Thursday's intriguing people
Fashion designer Kenneth Cole put his foot in his mouth -- but what was he wearing?
February 3rd, 2011
03:12 PM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Kenneth Cole

The fashion designer issued a quick apology Thursday after Twitter followers were not amused by his attempt at an Egypt-related joke.

"Millions are in an uproar in #Cairo," he tweeted. "Rumor is they heard our new spring collection is available online at http://bit.ly/KCairo -KC"

That went over like an orange-and-yellow-plaid evening jacket.

It wasn't long before Cole tweeted his regrets:

"Re Egypt tweet: we weren't intending to make light of a serious situation. We understand the sensitivity of this historic moment."

It also wasn't long before a fake Kenneth Cole PR account was created to make fun of him. A couple of its latest tweets:

"Check out our new colab with @BP_America - slick looks for spring!"

"People of Haiti, fall into our store for earth-shattering savings!"

"Iran is enriching uranium. Our shoes will enrich your suits."

Snorre Valen

The 26-year-old member of Norway's parliament said he nominated WikiLeaks for a Nobel Peace Prize because it has helped "redraw the map of information freedom."

"Publishing material that is deemed classified by the government is an obvious right that newspapers and media have practiced for many, many decades," Valen wrote on his blog. "This way, the public has become aware of abuses of power that governments should be held accountable for.

"The internet doesn't change this - it merely makes information more accessible, easier to distribute, and more democratic in the sense that virtually anyone with an internet connection can contribute."

Valen is a keyboardist, a member of the bands Amish 82 and Peevish Penfriend. He is a former member of Gallery.

Laban Coblentz

Coblentz, a longtime aide to Mohamed ElBaradei, says the Egyptian opposition figure previously had no ambitions for office in Egypt, according to a Wall Street Journal article.

"When people were first approaching him saying, 'Will you run for president of Egypt in 2011?' he was very dismissive of it," Coblentz told The Journal.

Coblentz helped ElBaradei write a memoir that is due out in April, The Journal reported.

After ElBaradei learned how to use social networking on the internet, he learned he was more popular than he had realized, Coblentz told The Journal.

"It was really this last 14 months, where someone I knew as not being particularly computer savvy, taught himself to use Facebook and Twitter and YouTube and started to do in virtual space which was forbidden to do by the Mubarak regime, the freedom of assembly by large groups," Coblentz said, according to The Journal.

Michael B. Colbert

Colbert is the first minority appointed to new Ohio Gov. John Kasich's Cabinet.

Kasich has been criticized for his string of white appointees, but Colbert, who is black, broke the string when Kasich named him to lead the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Colbert had been interim director of the department, The Columbus Dispatch newspaper reported.

"I am comfortable with who I am," Colbert said at the announcement of his appointment, according to the Dispatch. "I understand my heritage. I'm very proud of that heritage. I'm very proud of those that paved the way for me to get this position. Additionally, I know the job that I'm doing. I've been doing this for the last three years on the financial side, and I understand what we need to do to get services to Ohioans."

Ohio hadn't had an all-white Cabinet since 1962, when Democrat Michael DiSalle was governor, according to The Dispatch.

soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. onelove

    "People of Haiti, fall into our store for earth-shattering savings!"

    OMG...that is hilarious!!!!!!

    February 3, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Richard

    HAHAHA! That's funny! Get over it folks. Geez.....

    February 3, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. john

    We all have Sharpie pens and a bathroom stall wall on Wifi with sites like Twitter. Not everyone holds the same kind of funny bone, it was viewed as an insensitive comment by some readers, but it wasn't that bad or disrespectful. That's modern life in the age of information technology, don't buy whatever it is that Cole makes if you feel like kneeing him in the groin.

    February 3, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. evan brown

    i will bet anything now that a whole load of celebirties hungering for more fame are going to go make a dumb mistake like kole over there. he just launched his career in a single tweet.

    February 3, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    February 3, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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  7. JRB

    Don't apologize, Kenneth! You only let the oversensitive white people win!

    February 3, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. mad hater

    He's my new favorite designer, just passed Kathy Lee

    February 3, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. IMA Sarahpalinfanatic

    Thursdays intriguing person should be Sarah Palin !! Dont stop Sarah ! The left is just jeolous of you – they all wish they could be a Sarah Palin-good looks and extremly capable. When the time comes all of your Fanatics will unite around you. Thank you for turning me into one of your FANATICS !! ..

    February 4, 2011 at 1:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    REAL SHOOTING IN UTOYA or NORWEGIAN "AFTERLIFE" $$ FLASH MOB !!? stateofterror.blogspot.com/ or stateofterror.wordpress.com/ REAL TEARS OR TEAR GAS AND PURE THEATER ON FACES OF MANIACS !!? OSLO POLICE or COMMUNIST/LIBERAL CRIMINALS WHO WERE PREPARING FOR ACT OF TERROR AGAINST NORWAY AND EUROPE ALMOST HALF DECADE(collecting proofs and photos) AHEAD !!? WILL THERE BE APOCALYPSE NOW(Abomination) OR TOTAL RESISTANCE(civil war) !!? No doubt about bombing in Oslo, but what about shooting in Utoya !!!?

    ARIZONA = UTOYA and STOLTENBERG = BREIVIK (90 minutes vs 30 and for government vehicles or police even 20 minutes the most) !!!

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