UK Apprentice star and entrepreneur Alan Sugar criticized for ‘racist’ tweet

British entrepreneur and member of the House of Lords Alan Sugar has come in for heavy criticism after posting a tweet about the Senegalese World Cup squad. (Screenshot: BBC)
Updated 20 June 2018
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UK Apprentice star and entrepreneur Alan Sugar criticized for ‘racist’ tweet

LONDON: British entrepreneur and member of the House of Lords Alan Sugar has come in for heavy criticism after posting a tweet about the Senegalese World Cup squad that compared the players to people selling sunglasses and handbags on beaches in popular European resorts.
The tweet, which has been deleted, featured a photoshopped picture of the Senegal national team lining up for their game against Poland depicting them as though they were selling counterfeit goods.
“I recognize some of these guys from the beach in Marbella. Multitasking, resourceful chaps,” Lord Sugar tweeted.


After several people lambasted the tweet as being racist, Sugar responded by tweeting: “Why not, it is meant to be funny … I can’t see what I have to apologize for.”
Sugar then deleted the image, with a tweet saying: “Just been reading the reaction to my funny tweet about the guy on the beach in Marbella. Seems it has been interpreted in the wrong way as offensive by a few people. Frankly I can’t see that, I think it’s funny. But I will pull it down if you insist.”
Sugar then issued a further apology, stating: “I misjudged my earlier tweet. It was in no way intended to cause offense, and clearly my attempt at humor has backfired. I have deleted the tweet and am very sorry.”


Sugar has fronted the popular UK version of ‘The Apprentice’ since 2005.


Marilyn Monroe’s Golden Globe sells for record $250,000 at auction

Updated 18 November 2018
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Marilyn Monroe’s Golden Globe sells for record $250,000 at auction

  • The award has made history as the highest selling Golden Globe sold at auction
  • Monroe picked up the Golden Globe for World Film Favorite Female

Marilyn Monroe’s Golden Globe Award sold for a record-breaking $250,000 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California, auction officials said late Saturday.
The 1961 award statue for World Film Favorite Female from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association made history as the highest selling Golden Globe sold at auction.
Monroe’s raven black two-seater, 1956 Ford Thunderbird, which was auctioned for the first time, fetched $490,000 at Icons & Idols: Hollywood, which took place Friday and Saturday.
Monroe, one of the most collectible celebrities, was pictured driving in the car with her husband, playwright Arthur Miller, shortly after their June 1956 wedding.
The movie star owned the vehicle for six years until shortly before her death in 1962.
Darren Julien, president of Julien’s Auctions, said the car was “not only part of automotive history but comes with an aura of glamor, romance and tragedy of a true Hollywood legend.”
Monroe gifted the Thunderbird to the son of her acting coach, Lee Strasberg, in 1962.
The current owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, tracked the vehicle down through registration and other documents. The car has undergone restoration but retains many original parts.
Monroe’s copy of Playboy’s first issue with her on the cover, signed by publisher Hugh Hefner, sold for $32,000 along with almost a dozen other items owned by the iconic actress.
The auction also included items from other celebrities including pop stars Tina Turner and Cher.