Johansson Regrets Obama Email Flap

Actress was just admiring his commitment, denounces media 'nonstory'
By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User
Posted Aug 6, 2008 10:44 AM CDT
Penelope Cruz, left, and Scarlett Johansson, cast members in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," pose together at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles, Monday.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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(Newser) – Scarlett Johansson might laugh about it now, but she was embarrassed by the media coverage of her so-called "email relationship" with Barack Obama. "I was merely trying to express my delight at Obama's commitment to his campaign…and how wonderful and refreshing that is. And it was manipulated into such an unfortunate media frenzy of kind of a nonstory."

"It seemed to me to be like a product of extreme sexism, and I kept thinking to myself, 'God, if this was just, like, Kal Penn or George Clooney or any of the other [Obama] surrogates or supporters...there wouldn't be [any] question about it. Nobody would even talk about it," the actress said while promoting her latest flick.