Celebrities are constantly ambushed by misinterpretations, exaggerations, and misinformation, so a new website would like to come to their rescue. ICorrect allows anyone to counter rumors about themselves for $1,000 without any fact-checking.
Founded by Sir David Tang, who The New York Times calls "a businessman, socialite, and celebrity friend extraordinaire," the site had a rough start. Not only did everyone think it was a joke, but most people didn't see any potential. Because tabloids — the very organizations fueling rumors — aren't particularly interested in setting the record straight. Right now the newly launched site is scant on corrections, and nearly all are said to be plucked from Sir Tang's Rolodex. So what are they? Find out below.
Kate Moss, Elle Macpherson, and Sienna Miller do not want us to believe fake Facebook and Twitter accounts; Naomi Campbell never expressed an opinion about where the 2018 World Cup should be held; and Tommy Hilfiger never said he didn't want black people to wear his clothes.
My favorite correcters may not be the most famous, but they are the most prolific: Cherie Blair, wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair, and Bianca Jagger, former wife of Mick Jagger. Bianca says not only is Billy Joel's song "Big Shot" not about a date with her, but she never even went out with him. By far, though, my favorite is her correction of a 34-year-old rumor. No, she did not ride a white horse around Studio 54 on her 27th birthday in 1977; she briefly mounted it.
While some entries provide links to articles substantiating claims, it is not necessary, which makes ICorrect's point even more elusive. Isn't it just an expensive version of a verified Twitter account?