7:17 am - 03/12/2008

Julianne Moore Fumes Over Spitzer 'Embarrassment'


New York Governor Elliot Spitzer apparently won't be getting off easy with his celebrity constituents.

"A f---ing embarrassment" is how Julianne Moore, once a fan of the former attorney general, termed the politico's involvement in a prostitution ring – for which it is anticipated he will resign on Wednesday.

"I'm really pissed," the fiery New Yorker, 47, told PEOPLE during Tuesday's TSE flagship SoHo store opening. "I honestly don't care where or how people have sex, or with whom, but prostitution is illegal. For someone whose got such a reputation for having a real attitude towards crime, you have to walk the walk. I'm sorry."

Meanwhile, TV hosts were more than happy to have a new political punching bag for their monologues. For instance:

• Stephen Colbert remained deadpan on his Comedy Central Colbert Report, saying of Spitzer, "I sat next to the guy three times and I didn't pick up on any of this, and I usually have excellent whore-dar."

• "They're talking about impeaching Eliot Spitzer if he doesn't step down," said Late Show's David Letterman, "and I'm thinking, 'Whoa, a Democrat being impeached for extramarital sex. Well, happy days are here again!' "

• Spitzer, who was accused of being Client 9 for the call-girl ring, was even topic one with Late Night host Conan O'Brien, who joked, "Not surprisingly, clients 1 through 8 were Charlie Sheen."

• Finally, The View co-host Joy Behar opined, "Aren't you sick of men? Viagra is destroying our government."


eta: Spitzer has announced his resignation today.
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angi_is_altered 12th-Mar-2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
Spitzer, who was accused of being Client 9 for the call-girl ring, was even topic one with Late Night host Conan O'Brien, who joked, "Not surprisingly, clients 1 through 8 were Charlie Sheen."

carrie1982 12th-Mar-2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
celtic_thistle 12th-Mar-2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
vendettavv 12th-Mar-2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
"Stephen Colbert remained deadpan on his Comedy Central Colbert Report, saying of Spitzer, "I sat next to the guy three times and I didn't pick up on any of this, and I usually have excellent whore-dar.""


I find Colbert way funnier than Jon Stewart...Jon just isnt funny to me
sweetnitanitro 12th-Mar-2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
Me neither.
squid_ink 12th-Mar-2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
Colbert is VERY good at satire, which *to me* is the hardest form of comedy to do successfully.

I think he's nothing short of brilliant

and cute too
strong_glad 13th-Mar-2008 02:53 am (UTC)
ia. colbert is very good at what he does.
destinyshore 12th-Mar-2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
That was so funny. And I do love them both, but yea.. Colbert is funnier.
happythree 12th-Mar-2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
I find Colbert more impressive because he's not being himself, unlike Jon.
broken_enemy 12th-Mar-2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
LOL at the Charlie Sheen joke.
lholiday 12th-Mar-2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
I used to really love her, and now I think she's a hag
horrible choice in movie selections
aging horribly (doesn't look like that picture!)
bob80 "Whore-dar"12th-Mar-2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
I too have excellent "whore-dar". I'm kinda known for it.
ex_caps Re: "Whore-dar"12th-Mar-2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
lol, do you get to detect alot of whores, then?
bob80 Re: "Whore-dar"12th-Mar-2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
Yes. Esepcially when I go some where like Wal-Mart.
jmintmilano 12th-Mar-2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
i dont really get why he has to resign....It's not like he did something against the government or the people....just his wife.

It is illegal and he should prosecuted for that, but I don't see why he should resign.
ayajedi 12th-Mar-2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
I heard that he arranged for the ~escort~ to cross state lines which is illegal plus the ~escort agency~ is linked with organised crime sooo
Plus they are making him pay for being a self righteous hypocrite.
aboutbefore 12th-Mar-2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
It's not like he did something against the government

Other than. . . broke a law?
de_wood 12th-Mar-2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
Other than this, the main thing he's in trouble for is money laundering.
teddyism 12th-Mar-2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
I think I speak for a lot of New Yorkers when I say that the respect level for him is practically nil. If he remained governor he would not have the support of the people, nor would he have the respect of other officials. It would be extremely difficult for him to stay in office because I doubt people would feel comfortable working with him. Plus, since the platform he ran on was one of cracking down on crime, he would be seen as a hypocrite every time he tried to do his job. Plus he's lied to the people who he governs by saying that he is strict on crime when he is an obvious participant in it, so after disrespecting his elected position and his family, the only way for him to look like less of an asshole would be to leave, without going through the arduous process of being impeached.
maveness 12th-Mar-2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
Everything you said. (And I don't live in NY, but you don't say you're going to crack down on crime and then become the criminal.)

Not to mention, all this money he's paying for prostitutes...he's a government official. He's paid by the taxpayers. That's *your* money he's spending on getting screwed.
yummiest_nickel 12th-Mar-2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
lineofidledays 12th-Mar-2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
Because to have a prosecution case against a sitting governor would basically stop state government for the duration of the trial. It's in Spitzer's favor to step down bc the feds are more likely to go easier on him as an average citizen.
laurens_bonanza 12th-Mar-2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
If he had an affair then that should be between him and his wife and should be private. However, he's involved in criminal activity that's a little more than, "Oh, I hired a hooker one night off a street corner because I was lonely, it only happened once and I wasn't caught!" In this case he committed a crime across two states, obviously more than once, tried to cover his tracks by paying cash and not traceable wire transfers, and picked a service with shady connections.

So maybe he doesn't deserve to have the whole book thrown at him, but he shouldn't remain in a political position where he is judging/prosecuting/regulating the actions of others, IMO. He's committed a crime, should take his punishment, and realise what a moron he is.
bikini_killl 12th-Mar-2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
they say he has spent $80,000 on prostitutes, that is only the money that is accounted for...
culatercopper 12th-Mar-2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
"It's not like he did something against the government" "It is illegal"
jadore_histoire 12th-Mar-2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
As a native New Yorker, I'm going with the others and saying that his approval rating and his constituents' respect for him has probably all gone down the tubes. He didn't just do something against his wife and daughters - he was doing something illegal and trying to cover his tracks while he's the governor of the state and vowed to crack down on crime.

Resign and save face, rather than stay governor and be embarrassed and have everyone look at you like the idiot you are. This isn't like Gary Hart or Rudy Giuliani, where he had a mistress and that was it. Money was involved, and that makes the situation take on a whole new look.
chaka_kahn 12th-Mar-2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
slushlily 12th-Mar-2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
I agree with the other New Yorkers who've replied to you, but personally, I wanted to add a bit more. I definitely wouldn't have much respect for any public official committing the crimes that he apparently has, but it's especially awful and reason for resignation because practically his entire reputation is built on being this ethical, corruption fighting politician. When he was the attorney general, he was known as the 'Sheriff of Wall Street', for example-- clearly a misnomer now. With this all revealed, it's like his entire background and grounds for being elected has been this enormous hypocritical series of lies on some level.

It doesn't help him that he's been a really shitty governor this past year, too, being more divisive and scandalous (even before this past week) than I had ever imagined probable. It's a good excuse to get rid of him.
ohshiny 12th-Mar-2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
lol, i thought julianne moore was 35 or something. looking goooood for being almost 50.

hell, she looks great no matter what age.
ryuugazaki 12th-Mar-2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
TV hosts ftw :D
danger_zone911 12th-Mar-2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
I would liked this so much better had it been a gay prostitute.
aiyana77 12th-Mar-2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
No, that would be a Republican governor.
danger_zone911 12th-Mar-2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
machine_gun 12th-Mar-2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
i love julianne moore
squid_ink 12th-Mar-2008 02:25 pm (UTC)

I'll bet she's laughing her ass off.

he put her in jail for far less
shewillshine 13th-Mar-2008 01:36 am (UTC)
really? i think martha's actions were pretty heavy. i don't care what eliot spitzer does with his own money.
squid_ink 13th-Mar-2008 01:43 am (UTC)
she lied to a prosector over what was not ultimately alot of money. she should have been fined, not sent to jail.

spitzer was trafficing prostitutes across state lines, something he's been charging other people with. he showed utter distain and disregard for the very law he was supposed to uphold as a member of the court.

I think he should get disbarred.

the mann act carries a potential penalty of 20 years. That's not just hiring a whore for an afternoon, it's bigger than that.
jamiesimpson 12th-Mar-2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
IA, hypocrisy is the only thing that pisses me off when it comes to "sex scandals."
squid_ink 12th-Mar-2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
Id rather they have illegal sex than invade countries on a false premise

maybe if bush got more sex we wouldn't be starting wars all over the world

maveness 12th-Mar-2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
They can be into all sorts of freaky behind closed doors...as long as they aren't paying for it. He was attorney general, in charge of putting criminals away, and became governor because of being tough on crime. That was his platform. And then he breaks the law. Also, his paycheck comes from the taxpayers. I'm sure the taxpayers of NY would rather have that money spent on something more worthwhile.
lastingchances 12th-Mar-2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
Haha, yeah, a lot of them are.
swabian 12th-Mar-2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
I hate hypocrites. Don't preach to me about not to do this or avoid that and then do it yourself secretly.

Also, prostitution needs to be legalized in the States. The current situation is just ridiculous.
squid_ink 12th-Mar-2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
it's legal in Nevada and ... drum roll... RHODE ISLAND.

RI?? Who knew?

I agree about the legalization for so many reasons.
bob80 12th-Mar-2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
Well it is not legal everywhere in Neveda. Each county gets to make the call. It is not legal in Las Vegas.
dorkus_amorkus 12th-Mar-2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
RI you say??

carrie1982 12th-Mar-2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
I agree. As long as it's between consenting adults who the hell cares if you pay for sex.
hardcoresince3 12th-Mar-2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
lulzbb 12th-Mar-2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
i thought you said hippocrates..i was bout to ask what you had against him lol
anterrabre 12th-Mar-2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
blehpunk 12th-Mar-2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
haru_69 12th-Mar-2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
i don't get why it's illegal anyway.
but spitzer's situation is just full of lols
chandralynn 12th-Mar-2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
While I don't agree with prostitution, I do agree it needs to be legalized - just for the fact that there can be controls on it, and the safety of the women who are working as prostitutes can be looked after.

Also - you could have STD checks and they'd have to pay taxes on the money they earn, aka - a real job.
frenchmoodle 12th-Mar-2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
But then who is paying income taxes? lol imagine spitzer watching you have sex... OK NOW HAND OVER 30% PLZZZZ IT'S FOR THE CHILDREN
celtic_thistle 12th-Mar-2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Seriously. If a woman (or a man) wants to accept money for sex, it's completely their business. The government is just pissed that it can't get a slice of the profits.
neptunepirate 12th-Mar-2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
mrmidwest 12th-Mar-2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
Elisabeth looked so furious on The View yesterday. I thought fire was going to shoot out of her eyes at certain points.
rutalking2me 12th-Mar-2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
lol she will combust if she ever finds out that her husband cheated on her.
squid_ink 12th-Mar-2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
ha I know.

I wonder about women that react so violently when it happens to other people.

makes you wonder what's going on in their lives, they seem to take it so personally.
jadore_histoire 12th-Mar-2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
I predicted Republicans were going to have a field day with this. Did she launch into a rant about how Democrats and Liberals are so impure and dirty, and talk about what a wholesome beacon of inspiration our President is? *eyeroll*
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