Culture II

Pop Culture

Comedian Michelle Wolf drew mixed reviews from a polarized crowd at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. With the President absent for the second year running, Wolf went absolutely scorched Earth – no sides were spared, contributing to her less-than-rave reviews – including shitting on Sarah Huckabee Sanders to her face. I would recommend watching her remarks in their entirety. Choice moment: “Like, what’s Uncle Tom but for white women who disappoint other white women?” – Michelle Wolf re: Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Kanye West

My personal hero and the greatest artist of his generation, Kanye West returned to Twitter with a vengeance and released two new tracks, “Lift Yourself” and “Ye vs. the People.” The former is an elaborate troll of NYC hip hop radio host Ebro Darden (who claimed Kanye’s next song would dramatically change public opinion of him, only to have Kanye replace the song’s verse with varied articulations of the phrase “Pooper Scooper”) and the latter is a chaotic, political-discourse-as-rap track featuring Southern king T.I.

It’s unclear whether either track will appear on Kanye’s upcoming album, though he also tweeted that he wants to use the picture of his late mother Donda’s plastic surgeon as the album cover (Donda West passed away the day after the surgery, from complications).

Music

J. Cole

My favorite opinion of North Carolina rapper J. Cole belongs to The Ringer’s Shea Serrano. J. Cole is more like a philosophy professor at a community college than he is a rapper. His latest release, KOD, explores addiction, a timely subject, but features about as much humanity in its narratives as a research paper. Hysterical J. Cole stans scream, “No features,” but I’m shrugging – why should we care if someone can achieve mediocrity all by themselves?

Movies

The Avengers: Infinity War

Some people are saying it’s good, some people are saying it’s meh. One thing everyone agrees on: It’s long.

Another interesting tidbit (an observation of mine) is that audiences seem to have an unexpected favorite character: the villain, Thanos. To what can we attribute this surprise? The degradation of our culture? The occupancy of our highest office by a grifter? Maybe it’s that the full force of the Marvel universe is overwhelming, and everyone likes to root for the underdog (see: the last Superbowl, every March Madness, etc.)

Sports

The NBA/NHL playoff seasons are upon us! The NBA playoffs have developed more or less as expected, save for the New Orleans Pelicans upset of the Portland Trailblazers in Rd 1. They face the juggernaut Golden State Warriors in Rd 2. Both leagues playoff seasons stretch into June, and coincide with early-season MLB action. This is my favorite time of the year for sports.

Politics

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says Trump deserves Nobel Peace Prize for his work to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. What, does he want to invest in real estate in Manhattan?

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