Jewish World Review Nov. 13, 2003 / 18 Mar-Cheshvan, 5764

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Publicity hounds; Prophetic priest; Dumb and Dumber | NEW YORK — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, always brilliant at getting ink, is pooping on "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken in a new ad campaign featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

"Get Neutered — It Didn't Hurt Clay Aiken," the potty-mouthed puppet from "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" urges in PETA's soon-to-be-launched ad campaign against worldwide dog and cat overpopulation. The ad, which will be making its New York debut next week, shows Triumph wearing a "post-surgery" collar and chomping on his trademark cigar.

On Wednesday, Clay Aiken's PR rep was not amused.

"This is what PETA is using as their slogan? I don't get it," she told me. "I'm taken back by this a little bit. Is this a joke? I thought their whole idea is to reach out to millions of people — half of which are Clay Aiken fans."

As for Triumph's insultee, "Clay is just choosing not to comment," his rep added.


PROPHETIC PRIEST: The Georgetown University Library in Washington marked the upcoming 40th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination by releasing private correspondence between his late widow and her priest, the Rev. Richard T. McSorley. "It doesn't get one bit easier," Jacqueline Kennedy wrote to McSorley eight months after the president's Nov. 22, 1963, death. "You wrote me in that list of things to think about 'Do I feel guilty about getting over my grief' — well I wish I had that problem, because I know now I won't ever get over it — but I am getting better at hiding it from my children."

McSorley, to whom Jackie confessed that she had suicidal impulses, wrote back: "I agree that you never will get over it in the sense that the grief will disappear. But you may be able to transform your grief into a source of energy which will be beneficial to you, to your children, and to many others."

DUMB AND DUMBER?: MTV's "Rich Girls," Ally Hilfiger and Jaime Gleicher, want the world to know that they're not as clueless as they seem. "I'm not that stupid," Hilfiger protests to People. Gleicher, meanwhile, defends her assertion on the second episode that she might be the reincarnation of Benjamin Franklin, "who invented the light bulb." She explains: "I'm getting a lot of flack for the Ben Franklin comment. Every person says a lot of things they regret; we just have it on camera. It doesn't mean we're stupid — it just shows how normal we are."

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