On June 9, Justin Bieber appeared to have up to a weekend hijinks. He took into his Twitter accounts and chose to share his urge to confront with Tom Cruise at a physical struggle, stating that he would like to challenge the celebrity into a”battle in the octagon.”
Only a day after, Bieber lasted the battle, sharing a movie clip a lover had established superimposing Bieber’s head within a competition that Cruise confronted against in a film, Far and Away.
But it appears that Bieber has since backtracked from his past struggle, as Us Weekly reports. TMZ approached Bieber to find an in-person opinion concerning the struggle once Bieber was on his way from his spouse Hailey Baldwin’s workplace, along with the pop superstar immediately changed his tune. In that short interaction, he disclosed that”the narrative is, I had seen a meeting with him and he was on my head”
“I don’t know why… it was just a random tweet. I do that stuff sometimes.”
Cruise and his team didn’t end up commenting on the challenge before Bieber clarified that the challenge was just a joke. However, one person did — former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor. The “Notorious” fighter took to Twitter, offering to help host the battle if it were to ever occur.
“If Tom Cruise is man enough to accept this challenge, McGregor Sports and Entertainment will host the bout. Does Cruise have the sprouts to fight, like he does in the movies? Stay tuned to find out!”
While Bieber doesn’t seem eager to get in the octagon with anyone, there’s a chance Cruise will eventually comment on the situation and offer up his own challenge.
Back on March 10, Bieber got a little vulnerable on Instagram with his fans, sharing a photo with a caption that revealed he was having a bit of a tough time. He commented that he’s “been struggling a lot” and had been “feeling super disconnected and weird.” He then added that he “just wanted to reach out and ask for your guys to pray for me.”
While many individuals impulsively share their thoughts on Twitter, it can be dangerous to do so when you’re a celebrity. After all, though Cruise hasn’t responded to the challenge Bieber set out on a random Sunday, he could very easily have responded and accepted within minutes. Then, Bieber would have found it a lot tougher to backtrack on his unexpected challenge.
Bandcamp to donate 100% of profits for 24 hours to support “racial justice, equality and change”
Music platform Bandcamp have announced that they will be donating 100% of their profits made on June 17 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
The decision was inspired by ongoing worldwide protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death and other instances of racial injustice. It also marks Juneteenth, the anniversary of enslaved African Americans being informed of their liberation in the former Confederate States of America in 1865.
In a post on Bandcamp’s website, the platform’s co-founder Ethan Diamond said that “The recent killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Sean Reed, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the ongoing state-sanctioned violence against black people in the US and around the world are horrific tragedies.
“We stand with those rightfully demanding justice, equality, and change, and people of color everywhere who live with racism every single day, including many of our fellow employees and artists and fans in the Bandcamp community.”
— bandcamp (@Bandcamp) June 1, 2020
100% of Bandcamp’s share of sales made throughout the entirety of June 17 will be donated to The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a legal organisation that fights for racial justice through litigation, advocacy, and public education.
In addition, the site have announced that they will be allocating an additional $30,000 per year to partner with racial justice organisations and to create opportunities for people of colour.
“The current moment is part of a long-standing, widespread, and entrenched system of structural oppression of people of color, and real progress requires a sustained and sincere commitment to political, social, and economic racial justice and change,” Diamond continues.
“We’ll continue to promote diversity and opportunity through our mission to support artists, the products we build to empower them, who we promote through the Bandcamp Daily, our relationships with local artists and organizations through our Oakland space, how we operate as a team, and who and how we hire.”
It’s not the first time Bandcamp, who typically take a 15 per cent share of digital sales and 10 per cent from merchandise, have used their platform to support charitable and social justice initiatives.
This Friday (June 5) will be the fourth time they have waived a day’s profits entirely to allow more money to support musicians effected by coronavirus.
After Donald Trump’s travel ban on a number of Muslim countries in 2017, they donated all their profits for a day to the ACLU, the legal organisation that fought it.
Former Misfits drummer Joey Image has reportedly died aged 63
Joey Image, drummer for longstanding horror punks Misfits for two of their formative years, has died at the age of 63, according to reports.
Although no official cause of death has been revealed, he had been battling liver cancer since 2016.
According to a GoFundMe he had set up in order to pay for medical expenses, Image had been seeking treatment at the University of Miami where he was a possible candidate for a liver transplant.
News was first reported by the Facebook page ‘The New York Hardcore Chronicles’, who posted: “Joey Image of The Misfits dead at 63. Rest In Peace.”
Joey Image of The Misfits dead at 63. Rest in Peace.
Born Joey Poole in New Jersey in 1957, Image joined the band in 1978 and played on Misfits’ early EPs ‘Horror Business’ and ‘Beware’, as well as on the single ‘Night of the Living Dead’. His contributions can also be heard on the 1985 compilation of early Misfits material ‘Legacy Of Brutality’.
Image left Misfits in 1979 following the band’s infamous tour of the UK with The Damned, and went on to play in a string of bands beginning with the Whorelords.
In October 2000 he reunited with the band for a gig at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, stepping in after the band’s then-drummer Dr. Chud left at short notice.
That year he also joined another of horror-punk’s founding groups The Undead, with whom he performed until 2002.
Run The Jewels on George Floyd protests: “It feels like nobody gives a shit when you’re black”
Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American, died on May 25 after being apprehended by a white police officer. Officer Derek Chauvin has since been sacked and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Speaking to The Guardian on the subject of rioting, Mike said: “It feels like nobody gives a shit when you’re black. That’s why you burn down your own community, not because you want to burn down your own community, but because you feel like nobody gives a shit.”
He continued: “It really does feel like nobody gives a shit, even when they do, because the media is […] not going to tell you that there were white people on the ground and black people on the ground, different races and sexes.
“They’re going to preach separation, they’re going to preach fear, conservatism v liberalism – they’re going to keep stoking those fires. So, we have some action to do now. Giving a shit is the first phase: now let’s progress it.”
The interview was conducted before Mike’s impassioned speech to residents of his native Atlanta about the protests went viral on Saturday (May 30).
In that speech, he said: “We don’t want to see one officer charged, we want to see four officers prosecuted and sentenced. We don’t want to see targets burning, we want to see the system that sets up systemic racism, burn to the ground.”
In The Guardian‘s interview, meanwhile, Mike’s Run The Jewels partner El-P said: “I want motherfuckers to know that there are people from every cultural line that are ultimately not going to accept this.
“I don’t want them to think they are off the hook. I look at these riots and I see white people, black people, Asians, women and men – and I know this shit is coming to a head. It’s getting to the point where your whole system of racism does not apply any more to the spiritual and mental mindset of the new generation.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the pair also discussed their forthcoming record ‘Run The Jewels 4’, which they have decided to release for free in the wake of the protests.
“If anything, it’s a source of mild discomfort to us that our music is seemingly relevant,” El-P said. “The best thing that could ever happen to the world is if Run the Jewels was just blathering nonsense”
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