Rupert Murdoch Apologizes to Hugh Grant
Rupert Murdoch and Hugh Grant have been at loggerheads for some time now. The reason as we all know is because the media mogul’s newspaper hacked Grant’s phone and basically invaded his privacy. But, that isn’t why he recently apologized to Grant on Twitter. It all began when Murdoch after coming to know about British Prime Minister David Cameron meeting with stars who were pushing for stricter privacy laws, Tweeted “Told U.K.’s Cameron receiving scumbag celebrities pushing for even more privacy laws.” He added “Trust the toffs! Transparency under attack. Bad.” When one Twitter user responded to Murdoch: “Scumbags? And your journalists and executives are what?”, Murdoch, 81, replied: “They don’t get arrested for indecency on major LA highways! Or abandon love child’s.”
It was pretty clear who Murdoch was hinting at when he referred to a celebrity who had abandoned a ‘love child’, primarily because Hugh Grant was one of the celebrities who met Cameron. Murdoch probably later realized that he had committed quite a faux pas and he sought to remedy that by Tweeting “I did not say all celebrities were scumbags. Check my tweet. And apology to any who misunderstood.” Grant who is pretty cheesed off with Murdoch’s recent Tweet, is even contemplating legal action and some would say, with good reason.
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First he had his privacy invaded upon by Murdoch’s newspaper and now that very man is mocking him on cyberspace, it’s something that is very difficult to digest. Murdoch too realized that a generic apology or justification simply won’t do, so he on Twitter apologized to Grant separately by saying “Hugh Grant states that he is deeply involved in his daughter’s life – I accept that, regret tweet on the matter. Apologies to both parents.”
It would be interesting to observe, whether Grant is in any mood to accept this apology of Murdoch’s. Murdoch on his part has enjoyed a lively reputation since joining Twitter on Jan 1 this year, hitting out at politicians both in the U.K. and in the U.S. and complaining about the state of press regulation in the U.K. Keep your eyes peeled for some more interesting Tweets from Murdoch in the future. After all, foot-in-mouth that celebrities suffer from, can be an interesting disease.
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