British pop star Geri Halliwell has branded herself "weak" and cowardly for deleting an online tribute to former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher after receiving negative feedback from fans. The former Spice Girls star was among the first to express her views on Twitter.com following the death of the veteran politician on Monday (08Apr13), writing, "Thinking of our 1st Lady of girl power, Margaret Thatcher, a green grocer's (sic) daughter who taught me anything is possible."
However, Halliwell later deleted the tweet and replaced it with the message, "I'm sorry if I offended u (sic)."
She has now admitted she received a barrage of abuse over her Thatcher tribute, and was later branded "spineless" for backtracking.
In a message posted on her blog, Halliwell admits she doesn't know a lot about Thatcher's divisive policies, which prompted both praise and vitriol following her death, and insists she deleted the tweet because she was "afraid of upsetting people, and not being liked".
She writes, "I felt compelled to tweet my thoughts for a female leader, in a world governed by men. I was so confused and overwhelmed by some of the feedback I received that I took my tweet down and for that I was called spineless... What I hated the most was that I took a tweet down. I had wavered and was full of self-doubt...
"I was so afraid of upsetting people, and not being liked for saying something that was not to everyone's taste. Also, I suddenly thought given the adverse reaction, did I even really know enough about Margaret Thatcher? Was I just trying to be relevant? She had obviously upset a lot of people."
Halliwell ends by reiterating her admiration for the U.K.'s first female leader, adding, "I do admire a woman, whether she is right or wrong, regardless of her opinions. She had the courage to stand by her convictions. Not like me. I look at my behavior (sic), which exposed how weak I was under fire, not like Margaret Thatcher. Rest in peace."
Ruh roh, No Doubt is in trouble (with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for Politically Correct!). After releasing the music video for their single "Looking Hot" on Saturday, the band got some major flack for including what some viewers felt were racist images of Native Americans. In the video, which has now been taken offline (but stills of which can still be seen on E!'s website), Gwen Stefani and her band are depicted wearing Native American garb and fighting cowboys. In addition to removing their video from the Internet, No Doubt posted an apology note on their website. They said, As a multi-racial band our foundation is built upon both diversity and consideration for other cultures. Our intention with our new video was never to offend, hurt or trivialize Native American people, their culture or their history. Although we consulted with Native American friends and Native American studies experts at the University of California, we realize now that we have offended people. This is of great concern to us and we are removing the video immediately. The music that inspired us when we started the band, and the community of friends, family, and fans that surrounds us was built upon respect, unity and inclusiveness. We sincerely apologize to the Native American community and anyone else offended by this video. Being hurtful to anyone is simply not who we are.No Doubt is undoubtedly (ha!) not the first to anger their fans with a video that is deemed racist. Here are a bevy of other music videos that outraged viewers upon their release.
Florence and the Machine's "No Light, No Light"
Viewers and publications, such as Jezebel, called Florence and the Machine's depiction of Voodoo as a primitive witchcraft as racist. Jezebel said the video "feels like colonialism-promoting propaganda."
Madonna's "Like a Prayer"
Madonna caused an uproar by casting a black man to play Jesus in her 1989 video. Everyone from Pepsi to the Vatican had an opinion.
The Vapor's "Turning Japanese"
While people continue to debate the meaning behind the 1980 hit by British rock band The Vapors (is it really about masturbation?), it's clear that something is a little off about the video and lyrics. Guitarist Rob Kemp says, "It's a love song about somebody who had lost their girlfriend and was going slowly crazy, turning Japanese." So, why exactly is going crazy synonymous with turning Japanese? Something must be getting lost in translation.
Michael Jackson's "They Don't Care About Us"
The New York Times slammed Jackson for using antisemitic slurs in his 1995 song "They Don't Care About Us." Jackson responded by saying his vocabulary was chosen deliberately to highlight the pain of discrimination. Even so, he issued a public apology and rerecorded the song with new lyrics (changing "Jew me" to "do me" and "kike me" to "strike me").
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It looks like rumors are becoming reality as more sources are saying that the Spice Girls will reunite for the closing ceremony at the London Olympics on August 12.
Britain's MailOnline revealed that the girls, including Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell and Melanie Chisholm, gave the appearance a green light but Victoria Beckham refused to appear.
But now, Beckham told radio's John Murray Show: "I don’t know about a comeback tour but I loved being back with the girls. There was a lot of fun, we did so much together and we’ll see. If they’re up for something then I certainly am.'She added: 'We are so proud to be English and we are very excited about the Olympics."
At the Olympics, the group will reportedly perform two of its singles, including their most well-known song "Wannabe."
The other reported performers are English music legends George Michael and The Who and Jessie J,who's one of the best-selling young artists now. So it begs the question: Why the Spice Girls?
If Adele weren't pregnant right now, you have to wonder if the British Grammy-winner would be a shoo-in to perform — and perhaps not the Spice Girls. In fact, there are plenty of UK acts to choose from: the Rolling Stones, Coldplay, and what about Madonna? Sure, she may not technically be a Brit, but she thinks she is.
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A kids’ movie without the cheeky jokes for adults is like a big juicy BLT without the B… or the T. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted may have a title that sounds like it was made up in a cartoon sequel laboratory but when it comes to serving up laughs just think of the film as a BLT with enough extra bacon to satisfy even the wildest of animals — or even a parent with a gaggle of tots in tow. Yes even with that whole "Afro Circus" nonsense.
It’s not often that we find exhaustively franchised films like the Madagascar set that still work after almost seven years. Despite being spun off into TV shows and Christmas specials in addition to its big screen adventures the series has not only maintained its momentum it has maintained the part we were pleasantly surprised by the first time around: great jokes.
In this third installment of the series – the trilogy-maker if you will – directing duo Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath add Conrad Vernon (director Monsters Vs. Aliens) to the helm as our trusty gang swings back into action. Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) Marty the zebra (Chris Rock) Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) are stuck in Africa after the hullaballoo of Madagascar 2 and they’ll do anything to get back to their beloved New York. Just a hop skip and a jump away in Monte Carlo the penguins are doing their usual greedy schtick but the zoo animals catch up with them just in time to catch the eye of the sinister animal control stickler Captain Dubois (Frances McDormand). And just like that the practically super human captain is chasing them through Monte Carlo and the rest of Europe in hopes of planting Alex’s perfectly coifed lion head on her wall of prized animals.
Luckily for pint-sized viewers Dubois’ terrifying presence is balanced out by her sheer inhuman strength uncanny guiles and Stretch Armstrong flexibility (ah the wonder of cartoons) as well as Alex’s escape plan: the New Yorkers run away with the European circus. While Dubois’ terrifying Doberman-like presence looms over the entire film a sense of levity (which is a word the kiddies might learn from Stiller’s eloquent lion) comes from the plan for salvation in which the circus animals and the zoo animals band together to revamp the circus and catch the eye of a big-time American agent. Sure the pacing throughout the first act is practically nonexistent running like a stampede through the jungle but by the time we're palling around under the big top the film finds its footing.
The visual splendor of the film (and man is there a champion size serving of it) the magnificent danger and suspense is enhanced to great effect by the addition of 3D technology – and not once is there a gratuitous beverage or desperate Crocodile Dundee knife waved in our faces to prove its worth. The caveat is that the soundtrack employs a certain infectious Katy Perry ditty at the height of the 3D spectacular so parents get ready to hear that on repeat until the leaves turn yellow.
But visual delights and adventurous zoo animals aside Madagascar 3’s real strength is in its script. With the addition of Noah Baumbach (Greenberg The Squid and the Whale) to the screenwriting team the script is infused with a heightened level of almost sarcastic gravitas – a welcome addition to the characteristically adult-friendly reference-heavy humor of the other Madagascar films. To bring the script to life Paramount enlisted three more than able actors: Vitaly the Siberian tiger (Bryan Cranston) Gia the Leopard (Jessica Chastain) and Stefano the Italian Sealion (Martin Short). With all three actors draped in European accents it might take viewers a minute to realize that the cantankerous tiger is one and the same as the man who plays an Albuquerque drug lord on Breaking Bad but that makes it that much sweeter to hear him utter slant-curse words like “Bolshevik” with his usual gusto.
Between the laughs the terror of McDormand’s Captain Dubois and the breathtaking virtual European tour the Zoosters’ accidental vacation is one worth taking. Madagascar 3 is by no means an insta-classic but it’s a perfectly suited for your Summer-at-the-movies oasis.