Scoop: Cher apologizes for tacky bomb tweet

Cher (pictured in 2015) drew fire for an insensitive cannonball-style bomb emoji she used in a tweet about an attack in Turkey. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Cher (pictured in 2015) drew fire for an insensitive cannonball-style bomb emoji she used in a tweet about an attack in Turkey. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

It appears that senior citizen Cher needs an etiquette lesson in emojis.

USA Today entertainment writer Maria Puente calls the aging pop star’s action “the umpteenth example of tweeting-before-thinking.” She writes, “We have as Exhibit A the redoubtable Cher, who tried to pay tribute to the victims of the Istanbul airport attack, but ended up tweet-slapped and sorry.”

This is what happened: Not long after suicide bombers killed more than 40 people and wounded more than 140 at Turkey’s Ataturk International Airport on Tuesday, Cher urged her more than 3 million followers to pray for the victim, adding two emojis: one depicting an old-fashioned cannonball-style bomb and the other a fiery explosion.

“Insensitive!” tweeted many critics in response, including one person who wrote,” id say grow up (with the bomb emoji) but at your age what’s the point.”

The 70-year-old singer and Oscar winner replied to the critics, later tweeting: “Been thinking about my Poorly Placed,Insensitively Timed“bomb
Emoji”.No Excuse. I’m Used,” accompanied by broken heart and crying face emojis.

WILL DREW BE THE NEW ELLEN?

Rumors are that Drew Barrymore is working on a talk show development deal with Warner Bros. and Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production banner.

It very well might be, given that she’s currently narrating the Warner Bros.-affiliated NBC reality show “First Dates.”

Sam Barsanti of the AV Club website offers possible titles for the show: “Coffee With Drew,” “Mornings With Drew,” or plain “Drew,” if she’s not afraid of Ellen getting mad.
Or, if it’s a nighttime deal — something slightly edgier along the lines of Jimmy Fallon — there’s “The Drew Barrymore Show,” “The Barrymore Hour,” or “Drew’s News.”

If she wants to branch into horror, there’s “Bury More With Barrymore.”

QUICK TAKES

According to Box Office Mojo and People, Scarlett Johansson, who at 31 has raked in $3.3 billion at the domestic box office, is the highest grossing actress in history. … Alvin Toffler, a guru of the post-industrial age whose million-selling “Future Shock” anticipated the disruptions and transformations brought about by the rise of digital technology, has died at 87. … Twenty-one years after her untimely death, Mexican-American pop star Selena Quintanilla is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. … In honor of its second San Francisco location, the Baked Bear ice cream sandwich franchise is offering free sandwiches between 1 and 3 p.m. July 2 at its North Beach shop at 303 Columbus Ave.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Swimmer Michael Phelps is 30. … Singer Fantasia Barrino is 32. … Boxer Mike Tyson is 50. … Actor Vincent D’Onofrio is 57. … Actor David Alan Grier is 60. …Actress Nancy Dussault is 80.

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