George Clooney opens up on Daily Mail drubbing
Oscar-winner George Clooney knows how to enjoy the little things in life, such as publically beating down a tabloid with a fast and vitriolic response.
In an interview with Variety, the actor said, "It's just fun to slap those bad guys every once in a while, knock 'em around."
The 53-year-old actor/director/writer/producer was of course referring to his high-profile back-and-forth cyberfight with British tabloid the Daily Mail.
A few weeks ago, the Daily Mail published an article on their website that claimed Clooney's soon-to-be mother-in-law didn't approve of his marriage to her daughter based on religious grounds, and had told her friends in Beirut about her misgivings.
In response, Clooney released a long statement to USA Today, refuting each claim the article made, and condemning the tabloid for their inaccurate story, claiming that the manner in which it stirred religious tensions could be potentially dangerous for his family, especially his fiancé, international lawyer Amal Alamuddin.
Clooney recognized that he didn't often speak out against tabloids that bent the truth.
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"I would sit with my friends and we'd just go, 'So they just sat at a computer and just went, 'OK, this is what I’m gonna say today.''… You just laugh, and let it go. I'm used to it after all these years. But the thing that bothers me is how much the Daily Mail is now bleeding into American press and becoming a source for some pretty legitimate newspapers," Clooney said to Variety.
After Clooney's rebuttal, the Daily Mail published a retraction saying, "We accept Mr. Clooney's assurance that the story is inaccurate and we apologize to him, Miss Amal Alamuddin and her mother, Baria, for any distress caused."
The Daily Mail also took down the original story that stirred Clooney to action. However, they stuck to their guns saying that the story was "not a fabrication but supplied in good faith by a reputable and trusted freelance journalist."
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Clooney responded to their response, refusing to accept their apology and claiming that they knew they were lying when the published the article in the first place.
But this isn't the first time tabloids have lied or fabricated stories about the acclaimed actor. So how does Clooney choose which articles and gossip he's going to go out of his way to fight back against?
"Every day they write things that aren't true, but every once in a while they write something that is actually dangerous to your family," Clooney said. "And that’s the one you pick."