"Either they were lying originally or they're lying now."
Earlier this week, actor George Clooney penned an open letter to/about a report in The Daily Mail that he claims was an irresponsibly fabricated story about his future mother-in-law that suggested that his fiancée Amal Alamuddin‘s mother objected to the couple’s engagement for “religious reasons”. In response to Clooney‘s letter, The Daily Mail issued a half-assed “apology” that wasn’t really an apology at all. Today, George has published a follow-up letter that makes very clear that he completely rejects the Mail‘s so-called apology because he does not believe for one second that the publication is neither sorry for what they did nor has any intention to stop publishing similarly fabricated stories in the future. Click below to read the full text of George Clooney‘s new response. More »
"sorry for offense"
It would appear that the once very popular photographer Terry Richardson is losing his luster as more and more of his friends attempt to distance themselves from him. I guess all of those allegations of sexual abuse on his part are finally catching up with him. Yesterday we saw a snippet of Lady Gaga‘s ill-advised music video for Do What U Want which was directed by Richardson and has been, thankfully, scrapped. Today we learn that actor Alan Cumming tweeted a photo with Terry that was met with such a backlash that he deleted the photo and apologized for posting it … then he deleted his apology as well. Yeah, it’s lookin’ more and more like Terry Richardson is the persona non grata o’ the moment. More »
Baptism by Bathtub
In the wake of the release of that horribly racist Justin Bieber video earlier this week, we learned earlier today that Bieber‘s mentor Usher has gone on the record to lend the young pop star his support. But, Usher‘s endorsement isn’t enough for The Biebs … because he answers to a higher calling. Today we learn that JB found himself a pastor that reportedly baptized him in a bathtub in NYC … because the surest way to wash away one’s sins is in a Manhattan bathtub, I guess. More »
Posted under: Justin Bieber
"There could be '15 to 20 more mins' of footage yet to be made public"
Yesterday we got to see really horribly racist video of Justin Bieber singing about killing “n*****s” and joining the Ku Klux Klan just a few days after video footage of Bieber making a joke about killing “n*****s” with a chainsaw was released. Today we learn that those two videos may only be the tip of the ice berg because a new report claims there is more footage of Bieber‘s racist behavior out there. The footage was filmed about 4 years ago, probably around the time that JB filmed his first movie Never Say Never. Other reports claim that TMZ has been sitting on this footage for years and the reason they never released the footage was so that they could get Bieber to give the site exclusive scoops. Blackmail, essentially. Last night, Bieber posted a photo on Instagram that appears to be in response to the disgusting video we saw yesterday … but if more footage of Bieber‘s racist behavior comes to light, he may be running out of apologies. More »
Posted under: Justin Bieber, TMZ
"I am genuinely sorry”
So … now that Jonah Hill appears to have put his homophobic incident behind him with his second, more-heartfelt apology, there’s room for another celebrity controversy to come to light. Singer/songwriter Pharrell is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Elle UK magazine and as you can see below, he is wearing a Native American headdress in his photospread. A representative for Elle called this photospread “his best ever shoot” … but that was before critics took offense to the cultural appropriation of this Native American headwear for a fashion photoshoot (Elle UK has since deleted portions of this comment from their website). Pharrell has issued a public apology for the offense, which you can read in full below. More »
If at first you don't succeed, apologize again
Yesterday we saw video of Jonah Hill calling a paparazzi photographer a “faggot” while he was out and about here in LA over the weekend and we heard Jonah‘s excuses-filled apology for the incident in an interview on The Howard Stern Show. It would appear that Jonah didn’t feel that his first apology was enough so during his appearance on The Tonight Show last night, Hill apologized again for his homophobic slur. Unlike the first apology, Jonah offered NO excuses for his behavior and he seemed intent on showing genuine remorse for what he said. This second apology featured no excuses, made no mention of all the gay people that he knows … he just admitted what he did was wrong and asked for forgiveness. Now, whether or not this second apology was an attempt to truly convey remorse or if it was merely a second attempt to save face in public matters not to me. Whatever his reasons, this second apology is far superior to the first. Click the embed above to watch Jonah Hill apologize again for his homophobic slur or, if you cannot watch the video right now, you can click below to read his apology in full. More »
He's a gay rights activist, he has gay friends, yada yada yada
Jonah Hill is offering an apology today in the wake of the release of paparazzi video that shows him uttering a disgusting homophobic slur toward a photographer over the weekend. Claiming that he had been harassed to the point where he “lost his cool”, Jonah admits that he called the photographer a “faggot” and went on The Howard Stern Show to apologize for doing so. Click below to watch the original paparazzi video to hear what Jonah said and then listen to a portion of his interview with Howard Stern where he apologizes for what he said. More »
Yesterday the Internets exploded with the reported news that 35-year old actor James Franco got busted trying to pick up a 17-year old girl this week when his DMs and text messages to her were widely shared online. While the possibility exists that the whole incident may be an elaborate prank to promote his upcoming new move Palo Alto (where the actor plays an older teacher who seduces a teenage high school student), Franco apologized for the incident on television earlier today. James was a guest on Live with Kelly and Michael and before the interview got underway, he openly addressed the incident on air and apologized for the entire thing. Saying that he felt “embarrassed” and admitting that he used “bad judgment”, he swears that he has learned his lesson. This public apology seems to imply that the incident was real and not a PR prank … after all, if it were a hoax, it seems reasonable that he would’ve admitted it by now … or, at least, he wouldn’t have apologized for the incident, essentially admitting that it was genuine. Watch the video above to hear what James Franco has to say publicly about the incident and judge for yourselves. Whatever the case may be, the story is pretty much over by now anyway. Whether or not people will rush out to see his new movie is another question.
"I've been beating myself up all day"
During the worldwide telecast of the 2014 Academy Awards on Sunday night, John Travolta made an embarrassing faux pas when he inexplicably introduced singer Idina Menzel as Adele Dazim. Since then, the Internet has run wild with stuff like a Twitter account for @AdeleDazim and a Travoltified Name Generator (my Travoltified name is Theo Rodrayguns). Idina‘s name was even changed to Adele Dazim in the Playbill for her current Broadway musical If/Then! Today we learn that John has issued a public apology for his Oscar blunder, an apology that you can read in full below. More »
"I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me"
Yesterday we learned that rapper Drake went on an insensitive rant on Twitter where he publicly complained that Rolling Stone decided to not feature him on the cover of their magazine so that they could feature the late Philip Seymour Hoffman instead. You may recall that Drake said he was “disgusted” by the action. Today, Drizzy is singing a different tune in a post titled Tough Day at the Office he wrote for his official website where he apologizes for his actions. Altho he makes the caveat apology “I apologize to anybody who took my initial comments out of context” it does sound, for the most part, like he is sorry (but I also get the sense that he is sorry that the whole matter blew up in his face, rather than being truly sorry for his idiotic comments). Click below to read the full text of Drake‘s public apology and you determine just how sorry he really is. More »
Posted under: Aubrey 'Drake' Graham