Washington D.C. is famously known as “Hollywood for ugly people,” so perhaps it’s no surprise that when the candidate in question is a genuine celebrity they have an unfair advantage over their election rivals, especially considering the uniform unpopularity of career politicians. Some celebrities have quietly served their home districts in Congress or local office while others have ascended to the highest seats of power in the land. Read more…
Just in case you live in Wasilla and were planning to get yourself the hell out because of this news, call off the moving vans. Levi Johnston is not running for Mayor. It was around this time last year that we spoke of Levi’s ambitions for candidacy. Also because he was planning a “docu-soap” around it, and his people even released a statement that read, “The docu-soap will follow the ever controversial, headline making, matinee idol handsome, father of one as he embarks on a run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.”
One of the many people who thought that was the worst idea since, well, dating Levi, was babymammaÃ‚Â Bristol Palin. She said, “It is an important position and I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think he knows what he is getting himself into. He has to move to the city limits and get his GED before he can actually run. If he wants to continue his education, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s great.” We don’t know if he’s planning any of those things because his attorney, Rex Butler, has said Levi is “too busy to run” in the upcoming election. Apparently, Johnston has a book and a tour planned next month. May we just repeat that again — “too busy to run”. We don’t even have any comebacks for that one, because it’s that ludicrous.
Hurray for this video of Matt Damon from the Million Teacher March last weekend, who drops some serious education policy knowledge on a interviewer as his mom — a teacher — looks on with a smirk. The reporter seems to be saying that, with tenure and unions, teachers have zero motivation to work hard — an opinion that obviously does not sit well with Damon. He then unleashes the knowledge dragon on both the lady and her camera-man, who also gets into the mix. The whole thing is accentuated by Damon’s shaved head, which only makes him look even more bad-ass.
The clip above is NSFW for people who are sensitive to swear words. Yes, Damon cusses to make his point. How about them apples?
(Matt gave the keynote address at the March — clip below the jump.)
We like buying overpriced sundresses as much as the next person, but we like it even more when Miley Cyrus supports gay marriage over a particular brand, especially considering that her wardrobe appears to be comprised entirely of their clothing. Apparently incensed by recent stories of Urban Outfitters donating money to anti-gay marriage candidates, Miley Cyrus’s Urban Outfitters tweet rage put the store on blast. “Not only do they steal from artists, but every time you give them money you help finance a campaign against gay equality. #SHADYASHELL,” Miley Cyrus’s Twitter proclaims. “IF WE ALLOW GAY MARRIAGE THEN NEXT THING U KNOW PEOPLE WILL BE MARRYING GOLD FISH’ – Rick Santorum UO contributed $13,000 to this mans [sic] campaign.” Maybe that’s why Miley has gradually be getting so many tattoos; eventually she’ll be able to go completely clothes-free, thus reducing her need to panic-buy an $80 fedora or $120 golden headband. Gloated Miley, “Love that everyone is hating on Urban Outfitters.” And we love Miley hating on everybody.
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Shockingly, a mega-famous mega-rich actor/governor who confessed to having a secret love child with his housekeeper and has been accused of groping women without consent may have been up to other forms of hanky-panky during his time in office. Arnold Schwarzenegger is reportedly under investigation by the California attorney general after the former head of security at the Sacramento Hyatt Regency told the National Enquirer that the governor regularly had Highway Patrol officers bringing “scantily-clad women” in and out of his suite. Why the women had to be scantily-clad before arriving at Schwarzenegger’s suite is not clear.
In a bizarre change of pace, TMZ quoted CHP officers to deny the story, though judging from their frequent posts slamming Schwarzenegger’s housekeeper/babymama Mildred Baena—she’s been called everything from a “maneater” to a “self-hating Hispanic” in their headlines—one has to wonder whose side of the drama their sources plead allegiance to. Arnold, allegedly hiding out in Sun Valley, Idaho, has yet to comment on the latest drama.
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A lot of news sources will make sad trombone sounds over Luther Campbell failing to become Mayor of Miami-Dade County yesterday following the area’s recall election, but that’s a pretty kneejerk response. Here’s a guy who first made his name posing between the legs of women and rapping on tracks like “We Want Some P—y” and “The F— Shop” with Tipper Gore‘s least favorite rap group, 2 Live Crew. He continued to share thoughts like “We Want Head” and “Head, Head And More Head” on albums through the 2000′s while dabbling in porn production. Though his Vh1 reality show Luke’s Parental Advisory highlighted the “family man” side of his life, it’s still amazing to think that 11% of the voters in the county—20,652 people—-not only felt that Luke should be the Mayor of Miami, but bothered to express that opinion in the voting booth. Then again, California wound up with Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor when they had a recall election.
“We started off as a joke; I feel like right now people take us seriously,” said Campbell in his concession speech. “And I’d like to say we did it in 45 days with less than $10,000, all volunteers, 100 percent. We had fundraisers where we would raise $50 and fundraisers where we would raise $500 and that was more important than taking any special interest money. I mean, we could have easily taken hundreds of thousands of dollars but we didn’t do that because we wanted to stay true to the people, and that’s what it’s all about: staying true to the people.” Campbell said he’d consider running again in the 2012 election, though he’d be wise to drop his controversial “stripper tax” plan (we’re not kidding)—dude’s alienating a large part of his voting base with that.
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Sarah Palin would hate for you to think she was playing the race card or anything when she criticized Barack Obama for letting rapper/actor Common speak at White House poetry celebration last night. You see, Common is one of those cop-killing, violence-inciting thug rappers you’ve heard about. “This rapper—we thought that we were to be united under the leader of the free world, Barack Obama, in tamping down racism and inciting violence and cop killing, certainly, and killing a former president,” Palin said on Fox News last night. “All those things that this rapper has glorified and really is known for, it just certainly reflects a lack of judgment on the White House’s part.”
In case you really knew Common for acting in films like Just Wright, recording albums with ?uestlove and sweetly proposing to a suburban deaf girl in the “Come Close” video, Palin is referring to a song recorded about Black Panther Assata Shakur and another lyric about “burning Bushes.” But don’t think she’s not down with hip-hop for equating Common with Eazy-E. “I am obviously a proponent of free speech. I’m not anti-rap. In fact, like Bret Baier, I know the lyrics to ‘Rapper’s Delight,’” Sarah Palin said. “But I am saying just common decency in the White House—wouldn’t we like to see a reflection of all that is wonderful and great, a shining city on a hill that the White House is supposed to be, with events inside of that house that reflect the patriotism and the decency and the influence of America.” So people who dare to voice support for ’60s activist figures and make mean metaphors about unpopular politicians shouldn’t get to recite poetry there. Gotcha, Sarah. But do you really like that Sugarhill Gang lyric about “super sperm”?
Watch The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart rip into the anti-Common rhetoric on Fox after the jump.
Eva Longoria decided to have some fun on Cinco de Mayo even though she was in Washington D.C for business. Eva was meeting with President Barack Obama to discuss the National Museum of the American Latino, a project which will, if agreed upon, will cost $600 million and will be on National Mall as part of the Smithsonian Institution. The actress looked lovely in a gray dress and matching peep-toe stilettos, in which she proceeded to pretend that she was holding up the cupola of the United States Capitol building! Way to work it, Eva! Enjoy her fun photographs in the gallery below.
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It’s always good for a politician to get some big name celebrities behind them. Some have even suggested it was Oprah‘s support that got President Obama elected in 2008. Meanwhile, Blossom‘s Joey Lawrence supports Donald Trump‘s presidential bid, which we can all agree is almost the same thing. “Obama was something fresh, and new, and people wanted to put their faith in his message of being different and ‘change’ and all this stuff two years ago, but that fell flat because he gets in there and it’s pretty much the same old thing,” Lawrence explained to Fox News. “I think everybody can agree on that, there’s no real change.” Not like the change a random reality TV star can bring to the White House! Oh wait, unless Joey is equally impressed by anyone who can still get work…
The Donald needs all the friends he can get, considering he has beef with Jerry Seinfeld, Robert DeNiro and John Legend before he even has a platform. “I think Donald is an interesting character,” Lawrence gushed. “He’s an amazing CEO, this is a business. This is a business, running this country is a business and it has not been run the last decade the right way, whether it’s Republican or Democrat, so it’s not really a party issue, it’s more of a person issue. Somebody has to get in there and really hold people accountable.” Right, like how the IRS held Donald accountable for Trump’s bankruptcy during the ’90s. Meanwhile, CBS newscaster Bob Schleffer claims Donald Trump’s racism is what really makes this candidacy stand out, prompting the floppy-haired business man to fire back: “That is a terrible statement for a newscaster to make.Ã‚Â I am the last person that such a thing should be said about.” Oh, don’t worry about them, Mr. Trump. Once you have every older brother from every ’90s sitcom in your corner, you’ll be all set. Now if only Eddie Winslow would take your calls…
We always imagined it would take a house fire to make even-keeled musician John Legend do so much as coolly saunter to the door, but it looks like questions about Barack Obama‘s nation of origin have him in a rage. In fact, John Legend called Donald Trump racist at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Annual Gala Thursday night. “He needs to stop saying that racist bulls–t birther s–t,” Legend said to New York Mag, putting the reality-show host on blast. “Quote me please. He should be ashamed of himself. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s awful, really.” Considering you could usually run over his foot with a steamroller and he’d just raise one eyebrow really slowly, Legend must be truly livid.
The musician is of course talking about Donald Trump’s birther argument; the entrepreneur has publicly cast doubt on the fact that President Obama is a native U.S. citizen, as part of his reported bid for the Republican presidential nomination. “Everybody that even gives a hint of being a birther Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ even a little bit of a hint, like, gee, you know, maybe, just maybe this much of a chance, they label them as an idiot. Let me tell you, I’m a really smart guy,” Trump said in an interview with ABC News. Bill Cosby slammed Trump as well on yesterday’s Today Show. “Oh please with Donald Trump,” Cosby admonished. “The only thing he’s running is his mouth.” When even Dr. Huxtable has turned against you, you know you need to check yourself before wreck your entire presidential campaign.