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Ain't Nobody Got Time For Kid Rock's Angry Rant About Racism And Oprah Winfrey

*rolls eyes*

Remember Kid Rock? Yeah – he was that country rockstar turned rapper who was married to Pamela Anderson for a hot second in 2006 and sung the 2007 banger ‘All Summer Long.’

We’ve not heard much from Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, until this week when he went on a drunken rant about Oprah Winfrey and being racist.

In footage obtained by TMZ, Kid Rock is speaking onstage at his Honky Tonk bar in Nashville when he began yelling: “F*ck Oprah…Oprah Winfrey is like, ‘Hey, I just want women to believe in this sh*t…F*ck her, she can suck d*ck sideways.”

The musician went on to say “OK fine, f*ck off” to the people he “knew” would label him “racist” for attacking Winfrey. He also called The View host Joy Behar a “b*tch.”

“I’m not a bad guy, I’m just an honest guy, saying I don’t like Oprah Winfrey or Joy Behar. They can suck d*ck sideways.”

Kid Rock was eventually escorted off stage by security and has since attempted to explain his rant. “My people tried to get me to do The Oprah Winfrey show years ago and her people wanted me to write down 5 reasons why I loved her and her show,” he tweeted. “I said f*ck that and her. End of story.”

Kid Rock’s drunken rant is by no means the first time he’s landed himself in the centre of a controversy. A quick read of his tweets is enough to give you a bit of an idea. 

In late October, Kid Rock tweeted a link to Donald Trump Jr’s book Triggered, and in early August he tweeted, “Taylor Swift wants to be a democrat because she wants to be in movies…period. And it looks like she will suck the door knob off Hollyweird to get there. Oldest move in the book. Good luck girl.”

In March this year, he posted a photo on himself with Donald Trump enjoying a game of golf. “Thank you to POTUS for having me and to EVERYONE at Trump International for being so wonderful. What a great man, so down to Earth and so fun to be with!! KEEP AMERICA GREAT.”

Judging by these tweets and Kid Rock’s onstage antics it doesn’t sound like he’s too fussed on the public’s opinion.

Brenda Song Told She Wasn’t “Asian Enough” For ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

And she faced a similar hurdle with The Social Network.

Diversity in film and TV has been a hot topic in recent years, and while the big wigs of Hollywood have made an effort to ditch racial stereotypes and ensure equal representation on-screen, discrimination is still commonplace – and it’s something actress Brenda Song is familiar with.

In a recent interview with Teen Vogue, Song revealed that she was denied an audition for the 2018 film Crazy Rich Asians because of her image. 

“A lot of people don’t know this, but I never got to read for Crazy Rich Asians, ever,” she said. “Their reasoning behind that, what they said was that my image was basically not Asian enough, in not so many words. It broke my heart.”

“I said, ‘This character is in her late to mid-20s, an Asian American, and I can’t even audition for it?’ I’ve auditioned for Caucasian roles my entire career, but this specific role, you’re not going to let me do it? You’re going to fault me for having worked my whole life?’ I was like, ‘Where do I fit?”

Sadly, Crazy Rich Asians isn’t the first time Brenda Song has felt trapped in her acting career. In an interview with W Magazine, Song revealed that she was almost barred from appearing in the 2010 drama The Social Network because of a love scene with co-star Andrew Garfield.

“Disney originally didn’t let me do it because of the bathroom scene,” she said, referring to a scene in wish she hooks up with Garfield (playing Eduardo Saverin) in a bathroom stall. “At the time – and no shade or anything – there was a lot of controversy with other young Disney stars.”

Song explained to Disney, “this is an opportunity that I don’t think will ever come around again,” and ultimately, they allowed her to take the part. “The Social Network was not only career-changing, but life changing,” she said.

While Disney had reservations about Brenda Song’s role in The Social Network, she acknowledges the network’s support during the early days of her career. “I’m so grateful that they truly were colourblind casting at that time and giving this little Asian American girl a chance in Hollywood,” she said.

“I didn’t get a lot of auditions. It wasn’t until I got into the Disney family that they were so very open. So I feel really proud of that because for me, growing up I didn’t see a lot of girls who looked like me on TV and it was a little disheartening because I was like, ‘I’m not Jackie Chan. I’m not Jet Li. How am I going to do this?”

Well, Brenda Song did it – she went on to appear in countless TV shows and movies, and now with over 25 years of experience under her belt is currently starring in the Hulu series Dollface. Crazy Rich Asians doesn’t know what it’s missing out on.

Yet Another Fashion Mag Has Disrespected Models Of Colour

"We are not a TREND. We are here to STAY" - Naomi Campbell

Another day, another fashion magazine blatantly disrespecting models of colour – and this time, Naomi Campbell has clapped back.

The model took to Instagram yesterday to call out Elle Germany for the magazine’s ‘Black Is Back’ issue for not only implying black models are a ‘trend’ but for mistaking a model for another woman of colour.

The page Campbell refers to in her post features profiles of six models, but the woman Elle Germany named as ‘Jenaye Furman’ isn’t Jenaye Furman at all, it’s fellow model Naomi Chin Wing. Campbell also points out the features’ offensive blurb, which translates to: “Beautiful, successful, committed: MODELS OF COLOUR were never in demand as they are now. But these great WOMEN also inspire us off the catwalks!”

Campbell began her post by saying how sad she was to see the feature, and that she and fellow models Bethann Hardison and Iman “are here if you are not clear on the guidelines of diversity.”

“Your mistake it is highly insulting in every way… you go further to say BACK TO BLACK even if you meant the fashion it’s misleading on your headline and Type!!” she wrote.

“I’ve said countless times we are not a TREND. We are here to STAY. It’s ok to celebrate models of colour but please do it in an ELEGANT and RESPECTFUL way.”

Campbell also touched on Elle Germany mistakenly identifying model Naomi Chin Wing as Janaye Furman, writing in her caption, “I too in my career have seen pictures of other models called me just because of the colour of our skin…Do you know what it feels like to do the job (@naomichinwing) and not even be given the right name credit?”

Ending her post, Campbell wrote, “It’s very important for a publication to be culturally sensitive and give credit where it’s due. We all need to unite on this matter.”

Elle Germany has since apologised for the issue, writing in a statement, “It was wrong to use the cover line ‘Back to black’ which could be misconstrued to mean that black individuals are some sort of fashion trend. This obviously was not our intention and we regret not being more sensitive to the possible misinterpretations.”

Misidentifying the model Naomi Chin Wing as Janaye Furman is a further error for which we apologize.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time this has happened. In August this year, Australian magazine WHO incorrectly published a picture of model Flavia Lazarus next to a feature interview they did with fellow model Adut Akech.

On Instagram, Akech wrote, “I personally feel insulted and disrespected but I feel like my entire race has been disrespected too…Whoever did this clearly thought that was me in that picture and that’s not okay.”

“It goes to show that people are very ignorant and narrow minded that they think every black girl or African people look the same.” 

WHO Magazine apologised for the error, and their PR agency OPR told the ABC “the error was administrative and unintentional.” 

However, it seems not only has the damage been done but this kind of unacceptable and disrespectful behaviour keeps happening time and time again. For fashion magazines to embrace equality and say they want to celebrate all women (and men) they need to set the example, and practice what they preach.

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