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Published: Sunday, November 05, 2017 @ 9:28 AM
— Larry David's controversial "Saturday Night Live" opening monologue apparently curbed some Twitter users' enthusiasm for the comedian's stint as host.
>> Watch the monologue here (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised)
David, who won over “SNL” fans with his portrayal of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential campaign, kicked off Saturday's episode with a stand-up bit that included jokes referencing the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the Holocaust.
“A lot of sexual harassment stuff in the news of late, and I couldn’t help but notice a very disturbing pattern emerging, which is that many of the predators — not all, but many of them — are Jews. And I have three words to say to that: Oy vey iz mir (woe is me)," David said.
The "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star also joked about hitting on women in concentration camps.
"I've always been obsessed with women, and I've often wondered if I'd grown up in Poland when Hitler came to power and was sent to a concentration camp, would I still be checking women out in the camp? I think I would," David quipped, adding, "Of course, the problem is, there are no good opening lines in a concentration camp."
Critics took to Twitter to blast David. Check out some of the comments below:
I’m not a Jew, but I’m low-key offended by Larry David’s holocaust jokes on #SNL. Not cool.— Ebony Empress (@ShanondaStar) November 5, 2017
Many fans, however, spoke in David's defense:
Oh look. A bunch of non Jews are telling Larry David, a Jew, he can't make holocaust jokes. I hate 2017 #SNL— Ya Boy (@CM_Sean) November 5, 2017
People offended by Larry David would have passed out from shock listening to comedy in the 1970's. Comedians are edgy and uncomfortable.— Carlie (@Carlie101) November 5, 2017
Seriously. If you thought Larry David's monologue was offensive. Your brain would explode at the first 5 seasons of #SNL— Selena (@hatrackstuffing) November 5, 2017
For the record, I'm Jewish and I thought Larry David's monologue was funny. Uncomfortable? Sure, but perhaps comedy isn't always supposed to make us comfortable. I hope the PC police can sleep tonight. #SNL #LarryDavid— Joseph A. Wulfsohn (@JosephWulfsohn) November 5, 2017
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 1:01 PM
— Musician Ed Sheeran is engaged to childhood friend Cherry Seaborn.
Sheeran announced the news of his engagement Saturday on Instagram. The engagement took place just before the new year. The couple have lived together for over a year, The Telegraph reported.
The pair have been longtime friends and attended school together, but were not childhood sweethearts.
Published: Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 11:33 PM
ATLANTA, Ga. — While the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide battled for college football supremacy under the closed roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, rap luminary Kendrick Lamar combated damp, chilly weather at nearby Centennial Olympic Park.
Expectations were high for Lamar’s appearance, which will be footnoted as the first-ever halftime performance at the College Football Playoff National Championship. The musical showcase aired live on ESPN, but not inside the stadium, where the university bands received the spotlight.
The 30-year-old native of Compton, Calif., took to the massive stage and catwalk as the game tilted in Georgia’s favor with a 13-0 lead.
A few thousand fans led a chant of “Ken-drick La-mar” until the cerebral rapper was illuminated in white light, crouched at the back of the stage.
Pops of pyro and a haze of smoke blanketed the background as Lamar, clad in a black coat with fur-ringed hood and gloves, blasted through favorites including “DNA” and “Humble.”
The vivacious audience sang along heartily and pumped their fists to the choruses as Lamar stalked the stage alone.
Lamar nimbly spit his rhymes, leading the crowd in a hand bounce, but kept the focus solely on his music.
With his nine-minute performance completed, he strode to each end of the stage, saluting the audience, which waved its smartphones (despite the pre-performance announcement that phones were not permitted) in a desperate attempt to coax him into one more song.
Lamar’s presence was a notable draw. A few minutes before kickoff, music and football devotees filled about half of half of the park – most of them crowded toward the massive video screen broadcasting the game, with many others hanging back, clearly not interested in anything to do with pigskin.
“Chappie” Chapman was waiting with a beer in her hand and one at her feet for Lamar’s performance. When asked if she had any interest in the game, she smiled.
“Not. At. All,” she said.
Chapman lives near the park and said when she heard at work today that Lamar was playing, she knew how her night would be spent.
“When you have Kendrick Lamar for free…,” she said, her voice implying the “no-brainer”-ness of the opportunity.
Likewise 19-year-old Decatur resident Branden Smith, who came to the park with his football fan brother. Smith, however, was only there for the halftime show.
“I’ve never seen (Lamar) live, and I like his music,” Smith said, citing “Damn” as a favorite.
Lamar, who performed in Atlanta last summer with a sold-out show at Infinite Energy Arena, is poised to have a big night at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 28 in New York.
He is nominated for seven awards, including album of the year and best rap album for “Damn” and record of the year for “Humble.” He’s already received seven Grammy awards in his career.
Lamar’s prestige factor also received a boost last week with the announcement that he and his Top Dawg Entertainment record label chief Anthony Tiffith will curate and produce the soundtrack to Marvel’s “Black Panther.”
The film arrives Feb. 16; the soundtrack will feature the newly released Lamar single with labelmate SZA, “All the Stars.”
Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 1:01 PM
— Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant with her second child, and she broke the news to her fans via Instagram.
Spears, the younger sister of pop superstar Britney Spears, delivered the news about her growing family on Christmas Eve. After sharing the news that her 9-year-old daughter Maddie would finally be a big sister in 2018, Spears said that 2017 had brought some of the biggest challenges of her life. In February, Maddie was seriously injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident.
Looks like we are starting off 2018 with another big milestone...sooo happy to announce that Maddie is FINALLY going to be a big sister👶🏼2017 was filled with some of the biggest challenges of my life, as well as some of the biggest blessings, so I made a choice to lay low this year to focus on truly becoming my best self as a person and as an artist. During that time, I continued working on my music and telling my story, which has created some of my most honest work and I CANT wait to share that with you all very soon. 2018 is going to be filled with many milestones both personally and professionally. I appreciate each of you for your patience and support through it all. 2018 has a lot coming, so GET READY........ #12DaysofJLS
In the Instagram photo, Spears shows off her baby bump while holding hands with Maddie and husband Jamie Watson. This will be the couple's first child together. Maddie's father is Spears' ex-fiance Casey Aldridge.
Published: Monday, December 25, 2017 @ 9:26 PM
— New Zealand crooner Lorde has canceled a planned show in Tel Aviv amid pressure from activists who oppose the Israeli occupation of Palestine, according to multiple reports.
Lorde planned to perform in Tel Aviv on June 5, 2018, according to news.com.au.
MOSCOW 🕊 ST. PETERSBURG 🕊 TEL AVIV 🕊 LET’S DANCE ——-> https://t.co/xNJ30GPtaQ— Lorde (@lorde) December 18, 2017
She said in a statement obtained Sunday by The Jerusalem Post that she got “an overwhelming number of messages (and) letters and … had a lot of discussions with people holding many views” before making her decision to cancel the performance.
“I think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show,” the statement said. “I'm not too proud to admit I didn't make the right call on this one. Tel Aviv, it's been a dream of mine to visit this beautiful part of the world for many years, and I'm truly sorry to reverse my commitment to come play for you. I hope one day we can all dance.”
The announcement came after a pair of New Zealanders wrote an open letter to Lorde asking her to reconsider her decision to perform in Tel Aviv.
The letter, published last week on TheSpinOff.co.nz, was penned by Justine Sachs, who is Jewish, and Nadia Abu-Shanab, who is Palestinian.
“Today, millions of people stand opposed to the Israeli government’s policies of oppression, ethnic cleansing, human rights violations, occupation and apartheid,” the letter said. “As part of this struggle, we believe that an economic, intellectual and artistic boycott is an effective way of speaking out against these crimes. This worked very effectively against apartheid in South Africa, and we hope it can work again.”
The pair urged Lorde to “act in the spirit of progressive New Zealanders who came before you and continue their legacy,” by canceling her show.
Lorde acknowledged the letter last week in a tweet and said she was "considering all options."
Noted! Been speaking w many people about this and considering all options. Thank u for educating me i am learning all the time too 🌸— Lorde (@lorde) December 21, 2017
Some fans praised Lorde’s decision, while others decried it. Miri Regev, Israel's culture minister, urged Lorde to rethink the cancellation.
“Lorde, I’m hoping you can be a ‘pure heroine’ like the title of your first album,” Miri Regev said in a statement obtained by The Guardian. “To be a heroine of pure culture, free from any foreign – and ridiculous – political considerations.”