Entertainment winners, losers of the week


(Jordan Allen /Amherst Wire)

This is the ninth installment of “Entertainment winners and losers of the week,” covering Oct. 1-7.

With so much happening on social media, it’s hard to keep up. Here are the highs and lows of the week, selected by the Amherst Wire Entertainment staff.

Jonathan Kermah

Winner: Lil Wayne

Weezy F Baby and the F is for finally. After a seven-year commercial absence, Lil Wayne released “Tha Carter V” and the first week sales are through the roof. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts and had the third largest week of any album in 2018.

Loser: Kanye West

Kanye West somehow manages to top his absurdness every week, but it looks like we might finally be getting a break from the madness. After his Saturday Night Live trainwreck, pushing back the “Yahndi” release date and claiming that the Thirteenth Amendment (the amendment that abolished slavery) is the new slavery last week, Yeezy deleted his Twitter and Instagram.

With Kanye publicly admitting to mental health struggles in the past, I wish the best for him, but I’ll enjoy the silence while it lasts. I wouldn’t be surprised if he reactivates just in time for his Nov. 23 release date.

Trevor Wilson

Winner: Chris Evans

On the big screen, Chris Evans takes on the role of a hero in Captain America, kicking alien butt while flinging his iconic shield around in heroic fashion. However, Evans has taken on a new heroic role. On Twitter, Evans has been a strong, prominent voice throughout the #MeToo movement and the recent sexual assault hearing against Supreme Court nominee (and now Justice) Brett Kavanaugh.

Additionally, Evans goes as far to call out Kanye West on his recent tweets. Kanye, sporting the MAGA hat, made some controversial statements *surprise* about the symbolism behind the MAGA hat and calling for the abolishment of the Thirteenth Amendment. Evans comes to the rescue, calling out Kanye in this tweet:

This is why Captain America is my favorite Avenger. Well, Chris Evans is also a great guy, and I urge everyone to follow his Twitter to see the great things he has to say about our society. Lastly, Evans announced he will say goodbye to Captain America as Avengers 4 wrapped up filming Thursday. So long, Cap. Thanks for the memories.

Loser: Suge Knight

Topping the list of people I would never want to piss off no matter the circumstances, Suge Knight, former owner of Death Row Records, was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison Thursday. Knight is being sentenced for killing businessman Terry Carter back in 2015 in which he hit Carter and another man with his vehicle outside of a burger stand.

Hayley Solomon

Winner: Twenty One Pilots fans

Fans of Twenty One Pilots, made up of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, have long-awaited new music from the band after their year-long hiatus. Their new album, “Trench” was released on Oct. 5 for fans to enjoy. Fans have already been raving about the album, as they resonate with their lyrics and message. TØP will also be going on The Bandito Tour in 2019, traveling the world from North America to Australia. Being known for their live shows, the bar is set high for what Joseph and Dun have in store for their fans.

Loser: Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan posted a bizarre video on her Instagram account of her filming what is believed to be a homeless family, who at the time she thinks are Syrian refugees.

Lohan offers to pay for the family’s hotel room. After they ignore Lohan and walk away from her, she abruptly accuses the parents of child trafficking and insists on taking the two small children with her. The woman then goes up to Lohan and physically attacks her.

Lohan has not made any comments about the video since being posted, but many took to Twitter to comment on her behavior.

Nami Yamaguchi

Winner: SNL

Saturday Night Live’s 44th season is off to an explosive and entertaining start, with veteran actor Matt Damon portraying controversial Supreme Court nominee (and now Justice), Brett Kavanaugh in its cold open. While the historic sketch comedy show has been experiencing a decrease in viewership and has backed out of the comedic spotlight in the past decade, this timely and accurate cold open made the show a winner this week.

On the follow-up episode, the cast shows no signs of losing steam with another cold open targeted at Kavanaugh. While the hearing itself wasn’t something to laugh at, its good to have some humor in the media to counteract the dark times we’re in.

Loser: Steven Seagal

Actor Steven Seagal exited an interview with BBC Newsnight this week when he was questioned about allegations against him concerning sexual misconduct. Apparently, Seagal was uninterested in the #MeToo movement enough to remove his earpiece and stop the interview when asked about rape allegations. Allegations of sexual misconduct against Seagal have come from many actresses, including “Arrested Development” actress Portia de Rossi.

In the #MeToo era, when victims of sexual violence have more support after coming out against their perpetrators, Seagal acted immaturely and, frankly, like someone who is guilty. The statute of limitations has passed, but Seagal’s handling of the situation was embarrassing and disturbing.

Barbara Talagan

Winner: Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga has received countless raving reviews for her debut performance as an actress in the movie “A Star is Born.” Many critics were skeptical if a pop singer like Lady Gaga could dive into the world of acting. However, whether it is on a stage or in a movie, Lady Gaga knows how to give an outstanding performance.

Loser: Cristiano Ronaldo

Kathryn Mayorga accused Juventus F.C forward Cristiano Ronaldo of raping her in Las Vegas back in 2009. After the assault, Mayorga filed a police report but did not provide the location of the alleged assault or the name of the assailant. Later, Mayorga felt manipulated into signing a nondisclosure agreement from Ronaldo’s team of “fixers” or “personal reputation protection specialists” after the incident. Ronaldo has since denied these allegations on his twitter.


Tiffany Chasse

Winner: Fans of “Mean Girls” 

Last week featured not only one, but two iconic movie references from the teen classic, “Mean Girls.” While Oct. 3 comes around every year, it’s not always on a Wednesday. If you weren’t wearing pink, I don’t think we can be friends. Regina George would totally back me up on this one.

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Loser: Cardi B

On top of the endless drama Cardi B has with Nicki Minaj, Cardi now has to deal with the authorities as well. The rapper recently turned herself in regarding violence in New York’s Angels Strip Club. Ultimately charged with assault and two cases of reckless endangerment, Cardi’s career is quickly switching focus from rap to damage control. Did she really throw chairs, bottles and hookahs? I guess we’ll just have to wait until her court date at the end of the month to find out more.

Katherine Kelley

Winner: “Crazy Rich Asians”

The movie, which came out in August, has gotten raving reviews and broken many records. This week, it was announced that it is the highest-grossing romantic comedy of the decade. “Crazy Rich Asians” was based on the first novel out of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling trilogy, so it might be safe to guess that movies will also be made based on the second and third novels, “China Rich Girlfriend” and “Rich People Problems.”

Loser: Facebook

Facebook recently experienced a massive security breach — the biggest it has faced yet, compromising nearly 50 million accounts. Whoever hacked the site could have gained access to all of those user’s login information and personal information. What’s worse is that Facebook is connected with many other apps, so they too could have been jeopardized. The whole situation is still being investigated, but the outcome has the potential to be very bad.  Right now it’s unclear how much information the hackers have, and what they could do with it. Nonetheless, things aren’t looking good for Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who already had to testify in front of Congress for similar reasons. People are certainly unhappy, and now the corporation could be subject to a fine of $1.6 billion.

Email Jonathan at [email protected], or follow him on Twitter @JKermah98.
Email Trevor at [email protected], or follow him on Twitter @TrevorWilsonOG. 
Email Hayley at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @hayley_solomon. 
Email Nami at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @tsunamiumami.
Email Barbara at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @xoxbarbara8.
Email Tiffany at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @tchasse7. 
Email Katherine at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @katkelley26.
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