Welcome to the March 18, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: the Marvin Gaye estate is trying to ban all sales of Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines.”
The family of the late singer filed a motion Tuesday night to halt the “manufacturing, reproducing, selling, distributing and licensing” of the controversial Robin Thicke single, stating that Interscope is “undeniably committing contributory copyright infringement with each sale” after last week's verdict that awarded the Gaye family nearly $7.4 million for copyright infringement (they claim the 2013 single plagiarized Gaye's “Got to Give It Up”).
The motion further states that the single should not be offered for sale until “proper attribution of Marvin Gaye as a writer of ‘Blurred Lines” and for the use of ‘Got To Give It Up” in the infringing work so that the Gayes may share in the copyright and all future proceeds of ‘Blurred Lines.”” Oh, they also want featured performer T.I. — who escaped the initial $7.4 million judgment — to pay up.
Safe to say most people who were planning on buying the song already purchased it, but if you haven't? Might wanna hurry.
Want more? There's plenty of indignation to go around. See below for a full roundup of today's kerfuffles.
Target: British singer Natalia Kills
Why: Kills' harsh comments to a contestant on New Zealand's version of “X Factor” got she and husband Willy Moon (who also did his share of berating) fired from the show's panel — which unfortunately for the singer didn't stop a barrage of negative comments to be directed at her on Twitter.
“MY GOD @NataliaKills is absolutely vile!! Disgusting human being. Coming from the UK, where hopefully u will soon be hated!!” writes user @ChantelFairlie.
A sampling of other comments, including one from “Love Me Like You Do” singer Ellie Goulding:
– Vincent Do (@AintKorean) March 18, 2015
– anna clendening (@annaclendening) March 18, 2015
What's disgusting is @NataliaKills attitude. It's obvious why nobody had heard of her until this. Everything about her screams imitation.
– ?Brittany Mota-Wiley (@briddynicole) March 17, 2015
– Closeted Gay Guy (@CGGuy44) March 18, 2015
Can't stop myself from commenting on NZ X factor situation because I can't stop thinking about how mean it was. Thank goodness they're gone
– Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) March 16, 2015
Outraged: Huffington Post contributor Sara Haile-Mariam
Target: Rock band Black Pussy
Why: “There's a Rock Band Named Black Pu**y — And That's Not Okay,” Haile-Mariam's headline rages. She proceeds to open the piece by relating her rape at the hands of a Brooklyn livery cabdriver three years ago, before writing: “I think saying offensive things for the sake of a reaction is lazy and stupid. Words matter and intentions aren't enough. The band's name is inherently violent because it evokes and desensitizes the stories, circumstances and actions of people that view us [black women] as less than human. You can't do that casually and shrug it off as part of the 'positivity and love' that you're all about.”
I can't believe I'm writing this, but…Black Pussy has yet to respond.
Outraged: Roughly 34 viewers of the Super Bowl
Target: Katy Perry's halftime show, Super Bowl ads
Why: All kinds of reasons! “Show obviously directed at children contained lyrics that can only be called disgusting by anyone of normal sensibilities [emphasis mine],” reads one complaint directed at Perry's halftime performance. “A massive fine is in order to prevent viewing public from ever again seeing a young female singing on a family veiwing [sic] venue 'I kissed a girl and I liked it.”
And this, on the “hypersexual” Victoria's Secret commercial that aired during the game: “I would like the purity of my daughters protected. This was essentially soft porn and should be unacceptable.”
The Nationwide “dead kid” ad also, not surprisingly, received its share of complaints: “The company sold their soul to sell insurance on the guise of protecting kids and stole their innocence.”
Full roundup over at Deadspin.
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