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No, Patti LaBelle Did Not Punch Aretha Franklin: Why We’re So Susceptible To Believing Satirical News
Perhaps you’ve seen this “news story” floating around the web:
Darius Jones, 17, was found hanging in his room Thursday morning after his Mother reportedly gave him a U.S.P.A. polo shirt as a birthday gift. Investigators found a suicide note on his bedroom desk in which the teen revealed his motives to take his own life. Investigators say the letter was both heartbreaking and disturbing as Darius wrote:
“It ain’t Ralph tho”
“I don’t know what I did wrong” Darius’ Mother said as she broke into tears, “He could’ve just told me he wasn’t happy, I would’ve bought him a hundred Ralph Lauren shirts, I would rather lose money than my son”. Family and friends don’t seem to understand what was so wrong with U.S.P.A. and why it made Darius do something so extreme. Investigators and analysts blame rap star and celebrity Kanye West for popularizing the phrase. Sociologist Erica Turner shared with reporters, “Teens look up to celebrities like Mr. West, If Kanye doesn’t approve of any other clothing brands other than Ralph Lauren, teens will mimic and bully and share this disapproval”. However, Investigators believe there was no bullying involved in the case and instead was Darius acting on his own accord. Darius’ funeral will take place Sunday at Restland Cemetary.
The story is taken from a site called Huzlers.com. It is obviously satire meant to have a chuckle at the very real emotional expense of those, who can recall the time their mom and ‘nem’ tried to pull a bait and switch. Instead of looking for the prestigious Ralph Lauren logo with a single polo player on top of a stallion, they opted instead to buy the shirt with the gigantic logo that has multiple workhorses being pulled along by the underpaid Mexican jockeys of the U.S. Polo Assn. clothing line. This fake story also plays off the now-infamous interview Kanye West recently did with MTV’s Sway in which he went off about how the veejay shouldn’t be giving him advice on how to break into the fashion industry, considering that “nobody knows” the name of his professed clothing line anyway.
However, not everyone got the joke with this satirical story. In fact, lots of people think this story is real – or they’re not sure. The latter was the general consensus of folks, who responded when I posted it to my own Facebook page. I wanted to be mad at them and type in all caps about how silly they were being, but at the same time, why ruin the joke? Am I right?
However, it is becoming an epidemic. And in addition to the U.S. Polo Assn. suicide story, many people who I regard as smart (including some news agencies), have fallen prey to some other fictitious headlines. My favorite false news includes the following:
Crips Release DeSean Jackson Over Concern About His Affiliation with Washington Redskins Organization
Floyd Mayweather Signs Sharkeisha as First Lady of Money Team Boxing Promotions
Taye Diggs on Best Man Cast “Being Around Them Black Women Made Me Miss My White Wife”
This Woman Murdered Nine People Because They Didn’t Accept Her Friend Request on Facebook
In the spirit of helping my fellow man – I am going to give you a short and abbreviated list of some of the fake news sites, which we all should be on the lookout for:
World News Daily Report
Weekly World News
The Daily Currant
Cream Bmp Daily
Just to name a few…
When in doubt, look around the site at the other “news” stories. If they all sound equally unbelievable or too good to be true, likely, it is. Why do these sites do it? My guess is for the laughs. Or as stated in the mission statement for one of these gossip mills, which regularly churns out fictitious death reports on celebrities and other notables:
“The project’s name is an ironic reversal of portmanteau “mass-media” (media for the masses) in “media-mass” which here means “media en masse” as mass production and therefore mass consumption are the object of our criticism.The website mediamass.net is the medium of our satire to expose with humour, exaggeration and ridicule the contemporary mass production and mass consumption that we observe.
Also it will not only mock the producers (mainstream media, journalists) as it is common when questioning and criticizing mass media, but also the consumers as one cannot exist without the other. Sensationalism, lack of verification of information, ethics and standards issues are only symptoms of the actual social and economic order. This is particularly obvious when observing the role of social networking sites in spreading rumours.”
Yes, very clever. I’m amused (seriously, I’m always down for a little The Yes Men-style hijinx). However, the subject of these rumors are rarely amused. Just ask Aretha Franklin, who has reportedly filed a $10 million lawsuit against News Nerds for falsely spreading reports that Patti LaBelle punched fellow diva Franklin in the face – this according to the Detroit News. I swear I’m not spreading gossip…
An interesting and sure to be controversial piece of street art appeared in the the Hollywood area of Los Angeles this morning, just as millions of Christians around the country prepare to celebrate Easter Sunday or the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In the mural, which was spotted for the first time this morning, Kanye has his arms spread and his feet, fitted with red Converse, crossed over one another. In this depiction he looks undeniably like Jesus on the cross. Oh, and he’s wearing a cloth around his waist. Next to the image are the words “The New Messiah?”
There’s no word yet one who might have done this.
The spray painting, which is six foot high, was perhaps a nod to the album title of Kanye’s latest LP Yeezus. Kanye has frequently referenced himself as divine with songs like “I Am A God.” And it looks like someone drank that Kool Aid.
I don’t have to tell you that this is more blasphemous than a little bit and I would be surprised if it remains up for too long.
Kanye? The Messiah? Please. The man could even save himself.
I wonder how Kanye would feel about this depiction. While he’s professed to being a Christian with Jesus being one of his idols, he’s not afraid to depict himself as the savior. And I’m not just talking about the album title, there was also the now infamous Rolling Stone cover where West donned a crown of thorns. But perhaps West believes dressing like Christ is not blasphemous but expresses his admiration.
I can’t call it.
Either way what do you think about this mural?
Whether they were changing their sound to get put on, or they were changing their sound to do the music they actually wanted to (and not what the record company wanted), change is inevitable from artists in the music industry. However, the 10 different musicians on this list made some major, if not drastic, changes to their sound and their image. For the most part, it all worked out in their favor–even if it left fans confused as hell.
When Can’t Take Me Home dropped in 2000, P!nk was a hybrid of pop and R&B–more of the latter. That probably had a lot to do with the fact that most of the songs on her first album were written by or with the help of black folks: Babyface, Kandi Burruss, Tricky Stewart, etc. But by the time her second album, Missundaztood, came out a year later, P!nk was more on the pop and rock side, and she never looked back.
One thing’s for sure, reality TV weddings aren’t the same as televised royal weddings, but these weddings are just as entertaining (if not more). Reality weddings are usually filled with much drama before walking down the aisle and many of them have been ratings gold, which means it makes sense for Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker to be the next reality stars to showcase their wedding on the small screen. And we’re sure Mama Joyce will keep fans entertained about her thoughts on the weddings — going back and forth from she’s not going to say anything and hopes she’s wrong to she knows her daughter is making a big mistake and she’ll regret it. Oh brother! But Burruss and Tucker’s big day (and the drama leading up to it) hasn’t been experienced by just them.
Here are 15 other major reality TV weddings filled with tears, love, romance, hilarity and much drama.
Beyonce is one of the most recognizable celebrities in the world so it comes as no surprise that she is also the subject of incredible speculation and some of Hollywood’s most ridiculous rumors. Though Queen Bey seems to take it all in stride, we couldn’t help but call out some of the most insane, off-the-wall and absolutely ludicrous whispers even a Beyhive hater wouldn’t believe. So without further adieu, her are the most ridiculous beyonce rumors to hit the web.
At Pepsi, Bozoma “Boz” Saint John was responsible for bringing in such celebrity endorsers as Beyonce, Kanye, Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Katy Perry and Michael Jackson.
Now Saint John is joining Beats Music as senior VP and head of global marketing. She will be in charge of all initiatives, from brand and performance marketing to collaborations with AT&T, Target and Beats Electronic, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
“When I was in the 10th grade I decided to run for a position on the student council with the campaign slogan ‘Nuthin but a Boz thang’ so you might say joining Beats Music is like coming full circle,” said Saint John. “I’ve been working my whole career to get here! I’m thrilled, and ready to win.”
Over at Pepsi, she was the head of the music and entertainment marketing group at Pepsi-Cola North America. There she made major moves such as spearheading multiple 360-degree integrated branding programs that targeted tastemaker consumers through music, film, TV, print, online, grassroots, events and retail vehicles.
She was also VP marketing for fashion label Ashley Stewart and traditional advertising agency management at Arnold Worldwide and Spike Lee’s SpikeDDB.
Saint John has also been acknowledged for her talents outside of the companies she’s worked for. She was named one of Billboard’s Top Women in Music, and Top Executives 40 Under 40; Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People; Ebony Magazine’s 100 Top Executives; and graced the cover of AdWeek.
Born in Ghana and raised in Colorado, Saint John graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in English and African-American Studies.
Six years ago today Jay Z and Beyonce tied the knot and officially became the most powerful couple in music. While they may not talk about their relationship openly to the press, both the rapper and the singer have referred to each other in their music. Celebrating their love for each other, we look at some of Jay and Beyonce’s cutest lyrics that they wrote about each other.
Beyonce featuring Jay Z – “Crazy In Love”
After achieving success with Destiny’s Child, Beyonce was ready to fly solo. Dropping her first solo album in 2003, Bey recruited the services of Jay Z for her first solo single. The two recorded the smash hit “Crazy In Love” and once it was released, it immediately shot up the Billboard charts. Jay Z boasted this was “history in the making” at the beginning of the song while Bey sang: “I look and stare so deep in your eyes. I touch on you more and more every time. When you leave I’m begging you not to go. Call your name two or three times in a row.”
There are lots of rumors floating around about what will be going down on the day that Kim Kardashian becomes Kim Kardashian-West. It’s difficult to draw the line regarding which stories are believable and which ones aren’t so believable, especially since Kanye once claimed that he wanted fighter jets to be incorporated into the ceremony. However, one rumor that seems like it could totally happen is baby North joining mama Kim as she walks down the aisle to meet Kanye at the altar!
“Kim is planning to carry North down the aisle at her wedding,” a friend of the Kardashians recently told Life&Style.
Since Kim’s father, Rob Kardashian Sr., is deceased, it was believed that her stepfather, Bruce Jenner, would be giving her away at the ceremony. But now that her little girl might be joining her on the wedding stroll, the insider claims that Bruce is no longer needed.
“She doesn’t think she’s going to have Bruce walk her anymore,” the source added.
It would be nice for Kanye and Kim to incorporate their baby girl in the ceremony. But we won’t know what’s really going down until the big event unfolds.
It’s no secret that companies do their best to entice us to purchase their products and oftentimes need that “Wow” factor to keep our interest. The question is whether they go overboard to attract eyeballs. Here’s a look at 10 of the most controversial magazine covers ever published. It’s always interesting to see what stirred up a shock value.
Can you recall one that made you gasp?
Classy Shade: Naomi Campbell Speaks On Kimye Vogue Cover, Says It’s An Honor That Needs To Be Earned
There have been plenty of mixed reactions put out there about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West covering Vogue magazine’s April issue, and even celebrities aren’t holding back their opinions. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar wanted to cancel her subscription after seeing the cover (“Well……I guess I’m canceling my Vogue subscription. Who is with me???”), and Shahs of Sunset star Reza Farahan told TMZ that he thinks West paid Vogue off to get his lady on the cover. But one person who has been on the cover of Vogue and had an interesting point to make of it all, is Naomi Campbell. In an interview with “The Morning Show” in Australia this morning, she was asked her opinion about the cover. Campbell shared her thoughts in a “politically correct” manner without bashing the magazine and her friend, Anna Wintour, but still managed to give a side-eye to the whole thing:
Kylie Gillies: “What do you think of Kim and Kanye’s US Vogue cover, given that you’ve been on the cover yourself countless times?”
Naomi Campbell: “I do not want to comment [laughs].”Gillies: “Why?”Campbell: “Because I’m a fashion model and I’ve been working for 28 years. And when you get a Vogue cover, it’s a build in your career. It’s a stepping stone to achieve that. I’m a fashion model, so, what more can I say?”
Gillies: “So you think Kim and Kanye haven’t earned the right to be on the cover of Vogue?”
Campbell: “Those are your words, I’m being politically correct. That’s Anna Wintour’s choice to put them on the cover of her magazine, who’s to question it?”
Wintour, who is the editor-in-chief of the famed magazine (and reportedly the inspiration behind The Devil Wears Prada), responded to the controversy on Friday.
“As for the cover, my opinion is that it is both charming and touching, and it was, I should add, entirely our idea to do it; you may have read that Kanye begged me to put his fiancee on Vogue‘s cover. He did nothing of the sort. The gossip might make better reading, but the simple fact of the matter is that it isn’t true.”
There you have it. The opinion of one of the more elite fashion models of all time, and the response from the woman behind the biggest fashion magazine on the planet. What do you think of Campbell’s “politically correct” statements on the cover?