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Dream Hampton Makes Twitter Cameo to Speak on Plagarism Lawsuit and Why No One Should Be Blogging About Her
Though some say they wouldn’t put it past Jay-Z, the plagiarism lawsuit (handwritten mind you) that was conjured up against him and author Dream Hampton for his Decoded memoir was clearly bogus from the beginning. Just in case you didn’t know that though, Dream took a little break from her Twitter hiatus to speak on the rumors and why no one should pay them any mind, tweeting:
“Proof” from the guys suing me and Jay for plagiarizing Decoded. Amazing. More amazing are the asses who made this a real story. Thanks for gvng an unwell stalker more attention than they’ve ever had in their lives…..smaller circles. stay safe. It’s actually mid morning in London and I’m signing off again…xoxo Much as I miss this space s’times I like my peace more love
The last part of her tweet made it sound as though Dream was sticking to her choice to leave Twitter altogether, which she decided after some disrespectful Beyonce fans criticized her young daughter on the Internet at the end of last month. But, it turns out she had a few more things to say about the situation, the Twitterverse, and the blogoshphere as a whole. She tweeted:
If you’re blogging about my tweets you shouldn’t be blogging. Straight up. Supreme Court on the other hand is worth a looksie. They thuggin
If you made news out of the handwritten lawsuit against Jay & I, feel free to apologize after reading this http://redskunks.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/my-life-decoded.html
You can send your apology to Hov to the North pole.
Thank you everyone who’s tweeting me they missed me. truly. I missed this space the 1st two weeks too. Happy Summer!
Considering it’s been nearly a month since Dream Hampton stopped tweeting, I think we can take that last message to mean followers will have to continue to get their fix of the author elsewhere.
Do you miss Dream Hampton’s tweets?
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Did Jay-Z plagiarize parts of his best-selling book “Decoded”?
That’s what Patrick White is alleging in a lawsuit he filed against the superstar, Dream Hampton and Random House last week.
The lawsuit, which was filed in United States District Court, Central District, claims that White’s laptop was stolen in 2009.
“In 2009, my personal computer was compromised, resulting in my personal work to be used in Jay-Z’s book Decoded which was released in 2010,” White claims.
In the hand-written lawsuit, White claims he was shocked when he saw that portions of a book he had been working on were strikingly similar to portions of “Decoded.”
“The book contains various expressions/colors/phrases, which correlates to my work,” White alleges. “After contacting or attempting to contact the co-author, I got no reply.”
White is suing for copyright infringement and invasion of property.
The first questions that arise are who is Patrick White and how does he think his laptop landed in the hands of Dream Hampton and Jay-Z? This story doesn’t even seem plausible and it will be interesting to see if the court even pays it any attention. If a judge determines this complaint has no merit it won’t be the first time Jay-Z is the subject of a bogus lawsuit.
Earlier this month, an Ohio woman attempted to sue the capital city for $500 billion dollars after her car was impounded and sold. She claimed that Jay-Z and Diddy were “known to have government influence” and were likely involved in her car troubles. Not surprisingly, the judge dismissed the suit on grounds that it’s frivolous.
It’s likely this plagiarism lawsuit will reach the same fate.
What do you think? Did Jay-Z really steal content for his book or is this guy just looking for 15 minutes of fame?
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You would think posting a photo of her daughter, Nina, with Beyonce backstage after her Revel concert this past weekend would be harmless enough. But when Dream Hampton did that last night, she received an unexpectedly nasty backlash. It wasn’t the kind that’s been directed at Michelle Obama for taking her daughter’s to Bey’s concerts or being a fan of the singer, the Beyhive and Beyonce stans on Twitter and Tumblr were much more brutal, taunting Dream’s daughter for her looks.
The hateful comments were enough to make Dream Hampton pull the plug on Twitter account, but not before fully explaining why:
“Because someone tumbld a pic of my daughter w/Bey, which I posted on FB, which I try to keep private, I’m now dealing w/tweets like these…These are early 20 something Beyonce stans coming for my teenager. I’m done here. It’s been real. Let me shut down this Twitter account. I’ve been wanting to for a while. It’s been real.
“I posted a pic of my daughter & our friend Beyonce on my very private Facebook page. Everyday, I turn down “friend” requests on FB. I turn them down because I post pics of my daughter on FB for family and friends I actually know. Twitter is a more public space for me. On Twitter, I refer to my daughter as “awesome daughter” because she is, and because I’m private. I don’t know if I don’t know how to set whatever new privacy settings you have to set on Facebook, but that pic ended up on a tumblr. I don’t search tumblr, or even know if you can search tumblr, but I Twitter search my own name pretty frequently at least twice a week…
“Last night, after tweeting abt summer reading lists & the challenging day I had to face today, I searched my name on Twitter. What I found was a Bey “stan” page who’d tweeted the pic of my daughter and Bey from some other Bey “stan” tumblr w/the comment “ewww”…This Twitter Bey stan later reposted the same pic on Twitter w/my daughter cropped out, then RT’d s’one’s comment abt being grateful+..”ugly girl” was cropped out. I tweeted this Beyonce “stan” asking how the fuk they got the pic (I hadnt made the connection to the tumblr) + …and asked them to remove the pic. This stan, of course, RT’d my irate tweet, tweeted she was dying of laughter & a bunch of her 7K + …fellow stans tweeted me. One began following me and when I immediately blocked her, called my daughter an Ugly a** in all caps. For those of you who know me, you know I’m not really here for you to be tweeting me, in all kaps, what an ugly a** my child is. Like, I’m really not here for that.
“I talked to Beyonce after her last show last night, we were worried Nina would see Beyonce’s so called fans calling a teenager ugly and Bey+ decided to remind my daughter what she thinks of her. So Bey posted the pic of my daughter & her on her tumblr & wrote “beautiful princess”…I’ve made amazing connections on Twitter, have been intellectually stimulated and have discovered amazing thinkers. But yes, I’m done. My leaving Twitter is not blog worthy. I wasn’t “run off” by a few people calling themselves Beyonce stans. Or whatever. But I am good on social media, and the access it affords nuts, and the false intimacy that created boundary crossing. I’ve had false Twitter exits before, this isn’t one of them. Wishing you all love. I’m so grateful for all these replies. Twitter has always been more loving than hateful, but more distracting than anything. For the last time…I’m not leaving Twitter because I was ran off. The Isht is turning into Myspace and I’m good. Ok, Peace. Free Mumia.”
In other words, these people should be ashamed. Nothing about this situation is really specific to Beyonce. In the last few months we’ve seen way too many examples of twitter fandom gone too far, particularly the Chris Brown, Rihanna, Karrueche Tran brigade, but in this instance stans weren’t even defending Bey, they were just being hateful and succumbing to mean girl culture.
Leaving Twitter was probably the smartest thing Dream could do; e-balls is a real phenomenon and sometimes the only thing you really can do is block out the e-nonsense, permanently.
What do you think about this situation as a whole?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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