HOT: Beasties Won’t Budge
Attention ad creators — Beastie Boys will never let their music be used to sell a product, no matter how craftily you try to maneuver around their wishes. In March, the surviving members settled with toymaker GoldieBlox over the use of a parody version of their song “Girls” for an online ad. Now, Mike D and Ad-Rock have scored a $1.7 million victory in their case against energy drink-maker Monster, which used a mix with several of their songs in an online video. The company (which plans to appeal) tried to blame DJ Z-Trip, who created the mix; ridiculously, Monster said when it contacted Z-Trip to approve the final video, they thought his one-word response — “Dope!” — meant they had clearance to violate the Beasties’ copyrights.
WARM: Inappropriate Appropriation
Here’s another public service announcement — no matter how beautiful you think traditional Native American apparel is, don’t wear it in public. Superstar Pharrell is the latest celebrity to suffer backlash for inappropriate appropriation after sporting a Native American headdress on the cover of Elle UK. Just stick with the Arby’s hat, dude. To his credit, Pharrell immediately said he was sorry. Elle UK has yet to say anything. And a bunch of people who are, like, one-fortieth Cherokee (likely the same ones surveyed when organizations ask if the NFL’s Redskins name is offensive, resulting in headlines like “99 Percent of Native Americans say Redskins Name Not Offensive at All!”) totally think he looked badass.
COLD: Hacking and the Damage Done
Along with the hasty rehab retreat, today’s celebrities have employed another dodge tactic when finding themselves in trouble for doing or saying something stupid — the ever-reliable “My (Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/etc.) was hacked!” But unless he accidently smoked a doobie laced with Molly and went on a porn tear, something tells us Neil Young’s people are telling the truth when they say the legendary rocker’s Twitter account was hacked recently, resulting in a flurry of sexual images, odd links and even odder musings (such as “Who wants to eat my ass?”). The account seems to have been reclaimed, though three days later, a Google search for “Neil Young Twitter” still showed his name as “Slut for the D.”