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Tuesday
Nov062012

Mariah, Beyonce and More Stars Urged Fans to Vote on Election Day

@foofighters(NEW YORK) -- With Election Day upon us, celebrities have pushed their fans to the polls.

As if her earrings hadn’t made it clear enough, Beyonce posted a letter endorsing President Obama on her website. “Every day we see your heart and character, inspiring all of us to give more of ourselves,” she wrote. “You are the leader to take us from where we are to where we need to be.”

Melissa Joan Hart tweeted her support for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, writing, “Can’t get too political in only 140 chac but for those asking, I’m voting #RomneyRyan.” (She defended her stance in subsequent tweets, writing “Probably lost a few jobs in Hollywood with my political views. So sad the ‘tolerant left’ is anything but!”)

Sarah Jessica Parker made her choice clear with the Viva Obama shirt she wore to the polls. After posing for NYC paparazzi, she yelled at them to go vote.

Mariah Carey turned voting into a photo session, documenting her time at the polls on Instagram and Twitter. "Let your vote be heard!!! Four more years!” she tweeted.

Joan Rivers had a friend hold her spot in one of New York’s many long polling lines while she went to the doctor. She tweeted this from the exam room with the message: “Why oh why is this patriotic American citizen still single?” She later returned to her polling spot to vote and tweeted, “Left Dr Nicholas and my gorgeous shorts behind and now back to find my darling Eric on line and vote. Perfect timing!”

The Kardashian sisters also skipped the lines at polling sites and voted early with absentee ballots. Kim Kardashian posted a photo of her yet-to-be-filled-out ballot on Instagram and wrote, “Sending in my absentee ballot now!!! Make sure you vote!!!!”

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl tweeted a photo of himself wearing an “I Voted” sticker and a big grin. Though he didn’t say who he voted for, since he performed at the DNC, Obama would be the logical guess.

Lenny Kravitz also let a sticker do most of the talking. He posted this photo with the tweet, “I voted. Go #vote”

Many other stars urged their Twitter followers to vote no matter their political affiliation:


Kate Walsh: “Epic lines at polls…America is VOTING, yo!”

Zoe Saldana: “Don’t forget to vote today…every vote counts. -ZS”

Jennifer Hudson: “We vote, we win.”

Nicki Minaj: “Beyond proud of your passion to let your voice be heard. Happy Election Day”

Jennifer Lopez: “If you are old enough to vote for the first time, exercise your right today. It matters-and can change the world.Go vote”

Lady Gaga: “So great to see everyone so involved today, going to say some political prayers and take a nap. #GodBlessAmerica”

Some made their leanings clear:


Ellen DeGeneres: “If you want to see change… vote. If you want equal rights… vote. If you want good deals on holiday sweaters, go to jcp. Then vote.”

Gabrielle Union: "I have republican friends. We don’t insult each other, we respectfully disagree & … WE VOTE! I vote #Obama2012!#NoNegativityZone”

A few were more blunt about their choice:


Stacey Dash: “Vote Vote Vote @MittRomney @RepPaulRyan #blacks4Romney#RomneyRyan2012#Vote2012#VOTE”

Spike Lee: “Today We Got 99 Problems But A MITT Ain’t One.(With Love To My Brother Jay-Z).BROOKLYN STAND UP.We’re Ridin’ With Our President Obama.VOTE”

And some got kind of silly:

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
: "Before I vote – final question.. who wakes up first and starts kickin’ a** before sunrise? @MittRomney or @BarackObama #CINC

Jennifer Love Hewitt: “I find voting super sexy! Go vote!”

Donald Trump (on Facebook): “Me voting -- it really is my hair!”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Oct232012

Lady Gaga’s Latest Twitter War

Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- A South African rap-rave duo currently touring in the United States is gaining attention by engaging in a video war with Lady Gaga whom they find too conventional.

The band Die Antwoord recently released an outlandish Gaga-style video bashing the international pop star after she reportedly invited them to be her opening act on her upcoming tour in South Africa.

The video for the new single “Fatty Boom Boom” features a Gaga lookalike doing some sight-seeing in South Africa before being hijacked by gunmen, giving birth to a cricket, and eventually being eaten by a lion.  Before the video’s release, band members Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er told MTV they turned down Gaga’s request to tour with her.

“Our stuff is like f—— hardcore,”  said Ninja.  “It’s not like weak, superficial sh–. You know?”

Lady Gaga struck back on Twitter and Facebook pointing out Die Antwoord does not have a hit song while she has sold out concerts in South Africa.

“I fink you freaky but you don’t have a hit. Hundred thousand tickets sold in SA. #thatsmysh–t,” wrote Gaga.

The rap duo replied on Twitter, “Lady… even tho u r ‘larger’ than us… we still cooler than u.”

Now that the video has been released in the United States, the Cape Town artists are defending themselves against accusations the video was racist and insensitive to people with eating disorders.  Yo-Landi Vi$$er appears in the video painted black.  She told South Africa’s Die Burger newspaper, “We don’t even know what blackface is.”

Vi$$er also said Gaga fans allege “Fatty Boom Boom” is a reference to Gaga’s recent weight gain after admitting she has an eating disorder.  Vi$$er denied the accusation and claims the song was written before Gaga gained weight.

Die Antwoord’s current U.S. tour includes stops in New Orleans, Toronto, New York and Los Angeles.

Lady Gaga is scheduled to perform two stadium concerts in South Africa in November.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jul172012

Internet Votes to Send Rapper Pitbull to Alaska Walmart

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It's official. Miami Rapper Pitbull will be visiting the Walmart in Kodiak, Alaska, by the end of the month.

The rapper was part of a promotion with the retail giant in which he would visit the Walmart with the most "likes" on its Facebook page, but when a writer for The Boston Phoenix newspaper suggested it would be funny to send Pitbull to the most remote Walmart possible, people rallied to the cause.

The informal campaign -- promoted on Twitter under the hash tag #ExilePitbull -- took on on a life of its own.

While many who participated were Pitbull fans, others voted to send the rapper away because they don't like his music, and yet others took part because they thought the plan was funny.

As of Tuesday, Walmart's Kodiak location had more than 70,000 "likes" on its Facebook page.

Kodiak was the clear winner, although people around the country tried hard to lure Pitbull to a store near them.

"From Miami to St. Louis we saw hundreds of thousands of fans like their local Walmart Facebook page, but Kodiak was the winner," Walmart spokeswoman Sarah Spencer told ABC News on Tuesday.

The contest closed Monday.

In a video posted to YouTube on Tuesday, Pitbull -- whose real name is Armando Perez -- addressed the outcome of the contest. "I heard that Kodiak, Alaska, has the most likes due to someone that thinks he was playing a prank … but you've got to understand, I will go anywhere in the world for my fans," he said.

As for what the rapper will do once he's in Kodiak, those details are still being finalized, but Pitbull will "definitely be meeting the community and our store associates," Spencer said.

Further details of the upcoming visit -- which was expected to happen by the end of July -- will be shared within the next couple of days, she added.

On the Kodiak Walmart's Facebook page, the news was greeted with approval. People had "liked" the page from all over the nation, and from Colombia, Great Britain, Brazil and other countries around the world.

"Congratulations Walmart Kodiak!! I'm at the other end of the world (New Zealand) and am glad I could help a little. Enjoy!!" one poster wrote.

Another added: "Pitbull is indeed a good sport for maintaining a positive attitude for something that was initially intended as a prank. Hope all you Kodiak inhabitants have fun!!!"

Kodiak Island is about 225 miles southwest of Anchorage. It's home to the nation's largest Coast Guard base, and the island is known for its Kodiak brown bear population.

When it became clear that Kodiak's Walmart was pulling ahead in the votes, the rapper tweeted about bear repellent being available at the store. Spencer said staffers would likely have some for him as a gift.

He'll be prepared for bears, but he'll also need to dress for the weather.

According to Accuweather.com, the high on Kodiak Island is not expected to break 60 degrees over the next two weeks, and the forecast calls for rain.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jul022012

Internet Could 'Exile' Rapper Pitbull to Remote Alaskan Walmart

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Miami rapper Pitbull is associated with all things caliente, but an online campaign could soon have him chilling on Kodiak, an Alaskan island.

The chart-topping rapper, who performs in English and Spanish, will visit the Walmart store in the city of Kodiak, if that store's Facebook page has the most "likes."

The idea came about after a writer for The Boston Phoenix newspaper thought it would be funny to send Pitbull -- whose real name is Armando Perez -- to the most remote Walmart possible.

The Kodiak Walmart has a significant lead in the contest. As of Monday evening, the store had more than 38,000 "likes" on its Facebook page.

But it's not over yet. Walmart spokeswoman Sarah Spencer said other Walmart shoppers have until July 16 to "like" their local stores and pull ahead of Kodiak.

"I know Pitbull is hoping his Miami Walmart shoppers start 'liking' their Facebook page," she said.

That would require some heavy lifting, with one Miami location -- in Miami Gardens -- registering just 569 "likes" on Monday evening.

"He's definitely coming to Kodiak if Kodiak wins," she said.

Pitbull, who is touring Europe, seems to be amenable.

"Wherever the fans want to have a party, I will be there," he said in an emailed statement sent Monday from Austria.

On Twitter, fans of the rapper -- and those who are tickled by the promotion -- are weighing in at the hashtag #ExilePitbull. Some seem to approve of the plan to send him very far away.

"Nothing made me happier today than finding out people are trying to send Pitbull to Alaska. God that guy sucks. Count me in!" one Twitter user wrote, while another added: "Hate Pitbull? Want to exile him to Alaska? Read here to find out how!"

Others aren't as open in their dislike of the rapper, but seem to approve of the promotion.

"I don't jump on board with just any idea, but sending Pitbull to the most remote Walmart in America? Yeah, I back that," one wrote, while another tweeted: "This is too hilarious everyone like the fb page."

And one girl from Kodiak is lobbying hard for the rapper’s arrival, posting the following tweet: "Kodiak, Alaskas zipcode is 99615. please send pitbull here."

Kodiak Island is about 225 miles southwest of Anchorage. It's home to the nation's largest Coast Guard base, and the island is known for its Kodiak brown bear population.

According to the 2010 census, an estimated 6,300 people live in the city of Kodiak.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Saturday
May262012

Did Bono Lose $350 Million or Make $1.7 Billion on Facebook?

Franck Prevel/Getty Images(LONDON) -- When Facebook went public on May 18, the press had a field day with U2 frontman Bono, proclaiming him the world's richest rock star thanks to the 2.3 percent stake in Facebook owned by his private equity firm, Elevation Partners.

Well, with share prices falling steeply during Facebook's first full week of trading, the press is already calculating Bono's losses.

According to the U.K.'s NME.com, Bono and Elevation Partners lost more than $345 million in the value of their Facebook stake as shares fell below the initial public offering price of $38.

NME made its calculation before Friday's market close.  In fact the numbers are worse.  At Friday's closing price of $31.91, Facebook shares were down $6.09, or 16 percent, from the IPO price.  According to NME, Elevation owns 57.5 million shares, making Elevation's stake worth over $350 million less that it was worth at the IPO.

Don't cry for Bono and Elevation though.  According to NME, the 57.5 million shares were acquired for $90 million in 2009, or around $1.57 per share.  That means even at Friday's closing price Elevation's investment was up $30.34 a share or more than 1,900 percent -- a gain of more than $1.7 billion.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Apr032012

Tyler Perry Says He Is a Recent Victim of Racial Profiling

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Tyler Perry says he was unjustly interrogated by Atlanta police recently in what he believes to be a case of racial profiling.

In a lengthy post on his Facebook page, Perry recalls making an illegal turn after leaving his studio to ensure that he was not being followed. He says he was pulled over by two cops, one of whom asked him why he thought someone might be following him.

Perry writes that before he could reply, he heard the second officer banging on a passenger window because it was tinted. The second officer allegedly asked him, “Why do you think someone is following you? What is wrong with you?”

Perry says the cops continued to harass him until a third officer, who, like the actor/director, is black, pulled over to the scene. Perry continues, "He took one look at me and had that 'Oh No' look on his face. He immediately took both officers to the back of my car and spoke to them in a hushed tone. After that, one of the officers stayed near his car while one came back, very apologetic."

Presumably, Perry is suggesting that the third officer recognized him and explained who he is to the other two cops.

Perry points to two other cases that he believes involved racial profiling, including the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. He concludes his essay in part by writing, "RACIAL PROFILING SHOULD BE A HATE CRIME INVESTIGATED BY THE FBI!!!"

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Dec082011

Megan Fox, Charlie Sheen Among Top Facebook Trends of 2011

Michael Buckner/Getty Images For Maui Film Festival(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- Megan Fox didn't star in the third Transformers movie over the summer, but her absence from the film didn't hurt her popularity on Facebook.

She had the fastest-growing Facebook page among actors and TV personalities in 2011, according to information released by the social networking site on Wednesday. Vin Diesel and Adam Sandler ranked second and third, respectively.

Facebook's "Memology 2011" also shows that Harry Potter and House were the fastest-growing movie and TV show on the site.  Hugh Laurie's titular character on House was among the fastest-growing fictional characters.

Thanks to his meltdown earlier this year, Charlie Sheen is featured on both a list of the top 10 global topics on Facebook and a list of the top 10 status trends in the U.S.

Here's a closer look at Facebook's "Memology 2011":

Fastest-Growing Actors and TV Personalities

1. Megan Fox
2. Vin Diesel
3. Adam Sandler
4. Selena Gomez
5. Will Smith
6. Taylor Lautner
7. Jackie Chan
8. Ashley Tisdale
9.  DJ Pauly D
10. Kim Kardashian

Fastest-Growing Movies

1. Harry Potter
2. The Twilight Saga
3. Toy Story
4. Avatar
5. Jackass
6. Shrek
7. Saw
8. Pirates of the Caribbean
9. Fast & Furious
10. Titanic

Fastest-Growing TV Shows

1. House
2. Two and a Half Men
3. The Simpsons
4. Family Guy
5. South Park
6. Grey's Anatomy
7. SpongeBob SquarePants
8. CSI: Miami
9. iCarly
10. The Big Bang Theory

Top Ten Global Topics on Facebook

1. Death of Osama bin Laden
2. Packers win the Super Bowl
3. Casey Anthony found not guilty
4. Charlie Sheen
5. Death of Steve Jobs
6. The Royal Wedding
7. Death of Amy Winehouse
8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
9. Military operations begin in Libya
10. Hurricane Irene

Top 10 Status Trends in the U.S.

1. lms (like my status)
2. tbh (to be honest)
3. Death of Osama bin Laden
4. Charlie Sheen
5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
6. Casey Anthony found not guilty
7. Packers win the Super Bowl
8. Hurricane Irene
9. Insidious
10. Death of Amy Winehouse

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Oct142011

Facebook Restores Account After Apparent Cyber-Bullying

LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)(LOS ANGELES) -- The Interwebs just weren’t ready for Courtney Stodden.

The 17-year-old wife of 51-year-old Lost star Doug Hutchison was kicked off Facebook Thursday for posting photos that were deemed “inappropriate sexual content,” according to her mother, Krista Keller. Stodden’s personal page and her fan pages were deleted from the social network.

“It’s the jealousy from the women towards her,” Keller told E! News. "The men love her, the women hate her. The women report the photo because it’s so easy to do. You just click a button. They think she’s too sexy, they all report her together, and it’s done."

That may not be exactly true. On Friday, Facebook reinstated Stodden’s page, saying “This page was removed in error and has been restored. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.”

Stodden considers it a victory.

“I am so happy that I’ve brought attention to the problem that I have had for so many other people,” she told RadarOnline.com. “I was cyber-bullied, and I hope this doesn’t happen to other people.”

But hey, who needs Facebook? Stodden’s been typing up a storm on Twitter, mixing musings on God and descriptions of her body in various states of undress with alliterative flair. Some of Stodden's recent messages include:

“Wildly wiggling & jauntily jiggling myself to jolting jams as I friskily flaunt a flirty outfit completed w/sexy white 7in. go-go boots! ; -)"

“Drenched within a very sensuous Sunday morning! God Bless! 'Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.' Proverbs 16:3"

Her more than 47,000 followers don’t appear to find such statements inappropriate at all.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Oct072011

Patricia Arquette Leaving Facebook after Apparently Befriending Unsafe User

LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Patricia Arquette is closing her Facebook account, ending what she calls her "experiment." E! Online reports that in her final post on the social networking site, the former Medium actress wrote that she conducted an experiment to determine, "Could a celebrity actually friend strangers and get to know them as a person? Just a regular person? Could you really become friends? Could you move past all that they had in their mind about you and actually show them the real you?”

Arquette answered her own question, saying it is possible to befriend strangers, for the most part. However, she wrote, her security crew recently told her she had to end her experiment. She wrote in all caps, "I ASK YOU NOT TO FRIEND ANYONE HERE THAT YOU DON'T PERSONALLY KNOW!!! THIS IS IMPORTANT!!! JUST BECAUSE THEY WERE ON THIS PAGE DOESN'T REALLY MEAN THEY ARE SAFE!!!!  I'M GOING TO SAY IT AGAIN BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT_ IT DOESN'T MEAN THEY ARE SAFE." She didn't specify what kind of apparent harassment she personally experienced on Facebook.

Arquette said she will continue to use Twitter.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Jul132011

Charlie Sheen Not Dead, Despite Internet Rumors

Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Despite Internet rumors claiming his death, actor Charlie Sheen is very much alive.

A virus spread primarily through Facebook claimed that Sheen was dead, then rumor spread to Twitter.

Sheen denied the claim, writing on his Twitter page, "(warlock: long nap...very much alive)."

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