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Goldie Hawn Regrets Handshake with 'Hateful' Nigerian President


Yesterday, actress Goldie Hawn tweeted a photo from the World Economic Forum at Davos in which she shook the hand of Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan.

Said Hawn in the tweet: "Met the wonderful President of Nigeria".

Hawn was quickly informed of the heinous anti-gay oppression Jonathan has inflicted on the country's gay and lesbians population with his signing of a new law criminalizing gay unions and gay organizations. Dozens have been arrested across the country and are facing trials in Shariah Courts, where homosexuality is a possible death sentence.

The tweet has been removed amid a flurry of responses from Hawn expressing her regret and embarrassment over the photo.

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  1. That is the tweet I was referring to.

    Posted by: Esteban | Jan 23, 2014 9:48:35 AM

  2. Goldie. Now that you know the atrocities LGBT face in Nigeria & other parts of the world lend your voice in opposition.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Jan 23, 2014 10:00:19 AM

  3. And that, Hollywood and the world, is how you appropriately apologize and smooth over a potential PR disaster.

    Posted by: Dback | Jan 23, 2014 10:08:23 AM

  4. On the face of it, I forgive her. But I definitely think that barrage of apologies and disclaimers is fertile ground for Shia Labeouf's metamodernist cultivations, if he re-emerges from his retirement.

    Posted by: edude | Jan 23, 2014 10:08:50 AM

  5. At what point do we as the LGBT community stop relying on the willful ignorance of personalities love to be in the spot light but are seriously uninformed about any current events. The damage is done; it's like a judge telling a jury to ignore the previous comment.
    Miss thing on the View now says her entire interview was not published and she apologizes......
    Mr. Bachelor says it's his lack of ability to use the English language correctly; then why didn't you say PERVERT in Spanish.
    Mr. I'm so Gay member of One Direction tweets Love to the Bigot from Duck Dynasty and then says he's sick of his comments being scrutinized. Don't use the media as a forum then especially for something you're ignorant about!
    Elton John makes music with Rap's number one homophobe and sexist, Eminem, says he does not need marriage as he has a Civil Union and then says as a celebrity I Must Marry to show the Gay World I'm with them.
    Mr. Sochi Olympics, extremely GAY skater says he's shocked at the hate aimed at him for not speaking out against Russia's new Anti-Gay Law and says his opinions cannot play a part in him doing his job. You have no opinion you fool, you're in it for the money and nothing more.
    Anti-Gay, Anti-Obama, Anti-Anything Progressive Glen Beck says if you don't like Gays you're no friend of mine. Does anyone in the LGBT Community really believe this rhetoric?
    Obviously I could go on forever with instances of hypocrisy from the Right and Left but I think we all get the point.
    We are on our own in the world of politics and in our own personal daily lives. We must protect ourselves and our loved ones from the greed and ignorance of the world and not accept these tokens from those too stupid not have said them in the first place.

    Posted by: Jon | Jan 23, 2014 10:14:13 AM

  6. At least she knows how to apologize, i suppose that's easier when you are not a bigot and you really regret what you did (even when you didn't know that was wrong when you did it)

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jan 23, 2014 10:15:06 AM

  7. Seems genuine to me

    Posted by: Joe | Jan 23, 2014 10:18:48 AM

  8. I don't blame her. The problem is that the press has not made enough of an issue out of Nigeria and Uganda. They are only recently beginning to cover the atrocities in Russia. If it weren't for MSNBC and Comedy Central, people would not know anything about it unless they were gay.

    Posted by: j.martindale | Jan 23, 2014 10:22:47 AM

  9. If a lot of people who live in LA actually read newspapers or took any interest in anything other than film and tv they might have a clue what was going on in the world.

    Posted by: mike | Jan 23, 2014 10:24:12 AM

  10. Although her previous ignorance of the situation in Nigeria is disturbing, it points out how difficult it is to get the word out about atrocities in a world in which we can filter and ignore news while we spend more even as we spend more and more time on social networking sites.

    Her apology was quick, sincere and personal. I can't ask for more. She deleted her post and it looks like responded to every person who had commented. She did not offer an excuse, she said she was embarrassed. Other celebrities could learn from her example.

    Posted by: funnyjeffrey | Jan 23, 2014 10:32:57 AM

  11. Yep. Not everyone is up on the status of gay rights around the world, and - as pointed out - unless Ms. Hawn watches MSNBC or Comedy Central for her news - she likely has not heard about Nigeria, Uganda, or for that matter, India ... and has barely heard about Russia. It might actually be good she made this gaffe, because it led to a bit of education for her that she missed by being an averagely news-informed straight American. And unlike many before her (thanks, JON, for those wonderful examples), this apology seems perfectly genuine to me.

    Posted by: Zlick | Jan 23, 2014 10:34:06 AM

  12. What do you expect from a ditzy blond?

    Posted by: Perry | Jan 23, 2014 10:34:55 AM

  13. It's not her fault she wasn't informed. It's the fault of mainstream media.

    Posted by: TheSeer | Jan 23, 2014 10:38:31 AM

  14. Her apology was genuine. And this incident helps do what the American media haven't been doing: publicize the horrors.

    Posted by: keating | Jan 23, 2014 10:43:30 AM

  15. See, this is the GOOD side of Twitter -- the direct engagement of the celebrity.

    Because without her Tweeted photo, the same idiot PR flacks on her team that arranged the handshake would have squirted out some statement, but protected her in her bubble.

    Thanks for reaching out Goldie!

    Posted by: Strepsi | Jan 23, 2014 10:47:14 AM

  16. I presumed this was the case. She's a good person. Give her a break. I hope she's not receiving abuse for this.

    Posted by: danswon | Jan 23, 2014 10:48:35 AM

  17. The sad fact is if you walk into any gay bar in America, three-quarters of the gays there won't know what's going on in Nigeria.

    Posted by: crispy | Jan 23, 2014 10:56:40 AM

  18. Playing the "I had no idea" card is so feminist!!

    Posted by: Tyler | Jan 23, 2014 10:56:59 AM

  19. See the difference between real apology and One Direction fake apology!

    Posted by: litper | Jan 23, 2014 11:13:33 AM

  20. She now understands, and has shed a little more light on the subject. Thank you Goldie for stepping up.

    Posted by: Lucca | Jan 23, 2014 11:47:39 AM

  21. Why do stars always repeat the same or slightly re-worded tweet a hundred times? I guess it is a way of making a big statement without actually having to say a whole lot. It's quantity not quality to them.

    Posted by: Macguffin54 | Jan 23, 2014 11:48:40 AM

  22. A genuine apology. Definitely forgiven, and probably overall a good thing as it raised awareness of the issue (at the very least in the demographic of blonde actresses in their late 60's who have seen Kurt Russell naked).

    Posted by: Zell | Jan 23, 2014 11:50:01 AM

  23. Wow. An actual apology. It's so simple and easy and yet so rare. She didn't know and now that she does she has regrets. Thank you Goldie for correcting your own mistake and not acting defensive of victimized. now that you know, please tell others. They don't know either.

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Jan 23, 2014 11:52:32 AM

  24. That is how you's hard to keep up with all the hate in the world today.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 23, 2014 11:52:44 AM

  25. I love Goldie Hawn and I love the fact that most of us knew that she was simply uninformed of these issues. She loves us and supports us. This is a very classy woman.

    Posted by: Mick | Jan 23, 2014 11:59:56 AM

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