The show was dialogue-free, with the group occasionally leaving the stage

Rage Against the Machine Protests Supreme Court and Border Patrol During First Show in 11 Years

After 11 years of dormancy, including a pandemic-induced delay, Rage Against the Machine played to a sea of over 30,000 people at Alpine Valley Music Theater in Wisconsin Saturday evening.

Rage fans have been waiting for the band’s big reunion experience since it first announced this current tour back in 2019. The original plan was to start at a small venue near the border in El Paso, Texas, set to follow the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

During the window of the group’s two-year postponement, the list of political frustrations in the United States has only expanded. Rage unleashed that unrest throughout its performance. In reaction to the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the band projected a declaration as Zack de La Rocha uttered groans and murmured calls for freedom.

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“Forced birth in a country that is the only wealthy country in the world without any guaranteed paid parental leave at the national level. Forced birth in a country where Black birth-givers experience maternal mortality two to three times higher than that of white birth-givers. Forced birth in a country where gun violence is the number one cause of death among children and teenagers.” And to conclude: “Abort the Supreme Court.”

Shortly after the news of the Roe reversal was disclosed on June 24, Rage announced that the $475,000 in ticket sales from the Alpine show, as well as two shows at the United Center in Chicago, would go towards reproductive rights organizations in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Throughout its hour-and-a-half-long set, Rage played the best of its discography and treated fans to a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad” from its 2000 cover album “Renegades.” It’s been 23 years since Rage released original music. Until Saturday night’s show, the group had not performed since 2011.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the show was dialogue-free, with the group occasionally leaving the stage as projections of gruesome scenes played behind them. Scenes included an El Paso police car on fire, a Border Patrol agent posing with an agitated German Shepherd and a blindfolded boy smashing an ICE agent piñata.

The band will continue its reunion tour through April of next year with stops in 12 countries.

Britney Spears calls documentaries made about her 'the most insulting thing I ever saw in my life'

Britney Spears is sharing her thoughts on the documentaries made about her in recent years — and she’s not thrilled.

The “Toxic” singer, who recently married her longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari, took to Instagram on Saturday to write a lengthy note that detailed her feelings on recent documentaries made about her time in the spotlight, seemingly referring to The New York Times’ lauded film Framing Britney Spears, which debuted on Hulu in February 2021, and Netflix’s Britney vs. Spears, which came out in September 2021.

The films explore the sexism Spears faced during her rise to fame, as well as her recently ended 13-year conservatorship. Spears endured a lengthy legal battle against her father, who was her conservator, before finally gaining independence in November 2021.

And come on seriously is it honestly legal to do that many documentaries about someone without their blessing at all ??!,” Spears wrote. “Seriously though, think about it ... I've never seen that many documentaries done on a person ... Will Smith, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez. Not one person on the face of this earth would people — a network, TV production or anyone for that matter — dig up that much negative footage and do hour specials claiming it's ‘HELPING ME.’ REALLY ??? It was the most insulting thing I ever saw in my life and every person I have spoken to has said it's why the conservatorship ended ... REALLY ???”

The Crossroads actress accused the documentaries of having an “embarrassing tone” and questioned why “people think it's legal to completely humiliate me.”

“I just want to know how are all these people saying it helped me when I feel by with just my mouth and my WORD and what I said in my testimony to the judge,” she continued, speaking about her explosive June 2021 testimony in which she accused her family of taking advantage of her by holding her in the conservatorship. “THAT said it all... that would be ENOUGH. But not in America !! Every person jumps on board with these heartbreaking documentaries and forget the 13 years in my conservatorship.. .. making up for some of my past they literally have no remorse at all. They have always treated me like that, literally that's exactly what my family did to me.”

She also criticized the documentaries for seeking out “bad footage” of her.

“It's so insulting it's not even funny,” the mom of two noted. “And no a**hole, my legs look nothing like that !! America ... this nation has been one thing and one thing only to me — a bully.”

This is not the first time Spears has spoken out about the documentaries made about her. In March 2021, she wrote on Instagram, "I didn't watch the documentary but from what I did see of it I was embarrassed by the light they put me in…I cried for two weeks and well .... I still cry sometimes !!!!"

In September 2021, she said she watched “a little bit” of a recent documentary (seemingly Britney vs. Spears) and posted on Instagram, “It's really crazy guys ... I watched a little bit of the last documentary and I hate to inform you but a lot of what you heard is not true!!! I really try to disassociate myself from the drama!!!"

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