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Don't Let Kanye West on the Ballot in Wisconsin—14 Seconds Late Is Still Late

Thanks to the arcane nonsense of the Electoral College, Kanye West could swing the whole election in states like Wisconsin.

Kanye West isn't running for president, he's "walking for president."

Those are his own words in response to a question about whether he was trying to hurt the Biden Harris campaign's chances and thus help Donald Trump secure reelection. Some have taken that phrasing as a confirmation that Kanye is running as an intentional "spoiler" candidate.

Another possibility is that Kanye is being encouraged to campaign by various people who don't care about his mental health—who want to use him for Donald Trump's benefit. He could be going with the flow and "walking for president" while Republican political operatives lead him where they want him to go. Maybe Kanye never took off his MAGA hat after all...

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Sarah Palin Was on "The Masked Singer" and America Is Doomed

The former vice presidential candidate sang "Baby Got Back," because she's #relatable.

The Masked Singer is simultaneously a mysteriously popular reality show and a furry's wet dream.

The singing competition series combines the celebrity appeal of Dancing With the Stars with the good old-fashioned talent contest of American Idol or The Voice. Notable public figures sport particularly frightening head-to-toe ensembles and take turns singing songs, and the judges must guess who is in the suit. And, as is the case with any reality show, things get cringey—especially when a costumed Sarah Palin gives a rendition of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back."

That's correct: The one-time vice presidential candidate (and Most Famous Alaskan Probably Ever) removed a monstrous bear head (as the entire crowd yelled "take it off," which isn't at all creepy) to reveal her identity before diving into the 1992 hit. She made sure to note that she tweaked the lyrics to be about men's butts instead. Because we can excuse a former governor for opposing same-sex marriage and being a life member of the NRA if they're funny and relatable, right? Right?

Before host Nick Cannon signed off, Palin assured the crowd: "This is something that our country needs right now, too." I can't say I agree, considering I'm typing this through an anxiety-ridden self-quarantine, but to each their own. Funny and relatable! We are in hell!

Watch the haunting performance below:

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The Sexiest Celebrity Halloween Costumes EVER

Sure, "Trick or Treat" and all that good stuff, but let's be honest, Halloween is all about the sexy costumes.

2019 has been a calamity of a year.

Trump thinks the constitution is "phony" and doesn't apply to him because of his wealth, the amazon is still very much engulfed in flames, and global warming is set to decimate humanity in less than a decade. It all seems quite dire, which is why Halloween is welcomed warmly this year. It's time to give 'em pumpkin to talk about that isn't impending doom. It's time to lift your "spirits," realize life is "gourd" and get done up in boo-tiful costumes to help distract from the actual spooky terror going on outside. To get you amped up, here are a few of the sexiest costumes ever!

Kim Kardashian West as Cat Woman

The Kardashian Klan has dawned a lot of gorgeous costumes over the years, but frankly Kim Kardashian's Cat Woman costume of 2012 takes the cake. Kanye as Batman is also additionally something we can't unsee, but for far different, not sexy reasons.

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"The Masked Singer" Is America's Favorite Joke

With 10 million viewers tuning in, this Donnie Darko nightmare of a singing competition has claimed the ratings' top spot.

Every contestant on The Masked Singer is a cross between a Vegas showgirl and the monster under your childhood bed.

Nearly 10 million Americans tuned in for the singing competition's premiere last week. Viewers' reactions range from horrified to conversion to furry fandom, as twelve so-called "celebrity contestants" compete while costumed as: Deer, Lion, Monster, Peacock, Unicorn, Rabbit, Alien, Raven, Poodle, Bee, Hippo, and Pineapple.

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Hosted by Nick Cannon, the bizarre show is the American version of the popular South Korean competition, King of Mask Singer (on which Ryan Reynolds has appeared as a unicorn singing "Tomorrow" from Annie). The concept is both simple and over-the-top, as costumed singers introduce themselves to give hints as to their identities–and not only are they dressed as giant anthropomorphic creatures, but each costume is replete with a ridiculous voice-changing filter. After each contestant karaokes America's most overplayed songs, a panel of C-list judges evaluates their performances and takes a stab at guessing who could be under the mask. At the end, whoever displayed the least amount of talent is eliminated and forced to remove his/her disguise.

With "celebrity" judges including Robin Thicke, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong, and Jenny McCarthy, the qualifications seem lax. As the judges make increasingly outlandish guesses, from Beyoncé to Barack Obama, social media has certainly enjoyed the joke. #TheMaskedSinger remained a trending topic on Twitter during both weeks' airtimes, with posts ranging from reality TV personalities to common, decent people.



But The Masked Singer could very well become America's next favorite joke. After last week's premiere garnered over 9 million viewers only to reveal the identity of Hippo was NFL player Antonio Brown (he sang Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative"), the show's second episode still entertained over 7 million viewers. The contestant unmasked Wednesday night was Pineapple, revealed to be Tommy Chong of beloved Cheech and Chong's Adventures (he sang "I Will Survive" and it was brutal).

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Ridiculous as it is, this Donnie Darko nightmare of a singing competition still held the ratings' top spot for Wednesday night among viewers from 18-49 years old. The Masked Singer airs every week at 9PM. Who do you think is Alien?

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Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.


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Cannon V. Kanye – And the Beef Goes On

Kanye West is warning Nick Cannon to never utter his wife's name...especially when Drake's involved.

Don't even THINK about Kim K. getting down with Drake.

Hell, don't even mention her name. That's what Kanye West is fuming and Nick Cannon's having none of it. It all stems from speculation that once upon a time, Drake and Kardashian West were an item. Or at least they got to know each other very well.

While the Wests completely deny the whole Drake thing, Cannon – an ex of Kardashian West's – went public on The Shade Room to speculate on how the notion of Drake and Kardashian West getting down and dirty "Isn't a far-fetched thought."

As CNN (yes, even CNN is interested in this tomfoolery) reports, Cannon explained , "As a fan, stepping back, there's something real personal Drake holds over that whole family, that he's like, 'Y'all don't want me to let this out.'" And for a family that airs all their dirty laundry for all the world to see, if Drake does have something on Kardashian West, it has got to be juicy.

There's even a Drake song where he refers to a "KiKi" in the lyrics. Anyone who watches Keeping Up With The Kardashians knows "KiKi" is a nickname for "Kim" often used by her sisters. That said, Kardashian West says she is not the "KiKi" Drake sings about. Even if the "KiKi" is another woman, West gave Drake a lesson in…shall we call it…etiquette?

See, West went on a multi-tiered Twitter tirade, bashing not only Cannon but Drake as well. He gave Drake his school of thought. If he "had a girlfriend from Chicago, her name was Renita and then you was married to Rihanna, I wouldn't make no song called 'Riri.' You're too smart for that, bro. You know where that comes from. Don't make no record with nothing that could be confused." Perhaps Drake was smart, knowing this "did they/didn't they?" chatter would erupt.

But Kanye's going after Cannon, basically for having an opinion. So what if he thinks Drake and Kardashian West once "smashed" as he stated on The Shade Room? If one doesn't "throw shade" in The Shade Room, then what fun is that? And Doesn't West have bigger fish to fry? He's all about having an opinion…as long as it's his apparently.

As expected, Cannon won't back down and tweeted out a video addressing the matter. He said, "Nothing but love and respect for you (West), you know I always had that, but I honestly gotta say this my dude, I've never said anything disrespectful, harmful, in my opinion, to your marriage or your union. I salute it, keep it going. But you not gonna tell me what I can and what I can't say."

The cherry on top? West is upset with model Tyson Bedford too. Bedford made a comment on a pic of Kardashian West and it didn't sit well with West. Kanye, can't we all just get along?

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Popdust Presents | YVNG SWAG (part 2): Trying to teach Brent to dance

Brent Butler attempts to take the #fallInluvchallenge. Spoiler alert: he fails.

On the last PopDust Presents, we learned how 17-year old Yvng Swag built a multimedia entertainment empire through hip hop dance. As a special Valentine's Day gift to his fans, he released the lyric video to his hit single appropriately titled "Fall In Luv" (CHECK IT OUT HERE!) - a record that's gone super viral thanks to the #fallinluvchallenge, which YS created to encourage his fans to show off their own moves and share their videos.

I claimed during our sit down interview that "I dance to hip hop music all the time," but that I was "too shy" to post it online. Yvng Swag wasn't having that. So, before leaving he made certain that I faced my fears and danced for the internet. It wasn't going to be easy... it wasn't going to be pretty... but Yvng Swag was there to assist by walking me through a few of his signature steps. See the results below...

Gotta give it to Yvng Swag - he has arguably made me into one of the greatest hip hop dancers in NYC (that's a test to see if you've actually watched the video).

The fun with Yvng Swag is not over. Join us next time for the stunning conclusion of PopDust Presents | Yvng Swag, where special guest Nick Cannon joins us on the historic PopDust couch.

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