The 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks have come and gone, but the wounds continue to be fresh, especially when exploring the run-up and the aftermath in celebrity talk venues. The latest to learn the lesson is singer Tony Bennett, whose remarks Monday came amid a bigger discussion of his pacifism with Howard Stern.
What caused the ruckus:
“But who are the terrorists? Are we the terrorists or are they the terrorists? Two wrongs don’t make a right,” Bennett said.
In a soft-spoken voice, the singer disagreed with Stern’s premise that the 9/11 terrorists’ actions led to U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“They flew the plane in, but we caused it,” Bennett responded, “because we were bombing them and they told us to stop.”
On Tuesday came this apology, via Facebook, including:
"I am sorry if my statements suggested anything other than an expression of my love for my country, my hope for humanity and my desire for peace throughout the world."
Quick upon the heels of losing his wife, Michaele, to Journey guitarist Neal Schon, Tareq Salahi has suffered another loss: His dog died, TMZ.com reports. Rio, a Doberman Pinscher, was done in by the stress, Tareq claims. However, he was on heart meds from a heart attack in the past few weeks.
To add insult to injury (or maybe a third verse?), TMZ also reports that when Tareq tried to bury Rio with a backhoe, the neighbors called the police on him, and the responding officers insisted on seeing the remains to make sure the story checked out. What? Is that supposed to be hard to believe?
Maybe it just wasn't an accident that Michaele, of the White House party crashers and "Real Housewives of D.C.," met up with Schon in Nashville...
So much for the complaints about T.I. doing business on his luxury bus as he left prison. The rapper apparently convinced federal prison officials he wasn't trying to break any of their guidelines when he met with his manager and a TV producer as he took the bus from the federal prison in Arkansas to the halfway house in Atlanta. That's according to T.I.'s lawyer, Steve Sadow, because the Bureau of Federal Prisons isn't commenting, according to the Associated Press.
Sadow also has some praise for celebrity-media cooperation, according to TMZ.com:
"We have good reason to believe that this favorable result was reached because of the proactive and assertive approach taken to protect T.I.'s rights by providing B.O.P. officials and the media with reliable and accurate information and that T.I. did not intend to violate his transfer furlough or any other B.O.P. rules en route from the prison facility in Arkansas to the halfway house in Atlanta."
The source of confusion was a book and TV deal with T.I. The deal, announced shortly after T.I. got out of prison, was firmed up months earlier, Sadow said, according to the Associated Press. That book is a novel, to be called "Power & Beauty: A Love Story of Life on the Streets," and will be out Oct. 18. You can see the book jacket here. And T.I. will be out of the Atlanta halfway house Sept. 29.
Reason No. 2,061why reality TV is the downfall of society comes from why rapper T.I. was returned to federal prison: Because his luxury bus ride to his halfway house, shown above, included his manager and a TV producer, who weren't authorized to travel or conduct business with him. They were discussing a new reality series and a book, according to the Department of Justice incident report. TMZ isn't buying the unauthorized entourage report, citing T.I.'s legal team, which says that was trumped up because federal prison officials were angry with T.I.'s choice of ride out of Arkansas. Either way, put down that remote control and help create space in America's prison system.
Their marriage might be over, but Marc Anthony's professional partnership with Jennifer Lopez continues, he wants you to know as their clothing lines at Kohl's made their debut Wednesday.
"I always had Jennifer as a soundboard and vice versa," he said about the collections, according to the Associated Press. "I'm really happy about her line and I saw all the work that she put into it."
When it came time to cut the ribbon Wednesday at the Kohl's in Jersey City, N.J., Anthony was on his own, however.
Deborah Harry is up-to-the-minute on modern gadgetry:
Here is some good advice: avoid standing behind Deborah Harry at airport security.
"I have a briefcase full of wires when I travel. I have to go through the X-ray machine and they're always looking at this massive tangle, like, 'what?'" laughs Harry, whose travel must-haves include an mp3 player, iPhone, iPad and e-Reader.
Keeping up with trends in culture and technology is one thing the 66-year-old Blondie singer and occasional tweeter said comes naturally. "It's just always been part of who I am," Harry told Reuters in a recent interview.
First of all: I’m sure the people who staff the X-ray machines don’t stop the belt, peer at the screen, and call over some senior TSA member who examines the wires, and says “I believe it might be a charger of some sort. We got the memo last week. Apparently they’re devices people use to put electricity into their personal electronics. First I’ve seen of it, though.” I travel with all of the above, and breeze right through. Second: it’s probably not fair for ding her for this remark, since it was something said offhand in the interview, elevated beyond its intended importance by the author. Third: any new albums planned? Yes: “Panic of Girls” comes out in a week.
The interview is here. And yes, she’s 66. In the old days, the culture portrayed women who were ten years younger as Mrs. Olsen-types, with grey hair in a bun.