Leaving aside for the moment the considerable worry the case has caused in official Washington, it’s also creating heartburn amid an unlikely circle: the small community of Elvis impersonators around the globe.
Jesse Aron, an Elvis impersonator and the president of the Elvis Entertainers Network, a talent agency representing more than 100 impersonators from Japan to Las Vegas, tells the Loop he’s heard from many of the performers he represents. They’re, well, all shook up.
“I’ve heard from some of the guys — they’re calling and e-mailing me,” Aron told the Loop.
They’re wondering, he says, if it will be bad for business, if having someone from their ranks accused of a nasty crime will reflect poorly on them. After all, videos of Curtis’s performances — which show his hip-shaking, lip-curling renditions of Elvis tunes as well as a particularly memorable Prince performance — have prompted plenty of Internet mocking. Wicker himself even recalled hiring Curtis for a party and said he found him “quite entertaining.”
Aron says the Elvis impersonators he knows are good guys. “They do a lot for charity — they do free shows at old folks’ homes, that sort of thing. They put on shows because they’re just big Elvis fans.”
And he says he knew Curtis from Elvis-impersonation competitions in the ’90s. The two were Facebook friends for a while, but Aron eventually un-friended him because of his “negative” posts.
He’s reassuring his fellow Elvii (that’s an acceptable plural, no?) that the negative publicity surrounding Curtis won’t affect them. “People understand that one bad apple won’t spoil the bunch,” he said.
Get physical with Petraeus!
Perhaps David Petraeus has extra time on his hands these days.
Billed as a opportunity to win a “dream experience,” the auction will raise money for a charity called The Mission Continues, which offers paid fellowships to returning veterans.
“Test your physical limits during an intense workout with the man that was once in charge of all U.S. armed forces’ foreign operations before discussing military strategy over a well-deserved coffee,” touts the auction Web site. The lucky winner will learn “whether General Petraeus can kick your butt in a 5K.”
Yes, Petraeus is a known fitness buff. But let’s recall, for a moment, that it was a brisk run with a new acquaintance that started his downfall.
Amateur biographer Paula Broadwell reportedly scored her first interview with the general over a jog along the Potomac River; their relationship would later turn romantic and ultimately end his government career.
We assume he’s learned his lesson about workout partners.
The auction is being conducted by the Web site Omaze, which allows users to bid on fantasy experiences — from partying with country superstar Tim McGraw to hanging out on the turf during “Sunday Night Football” with Bob Costas — all benefiting various charities.