George Clooney Makes A Rare Statement Slamming False Reports About His Future Mother-In-Law

George Clooney UK premiere of The Monuments Men February 2014

George Clooney has written a new op-ed for USA Today in which he disputes a Daily Mail report from earlier this week concerning his fiancée Amal Alamuddin and her mother. George himself admits that he doesn’t usually respond to tabloid rumors, “unless it involves someone else and their safety or well being,” so this is a big deal.

The Mail‘s report from Monday claimed that Amal’s mother opposed her marriage to George for religious reasons, going so far as to say that she’d told “half of Beirut” that she doesn’t approve and that they joke about Druze religious traditions involving the death of the bride. George makes sure to emphasize the disturbing nature of that claim: “Let me repeat that: the death of the bride.”

George stresses that “none of the story is factually true,” explaining that Amal’s mother is not even part of the Druze religion and hasn’t even been to Beirut since George and Amal have been involved. George acknowledges that this certainly isn’t the first time the Mail has reported a false story about him, and most of the time he doesn’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 in this case, George explains, he couldn’t keep quiet, because there are bigger issues involved:

“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.”

George adds that, as “the son of a newsman,” he understands “that freedom of speech can be an inconvenience to my private life from time to time,” but that a story like this puts his “family and friends in harm’s way,” and that “they cross far beyond just a laughable tabloid and into the arena of inciting violence.”

Good for George for taking the time to respond to this. And props to him for acknowledging that this is a different situation from the usual frivolous rumors the tabloids publish about him every day.

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    • nJ

      Oh Dear… Poor Clooney totally trapped by the “Rich” refugees… Don’t worry GC at the beginning everything is very pure, truth, admirable (especially when one knows nothing about) but, after few years you will find not so attractive the culture, the politics, the religion…

      • M_G

        I’m sorry, it’s clear that English isn’t your first language, but I cannot for the life of me understand what you’re trying to say here.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Good for him, honestly. Just earned so much of my respect.

    • airab niddumala

      I agree with GC. It is necessary to control the fertile writer’s imagination. But, on the other hand, where there is smoke there is fire… News doesn’t appear for free. It is better to pay attention and see what’s going on… may be someone wants talk and have no
      courage… who knows?…

    • Elizabeth Aspen

      I really like George and all, but he really needs to get over this tabloid and paparazzi stuff. Every time he urges a boycott or writes an essay about it, it just makes me think he probably has every tabloid delivered to his home every day so he can scan them for stories about himself – and that’s very Kanye. Everyone knows the tabs lie about everything they write, this isn’t news and nobody takes any of it seriously. He’s the only one who does.

      • Lackadaisical

        Perhaps, but this story is attacking his future wife’s family rather than him and while Colony may have to put up with journalists analysing his every move because he chose to be a celebrity the same is not true of his future in-laws. I have noticed that in marriages between white people and Asian people the jokes demonising the Asian partner’s culture and religion can be constant and degrading. I remember one wedding I attended after a lovely and welcoming speech from the Asian father of the bride the best man made a speech riddled with jokes about arranged marriages and “this is how us Christians do things”. If her family are upset by racist fabricated stories about them then I have no problem with Cloony speaking out. The Daily Mail is an awful, hate filled rag that rarely checks stories for truth but I am sorry to say that a lot of British people do take them seriously and I vaguely seem to recal that his fiancée and family live in the UK.