"[B]ut we don't stand anywhere near them in terms of music."
50 years after the British Invasion when the Beatles first came to the US and took the WORLD by storm, many folks have been comparing the fame and pop cultural impact of the Beatles with the biggest boyband on Earth right now, One Direction. 1D member Harry Styles gave an interview to Top of the Pops in the UK this weekend and he boldly proclaimed that in terms of fame, his group is “even bigger” than it was for the Beatles. HMMM. Harry goes on to make clear that the music of the Beatles is the more superior but fame-wise, he thinks One Direction have got the Fab Four beat. HMMMM. More »
"Of course, I did not molest Dylan."
Just one day short of a week since Dylan Farrow published an open letter in the New York Times wherein she described in some detail the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father Woody Allen, Allen has released an open letter of his own in response to the allegations also published in the NY Times. Earlier in the week, we heard from Woody Allen‘s lawyer and publicist who spoke out in his defense as well as his son Moses Farrow who also spoke out in his defense. At last, we hear from Allen himself … in his own words. Presented below is the full text of Woody Allen‘s open letter response to Dylan‘s letter. As you can read for yourselves, Allen takes great pains to defend himself from the allegations that he sexually abused his daughter and makes clear that this is the last time he will address this matter. Dylan had her say, now Woody has his. More »
“We got it, we considered it, we ultimately decided not to use it”
A week ago tomorrow, Dylan Farrow published an open letter in the New York Times where she described in some detail the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father Woody Allen. Today we learn that the LA Times newspaper was offered the letter first for publication but they decided NOT to publish the letter in their paper. No real explanation has been given as to why Farrow‘s letter was rejected but considering the firestorm of attention it generated, it seems like a bad move on their part to choose not to publish the letter. Additionally we learn today that the New York Times is considering publishing an open letter response to Farrow‘s letter written by Woody Allen himself. The NYT says it has been approached by Allen and they are seriously considering publishing his letter. More »
"Of course Woody did not molest my sister"
Earlier today we read the tweet that Mia Farrow posted on her Twitter profile in the wake of the release of daughter Dylan Farrow‘s open letter publicly accusing her father Woody Allen of sexual abuse. Right now we learn that Dylan‘s brother Moses Farrow has come out in support of Woody that he never molested Dylan. In a new interview with People magazine, Moses explains that mother Mia tried to convince her children to hate Woody Allen and concocted the abuse allegation as payback for Allen‘s relationship with her daughter Soon-Yi. As expected, this family drama is getting more complicated as members of this family begin to take sides and speak out publicly about their positions. Click below to read what Moses Farrow has to say about sister Dylan Farrow‘s sex abuse allegations. More »
Science and Religion
Last night, at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY, scientist Bill Nye participated in a debate with Christian author Ken Ham in a battle of wits arguing Evolution vs. Creationism. I heard that this Creation Debate was going to be live streamed online and, thankfully, remembered to tune in to watch it as it happened live last night. Personally, I believe in evolution and was really impressed with how well Nye handled himself and with the way he presented the case for evolution. I must admit, tho, that I was also impressed with Ham‘s ability to argue for creationism as well. While I don’t agree with his arguments, I can appreciate how well-thought out they are and how adeptly he presented his beliefs. In the end, I don’t think the debate changed anyone’s mind on the matter. Folks who believe in evolution likely saw Nye as the winner, creationists likely saw Ham as the winner … but I think the debate is definitely worth watching. Click above to watch the full 2+ hour debate (which starts at the 13:13 mark of the embedded video) … which is long, I know, but I’m telling you, it’s worth watching if you have the time.
Oh Shizz, It's ON!
Last week we learned that George Zimmerman agreed to participate in a Celebrity Boxing Match and as soon as that news got out, folks have been lining up for the chance to fight him in the ring. Rapper The Game was the first person in a very long line of interested parties hoping to face off against Zimmerman in this boxing match. A few days later, we learned that Zimmerman was hoping to go up against Kanye West but today we learn that his opponent had been selected. Rapper DMX has been chosen from a group of 15,000 applicants and is the lucky person selected to fight George Zimmerman. Dude. Shizz just got really, really real. More »
She Said / He Tweeted
Over the weekend, Dylan Farrow published an open letter in The New York Times revealing in some detail the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father Woody Allen. In the letter, as you may recall, Farrow mentions Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and other actors who have worked with Allen in an attempt, I think, to inspire them to consider who they choose to associate with (ie. her abusive father) and maybe to get them to respond. Today we learn that both Cate and Alec have reacted publicly in the wake of Farrow‘s letter. While neither actor addresses Farrow directly, it’s clear that their comments have special importance because they come after Farrow name-checked them in her letter. Click below to read what they have to say. More »
Last week we learned that George Zimmerman agreed to participate in a Celebrity Boxing Match (for payment) and immediately rapper DMX agreed to get into the ring with him for a chance to beat Zimmerman down. It seems unlikely that George would be dumb enough to agree to a match with DMX but he has, apparently, made it known that he would like to fight Kanye West in the ring. According to TMZ, Zimmerman‘s rationale for wanting to fight Yeezy is because Kanye likes to attack “defenseless people”. Um. If you consider that Zimmerman gained his notoriety by shooting and killing an unarmed teenager, it seems extremely dumb to me that he would even suggest such a thing. More »
Earlier this month we learned that a new digital currency was being launched called Coinye West which was inspired by everyone’s favorite rapper Kanye West. A couple of days later, we learned that Kanye sicked his legal team on the makers of Coinye West in an effort to shut down the cryptocurrency. The currency folks changed the name to simply Coinye and stopped using a cartoon of Kanye‘s head to promote the digital currency … and they went ahead with the launch of the service. Undaunted, Kanye‘s legal team continued to press for the shut down of Coinye and today we learn that they succeeded. The makers of Coinye have shut down their service and closed up shop. Coinye West is dunzo, y’all. More »
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"We are being attacked with fishsticks and must launch sooner."
Remember a couple of days ago when we learned that a new form of digital currency had been named in honor of Kanye West and was due to launch later this month? When I blogged about it, I guess that Kanye would either LOVE the idea and buy up as much of this cryptocurrency that bears his name or he’d HATE the idea of someone else cashing in on his name and likeness and launch a legal attack. It turns out that the latter of the two turned out to be the case as West‘s attorneys have filed a cease and desist order against the folks responsible for Coinye West. It appears that the folks behind Coinye West had a contingency plan in place should Kanye file legal paper work because they changed the name of the digital currency, moved their internet servers to a different country and launched the currency last night to get ahead of the legalities of a lawsuit. Whether Kanye likes it or not, the cryptocurrency he inspired has now been released to the public. More »
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