- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Hate’ draws hate

Internet Movie Database

Controversial filmmaker Spike Lee is drawing ire once more — this time from lesbians who accuse the director of “exploiting” lesbian lifestyles and pandering to “male sexual fantasies” in his new movie, “She Hate Me,” which opens nationwide Friday.

The film revolves around a young professional black man — played by “8 Mile” actor Anthony Mackie — who makes a living by impregnating black lesbians desperate to have a child for $10,000 a pop.

Prominent lesbians have hit out at the comedy, labeling its portrayal of lesbian life “extremely harmful and lacking in complexity.”

“There is an obvious fine line between exploitation and visibility for us as lesbians and lesbians of color in this film,” says black author Rosalind Lloyd. “Real authentic lesbians will not sleep with men for any reason at all.”

Mr. Lee, not surprisingly, disagrees.

“There’s no way in the world you can make a film that every lesbian likes. Lesbians are like any other group; they’re not monolithic,” he says.

No love for Diddy

San Francisco Chronicle

Hip-hop star Sean “P. Diddy” Combs has been booed offstage twice by club-goers in Ibiza after failing to impress them with his performance.

The star, who is vacationing on the Spanish island, performed at Space nightclub Sunday. His set drew a series of jeers and heckles from partygoers.

His performance at club DC10 the following night suffered a similar fate.

“It started well — he was getting the crowd going and singing over some tracks,” an unnamed reveler told World Entertainment News Network. “But when he started to rap, the crowd turned on him, shouting and jeering until he left the stage.”

Mr. Combs reportedly was overheard asking one of his staff, “Why don’t they dig me?”

Hell’ hath fury

Associated Press

“Hell House,” the controversial morality play first staged at a suburban church for Halloween, is set to be spoofed in a new stage production in Los Angeles starting Aug. 28.

With Bill Maher playing Satan and Andy Richter as Jesus, the production will use the original play’s script and special effects “to lampoon [Christian] fundamentalist beliefs about hell,” producer Maggie Rowe said.

“It will be a parody of itself. It will be very funny. We’re having a hoot,” said Miss Rowe, who represents the Center for Inquiry-West, which says it promotes and defends reason and science.

The original “Hell House,” created by the Rev. Keenan Roberts in 1995 at an Arvada, Colo., church, depicts scenes in which teens fall into hell by choosing abortion, drugs or homosexual activity. The play generated international interest, leading Mr. Roberts to sell $200 packages — including scripts and stage instructions — to about 550 churches around the world.

“People have been trying to damage this message since they crucified the founder of the movement,” said Mr. Roberts, now the pastor of Destiny Church in Broomfield.

He also said he plans to travel to Los Angeles for the play’s opening night.

Beyonce’s bad break

San Francisco Chronicle

Beyonce Knowles’ 328-pound bodyguard broke the singer’s toe by stepping on it while trying to protect her from a crowd of fans.

The singer was walking through a revolving door during a shopping spree in New York when Shortie, her massive bodyguard, lost his balance, World Entertainment News Network reported.

Doctors have told the singer to take it easy for a couple of weeks, and she is being looked after by Shortie — who is said to be mortified that he caused his boss so much pain.

Family ties

New York Post

Diane Lane is Barbra Streisand’s daughter-in-law… or stepdaughter-in-law…or something like that.

Miss Lane and Josh Brolin — son of Miss Streisand’s hubby, James Brolin, yesterday announced their marriage. Their spokeswoman, Kelly Bush, declined to provide details.

Miss Lane, 39, star of “Unfaithful” and “Under the Tuscan Sun,” and the younger Brolin, 36, star of the short-lived TV show “Mister Sterling,” had been engaged since August 2002.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff and wire reports.

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