This Week: Midler Vs. Grande, Mitchell Vs. Swift, and RZA Vs. the Meat Industrial Complex

“It’s always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch, looking so ridiculous. I mean, it’s silly beyond belief… whatever strictures there were have fallen apart. And now it’s whatever you feel like doing you can do. I mean, apparently people really like to pretend they’re having sex. They really like to slap each other’s butts.”
Bette Midler is hilarious. (Daily Telegraph)

“Bette was always a feminist who stood for women being able to do whatever the F they wanted without judgment. Not sure where that Bette went but I want that sexy mermaid back!!! Always a fan no matter what my love.”
Ariana Grande is pretty graceful, when she's not slithering. (Twitter)

“When something with a good beat comes on, I twerk around the house with my wife. Her father's Nigerian and she can twerk. And I try. I like to shake that thing.”

[jump] We would like very much to spend some time with Iggy Pop and his wife at their home. (Toshiba)

“You are what you eat, so if this cow who is stressed, dumbfounded, sick becomes your meal, when you eat it, you are eating that stress and sickness. You are eating that fear.”
RZA has done a pro-vegan ad for Peta. (YouTube)

Katy Perry's doing next February's Superbowl halftime show: 

“I tell people condoning streaming is like condoning the Chinese that are killing elephants for their tusks and carving ivory statues. It’s cool to put on your shelf but if you really think about what you’re doing it sucks. Streaming music is doing the same thing to artists – might not be killing ’em but it’s killing the industry. It might be cool for you as somebody that likes music but you’re not really thinking about the effect it has. We’ve got to value our art, you know?”
Tom DeLonge just compared the music industry to slaughtered elephants. (Faster Louder)

“We landed in NY last night to the news of the civil unrest that was going on in our nation. To spend the day promoting our stuff like nothing was wrong, seemed distasteful to me.”
Garth Brooks canceled a bunch of appearances because of the Ferguson crisis. That's pretty cool. (Facebook)

“I dominate both men and women sexually, but I'm still attempting to train my labia minora not to strangle their prey, which has been quite a problem here on Earth.”
New Gwar member, Vulvatron has a strong vagina. (Village Voice

“I squelched that. I said to the producer, 'All you've got is a girl with high cheekbones.' It's just a lot of gossip, you don't have the great scenes. There's a lot of nonsense about me in books… assumptions, assumptions, assumptions.”
Joni Mitchell “squelched” a film about her life. She was going to be played by Taylor Swift, so phew. (Sunday Times)

“Honestly, when we got married, I was like 'I'm never getting married again. This is the relationship that I'm going to be in until I die'… I just thought that we were soul mates and that was the way it was. And then I came out and was just kind of swept up in a whirlwind… Realizing that my marriage was over and so much I had worked for had gone, just destroyed me.” 
Laura Jane Grace, on her marriage breakdown, in Episode 8 of True Trans, her awesome AOL series.

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