The past week has been quite eventful for Kanye West. The rapper discovered a “fake employee” on his payroll, claimed Bernie Sanders refused to meet with him, and revealed he is considering legal action against Sony and Universal. Now Kanye has taken to Twitter to call on three of hip-hop’s biggest heavyweights to join him to “get free.”
We need Me J Cole Drake Kendrick all in a room 2gthr … it’s time to get free… we will not argue amongst each other while somebody we don’t know in Europe is getting paid and putting that money in a hedge fund
— ye (@kanyewest) September 15, 2020
“We need Me J Cole Drake Kendrick all in a room 2gthr … it’s time to get free,” West wrote in his tweet. “We will not argue amongst each other while somebody we don’t know in Europe is getting paid and putting that money in a hedge fund.” His tweet comes less than a day after he claimed he was “the new Moses” while calling the NBA and music industry “modern day slave ships.” In another tweet, he also proclaimed that his children would own his masters.
This is not the first time Kanye has mentioned J. Cole and Drake in tweets in the last few days. He recently retweeted two videos of Drake, one that showed him rapping The Fugees’ “Ready Or Not” as a child and another from the OVO Festival in 2016, which found the two rappers performing “Pop Style” together. Kanye also demanded an apology from Cole and Drake in a now-deleted tweet. “I need a public apology from J Cole and Drake to start with immediately,” he wrote. “I’m Nat Turner… I’m fighting for us.”
The View’s Joy Behar Abruptly Ends Interview With GOP Candidate After Heated Exchange — Watch Video
Tensions were high during Friday’s episode of The View, resulting in a swift end to the co-hosts’ interview with GOP candidate Kim Klacik.
As seen in the video below (with a slightly longer version here), Klacik, the current Republican nominee for Maryland’s 7th congressional district, had just finished addressing the coronavirus pandemic when the interview became heated. Klacik asserted that President Bill Clinton’s administration had been responsible for sending biotech and manufacturing jobs overseas years ago, resulting in a lack of preparedness to handle the pandemic in the United States this year.
Co-host Joy Behar then pointed out that President Trump recently admitted to withholding information from the American public regarding the severity of the coronavirus. (“I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic,” Trump told journalist Bob Woodward, according to audio recorded for Woodward’s new book, Rage.)
“You have to put some blame on your president, I’m sorry,” Behar said. “You’re putting it on something extraneous here. Speak to the point, please. The guy lied.”
But in Klacik’s response, she called Behar “the same Joy that paraded around in blackface not too long ago,” referencing a 2016 episode of The View in which Behar showed an old Halloween photo of her “beautiful African woman” costume from that year. (At the time, Behar admitted to wearing “makeup that was a little bit darker than my skin” for the get-up.)
As Behar insisted to Klacik that her Halloween costume had been “an homage,” adding that “the Black community had my back,” co-host Sunny Hostin jumped in to remind Klacik that the Black community didn’t vote for her in April’s special election against Democrat Kweisi Mfume. “What planet are you living on?” Hostin repeatedly asked Klacik, turning her chair away from the camera.
Behar ultimately wrapped the interview early, prompting Klacik to respond, “That was very immature, but thank you for having me.”
Watch the exchange from Friday’s broadcast below:
A panel on @TheView turns chaotic following an exchange with host Joy Behar and GOP candidate Kim Klacik:
Klacik: “Is this Joy speaking? The same Joy that paraded around in blackface not too long ago?”
Behar: “It was homage.”pic.twitter.com/bpPqr6JVGl
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) September 18, 2020
What it was really like to see Star Wars in 1977
Proud Star Wars fan Rob Conery said that seeing the first movie in theaters at age nine was a “life-altering” experience in a passionate Medium article, reminding younger film fans just how unique it was at the time. According to Conery, it wasn’t just the visual effects that made Star War unlike anything that people had seen before, it was the whole package. “Most movies you would go see as a kid were kind of crappy,” he wrote, further adding, “I remember really liking Escape From Witch Mountain and the Herbie movies, but as I grew older I wanted something more. More adventure and, yes, a little bit of suspense and scariness, too. We just didn’t have that back then — it was all goofy Disney dreck.”
That all changed when Star Wars came along. According to Conery, it was the “perfect escape event” for the pre-internet age, when kids didn’t have endless entertainment at their fingertips and were generally left to “make s*** up” for fun. “There was absolutely nothing like Star Wars when it came out,” he said, adding, “I’m struggling to come up with some relevant analogy for movies today; some thing that makes you jump up and scream, that alters your life profoundly and makes you believe in space travel, exotic alien planets, and the Force.” He certainly wasn’t alone in this opinion. One Reddit user who saw Star Wars on opening weekend said that they’d “never seen anything remotely like it before.”
Ginsburg’s Death Is Why Trump Shouldn’t Be President
Even though he’s back in the studio, Friday’s episode of “Real Time With Bill Maher” wasn’t live, it was taped earlier in the afternoon. And as a result, the show was in the middle of recording when the news was announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died.
Like a lot of people in the country right now, Maher and his two panel guests — Tim Miller and Trae Crowder — were simultaneously shocked and a bit scared by the news of Ginsburg’s death Friday at age 87 from complications of cancer. After all, Republicans who currently control the senate are likely to try to rush a Trump nominee through before the next presidential term. Which, if successful would secure a 6-3 court majority, would make it highly likely that any number of constitutional protections on a number of issues, including the right to an abortion, or marriage equality, could be threatened.
Of course,a great many people have pointed out that doing so would also an act of shameless hypocrisy on the part of Republicans, who in 2016 unanimously refused to even hold hearings for Barack Obama’s nominee to replace justice Scalia, citing a never-before-held rule that the Senate should not do so during an election year. All of those issues were very much on Maher and his guests’ minds as the processed the news.
As Maher announced the news, Crowder just uttered “no way,” and explained when Maher joked about not being believed that he was just stunned.
Miller suggested that he felt the same way as he directly addressed several of the elephants in the room all at once. “Remember when I was Mr. Optimism at the beginning of the panel? This is gonna get really, really ugly. Really, really ugly,” Miller said. “McConnell is just gonna jam that through. This is the one thing he’s got no compunction about. So this whole like, oh last time it was an election year, wait it out. There is is no way.”
“And it’s just so much closer to the election. I think Scalia died in February,” Maher added. “This is right before an election.”
“This is like literally the worst case scenario,” Miller replied. The panel then talked about who RGB’s replacement might be, with Miller joking that it would be conservative actor Scott Baio, before mentioning conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett, he likened to “a Laura Ingraham if you were a judge.”
Maher then briefly paused to note that we thinks RBG “was just awesome: before pivoting back to more granular issues of politics and power. “I’ve said it before on this show: power begets power. This is why you cannot let a guy like Trump become president. Because it’s not just about the presidency.”
Crowder used that as a jumping off point to push back against progressive voters who might not want to support Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. “Super liberals that don’t wanna vote for Biden because he’s not liberal enough, I just can’t,” he said. “I can’t do it. I can’t handle that s— anymore. This is why you have to just swallow that pill.:
“70,000 votes,” Miller said, referring to the number of votes that put Trump ahead in three key swing states in 2016, allowing him to win the electoral college and become president despite losing the actual popular by nearly 3 million votes.
“We’re gonna move on. We’re gonna get over it,” Maher interjected. “And hopefully we’re gonna be OK.”
In addition, one of Maher’s interview guests on Friday’s show was activist and actress Jane Fonda, and her segment began almost immediately after Ginsburg’s death was announced.
“I’m still reeling, Bill. I just heard that Ruth Bader Ginsburg died and we have to be as tough as Mitch McConnell and not allow them to do one friggin thing before the election is over,” she said at the beginning of their chat. “We have to rise up and not allow them to do it. If Mitch McConnell can do it, let’s grow some balls and ovaries and force it. Oh my god.”
The full clip isn’t available yet, but you can watch the moment when Maher found out about Ginsburg’s death below:
“First of all, before we go on to the political part of it, she was just awesome.”
— Real Time with Bill Maher (@RealTimers) September 19, 2020
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