KANYE WEST DROPS OUT OF 2020 PRESIDENTIAL RACE – (07/15/2020)
It is being reported that Kanye West has dropped out of the 2020 presidential race. According to Intelligencer, multiple campaign professionals have claimed that Kanye started the process of having his name included on the ballots for Florida and other states as a third-party candidate, in opposition to Joe Biden and Donald Trump.
A source said that they had been contacted by Kanye’s team about going to Florida to get the necessary signatures to that he could make it on the state’s ballot by the July 15th deadline. In order to meet the ballot requirements, 132,781 Florida voters would have to sign the petition in less than a week.
Since Kanye entered the presidential race late in the game, his name is unable to appear on many state ballots. This will make it difficult for him to earn enough votes to be elected.
Steve Kramer, a “get out the vote” specialist who was hired by Kanye’s team to help out in Florida, confirmed that Kanye was “out” of the race.
KANYE WEST WAS ALLEGEDLY PULLING 2% OF VOTES IN PRESIDENTIAL POLL
Prior to it being reported that Ye dropped out of the race, a consulting firm that does polling and market reasearch has found that the music and fashion icon allegedly only pulled 2% of votes in the presidential poll. According to TMZ, Redfield & Wilton Strategies released results from a poll it did last week and Kanye only clocked in at 2% out of 2,000 people polled.
Meanwhile, third party candidates from the Libertarian and Green Parties aren’t polling much higher than Kanye — both also hit the 2% and 1% each, respectively.
The poll also showed that Kanye getting into the race actually hurt Donald Trump. Trump went from 40% to 39% with Kanye in the race and Biden is at the lead with 48%.
MAROON 5’S MICKEY MADDEN TAKING LEAVE OF ABSENCE FROM BAND; NEW TOUR DATES REVEALED – (07/15/2020)
Maroon 5 has announced their brand new 2021 tour dates after postponing their 2020 tour due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The band released the dates, cities, and venues they plan on hitting up next summer. The trek, which was supposed to kick off in May, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will now launch July 15, 2021 in Chula Vista, California. The 41-date run will wrap October 2nd in Los Angeles.
Leon Bridges and Meghan Trainor were set to open for Maroon 5 on their tour this year, though it’s unclear at the moment if they’re still scheduled to provide support next year.
It was also revealed that Maroon 5 member Mickey Madden has decided to take a leave of absence from the band after he was arrested for a domestic violence allegation.
“I have some things that I need to deal with and address right now and so I have decided to take a leave of absence from Maroon 5 for the foreseeable future,” he told said in a statement. “During this time, I do not want to be a distraction to my bandmates. I wish them the absolute best.”
Madden was arrested on a felony charge in Los Angeles last month and was released on $50,000 bond. It’s unclear if Madden’s leave of absence is temporary or permanent.
Maroon 5 released their most recent studio album, Red Pill Blues, in 2017.
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VIACOM ENDS RELATIONSHIP WITH NICK CANNON OVER ‘ANTI-SEMITIC’ COMMENTS – (07/15/2020)
ViacomCBS has ended its decades long relationship with Nick Cannon after he made comments deemed anti-Semitic on his “Cannon’s Class” podcast. According to TMZ, the company said in a statement, “While we support ongoing education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, we are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him.”
The statement continued, “We are committed to doing better in our response to incidents of anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry. ViacomCBS will have further announcements on our efforts to combat hate of all kinds.”
During the June 30th episode, Cannon interviewed Professor Griff of the iconic rap group Public Enemy. Weeks later, Nick started trending after a clip of him referring to white and Jewish people as “the true savages” started circulating on social media. He was discussing the power White and Jewish people have and the ways they’ve treated “melanated” people.
He explained, “Our melanin is so power[ful] and it connects us in a way that the reason why [White people] fear us is because of the lack that they have of it. When you have a person that has the lack of pigment, the lack of melanin, they know that they will be annihilated. So, therefore, however they got the power, they have the lack of compassion. Melanin comes with compassion, melanin comes with soul.”
He continued, “The people that don’t have [melanin] are a little less… They may not have the compassion when they were sent to the mountains of Caucasus when they didn’t have the power of the Sun. The Sun then started to deteriorate them so then, they’re acting out of fear, they’re acting out of low self-esteem, they’re acting out of a deficiency. So, therefore, the only way that they can act is evil. They have to rob, steal, rape, kill in order to survive. So then, these people that didn’t have what we have—and when I say we, I speak of the melanated people—they had to be savages.”
NICK CLARIFIES HIS STATEMENT
After receiving mixed reactions to his comments, Cannon released a statement via his Facebook page, saying that he condemns hate speech. He said, “Anyone who knows me knows that I have no hate in my heart nor malice intentions. I do not condone hate speech nor the spread of hateful rhetoric. We are living in a time when it is more important than ever to promote unity and understanding. The Black and Jewish communities have both faced enormous hatred, oppression persecution and prejudice for thousands of years and in many ways have and will continue to work together to overcome these obstacles.”
When some challenged him, saying that he didn’t apologize, he told Fast Company that apologies are empty and discussions and healing are needed. He said, “Are you forcing me to say the words ‘I’m sorry’? Are you making me bow down, ’cause then again, that would be perpetuating that same rhetoric that we’re trying to get away from. What we need is healing. What we need is discussion. Correct me. I don’t tell my children to say, ‘I’m sorry.’ I want them to understand where they need to be corrected. And then that’s how we grow.”
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