CARDI B TAKES ON CONGRESSMAN
WASHINGTON (AP) – Cardi B is basically telling a U.S. congressman: don’t come for me unless I call for you. She’s angry at Republican Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin, who took to the House floor to dress her down for her sex-laden performance at the Grammys. Cardi B notes the criticism is three months late – and comes the same week people are focusing on the George Floyd murder case and police brutality. She says Grothman’s dredging up her Grammy appearance shows his priorities are skewed.
COMEDIAN COMPLAINS OF PROFILING IN ATLANTA AIRPORT
ATLANTA (AP) – Comedian Eric Andre says what happened to him at Atlanta’s main airport is no laughing matter. He says he was about to board a plane when officers pulled him aside and asked if they could search him for drugs. The comedian declined – and he was allowed to board his flight. Andre says he was the only person of color boarding at the time – and feels he was racially profiled. Officials with the Clayton County Police Department, whose officers dealt with Andre, say their people did nothing wrong. But they didn’t say why the officers questioned him.
ANDRA DAY UP FOR OSCAR FOR PLAYING BILLIE HOLIDAY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – You’ve heard many actors up for an Oscar say it’s a privilege just to be nominated. Andra Day says being up for Oscar for best actress this Sunday is more like a shock. Day plays the title character in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.” And she says there was never a time on set that she thought she was turning in an Oscar-worthy performance. Day also says she had qualms about the role because Diana Ross and Audra McDonald had already played Holiday in movies. Day says she didn’t want to look bad by comparison.
“NOMADLAND” WINS SPIRIT AWARD AS OSCARS APPROACH
UNDATED (AP) – As if Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland” needed any more momentum going into Oscar weekend – it has one last push. The movie won best feature at the 36th Independent Spirit Awards. This year’s event was mostly pre-taped because of the pandemic. We’ll know Sunday if the Spirit Awards’ clout as an Oscar precursor will hold. “Moonlight,” “Spotlight,” “Birdman” and “12 Years a Slave” all won Spirit Awards before going on to win the Oscars the same weekend.
“JERSEY SHORE” STAR ARRESTED IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – There’s legal trouble for a member of the “Jersey Shore” cast. Police in Los Angeles say Ronnie Ortiz-Magro was arrested yesterday for investigation of felony domestic violence. Authorities say he was busted in the Playa del Ray section of L.A. on suspicion of doing violence on an intimate partner. No details on the other person were given. Ortiz-Magro was busted on similar charges in 2019. He pleaded no contest to domestic battery and resisting arrest last year — and is still on probation in that case.