Posts Tagged ‘Sharon Osbourne’

They Said What??? Home Depot, Sharon Osbourne, & Vladimir Putin

ALABAMA REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE DEAN YOUNG

“I’m against homosexuals pretending like they’re married. Marriage is between one man and one woman and no one needs to go to Washington representing south Alabama if they don’t believe that.”

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN

(speaking to International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and others):  “On my own and on your behalf, I have assured Mr. President (Bach) that we will do our best, and our athletes and fans will do their best too, so that both participants and guests feel themselves comfortable at Sochi Olympics regardless of their ethnicity, race or sexual orientation.  I would like to underline that.”

CHICAGO MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL

(visiting Chicago gay bar Sidetrack last week after the Illinois House voted for marriage equality): “When two adults love each other, the state should embrace that, rather than stand in the way.”

TV TALK SHOW HOST SHARON OSBOURNE

(apologizing to the ladies of “The View”.  On the “Arsenio Hall,” she said that all of the hosts of “The View”, except for Barbara Walters, could “go f**k themselves.”):  “I was inappropriate and I was trying to be funny at somebody else’s expense.  I want to apologize to Jenny, Sherri and Whoopi…it was my irreverent behavior and no disrespect meant.”

HOME DEPOT COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR STEPHEN HOLMES

(apologizing after an associate sent out a tweet for a college football promotion which included a picture of a person in a gorilla suits and two African-American men drumming on overturned buckets and the caption, “which drummer is not like the others?”):  “We have zero tolerance for anything so stupid and offensive.  The outside agency that created the tweet and the Home Depot associate who posted it have been terminated. We’re also closely reviewing our social media procedures to determine how this could have happened, and how to ensure it never happens again.”

“GLEE” ACTOR MATTHEW MORRISON

“I know my own truth, I’m a very happy heterosexual man…  I have a lot of gay friends and I’m a big supporter of gay rights and gay marriage. This is America, this is the land of freedom and opportunity and I think it’s kind of crazy that a loving or committed gay or lesbian couple can’t marry just because they’re different.  I support my gay friends and they support me.”

SINGER SELENA GOMEZ

“You fall in love and it completely consumes you.  So a part of you is broken when that’s gone. And part of you wants to have that rebellious feeling where you’re just like, forget it-I can do anything I want. I’ve tried it, and I’ve never been that girl. I’m always going to be the girl you want to take home to your parents, not for the night.”

ROCKER TED NUGENT

(about the possibility of a Presidential bid):  “I have threatened to run for public office, because I have been prodded to do so, and pushed hard in Texas and other states, and here in Michigan.  And I believe my sense of logic, my sense of common sense, my connection to people who are in the asset column of America.  I believe that I would perform an enormous upgrade in returning to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and most important of all accountability.”

Anthony

They Said What??? Barbra Streisand, Ke$ha, & Sharon Osbourne

NEVADA STATE SENATOR KELVIN ATKINSON
(talking about marriage equality during a debate over a measure to repeal the state’s gay marriage ban):  “If this hurts your marriage, then your marriage was in trouble in the first place.”
TALK SHOW HOST/REALITY STAR SHARON OSBOURNE
(denying rumors that she and Ozzy are getting a divorce):  “It’s our business. We’re dealing with it. We’re not getting divorced.  However, am I happy? No. Am I upset? Yes. I am. I’m devastated right now. It’s a disease that not only hurts the person that has the disease but it hurts the family, it hurt people who love you. We’re dealing with it, we’ve dealt with worse and we will deal with it and this too shall pass.”
FORMER BALTIMORE RAVENS FOOTBALL PLAYER BRENDON AYANBADEJO
(on his fight for marriage equality):  “bigger calling than football.”
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“I think the star power, especially with athletes, allows us to hit a demographic. … I think this allows us to have our voice reach a little bit deeper to people who wouldn’t normally hear our message.”
ACTRESS/SINGER/SUPERSTAR BARBRA STREISAND
(accepting the Chaplin Award from the Film Society of Lincoln Center):  “Ever since I can remember, people have been calling me bossy and opinionated.  Maybe that’s because I am. Three cheers for bossy women!”
COMEDIAN DAVID ALAN GRIER
(to Baltimore’s Fox 45 television station promoting his new movie, “Peeples”, after informing them that they misspelled his name.):  “This is the raggediest TV studio I’ve ever been in in my life… The sequester hit you hard.”
POP STAR KE$HA
(talking about her new MTV series, “My Crazy Beautiful Life”):  “I’m very well-known around the world for being a wild party animal — you see that too, don’t get me wrong.  But you also see me… reading the reviews and trying to make my show better, and rehearsing and going over the lights, and going over the choreography, and changing into costumes. I am so involved with every little thing I do. I think people are probably going to be surprised at how seriously I take everything I do.”
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(talks about her next tour after this summer’s double bill with Pitbull):  “What I’m doing is keeping the essence of my last tour, which is just wild, debauchery, raw, and more or less unplanned.  We have some planned moments, but I like having it where it’s a little bit less structured, because then I can do whatever I feel like, whenever it hits me. That was very much on my last tour, but now I’m just amping it up. I’m making [my show] bigger, better, funner, louder, brighter, with more pyro, more glitter, and more dancers, just more of everything. I very much agree with Dolly Parton that ‘more is more.”
Anthony

Lady Gaga, Stick To Your “Guns”

Columbine (15 killed, 24 injured).  Virginia Tech (33 killed, 23 injured).  Northern Illinois University (6 killed, 21 injured).  Fort Hood, Texas (13 killed, 32 injured).  Tuscon, Arizona (6 killed, 14 injured).  Aurora, Colorado (12 killed, 58 injured).  Newtown, Connecticut (28 killed, 2 injured).  Before you call me out on it, there are discrepancies on the number of injuries  in several of these incidents — depending on the source.

That list of deadly mass shootings started before Columbine and there were many others before Newtown.  Sadly, this list will grow.

Gun Control

This blog isn’t about gun control, the Second Amendment, or who or what is to blame.

We live in a world that is consumed with violence.   We see it on television and at the movies, we hear about it in music, we read about it in books, magazines, and newspapers.  We hear about war and terrorist-related deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.  And, the Chicago Police Department reported 506 shooting deaths in 2012, which is up about 15% over the previous year.

I’ve touched on these subjects before:  “Why is My Chicago So Deadly This Year?” (July 6, 2012), “Another Senseless Tragedy in Colorado — Who’s To Blame?” (July 20, 2012), and “Entertainment Violence — When Is It Too Early For Business As Usual‏?” (July 23, 2012).  You can type in part of those title in the search at the top to read the original blogs.

Newtown CT

I’m revisiting this topic today because the blame game is still going on following the December 14, 2012, deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  And, some of it in the entertainment business is way off the mark and mean-spirited.

Sharon Osbourne, I’m talking to you.  You should be ashamed of yourself for bringing violence and entertainment into a cat fight between you, your daughter, Kelly, and Lady Gaga!

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This entertainment feud erupted, as far as I’m concerned, when “Fashion Police” co-host Kelly Osbourne said, “I actually think she’s a good singer but she has the worst fans in the world” talking about Lady Gaga.

In an open letter to Kelly, Gaga responded, “I have empathy for you Kelly, but I feel it culturally important to note that you have chosen a less compassionate path.  Your work on E! with the Fashion Police is rooted in criticism, judgment, and rating people’s beauty against one another. ‘Appearance’ is the most used reason for bullying in the world. Your show breeds negativity, and over the years has even become comedic in nature. It glorifies you and Joan Rivers pointing in the camera, laughing, and making jokes about artists and celebrities as if we are zoo animals.”

And, then Mama Osbourne fired off this to Lady Gaga, “I am calling you a bully because you have 32 million followers hanging on your every word and you are criticizing Kelly in your open letter.  Are you so desperate that you needed to make this public?”

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If it had ended there, I wouldn’t be writing this today .  However, on Monday, on “The Talk”, Sharon spouted off about mean and hateful comments that a few Lady Gaga’s fans have posted on Gaga’s website and, sadly, Sharon even went so far as to say that one of Gaga’s “Little Monsters” could go on a shooting spree like the ones I addressed earlier!  Sharon said, “One person that wants attention, it takes nothing for this to happen.  Don’t let your fans be so hideously damaging, hurtful, violent.”

I’m truly appalled by that statement.  A viewer of “The Talk”, a reader of  my blog, or a fan of <insert actor or singer here> could go on a shooting spree.  How irresponsible of Sharon, just like her daughter saying that Gaga has the worst fans, to make that statement.  Yes, there are bad apples in every fan club.  And, with the internet, those bad apples can post mean-spirited things very easily.  But, to condemn a group based on a few, hateful people is wrong.

That is my personal opinion and I welcome yours, too.  You don’t have to agree with me, but do it with dignity.

And, then Sharon Osbourne addressed guns used as props and costumes in Lady Gaga’s “Born This Wall Ball Tour”.  The North American leg kicked off last Friday night in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Osbourne says, “However, everything is guns, guns, guns … Cut to her first performance on this new tour. She’s wearing two guns coming out of her breasts.”  And, “This is not right, and she should be stopped.”

Yes, that’s true.  And, she’s been wearing them since this tour kicked off in Asia in April 2012 and, even before that, for the “Alejandro” video that came out in June 2010.

Madonna faced the same backlash in 2012 on her “MDNA Tour” because of the violent nature of the first act and specifically the bloody, deadly song, “Gang Bang”.

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Madonna’s “MDNA Tour” started in Israel in late May and there were many calls that she drop the guns from the show after the Aurora movie theater massacre in July 2012.    A representative for the singer said, “Madonna would rather cancel her show than censor her art. Her entire career, she has fought against people telling her what she can and cannot do. She’s not about to start listening to them now”.

I agreed with Madonna then and I stand behind Lady Gaga now.  She should continue the “Born This Way Ball Tour” just as it was conceived WITH the gun bra.

We cannot and should not censor every facet of entertainment industry that is violent.  We cannot blame Madonna, Lady Gaga, Quentin Tarantino, or anyone else in entertainment for the violence problem in the world.

Sadly, violence is a fact of life.  We don’t know when or where it’s going to happen, but it will happen.  Since violence was present in the Bible, it goes to show that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Anthony

They Said What??? Gabrielle Giffords, Lady Gaga, & Sharon Osbourne

FORMER ARIZONA CONGRESSWOMAN GABRIELLE GIFFORDS

“Two years ago, a mentally ill young man shot me in the head, killed six of my constituents, and wounded 12 others. Since that terrible day, America has seen 11 more mass shootings — but no response from Congress to prevent gun violence. After the massacre of 20 children and six of their teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary though, it’s clear: This time must be different.  Americans for Responsible Solutions will encourage elected officials to stand up for solutions to prevent gun violence and protect responsible gun ownership by communicating directly with the constituents that elect them.”

“SOUTH PARK” AND “BOOK OF MORMON” CREATOR MATT STONE

“We’re from Colorado, and look at the way Colorado’s gone politically in the last few elections.  It’s now gay-friendly, weed-friendly, gun-friendly. There’s an element of Colorado that I think is in us.”

“FASHION POLICE” HOST KELLY OSBOURNE

(about Lady Gaga):  “I actually think she’s a good singer but she has the worst fans in the world.”

LADY GAGA

(responding to Kelly):  “I have empathy for you Kelly, but I feel it culturally important to note that you have chosen a less compassionate path.  Your work on E! with the Fashion Police is rooted in criticism, judgment, and rating people’s beauty against one another. ‘Appearance’ is the most used reason for bullying in the world. Your show breeds negativity, and over the years has even become comedic in nature. It glorifies you and Joan Rivers pointing in the camera, laughing, and making jokes about artists and celebrities as if we are zoo animals.”

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(to Kelly):  “What about your body revolution? It used to make me truly sad when I would hear people talk about your weight when you were younger, as I was bullied too. To see you blossoming into a beautiful slender woman who makes fun of others for a living is astounding. Why not help others? Why not defend others who are bullied for their image and share your story?”

OSBOURNE MATRIARCH SHARON OSBOURNE

(to Lady Gaga):  “I am calling you a bully because you have 32 million followers hanging on your every word and you are criticizing Kelly in your open letter. Are you so desperate that you needed to make this public?

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“In closing, stop wearing fur, stop looking for publicity, and stop using your fans to belittle not just Kelly but an endless stream of celebrities.”

CHRISTOPHER CICCONE, MADONNA’S BROTHER

“You can’t dress like Gaga, only on Halloween perhaps.  What I would do with Gaga is stream it all down and get rid of all the crap and make her a real person. It’s cool on some level, but when you start out massively way over the top, there is nowhere to go. You get stuck there and you disconnect from the audience. You become this freak on the stage.”

SUPERMODEL NAOMI CAMPBELL

“I think when I thought that I didn’t look too bad is when I was a huge Culture Club fan, and I used to get like hats and stick on with cello tape all the braids so I’d look like Boy George. And that’s when I thought I was okay.”

ANDY FLETCHER OF DEPECHE MODE

(on never being nominated for the lifetime achievement Brit Awards):  “We’d like to be offered, though whether we’d accept it is another thing. Quite a lot of people who previously won it said we should’ve got it. I don’t know why we don’t get considered. But we have a lot of fans here still, so we can’t complain too much.”

Anthony