After blogs and even mainstream news outlets were abuzz with the rumor that Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards had given an interview in which he confessed to snorting his father’s cremains, his publicist was out of the gate quickly to claim that it was just a joke. Keith claims now that he would never have done such a thing, and planted Daddy’s ashes under an oak tree.
Now more rumors are flying that Disney is pulling him from promoting the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie coming out this summer.
Now, I’m sure that the folks at Disney are banging their collective foreheads in their desks at this type of press. After all, they are supposed to be a family-oriented company releasing a film based on a ride at their family-oriented theme parks, and here you have one of the “actors” claiming to have snorted Daddy. That’s not very family-oriented. However, this is Disney we are talking about. I’m not about to believe that they were going to risk sending Richards out to do any promo work for the movie. This is a man who fell out of a coconut tree, for Pete’s sake. You think Disney was going to run the risk of him showing up wasted for a tete-a-tete with Jay Leno? They have enough problems figuring out what to do about their former child prodigy Lindsay Lohan and how to sell her back catalog of DVDs without digging themselves another hole with Keith Richards.