Weekend News Roundup! Kanye’s Hitler Controversy; Big Boi Arrested; Teen Choice Awards

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Published August 8, 2011

 

“HOW ‘YE DOING? / I’M SURVIVING / I WAS DRINKING EARLIER / NOW I’M COMPARING MYSELF TO HITLER.”

Happy Monday! Here’s our compendium of pop-culture news you may have missed while you were doing more important things over the weekend.

• Kanye West apparently learned nothing from the whole Lars Von Trier Nazi debacle; the audience booed him at a festival in England on Saturday when he said, “I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I’m [expletive] insane, like I’m Hitler… One day the light will shine through and one day people will understand everything I ever did.” To be fair to Kanye, saying “people look at me like I’m Hitler” is not exactly the same thing as saying “I understand Hitler.” But is it so hard to just not mention Hitler onstage? [THR]

• The non-André 3000 half of Outkast, Big Boi, was arrested for possession of ecstasy pills, MDMA powder, and Viagra, when going through customs as he was exiting a cruise ship. Big Boi’s attorney says he was traveling with a group, and the drugs were found in “the collective luggage,” which, okay, buddy, when have you ever shared luggage with a group of people? That’s not something people do. [TMZ]

Rise of the Planet of the Apes won the weekend box office with $54M. The Smurfs and Cowboys and Aliens hung on with $21M and $15.7M, respectively, while The Change-Up debuted in fourth place with $13.5M. Captain America took the #5 spot with $13M. Harry Potter‘s $12.1M wasn’t enough to keep it in the top five—but it’s got that $342.8M total domestic gross to fall back on, so we think it’ll be okay. [BOM]

• Fred Perry has decided, after consulting with Amy Winehouse’s family, that it will release the final two collections Winehouse designed for the brand, for fall 2011 and spring 2012. Profits will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation. [WWD]

• At the Teen Choice Awards last night, Taylor Swift won six Teen Choice surfboards, and Selena Gomez won five. Ashton Kutcher, Blake Lively, Ed Helms, and Harry Potter also won, knocking the Twilight saga off its pedestal for once. [Speakeasy/WSJ

• The beauty salon in Wasilla, AK frequented by Sarah Palin, hilariously called the Beehive, will be the focus of a two-part reality special on TLC, a channel that will incidentally be changing its name to FTC, for Feeding the Trolls Channel. (That’s not true, but it should be.) [People]