Sideshow: A rock icon praises Kanye

Lou Reed wrote of Kanye West's "Yeezus," "No one's near doing what he's doing." Viewers trying to read Lou's review crashed the website.
Lou Reed wrote of Kanye West's "Yeezus," "No one's near doing what he's doing." Viewers trying to read Lou's review crashed the website. (ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
Posted: July 04, 2013

The InterWebs are abuzz about a new review of Kanye West's new album, Yeezus. The trendy website Talkhouse posted it, and such was the traffic that the site crashed repeatedly Tuesday. Not because it was an enthusiastic review - Yeezus is doing well by the critics. It was the identity of the writer: none other than Lou Reed, thatLou Reed, of formative art-punk-indie-DIY- urban-hipster rock band Velvet Underground. Reed, who was a writer before he was a rocker, says Kanye is "really trying to raise the bar. No one's near doing what he's doing, it's not even on the same planet." Goes to show an artist of 71 can have valuable insights into the art of a man of 36. Read it at http://thetalkhouse.com/reviews/view/lou-reed.

Kerry's inspiring role

Fixers - well-connected operators who work in the shadows to make rich people's problems disappear - have never been a fixture on TV until recently. The inimitable Paige Turco plays one on Person of Interest, as does Liev Schreiber in Showtime's Ray Donovan.

For our money, the foxiest fixer is Olivia Carolyn Pope, Kerry Washington's character on ABC's Scandal. It's a unique role, says Kerry.

"One of the most profound things for me about the show is the number of white women of all ages who come up to me and say, 'I want to be Olivia Pope,' " Kerry, 36, tells Vanity Fair's August issue. "It's especially profound in . . . South Africa . . . [where it's] called The Fixer," Kerry continues.

"The fact that white women can see this woman of color as an aspirational character is revolutionary. . . . I don't think white women would feel that way about Olivia if her identity as a woman, period, wasn't first in their mind."

For the love of celebs

Marriage Boot Camp:Bridezillas' Remy and Rob Maaddi, of Mantua Township, Gloucester County, are expecting twins, they tell In Touch Weekly. Rob's a sportswriter for the Associated Press in Philadelphia.

Sartorially yours . . .

Jennifer Lawrence is making headlines because she wore an odd-looking pair of trousers at the Christian Dior Couture fashion show in Paris. How does that make you feel?

Demi Lovato on suicide

Paris Jackson's struggles with depression has folks talking about suicide. That includes singer-actor Demi Lovato, who previously has shared of her teenage struggles with bullying, bulimia, self-harm, and bipolar disorder.

"I went through things when I was younger that I've never talked about," she tells Cosmopolitan. That includes problems dealing with her parents' divorce. "I was . . . struggling," she says. "I was suicidal. I was 7."

Demi, whose estranged dad, Patrick Lovato, died this month, says she has learned from her pain.

"I just feel like God gave me a voice, not just to sing with," she says. "He put me through those things, which seemed horrible at the time, but they were so worth it. With the obstacles I've overcome, I can help people."

Ent-industry tidbits

Headbangin' Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe, 42, has a memoir due next spring. Publisher Da Capo Press promises it'll include Blythe's take on his manslaughter trial earlier this year in Prague. . . . TV chef Paula Deen's career is in free fall after charges of racist language. Now a porn film outfit, PureMature.com, has offered her a reported six figures "for very little work." Why don't we think that'll help? . . . Guess three Batman blockbusters were enough for Christian Bale. He says that, sorry, contrary to rumors not a-swirl, he will not be playing Batman in any Justice League movies Warners may create. . . . Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen, 46, is divorcing the show after 11 years. Fred, who is devoting more time to his awesome sitcom Portlandia, says he's leaving because "it felt like a very healthy, good time to do it."


Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@inquirer.com. This column contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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