Star Wars: The 10 Best Beefs of 2021

Star Wars: The 10 Best Beefs of 2021

See where Drake and Kanye lined up against Larry David and Alan Dershowitz.
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Any disagreement or public chastising from one entity to another.


10. Mariah Carey Vs. Roc Nation


Story Broke: June 4

Over what: Her representation

What Happened:

The Sun reported that Mariah Carey allegedly stormed out of a meeting with Roc Nation regarding the future of her career which ended in the decision for her to leave the management company entirely after three years of representation. Sources said it “could not have gone worse” and she no longer wanted anything to do with the powerhouse agency, run and owned by Jay-Z. A “heavily R&B-influenced album” and world tour had supposedly been in the works between the two entities. Carey moved to Range media and took Melissa Ruderman, her rep at Roc Nation with her.


Mariah Carey plays damage control:

“The only ‘explosive’ situation I’d ever ‘get into’ with Hov is a creative tangent, such as our #1 song ‘Heartbreaker’!!” she wrote on her socials with a 45-second snippet of their music video. “To the people who make up these lies I say ‘Poof! –Vamoose, sonofa*****’!'”


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The only &quot;explosive&quot; situation I&#39;d ever &quot;get into&quot; with Hov is a creative tangent, such as our #1 song &quot;Heartbreaker&quot;!! To the people who make up these lies I say &quot;Poof! —Vamoose, sonofa*****&quot;! <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) <a href="">June 7, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>


9. Larry David Vs. Alan Dershowitz


Story Broke: August 18

Over what: Alan Dershowitz embracing Trump-appointed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a former student

What Happened:

According to Page Six sources including Dershowitz himself, Seinfeld/Curb Creator Larry David screamed at former O.J./Trump/Weinstein lawyer Alan Dershowitz on the porch of a convenience store in Martha’s Vineyard. Dershowitz apparently wore a t-shirt that said, ‘It’s The Constitution Stupid!‘ and drove off in a “dirty old Volvo” and allegedly assured David that any disagreements can be discussed between them during the very public altercation.



Dershowitz: “We can still talk, Larry.”

David: “No. No. We really can’t. I saw you. I saw you with your arm around Pompeo! It’s disgusting!”



“It’s disgusting. Your whole enclave — it’s disgusting. You’re disgusting.”


Dershowitz to Page Six:

“I was worried that he was going to have a stroke…”


8. Van Morrison Vs. Robin Swann


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This is Extra ordinary . <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Stephen Nolan (@StephenNolan) <a href="">June 11, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

Story Broke: June 12

Over what: Defamation in regard to COVID policy

What Happened:

After publicly chastising North Ireland Health Minister Robert Swann as part of a larger campaigning against the COVID lockdown, it was reported that Van Morrison is being sued by Robert Swann.


Van Morrison:

“Robin Swann is very dangerous.”

“He’s a fraud, I believe he’s a fraud. Why should I regret it?”

Robin Swann:

“His words will give great comfort to the conspiracy theorists — the tin foil hat brigade who crusade against masks and vaccines,”

"It’s all bizarre and irresponsible. I only hope no one takes him seriously. He’s no guru, no teacher,"


7. John Hinckley Jr. Vs. DEVO



Story Broke: October 26

Over what: Royalties, no really

What Happened:

John Hinckley Jr., the would-be assassin who was pardoned from the death penalty for insanity after making an unsuccessful attempt on President Ronald Reagan’s life in 1981, has more or less been reassimilated into society. This could mean one thing only from him: a twitter presence. Hinckley Jr., a long-time songwriter (also without success), used his popular account (followed by 18K, following 0 [Jodie Foster doesn’t have twitter]) to call out DEVO who he complains he has not seen any royalties from co-writing their song “I Desire” in 1982. Devo used a poem Hinckley wrote following the assassination attempt as lyrics for the song which appeared on Oh No, It’s DEVO.


Gerald V. Casale from DEVO:

"it’s always the unpleasant things that never go away"


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Back in 1982 I co-wrote a song with DEVO called “I Desire”. It is on their album “Oh No, It’s DEVO”. The album is still selling worldwide, especially in Japan and Europe. I haven’t seen royalties in 35 years. What’s the deal?</p>&mdash; John Hinckley (@JohnHinckley20) <a href="">October 24, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I like the early Beatles, early Elvis, early Bob Dylan and early Rolling Stones. “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” by Neutral Milk Hotel is a great album. Nirvana did some good stuff.</p>&mdash; John Hinckley (@JohnHinckley20) <a href="">October 21, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>



6. Basquiat’s Friends and Family Vs. Jay-Z and Beyonce



Story Broke: September 6

Over what: the exploitation of Basquiat’s work in a Tiffany campaign

What Happened:

Jay-Z and Beyonce pose in a new advertisement for a new Tiffany campaign that features the previously unseen Basquiat painting Equals Pi. The luxury brand hang it in their flagship boutique on Fifth Avenue and unveil it through their social media channels. The brand explains the commercial use of the priceless piece by alluding to the Basquiat’s affinity for the colour blue.


Alexandre Arnault executive vice president of product and communications:

“As you can see, there is zero Tiffany blue in the campaign other than the painting. It’s a way to modernize Tiffany blue.”


Alexis Adler, old roommate:

“I’d seen the ad a couple days ago and I was horrified,”

“Unfortunately, the museums came to Jean’s art late, so most of his art is in private hands and people don’t get to see that art except for the shows. Why show it as a prop to an ad?”

“Loan it out to a museum. In a time where there were very few Black artists represented in Western museums, that was his goal: to get to a museum.”


Al Diaz, close friend and collaborator

 People think that his association with luxury was because he was impressed with that shit, but he couldn’t care less […] It’s not just about wearing an Armani suit. If he wore it, it’s because he could buy it and fuck it up, it wasn’t because the stitches were fabulous or well-made.


Stephen Torton, former assistant:

The idea that this blue background, which I mixed and applied was in any way related to Tiffany Blue is so absurd that at first I chose not to comment. But this very perverse appropriation of the artist’s inspiration is just too much.

They wouldn’t have let Jean-Michel into a Tiffany’s if he wanted to use the bathroom, or, if he went to buy an engagement ring and pulled a wad of cash out of his pocket. We couldn’t even get a cab.



“Let’s say he did reference that color on purpose—which seems out of character for him to do something that simple—I think it really flattens his artistic approach. He was a really deep thinker. His work wasn’t like, this symbolizes this. Everything references something but then it tells a story of that thing. But let’s say he did though… to use it in an ad, it wouldn’t have been the context. It wouldn’t be used to sell Tiffany’s but to say something critical, maybe about blood diamond-extraction or something. I just think it’s a reach.”



5. Morrissey vs The Simpsons



Story Broke: April 18

Over what: His Likeness

What Happened:

After The Simpsons released the Smiths parody “Panic on the Streets of Springfield” featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as Quilloughby, the Vegan imaginary friend to Lisa and singer of “Hamburger Homicide” and “How Late is Then?” (God the writer’s room as gone to shit), Morrissey and his management responded with great offence.


Peter Katsis on Morrissey’s Facebook Page:

Surprising what a “turn for the worst" the writing for The Simpson’s tv show has taken in recent years.

Sadly, The Simpson’s show started out creating great insight into the modern cultural experience, but has since degenerated to trying to capitalize on cheap controversy and expounding on vicious rumors.

Poking fun at subjects is one thing.  Other shows like SNL still do a great job at finding ways to inspire great satire.

But when a show stoops so low to use harshly hateful tactics like showing the Morrissey character with his belly hanging out of his shirt (when he has never looked like that at any point in his career) makes you wonder who the real hurtful, racist group is here.

Even worse  - calling the Morrissey character out for being a racist, without pointing out any specific instances, offers nothing. It only serves to insult the artist.

They should take that mirror and hold it up to themselves.

Simpson’s actor Hank Azaria's recent apology to the whole country of India for his role in upholding "structural racism” says it all.

Unlike the character in the Simpson’s “Panic” episode…….

Morrissey has never made a “cash grab”, hasn’t sued any people for their attacks, has never stopped performing great shows, and is still a serious vegan and strong supporter for animal rights.

By suggesting all of the above in this episode…the Simpson’s hypocritical approach to their storyline says it all. 

Truly they are the only ones who have stopped creating, and have instead turned unapologetically hurtful and racist.

Not surprising…... that The Simpsons viewership ratings have gone down so badly over recent years.


4. Olivia Rodrigo Vs. Courtney Love



Story Broke: June 27

Over what: Her live stream poster, which according to Love, steals from the Live Through This cover art.

What Happened:

Rodrigo’s promo picture which features the 2021 breakout star in a crown and holding flowers with mascara running down her face was reposted by Love in a side by side with art from Hole’s Live Through This with a caption ““Spot the difference! #twinning.” Rodrigo responded with gratitude while Love discussed the similarities further on the post, since-deleted on Instagram but that continued to exist on Facebook.



<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This is fine by me, Billy.<br>It’s how rock and roll works. You take the broken pieces of another thrill and make a brand new toy. That’s what I did. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#subterreaneanhomesickblues</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#toomuchmonkeybusiness</a></p>&mdash; Elvis Costello (@ElvisCostello) <a href="">June 28, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>


Courtney Love on Instagram:

“Olivia – you’re welcome. My favorite florist is in Notting Hill, London! Dm me for deets! I look forward to reading your note!”


Courtney Love on twitter:

“it was rude of her , and geffen not to ask myself or Ellen von unwerth . It’s happened my whole career so I d c . But manners is manners !”


“I’ve asked her for flowers and a note , your right . It’s rude not to be asked . I know Ellen von unwerth isn’t amused . And just to clarify ? The Brian de Palma classic “ Carrie “ is another thing . My cover was my original idea . A thing you maybe have to actually live life to acquire ? I don’t know . Anyway . Disney ? Yes it’s rude . X”


Commenter: “Mimicry is not the highest form of compliment - being asked to use creativity inspired by an original is.”

Love: “agreed . And management had to call to state that . Geffen is my label this was on . 6 Grammy nominations . ( I think ? I d fuck with Grammys . lol ) and still sells lots . Doc they think I am dead ? Possibly !!!”



3. Johnny Rotten vs Danny Boyle’s Sex Pistols Series


Story Broke: August 31

Over what: Over what: The rights to make a movie based on Steve Jones’s memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol.

What Happened:

After John Lydon lost the legal battle to stop Danny Boyle’s Sex Pistols series from happening out of fear that their legacy would be “watered down,” the famously outspoken frontman went off.


“For more than 23 years the Sex Pistols have operated on the basis of unanimous decision making. The Disney production is the first time that the unanimous approach has been ignored. It is disappointing that a High Court judge has decided that John Lydon is bound by an undated agreement signed in 1998, which imposes on the Sex Pistols a majority rule arrangement in place of the unanimous decision-making process that has been followed for 23 years. Looking forward, there is great uncertainty about what the majority rule approach might do to water down and distort the true history and legacy of the Sex Pistols. Time will tell.”

“so destructive to what the band is and so I fear that the whole project might be extremely negative. How can anyone think that this can proceed without consulting me and deal with my personal life in this, and my issues in this, without any meaningful contact with me before the project is announced to the world.”



2. Drake Vs. Kanye



Story Broke: August 21

Over what: ?

What Happened:

With both DONDA and CLB geared as proper returns for two of the most important male artists on earth, Drake’s subliminal disses to Kanye West on Trippie Redd’s “Betrayal” just one week before his ante up listening event at Soldier Field was like Christmas morning for hip hop heads. West characteristically Joe Pesci-exploded on social media culminating in the doxxing of Drake’s address while the 6ix God never commented, only responding with a cryptic laughing video selfie. The beef has now been squashed in favour of the cause of freeing Chicago Gangster Disciples founder Larry Hoover from incarceration with a benefit concert this Thursday.


Drake bars:

"All these fools I'm beefin' that I barely know/ Forty-five, forty-four (burned out), let it go/ Ye ain't changin' shit for me, it's set in stone.


Kanye post:

"I live for this. I've been f--ked with by nerd ass jock n----s like you my whole life. You will never recover. I promise you."

Kanye on Drink Champs:

"You know what? I bit his ear," West said, referencing the famous 1997 boxing match between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.

"Drake don't do an outright diss song..., He's going to set it up like war. He's gonna do stuff like live five blocks down from you. He's gonna go and DM every single girl in your family, every single girl around your family, all your n---a's girls."

"Told Drake don't play with me on GD/ and he sent that message to everybody/ so if I hit you with a 'w-y-d'/ you better hit me 'Yes sir I'm writing everything you need.'"


1. Dr. Dre Vs. Nicole Young



Story Broke: all year long.

Over what: his $800 million estate amid a long and tedious divorce.

What Happened:

Dr. Dre divorce to Nicole Young, his wife of 24 years reached a boiling point in 2021 with still no financial agreement reached between parties. After kicking this year off in the hospital with brain aneurysm and a home invasion, both parties fought tooth and nail for Dre’s assets. It got pretty dirty. Besides the $4 million+ Nicole is asking for in court fees on top of the $3.5 million she receives per year in temporary spousal support, Nicole claims much of her clothing and jewelry collection was left in their marital home after Dre forced her to leave.

In an effort to prove Dre has the means to provide increased spousal support, Nicole’s legal team claimed Dre had three mistresses and went as far as to question if he bought one of them a $2.15 million house in 2019. Dre was served with papers at his Grandma’s funeral in April.


Dre’s legal team:

"It's the act of a desperate woman who finally realized that the iron-clad prenup she signed doesn't win her the lottery."


A new Dre verse appears in a DJ Silk live stream.

“(Bitch) Trying to kill me with them lies and that perjury, I see you trying to fuck me while I’m in surgery/In ICU, death bed, on some money shit/Greedy bitch, take a pick, girl you know how money get … You know we don’t tolerate that nonsense, by any means get your hand up out my pocket/This life is private just like the pilot, it’s been decided, this the Poseidon.”


Dre’s legal docs:

“There are no texts, no emails, no photographs, no videos, no police reports, no domestic violence filings, or other documents evidencing abuse and no witnesses to her offensive allegations. After learning last August of Nicole’s false accusations of abuse, I realized then that I did not know the woman I had married and loved.”





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