June 20, 2005Sexuality)
"Not at all. It was an opportunity to find sponsorship, and it opened lots of doors. You have to do what you have to do, within reason and in respect to yourself, but I don't feel one bit uncomfortable with it. I look at the pictures and I think, The girls are pretty. I had fun."
-Indy driver Danica Patrick, who became the center of a media frenzy when she became the first woman to lead the Indy 500, responding to a question asking if she had any regrets posing in a skimpy bikini for FHM magazine. She did draw the line at Playboy, saying "it's a matter of respecting myself." (Time, June 13, 2005)Off-beat)
"I'm shy. Super-shy. The most shy person in the world."
Latin pop superstar Shakira, most well-known for wearing next to nothing and belly dancing. (USA Today, June 16, 2005)
June 16, 2005Responsibility)
"You go to South Africa and get off the plane, and you see blocks and blocks of shanty homes, miles and miles of houses made out of cardboard boxes. Then about another mile down, you see this pristine golf course with only two people on it. That kind of stuff makes you think, and it influences your writing."
June 4, 2005Spirituality)
"As a Christian, I feel very shut out from a lot of contemporary Christianity. My understanding in what it means to be a Christian is to, in our own subjective way, recognize Christ as being God, and recognize our shortcomings and our failings, and try and live according to the teachings of Christ as best we can. And what I find so strange is I look at the behavior of so many Christians, and I don't see any aspect of the teachings of Christ represented there. But [I remember] the quote about taking the log out of your own eye before you can see the speck in someone else's eye, so I don't want to get in the position of judging other Christians. I fully admit that a lot of my actions and a lot of things that are still in my life are inconsistent with my beliefs as a Christian. I'm very secular."
-Moby (Source: Relevant, May/June 2005)Materialism)
"[My friends say,] 'Well, you know with Janet Jackson and the Super Bowl, I think people are more offended with the direction our culture has taken.' And I'm like, 'Well, why not be offended by the Super Bowl? Why not be offended by the crass commercialism—that buying a new car is going to provide you with happiness and salvation? Why not be offended by the notion that grown men who beat the sh-t out of each other get paid $15 million a year, while schoolteachers in the inner-city get paid $24,000 a year?' That's offensive. If we're going to start talking about things that are offensive, a bare breast is at the bottom of the list."
-Moby (Source: Relevant, May/June 2005)
June 3, 2005Celebrity)
"Yeah, you can't win on your third album. You're f-cked. I knew we should have stopped. Or someone should have shot me. I think that's the best thing that could have happened to us, if someone shot me in the head. Death is guaranteed to make your last work seem good, you know?"
-Chris Martin, front man for Coldplay, who release their X&Y album next week. (Source: Entertainment Weekly, May 27 2005)
June 2, 2005Off-beat)
"I can't do all that riddly diddly stuff. I'm not good enough. It's all about not playing. I think I'm the best non-playing drummer in the world. No one not-plays like me."
-Will Champion, drummer for Coldplay, who release their X&Y album next week. (Source: Blender, June 2005)