JUSTIN BIEBER CRITICIZED FOR USING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. SPEECHES IN ‘JUSTICE – (03/22/2021)
Justin Bieber is being criticized for using excerpts of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches on his latest album.
Released Friday (March 19th), Justice starts off with the famous quote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat everywhere,” from King’s April 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” It also includes the track, “MLK Interlude,” a nearly two-minute snippet of the Civil Rights leader’s 1967 sermon, “But If Not”.
Twitter users and professional critics alike questioned why the singer chose to include these clips on an album comprised of love songs. Variety reviewer Chris Willman wrote in his review, “Now, if you’re wondering why anyone thought it was a good idea to conflate civil-right martyrdom with the thought of succumbing to a hot woman, keep wondering: It, like the other MLK bit, or the socially conscious-sounding rationale for the album title, for that matter, doesn’t make a lick of sense.”
Additionally, Twitter user @cxtilyn wrote, “justin bieber using mlk speeches about justice… to sing about his white wife?”
However, King’s daughter Bernice King appeared to co-sign Bieber’s new project in a tweet Thursday (March 18th) before the album’s release.
She wrote, “Thank you, @justinbieber, for your support, in honor of #Justice, of @TheKingCenter’s work and of our #BeLove campaign.”
DRAKE DENIES CLAIMS THAT HE IS PURSUING KIM KARDASHIAN: Drake has denied rumors that he is looking to pursue Kim Kardashian now that she is divorcing Kanye West. Gossip of The City reached out to Drake about the rumor via direct message on Instagram, asking, “Fake news ? He responded, “Obviously [crying laughing emoji].”
INTRUDER HAS A PARTY AT JOHNNY DEPP’S HOUSE – (03/22/2021)
An intruder took advantage of the scandal and lawsuit-suit cursed superstar Johnny Depp’s digs in Hollywood, TMZ reports.
The invader reportedly sampled his bar’s copious wares and even took a shower. The partier must have encountered a rich array of options: at the height of his fame, Depp reportedly spent about $30,000 a month on wine alone. The intruder was not identified, and was in the shower when the police arrived, and kicked down the bathroom door when he refused to emerge.
The freshly showered intruder was booked for felony vandalism because the door had to be kicked in. Neighbors who saw the apparently homeless man hanging around the police to the issue.
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KATY PERRY IS PLANNING A LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY – (03/22/2021)
Katy Perry is planning a Las Vegas residency at The Theatre at Resorts World.
Sources tell Billboard that the residency will start later this year and run into 2022.
Resorts World is Las Vegas’ first all-new casino-resort on the Strip in more than a decade. The 5,000-capacity Theater will run as a joint development in partnership with AEG Presents.
WOMAN CHARGED WITH STALKING PETE DAVIDSON: Michelle Mootreddy has been arrested and charged with stalking and harassing Pete Davidson. The 24-year-old allegedly entered his Staten Island home uninvited, and she was also the same person listed as his partner and wife in a new business venture, a claim his lawyer quickly denied.
KATE KANE IS: Batwoman has found its new Kate Kane. Wallis Day will take over the role vacated by Ruby Rose. “Super excited to finally announce I’m joining the cast of Batwoman,” Day wrote on Instagram, alongside a screenshot of a report announcing the casting news. “I’m sure you can imagine how much this means to me and how incredible it’s been working on the show so far.” (ET)
RYAN MURPHY TEASES AMERICAN HORROR STORY: Ryan Murphy has shared an eerie black-and-white video of the ocean and waves, teasing the upcoming tenth season. “The title of American Horror Story 10 is Double Feature,” the clip reads. “Two horrifying stories…one season. One by the sea…One by the sand. More to come…”
TODAY’S CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS:
- Reese Witherspoon (actress, Big Little Lies, Legally Blonde, Fear, Walk The Line, Cruel Intentions) (45)
- William Shatner (actor, Star Trek, TJ Hooker, Boston Legal) (90)
- Bob Costas (sportscaster and talk show host) (69)
- Andrew Lloyd Webber (musical composer) (73)
- Stephen Sondheim (Broadway songwriter, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, “Send in the Clowns,” Company, Gypsy, Sunday In the Park With George, and many others) (91)
- Wolf Blitzer (CNN anchor) (73)
- James Patterson (author, Along Came A Spider, Kiss The Girls) (74)
- Keegan-Michael Key (actor/comedian, Let’s Be Cops, Tomorrowland, Pitch Perfect 2, MADtv) (50)
- Constance Wu (actress, Fresh Off The Boat) (39)