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Spielberg Squashes Beef Between Lee And Eastwood

When two Hollywood directors squabble, it takes an even bigger director to settle their differences.

Steven Spielberg has mediated a truce between Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood after Lee publicly chided Eastwood for failing to include black actors in his two World War II films, Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima.

It seemed like the two directors were going to have a long-running feud after Eastwood answered Lee’s complaints with, “a guy like him should shut his face,” which prompted Lee to shoot back, “The man is not my father and we’re not on a plantation, either.”

Lee expresses regret over the whole incident, “I’m sorry it sort of escalated to where it did and, as far as I am concerned, it is over and done with.”

“Here’s the story. Game 3. LA. Staples Center. Lakers-Celtics. I’m going to the bathroom, and Spielberg’s sitting there with Eddie Murphy and Jeffrey Katzenberg,” Lee told Access Hollywood of how Spielberg facilitated the squashing.

“And Katzenberg was getting on me about leaving Clint alone,” Lee continued. “I said, ‘Steven, let me talk to you for a second.’ So we talked, I conveyed a message, and he said, ‘I’ll call Clint in the morning.’ And it’s hunky-dory. He said he was gonna make a call, he made it, squashed.”

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Cullen Jones and the Men’s USA Relay Swim Team Win Gold—Beating Trash Talking French

The amazing swimming foursome from the USA, Cullen Jones, Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale, and Jason Lezak, shatter the world record in the mens 400-meter freestyle relay race in Beijing, beating the French, who recently trashed the Americans in the press.

Crossing the finish line at 3 minutes, 8.24 seconds, the Americans took the gold medal, with the French nabbing silver and the Australians taking bronze. Jones is the second African American to win a gold medal in swimming.

“We love listening to hear people talk stuff about us,” Jones said in response to French swimmer Alain Bernard, who made headlines for telling sports newspaper L’Equipe, “The Americans? We’re going to smash them. That’s what we came for.”

“This is our event,” said Phelps, whose dream of making Olympic history is still alive.

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Toby Keith on Obama: ‘He Doesn’t Talk Act Or Carry Himself Like A Black Person’


It seems the mainstream media didn’t pick up on this gem of a quote from country music singer Toby Keith as he ruminated on the racial characteristics of Barack Obama. Thanks to YouTube, Blindie got it!

Last week, Keith was a guest on the the Glenn Beck radio show (dubbed “The third most listened to program in all of America”), where he said of Senator Obama:

I think that the black people would say, he don’t talk, act, or carry himself as a black person…I’m saying that’s what I think that they would say. Even though the black society would pull for him, I still think that they think in the back of their mind that the only reason that he is in is because he talks, acts and carries himself as a Caucasian.

This is the same misguided singer who recorded a “patriotic” song in response to 9/11, “Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue (The Angry American)” in 2002, and feuded with the Dixie Chicks over their opinions about President George W. Bush. He also recorded the album, White Trash With Money, in 2006.

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ObamaNation: Bill Clinton Insists, ‘I Am Not A Racist’

Bill Clinton tried to dispel any bad blood between him and presidential hopeful Barack Obama in an ABC interview Monday.

“I never was mad at Senator Obama — I think everybody’s got a right to run for president who qualifies under the constitution,” the former President said.

Clinton’s ‘off-the-cuff’ comments in January, in which he seemingly dismissed Obama as the “black candidate” by comparing his presidential campaign to that of Jesse Jackson’s historical campaigns back in 1984 and 1988, upset Obama supporters. In light of Jesse Jackson’s recent off-the-cuff remarks about Obama, Clinton insists, “I am not a racist. I never made a racist comment and I did not attack him personally.”

“You can argue that nobody is ready to be president,” Clinton explained. “I certainly learned a lot about the job in the first year. He [Obama] clearly can inspire and motivate people and energize them which is a very important part of being president.”

And with a hint of condescension, Clinton lays to rest any doubts voters may have had about Obama’s competency with the remark, “He’s smart as a whip so there’s nothing he can’t learn.”

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ObamaNation: McCain Says Obama Playing ‘Race Card’

John McCain’s camp is accusing Barack Obama of playing “the race card,” according to the New York Times.

“Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck,’’ Rick Davis, McCain’s campaign manager, said in a statement, citing remarks Obama made on Wednesday, where he said Republicans are scaring voters by pointing out he “doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”

“It’s divisive, negative, shameful and wrong,” Davis adds.

A spokesman for the Obama campaign said: “This is a race about big challenges…Barack Obama in no way believes that the McCain campaign is using race as an issue, but he does believe they’re using the same old low-road politics to distract voters from the real issues in this campaign, and those are the issues he’ll continue to talk about.”

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Johnny Rotten Denies Attack on Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke

Kele Okereke, of the English indie band Bloc Party, claimed he was attacked over the weekend by members of Johnny Rotten’s entourage backstage at the Summercase Festival in Barcelona.

In a statement, Okereke says he approached Rotten (real name: John Lydon) and asked about the possibility of a reunion for Public Image Ltd.–the band Rotten formed after the break up of the Sex Pistols in the late 1970s.

Rotten then became “intimidating and aggressive while his entourage responded with a racist tirade, including the statement, ‘Your problem is your black attitude.'” Rotten went on to punch Okereke in the face.

Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson and Foals’ Yannis Philippakis, who came to Okereke’s aid, were also attacked. “It’s not an issue of the physical assault, even though it was an unprovoked attack, it is the fact that race was brought into the matter so readily,” Okereke says.

Rotten denies the attack ever took place. “I feel very sorry for a man who needs to lie about what was a perfect evening,” Rotten says. “It’s a shame that the wonderful world of the media is riddled with nonsense like this.”

Rotten chalks up Okereke’s accusations to jealousy, adding, “When you have achieved as much as I have, come back and talk to me.”

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