Today's Evil Beet Gossip

Don’t Hate The Player

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NEW DELHI, India (AP) — Angry crowds in several Indian cities burned effigies of Richard Gere on Monday after he swept a popular Bollywood actress into his arms and kissed her several times during an AIDS-awareness event.

He kissed the gal pictured above. Her name is Shilpa Shetty.

In Mumbai, members of the right-wing Hindu nationalist group Shiv Sena beat burning effigies of Gere with sticks and set fire to glamorous shots of Shetty.

Note that they set fire to “glamorous” shots of Shilpa. This wasn’t her in the pajamas pants with the bunnies on them. Now, you may remember the name because Shilpa was involved in a controversy with Big Brother UK. You see, Shilpa was made fun of by the UKers for being *gasp* Indian. They managed to make fun of her accent (though I’m fairly certain none of them spoke decent Hindi) and butcher the pronunciation of her name.

Here’s some video of that big fun:

So, to recap, the Brits offended her and the Yanks molested her.

I have to say for me the most offensive part of this was that it was Richard Gere. I would like myself to be burned in effigy! Then you know you’ve made it. I also hope the issue of AIDS awareness gets washed away in these protests because while people shouldn’t be allowed to kiss in public they should be allowed to hook another person up with a disease in private.

Madonna’s Back in Malawi

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When Her Madgesty touched down in Malawi today, along with 18-month-old David Banda, whom she adopted from the country, and daughter Lourdes, it set off rumors of another adoption. Not true, says Madonna’s camp. Her publicist stated that she was in the area “overseeing the building of a children’s health-care center. She is absolutely not adopting another baby.” Other sources indicate that Madonna is there to film a documentary about Malawi. While no itinerary has been released, Madonna spent her first day in the country touring the village of Gumulira.

Our Condolences

Breaking news is that 20 students have been fatally shot at Virginia Tech. They have locked down their classrooms and cancelled all classes. For more information please click here.

The students and faculty of Virginia Tech our in our prayers.

Evidently more information can be found on the Virginia Tech website but it isn’t loading at this time.

Update: This is the deadliest campus shooting in United States history.

Ed Update: It’ll probably wind up being the deadliest mass shooting in all of U.S. history. The White House’s response to this? “The president believes that there is a right for people to bear arms, but that all laws must be followed.” I mean, it’s way sad that all these people are dead and shit, but, like, before we get carried away here, let’s be clear on the fact that this should in no way open up a national discussion on gun control. Just so we’re all clear. K? K.

Great Headline of the Day

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Here you go:

Imus’ firing leaves doubts about Imus Ranch for cancer-stricken kids

I think I speak for us all when I say justice has finally been served.

A quote near the end of the article clearly and concisely sums up this whole debacle:

“Sometimes he was kind of funny, and sometimes he would say things he shouldn’t say,” said Lovato, downing a hamburger in La Risa Cafe. “I really don’t think he’s a good person.”

Amen to that.