A morning mix of entertainment headlines....
Madonna has explained why she said we have a “black Muslim in the White House” in reference to President Obama during her Monday night concert at Washington’s Verizon Center. It’s called being ironic. “I was being ironic on stage,” she said in a statement issued via her spokeswoman. “Yes, I know Obama is not a Muslim — though I know that plenty of people in this country think he is. And what if he were? The point I was making is that a good man is a good man, no matter who he prays to. I don’t care what religion Obama is — nor should anyone else in America.” And with that, yet another Madonna controversy has been laid to rest. (Reuters via Yahoo!)
Lady Gaga recently admitted that she has gained 25 pounds. Now she has responded to chatter about that weight gain by posting photos of herself clad only in her underwear and acknowledging that she has dealt with eating disorders. The images, posted to her Little Monsters Web site, are accompanied by the caption “Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15.” She’s also asked fans to post photos that “celebrate your triumph over insecurities.” “Be brave and celebrate with us your ‘perceived flaws,’ as society tells us,” she writes. “May we make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous.” (Jezebel; Huffington Post)
The mother of late music manager Chris Lighty, as well as some of his associates from the hip-hop world, including 50 Cent, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Q-Tip, have hired a lawyer and private investigator to probe the circumstances surrounding his death. Lighty died last month after reportedly shooting himself following an argument with estranged wife Veronica Lighty, who, according to the New York Post, is at odds with those launching the investigation. “I’ve been asked by Chris’ mother and many of his former clients/business associates/friends (including 50 Cent, Busta and Q-Tip) to fully investigate the circumstances surrounding his premature death,” attorney Scott Leemon said in a statement. (New York Post).
The first celebrity got kicked off of the All Stars edition of “Dancing with the Stars” last night. Read the TV Column to find out who.
Is Simon Cowell dating Carmen Electra? I don’t know, but his expression in the photo that accompanies this story makes me kinda nervous. (ABC News)
Neil Patrick Harris is writing a memoir that is due in 2014 and, according to publisher Crown, is ”a work of imaginative nonfiction that delivers an interactive, nonlinear reading experience that breaks the boundaries of conventional memoir.” It’s good that they are keeping expectations in check. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Apparently Charles Manson sent Marilyn Manson a postcard last month. Warning: reading all these weird non sequiturs may cause brain discomfort. (Buzzfeed)
Hey, now we know why “ Arrested Development” was shooting one of its new scenes in an airport : because Michael Bluth is trying to get out of town. Which is basically what he was trying to do on the boat in the season three finale. So maybe this information isn’t terribly new or earth-shattering, but we haven’t said anything about “Arrested Development” for several hours at least, so just deal, okay? (Vulture)