That’s what social commentator Dr. Boyce Watkins says about the clip. American rapper Tyler The Creator is the man behind Mountain Dew’s three part trash-talking ad spots featuring Felicia the Goat. The first one showed the wily goat violently throwing a soda at a waitress while the second spot had her pulled over for a Dew-U-I, but it’s the last one that’s creating so much controversy that forced PepsiCo to issue an apology.
The ad features a battered and bloodied woman, sporting a neck brace and crutches, as she attempts to pick her aggressor from a police lineup. Meanwhile, Felicia threatens her from behind the mirror with zingers like this, “Keep your mouth shut. I’m gonna get outta here and I’m gonna ‘dew’ you up.” Dr. Watkins eloquently describes the offending lineup as follows:
“Of course, in the world of Mountain Dew, every single suspect is black. Not just regular black people, but the kinds of ratchety negroes you might find in the middle of any hip-hop minstrel show: Gold teeth, “mean mugging,” sun glasses wearing, white-t sportin, hard core n*ggaz ready to “get into some ol gangsta sh*t.”
One of them is even called Beyonte (OK that part I admit I chuckled at ;) This isn’t the first time Tyler the Creator has come under fire. The 22-year-old has often drawn criticism for being homophobic and misogynistic in his raps. His rep issued a statement to the Hollywood Reporter about the offensive commercial. Check out the clips after his statement.
“It was never Tyler’s intention to offend however, offense is personal and valid to anyone who is offended. Out of respect to those that were offended the ad was taken down,” it said. “For those who know and respect Tyler he is known for pushing boundaries and challenging stereotypes through humor. This is someone who grew up on David Chappelle. This situation is layered with context and is a discussion that Tyler would love to address in the right forum as he does have a point of view.” – Tyler The Creator
It’s time for your monthly roundup of the best bloopers and blunders by newscasters. Not surprisingly, the April 2013 montage begins with A.J. Clemente’s huge first day flub. His on air debut which featured him swearing then deliver an incoherent introduction went viral.
Another high profile blooper which involved Ryan Lochte also made the cut. One of the news anchors burst out in a laughing fit after interviewing him, while the other one imitated the Olympic swimmer by quoting one of Lochte’s ridiculous answers. Other highlights include a Pakistani reporter slapping a kid who gets in his shot, another fending off two women trying to kiss him and horny sea lions. Check them all out below.
I simply have no words. I can’t believe will all the departments and people needed to sign off on a new ad creative, that no one thought this could possibly be offensive.
Believe it or not, the European division of Hyundai came up with the brilliant idea to feature a suicide attempt to highlight their vehicle’s new feature. At least with Ford’s controversial ads featuring the Kardashian sisters tied up was a bit tongue-in-cheek. The suicide clip is just in bad taste. Naturally given the uproar, Hyundai issued an apology and removed the ad from YouTube.
“Hyundai Motor deeply and sincerely apologizes for the offensive viral ad,” Hyundai says in a statement. “The ad was created by an affiliate advertising agency, Innocean Europe, without Hyundai’s request or approval … Hyundai apologizes to those who have been personally impacted by tragedy.”
Titled “Pipe Job,” the one-minute commercial shows a man sitting in a car in a closed garage trying to kill himself with toxic exhaust fumes. In the end, his suicide attempt is thwarted due to Hyundai’s 100 percent water emissions. Surprisingly, a 2002 ad by Citroen and a 2009 ad by Audi were also based on similar concepts. Check out the yanked commercial below.
I can’t with this story, it’s too much. Drag Race mega goddess and friend to Homorazzi MANILA LUZON is at the forefront of a fabulous scandal.
In an article by CHARISMA NEWS (which is the gayest name I have ever heard), it states that this is the second year of this controversial drag show at the University of San Diego. ‘The drag show will be emceed by Manila Luzon, a professional drag queen and openly homosexual man who advocates same-sex “marriage.” ‘
Like I can’t, it’s SO FUNNY! Marriage in quotation is too much, and Manila Luzon a professional? PLEASE ;)
Last week, an email sent by a sister from the University of Maryland Delta Gamma chapter went viral. In case you missed it, the expletive-filled rant was the most ridiculous and angry thing ever. It chastised her fellow sorority sisters for being “LITERALLY being so f**king awkward,” making plans with other fraternities besides Sigma Nu, and for being “so fucking BORING.” The horror. It definitely showed the ugly side of the Greek system.
Funny or Die enlisted Michael Shannon to give a dramatic reading of said email. Shannon plays Superman’s archnemesis General Zod in the upcoming Man of Steel. Truthfully, I don’t know what’s more frighteningly evil- General Zod or this Delta Gamma chick. I wouldn’t want to get on her bad side. Check out Shannon’s video below. While not as hilarious as FOD’s recent Gay of Thrones video, it’s still worth a watch. It perfectly illustrates how insane the email was to begin with.
Poor guy. Imagine if your first day flub was recorded for the world to see. That’s exactly what happened to A.J. Clemente.
As the rookie news anchor was trying to pronounce London marathon winner Tsegaye Kebede’s name, the cameras began rolling. What viewers of KFYR-TV in Bismarck, North Dakota saw and heard was Clemente uttering “F–kin’ s–t.” As his co-anchor Van Tieu began her spiel, A.J. remained clueless that he was on air. It wasn’t until a few seconds later that he realized what was going on and looked visibly shocked. When Tieu asked him to tell viewers about himself, he fumbled with his words.
“I graduated from West Virginia University, and I’m used to, um, you know, from being from the East Coast.”
Believe it or not, there were complaints to the station. Who does that? Clearly, it was his first day and made an innocent mistake. Lighten up people. KFYR-TV news director Monica Hannan quickly addressed them on the channel’s Facebook page.
“He did not realize his microphone was on, but still, that’s no excuse. WE train our reporters to always assume that any microphone is live at any time. Unfortunately, that was not enough in this case. WE can’t take back what was said. The person involved has been suspended until we resolve the situation. All we can do at this point is ask for your forgiveness, and I can offer my personal assurance that I will do my best to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again under my watch.”
That suspension only lasted a few moments as AJ was eventually let go. He tweeted the following.
“Rookie mistake. I’m a free agent.Cant help but laugh at myself and stay positive.Wish i didnt trip over my “Freaking Shoes” out of the gate.” – A.J. Clemente @ClementeAJ
If you were on the fence with Drake’s “Girls Love Beyoncé” which he dropped earlier this week, this will win you over. In the Toronto rapper’s original version, he sings the chorus from the Destiny’s Child hit track, “Say My Name,” in between his rhymes. For this mashup, Raleigh, N.C.’s JAYBeatz blends the 1999 single’s original verses and chorus seamlessly with Drake’s lyrical words. In some instances, he combines the lyrics so well, it’s as if Beyoncé and Drake are actually singing to each other. Check out an example below.
Destiny’s Child: “It’s hard to believe that you / were at home, by yourself”
Drake: “No I’m not alone, even though nothing was the same / let me get your ass alone, let me hear you say my name.”
The R&B girl group’s sassy delivery really works well with Drake’s monotone moodiness rap style. I’m not even exaggerating when I say JAYBeatz’s “We All Love Beyoncé” is my EVERYTHING. At least for this weekend it is ;) Check it out below.
Yesterday morning as I was waking up I thought that it has been a while since my last Nerd Alert and I was really wanting to do another one. Little did I know (mainly because I try not to read spoilers) that I would read one of the best issues of comics in the New 52, and that it came from Batgirl.
I have always had a love hate relationship with the New52 Batgirl. First of all I am a Stephanie Brown fan through and through and getting rid of her as Batgirl (and from the DCU altogether) was heartbreaking for me. I also loved Barbara as Oracle and I truly feel that we have lost one of the best characters in the history of comics, but I still picked her up. The first year was a bit rocky for me mainly because Batgirl I felt was a wimp. As we all know Barbara was shot and paralyzed by the Joker and was in a wheelchair. She became Oracle the info jock of the DCU for all of it’s heroes and an intellectual counterpart to Batman. With the reboot they gave her back her legs through a miracle surgery. Well in the first chunk of issues she just kept whining about her new legs, and how she was scared to lose them again and all the remorse she felt by being able to walk while so many don’t. It got incredibly redundant that I almost dropped the title.
Thank god I didn’t.