A & E Briefs – April 19, 2011

Elika Roohi / Sun Star Reporter
April 19, 2011

Paparazzi tail Bieber in Israel

Justin Bieber went on tour to Israel recently.  The young pop star comes from a Christian background and said he wanted “the chance to walk where Jesus did” in a tweet. Bieber is having some problems with paparazzi though. “You think paparazzi would have some respect in holy places,” Bieber said. “They should be ashamed of themselves.” Frustrated, Bieber tweeted that he was just going to stay in his hotel for the rest of the week.

BBC

Not intended to be a factual statement

Arizona Republican Senator Jon Kyl is at the receiving end of one of Stephen Colbert’s jokes. Kyl made a remark that abortion is well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does. This turned out to be incorrect: abortion is 3 percent of what Planned Parenthood does. Kyl’s office released a statement clarifying that what Kyl said was “not intended to be a factual statement.” Since then, Colbert has been posting some not-so-factual statements about Kyl on Twitter using the hashtag #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement. “Jon Kyl once ate a badger he hit with his car,” Colbert tweets. Colbert did clarify though that was not intended to be a factual statement.

CNN

The Book of Joel is a no go

Billy Joel was working with publisher HarperCollins to produce an autobiography.  The book was supposed to reveal previously unknown secrets about Joel. It was supposed to hit bookshelves in June, and has already been written and edited. However, Joel gave HarperCollins their $3 million dollars back and decided not to go through with the book. “It took working on a book to make me realize that I’m not all that interested in talking about the past,” Joel said.

Boston Herald

Lady Gaga versus The Catholic Church

Lady Gaga’s love affair with controversy continues with her most recent single, “Judas.” The second single released for the “Born This Way” album expected to be released in May, “Judas” features Lady Gaga as Christ’s “hooker prostitute wench” Mary Magdalene who falls in love with Judas. The song has drawn criticism from The Catholic League and Gaga’s creative director threatened to quit in protest.

Huffington Post Entertainment

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