Bieber's Indian comment rankles in Canada
TORONTO, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Teen pop idol Justin Bieber has riled Canadian aboriginals by calling them Indians and suggesting he shares their ancestral roots, aboriginal leaders say.
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine late last month, the 18-year-old singer stirred anger with a suggestion he should be entitled to free gasoline because of his alleged Indian heritage.
"I'm actually part Indian," Bieber told the magazine. "I think Inuit or something? I'm enough percent that in Canada I can get free gas."
Dwight Dorey, vice-chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples told the Globe and Mail that Bieber's comments were offensive on several fronts, particularly the use of the Indian label.
"That's a term that our people in Canada have been moving away from for years," Dorey said. "We have enough issues with racism and stereotyping."
In Canada, the term for aboriginals has been steadily replaced in recent years by First Nations, although the federal agency that oversees the minority is still called the Department of Indian Affairs. The term Eskimo, which in the Cree language means "eaters of meat," has been replaced by Inuit.
As for Bieber, the Globe said he was misinformed about Indians getting free gas, as accredited citizens only get a tax break when they buy gas on reservations.
Prince William shy on 'Kiss Cam' encounter
LONDON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Britain's Prince William apparently does not like public displays of affection caught electronically on big screens at big sports stadiums.
William famously was cajoled by the cheering public to kiss his new bride, Kate, a second time on the balcony at Buckingham Palace during the royal wedding last year. But at the London Olympics, the couple have tried to stay out of the limelight and prefer the attention remain on the athletes, the BBC reports.
That especially includes any "Kiss Cam" encounters at the Olympics.
"I was absolutely dreading they were going to come and show myself and my wife that would have been very embarrassing," William said at London's Olympic Velodrome, where Scottish cyclist Sir Chris Hoy won a gold in the men's team sprint.
William and his brother, Harry, are Olympic ambassadors for the Games and their cousin Zara Phillips won a silver medal as part of the British equestrian team.
Actress Eva Mendes 'dogwalker'
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Hollywood beauty Eva Mendes has been spotted walking George, her boyfriend Ryan Gosling's mixed-breed mutt.
People magazine said the sexy "Training Day" and "Once Upon a Time In Mexico" actress and George were photographed walking on streets in tony Beverly Hills this week while Goslin is out of the country working on a film. Mendes was seen joining Goslin earlier this year on dog walks, but now walks his pet even when he is in town, People said.
Mendes, once voted one of the most beautiful women in the world, is an animal lover and has a dog of her own, a Belgian Malinois named Hugo.
China TV writers given new guidelines
BEIJING, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- China's television watchdog has banned any series based on online games or remade from foreign shows.
The new State Administration of Film, Radio and Television guidelines also say that shows depicting events in China's revolutions must be clear about the good and bad guys and that family dramas must limit the amount of family conflict, China Daily reported.
The guidelines also say historical dramas must be accurate and that series based on online novels are "not encouraged."
The guidelines were published on a microblog associated with the China Script Web site in a post that said they were released at a national conference of scriptwriters. An anonymous official told the Beijing News on Thursday that the post was accurate.
Both scriptwriters and their audience said the guidelines would make television less interesting. Xu Kai, a blogger who described herself as a fan of historical dramas, said that characters who are either wholly good or bad will be stereotypes while shows that are totally accurate are likely to be boring.
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