B-52s leader draws line
One of the founders of the quirky rock band The B-52s is using the 35th anniversary of its hit “Rock Lobster” to reiterate his opposition to eating them.
Fred Schneider says he stopped eating crustaceans at age 4 after going crabbing with family in New Jersey and watching them boiled alive. The lifelong vegetarian said in video narrated for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that he views crabs and lobsters not as seafood but as “sea life.”
Schneider got the idea for “Rock Lobster” when a projector displayed images including lobsters on a grill at an Atlanta disco. He said he thought, “Rock this, rock that... rock lobster!”
The band jammed on the title, and the song was born. The band’s other hits include “Love Shack” and “Roam.”
De Blasio’s cameo role
Is an Emmy Award next for Bill de Blasio?
The New York City mayor made a cameo as himself in Sunday night’s episode of “The Good Wife,” a political show set in Chicago.
One of the characters, played by Nathan Lane, is riding in a New York taxi. De Blasio appears in a commercial shown on the cab’s back-seat television.
De Blasio appears in a loop, loudly extolling the city’s virtues.
This prompts Lane to ask his cab driver to turn off the video.
This is de Blasio’s first acting job since taking office. He has described himself as an “intense” fan of the show.
Rapper West enters plea
Kanye West pleaded no contest Monday to misdemeanor battery against a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport in a special plea in which he maintains his innocence.
West entered the plea through his attorney and did not attend the court hearing. He was sentenced to two years of probation, 24 anger management therapy sessions and 250 hours of community service. The rapper’s plea cannot be used against him in a civil lawsuit.
West was charged with misdemeanor counts of battery and grand theft after an altercation at LAX with photographer Daniel Ramos in July. Ramos claimed West punched him in an unprovoked attack and wrestled his camera to the ground during the scuffle.
Guthrie wed and expecting
“Today” anchor Savannah Guthrie has gotten married, and she used the occasion to announce she’s expecting her first child.
Guthrie and Mike Feldman, a 45-year-old communications strategist, tied the knot Saturday near her hometown of Tucson, Ariz. It was there she told her guests she’s four months’ pregnant.
Guthrie’s on-air “Today” colleagues were among those on hand for the wedding ceremony.
The marriage-and-baby twofer was revealed to the rest of the world on Monday’s edition of “Today,” with Guthrie back in New York at the NBC morning show.
Beside her at the anchor desk, Matt Lauer reported that she was “a beautiful bride.”
The 42-year-old Guthrie said she was happy to go public with her pregnancy, because “I can’t suck in this gut anymore.”