguilera always knew she would be a star. Getting her start early on the “Mickey Mouse Club,” Aguilera’s career began along the same time as fellow pop diva Britney Spears. Trying to differentiate herself from her rival, Aguilera decided to be edgy and played up her sexuality and bad girl image to help sell records. Catching a lot of negative criticism for her overly sexual image, Aguilera eventually toned things down after a brief hiatus to start a family and retool her image. Most recently, Aguilera has rejoined her red seat on NBC’s hit singing reality competition show “The Voice.”
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After watching this year’s Emmy awards, many people felt as if actress Kerry Washington was robbed. After losing out to Claire Danes in the category for “Best Actress,” the “Scandal” star took it in stride but here is a list of other actors who were passed over for their stellar roles.
Denzel Washington: Malcom X
Denzel Washington has had a long and stellar career in Hollywood that has spanned almost four decades. In addition to playing various characters, Washington also had to flex his acting skills when it came to playing real-life people. He received critical acclaim for his portrayals of Steve Biko, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Melvin B. Tolson, Frank Lucas, and Herman Boone but it was his starring role in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X that should’ve earned the native New Yorker an Academy award. Although he was nominated for Best Actor, Washington lost out to Al Pacino. Lee was very vocal about his feelings saying, among other things, “I’m not the only one who thinks Denzel was robbed on that one.”
Last week at the Toronto Film Festival, scenes from the premiere of “12 Years A Slave” caused audience members to walk out of the theater due to torturous beating scenes. Despite the backlash, the star of the movie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, defended its violence. He told The Independent it was vital for the film’s viewers to see a clear depiction of Solomon Northup’s autobiography, which shares the same title, on the big screen.
“Solomon’s story is full of [violence] but also full of beauty and hope and human respect and dignity. With Steve [McQueen, the director] there to guide it, we weren’t afraid to explore all that, and go to those dark places.”
“12 Years A Slave” tells the tale of a born-freed man, Solomon Northup, who was a musician in Saratoga Springs, New York. Northup was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. The movie opens up with Northup being beaten 15 times with a bat and then whipped by his kidnappers. The film also features slave lynchings, and most notoriously, a gruesome scene featuring a plantation owner who strung a slave to a post to beat her a total of 41 times.
Although some audience members left the Toronto premiere, “12 Years A Slave” still received a 10-minute standing ovation. Based on that response, many expect the film to receive numerous Oscar nominations. Director Steve McQueen told the audience the reason he wanted to adapt Northup’s story into a motion picture:
“I wanted to see that story on film, It’s that simple.”
Actor Brad Pitt who had a role in the film also served as a producer and said:
”Steve was the first to ask why there have not been more films on the US history of slavery. It’s a question it took a Brit to ask.”
Though we doubt Steve McQueen was the first person who thought the narratives of slaves needed to be heard and served justice, we do know he had the access to provide a platform for the terrifying experience Northup endured. McQueen is a black British director, his nation — England — had a different relationship with slavery than the United States. England abolished slavery in their colonies before America and implemented colonialism instead. Perhaps if a black American filmmaker had a similar approach, media outlets in the States would have viewed ”12 Years A Slave” as an exaggeration of the slave experience.
Below is a trailer of “12 Year A Slave.” What do you think about the film?
’12 Years A Slave’ will be in theaters October 18! Will you go watch the film?