Sat, 29 Mar 2003

Garin cautious on Iraq war issue

JAKARTA: Noted Indonesian director Garin Nugroho believes that a move he calls "a one-day moratorium on American products" would be better than mass street demonstrations to express objection to the U.S.-led attack on Iraq.

He said on Friday he would refrain from drinking Coca Cola for a day as a symbolic act of protest over the war in Iraq.

Nugroho, who has won numerous national and international awards for his films, also frowned upon a recent call by the Kabah Youth Movement (AMK) Muslim group for movie theaters in Bandung to stop screening American movies.

"That (boycotting American films) is also aggression; we should not respond to America's aggression in Iraq with aggression," Garin said.

People should have the freedom of choice whether to watch or not to watch American movies, he added. -- JP

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Presley not proud of Jackson

LOS ANGELES: It was one of the oddest mergers in showbiz -- the furtive 1994 marriage between the self-proclaimed King of Pop and the daughter of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

But Lisa Marie Presley said her attraction to Michael Jackson, the second of her three husbands, was real. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, she said she was turned on by his mysterious ways, wanted to protect him from child-abuse accusations and thought they could save the world together.

Yes, she did sleep with him. And no, she's not proud of the whole experience.

"I can't say what his intentions were, but I can tell you mine was that I absolutely fell in love with him and fell into this whole thing, which I'm not proud of now," said Presley, 35. "It just got really ugly at the end."

The trauma sent her into a two-year mental and physical breakdown. She took to writing songs, and refers to Jackson in the track Disciple, referring to his "masturbative ways". --Reuters