What does it take to convince Donald Trump to allow his sex life, business failures, presidential aspirations and, of course, his distinctive head mop to be mocked in the crudest possible terms for two solid hours? Apparently $2 million, courtesy of Comedy Central, which paid tribute to Mr. Trump with a celebrity roast Wednesday at the Hammerstein Ballroom.
With the grandfather of folk rock and the prom queen of grunge headlining the first two days, Boomers and Generation X reigned over the first two days of the 40th anniversary of Bumbershoot, North America's biggest urban arts festival, embraced as a local, family-friendly freak show and a staple of the Northwest indie music scene.
In his song "99 Problems," Jay Z reimagines a real-life episode from his days as a cocaine dealer, when he and his friends were pulled over by a cop: "And I heard, 'Son, do you know what I'm stopping you for?' / 'Cause I'm young and I'm black and my hat's real low?'