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- 06/20/13--16:16: Rihanna the new Madonna? In her own way.
- 06/20/13--16:17: Jimmy Kimmel: YouTube Challenge - I Made My Dad Breakfast in Bed
- 06/20/13--16:17: CAMERON DIAZ'S 'BAD TEACHER' IS GETTING AN UNNECESSARY SEQUEL
- 06/20/13--16:23: Evan Peters and Donald Glover join horror film "Reawakening"
- 06/20/13--16:37: On Miley Cyrus, Ratchet Culture and Accessorizing With Black People
- 06/20/13--16:37: Courtney and Doug at Roosevelt Hotel
- 06/21/13--13:52: Paula Deen -- Food Network Gives Her the Ax
- 06/21/13--14:20: Robyn feat. Snoop Dogg - "U Should Know Better" Music Video
- 06/21/13--14:27: JUSTIN BIEBER'S POSSE TERRORIZING CALABASAS ... Caught On Tape!!!
- 06/21/13--14:48: New Teen Wolf Season 3,Episode 5 Official Synopsis + Spoilers
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- 06/21/13--15:24: Madonna premieres official #secret project trailer
In the music industry, there have long been comparisons to Madonna thrown around - a pop single here, a fashion look there - but to encompass the scope and success, and global fame of Madonna? That's another league entirely.
Figures came out this week that Rihanna is now the most watched artist on YouTube, with her official channel RihannaVEVO reaching more than 3.47 billion views, nudging aside Justin Bieber who was considered the king of social media.
It's an impressive achievement in its own right. But it also seemed to cement Rihanna as the female artist who has achieved the near impossible - genuinely replicating the global and musical reach of Madonna, but in her own way, with her own sound.
Similarities between Rihanna and Madonna as performers cannot be denied, writes Christine Sams.
It's to an entirely different generation of course. At a time when the internet rules all else.
But the similarities between the two women are quite striking: their prowess in harnessing the power of music clips, combined with genuine star power and sexual allure (and their enjoyment in showing it).
We won't even go near the troubled relationships, or the bad film roles. (Although Madonna was ultra-cool in Desperately Seeking Susan, it was all downhill from there. Rihanna's cameo role in Battleship was not exactly groundbreaking).
For both women though, it is the music - and truly great songs - which keep fans coming back for more.
You often hear older music fans, some groups of men in particular, rubbish Madonna's most-loved pop songs as though they were nothing more than a bubbly, meaningless slice of the 1980s. But there are millions of people who can sing them word-for-word to this day. Or leap to their feet at a dancefloor when they hear the opening chords. To deny the power of that is deluded.
The same will happen with Rihanna's songs. Sure, her break-out hit Umbrella felt like a one-hit wonder (although it strongly defined her distinctive sound which followed) but her 2011 release We Found Love (recorded with Calvin Harris) is one of the most compelling songs released in the last decade.
Rihanna is undoubtedly the musical icon of her generation. Her sound, her clips, her videos, her look - they are viewed and copied and talked about by millions of fans worldwide, every day.
Madonna would be proud.
I see some of the similarities but I think she lacks Madonna's discipline.
not cool tbh..
Bad Teacher has quite the legacy. The 2011 comedy has already spawned a TV series, and now it's getting a sequel. Deadline reports that Bad Teacher 2 is in development, as a follow-up to the film starring Cameron Diaz. The original film, about an alcoholic gold-digging teacher, was a surprise hit at the box office, earning $216 million worldwide. Diaz has not signed on to the project yet.
CBS had previously announced a new series based on Bad Teacher as well. The show stars Ari Graynor and will premiere at midseason. This seems like a bit of Bad Teacher overload, considering the quality of the first movie.Are a sequel and a TV show really necessary?
Sony Pictures' president of production Hanna Minghella said the sequel "hits all the notes that made the first film such a breakthrough hit and also takes the characters in a new direction that is fresh and fun.” But we'll believe it when we see it.
The film follows a team of scientists who discover an experimental serum with the potential to bring the dead back to life. After losing his or her own daughter, the team's lead scientist tests the serum on her corpse, leading to terrifying results.
Donald Glover and Evan Peters are set to join Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde in Lionsgate's upcoming horror thriller Reawakening, according to a story at The Wrap. Jiro Dreams of Sushi director David Gelb is attached to helm.
The film follows a team of scientists who discover an experimental serum with the potential to bring the dead back to life. After losing his or her own daughter, the team's lead scientist tests the serum on her corpse, leading to terrifying results.
Glover, best known for his role as Troy Barnes on NBC's "Community," has appeared on the big screen in films like Mystery Team, The Muppets and the upcoming The To Do List. Peters, meanwhile, is well known for "American Horror Story" and was recently cast as Quicksilver in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Scripted by Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater, Reawakening will be produced by Jason Blum and the Mosaic Media Group.
A lesson from Miley Cyrus's new video: If you want to look "cool" and "edgy" and "tough," just steal the styles and dance moves of black people.
The new pseudo-thugged out Miley has been percolating for a while; from her twerking unicorn suit video to her appearance on stage at a Juicy J show, the former Disney seems drawn to specific elements of a specific form of hip-hop. Not socially-conscious hip-hop. Dirty South/crunk hip-hop associated with strip clubs, pimps and drug dealers. Juicy J is formerly of Three 6 Mafia, a group who rose to fame with hits like "Slob On My Knob" and "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp." The track Miley popped her ass to at his show, "Bandz a Make Her Dance," is specifically about hanging out in the company of strippers. Some key lyrics:
Start twerking when she hear her song, stripper pole her income
We get trippy and then some, so nasty when she rollin’
She put that ass up in my hands, I remote control it
You say no to ratchet pussy; Juicy J can't
Racks er'where, they showin' racks, I'm throwing racks
In the VIP, rubber on I’m stretching that
Rich niggas tippin, broke niggas lookin
And it ain't a strip club if they ain't showin pussy
She make that ass clap, dancin' like she on a dick
Bring it back I threw a stack, that's one lucky bitch
Up and down she’s going she’s sliding on that pole
Making money, stacking them honey, shawty go
Miley seems to delight in dancing much like these strippers do: Twerking, popping the ass, bending at the waist and shaking her rump in the air. Fun. But basically, she, as a rich white woman, is "playing" at being a minority specifically from a lower socio-economic level. Along with the gold grill and some hand gestures, Miley straight-up appropriates the accoutrements associated with certain black people on the fringes of society. (See: "Ratchet Girl Anthem.")
In the video, Miley is seen with her "friends": Mostly skinny white boys and girls who appear to be models. But in a few scenes, she's seen twerking with three black women. Are they also her friends? Or is she just hoping for street cred? Note that she is wearing white, in the spotlight, the star of the video — and they are treated as props, a background for her to shine in front of. We've tackled the use of people of color in the background before; it's a theme that persists, but remains wrong. In a white-centric world, putting white women quite literally in the center of the frame while women of color are off to the side is a powerful, disrespectful visual message, and it really must be said: Human beings are not accessories. These women might be her friends, but the general dynamic created is that she is in charge and they are in service to her. Not so far off from Paula Deen's dream dinner party. Remember when Gwen Stefani surrounded herself with Harajuku girls? Margaret Cho, at the time, labeled it a minstrel show. A really on-the-nose choice of words, since white people have been mimicking black people for fun and profit from Al Jolson to Amos n' Andy to Elvis. Now we have Ke$ha (seen below) and Miley dressing up like they live in the hood. (Do not forget that thanks to her father being a huge star and her time at Disney, Miley has been wealthy for her entire life.)
There was a time, just over a decade ago, that "ghetto" took off: Everyone was using the word "ghetto," talking about being "ghetto fabulous," and even Carrie on Sex And The City was wearing gold nameplate necklaces and earrings of the sort made popular by black women. Now we're seeing the word "ratchet" get tossed around the same way, and the gear associated with "ratchet culture" — gold grills, extensions, long, intricate fingernails, contorting fingers into gang signs — is hip and cool and edgy. (Here is a good piece explaining how "ratchet" went from an insult to a compliment.)
Let's not get it twisted: The exchange and flow of ideas between cultures can be a beautiful thing. I believe in cross-pollination and being inspired by those whose experience is not like your own. If Miley is inspired by gold teeth and bounce music and has friends who are rappers, that's not a problem. But when she uses these things to re-style her own image, she veers into dangerous territory. If she didn't have the grill, if the black women were integrated throughout the video instead of being segregated to one weird scene, if she hadn't worn that headband… This clip might not have been so problematic.
As Tamara Winfrey Harris of What Tami Said once wrote:
A Japanese teen wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the logo of a big American company is not the same as Madonna sporting a bindi as part of her latest reinvention. The difference is history and power. Colonization has made Western Anglo culture supreme–powerful and coveted. It is understood in its diversity and nuance as other cultures can only hope to be. Ignorance of culture that is a burden to Asians, African and indigenous peoples, is unknown to most European descendants or at least lacks the same negative impact.
It matters who is doing the appropriating. If a dominant culture fancies some random element (a mode of dress, a manner of speaking, a style of music) of my culture interesting or exotic, but otherwise disdains my being and seeks to marginalize me, it is surely an insult.
Think of Derelicte, or of dressing kids up as "homeless" for Halloween. Inappropriate. Wearing a gold chain isn't blackface, just like buying a turquoise ring in Arizona is not on the same level of offense as calling your panties"Navajo" or modeling lingerie in a Native American headdress. But it's important to understand that Miley is very privileged to be able to play dress up and adorn herself with the trappings of an oppressed/minority culture. She can play at blackness without being burdened by the reality of it. A new piece for Newsweek reports:
there are more African-Americans in the corrections system today—in prison or on probation or parole—than there were enslaved in 1850.
Miley and her ilk need to be reminded that the stuff they think is cool, the accoutrements they're borrowing, have been birthed in an environment where people are underprivileged, undereducated, oppressed, underrepresented, disenfranchised, systemically discriminated against and struggling in a system set up to insure that they fail. As Sesali Bowen wrote for Feministing in March:
But being ratchet is only cool when you do it for fun, not if those are valid practices from your lived experiences […] Folks with certain privilege are willing and able to float in and out of ratchet at will […]
…Pop culture trends like twerking, “aint nobody got time for that,” or even just using the word ratchet to define the wild things that happened at last night’s party are all rooted in someone’s lived experience. Sometimes it’s your lived experience, but if it’s not, please stop for a moment to consider your privilege and what role you may be playing in the appropriation of someone else’s exploitation.
It's worth noting this track — which is chiefly about the joys of dancing like a stripper and doing lines in the bathroom— was written by two men, producers Rock City and Mike WiLL Made It and originally intended for Rihanna. (True story: Miley said to them: "I just want something that just feels Black.") But blackness is not a piece of jewelry you can slip on when you want a confidence booster or a cool look. And playing at being poor — while earning a profit by doing so — is just distasteful.
Courtney Stodden proudly showed off the results of her recent boob job on Wednesday while out on a date night with her 52-year-old husband Doug Hutchinson.
The happy-go-lucky pair, who married in 2011 when Stodden was just 16 years old, went to the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. Naturally, Stodden, now 18, smiled for the cameras on her way out as she made a suggestive pose or two. Naturally.
Stodden recently told Celebuzz she got breast implants because she was sick of her bras doing all of the work for her.
Paula Deen's goose has been cooked at the Food Network. Officials tell TMZ they are not renewing her contract, which expires at the end of this month.
Paula apparently was done in for her comments during a deposition in a civil lawsuit, in which she freely admitted to using the N-word in the past.
Deen issued an apology this morning that bordered on ridiculous -- it was heavily edited and frankly insincere.
She issued a second apology shortly before the Food Network said it would not renew her contract.
Sitting in her office, Deen addresses her fans to discuss ""a subject that has been hurtful to a lot of people."Explaining her no-show on the Today Show that morning, she addresses anchor Matt Lauer directly on camera, explaining she "was physically not able" to go on camera earlier. "The pain has been tremendous that I have caused to myself and to others. So i'm taking this opportunity, now that I've pulled myself together and am able to speak, to offer an apology to all those that I have hurt."
Continues the Georgia native: "I want people to understand that my family and i are not the kind of people that the press say that we are. I've spent the best of 24 years to help myself and others. Your color of skin, your religion, your sexual preference does not matter to me."
"I am here to say that i am so sorry. I was wrong, yes. I've worked hard and I've made some mistakes. But that is no excuse." Deen offers her "sincere apology" and urges that it "comes from the deepest part of my heart."
Three years ago, Robyn released the mini-album Body Talk, Pt. 2, which included the ridiculously catchy Snoop Dogg collab “U Should Know Better.” Three years later, she’s made a video for the song. Why? It doesn’t matter why! She’s Robyn! She does what she wants! More to the point: Holy shit, this song still kicks so many different varieties of ass. The video features young gender-flipped British lookalikes of both Robyn and Snoop, neither of whom really looks that much like Robyn or Snoop. It is a fun, cartoonishly surreal affair, and you can watch it below.
"In a parallel universe called London, Snoop and Robyn ride or die in a Volvo. From Decida and I to you with love, here's the video for #UShouldKnowBetter" - Robyn
Robyn is also doing a contest on Twitter with the hashtag #UShouldKnowBetter where you can win a pair of Adidas signed by Robyn and some limited edition U Should Know Better socks.
As suggested in the headline, slight series spoilers lie ahead.
For six seasons now, Don Draper’s brilliant (if sadistic) puppet master, Matthew Weiner, has taunted viewers with a poignant opening-credit sequence that features a suited ad man falling from a Manhattan office building to his presumed death. And although many of us have assumed that the series would eventually end with Don leaping to the same fate as his animated surrogate—and some of us have bothered Matthew Weiner in real life with these hunches—Weiner reveals that this is not how the beloved AMC drama will end.
In a new interview before this weekend’s season finale, the Mad Men creator explains that when he does wrap up the series, he will not put his miserable, philandering alcoholic of a protagonist out of his misery—at least via death-by-office-leap.“That jump out the window was always meant to be symbolic and internal,” Weiner tells The Wrap. “I never meant it literally. I think it’s fascinating, though—I think people think it would be cool. But it hasn’t been an option. And now that we’ve had this conversation, I really can’t do it.”
In other series-finale clues, Weiner reveals that he came up with an idea for the conclusion several years ago. “I sort of figured out what I wanted to do about two seasons ago now, and I’m gonna stick to it,” he says. “You’ll have to trust me when I get there that I thought of it a long time ago. I didn’t write it down and lock it in a box.”
Weiner also says that he “admired” how The Sopranos ended its run on an ambiguous note that left “the rest of the show intact.” The showrunner echoed this statement in an interview earlier this year, when he told NPR’s Terry Gross, “You know the show is going to end on an ambiguous note. My god, people must be prepared for that.”
So. . . Don pours himself a drink and looks out his office window, which, he realizes, has been seductively left open. Fade to black? Submit your last-scene best guesses below!
The 1D star complains of the lack of sleep due to One Direction's tour:
Liam Payne was far from impressed last night when he was woken up by fans who kept ringing his hotel room, prompting the One Direction hottie to launch a furious rant on Twitter.
The 'What Makes You Beautiful' star and his bandmates, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik, are gearing up for their show in Atlanta tonight so were no doubt hoping to catch up on their beauty sleep and get a good rest ahead of the concert.
However, any chance of some peace and quiet was rudely interrupted by fans of the boy band who persistently began ringing each of their hotel rooms in the hopes that they would answer, but it clearly wasn't the right time for Liam who was furious with the pranks.
“Whoever is ringing our rooms please stop it's not funny ur just p***ing everyone off,” Liam wrote on Thursday night in a series of tweets.
“Next time it's ur day off school nd u fancy a ly in il call u n see how u like it? Why? I'm sorry for being mad but I do t get to sleep all that often cuz we travel every day the one day I don't have to travel.”
He added: “Hi everyone can u stop having a go at that girl cuz it's not nice despite what she said. Lol thanks to everyone who now hates me sorry for being honest.”
The rant comes just days after Liam complained yet again about his lack of sleep and being woken up by eager fans.
“Trying to sleep through people shouting names .... Jet lag hurts at this point,” the 20-year-old tweeted on June 9.
Admitting that he isn't exactly a morning person, Liam explained a few days later: “Read some articles saying I'm mad over this whole sleep thing aha I'm not mad at anyone how could I be? I'm just grouchy in the morning ahaa.”
One Direction will resume their tour at the Philips Arena in Atlanta tonight and will perform in Raleigh and Washington D.C. over the weekend.
Justin Bieber's housemates -- Lil Za & Lil Twist -- are law-breaking, aggressive punks ... who dangerously rocketed through the streets of Calabasas and cussed out their neighbor ... and TMZ has the footage.
The latest incident went down Thursday inside Bieber's exclusive gated community -- The Oaks -- where one of Bieber's neighbors witnessed Za and Twist tearing up the streets in JB's cars ... a black Range Rover and the infamous white Ferrari.
You'll see a lady with a camera driving 25mph -- the speed limit -- as the two cars are stopped in front of her ... one in the oncoming traffic lane.
As the woman passes Bieber's cars ... Za and Twist turn on the jets and screech past her at speeds way in excess of the limit.
It all comes to a head at one of the gates in the community, where Za gets out of his car, aggressively confronts the woman -- and proclaims he's a resident of The Oaks with this glib gem ... "I live with Justin Bieber and you know I do."
He then tells the woman, "F**k you. Get the f**k out of here."
As for Bieber -- he was in Miami to watch the NBA Championship.
VIDEO AT THE SOURCE
That lady was being too extra.
Serena Williams has had a major few weeks of headlines. After winning the French Open for the second time earlier this month, folks were outraged by her comments about the Steubenville High School rape case in her latest Rolling Stone interview...
In a tight white mini dress with a front black zipper trim, Serena's fave style it seems, the fab tennis pro threw on her doll-like wiggery (which she could have kept honestly) to hit the annual pre-Wimbledon party at Kensington Roof Gardens in London.
But it was her recent comments she made to Rolling Stone about the high school boys in Steubenville, OH who were accused of raping a teen girl. People said she was victim-blaming when she spoke up saying the victim was "lucky" (likely meaning lucky something worse didn't happen) and that girls should be taught how not to get themselves in situations like those (being drunk and not in control).
"I'm not blaming the girl, but if you're a 16-year-old and you're drunk like that, your parents should teach you—don't take drinks from other people. She's 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn't remember? It could have been much worse. She's lucky. Obviously I don't know, maybe she wasn't a virgin, but she shouldn't have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that's different."
Serena's most recent statement alluded to her words being misconstrued by RS. She said:
"What happened in Steubenville was a real shock for me. I was deeply saddened. For someone to be raped, and at only sixteen, is such a horrible tragedy! For both families involved — that of the rape victim and of the accused. I am currently reaching out to the girl's family to let her know that I am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article. What was written — what I supposedly said — is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame.
"I have fought all of my career for women's equality, women's equal rights, respect in their fields — anything I could do to support women I have done. My prayers and support always goes out to the rape victim. In this case, most especially, to an innocent sixteen year old child."
And despite all the backlash from the media and the masses, Serena stepped out with confidence last night:
New Teen Wolf season 3,episode 5 official spoilers,synopsis released by MTV. Recently,MTV released the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming “Teen Wolf” episode 5 of season 3,and it sounds pretty intriguing as Scott and company engage in a wild flash back,and more. The episode is called, “Frayed.”
In the new episode 5 press release: during a bus ride to a cross country meet, Scott and his friends will flash back to the events of a preemptive strike against the Alphas that has left several injured ,and possibly one or more dead. Episode 5 is scheduled to air on July 1st at 9pm central time on MTV.
In related news, the new episode 4 will be airing this Monday night ,June 24th, and we’re going to see things get very,crazy intense between Isaac and Allison,and more. Stay tuned.
Idol Judge Mariah Carey spreads glitter and positivity unlike budding rap artist Nicki Minaj
Candice Glover is happy to be in the studio recording her debut album, but she does admit that some of the judge's critiques, including some from Nicki Minaj, left her confused and a little hurt during "American Idol."
Looking back at the season in a recent interview, the "I Am Beautiful" singer said things like "church girl" and marketability type feedback was pretty weird.
Even with that said, Candice Glover was really hurt by Nicki Minaj, who questioned how marketable she would be as an artist and even made a comment about her weight.
"It kind of hurt my feelings when I would hear them say like, 'Oh my gosh. You're so current. I could hear you on the radio today' and then they'd tell me my vocals are cool, but what does marketable mean? What do I need to do? Do I need to lose weight? Should I wear my hair a different way? I really didn't know what to do. And then the next week, when she (Nicki) told me -- "I can now see Candice, a current R&B singer, right now. I don't know if you lost weight, but baby girl you look good.' -- I was confused, but I don't know. It was weird."
It’s been one month since Candice Glover won American Idol, but along with her big win, she’s endured a big loss— weight loss!
The singer, 23, opened up to In Touch at the Women in Film's 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards on June 12 where she told the mag she’s dropped 20 pounds since her start on the hit singing competition in January.
“I honestly, don't even know what happened,” Candice says of her weight loss. “I think just because I've been running non-stop. I've been trying to eat a little better and I think walking in the airport— I do a lot of walking, so I think that helps out.”
Prior to the show, the South Carolina-native lost 25 pounds and was down an additional ten in the beginning May.
And her slimmed-down frame was even shocking then!
After her performance of "When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars on May 1, judge Nicki Minaj said to the hopeful, "I don't know if you lost weight, but baby girl, you look good.”
Soon after, Candice opened up about her new outlook on dieting and why she’s really trying to choose healthier food options… stardom.
"Every time we have a chance to eat, it's like, 'Oh, I'll just eat this burger. I'll just eat it this one time. And then next week I'll get a salad,'” she said. "But you have to put the burger aside and do what you've got to do, because you want to look like a star."
They're fun and the girl knows her Hannibal books.
After serving a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence for an altercation with one of the mothers of his children, Lyfe Jennings is back with a forthcoming new album, and a reality show. Yup, Lyfe is one of the recent musicians to land a reality show, called "Our Life."
Jennings told Madame Noir the show will feature him, his children, and their mothers, much like the canceled TLC reality series featuring rapper Shawty Lo and his 10 baby mamas, but he aims to keep it "ratchet-free."
"I actually shot the first episode for the reality show that I have the other day. It was horrible but I mean we are working on it," he said. "I try to stay rachet-free. I have three children’s mothers so sometimes the rachetness just finds me."
The "Hypothetically" singer reveals that his domestic situation is more toned down in comparison to Shawty Lo's, hence the reason networks approached him. "Shawty Lo had too many baby mamas and it was too rachet so they were like, 'Let's tone it down from five or six to three, and see if we can get away with that,'" he said.
But the show will be less about the adults in the equation, and more about the children. "It’s from their perspective. They narrate the whole thing," he said.
No word about when and on which network "Our Life" will air. Will you be watching?
Serena Williams reached out to the family of a victim in a rape case after the tennis star was quoted in a Rolling Stone article saying “she shouldn’t have put herself in that position.”
Serena Williams apologizes for Steubenville rape case comments
Williams, in England preparing for Wimbledon, spoke to the victim of the Steubenville, Ohio case, her mother and a family lawyer for about 30 minutes on Wednesday, the lawyer said.
“Serena was very nice, very sincere and it was a very well-received conversation among two women and a young lady,” attorney Bob Fitzsimmons said on Thursday.
Williams apologized in a statement released through her agent on Wednesday.
“I am currently reaching out to the girl’s family to let her know that I am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article,” the statement said. “What was written — what I supposedly said — is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame.”
The comment was made in one paragraph of a long story posted online on Tuesday about Williams. The 16-time Grand Slam winner is coming off a French Open title and is ranked No. 1 entering Wimbledon, which starts next week.
"We are sure Serena has & will continue to use her God given talents to advance women’s equality and send the message that rape is never acceptable."
The victim’s family welcomed Williams’ apology in its own statement on Wednesday, saying it was “proud of her” for the updated remarks.
source: national post
2:05 PM PT -- Kiedis just gave us the best statement ever ... not even mentioning the fight ... telling TMZ, "I love the Rolling Stones." Yeah, he's that cool.
Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis just threw down with a security guard outside the Four Seasons in Philly -- after the hired muscle REFUSED to let Kiedis enter the hotel -- and the footage is insane.
In the footage, Kiedis approaches the hotel with his lady friend and security blocks him from entering. The security guard lunges, and a massive fight erupts.
Sources on scene tell TMZ, the Rolling Stones were making their exit from the hotel at the same time Kiedis was approaching -- and the security guard thought Kiedis was just another fan.
But the mystery ... no one's saying who the bodyguard works for.
A rep for Four Seasons Philly is denying the security guard works for the hotel. A source close to the Stones insists he doesn't work for them either ... at least not directly.
The Stones source says it's possible the bodyguard was hired in Philly to supplement the band's regular security.
video at source. don't fuck with tony!