A street artist who goes by the name “Plastic Jesus” has unveiled a new piece that’s creating a bit of a stir: It depicts Kanye West as a giant gold Jesus being crucified. According to the artist, the piece—called “False Idol”—is meant to be commentary on pop culture’s worship of flawed human celebrities.
He's a genius at writing and producing but he's not a God, and that's where we put him. Until there's an issue in his life or a hiccup in his career, then we crucify him
"We've seen it before with people like Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan. The same people who put him into a God-like place are the same yapping at his heels for a piece of flesh when something happens …
By all means, treat and respect these people are artists, but don't make them into gods — because we crucify our gods.
The piece is currently on display on Hollywood Blvd. Discuss
Just 20 years ago, scientists thought only the Sun had planets orbiting it. Since then, scientists have learned that there's around five thousand planets that are about the size of Earth's and that every star in the galaxy has planets that orbit around it.
According to the new study published in Nature, after six years, scientists have found at least seven Earth-like planets—meaning small-ish, rocky and orbiting their star at the optimal distance for water to exist—just 39 light years away, which is very close.
Theoretically all seven planets could sustain life, but that's no indicator of if they do.
"The planets form a very compact system," said Michael Gillon, one of the leaders of the research. "They are very close to their star and are reminiscent of the system of moons that orbit Jupiter. They could have liquid water and life."
Scientists wouldn't be able to send spacecraft to find out if there was life on the planets because in the best case scenario, it would take 39 years just to get there. Telescopes instead would do the work and look for a mixture of chemicals in the atmosphere that's close to Earth's. Discuss
The 2017 Academy Awards are coming up this weekend. And to get you ready, the internet geniuses at Burger Fiction created a supercut of every film to win the most coveted Oscar: best picture. The video starts with the first ever winner, 1927's Wings, and goes all the way up through this year's nominees.
Because you have to do your homework before show starts this Sunday:
A federal judge blocked Texas authorities from keeping Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood in a Tuesday ruling.
Officials in Texas accused Planned Parenthood of collecting and selling fetal body parts based on the undercover video from the Center for Medical Progress, and subsequently cut off Medicaid funding to specific Planned Parenthood clinics.
In Judge Sam Sparks' 42-page decision, he wrote that Texas' actions were "without any evidence indicating an actual program violation warranting termination." Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has already announced that he will appeal the ruling.
"Today's decision is disappointing and flies in the face of basic human decency," Paxton said. "No taxpayer in Texas should have to subsidize this repugnant and illegal conduct."
Sparks also said that the video doesn't show evidence of Planned Parenthood violating ethical or medical standards or of them altering their abortion procedures just so they could get more fetal tissue, presumably for selling.
This decision comes as many conservatives are lobbying for Planned Parenthood to be completely defunded.
Planned Parenthood maintains that the federal money they receive, mostly from Medicaid, is for preventive care for money, birth control and pregnancy tests, not abortions. Discuss
Netflix is picking up Martin Scorsese’s next major mob movie. The film, The Irishman, was originally set to be produced by Paramount Pictures, but in light of Chairman Brad Grey leaving the production company, Paramount is not in a place to take on a project like Scorsese’s.
According to IndieWire, a source close to the project said, “Scorsese’s movie is a risky deal, and Paramount is not in the position to take risks. This way, he can make the project he wants.”
What’s the big risk? Netflix has yet to confirm anything, but we do know that Robert De Niro will be starring in the feature film and made to look like he’s 30 years old again, the same age the actor was in his first Scorsese film Mean Streets. The Irishman will be De Niro and Scorsese ninth project together. Discuss