The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Evidently craving some controversy, last night Kanye West tweeted the following: “an abortion can cost a ballin’ nigga up to 50gs maybe a 100. Gold diggin’ bitches be getting pregnant on purpose. #STRAPUP my niggas!… It ain’t happen to me but I know people.” [via Vulture]

2. Earlier today a British court ordered Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to be extradited to Sweden to face accusations of sexual abuse; his lawyers have seven days to appeal the ruling. [via NYT]

3. The dowdy old Oscar envelope is getting a much-needed makeover courtesy of Marc Friedland: “Taking cues from old Hollywood, it’s done up like a gilded picture frame, which features the award category in sleek charcoal ink. Images of the Oscar statuette in satin gold leaf adorn a red-lacquered lining. As for the winner’s name: It’ll appear on a heavyweight ecru card decorated with even more gold… then mounted on a red lacquer frame. The whole thing will be sealed with a ribbon featuring PwC’s logo.” [via Gawker]

4. In honor of his one-year anniversary on Twitter, Conan O’Brien is holding a contest to rewrite his bio on the site. The winner will receive an original painting of the Conan Pale Whale painted by Twitter fail whale artist Yiying Lu. [via Geek Sugar]

5. Paul McCartney has collaborated with the New York City Ballet to compose the score for their new production Ocean’s Kingdom, which is set to debut in September. [via NME]

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