The Week in Gossip: Lil Wayne Gets Swatted, Harrison Ford Crashes, and Chloë Goes After J-LawPrince Williams/WireImage
Phantom Gunshots of the Week: Those Allegedly Heard at Lil Wayne’s House
Police responded to reports of gunshots heard at Lil Wayne’s Miami estate on Wednesday afternoon. The most important thing is this: Wayne was never at risk. How do we know? The official Twitter account of Young Money let us know immediately:
This was the second time Miami police went out to the home in recent weeks. Previously, there was a “suspicious lurker” outside the home. A suspect was never apprehended, and Wayne was also not home for that scare either. Ultimately, Wayne was never at risk because the police call turned out to be a hoax. TMZ deemed it a case of swatting, which Urban Dictionary defines as “a goal achieved by hacking where the hacker tricks 911 systems into deploying SWAT to an unsuspecting victim’s home under false pretenses.” Considering that Lil Wayne has been previously arrested on gun possession charges, for which he served eight months in prison, who decided to mess with Lil Wayne like this? He is known to have weapons! While he may not anymore, why take the chance here? This is one bold prankster.
The Miami PD confirmed it was a swatting call, while also revealing Wayne’s address. I think it’s time to move, Weezy.
Emergency Landing of the Week: Harrison Ford
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Harrison Ford crashed his WWII-era plane on Thursday. He tried to return to Santa Monica Airport when the engines began failing, but he crashed onto a Venice golf course. The vintage plane is the same model as the ones that mid-20th-century military pilots trained on, and the now-crashed model was built in 1942. I’m not sure what war Ford thinks he’s preparing for, but should some conflict break out on the tony streets of Los Angeles, you should hope he’s nearby to airlift you out. The NTSB released its preliminary report this week, though there’s no indication of why the engines failed. There’s also no word from Calista Flockhart yet. Only Ford’s son has spoken out. His since-deleted tweet: “At the hospital. Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man.”
Page Six spoke with a few witnesses, all of whom had effusive praise for Ford. One guy named Eddie Aguglia said, “The fact [Ford] kept his wits about him was pretty miraculous … There were a lot of people on the ground that could have gotten hurt, but he avoided them.” That’s nice, but who cares what this random Eddie thinks about his crash landing? Likely anticipating this response, Page Six also got something of an expert — Christian Fry, vice-president of the Santa Monica Airport Association — to weigh in. He said, “[it was] an absolutely beautifully executed forced or emergency landing by an unbelievably well-trained pilot.” The hyperbole is suspect, but, for now, we have no choice but to believe that Harrison Ford is a good pilot with appropriate instincts under duress. Where is the fun in that?
Alleged Burglary of the Week: Kanye West’s Laptop
Yesterday, a confluence of events led denizens of the Internet to believe Kanye West’s laptop had been stolen. A G.O.O.D. music artist, Malik Yusef, tweeted and since deleted, “We have the PRIVATE INVESTIGATION FIRMS ON TOP OF @kanyewest STOLEN LAPTOP!!!!!” At the same time, a new song from Kanye leaked. It’s called “Awesome,” and it features a lot of AutoTune and piano chords. Given the tweet and unexpected track, people of the music Internet believed the song emerged because of the leak. It was a leap of logic that probably would not hold up in court. A Def Jam executive quickly clarified these were discrete, coincidental events.
(P.S. Remember when Justin Bieber faked having his laptop stolen as a marketing ploy for “Beauty and a Beat”? Those were simpler, pre-Snowden, pre-Sony, pre-Fappening times. A laptop theft-and-hack is not a topic to joke about anymore. “Beauty and a Beat” is a great song, though.)
Simmering Feud of the Week: Chloë Sevigny and Jennifer Lawrence
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Chloë Sevigny is speaking out for a quiet but passionate minority. Not all people find Jennifer Lawrence endearing. Shocking as it may be, Sevigny told V Magazine that she finds J-Law “annoying. Too crass.” Sevigny prefers Angelina Jolie: “I love when a movie star is a great movie star. I think Angelina Jolie is a great movie star.” I’m guessing Sevigny prefers actresses who date famous older men while they’re still actively married, not when they’ve just consciously uncoupled. Fair enough, Chloë.
Potential Engagement of the Week: Shia LaBeouf and Mia Goth
At this point, any story about Shia LaBeouf is believable. One the one hand, there’s a whole website dedicated to him sitting in silence. Yet, there’s also this video of him acting like a caged animal. He traffics in the fantastic and the banal. But does he do pedestrian? His girlfriend Mia Goth was photographed with a large rock on her left ring finger — the appendage typically adorned with engagement rings and wedding bands. If Shia were to do true, everlasting love, I think he’d elope to Reno (Las Vegas is far too normcore). It’s difficult to see him entertaining the protracted process of wedding planning, but perhaps romance is his weakness. Do the conventions of modern love draw him back to the middle, to the mainstream? Truth and time will tell all.