Comment Box: Saving Naomi, Loving Clooney
On Friday, I asked readers to send in suggestions for curing Naomi Campbell of her rage-a-holism. This intervention was prompted by her most recent violent encounter: the supermodel, best remembered for her creative use of cell phones as weapons, was arrested for assaulting a police officer at London's Heathrow airport. The top five suggestions:
5. Make her compete to be Paris Hilton's new BFF. -- s-bomb
4. Work for a year as Rosie O'Donnell's nanny. -- CJB
3. Frank Constanza's "Serenity Now" mantra. -- 44west
2. Stoning. By jewel-encrusted cell phone. -- Katyola
1. Encase her in Nerf or Hit her with the adrenaline spike. -- byoolin
Bonus Winner for best shameless self-promotional plug:
My book, The Anger Cure, has the answer for her if she would only read it and follow the advice. -- Kathleen O'Bannon, CNC
Why is the Washington Post using Wikipedia as a reliable source of information? -- Posted by Jan to Friday List: Rehabbing Naomi Campbell
Jan, allow me to be the first to say "simmer down." Normally I wouldn't even address so misguided a comment, but you've caught me in a combative mood and, since you're not in cell-phone lobbing distance, I'll have to make do with a little verbal assault.
Why did I quote Wikipedia? In this instance, Wikipedia had the best, most concise and accurate run down of Campbell's rap sheet. The facts were solid and jibed with the public record so, instead of spending my time reinventing the wheel, I included the Wiki rundown to help flesh out the context for Friday's posting. What's the problem? Being familiar with the Campbell ouvre, I was confident in its accuracy. The posting was also vetted by an editor who found the info to be solid. Just because Wikipedia isn't a reliable source of facts in all cases doesn't mean they aren't right in this one. That's the price we pay for an open-source encyclopedia. It's exhaustive and one of the best places to start researching because of its breadth of listings, but even folks like me who just fell off the turnip truck know how to double-check facts.
Oh and before you work yourself into a lather fretting about The Post's standards of information gathering, rest assured, the National desk probably won't be following my lead anytime soon.
Hey Liz, Okay so I've never watched a full episode of Real Housewives (either version) but I was flipping channels the other day and one of the women in the N.Y. version looks really familiar. I think her name is Bethany? Anyway wasn't she on the Martha Stewart Apprentice or maybe some other reality show? I know I've seen her before! -- From last week's Celebritology Live discussion
Righto. Bethenny Frankel was one of the finalists on Martha Stewart's "Apprentice" and has been knocking around the entertainment industry in various roles -- publicist, event promoter, chef to the stars -- for years. After graduating from New York's Natural Gourmet Cooking Institute, she launched Bethenny Bakes. You can order your own wheat-free, dairy-free cookies from the self-styled natural foods chef online. Frankel was also recently named spokeswoman for a healthier line of Pepperidge Farm cookies and will soon release the book "Gain 25 Thin Thoughts. Lose 25 Heavy Habits and Be: NATURALLY THIN!"
Here's a recent Q&A with the multitasking (no wonder she's so skinny) Frankel from New York magazine online. Oh, and according to TMZ.com, Frankel's boyfriend is suing his former employer, saying he was wrongfully fired for appearing on an episode of "Real Housewives."
Insightful Comment of the Week
"Speaking as a man, I can say with some authority that any chap who denies having a man crush on George Clooney is a liar. His voice is so... calming." -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion, this comment has me wondering if there's a viable business model in selling clips of Clooney reading Mother Goose to correctional institutions.
| April 7, 2008; 10:42 AM ET
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