Slippery slope for Rihanna, huh? In the SmartPower era where individuals are taking more control than ever, under-estimating both their needs and power is dangerous. This is particularly true for the realm of celebrity, that we have said repeatedly here, is undergoing re-evaluation. The celebrities still seem to be missing the shift and behaving as if it's business as usual. Let's see if and how consumers truly begin to talk back to events such as this with swift and immediate reaction by not only by-passing purchases but creating crowd-gathered demands directed to artists when they behave in such a manner. We've all had break-ups before and been through off by them, RiRi, but one can't just show up 3 hours late for work and not expect anyone to notice....
Fans bite back today regarding Rihanna. As everyone knows, the sexy pop singer is on tour, but encountering yet more problems. The entourage was set to hit Boston but showed up three hours late. it is reported that the singer offered no excuse and even put on a poor show. Fans were truly not having it and began booing. Jump down to check out some of the comments from the digital sphere on this one!
Dear Rhianna, everyone is sick of your antics. If you spent as much time writing songs as you do partying and updating instagram you might not have to rely on more talented people to make you successful.
I have seen a multitude of articles along the same vein...Rhianna making people wait for hours to see her in concert, at a showing, etc, blah blah. If those people are so angered by her disrespect, why don't they show it where it counts? Her wallet.
Oh my. If Hill is looking for a little sympathy from fans, doesn't seem like it is forthcoming. In the SmartPower era, it's all about transparency. Evading anything and using strange excuses is an immediate stop sign for people in the new era. We see confirmation of this deepening value as the sentiment is echoed across media outlets running stories regarding the Hill situation. Keep it in mind as you move about your day. Whew, talk about "miseducation"! Such a shame, what a loss.
No shortage of comments on this one! Singer Lauryn Hill has been charged with tax evasion. She has two weeks to pay back more than half a million dollars. The recording artist behind The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill has been ordered to return $504,000 within the next two weeks. Hill has not filed tax returns for the past three years totalling $1.8 million. She pleaded guilty to the charges last summer. If Hill does not pay the fee she could face 30 months in prison. U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo postponed her sentencing until May 6. Last year, Hill only made one $50,000 payment. Hill's attorney said she was planning on paying off the debt through a $650,000 loan secured against two of her properties. Although she hasn't released new music in eleven years, she recently signed a deal with Sony Music. According to details revealed during the trial by the Assistant U.S. Attorney, Hill was supposed to receive $1 million for recording five songs for that label. However, Hill has yet to complete the songs. She would have received even more money if she recorded a full album. Hill's said she only stopped paying taxes, "when it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family." Hmmm.... think others who have families might agree with her or not? Let's see...
I wish she would get her sh*t together. She's getting annoying... I have almost no sympathy left for her. She needs some counseling, a nutritionist, a barber, a personal trainer and a little lipstick ... lol.
I am not sure I understand how paying her taxes would endanger her children? Either way, we need to treat her just the same way as any other person who failed to pay taxes and failed to keep a promise to pay taxes would be treated. And I hope they add the cost of prosecution and trial to the IRS fees. Talk about "false entitlement"....
How interesting. If you recall, when the focus was on Jay-Z and Beyonce, the comment arena was torn between seeing the couple as insensitive/entitled versus having to work within a situation that was simply not right. Now with Pitbull's chiming in, seems like - due perhaps in large part to his being Cuban - the policies toward Cuba are being questioned and compared to that of other countries that have social issues as well. Just how much effect does celebrity voice and action have on such issues. Funny that it seems that when the politics are more subtle and discussed in the celeb's natural habitat of, say, film or music; the public seems to respond more openly. As we see celebrity being re-thought, this is something for those who have large soapboxes to keep in mind. This could turn out to be an interesting trend, if harnessed the right way. (wonder if Sen. Rubio is regretting his prior critique of Pitbull now? Hmmm...)
This just won't rest, and commenters continue to exchange strong views with the force of the Williams sisters on the tennis court. Now recording artist Pitbull has released a new track in response to Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s vacation in Cuba. As we all know, the superstar couple headed to Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary earlier this month, leading certain U.S. politicians to question whether the couple was given the appropriate clearance as American tourists. U.S. citizens visiting Cuba need authorization before they can visit the Communist country. It was later determined the pair was given travel permission for academic and cultural purposes. Some still aren't buying it. Jay-Z took response to government leaders and members of the media for criticizing the legality of his trip in his new track, "Open Letter." Now Pitbull, whose parents were born in Cuba, has recorded a remix of Jay-Z's song, "Open Letter Freestyle," in a hope to silence the backlash and offer the musicians his support. In one verse, Pitbull raps, "Question of the night, would they have messed with Mr. Carter if he was white?" and in another line he adds, "Politicians love to hate you/but then run away when it's time to debate you." And referring to the tune as his gift to the couple, he says, "Happy fifth year anniversary, Jay and Bey. Don't worry, it's on me." To the comment arena!
I'm not a big fan of Pitbull's continued efforts to become a Disney-quality star, but the man does have dignity and it continues to get stronger as he morphs into a more mainstream act. He makes a good point about families being separated and using the opportunity to turn it into a lesson was brilliant...
Seems US citizens can travel to equally and greatly more oppressive countries without even a license. All that is needed is a visa. Mr Rubio do you have the same concerns about US citizens traveling to China.... or how about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?
The Cuba embargo is a failed policy meant to pander to a small but powerful segment within the Republican party in Florida (a swing state). Time to repeal it and time to make things like travel there the non-issues that they are...
Is the celebrity tell-all getting tired or not? As we see the idolatry of celebs start to shift, we see that tell-alls are beginning to be viewed in a more skeptical manner or a bit trite and ubiquitous. As many in society wrestle with their own demons and pull themselves out of the abyss, there may be more critique than sympathy. Further, watch for more and more people start to question the brand deflated guru of yore for playing on what could be seen as sensationalism. The thing here is this: the new era values transparency and truth, but in a meaningful manner that has widespread relevance. If the proper criteria isn't met, one could experience a boomerang effect. Keep your eye on this one, ladies and gents!
LL Cool J, recording artist and actor, first wrote about it in an autobiography in 1998. Now he's opening up to Oprah Winfrey about it. LL says that a man who was living with he and his mother many years ago frequently beat LL badly including kicking and hitting him with household objects. The abuse was reportedly not sexual. According to LL, the worst abuse he suffered was when his mother's boyfriend beat im with vacuum cleaner pipes while he stood naked and defenseless. However the media seems to emphasize the fact that Winfrey has yet another revealing interview with a celebrity on her "Oprah's Next Chapter" rather than the LL's actual abuse and recovery method. Let's see if TV viewers agree.
... LL shouldn't get paid to do an interview on this matter. ... get sympathetic for him, so he gets more recognition & money ... and possibly permanently retire from rapping. Public relations is HUGE in marketing.
I have Always Admired LL ... And YES he was Abused. This kind of Treatment is so 'Normal' & it is no longer Rare. There are more of us that are Survivors, than there are of us whom were never 'abused' in one way or another! ... Love you LL, you are ALSWAYS SO COOL!
Here again we see the media focusing on an issue that seems to be a non-issue judging from the comment-sphere. Why does this happen? Who is setting the agenda? How is entertainment taking the heat, and in an almost non-related way? In an era where people are becoming more and more self-competent, it is not as easy as before to create consensus because people are kinda, well, thinking! Poor Ke$ha, though. Looks like she can't catch a break whether it's from this or E!'s "Fashion Police."
Due to the recent Newtown school shootings, pop star Kesha has tweeted an apology for her supposed controversial lyrics to "Die Young" after the song was taken off the airwaves. In the new hit Kesha lyric's including a call to party like "it’s our last night on earth". In the tweet she expressed her deepest sympathies for the families of the victims shot in and around the kindergarten classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary. She also tweeted she was forced to sing those lyrics. That tweet was deleted shortly after that. What are the people saying? Let’s see…
Biopic casting almost always means drama. Remember the most recent one regarding Zoe Saldana and Nina Simone? But what's really going on here? This all seems to be more about truth versus meaning. George Custen, a communications professor at CUNY, wrote a book examining biopics and discusses how such films shape public consciousness. However, as public consciousness is going through major upheaval; what we see is a tug of war in the comment-sphere over essentially larger issues: what is privacy, how do we handle it, who are the proper avatars? One thing is sure, Lenny will def have no problem pulling off the steamier side of Gaye, that is, if production isn't shut down. Let's see....
Marvin Gaye's son and his family are said to be completely against recording artist Lenny Kravitz playing Gaye in the upcoming biopic titled "Sexual Healing" (working title). The film will focus on Marvin Gaye's life during his battle with drug abuse and depression during the 80s. Marvin Gaye's son claims he and Kravitz have been friends since childhoo, but he also says that he is in shock regarding Kravitz' actions saying they are shameless. Gaye finds the film offensive due to the fact that it is only focusing on the negativity of Marvin Gaye's life. Marvin Gaye's son and his family are trying their hardest to get the production shut down. Let's see what the comment arena has to say....
I think the Gaye family is having a problem with them just doing a movie about the end of Mr. Marvin's life. But if they included EVERYTHING ... it would be boring ... it is the incredible ending of his life that they will focus on.
Well his son has a point ... he and the family have a right to have a say in how his legacy is portrayed in the film. Yet as usual Hollywood likes to make movies about chaotic periods in legends lives ... They don't even care about getting the whole side of the story they just care about making money.
What's interesting here is how the focus is off the socio-political issue and onto a sexual slur against Madonna demonstrating that there is still very much an attempt at silencing critique from women by simply addressing gender-related positioning rather than the actual concern itself. Add celebrity to that, and it becomes even more explosive. For the most part, the comments seem to take one side or the other regarding the name-calling while only few actually stay on topic Madonna is addressing (as exhibited in the third comment). Who is able to speak and who isn't, without ridicule, will continue to come up again and again as social inequality becomes and larger and larger issue and more voices contribute to the discussion making this a growing topic in and of itself. As per a joint study by Harvard and the University of Michigan, this is actually a "rising tide" issue. Got your boat ready?
At one of her performances in Moscow, Madonna wrote the name of the jailed punk-rock band ‘Pussy Riot’ on her back and spoke openly about gay rights. Subsequently, Russian Depute Premier Dmitry Rogozin called her a “s” - shorthand for a whore - on Twitter. Rogozin has made no comment since his tweet, yet fans comment plentifully on the difference between her support of freedom and equality, and his veiling commentary.
Childish and not very intellectual of him...when all else fails and your own intelligence and maturaity are in question, resort to name-calling and show people your true colors. He is a political ***** himself.
What will Kimye think of next in order to gain more publicity? Seems like the comment-sphere has some pretty negative vibes about this one perhaps given Kim's ...er...history. A cool sociology student has noted that the music industry is actually one of the key areas that is a major amplifier of gender inequality in our society. Is this whole incident part of male control and female objectification? If so, the comments show that people are beyond the buying of such a sale, at least in this case. But language is a tricky thing, particularly when observing it within subcultures. Depending on the context, some women have said that the word bitch makes them feel strong and in control. The real issue just may be more about gender dominance and inequality in the board room rather than on the iTunes playlist. Let's see celebrity start to tackle that one next time!
Kanye West tweeted the announcement that Kim Kardashian is the inspiration for his new song ‘Perfect Bitch’. Shortly after he posted that tweet, he deleted it. Nevertheless, she has stated that she is “honored” and doesn’t believe he used the word ‘bitch’ in a negative light. Let us examine what fans and feminists are thinking.
Only a insecure woman with low self-esteem would be content with being called a b!tch. She's apparently so incredibly hungry for fame and attention that she will allow for herself to be disrespected in that manner…Just shows that there is no limit to how low she will go for the admiration of black folks.
So I guess a woman who has not slept with every professional athlete and refrained from making a sex tape is an imperfect b*tch. I'm waiting for Trey Parker and Matt Stone to interpret this unholy alliance for the masses…
Clearly the comments show that now is not the time to play with money issues, particularly is one is a celebrity. The comments suggest that there is little or no mercy, and may just indicate more of the harsh light of critique and transparency that will be especially shown on the privileged world of celebrity. No word though on how much she made if the taxes are at that level though. Spent on the kidz or what?
Recording artist Lauryn Hill just pleaded guilty to income-tax evasion on $1.8 million in earnings. The multi-Grammy winner may have up to $75,000 in fines and as much as three years in prison. Hill’s lawyer claims that she was targeted due to her public persona, but what is the average person thinking?
Ms Hill takes herself out of the public eye and feels that is a justification for not paying taxes. There are millions of Americans not in the public eye, and we all have to pay our taxes. Poor excuse Ms. Hill…
I do not understand how these actors, musicians, athletes, etc. who make so much money try to avoid paying their taxes. They made all this money because your average Joe forked out big bucks to see them in concert, etc…and they can't give back to this country that made them rich...pure greed.
Do the comments show that the public is simply over celebs-behaving-badly, particularly when there is so much more at stake in today's challenging times? Perhaps. What is curious, however, is how race - subtly or overtly - seems to come into play into not just the highlighted comments we found below but through the many that we did not post. Different standards? Heightened racial times? One could speculate in many ways. But the real statistic that we'd like to know is how many meals could have been bought for the homeless based on the amount of Ace of Spades premium champagne bottles that were hurled and wasted? Yikes!
Despite sources denying that the fight was not over the men’s mutual romantic history with Rihanna, rappers Drake and Chris Brown had a melee in which Brown was hurt, and later reportedly consoled by his former girlfriend Rihanna. Not only were bottle thrown and noses bloodied at the just recently shutdown club W.i.P in Manhattan's hip SoHo neighborhood, but many innocent bystanders were hurt. Let’s examine what commentators are saying regarding celebrity behavior, as such.
...two talented young men who really need to squash the beef. They should be more considerate of the young kids who idol both of them. We pay to hear good music, not about beefing …they should be working together getting more money rather than fighting each other.