Celebritology Weekend: Lady Gaga attempts contact with members of Congress; Adam Lambert vs. a Miami photographer
Three celeb-centric stories on our radar this weekend...
Gaga, engaging in a game of telephone: Lady Gaga -- the meat-dress-wearing pop star known for, among other things, a song called “Telephone” -- had some recent phone issues of her own. In a seven-and-a-half-minute video clip posted Friday on YouTube, -- one that features a somber Gaga dressed in a muted suit and tie and sitting in front of an American flag -- the MTV Video Music Award winner asks fans to call their senators and request that they vote for the repeal of the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy, if and when it comes to the Senate floor next week. As a demonstration of her own commitment, she attempts to dial up her own Senate reps, Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), but with no luck. The phone at Schumer's office rings for more than a full minute, then goes straight to a busy signal, and the call to Gillibrand's office leads to a voice-mail box that's full and won't accept additional messages. (So that's what the song “Telephone” is actually about!)
“It could have been because there was an overload of incoming calls to the office's main line,” said Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Schumer, when asked to explain the communication breakdown. “We do keep up on voice mails and answer the phone every day,” noted Bethany Lesser, press secretary for Sen. Gillibrand. (For the record, it's not uncommon for Senate voice mailboxes to fill up overnight after staff have gone home for the day, which may have been when Gaga called.)
In any case, the two senators -- both are supporters of the repeal -- made sure to follow up with Gaga on Friday. “Sen. Schumer has been a cosponsor of the bill to repeal the policy, and our office did convey that message today,” Fallon told us. Meanwhile, Gillibrand sent a message Friday to Gaga via Twitter: “Thx for calling. I couldn't agree more and am helping lead the fight to repeal DADT. Do you have a moment to talk later today?” Lesser says the two didn't get a chance to chat, but there's always next week; Gaga later tweeted back: “Let's get this passed. Talk Monday?”
Lambert in a dust-up: “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert apparently had a run-in with a photographer in Miami Beach, but one that may have been more minor than the pic snapper suggests. The Miami Herald reports that a man named Victor Eras filed a police report Thursday night, accusing Lambert of simple battery for trying to snatch his camera and wrestle him to the ground after Eras attempted to take a picture of the glam-rocker. Lambert denies the account of events, writing on his Twitter feed: “Battery? Nope. I attempted to grab a camera, no punches were thrown and no one was on the ground. ... It was literally harmless.” A Miami Beach police spokesman told the Herald that no charges will be pressed, and that Eras would have to take the case to the state's attorney's office should he wish to pursue it further.
Divorce official for Freeman: Morgan Freeman and his wife of 26 years, Myrna Colley-Lee, finalized their divorce Friday in a Tallahatchie County, Miss., court, the Associated Press reports. The two had been separated since December of 2007. The terms of the split remain sealed. The pair got married in 1984; It was the Oscar winner's second marriage.
Pop Culture Pulse: 'Catfish'
This is one of those movies where knowing too much beforehand can destroy the viewing experience. So let's just say that “Catfish,” a documentary about an unusual Facebook relationship that develops between a New York photographer and an 8-year-old painter and her family, is a provocative and absorbing look at personal identity in the Internet age. Released this weekend in select cities and opening Friday in Washington, it's destined to start chatter -- on Facebook and elsewhere.
Poll of the Week: Joaquin Phoenix
After two years of assuming the persona of an addled hip-hop artist whose career careened completely off the rails, the truth is now definitively out there: actor Joaquin Phoenix admitted that he has been faking the whole time, for the purposes of the documentary-biopic “I'm Still Here,” directed by brother-in-law Casey Affleck. We asked readers how they felt about this revelation.
You Said It: A selection of notable reader comments from the past week...
Comment: “At this point I guess we should all just wait for the plague of locusts...” -- CollegeParkGal
Comment: “I won't give away the prize for her very last show, but let's just say ide-ray on the ace-spay uttle-shay.” -- td_in_baltimore
This is an online version of the Celebritology column that appears in print in Saturday's Style section.
| September 18, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories: Celebrities, Celebritology Weekend
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