Blake Shelton’s got some ‘splainin’ to do.
On Wednesday, the country singing star publicly apologized for distasteful comments he made via Twitter in 2009 and 2011 and were deleted — but came back to haunt him in a big way.
Addressing what some called homophobic remarks, he told Twitter followers, “… Anyone that knows me also knows I have no tolerance for hate of any kind or form. Can my humor at times be inappropriate? Yes. Hateful? Never. That said, I deeply apologize to anyone who may have been offended.”
So here’s an example of what got him into trouble when it recently resurfaced online (as reported by Rolling Stone and the Huffington Post): “If you haven’t noticed Richard Simmons is gay, you haven’t noticed Katy Perry’s boobs,” and “Grown men who wear Chuck Taylor’s may as well write on their forehead ‘Cucumbers turn me on!!!’”
In sort of related news, Ellen DeGeneres responded to folks who objected to her Photoshopped tweet in which she’s pictured riding on the back of Jamaican Olympic gold-medalist Usain Bolt, along with the quip: “This is how I’m running errands from now on.”
She tweeted, “I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country. It is the furthest thing from who I am.”
Bolt, who retweeted the Photoshopped picture, apparently agreed.
TOOBIN IN TOWN
On Tuesday, classy writer and commentator Jeffrey Toobin (of CNN and The New Yorker fame) visited the San Francisco office of the digital subscription service Scribd to chat about his new book, “American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst.”
In a riveting session, he gave a fascinating, detailed (and local!) synopsis of the huge, complex tale, which dominated the news in the 1970s, and, until several decades later when a famous former football player’s antics blew up, was known as “the trial of the century.”
Toobin, by the way, also wrote “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” the volume on which the excellent FX mini-series was based.
He said Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, screenwriters of that show, are working on a feature film adaptation of “American Heiress.”
Leonardo DiCaprio’s foundation has a financial connection to a $3 billion Malaysian embezzlement scandal under investigation by the Justice Department. … Arthur Hiller, director of “Love Story,” died at age 92.
Actor-comedian Andy Samberg is 38. … Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner is 46. … Actor Edward Norton is 47. … Actor Christian Slater is 47. … Comedian-actor Denis Leary is 59. … Actor-comedian Martin Mull is 73. … Actor Robert Redford is 80. … Director Roman Polanski is 83.
— Staff, wire reports