Archive for September 2008
FURIOUS Catholics have branded Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd a ghoul – after he suggested it could be
‘okay’ to have sex with animals. Aykroyd was one of a series of Irish Americans to contribute to Kerry Kennedy’s book, Being Catholic Now. In the book, the funnyman first irritates devout Catholics by saying he backs gay and lesbian priests. Then he outrages them further by condoning bestiality.
Says Aykroyd: “I’d embrace gay and lesbian priests, because I don’t believe homosexuality is immoral. I draw the line at bestiality because it’s unfair to the dog or the cat. If the dog or the cat had consciousness, then that’d be okay with me. Sexuality has nothing to do with morality.”
Irishman Bill Donohue, the president of America’s influential Catholic League, is disgusted at Aykroyd’s remarks. He blasts: “If I were a pet owner and was going away for the weekend the last thing I’d do with Fido is drop him off at Dan Aykroyd’s house.”
Foul-mouthed funny man Denis Leary shocked fellow celebrities this week by poking fun at Ricky Martin, Britney Spears and David Duchovny. And Leary – whose parents John and Nora both emigrated to America from Killarney – might now consider going back there for good, given the hostile reception he got for his cheeky wisecracks.
Leary, who was hosting the Fashion Rocks awards in New York, drew embarrassed titters as he repeatedly sniped at Spears and Duchovny. In one barb, Leary quipped: “Britney Spears will not be here tonight but we’re gonna do a little Britney tribute later on. I’m gonna chug a bottle of NyQuil (cold medicine), do seven shots of vodka, shave my head and make out with members of the paparazzi.”
But he saved his crudest joke for pop star Martin, who has been plagued with rumours about his sexuality, even though he recently had two kids to a surrogate mum. “Ricky Martin will not be here tonight,” Leary said. “He just had twins today. Surrogate mum. Yeah, they had to do it that way because babies don’t come out of other men’s arses!”
It seems to be a year for Leary to bite the hand that feeds him – he has also written a book called Why We Suck in which he brands Americans “fat, lazy and stupid.” In one extract, Leary rages: “I’m sick of low esteem and fake fat-suit-wearing female talk-show hosts and extreme makeovers and steroid-laden home run hitters and Reese Witherspoon movies and Paris Hilton‘s himbo boyfriends and celebrity rehab and Dr. Phil.”
Irish stand-up comic Fiona Walsh was so self-conscious about not having gleaming white American teeth – that she turned her torment into a Broadway play. Tipperary-born Walsh grew up watching telly shows like Marcus Welby MD and the Incredible Hulk in which all the stars had impossibly bleached teeth.
And funny woman Fiona, whose one woman show Great White American Teeth debuts at New York’s First Irish Theatre Festival this month, has successfully used her own angst about being born with typical European gnashers into a critically-acclaimed play. “I had my own teeth straightened after years of agents pointing out that I had an unmarketable gap,” explains Fiona, whose play will be showcased in Belfast next year. “I wore a brace for over a year and still have a retainer – how ‘Yankee’ is that?
The move seems to have helped because, as well as her stage show, Fiona will soon be filming a movie about Irish immigrants called Paddyville in New York with Irish American hunk Aidan Quinn.
Perhaps the White House should be renamed the Pink House. New York politician Christine Quinn is on a one-woman mission to get all America’s gays to vote for Barack Obama. Lesbian Quinn – New York’s City Council speaker – reckons she could tip the election in Obama’s favour if she can simply get all her fellow gays to back the Democrat candidate for the White House.Explaining her reason for backing Obama, Quinn say: “I am confident he will be the most pro-gay president we’ve had.”
Quinn, 41, New York’s first openly lesbian speaker, will hit the road this Autumn to promote Obama’s campaign among gays and lesbians in swing states like Pennsylvania. She plans to take part in special bus trips in which she and other gays preach to the masses.