Outrage Watch: The trolls have finally gotten to Iggy Azalea
Welcome to the February 19, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: Iggy Azalea is done with Twitter and thinks you're all terrible.
“Just got back from a great vacation, came online and saw apparently it’s shocking and unheard of to be a woman and have cellulite. Lol,” Azalea tweeted, referring to paparazzi pictures from the trip that circulated online. “I just want to have peace and relaxation time without a perve with long distance lense hiding out taking pictures, everyone deserves peace.” And furthermore:
I feel the hatred and pettiness i see online at all times is at making me become an angry person and I cannot be that.— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) February 19, 2015
To become nasty because of the way I feel iam treated would be a disservice to my fans and I promise i will try to keep smiling.— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) February 19, 2015
But I also want to let my fans know iam taking some time away from social media. I need to be happy and it is too negative and draining.— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) February 19, 2015
My management will tweet/run my accounts from today onwards with updates etc unless any message is signed -IA. Love you all. Peace out!— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) February 19, 2015
The Internet is the ugliest reflection of man kind there is.— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) February 19, 2015
Devastating. Gonna try to move on from this.
Want more? There's plenty of indignation to go around. See below for a full roundup of today's kerfuffles.
Target: The Hollywood establishment
Why: As reported previously by our own Kristopher Tapley, the actress and comedian claims she was "blackballed" by Tinseltown (a seed planted by her "Precious" director Lee Daniels) after refusing to campaign for the Oscar she eventually won for her performance in the 2009 drama.
"Whoever those people are who say, 'Mo'Nique is difficult,' those people are either heartless, ruthless or treat people like they're worthless," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "And that's unacceptable. They're set to say, 'Mo'Nique is tactless, she's tacky.'" Among the projects she allegedly lost out on? FOX's "Empire" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Y'know, little things!
Outraged: TV One host Roland Martin
Target: Geraldo Rivera
Why: Martin and Geraldo "No one can out-street me!" Rivera got into a heated debate Thursday over the latter's controversial comments about hip-hop music, which had Rivera claiming “hip-hop has done more damage to black and brown people than racism in the last ten years.” Like every other person with a working brain, Martin took issue with the comments: “Tell me what is more violent than the economic violence of Wall Street against America?" he asked Rivera. "When you suggest that hip-hop somehow has done more damage than racism… that’s utter nonsense.”
Russell Simmons isn't done blasting his "dear friend" either, in case you were wondering.
Outraged: Huffington Post contributor Jackson Katz
Target: "Fifty Shades of Grey"
Why: In a thoughtful, long-winded piece on the sexual politics behind the blockbuster film and bona fide cultural phenomenon, Katz -- an educator and cultural theorist recognized for his work "in the fields of gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy" -- makes a case that women aren't the only gender hurt by the film's "damaging" messages. "The 'Fifty Shades of Grey' phenomenon represents at best a bump in the road, and at worst a significant setback, in the global movement to engage men in the prevention of gender-based violence," he writes. And, later: "A whole new generation of young men will be able to point to 'Fifty Shades' as proof that women are, indeed, attracted to abusive assholes."
"Fifty Shades" think piece #1,717,193: filed!
Outraged: Bill O'Reilly
Target: Mother Jones
Why: O'Reilly has characterized a report alleging that he fabricated much of his experience as a war correspondent as "total bullshit" -- and furthermore called out co-author David Corn as a "despicable human being" who has a "history of smears, lies, and gutter-sniping.” Corn responded to the insults thusly:
This Just In: O'Reilly resorts to spin and name-calling. Stay classy. http://t.co/UT72GjJDuv— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) February 19, 2015
In related news, "gutter-sniping" is a really fun thing to say aloud. Try it.