Nick Cannon uncovers old homophobic tweets from Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman, and Amy Schumer

Last week, Kevin Hart stepped down as host of the 2019 Academy Awards after the resurfacing of past homophobic tweets and remarks. Initially, Hart resisted calls to apologize for the remarks, which date back nearly a decade, arguing that he’s evolved as a person in the years since. Now, in his defense, fellow comedian Nick Cannon has dug up similarly problematic tweets from three prominent female comedians.

Cannon first pointed to a June 2010 tweet from Chelsea Handler in which she said, “This is what a f*g bird [lools] like when he flexes.”

Another tweet from 2000 saw Sarah Silverman comment on an episode of the Bachelorette by writing, “I dont mean this in a hateful way but the new bachelorette’s a f*ggot.”

Lastly, Cannon shared a 2012 tweet from Amy Schumer which seemingly came in response to the James Bond film, Skyfall. “Enjoy skyfall f*gs. I’m bout to get knee deep in Helen Hunt #thesessions,” Schumer remarked.

As of publication, only Silverman has addressed Cannon’s discovery, and she simply retweeted a news article about the tweets.

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Saturday Night Live Highlights: Holiday Hijinks with Jason Momoa Bring Christmas Early

Watching Aquaman and a ghostbuster having a screaming contest alongside mild-mannered English band Mumford & Sons in this week’s Saturday Night Live preview (below) normally wouldn’t have raised my hopes. (Marcus Mumford, while playing it polite, looks as though he’s already set to fire his band’s agent — and these are just the promos.) But after last week’s show, in which the funniest moment was Charlie Bucket’s bedridden grandparents knockin’ slippers until they rocked a bedpost through an adjacent wall and plaster fell on them, I’m ready for Season 44 to go silly or go home.

This could be the breakout week of the season, though. While Anderson .Paak set a new bar for musical guests last week, the Mumfords are no slouches, and host Jason Momoa — basically, Jesus with a gym membership and an island vibe — will bring a stature and physicality that no other host has been able to supply this season. Will it all add up to an early Christmas miracle? Can Saturday Night Live finally deliver a show that earns more than a few chuckles and delivers a sketch or two truly worth talking about come Monday morning? Can they keep from cutting their best skit of the night … again?!?!

You tell us. Here are this week’s best moments.


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While Season 44 hasn’t quite delivered us a life-changing product on par with Oops! I Crapped My Pants (though, the announcement of Amazon’s new HQ nearly got there), this week’s ads were definite must-sees. As our friends at Fox News and white supremacists around the nation bemoan “shifting demographics,” young, white men in khakis better realize that it’s not the Jews, or even the Mexicans, coming to replace them; it’s their fed-up wives. Yes, that’s right. It’s a dangerous time to be young, white man in America with women not only falsely accusing them left and right but now taking over the workforce as well. Luckily, GE Big Boy Home Appliances are available so that men can still feel manly even while doing man’s work.

Oh, and sick and tired of your libtard friends playing the old “If Obama Had Done That Game?” No worries. Them Trumps will save them all that speculation now that the orange family in the White House is black! Coming to television sooner than you can say L’evanka.


‘Tis the Season…

Although SNL has confirmed at least one more show before Christmas, this week’s episode doubled down on the holiday themes. Skits included a cocky Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer bullying others after Santa gives him the lead deer gig (Pete Davidson needed this victory after his week), a forgettable sleigh ride through the forest with a Spice Girl (?) who had just undergone a sex change (?), Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol getting updated with a fourth spirit who has plenty of “extra,” and one of Santa’s watcher elves, Scrabby, reporting back that his 13-year-old charge, Marshall, sure spent a lot of time alone in his room this year working on a new, very hands-on hobby. The winner has to be the very non-elf-like Momoa filing his report, with perfect comedic timing, on his chronic masturbating boy. That said, Kate McKinnon can make it rain as “Tiny” Tim Cratchet anytime she likes. God, bless us extra!


Christmas in the Delta

Admittedly, the odds of Kendrick dropping a surprise guest verse during the Mumford set were as long as a Migos album. But while Mumford & Sons might be a few years removed from stirring up those levels of excitement, few can argue the quality delivered by the band, especially when they harmonize over acoustics and keys. Both their recent hit “Guiding Light” and the title track off their last album, Delta, reminded listeners that the band can still deliver big, emotional songs that will never be unwelcome.


First Impressions

I said go silly or go home, and Beck Bennett’s hide-and-seek strategy while meeting the father (Momoa) of his girlfriend for the first time played silly to absolute perfection. Momoa’s childish enthusiasm in response to the creepy gesture made for one of the funnier pairings of the night and season. It’s easily a top-five skit of the season.


Is That the Dude from Rocky IV?

For all you Game of Thrones nerds, Momoa reprised his brutish role of Khal Drogo on a talk show that revisits characters killed off during the series. If you like that sort of thing…



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Dave Navarro blasts Geraldo Rivera for running TV episode about murder of his mother

Geraldo Rivera has never been one overly concerned with journalistic integrity, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to hear that his new docu-series for Reelz is already mired in controversy. The latest episode of Rivera’s true crime series, Murder in the Family, chronicles the death of Dave Navarro’s mother at the hands of her ex-boyfriend in 1981.

Navarro previously discussed the tragedy in the 2015 documentary, Mourning Son, but he turned down Rivera’s overtures to participate in Murder in the Family. As the Jane’s Addiction guitarist tells it in a new Instagram post, Rivera opted “to run [the episode[ anyway with inaccurate facts and total abandon for the triggering effect a program of this nature could have on the families.”

‘I understand that true crime is a big moneymaker, in fact I am a fan of programs such as this, but when they chase down the dollar instead of having the feelings of the loved ones in mind, that’s when I have to say something,” Navarro added.

“I’m personally ok as I have told this story myself in my documentary #MourningSon but this is an opportunity to stand up for the other families that don’t get a choice whether or not they have their stories told to millions without their consent!”

You can read Navarro’s full post below.

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For his part, Rivera has yet to respond to Navarro’s criticism. Instead, the Trump sycophant is busy chastising real reporters for the way they’re covering Robert Mueller’s investigation of Donald Trump.


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Prosecutors believe they have Tekashi 6ix9ine dead to rights

Lawyers for Tekashi 6ix9ine contend the 22-year-old rapper only pretends to be a gangster and will ultimately be vindicated of the multiple federal crimes he’s been charged with. However, based on the evidence submitted in court this week, prosecutors believe they have 6ix9ine “dead to rights,” according to TMZ.

In arguing why 6ix9ine should not be granted bail, prosecutors have submitted a bevy of photographs and video clips showing 6ix9ine at the scene of several shootings and armed robberies. In particular, prosecutors produced footage from an April 3rd armed robbery in Brooklyn which 6ix9ine actually filmed himself and later gave to a third party to post onto the Internet. Additionally, there are photographs of 6ix9ine at a pair of shootings in Brooklyn on April 21st, as well as ones of him in possession of a backpack stolen during an armed robbery.

Many of the images and video clips were found on phones belonging to 6ix9ine and his former associates.

Tekashi 6ix9ine’s federal trial is expected to begin in September 2019. If found guilty on the charges, he faces a minimum of 32 years to a maximum of life in prison.


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Lindsey Buckingham settles lawsuit against Fleetwood Mac

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Earlier this year, longtime guitarist Lindsey Buckingham was unceremoniously fired from Fleetwood Mac prior to the band’s latest tour. Buckingham responded by suing his former bandmates for “fiduciary duty, breach of oral contract and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage.” Now, according to Buckingham, the two sides have reached a settlement.

“We’ve all signed off on something,” Buckingham told CBS This Morning during an appearance on Saturday. “I’m happy enough with it. I’m not out there trying to twist the knife at all. I’m trying to look at this with some level of compassion, some level of wisdom.”

Bucking previously said he was fired from Fleetwood Mac after he asked his bandmates to postpone their tour three months so he could play concerts with his solo band. Additionally, Buckingham said he had a falling out with Stevie Nicks, who was reportedly perturbed by Buckingham’s antics at a MusiCares benefit concert in January. At the time, Nicks gave the band an ultimatum: Either he goes or she goes. A short time later, Buckingham was informed of his firing in a phone call with the band’s manager, Irving Azoff.

In a statement released when he first filed the lawsuit, Buckingham said, “Last January, Fleetwood Mac made the decision to continue to tour without me. I remain deeply surprised and saddened, as this decision ends the beautiful 43-year legacy we built together. Over the last eight months, our many efforts to come to an agreement have unfortunately proved elusive. I’m looking forward to closure, and will always remain proud of all that we created, and what that legacy represents.”

Elsewhere in his interview with CBS This Morning, Buckingham revealed he had recently received an email from Fleetwood Mac bandmate Christine McVie. (The two released a collaborative album together last year.) “She wrote me an email and basically said, ‘Dearest Lindsey, just know that I had nothing to do with any of this. Know that I miss you so much,’” Buckingham recounted. “She said, ‘I believe deep in Stevie’s heart that she would like you to come home.’”

As for Fleetwood Mac, they recently extended their tour into 2019.


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Classic Album Review: ZE Records Skips Holly and Jolly on A Christmas Record 1981

1981 was a bad year for New York City. By the time the big red apple dropped in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, reports of violent and property crime in the city had peaked at 1,214,935 (a record that still stands), West 42nd Street’s warren of porno theaters and by-the-hour motels had prompted Rolling Stone to declare it “the sleaziest block in America,” and the New York Times had unknowingly heralded the decade’s oncoming AIDS crisis with the chilling headline “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals.”

Even the winter holidays weren’t immune to the malaise. December saw the city weather a 17-day strike by private trash collectors that produced a rash of garbage fires, violence, and refuse-piled streets. An op-ed in the Times from the day before the strike’s end described the situation with the terse poetry of a wartime dispatch: “Plastic bags break and begin to smell; some have caught fire, singeing adjacent buildings; fears of vermin and disease grow. Piled-up trash hides what’s left of the city’s beauty. Intimations of disorder corrode what’s left of civic spirit.”

This is all a long way of saying that you’d be forgiven for doubting that anyone in that city, at that time, would have the energy or interest in recording one of modern pop music’s most essential Christmas records. Luckily, the “anyone” in this case was the motley roster of ZE Records, the haven of mutant disco and no-wave overseen by tastemakers Michael Zilkha and Michel Esteban.

By 1981, ZE had established its gonzo bona fides through acts ranging from the minimalist punk menace of Suicide to the skronky sax provocations of James Chance to the avant weirdness of Lydia Lunch to the near-tropical funk of acts like Kid Creole and the Coconuts. They were the last label in town you might expect to produce a Christmas compilation, a fact which made A Christmas Record as fascinating as it was unlikely.

Most famous now for including The Waitresses’ still-underrated “Christmas Wrapping”, the 11 songs that comprise A Christmas Record’s first two releases (the UK-only 1981 version and the wider 1982 release) broke with a treacly tradition that saw even certified rock stars produce what Times critic Robert Palmer called at the time “some of the direst, most pernicious Christmas records of all time.”

Instead, listeners were greeted with holiday bleakness, delivered by songs that came by their direness not through false cheer, but through the honest yuletide blend of humor and anger and despair. Alan Vega and Suicide lead the way here — wandering through Martin Rev’s murky, mercurial no-wave soundscapes, Vega delivers two tales of winter desperation (“Hey Lord” and “No More Christmas Blues”) with all the affect of a walking Valium — but they aren’t the only ones keyed into Christmas’ darker moods. “Christmas with Satan” finds James Chance torturing classics as he tacks up tinsel in hell while “Things Fall Apart” lets ZE secret weapon Cristina systematically dismantle the case for Christmastime nostalgia with score-settling lyrics steeped in wry melodrama.

Even the brightest songs on the record are tinged with bittersweetness. Davitt Sigerson’s should’ve-been-a-standard “It’s a Big Country” recognizes the loneliness at the heart of the holiday phone call, The Waitresses’ hit “Christmas Wrapping” ends with a potential love affair that’s still powered by canned cranberries from an all-night A&P, and August Darnell’s impossibly catchy “Christmas on Riverside Drive” lauds NYC’s holiday vibe while celebrating the scenic Manhattan road whose architectural glory days called back to the fading past rather than towards any future.

If A Christmas Record’s only legacy came from its status as a forlorn holiday artifact from the year New York hit rock bottom, it would still be worth a listen. However, like the holiday standards they sought to lampoon, the songs here found a way of transcending their own time. Taken together, they provided the first real example of what an “alternative” Christmas record might sound like, one that’s guided the ethos of indie-label holiday releases ever since. Taken individually, they continue to offer a cathartic (but never wholly depressing) outlet for anyone who’s ever felt left out from a season predicated on joy. In 2018, that number’s probably pretty high.

Things have changed since 1981. New York got better, then worse again for different reasons. ZE shuttered in 1984, then came back in 2003. Alan Vega and Patty Donohue died, which still feels unfair. Christmas happened. It happens every year, even when things seem terrible. Even when things are terrible.

It’s not nostalgia, then, with which we look back upon those days. We don’t long for their return so much as we appreciate the people who lived through it all, the ones who looked at the garbage piles and the peep shows and the stick-up artists and made something as stupid as Christmas music anyway. If you’re feeling blue between now and the 25th, spin this record. You won’t necessarily feel better, but you’ll almost certainly feel less alone.

Essential Tracks: “Christmas on Riverside Drive”, “Christmas Wrapping”, and “No More Christmas Blues”


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