Grapevine: Debate audience member becomes Internet star

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Internet falls in love with debate audience member

Before Sunday night’s presidential town hall-style debate, Kenneth Bone was just an undecided voter who had concerns about clean energy. After asking his question on national television Sunday night, something about his red sweater or glasses-and-mustachioed faced inspired those following on social media to turn Bone into an overnight internet celebrity. Besides a few neutral Bone Thugs-N-Harmony jokes (the rap group was known for each member using the last name “Bone”), most of the commentary was overwhelmingly positive. “That energy question was mad adorable,” tweeted actor B.J. Novak. Bone seems to be taking the sudden popularity in stride. He told CNN on Monday morning that he went “from last night having seven Twitter followers, two of which were my grandmother because she had to remake her account when she forgot her password, to now I have several hundred.” Bone, a coal plant operator from Illinois, added that he didn’t intend to wear his now-famous red sweater on television, it was his “plan B.” He had an olive suit ready to go, but he split the pants while getting in the car on the way to the debate. Besides CNN, Bone was interviewed by the New York Times, and he said that he was originally leaning toward voting for Donald Trump, but that Hillary Clinton “really impressed me.”

Actor Shailene Woodley arrested at protest

Best known for her roles in the “Divergent” film series, actor Shailene Woodley was arrested for criminal trespassing while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline on Monday morning. The 24-year-old actress posted a video of the protest to Facebook stating that police in riot gear were arriving. “This is America, and look what we’re faced with when we’re trying to protect clean water,” she said. TMZ reports she was one of 27 protesters arrested. Woodley was charged with two misdemeanors, including engaging in a riot.

Green Day announces North American tour

Currently on a tour of smaller venues, punk trio Green Day announced a full-fledged North American tour in 2017. The band will play a very-sold-out show Oct. 24 at the Fillmore Detroit, a make-up date from September that had to be rescheduled due to illness of band and crew. It was announced Monday that Green Day’s tour in support of their new album “Revolution Radio,” will include a date at Joe Louis Arena on March 27. Tickets, $29.50-$75, go on sale 10 a.m. Friday via Ticketmaster and Olympia Entertainment. Call (313) 471-6611.

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■Comedian Kat Williams also will return to town to perform at Joe Louis Arena. Tickets to the Feb. 11 show, $55-$178, will go on sale 10 a.m. Friday via Ticketmaster and Olympia Entertainment. Call (313) 471-6611.

■Olympian and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Ryan Lochte and his model girlfriend, Kayla Rae Reid, recently became engaged. The couple announced the union on Instagram with obligatory photos of the couple that not-so-subtly show off the stunning, rather large engagement ring. Lochte met Reid, a former Playboy model, in January.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

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