*Robin Thicke’s controversial “Blurred Lines” video, which featured naked models, has prompted a petition in Britain urging its Prime Minister David Cameron to change the law and ban children from watching racy music videos online.
The petition has been posted on Change.org and has attracted more than 15,700 signatures.
It reads: “Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke… shows naked women cavorting around fully clothed men and lyrics that seem to promote rape. Unfortunately, this video is one of many which portray women… as sex objects and men as sexual predators.
*Now that the infamous funeral selfie with British prime minister David Cameron, President Barack Obama and Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has become a global hot topic, Cameron has felt the need to explain why he took part.
Regarding the pic during Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday, Cameron told MPs today: “When a member of the Kinnock family asked me for a photograph, I thought it was only polite to say yes.”
Thorning-Schmidt, the Social Democrat leader of Denmark, is married to Stephen Kinnock – the son of former Labour leader Neil Kinnock.
The three world leaders have since been criticized by some for being disrespectful at a service held to mark Mandela’s death. Michelle Obama also made global – yes GLOBAL headlines for what appeared to be an annoyed reaction.
Cameron also said today that perhaps he should “remember the TV cameras are always on.”
During his visit to the Olympic Games in London, Mitt Romney criticizes the Olympic Games in London, blows cover off private meeting with Secret Intelligence, and basically breaks down his relationship with everyone except the Queen.
*The Obamas couldn’t catch a break on protocol over in London when they went for the first time.
But the mistake was made by Michelle Obama and it was merely for touching the Queen. But some people, have gone far beyond protocol problems to downright insulting the people.
Mitt Romney has been over there in the Olympic camps just actin’ up. He’s been acting like somebody’s mother-in-law comin’ up in the house, touchin’ the furniture checkin’ for dust, looking in the refrigerator, and chastising everybody.
According to the Huffington Post, Romney walked up in the place with his chest out because he managed the 2002 Olympic games in Salt Lake City, and started criticizing the preparation of London’s games. (more…)
*John Legend will be among tonight’s entertainment at the White House state dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha.
The Obamas are big admirers of the Grammy winner, just as David and Samantha Cameron are huge fans of British folk rock band Mumford & Sons, who are also scheduled to perform.
The full guest list for the dinner won’t come out until guests are on their way. But a few celebs headed to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. tonight have already shared their news.
Hugh Bonneville, the earl of Grantham from “Downton Abbey” fame, is coming. So is “Homeland” actor Damian Lewis, along with his wife, actress Helen McCrory. President Obama is a big fan of “Homeland,” a psychological thriller that runs on cable TV’s Showtime.
Rory McIlroy, the 22-year-old new world No. 1 golfer from Northern Ireland, also tweeted that he’s coming, and posted a photo of himself being fitted for his dinner suit.
The dinner — in a tent on the South lawn — isn’t all about celebrities and sports stars, though. Plenty of corporate and policy and public officials are expected.
Mrs. Obama gave a preview of the dinner during an afternoon meet-up with students from the U.S. and the U.K. in the State Dining Room, complete with an advance tasting of the dessert: steamed lemon pudding, a nod to the traditional English treat. Then the first lady breezed off, saying, “I have to go look at the tent.” And that’s no ordinary tent: It features a 150-foot-wide glass wall overlooking the White House grounds.
Mrs. Obama also gave Mrs. Cameron a vase of White House honey. The Cameron children got bean bag chairs embroidered with their names and the presidential seal.
*Turner Sports and CBS Sports have secured an exclusive joint interview today with President Barack Obama and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron during halftime of the NCAA tournament’s first game.
President Obama is hosting the leader of the British government this week, and Turner’s TruTV gets the exclusive along with CBS’ Clark Kellogg, one-third of the top broadcasting team for the tournament. Kellogg has interviewed Obama twice before, both times in 2010, both times sticking mainly to basketball.
The two leaders will attend Tuesday’s first-round game in Dayton, Ohio. The NCAA has four play-in games to start the three-week tournament, and the first day’s matches are Mississippi Valley State vs. Western Kentucky and BYU vs. Iona.
“The president and the prime minister look forward to a great game between some of our nation’s finest collegiate athletes,” an unnamed White House official told The Columbus Dispatch this week.