While Madonna hasn’t digitally inserted Barack Obama into the “Like A Prayer” video (yet), she’s expressing her affection for the Democratic candidate with a predictable lack of subtlety. Her Sticky And Sweet tour, which kicked off on Saturday, includes a video that puts Republican candidate John McCain alongside Adolf Hitler and global warming, while Mr. Yes We Can is associated with John Lennon and Mahatma Gandhi. Some might complain that Madonna’s simply exploiting the presidential race to promote her tour, but based on her track record with black messiahs, she’s showing an impressive degree of restraint. Click on the jump to check out the clip McCain’s camp calls “outrageous, unacceptable and crudely divisive.”
For two weeks, our attention was turned to the Water Cube and the Bird’s Nest to watch the best athletes in the world compete in the Olympics. Each night, it was a couple hours of swimming or volleyball and then off to bed we went. It never dawned on us though what the Olympians themselves do after hours. Turns out, they do each other.
This information comes courtesy of Matthew Syed, a one-time Olympian-turned-commentator who regales those of us unable to be at the games with tales of medal-worthy horndoggery among the athletes. Syed tells the New York Post:
“Olympic athletes have to display an unnatural – and, it has to be said, wholly unhealthy – level of self-discipline in the build-up to big competitions. How else is this going to manifest itself than with a volcanic release of pent-up hedonism?. . .[It was] a common sight to see recently knocked-out athletes gorging on Magnums and McDonald’s, swilling alcohol and, of course, shagging like crazy.”
Basically, it sounds a lot like college, but with a lower percentage of body fat and no hacky-sackers. The romance du jour is between Michael Phelps and Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice, who were spotted sucking face last week after apparently false rumors circulated that he was getting it on with swimmer Amanda Beard and/or model Lily Donaldson.
Diddy, aka Sean Combs, came face-to-face with the barrel of a gun early Saturday morning. Law enforcement sources say the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department stopped a vehicle in Diddy’s entourage for not having proper tags, while driving down the Sunset Strip. The rest of his entourage pulled up shortly after and things got a bit out of hand. It’s sheriff department policy to call for backup when other cars linger at a traffic stop. After the backup arrived one of the driver’s became “extremely uncooperative,” to the point he had to be detained.
This is when Combs and six members of his entourage exited their vehicles and started walking towards the detained driver. The deputies did not know they were in the presence of Puff Daddy when one of them drew his weapon. Things almost turned into a front page story, but the situation became peaceful after they identified themselves. The detained driver was driving a rental car so no ticket was issued. There isn’t a dull moment when you run with Puff’s posse.
Madonna fans in Cardiff, Wales were the first to be treated to the latest, and possibly most prepared-for tour ever from the Material Girl. In between A-Rod scandals and supposedly breaking up with Guy Ritchie and turning 50, Madonna is said to have put in over 650 hours of rehearsal time for her Sticky & Sweet world tour, though the show appears less controversial than previous ones (no crucifixions or self-inflicted bad-touching).
The opening show on Saturday was two hours long and has eight costume changes, a 12-piece band and a 50-year-old woman who is more fit than most people can ever hope to be. In addition to this theatrical firepower, there were two digital cameos by stars younger than Madge: Britney Spears and Kanye West. Britney, via video, appears trapped in an elevator and whispers “express yourself, don’t repress yourself.” Of course, she ends the video with her favorite catch phrase, “It’s Britney, Bitch.”
Oh, Madonna also managed this weekend to squash those pesky divorce rumors by squeezing in the renewal of her wedding vows. Is she a woman? Or a machine?
Tila Tequila may have been dumped in the finale of her reality TV dating show, but it didn’t take her long to score Yahoo! heiress and former Lindsay Lohan gal pal Courtenay Semel. These pictures of the two frolicking at a hotel pool in Hollywood were snapped last Monday, only a couple of days before Courtenay spent a night in jail for battering a security guard at a club in Las Vegas. According to photographers, Tila and Courtenay were rubbing lotion all over each other and downing shots — of tequila, we presume.
It’s kind of hard to imagine that these high-res, close-up shots weren’t staged. If you think about it, who looks this hot, happy, in love and put-together while taking a casual afternoon swim? But here’s the bigger question: Is Courtenay Semel the reason that Tila Tequila presumably won’t be returning for MTV’s A Shot at Love 3?
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Singer Katy Perry is raising temperatures with the inspiration behind her summer hit “I Kissed a Girl.” Perry found her muse, Scarlett Johansson while skimming through a magazine. “I was with my boyfriend at the time, and I said to him, ‘I’m not going to lie: If Scarlett Johansson walked into the room and wanted to make out with me, I would make out with her. I hope you’re okay with that?’ she tells the latest issue of Steppin’ Out magazine. The spunky brunette has also said she wants to lock lips with teen queen Miley Cyrus, but at night she goes home to Gym Class Heroes singer Travis McCoy.
Barack Obama announced in a text message sent out to his supporters this morning that he’s chosen Joe Biden, who ran against him in the Democratic primaries, as his running mate. A senator from Delaware, which has a mere three electoral votes (there’s 538 total), Biden doesn’t bring a significant state to the Obama camp, although he is popular in his native Pennsylvania, a swing state that Obama lost to Hillary Clinton. Political experts say that Biden’s real value lies in his depth of experience: As a six-term senator and the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he might alleviate concerns that the relatively young Obama “isn’t ready to lead.”
John McCain‘s camp wasted no time in attacking Obama’s decision by releasing the following ad (we have to admit, it’s clever):
What’s not included in McCain’s ad is the slip of Biden’s tongue that sparked controversy last February. He is the politician that referred to Obama as “clean” and “articulate” while observing that he’s “African-American” — a remark that is racist at worse and bone-headed and insensitive at best. He later apologized and clarified his statement by saying that he meant Obama was “fresh” and “new” and the “most exciting candidate that the Democratic or Republican Party has produced [in a long time].”
Aw, Pete Wentz fell down and got an owie. [A Socialite's Life]
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams are cuddling in public! Awww! [Popsugar]
Did somebody say “baby laughing viral video?” AWWWW!!! [Bestweekever.tv]
Zac Efron rips off his shirt after a brutal hosing on the set of High School Musical 3. Awww, yeah. [E! Online]
John Mayer rocks Hammer pants. Awwwww…bust it! [Dlisted]
Shaquille O’Neal apparently needs to learn that “no” means “no.” Alexis Miller, an Atlanta hip-hop artist known as MaryJane, just got a restraining order against the NBA star, alleging he threatened her bodily harm and harassed her with vulgar phone calls. According to court documents Shaq threatened to “blackball” her from the recording industry and sent her violent illustrations of a man and woman having sexual intercourse.
Miller said she started to receive disturbing e-mails after their 18-month relationship ended. Shaq, pictured above partying in a Dallas nightclub last June, has been ordered to stop all contact with Miller and must stay at least 200 yards away from her and her 19-month-old baby. O’Neal is scheduled to appear before a judge on Sept. 4. No word yet from Shaq’s camp.
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We kind of thought Linda Hogan and Charlie Hill would have a short-lived romance. But the pair, who hooked up about six months after Linda and Hulk Hogan divorced, have been together all summer long. Don’t forget: she’s 48, he’s 19. Not to mention the two were introduced through Linda’s son, Nick, who was Charlie’s high school buddy. Seems illegal, right? It’s not. Regardless, we’re ranking them near the top of our Scandalous Meter.
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