Kanye West says he’s dis­tanc­ing him­self from pol­i­tics: ‘I’ve been used to spread mes­sages I don’t be­lieve in’

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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.

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