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Kanye the Controversial

Kanye the Controversial

Date: Feb 13 2006


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We’ve talked before about celebrity controversies – from Madonna’s onstage shenanigans to the phony engagement between Ben Affleck and J-Lo. Everyday, newspapers and magazines have stories about the crazy things people do to get attention.

On the cover of this month’s issue of Rolling Stone, hip hop artist Kanye West is portrayed as Jesus wearing a crown of thorns. Many people say that he has gone too far, others are just too tired of it all to say anthing at all.

Listen to Taylor and I talk about Kanye West.


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Dave:  Taylor, are you a fan of Kanye West?

Taylor:  You know, I haven’t heard him, but I’ve heard of his recent controversy of speaking out against President Bush in the aftermath of Katrina.

Dave:  Yeah, that was just a couple months ago.

Taylor:  Yeah.

Dave:  That, kind of, got him the title of, you know, “the outspoken Kanye West.” Now he’s on the cover of Rolling Stone dressed as Jesus at the crucifixion.

Taylor:  Wow.

Dave:  It’s a, it’s a bold move, I think.

Taylor:  Uh huh.

Dave:  But, it’s the name of the game in celebrity life, right? I mean, you just see celebrities, over and over again, doing things to make themselves stand out from the pack. And now the cover of Rolling Stone, it’s kind of, you know, it’s inappropriate.

Taylor:  Well, speaking of inappropriate political-religious messages, there’s a big uproar right now in Europe over some political cartoons published by the Dutch.

Dave:  Yeah.

Taylor:  Apparently, it’s caused mass havoc and bloodshed.



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The flamboyant writer Oscar Wilde wrote: “There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” Many celebrities greatly believe in this idea that “any publicity is good publicity,” and most of them are willing to do anything to maintain their fame.



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there’re some useful phrases in this lesson.

03:42 AM Feb 14 2006 |




I used to have a thing for heavy metal music such like Rolling Stone , but not anymore.

03:04 AM Feb 13 2006 |




It’s hard to understand.Perhaps it’s far from our life,i think.

01:16 AM Feb 13 2006 |

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