From the same folks that brought you the world class headline “Yet Another Woman Has Dumped Dave Navarro”, the following is from MSNBC’s The Scoop.
Last week, The Scoop reported that some Los Angelenos who had pooled together $40,000 for a billboard protesting Gibson for his anti-Semitic comments kept getting turned down by companies who feared repercussions from the film-industry town.
After our item ran, a firm that sells space on the electronic billboards at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and Yankee and Shea Stadiums in New York contacted Andy Behrman, the Los Angeles publicist who was spearheading the effort, saying œAnti-Gibson advertising accepted here. Wrote the account exec: œBeing anti-Mel myself¦.I am happy to deeply discount our rate card for the satisfaction of helping get the message out.
A deal was offered and accepted, but then the company backed out. œMy bosses are taking the same stance that the other out of home/billboard companies did with you, in fear of being sued and getting ˜negative™ publicity, the exec explained in an email. œSorry to have gotten you all excited; I truly never imagined that we wouldn™t be able to get this done.
On a completely unrelated tip, Rog writes,
I just read that the Big Eunuch had a no-no broken up in the 7th inning last night. Any word if Michael Kay kept his big trap shut and/or if he went postal and started blaming jews for everything a’ la Mel Gibson on his radio show? This, of course, assuming he even called the game. Haven’t seen too many games on YES lately, so I’m not sure he was allowed into the stadium or not.
Though I had the volume down for whatever portions of the Yankees’ 7-6 win over the White Sox that I managed to see on YES, I do think some clarification is necessary here.
During his now infamous outburst on ESPN Radio 1050 last week, Michael Kay (above) most certainly did not blame the Jews for anything. He did, however, refer to a) slavery, b) Nazi Germany and c) the non-existence of God in defending himself against a supposed breach of “baseball etiquette”.
To the best of my knowledge, Kay was competely sober at the time.
In summation, Kay’s outburst is comparable to Gibson’s only in that both individuals are highly paranoid, have highly infalted senses of their own self-importance (Mel “owns” Malibu, Michael “owns” Centerstage) and are amongst the greatest box office draws in their respective fields (Mel’s “The Passion Of The Christ”, “Lethal Weapon”, “Braveheart”, etc., while nearly 4 million people a year attend Yankee games in a dangerous neighborhood just so they can avoid hearing Kay on the TV).
Kay did call last night’s game, but it took place at U.S. Cellular Field. Though I’ve found nothing to indicate Yankee Stadium security have been instructed to say “See ya!” to the team’s easily agitated broadcaster, there is at least one tale in today’s papers of another overzealous Bombers fan who will have to take his beer money elsewhere. Incredibly, this putz has his own Wikipedia entry. Then again, that’s not saying much these days.