First YSL copies Christian Louboutin & now Kim Kardashian is being Doppelgängered. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Kim doesn’t think so.
US clothing brand Old Navy are using a Kim Kardashian lookalike in their new ad campaign. And now the 30-year-old socialite is suing the clothing giant and their parent company The Gap, for approximately $15 – $20 million.
The ‘Super C-U-T-E’ music-video inspired campaign video, has become a web viral hit. It has so far had 1.7 million hits online. In the video, Molinaro is the spitting image of Kim, with her hair and make-up styled to look just like the reality star.
If that isn’t bad enough, a certain Bush rumour is adding fuel to the fire. Melissa Molinaro, Kardashian’s copycat, is said to be currently dating 26-year-old NFL player, and Kim’s ex Reggie Bush.
Kim filed her lawsuit against Old Navy in Los Angeles today. She claims the company are using the double in order to make people think she is associated with the label. She is suing the company for “the unauthorised use of Kardashian’s name, likeness, identity, and persona.”
A statement from Kim’s legal reps reads: “Old Navy launched a multimedia advertising campaign that misappropriates Kardashian’s likeness in the form of a celebrity look-alike. Her identity and persona are valuable. When her intellectual property rights are violated, she intends to enforce them.”
I personally think Kim’s over reacting. You’ve seen the pics, you decide.
Let me start by congratulating you on your fourth album, appropriately named 4. Genius. Even though it leaked three weeks early, it has already been well received by your fans and pop music aficionados alike and will no doubt top the charts when it officially drops on June 28th.
That being said, we need to talk.
I’m a huge fan, let me get that out there. You’re perfection, you’re a powerhouse, an icon, a diva, a queen, etc. etc. I’ve been on Team Beyoncé since you lost your shit and kicked those bitches out of Destiny’s Child and forced America to just go with it. I remember shaking my ass to “Bootylicious” at age 12 and worshipping you. And not much has changed. I know the entire “Single Ladies” routine and do it at EVERY available opportunity, none of them being even remotely appropriate.
But listen, there’s been something that’s been bothering me since your first solo effort Dangerously In Love. You have this habit of having about four hot tracks on your album and then filling the rest of it with filler songs and sleepers. Upon hearing your first album, I thought this mistake may have been a fluke. I gave you the benefit of the doubt that perhaps you were still figuring the whole “solo” thing out. Learning what it means to stand on your own two feet as a solo artist. And all your singles went number one! Dangerously In Love? Fire. ”Baby Boy feat. Sean Paul”? Fire. (Sean Paul LOL where IS he?) The album was a huge success though, going on to sell over 11 million copies worldwide. But I still couldn’t ignore the fact that the album, as a whole, was a bust.
Then there was B’Day. “Yay!” I thought to myself. “This is Queen B’s chance to redeem herself!” The lead single, “Déjà Vu” was insanely promising, and the album’s release was the only thing that kept me focused through the boozy haze that was the beginning of my freshmen year of college. I saved every bit of loose change I had in order to ensure I could get my hands on the album the day it came out. When I finally did, I was heartbroken to learn that you had done it again. The album had a couple of bangers, but otherwise was a mediocre R&B record at best.
By the time I Am… Sasha Fierce was released, you had cemented your status as a worldwide pop icon that was here to stay, whether we liked it or not. And with that you almost had us fooled. “Single Ladies.” “Diva.” “Ego” feat. Kanye West. Video Phone feat. Lady Gaga. We couldn’t get away from those songs and we didn’t want to. And need I even mention the cultural phenomenon that was the “Single Ladies” video? You were killing it, girl. But the rest of the album? It was flaccid. It put me to sleep.
That’s why when I got the news that your album had leaked on Tuesday, I was less than excited. With a lackluster first single, a bomb of an American Idol performance, and a last minute swap of the second single from “1+1” to “Best Thing I Never Had”, I saw another flop coming from a mile away. “Run The World (Girls)” is decent, don’t get me wrong, but a female empowerment song from you is a little redundant because EVERY song you do is a female empowerment song. You are female empowerment embodied so we don’t really need that kind of material from you, it isn’t that groundbreaking. Plus, the video looked like a cross between a Balenciaga runway show and Lilith Fair.
4, I’m sorry and yet unsurprised to say, that this is your worst album to date. It starts off with a ballad. Who starts an album off with a ballad? Who does that? And is followed by no less than FIVE MORE BALLADS. WHAT IS THIS?!? My jaw was on the ground the first time I listened to it. I just couldn’t believe you structured the album in the manner you had. In all twelve songs, there are only four that can be considered proper pop tracks. Don’t get me wrong, they’re great. I’m OBSESSED with “Love On Top”, it’s my summer jam, my reason for living. But other than that, the track list just seems like all of the songs that weren’t good enough to make your previous albums.
What I’m trying to say is that, though you are one of the best artists in the world, you are incapable of putting out a good album. Even tragic hot messes like Katy Perry and Ke$ha (I know, forgive me) are better at putting out albums than you are. I’m not saying their albums are better, my god, no. I’m saying that their albums make more sense as a package and are more in line with the direction they are going as “artists.”
I’m always going to be on Team B. But that being said, you have no excuse not to put an album out that consists of nothing but pop masterpieces from beginning to end. You’ve got it in you, I know that you do. So I’m asking you, as a fan, as a friend, put on that Freakum Dress and prove me wrong. Make me eat my words while standing on my face in stiletto heels. Show us the reason that you’re on a first name basis with pop culture. There are so many ways that I could describe you, but all I need is one word: Beyoncé.
By Tynan Sinks
You can read the original post here: http://thoughtcatalog.com/2011/an-open-letter-to-beyonce/
I want to give a special “f**k your couch” to the individuals who are protesting and pitching a bi**h fit over the casting of Idris Elba as Heimdall; a being who can hear the sap flowing in trees and look across time and space. The Council Of Conservative Citizens, a White Supremacist organization is calling for a boycott of the movie, saying that the God is known in the Marvel comics as being a White icon and Elba does not fit this role for what they consider obvious reasons.
The Council of Conservative Citizens is upset that London-born, very chocolatey Idris Elba, star of The Wire and BBC detective series Luther as well as a number of Hollywood films, is to play deity Heimdall in the Marvel Studios feature. The group, which opposes inter-racial marriage and gay rights, has set up a website, boycott-thor.com to set out its opposition to what it sees as an example of leftwing social engineering.” This sounds like White hate to me.
HollyWood White Washing
Well I have formed my own group. The Council Of Cynical Coloreds and we call bulls**t on this whole debate. I personally call tons of bulls**t on this because Hollywood has a tradition of White washing the hell out of traditionally ethnic roles by allowing a White actor to portray them. There has been countless times where a role that called for an ethnic person was given to an actor that was White as rice. Why? Because studios are afraid that if they stray from what they feel audiences are accustomed to, the movie will be a fail at the box office. Let’s go down a quick list.
Prince Of Persia- Which was released last year and starred the very White Jake Gyllenhaal as a Middle-Eastern “type” lead. I never knew that Persians were interchangeable with White men. Yet the audience ate the crap up as they were trained to do. Every Actress That Ever Played Cleopatra- Now the origins of Cleopatra are sketchy. In some historical discussions she is Black and in others she is White. It really depends on who you ask. Either way, whenever her character is portrayed in a movie, the actresses are always White women. No doubt or questions about it. White is right for this role. This goes back as far as Elizabeth Taylor all the way to Angelina Jolie. White women have always had the privilege of playing the Queen Of Egypt.
Bonanza and Kung- Fu- These are both shows that had ethnic characters that were mostly portrayed by White actors with make-up on to give them color and some horrible accent to accentuate their “ethnicity”.
Any movie where Jesus Christ was a part of the story line- Come on! Even the Bible gives Jesus Christ ethnic features. At the least he was more so of some Middle-Eastern Background if not a Black man. However whenever he is portrayed in a movie or show, you already know what race the actor is.
I can literally go on and on but I’m not. My point is that, if it works for them, then it should work for others. In other words, if it is acceptable for a White actor to play a traditionally ethnic character then it should be equally acceptable for a Black or any other minority actor to play a traditionally White actor. Get over it. The act of Race Bending is not a new phenomenon but it is one that usually worked in White people’s favor. Race bending is defined as when a movie studio/publisher, etc… Changes the ethnicity of a character with a resultant discriminatory impact on an underrepresented cultural community and actors from that community.
Race bending seems to only have an adverse response if it does not benefit Whites in the manner in which they are portraying the historical hero in question. So who cares if Elba is playing a traditionally White character? There have been countless occasions where the opposite has occurred throughout cinema history.
With that being said, The Council Of Conservative Citizens, in the great words of Dave Chappelle, “fuck your couch” and the White horse you rode in on. You can also interpret that as f**k what you guys are talking about and all of your bias displays. No one rallied when Angelina was cast as Cleopatra. No one rallied when David Carradine was chosen for the lead in the series Kung Fu over the more skillfully trained and historically accurate actor Bruce Lee. No one protested when Jake Gyllenhaal was chosen to be the racially inaccurate Prince of Persia with hair pieces added. I am not moved. Idris Elba make that money…With your sexy ass… Quote Via: Guardian.UK
Thanks to LJ Knight from http://yeahshesaidit.com for this blog contribution. Check out her site.
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