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Craig Ferguson seen defending Britney Spears amid doc drama

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Craig Ferguson hits back at comics who punch down.

A resurfaced 2007 clip of the former “The Late Late Show” host refusing to roast Britney Spears has gone viral on social media amid buzz about a new documentary chronicling the pop star’s tumultuous life. At the time, the embattled “Baby One More Time” singer infamously attacked paparazzi with an umbrella while sporting a shaved head.

However, while many comics put Britney on blast, the 58-year-old Scottish comedian refused to follow suit.

“Tonight — no Britney Spears jokes,” said Ferguson, 58 during the opening monologue. “This woman has two kids, she’s 25 years old, she’s a baby herself. She’s a baby.”

In the stirring speech, he added that he had begun to “feel uncomfortable about making fun of” celebrities at rockbottom and that comedy should be about “attacking the powerful people, the politicians and the Trumps and the blowhards.”

“We shouldn’t be attacking the vulnerable people,” lamented the comedian, who now hosts the new game show “The Huslter” on ABC.

Ferguson expressed that he himself had been guilty of hitting celebs when they’re down: “This is totally a mea culpa, this is just for me,” he said. “I think my aim has been off a bit recently and I want to change it a bit.”

His emotional words are now being praised more than a decade later on social media.

“Craig totally went against the grain of late night comics here,” tweeted one fan alongside a clip of the monologue.

“Comedians should remember that when you make fun of a young celebrity with substance abuse and/or emotional problems, no matter how wealthy and famous they are, you are punching down,” the fan continued.

“Yet another reason why I miss seeing Craig Ferguson every day… He was very decent,” posted another.

The documentary, entitled “Framing Britney Spears” chronicles Spears’, 39, ongoing conservatorship battle with her father, Jamie Spears, as well as the singer’s portrayal in the media during both her ups and downs in the “Toxic” spotlight.

Spears herself, although rumored to be “fed up with conservatorship,” has reportedly not seen the doc.

Ferguson was ahead of his time, as many celebrities have watched the doc — and are now joining the hashtag movement on social media in support of the “Work B*tch” singer.

Celebs such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Courtney Love and Andy Cohen have all tweeted #FreeBritney, #JusticeForBritney and #WeAreSorryBritney. Khloé Kardashian also tweeted her support, labeling the situation, “so so sad,” while saying she was “praying” for “queen Britney.”

Actress and Food Network star Valerie Bertinelli declared the doc a “gut punch,” noting “so many horrible men/leeches in her life,” including her father and Justin Timberlake.

“Finally watched the “Framing of Britney Spears” on Hulu. It’s an understatement to call it heartbreaking,” talk-show host Tamron Hall tweeted, also adding the hashtag #FreeBritney.

However, the idea of “only punching up” has been a point of contention in comedy circles with some comedians praising the practice and others viewing it as selling out.

“Comedy is subjective, and it’s offensive, it really is,” said “Saturday Night Alive” alum Colin Quinn in a 2015 interview with the Hollywood Reporter. “And people are making these imaginary rules, like, ‘Comedy can punch up, but it can’t punch down.’ No, comedy punches down, too, sometimes, sorry.”

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Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters turns down big bucks for Facebook ad

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Roger Waters has revealed that Facebook honcho Mark Zuckerberg offered him big bucks to use Pink Floyd’s classic 1979 anthem “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2” in an Instagram ad.

However, the co-founding member of the iconic rock band turned the “little p–k” down flat — with a cantankerously foulmouthed touch.

“It arrived this morning, with an offer for a huge, huge amount of money,” the 77-year-old bassist and composer said at a recent pro-Julian Assange event, Rolling Stone reported. “And the answer is, ‘F–k you. No f–in’ way.’”

He continued: “I only mention that because this is an insidious movement of them to take over absolutely everything. I will not be a party to this bull—t, Zuckerberg.”

This isn’t the first time the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer faced the prospect of his jams being used for promotional purposes.

‘Here he is, one of the most powerful idiots in the world.’

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters on Facebook guru Mark Zuckerberg

However, way back in the mid-’70s, Waters didn’t balk at providing the theme song for Dole bananas as well as an ad for the French soft drink Gini, according to Far Out Magazine. Why? It helped make rising concert ticket prices cheaper for their fans. Still, the experience reportedly resulted in the band refusing to allow their music to be used going forward in any advertisements that weren’t for a “good cause.”

At the Assange event last week, Waters read a heated letter stating his position on social media monopolies and manipulation. (Warning: The clip below features strong language.)

“We feel that the core sentiment of this song is still so prevalent and so necessary today, which speaks to how timeless the work is,” Rogers said, Insider reported.

He also claimed Zuck’s company wanted to “make Facebook and Instagram more powerful than it already is … so that it can continue to censor all of us in this room and prevent this story about Julian Assange getting out into the general public so the general public can go, ‘What? No. No More.’”

The rock icon also took aim at Zuckerberg’s original creation: His now rarely mentioned predecessor website, FaceMash, which let users vote on the attractiveness of female Harvard classmates.

“How did this little p—k who started out as ‘she’s pretty, we’ll give her a four out of five, she’s ugly, we’ll give her a four out of five,’ how did we give him any power?” Waters spewed. “And yet here he is, one of the most powerful idiots in the world.”

Facebook has not responded to requests for comment.

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Apple releases highly-anticipated, secret Beats earbuds

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After years of anticipation and weeks of rumors, Apple has finally released the Beats Studio Buds. 

The existence of the secret headphones — which Apple sleuths have been excitedly expecting since 2014 — was at last confirmed on Monday when they also became available to order. The sleek new ear gear costs $149.99 on Apple.com and comes in the classic Beats colors of black, white and red. They will begin to ship on June 24. 

“Studio Buds is our tiniest, most subtle form factor to date, yet keeps Beats’ promise of delivering an immersive sound experience in a beautiful design,” said Beats and Apple Music vice president Oliver Schusser in a press release. “In building a product this small, every minute detail was considered, analyzed and selected to optimize for sound quality, comfort and durability.” 

The Buds feature one-touch pairing, have up to eight hours of battery life and two listening modes, active noise canceling mode and Transparency mode, the latter for “when you need to hear the world around you,” according to the press release. 

To experience the full capacity of the technology, Beats head of acoustics Todd Parker recommends listening to Saweetie’s “Best Friend,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees” and Daft Punk’s “Doin’ It Right.” 

Ahead of Monday’s announcement, various celebrities were spotted sporting the previously unreleased gear, including LeBron James and soccer star Alex Morgan. Apple obsessives have also found evidence of the headphones’ development in Federal Communications Commission’s reports and internal reference numbers over the years. 

“The Beats Studio Buds might be the most leaked earbuds in the history of earbuds that have leaked,” postulated one industry website on Friday. “They’re a thing, but they aren’t. They will be, but they aren’t yet. Except they are because people keep having their photos taken while they’re wearing them. But they aren’t a thing yet.”

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Kevin Hart slams cancel culture cops: ‘Shut the f–k up!

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Kevin Hart slams cancel culture cops: 'Shut the f--k up!

‘Nobody’s perfect’ seems to be the rallying cry of those opposed to cancel culture — including Kevin Hart.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, the comedian and actor attacked the internet trend, saying, “Shut the f–k up!”

Cancel culture — the viral phenomenon of “cancelling” people, brands, companies, and shows because of problematic ideologies either from the past or present — has changed comedy, according to Hart, 41. Things that used to be funny or accepted are now cancellable, and the possibility of old stand-up bits and tweets resurfacing could “bite you in the ass.”

The only way to grow, he said, is to mess up and learn from it.

“If you allow it to have an effect on you, it will. Personally? That’s not how I operate,” Hart told the UK outlet. “I understand people are human. Everyone can change.”

Hart, having been cancelled a number of times in recent years, also reflected on stepping down from hosting the Oscars in 2019 after receiving backlash on the internet over homophobic tweets and old jokes.

He posted a lengthy apology on his Instagram after the debacle, reemphasizing the need for personal growth that comes from learning from mistakes.

Hart isn’t the first celebrity to mock cancel culture, though. Last month, Chris Rock blamed the trend for creating “boring” entertainment because people are playing it too “safe.” Both comedians echoed similar sentiments about cancel culture transforming the comedy sector.

While the cancel culture trend gained traction the last few years — most notably with Ellen DeGeneres and J.K. Rowling in 2020 — this year, even Dr. Seuss was subject to cancel culture. In March, the books’ publisher announced they were pulling the licensing to six titles due to offensive depictions of black and Asian characters.

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