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On a JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas yesterday, a group of passengers were forced to band together and subdue Clayton Osbon, a pilot who simply flipped out, behaving erratically, banging on the cockpit door and screaming out numbers.

On his radio show this morning, meanwhile, Carson Daly referenced the incident.

"Most of the people were on their way to some sort of security conference in Las Vegas," he said. "It was like a bunch of dudes and well trained dudes... thank God."

Carson Daly Picture

The Voice host then added, laughing: "With my luck, it would be like... 'this is the flight going to [the gay pride parade] in San Francisco,'" changing his tone to sound more effeminate and saying: "Uh, we're headed down to Vegas for the floral convention."

The implication, naturally? Folks such as that would not have been able to bring down the JetBlue pilot.

A few hours after making the comments, Daly Tweeted an apology: "This morning on my radio show I attempted to make fun of myself & offended others by mistake. I sincerely apologize."

Do you accept this apology? Do you think he should have made one?

 

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Amandla Stenberg, the 13-year old actress who plays Rue in The Hunger Games, has spoken out on the unexpected, ignorant, racist controversy that has somehow enveloped her beloved character.

Rue in The Hunger Games

In response to posts on Twitter that dared to wonder why Rue was portrayed by an African-American on screen - one actually wrote: "Why did the producer make all the good characters black?" - Stenberg has taken the mature road and released a statement that reads:

"As a fan of the books, I feel fortunate to be part of The Hunger Games family. It was an amazing experience; I am proud of the film and my performance. I want to thank all of my fans and the entire Hunger Games community for their support and loyalty."

No, thank YOU, Amandla, for bringing such an important character to life. You can't see us at the moment, but take our word for it: we're holding up three fingers in your honor.

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He was best known for grabbing rebounds, but now former NBA star Dennis Rodman could use an assist. In life.

An Orange County court commissioner told the Hall of Famer yesterday that he will be held in contempt - and face 20 days in prison - over the $860,376 in child/spousal support he owes his ex-wife.

Rodman has until May 29 to come up with the money, but it could be a problem says his financial advisor, Peggy Williams. She claims her client is broke.

"In all honesty, Dennis, although a very sweet person, is an alcoholic," Williams tells The Los Angeles Times of Rodman. "His sickness impacts his ability to get work."

Dennis Rodman Photograph

Rodman is a multiple-time champion and All-Star and one of the best defenders in NBA history. His colorful life off the court has included a marriage to Carmen Electra; time spent as Madonna's boyfriend; and a resume that includes donning a wedding dress to a book signing, along with coaching a topless women's team.

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Justin Bieber may be all about practical jokes these days - check out this clip from the season premiere of Punk'd - but at least two people in Texas don't fight the singer very funny.

Justin Bieber at Grauman's Chinese Theater

Last month, Bieber sent out nine-tenths of a phone number, along with the message "Call me right now." Naturally - despite the Tweet being taken down soon after it went live - many teenage girls followed this advice, simply guessing the identity of the final digit.

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Let's get this out of the way:

On page 45 of Suzanne Collins' novel, on which The Hunger Games is based, the author writes of Rue: "She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that's she's very like Prim in size and demeanor..."

So, yes, any reader of this franchise should be aware that the female Tribute from District 11 is African-American, as portrayed by Amandla Stenberg on the big screen. Not that it should matter, of course... but apparently it does to a slew of supposed fans

Consider the ignorant, racist Tweets many have sent over the past few days:

Racist Tweets

Fortunately, these idiots are in the minority, as The Hunger Games sky-rocketed to a record-breaking box office haul this weekend and has been generally well received by critics and theater goers alike.

As for these morons? If only Katniss could get them in her bow-and-arrow crosshairs...

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Bobby Brown is in trouble with the law once again.

The singer was arrested this afternoon in Reseda, California on suspicion of driving under the influence, TMZ confirms, as police pulled the artist over around 12:20 p.m. local time while he was chatting on a cell phone.

Brown was then booked and placed in a Van Nuys jail. Friends are reportedly on the way to bail him out as we type.

Bobby Brown Mug Shots

Whitney Houston's ex, who has not been making positive headlines since his former wife passed away, was also arrested in 1996 on drunk driving charges, eventually serving eight days in jail.

In November 2002, meanwhile, he was arrested in Atlanta (mug shots above) and charged with possession of marijuana, speeding and driving without a license or proof of insurance.

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A new beauty pageant scandal has broken out, but this one has nothing to do with naked photos or a contestant's stance on gay marriage.

Jenna Talackova - a 23-year old who was born a man, but who underwent gender reassignment surgery at the age of 19 - has been disqualified from Miss Universe Canada because, according to a statement from the organization, she does not "meet the requirements to compete, despite having stated otherwise on her entry form."

Producers added that they do respect Talackova's "goals, determination and wish her the best."

Jenna Talackova Picture

"I am very disappointed with the decision taken by the Miss Universe ... organizers," Talackova said in a statement released today. "However, I will look to turn this situation into a positive so that other people in a similar situation are not discriminated against in the future."

Denis Davila, the director of the event, says there are rules in place that make it clear one must be born a woman in order to compete. Jenna, he says, indicated on her original registration that she was female, only to later explain her unusual situation.

Reactions to the decision have been mixed with over 20,000 signatures on a change.org petition to reverse the pageant ruling.

What do you think? Should Talackova have been disqualified?

 


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Simon Cowell was forced to take a break from deciding on the next X Factor judges Saturday... because a woman used a brick to break a window and get into his London home!

S. Cowell

We'll let Simon's rep, Max Clifford, explain what happened via the statement he has released regarding the incident:

"There was a loud bang and Simon rushed upstairs to find out what was going on. It came from the bathroom so he went in and there was a woman standing there holding a brick. She had smashed her way in through the window and it was unclear how long she had been there or what she was doing."

The producer's security team swooped in, TMZ reports, and detained the intruder - Leanne Zaloumis, 29, believed to be a crazed fan - until British police arrived and arrested the lady for trespassing, along with intention to inflict grievous bodily harm upon a person therein.

"It was a very frightening experience for Simon, who told me it was like something from a horror movie," Clifford said.

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Dharun Ravi blames immaturity - not criminal-level hate - for his actions leading up to the tragic suicide of his former Rutgers roommate, Tyler Clementi.

"I was 18 ... I did do things wrong and I was stupid about a lot of stuff," he tells ABC News of his 2010 actions. "I was a dumb kid not thinking about it."

Ravi, who many feel indirectly drove Clementi to throw himself off the George Washington bridge, was found guilty of invasion of privacy and hate crimes.

He insists he is not homophobic, however.

Ravi and Clementi

"I didn't act out of hate and I wasn't uncomfortable with Tyler being gay," Ravi claims in a separate interview with New Jersey's The Star-Ledger newspaper.

"I won't ever … tell the world that I hated Tyler because he was gay, or tell the world that I was trying to hurt or intimidate him because it's not true."

In death, Clementi has become a cause celebre of sorts, stirring passions, controversy and heated debate over bullying, particularly of gay youth.

Dharun Ravi says he realized his roommate, also 18 at the time, "had bigger problems" that may have contributed to his decision to take his own life.

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You're not alone, Rob Kardashian.

The day after that reality star got in trouble for messing with a member of the paparazzi, TMZ reports that Brian Austin Green is about to face a lawsuit due to his alleged actions against one of these parasites in December.

BAG and Megan Fox

Delbert Shaw will claim in court papers he's filing today that he was snapping pictures of the couple in Hawaii last year when Fox said to her man: Are you going to let him get away with that?

The taunt prompted Green, supposedly, to attack Shaw, resulting in injuries to the photographer and even his iPhone getting tossed into the ocean. He's suing Green for unspecified damages and notes in the suit that Fox was egging the actor on throughout the assault.

No word yet from anyone in Green or Fox's camp.

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