Kanye West in 2020? The White House says it is intrigued by the rapper's potential bid for president.
West claimed he would run for president while accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Sunday.
On Monday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said of the announcement that he looks "forward to seeing what slogan he chooses to embroider on his campaign hat." Earnest was traveling aboard Air Force One with the president to Alaska.
This isn't the first time the outspoken Chicago rapper has dabbled in political talk. West is noted for criticism of President George W. Bush and the federal government's response after Hurricane Katrina. He has also compared the world's fascination with his wife, Kim Kardashian, to that of the first lady.
And speaking of Kim …
On Sunday night, while the rest of the entertainment world was focused on the MTV awards, Kim Kardashian took to social media for another reason: to belatedly acknowledge the side effects of a controversial morning-sickness drug she endorses. The posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter carried the hashtag #CorrectiveAd. They followed an Aug. 7 warning from FDA to drugmaker Duchesnay saying that Kardashian's original paid endorsement omitted important safety information. "I guess you saw the attention my last #morning sickness post received," Kardashian wrote as the VMAs were kicking off in Los Angeles. Kardashian's original post included links to websites with disclosures about the risks of the drug, Diclegis, which was approved in 2013 to treat morning sickness for women who don't respond to more conservative measures. The rest of Kardashian's post was the kind of boilerplate information that voice actors speed through in the final seconds of TV drug ads.
SpongeBob the musical: Nickelodeon said Monday it will produce the world premiere of "The SpongeBob Musical" in Chicago next summer with original songs from John Legend, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, T.I., Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants, Lady Antebellum, Panic! At the Disco, and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. It is co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau with a book by Kyle Jarrow and music supervision by Tom Kitt. The show will play Chicago's Oriental Theatre starting June 7 with an eye to Broadway. Producers say, "It's a celebration of unbridled hope, unexpected heroes, and pure theatrical invention."