We’re in the final weeks of 2019, the decade is coming to an end and many things that used to, don’t make sense anymore. Like Kanye West’s concert being covered from start to finish by the Christian Broadcasting Network —of all networks. If someone had told us at the beginning of the decade that this would be happening, we’d definitely brushed it off. Not only is wildly talented musician’s Christian conversion a surprise, for a lot of attendees to his Sunday Service concert in Baton Rouge last week the food served was more than a disappointing surprise.
Kanye knows how to maintain the world guessing, re-emerging with amazing music.
Each of Kanye’s albums has a distinct personality —a mirror pointed toward all the rumors and tabloids and scrutiny. Everything he does is an event; no other artist uses their platform more effectively. From his early days of throwing out confrontational vibes on “Late Registration,” to that incident at the VMAs with Taylor Swift, to disappearing into Hawaii and returning with “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” to the guerilla marketing of “Yeezus” and Paul McCartney collaborations and the sloppy but one-of-a-kind release of “The Life of Pablo,” he’s maintained an awesome cult of personality throughout his career.
Now thousands of die-hard fans are choosing to follow Jesus Christ as a result of Kanye West’s new outreach concerts called “Sunday Service.”
Kanye stunned the world with his new album called “Jesus is King,” saying his life is now devoted to sharing the message of God’s love and salvation. The hip-hop icon took his ‘Sunday Service’ on the road, making an appearance at the Bethany Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to perform songs from his latest release, Jesus is King.
Reportedly, Kanye West won’t be profiting from the Baton Rouge event.
According to The Blast, West wasn’t paid for the concert and he had nothing to do with the food. However, the catering provided to attendees for $55 riled up a few attendees and sparked outrage and hilarious reactions on the internet.
Patrons paid $55.00 for the ‘Brunchella’ event which accompanied the Sunday Service event.
Like it happens in all of Kanye’s recent Sunday gatherings, fans attend to praise the born-again rapper and the performances of both himself and his accompanying gospel choir. Many guests are not happy with the price of attending and food provided at the event held at Baton Rouge.
One attendee’s post about the questionable, Fyre Fest-esque food went viral.
One attendee posted a picture of what she’d been served—a pair of pancakes, two sad strips of bacon, and a sausage patty on a styrofoam plate—and said she wanted a refund. “Can y’all cover a story on this because I want my coins back,” concert attendee Kimberly Kinchen asked, tagging a local news station. “This is the wonderful & COLD brunch BUFFET we are being served.”
The shade over the “food” kept rolling in as more and more people learned about it.
Credit: @Shun662 / Twitter Louisiana is one of the most wonderful states in the U.S. for food. The Cajun food culture in the southern state is one of the most celebrated and loved food in the country. How did they not plan better food for the event?
Some social media users called out the attendees for falling for the scam.
Not saying the attendees are to blame, but it is almost like no one learned from the Fure Fest fiasco.
The church allegedly holds a yearly ‘Brunchella’ to raise funds, but they denied the claim.
A source close to the situation reported to The Blast, that Bethany Church in Baton Rouge holds an annual event called “Brunchella” each year to raise money. Kanye and his Sunday Service did perform at the event at 8 p.m. that night. The church, however, denies it is an annual event and claims the church was simply used as venue for the event. The food was provided by a promoter for ‘Brunchella.’
Once a Twitter post showing the measly breakfast hit social media, it gained viral status real quick.
The internet was quick to make connections to the infamous Fyre Festival and its famous promise of “gourmet celebrity chef meals” that turned out to be the viral and awful-looking cheese sandwiches. “What’s going on at Fyre Fest South aka #Brunchella?” one fan wrote.
In a press release, the event coordinator clarified that the brunch was provided for ticket holders before Kanye’s performance.
“On Friday, November 1, Lauryn’s Fine Catering provided brunch to Baton Rouge Sunday Service to attendees. Sunday service has no affiliation with the ‘Brunchella’ catering service. Attendees were to be provided with a hot brunch while waiting on Kanye West to perform. The catering company did not provide adequate food for ONE attendee and a social media post went viral,” they said. The press release continued, “Kanye West and the Sunday Service collective has no responsibility for any food complaints reported and should be disassociated with such claims.” As one person pointed out on Twitter, “Kayne not responsible for this.. The promoter is who put the brunch together..”
The catering service addressed the controversy on Facebook.
In a Facebook post, Lauryn’s Fine Catering addressed the controversy, saying that the event’s organizers were the ones who set that $55 brunch price and that they weren’t even asked to participate in the 2,000-person VIP event until “28 hours” before it took place. “While we typically do not fulfill large, full-service orders with less than a month’s notice, we chose to assist the organizers whom we believed to be affiliated with Kanye’s team at an incredibly reduced rate,” the caterer wrote. “Our company additionally provided staffing, tables, and linens at little or no cost.”
For what it’s worth, that “Duck Dynasty” chick had a great time.
“Straight up night of praise and worship with joy, humility, thankfulness, bold faith and power,” wrote Korie Robertson, the wife of Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty, on Instagram. “His name was lifted high in this place. Yes, God, more of this.” Nothing makes sense this year, we tell you, but next time, maybe better breakfast, God?
As a journalist, sometimes it can be a bit tedious to cover the same kind of story year after year. Yes, that’s a straight-up complaint but if the reporter is a person with integrity, they will conduct themselves in a professional manner regardless of the task at hand. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been at the same job for one year or 10 years, be respectful of the job you are paid to do. Those are some basic rules for all professions. However, not everyone lives under those guidelines. If you want a lesson on what not to do on the job, look no further than this reporter at a vintage car show.
Reporter Angel Cardenas was conducting a routine live segment for morning viewers on a classic auto show when things went downhill fast.
Credit: Ford Thunderbird Forum / YouTube
Cardenas, a KMAX-TV’s “Good Morning Sacramento” reporter, was on the scene to preview the Sacramento International Auto Show. The segment was featuring a slew of classic cars and Cardenas was clearly clueless about the entire event. His candor with the female anchors was completely casual, almost as if he wasn’t on live television at all.
When one of the anchors asked him how many cars were at the auto show, Cardenas said, “oh you’re going to put me on the spot?” Cardenas went on to say that he was there with only a coordinator on hand, so he had no basic information to provide viewers. Here’s a pro-tip for emerging reporters: research the event you’re covering before arriving at the event.
Cardenas took it upon himself to get into one of the cars, which caused damage to the vintage vehicles.
Credit: Ford Thunderbird Forum / YouTube
“I feel like a kid in a candy store without the owner because you can do anything,” he told viewers. He used that unwarranted freedom to open the door to a vintage pink Ford Thunderbird. When he went to open the door, he took no precaution with the car and ended up hitting the car next to it. “Are you kidding?” one of the anchors says to him “Leave your name and number on the dashboard.”
Cardenas went on toward the newer cars and even though there was a sign that said “Please keep off displays,” Cardenas said, “can I just finish up this live shot posing on the hood for my friends Tina and Ashley?”
Sure enough, without getting any kind of permission, Cardenas jumped on a Ford SUV as well. He then said, “oh it looks like I’m going to get in trouble,” and he sure did.
Credit: Ford Thunderbird Forum / YouTube
The Sacramento International Auto Show ended up filing a complaint against Cardenas, which resulted in his termination from the news channel. The Sacramento International Auto Show released a statement on Facebook, which stated: “After the Producer of the Sacramento International Auto Show reached out to the General Manager of KMAX TV regarding yesterday’s astonishingly awful incident, she received a call this morning from the GM that the reporter from the Good Day Sacramento segment has been terminated immediately and the station expressed their sincerest apologies for the incident.”
It’s no secret that Cardenas likes to cause trouble while on TV. In fact, he has a YouTube channel that pays. He thinks his antics are funny, apparently.
He loves showing off his talents, which include (according to him) dancing, singing, walking into other people’s segments, interviewing a horse, and more! We’re thinking Cardenas doesn’t want to be a reporter but more like a late-night TV host or something. We initially thought Cardenas had no experience as a journalist, considering his unpreparedness, but we stand corrected. According to Newsweek, Cardenas got his B.A. in Communications from Saint Mary’s College of California and had been with “Good Day Sacramento” since 2012. With such an extensive career as a reporter you would think he would no better. Looks like the head honchos at KMAX-TV’s “Good Morning Sacramento” had had enough of his “funny” segments because they ended kicking him to the curb.
Here’s the entire clip of the segment that got Cardenas fired.
Cardenas has yet to comment on his termination. Do you think he deserved to get fired for that? Let us know in the comment section below.