5. Lady Gaga, because China is mad she was hanging out with the Dalai Lama.
On Sunday, Tibetan spiritual leader Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, met with American spiritual leader Lady Gaga in the holy city of Indianapolis, Indiana to discuss kindness. Their conversation, which was broadcast live on Facebook, was very popular and received a lot of positive press. But there's one group of fans who didn't like it: the Chinese government.
China's ruling Communist Party has feuded with the Dalai Lama for years, because of his whole "autonomy for Tibet" thing. China owns Tibet, and has been hoping the region (formerly nation) would grow out of its Buddhist phase for decades. But the Dalai Lama, who has been exiled from Tibet since 1959, makes that very difficult for them, especially when he's constantly jet-setting around the world talking about peace and kindness.
To make things even more complicated, Lady Gaga is extremely popular in China. This whole situation is the Party's worst PR nightmare come true. Some Chinese citizens who shared Gaga's Instagram post of the event have been censored by the government, and now, many people are wondering if Gaga will be banned from performing in China. If that seems far-fetched, remember that that's reportedly what happened to Selena Gomez and Bon Jovi after they posed with the Dalai Lama.
The Dalai Lama: good for Tibet, bad for musicians' touring schedules.
4. George W. Bush, because Kanye got a weakling to play him in his video.
If you haven't seen Kanye West's music video for his new track "Famous" yet, get ready to be creeped out. The video features Kanye and his wife Kim Kardashian lying naked together in an enormous bed (probably no bigger than their real bed) along with a number of naked lookalikes of various public figures they've interacted with in the past.
The roster is a real "who's who" of naked celebrities, including Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Amber Rose, Ray J, Donald Trump, and even Bill Cosby. (This would be the world's most uncomfortable orgy.) Former President George W. Bush was also there, the man who put Kanye on the map by allegedly not caring about black people.
A rep for President Bush was asked for comment by TMZ, and had this to say:
In case there was any doubt ... that is not President Bush … He [W] is in much better shape.
Nice quip, rep! So any other musicians who want to imply they had sex with President Bush in a music video: make sure you get a ripped guy to play him.
3. Justin Timberlake, because he got blasted for racial insensitivity on Twitter.
Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams accepted the Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards on Sunday with a fiery speech about the oppression of African-Americans and the appropriation of black culture. It immediately ignited a lot of support and controversy—even a short excerpt will demonstrate why:
This invention called whiteness uses and abuses us. Burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil — black gold, ghettoizing and demeaning our creations, then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit.
Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake was watching the show at home. He thought he would tweet a simple message of support for Williams, not realizing all the baggage that would come with that:
Immediately, the Twitterverse pounced on him. People accused him of being a hypocrite, of appropriating black culture for his own gain while not using his fame to bring awareness to the problems affecting black people (which is exactly what Williams's speech was about). Even worse, Timberlake's own style history was used against him:
JT should know better than to comment on race while pictures like that exist.
2. 50 Cent, because he was arrested for saying "motherf**ker."
Speaking of controversial artists, 50 Cent has never shied away from negative publicity. Even in his old age, he's still willing to be arrested for his gangster image. That's exactly what happened to him on Saturday. The crime? Saying cuss words.
Fitty was performing in St. Kitts, in the Caribbean, a place where it is still literally illegal to say the word "motherf**ker" for some bizarre reason. He was warned before his show, but decided to keep it 100 anyway and drop the M-bomb during his set.
Sure enough, the cops were waiting for him when he got offstage. He was hauled off to the Caribbean clink overnight, and only released when he paid a fine. Now he's back in the States, enjoying his Constitutional right to say "motherf**ker" in every other sentence. God bless motherf**king America.
1. This anti-gay protestor who was burned by Jesse Eisenberg.
Jesse Eisenberg, star of Zombieland, Adventureland, and Batman v. Supermanland, is in London performing in a play he wrote called The Spoils. He happened to be biking through London's Pride festival on Sunday when he came across some homophobic protestors. One man, looking like a stuffy extra who would gets pantsed in a Benny Hill cartoon, tried to hand Eisenberg a flyer. When the actor refused, the man condescendingly said, "Is your mind closed?" Then it was Jesse E.'s turn to burn him, mumblecore-style.
In case you couldn't hear his famously low-key delivery, Eisenberg said, "Dude, you're so f**ked up."
Take that, you old bigot! You just got served by The Social Network!