This week in our entertainment news roundup: Beyoncé talks about her “Formation” video, the Internet is simultaneously geeking out over the new Star Wars trailer and bemoaning that it’s got a female lead, Kesha has her abuse claims dismissed because she refused to retract them, a new women-in-comedy site from Elizabeth Banks and more!
No haters, Beyoncé is not anti-police
Everyone remembers Beyoncé’s amazing video for “Formation.” The cut won the hearts of almost everyone with the exception of white conservatives who found it soooo offensive that a Black artist might have opinions about race in the United States. To put the haters to rest, Beyoncé said in a new interview with ELLE that her video wasn’t anti-police:
I mean, I’m an artist and I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood. But anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken. I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of the officers who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe. But let’s be clear: I am against police brutality and injustice. Those are two separate things. If celebrating my roots and culture during Black History Month made anyone uncomfortable, those feelings were there long before a video and long before me. I’m proud of what we created and I’m proud to be part of a conversation that is pushing things forward in a positive way.
Being against police brutality and injustice? As Rudy Giuliani called it, outrageous.
Sexists hate the new Star Wars trailer
The official teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has dropped! And Star Wars fans are so excited, they can’t spell the name of the film correctly (they’ve been spelling it Rouge One like it’s a film about makeup)! Unfortunately, though, since this is the internet, so man-babies are upset that Rogue One features a female lead.
This shouldn’t be a surprise, as the man-babies also didn’t like that The Force Awakens wasn’t all white. But this just says to us that the new Star Wars films are doing something right. Here’s hoping the next film features no white men in it, just to piss ’em off. And maybe Luke Skywalker will be gay. God we’d love that.
Kesha Gets a Major Setback
The Kesha saga has just gotten even more maddening. Earlier this week, Kesha admitted that Sony gave her a potential deal: They’d free her from her contract with her accused abuser’s label Kemosabe if she retracted her claims of rape and abuse.
But it came down this Wednesday that this admission is what caused the judge to dismiss her claims — claiming that she was “unreasonable” for being willing to go along with the offer. Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich also said, “Her claims of insults about her value as an artist, her looks and her weight are insufficient to constitute extreme, outrageous conduct intolerable in a civilized society. Every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime.”
Finally, a website for and by funny women!
In much, much happier news, actress Elizabeth Banks has launched a new website, WhoHaha.com, providing lots of comedy made by women! WhoHaha will feature original comedy as well as articles about comedy news. She’s growing quite the roster, including Mamrie Hart, Hannah Hart, Hart and presumably other women who don’t have the surname “Hart”! Who’s your favorite funny woman? Let us know in the comments!
And Snoop Dogg and Janet Jackson’s tours? Well…
Get ready — Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa are going on a co-headlining 33-city tour this summer! Also on the bill are Kevin Gates, Jhené Aiko, Casey Veggies and DJ Drama. The tour starts in West Palm Beach, Florida and ends in Seattle, Washington! We’ve got the full dates at the bottom of this article — and tickets go on sale TODAY, so get to gettin’!
A bit of the opposite type of concert news: Janet Jackson’s delaying her Unbreakable world tour to start a family. She took to Twitter to announce the news:
A message from Janet…https://t.co/KrzYZ4eyvD
— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) April 6, 2016
In the video, she says, among other things:
My husband and I are planning our family, so I’m going to have to delay the tour. Please, if you can try and understand that it’s important that I do this now. I have to rest up. Doctor’s orders. But I have not forgotten about you. I will continue the tour as soon as I possibly can.
As sad as it is that Janet’s cancelling the scheduled dates, we gotta admit that’s a pretty good reason!
Merle Haggard and Leon Hayward Die
Sadly, new entries on 2016’s ever-expanding list of lives its claimed: Country legend Merle Haggard died this week — on his birthday, no less. 2016’s not done yet with David Bowie — Dennis Davis, Bowie’s long-time drummer, died of cancer yesterday. That same day, too, Leon Hayward, the funk pioneer sampled in “Nuthin’ But A G Thang” died in his sleep.
New Music Ahead of Record Store Day
Record Store Day is next weekend, and we’re already beginning to see new releases coming from it. Thursday, the newest video from DEVO’s Gerald V. Casale has dropped — “It’s All DEVO” is a collaboration between the DEVO bassist and The Phunk Investigation. Record Store Day will be a bit of a DEVO battlefield — DEVO lead-singer and co-founder with Casale, Mark Mothersbaugh, also has an exclusive single coming out, “Hello, My Good Friend“.
New Music This Week: The biggest release this week is probably the Lumineers’ newest album, Cleopatra.
Americana singer/songwriter Hayes Carll has a new one, Lovers & Leavers.
Retro-soul man Mayer Hawthorne’s got his fourth, Man About Town.
Electronica act Moderat is putting out their third album, the inventively-titled III today.
Post-rock legends Mogwai are releasing their thirteenth album, Atomic.
Anonymous guitarist, the late Nash The Slash, is putting out a special live LP, Hammersmith Holocaust.
Janiva Magness’ beautiful Love Wins Again is out today.
Simple Man, Simple Dream, a CD of a Warren Zevon radio broadcast from 1982 comes out today as wel.
Japanese novelty act Babymetal is putting out their second LP, Metal Resistance.
And finally, The Dandy Warhols have their ninth album, Distortland.
AND, as promised, the Snoop Dogg/Wiz Khalifa High Road tour dates:
07/20 — West Palm Beach, FL
07/21 — Tampa, FL
07/22 — Atlanta, GA
07/23 — Birmingham, AL
07/24 — Charlotte, NC
07/26 — Raleigh, NC
07/27 — Virginia Beach, VA
07/29 — Toronto, ON
07/30 — Hartford, CT
07/31 — Washington, DC
08/02 — Holmdel, NJ
08/05 — Philadelphia, PA
08/06 — Boston, MA
08/07 — Saratoga Springs, NY
08/09 — New York, NY
08/10 — Pittsburgh, PA
08/11 — Indianapolis, IN
08/12 — Detroit, MI
08/13 — Syracuse, NY
08/14 — Cleveland, OH
08/16 — Chicago, IL
08/17 — St. Louis, MO
08/18 — Kansas City, MO
08/19 — Dallas, TX
08/20 — Houston, TX
08/21 — Austin, TX
08/23 — Albuquerque, NM
08/24 — Phoenix, AZ
08/25 — Los Angeles, CA
08/27 — San Diego, CA
08/28 — Concord, CA
09/01 — Portland, OR
09/02 — Seattle, WA