Politics

At QAnon Conference, Jim Caviezel Quotes Braveheart to Fight “Lucifer”

In a bizarre appearance at a QAnon conference, Passion of the Christ actor Jim Caviezel mixed religious bombast with quotes from the movie Braveheart as he called on the crowd to “[send] Lucifer… straight back to hell.” The For God and Country Patriot Double Down event took place at the Ahern Hotel in Las Vegas from October 22nd to 25th. Via Mediaite, the conference was themed around “loss of liberties” and was scheduled to end with a mask burning. The actor’s speech was split into roughly three parts: cool movie quotes, Biblical rage, and rightwing conspiratorial winking. “Will you fight?” Caviezel asked the crowd, as Mel Gibson had done in Braveheart. Without a Scottish soldier to say the next line, Caviezel was forced to play both parts himself, p...

Sore Loser Donald Trump Launches TRUTH Social Platform, Twitter Presses Delete Button

HipHopWired Featured Video CLOSE Source: AFP Contributor / Getty Donald Trump is like a pesky nest of fruit flies in your kitchen that just won’t go away, and least not without a ton of effort. The former president and beleaguered business mogul launched yet another crusade destined to fail in his new social media platform, TRUTH Social, but Twitter is already pressing the delete button on the venture. According to a report from CNBC, the site, which has already been hacked, was introduced on Wednesday (Oct 20) as the first project of the Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) and is framed as a social media platform that will, “stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech.” Related Stories An announcement went wide via spokeswoman Liz Harrington via Twitter, which can be viewed by following this ...

RIP: Colin Powell Dies Of Covid-19 Complications

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: ABDELHAK SENNA / Getty Colin Powell, the first Black Secretary of State, has passed away. He was 84. “General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19,” wrote the Powell family on Facebook. Powell was born in Harlem but grew up in The Bronx and a proud son of Jamaican immigrants. Despite his modest upbringing he rose up the ranks in the military after serving in Vietnam to becoming the first African-American chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush, where he developed a reputation for always bring the truth to power, regardless of if they disagreed with him or not. Although Powell was a Republican, he was lauded by membe...

Donald Trump Claims Haitian Migrants ‘Probably Have AIDS’ Because He’s A Bigot & A Liar, And A Lying Bigot

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Scott Olson / Getty Nobody: Nobody in Haiti: Related Stories Nobody across the diaspora: Y’all’s ex-president: “AIDS! THEY ALL HAVE AIDS!! HAITIANS WILL COME HERE FROM THEIR S**THOLE COUNTRY AND GIVE US ALL AIDS!!! THEY WANT TO MAKE AIDS GREAT AGAIN!!!” My God—white, conservative, Bigots R Us America knew exactly what it was doing when it elected our 45th president, and losing his bid for re-election appears to have only made him more bitter and more outwardly racist and xenophobic (if that’s even possible.) On Thursday (Oct. 7), Donald Trump made an appearance on Republican spank bank network Fox News and sat down with Satan’s third testicle, Sean Hannity, where the two discussed the Haitian immigration crisis. During that discussion, Trump went with the...

F*ck Christopher Columbus: Twitter Celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day #IndigenousPeoplesDay

HipHopWired Featured Video CLOSE Source: Erik McGregor / Getty Since 1992, Indigenous Peoples’ Day has been celebrated in stark opposition to the United States federal holiday, Christopher Columbus Day, lambasting the Italian explorer’s so-called discovery of the Americas. President Joe Biden is the first U.S. president to formally recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and many on Twitter are joined in a virtual celebration. According to the Wikipedia entry on the holiday, the holiday was first adopted in 1989 in South Dakota as Native American Day. Since the term “Native American” doesn’t encompass all indigenous peoples, Berkeley, Calif. adopted the day as it is known today in 1992 with Santa Cruz, Calif. adopting it two years later. Some two decades later, three other cities, Grand Rapids,...

Tom Morello Defends Friendship with Ted Nugent: I Have the “Right to Be Friends with Anybody”

Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello has once again defended his unlikely friendship with right-wing rocker Ted Nugent. The pair make an odd couple, for sure, considering Morello’s left-leaning politics and associations with anarchy and socialism. In a new interview, the guitarist stressed the importance of keeping an open dialogue with those you disagree with. “I reserve the right to be friends with anybody,” Morello told NME. “I reserve the right to confront opinions I disagree with, with open heartedness and love, or by throwing a brick. That’s up to me.” Advertisement Related Video He continued: “In the case of Ted, I know he’s become this right-wing caricature but there have been several times where I have reached him on issues that you might be surprised about. But he ...

Merch Aimed at Taylor Swift Fans Removed From Virginia Democrats’ Web Store

Piggybacking off the ads, the Democratic Party of Virginia started selling hats, mugs and buttons with the phrase “Swifties Against Youngkin” emblazoned on them in magenta writing, as reported by Washingtonian magazine on Thursday. A screenshot of the merch was tweeted Friday (Oct. 8) by Mediate reporter Katherine Higgins. There’s no word yet why the merch was pulled, but back in February 2017, Swift filed a series of trademarks for the word “Swifties” — the nickname for her fanbase. Swift’s spokeswoman has not responded to requests to comment about the singer/songwriter’s unwitting involvement in the Virginia gubernatorial race. In a statement to Billboard about McAuliffe’s Swiftie-targeting ad campaign, Democratic Party of Virginia sp...

Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Appeals to Taylor Swift Fans In New Campaign

The ads also contain images of Swift and Youngkin and the hashtag #WeStandWithTaylor, which fans used to support the singer amid the controversy. In 2019, Braun’s Ithaca Holdings acquired Big Machine Label Group — and with it, the entire catalog Swift released via the Scott Borchetta-owned label — in a $300 million deal. Following the deal, Swift took to Tumblr to reveal that she learned about it “as it was announced to the world,” and the news reminded her of the “incessant, manipulative bullying” she “received at [Braun’s] hands for years.” In a 2019 tweet, Swift asked The Carlyle Group to intervene after Braun and Borchetta, she claimed, prevented her from performing her music at the American Music Awards, where she was set to receive the Artist of the Decade award. She also said Borche...

SXSW Releases Statement Decrying ‘Discriminatory Laws’ in Texas

Both laws were met with widespread outrage and condemnation by artists as well as the general public, as well as calls for boycotts of the state. In its statement released today, SXSW said it would not abandon Austin, saying that leaving “would economically damage the city much more than it would the state. Much of the economic impact derived from our event benefits the city’s small business and creative communities. Austin is part of SXSW’s DNA, and we are committed to staying and fighting alongside the people who have made us who we are. We will continue to use our platform to further the progression of human rights at home and across the globe.” The statement was also released ahead of this weekend’s National Women’s March in support of reproductive rights, set to take place...

GOP Shoe Buffer Sen. Tim Scott Allegedly Lied About “Defunding The Police” Claims In Policing Reform Discussions

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Kevin Dietsch / Getty Sen. Tim Scott has a record of being something of a stooge for the Republican Party and often gets marched out in front of cameras to serve in an elevated token Black role. The GOP senator made explosive claims that policing reform talks in Congress fell apart due to defunding the police being included in measures, but it appears Scott lied about it, allegedly. According to a report from The Washington Post, the South Carolina politician issued the claims after Democrats ended the talks after Sen. Cory Booker and Rep. Karen Bass stated that they made several compromises to satisfy the demands of their GOP counterparts but their side was unwilling to relent. This lead to Scott publicly saying that Democrats were pushing for a “defund ...

White House “Music Man” Played Show Tunes to Calm Donald Trump

It wasn’t 76 trombones leading the big parade, but Donald Trump’s White House did employ a “music man” who solved problems with show tunes. According to a new book by former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, the “music man” was the only person who could manage Trump’s “terrifying” temper, playing hit songs from musicals to help calm him down. Grisham, who in her nine months on the job never held a televised briefing with reporters, has written a tell-all book entitled, I’ll Take Your Questions Now. Via the New York Times, she wrote that, “When I began to see how his temper wasn’t just for shock value or the cameras, I began to regret my decision to go to the West Wing.” When Trump spiraled out of the control, the only remedy was the “Music Man” — an unnamed...

Edge Deficient Candace Owens Trends After Alleged Parody Account Posts Image Of Stacey Dash In Her Stead

HipHopWired Featured Video CLOSE Source: Jason Davis / Getty Candace Owens gets dunked on quite routinely on Twitter and more of the same has occurred this fine Monday morning (September 27). The controversial conservative commentator and media personality found herself trending on the social media service after a reported parody account tweeted an image of former Trumper Stacey Dash in Owens’ stead. “Candace Owens will be our first female President of the United States, and wokesters won’t vote for her, because they’re the real racists,” tweeted @GaryPetersonUSA, which Twitter framed as a parody account of an older conservative white man who is all about the MAGA vibes if you get our meaning. If true, the account is actually pretty spot on when it comes to the sorts that frequent that sid...