February 1, 2008


Heath Ledger: Campaign to bury drug video (Bonnie Malkin, 01/02/2008, DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Some of the biggest stars in Hollywood were behind a campaign to force Entertainment Tonight to dump a video of Heath Ledger discussing drugs at a party, it has been revealed. [...]

Among the celebrities to contact Entertainment Tonight (ET) to complain about the video were Natalie Portman and Sarah Jessica Parker.

But they were not alone, PR firms representing Sean Penn, Mike Myers and Jake Gyllenhaal also registered their dismay at plans to air the video.

Anything that might embarrass their country has to be aired, but anything that might embarrass a dead junkie oughtn't? Nice priorities.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 1, 2008 8:42 AM

Read that there's a campaign on to fire John Gibson from Fox News for saying mean things on his radio show about Heath Ledger. I'm no fan, but the few times I've seen Gibson on Fox News, he wasn't repeating the msm party line like that insufferable idiot, Shepherd Smith.

Posted by: erp at February 1, 2008 2:10 PM

There is plenty of drug abuse going on in Hollywood and none of the actors or PR firms want too much publicity about it because it would damage their profits. The drug dealers and recreational users all share complicity in the destruction related to the use of cocaine and other "recreational" drugs. Steroids in baseball? Big deal compared to hush surrounding drug use in Hollywood.

Posted by: Dennis at February 1, 2008 2:37 PM

The clout of Hollywood on the Heath Ledger video isn't a first. I remember the dismay and outrage by the elite over the coroner in that county years ago, releasing information on the deaths of Natalie Wood and William Holden, years ago, and their intoxicated state at the times of their demise. I think it may have cost him his job, even...not sure.

Posted by: Jim Frost at February 1, 2008 2:42 PM

Put it out there. If a mugshot could be published on a website for DUI, or a college coeds spring break dunkiness finds its way to DVD, or rumors are spread about what that accounting girl did at the Christmas party, everybody has access to it. Heath Ledger had a problem with drugs, and instead of following the facts and truths, America jumps right to conclusion and feeds him sympathy, and what a tragic loss it is. All because he was in a movie.
What about the vagrant, who sleeps on the bus stop you pass by everyday, who lost everything thing he had because he had a problem with alcohol or drugs. People just pass by him, maybe give him the spare change they have in their pockets, perhaps enough to go buy a sandwich, when you know damn well he is going to spend it to feed his addiction, the same addiction Mr. Ledger had. Do you even think about him when you notice he isnt there today? I am sure the few friends he has notice. Do you think about him or give sympathy when you notice he isnt there for a week straight? Is the vagrant, who has the same problem as Mr. Ledger, not a tragic loss?

Posted by: Sam at February 1, 2008 3:23 PM

Typical homophobic response.

Posted by: ky at March 20, 2008 11:48 PM