Prince crashes into the gay marriage debate. First, Elton John raised questions about the fight for gay marriage. Now, Prince has entered the gay marriage debate. In the New Yorker, Prince is quoted as by writer Claire Hoffman as sounds perhaps less than supportive of gay marriage: Recently, Prince hosted an executive who works for Philip Anschutz, the Christian businessman whose company owns the Staples Center. “We started talking red and blue,” Prince said. “People with money — money like that — are not affected by the stock market, and they’re not freaking out over anything. They’re just watching. So here’s how it is: you’ve got the Republicans, and basically they want to live according to this.” He pointed to a Bible. “But there’s the problem of interpretation, and you’ve got some churches, some people, basically doing things and saying it comes from here, but it doesn’t. And then on the opposite end of the spectrum you’ve got blue, you’ve got the Democrats, and they’re, like, ‘You can do whatever you want.’ Gay marriage, whatever. But neither of them is right.” So began the damage control. Elizabeth Snead at the Daily Dish reports the aftermath: According to Perez Hilton, the New Yorker piece is dead wrong. He quotes a source close to Prince as saying that the New Yorker piece is “grossly misquoted” and all wrong. …. But the New Yorker stands by its story. Prince’s anti-gay statement is already reverberating around Los Angeles’ gay community. At Train, a popular West Hollywood gym, openly gay spin instructor Tevia Celli told her packed Sunday morning class that she had removed all Prince songs from her playlists.
His life was a circus. His farewell won’t be. The producer of Michael Jackson’s public memorial insisted Saturday the event will bea restrained affair without “bells and whistles.” “It will be a celebration of Michael’s life [but] we’re not approaching it as a TV show,” Ken Ehrlich told the Daily News. “Inthe future, there may be a tribute to Michael Jackson. This is really amemorial service. It’s not going to have all the bells and whistles. Wewant to keep it low-key.” Ehrlich, the longtime producer of the Grammy Awards, said the 90-minute farewell at the Staples Center islikely to feature performances, but no final decisions have been made. Stargazers have no reason to fret: Plenty of celebrities will be on hand to pay homage to the fallen pop icon. “People who are watching it, both live and on TV, can expect to see people who have played a role in his life, who will both be reminiscing about himand speaking to the impact he’s made,” Ehrlich said. Behind closed doors, Jackson’s family met with organizers Saturday to nail down final plans for the singer’s funeral rites. Thismuch is known: His casket, reportedly the same $25,000 model used forhis idol James Brown, will not travel through the streets. That’s a relief to Los Angeles authorities, who are already worried that a ticketless horde will show up for the memorial. A whopping 1.6 million people registered for free tickets to Tuesday’s farewell. Organizers will announce the 8,750 winners of a randomly drawn lottery Sunday -though that didn’t stop craigslist scammers from hawking tickets theydon’t possess to the desperate. “If I can’t get the chance to getin, I just don’t know what I’ll do,” said Kate Ross, 31, a recentlyaxed financial adviser from Spain, who was among hundreds of fans whoconverged on the Staples Center. “I lost my job for this.” Officialsestimated up to 750,000 Jackson fanatics could descend on the frozenzone around the 20,000-seat arena in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Jackson, 50, died June 25 after he was discovered in cardiac arrest inside his rented Bel Air mansion. Inthe days since, investigators hauled prescription drugs from his home -including Propofol, a high-powered sedative used in hospital operatingrooms to induce unconsciousness. The LAPD, agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the state attorney general are probing Jackson’s doctors.
11,000 Michael Jackson funeral tickets free to fans. We’ve just learned that the AEG Live is making 11,000 tickets to Michael Jackson’s memorial service free to fans. Fans wishing to attend the service will have to register for the free tickets, according to organizers. The event will be taking place on Tuesday, July 7th at the Staples Center. More information will be announced Friday morning. This busts the previous rumor that tickets were being sold for $25.00 apiece, along with t-shirts. It was said that the Jackson family weren’t trying to profit from his memorial service, but only trying to break even. Stay tuned as details become available.