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Friday, January 07, 2005

American actor Richard Gere learned this week that his celebrity does not extend to as far as the West Bank. The Dalai Lama's best bud filmed a public service announcement for the group One Voice in a get-out-the-vote effort ahead of Sunday's election to name a succesor to Yasser Arafat. When asked, most Palestinians had no idea who Richard Gere was, proving his most recent effort, "Shall We Dance", with J.Lo really did more damage to his career than anyone thought. One of those who voiced befuddlement over Gere's celebrity was Manar an-Najar, a soap factory worker in Gaza:
"I don't even know who the candidates are other than Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), let alone this Gere. We don't need the Americans' intervention. We know who to elect. Not like them -- they elected a moron."

IMDB: Richard Gere
Destination H'wood: You could make a mathematical problem out of his career
Gere Loves The Dalai Lama: "He's an artist and he's a farmer."

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