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Friday, May 30, 2014

This Week: Transgender Spiderman, Mayor Kanye, and "Naughty" Pharrell

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 7:52 AM

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"I want to make it a normality because this is a non-issue. People

wouldn't ask a straight person these questions. I've tried to be clever

with this album, because it's also important to me that my music reaches

Sam Smith just came out. Hurray! (Fader)

"Your words will forever remain deep within the skin, and in the souls of many."
Solange Knowles, paying tribute to author, poet, and activist Maya Angelou, who passed away on May 28 at the age of 86.

"Dear @arcadefire, maybe when making a video for a song called 'We Exist' you should get an actual 'Trans' actor instead of Spider-Man? ... Why does Garfield cry about shaving their head to then put on a wig, when they have gorgeous hair? Why does Garfield go to the shittiest bar ever to drink domestic beer and dance with bigot rednecks? And the idea that the band playing Coachella is their Mecca of acceptance and validation? Phfff. As if."
Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace did not appreciate Arcade Fire's attempt to represent transgender struggle in the video for "We Exist" (Twitter)

"There was just so much thought and love that went into the video I don't personally see it as negative. I can totally see the sensitivity of the issue."
Win Butler stands by the "We Exist" video (The Advocate)

"Not to put any pressure on you, but you are the only person in the world who could make this happen. There isn't anyone else who (1) is wealthy and famous enough (2) is from Chicago, and (3) may actually understand the problems with the city."
A concerned citizen has started a website pleading with Kanye West to run for Chicago Mayor (

"I would never let a friend pay me to sing at a wedding."
Lana Del Rey, denying she was paid $2.8 million to sing at Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's wedding. (TMZ)

"If a good woman can have sexual thoughts, is it wrong for a man to have a correct guess that a woman might want something? ... Are there ever times you have naughty thoughts?"
Pharrell thinks the lyrics to "Blurred Lines" are "naughty" (not rapey). (Channel 4 News)

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"Always remember that you're bigger than hip-hop. You're a queen. Listen to the music that makes you happy, and never forget that you're the most precious thing we have. You come first and foremost."
Rick Ross, responding to a question from a female fan about the sexist nature of hip-hop, and telling her some very charming lies in the process. (Rolling Stone)

"I don't think anyone talks to Meg. She's always been a hermit... She's one of those people who won't high-five me when I get the touchdown."
Jack White, finally proving that he and Meg White really are a divorced couple! (Rolling Stone)

"It's good he never had a choice between playing for the Mets or being a rapper..."
A New York Mets commentator after 50 Cent showed off his (terrible) pitching skills at a Mets-Pirates game (

-- @Raemondjjjj

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