09 July 2014 by

UPDATE: George Clooney Receives Apology Over Marriage Story

UPDATE: George Clooney Receives Apology Over Marriage Story

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George Clooney has received an apology from the Mail Online, after he opened a can of whoop-ass over a story about his upcoming marriage to Amal Alamuddin.

The site published a report claiming that Amal’s mother objected to their marriage on religious grounds, which was described by George as irresponsible.

‘We accept Mr Clooney's assurance that the story is inaccurate,’ said a statement from the Mail Online. ’We have removed the article from our website and will be contacting Mr Clooney's representatives to discuss giving him the opportunity to set the record straight.’

Earlier this week, the Mail claimed Amal's mother, Baria, was against the marriage because she wanted her to wed within the Druze sect. Except Amal’s mum isn’t Druze and isn’t against the marriage. Oopsie.

George Clooney Receives Apology From Daily Mail About Marriage To Amal Alamuddin Story

Amal Alamuddin at the Global Summit to end Sexual Violence in Conflict [WireImage]

In a piece published by USA Today, George set the record straight saying:

I want to speak to the irresponsibility of Monday's Daily Mail report. I seldom respond to tabloids, unless it involves someone else and their safety or well being. The Daily Mail has printed a completely fabricated story about my fiancée's mother opposing our marriage for religious reasons. 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.

First of all, none of the story is factually true. Amal's mother is not Druze. She has not been to Beirut since Amal and I have been dating, and she is in no way against the marriage — but none of that is the issue. I'm, of course, used to the Daily Mail making up stories — they do it several times a week — and I don't care. If they fabricate stories of Amal being pregnant, or that the marriage will take place on the set of Downton Abbey, or that I'm running for office, or any number of idiotic stories that they sit at their computers and invent, I don't care.

But this lie involves larger issues. 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.

I'm the son of a newsman; I accept the idea that freedom of speech can be an inconvenience to my private life from time to time, but this story, like so many others, is picked up by hundreds of other outlets citing the Daily Mail as their source, including Boston.com, New York Daily News, Gulf News, Emirates 24/7 and so on.

The Daily Mail, more than any other organization that calls itself news, has proved time and time again that facts make no difference in the articles they make up. And when they put my family and my friends in harm's way, they cross far beyond just a laughable tabloid and into the arena of inciting violence.

They must be so very proud.'


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