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The Real Problem with Iggy Azalea's Blackfishing Scandal

Iggy Azalea's "I Am the Stripclub" video controversy is not just about her

Iggy?

Iggy Azalea has been accused of Blackfishing … is anyone surprised?

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Why Do People Hate Awkwafina?

The line between cultural appropriation and appreciation is fuzzy, but Awkwafina's unprecedented success as an Asian-American woman should be celebrated.

"The Farewell"

Nora Lum, AKA Awkwafina, has blown up in recent years.

After maneuvering YouTube fame — with viral hits like "My Vag" — into a comedic rap career, her over-the-top persona was adapted into breakout comic-relief roles in Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean's Eight in 2018. She followed that up in 2019 by showing off her dramatic chops with a Golden Globe-winning performance in The Farewell.

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Charli XCX's "Quarantine Diaries" Will Make You Feel Less Alone

Are you having a hard time social distancing? So is she!

If you're reading this right now, you're probably cooped up at home, avoiding the outside world in a futile attempt to lessen the severity of the you-know-what virus.

It's a weird time to be alive right now, and if you're practicing social distancing to mitigate the virus' spread (which you absolutely should be), it's likely that you're feeling pretty alone. The good news is that you're not the only one in this quarantine boat; even Charli XCX, Britain's reigning princess of clubbing and having a generally fun time, is doing the right thing by keeping herself isolated.

The pop star, who just followed up last year's Charli with a remix of 100 gecs' "Ringtone," took to Twitter to share her "quarantine diary." If you're feeling unproductive or purposeless in this rough time, join the club! "Being a workaholic in quarantine is quite stressful," Charli wrote. "If I don't have a million things going on, if my brain isn't buzzing, this pit of doom starts opening up. I start thinking 'why?' 'What's the point?' 'I am so purposeless.' Quarantine is also making me think about the possibilities of a shift within my industry...What will happen to live shows?" She continued: "I don't have answers and some of this isn't even important but I'm just writing this as a stream of consciousness because I've currently got nothing else to do."

While this pandemic can feel frightening and confining, it's important to remember that we're all in this mess together. For many, not being able to work as productively or see friends can induce a wave of guilt; mixed with anxiety about the current state of everything, that "pit of doom" is a pretty relatable scenario.

It's OK if you're not being productive right now and can only muster up the energy to survive. Stay inside and find things that make you as happy as possible in the meantime. This will blow over eventually—then, you can go back to your usual existential fears of the 2020 election and the climate crisis.

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Charli XCX and Toad Invite You to Escape to Nintendo World

The new friends appeared together in the music video for "We Were Born to Play," the theme song for Universal Studios Japan's newest park.

In case you needed another reason to flee the country, Universal Studios Japan will soon be home to Super Nintendo World, a Mario-studded theme park opening before the 2020 summer Olympics in Osaka.

All good theme parks need an equally good theme song, but as we've previously discussed, Toad's singing voice might not be up to par. Nintendo called in Swedish DJ duo Galantis and anti-pop star Charli XCX to deliver "We Were Born to Play," the park's new theme song, complete with a lighthearted video to match. If you've ever yearned for an EDM song that interpolates the original Mario theme, this is for you.

The video features Charli standing on top of Peach's castle, sporting her own version of a Mushroom Kingdom princess gown. Up on the roof with her is Toad, and the pair of new friends watch as various random civilians get transported to a real-life Mario World. Complete with Goombas, coins, and Mario hats galore, it appears to be a perfect place to catch a break from the plethora of political and humanitarian issues plaguing the actual Earth. If Nintendo World looks anything like this, we'll happily jump down a warp pipe.

SUPER NINTENDO WORLD™ JAPAN: Galantis ft. Charli XCX - WE ARE BORN TO PLAY (Music Video) www.youtube.com

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The 10 Worst Lyrics From Your Favorite Rappers

Even famous rappers don't get it right every time.

Everyone has a bad day every now and then, even your favorite rappers.

The highly accomplished acts below no doubt have more hits than flops, but in a sense that's what makes their flops so noticeable and uncharacteristic. From Drake, Rick Ross, and Future to Lil Wayne and Run-DMC, these are the worst lyrics uttered by your favorite rappers.

Future

"f*ck around, pull out my dick and I pee on her."

Nicki Minaj

"When he was a geisha, I was a Samurai, somehow I understood him when he spoke Thai."

Rocko - U.O.E.N.O. ft. Future, Rick Ross

"Put molly all in her champagne, she ain't even know it. I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain't even know it."

RUN-DMC - King Of Rock (Official Video)

"There's three of us, but we're not the Beatles."

Lil Wayne

"I'm a venereal disease, like a menstrual bleed."

Nas

"Honey ain't a politican, she a pole-a-tician."

YG

"On my late-night thirsty, 'cause it was late-night and I was thirsty"

Fredo Santana

"Baby girl pull your pants up, I only want your face"

Pittbull

"Your man just left, I'm the plumber tonight, let me check your pipes. Oh, you're the healthy type. Well, here goes some egg whites."

Lil Pump

"I'm a millionaire but I don't know how to read."

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