Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Defamer: Snarky, But Not the Whole Truth

So Defamer reported that George Clooney donated his Oscar gift basket to the United Way. A very nice thing to do, right? I mean, the press always takes celebrities to task for being greedy, and here's one doing the menschy thing.

But then, Defamer feels the need to add a kick in Clooney's ribs:

We can only hope nominees and winners follow suit with Clooney's altruistic gesture and donate theirs as well–the quicker we can get those gift certificates for dog therapy, dinner at Morton's and one-on-one yoga sessions to those hurricane victims, the quicker they can move on with their lives.

They link to their source, a Yahoo News story. They apparently didn't read on:

The loot will be sold in an online auction to benefit the United Way Hurricane Response and Relief Recovery Fund, said spokeswoman Sheila Consaul. Clooney is a member of the charity's board of trustees, she said.

"This refocuses people back to the long-term nature of hurricane recovery efforts," she said.

The gift bag given to presenters at the 78th Annual Academy Awards includes a BlackBerry 8700c, a Kay Unger kimono and a cultured Tahitian-pearl necklace, among other items.

The entire collection will be sold to "one very, very lucky bidder," Consaul said.

The auction will begin March 21 on the United Way Web site.

The winning bidder will also receive a handwritten thank-you note from Clooney acknowledging the donation to hurricane relief, Consaul said.

Obviously this will result in a huge cash donation to the Fund. Not the way Defamer characterized it at all.

I mean, come on, Defamer. Play fair. It's not always necessary to piss on everything.


peeky said...

defamer (and the new york branch "gawker") are frequently unfair or inaccurate and don't really give a shit. i mean, at least a crappy gossip column has to answer to someone and feign responsibility. defamer will literally print what somebody's cousin's friend told them as fact. it ends up being b.s. a lot of the time, but the damage is done and I notice they don't take comments except from approved friends. plus the way they egg people on to follow celebrities around is creepy and will probably blow up in their face. i admit i read them sometimes, but i take the info with a gigantic grain of salt.

Michael Markowitz said...

So true... and meanwhile I doubt anyone at Gawker Media has done anywhere near what George Clooney has done for the hurricane victims. Seems ballsy for them to get high-handed.