2nd racist video surfaces
Yet another video of Justin Bieber making racist remarks has surfaced, this one taking an extremely offensive turn with Bieber speaking in a joking manner about joining the Ku Klux Klan.
On Wednesday, the U.K.’s Sun released footage of a 14-year-old Bieber changing the lyrics of his song “One Less Lonely Girl” to include a racist slur. Bieber, now 20, also incorporated mention of joining the Ku Klux Klan into the lyrics.
TMZ reported that Bieber and his team wanted the video to leak “because he wants to own what he did.” He also did not cooperate with a number of people trying to extort him over the last couple of years, demanding big bucks to keep the videos out of the public eye, according to TMZ.
On Sunday, Bieber publicly apologized for a different video from 2011 that showed him telling a racist joke.
Film spurs flurry of travel
The popularity of the Disney movie “Frozen” has not only led to box-office profits, sold-out merchandise and long lines to meet “Frozen” characters in Disney parks. It’s also motivating fans to visit Norway to see the landscape that inspired the animated movie setting.
Harald Hansen, U.S. spokesman for Visit Norway, said the number of U.S. tourists to Norway increased markedly since the film’s release in November, with booked hotel nights up 37 percent for the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2013. He said tour operators have also seen a 40 percent sales increase this year.
Koons artwork to hit New York
A colossal floral sculpture by American artist Jeff Koons will grace Rockefeller Plaza this summer.
Called “Split-Rocker,” the 37-foot-high structure will be covered in 50,000 flowering plants.
It will be at the midtown Manhattan location from June 25 through Sept. 12.
It coincides with a Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum, opening June 27.
The sculpture looks like the head of a rocking horse, with half of the head depicting a pony and half looking like a dinosaur.
It’s been exhibited in France and Switzerland.
Play recoups its costs
Producers of “All the Way” have more reason to smile just days before the Tony Awards – their play has recouped its investment.
The production said Thursday it had earned back its $3.9 million costs, just days after just celebrating its 100th performance.
Starring Bryan Cranston, Robert Schenkkan’s play focuses on President Lyndon B. Johnson’s first year in office and explores both his fight for re-election and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
It has been nominated for a best play Tony, and Cranston is a leading contender for best actor.
“All The Way” made its debut at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and then jumped to the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
About a third of shows on Broadway generally recoup their costs.
— From News wire services