Deporting Bieber: Scandal & Celebrities

Check out my Storify post on Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, and Shia Labeouf.

https://storify.com/dcutler1/deporting-bieber-scandal-and-celebrities

It examines the impact of celebrities in America, celebrity scandal, and why celebrities matter to us in general.

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Deporting Bieber: The White House Petitions

Audio Picture Slideshow for my Intro to Journalism class dealing with the history of White House petitions and the recent petition to deport Justin Bieber in particular.

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Deporting Bieber

Broadcast story for my Intro to Journalism course involving Justin Bieber and the White House Petition asking for him to be removed from the country. Note: this piece was completed before the White House released any official statement.

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“I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE”

How far would you go for attention?

If you’re 27-year-old actor Shia LaBeouf, the answer is to attend the red carpet premiere at the Berlin Film Festival for your latest movie wearing a paper bag mask with the words “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE” written in black Sharpie on the front of the mask.

Woah, that was a mouthful.

LaBeouf at Sunday's premiere for his new film Nymphomaniac. Source: CNN.com

LaBeouf at Sunday’s premiere for his new film Nymphomaniac. Source: CNN.com

This is not the first time we have seen that phrase from LaBeouf, however. Nor is it the only strange behavior he’s exhibited this year.

LaBeouf has tweeted the phrase "I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE" one every day since January 20th. Source: Twitter.com

LaBeouf has tweeted the phrase “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE” once every day since January 20th. Source: Twitter.com

Earlier that day at a press conference, reporters asked LaBeouf how he felt about taking part in his new film Nymphomaniac, particularly the explicit sex scenes. His reply was a direct quotation from Manchester United soccer player Eric Cantona in 1995: “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.”

He then got up and left the room, leaving everyone in attendance totally stumped by his reply. He had only been there for 10 minutes.

The situation is certainly a strange one, made even stranger by the events that resulted in LaBeouf’s “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE” Twitter rampage.

Back in December, LaBeouf was accused of plagiarizing author Daniel Clowes’ work for his short film “HowardCantour.com.”

The former child star later apologized to Clowes via Twitter. But only a few days later, he took his apologies to a new extreme with more plagiarism by tweeting public apologies of various other celebrities (all available for viewing on LaBeouf’s Twitter).

Things got even weirder when LaBeouf hired an airplane to sky write “I am sorry Daniel Clowes” in the skies above Los Angeles.

LaBeouf's apology to Clowes. Source: Twitter.com

LaBeouf’s public apology to Clowes. Source: Twitter.com

So what do you think? Is my generation’s beloved star of Even Stevens looking for attention, or is it a serious cry for help? Let me know in the comments!

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Out With the Old, in With the New

“Fortunes have been lost underestimating Jay Leno.”

That’s what Lorne Michaels, creator and head of Saturday Night Live, had to say about The Tonight Show host.

The now 63-year-old Leno will call tonight’s show his last after a 22 year run, handing over the reigns to 39-year-old Jimmy Fallon.

Fallon, left, will take Leno's spot on the Tonight show. Source: Paul Drinkwater/NBC

Fallon, left, will take Leno’s spot on The Tonight Show. Source: Paul Drinkwater/NBC

Fallon will take over the show on February 17th, with a whole host of material from the 2014 Olympic Winter Games to ride on.

Fallon’s takeover has not been as smooth as he would like: he will be moving the show from Los Angeles back to NYC, causing 164 west coast Tonight Show staffers to lose their jobs.

According to Fox News, Leno said “It’s been a wonderful job. This is the right time to leave,” and wishes to make room for the next generation of late-night comedians.

Leno tweets to his fans about his final show and some of the guests they will see if they tune in. Source: Twitter (@jayleno)

Leno tweets to his fans about his final show and some of the guests they will see if they tune in. Source: Twitter (@jayleno)

This was not the first time Leno left the show (he took a brief hiatus in 2009 for Conan O’Brien to take over but quickly returned) but this time he will definitely not be returning.

So, what’s next for Leno you may ask?

All that is known so far is that he will continue his standup comedy tour. NBC News is speculating that he may land a show on NBC (again), USA, Fox News, CNN, TV Land, History, or Discovery.

No matter where Leno ends up, however, he leaves big shoes to fill. His late-night talk show was a landmark of broadcast television and will not easily be forgotten, just like the man himself.

Update 2/17: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Leno’s final show earned him a 9.2 rating and a 22 share, bringing the largest audience since President Barack Obama was on the show in 2009.

Leno with some of the guest on his final show last night. Source: business insider.com

Leno with some of the guest on his final show last night. Source: business insider.com

Some of Leno’s final guests included Billy Crystal, Oprah, Carol Burnett, Jim Parsons, Miley Cyrus, Jack Black, Kim Kardashian, and Garth Brooks.

Leno ended the show with, “I bid you all a heartfelt goodnight.”

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The Fall of Giants

Even the Super Bowl was not able to overshadow the tragic and disturbing news we received this weekend.

Yesterday, widely renowned actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment. The cause of death has been linked to an apparent heroin overdose.

In a 2006 60 Minutes interview, Hoffman admitted to past struggles with drugs and alcohol. He even had a 10-day stint in rehab last year.

Hoffman at the 78th Academy Awards with his award for Best Actor. Source: post-gazette.com

Hoffman at the 78th Academy Awards with his award for Best Actor. Source: post-gazette.com

The Oscar-winner’s death has been a severe blow to Hollywood and people all over the world. In a statement to E! News, Tom Hanks said, “This is a horrible day for those who worked ‎with Philip. He was a giant talent. Our hearts are open for his family.”

Celebrities react to Hoffman's death via Twitter. Source: pop watch.ew.com, twitter.com

Celebrities react to Hoffman’s death via Twitter. Source: popwatch.ew.com, twitter.com

Hoffman joins the long list of celebrities who have died from a drug overdose.

He was not the only celebrity who was witness to a downfall this weekend, however.

On Saturday, the NY Times published an open letter from Dylan Farrow, adoptive daughter of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, accusing the former of sexually abusing her when she was just 7 years old.

Dylan Farrow, left, and Woody Allen, right. Source: thefrisky.com

Dylan Farrow, left, and Woody Allen, right. Source: thefrisky.com

The well-written and heartbreaking letter calls many issues into question, and was written as a reaction to Allen’s Golden Globe lifetime achievement award.

The story was originally brought to light in 1992, but criminal proceedings were dropped due to a lack of evidence of abuse.

An Allen-Farrow family picture. Source: thehollywoodgossip.com

An Allen-Farrow family picture. Source: thehollywoodgossip.com

Allen has denied the allegations. In an exclusive statement to the Hollywood Reporter, a rep for Allen said, “Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful. He will be responding very soon.”

What do you think? Are the allegations true? Should Hollywood come to Dylan’s aid? Let me know what you think in the comments!

 

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From DUI to Deportation

Last week, to the dismay of Bielebers everywhere, Canada’s Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach for drag racing under the influence of alcohol, Xanax, and pot.

If only it were this kind of drag racing.

Bieber's father tweeted this picture of Justin and his younger half brother on Wednesday. Earlier that day, Bieber's lawyer pleaded "not guilt" to his charges in Florida. Source: Twitter (@JeremyBieber)

Bieber’s father tweeted this picture of Justin and his younger half brother on Wednesday. Earlier that day, Bieber’s lawyer pleaded “not guilty” to his charges in Florida. Source: Twitter (@JeremyBieber)

In addition to his DUI charges, the 19-year-old faces charges for resisting arrest and driving with an expired license.

Bieber was then brought into a Toronto police station on Wednesday to face assault charges. He will appear in court on March 10, pleading innocent to the allegation that he hit his limousine driver several times on the back of the head on December 30.

Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, had this to say Wednesday night in response to Bieber's charges in Toronto. Source: Twitter (@scooterbraun)

Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, had this to say Wednesday night in response to Bieber’s charges in Toronto. Source: Twitter (@scooterbraun)

In an article published today, Fox News suggested that “the pop star lately has drawn more attention for his brushes with the law than for his music.”

My own sister, a self-professed “Belieber,” was so consumed with his arrest that even she had no idea about the premiere of Bieber’s new music video, “Confident.”

Perhaps the most interesting development in the recent Justin Bieber saga is the petition to have him deported. Over 100,000 signatures appear on the petition, formed on the grounds that “he is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nation’s youth.”

As of today, the petition is well beyond its goal for signatures by february 22nd. Source: petitions.whitehouse.gov.

As of today, the petition is well beyond its goal for signatures by february 22nd. Source: petitions.whitehouse.gov.

CNN suggests that the possibility of his deportation is slim. But still, it is certainly interesting to think about.

In a country where a Congresswoman was interrupted to report news on Bieber’s arrest, are we giving too much attention to something insignificant? Or is Bieber really harming America’s image?

Let me know in the comments!

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