Linda McMahon defended by Vince McMahon, Don Henley, Common, Robbie Williams and other news

Hot topics: Linda McMahon, Don Henley (center) and Common.
Hot topics: Linda McMahon, Don Henley (center) and Common. (Andrew Macpherson)
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Monday, August 9, 2010

He's ready to rumble

Vince McMahon, chairman and chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment, is upset that his wife's political opponents are using snippets from his show to try to undermine her U.S. Senate candidacy in Tuesday's Republican primary. Linda McMahon's opponents have been circulating some of the program's more unsavory moments -- wrestlers indulging in mock-necrophilia, female wrestlers barking like dogs -- via Internet-based ads.

But Vince McMahon is sticking up for sports entertainment. "All they've seen is like one little snippet and [they] try to make up their minds as to whether or not it's acceptable programming," McMahon said during an interview with the Associated Press.

Some of the footage is, admittedly, a little hard to explain away. That necrophilia scene, for instance. "If you knew the story line behind it, what have you, you might even consider that black humor, you know, dark humor, which is what it was designed to be," he said. "Guess what? We never did it again."

Henley settles suit

Eagles frontman Don Henley has settled his copyright suit against former GOP Senate candidate Chuck DeVore, who ran afoul of the songwriter after his California campaign re-cut two of Henley's biggest hits -- "The Boys of Summer" and "All She Wants to Do Is Dance" -- into anti-Obama propaganda.

"Songs are difficult to write; some of them take years to write," Henley told the blog Copyrights and Campaigns. "To have them used as toys or playthings is frustrating."

Henley settled for an apology and an undisclosed sum.

End notes

-- Sighted: Common, who got lunch at Busboys and Poets Saturday afternoon, then dropped into Palace 5ive skate shop to buy some Nike SBs. The rapper was in town for a gig at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

-- Married: British pop singer Robbie Williams, to actress Ayda Field, People reports. The couple, who met in 2006, exchanged vows Saturday at his Beverly Hills home.

-- Aaron Leitko, from staff, Web and wire reports Reliable Source is on vacation. The column will return Aug. 23.

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