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In other Howard Stern news: Gabourey Sidibe 'most enormous fat black chick I've ever seen' – Internets shocked and appalled

Posted by andreaitis on March 10, 2010

Actress Gabourey Sidibe at the Oscars in March 2010 (Getty Images)

Actress Gabourey Sidibe at the Oscars in March 2010 (Getty Images)

Howard Stern is having a banner week so far.   While he’s snagging headlines for his Tiger Woods Mistress Beauty Pageant, he’s also getting slammed for his comments about Precious star and Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe.

Howard Stern’s saying something shocking! (Shocker, right?) Today his target is Precious’s Gabourey Sidibe. “There’s the most enormous, fat black chick I’ve ever seen. She is enormous. Everyone’s pretending she’s a part of show business and she’s never going to be in another movie.” And on Oprah Winfrey: “Oprah’s another liar, a filthy liar. She’s telling an enormous woman the size of a planet that she’s going to have a career.”

We should note Gaby just landed a role on Showtime’s The Big C.

via Link Party: Howard Stern Calls Gabourey Sidibe Enormous – E! Online

The twitter is overwhelmingly buzzing with those who are eternally offended.

kyledeb Howard Stern is a jerk. I’m watching the movie “Precious” now just to spite him and support Gabourey Sidibe. #sexism

Legacy_Maker the fact that people like howard stern are allowed to exist in this industry frightens me! http://bit.ly/bRD7GC he’s the epitome of an ASS!!

Zazochi Howard Stern Not A Fan Of Precious Star Gabourey Sidibe: http://bit.ly/bH0TBy via Stern being the loser dick he is.

In the midst of the stream, though, a drop of reason.

Cocoabella Howard Stern was a douche about it– but there was some truth to what he was saying.

Listen up, people.  Howard Stern is known for saying out loud what everyone else is thinking.  That’s his gig, we’ve all known that for years.  If you don’t like it, change the channel.  Cancel your subscription.  Turn it off.  But please do not sit there and tell me you didn’t think to yourself, “Wow.  Gaby is pretty large.”   It’s a fact.  She’s way overweight, and that’s not healthy.

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I would guess 99% of those who are upset about Stern’s words didn’t actually listen to the clip.  Was it nice?  No.  Does Howard Stern have the right to say it?  Of course.  Just as Tony Kornheiser had the right to say Hannah Storm’s outfit was “horrible.” We have the right to free speech, not nice speech.

Is it really that awful?  Listen for yourself before you decide:

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National Enquirer snaps first picture of Tiger Woods in sex rehab, saves mainstream media

Posted by andreaitis on January 20, 2010

Leave it to the National Enquirer to confirm what everyone’s been buzzing about for the last 24 hours.  And leave it to Radaronline.com, owned by American Media which also owns  the National Enquirer, to blast the story with the standard we’ve-got-a-scoop headline: WORLD EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: First Pictures of Tiger Woods in Sex Rehab.

You can see one of the pictures here.

These are the exclusive first photos of Tiger Woods in rehab for sexual addiction at a clinic in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

The golfing great has not been seen in public since crashing his car into a tree shortly after Thanksgiving.

As RadarOnline.com reported he checked into the Gentle Path program, part of Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services.

The photos of Tiger appear in the new issue of the National Enquirer.

via WORLD EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: First Pictures Of Tiger Woods In Sex Rehab | RadarOnline.com

This story started building when a couple of local Mississippi TV stations reported that Tiger was at the Pine Groves clinic.   While still unconfirmed, another report came out yesterday in the New York Daily News.

The headline of that story: 
Tiger Woods sex scandal: Golfer being treated for sex addiction at Mississippi rehab, says author
.

I first saw the ‘confirmation’ in the following twitter message by Mahalo CEO and self-marketer extraordinaire Jason Calacanis:

Jason Calacanis on Tiger Woods via Twitter

Jason Calacanis on Tiger Woods' sex rehab via Twitter

He also put it up on Flickr

Jason Calacanis on Tiger Woods' sex rehab via Flickr

Jason Calacanis on Tiger Woods' sex rehab via Flickr

and on his Tumblelog.

Jason Calacanis on Tiger Woods' sex rehab via his Tumblelog

Jason Calacanis on Tiger Woods' sex rehab via his Tumblelog

As I type, Calacanis has 89,911 followers on Twitter.  After he posted, the ‘confirmation’ story took off.    There are four key points to note, however:

1. @jason incorrectly sourced the confirmation as coming from the New York Times.   The confirmation did not, in fact, come from NYT.   It came from Benoit Denizet-Lewis, a recovering sex addict and author who “regularly contributes to the New York Times magazine. ”

2. Benoit Denizet-Lewis had a single, unnamed source.

3.  The  fact that Benoit Denizet-Lewis was affiliated with the New York Times (magazine)  fueled reports of reports of the confirmation.  For an example of this, look at the USA Today headline:  ‘NYT’ writer: Tiger Woods is in sex rehab clinic in Mississippi

4. The fact that @jason inaccurately represented the source also fueled the frenzy as people retweeted and reblogged  without clicking and reading the actual New York Daily News story.

Denizet-Lewis has a book out this month.  He spoke with the Daily News as an author, not as a NYT writer.  In fact, he didn’t even give this hole-in-one scoop to the New York Times.  Why is that, I wonder?  And, as a recovering addict and former patient at Pine Groves, he had no qualms about publicizing Tiger’s location.   No trace of an ethical dilemma, Benoit?  Let’s hope you and Tiger never end up in the same sex addiction support group.

At any rate, this story had a 24-hour lifecycle that started with Benoit’s ‘confirmation’ and ended with him appearing on the Today show this morning.   At that point, it was a 50-50 chance that Tiger was in the Pine Groves sex rehab clinic.  Luckily for Benoit Denizet-Lewis, the National Enquirer got their World Exclusive pictures of Tiger in Mississippi.  As with the Enquirer’s coverage of John Edwards, the picture proves the story.

As for Benoit Denizet-Lewis, he’ll sell some copies of his book.  He’ll go on all the news shows today.

As for us, we continue to learn a valuable lesson: don’t judge a story by its headline, and don’t judge a headline by its tweet.

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Happy Birthday, Tiger Woods: Are you with Rachel Uchitel, in sex addiction rehab or recovering from plastic surgery?

Posted by andreaitis on December 29, 2009

Tiger Woods

Image by Keith Allison via Flickr

Tomorrow Tiger Woods will celebrate his 34th birthday.   Or maybe he won’t celebrate it.   In the month since the  single-car accident that wrecked Tiger’s car and his life, no one has seen the world famous golfer.  That’s a remarkable feat, if you really think about it.  We are a media-saturated society.  We have cameras everywhere:  in our cell phones, our laptops, our DSi consoles, even  good old-fashioned point and shoot cameras in our pockets.  There are professionals who have been tracking Tiger, knowing what kind of pay day the first pictures will bring.  There are amateurs, fans and former fans, who are waiting for him to reappear.  There’s Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and more, all venues where people can and will report celebrity sightings.  Tiger managed to elude them all.  Until now, according to the New York Daily News reporting on an Entertainment Tonight report (yes, this is Tiger Beat journalism).

The scandal-rocked pro golfer has been spotted in Palm Beach, Fla., with none other than alleged mistress No. 1, Rachel Uchitel, sources told Entertainment Tonight.

The reported sighting comes just weeks after Woods announced on Dec. 11 that he was taking a break from professional golf to “focus my attention on being a better husband, father and person.”

Woods and Uchitel were rumored to be holding hands as they mixed with about 300 guests at a party in a private mansion in Palm Beach.

They were also spotted partying together in the ritzy enclave, at the Everglades Club, on Saturday night, Entertainment Tonight reports.

Some sources went even further, telling ET that the rumored paramours were living together aboard Woods’ yacht, Privacy, which is reportedly docked in Palm Beach.

via Tiger Woods and Rachel Uchitel spotted partying together in Palm Beach – report

Well, that sounds pretty convincing.  But then, x17online reported that a source told them exclusively that Tiger is in an upscale rehab facility in Arizona.

The source tells X17online:

    “He has been there for a few days since his handlers forced him to enter the program. They feel that if he blames his cheating on addiction, the public will forgive him.”

Recent reports claim Tiger was spotted in Palm Beach with former (or current?) mistress Rachel Uchitel, but so far no pictures have surfaced nor has anyone gone on the record saying they saw the two together.

Meanwhile, a stint in rehab for Tiger seems like the next logical step. After singer Eric Benet was caught in a much-publicized cheating scandal during his relationship with Halle Berry, he entered rehab for sexual addiction. More recently, Californication star David Duchovny did the same in an effort to redeem his reputation and his marriage with Tea Leoni.

via Tiger Woods in Rehab, says Source

Add to the mix the following “Inside Story on Tiger Woods.”  This account was published a few days ago by Furman Bisher, a former sports columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Bisher, well-known and well-respected,  retired this past October.  He received “a legitimate message… from a trustworthy journalist” and posted it on his personal blog.

Are Tiger and Rachel together in Palm Beach?

In regards to Tiger’s boat being in Palm Beach this week, along with Rachel; that part is true. However, Tiger is not on the boat, and is not in Palm Beach; and Rachel is not on the boat. Her parents live 6 blocks from where the boat is, but that is it. Tiger has not returned to his house at Isleworth since the day of the accident except for the therapy sessions.

Is Tiger in a sex and/or prescription drug rehab facility in Arizona?  Bisher doesn’t address that specifically, but he does report that Tiger did go to Phoenix, Arizona immediately after the car accident – for plastic surgery.   Here’s his version of what happened on November 27th:

At one point Tiger turned away to look at the TV, and as he turned back, Elin hit him on the right side of the face with the head of a 9 – iron. When she struck Tiger, she put a huge gash in the right side of his face next to his nose (causing his nose to bruise some), and virtually knocking two of his upper teeth out, and breaking the bone on the upper right side. Tiger ran scared as hell out of the house (which is why he had on no shoes) with Elin swinging the golf club throughout the hallway to the garage (i.e. causing the severe damage which has been reported).

It’s a fact that Elin accompanied Tiger to the hospital.  After that, Bisher reports, Tiger headed to Arizona.

The doctors tell Mark there is not much they can do to repair the teeth and the gash, but the doctor knows a cosmetic dentist and plastic surgeon in Phoenix who will make Tiger look as if nothing happened. Tiger tells Mark to get the jet ready and let’s head to Phoenix to get this done. Friday after Tiger is released from the hospital, he does not return home; he and Mark board the plane for Phoenix. If you remember FHP kept showing up at Isleworth to talk to Tiger, and was told by another FL attorney (who Tiger hired for PR reasons) Tiger was not ready to talk. Well now we know why, he was in Phoenix, and did not arrive back in Orlando until either late last Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

It’s worth reading Bisher’s post in its entirety.   But, back to the question at hand:  Will Tiger Woods blow out his birthday candles with Rachel Uchitel in Palm Beach, Florida or in an Arizona rehab facility?

We know Rachel Uchitel is in Palm Beach, Florida because there are a bunch of pictures of her prancing around the beach in her bikini.

Elin Nordegren is reportedly in Sweden with their two children for the holidays (widely reported but not yet confirmed).

And Tiger?  We  know a lot of people are trying to catch Tiger Woods on camera.  We know whoever gets that first picture will score big.   We know his birthday is tomorrow.  Where he’ll celebrate – and with whom –  is anybody’s guess at this point.  Because we also know he has advisers and handlers who have  achieved an incredible feat: they’ve  managed to keep Tiger Woods out of sight for over a month.  In this day and age, that’s the real win.   Happy birthday, Tiger.  You’ve won this match with the media (and the public), at least for now.

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Why he's screwed: 9 holes in the Tiger Woods story

Posted by andreaitis on November 30, 2009

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Image by Dom Furore/Woods Family via Getty via Daylife

I’ve been following the Tiger Woods real-time twitter stream on TweetDeck, and it’s a mix of speculation:

RT @bdei80 What is the deal with Tiger Woods? What is he trying to hide?

support:

RT @israeljsmith  I love Tiger Woods response to all the hype around his minor car accident….no response! More stupid “news” should be dealt with this way!

and jokes:

RT @FantasyFreaks: “What do Tiger Woods & Baby Seals have in common?…They both get clubbed by Swedes.”

What it is not is dwindling.   Here’s why:
9 reasons  Tiger Woods is screwed

1. He crashed into a fire hydrant… and a tree… in a Cadillac SUV… just outside his driveway… going less than 30 mph… at 2:30 am. Umm.  What?

2. His wife was running around with a golf club. The irony, the metaphor…that visual alone will keep this story going.  Are his golf clubs just lying around the house?  Are they by the front door in an umbrella stand?  How did she get the golf club, and which club was it?

3. After the accident, his agent quickly issued a statement saying Tiger’s fine.  Too quickly. That was clearly a wishful attempt to do early damage control.  Points for trying but that shot backfired, and the initial “He’s fine'” soon seemed ike a desperate attempt at cover-up.

4.  His alleged mistress hired super-attorney Gloria Allred. Not only did she hire her but she immediately flew out to LA to meet with Gloria, and there was even a caught-on-camera  airport arrival hug.  For those of you who don’t remember, Gloria Allred represented Nicole Brown Simpson’s family during OJ’s murder trial.  She also represented Paula Jones in her sexual harassment case against former president Bill Clinton.   And she wrote a letter to California’s Child Protective Services asking them to investigate the safety of Michael Jackson’s children.   That Gloria Allred.   If there is nothing to the allegations, why would Rachel rush into the arms of such a high-profile lawyer?

5. He’s refusing to talk to the police. If there’s a simple explanation wouldn’t you just talk to the cops, hold a press conference,  tweet about it, appear on Jimmy Kimmel, end the speculation and move on?  Sure you would.  Tiger’s silent treatment means there is no simple explanation.  And that means it’s complicated, which brings us back to his wife Elin, Rachel Uchitel, the golf club and the National Enquirer story.

6. His statement was oh-so-carefully phrased. “This is a private matter.” See number 5.   If this was something to make light of and toss away, he would have done so.  Instead, Tiger’s statement only emphasizes the severity of the situation.

7.  The National Enquirer is supremely confident of this story. That’s always a bad sign. They cite polygraphs, on-the-record sources, and a thorough investigation. All to show this is not a frivolous story, and this is not malicious disregard for the truth (an early strike against possible libel or defamation charges).  The last time the National Enquirer was so sure of itself?  When they nailed John Edwards for nailing Rielle Hunter.  We all remember how that went down.

8. Tiger Woods is smug. Like John Edwards,  a smug guy with an attractive and supportive wife taking up with a wacky broad.  People don’t like smug.  They don’t like A-Rod, Roger Clemens, Brett Favre,  Mark Sanford, and even Barack Obama. In fact, Tiger Woods is the Barack Obama of golf.  Or maybe Barack Obama is the Tiger Woods of politics.   Smug is part of what makes athletes and politicians successful in their competitive arenas, but it makes everyone else feel inferior.  As petty as it may be, people like to take the smug ones down a peg or twenty.    You might be the best golfer in the world, you may be a kajillionaire, but you’ll be sleeping on the couch just like the next guy.

9. This wasn’t supposed to happen to Tiger Woods. Smug or not, Tiger is a self-made superman.  No steroids, no cheating (on the golf course, at least), just years of focus and practice to hone his unbelievable talent.  We all remember the video of a 2 year old  Tiger on the Mike Douglas show with his dad.  We watched Tiger grow up, cross boundaries, step through media quagmires to come out on the other side as a respected family man.   He now says  “I’m human and I’m not perfect.”  Well, it’s a little too late for that.  If Tiger Woods implodes, what heroes do we have left?   This crack in his stoic image leaves us wondering: What makes Tiger tick?   And if Tiger — who seemed to have everything — can’t hold it together, what hope is there for the rest of us?

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Tiger Woods issues statement on his website: 'I'm not perfect.'

Posted by andreaitis on November 29, 2009

Tiger Woods putting on the 8th green at Torrey...

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Here it is, Tiger Woods’ first public comment since driving into a fire hydrant in the middle of the night, in its entirety:

As you all know, I had a single-car accident earlier this week, and sustained some injuries. I have some cuts, bruising and right now I’m pretty sore.

This situation is my fault, and it’s obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I’m human and I’m not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn’t happen again.

This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way. Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible.

The only person responsible for the accident is me. My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble. She was the first person to help me. Any other assertion is absolutely false.

This incident has been stressful and very difficult for Elin, our family and me. I appreciate all the concern and well wishes that we have received. But, I would also ask for some understanding that my family and I deserve some privacy no matter how intrusive some people can be.

via tigerwoods.com

Plenty of room for speculation.  No direct mention of the alleged other woman, Rachel Uchitel, but certainly alludes to a domestic situation.  Tiger’s clearly trying to put the spotlight on himself — and away from his wife Elin.  Four lines that jump out:

“This situation is my fault.”

“I will certainly make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

“The only person responsible for the accident is me.”

“I’m human and I’m not perfect.”

Is he talking about driving into a fire hydrant or something more?  Anyone else see shades of David Letterman?

We all know there’s more to come from tmz.com and the National Enquirer.

UPDATE:

Police said Tiger Woods and his wife cancelled a third attempt for a post-accident interview.  This afternoon, police released the 911 call.  A distressed neighbor called 911 that night, stating “I have a neighbor, he hit the tree…”

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