"My greatest competition is, well, me . . . I'm the Ali of today. I'm the Marvin Gaye of today. I'm the Bob Marley of today. I'm the Martin Luther King, or all the other greats that have come before us. And a lot of people are starting to realize that now."
--R. Kelly, finally heading to court to face a series of child porn charges. Somehow, the alleged pedophile and watersports enthusiast remains a popular figure.
I've had it with cute young celebrities wishing they were gay. I don't go around wishing I was straight. It's patronizing, and it's more than a wee bit calculated.
“I would never come out and say I’m gay, because I’m not gay. There’s part of me that kind of wishes I was gay, and I think that comes from anybody constantly wishing they were in the minority and constantly wants to be fighting everybody off.”
That from noted outsider Pete Wentz, boyfriend of Ashlee Simpson and guitarist for Top 40 mainstay Fall Out Boy. Could it be that he's merely trying to cultivate press (and gay fans)?
Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine sounds similarly opportunistic:
No, I’m not into dick. I wish I were. It would be so much easier.
I'm glad it's suddenly cool to be gay, but being something you're not is always unhip (see: Disney University graduate Justin Timberlake talking ghetto).
No surprise that Hillbot has Babs on her side. But Fabio?
"She's so smart," he says. "And with her, you're getting two with one. You know I love women, because I owe my success to women. To me, it will be the biggest reward. I would love for the first time to have a woman president."
And with Hillary in charge, he says, the Iraqi insurgents better watch out. "When a woman gets pissed off at you," he says, "she's going to get you, you know?"
Besides the fact that his movies suck. Same with his music. And there's his slick, media-approved, family-friendly, focus grouped "hipness."
No doubt that appeals to the Church of Scientology, which appears to have nabbed a new recruit:
“I’ve studied Buddhism and Hinduism, and I’ve studied Scientology through Tom [Cruise]. Ninety-eight percent of the principles [in Scientology] are identical to the principles of the Bible. . . . I don’t think that because the word someone uses for spirit is ‘thetan’ that the definition becomes any different.”
Remember, this is the Willenium, and you're just living in it. Whether the camera's rolling or not, whether he's getting jiggy or getting real, the 39-year-old Smith exudes the same appeal—an organic hyper-likability that has helped make him the most bankable star in the world, surpassing even Pitt, Clooney, and those white dudes named Tom. With Smith's last four movies—The Pursuit of Happyness, Hitch, Shark Tale, and I, Robot—each grossing over $300 million, and his total worldwide box office topping $4.4 billion, he is as sure a thing in Hollywood as celebrity DUIs, Botox, and paternity suits. Not that you'd ever find him indulging in all that. "I've never met anybody at that place who is as grounded and non–full of bullshit," Theron attests. "I don't say this kind of stuff about people, but he's godly."