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Five People That Had A Worse Weekend Than You: Taylor, Tua, and That Guy

It’s Sunday night. The Patriots won. I had pizza for dinner. I have nothing to complain about. But these people sure as hell do.

Taylor Swift

Ok, I’m just going to say it – I’m not sure about Taylor Swift. There’s just something suspicious about someone who always feel they are done wrong, never that they do wrong. Which is why I’m a little doubtful about her latest claim of victimhood, this time in relation to her early music.

On Thursday, Swift took to her blog to share that Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta, who own her early catalogue of music, are not allowing her to perform her old hits at the 2019 American Music Awards, where she will receive the Artist of the Decade Award , as well as refusing to let Netflix use those songs in an upcoming documentary about Swift’s life.

Now, I have plenty of thoughts about Swift being named Artist of the Decade (mainly, NO), but what I find more annoying is that Swift posts these things in an effort to get her army of Swifties (vom) to lash about at Braun and Borchetta. It’s the high tech version of a high school bitch fight incited by a woman who could legitimately buy a law firm to litigate this for her.

And lest we forget there are two sides to every story, let’s hear the one from Big Machine, the record company owned by Borchetta:

“As Taylor Swift’s partner for over a decade, we were shocked to see her tumblr statements yesterday based on false information. At no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs or block her Netflix special. In fact, we do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere. Since Taylor’s decision to leave Big Machine last fall, we have continued to honor all of her requests to license her catalog to third parties as she promotes her current record in which we do not financially participate.

The truth is, Taylor has admitted to contractually owing millions of dollars and multiple assets to our company, which is responsible for 120 hardworking employees who helped build her career. We have worked diligently to have a conversation about these matters with Taylor and her team to productively move forward. We started to see progress over the past two weeks and were optimistic as recently as yesterday that this may get resolved. However, despite our persistent efforts to find a private and mutually satisfactory solution, Taylor made a unilateral decision last night to enlist her fanbase in a calculated manner that greatly affects the safety of our employees and their families.

Taylor, the narrative you have created does not exist. All we ask is to have a direct and honest conversation. When that happens, you will see there is nothing but respect, kindness and support waiting for you on the other side. To date, not one of the invitations to speak with us and work through this has been accepted. Rumors fester in the absence of communication. Let’s not have that continue here. We share the collective goal of giving your fans the entertainment they both want and deserve.”

Interesting. Very interesting. [Via ENews]

Tua Tagovailoa

As I’ve said before, I don’t follow college football too closely, but you don’t have to to know that “a dislocated hip with a posterior wall fracture” isn’t good.

Tagovailoa, Alabama’s junior star quarterback, had to leave in the second quarter of Saturday’s game against Mississippi after he was tackled scrambling out of the pocket. Following the sack, he was unable to put pressure on his right leg and had to be carted off the field. On Suday, it was announced that the injury was season-ending.

Good luck recovering from your broken butt, Tua. [Via Bleacher Report]

Charlie’s Angels

Has the desire for remakes worn off? Maybe, if this weekend’s numbers for the Charlie’s Angels reboot is any indication.

The film, written and directed by the goddess Elizabeth Banks, opened with the horrible $8.6 million dollars in the U.S., and it likely won’t rebound with its overseas numbers – it took in a dismal $7.8 million in China. Big trouble for a movie with a $50 million budget.

Is this it? Is this the moment we finally stop putting Kristen Stewart in movies? Oh, please, let this be it. [Via Hollywood Reporter]

Kentucky Wildcats

Ok, we are only three games into the season, but perennial powerhouse Kentucky lost to unranked Evansville at Rupp Arena in Lexington last week, and there’s something a little joyful in that.

At 2-1, the formerly ranked #1 Wildcats not lost the top spot to Duke (another ugh), but fell all the way to 13, behind Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, Kansas, Maryland, Ohio State, Oregon, my beloved Gonzaga, Virginia, Texas Tech, and Arizona.

I know it’s just the beginning….but this makes me so damn happy. [Via SI.com]

This Guy

Is it that the Maple Leafs are getting killed by the Penguins? Or that his girlfriend insists upon taking a selfie? We’ll never know.

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