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Mars Cancels Mr. T Ad Over Nutty Allegation

In Advertising, celebrity, Culture, entertainment, Politics on July 27, 2008 at 9:02 pm

In another example of special interest group meddling of the PC kind, candy bar maker Mars has had to cancel a Snickers advertisement, which was running in the U.K. and featured Mr. T.

According to the gay advocacy group, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the candy company pulled the ad after some “communication between the HRC Workplace Project and Mars.”

The HRC Workplace Project issued a statement applauding Mars for taking “swift and appropriate action” in canceling the ad.

In the commercial, a man was engaged in speed walking, an activity that may sometimes appear to be deficient in the macho department.

Mr. T poked fun at the man, who was subsequently shot at by a Snickers cannon.

The last scene featured Mr. T proclaiming the Snickers slogan: “Get some nuts.”

James Hirsen is a media analyst, Trinity Law School professor, and teacher of mass media and entertainment law at Biola University.


Miley Cyrus’ Achy Breaky Makeover

In Celebrities, Culture, entertainment, Hollywood on July 20, 2008 at 9:31 pm

News stories about tween phenom Miley Cyrus are becoming more and more disturbing.

Millions of young girls follow the star’s every move and imitate her to a T.

Parents are growing weary at having to field questions over Miley-related news stories that are slowly morphing Hannah Montana’s alter ego into a broken Britney clone.

Girls of primary school age, still clutching teddy bears, are having to reconcile their idealized image of the Disney star with that of a semi-nude picture on MySpace and suggestive photos in Vanity Fair.

Either Miley herself, or perhaps her handlers, think that giving the teen idol a bad girl makeover may serve to broaden the scope of her career.

Maybe it’s time for Miley’s conservative leaning dad, Billy Ray, to be a little more proactive in the protection department.

Parents the world over would appreciate it.

James Hirsen is a media analyst, Trinity Law School professor, and teacher of mass media and entertainment law at Biola University.

Robert Redford: Obama ‘Not Tall On Experience’

In Celebrities, celebrity, Culture, entertainment, Hollywood, Politics on July 15, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Robert Redford recently journeyed to Dublin, Ireland to receive an honorary degree from Trinity College.

The actor-director expressed doubts about Barack Obama and the Dems’ chances of winning in the fall.

“I’m not confident of anything,” Redford told the Irish Times. “I’m hopeful.”

Redford acknowledged Obama’s resume deficit.

“I think Obama is not tall on experience . . . but I believe he’s a really good person,” Redford said, adding that the Dem presumptive nominee is “smart. And he does represent what the country needs most now, which is change.”

Redford sees the election of Obama to the presidency as a must win for the Democrats, or it will mean the end of Hollywood’s favorite political party.

“I hope he’ll win. I think he will. If he doesn’t, you can kiss the Democratic Party goodbye . . .,” Redford lamented.

According to the Sundance Kid, it’s all about “new blood.”

“I think we need new voices, new blood. We need to get a whole group out, get a new group in,” Redford said.

Michael Moore’s Hometown Cracks Down on Saggy Pants

In Celebrities, Culture, entertainment, Hollywood, Politics on July 10, 2008 at 7:17 pm

Tabloid Extravaganza: A-Rod, C-Rod, Madge and Lenny

In baseball, Celebrities, entertainment, gossip, Media, sports on July 6, 2008 at 8:41 pm

One bit of celebrity melodrama has virtually taken over the print, broadcast and Web media.

It’s simultaneously being reported as a news, entertainment and sports story and is crowding out coverage of the war, election and economy.

It involves baseball star Alex Rodriguez, a.k.a. A-Rod, Rodriguez’s wife, a.k.a. C-Rod, material girl Madonna, a.k.a Madge in the U.K., Madonna’s husband Guy Ritchie and rocker Lenny Kravitz.

Here’s the skinny: C-Rod found out A-Rod was involved with Madge, who was supposedly divorcing husband Ritchie. C-Rod fled to Paris to stay with Kravitz and reportedly blames Madge’s Kabbalah religion for luring husband A-Rod to her side. According to the New York Daily News’ sources, C-Rod found a note written to Madge from A-Rod that read: “You are my true soulmate.”

All of the parties involved are denying the romantic aspects of the reports.

The really amazing story, however, is the way the press has been going full court tabloid over the tale.

Here are a few of the headlines:

— “Lenny Kravitz: Cynthia Rodriguez’s Grand Slam?” (New York Magazine)

— “New adventures of old Madonna (co-starring A-Rod)” (The Boston Herald)

— “A-Rod and wife heading into foul territory” (The Miami Herald)

— “Wife: Madonna lured A-Rod with kabbalah” (United Press International)

— “Let’s play six degrees of Madonna” (The San Jose Mercury News)

— “Madonna and A-Rod and Lenny? (Oh My).” (Gary Post Tribune)

It’s enough to make you long for good old hard news.

James Hirsen is a media analyst, Trinity Law School professor, and teacher of mass media and entertainment law at Biola University.

Seinfeld Lawsuit “Vegetable Plagiarism?”

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2008 at 5:29 pm

Michael Moore’s ‘Hometown’ Cracks Down on Saggy Pants

In Celebrities, Culture, Hollywood, Politics on July 1, 2008 at 10:31 am

Although filmmaker Michael Moore was born in Davison, Michigan, an upper-class suburb 10 miles away from Flint, Moore claims Flint as his hometown.

Michael best beware the next time he steps foot in Flint because local cops are patrolling to see whose pants need raising.

Flint police chief David Dicks released a statement announcing the city’s new campaign against saggy pants, meaning trousers that have that nasty habit of slipping below the waistline.

Anyone who wears either pants or shorts that are on the descent will be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor, which could get the person 93 days to a year in the slammer and/or a $500 fine.

Dicks explains that those who expose their underwear and claim that it is a form of self-expression are no longer practicing free speech.

Not even in a big old orange jumpsuit.

James Hirsen is a media analyst, Trinity Law School professor, and teacher of mass media and entertainment law at Biola University.