A song on Kanye West's new album "Yeezus" has put the artist under fire for being "distasteful" and "ignorant."
The song, "On Sight," has a lyric that describes a "[expletive] shaking like Parkinson's."
The degenerative illness causes shaking and slows down movement. Kathryn Whitford, vice president of the American Parkinson Disease Association, slammed him for the lyric.
"We find these lyrics distasteful and the product of obvious ignorance," Whitford said.
The APDA is the largest American organization dedicated to helping Parkinson's patients and funding research to find a cure.
The full line from the song, which appears on West's sixth studio album, says: "A monster about to come alive again / Soon as I pull up and park the Benz / We get this [expletive] shaking like Parkinson's."
West has not yet responded to the comments.
Adel Mohamed al-Khayat is a former leader of terrorist group Gamaa Islamiya -- which in 1997 sent a terrorist squad that massacred 62 tourists before killing themselves at the ancient Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor -- and now he's a governor.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi this week swore in Khayat as the new governor of Luxor governorate, an international tourism magnet.
Although Gamaa Islamiya denounced al-Qaeda a decade ago, they are still listed as a terrorist group by the U.S. State Department.
Morsi's decision to appoint a a governor who led a group best known for frightening foreigners away from Egyptian tourism sites has many baffled, as Egypt tries to bring back the tourism it lost following the January 2011 revolution.
Declines in tourism over the last two years have cost Egypt an estimated $2.5 billion. There have been reports of vendors desperate for sales being aggressive, sometimes criminal, toward foreigners.
Earlier this month Egypt's minister of antiquities, Ahmed Eissa, insisted the Giza pyramid complex was safe after the U.S. and other embassies issued travel warnings about the area.
Gamaa Islamiya has some support in rural areas in the Nile river valley, but despite the growing influence of Islamism, demonstrators in Luxor protested Khayat’s appointment with signs reading "No to the terrorist governor."
President Barack Obama is in Berlin, speaking at the historic Brandenburg Gate, to call for additional cuts to the nuclear arsenals of the U.S. and Russia.
Miami Heat center Chris Bosh secured his team's victory during Game 6 of the NBA finals on Tuesday by blocking the Spurs' Danny Green's potential 3-pointer during overtime a few seconds before the game was over.
Seconds earlier, Bosh also blocked Tony Parker's jumper to preserve his team's one-point lead. According to NBC sports, Bosh also played a good defense on Tim Duncan throughout the game, though the latter ended up making all his shots anyway.
Having tied with the Spurs after Tuesday's game, the Miami Heat will battle the San Antonio team for the championship title during Game 7 to take place Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.
"I came here in some crates by boat, they didn't give me any documents when I arrived," Lady Liberty tells an immigration officer in this video from Legals for the Preservation of American Culture, or LegalsPAC.
Their satirical campaign to deport the Statue of Liberty comes during a heated debate on immigration.
Ishita Srivastava, producer of the video, says she was surprised how successful the satire was at making people "almost believe" the Deport the Statue campaign. It's a fine example of Poe's Law, which holds that on the Internet, it can be impossible to tell the difference between sincere extremism and a parody of extremism.
Even so, most people on Twitter get the joke, with one user joking, "Ship her back to France before she has an anchor baby."
Srivastava produced the video for human rights organization Breakthrough, which aims to "break through" the immigration debate with humor.
In the video, Lady Liberty sits down in an office with a dismissive immigration worker who asks questions like, "Can you prove you're not taking a job away from an educated American statue?"
She says she has "over 120 years of experience" in her field, and that she's "an icon of American freedom." The real Statue of Liberty, in New York Harbor, is set to reopen to the public on July 4.
One of the three "Mayhem in the AM" radio hosts fired after mocking former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason's Lou Gehrig's disease said the segment was "quickly conceived and ill-advised."
Steak Shapiro had many words, none positive, to describe the bit in which he and his co-hosts Chris Dimino and Nick Cellini imitated Gleason's synthetic voice to tell insensitive jokes.
"I would have been offended," Shapiro said, if he had been listening to the skit Monday morning. "You walk a fine line trying to be somewhat on the edge. We blew it. We blew it in a big way."
He called the segment "stupid," "offensive," "awful" and "not funny," too.
Shapiro, Dimino and Cellini were suspended within hours as listeners reacted angrily to the segment, and fired by Monday evening.
Shapiro said he and his co-hosts of the Atlanta-based show conceived of the skit during a commercial break as a way to rib the Atlanta Falcons rival Saints. Gleason was the guest writer on the popular "Monday Morning Quarterback" column on the Sports Illustrated website this week.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known more commonly as Lou Gehrig's disease, has significantly hindered Gleason's physical abilities, meaning he can't speak -- thus the synthetic voice -- and uses his eye movements to type.
All three radio hosts apologized, via a statement from the station's general manager Rick Mack.
"790 The Zone, our owners, sponsors and partners no way endorse or support this kind of content," Mack said. "We sincerely apologize to Mr. Gleason, his family and all those touched by ALS."
Gleason responded, saying the apology had been "received and accepted."
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Four American service members were killed in a mortar attack at Bagram Air Base outside of Kabul Tuesday, shortly after the announcement of the first-ever talks between the U.S. and Taliban representatives.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
The four Americans were members of the International Security Assistance Force serving in eastern Afghanistan, the ISAF said.
The U.S. also handed over security responsibilities to the Afghan government Tuesday, even as violence escalated throughout the conflict-ridden nation.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday he would suspend security talks with the U.S. in protest of the outreach to the Taliban.
A moderate earthquake shook the capital of Peru Tuesday, the second temblor in as many days.
The quake struck at 1:40 p.m. local time, with its center about 20 miles south of the capital, Lima. It registered 5.1 on the Richter scale, Peruvian media reported, but the U.S. Geological Survey said it registered at 4.6.
As the earthquake struck, people fled into the streets in panic, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. On Monday, a magnitude 4.0 tremor hit at nearly the same location, and a 4.1 earthquake hit northern Peru Tuesday morning.
Peru is part of the so-called "Ring of Fire," which surrounds the Pacific, where as much as 85 percent of the world's seismic activity occurs.
Nick Cellini, Chris Dimino and Steak Shapiro were fired from their jobs hosting 790 The Zone radio in Atlanta, after a segment mocking ex New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason, who suffers from Lou Gehrig's disease. During the bit, the hosts made fun of the way Gleason speaks using an electronic voice synthesizer. "Smother me, do me a favor," they said at one point.
All three hosts later apologized. "I love the people and city of New Orleans, always have, always will, @team_gleason I will work tirelessly to make this up to you," Shapiro tweeted.
"When and if I do work in radio again, I'm going to donate my first month's salary to Team Gleason and the fight against ALS," Cellini told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "I know that feelings are very raw, and I've very, very contrite.
Gleason, who announced that he had the debilitating disease in 2011, accepted the apologies in a post to the Facebook page of his organization, Team Gleason.
Here's is Gleason's statement in full:
You can listen to audio of the skit below:
Various interpretations of John Mayer's new single speculate that the 35-year-old singer-songwriter has finally penned a musical response to Taylor Swift's "Dear John."
On the 2010 track, widely rumored to be about her fling with Mayer, Swift sang "Don't you think I was too young to be messed with?" At the time of their rumored relationship, Swift was about 20 years old.
Mayer doesn't make any direct references to his ex-flame, but he has written lyrics that could be interpreted as digs at Swift's lyrics and song titles.
"You're like 22 girls in one/ And none of them know what they're running from/ Was it just too far to fall for a little paper doll?" Mayer sings in the chorus. According to US Weekly, the "22 girls" line could refer to Swift's single, "22." In "Dear John," she previously sang, "I'll look back and regret how I ignored when they said run as fast as you can."
According to USA Today, Mayer's line, "Someone's gonna paint you another sky," could recall Swift's lyric, "You paint me a blue sky and go back and turn it to rain."
MTV points out that in "Dear John," Swift called her self "the girl in the dress."
""Here's a dress of gold and blue/Sure was fun being good to you," Mayer sings in "Paper Doll."
Mayer told Rolling Stone last year that Swift's song had "humiliated" him, though Swift later called her ex "presumptuous" for assuming the song was about him.