ASHTON KUTCHER GIVES TESTIMONY ON CAPITAL HILL TO END SEX TRAFFICKING – (02/16/2017)
Ashton Kutcher testified yesterday at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, D.C. in a bid to end modern slavery and human sex trafficking.
The hearing kicked off with Senator John McCain joking that Kutcher looked better “in the movies.” Kutcher responded with a wide grin and then blew the senator a kiss.
- The mood soon turned serious though, as Kutcher began to passionately lay out the reason he appeared before the members of the committee.
- During his testimony, the actor choked back tears, explaining some of his experiences: “I’ve seen video content of a child that’s the same age as mine being raped by an American man that was a sex tourist in Cambodia. This child was so conditioned by her environment that she thought she was engaging in play.”
- He added: “The right to pursue [happiness] is every man’s right. I beg of you that if you give people the right to pursue, what you may find in return is happiness for yourself.”
- Kutcher is the co-founder of Thorn, a non-profit that builds technology to fight the sexual exploitation of children
CARLOS SANTANA RETRACTS BEYONCE COMMENTS – (02/16/2017)
Carlos Santana is backpedaling on the comments he made about Beyonce. Santana said in a Facebook post, “I would like to clarify a comment that was reported when I was doing an interview for some upcoming shows in Australia & New Zealand. My intent was to congratulate Adele on her amazing night at the Grammys. My comment about Beyonce was regretfully taken out of context. I have the utmost respect for her as an artist and a person. She deserves all the accolades that come her way. I wish Beyonce and her family all the best.”
- As previously reported, during an interview with the Australian Associated Press, Santana was quoted saying, “I think that Adele won because she can sing, sing. With all respect to our sister Beyoncé, Beyoncé is very beautiful to look at and it’s more like modeling kind of music ― music to model a dress ― she’s not a singer, singer, with all respect to her…Adele can sing, sing. She doesn’t bring all the dancers and props, she can just stand there and she just stood there and sang the song and that’s it, and this is why she wins.”
THE GRAMMYS RESPONDS TO BACKLASH OVER ADELE WIN
In other news, after sparking much controversy over Adele’s Grammy win over Beyonce, the Grammys has said that it isn’t a race issue. Recording Academy President, Neil Portnow, told Pitchfork, “We don’t, as musicians, in my humble opinion, listen to music based on gender or race or ethnicity. When you go to vote on a piece of music—at least the way that I approach it—is you almost put a blindfold on and you listen. It’s a matter of what you react to and what in your mind as a professional really rises to the highest level of excellence in any given year. And that is going to be very subjective. That’s what we ask our members to do, even in the ballots. We ask that they not pay attention to sales and marketing and popularity and charts. You have to listen to the music. So of the 14,000 voters, they listen, they make up their minds, and then they vote.”
- He continued, “Well, they may have had a problem. We don’t have that kind of an issue in that same fashion. But we are always working on increase diversity in membership, whether it’s ethnicity, gender, genre, or age. In order to maintain our relevance, we have to be refreshing all the time and we have to be doing that across the board.”
- LUKE SAYS KESHA EMAILS ARE TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT – (02/16/2017)
The latest development in the Dr. Luke/Kesha battle involves leaked emails between the producer and Kesha’s manager Monica Corni. Yesterday, Page Six published excerpts of emails between them which paint Dr. Luke in an unflattering light.
In one excerpt, Luke says that “A-list songwriters and producers are reluctant to give Kesha their songs because of her weight.” In another, he complains about the singer breaking her all-juice diet.
Dr. Luke’s legal team claims the excerpts are being taken out of context. The parties are scheduled for a telephone conference with the judge next week.
Kesha wants to “be free from her abuser and rebuild her physical, emotional, and mental health,” her attorney writes in court papers filed this week. Dr. Luke has denied the claims.
NICKELBACK TAKES ON ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER IN TWITTER SPAT – (02/16/2017)
Nickelback has taken on the Terminator after actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger cited the Canadian act in a new video and tweet discussing the current unpopularity of the U.S. Congress. In a video clip posted on attn: pushing for redistricting reform, Schwarzenegger said, “Here are some of the things that are more popular than Congress: hemorrhoids, Nickelback, traffic jams, root canals, colonoscopies, herpes. Even herpes, they couldn’t beat herpes in the polls.”
In a related tweet, Schwarzenegger wrote, “When Congress is less popular than herpes & Nickelback, how do 97 percent of them get re-elected? Gerrymandering.” That led the band to respond, “Approval rate this: Batman & Robin. Please leave us out of your future wisdom drops. Danke Shön Herr Governator.”
- Schwarzenegger replied: “That’s . . . ice cold. I hope we can agree that we need a freeze on gerrymandering, guys. Thanks for the reply.”
- Batman and Robin, the 1997 film in which Schwarzenegger played the villain Mr. Freeze, is considered the worst of the big-screen films about the Caped Crusader. It was a major failure that halted the franchise in its tracks until it was revived in 2005 with Batman Begins.
- Schwarzenegger has fought for redistricting reform in California. Gerrymandering, or manipulating district boundaries, has been cited as a way for incumbents to protect their seats and avoid real election challenges.
- Nickelback recently announced that its new single and album are both called Feed The Machine, with the band gearing up for a lengthy North American tour this summer to support them.
- The trek kicks off on June 23rd in Noblesville, Indiana and hits 44 cities before winding down on October 1st in Vancouver. It doesn’t seem likely that the band will invite the Governator to any of their California dates.
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