Oh, the ever complex symbiotic relationship between celebrities and their corporate sponsors. Making each other money one handshake and photograph at a time. Yet all can go awry quite quickly in the fickle world of celebrity. Do something scandalous? It could cost you … a buttload.
It has been quite the few weeks for celebrities and brands: from Mountain Dew pulling Tyler The Creator’s racist commercia, to the Reebok CEO’s strange comments about Rick Ross, to Lil Wayne and his own problems with Mountain Dew. Nothing makes you apologize like the potential end of a deal. In honor of these rocky relationships, we dug through the list of tainted brand/celeb relationships. From fallen sports stars to non-role model supermodels, click through to see who else fell from the graces of corporate sponsorship.
“Why do people ask me to lose swear words? Do people ask Eminem to lose swear words? Do they ask Lil Wayne to lose swear words? Nobody stops them and says ‘Would you stop swearing… for the children, please?’ … I don’t want children cursing. I’m very strict on my nieces and my little brother. They have to listen to clean versions of music. Even my music. … Don’t you think it’s strange, though? I used to see Eminem in concert and people were bringing their little brother or whatever. Nobody stops them and says [she adopts a posh English accent], ‘Would you stop swearing, Eminem, for loads of money?’ I don’t get it, I don’t get it.”
– Nicki Minaj did a great interview with the UK Guardian and talked about lots of feminist-y themes, including the scrutiny she’s put under for being a woman who sings some really “dirty” lyrics. Nicki talks about how she knows those two little girls on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Sophia Grace and Rosie — who rap clean versions of her songs have brought her a lot of attention, but that doesn’t make her kids’ singer. I love this woman. [Guardian UK]
Lil Wayne, I see what you’re trying to do here and there is no way you are pulling the silver paint over my eyes. Your debut collection for your fashion line Trukfit — which stands for “The Reason You Kill For It” — is pretty unimpressive. Even more unimpressive is the gimmicky way you tried to grab attention for the line of just so-so tT-shirts — by dousing a bunch of male models with silver paint. Those poor boys! [NYMag.com]
“I just figure that I … I’m funky. I got that from my stylist, Marisa. I’m funky, like she say. … A year from now, I want all these items to be mine. Rebirth. I want – I just figure people want to be funky like me, so I got my clothing line.”
–Rapper Lil Wayne on his upcoming fashion line, Rebirth, named after his latest album, in XXL magazine. Dress like Wayne? Anyone, anyone? Bueller? [MTV] Keep reading »
Kick ass! A nine-year-old and a 10-year-old who call themselves Watoto From The Nile wrote and performed a hip-hop song about rapper Lil Wayne’s derogatory and sexist lyrics. How much do you love these little girls? Amelia, when you retire in 2031 and replace yourself with the five-year-old girl who won’t marry until she has a job, can these cuties replace me, Kate and Ami? [YouTube via Young, Black & Fabulous] Keep reading »
Lil Wayne endured a torturous dental session that included eight root canals in eight hours. The dentist worked on his grillz, added more implants, redid several other implants, and repaired the few real teeth the rapper had left. Can you imagine how awful Wayne’s breath was if he needed all this work? He probably didn’t feel the pain, though, because syzzurp is a hell of a drug. And this oral surgery allowed him to stay a free man until March 2. [TMZ]
Do you think you would have survived a gut-wrenching surgery like this? What’s the worst pain you’ve experienced? Mine was a bone marrow biopsy, which involved drilling into the marrow of my pelvis while I was fully awake. Now, every time I get menstrual cramps I think: “Is this all nature’s got? Bring it on — I can take more and them some.” Keep reading »
It’s new release Tuesday, folks, and that can mean only one thing: It’s time to take the fresh tunes for a spin. I know we were all counting on a groundhog today (six more weeks of winter, wah!), but this week has another beacon of hope, nay, ridonkulous awesomeness. Last year, I was addicted to Animal Collective’s mind-blowingly special gem, Merriweather Post Pavillion. And about a year later, another album in the same sonically distorted vein has come to be—Toro y Moi’s Causers Of This. Does this mean there’s a new psychedelic electro-noise experiment genre?! Dang, music is so exciting sometimes. After that act, it was hard for Lil Wayne, Soft Pack, and Nick Jonas to follow, but alas, they’re all brand shiny new this week and they deserve a chance to dance, romance, and entrance. So, let’s get into the groove, after the jump! Keep reading »
It’s new release Tuesday, so it’s time to take the latest tunes for a spin! As I’ve been writing this, my own jams have been competing with my neighbor’s — he just got a karaoke machine for the holidays. Must admit, the dude can really do justice to the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under The Bridge.” But, the question remains, will you be blaring Mary J. Blige, Young Money, or Hurricane Chris new releases 15 years down the road in your living room? So, let’s get into the groove after the jump … Keep reading »
Do the names of Tameka Cottle and Antonia Carter sound familiar? Maybe not, but you definitely know the men in their lives: rappers T.I and Lil’ Wayne respectively. Cottle, known as Tiny, has been dating T.I. for years—even before he became famous—and has several kids with him. Carter, known as Toya, was married to Lil’ Wayne, and has a daughter with him. Now, their glamorous lives, complete with shopping sprees, exotic vacations and going-away parties for jailed lovers will be captured in a new “docu-drama” series debuting on 10:00p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, on BET. If you can’t bear to wait until then to see what promises to be eventful TV, tune in at 10:00p.m. on Monday, June 15 for a sneak peak. [BET] Keep reading »