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Scarlett Johansson out at Oxfam

 
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As Donald Trump would say: “You’re fired!” Oxfam International said that Scarlett Johansson’s support of an Israeli company operating in a West Bank settlement was incompatible with her role as an Oxfam Global Ambassador and accepted her resignation.

Johansson is to appear in a high-profile SodaStream ad during the Super Bowl. The international humanitarian organization said it believes the carbonation-machine company and other businesses operating in Israeli settlements in the West Bank contribute to the “denial of rights of the Palestinian communities that we work to support.”

Sweet dreams

Justin Bieber actually does rest from time to time, as evidenced by a photo posted by his father, Jeremy Bieber. Dad tweeted a pic of Justin snoozing next to his half brother Thursday morning, hours after his release from a Toronto holding station where the singer was charged with assault on a limo driver in a Dec. 30 incident in that Canadian city. Bieber’s rep said in a statement to Us Weekly: “We anticipate that this matter will be treated as a summary offense, the equivalent of a misdemeanor in the United States.”

Meanwhile, Bieber, 19, is focusing on his music. In a video message posted to Instagram, he announced that his latest single, Confident, just dropped and encouraged all Beliebers to listen.

Lonely no more

Moving right along: Orlando Bloom was spotted with a new female “friend.” The 37-year-old Brit, who split from Miranda Kerr last fall, was hanging out at a Los Angeles bar with Nora Arnezeder, a 24-year-old French actress last seen in Safe House with Ryan Reynolds and Maniac with Elijah Wood.

A good sport

Kendrick Lamar is taking a philosophical approach to being shut out at the Grammys. Lamar, whose seven nods made him one of the night’s top nominees, got zip, prompting four-time winner Macklemore to send a text of apology after winning best rap album. “It’s well-deserved. He did what he did, man,” Lamar told XXL magazine. “He went out there and hustled and grinded. Everything happens for a reason. The universe comes back around.”

Learning curves

Beyoncé is one of the world’s most scrutinized pop stars, and now that study is moving to academia. The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University is offering a course called “Politicizing Beyoncé.”

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