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Posted at 5:24 AM ET, 10/ 9/2010

Celebritology Weekend: Vince Vaughn's 'Dilemma'; Hoda's shawls

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly

Three celeb-centric stories on our radar this weekend...

1. A Universal change: Universal Pictures confirmed Friday that it plans to alter the trailer for “The Dilemma” -- an upcoming comedy starring Vince Vaughn and directed by Ron Howard -- because of complaints about its use of the word "gay." In the beginning of the original clip, which was still viewable online as of late Friday afternoon, Vaughn’s character says that “Electric cars are gay. Not homosexual gay, but, you know, my parents-are-chaperoning-the-dance gay.” Both the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and journalist Anderson Cooper advocated for the reference to be removed from the trailer, and the studio ultimately complied. “The teaser trailer for ‘The Dilemma’ was not intended to cause anyone discomfort,” said a statement released Friday by Universal. “In light of growing claims that the introduction to the trailer is insensitive, it is being replaced. A full trailer, which has been in the works for some time, will post online later today." [E! Online]

The two Hodas: Fateen (left) and Kotb. (Photo courtesy Hoda Fateen)

2. Hoda’s shawls: McLean’s Hoda Fateen has worked at the Library of Congress for 30 years alongside fellow Egyptian transplant Sami Kotb. This is the part where you need to start paying close attention: Sami Kotb has a daughter, also named Hoda. Yes, that Hoda -- the one who co-anchors the fourth hour of NBC’s "Today" with Kathie Lee Gifford. So, two years ago when Fateen started knitting her signature three-button shawls, she called them, naturally, Hoda’s Shawls. Surprised by the success, Fateen set up a Web shop ( and now donates a portion of her proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. And a little high profile promotion from the other Hoda -- she mentioned the shawls on Wednesday’s "Today" show -- doesn’t hurt. Fateen plans to retire from -- from the government, not knitting -- at the end of 2011.

3. He’s got a point: Lindsay Lohan’s Ungaro collection -- which debuted last fall at Paris Fashion Week -- may just be a dim memory for the rehabbing starlet, the models forced to wear her pasty-heavy creations and our own Robin Givhan who at the time wrote that Lohan’s designs lacked "evidence of good taste." But rapper and all around tastemaker Kanye West still hasn’t gotten over the collection. In an interview with Elle UK, West described Lohan’s creations as "9/11 for celebrities doing fashion. After that, I thought, ’Well I can’t do a line now.’" [Elle UK]


You Said It: A selection of notable reader comments from the past week...

Headline: "Jersey Shore’s" Snooki hates "spicy pickles," "people"
Comment: “I’m just going to go ahead and speak for all the people when I say the feeling is mutual.” -- DorkusMaximus1

Headline: Investigators rule out foul play in Gary Coleman’s death
Comment: "Nor was it a stroke, different or otherwise." -- td_in_baltimore

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly  | October 9, 2010; 5:24 AM ET
Categories:  Celebritology Weekend  
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I've always said that electric cars are so Vince Vaughn. Look, so they remove it from the trailer but it is still in the movie. It slays me how Hollywood uses us as punch lines like we were punching bags. There is no end to it. Watch darn near any comedy and you'll see it. It isn't just the use of the word gay either. I say if you are reading a script or watching a movie and you see a comedic reference of any kind to homosexuals, mentally replace the word(s) with "a black person" and see how funny it is. Pay attention and you will be amazed. Any person or group of people should be able to take some jabbing. I can. but when it becomes as ubiquitous as the gay jokes are, it becomes hurtful.

Posted by: pastol | October 9, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

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