George Clooney rarely responds to tabloids, so when he does, you know it’s important. The Daily Fail recently came out with a story about how Amal Alamuddin‘s mother, Baria Alamuddin, didn’t want her to marrymedding. Although the Mail still claims that they received the story from legitimate sources, George ain’t buying it.
He wrote a long op-ed about the news, some of which can be seen below:
I seldom respond to tabloids, unless it involves someone else and their safety or well being. The Daily Mail has printed a completely fabricated story about my fiancée’s mother opposing our marriage for religious reasons. It says Amal’s mother has been telling “half of Beirut” that she’s against the wedding. It says they joke about traditions in the Druze religion that end up with the death of the bride.
First of all, none of the story is factually true. Amal’s mother is not Druze. She has not been to Beirut since Amal and I have been dating, and she is in no way against the marriage — but none of that is the issue…. The irresponsibility, in this day and age, to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous….
And when they put my family and my friends in harm’s way, they cross far beyond just a laughable tabloid and into the arena of inciting violence.
Like I mentioned, the Daily Mail is sticking to their guns and saying that they had legitimate sources on this. However, they’ve temporarily pulled down the article to ‘investigate’ further, although I don’t think they’ll put it back up even if the investigation proves fruitful.
On the one hand, George is right – bringing religion into what is essentially a tabloid story is setting a dangerous precedent. We already have enough real-world implications of religious differences – that often turn ugly and dangerous – and we don’t need any more, even fictional ones courtesy of the Daily Mail.
On the other hand, how did the Mail’s sources get it so egregiously wrong when it came to Baria’s religion? It seems like they either made it up and are trying to cover their tracks, or there’s some information we’re not getting here.
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