Since the release of the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers, we’ve known that some of our biggest companies and corporations are hiding billions or even trillions of dollars in tax havens to avoid having that money taken by the government to be squandered on insignificant things like road, bridges, health care and education. Well, it looks like someone is finally going to be charged with hiding their assets and it’s… pop singer Shakira.
Yes, per The Sun, Shakira is reportedly under investigation for tax evasion in Spain, and is facing not only fines but also jail time. Do you know what Apple, Facebook, Disney and other huge companies got in exchange for offshoring billions of dollars? A huge tax cut. Gotta pay those dividends to shareholders! But we’re going to bring down this singer no one has cared about in years.
This reminds me of when Martha Stewart went up for lying about why she sold some stock right at the same time we gave billions of dollars in bailout cash to the banks that caused a near-total economic collapse. We sure learned our lesson there.
[Shakira’s] lawyer Ezequiel Camerini told Spanish news website El Confidencial the singer lived in Barcelona – but quoted him as justifying her links to a tax haven on the basis that “as an international artist, she had lived in several places in the course of her professional life, acting in total accordance with the laws of all the jurisdictions she resides in.”
That seems much more reasonable to me than Facebook expecting us to believe that they actually earned most of their income in the Maldives. Has anyone else noticed that when we find out we’re being fucked in every orifice by multinational conglomerates some court throws the book at a minor celebrity? If Shakira owes taxes, let her pay them, save the jail time for that creepy lizard-person Mark Zuckerberg before the Democrats nominate him to be president.
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Disney’s Zootopia (Zootropolis in the UK) has a second trailer, much more interesting than its first. In this animal-populated film, “humans never happened,” but the animals are the ones wearing clothes, driving cars, visiting DMVs, and living in a melting pot of different animal species.
In this second trailer, the fox and the rabbit go into a DMV entirely run by sloths—so yeah, this society sounds a lot like ours. The impatient rabbit, a police officer, is in a hurry to run a plate number, but as expected, the sloth is taking forever.
It’s actually pretty funny, despite the criticism this film is already receiving. Its central conceit is one that has definitely been done before, yet it calls itself “like nothing you’ve ever seen be-fur.” Still, the creative geniuses in Disney Studios have rarely failed, so Zootopia will likely turn out to be a feel-good, funny family movie.
The movie centers around rookie Officer Judy Hopps (a rabbit) who arrives in Zootopia to find that she’s the first bunny on the police force populated by big, tough animals. She’s determined to prove herself by solving a big case, so she partners with scam-artist fox Nick Wilde.
It’s also a star-studded comedy, featuring the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Shakira, Idris Elba, Octavia Spencer, Bonnie Hunt, and many, many more.
Zootopia is slated for release on March 4, 2016.
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Those eyes don’t lie!
The sweet portrait shows the “Waka Waka” singer, 38, holding Milan and Sasha on her lap and lighting up with an infectious smile.
“With my two real gurus #LoveRocks,” she wrote.
The superstar’s caption gives a shout out to her new video game, which debuted on Google Play and Apple’s App Store on Thursday. Love Rocks Starring Shakira promises to take fans on adventures to hot spots across the globe while they listen to her beats.
Shakira and longtime partner Gerard Piqué announced the arrival of their second child in sweet social media posts in January. Their family life has only gotten more adorable in recent months, with Shakira showing off baby Sasha’s bedhead and soccer skills.
As picture-perfect as her journey into parenthood looks, Shakira has been open about the pressure to live up to her high standards.
“It’s one of the most difficult things I’ve done in my life,” she said in September. “I’ve been on the most challenging stages performing in front of really demanding audiences and I’ve been meeting with world leaders who sometimes make you a little bit apprehensive, but nothing has made me so self-conscious as being a mom.”
Shakira added, “Every day I wonder if I’m doing the right thing. I just want to improve in the job, the hardest job on earth.”
— Nick Maslow
She’s no wolf — Shakira‘s a tiger!
“I’m one of those tiger moms, who is all the time looking for help and information online and researching and reading. It’s not easy to be a mother,” the singer said Thursday in New York City during the Fisher Price‘s Happy Factor Panel, which focused on the challenges of early motherhood.
“It’s one of the most difficult things I’ve done in my life,” she explains. “I’ve been on the most challenging stages performing in front of really demanding audiences and I’ve been meeting with world leaders who sometimes make you a little bit apprehensive, but nothing has made me so self-conscious as being a mom.”
She adds, “Every day I wonder if I’m doing the right thing. I just want to improve in the job, the hardest job on earth.”
Shakira developed a line of toys and an app with Fisher Price to help moms educate and nurture their children.
“Toys are not a frivolous or superfluous thing for our kids. So don’t ever think you are spoiling your kids by buying him toys,” the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador says. “Of course there are toys that do spoil them, but most of them are didactic and help them in their development.”
Adds the 38-year-old, “This line of products that I have developed with Fisher Price, we’ve done it with two things in mind: One, to reach as many moms as we could to provide them with tools to help them stimulate their children. And also, 100 percent of my benefits go to child development programs in Latin America, which is a cause I am committed to 100 percent.”
That isn’t the only thing Shakira’s doing to help families during the early childhood stage. On Tuesday, the Colombia native urged global leaders to invest heavily in early childhood development at UNICEF’s Meeting of the Minds event.
“More than 100 million children are out of school and 159 million boys and girls under 5 are physically and cognitively stunted due to a lack of care and proper nutrition,” Shakira said.
“Every year that passes without us making significant investments in early childhood development and initiatives that address these issues, millions of kids will be born into the same cycle of poverty and lack of opportunity.”
Her organization, The Barefoot Foundation, is working to combat this problem in Colombia. “We have been able to work with kids who come from displaced families, kids who have been experiencing terrible life situations and come from conditions of extreme poverty and vulnerability,” Shakira explains.
And she’s not going at it alone: Gerard Piqué, who Shakira refers to as her “sort of” husband, is contributing as well.
“We even partnered with institutions such as the Barce Foundation. I was able to use some of my influences there — I am sort of married to a soccer player for those of you who don’t know,” Shakira jokes of Piqué, who is the father of her two children.
“We integrated sports as a key component in education and tried to promote other values, because to me, schools are not only desks and learning materials enclosed in four walls.”
While education is very important to Shakira, love trumps everything.
“Love is the most crucial thing. It’s what really will help them thrive later on in life … That is the question that I ask myself every day when I wake up. ‘Am I making my kids feel loved?’ ” she says. “This is the daily bread in my life. The everlasting question mark … because I know that that is going to be the most vital component and sense of security in life.”
— Maggie Parker
“Happy 6 months Sasha!” the singer, 38, captioned the cute footage.
Sasha follows in the footsteps of older brother Milan — both of whom come by it naturally: dad Gerard Piqué, who plays for FC Barcelona, is coming off one of his best years ever, as his team notched victories at a trio of prestigious soccer tournaments (the Champions League, the Copa del Rey and the Spanish League).
The kids are no stranger to dad’s trophies, either.
So is the couple already planning for athletic domination? They did note a special meaning for Sasha’s name, when announcing his birth: ‘The name Sasha is of Greek and Russian descent and means ‘defender of mankind’ and ‘warrior.’ ”
— Adam Carlson
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