Lady Gaga accused of hurting animals, Islam with one outfit
By Bill Zwecker September 18, 2012 8:56PM
Lady Gaga makes a fashion statement covered in a burka lined with fur and carrying a offensive printed handbag while leaving from a fashion show in London.
Updated: October 20, 2012 6:13AM
Never one to avoid controversy — usually related to her wardrobe choices — Lady Gaga now is reportedly being targeted by two very different extremist groups.
Gaga’s ongoing insistence on wearing fur supposedly has generated various threats against the pop phenomenon from a number of truly aggressive animal activists. “I’m hearing they are going to try and personally attack Gaga — spraying her with paint or even throwing feces at her,” said a source close to the activists.
A Gaga insider adds, “She just loves sticking it to those PETA people.”
† Far more serious is the growing fury from Islamic organizations who are outraged by Lady Gaga wearing a burqa to designer Philip Treacy’s show during London Fashion Week. The anger is targeted not at the burqa but at the clutch she carried, with the C-word clearly emblazoned on it.
“That comes across as a clear insult to Muslims and Islam,” said a Chicago-based representative of several Muslim groups, who asked not to be identified. I’m hearing that the uproar is leading to a big increase in Lady Gaga’s security detail.
All this is a bit confusing, given Gaga’s long advocacy of compassion for all religions. Like many others, she has been extremely upset by the release of the horrible 14-minute trailer for that anti-Muslim film that may have contributed to the murder of U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and his three colleagues in Benghazi, Libya, last week.
WHY THE OUTBURST? Perhaps we now have a better understanding about why “Modern Family” star Eric Stonestreet — normally known as an easygoing guy — got into that angry verbal altercation with a Cardinals fan at a Dodgers game in L.A. the other night: He had just split with his girlfriend of three years, actress Katherine Tokarz.
Stonestreet became upset when the St. Louis fan heckled one of the Dodgers players. It initially led both men from being escorted out by security, though Stonestreet — after using that “Don’t you know who I am?!” line — was allowed back in his seat, TMZ reports.
BIG CUSTODY CASE: There might be a Chicago connection to the high-profile fight “Gossip Girl” actress Kelly Rutherford is waging to have her children returned to from France, where they are living with her ex-husband, Daniel Giersch. Top Chicago attorney Karen Conti, now associated with the Beermann Pritikin firm, has been approached by Rutherford’s agent about possible representation in the case. Clients of the firm’s James Pritikin include Dwyane Wade — who, of course, has been involved in his own very public custody struggle with his ex-wife.
Rutherford has been locked in an international custody battle with Giersch for the past three years — fighting over their very young children, now 3 and 5. Recently, a judge ordered the children remain in France, where they have been visiting their father over the summer. Rutherford’s request for a stay of that judgment during her appeal was denied. Now, Giersch has entered the children in school in France. The couple are supposed to share custody of the kids in what has become a very nasty and complicated legal fight.
BACK TOGETHER: Vince Vaughn is beginning “The Internship” down in Atlanta — a film he penned and will co-star in with his “The Wedding Crashers” pal Owen Wilson. The project reunites Wilson with the movie’s director, Shawn Levy, who helmed the “Night in the Museum” flicks.
This new movie is about two laid-off guys so desperate to get a job, they sign on as interns at a high-tech company where they have to deal with abusive, early twentysomething managers as their bosses.
REAL ESTATE SAVVY: Whenever you see a star’s home in one of those fancy “dwell” magazines like Architectural Digest or Elle Décor, you can pretty much bet it’s part of a star’s marketing plan to sell the place.
A good example is Reese Witherspoon, who has just listed her Ojai, Calif., ranch for $10 million — shortly after it was featured in Elle Décor. Similar splashy layouts have focused on the homes of Jennifer Aniston, ex-hubby Brad Pitt, Diane Keaton, Jane Seymour and other celebrities — shortly before they put homes on the market. “No star would ever consider exposing so much of their personal space unless they planned to leave those houses behind,” said a veteran Hollywood publicist Tuesday.
Witherspoon’s ranch has recently been very much in the news — first as the site of her wedding to new husband Jim Toth, then as a retreat for the Oscar winner’s “Water For Elephants” co-star Robert Pattinson from the media glare following girlfriend Kristen Stewart’s cheating fling with director Rupert Sanders.
ALL IN THE TIMING: For those who want to watch Ald. Tom Tunney teaching Chicago’s “Next Food Network Star” winner Jeff Mauro how to make those yummy cinnamon rolls from Tunney’s Ann Sather’s, tune in to Mauro’s new “$24 in 24” show at 9 p.m. Sunday — and not the incorrect earlier time listed in Tuesday’s column.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: Ex-Chicago Fire player and three-time World Cup soccer star Brian McBride had a leisurely lunch at Mon Ami Gabi in Oak Brook. … Surrounded by a slew of TV screens showing Cubs, Sox, Bears and other pro teams games at Deuces + The Diamond Club, veteran Chicago pol Ed Howlett was asked to name his favorite sport and quipped, “Politics is my sport.” … When Jerry Krause read here about the big Chicago Baseball Museum tribute to the Veeck family Thursday night, he insisted he be added to the speaking roster, saying “Bill Veeck was like a second father to me.” Also expected for the event at the Chicago History Museum will be ex-Soxers Minnie Minoso and Ron Kittle.