The Fox News audience was told by closed captioning on Friday that the suspect in the Boston bombing wasn't Dzhokar Tsarnaev but a Hollywood actress. The caption read, "Marathon bombing, he is 19-year-old Zooey Deschanel." Radio show producer and writer Peter Ogburn posted a screenshot on his Twitter account with the comment, "Oh come on, Fox." The New Girl actress tweeted back, "Whoa! Epic closed captioning FAIL." Ogburn deftly replied, "So, you're saying it wasn't you?" Here's a video of the mistake
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It happened again to a Hollywood celebrity. Someone made an emergency call today, claiming shots were fired at the home of Tom Cruise. Beverly Hills police surrounded his house, but the call was a fake. Police are now trying to figure out who made it. It has recently happened to other celebrities, too: Simon Cowell, Ashton Kutcher, Charlie Sheen, Miley Cyrus, and Justin Bieber. LA police arrested a preteen a few months ago for making "swatting calls" in at least two of those cases. The boy used a computer program to make TTY calls, typically used by the deaf and hard-of--hearing.
Police in LA say the 12-year-old who used TTY to summon Swat teams to celebrity homes may not face criminal charges. He used a computer program that allowed him to make the fake emergency calls through the system set up for the deaf. He was able to get SWAT teams to the homes of Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber by saying a gunman had fired shots and was threatening to shoot any police that came to the residents. Even if the boy avoids jail, his parents may be on the hook for bills reaching the tens of thousands of dollars. A video report from KTLA-TV is posted on DeafNewsToday.com or read more from KTLAhere.
Playing a dancing bear is better than playing a Deaf person, according to talk show anchor Katie Couric. It was "humiliating" to be cast as a deaf person in a high school musical, Couric says. After the former morning talk show anchor objected to playing the role, she was given the part of a dancing bear. She says playing that part was acceptable to her. Couric made the remarks to the LA Times during a promotional tour of her new TV talk show. Read the full story here.
An Oregon woman is suing Justin Bieber for $9 million because a screaming fan permanently damaged her hearing during one of his shows. Stacey Wilson Betts claims it happened at a July 14th, 2010 concert in Portland. According to her suit she now suffers from "hearing loss, severe tinnitus" and an oversensitivity to certain frequency ranges of sound in both ears. No comment so far from Bieber.
Johnny Depp is responding to critics who say he did a poor job of signing the lyrics to a new Paul McCartney song in a music video. As we reported to you back in April, he appears with Natalie Portman in My Valentine. At one point Depp signs enemy instead of valentine. But the actor responds that he was only following the directions that he was given on the set. He was mislead and didn't know any better. However, Depp says "it was a gas – sign language is apparently very interpretive. It’s all kind of different.” The video is posted below on DeafNewsToday.com.
Sign interpreters at this year's New Orleans Jazz Fest got a treat while they were translating the performance of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The Boss decided to join them for a moment and you see the result in a video below. Holly Maniatty and Edie Jackson even got Springsteen to sign along with them.
Paul McCartney's new music video features sign language from Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp. There is a version featuring Portman by herself, Depp by himself, and a third version combining both. My Valentine is from his most recent album Kisses on the Bottom. The idea for using sign in the video came from McCartney's fashion designer-daughter Stella. The combined video is posted below on DeafNewsToday.com.
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