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Celebrity Slam - June 20, 2012

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Brown vs. Drake

I for one thought the days of the old-school beef were dead and gone. In this age of constant connection and social media, so much of the disrespect that needed to be dished out face to face can now be done instantly via the power of the internet. Hip-hop hatred has become a thing that is confined to the computer screen more often than not.

But then we get something like last week's incident between Chris Brown and Drake and we're reminded that while words can hurt, thrown bottles usually hurt more.

It all went down on the night of June 13. Brown and Drake were both in attendance at a club called W.i.P. in New York City. Specifics are sketchy everyone has a different story but the general gist seems to be that Brown's and Drake's respective entourages got into a full-on brawl in the club. Said brawl involved bottles being thrown and innocent bystanders getting swept up into (and injured by) the melee, including an Australian model and San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker.

So far, the story seems to be that Drake either vocally or via note made some sort of crack to Brown about how Drake hadlet's say 'had relations with' Brown's former (and current?) flame, singer Rihanna. This led to some bad feelings which in turn led to the first bottle being thrown (though everyone has a different answer with regards to who threw it). It soon degenerated into full-scale destruction with half a dozen injuries and thousands of dollars of damage to the club. While the surveillance tapes are currently being examined by the NYPD, we'll probably never get all the details.

What is wrong with you guys?

First things first: it is absolutely idiotic to get into a public brawl. This sort of negative publicity not to mention the potential legal ramifications is exactly what neither of you need. Drake, you seem like a fairly nice boy. Maybe you're just trying to show us all that you're a HAM, but come on dude you were on 'Degrassi.' Let it be about the music; you don't need to try and be street. You're not going to fool anyone anyway.

And you, Chris Brown. You of all people should know that violence is rarely the answer. Don't get me wrong; I'm pretty sure you're a reprehensible human being and deserve whatever you get. However, leaving aside the sheer idiocy of getting into a bar brawl, think about your reasoning. You're going to punch a guy to defend Rihanna's honor? Think about that. Maybe you should take a minute and figure out when your life became a textbook example of situational irony.

Morons. Morons, the lot of you.

Of course, it'll probably turn out that neither Brown nor Drake were directly involved. If they had been, the 'bar brawl' would have probably involved more slapping and swinging of man-purses.

Another Baldwin blowup

Do you think Alec Baldwin wants the world to think of him as a d-bag? Or maybe he just doesn't care? How else can we explain the seemingly never-ending reports of Baldwin saying and doing things that, quite frankly, are the words and deeds of a complete and utter a-hole?

And the hits just keep on coming.

This time, a photographer for the New York Daily News bore the brunt of Baldwin's wrath. Baldwin, along with fiance Hilaria Thomas, was leaving a New York courthouse having just obtained a marriage license. There were photographers present and Baldwin immediately started screaming at them to back up. Apparently, they started to do so just not fast enough for Baldwin's liking.

Baldwin reportedly advanced on photographer Marcus Santos, who claimed that Baldwin started 'shoving and punching me one time, right in the chin.' On the flip side, sources close to Baldwin say that he claims that the photographer almost hit HIMwith the camera. Baldwin acknowledged pushing the photographer away, but denied punching him.

The photographer has filed an assault complaint with the NYPD and the incident is currently under investigation.

Regardless of how the photographers did or didn't behave, you have to wonder what Baldwin was thinking. Seriously, Alec? You already have a hard-earned and well-deserved reputation as a selfish, entitled douche; do you really need to exacerbate matters by taking a shot at a photographer? We get it the paparazzi sucks. Poor little rich Baldwin. Like it or not, it's part of the whole fame thing. Even if that guy was close enough to share your shirt, you have to know better. You are not going to get away with a physical altercation on a public street in broad daylight. You're not that important.

But hey maybe they'll let you play Angry Birds in the courtroom while this dude is suing the crap out of you.

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