Joni Mitchell Calls Bob Dylan a 'Fake'

Tuesday, 27 Apr 2010 08:24 PM

By James Hirsen

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The Left Coast Report: A Political Look at Hollywood

Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Joni Mitchell Calls Bob Dylan a 'Fake'
2. Actor Sues Academy for Alleged False Imprisonment
3. 'South Park' Controversy Continues
4. Polanski Sends Plea to Obama Via Sarkozy
5. Harry Reid's Opponent Will Lose Due to 'None of the Above'?
 

1. Joni Mitchell Calls Bob Dylan a 'Fake'

Joni Mitchell has a couple of things in common with Bob Dylan.

Both are folk rock icons. Both, too, have stage names. Mitchell used to be known as Roberta Joan Anderson, while Dylan's given name was Robert Zimmerman.

Interestingly, Joni was being interviewed by the Los Angeles Times when the name change comparison was brought up. She responded by labeling Dylan a “fake” and a “plagiarist.”

“Bob is not authentic at all,” Mitchell said. “He's a plagiarist, and his name and voice are fake. Everything about Bob is a deception.”

She insists that she is nothing like the minstrel of Malibu. “We are like night and day, he and I,” Joni said.

She chalked up the difference between her original surname and the stage version to her marriage.

“As for my name, my parents wanted a boy, so they called me Robert John; when I came out a girl, they just added two letter a's to that. Then I married Chuck Mitchell; I wanted to keep my maiden name — I had a bit of a following as Joni Anderson — but he wouldn't let me,” Mitchell said.


2. Actor Sues Academy for Alleged False Imprisonment

Michael AvMen will co-star with Kate Bosworth in the upcoming redo of "Straw Dogs."

He'll also appear alongside Michelle Rodriguez in "Battle: Los Angeles."

But AvMen may be better known for a lawsuit he just filed in the Central District Superior Court in California against the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Oscar folks were served a $50 million lawsuit alleging that AvMen and his wife were falsely imprisoned at this year's Academy Awards ceremony.

The suit claims that the actor was led to believe his passes were being held inside the Kodak Theatre but instead the two were "held against their will" for six hours in a "detention center."

The lawsuit alleges that Mr. and Mrs. AvMen were interrogated by officials about how they gained entry to the red carpet, and in addition were accused of crashing the event.

Also alleged in the complaint are the causes of action of "illegal false imprisonment" and "intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress," with further claims that the couple suffered "humiliation, mental anguish, and emotional and physical distress."

The actor issued the following statement: "If I or some 'regular' individual acted as the Academy did, we would be in prison right now.

“I will show that these people aren't above the law. Security is one thing, but this was outside the realm of excessive. My wife and I have suffered, and there has been a great injustice enforced,” the statement also read.


3. 'South Park' Controversy Continues

By now most people are aware that “South Park,” the animated TV show on Comedy Central, isn’t for children.

The evidence was there from the start in the first episode, which was a Christmas show that featured a violent battle between an animated Santa Claus and the Christian Savior, Jesus.

The show uses words that most parents would prefer their children not have in their vocabulary banks.

Catholics, Mormons, Jews, and even atheists have been mocked over the course of the show’s run. God has been depicted as a monkey and Jesus as a kind of superhero hypocrite who uses his miraculous powers to smite opponents.

The program has also viciously attacked loads of celebrities, which has contributed to its high ratings and long roster of offended folks.

In the 200th anniversary episode, everyone that the show has ever offended makes a repeat appearance. In it, Tom Cruise teams up with Bono, Tiger Woods, Paris Hilton, and other “South Park” parodied celebrities of the past to plot their revenge.

Unfortunately, this time around cartoon producers Trey Parker and Matt Stone have offended a group that has responded with a warning that they could face violent consequences for satirizing the Prophet Muhammad.

A U.S.-based organization, Revolution Muslim, posted on its website that the "South Park" creators would "probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh." Beneath a picture showing the murder of Van Gogh, the post reads: "We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid, and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show. This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them."

Van Gogh was the Dutch filmmaker who was shot and stabbed to death in 2004 over his short film titled "Submission," which focused on the issue of mistreatment of women in the radical Muslim culture.

The posting provided details about a home that Parker and Stone reportedly co-own and also listed the addresses of their California production office and the New York office of Comedy Central.

Comedy Central responded by editing out from the show any references to Muhammad.

According to Parker and Stone's website, the network prohibited them from streaming the original episode on their site. The two wrote, “After we delivered the show, and prior to broadcast, Comedy Central placed numerous additional audio bleeps throughout the episode. We do not have network approval to stream our original version of the show.”

Now Parker and Stone have issued a statement concerning their network's decision to perform the redactions.

“In the 14 years we’ve been doing ‘South Park’ we have never done a show that we couldn’t stand behind. We delivered our version of the show to Comedy Central and they made a determination to alter the episode. It wasn’t some meta-joke on our part. Comedy Central added the bleeps. In fact, Kyle’s customary final speech was about intimidation and fear. It didn’t mention Muhammad at all but it got bleeped too. We’ll be back next week with a whole new show about something completely different, and we’ll see what happens to it.”


4. Polanski Sends Plea to Obama Via Sarkozy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has hand delivered a letter to President Obama from fugitive director Roman Polanski.

In the letter, Polanski evidently requests that Obama provide leniency in his case.

During the summit on nuclear proliferation, Sarkozy slipped the letter from the Oscar winner and fugitive from justice to Obama, according to the French periodical, L'Express.

The politics of a president going to bat for a person who admitted having unlawful sexual relations with a 13-year-old and subsequently fleeing the country is ill-advised to the point of absurdity.

Sarkozy apparently assisted Polanski in gaining release from prison on $4.5 million bail and being placed under house arrest at Polanski's Swiss chalet.

After having been sprung from the jail cell, Polanski's sister-in-law, actress Mathilde Seigner, told the Le Parisien newspaper, "The president [Sarkozy] has been very effective."


5. Harry Reid's Opponent Will Lose Due to 'None of the Above'?

Harry Reid is in big trouble in Nevada.

In fact, no matter which Republican is put up against him, the numbers show the Senate majority leader down 8 to 18 points.

Leave it to political types to come up with a far-fetched spin on the election. Reid's campaign people are claiming that the polls are wrong because a significant number of the voters in Nevada will choose "None of the above" on their ballots.

According to the Reid folks, with the electorate angry at the federal government, the combination of "None of the above" and third party candidates will skim enough votes from the GOP to beat the leading Republican candidate, state party leader Sue Lowden.

In addition, GOPers have provided polls showing that even when voters are presented with the full ballot of eight candidates plus "None of the above," Lowden still beats Reid by 10 points.

It shows a new kind of desperation when a campaign boasts about winning by skimming.

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