Wednesday, November 10, 2010

President George W. Bush and Kanye West Make Peace

I imagine that most of us say something at least once a week that we later reflect on and realize it was a statement for which we could have chosen our words differently or maybe kept to ourselves altogether. In most instances, these comments are quickly forgotten. However, in this age of Facebook and YouTube, it has become much harder to move past words that you regret. They may be forever on the Internet for the entire world to read or watch . . . over and over again. And, when you are a celebrity, that attention is magnified and your words become part of a lasting public image.

Everyone remembers the moment on national television, back in 2005, when Kanye West declared, "George Bush doesn't care about black people." Mr. West was frustrated with the government's response to those affected by Hurricane Katrina. In his newly published memoirs, Decision Points, former President Bush points to that moment as one of the low points of his time as the leader of our country.

In an interview with The Today Show's Matt Lauer, Kanye West shared, "I didn't have the grounds to call him a racist." He admits that he got caught up in a time of high emotion. Five years later, however, these few moments in the media are still an issue for this famous entertainer.

If you are a celebrity in the public eye, you know that evey action, word, and relationship will be scrutinized. At some point, you may find yourself facing some fallout from your decisions and in need of legal representation to protect your career and your reputation. The entertainment lawyers at Bertolino LLP can help. We have offices in Austin, Houston, and San Antonio and we are ready to help you with any legal hurdles you may be facing. Please contact us today.

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