Wednesday, November 10, 2004

IT'S NOT LIKE SHE'D BE SINGING OR ANYTHING: Two schools in Louisiana had won a competition - run by the satan-to-busshelters greyglomerate Clear Channel - with the prize of Ashlee Simpson coming to see them and do a performance. But just as the girls at the school were preparing for the great event - presumably planning a lot of hair-pulling and tape-swapping pranks - the Archdiocese of New Orleans issued an edict: No Ashlee Simpson in their schools:

The Rev. William Maestri, arch-diocesan spokesman, tells Us Weekly that insurance and security costs would be prohibitive for concerts at St. Mary's Dominican in New Orleans and Archbishop Chapelle in Metairie.

"We have a serious objection to that," Maestri says. "The merits of Ashlee Simpson's music is another issue altogether, and one I am not competent to comment on."

It's nothing more than insurance, right? Not a judgement on Ashlee from the Catholic Church. After all, we know for a fact that the Pope has been miming to Urbi et Orbi for years.