“You’re 18? Who are you with? Do you have a bf? When is your bday? Where are you staying? What’s your #? Can I see you? You’re single? What’s the hotel? Should I rent a room? It’s me. Yes or no? Tomorrow or thurs?”
– James Franco, attempting to pick up a teenage girl via Instagram this week. After the chat leaked, he appeared on Live with Kelly and Michael saying, “I have a very good life, but not only do I have to go through the embarrassing kind of rituals of meeting someone, sometimes if I do that, then it gets published for the world. It’s like doubly embarrassing.”
Look Ma, No Shirt!
“My most sexy photos I would say she took. She’s like, ‘Ooh, move this way, move that way! There’s one people talked about where I was hugging a palm tree and I was topless? My mom took that one. When I had a sandy butt? My mom took that one. So my mom is responsible for those pictures.”
– Heidi Klum, revealing the photographer behind her most popular snapshots.
What is… Child Labor?
“Maybe you can find out the names of the 8-year-olds who made your fancy suit there, Alex.”
– Jeopardy contestant Tom Cavanaugh, an apparent anti-sweatshop labor activist, feistily catching host Alex Trebek off guard after mentioning his plans to spend his winnings from the show on a documentary about the issue.
The Glass Is Half Empty
“I would consider someone making up to $500,000 as upper middle-class. I wouldn’t classify them as rich.”
– New York Governor Cuomo’s top aide Larry Schwartz, setting the bar for economic hardship pretty high—and he wasn’t the only politico this week to do so: Virginia Democrat James P. Moran voiced his opinion about the salaries of congressmen—which is $174,000—saying, “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid.”
“Would it be inflammatory to say that you think white men are sort of the enemy?”
“Um. I mean I think they are, and we might as well label it. Whiteness will always be the enemy.”
– Suey Park, the 23-year-old social activist who started the Twitter firestorm #CancelColbert following an out-of-context tweet by the show, seemingly combatting racism with a few not-so-choice remarks in an interview with Salon.