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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. Sincere apology aside, I can't help wondering why she referred to him as the 'wonderful' President of Nigeria in the first place. What was it about him that made her think he was wonderful?

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Jan 23, 2014 12:06:59 PM

  2. If you've ever seen her interviewed, she has a vernacular that is filled with some hyperbole, she's really a VERY nice - if not somewhat a little spoiled - person.

    As to her being a ditzy blonde, totally not true, she's actually very savvy. The ditzy character was/is an act. If you read about her career, she was on top of gaining control over her image, production company, films, voice, etc. long before many women in Hollywood ever even thought about it.

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 23, 2014 12:16:42 PM

  3. Her apologies sound sincere. I believe she really did not know and is now truly sorry.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jan 23, 2014 12:32:29 PM

  4. Her apology is sincere and should be accepted by everyone. Hopefully she'll lend her voice to oppression of this kind around the world.

    Posted by: reality | Jan 23, 2014 1:00:28 PM

  5. It's Goldie Hawn, give her a free pass for christ saint, next...

    Posted by: MArk | Jan 23, 2014 1:01:49 PM

  6. If she's so ignorant about world affairs, what's she doing at Davos hobnobbing with world leaders?

    Thanks for nothing, Goldie.

    Posted by: AdamK | Jan 23, 2014 1:02:17 PM

  7. LEROY - it looks like she was in a meet and greet line and being introduced to a whole bunch of people. She probably talked to him for a second or two and maybe he was very charming and nice to her. Thus, her original tweet. When you talk to someone for all of a couple of minutes, your first impression may be incorrect until you know the complete backstory. She was being polite.

    Like what was said earlier here, there are many in our OWN community who are woefully ignorant on what is going on in Nigeria and other parts of the world (hell, even to what is going on at home), so boys, give it a rest. She realized her mistake. No need for her to be sent to GLAAD for punishment.

    Posted by: EYE ROLL | Jan 23, 2014 1:28:42 PM

  8. @AdamK : the "world leaders" probably arranged via her agent for her to attend because they wanted to hobnob with her.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 23, 2014 1:34:35 PM

  9. If i wasn't for relentless posting on sites like Towleroad i wouldn't know most of these atrocities around the world. So thank you. Keep posting & I'll keep tweeting & maybe collectively we can put a crack in the corporate media bubble…?

    Posted by: joe | Jan 23, 2014 1:42:21 PM

  10. This was very good on her part -- and very believable that she wouldn't be informed. I doubt most people know anything about what's going on there now.

    Glad she apologized and I hope people will accept it. This incident itself is probably a good thing, because I bet it exposed a lot of people to what's going on who otherwise wouldn't have known anything at all.

    Posted by: Ryan | Jan 23, 2014 1:45:17 PM

  11. Several people seem to get what's happened here: First, since, for all intents and purposes retiring from the screen, Goldie has dedicated herself to animal protection and early childhood education. So she's probably at Davos for funding, and maybe got a commitment on game reserves from Nigeria's president, or just a quickie meet 'n greet with positive PR tweets following to help her fund.

    It's entirely reasonable to expect that she is unaware of the human rights abuses in Nigeria (though I take her for a NY Times reader, but one doesn't read the whole thing).

    Finally, she's never been a dumb blonde. She's long been considered one of the smartest stars in Hollywood (who else stays on top for 35 years before quitting by choice?), and one of those women who thrived on a huge gay following (and she knows it). So, upon discovering the backlash, she's gracious and sincere in her apologies. You can lay odds she'll be doing a great deal of research - and probably advocacy - now that she is aware.

    So, if anything, she may be better for her mistake. Keep an eye out for upcoming talk show appearances, within the next 60 days. She'll have them all booked by next week, and she'll have her briefing ready for the interviews.

    Posted by: MFinBH | Jan 23, 2014 2:47:26 PM

  12. Glad that this was a mixup, quickly clarified.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 23, 2014 5:14:41 PM

  13. @AdamK - While I think Hawn's apology is sincere and accept it, like you, I have to wonder why she'd be shaking some political person's hand and not bother to find out ANYTHING about him. I'd never publicly gush that someone was "wonderful" without knowing anything about them.

    Posted by: Fox | Jan 23, 2014 5:41:58 PM

  14. Botox will do that to ya, Goldie. Here's a hot tip: never, ever do anything remotely political (like shaking hands with a leader of a country that has been in the news enough that one could skim the news pages and have at least some sense of who he might be) without educating yourself first.

    Apology not accepted, Goldie. Not any more. You want to be stupid and craven? Go ahead. Just don't expect me to be all warm and forgiving.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 23, 2014 5:44:33 PM

  15. I like Goldie, but she truly is an idiot and has no clue what goes on in the real world. There was also once a video of her dancing up a storm when Vladimir Putin was singing at an event.

    Posted by: Dumb Blonde | Jan 23, 2014 6:36:16 PM

  16. I believe it. Liam Payne??????

    Posted by: Tristram | Jan 23, 2014 8:35:37 PM

  17. Oh Goldie, didn't your famous daughter inform you of bigotry world politics? Guess not....

    Posted by: Marc | Jan 23, 2014 8:50:10 PM

  18. FOX: she was at Davos, a summit where world leaders of all stripes attend. She met him in a meet & greet line and may have been told of who he was seconds before she met him. She shook hands with dozens of leaders that afternoon. He may have been a charming person when they met and she was being polite without knowing the backstory. She made a mistake. Move on.

    JAMAL: when you have reached the pinnacle of perfection, you will have the right to judge everyone else. Get over yourself and lose the chip on your shoulder. Who needs your seem like a miserable person anyways. Look at the bigger picture, Goldie is not our enemy.

    Posted by: EYE ROLL | Jan 24, 2014 12:16:29 PM

  19. Wow,

    I am glad the majority of posters have some level of understanding. We do seem to be quick to skewer anyone and everyone, I am not sure that helps.

    She made an error, potentially an understandable error given the situation. She was not aware of every issue in the world. It was brought to her attention and she apologized, which seemed very sincere.

    There will be times when leading gay actors will make similar errors and not be aware of similar type issues occurring to a different minority or vulnerable group and hopefully they will not be skewered in such a way.

    The world is a large place with lots of bad things going on; it would be great if we all were 100% aware of all atrocities, but that is just not viable. I know many people are just responding with some visceral reaction but I personally don't think it is a fair assessment of her or the situation (and I am not a particularly big fan of hers).

    Posted by: Adam | Jan 24, 2014 12:26:16 PM

  20. If a man has a 21 year old daughter whom he dearly loves and both being adults decide they like to have sex with each other despite being biologically related will that be acceptable? Or imagine catching your 17 year old son making love to his 15 year old younger sister, I guess that will be Ok too. Yet we accept that two consenting adults have a right to practice homosexuality while we term the above scenarios incest and look down on those who involve in such acts though they are also with consent. Homosexuality is an aberration, an ignominy and a perversion. It is very saddening that supposedly great nations have not only come to accept it but have decided it is their duty to impose it on other nations too. Where is the democracy we so loudly espouse if we can't accept a law made by a democratically elected government and which is accepted by over 99% of citizens? Should the 99% be made to condone the vagaries of the 1%?

    Posted by: Abraham | Jan 26, 2014 2:24:33 AM

  21. Goldie Hawn,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Is YOUR DAD a Gay or your Mom a Lesbian?

    Posted by: Isacc Jetty | Jan 26, 2014 3:42:13 PM

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