Will Drake’s Butthurt Ever End? The rapper disses Macklemore at the ESPY Awards

Drake used his status as host of the ESPYs to take another potshot at Macklemore (Photo: courtesy of laineygossip.com)

Drake used his status as host of the ESPYs to take another potshot at Macklemore (Photo: courtesy of laineygossip.com)

Feuds in the music industry are certainly nothing new. Eminem and his mom, Pearl Jam and Ticketmaster, Jay Z and Solange… all of these extremely public disputes have one thing in common; they usually stem from some deep seeded personal or professional issue. Drake‘s recent issues with Grammy winner Macklemore, however, seem to be rooted in nothing more than jealousy and an inability to just let things go.

He further proved this assumption by taking yet another shot at his perceived foe while hosting last night’s ESPY Awards on ESPN. As he performed an original (and admittedly entertaining) song titled “Honorable Mentions/Side Pieces,” Drake had a picture of Macklemore holding his newly won Grammys posted on the screen behind him as he belted out the lyrics “Real talent doesn’t always win championships, like real music doesn’t always win Grammys.” Classy.

(Photo: courtesy of Twitter.com)

(Photo: courtesy of Twitter.com)

Apparently, Drake still feels slighted after losing to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the 2014 Annual Grammy Awards, at which the pair dominated the rap category by picking up awards for Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Album. After the awards, Drake did an interview with Rolling Stone in which he stated that he felt “robbed” by the duo and slighted personally because he didn’t get a text from Macklemore like Kendrick Lamar did. Really, dude?

Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems to me that “real talent” doesn’t need validation from other artists or awards organizations. Nor do “real artists” feel the need to belittle or begrudge others for their success. And here’s the thing; Drake is talented! Very talented. So why waste so much energy on such a pointless grudge? I guarantee Macklemore isn’t losing any sleep over it. Just my opinion.

 

 

World Cup Fever Grips The USA: and it’s making Ann Coulter sick? Good!

Fans celebrate as the US moves on to the last 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup (Photo: courtesy of nbcnews.com)

Fans celebrate as the US moves on to the last 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup (Photo: courtesy of nbcnews.com)

In my opinion, sports and politics go together about as well as pizza and Twinkies. Or, to put it bluntly, like Ann Coulter and an intelligent thought, but we’ll get to that in just a moment. First, let me say congratulations to the US soccer team for moving forward into the last 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup! And congratulations to American sports fans for finally giving soccer its due.

Let’s face it; in the US we’ve been raised on baseball, basketball, and, my personal favorite, football. I’m talking good ole smash-mouth, gridiron, concussion-inducing, American football! Add the fact that we Americans are pretty famous for our stubbornness toward accept new things and it’s no wonder it has taken soccer so long to gain a foothold (pun intended) in the US, even if it is the most popular sport in the world.

But it has finally happened; soccer fever has gripped America and it’s thanks, in no small part, to the US soccer team’s phenomenal (thus far) performance in this year’s World Cup tournament in Brazil. Taking out their arch-rival Ghana, running down and eventually holding off the powerful offense of Portugal, and then putting up one hell of a fight against powerhouse Germany to hold them to one goal, the US has earned a place in the elimination round in consecutive World Cups for the first time in history!

That being said, there are still some who just don’t get the whole soccer thing. I completely understand. It took me forever to come around, too, and though I enjoy and appreciate it now, it’s still not at the top of my list. However, there is a big difference between “not getting” or even disliking a sport and expressing outright hatred and vitriol for it, or worse, using it as a soapbox for political hate speech. Enter, Ann Coulter…

What can I say (publicly) about Ann (that won’t get me fired or removed from this blog)? The right-wing political pundit and queen of intolerance has latched on to the sport of soccer in order to use it in an attempt to reemphasize her perceived superiority and denigrate, well…  pretty much everyone else.

(Photo: eonline.com)

(Photo: eonline.com)

In her latest column entitled “America’s Favorite National Pastime: Hating Soccer,” Coulter goes all out in describing how soccer is about as un-American as it gets and how “real” Americans can’t stand it.

“It’s foreign,” she states outright. “In fact, that’s the precise reason the Times is constantly hectoring Americans to love soccer. One group of sports fans with whom soccer is not ‘catching on’ at all, is African-Americans. They remain distinctly unimpressed by the fact that the French like it.”

After the blonde-haired, blue-eyed, upper-class white woman finished authoritatively speaking for all African-Americans, she went on to drop this nugget of compassionate wisdom: “If more ‘Americans’ are watching soccer today, it’s only because of the demographic switch effected by Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration law. I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer. One can only hope that, in addition to learning English, these new Americans will drop their soccer fetish with time.”

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Ahh… such a kind and compassionate person. She’s just the perfect embodiment of tolerance, love, acceptance, and racial diversity that makes this country so great. Don’t you think?

I understand that this post is a bit of a departure from my usual upbeat, high-spirited subject matter and I apologize to anyone who just isn’t that into politics. I just can’t stand it when high-profile pundits use whatever constitutes the most recent “big thing” in pop-culture as a platform to spew their hateful opinions and, in Coulter’s case, inflame racial tensions. Hate on soccer or any other sport you want (I’m not exactly the world’s biggest curling fan), but using it as a catalyst for one’s bigoted ego? That’s just pathetic.