Country crooner Brad Paisley is catching a lot of flack for one particular song on his latest CD, Wheelhouse. In "Accidental Racist", Paisley and duet partner LL Cool J tackle racial tensions between a white Southerner and a black man from the North. Didn't In The Heat of the Night (the movie and TV show) already take care of this subject?
Here's a snippet of the song's lyrics:
I’m just a white man comin’ to you from the south land tryin’ to understand what it’s like not to be.
I’m proud of where I’m from but not everything we’ve done. It ain’t like you and me can rewrite history.
Our generation didn’t start this nation. We’re still pickin’ up the pieces, walkin’ on eggshells, fightin’ over yesterday.
Caught between southern pride and southern blame.
Paisley has taken to the daytime talk show circuit to explain the track, which has everyone debating heatedly. Personally, I think this is exactly what the late Dr. Martin Luther King foretold. We've finally reached the day when all of God's children, black men and white men, can team up to make a really awful song. Watch Paisley's appearances on Ellen and Good Morning America after the jump!
American Idol host and Keeping up With the Kardashians godfather Ryan Seacrest dropped by Ellen, where he and Ellen DeGeneres chatted about Nicki Minaj vs. Mariah Carey on American Idol, Seacrest living in DeGeneres' old home and of course the Kimye baby. Watch the clip after the jump!
Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has been named the 2012 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor recipient, The Kennedy Center has announced. A number of celebrities including Kristin Chenoweth, Steve Harvey, Sean Hayes, Jimmy Kimmel, John Krasinski, John Leguizamo, Jane Lynch, Jason Mraz, Lily Tomlin and Loudon Wainwright III, among others are set to salute DeGeneres on October 22. The show will be telecast on PBS stations on October 30. Check out what The Kennedy Center had to say about the funny woman after the jump! READ MORE
Forget all the buzz about new talk shows from Katie Couric, Ricki Lake and Steve Harvey. Veteran trash TV talker Maury Povich is proving he’s still got game!
According to TV Week, Maury led all talk shows the week of September 17, among women 25-54, with a 1.7 rating in the demo, up from 1.4 last season. Among households, Dr. Phil leads the pack with a 3.1 average this season, followed by Live with Kelly and Michael at 2.6.
Photo credit: Maury
With the election season in full swing, Hollywood has rolled out a campaign encouraging American’s to vote in this year’s election. Comedian and daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres joined Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Selena Gomez, Edward Norton, Jonah Hill, Benicio Del Toro, Sarah Silverman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and soap grad Amanda Seyfried in the bipartisan campaign Vote 4 Stuff.
DiCaprio told the Associated Press:
"This is one of the most important elections of our lifetime," said DiCaprio, whose production company, Appian Way, is a producer of Vote 4 Stuff. "We are using the power of social media throughout the Vote 4 Stuff campaign to incite bipartisan conversation around real issues, encourage registration and voting in November."
The tongue-in-cheek video features stars saying what they’d vote for. Zac Efron claims he’d vote to keep tigers out of school and for more high fives. Deltoro would cast his ballot for 4-day weekends. Ellen claims she’d vote to give women the right to vote. Watch the Vote 4 Stuff video after the jump! READ MORE