Group supports imprisoned Nobel peace prize winner
Aung San Suu Kyi, the world's only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize
recipient, had her story of justice and democracy for the Burmese people
brought to the international stage when The Freedom Campaign launched
with the Grammy award winning Black Eyed Peas concert in Bangkok,
With large images of Aung San Suu Kyi (pronounced: Aung Sawn Sue Chee)
posted on stage, The Black Eyed Peas dedicated their hit song "Where is
the Love" at today's concert to the imprisoned Burmese leader.
The performance will also be simulcast into Burma where she is under
house arrest and the government forbids democratic messages to its
populous. With the aid of un-censored satellite technology, this will be
only the second time the Burmese people will be able to watch part of an
international music concert in which musicians speak about Aung San Suu
Kyi and the first time ever that this has been done from any of Burma's
This performance kicks off the global Freedom Campaign; a partnership
between the Human Rights Action Center and U.S. Campaign for Burma
designed to bring attention to Aung San Suu Kyi and the cause for
freedom for the people of Burma.
The dedication portions of this concert will be broadcast inside
Burma via satellite through the brand-new Democratic Voice of Burma
television station, which is based in Norway. There are an estimated two
million satellite dishes inside Burma, reaching up to 10 million of the
country's population of 52 million persons.
Listening to democracy radio stations or watching such programs on
television is illegal under the ruling military regime, a "crime"
punishable by up to seven years in prison. In the past, people caught
listening to opposition radio stations such as Radio Free Asia have
received lengthy prison sentences.
The Black Eyed Peas dedication follows a previous dedication made by
R.E.M. on Aung San Suu Kyi's 60th birthday in June 2005. The Freedom
Campaign concerts will be led by renowned activist Jack Healey;
well-known for organizing Amnesty International's highly successful
concerts around the world.
Pamela Anderson ties knot with Kid Rock
Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock tied the knot on a luxury yacht in St.
Tropez recently. The former 'Baywatch' actress walked up the aisle in a
white mini dress, diamond studded Jimmy Choo shoes, a veil and was
carrying a white bouquet.
Wedding guest, Jimmy Choo owner Tamara Mellon, said:
"She was the most beautiful bride I've ever seen - like a modern-day
Brigitte Bardot. Kid Rock was a total rock star. He gave her a good
kiss. Everybody was crying."
Pammie, 39, then changed into a white string bikini and sailor's cap
to drink champagne and party with guests before she and Rock left for
Hours before saying "I do" to 35-year-old Rock, Pammie grabbed
celebrity photographer David LaChapelle and pinned him between her
thighs while she performed a lap dance for him, wearing denim hot pants
and a pink bikini.
One onlooker said: "If I were Kid Rock, I'd be spitting feathers.
Pammie left little to the imagination. But she wasn't misbehaving
really, she was just practising for the main event.
"If this is how she likes to pump up her tyres, he can look forward
to the ride of his life." Among the wedding guests were Elton John's
husband David Furnish and supermodel Cindy Crawford. Furnish said: "It
was a real rock 'n' roll wedding." Pammie and Kid Rock started dating in
2001 and got engaged a year later, but called it off in 2003. They got
back together a month ago and now plan to celebrate their marriage three
more times, in Malibu, Detroit, and Nashville.
(BANG Media International)
Mel Gibson in firestorm of bad publicity
Getting drunk and mouthing off is nothing new in Hollywood, but Mel
Gibson's weekend arrest has plunged him into a crisis that few could
have imagined two years ago.
Back then he described himself as a filmmaker guided by the Holy
Spirit on his surprise blockbuster The Passion of the Christ, saying he
hoped the film had "the power to evangelize." But that image has been
shattered by news of his drunken-driving arrest and the anti-Semitic and
sexually insulting remarks attributed to him. The Associated Press
reports that an official police report substantiates claims that Gibson
made the remarks and threatened a deputy.
Many say Gibson will have to explain his comments beyond his
publicist-released statement, which implied that his rant was just the
booze talking. And some in the entertainment industry are calling for a
One of the nation's most ardent and active promoters of church
outreach for The Passion was First Family Baptist Church in Overland
Park, Kan., where the Rev. Jerry Johnston brought 5,000 people to see
"Only the savior is perfect, and every messenger of the gospel is
flawed, and Gibson certainly illustrated that to the worst degree,"
Johnston says now. "It was unwarranted, and a great shame has been
attached to the maker of the movie." But the message of the movie
remains untainted even if the "messenger obstructs the Messiah in the
delivery system." Johnston says Gibson owes an apology not only to
Jewish people but to all pro-Israel evangelicals.
"He could take some of the proceeds of that movie and donate them to
a worthy Jewish cause in Israel," he suggests.In Hollywood, some called
for the industry to take a moral stand. Agent Ari Emanuel posted a
public call for studios to boycott Gibson. "No amount of
publicist-approved contrition can paper it over," Emanuel wrote on the
news and comment website HuffingtonPost.com.
"People in the entertainment community, whether Jew or gentile, need
to demonstrate that they understand how much is at stake in this by
professionally shunning Mel Gibson and refusing to work with him, even
if it means a sacrifice to their bottom line."
Political gadfly Arianna Huffington, who runs the site, says she will
keep "the drumbeat" going to boycott Gibson's films. "These remarks were
made while the Middle East is in flames; while anti-Semitism is on the
rise. We have to have zero tolerance of any anti-Semitism."
The View host Barbara Walters told viewers she would not see another
Gibson film. Producer Peter Guber, host of AMC's Sunday Morning Shootout
and chairman of Mandalay Entertainment, says: "Most people can survive a
DUI, but his charge is an SUI - speaking under the influence. That's a
more difficult charge. It stays in people's minds for a long, long
As for career damage, Guber says that "the audience forgets more than
they forgive." He says Gibson will have little trouble attracting
ticket-buyers to action films, thrillers or comedies, but could face
difficulty drawing people to more thoughtful projects, particularly
those dealing with religious or political themes that previously have
earned him respect.
One such project is at ABC, which is in the early stages of
development of a Gibson-produced miniseries about the Holocaust. Network
vice president Quinn Taylor, who has not yet received a first draft of
the script, declined to comment on the impact Gibson's statements might
have on finalizing a deal, but said the network has not yet committed to
Disney spokeswoman Heidi Trotta says the studio is not altering plans
to release Gibson's new movie, Apocalypto, about ancient Mayans, on Dec.
8. "We all make mistakes and I've accepted his apology to what was a
regrettable situation," Oren Aviv, the new head of Disney's film studio,
Gibson has remained quiet and out of sight since his arrest. "He is
in an ongoing program of recovery," says publicist Alan Nierob, who
added that Gibson had no public appearances planned but may soon issue
The beliefs of Gibson's father, Hutton Gibson, who has written
articles denying the magnitude of the Holocaust, have for years dogged
the actor/director, who has dodged the issue without denouncing his
father. Says Anne Thompson, movie columnist with The Hollywood Reporter:
"He probably should do something he has never done, which is make a
distinction between what his father believes and what he believes."
Meanwhile, the arrest has been forwarded to the Los Angeles County
District Attorney's Office, which said that it would decide this week
whether to file charges. Penalties for a case like this could include a
fine, jail time and a suspended license.