5 Lunchtime Links: B.o.B. disses Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Recording artist B.o.B attends the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Saban Theatre on August 28, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for BMI)

1. B.o.B. responds to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “round earth” claim with diss rap.

Rapper B.o.B. has been in contention with, well, rational thought and those who practice it for awhile now. But most recently his impassioned claims that the Earth is flat and that we have all been massively deceived has made for a pretty entertaining series of tweets. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, most likely just as entertained as the rest of us, saw B.o.B.’s tweets as a chance to teach him a lesson. Tyson responded to and refuted several of the rapper’s tweets claiming to prove the Earth’s flatness with verifiable, scientific explanations all in under 140 characters. B.o.B.’s response? He rapped it out. Listen to his full flat Earth theory, diss rap “Flatline” below.

“Why is NASA department of defense? / They divided up the seas into thirty-three degrees / Feeding kids masonry, bruh, be careful what you read”

2. Is it too late now to say sorry?

Ex-Longhorn quarterback and current UT employee Vince Young took to Facebook Monday to apologize for his DWI arrest Sunday. In the post Young said he “understands the seriousness of the situation” and apologized for “not having met my own standards of personal conduct.” There’s still no word on whether or not Young will be allowed to remain in his $100,000-a-year position as a mentor for UT’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. A statement from the school, however, said Young has “been in contact with his immediate supervisor and understands the gravity of the situation.”

3. What is happening at Twitter?

No matter how many characters you need to say it, Twitter’s recent loss of four top executives doesn’t sound good. CEO Jack Dorsey announced Sunday that the company’s engineering executive, Alex Roetter; products executive, Kevin Weil; head of human resources, Skip Schipper; and Katie Stanton, who managed the company’s media partnerships would all be leaving the company and taking “some well-deserved time off.” The loss of the four senior executives follows the lay off of around 300 employees shortly after Dorsey’s arrival. While the company is looking to make a turnaround amid losses, the staff change ups could also be a sign of distress.

4. SXSW announces Tony Visconti as first of multiple keynote speakers.

SXSW announced David Bowie producer Tony Visconti as the first of several keynote speakers who will replace the festival’s traditional high-profile artist. Visconti has worked with several high-profile artist himself, including Thin Lizzy, U2, Esperanza Spalding and Morrissey, but he is expected to focus more specifically about his work with the late Bowie. Visconti was responsible for producing Bowie hits like “Young Americans” and his recent “Blackstar.”  More of the keynotes are expected to be announced in the near future.

5. Golden Globes misspell Jon Hamm’s name on statue.

Jon Hamm revealed at this past weekend’s Sundance Film Festival that between his two prized Golden Globes statuettes, which he won for his role as Don Draper in “Mad Men,” his name is only spelled right once. The first Golden Globe the actor ever received was awarded to a Mr. “John” Hamm. In typical fashion Hamm only had jokes to make about the situation saying “I was like, ‘Oh man. Uh, guys, there’s no ‘H’,” and of Sundance, “There should be a jury for best scarf and best hat.”


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