Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?

The State Department was so offended by the Home Office's decision to deny Martha Stewart a visa that it has retaliated by denying a visa to Boy George. At least that's what it looks like. Not one to fling mud, Boy George is attributing the denial to his 2005 New York arrest for possession of copious amounts of cocaine.

The former Culture Club front man had been excited as hell about performing a free concert for New York City's sanitation workers, with whom he served his court-mandated community service:

"I'm pretty devastated because I am so excited about this forthcoming tour and having my visa application denied seems unfair after I swept the streets of New York spotless. There are a number of public figures who are openly using drugs and they have no problem with immigration...

George has a good point about the sweeping, but I'm not sure our immigration policy would benefit from new regulations allowing the "deportation" of people like Courtney Love and Robert Downey, Jr. (Or was George referring to other immigrants?)

Like Martha, Boy George is a high profile celebrity with a non-violent, nonrecurring criminal history. Neither of them poses a threat to public safety or to national security—the two abstractions which both the U.S. State Department and Britain's Home Office claim to be upholding by forbidding an investor with deep pockets and a performer with a reliable fan base from stimulating their respective economies.

Here's a new slogan that both agencies could share: "Fucking with celebrities to keep you safe."

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    Why don't Boy George fans go to the UK to see him? That solves two problems: their need to see a cross-dressing twit in concert, and my need not to share a country with seriously deranged people.

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    Awesome shirt. Suggestive of the greatest mash-up ever

    Do you really want to hurt me?
    I want your skull.
    Do you really want to make me cry?
    I need your skull
    Do you really want to hurt me?
    I want your skull.
    (Together) Do you really want to make me cry?/I need your skull!

  • the innominate one||

    joe:

    the theme song for Buffalo Bill from The Silence of the Lambs?

  • T||

    Here's a new slogan that both agencies could share: "Fucking with celebrities to keep you safe."

    I'm sure most of us would rather the government fuck with someone else, so why not celebrities? We could make a new reality TV show.

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    So the State Department and the Home Office are getting into a celebrity visa denial pissing contest.

    I feel safer.

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    Are you sure this story is correct? The ad on the right hand side is offering Boy George tickets in my area.

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    America: a shining city upon hill, a beacon of freedom for the world to admire.

  • technomist||

    We don't really need any of your celebrity bad guys as we have plenty here, though I do think it would be fun if that George Bush turned up one day when he no longer has diplomatic immunity so that someone can try and arrest him.

    Sadly though, that's not likely to happen. I have no idea who this Martha Stewart person is or what she's done. The really stupid thing is the way the Home Office keeps allowing that thug Mike Tyson in. Is she as bad as him?

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    Another Misfits/Culture Club mashup:
    "I got something to say/ I tried your mother's dress on today/ it didn't look that good on meee.."

  • Naga Sadow||

    I wholeheartedly support legislation that keeps cross dressing celebrities/idiots out of the country. It came to late to get used on Hoover and his "assistant".

  • Paul||

    The former Culture Club front man had been excited as hell about performing a free concert for New York City's sanitation workers, with whom he served his court-mandated community service:



    You know civilization has come a long way when New York's sanitation workers want to go to a free Boy George concert.

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    So the State Department and the Home Office are getting into a celebrity visa denial pissing contest.

    As opposed to what they should be doing: Working on a celebrity deportation program to send the whole lot of 'em to Siberia, Australia, Devil's Island, etc.

  • Jevas||

    Buffalo Bill's theme song. Certainly NSFW.

  • Mad Max||

    At the risk of shilling for the War on Drugs, I wouldn't call Boy George's offenses "nonrecurring." I remember visiting England as a teenager in - in some earlier year than 2005, let's just say - and the papers were reporting on him being sentenced in an English court for some drug-related thing. So maybe he only has one *American* drug conviction, but that wouldn't make it "nonrecurring."

  • Mad Max||

    ha, I said "shilling" in a non-currency-related thread about England.

  • jimmy||

    damn...can't we keep out morrissey instead?

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    Courtney Love and Robert Downey Jr. are American citizens. Has the U.S. ever had a policy of deporting citizens for any reason? If yes, let's hear it.

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