Comment Box: A Little More Alec Baldwin
Wasn't Alec Baldwin supposed to leave the United States after Bush was elected? How is that coming along? -- Just Wondering comments on Morning Mix: Alec Baldwin Lashes Out at 11-Year-Old Daughter
You're referring to the voicemail Baldwin left on then 19-year-old Jenna Bush's cell phone in early 2000: "Listen you little twerp, if your right-wingnut of a father wins the White House, I'm out of here. I've had it with him. I don't care if he has the presence of mind of an 11-year-old. You can find me in Fiji, baby. Sayonara. Baldwin out."
Well, not really. (But I think I did a good job of aping Baldwin's singular ability to put us inside his pain.)
According to Snopes.com -- a Web site that has made a name debunking urban legends -- Baldwin's threat has proven difficult to pin down. The story goes that Baldwin (among other celebs including Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Pierre Salinger and Robert Altman) said he would leave the country if the Republicans won the presidency in the 2000 election cycle. The Baldwin proclamation was attributed to a German magazine article in which Baldwin's ex-wife, Kim Basinger, apparently said she'd have to join him, too. Baldwin claims his wife never told the magazine (which he initially denied had even interviewed her) that we would leave the U.S. He later clarified that his words were probably "If Bush won it would be a good time to leave the United States. I'm not necessarily going to leave the United States."
In 2001, Baldwin added:
"I never made that statement, but you can tell Gov. [then Florida governor Jeb] Bush to rest assured that I'm not going to leave the country because we have to get him out of office and we have to get his brother out of office in 2004. We're not resting until we get that done."
Baldwin currently stars on NBC's "30 Rock" and is embroiled in a heated custody battle with Basinger.
Fergie the Du(t)chess: Why can't she spell? Tell me that the album title was intentionally misspelled -- because if it's not, that's so, so sad. -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live discussion
Because it is unfathomable to think such an egregious typo could have made it past layers of record company types, one can only conclude that the butchered spelling of Fergie's first solo outing was an intentional play on words. See, this wordsmith built her entire album around the concept that she shares a name with the former Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson. Hence we have her booty-shaking single "London Bridge" and live performances in which the solo Black-Eyed Pea dons postage-stamp-sized Union Jacks and Burberry plaid bustiers.
Although I haven't seen any official comments from Ferguson about the title, she has been known to employ creative spelling elsewhere, for instance Fergalicious's "T-A-S-T-E-Y." Clever girl.
One comment thread on Livejournal offers this interesting interpretation: That Fergie's use of "Dutch" is actually a thinly-veiled reference to marijuana (as in "Pass the Dutchie to the left hand side.")
| April 23, 2007; 10:43 AM ET
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