Commentary: Kanye gets in trouble, Lorde’s boyfriend under fire, Miley debuts new hair in week’s pop headlines

December 10, 2013
Lorde performs at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Lorde's rumored boyfriend is the subject of many One Direction fans' tweets following comments she made about the English boy band. Credit: Courtesy of MCT

Lorde performs at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Lorde’s rumored boyfriend is the subject of many One Direction fans’ tweets following comments she made about the English boy band.
Credit: Courtesy of MCT

This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news.

Yeezy ready for war

Yeezus was crucified for no good reason.

After granting no disrespect to Ben Affleck and forgiving Jimmy Kimmel, rap divinity Kanye West was successfully keeping a bit of a low profile when The Daily Currant, an online satirical newspaper, decided to throw a few pebbles at his rep.

“‘I am the next Nelson Mandela,’ West responded. ‘I’m only 36 years old, and when I look at everything I’ve accomplished, it’s the only comparison that makes any sense. By the time I’m 95, I’m going to be a bigger hero than he ever was. Nelson Mandela did a lot of good work, don’t get me wrong. But I think I’m on track to do something even bigger,” The Daily Currant wrote Friday in an article titled “Kanye West: ‘I Am The Next Nelson Mandela.’”

In a rookie mistake forewarned to most seventh grade English students, some media outlets did what they do best: Hate Kanye West. More notably, The Times, based in South Africa, where Mandela served as president from 1994 to 1999, retweeted the link.

Worry not, West got to put his two cents in about the anti-apartheid philanthropist.

“At a young age my mother taught me the importance of his work. Mandela sacrificed his life for the betterment of mankind,” West tweeted.

Of course, redemption is often tanked by dumb comments by this self-proclaimed “soldier of war.”

“I’m just giving of my body on stage … I’m putting my life at risk. This is like being a police officer or war or something,” West said in a recent radio interview with

At least I can count on a police officer in times of need. Thanks for completely canceling your Columbus show, Kanye.

Lorde gets caught in wrong direction

Some Directioners are directing some racial hate toward the royal court.

Pop singer Lorde, whose real name is Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor, may be a Kiwi, but she isn’t known for being the sweetest. Her brutally honest and outspoken opinions on the music industry and pop culture expressed via interviews produce enough girl power to resuscitate “The Powerpuff Girls” for a seventh season.

However, a quote devoid of origin and timestamp has Lorde allegedly saying to no one in particular, “One Direction are pretty overrated and their music isn’t really good. I find it odd they’re famous.”

One Direction fans’ heads exploded in all directions from this supposed statement and landed right on Twitter in a series of racist cheap shots at Lorde’s rumored boyfriend, James Lowe, who is of Asian descent.

Some fans began making an avalanche out of a snowball and believed Lorde called the members of the English boy band “ugly.” Following the lead of Tyler, The Creator, who posted a picture of Lorde and Lowe Thursday on Instagram with the caption “Hhahahahahah,’ a select few Directioners had no problem making sure Lorde ate and subsequently choked on her “words.”

No response has been released from Lorde and her team.

Miley Cyrus is a revolutionary

More proof has been revealed that a single lock of Miley Cyrus’ hair is worth a higher weight in (extremely bleached) gold than that of anything I will ever do in my life.

In a shocking turn of events for the “Bangerz” songstress, Cyrus sported a blonde bob at the 2013 KROQ Almost Christmas concert in Los Angeles over the weekend. But her hair change isn’t just any version of the extremely common hairstyle. No, she’s using an even more ordinary, everyday device that is so radical “E! News” labeled it as “Breaking News” — a wig.

“The ‘Wrecking Ball’ singer debuted wispy blond bands, sleek bob wig that framed her jawline at an elongated angle — a fun departure from her signature rocker-inspired pixie cut,” “E! News” reported.

Just call her Voltaire, a revolutionary enlightenment thinker capable of sitting in a salon chair and asking for any look she wants.

If you have any tips on whether or not Cyrus forgot to put on deodorant this morning, “E! News’ is probably anxiously refreshing its inbox.

In other news, Daniel Radcliffe’s hair.

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