Gwen Stefani Bans OC Critic Who Hollas Back

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Gwen Stefani and OC Register critic Ben Wener are enjoying a good, old-fashioned feud. Wener tried to get access to a recent show, the publicist turned him down and he recounts how the madness started.

Wener dared to challenge Gwen’s cred:

“At this point,” I wrote, “sharing her time between L.A. and London while posting a reported $90 million via her clothing lines and selling 7 million copies of Love.Angel.Music.Baby, she’s no more ‘just an Orange County girl’ than Best Buy is just a shack that sells Commodore 64s.”


Wener got told that his criticisms were “too personal”, and he fights back with this:

How about saying she could never play Marilyn Monroe, even if she hadn’t shed pregnancy weight? (To me that’s a physical truth: Gwen, who could pass as Jean Harlow in “The Aviator,” looks nothing like Marilyn.)

Most of Stefani’s Harlow moments in The Aviator were left on the digital cutting room floor–she wasn’t good.

Pop stars really hate it when someone brings up the money.

Commenters think he’s harsh.

Many OC Register writers actually live in Long Beach.