Kanye West Just Made The Strangest Appearance At The White House

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Kid Rock was there, too

Kanye West met with Donald Trump today in the Oval Office which resulted in what might be their strangest exchange yet. The Hill reported the details of the discussion, which took place in front of a large group of press members. Trump confirmed as he sat across from West that the two have been friends for "a long time." Then, the two began praising each other for what seemed like the entirety of the meeting.

West delivered a 10-minute monologue, during which he discussed his own mental health, the issues with the prison system, and more, interspersed with lavish compliments for the president. "This is our president. He has to be the freshest. The flyest," West stated, also commending Trump's "bravery." According to those in the room where the wild exchange took place, West spoke in the third person, saying, "[Trump] might not have expected a crazy motherf---er like Kanye running up to support." 

Trump, in turn, shared his admiration of West, saying the rapper "can speak for me any time he wants. He’s a smart cookie. He gets it." At this point, it wouldn't at all be surprising if West ended up taking a seat in the cabinet. Someone asked Trump if West could run for president, and Trump replied, "Could very well be," but West reinforced his support of the POTUS by adding, "Only after 2024." 

The White House said the meeting was originally planned for the pair to discuss "manufacturing, urban revitalization, tamping down violent crime in Chicago, and criminal justice reform," but from what has been made public, it seems like it was called only for the two to praise each other with journalists present. 

To make matters weirder, Jeff Mason, White House correspondent for Reuters, tweeted a photo of Kid Rock also at the White House, so there may be even more bizarre details from today to come. 

This isn't the first time members of the West family have visited the White House to talk politics. Earlier this year, West's wife, Kim Kardashian, met with the POTUS to discuss prison reform and the pardoning of Alice Johnson

Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, and Agyness Deyn also star

Elisabeth Moss is trying to keep it together as punk rock artist Becky Something in the trailer for forthcoming movie Her Smell. She's surrounded by iconic faces who make up her band Something She, Gayle Rankin as Ali van der Wolff and Agyness Deyn as Marielle Hell, as she grapples with the fact that her musical prowess just doesn't draw as big a crowd as it used to.

In addition to the wavering fame, Becky is "grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom," according to a press release. "When Becky's chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success." And what's clear from the trailer, Moss is absolutely meant for this role, transforming into the punk on the brink of collapse.

Rounding out the cast are Ashley Benson, Cara Delevingne, and Dan Stevens. Watch the official trailer, below. Her Smell hits theaters on April 12 in New York and 14 in L.A., with "national expansion to follow."




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In an acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards

As The 1975 accepted the BRIT Award for Best British group, outspoken frontman Matty Healy shared the words of journalist Laura Snapes as a way of calling out misogyny that remains ever-present in the music industry. Healy lifted a powerful quote from Snapes' coverage of allegations against Ryan Adams for The Guardian: "Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of 'difficult' artists, [while] women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don't understand art."

Snapes reacted almost immediately on Twitter, saying she was "gobsmacked, and honoured that he'd use his platform to make this statement." Snapes had originally written the line for an interview she published with Sun Kil Moon singer Mark Kozelek back in 2015, in response to Kozelek publicly calling her a "bitch" who "totally wants to have my babies" because she requested to speak in person rather than via e-mail, which she brought up in the more recent piece on Adams. Kozelek's vile response, and the misogyny that allowed it to play out without real consequences, it could be argued, could have easily played out in the same way in 2019, which makes her reiteration of the line, and Healy's quoting it on such a large platform, all the more important.

It should be noted that back in December, Healy caught a bit of heat himself on Twitter for an interview with The Fader in which he insinuated that misogyny was an issue exclusive to hip-hop, and that rock 'n' roll had freed itself of it. He clarified at length on Twitter and apologized, saying, "I kinda forget that I'm not very educated on feminism and misogyny and I cant just 'figure stuff out' in public and end up trivializing the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues."