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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Matthew McConaughey and Dolce & Gabbana Split After Advert Misprint

"All right, all right, all right."

In a bit of questionable news today, Matthew McConaughey and his longtime advertising partner Dolce & Gabbana parted ways over what the actor's camp called "complete and utter misrepresentation."  The ad campaign, featured above, was launched earlier this week to coincide with Dolce & Gabbana's new gay line, DolceGAY.  Within minutes of it's launch, McConaughey's camp had filed a cease and desist order with the clothing designer that leaves the actor without a secondary income and America wondering once again, "is he or isn't he?"

The design house claimed they had no idea McConaughey would even be upset by the ad.  "Any guy that exercises with his shirt off that much kind of has to be gay, doesn't he?" an anonymous rep for the company gushed to the press during a phone interview this morning.  "Find me one straight guy that is in that kind of shape, and then maybe his people will have a real complaint about what we did."  It's a strong argument, and one that the actor's camp has heard before when McConaughey took roles in Failure to Launch and How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days.

"We're certainly well prepared for this," his agent at William Morris Endeavor said in a prepared statement.  "So well prepared in fact, that this statement I am currently making is one I recycled from 2001.  Even with these sentences here, and the reference to the year 2001 I just made.  Like I said, people tell me he's gay a lot.  And he pays us to be ready for that.  But he's not gay.  Not even a little.  And that's the point we're trying to make." 

While 'trying' may be enough to appease an actor like McConaughey, many wonder if it will be enough.  Already, Hollywood insiders are debating what his next move will be, and exactly how it will be interpreted by the general public.  Will the actor's career finally bottom out, or will he return to form with more work like We Are Marshall and Dazed and Confused?  Perhaps Guy Manly of the West Hollywood Newsies Journal summed it up best.  "The simple truth is, if McConaughey wore a shirt just 20% of the time, we wouldn't even be having this conversation."

With that, this is Great Scott!, reporting.

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