George Clooney has attacked British tabloid the Daily Mail, claiming that the newspaper incited racial violence by publishing a story about his fiancée Amal Alamuddin's mother opposing their upcoming wedding.
The Gravity and Monuments Men thesp recently wrote a special column for American daily USA Today, in which he detailed his disgust at articles which put his loved ones at risk.
He wrote scornfully:
The Daily Mail has printed a completely fabricated story about my fiancée's mother opposing our marriage for religious reasons. It says Amal's mother has been telling "half of Beirut" that she's against the wedding. It says they joke about traditions in the Druze religion that end up with the death of the bride. Let me repeat that: the death of the bride.
In his statement he also dismantled the key details of the Mail's story:
None of the story is factually true. Amal's mother is not Druze. She has not been to Beirut since Amal and I have been dating, and she is in no way against the marriage.
Well said, Mr Clooney! Clooney's father was a TV journalist and broadcaster. Aptly, the actor continued:
I'm the son of a newsman; I accept the idea that freedom of speech can be an inconvenience to my private life from time to time.
But he was concerned by the fact that the Daily Mail's false story had been picked up by other outlets and taken as truth. Besides, as I see it, free speech does not mean free to lie about who you like at will.
Being familiar with the tabloid, I can say pretty assuredly that the Daily Mail doesn't give a rat's ass about how much danger they put the poor, the sick, and the minorities in by their ceaseless negative portrayals and their desire for rabid intolerance. Do you really think they'd go easy on Clooney?
Well, welcome come to the cheap seats George, par for the course in that tabloid...
Unfortunately, if you were hoping to read the fabrication for yourselves, the latest online version of the story is different from the one published in the newspaper earlier this week. Unsurprisingly, it was edited hours after it was originally posted on the website. The Daily Mail has since issued an apology to Clooney. Too little, too late?
What do you think of the Daily Mail's scare-mongering and lies?
(Source: The Guardian)