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Comments of the week: International conspiracy theory and Twitter quitter edition

December 20, 2009 | 11:30 am

Buju3Where was the action this week at the Ministry of Gossip? The winner when it comes to sheer volume of comments has to be Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton, whose arrest on a cocaine-related charge elicited lots of outrage and opinions that the sting -- which the DEA says is backed by video and audio tapes -- is part of a gay conspiracy. 

The content of the comments is pretty voluminous too.

Back in Jamaica, fans maintained the Grammy nominee's innocence, even after hearing about video and audio tapes the DEA says it has. Comments have flooded in -- and keep coming -- on last Sunday's original Ministry post, but a follow-up post Monday with more details on the case has gone pretty much untouched.

(The Ministry has learned a lot of Jamaican patois this week, let me tell you. Buju's story also wins the MOST COMMENTS IN ALL CAPS prize. That one's not so coveted, by the way. WE CAN HEAR YOU in little letters too.)

And here's a question on many readers' minds this week: Why is the Ministry hating on Chris Brown? The answer is, we are not hating on Chris Brown...

Chris brown (2) We are hating on celebs who quit Twitter in a huff after they realize Twitter is public and OMG people can see what they tweeted.

Lots of people.

The nature of humor, and Tiger Woods' role in it, was discussed in comments on our post about Stephen Colbert's Sports Illustrated cover. Adam Lambert's always good for a few passionate words, even if he's just getting free stuff. And we can't tell if people love new mom Kourtney Kardashian or hate her, but judging by all the nasty comments we could not publish, we're leaning toward the latter.

Gladiator Our item about Russell Crowe and the new "Robin Hood" trailer didn't get a lot of comments, but you might want to check it out anyway, because it's Russell Crowe. And Russell Crowe is cool. As is the trailer. As is the picture of Russell Crowe right over there.

Thanks again for reading and commenting. And remember, if your comment wasn't made live, chances are it's because you cussed. 

-- Christie D'Zurilla

P.S. We're working on a comprehensive post about what constitutes profanity here at the Ministry -- watch for it. You might be surprised.

Photos: Buju Banton in October 2006, top. Chris Brown on BET's "106 & Park" in New York City on Dec. 16, 2009, left. Russell Crowe in "Gladiator," right. Credits, from top: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times; Neilson Barnard / Getty Images; Jaap Buitendijk / DreamWorks Pictures.

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