- - Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ryan Gosling pens letter of support for PETA

“Drive” star Ryan Gosling has hopped on board with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to challenge the slaughterhouse euthanizing process of turkeys and chickens.

The Canadian actor penned a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on behalf of PETA, in opposition to the USDA’s approved method of killing the birds. According to Us Weekly, the method is slow and painful and suffocates the birds in foam.

“If dogs and cats were killed in this way, the person committing these acts would be charged with cruelty to animals,” Mr. Gosling wrote. “Won’t you please end the foam-based suffocation practice immediately?”

The 30-year-old, who played a womanizing cad in this summer’s hit romantic comedy “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” most recently made news for breaking up a New York City fight between an artist and another man. While the video initially made the actor look like a chivalrous hero, Mr. Gosling later told MTV News that he regretted intervening because he learned afterward that the man reportedly had stolen a painting from the artist.

“I’m embarrassed. I think that guy really was stealing that other guy’s painting, so I should have just kept my nose out of it,” Mr. Gosling told MTV. “It was sad, because it turns out that I said to the guy, ‘Why are you doing this?’ He said, ‘Well, he tried to steal my painting.’ I said, ‘How do you know?’ and he said, ‘Well, he comes here every day and looks at my paintings,’ which means the guy was a fan, and so he wanted the painting so bad he had to steal it because he couldn’t afford it.”

Mr. Gosling, who portrayed many a girl’s dream boyfriend in the 2004 drama “The Notebook,” had more to say about stepping into the altercation.

“So he finally steals the painting, and then he’s getting his [rear] kicked by his hero, and then the guy from ‘The Notebook’ shows up and makes it weirder. It’s just — the whole thing, nobody wins, nobody won,” Mr. Gosling said.

Read more: dailycaller.com/2011/09/10/the-notebook-actor-comes-to-bat-for-peta-takes-on-slaughterhouses

Smells like name-dropping: Huntsman refers to Cobain

You can’t claim the pop-culture-savvy card if your references are 20 years old.

But that’s what GOP presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman Jr. did during Monday’s debate.

Calling into question the Social Security debate between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Mr. Huntsman said, “I don’t think anything should be off the table, except maybe some of the drama that’s been on this floor today. I don’t know if that was written by Kurt Cobain or not.”

The former governor of Utah was alluding to Mr. Romney’s book, “No Apology,” which sounds only slightly similar to Nirvana’s 1993 song “All Apologies.” The single was written by the band’s frontman, Cobain, who committed suicide a year later.

After Mr. Huntsman mentioned Cobain, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic began tweeting about the presidential candidate.

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