Billionaire rapper and husband to Beyonce Jay-Z has drummed up social justice angst for recently surfaced video of him claiming that communities with missing fathers are more prone to violence toward the police. Well, no duh. However, in progressive circles, this is one of the most offensive things he could have said. What self-respecting progressive could ever admit that cops might be occasionally mistreated? Or that fathers could possibly be important?
The View co-host Sunny Hostin was angry on Monday’s show, at the news that rapper Jay-Z had partnered with the NFL as an adviser for its “social justice initiatives,” without Colin Kaepernick’s consent. She was also outraged at Jay-Z’s statement that blacks were “past kneeling,” in protest at police brutality, calling it “ridiculous” “inappropriate” and “insensitive” because apparently police force was a “leading” cause of death among young black men in the United States.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell held a press event with the gangsta-rapper/mogul Jay-Z, and announced his company Roc Nation will take the lead in selecting the league’s live entertainment programming and advise on its “social justice” initiatives. Jay-Z once backed Kaepernick’s crusade, but now proclaimed the whole kneeling thing was yesterday’s news. “I think we’re past kneeling,” he said. It wasn’t hard to predict that the nation’s enlightened sports writers were going to erupt volcanically over this deal.
In Friday’s episode of David Letterman’s Netflix Series, My Next Guest Needs no Introduction, “I Had a Paper Route Too,” Letterman kept with tradition and slipped in a question about President Trump with only fifteen minutes left in the hour-long interview. This week’s guest was rapper Jay-Z, a vocal Trump hater. So when Letterman jokingly asserted, “I’m beginning to lose hope in the Trump administration,” he knew he’d get a favorable response from both Jay-Z and the audience. Reminiscent of Hilary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment, Jay-Z remarks, “He’s [Trump] bringing out an ugly side of America that we wanted to believe was gone. And it’s still here and we’ve still got to deal with it."
Ian Schwartz at Real Clear Politics found hot talk about President Trump being a racist insect on the debut of the new Van Jones show on CNN Saturday night. Jones asked the rapper Jay-Z about the allegation that Trump talked about immigrants from "s---hole countries" (and Jones said the word again on CNN). Jay-Z called that not only "hurtful," but "misinformed," because "these places have beautiful people and beautiful everything."
BET’s Tales is described as a scripted anthology series of "song stories," that uses hip-hop song lyrics to create mini movies. The October 24 episode titled “99 Problems” is based on the lyrics of a Jay-Z song and boy does it have problems!
We live in bizarre times. A famous rapper dedicated a song about a famous football player/murderer to a football player that sat out the national anthem because he doesn’t like America. Sounds about right.
Jay-Z is not the left’s brightest intersectionalist. In his new album, 4:44, in a song called, “The Story of O.J.,” the rapper may have accused Jewish people of “owning all the property in America.”
According to Hollywood Reporter, the song, “The Story of O.J.,” is an attempt to see the world through the convicted O.J. Simpson’s eyes, using exaggerated stereotypes to tell the story. Music manager Guy Oseary claimed that the line was a compliment to the Jewish community.
Univision is now at the intersection of celebrity and political news.
Mike Huckabee, the once and future presidential candidate, is somehow controversial for attacking Beyonce and her gangsta-rap husband Jay-Z in his new book God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy. Beyonce is one of the most popular singers in America, and Huckabee acknowledges that. But pollsters are distorting his book.
Conservative politicians aren’t really allowed to condemn the crudest excesses of popular culture. The Obamas can be best friends with Jay-Z and Beyonce and never face any scrutiny for their parenting, which is always presumed to be fantastic.
Has John Heilemann ever gotten this riled up over the commies ruling Cuba? If so, I missed it. But on his Bloomberg TV show tonight, Heilemann got on his populist high horse to blast the British monarchy on the occasion of the visit to the US of Prince William and Princess Kate, mocking them as "undereducated" and calling for the British monarchy to be "done away with tomorrow."
In Heilemann's view, the real "royalty" on view at the Brooklyn Nets game tonight will be Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Lebron James.
It's been nearly two weeks since George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering black teenager Trayvon Martin, but the verdict continues to draw heated reaction from across the country.
One of the latest responses came from Shawn Carter -- a rapper better known by his stage name of Jay-Z -- who declared that everyone knows the verdict “was wrong,” and it left him “really angry” because the racism in America is “so blatant.”