Blessed be: The Biebs gets booed

Posted: March 07, 2013

A SEISMIC SHIFT is occurring in the entertainment firmament.

Justin Bieber has been booed in London.

The Biebs, who's 19 now but sings to a legion of girls just a few years removed from "Sesame Street," apologized Tuesday to his young fans - and their PO'd parents - after they accused him of taking the stage inconsiderately late for a concert.

Bieber insisted that he was only 40 minutes behind schedule, and blamed "technical issues," but show time on the ticket for his roughly 90-minute gig was 8:30 (the O2 Arena said that he was due to go on at 9:30) and he began performing nearly two hours later.

He said in a tweet to his 35 million followers: "There is no excuse for that and I apologize for anyone we upset. However it was great show and I'm proud of that."


"There were teenage girls crying outside," said Louise Cooper, who had taken her 9-year-old daughter to the gig as a birthday present.

"It's one thing if your demographic is 50-year-olds, but his demographic is lots of little girls who need to go home and go to bed."

* Also booed: "America's Got Talent" judge Mel B, who, at her first auditions in New Orleans, said she wasn't a fan of brass music.

Kind of like being a judge at "The Vatican's Got Talent" and saying you're not a fan of "Ave Maria."


Jon Stewart is taking a hiatus

from "The Daily Show" in June to direct his first film, "Rosewater," based on the book by Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari.

John Oliver will fill in as host.

* The Hawaii state Senate plans

to vote on a bill aimed at protecting celebrities and other public figures from unwanted media attention.

The so-called Steven Tyler Act would create a civil violation for people who take photos or videos of others' private moments.

(Years ago a Steven Tyler Act was in itself a civic violation.)

The Aerosmith lead singer owns property in Maui, and he asked Sen. Kalani English, from Maui, to introduce the bill after photos of Tyler and his girlfriend made news and caused family drama.

Several celebrities submitted testimony supporting the bill, including Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne and the Osbourne family. National media organizations worry that the proposal could limit press freedoms.

Carly Rae Jepsen is

canceling her gig at the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree because of the Scouts' exclusion of gays.

Jepsen tweeted Tuesday that "as an artist who believes in equality for all people" she's pulling out of the July gathering in West Virginia. The event, held every four years, is expected to draw more than 45,000.

Train also warned that it won't appear unless the organization stops barring participation by gay Scouts or adult leaders. Train said on its website that it was unaware of the policy before agreeing to perform and that the organization must now make "the right decision."

BSA director of publicity Deron Smith said that the BSA appreciates "everyone's right to express an opinion" and remains focused on staging a great jamboree.

With headliner Anita Bryant?

* The Kennedy Center for the

Performing Arts announced Tuesday that its 2013-2014 season would include the weeklong festival "One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide."

The 2014 hip-hop festival will open with Nas rapping with musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra. The festival also will feature Puerto Rican musicians Calle 13 and a graffiti exhibition.

* Arizona tribal members say

they're shocked that the TV sitcom "Mike & Molly" made fun of one of the most pervasive social ills on Indian reservations - alcoholism.

The Native American Journalists Association called on CBS to apologize, saying that it's inexplicable for a show to resort to humor at the expense of Arizona tribes. The group urged writers to think twice about what might offend minority groups and to work to overcome stereotypes.

Tattle wonders how "M&M" managed to wedge in the alcoholic joke between all the "fat" jokes.

* As for the chronically offended,

the American Family Association is claiming victory since Sears and JC Penney have reportedly pulled their ads from "Saturday Night Live," because the AFA raised a ruckus over the Christoph Waltz sketch of "Djesus Unchained," which may have been the funniest bit on "SNL" this season.

Nice to see the AFA making nice with Penneys. We thought the agency was still mad at them over spokeswoman Ellen De-


Lamb of God frontman Randy

Blythe was acquitted in a Czech court Tuesday of causing a teen fan's death at a concert.

Blythe was accused of pushing the 19-year-old, who had climbed onto the stage during a 2010 concert at Prague's Abaton club.

The man hit the floor with his head and later died.

Prague's municipal court ruled Tuesday that Blythe was not guilty because what he did was not a crime, court spokeswoman Marketa Puci said.

The court said that it was the concert's organizers who are to blame for the accident.

Mor than 27 million viewers tuned in to all or part of History Channel's version of "The Bible" on Sunday night, making it the No. 1 TV show for the night.

Ah, so there is a future for scripted TV over reality (and "The Ten Commandments" is one of Tattle's favorite movies).

* A U.S. emigre in Israel, Daniel

Pomerantz, on Tuesday launched the first Hebrew-language edition of Playboy.

The mag has been widely available in Israel for years, but this marks the first local edition, featuring Israeli models and writers.

It's the first edition you read from right breast to left breast.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.


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