There’s a larger, shockingly obvious reason that Harry Hamlin’s costume causes controversy, and it’s sad I’ll have to map it out, since you’d think adults would act as such. There’s no humor associated with a symbol that represents one of the most painful times in our history. Yes someone else wore it and it’s simply a costume, but that doesn’t make it right. I realize Hamlin doesn’t advocate it’s intention, but that’s irrelevant. Wearing such a wretched image also keeps it in our consciousness, decensitizing society to its horror. I’d say the same about the use of the N word (in any context, no matter who speaks it) and to the use of black face. We should know better. And lastly, I am Jewish. That either makes me a biased observer or uniquely qualified to comment. You decide.
It always shocks me when celebrities appear on reality shows and openly broadcast their bad behavior. In the case of Star Jones, it’s especially surprising. First, Jones has some major career cleanup to do after being fired from The View and subsequently bad-mouthing the staff. You would think she’d make a considerable effort to appear agreeable — even if she has to lie to do so. If you watched the most recent episode of The Apprentice, then you know that Star Jones and Dionne Warwick were exceptionally disagreeable. The challenge was to draft a children’s book, and both Star and Dionne insisted that they receive writing credit on the book apart from the team’s general credit. If you’re familiar with entertainment contracts, then you know that credit is a big deal in the industry, so it’s understandable that both Star and Dionne would be knowledgeable of receiving separate credit. That being said, this is faux task on Celebrity Apprentice and not a legitimate book deal for a major studio. Their immaturity was ridiculous, as was their condescending conversations with team leader, Lisa Rinna. That brings me to my favorite line of the episode, which came from Lisa Rinna when she said, “those bitches are not going to take me down.”
Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin have officially proven why they quit acting in favor of reality television. While promoting their new reality show, Harry Loves Lisa, Hamlin answered his cell phone mid-interview, to reveal that their clothing store, Belle Gray, had been robbed. Lisa feigns shock, in what might be the worst acting job I’ve ever seen. My guess is that their store was actually robbed recently, and they thought it might be good for their show to act as if the robbing occurred during the interview. After all, isn’t it defamation to mention a security company by name as being “terrible?” But then again — all press is good press. Watch below.