In an act of online activism, Childish Gambino fans are reclaiming the r/Donald subreddit

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Until last week, r/thedonald was a subreddit where Reddit users gathered to share posts related to the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. Despite the subreddit’s description as “the place where we discuss in an unbiased manner Donald Trump’s great contributions to modern society,” the page is littered by hate-filled posts from people who look to Trump as a twisted savior of sorts, sent to save the American public from its diversity thugs.

Over the past week, however, fans of Donald Glover have taken the subreddit page by storm, posting memes and photos of the actor/rapper in a collective effort to reclaim “the Donald” name. At the very least, the move is a response to Childish Gambino‘s potent, racially charged “This is America” music video release. At best, it’s a form on online activism. And the most wonderful part is — it’s actually working. The subreddit page is now almost solely devoted to Childish Gambino/Donald Glover.

The following post, for instance, has been upvoted more than 45,000 times.

The One True Donald from thedonald

Another post draw some starkly accurate comparisons when juxtaposing the two Donalds, forcing subredditers to stop and question.

Not a racist ✅ Not a rapist ✅ Can read ✅ Was never bankrupt ✅ Likes Mexicans ✅ Talented ✅ Pays his taxes ✅ Handsome ✅ Loves immigrants ✅ Not a puppet for Russia ✅ Doesn’t want to fuck his daughter ✅ Must be the real one true Donald ✅ from thedonald

Finally, one post moves to campaign for a Donald Glover run for presidency. Step aside, Kanye.

Made this to screen print. Thought it fit well here. from thedonald

The hope is that if enough Donald Glover fans start posting on r/the_donald, they can reclaim this subreddit as well. In a world where activism can take many forms, users of social media are realizing the digital domain as a space for creating First Amendment political movements and reclaiming hateful digital spaces as places of empowerment.

Via: Noisey

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Moby throws shade at Kanye on Twitter

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After a wave of Tweets demonstrating continued support for Donald Trump, Kanye West was sure to rankle some on social media. Among them is Moby, the world-famous electronic producer and known activist who, as of late, has largely advocated against the U.S. President.

In response to a number of West’s tweets, Moby utilized the same platform to send him message:

According to Pop Crave, West’s comments created a negative ripple among other artists with significant influence, including Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, and more, who have recently un-followed him on Twitter.

West hasn’t taken to the platform in regards to Trump, though his erratic tirade of Tweets continues. Here’s a few of West’s pro-Trump Tweets below:

 

Joseph Ray of NERO responds to Donald Trump’s ‘shithole’ remarks

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United States President Donald Trump is enmeshed in yet another firestorm after allegedly referring to a number of countries as “shitholes” while discussing a bipartisan immigration deal in the Oval Office. Trump singled out El Salvador, portions of Africa, and, particularly, Haiti — for which the president allegedly remarked, “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.”

Over the weekend, the backlash from politicians, media professionals, and celebrities have been overwhelmingly harsh. The latest musician to join the conversation is Joseph Ray of NERO, who shared a number of personal experiences from the six months he spent living in Haiti. The Grammy award-winning producer and Oxford University graduate discussed the country’s rich culture and it’s connection to music:

“Spending time in Haiti and digging into the music has truly opened my mind. The poverty in Haiti is obviously widespread and profound, and probably what most people think of when they hear the country’s name, but by only focusing only on that, you end up leaving out most of the picture. I’ve traveled the world with Nero, but the place I’ve gone back to most is Haiti. Beautiful, alive, complicated, mystical, musical..it’s all of that. One thing it isn’t, is a “shithole.”

This month, Ray returns to Haiti to continue working on a musical collaboration with a Haitian band called Lakou Mizik. He plans to reveal the project sometime this year.

H/T: Mixmag

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Moby claims that CIA approached him about the Trump–Russia dossier

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Earlier in the year, after Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, Moby claimed to know insider information regarding Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

“After spending the weekend talking to friends who work in dc i can safely(well, ‘accurately’…) post the following things” posted Moby to Instagram back in February, “1-the russian dossier on trump is real. 100% real. he’s being blackmailed by the russian government, not just for being peed on by russian hookers, but for much more nefarious things. 2-the trump administration is in collusion with the russian government, and has been since day one.”

Moby’s diatribe continued for two more points, concluding by saying “these are truly baffling and horrifying times, as we have an incompetent president who is essentially owned by a foreign power.”

In a recent interview with Kyle Meredith of WFPK.org Moby has certified his previous claims about Trump, Consequence reports.

“Yeah, so years of touring and spending time in DC and New York, I’ve managed to make a few friends in the intelligence community. And I guess this is about a year ago, we were having dinner and they were really concerned — partially based,” says the electronic pioneer in the interview, “not to go too much into the weeds — this Fusion GPS report on Trump essentially being run as a Russian agent. And these are some active and former CIA agents who… they’re truly concerned”.

“Just imagine how much more dangerous he would be if he was intelligent and had emotional impulse control,” concludes Moby. “I’m really grateful that, if we’re going to have a tyrant, at least let him be stupid and incompetent.”

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Donald Trump goes EDM in new parody Twitter account

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Donald Trump isn’t afraid to throw shade on Twitter, as the 45th POTUS has defined his campaign and administration via outbursts and belligerence on the site. Politics aside, Donald Trump’s bold tweets have inspired a parody account that has become popular in the dance music community for it’s satirical digs at DJs and producers.

Some of the hilarious mentions are aimed at superstar artists Marshmello, Diplo, Steve Aoki, and Dillon Francis. The account can be found @trumpEDM and, given its mastery of the president’s twitter tone, will likely have fans of both electronic music and politics in stitches.

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German authorities seize 5000 Donald Trump shaped ecstasy pills

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Earlier this summer, ecstasy pills in the shape of Donald Trump’s head began popping up on the dark web. The shockingly accurate orange pills also feature Trump’s name, five stars across the back, and his infamous head of hair. This weekend, police in Osnabrück, Germany seized 5000 of these pills from a van driven by a 51 year old man and his 17 year old son. With a street value of tens of thousands of euros, this was a major bust for the small city.

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Zedd is reaching out to numerous artists to organize an ACLU benefit show

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On January 27, President Trump issued an executive order declaring a 90-day ban on people entering the country coming from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. The order additionally requires the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a 30-day review to determine countries provide “adequate information” for its citizens to receive visas to enter the country, and suspended the entrance of all refugees into the United States for four months. Trump’s sweeping decree was met with immediate opposition internationally, followed quickly thereafter by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filing a lawsuit against the president which has led to a federal judge ordering a stay on Trump’s order.

Numerous artists have come out in vehement support of the ACLU’s opposition to the current U.S. administration, with Zedd being so moved that he has vowed to take action. In a tweet, the producer called on Sia, Macklemore, Camila Cabello, and Grimes to join him in a proposed benefit concert to support the ACLU’s efforts.

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After Zedd’s tweet began to spread and gain media traction, the artist doubled down on his intent to hold the concert. Zedd went on to denote his immigrant status; the producer born in Russia, raised in Germany, and currently resides in the United States courtesy of a visa. While no show is official yet, the producer is adamant that concert will come to fruition, declaring in another tweet, “I WILL make it happen.”

Zedd’s commitment to following through on his impassioned causes was demonstrated in 2016, when he made good on his offer to produce music for Kesha during her highly publicized dispute with Dr. Luke and Sony, resulting in their “True Colors” collaboration.

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The dance music world reacts to Trump’s immigration ban

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Today, January 28, the nation is incited by Donald Trump’s controversial immigration ban. The radical executive order, which bans over 130 million people from the US and blocks all refugees from entering the country, has sparked protests across the world. As a vast percentage of the country voices outrage over President Trump’s edict, DJs and producers across the world have voiced their dissent on Twitter.

Read reactions to the ban from deadmau5, marshmello, Boys Noize, and more below:

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Techno legend Dave Clarke will not perform in the US during Trump presidency

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The unrest felt by much of the world following Donald Trump’s historic presidential win has sparked various forms of protests. Expressions of indignation over the election result range in degree from the globally-reaching Women’s March last Saturday, January 21, to personal acts of rebellion. British DJ Dave Clarke is one of the latest to voice his dissent over Trump’s presidency, by refusing to perform in the United States while the 45th President holds his office.

Dubbed “The Baron of Techno,” Clarke has been a mainstay of international club culture for almost three decades. However, it seems that his performances likely won’t touch US soil for four to eight years. In a post to his Facebook, Clarke stated, “I have maximum respect for the influence of American music and some US culture in my life but I will not be renewing my work visa.”

Clarke remarks that his decision is, in part, due to negative professional experiences he’s had in the US, but quickly notes that “the big picture is undoubtedly political.” The DJ continues his statement:

“I simply cannot consider coming to the US professionally when there is a Misogonyst [sic] Narcissist Racist President in office, and to be fair maybe my work permit would not be renewed due to his “Hire American” policy.
Donald Trump takes Shapeshifting to an art form……….
This is the process of democracy that he is in power, there is no argument there, but my decision is down to freewill.

This is not punishment for those that love my music but a decision that I base on my intuition.

Clarke ends his elocutions with a clarification that, while he will not be performing in President Trump’s America, he isn’t placing a boycott on his support of quality American artists: “Those of you in the US or born there that make great music I will still support you and book you.”

Read Dave Clarke’s full statement below:

H/T: Mixmag

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Throughout their career, Pink Floyd have not shied away from spreading politically-charged messages in their music. “Another Brick In The Wall,” for example, covers themes of totalitarianism and brain washing across its three parts, while “Two Suns In The Sunset” speaks of fear around a nuclear apocalypse during the Cold War. Pink Floyd rose to popularity amid the socially turbulent Nixon years, after all, during which, music had become a crucial platform for expressing dissent against the system.

As many view history to be leaning toward repeating itself in the present day, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters has joined the faction of artists speaking out against the current political trajectory of the western world. During Indio’s Desert Trip festival, Waters debuted brand new visuals aimed at Donald Trump.

The artist set the pointed imagery to accompany “Pigs (Three Little Ones),” the leading song from 1977’s Animals, which contains verses that allude to corruption within government and lobbyist groups. Waters reprised the audiovisual pairing during a performance in Mexico, which he shared footage from on the day of Trump’s inauguration.

Opting for brazen dissent over subtle allusions, Waters sang lyrics such as, “You well heeled big wheel, charade you are” and “Pig stain on your fat chin” as expansive images of Trump shown in compromising images were emblazoned behind him. Roger Waters succinctly wrote the following message to accompany his video post:  “The resistance begins today.”

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