Kanye West says he’s distancing himself from politics: ‘I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in’
Novelist Steven Galloway was fired from UBC in June 2016. VANCOUVER—THE former chair of the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia is suing a woman, claiming she falsely accused him of sexual and physical assaults. Steven Galloway’s lawsuit also accuses two dozen other people of repeating the accusations on social media.
The lawsuit claims he was defamed and suffered damage to his reputation. It asks for damages and an injunction preventing the defendants from repeating the allegations, as well as having them removed from the internet. The past several months have been quite the wild ride in the land of Kanye West news. His comments about slavery being a choice, calls to abolish the 13th Amendment and outspoken admiration for U.S. President Donald Trump, much to the chagrin of many of his fans, all came to a head with his bizarre, televised Oval Office meeting with the president earlier this month.
Just this weekend, he had been credited with designing the logo for shirts connected to “Blexit,” a call for African Americans to leave the Democratic Party that has been championed by Candace Owens, the spokesperson for the pro-trump organization Turning Point USA. Now, West is apparently cutting off all political ties. In tweets posted Tuesday, he seemingly attempted to retreat from many of the claims, statements, social media snippets and interviews that have characterized his public persona in recent months.
“My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in,” he tweeted. “I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!”
Perhaps the tipping point came this weekend. That’s when the “Blexit” merchandise was unveiled during Turning Point USA’S Young Black Leadership Summit.
“Blexit is a renaissance, and I am blessed to say that this logo, these colours, were created by my dear friend and fellow superhero Kanye West,” said Owens, an activist in the pro-trump internet, according to Page Six.
But West tweeted that he didn’t actually design the logo and he wants nothing to do with “Blexit.” Before tweeting about the “Blexit” drama, West fired off messages about the current state of his political stances.
It’s unclear what prompted the sudden tweeting, but he seems to imply that his family and friends — who support his “actual beliefs” — might be involved.
Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down, the official companion book to the Netflix series.
Part coffee table book and part behind-the-scenes narrative, the book melds beautiful artwork from the series with details about the production that are almost as magical as the show. We picked out the most interesting tidbits:
The original title for the series was ‘Montauk’
Co-creators and brothers Matt and Ross Duffer have made no secret of their love of Stephen King and Steven Spielberg, but the original iteration of the story went one step further. The original script for the pilot was called Montauk, to pay tribute to their “favourite film of all time,” Jaws. The original script was set in the small Long Island town instead of Hawkins, Ind., and the big mysterious government facility was “Montauk Air Force Station,” known as “Camp Hero.” Eventually, though, Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), left, Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo) and Lucas Sinclair (Caleb Mclaughlin) dress as characters from Ghostbusters in a Season 2 episode of Stranger Things.
they moved the location due to filming concerns on Long Island and the fact that the Duffers were more familiar with Midwestern suburbs than beachside towns.
The Upside Down is made of bubble wrap (and some other stuff )
In a section of the book that is, fittingly, upside down, special effects co-ordinator Caius Man reveals that bubble wrap and sheet plastics that were melted and painted helped create the creepy vines that populate the Upside Down. “We spent three months, closer to four, probably, fooling around with every chemical and flexible stretchy thing and meltable thing we WWW.THESTAR.COM
Steven Galloway files defamation suit over sexual assault allegations
could get our hands on,” Man explains in the book.
The boys almost didn’t dress up as Ghostbusters for Halloween in Season 2
The filmmakers long knew they wanted the boys to dress up in the iconic jumpsuits of the Ghostbusters when the show covered Halloween, but their first request for the rights to the costumes was denied. Eventually, producer Shawn Levy made a personal appeal to Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman and they were able to secure the rights.