Culture Shock: Sept. 26

Jennifer Esposito

Kanye Sex Tape?
Rapper Kanye West is facing the same issues that his current girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, faced back in 2007. RadarOnline claims to have a sex tape that features Kanye and a random woman, who looks a lot like Kardashian, in compromising positions. The tape was supposedly shot before Kanye and Kim began dating.

Paris Hilton Does Damage Control After Homophobic Comments
Paris Hilton was recorded saying, “Gay guys are the horniest people in the world. They’re disgusting. Dude, most of them probably have AIDS. I would be so scared if I was a gay guy. You’ll, like, die of AIDS.” Now she and her publicist are trying to make up for it by apologizing to GLAAD and releasing statements on social networking sites, such as Twitter. Hilton apologized for any “pain to my gay friends, fans and their families with the comments.”

Amanda Please?
Amanda Bynes has been dropped by several of her representatives after all her trouble with the law lately. In the past two weeks, her agent, publicist and lawyer have dropped her as a client. Maybe the “pinching fight” with the paparazzi on Sept. 20 was the last straw.

Royal Family Suing Over Released Nudes
A French magazine published topless pictures of Kate Middleton while she was on vacation with Prince William. Middleton was tanning at the home she was staying in where she expected complete privacy. The Royal Family is especially angry since this is “reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales,” according to a royal official.

LMFAO Breaking up?
Hit band LMFAO are reportedly taking a break and want to explore their own personal interests. Although Redfoo and Sky Blu are breaking up as a duo, Redfoo plans on starting up a solo career. He said, “All the music that I’m going to make is always going to be LMFAO-ish.”

Green Day Lead Singer Breaks Down
Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer of Green Day, recently checked himself into a rehab center for substance abuse. The singer started cursing and using profanities in the middle of a performance during the iHeartRadio Music Festival after receiving a one-minute warning. Armstrong also smashed his guitar and flipped off the camera.