Network bosses at BET have suspended the producer responsible for a bad joke about Beyonce and Jay Z's daughter, which aired on Monday's (25Aug14) 106 & Park. During her guest spot on the music show, model Karrueche Tran took part in a skit about Blue Ivy's hypothetical thoughts during Sunday's (24Aug14) MTV Video Music Awards, joking, "I really did wake up like this, because my parents never comb my hair." Stephen Hill, BET's president of music programming and specials, publicly apologised for the gag on Twitter.
Singer Michelle Williams has spoken out in defence of former Destiny'S Child bandmate Beyonce's decision not to tame her daughter Blue Ivy's wild hair, insisting cruel critics should focus on their own kids. Style critics and Internet trolls have taken aim at the Crazy In Love hitmaker and her rapper husband Jay Z in recent months over their choice to let two-year-old Blue Ivy's locks grow out naturally.
The haircare debate even led to a bizarre petition launched online, calling on the baby's superstar parents to comb her afro, but Williams is baffled by the unlikely hot topic.
She tells America's Sister 2 Sister magazine, "Let's worry about your own children and nieces and nephews and make sure they're getting good grades in school and not worry about somebody's hair."
And Williams is warning cyber bullies everywhere not to mess with her or her loved ones.
She says, "I think the cyber bullying is just stupid because the majority of the time most of the cyber bullies just type it (online), but when they see you on the street, they're not gonna say it to your face.
"Every now and then, depending on what day you catch me, if you say something out of line to me - because I don't want you to be ignorant, I want you to be knowledgeable - I will spit something back to you that's factual and I'll say 'God bless you' at the end."
Williams' comments emerge days after Blue Ivy's appearance with her famous parents at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (24Aug14), when she helped her dad present Beyonce with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, prompted further haircare criticism from bloggers.
Chris Brown's on/off girlfriend Karrueche Tran also poked fun at the child's hair during a guest hosting stint on U.S. music video chart show 106 & Park on Monday (25Aug14), when she read from a script of jokes and quipped, as Blue Ivy, "I really did wake up like this because my parents never combed my hair."
The backlash she received prompted BET network boss Stephen G. Hill to apologise for the remark on behalf of his company.
One of U.S. TV network BET's top executives has reached out to apologise to Beyonce and Jay-Z after their young daughter became a butt of a terrible joke on Monday (25Aug14). During BET's 106 & Park show, guest Karrueche Tran poked fun at Blue Ivy's wild hair at Sunday's (24Aug14) MTV Video Music Awards, where Beyonce and her husband attempted to dismiss split reports by attending the event with their daughter.
Chris Brown's model girlfriend was asked to read from a script of jokes speculating what Blue Ivy was thinking while she watched her mother perform onstage, and when she said, "'I really did wake up like this because my parents never combed my hair", Tran immediately knew she had gone too far, adding, "Sorry, Blue! I love you!"
That apology didn't appease Beyonce fans who took to social media to attack the model, prompting Tran to tweet, "Now y'all know I LOVE me some Beyonce and Blue Ivy! I didn't write this script y'all lol (laugh out loud)."
The backlash finally prompted Stephen G. Hill, the president of music programming and specials for BET Networks, to apologise on behalf of his company.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday (26Aug14), he wrote, "Last night on 106 & Park there was a stupid, unthoughtful (sic) joke made about a young child... We apologize publically (sic) to the child’s parents (and have done so privately) and we have taken punitive actions with those responsible."
He added, "It was very bad judgment and we will serve you much better in the future. And please don’t hate on Karrueche; it was NOT her fault. We also apologize to her for putting her in that position."
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Now that they're done sailing on a boat, hugging it and quitting it, and doing the Creep, The Lonely Island boys are finally ready to tackle their biggest project yet: a feature film. The comedy group, made up of Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, and Golden Globe-winner Andy Samberg, is set to star in and produce a musical comedy for Universal (via Variety). Shaffer and Taccone will also be stepping behind the camera to co-direct the project, and Judd Apatow has also signed on as a producer. Thus far, no information about the project's plot or title have been released, but based on the three comedy albums and hundreds of Digital Shorts that the team has created over the past decade, it seems likely to contain plenty of celebrity cameos, hip hop influences and people's junk in inappropriate places. In fact, it wouldn't be much of a surprise if the group decided to look to their musical sketches for cinematic inspiration; after all, the trio has produced a great deal of ridiculous and memorable characters and more than enough absurd premises to provide the basis for a full-length film. We decided to take a look back at Lonely Island's 10 best sketches in order to see if we could predict who (and what) is most likely to appear in the upcoming movie. Something's got to work better than Hot Rod, right?
10) “YOLO” Like most of the group's sketches, “YOLO” relies on a one-joke premise: treating the phrase “YOLO” as a cautionary tale rather than a celebration of adventures. But it’s a great example of Lonely Island's ability to build on that one joke, moving slowly from “be careful” to “never leave your house” to a terrifying shot of them smiling gummy smiles after pulling out all of their teeth. It also happens to be an incredibly well-crafted pop song, which shows how far the group has come in terms of musicality. Could It Be a Movie? There might be enough in the premise in order to create a funny side character, but it’s hard to see how much further the guys would be able to take a joke that ends with them cowering toothless in a boarded-up house.
9) “Great Day” “Great Day” is a rapid-fire barrage of jokes, but what’s great about them is that they all build on each other to tell a complete story. From the first moments when the camera pans through Dennis’ dirty apartment, you already know that the actual song won’t be as upbeat and cheery as the background music. The juxtaposition between the Sesame Street nature of Dennis' adventure through the streets and what he’s actually singing makes it even funnier when he finally loses it and starts climbing trees and pretending he’s in the Matrix. Could It Be a Movie? Maybe not a full-length movie, but there’s probably enough tragedy and insanity in Dennis’ life to make an interesting short film.
The Lonely Island - Great Day from Mike Oxbig on Vimeo.
8) “3-Way (Golden Rule)” There’s a lot that goes into making “3-Way” such a solid sketch: the idea that these guys would do just about anything to hook up with a girl, the fact that it finally establishes them in a pre-cell phone era, the plethora of multi-colored outfits, the fact that Justin Timerlake’s character met their cutie at a Payless, and then the final reveal that they’re much more interested in each other than in the girl they came to see. It takes the original “D**k in a Box” joke to absurd new heights and throws in a bunch of tiny, subtle jokes to create a sketch that actually gets better the more you watch it. Could This Be a Movie? Are you kidding? We’d watch anything with Timberlake and Samberg’s R&B wannabes in it, and an epic tale about their love and the girl who came between them has great cinematic potential.
7) “Like a Boss” “Like a Boss” is another great example of The Lonely Island’s ability to turn a single joke into a chronicle of one man’s breakdown. However, it owes just as much to Seth Rogen, whose incredulous looks punctuate every unbelievable claim that Samberg makes perfectly. It kind of fall apart towards the end as the Boss’ actions escalate, but it’s that middle bit, where Samberg first starts to hint at how messed up he is and Rogen just starts to get uncomfortable, where this sketch truly shines. Could This Be a Movie? Probably not. The Lonely Island managed to do everything it possibly could with that one joke in two minutes, and any longer would probably ruin things.
The Lonely Island like a boss from lewroll21 on Vimeo.
6) “I’m on a Boat” Look, “I’m On a Boat” is a pretty dumb song as a whole, but the lyrics are some of the finest Lonely Island has ever written. They’re generally simple – the chorus is just “I’m on a boat” repeated over and over again – but the verse slowly builds from the standard party rap song to rhyming about nautical-themed pashmina afghans in a way that’s truly clever and inventive. Simplistic enough to stick in your head, but complex enough to make you laugh, it’s no wonder it became one of their biggest hits. After all, when was the last time you managed to resist singing this song anytime you were in the same vicinity of a boat? Could This Be a Movie? Only if it’s about the love story between T-Pain and that mermaid; that’s what we really want to see more of.
5) “Space Olympics” Less a song than a sketch that happened to have been run through auto-tune, “Space Olympics” is a truly ridiculous, truly epic piece of work that’s most remarkable for the sheer world-building it does in the confines of three minutes. Sure, it’s mostly a joke about the dumb events that would make up a future Olympics, but the glimpses of a resource-lacking, poorly-run sporting event and the incompetent bureaucrat put in charge is a clever, well-crafted piece of satire. Could This Be a Movie? Definitely. We’d pay good money to see Samberg’s ridiculous ambassador attempt to rebuild the Space Olympics on his own. It’s true underdog story.
The Lonely Island - Space Olympics from Jeff Wiggles on Vimeo.
4) “Dear Sister” Anyone can parody a soapy teen drama like The O.C., but “Dear Sister” manages to take the single most ridiculous, shark-jumping moment in that show’s history and make it even more absurd and melodramatic. The close-ups, the music, the slow-mo – it all comes together to make a wonderfully surreal sketch that is just the right amount of dumb. Plus it contains what is perhaps the finest performance of Shia LaBeouf’s career. Could This Be a Movie? Unfortunately, no, but it would make for an incredibly dramatic climax.
3) “D**k in A Box” Perhaps the greatest use of a one-joke premise in The Lonely Island’s career, “D**k In a Box” is remarkably clever for a song about a dude gifting his junk for the holidays. But as hysterical as the facial hair and smooth falsettos are, the true highlight of the song is its two breakdowns. The ending where the gifting occasions slowly become more and more inappropriate is one of Lonely Island's best uses of escalation. But it’s the second verse, where the lyrics basically explain the whole joke of the song with slow jam earnestness, that’s the real triumph, as instead of killing the whole premise, it actually just heightens the ridiculousness of the situation. Could This Be a Movie? You mean someone’s not already making a film about these two idiots?
2) “Lazy Sunday” The Digital Sketch that kicked everything off, “Lazy Sunday” has everything that would eventually become The Lonely Island’s hallmarks: a simplistic premise, clever rhymes that tell a story about a slightly unusual character, plenty of pop culture references, a catchy, repetitive chorus, and old-school video effects. The jokes might be somewhat dated now, but the sketch as a whole holds up well. Even all these years later, it's a modern classic. Could This Be a Movie? It would be a relatively uneventful one... but sure, why not? We’d love to see The Lonely Island attempt a full-length character study.
1) “Mother Lover” Like Spider-Man 2 before it, “Mother Lover” proves that sometimes the sequel is, indeed, better than the original. Unlike “D**k in a Box” and “3-Way,” it immediately introduces a conflict into the situation (they need a last-minute Mother’s Day present) and reveal some important character backstory about the characters (they were raised by single moms who are lonely, and happen to like baths with chamomile) before reveling in the absurd solution they come up with. They might think it’s the second best idea that they’ve ever had, but thanks to the goofy lyrics, dramatic delivery and the way Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson ham it up in increasingly dumb situations, it’s definitely the best sketch The Lonely Island has ever written. Could This Be a Movie? We’re ready to buy tickets the second they go on sale. Come on, Timberlake, this could finally make you a movie star. You know you want to make this movie.
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Rapper/actor Shad Moss is teaming up with his ex-girlfriend Angela Simmons for a new reality show.
The Like You hitmaker, who recently decided to revert back to his birth name from his stage moniker Bow Wow, dated the fashion designer daughter of hip-hop legend Joseph 'Rev. Run' Simmons on and off for several years, before splitting for good last year (13). However, the longtime pals have remained close and now Moss claims they are developing a TV project together, which will focus on his life as a co-host of U.S. chart show 106 & Park, his music and his commitment to his toddler daughter, Shai, while Simmons' portion will document her fashion and travelling.
In a new interview with America's Sister 2 Sister magazine, he says, "I'm gonna leak it out there because, like I said, I'm a hustler: I'm gonna break the news that there's a possibility me and Angela Simmons might have a reality show." Simmons is no stranger to reality TV - she has previously appeared on her family show Run's House and its spin-off Daddy's Girls, with her older sister and fashion collaborator Vanessa.
Rapper Bow Wow is changing his moniker once again by reverting back to his birth name. The Like You hitmaker is going back to his roots as Shad Moss.
He made the name change announcement in a video posted on Instagram.com on Sunday (22Jun14), saying, "Breaking news, man. After the BET Awards, I'm changing my name. Going by my real name. No more Bow Wow after June 29th. Shad Moss is what it is. New era, new money, let's go."
He also added in the caption, "After the BET awards I will no longer go by Bow Wow! I'm going by my real name Shad Moss. We made a lot of history as Bow Wow. Now it's time for the next chapter and challenge.
"Bow Wow does not fit who I am today. Ima (sic) father, business man, TV host, actor, and rapper! Time for MR Moss to take over!"
The 27 year old began his rap career at the age of 13 when he went by Lil' Bow Wow, but shortened the name in 2002.
He is currently the host of music video countdown/chat show 106 & Park on America's BET Network and has a three-year-old daughter Shai with former girlfriend Joie Chavis.
Rapper 50 Cent has accused the mother of his teenage son of failing to invite him to attend the kid's high school graduation after he was accused of purposely snubbing the celebration. Marquise Jackson took aim at the In Da Club hitmaker in a post on his Facebook.com page on Sunday (18May14), criticising his famous father for failing to show up for his big day at his private school in Atlanta, Georgia.
Alongside a photo of the youngster, dressed in the traditional cap and gown, hugging his mother Shaniqua Tompkins, he wrote, "Yea (sic) I broke down. I was really excited to see my pops at my graduation but he never showed up smh (shaking my head). My sister and mama is always there for me just know that you wasn't (sic). I did it without you."
However, 50 Cent has now addressed the controversy and blamed his ex for turning what should have been a private family matter into headline-grabbing news.
During an appearance on U.S. music show 106 & Park this week (begs19May14), he explained, "I haven't (sic) received an invitation.
"When he graduated, I was in Budapest (in Hungary) on a movie with Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, and Jason Statham.
"I think, at some points, the reason why it actually comes out is because his mum is going to TMZ (gossip website). I wish she'd find someone so she could leave me alone."
50 Cent also shared details about his struggle to balance his work and personal life so he can maintain a relationship with his son.
He said, "It's tough because you travel a lot and you move around. You still have to be able to provide those things that are really detrimental (sic) to a child being able to have a decent upbringing. A nice place to stay, private schools, and everything else they would actually require to have a good education. It's tough because my relationship with my older son is dictated by his actual mum."
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The Middle has become one of the strongest sitcoms on TV and one of the main reasons is the likability of the Heck family. A lot of people probably see a good amount of themselves when watching the show.
The Hecks are... well... in the middle of the spectrum when it comes to sitcom families. They are definitely not as perfect as the Cosbys but they are far from being as morally repugnant as the Bundys. Sure, they may often be at each other's throats, particularly the teenage siblings Axl and Sue, but you never seem to get the sense that there's any true malice behind their fights. Even when one of them goes too far, there's always something that happens to reel one or both of them back in.
At first, Eden Sher might seem grating Sue, but her dorkiness becomes endearing. Charlie McDermott straddles the line of insufferable late-teen male brat, you know, the one who is totally self-absorbed but has glimmers of the good person he will grow to become.
I've been a huge fan of Neil Flynn since his days as the Janitor on Scrubs. It's nice seeing him play counter to the surly maintenance man, portraying an introvert who is still (mostly) devoted to his family. There are some days he would rather park himself in front of the television and tune everyone else out. Sure, he's still a curmudgeon, but at least Mike Heck won't drive anyone out to the desert and leave him there like the psychotic Janitor did with J.D. Flynn also allows Mike to show genuine moments of insight to filter their way through his irascible persona.
Patricia Heaton has been great as Frankie, a mother who is far from June Cleaver. she has admittedly ignored her kids and husband, though not to the point of where it is harmful. She is just overwhelmed by what life throws sometimes, but what makes me root for her is that she is self-aware and overall, she is a fantastic mother. She's a sublime comedy partner with Flynn.
Last, but not least, is the diminutive Brick, played by Atticus Shaffer. Brick could just be a punchline, just a young, stunted version of Sheldon Cooper, since both characters exhibit the same amount of social awkwardness. Brick has shown that he can peer through his fog of cluelessness and neuroses (I love how he sometimes lowers his head and whispers the last word of a sentence a second time). He comes across as a real person.
The guest stars are just right, with people like Jerry Van Dyke, Norm McDonald, and Kenneth Parcell lending their talents to the show without taking over. They feel like real relatives and bosses, not caricatures. Great casting all around.
I'm glad to sit down during the middle of my week to devote a half hour to watching the Hecks.
Well, twerking has officially taken over America. According to Billboard, rapper Juicy J has promised a scholarship to the woman who twerks the best, and New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia is planning to attempt to set a Guinness World Record for twerking. That's a lot of dancing butts, people.
Juicy J is offering $50,000 to a female college student between the ages of 18 and 25 who shows extraordinary talents in the areas of twerking. Applicants must upload a video to YouTube of themselves twerking to the rapper's track "Scholarship." Meanwhile, on Sept. 25 in Manhattan's Herald Square, Big Freedia is teaming up with Fuse to host "Record Breaking Booty Shaking: Break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® Twerk Record with Big Freedia." The event will include over 250 dancers twerking for two minutes.
Now, twerking is nothing new. It has been a style of dancing since before Miley Cyrus was old enough to shake what her mama gave her (which, granted, isn't much), but Cyrus' MTV VMA performance brought the Southern craze to the center stage of society. However, according to Fuse, it doesn't sound like Big Freedia is quite ready to include the ex-Disney star in her twerking world record event anytime soon.
"She was going too far," said Big Freedia in an interview with Fuse. "She's trying to twerk, but don't know how to twerk. It's become offensive to a lot of people who've been twerking and shaking their asses for years, especially in the black culture ... When something get hot, everybody want to jump on the bandwagon and act like they created it. That's totally understandable but they have to give credit where credit is due."
Did you get that Miley? You might want to leave the twerking to the professionals from now on.
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We all know that Chris Brown has a mean streak, but we had no idea he took his aggression out on strangers. According to E! News, the singer is being accused of assaulting a woman at a San Deigo nightclub on Saturday.
Twenty-four-year-old Deanna Gines called the police to report that Brown had pushed her after his performance at Heat Ultra Lounge. Gines claims that she fell to the ground and injured her knee, so badly that she may need to have surgery. The operational manager of the nightclub stated that he heard that the rapper had "moved someone out of the way" after his set and that "perhaps the incident is being blown out of proportion." In response to reports of the incident, Brown himself later tweeted, "I didn't do anything." That tweet was soon deleted.
This news comes in the wake of his "Don't Think They Know" music video, which has a strong message against gang violence. Still, it's not terribly shocking that Brown was violent in a club — this certinaly isn't the first time. His brawls with Drake and Frank Ocean have made headlines, and of course, we can't forget the infamous incident with his ex-girlfriend Rihanna.
If Chris Brown is prosecuted for this recent accusation, he may well be penalized for violating his probation, a sentence he received for assaulting Rihanna. The singer's rep has yet to issue a statement.
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