Bowling seemed like such a safe topic amid tense subjects like AIG bonuses and the struggling economy, until President Barack Obama joked to Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” that his poor bowling skills are “like the Special Olympics or something.”
On his way back to Air Force One, Obama called Chairman of the Special Olympics Tim Shriver and said he was sorry, before the interview even aired.
“He thinks the Special Olympics are a wonderful program that gives an opportunity to shine to people with disabilities from around the world,” Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton said.
Shriver issued a statement regarding the comment and said, “Words hurt and words matter. Words can cause pain and result in stereotypes that are unfair and damaging to people with intellectual disabilities. And using Special Olympics in a negative or derogatory context can be a humiliating put-down to people with special needs.”
The organization called for this to be seen as “a teachable moment for our country” and asked “young people, parents and leaders from all walks of life to engage in conversation and help dispel negative caricatures about people with intellectual disabilities. We believe that it s only through open conversation and dialogue about how stereotypes can cause pain that we can begin to work together to create communities of acceptance and inclusion for all.” [Source: FoxNews.com; Photo: Getty Images]
When Ok! asked Jaslene Gonzalez about the America’s Next Top Model audition riot, the Cycle 8 winner was surprisingly pro-stampede. “There’s always a riot…I feel like it’s just part of the excitement of the show. You never know what to expect. It’s all types of characters and personalities. Why not cause a riot? It makes great TV.”
Rather than run off with that juicy quote, the tab was nice enough to clarify just what they meant by “riot.” Once she understood they meant “riot” like Rodney King instead of “riot” like Comedy Central roast, Gonzalez quickly changed her tune.
I have not been up to date. Oh! I didn’t hear! I was not aware, I’ve been like, MIA. It’s very unfortunate. I feel bad. I wish everyone the best, and for everything to happen naturally and well for the girls. But for something like that to happen, it’s unfortunate. You wish safety and protection and the best.
Proof that you learn something new every day.
Is it the worldwide “Behave Like A Cliche Of Yourself” week for celebs, or what? We’ve got Amy Winehouse returning to Camden to get drunk, Russell Brand working his way through the women of Australia, and also Kate Moss partying at every opportunity offered to her. The supermodel was out AGAIN in London last night for the fourth night on the trot, and judging by the look of her hairstyle, she hasn’t had much chance to shampoo during this busy week.
She turned up at Volstead with boyfriend Jamie Hince and NBF Jo Wood to attend the Singstar Queen karaoke launch. It doesn’t appear (yet) to have been quite as exciting as Kate’s appearance at the “Mummy Rocks” charity auction the night before. There, she auctioned off a kiss for £5,000 before snogging the face off Jamie. Tonight, we’re sure she’s got a pile of ironing to get on with. [Photos: Splash News Online]
It was only a matter of time. She may have been set up in a new suburban home a few miles away from her old stomping ground, but it was back to old times when Amy Winehouse stepped — or should that be stumbled? — out in Camden. After a night out in central London, where Amy partied with Jude Law‘s ex-wife Sadie Frost, she hit up her old local, The Hawley Arms and partied until the early hours. There she was overheard saying, “I’ve had a great time, but I’ve got to go before I get out of it.” Bless. Let’s just hope she was talking about on a few vodkas.
Former Danity Kane singer Aubrey O’Day has never been shy about her love for the ladies. On the red carpet of the film “Pedro,” Aubrey teased MTV News about her love of lesbians.
“I’m a huge supporter of the gay community – possibly a member myself, you never know.”
Audrey and her lesbian tendencies got us to thinking, who should Miss O’Day date? Thus we’ve spawned the Aubrey O’Day Lesbian Dating Matrix, where we rate who the self-proclaimed “pop star” should get busy with. See who our panel of lesbian experts gives the highest score to based on our scientific point system.
In today’s Spotted, we have a member of The Breakfast Club picking up her breakfast and a fabulous celesbian picking up some new threads. See who Scandalist spotted and contribute your own celebrity sightings by e-mailing us here.
Only months after Rhea Durham and Mark Wahlberg gave birth to their third child since 2003, the New York Daily News says they’re already expecting their fourth bundle of joy. The practicing Catholics have talked about marrying for over two years, but still haven’t made it legal. Last June, Mark said they’d finally tie the knot “after the baby.” Then again, he never said which baby.
Maybe it’s because we live in Brooklyn, but we’re big fans of our neighbor Keri Russell. She’s low key, has amazing style, and seems to have the mothering thing down. She recently showed up at LAX with her adorable son River in tow. He’s clearly rockin’ the Ryder Robertson/James Wilke Broderick haircut – apparently the only thing not available in Hollywood are scissors. Still, we like! [Photo: Splash News Online]
If you think it’s hard to juggle work and family, try juggling family and a crime spree. Cortina R. Wobbleton spent last night driving two friends down a Florida highway, where the pair (one wearing a hockey mask) robbed a Pizza Hut and a Sunoco gas station at gunpoint. When Martin County Sheriff’s deputies stopped the car, weapons drawn, they were surprised to find Wobbleton’s children, aged 2 and 5, in the backseat with the cash. Now Wobbleton faces child abuse charges along with armed robbery, and the children have been given to their grandmother. Gee, leave the kids with Grandma—why didn’t she think of that in the first place?