Today in celebrity gossip: A maligned actress is defended, Joe Simpson is not who you think he is, and No Doubt has a little racist video controversy.
Though actress Amanda Bynes, recently scrutinized for odd behavior involving hit and runs and strange online activity, is not completely out of the woods, she's at least been cleared of one accusation. Last week or so, a story ran in In Touch claiming that Bynes wandered nude into the lobby of her regular New York tanning salon to ask for something, seeming to not care that she was naked for all to see. Some supposed witness-type told the magazine that she "seemed completely out of it," seeming to confirm the rumors that Bynes has maybe snapped some sort of tether. The actress responded last week, saying "I'm not 'troubled.' I don't get naked in public. I'm 26, a multi-millionaire, retired. Please respect my privacy." So a strong, if admittedly strange, rebuttal. And now the owner of the tanning salon is saying that security tapes confirm that Bynes was never nude in the lobby, so case closed. Of course they could just be protecting a loyal and high-profile client, but let's take their word for it, shall we? Bynes' potential mental problems are nothing to make fun of, but we do have to wonder about this "26, multi-millionaire, retired" thing. If that is the case, maybe she's just bored? I mean, wouldn't you be? Sure, we all think "Oh man, if only I didn't have to work, it'd be so great." But I dunno. I think you'd get bored and, yeah, maybe start to act a little strange. You'd be alone all the time while everyone else is at work! Doesn't sound that fun. Maybe that's what's happening. Let's hope that's what's happening and urge Ms. Bynes to try to get some kind of job. Doesn't have to be acting, it could be anything. She could go work at a library. Do they have libraries in Los Angeles? Well, actually, I think she lives in New York now, so sure, they have libraries here. There's a little branch on Tompkins Square Park. Maybe she could go work there. No nudity allowed. [Us Weekly]
Speaking of people denying sneering rumors, Jessica Simpson's dad is telling friends and associates he is not gay, according to TMZ "sources," in the wake of some rumors that he recently came out to his family and is dating some 21-year-old kid. He also got a makeover that makes him look like, well, like if Annie Lennox had a brother. So who knows what's going on. And really we shouldn't care. If Joe Simpson has been gay this whole time and is just now coming to terms with it, good for him. If this is just some dumb rumor pegged to some newly frosted hair and a new young friend, well then pish to it. Pish, I say! Who really cares who crinkly, crusty old Joe Simpson is sleeping with? It doesn't really matter to anyone. All that matters is that we gently try to guide him back toward the hair salon so they can maybe salvage what's left of his hair and encourage him to never ask for the Lori Petty again. That's all we can do, as a society. So let's do it. [TMZ]