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The NY Times Used a Black Eyed Peas Pun in a Headline So Yes The World is Crap

The New York Times published an article today about a guy trying to become a hipster. This is what most people will be discussing. The article is supposed to be funny, but it’s not. However, the Times will definitely succeed in trolling the entire planet with the piece, because it’s so annoyingly awful.

That’s not why we’re writing about this. We’re covering the hipster article because the headline is “Will.i.amsubrg.” Yes, that’s a reference to the Black Eyed Peas’ idiot frontman, and dammit, that’s where we draw the line. The Times cannot do this to the American public. It can publish trend pieces that don’t make sense. It can charge $75.47 for the Sunday edition. But it cannot make readers think about the Black Eyed Peas when they’re just trying to live their goddamn lives.

Someone call Barack Obama. Or better yet, Hillary Clinton. This injustice will not stand. America is supposed to be the home of the brave, but a Black Eyed Peas pun has us cowering in fear. What if a Pitbull pun is next?

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Harrison Ford Pow Wows on the Environment

Fortune magazine’s three-day conference event “Brainstorm GREEN” got off to an intriguing start this afternoon in Laguna Niguel. Actor Harrison Ford, there in his capacity as vice chair of non-profit Conservation International (CI), participated in a 2 p.m. special session with CI CEO Peter Seligmann and Fortune managing editor Andy Serwer.

The first point made by Ford is a dramatic reminder of the surprising, costly and sometimes dangerous human reactions to environmental problems:

“For instance, what’s happening with the Somali pirates, you can look at that and recognize that it’s the collapse of the fisheries, the sustainable fishing, that men equipped with boats had no other options but to be involved in piracy, and that’s cost us and the rest of our NATO partners $2 billion to try and redress. That’s the national security connection to an environment issue, conservation issue.”

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Artists Sing the Praises of File Sharing While Entertainment Execs Seethe

The free file hosting service Megaupload is on the entertainment industry’s s**t list for making copyright infringement so easy-peasy. But several high-profile artists – the sort that create that copyrighted material in the first place – have recently expressed their unabashed support for the site in a new music video.

In the “Megaupload Mega Song,” Will.i.am, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, P. Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Kanye West, Lil John, Kim Kardashian, and more express their love for a service that lets you share their copyrighted material for free. I never thought I’d say this, but I have a newfound respect for Kim Kardashian.

The video was released over the weekend, and was quickly removed from YouTube, after Universal Music Group complained about – what else – copyright infringement.

HuffPost Reveals First “Game Changers”

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The Huffington Post is on a quest to find its game changers — “100 people who are using new media to reshape their fields and change the world.”

Today, the online pub announced its 10 game changers in its entertainment and green categories. Two more categories will be announced every week for the next five weeks, until all 100 game changers are announced in politics, technology, media, sports, business, style, health and philanthropy & service. Each category is open for readers to vote, with one “Ultimate Game Changer” being picked for each category over the next few weeks.

“New media and the Internet have impacted nearly all aspects of our lives — from the way we elect our president, to the way we select our music, to the way we choose to make a difference in the world,” Arianna Huffington said. “Our Green Game Changers inspire us with the myriad ways they are tapping into the wired world to help protect the planet. The Entertainment Game Changers are using new media to push the creative envelope, deepen their engagement with fans, and revolutionize the ways in which we are entertained.”

The entertainment game changers include Jimmy Fallon, Netflix founder Reed Hastings, Twitter phenom Ashton Kutcher, blogger Nikki Finke, FunnyOrDie.com founders Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Radiohead, Andy Samberg and his comedy team The Lonely Island, Taylor Swift and will.i.am.

Green game changers include Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group, White House garden inspirer Roger Doiron, Treehugger.com founder Graham Hill, Gary Hirshberg of ClimateCounts.org, Annie Leonard, Bill McKibben, actress Isabella Rossellini, David de Rothschild, Carrotmob’s Brent Schulkin and Gavin Starks.

Who will you be voting for?

Meet the HuffPost Game Changers: 100 People Who Are Using New Media to Change the World –Huffington Post

Earlier: Help HuffPost Pick New Media “Game Changers”

Is Michael Jackson Making Trouble for Perez Hilton?

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How Perez Hilton managed to get himself nestled in with Michael Jackson news is dumbfounding. Anyway, the toady gossip after a week of sobbing about being punched in the face for talking smack to Will.i.am and his manager. That “smack,” of course, getting him denounced by GLAAD. Hilton then announced all the money from his upcoming lawsuit against Will.i.am and his manager would go to the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Cough. In a statement Judy Shepard said they are “unable to accept any funds obtained in such a manner.” Good.

Anyway, yesterday Hilton posted Jackson’s reported heart attack was an attempt to get out of his upcoming tour. The full post is here. Jackson fans and general Hilton haters/don’t carers started a Twitter hash tag #unfollowperez. When the trend started, Hilton had 1.8 million followers on Twitter. As of this morning, it’s down 800,000.

The irony here is – we’ve never cared nor covered Perez Hilton but now because of this story we’re forced to – so if all else fails, at least two humble grumpy bloggers are watching. Grumble.

Previously on FBLA:

  • Perez Hilton and the First Amendment

  • Perez Hilton and the First Amendment

    perez-hilton.jpgWill.i.am‘s manager punched gossip toady Perez Hilton after Hilton called him names that made GLAAD pissed.

    We here at FBLA haven’t covered it. Mainly because we care so little about Hilton and his wailing saccharin drama. Both of us have tried to prod the other into caring/posting about this incident. Alas, we’ve yet to.

    Until today. Today, we got an email, we’ve posted the whole stupid thing after the break but here is an excerpt:

    “Freedom of speech should never be compromised” “Wether (sic) you love Perez or hate Perez he is a entertainment icon that has the right to free speech”

    There are two documents oft quoted and rarely understood. One is the Bible, the other is the US Constitution. The First Amendment refers to Congress not abridging freedom of speech. Congress. Congress. Not Will.i.am’s hired muscle. Not people who disagree with you (yeah we’re talking to you Carrie Prejean). Congress. Perez Hilton’s free speech was not interfered with. He has a big mouth and someone hit him in it. That’s assault. It’s in no way related to the Freedom of Speech.

    Telling someone to shut up is not violating their rights (ahem Sarah Palin). The government making you shut up is. The government. Not the press. Not your neighbor. Not a blogger. Congress. The government.

    Hilton is not a martyr for Free Speech. He’s a nasty, shallow, catty gossip who has always enjoyed freedom of expression.

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    Scenes From Today’s HuffPo Luncheon

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    Arianna Huffington and panel host Charlie Rose.

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    WaPo‘s Katharine Weymouth and SNL‘s Fred Armisen.

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    Will.i.am

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    Arianna and our debate live-blogging hero, NYT‘s Kit Seelye