Minimum Gauge: Trump Goes to Bat for A$AP Rocky, Gets Immediately Rebuffed by Swedish PM

Plus, man covers Morrissey tattoo with a Sheryl Crow tattoo and Woodstock 50 gets a venue two weeks ahead of the fest, but woes appear to be far from over.

click to enlarge A$AP Rocky - Photo: Chad Cooper (CC-by-2.0)
Photo: Chad Cooper (CC-by-2.0)
A$AP Rocky

HOT: A$AP Trumpy

It seems plausible that President Trump will take a harder stance against a seemingly harmless ally, Sweden, over the arrest of Hip Hop star and U.S. citizen A$AP Rocky, than he has against non-ally rabble-rousers like North Korea and Russia. The rapper was charged with assault over an incident that occurred while he was in the country to play a festival. Trump was reportedly pushed into calling for his release by two of his most trusted advisers, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. After a passive-aggressive tweet didn’t lead to Rocky’s immediate release, Trump tweeted again at the Prime Minister to let him know he “let our African American Community down in the United States.” A spokesperson for the PM reiterated that the government isn’t allowed — by law —to influence court proceedings in Sweden. Sorry, but I prefer Presidents who can get American rappers freed from Swedish jail.

WARM: Everyday is Like Sunday a Winding Road

Singer Morrissey is losing more fans than he’s gaining lately, after the continual doubling down on his hard-rightwing political stances, including support for a U.K. party considered anti-immigrant. One of those lost fans, a Seattle musician named Ryan Mangione, recently made news for his unique solution to a regrettable tattoo of Morrissey’s name on his knee, which he says was the result of a drunken night out several years ago. As the shit tattoo became problematic on whole new levels, Mangione had the name crossed out… and Sheryl Crow’s name inked on top of it. He says he’s not a huge Crow fan — he just wanted someone “who hopefully wasn’t going to say something terrible.”

COLD: Woodstock Shrinks

From the start, the 50th-anniversary Woodstock concert has been plagued with issues — most critically, the ongoing failure of organizers to procure a venue. After being denied permits multiple times for sites in upstate New York, Woodstock 50 reportedly will now take place at Maryland’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, an outdoor “shed” akin to Cincinnati’s Riverbend. But after the venue announcement, performers like Jay Z and Dead & Company dropped out, with the bullheaded organizers ultimately opting to release all artists from their contracts and attempting to rebook a new lineup. The Aug. 16-18 fest will also now be free if it happens, which, at this point, seems like a million-to-one long shot.


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