Wandering Eye: The Patti LaBelle pie phenomenon, France creates arts fund, and more

Martha Firestone Ford, who took over ownership of the Detroit Lions when her husband, William, died in 2014, has won praise for being upfront with fans and sticking it to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. But it sounds like you better not cross her, at least that's what radio station 97.1 The Ticket is saying. The station was the flagship for the team for 18 years, but the team recently decided to take their business elsewhere, According to The Ticket, this was due, in part, to their refusal to let the team censor content, paticularly commentator Mike Valenti, Deadspin reports. Elizabeth Parkinson, senior vice president of marketing and corporate sponsorships for the Lions, fired back: "If we were trying to practice any sort of censorship, we certainly would've done it (the switch) much sooner." Awkward. (Brandon Weigel)


Here's the hottest menu item this Thanksgiving: Patti LaBelle's sweet potato pie, available at Walmart. No, really. The pies debuted in September at a modest $3.48 per pie to mild fanfare, but now the mega-retailer can't keep them on the shelves, NPR reports. They're going on eBay for $40 and slices are being offered on Cragislist for $10 a pop. Why the change? This viral video by singer James Wright. "In it, he unboxes and eats the Patti LaBelle pie while breaking into song like he's in a Patti LaBelle musical (with the occasional profanity thrown in)," NPR reports. A Walmart VP says stores were selling a pie a second last weekend. That's a lot of pies. (Brandon Weigel)


In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, French culture minister Fleur Pellerin has presented a $6 million solidarity fund to support the recovery of the theaters, museums, and cinemas affected by the attacks, which killed 129 people including including German art critic Fabian Stech and French artist Alban Denuitt. President Francois Hollande also announced that laws may be created to allow French museums to temporarily safeguard at-risk artifacts from Iraq and Syria—part of a 50-point plan created by Louvre director Jean-Luc Martinez that was commissioned after members of ISIS blew up several ancient buildings in Palmyra, including the 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel, back in June. "The right to asylum applies to people," Hollande said in his announcement, "but asylum also applies to works, [to] world heritage." (Maura Callahan)

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