Entertainment, Celebrities, and Pop Culture Because it's too important not to talk about http://www.lunch.com/celebs <![CDATA[Charlie Sheen Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> http://www.lunch.com/MovieHype/reviews/actor/UserReview-Charlie_Sheen-13-1039108-210546.html http://www.lunch.com/MovieHype/reviews/actor/UserReview-Charlie_Sheen-13-1039108-210546.html Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:03:40 +0000 <![CDATA[ What the heck happened to Charlie Sheen & why can't we stop watching?]]>
As a fan of his works, especially his now-on-hiatus hit comedy Two & A Half Men, as well as part of the amused when it comes to his antics (don't lie, you know you've been following up on it, too!), and just as a fellow human being in general, I can't help but feel for the guy what with all that has been happening in the past few weeks.

We all know about Charlie's penchant for drugs, partying, porn stars, and prostitutes, but then it seemed like he settled down when he married actress Denise Richards, then real estate investor Brooke Mueller a few years later.  Unfortunately, it didn't last and his life has recently taken a turn for the worse.  And not to mention, the very strange.

His most recent woes started a few months ago when he was found in a hotel room in an incoherent state while a frightened porn star/escort, Capri Anderson, locked herself in the bathroom to avoid him.  What makes this story even more strange is that his ex-wife Denise Richards, along with their two children, were staying in a separate suite in the same hotel.  Denise Richards even stopped by the dinner that Charlie was having with Capri Anderson and snapped a photo with Charlie's date.

Denise Richards and Capri Anderson
http://youknowyoucare.com/wp-content/gallery/charlie/capri-anderson-denise-richards-together.jpg

You'd think he would take it easy since that incident, but since then, things have only appeared to get even more strange. 

I'll let some of the latest headlines speak for themselves:
Charlie Sheen with his 24 year old live-in "goddesses"
http://a.abcnews.go.com/images/GMA/abc_charlie_sheen_goddesses_nt_110301_mn.jpg

The latest headline?  Charlie Sheen Joins Twitter, Tweets Photo

Said tweeted photo with captioning, "Winning..! Choose your Vice... #winning #chooseyourvice"
http://media.lunch.com/d/d7/559097.jpg?2

Oh Dear Lord.

I have to add -- the world has obviously been captivated with Charlie Sheen's antics and here's one example of how much -- he's managed to get over one million followers within his first 24 hours on twitter.  At one point, he was reportedly getting 5k followers per minute.  His hash tags #winning and #tigerblood were some of the top trending topics on twitter for a couple of days after.  Impressive.

Believe it or not though, there's something even stranger than the headlines; it's what's behind the headlines -- Charlie has pretty much created his own dialect, Charlie Sheen'glish.  During the week that his longtime publicist resigned, he's granted epic interviews to several news and celebrity gossip outlets, sans handlers.  Here are a few choice snippets straight out of his mouth,

  • "I'm grandiose.  I have a grandiose life and I'm embracing it. ... It doesn't fit into their model and their model sucks."
  • "I'm tired of pretending I'm not special."
  • "Stay away from the crack -- unless you can manage it socially."
  • "Imagine what I would have done with my fire breathing fists.”
  • He also says that he has "Adonis DNA" and "tiger blood"
  • "My success rate is 100 percent. Do the math!"
  • "It's like an organic union of the hearts."
  • "This is a time to exhibit the level of salt that I have in my soul."
  • "I expose people to magic."
  • "I'm extremely old-fashioned. I'm a nobleman. I'm chivalrous."
  • "12 hour crack rule."
  • "Marijuana bikini model."
  • "I have closed my eyes and in a nanosecond I cured myself from this ridiculous."
  • "The only thing I'm addicted to right now is winning."
  • "#WINNING"

For more recent Charlie Sheen quotes, check out his interview on Good Morning America, cue to 1:50

For a more interactive experience for Charlie Sheen quotes, check out Live the Sheen Dream.

Amusement aside, I actually feel really bad for the guy.  When the first few interviews happened, I thought he was in on the joke, that he was messing with us.  However, as this whole debacle goes on, I now think that this is for real.  He's seriously going off the deep end and should get some professional help before he really loses it.  I agree with Dr. Drew when he says that he thinks that Charlie Sheen is manic.  He's on a mega high right now, but when he comes down from it, I envision him crashing hard and having a really bad burnout if he doesn't get some intervention from his loved ones and some professional help.

For the sake of his fans, friends, family, baby mamas, babies, and more importantly, himself -- because even that seems like a lot to handle right now -- I really hope that Charlie Sheen pulls through and bounces back.

For now, I can't help but wonder -- what will Charlie Sheen do or say next?]]>
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<![CDATA[Capri Anderson on GMA Quick Tip by willw2]]> http://www.tmz.com/2010/11/22/charlie-sheen-...ncident-purse-meltdown/]]> http://www.lunch.com/celebs/reviews/d/UserReview-Capri_Anderson_on_GMA-664-1670531-194278.html http://www.lunch.com/celebs/reviews/d/UserReview-Capri_Anderson_on_GMA-664-1670531-194278.html Wed, 24 Nov 2010 01:50:20 +0000 <![CDATA[Kanye-gate/Kanye Interrupts Meme Quick Tip by TheJohn]]> http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-Kanye_gate_Kanye_Interrupts_Meme-138-1419092-165858.html http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-Kanye_gate_Kanye_Interrupts_Meme-138-1419092-165858.html Sat, 25 Sep 2010 03:13:39 +0000 <![CDATA[ Justice served!!!]]> NEW YORK TIMES 5 Sep 2010 – Sometimes there's no going back.

JetBlue Airways says that there will be no second exits for famed flight attendant Steven Slater— who captured the nation's imagination with his profanity-laced loudspeaker tirade and jump down a plane's emergency chute, beer in hand.

Spokeswoman Jenny Dervin said Saturday that Slater is no longer employed by the airline. She said the airline won't release further details out of respect for Slater's privacy.

The former flight attendant still has to navigate the criminal justice system. He's been charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing; his lawyer has said a passenger's "lack of civility" prompted his behavior.

Despite Slater's online popularity, some passengers came forward to criticize him as brusque and cranky throughout the 90-minute trip from Pittsburgh to New York. One passenger portrayed Slater as the instigator, saying he cursed without provocation at a woman who had asked about her bag.
 
Steven Slater is a loser!!!
 Basically, he went "postal" without the gun!  What really "burns" me about his behavior is that he had the unmitigated gall to ask the airline for his job back!!!  Are you kidding me!!!  He had a job of public trust and a responsibility for the safety of passengers and he performed an act of gross negligence disregarding the safety of the passengers entrusted to him and now he wants a "do over." 

I am in my fifties and grew up as a kid where you didn't get “do overs.”  Neither did kids "earn" trophy's unless they won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, place.  Every kid didn't get a trophy like they do today!  I think this fear of damaging children's esteem by telling them that in certain instances they are not as talented as others is a joke.  I believe we are all born equal; however, we all don't develop equally.  Most of us develop some talent that makes us stand out more than others.  I might be sports, the arts, academia, and in many instances some don't develop any talent that places them above the average person, Therefore, not all people wind up as equals with others in society, that is the way life is.   
 
We have all had tough days and hard times.  How many of us have been frustrated passengers on planes that sit on the tarmac for hours of on end, have our baggage lost, or missed our connecting flights and spent the night in airports.  Yet, if any of us did what Slater did would we not be prosecuted for our actions, and deservedly so?  Is he being prosecuted?  If not than I say justice is being denied! What should we do about immigration reform?

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<![CDATA[Steven Slater Quick Tip by MNeulander]]>
NEW YORK TIMES 5 Sep 2010 – Sometimes there's no going back.

JetBlue Airways says that there will be no second exits for famed flight attendant Steven Slater— who captured the nation's imagination with his profanity-laced loudspeaker tirade and jump down a plane's emergency chute, beer in hand.

Spokeswoman Jenny Dervin said Saturday that Slater is no longer employed by the airline. She said the airline won't release further details out of respect for Slater's privacy.

The former flight attendant still has to navigate the criminal justice system. He's been charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing; his lawyer has said a passenger's "lack of civility" prompted his behavior.

Despite Slater's online popularity, some passengers came forward to criticize him as brusque and cranky throughout the 90-minute trip from Pittsburgh to New York. One passenger portrayed Slater as the instigator, saying he cursed without provocation at a woman who had asked about her bag.]]>
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<![CDATA[Steven Slater Quick Tip by ltyson]]> http://www.lunch.com/Awesomeness/reviews/person/UserReview-Steven_Slater-163-1548264-144805.html http://www.lunch.com/Awesomeness/reviews/person/UserReview-Steven_Slater-163-1548264-144805.html Wed, 1 Sep 2010 02:25:10 +0000 <![CDATA[ Sports stars are rarely paragons of virtue!!!]]> First, I have never played golf in my life!  Second, I am a retired army officer, an adjunct professor in history and have studied philosophy in graduate school.  So, why am I weighing in on Tiger Woods.  Throughout my life I have become disappointed in observing in American society how many young people have idolized professionals in the sports and entertainment fields.  Kids have posters of their favorite athletes and entertainers on their bedroom walls, and not of people who have made real contributions to society; such as, Einstein, Madame Currie, Dr. Jonas Salk, Gandhi, etc.  In addition, it is only too often that one of these idols becomes embroiled in some type of criminal activity, or unethical behavior.  As a parent I certainly don't want my daughters to turn out like Paris Hilton, or Lindsey Lohan, or the too many to numerate football and basketball players that are "packing" weapons and are in bar fights or domestic disturbances. 

Now, I am no saint; however, I have never been arrested, or embroiled in extra marital affairs. Here is the crux of my complaint with Tiger Woods and the other multitude of sports stars and entertainers.   I strongly believe that how a person lives their life is their business, so long as they are not breaking the law or harming others.  My caveat is that if you want me to stay out of your life, than you stay out of mine!!!  Specifically, don't try to make money off of your status as a sports star or entertainer by making commercials and endorsements for products that you want me to buy. More importantly, and this one really "burns" me, do not complain about the press coverage you get when you "screw-up."  After all, Tiger Woods and the others want the publicity, (Woods and others pay  publicists to generate publicity for themselves) but I find it hypocritical when they ask the press and the public to leave their "private" lives alone.  Of course the public is going to be interested in salacious details about Woods'' life because he and his publicists have been nurturing this "clean-cut" ideal of him in relation to his meteoric rise as a professional golfer.  And, for what reason?  So he can make millions on product endorsements!!!  So, when his sordid life turns into a "Greek tragedy," the press and the public will pry and want to know more.  Mr. Woods, quit trying to make money off of your name and skills as a golfer and just do your job, like the millions of Americans do everyday, and we will leave you alone!!!

By the way, I really wish parents would look to raise their kids into believing that although it is fun to play ball, watch sports, listen to music, and watch movies, don't try to grow up and emulate these people.  Few of us are skilled enough to compete at the professional level, you better make plans for a more "mundane" job. 

There is only one sports figure that comes to mind quickly who is deserving of children's respect and adoration.  Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox, probably the greatest hitter in baseball, but does not hold the record for most hits or most home runs.  There is a good reason for this.  Two times at the height of his baseball career, he was called upon his country to serve as a Marine Corps pilot, both in WW II and the Korean War.  Both times he was in the prime of his baseball career.  By the way, one of his physical traits that made him a great hitter made him an excellent pilot.  Ted had 20/10 vision.  He could see the enemy planes before they saw him, the most important edge in a dogfight.  This is the reason that during the Korean War, John Glenn of  future NASA fame made Ted his wing man!   Ted served over five years in the Marine Corps uniform instead of a Red Sox uniform.  Here is the kicker, never once in his life did he complain that he could have broken records or made more money on endorsements if only he did not have to serve his country!!! 

So my hats off to one sports star, "thank you for your service Ted Williams!!!  By the way this comes to you by way of a life long NY Yankees fan.

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<![CDATA[ What a loser]]>
Basically, he went "postal" without the gun!  A reason for this behavior has not been given as of yet.  What really "burns" me about his behavior is that he now has the unmitigated gall to ask the airline for his job back!!!  Are you kidding me!!!  He had a job of public trust and a responsibility for the safety of passengers and he performed an act of gross negligence disregarding the safety of the passengers entrusted to him and now he wants a "do over." 

I am in my fifties and grew up as a kid where you didn't get do overs.  Where kids "earned" trophy's for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, place.  Every kid didn't get a trophy like they do today!  I think this fear of damaging children's esteem by telling them that in certain instances they are not as talented as others is a joke.  I believe we are all born equal,; however, we all don't develop equally.  Most of us develop some talent that makes us stand out more than others.  I might be sports, the arts, academia, and in many instances some don't develop any talent that places them above the average person, Therefore, not all people wind up as equals with others in society, that is the way life is.   
 
We have all had tough days and hard times.  How many of us have been frustrated passengers on planes that sit on the tarmac for hours of on end, have our baggage lost, or missed our connecting flights and spent the night in airports.  Yet, if any of us did what Slater did would we not be prosecuted for our actions, and deservedly so?  Is he being prosecuted?  If not than I say justice is being denied! 

Happy to report this update:

NEW YORK TIMES 5 Sep 2010 – Sometimes there's no going back.
JetBlue Airways says that there will be no second exits for famed flight attendant Steven Slater— who captured the nation's imagination with his profanity-laced loudspeaker tirade and jump down a plane's emergency chute, beer in hand.

Spokeswoman Jenny Dervin said Saturday that Slater is no longer employed by the airline. She said the airline won't release further details out of respect for Slater's privacy.

The former flight attendant still has to navigate the criminal justice system. He's been charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing; his lawyer has said a passenger's "lack of civility" prompted his behavior.

Despite Slater's online popularity, some passengers came forward to criticize him as brusque and cranky throughout the 90-minute trip from Pittsburgh to New York. One passenger portrayed Slater as the instigator, saying he cursed without provocation at a woman who had asked about her bag.]]>
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<![CDATA[ Odes to Steven Slater]]>

The once proud flight attendant

When I first came across this Gawker article on Monday, my eyes just bugged opened as I kept reading.  My first thought was, "This is The Onion mirrored to look like Gawker, right?".

For a second, let's just forget about the financial costs, legal ramifications, and potential hazard that this incident could have caused and let's just look at the facts of the event that gives this story a permanent spot in the history of awesome:
  • After a commotion and getting hit in the head by an uncooperative passenger during landing, Steven Slater manages to keep his cool.
  • He then goes on the intercom and delivers a parting speech with some very choice words
  • Activates the inflatable slide
  • Grabs two beers from the galley
  • Slides down the inflatable slide
  • Runs to his car parked not too far away
  • Drives home just a few miles away

And I must add that the most amazing part is -- he did all this without incident.  Nobody stopped him or got in his way, and he actually didn't get arrested till quite a bit later.  It was the perfect escape.

Call it idiotic, egotistical, or what have you, but in the short time since this incident occurred, there has already been an overwhelming outpouring of support for him.  At the time of writing, this Facebook fan page created in his honor is just 10k short of 200 thousand fans.

There's already an awesome spoof on the Chive, Girl quits her job on dry erase board, emails entire office

There's even a spoof of that spoof, Apple Exec. Papermaster quits job on iPad

Fan gear is already available.

 
A Hong Kong news outlet did an animated reenactment

There are several tribute songs on Youtube



Just a warning, this second video is NSFW since it has gratuitous use of the f-word, just like Steven Slater's farewell speech over the intercom on the plane

Even Nancy Grace supports him,

And just because, kittens on a slide,

Epicness and jokes aside, there are several lessons to be learnt from this incident, and one of them is a simple one: remember to be nice to your flight attendants.  Sure, it can be fun to fly all over the place, but it's still a tough job and they're typically overworked, underpaid, and worse -- under appreciated.  You can do your part to fix those things by being cooperative. 

Seriously, peoples, listen to your flight attendants when they tell you not to take off your seat belt, stand up, and open up the overhead compartments to grab your things until the plane has come to a complete stop.  There's a reason they have these rules in place.  Plus, everyone's 100% guaranteed to get off the plane eventually, and most likely the same amount of time.  If anyone should be in trouble, it should be the unruly passenger who started this whole thing.

Steven Slater, we love you and wish you the best.  Something tells me that you're going to be just a-okay :)

Ever had an incident where you wish you had an inflatable slide in your back pocket?  Please do share!]]>
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<![CDATA[Steven Slater Quick Tip by drifter51]]> http://www.lunch.com/Politics_Your_Way/reviews/person/UserReview-Steven_Slater-538-1548264-106374.html http://www.lunch.com/Politics_Your_Way/reviews/person/UserReview-Steven_Slater-538-1548264-106374.html Thu, 12 Aug 2010 00:26:22 +0000 <![CDATA[ A Lot Of People Are Calling Him a Hero But I Don't Think So]]>
I do not consider Mr. Slater a hero and feel that his little stunt was reckless and dangerous for all concerned and he should not gain any celebrity from it because it encourages others to do stupid things like this to get their 10 minutes of fame.  Shame on you Mr. Slater!]]>
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<![CDATA[Kanye-gate/Kanye Interrupts Meme Quick Tip by MonikaWoods]]> http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-Kanye_gate_Kanye_Interrupts_Meme-138-1419092-62113.html http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/d/UserReview-Kanye_gate_Kanye_Interrupts_Meme-138-1419092-62113.html Sat, 26 Jun 2010 15:58:43 +0000 <![CDATA[ Helping to Sell More Tabloids and Take Focus Away From Healthcare]]>
What is it that makes the general public love it when a "good guy" is exposed as being human like the rest of us.  I guess some of these same people are foaming at the mouth hoping for a slip up from Derek Jeter or Donny Osmond.  Will we ever return to the days where news focuses on things that really matter to our personal lives such as the economy, energy, war, elections, war, etc.  Unfortunately these topics bore the average person raised on MTV reality shows.]]>
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<![CDATA[ Tiger Woods is Human despite his Considerable Skills as a Golfer...]]> It is difficult to give this data point a rating. It is an issue between a man and his wife and nobody else’s business. Who is Tiger Woods? The man is arguably one of the greatest golf players of all time. News of his infidelity have reached widespread coverage because of his fame. So does this make him any less of a human being? Well, it all depends on how you look at it….
 
For me, it seems like when we see him play, you can’t help but admire his skills. The man can swing a golf club like no other and has earned him championships and numerous product endorsements…why? Because he is damn good at what he does. His agents and the media have painted him as role model and kids everywhere aspire to be like him. So again, does this make Tiger any less human? I think if anything else he feels more human.
 
Let’s be honest. The man is famous, rich and but human...being human means being flawed. I don’t agree with infidelity nor do I believe in cheating on one’s spouse under any circumstances; but Tiger being who he is, is more prone to temptation. Women who want a piece of his fame want to be with him. He probably travels a lot so he is probably a lot weaker in fighting off loneliness. It is lonely at the top. Some may argue that ego is a famous man’s downfall and it is always bad when one starts to believe his own hype. No matter how good you are, there will always be someone better…one would do well to remember this.

History has a way of reminding us that even though you do great things, in the end, all everyone would prefer to remember is how one faltered. Human nature always looks at the flaws and forget the good things. The media and most people enjoy watching a great man fall…why? Because people like to see someone fail than to see someone succeed. The media is having a field day covering Tiger’s public apology and even wanted to do an interview with his mistress. Why, is it because he is famous and makes enormous amounts of money? Yes, it is. It was a real wonder that he managed to keep things under wraps this long. Again, does Tiger’s mistakes make him less than a man? No it doesn’t.
 
Ask yourself. If you were Tiger Woods, can you absolutely guarantee that you wouldn’t make the same mistakes? I can’t say for sure. I think I am a moral person but who knows what would happen if I was Tiger Woods? I am after all, a simple employee with a simple job. The temptations are great for men with significant fame. Why? People like winners and truth be told, a lot of women are attracted to power. This is just the truth. Tiger never asked to be a role model. The companies who asked for his endorsements did.
 
The media likes to portray this story as Woods being a failure morally; that he isn’t as squeaky clean as he is oftentimes portrayed. Why is it the public’s business, is it because we are part of the reason for his success? Maybe. Still, the problems between a man and his wife is no one’s business but their own. I commend him for his public apology to salvage as much of his public image as he can. So, he cheated on his wife, and it would be up to her what her next step would be. The public awaits what would happen next. Some people rejoice and they say Tiger is a jerk, maybe he is, but there are a lot of jerks around...but they're just not as famous or not as good. 
 
One thing I have to say, if Tiger Woods failed anyone, it is himself and his family. A man is not answerable to anyone but himself. Will he be able to live with himself after this? Probably so. All of us tend to live through and get over our mistakes, and try to learn from it. Seems like Tiger is human after all. So to those who say they don't like Tiger's sense of morality...don't be too quick to judge and act squeaky clean; everyone has their baggages to carry.
 
The morale of the story: The media vultures like the adage, “The Bigger they are, the harder they fall”.
 
Don’t be famous unless you can stand the heat. Oh, I'm NOT a fan of Tiger Woods.
 
Tiger and Elin's Christmas Card Photo]]>
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<![CDATA[ Kanye-gate and the Birth of the Kanye Interrupts Meme]]> Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, DJ AM, Jim Carroll and Patrick Swayze) and high profile public outbursts (hello, Joe Wilson, Serena Williams and Kanye West).  Little did I know, though, that one of the folks in the latter would spawn yet another -gate this year, inadvertantly creating one of the best web memes of 2009, or possibly, ever (sorry, Rick rollers, that's so 2008) -- I present to you, Kanye-gate 2009.

I'm going to start off by saying that I'm actually a Kanye West fan.  For the most part, I dig his music and usually find his antics and overly inflated ego pretty amusing.  Unfortunately, in this case, he took it a bit far.  Remember how I wrote in my Gates-gate review that I thought that Gates-gate was the most ridiculous -gates of all the -gates that I listed?  There was Watergate, which wasn't really that amusing (except for the fact that one of the key players was dubbed Deep Throat), but I'm talking about Fajita-gate and Nipple-gate, which were over a couple of fajitas and a nipple shield, respectively.  Somehow, Kanye-gate managed to trump all of those -gates in ridiculousness.

Since I got rid of my television, I didn't catch the VMAs, but as soon as I saw my twitter and Facebook feeds that night and scrolled through a barrage of tweets and status updates that read "screw kanye", "kanye needs to sit down", "what is kanye on?", "what was kanye thinking?", "eff kanye", etc, etc, it was pretty apparent that it was an outburst heard around the world.

Upon Googling, I found celebrity reactions.  Among them, Kelly Clarkson blogged, "Dear Kanye, what happened to you as a child?? Did you not get hugged enough??", and Katy Perry was spot on when she tweeted "[...] IT'S LIKE U STEPPED 0N A KITTEN".  Seriously, it takes a very special/troubled 32 year old man to have enough douchebag-gery in him to ruin one of the biggest moments of a 19 year old girl's life.  Heck, even the President weighed in on this one (as he did in Gates-gate), albeit unintentionally, by telling a reporter off the record that he thought Kanye was a "jackass" because of this incident.

The apology that Kanye posted in his blog that night didn't help his case either.  An excerpt, in all caps, no less, read, "I'M SOOOOO SORRY TO TAYLOR SWIFT AND HER FANS AND HER MOM. [...] SHE IS VERY TALENTED! I LIKE THE LYRICS ABOUT BEING A CHEERLEADER AND SHE'S IN THE BLEACHERS! ........ I'M IN THE WRONG FOR GOING ON STAGE AND TAKING AWAY FROM HER MOMENT!........ BEYONCE'S VIDEO WAS THE BEST OF THIS DECADE!!!!".  Leave it to Kanye to diss someone even when apologizing.

He also publicly apologized on Jay Leno's show the night after the incident.  Too bad it was totally fake.  While Kanye's taking it to be public to apologize profusely and insincerely, I'm sure poor Taylor just wants this to go away.  And please, don't blame it on the Henny, as some others have.

Fortunately, there's a silver lining to this unfortunate incident -- the Kanye Interrupt meme.  They definitely turn this frown upside down!  The first two jokes that I read were in really poor taste, but I couldn't help but snicker: "Yo Patrick Swayze, I know you just died and all and I'mma let you finish, but Michael Jackson's death was the best one this year", and "Kanye West doesn't care about white women" (in case you missed it, the latter is a play on Kanye's 2006 outburst in which he said, "George Bush doesn't care about black people").  Oh, there's also "President Obama doesn't care about jackasses".

Kanye-gate even spawned a tumblr aptly called Kanyegate that keeps a compilation of Kanye-gate inspired images.  The people in this cafe that I'm Lunching at probably think that I'm a freak for clapping and lol-ing at some of these.  I think I'm just too easily amused.  Oh, if only they could see what I can see...

Below are a few of the more tasteful ones of my favorites.  I swear I can hear Kanye West saying all of these things in my head.  With the exception of the last one, I found all the others on the Kanyegate blog and Mashable.  There's something for everyone.  Prepare to take a ride on the ROFLlercoaster.










 




























But what about Google Chrome?








Sorry, Twilight fans.
 









 


Oh no he did not just diss my favorite celeb gossip site!


What do you Lunchers think?  Carrie or Gaga?


















While the Kanye-gate meme is still hot and fresh off the grill, I guess I might as well hop on the band wagon.


Whatever, Kanye, I'm pretty much done with this review anyways.  I have a feeling that these lolcat styled Kanye Interrupts images will remain a popular meme for many years to come.  I don't think Kanye's ever going to live this one down.

Oh, and did I mention that there are Youtube videos?  Because there are.

Kanye West Interrupts Obama
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This one's even better.  Entitled Hitler finds out Kanye West Disses Taylor Swift at the VMAs, this one had me in tears.  Utterly brilliant and so full of win.  Be warned though, there's a wee bit of profanity and a whole lot of screaming.
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...You're very welcome.

Okay, one more.  Just one more.  I swear.  This link.

Wow, self-professed Louis Vuitton Don, why you gotta be so classy?]]>
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