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The Importance of Being Earnest When You’re Alec Baldwin

May 20th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Alec Baldwin made a quick quip about Filipino and Russian mail-order brides* last week on Letterman (see video above, at 00:33)–and the immediate fallout in the Philippines was not pretty. In fact, the incident incited a particularly hot reaction from Filipino Senator Ramon Revilla–a former action movie star–who called Baldwin “arrogant” as well as insensitive and ignorant to the country’s laws against mail-order brides.

From AP:

Let him try to come here in the Philippines and he’ll see mayhem,” Revilla said, using a local idiom that implies the speaker will personally administer a beating.

Perhaps not the most professional or diplomatic approach, but certainly effective.

In response, Baldwin (who by now must be familiar with the art of public apology), submitted a lengthy “I’m sorry” note to the world via The Huffington Post–noting the outstanding issues of sex trafficking in The Philippines as well as other parts of the world, while directing attention to the non-profit organization Love 146.

And we’re down to support his apology. We’re also really, really, really glad we’re not famous TV stars whose comments are resonant enough to cause international rage.

In other news, Baldwin is going to Hanoi with the N.Y. Philharmonic! [Insert off-color quip here.]

*side note: I’ve actually met one Russian M.O.B., and she was very nice, as well as shockingly well-adjusted.

[HuffPo: Alec Baldwin - An Apology Regarding My Letterman Appearance and a Clarification on U.S. Autoworkers]
[Love 146 - Official site]


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Palin’s Russia Plan: Louder Than Bombs

September 11th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Listen, we were as taken aback as the rest of you when we learned that Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin suggested, in her exclusive ABC News interview with Charles Gibson, that war may “perhaps” be necessary if Georgia were to join NATO and be invaded by Russia.

In her words, “we’ve got to keep an eye on Russia.” And how! What a statement to make, and on 9/11, to boot! What next? we thought. A leaked diary doodle about how rad it would be to start nuking South Korea and Iran? Is the world watching? Will the Russkis start assembling in the morning? Jesus!

Fortunately, guys, we were all wrong. This just in, more breaking news from*:

Oh, cool!

These guys?

She should totally send GWAR into the Evil Empire!! How brilliant! Blood and rock will be everywhere, and those monster dudes will get totally get the dumb Russians in line. This hockey mom really knows what she’s talking about, after all!

Wowee Zowee, if we end up with Vice President Palin, the country might be getting quite a hefty thank-you note from Georgia. Just sayin’.

*or somewhere

Thanks, Aaron!

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‘Nam Rhymes with Bomb

September 18th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Diana and I frequently discuss how little we report on Vietnam, Diana’s mother ship. But thanks to our New York correspondent Greenie, who sent us a story yesterday about Vietnam returning weapons-grade uranium to Russia under an anti-terrorism agreement between the U.S. and Russia, we had a sizzlin’ coversation about it over Korean BBQ last night.

JEN: Duuude. Did you hear about Vietnam?

DIANA: What? What about Vietnam?

JEN: They had weapons-grade uranium, man. Nuke-a-lar capability, yo. They had to give it back.

DIANA: Well, I mean…maybe they needed it.

JEN: For what?

DIANA: I dunno. Dude, why are you all up in Vietnam’s steez? They gave it back, for chrissakes.

JEN: You’re right. You’re absolutely right.

And it’s true, Vietnam, with whom the U.S. has only had diplomatic relations since 1995, did give back the uranium. But what I’m confused by is why they gave it to Russia. Aren’t they our renewed enemy, along with MY mother ship, China?


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Salutasians, Babies

July 26th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana
Lenuta and Costel, looking slightly freaked out to be in Romania

Reuters reports that a Romanian zoo has finally announced the birth of two Siberian tigers, Lenuta and Costel. Siberian tigers are among the world’s most endangered species, their population scarily reduced by poaching and loss of habitat in their native homes of Northern Russia, China, and North Korea, so think good thoughts for these little guys!!!!


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