It took a bit of urging, but J.K. Rowling has apologized for tweets alleging that President Donald Trump refused to shake the hand of a disabled boy.
The Harry Potter author called Trump “horrible” after seeing viral footage of the president appearing to ignore the child’s outstretched hand during a White House event last week, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
But the boy’s mother, Marjorie Kelly Weer, posted on Facebook: “Trump didn’t snub my son & Monty wasn’t even trying to shake his hand.”
Rowling, often critical of Trump, said she “apologized unreservedly.” She tweeted Monday: “I very clearly projected my own sensitivities around the issue of disabled people being overlooked or ignored onto the images I saw.”
Piers Morgan was among those who criticized the writer on social media, calling her a “shameful, disgraceful hypocrite.” (He also called out Chelsea Clinton, who had retweeted Rowling’s comments, but realized the error and removed it.)
Some news outlets are pointing out that Rowling didn’t specifically direct her apology to Trump.
In sort of related news, the U.K. Daily Mail posted an eye-catching item about a new product offered by Yandy, an online retailer selling skimpy lingerie: the bra and panties set, called “magical student fantasy lingerie costume,” is clearly inspired by Harry Potter.
Mariah Carey has some advice for her co-headliner Lionel Richie, who’s rumored to be a candidate for a judging position on the upcoming “American Idol” reboot. (Katy Perry already has signed on, and Ryan Seacrest will be hosting again.)
“I would say, don’t do it,” Carey told “Entertainment Tonight,” but quickly added, “No, I’m only kidding. If he wants to do it, that’ll be great. I think he would be really good at it.”
When she appeared on the show in 2013, Carey famously feuded with fellow judge Nicki Minaj. She called it “the worst experience of my life” in a 2015 Australian radio interview.
Folks who couldn’t score a ticket to the current San Francisco run of “Hamilton” (closing Saturday at the Orpheum) will get another chance to see the show locally: Theater presenter SHN and producer Jeffrey Seller announced that the blockbuster by Lin-Manuel Miranda will return to The City “in early 2019”; details about dates and ticket purchasing to follow. … Buffalo Theory owner Ted Kim, chef Tim Luym and self-described beer geek Janna Cruz are celebrating the Polk Street restaurant/bar’s first anniversary with specials on Aug. 8-10.
Actress Hallie Eisenberg is 25. … Singer Charli XCX is 25. … Actor Sam Worthington is 41. … Director-actor Kevin Smith is 47. … Actress Mary-Louise Parker is 53. … Actress Apollonia is 58. … Actress Victoria Jackson is 58. … Novelist Isabel Allende is 75.
— Staff, wire reports American Idoldisabled boyDonald TrumpHamiltonJ.K. RowlingMariah Carey