Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jun 21, 2013
June 21, 2013
Idle gossip & unconfirmed rumors:
Don't know if this cost you a bet in some office pool but according to that shameless gossip e-rag TMZ, KIM KARDASHIAN and KANYE WEST have named their daughter NORTH WEST. Really.
One of TMZ's snoops saw a signed birth certificate with the name North West signed by Kim and Kanye at Cedars-Sinai hospital --but she apparently has no middle name.
People magazine confirmed the news according to "a source" close to the Kardashian family, and US Weekly says Kim and Kanye will call their daughter "Nori for short."
The news comes two days after the false rumors about the girl being named KAIDENCE DONDA WEST
and, three months after Kim denied to JAY LENO that she was considering North as a name. At the time she told Leno she liked Easton, as in Easton West. Get it?
Editor's note: Already starting life out in the wrong direction. Or maybe she'll have a sense of direction. Har. Git it?
--Please say her middle name is Bynorth.
--You can always tell someone is going to be an awesome parent when they name their child a pun.
--I wouldn't have believe this to be true. Even the Kardashians aren't this stupid. But then, ya gotta factor in the Kanye influence.
--Hopefully she has a strong moral compass. (Maiman)
Abercrombie & Fitch has made TAYLOR SWIFT fans angry. You won't like them when they're angry. The controversial retailer has pulled a Taylor Swift shirt from its shelves after her fans bombarded the company. The white t-shirt had a simple message: "[hashtag] # more boyfriends than t.s." But that's all it took to enrage T-Swizzle fans.
Racked.com says one fan put up a change.org petition. Another made a YouTube video. And before you could finish saying "We are never-ever-ever getting back together," Abercrombie's public relations department was letting its' answering machine do all the talking: "If you are calling regarding the Taylor Swift t-shirt, please note this is no longer available."
Editor's note: After coming off of Abercrombie's size-snobbery controversy just last month, that's "Better Than Revenge."
The company needs to figure out a way of selling clothes that don't "fitch" people off. (Bartha)
The Flying Wallendas are back --kinda.
This weekend NIK WALLENDA will attempt to cross the Grand Canyon on a high wire without a tether or a net. He'll be walking around 14-hundred feet --about the same distance as the height of the Empire State Building. You'll be able to see it on the Discovery Channel at 8 pm Sunday --although the NY Post says Discovery will have a 10-second delay on the broadcast.
Nik was also the guy who managed to cross Niagara Falls last June on an ABC special.
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN paid tribute to the late JAMES GANDOLFINI last night by performing his entire 1975 album, "Born To Run." Bruce and the E STREET BAND were in Coventry, England, which is about 95-miles northwest of London. Backstreets.com says that about 12 songs into the set at the Ricoh Arena, Bruce announced that they'd be playing the album in full and dedicating it to the former star of HBO's "The Sopranos," who died Wednesday at just 51 years old. Jimmy was a Jersey boy and a huge Springsteen fan. The Boss and his music were featured a lot in "The Sopranos," and, of course, the cast included E Street Band guitarist STEVEN VAN ZANDT. He tweeted, "I have lost a brother and a best friend."
FYI: Last weekend, Bruce and the band did his entire 1978 album, "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" at Wembley Stadium. (Marino)
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