Starring Marion Cotillard & Gary Oldman
David Bowie has teamed up with visionary music video director Floria Sigismondi for the just-released video for his album title track The Next Day. The video stars Academy Award winning actors Marion Cotillard and Gary Oldman in a religiously-themed and somewhat controversial plot. Almost as soon as the video was released, You Tube decided to yank the clip due to its “offensive imagery” (which they later said was a “mistake”). The video has been put back online by You Tube but with a PARENTAL ADVISORY EXPLICIT CONTENT warning. Check out the embed above to see what all the hub-bub is about. Do you find this music video beautiful? How about controversial? Both?
Justin... Did Something... Respectable?
As many of y’all know, Justin Bieber and I have had beef for a while now. Really, it all started when he compared himself to Jay-Z and made that completely incorrect reference to Cam’ron in Teen Vogue. That was pretty much it for me. Shortly thereafter we had the Anne Frank situation, and I’ve just been over him in that way where it’s really easy to be over someone because you were never really into them anyway… lol. But I think it’s fair to report on all the Bieber goings-ons, not just the ones that I find to be totally wack. The Biebs recently performed in Istanbul and paid his respect to the religion of many of his concert-goers, which I thought was a good look. Click inside to learn more.
Posted under: Justin Bieber
Coincidence or ...
So, there’s a new series on The History Channel that takes stories from the Bible and dramatizes them for entertainment … the show is aptly titled The Bible. For the past few weeks, The Bible has managed to drum up big ratings for the network … but last night, it drummed up a bit of controversy as well. Last night’s episode of The Bible featured the introduction of Satan on the show and many people believe the character was made to look like President Barack Obama. Representatives from The History Channel deny that they intentionally attempted to make the Devil look like President Obama but … well, take a look at a side-by-side comparison and see what you think. More »
Posted under: Barack Obama, The Bible
The Pope Show: “Habemus papam!”
At around 2PM ET (11AM PT) white smoke began to billow out of a chimney in the Vatican City alerting the world to the fact that a new pope has been elected to lead the Catholic church. Just one day after the leading Catholic Cardinals of the world convened the Conclave in the Vatican to select a new pope, we learn that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been chosen as the new Catholic leader. Bergoglio is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Henceforth he will be known as Pope Francis, named after St. Francis of Assisi … this is the first time a pope has been named after St. Francis. Click below to get your first look at Pope Francis and learn more about the man who will now lead the Catholic church. More »
The Pope Show
Last week we learned that The Sistine Chapel was closed to the public so that preparations for the election of a new pope could begin at the Vatican. Over the weekend, it was announced that TODAY was the day that the Papal Conclave would begin deliberations to select the next pope. In just a few hours, the Catholic cardinals of the world will be locked inside the Santa Marta residence until they can select the next pope. Some people believe that the next pope could be decided by the weekend so, very soon, all eyes will be on the smoke signals coming from the Papal Conclave for news of their progress (colored smoke means no pope has been chosen, white smoke means we have a winner). Whether or not you have a vested interest in the selection of the next pope you have to admit that something like this is extremely newsworthy and interesting. More »
Posted under: St. Peter's Basilica
The Pope Show
Last month Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world by announcing that he would be stepping down as pope after only 8 years in office … becoming the first pope to quit his God-chosen position in almost 600 years. Just last week, Benedict officially left the office of pope (and rumors began to swirl as to why he quit his position) and the preparations for the selection of his successor got underway at the Vatican. As cardinals from around the globe made their way to Rome to participate in the conclave that will select the next pope, the final preparations began to be put into place. Today, the famed Sistine Chapel was closed to tourists so that the cardinals locked inside can begin the papal selection process. They will remain inside until a new pope is chosen … it’s game on, y’all. More »
Posted under: The Sistine Chapel
Earlier this month we learned that Pope Benedict XVI has decided to become the first pope in almost 600 years to resign from office and today we are hearing some disturbing information as to why he has decided to do so. At the time of his resignation announcement, Benedict XVI claimed that advanced age is the reason he believes he can no longer carry on as pope. Today, new reports suggest that his resignation might’ve been inspired by something more nefarious. According to two different reports from two different highly-respected Italian newspapers, Benedict XVI is resigning as pope due to the growing sex scandal that gotten dangerously close to the Vatican. In order to avoid blackmail, these reports claim, Benedict XVI decided to throw in the towel and step down. Ugh. More »
Posted under: Pope Benedict XVI
The First Pope in almost 600 Years to Quit!
After almost 8 years in office, Pope Benedict XVI (formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) has stunned the world with the announcement today that he is resigning his office and will step down as Pope on February 28, a little over 2 weeks from today. Citing his age and health, Pope Benedict is the first Pope to resign from office since 1415 … which makes his announcement all the more shocking. For the past 600 years, Popes have died in office but — for some reason — Pope Benedict maintains that he does not have the ability to carry on as the leader of the Catholic Church … so he quit. Click below to read the full text of Pope Benedict‘s resignation announcement … whether or not you are a religious person at all, you have to admit that this development is quite newsworthy. More »
Posted under: Pope Benedict XVI
That-Ish-Cray of the Day
Ugh. I’m so annoyed that this news falls under today’s That-Ish-Cray Of The Day! Because otherwise the sub-heading was totally going to be “The British Are Coming.” Which is so much funnier than “That-Ish-Cray Of The Day“! But I gotta follow protocol, even when I have the greatest pun/overtly sexual American Revolutionary War reference ever. Speaking of Americans, apparently a lot of them are pissed off at The Damson Dene Hotel in England. This hotel’s owner committed the blasphemy to end all blasphemies when he decided to replace hotel nightstand staple The Gideon Bible, with that new ish, 50 Shades Of Grey. Deets inside!
Recently, a Philadelphia preacher attempted to organize a boycott against this song, calling it blasphemous and offensive to Christians everywhere. Amen is, indeed, a pretty blasphemous song (given the definition) but it’s a huge hit and the pastor may have made it an even bigger hip-hop anthem. Meek Mill features Drake on the track and they’ve just released a video. See and hear what all the controversy’s about inside.