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June 26th, 2008
12:55 PM ET

Mandela to supermodel: Get to steppin’

Roland S. Martin
CNN Political Analyst
AC360° Contributor
www.rolandsmartin.com

Finally, somebody has the decency to tell one of these crazy celebrities that their wild antics will not be tolerated.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell was supposed to participate in the 90th birthday celebration of former South African president Nelson Mandela. But after she was fined and sentenced to 200 hours of community service for her bad girl behavior against two cops at Heathrow Airport, Mandela ordered her removed from the celebrity lineup.

Now that’s a man of principle!

A source told the Daily Mail that Mandela personally intervened.

The man himself intervened and she was pulled off the list. He was disappointed with her recent arrest – particularly as she was wearing a 46664 baseball cap at the time,' the source said, noting that was which was the prison number of Mandela when he served 27 years in jail.

Mandela gets big props for checking Naomi and making it plain: You can't act a fool and expect to be rewarded.


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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. mdjudkins

    naomi needs anger management before she really hurts someone. Mr.Mandela has principals – a man who spent 27 years in jail unfairly certainly knows something about honor and integrity. more people need to take a stand for what is the right.

    June 27, 2008 at 1:24 am |
  2. GF

    @ Pat LOL thank you so much for the laugh! Looking pretty is not a talent. Thanks to her genes and the stylists, makeup artists, etc. are the only things that make her look good on the outside but inside she is very ugly.

    June 26, 2008 at 11:09 pm |
  3. Pat

    Wow i just followed a link on Naomi Campbell. I had no idea she has been out of control for nearly ten years! (If what was reported is truly factual.) For one to assault friends, housekeepers, Studio Personnel,
    employees at a show she attended and complete strangers is heavy duty out of control temper tantrums to say the least. I truly hope she seeks professional help. It would truly be a shame for a lady with her talents and gifts to loose it all.

    June 26, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    Good for Mandela. He should take on some of the other personalities that misbehave on a regular fashion. Its good to see that someone is more interested in right and wrong than rubbing elbows with the rich and infamous.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    June 26, 2008 at 9:32 pm |
  5. olga in

    thank you Mandelaa yes you are a man on principle i wish you can use your principles toward Mugabe and ask him to leave the power . Please do something about Mugabe Madiba !!!!!!!
    Olga In from Montreal

    June 26, 2008 at 7:19 pm |
  6. Melissa

    @ Larry Mr. Mandela did not bash Naomi, he just disinvited her to his birthday celebration for her poor behavior. He's probably the first person who's ever tried to teach her a life lesson that her behavior is unacceptable and won't be tolerated thus this is a consequence. As for Mugabe, what do you propose Mr. Mandela do?

    June 26, 2008 at 7:10 pm |
  7. Jolene

    Well, Roland, as you well know...everyone plays the fool sometime 😉

    Thanks for putting a smile on my face today!

    Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    June 26, 2008 at 7:08 pm |
  8. deborah, OH

    Yes, yes, yes!
    Thank you, Roland, for your take on this!

    And, Happy 90th, Mr. Mandela!

    June 26, 2008 at 7:01 pm |
  9. carmen

    Someone should have "slapped" that child Naomi and others like her a long time ago. Mr. Mandela is one of the brightest lights the world has ever seen. We would all be wiser to learn decency, common sense, compassion and love from him.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  10. Cathleen, OR

    Thank you Nelson Mandela for your decision; I greatly appreciate
    the action you took. Have an awesome birthday!!!

    June 26, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  11. Pat

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. Mandela. I hope your 90th Celebration will be as Special as you are and may you enjoy many more!

    You are certainly one of the Greatest Men of our time if not the Greatest. And it is certainly refreshing to see a Celebrity acting out get kicked to the curb! Thank you Mr. Mandela. I hope this sets an example for all Celebrities but I know that would be too much to hope for.

    I truly feel Miss Campbell has problems that need professional attention. I hope she will see that and seek help.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  12. teresa, oh

    ^5 To Mr. Mandela.

    ( does anyone know why Naomi is so darn mad all the time? Is she hungry?)

    @ Larry: r u 4 real? you best get stepping, dude.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  13. Larry

    I understand that Amy Winhouse has also been disinvited to meet with Mr. Mandela due to her lifestyle.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  14. Neema

    There are too few people in this word that could still lead us all and instill wisdom in all of us. Nelsom Mandela is on top of that list. Everytime he speak out its something wise, smart, classs, I mean, He is Genius.
    Happy birthday to beloved Madiba. May God protect him.
    Happy shame day to Naomi C, and plese stop wearing that baseball cap or anything for that matter with 46664 on it ! and stay away from "Mzee Madiba!".
    Neema Brooklyn NY

    June 26, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  15. Tracey Anderson - Boston, MA

    Get to steppin' is right!

    After all her troubles she deserves so much more.

    Thank you Nelson

    and Roland. 😉

    June 26, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  16. Larry

    Its easy to bash Naomi; why doesn't he do more about his neighbor Mugabe?

    June 26, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  17. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    Too bad Mbeki and the rest of the African 'princes' can't take a credible stance [diplomatic/ military] against Mugabe!!!

    June 26, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  18. Melissa

    Now if only someone would take Paris, Lindsay, etc. off of their high horse!

    June 26, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  19. Jennifer in DC

    "Get to Steppin'"... gotta love it! Thanks Roland, I love your take on things. 🙂

    Big props is right. There are consequences for your actions, even if your name is Naomi.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  20. Jenny

    Thank you Mr Mandela and Bill Cosby and Barack Obama and all of the other fifne men of color that set a great expample for young men of today regardless of color.

    Jenny Rome GA

    June 26, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  21. Suzy

    That move just makes me respect and appreciate Mr. Mandela that much more!

    June 26, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  22. Joseph Kowalski, North Huntingdon, PA

    Nelson Mandela is a man of honor and integrity. This world would be a much better place if the youth of this world emulated Nelson Mandela instead of worshipping the celebrity culture represented by people like Naomi Campbell.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  23. Vicki, Long Island, NY

    Roland:

    Well it's about time these celebrities are not glorified when they get into trouble. All the power to Mr. Mandela for putting his foot down.

    Happy 90th Birthday!

    June 26, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  24. JC- Los Angeles

    I pray every day that the likes of Nelson Mandela remains with us as long as possible. People like President Mandela radiate a constitution, backbone, tolerance and iron will that is entirely lost on today's leaders, executives, politicians and public figures. It should come as no surprise that it takes a 90 year old to show us what a real man looks like.

    June 26, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  25. Kristina

    I agree, that's hilarious.

    June 26, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  26. GF

    I love it!! Thank you Mr. Mandela for showing these celebrities that their bad behavior is not cool and won't be tolerated.

    June 26, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  27. Mary Beth, North Canton, OH

    There's a Beat 360 photo if I ever saw one.

    June 26, 2008 at 1:16 pm |
  28. Cindy

    Oh man...I LOVE that one of these elite trouble makers finally got their dues!! I am glad that Mandela kicked Naomi to the curb! Too many of these celebs think that they can do anything that they want yet still be idolized by millions! I hope that this really shows Naomi that regardless of what she thinks that she isn't all that! And that not everybody will put up with her crap.

    Cindy...Ga.

    June 26, 2008 at 1:16 pm |