UK’s tabloid The Daily Mail earned the scorn of George Clooney yesterday after it published a story that suggested the mother of his fiancée Amal Alamuddin’s was opposing their marriage on religious grounds. Clooney shot back in response to the Daily Mail piece (which has since been taken down):
“It says Amal’s mother has been telling ‘half of Beirut’ that she’s against the wedding. It says they joke about traditions in the Druze religion that end up with the death of the bride. Let me repeat that: the death of the bride.”
Clooney said the things that The Daily Mail wrote were “completely fabricated” and the paper should face criminal charges for printing them. He noted that, he didn’t care if tabloids made up stuff about pregnancies, or rumors about the wedding, but he drew the line here:
“This lie involves larger issues,” he wrote. “The irresponsibility in this day and age, to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous.”
“We have family members all over the world and the idea that someone would inflame any part of that world for the sole reason of selling papers should be criminal.”
After pulling the story, The Daily Mail has since apologized, claimed they got the information from a “freelance source” and plan to launch a full investigation.