Scarlett Johansson Fights Controversy, Justin Bieber's Chillin' in Panama
Jan. 28, 2014
By ABC News
Scarlett Johansson Responds to SodaStream Controversy
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Scarlett Johansson is the new face of SodaStream, the Israeli-owned company that allows customer to make their own bubbly beverages at home, but the "Her" actress last week found herself in the midst of controversy after critics pointed out the company operates in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Johansson told the Huffington Post she "never intended on being the face of any social or political movement, distinction, separation or stance" but will continue representing SodaStream.
Oxfam, whom Johansson also represents as a global ambassador, criticized the star for her work with SodaStream.
"Oxfam respects the independence of our ambassadors. However, Oxfam believes that businesses that operate in settlements further the ongoing poverty and denial of rights of the Palestinian communities that we work to support. Oxfam is opposed to all trade from Israeli settlements, which are illegal under international law."
Justin Bieber Reportedly Chillin' in Panama
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After his run-in with the 5-0 last week, Justin Biebe has reportedly fled to sandier shores. The Biebs is meeting up with his mentor, Usher, and manager Scooter Braun, in Panama this week, according to TMZ.
Bieber also reportedly brought along model Chantel Jeffries, who rode shotgun in the Lamborghini Bieber was driving when he was arrested for allegedly drag-racing and driving under the influence in Miami last week. Check out ABC's full scoop on Bieber's downtime in Panama.
Is Kacey Musgraves the New Taylor Swift?
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Taylor Swift's jaw hit the floor Sunday night at the Grammys when newcomer Kacey Musgraves won Best Country Album of the year for "Same Trailer Different Park."
Swift quickly began clapping for her newer colleague, but the Internet went wild over the competition. Both country gals performed at the show, but Musgraves beat out stiff competition including Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw to take home the top prize.
Nick Goepper Does it Again at X-Games
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This is one Olympian to keep your eye on next month. Freestyle skier Nick Goepper, 19, from Lawrenceburg, Ind., became slopestyle champion at the Winter X Games Sunday in Aspen, Colo. Now it's onto the Sochi Olympics.
Goepper also won gold in 2013 and silver in 2012.
He is now the world's top-ranked athlete in the freestyle skiing event heading into the Sochi Games, according to the Indianapolis Star. Slopestyle is the new skiing event premiering at this Olympics and featuring tricks and jumps on the course.
Mike Ditka Not Impressed with the Super Bowl
Mike Ditka is not impressed.
The football Hall of Famer told the Detroit Free Press that having this year's Super Bowl in cold New Jersey was "stupid."
"The weather's going to be a problem," he said. "They made a big mistake. The game shouldn't be there. I mean, it's stupid."
"I'm just saying, if you get extreme cold or you get snow during the game, then it's unfair to the fans, to the players, to everybody," Ditka said. "You're not going to be able to perform at near the level you're used to. And the element of luck comes into it, and it shouldn't happen in that game. That game should be based on the people on the field who make the plays."