Katy Perry ripped off gospel rappers for her shitty dark horse song


St. Louis gospel rapper named in lawsuit against Katy Perry


ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Did pop singer Katy Perry steal a song from a St. Louis Christian hip-hop artist?  That is the claim in a lawsuit filed in St. Louis federal court.

Marcus Gray of St. Louis who goes by the name “Flame” is a Christian hip-hop musician and songwriter.  Chike Ojukwu is another St. Louis Christian hip-hop artist.  Both men and two other songwriters who live elsewhere claim Katy Perry ripped off their song.

The lawsuit claims that Perry’s 2013 hit song “Dark Horse” Infringes on their copyright of a 2008 song, “Joyful Noise.”  It says Perry not only hijacked their religious music, she also destroyed their reputation in the Christian music world.  The men say they’re now associated with anti-Christian witchcraft and imagery that appears in the “Dark Horse” music video.

The Christian performers built their case within the last couple of months after seeing comparisons of the song online. The lawsuit doesn’t go into much detail about how the song “Joyful Noise” was used to create Perry’s Dark Horse. But, we have learned that Christian hip-hop artists claim that the Dark Horse’s repeating music pattern is unmistakably the same music pattern from their song Joyful Noise.

One of Flame’s St. Louis lawyers, Michael Kahn, says it is that same repeating music pattern that was used in perry’s song Dark Horse. The lawsuit seeks a jury trial, unspecified monetary damages and calls for Perry to stop using the song.  So far no comment from Katy Perry’s publicist.



Fuji climbing season opens


The Mount Fuji climbing season opened on Tuesday morning with huge numbers of climbers expected in July and August.

About 100 climbers were on hand to see the sunrise at 4:40 a.m. Tuesday, NHK reported. The Yamanashi side opened Tuesday, while the Shizuoka side will open to climbers on July 10.

About 300,000 people are expected to climb the 3,776-meter mountain over the next two months, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization. Tour operators have reported that many climbs are already fully booked.

However, authorities are worried about climbers’ safety as numbers can exceed 10,000 on some days. The overcrowded conditions also create a garbage problem.

As they did last year, the Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectural governments is asking climbers to pay a fee of 1,000 yen on a voluntary basis. The money will be used to help preserve the area’s natural beauty.

Hordes of trekkers flocked to Mount Fuji last year after it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in recognition of its status as a symbol of Japan. Local officials are pondering how to improve traffic access and other facilities after last year’s big increase in visitors.

The climbing season will close on Sept 14 on the Yamanashi side and Oct 10 on the Shizuoka side.



Why is the Bruce Lee biopic Birth of the Dragon starring a white guy?

racist hollywood has done it again




The news hit the interwebz recently that a Bruce Lee biopic called Birth of the Dragon is moving forward, with George Nolfi of The Adjustment Bureau fame attached as director. The film will be about Lee’s 1965 duel with martial arts master Wong Jack Man, which ultimately was about whether non-Chinese people should be taught kung fu. Though reports vary on the winner, the accepted view is that Bruce Lee won. It’s in response to this fight that lead Bruce Lee down the road to develop his own martial arts style, Jeet Kune Do, after determining that wing chun wasn’t practical for fighting. So the fight has important historical significance. That’s not the problem, though.


The story of the match is told from the perspective of Steve Macklin, a young disciple of Lee, who ultimately joins forces with Lee and Wong to battle a vicious band of Chinatown gangsters.

Yes, this Bruce Lee biopic about Bruce Lee stars STEVE MACKLIN? Who the fuck is Steve Macklin? I can’t even tell if Steve Macklin is a real person because Google is now filled with hundreds of blogs that copy/pasted the original story. There is no Steve Macklin in this list of students of Bruce Lee’s nor on this section about his Oakland school. I can only conclude that the character of Steve Macklin is fake.

Not only that, I can also conclude that he’s probably white. But even if he’s black, it still leads to the same problem, which is we have a movie about an Asian-American, probably the most famous Asian-American ever, and it can’t even have an Asian star. It’s got to be about a white guy! Did the producers of the The Last Airbender film suddenly get put in charge?

Did I miss an important piece of pop culture where instead of people of all races wearing Bruce Lee shirts and putting up Bruce Lee posters for 40 years, everyone has been wearing Steve Macklin shirts? Again, who the fuck is Steve Macklin?

A Bruce Lee biopic is the last place I would expect yet another example of Hollywood’s reluctance to cast Asian males in leading roles. The Last Airbender is the most famous example of recent casting that eliminates minority roles (and thus spawned that racebending term), other examples include Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, the film 21 (the guy who wrote the book the film is about is Asian, but white in the film), Mike Myers as an Indian in The Love Guru (shudder!), and Jake Gyllenhaal as the Prince of Persia.

The fact that I’m writing this soon after a weekend where a female-lead movie (Maleficent) did $70 million, followed by a weekend where the female-driven The Fault in Our Stars and Maleficentdemolished Tom Cruise’s latest action vehicle at the box office, is especially weird. We can have films with non-white male leads that make money! There are plenty of awesome Asian-American and Asian actors would would make great leads.

A bunch words written on TarsTarkas.NET by some guy with a computer won’t change how Hollywood does business. But it does add to the voices who are pushing back against stupidity. And it is stupid as hell to have a Bruce Lee movie where Bruce Lee isn’t the main character. So who the fuck is Steve Macklin? Someone people DON’T want a movie about!

(No offense to the actual Steve Macklins out there who have nothing to do with this film.)