The “Stop the Bullying” video that suggested that Donald Trump’s son Barron might be autistic is no more.
On Tuesday, TMZ reported that Melania Trump got a retraction from James Hunter, who apologized and said the video he posted on Nov. 11 was “false, defamatory and malicious.”
In its place is a new video, with text set to heartfelt music, which says, “It was incredibly irresponsible of me to diagnose Barron Trump using a selection of misleading videos. I falsely correlated him trying to stay awake and occasionally doing quirky things, with him suffering from autism.”
Hunter also said he didn’t mean to hurt the Trumps, but wanted to educate about autism.
The new post comes after Melania engaged attorney Charles Harder, who apparently threatened to sue the YouTube user, calling his initial video an example of bullying, with “false statements and speculation about a 10-year-old boy for the purpose of harassing him and his parents.”
The original video went viral after Rosie O’Donnell (a longtime enemy of Donald), shared the link with the caption, “Barron Trump autistic? If so, what an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the autism epidemic.”
It should be noted that O’Donnell’s 3-year-old daughter Dakota has been diagnosed with autism.
FOLK DANCE FAREWELL
It may be a bittersweet end of an era, but there also will be joy and remembrances on Saturday, when the Chinese Folk Dance Association honors its 57-year legacy with its final performance, “Dancing Phoenix Celebrates,” at 2 p.m. at the Chinese Culture Center Auditorium in San Francisco.
Founded in 1959 by Jackson Chan with the help of Him Mark Lai, the trailblazing amateur group (and school) introduced Chinese folk dancing to the U.S., and, through the years, nurtured artists from China who went on to form their own companies, including Lily Cai and Hai Yan Jackson. Peter Pau, cinematographer for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” was one of its dancers, too.
Currently headed by Shannon Yip, the group’s last show promises to offer varied dances from China’s national minorities, as well as pay tribute to its supporters and performers.
There are no updates about the possible release of Kanye West, who remains hospitalized (and undiagnosed) in Southern California following a meltdown last week; wife Kim Kardashian apparently has been at his side, but his kids, 3-year-old North and 11-month old Saint, have not visited.
Oakland Raider Dexter McDonald is 25. … Model Chrissy Teigen is 31. … Actress Kaley Cuoco is 31. … Actress Elisha Cuthbert is 34. … Singer Clay Aiken is 38. … Actress Sandra Oh is 46. … Actor-director Ben Stiller is 51. … Singer Billy Idol is 61. … Guitarist Shuggie Otis is 63. … Singer-actor Mandy Patinkin is 64. … Playwright David Mamet is 69. … Director Ridley Scott is 79.
— Staff, wire reports