Not to be outdone by Stephen King and Faye Dunaway, aging blues singer Etta James also has mean things to say about younger celebrities — including the president! But her real issues are with “that woman” Beyonce.
While performing at a recent concert, James said of President Obama and Beyonce, who portrays James in Cadillac Records and has usurped James’ classic “At Last” for herself:
You guys know your president, right? You know the one with the big ears? Wait a minute, he ain’t my president, he might be yours, he ain’t my president. You know that woman he had singing for him, singing my song — she’s gonna get her ass whipped. The great Beyoncé … But I can’t stand Beyoncé. She has no business up there, singing up there on a big ol’ president day … singing my song that I’ve been singing forever.”
Clearly the thing for Miss Etta to do would be to grab some of Beyonce’s hits – “Single Ladies,” for example – and sing the mess out of them. Can you imagine?
These inter-generational celebrity feuds are getting fun. Who will be next to dis the younger generation? Or will someone find their way to the freaking high road?
My friend Mindy sent this my way, it’s model builder Gary McIntire‘s amazingly detailed (if not exactly accurate because he did it last week) Lego version of today’s inauguration of Barack Obama.
Check it out:
Look, it’s Barack, Michelle and Chief Justice John Roberts:
To see a whole gallery of McIntire’s project, go here.
So today was the first day of school in D.C. for little Malia and Sasha Obama, First Daughters. The two girls are attending the Sidwell Friends School, a private Quaker school for the well-heeled — the school where many First Kids, including Chelsea Clinton, went.
I know President Obama and the First Lady debated sending their kids to public vs. private school but I think they made the right decision. I remember Amy Carter going to a public school here in D.C. and being bombarded by photographers way too often for a child. Remember this shot of Amy on her first day of school in D.C.?
I can’t imagine what it’s like to be the First Kids, all those people talking about you, the cameras and the scrutiny. Malia and Sasha seem like great kids. I hope the media backs off.
If you’ve been watching Saturday Night Live for years, as I have, you know not many cast members match the comic genius that is Maya Rudolph. So, here’s a bit of gossip I just heard: Ms. Rudolph is making a special appearance on SNL this Saturday night.
Looks like Maya has been rehearsing to play Michelle Obama. This is great news, but it’s also very telling in two ways. (1) Didn’t last night’s special Thursday version of SNL bring back old cast members, too? Not just Tina Fey-as-Sarah Palin, but Will Ferrell, too. It’s not saying much for the current cast members, none of whom make me laugh – with the obvious exception of zany Kristen Wiig.
Is Lorne Michaels panicking? Maybe SNL should have a reality series where American can pick the cast members. We can’t do worse than his people do.
And, number (2) Maybe have more than one woman of color involved with SNL so you don’t have to keep tracking down Maya to play every black woman that’s ever been in the news.