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Kim Kardashian & More Celebs Freezing Their Facebook & Instagram Accounts In Protest Of Hate Speech!

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Kim Kardashian West is using her platform to say something about the social media propaganda problem… well, kind of! Technically she’s not using her platform??

The KUWTK star is the latest celeb to join the #StopHateForProfit campaign aimed at Facebook, telling her followers that she will suspend her use of Facebook and Instagram accounts on September 16 in protest of the “spreading of hate, propaganda, and misinformation” on the company’s platforms.

She wrote across her social accounts:

“I can’t sit by and stay silent while these platforms continue to allow the spreading of hate, propaganda and misinformation — created by groups to sow division and split America apart — only to take steps after people are killed. Misinformation shared on social media has a serious impact on our elections and undermines our democracy.”

Heck yeah, gurl!

To help the cause, Kimmy Kakes said she will “freeze” her IG and FB accounts on Wednesday — which we guess is a pretty big deal for someone who posts as much as she does! Kanye West’s wife, who has over 188 million Instagram followers and over 30 million on Facebook, urged fans to join her in this day-long “freeze”, and included a link to the Stop Hate for Profit coalition’s website in her posts.

Related: Kim Responds To Criticism Of Her SKIMS Maternity Collection

She’s not the only A-lister going socially silent for a day, either. Other stars joining in on the 24-hour protest include Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Sacha Baron Cohen, Judd Apatow, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, Jamie Foxx, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The KKW Beauty mogul’s reference to the social giant taking steps only “after people are killed” seems to be a nod to the company failing to remove a militia group’s “call to arms” that had urged followers to engage in violence amid the unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin following the shooting of a Black man last month.

In a town hall meeting, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that the platform made “an operational mistake” in refusing to remove the “Kenosha Guard” group on the site even after users had reported it for violations. The group was only removed after two protesters in the city were shot and killed Aug. 25 by a 17-year-old Illinois boy who had traveled to the city planning to engage in violence.

But Facebook can hardly claim ignorance here; they’ve been criticized for their obdurate inability to clamp down on hate speech and deliberate political misinformation for years, especially since the well-documented infiltration by Russian groups during the lead-up to the 2016 election.

Related: Kim Is Eyeing Launch Of KKW Home

The Stop Hate for Profit campaign was launched by groups like the NAACP and the Anti-Defamation League earlier this summer; it aims to make Facebook more aggressively police its platform, as well as block hate speech and misinformation.

The organizers of Stop Hate for Profit had called for users to “freeze” their Instagram accounts on Sept. 16, writing on the coalition’s site:

“We are quickly approaching one of the most consequential elections in American history. Facebook’s unchecked and vague ‘changes’ are falling dangerously short of what is necessary to protect our democracy. Facebook’s role in the Kenosha shooting — which was flagged as violating their policies hundreds of times — is a reminder that changing policies without changing enforcement means little. It reinforces the fact that lives are on the line.”

The campaign was joined by hundreds of companies who pledged to temporarily suspend advertising on Facebook-owned platforms. Facebook said it has been taking proactive measures on policing hate and misinformation, but execs made it clear that they weren’t being coerced into setting policies by the ad boycott — but because it is the “right thing to do.” Mm-hmm…

Do U think anything will come of this short protest, Perezcious readers? Read Kim’s full post (below) and share your thoughts in the comments.

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Watch Danny Lee Six-Putt From Four Feet On 18 At The U.S. Open Before Withdrawing

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The U.S. Open is considered golf’s ultimate test. The USGA’s goal with the national championship is to test golfer’s physical abilities and, maybe more than anything, their mental strength.

The 2020 U.S. Open is taking place at Winged Foot, considered one of the most difficult golf courses in America, and with massive, undulating greens, narrow fairways and 4-6 inch deep rough, the last three days of golf have put the world’s best through the ringer. Some have separated themselves at the top, like Matthew Wolff, Bryson DeChambeau, Louis Oosthuizen, Hideki Matsuyama, Xander Schauffele, and Harris English — the only six golfers not over par through 54 holes.

Others, however, have succumbed to Winged Foot’s will, as the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and plenty of other big names failed to make the weekend. Danny Lee was able to make the cut, but on Saturday he ejected in spectacular fashion on the final hole, six-putting from four feet away for par to card a quintuple bogey 9 on the last.

Lee would slam his putter into his golf bag in frustration as he walked off the green, choosing to withdraw shortly after signing his card for a 78 on Saturday, citing a wrist injury.

Anytime something like this happens and there’s a swift withdrawal for injury it is met with some skepticism, as Lee was clearly done with playing golf at Winged Foot around the time that second putt cruised past the hole, and he began quite literally slapping the ball around towards the cup. Whether the wrist injury was something that was lingering or a convenient excuse not to return to the course on Sunday after that display on 18, Lee’s tournament ended on a truly unbelievable note that shows exactly what the U.S. Open and Winged Foot can do to a golfer, even one of the world’s best.

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Neil Young Announces Track List for ‘Archives Volume 2: 1972-1976’ 10-Disc Box Set

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Neil Young has announced the complete track list for his long-awaited Archives Volume 2 box set along with a release date of November 20th. Spread chronologically across 10 discs, it begins with the songs he recorded shortly after the release of Harvest in 1972 and goes all the way to his March 1976 Asian/European tour with Crazy Horse.

The package has 12 songs that have never been released before this in any format as well as 50 previously unreleased versions of songs. The exact details of the release have yet to be announced, but a post the Neil Young Archives website say it will be “only available on the NYA,” and that preordering will begin October 16th.

The first Neil Young Archives box set was released in June 2009 and covered the birth of his recording career in 1963 all the way through the release of Harvest in 1972. This new set covers a smaller window of time, but he recorded new songs at such an astonishing pace in the mid-Seventies and it was impossible for his label to keep up. Many fans consider this to be the time when he peaked as a songwriter. He’s been gradually releasing material from it for the past few years, most notably the legendary lost 1974 LP Homegrown that finally came out earlier this year.

Archives Volume 2 begins with a disc of songs from 1972 and 1973 titled Everybody’s Alone. “Letter From ‘Nam,” “Come Along and Say You Will,” “Goodbye Christmas on the Shore” and “Sweet Joni” have never been officially shared with fans prior to this.

There’s also new version of Tonight’s the Night with a previously unreleased cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Raised on Robbery” and an unheard jam on the album track “Speaking Out.” The On the Beach period is represented with the 12-song Walk On, which includes new renditions of “Bad Fog of Loneliness” and “Traces” along with the never-before-heard “Greensleeves.”

Disc 6, This Old Homestead, contains the previously unreleased songs “LA Girls and Ocean Boys,” “Frozen Man” and “Daughters” in addition to 13 unheard versions of songs like “Pardon My Heart,” “On the Beach” and “Love/Art Blues.” The birth of the Frank “Poncho” Sampedro incarnation of Crazy Horse can be heard on Dume, which documents the 1975 Zuma sessions. It contains the new song “Born to Run” (not a Bruce Springsteen cover) and unheard takes on “Ride My Llama,” “Powderfinger,” Too Far Gone” and several others.

Look Out For My Love chronicles songs recorded around the time of the aborted CSNY reunion album Human Highway, including the unheard song “Mediterranean” and tunes like “Fontainebleau” and “Midnight on the Bay” that wound up on the 1976 Stills-Young Band LP Long May You Run.

It wraps up with Odeon Budokan, a live album recorded in London and Tokyo on Young’s first tour with the the new Crazy Horse lineup. It’s a mixture of acoustic songs like “Old Man” and “Stringman” with electric takes on “Drive Back,” “Cowgirl in the Sand” and others.

Archives Volume 2: 1972-1976 is just one of several archival Young records in the works. He’s also releasing Return to Greendale, Way Down in The Rust Bucket, a 50th anniversary edition of After The Gold Rush, Carnegie Hall 1970,  Road of Plenty and Noise and Flowers, though exact dates have yet to be announced. (In a separate note on the NY Archives site, Young writes that vinyl plants have been unable to keep to schedule, postponing some releases.)

Here is a complete track list for Archives Volume 2: 1972-1976. (A # signifies an unreleased version of a song, while a * signifies a song that has never been released in any form.)

Disc 1 (1972-1973)
Everybody’s Alone

1. Letter From ‘Nam *
2. Monday Morning #
3. The Bridge #
4. Time Fades Away #
5. Come Along and Say You Will *
6. Goodbye Christmas on the Shore *
7. Last Trip to Tulsa
8. The Loner #
9. Sweet Joni *
10. Yonder Stands the Sinner
11. L.A. (Story)
12. LA. #
13. Human Highway

Disc 2 (1973)
Tuscaloosa

1. Here We Go in the Years
2. After the Gold Rush
3. Out on the Weekend
4. Harvest
5. Old Man
6. Heart of Gold
7. Time Fades Away
8. Lookout Joe
10. New Mama
11. Alabama
12. Don’t Be Denied

Disc 3 (1973)
Tonight’s the Night

1. Speakin’ Out Jam *
2. Everybody’s Alone #
3. Tired Eyes
4. Tonight’s the Night
5. Mellow My Mind
6. World on a String
7. Speakin’ Out
8. Raised on Robbery (Joni Mitchell song) *
9. Roll Another Number
10. New Mama
11. Albuquerque
12. Tonight’s the Night Part II

Disc 4 (1973)
Roxy: Tonight’s the Night Live

1. Tonight’s the Night
2. Mellow My Mind
3. World on a String
4. Speakin’ Out
5. Albuquerque
6. New Mama
7. Roll Another Number
8. Tired Eyes
9. Tonight’s the Night Part II
10. Walk On
11. The Losing End #

Disc 5 (1974)
Walk On

1. Winterlong
2. Walk On
3. Bad Fog of Loneliness #
4. Borrowed Tune
5. Traces #
6. For the Turnstiles
7. Ambulance Blues
8. Motion Pictures
9. On the Beach
10. Revolution Blues
11. Vampire Blues
12. Greensleeves *

Disc 6 (1974)
The Old Homestead

1. Love/Art Blues #
2. Through My Sails #
3. Homefires
4. Pardon My Heart #
5. Hawaiian Sunrise #
6. LA Girls and Ocean Boys *
7. Pushed It Over the End #
8. On the Beach #
9. Vacancy #
10. One More Sign #
11. Frozen Man *
12. Give Me Strength *
13. Bad News Comes to Town #
14. Changing Highways #
15. Love/Art Blues #
16. The Old Homestead
17. Daughters *
18. Deep Forbidden Lake
19. Love/Art Blues #

Disc 7 (1974)
Homegrown

1. Separate Ways
2. Try
3. Mexico
4. Love Is a Rose
5. Homegrown
6. Florida
7. Kansas
8. We Don’t Smoke It No More
9. White Line
10. Vacancy
11. Little Wing
12. Star of Bethlehem

Disc 8 (1975)
Dume

1. Ride My Llama #
2. Cortez the Killer
3. Don’t Cry No Tears
4. Born to Run *
5. Barstool Blues
6. Danger Bird
7. Stupid Girl
8. Kansas #
9. Powderfinger #
10. Hawaii #
11. Drive Back
12. Lookin’ for a Love
13. Pardon My Heart
14. Too Far Gone #
15. Pocahontas #
16. No One Seems to Know #

Disc 9 (1976)
Look Out for My Love

1. Like a Hurricane
2. Lotta Love
3. Lookin’ for a Love
4. Separate Ways #
5. Let It Shine #
6. Long May You Run
7. Fontainebleau
8. Traces #
9. Mellow My Mind #
10. Midnight on the Bay #
11. Stringman #
12. Mediterranean *
13. Ocean Girl #
14. Midnight on the Bay #
15. Human Highway #

Disc 10 (1976)
Odeon Budokan

1. The Old Laughing Lady #
2. After the Gold Rush #
3. Too For Gone #
4. Old Man #
5. Stringinan #
6. Don’t Cry No Tears #
7. Cowgirl in the Sand #
8. Lotto Love #
9. Drive Back #
10. Cortez the Killer #

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Even John Farnham’s Manager Wants Anti-Lockdown Protesters To Stop Singing You’re The Voice

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After anti-lockdown protesters belted out an impromptu rendition of John Farnham‘s “You’re The Voice” in Melbourne on Sunday, Johnnyboy’s manager has come out and said: please don’t.

Protesters started singing the boomer anthem after midday outside Chadstone Coles. It’s a song with the kind of vaguely inspirational, authority-resisting vibes that can be easily coopted to almost any movement, no matter how ridiculous.

Now Farnham’s manager wants them all to stop, and for the song to be saved only for weirdly emotional displays of Aussie patriotism instead.

“I’m personally concerned people will hear the song and think John Farnham is personally endorsing these protests, and in this case it’s not right,” Glenn Wheatley told The Age.

“It’s something that John and I do not condone, the use of that song, particularly in a time in Melbourne where we are in stage four lockdown.

“Really, the last thing we should be doing is protesting, no one should be hitting the streets en masse, endangering people’s lives and livelihoods.”

You heard the man: John Farnham is NOT on board the anti-lockdown boat, and thank god for that.

While the song’s chorus does include lines like “we’re not gonna sit in silence, we’re not gonna live with fear,” it’s also a patriotic boomer banger that’s targeted more at bootlickers than conspiracy theorists.

“It was not meant to be a protest song, it was meant to be used as an inspirational song for nations and for people, not in a situation of what was an illegal protest,” Wheatley went on.

“I want to reiterate, we support people’s right to protest, but there’s circumstances where the protest can be done, and taking to the streets of Melbourne today is not it.”

So yeah, the song sucks and so to the anti-lockdown protesters who think it slaps, but actually, Farnham’s manager seems pretty cool and level-headed.

Maybe he’s worth listening to. Stay home.

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