- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 19, 2003


Cat haters, beware. For People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, it’s not enough merely to refrain from harming animals; the group demands that you love them.

According to Associated Press, PETA is engaged in a tit-for-tat with ubernice guy Clay Aiken because of comments he made to Rolling Stone magazine in June.

“There’s nothing worse to me than a house cat. When I was about 16, I had a kitten and ran over it. Seeing that cat die, I actually think that its spirit has haunted me. I wasn’t afraid of cats before. But now they scare me to death,” Mr. Aiken said.

In response, the Norfolk-based animal rights organization hatched a new ad campaign with the slogan “Get Neutered, It Didn’t Hurt Clay Aiken” — a poke at Mr. Aiken’s androgynous persona.

However, AP reports that PETA has delayed the ad to see if Mr. Aiken will apologize for his, er, catty comments.

“If Clay Aiken intends on staying famous, he has to learn to take a joke,” said Dan Mathews, vice president of PETA.

We wonder if PETA would be satisfied if Mr. Aiken simply said he prefers dogs.

Monica’s travails

If you want a healthy dating life, don’t have an affair with the president. That, it seems, is the lesson from Monica Lewinsky’s notorious experience.

According to Reuters News Agency, the infamous ex-intern says in the December issue of GQ magazine that she dates occasionally but can’t seem to make a relationship last for very long.

Miss Lewinsky, 30, says if she were a man, she, too, would be intimidated by her past.

“If I were a guy and I’d heard all those things about a girl, I don’t know that I’d want to take her out,” Miss Lewinsky told the men’s magazine.

Since she caught the public eye in 1998, Miss Lewinsky has involved herself in the handbag design business and, more recently, hosted a reality TV show that quickly flopped.

Yet she insists she’s far from rich.

“One of the huge misconceptions about me in the past few years is that I have made a fortune from this,” Miss Lewinsky said. “People who have this idea that I have millions of dollars or even a million, or close to a million, are off their rocker.”

Beau-‘boo’ bucks

Rosie O’Donnell has seen better days.

A contentious bout with her former magazine publisher ended in a legal wash. Now, according to the New York Post’s Page Six, she stands to lose $20 million of her fortune to keep the Broadway show “Taboo” alive until January.

Miss O’Donnell personally invested $10 million in developing and staging the Boy George-penned musical; to keep it going, it’s reported she would need to spend an additional $10 million.

A New York Post source said, “She thinks people just need to warm up to the show, but on Saturday night, only 250 seats out of 1,050 were filled.

“No one wants to see the show. It is awful,” the source said.

A representative for “Taboo” said: “We’ve played 21 performances to date and have received 21 standing ovations. There is every reason to believe that ‘Taboo,’ like most new musicals, will find its audience.”

Somewhere man

An anonymous buyer — a nowhere man — scooped up the handwritten lyrics to John Lennon’s “Nowhere Man” at Christie’s auction house, Associated Press reports.

The lyrics to the 1965 Beatles song were expected to fetch between $80,000 and $100,000 at the entertainment memorabilia auction, according to Christie’s spokeswoman Margaret Barrett.

As with all things Beatles-related, those sales expectations proved low: The lyric sheet went for a cool $455,000.

Hitch’s politics

Who knew that Hitch was a left-winger? No, not the political journalist Christopher Hitchens; he is — or was — famous for his radical politics. We mean the other Hitch, Alfred Hitchcock.

“Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light,” a new biography written by Patrick McGilligan, reveals that the great director leaned consistently left in his politics, according to a review in the Sacramento Bee.

It says that from his earliest days in the English film industry through the impeachment and resignation of former President Richard Nixon, the late Mr. Hitchcock was quietly liberal.

While never an overt activist, Mr. Hitchcock nevertheless fought against the Hollywood blacklist in the late ‘40s and ‘50s, hiring a number of blacklisted actors for his movies and television series.

The book also says he supported Democrats John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from wire and Web reports.

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