NO ONE can possibly imagine what it’s like to be an international celebrity attempting to have a private life in the era of multi-media, but the Daily Mail has stepped over the line and George Clooney is having none of it.
Privacy intrusion goes with the territory of being a star. George Clooney has taken on the paparazzi and now he’s taking on a Daily Mail story that alleges his fiancÃ©e’s mother is against their marriage on religious grounds. Clooney rightly is appalled at the implications and the dangers of the Daily Mail exploiting religious differences that could bring harm to members of Clooney’s or Amal Alamuddin‘s families.
From the piece George Clooney wrote for USA Today:
I want to speak to the irresponsibility of Monday’s Daily Mail report. 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 fiancÃ©e’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.
Let me repeat that: the death of the bride.
It is despicable to insinuate harm to any woman for a marriage based in love, but when it deals in Middle East traditions while fabricating a religious association that could endanger people the publication doing so has broken faith with First Amendment principles.
No one reads the Daily Mail for its newsworthiness. They’ve gone beyond the pale on targeting Mr. Clooney and Ms. Alamuddin.
*A spokesman for MailOnline responded Wednesday morning at 8:05 a.m. EDT:
The MailOnline story was not a fabrication but supplied in good faith by a reputable and trusted freelance journalist. She based her story on conversations with a long standing contact who has strong connections with senior members of the Lebanese community in the UK and the Druze in Beirut.
We only became aware of Mr Clooney’s concerns this morning and have launched a full investigation. However, we accept Mr Clooney’s assurance that the story is inaccurate and we apologise to him, Miss Amal Alamuddin and her mother, Baria, for any distress caused.
We have removed the article from our website and will be contacting Mr Clooney’s representatives to discuss giving him the opportunity to set the record straight.
UPDATE: Fast forward a couple of days and Mr. Clooney, as only he can do, tells the Daily Mail to go stuff it and for very good reasons. He also teaches every celebrity or public person on planet earth how it’s done. Again, in an exclusive for USA Today, because they reach more people than any other paper in the world.
There is one constant when a person or company is caught doing something wrong. The coverup is always worse. […] Furthermore, they knew ahead of time that they were lying. In an article dated April 28, 2014, reporter Richard Spillett writes in the Mail that “Ramzi, (Amal’s father), married outside the Druze faith,” and a family friend said that “Baria, (Amal’s mom), is not Druze.” The Mail knew the story in question was false and printed it anyway.