CBC Arts quotes of the week: Mindy Kaling just became Newfoundland's favorite celebrity

Mindy Kaling becomes Newfoundland's favourite celebrity, Ai Weiwei stands up for Syrian refugees and Neil DeGrasse Tyson drops hundreds of years of science on rapper B.o.B. All that and more in this week's round-up of the best entertainment quotes.

Meanwhile, rapper/science denier B.o.B. got schooled by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Mindy Kaling: author, actress, producer, favourite celebrity of an entire Canadian province. (Getty Images)

It's shocking how little the world has progressed in 2016, and we're not talking about the ongoing discussion surrounding #OscarsSoWhite. No, we're referring to a certain scientific fact that at least one celebrity refuses to believe. Rapper B.o.B. (remember 2010?) thinks the world is flat, and has been tweeting his conspiracy theories like it's 550 BC. Neil DeGrasse Tyson's mic-dropping response leads this week's best culture quotes…

"That's right, B.o.B. When you stand on the shoulders of those who came before, you might just see far enough to realize the Earth isn't f***ing flat."

After responding on Twitter, famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson appears on The Nightly Show to drop hundreds of years of science on rapper B.o.B

"This is about their dignity. ... As an artist this is the only thing I can do."

Ai Weiwei explains why he pulled his art from two Danish museums after the country passed a law allowing authorities to seize migrants' possessions. 

"They are not the freeloading, runaways that they are portrayed to be. They are human beings like u and I and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect."

Russell Peters takes to Instagram after visiting a refugee camp in Jordan. The Brampton, Ont.-raised comedian was invited by the Canadian Embassy in Amman.

"Instead of sitting around and complaining about that, do something. Go write something, go do something. And that's easy to say. Like, f***, it's hard to get movies made. It's a huge luxury. Who gets to just make movies? But that subject is just so prevalently everywhere right now, and it's boring."

Actress Kristen Stewart sounds off about gender diversity in the film industry.

"I hate that word so, so much... I feel it's a medicinal word that has no emotional resonance, and this is a really emotional issue."

Selma director Ava DuVernay on diversity, in a New York Times story about Hollywood's inclusion problem.

"Poetry is the cheapest art. All you need is your brain. Poetry is the soul of the arts."

Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke talks to CBC Radio's q about his mission: making poetry relevant to Canadians.

"I wish my mother had lived long enough to see this. She would have been over the moon about it."

Burton Cummings reacts to news that he will be the first artist added to the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' new Hall of Fame at Calgary's National Music Centre.

"What I find disappointing is that the only French-Canadian characters in the film are villains, and this film is going to be seen by a lot of people. Sure, people will say, 'That's just the movies,' but it's still a historical film, and often it's cinema that rewrites the story."

Quebec actor Roy Dupuis tells Radio-Canada why he's disappointed with the Oscar-nominated film The Revenant.

"You pronounce Newfoundland like 'understand,' according to my friend who just shot a movie there."

With a single tweet, Mindy Kaling becomes every Newfoundlander's favourite celebrity.

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