The biggest civil war of summer was supposed to be Captain America and Iron Man facing off in a superhero popcorn movie. But in the past few months, battle lines have been drawn all over pop culture, with tempers flaring, cooler heads not prevailing and hate spewing everywhere, mostly on the Internet.There was DC vs. Marvel as fanboys and fangirls hotly debated comic-book franchises. Old-school Ghostbusters fans vs. the new reboot’s female stars. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian vs. Taylor Swift in a he said/she said war involving lyrics and Snapchat videos. Those who were excited to see Suicide Squad vs. the critics who reviled it, with RottenTomatoes.com becoming ground zero for trench warfare.And then there's the presidential race, where two weeks of conventions featured political parties calling each other out and cable news coverage showcased surrogates of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton sniping at one another 24/7.“What I see right now … [Read more...] about Summer’s civil war: How did pop culture get so negative?
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Someone, please find Donald Trump a copy of the Constitution — preferably a simplified version with pictures and charts. Once he absorbs what it says, perhaps he will stop trying to tear it apart.Trump is angry at athletes for exercising their right to speech; but his anger did not begin there. Last February, at a campaign rally in Texas, Donald Trump spoke of "open(ing) up libel laws." He never explained exactly what he meant but clearly is fed up with the First Amendment, which prohibits denying freedom of speech and the press. More: Trump lying about Comey firing isn't new More: Montel Williams to Trump: We're not North Korea. NFL players can choose to take a knee. Athletes and journalists are not his only targets. Last November, Trump suggested imprisoning people or revoking their citizenship if they burned an American flag. Never mind that the Supreme Court has already come down on the other side of that issue. “If there is a bedrock … [Read more...] about NFL protests: Donald Trump fumbles First Amendment football
After Omarosa was fired from “Celebrity Apprentice” Sunday night, she appeared at Trump Tower with Donald Trump, where the duo showed no hard feelings, and weighed in on troublemakers Justin Bieber and Lindsay Lohan. PHOTOS: LINDSAY LOHAN'S FINGER FOOD “I adore you,” Trump had told Omarosa in Sunday’s episode. “We’ve had tremendous success together. You helped make ‘The Apprentice.’ You helped to make me a star. But Omarosa, you’re fired.” Then they got down to serious business. “Bieber is in much better shape than people think he is,” Trump said of the singer, although he isn’t exactly in contact with the troubled pop star, who has been spiraling out of control. “He will be fine.” Good to know. As for Lohan, Trump summed up the actress as “a mess.” The Donald also said he thinks the recent talk about Barbara Walters’ retirement is nonsense. … [Read more...] about Omarosa and Donald Trump are fired up after ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ take turns slamming Lindsay Lohan and Piers Morgan
The Rolling Stones saluted Paul McCartney on Friday night at Desert Trip, with Mick Jagger introducing “Come Together” as a cover of “some sort of unknown beat group that you might remember.”On Saturday, McCartney’s encore started with a tribute to the Stones in the form of spirited performance of “I Wanna Be Your Man,” an early hit written by McCartney and the late John Lennon.These little moments are exactly what I’d think most people would be hoping for as they head into a three-day festival bringing together no fewer than six of rock and roll’s most legendary artists.But Saturday’s concert held an even bigger thrill when 23 songs into his performance, coming out of “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite,” McCartney said he’d like to bring out a “really good friend of ours” by way of introducing Neil Young, whose performance earlier that day was nothing short of awe-inspiring.“This is a song … [Read more...] about Review: Neil Young goofs on Donald Trump, joins Paul McCartney on two classic Beatles songs at Desert Trip
As impersonator-in-chief for President Trump, Alec Baldwin has some surprising opinions about our 45th commander in chief.He doesn't think his satire of Trump on Saturday Night Live has been effective. He admires Trump for his loyal family. But let's give Baldwin the floor uncensored as he speaks to USA TODAY for his upcoming animated film The Boss Baby (in theaters March 31), in which he plays a business-minded infant. Q: What do you like about President Trump?A: Well, his children seem loyal to him, which I've got to give him credit for that. I don’t want to believe it’s all about their inheritance. I want to think that Trump’s children are very loyal to him. That must say something for him. Because otherwise, his kids could just vanish. They certainly have the resources to put some money in their pocket and take off. They don’t really have to be. But they are fiercely loyal to him, so that has to matter for something. So I do … [Read more...] about Alec Baldwin talks completely, 100% uncensored about Donald Trump
If you were only taking a superficial look at the concept for “The Celebrity Apprentice,” the Donald Trump show that returns Sunday night at 9 on NBC, you might wonder why it would work. On Trump’s original “Apprentice,” which launched 12 years ago and became a reality-show phenomenon, a cast of unknown entrepreneurs battled each other for a chance to get a managerial job in the Trump organization. That’s a big carrot, and things often got intense, even vicious. That is to say, good television. “Celebrity Apprentice,” which started when the original “Apprentice” started to fade, doesn’t have that carrot. Everybody in the cast — 18 people this year — already has a job, or at least a brand and a reputation. All they’re competing for is a donation to the winner’s favorite charity, which is significant but not life-changing. Yet from the first season, and continuing right into this … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ returns with such stars as Debbie Gibson, Arsenio Hall, Penn Jillette, Teresa Giudice and Dee Snider
When Donald Trump last visited Wisconsin in the afterglow of his unlikely victory in the presidential election, there was deep concern about his fitness for office. Suffice to say as he returns to Wisconsin Tuesday, there still is.Trump became the first Republican to win Wisconsin in a presidential race since Ronald Reagan did it in 1984. Trump carried the state in November by about 22,000 votes. By winning Wisconsin (along with Michigan and Pennsylvania), Trump became president by beating a disorganized, befuddled and shocked Hillary Clinton campaign.Given Trump’s lack of government experience, his famously short attention span and lack of intellectual curiosity, we’re not surprised he’s had such a steep learning curve. Or that he’s run into a congressional buzz saw on both health care reform and tax policy. Expect more of that. The Freedom Caucus, the far-right group in the House of Representatives that bedeviled former House Speaker … [Read more...] about Editorial: What happened to Donald Trump’s ‘art of the deal’?
Since at least President Richard Nixon, there has not been any love lost between the White House and the press corps that covers it."You don't have Nixon to kick around anymore," he famously told reporters — prematurely as it turned out — at a 1962 news conference following an unsuccessful run for California governor.After Nixon won the presidency in 1968, the unpopular Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal ensured a hostile relationship until the bitter end of his presidency, in 1974.But even Nixon's well-documented antagonism toward the press, which included putting journalists Daniel Schorr and Mary McGrory on an internal White House "enemies list," was never as over-the-top as President Donald Trump's.So far in the nascent Trump administration, the news media has served as Trump's rhetorical punching bag, giving him a foil to constantly hammer, just as he did Hillary Clinton, his vanquished Democratic opponent in last year's … [Read more...] about President Donald Trump’s media attacks: Ego-driven or cool calculation?
Now Donald Trump says that he will announce on June 16 whether or not he will run for President, and that when he does make his announcement, he will make a lot of people "happy." If it turns out that he is sitting the whole thing out again, the happiest people of all will be the other Republicans running for President, who keep piling out of cars in places like Iowa like clowns at a circus. Because here's who those other candidates don't want on the stage when the debates start, and we all get the idea that they need the outfield at Yankee Stadium just to fit everybody: They don't want Trump on the stage, saying all the things to their faces that he says on Twitter. It's why everybody else should want him to run, if only for the prospect of seeing him go at such as Lindsey Graham or Carly Fiorina or Mike Huckabee. Are you kidding? DONALD TRUMP TEASES ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT Do I think he's going to run for the highest … [Read more...] about Lupica: Donald Trump probably won’t run in 2016, but he would make race interesting
Cops must have clean records Manhattan: In his June 18 column “Blue gems in the rough” Denis Hamill interviewed a retired NYPD deputy inspector who believes that the commissioner should accept recruits who once had trouble with the law. As a detective with 30 years of NYPD service, I think that is wrong. There are many cops who were raised in bad neighborhoods under equally bad circumstances but made the conscious decision to stay out of trouble and join the NYPD. I grew up in the Howard Houses in Brooklyn, in a working class family, and every day I witnessed young males in the community committing acts of violence against our own people. As a teenager in Brownsville, I made the decision to live my life as my parents had taught me, so I decided to become a police officer. If a candidate is willing to break the law prior to becoming a police officer, what’s to say he is going to be any different behind the badge? When elected officials, community activists and … [Read more...] about Readers sound off on police, guns and Donald Trump