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Now-a-days celebrities can’t get away with anything online.
Mike Epps recently came under fire after he posted a “racist photo” online. The photo depicts three white man picking cotton while a black man whips them with a switch. In the corner of the photo, you see Martin Luther King Jr. looking down from the sky smiling. Epps captioned the photo with “I am so proud of you bro! lol.”
Of course, this sent fans into a rage and who slammed him via twitter. Upon hearing the news, Mike Epps responded to the outrage via TMZ. In a phone call, Epps says the whole situation is a misunderstanding and it all started with an email from his nephews. He said “I was just cracking a joke. I’m a comedian man. I thought it was funny….I didn’t mean no harm. If I offended anybody, I apologize.”
Well folks, there you have it.
What do you guys think? Was it just a joke? Or should celebrities, especially comedians, start censoring themselves?
I don’t know about you but I was so pleasantly surprised to discover #EggPlantFriday on Instagram. It made for a very nice Freaky Friday treat. A very nice one indeed. It was just nasty enough to catch my attention but not vulgar enough to make you feel like you were looking at something pornographic at work.
In case you missed the trend, the hashtag featured men knowingly and unknowingly showcasing the print of their penises inside their pants. It let me further know that God is real. It was glorious.
But nothing lasts forever.
When I suggested a coworker check out the hashtag just a few weeks later, #EggPlantFriday had taken on an entirely different meaning. Instead of just posting the print, men were out her posting pictures of their raw (and sometimes flaccid) man meat on the gram. Not.Cool. It not only ruined the point of the hashtag, it alerted Instagram administrators to the foolishness.
And in response, IG completely shut down the hashtag.
If you’d like to relive the glory days, check out some of the better #EggPlantFriday posts here.
*Pours out some e-liquor to the death of this hashtag. *
We all watched the relationship between model Eva Marcille and singer-songwriter Kevin McCall rise and fall pretty quickly in the public eye.
And it didn’t exactly end on good terms. There were rumblings of domestic abuse, with Eva telling police that McCall violently kicked down four doors, chased her around their home and threatened to punch her. The initial reports claimed Eva filed a restraining order against McCall, which he later denied. Eva never spoke about the incident publicly.
And though Kevin has bashed Eva in the past, claiming that she was using the couple’s daughter Marley to get back at him, these days it seems he wants that old thing back and he made it known on Instagram.
McCall posted this picture of Eva with the following caption.
If this picture and this comment were written by themselves, I might have assumed that these two were in the process of working on their relationship. But something he wrote in the comment section seemed to squash that theory.
*Audible laughter.* This dude is something else!
Other than wanting “fans” of their relationship to start “at mentioning” Eva on Twitter and IG, encouraging her to give him another chance, I can’t think of a single reason why he did this in such a public manner. But you know celebrities these days, if they think it, they tweet it.
What do you make of Kevin’s Instagram post?
Justin Bieber was the biggest loser last week when Instagram started to clean house and delete fake accounts. The “Baby” singer lost an incredible 3.5 million followers, reports Standard Media.
Akon also had a major decrease. He dropped to 1.9 million followers from 4.3 million
While Kim Kardashian lost 1.3 million of her 23 million Instagram followers, she becomes the most followed celebrity. Ariana Grande lost 1.5 million of her 21 million followers, Beyoncé lost more than 800,000 of her 22 million followers, Rihanna lost about 1.2 million, Katy Perry dropped 300,000, and even Oprah had 100,000 followers deleted.
As you can imagine most celebrities weren’t to happy at Instagram’s decision to delete fake accounts. “Rapper Mase lost so many followers he decided to delete his account entirely. According to one Twitter user, Mase dropped to 100,000 followers from 1.6 million in a matter of 20 minutes,” reports Business Insider.
But Instagram told all users, “Your number of followers has changed. We just completed a fix to remove spammy accounts.” In some cases, the purge suggests that followers that had been “purchased,” bots and the like, were sniffed out and cut.
Celebs take the numbers seriously, often trying to find ways to increase their following. Many stars also have their accounts handled by a social media team, Michael Heller, CEO of Talent Resources told Page Six. “It’s very inexpensive, so that’s why many social media teams [buy followers].” Websites can charge just $30 for 2,500.
Greater numbers of followers can turn into endorsement money and deals for celebs. “Brands pay up to $100,000 for posts and negotiate fees based on followers,” reports Page Six.
“It’s bad for a celeb for many reasons,” Heller said. “It’s embarrassing,” plus “they also could lose lots of money.”
Just when you thought the beef between K.Michelle and her ex boyfriend Memphitz was dying down, the producer logged on to his Instagram account to throw some shade. During the first week of her album, Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart, being on shelves, she sold 90 thousand records. And while that might be quite the accomplishment for some, Memphitz didn’t think much of it.
So he posted a picture of Tupac with this caption:
Aye Pac, did you here [sic] Atlantic Records is bout to give out they first plaque made out of Pure Copper nigga?? This shit is Like History B. #WhereTheyDoThatAt?? I guess they bought more Hearts than albums.
Obviously, that whole and particularly the last line is a jab at K. Michelle’s album.
But he wasn’t finished.
Then, Memphitz posted a picture of a penny and wrote this:
& the First Copper Plaque ever in the World goes toooo…Drumroll please…K. NoSales!! AMAZING!!! The People want to know! How’d you do it!???
There were plenty of celebratory emojis in between like balloons, bells, whistles and even a trophy.
I’m not going to lie, my first reaction was a sincere chuckle. But upon further reflection, you have to wonder why K Michelle is still so heavy on this man’s mind. Particularly when he claims he’s moved on and is very married to Toya Wright.
I know that he believes K Michelle lied on him about the domestic abuse thing. There have been some inconsistencies in her story. But the court documents proved that. This type of pettiness makes Memphitz seem like a bully which is not a good look when he’s been fighting these allegations for years.
It’s been years since Memphitz dated K Michelle, why are you giving her play on your personal Instagram page?
What do you think about Memphitz’s comments?
“Never Let A Person Get Comfortable Disrespecting You” Karrueche Says She Is Done Giving Second Chances
Linda, honey, listen. I am really pulling for Karrueche to stay the hell away from Chris Brown. I’m not particularly a fan of hers, I just hate to see a woman put up with that much public disrespect without coming to the decision that she can do so much better. And that is the case with Karrueche. Despite public opinion, she is actually out here working. She has things going for her. In a nutshell, she can do better.
And apparently, Karrueche seems to believe that’s the case as well. At least, that’s what her Instagram posts suggest.
First she posted the image above, herself standing in front of a gang of pink roses. And she included the caption: “Your eyes never lie, even if they tell.” which is a line from Kendrick Lamar’s song “Real”… which also mentions roses, the material perks of being in love but also, “what love got to do with it, when you don’t love yourself?” Sound familiar?
And then if that weren’t enough… Karrueche also posted this very blatant and bold message.
Well there you have it. I don’t know Karrueche but if I saw her on the street, I’d tell homegirl to stay strong.
Lil Kim and the father of her child Royal Reign must be on the outs. Because the rapper just took to Instagram posting a picture of Nicki Minaj, booty tooted on a rug, in front of a fireplace. You know just in time for the holidays and what not.
As you can imagine, fans of Lil Kim who are also following Mr. Papers are outraged and have expressed their discontent in the comment section. A few thousand have unfollowed him, presumably as a result.
In the best case scenario, Mr. Papers would have been hacked by someone. But judging by the image he posted before this one…
…he’s in his feelings. The two probably have broken up already.
This is pretty low down. Everyone knows that Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj are pretty much arch enemies. For him to post this picture is the ultimate slap in the face. This is like your man posting a sexy picture of that crazy coworker you had to cuss out. And this is after years of you telling him how that heffa makes your skin crawl. There’s no coming back for this one. And to add insult to injury, he at mentioned Nicki Minaj. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with these two. But I’m willing to bet there’s no coming back from this one. The sad thing is they’ll always be involved in each other’s lives one way or another because of the child they share.
Move over Twitter! Instagram now has more users. According to the photo-sharing app, it has reached more than 300 million users worldwide. And Instagram users share more than 70 million photos and videos daily.
But to improve authenticity, Instagram will start verifying accounts for celebrities, athletes and brands.
Seems Facebook’s billion-dollar acquisition of Instagram was good for the app. In March they had 200 million users, so the newly released numbers mark a major jump.
The app will be making major changes. “Instagram also announced the addition of verified badges for celebrities, athletes and brands, making it easier for users to identify and connect with authentic accounts; verified badges, such as those used by Twitter, are typically little icons that appear next to a person’s user name, denoting that his or her identity has been verified by the company,” reports The Los Angeles Times.
Instagram has been busy deactivating spammy accounts so that those accounts will no longer be included in follower counts.
When breaking down the social media networks, Facebook is tops with 1.3 billion users worldwide and attracts 66 percent of its monthly visitors in the U.S. to its service daily, according to a survey by stock research firm UBS.
Instagram is second with 43 percent of monthly users in the U.S. logging in daily while Twitter is now third at 40 percent.
Earlier this week, we told you about the now infamous Instagram post from NFL player Darnell Dockett featuring Malia Obama. While I found it disgusting, some argued that it “wasn’t a big deal” because it was a repost and he only included the caption “LMAO” and “OMGGG” not the initial “When her prom?” comment. Anyway, after all the negative media attention he’s received, Darnell took to Twitter to explain himself and scold the media and social media users for reporting or misreporting the story. Here’s what he had to say.
Yall chill I never said anything about the presidents daughter “not one thing” all I did was repost my boy IG pic. Get your facts straight! — DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 3, 2014
And fyi people I do have a daughter so think what yA want! I post what I want ESP if it’s funny to me! Seems to me yall need to lighten up. — DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 3, 2014
People relax it wasn’t that serious! YA can’t judge me over a “Repost”… No disrespect was intentional. The comment was funny “to me”. — DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 3, 2014
When I delete my Twitter account yall will be sad. There won’t be anyone to be honest and real with yall and show yall real personality! — DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 4, 2014
Ok, Darnell. Since you have a daughter, perhaps you should ask yourself how you would feel if a grown man posted a picture of your daughter. And not a picture of her face, but her behind. And then said, “I didn’t say anything.” It was just a repost.
You were wrong. And you’re right, you can post whatever you want but not without consequence. So, perhaps deleting your Twitter account until you get your mind right might not be such a bad idea.
A lot of people, women and men alike, have dismissed the whole movement to end street harassment, claiming that it’s not that big of a deal. It should be ignored. The comments strange men direct toward us women, about our bodies, on the street, are compliments.
But the problem is these comments in the manner and prevalence with which they’re directed to all women and apparently young girls, represents a sick type of entitlement. Men feel entitled to our bodies, to the point where they feel comfortable to say these things to a complete stranger, someone’s daughter, sister, friend.
You need look no further than football player Darnell Dockett’s Instagram page to see this entitlement. Against better judgment, Dockett posted a picture of the President Obama’s eldest daughter Malia Obama walking out of the Portrait Gallery. In the blurry image, you can see Malia’s shape. The image was circulated all over the internet, specifically Twitter with men well over 18 commenting on her behind, as if she weren’t still a minor…and the president’s daughter.
And Dockett posted this image on his Instagram account. Actually, it was a repost. Which is much of the problem. The original poster wrote: “When her prom?” Darnell reposted it with an “Lmfaooo.”
Some of you might not consider that to be a major offense, but in Internet speak, an “Lmfaooo” is basically a cosign. So, no Darnell doesn’t get a pass for this one.
As you might assume, with Dockett being a public figure and all, his followers let him know this was wrong…and stupid.
He deleted the photo but not before someone had a chance to grab a screenshot.
Poor Malia. She has Secret Service Agents with her when she leaves the house and even she is not immune. And after the ridiculous and disgusting Elizabeth Lauten comments, I think we can all agree that she’s had enough, right?
What do you think should happen to Dockett? Should he be reprimanded by the NFL for this? Should he be suspended? After all, with sexualizing and sex trafficking underaged girls so common in this country, it’s not an attitude that should be taken lightly. Or should we ignore it since he deleted the comment, seemingly grasping the error of his ways?
As I mentioned before, Dockett wasn’t the only one. Should his status as a professional athlete/celebrity result in him being used as an example to discourage this type of behavior? How do we let men know that directing their sexual urges toward underaged girls is never appropriate? And more importantly, why don’t they know this already?
What do you think? Either way, Darnell needs to watch his mouth—or social media presence–before he ends up missing. Barack and Michelle don’t play that.