TMZ, McDonald’s, Circuit City, and nipple slips

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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9 Responses

  1. Brad,
    I really enjoyed this post.

  2. Great post, well crafted! I can’t help but think that if the founding fathers were able to see all that was being perpetrated in the name of Freedom of Speech/Press, even they would have said “Ah c’mon WTF!”



  3. I don’t have a problem with the reporting of it. When she put herself in the public spotlight she opened herself up to this kind of examination. She took what there was to take (her net worth is over $100 million) and that kind of thing doesn’t come for free.

    What I do have a problem with is the dishonest people who report and obsess over the details and pretend to be doing it “because they care.” When they say “we hope she gets the help she needs,” they are completely full of crap. They really hope she continues her downward spiral and deep down they hope for her eventual suicide.

    At least TMZ doesn’t lie about why they are reporting the stories, as most other outlets do. TMZ honestly says they are reporting it because people, sick as they are, want the information.

  4. Dugglebogey,
    I agree with you to a certain extent. However, having lived a good many years of my life working and playing with local news “celebrities,” I am a bit more sympathetic to Britney’s plight.

    When most people sign up for a life in the public spotlight, they have no idea what they’re getting themselves into. You don’t realize how much of your life and your self you give up in order to become a success in the public eye. I can see how one might go completely bat shit crazy.

    Local news people can’t even go to the grocery store or to the restroom without people expecting them to be “on,” and most them are not even A-list celebrities. People feel like they can say anything they want to say to you (I have a friend who’s been told she looks much fatter in person than on TV) or do anything they want to you, because you “asked for it” by coming into their living rooms every night. It’s an insane way to live. While sometimes it’s flattering and even necessary to your continued success, it’s often completely exhausting. It makes you paranoid, always looking over your shoulder to see who’s watching.

    While I’m not going to feel entirely sorry for everyone in the public eye, I will say it’s very unfair how the American public loves to build people up, but not nearly as much as it loves to tear people down. That’s just fucking sick.

  5. Anonymous Ken says:

    Just another gaper’s block on the Internet Super Highway.

    If something bad is happening, we only welcome it and view the results when it is to the other person.

  6. This is actually very untrue. When horrible things happen to people that we loved or respected for important achievement, it is usually not so pronounced. When their fame is based on sex and fluff, people do not hold back.

    I realize that many celebrities had no idea what they were getting into when they decided to try to become famous, but that’s really no excuse. You can’t expect something that rewards you with hundreds of millions of dollars to come with zero cost. That’s just not how the world works.

    Sorry to hijack your comments Otis.

  7. Isn’t this something that we bring on ourselves? To an extent, this country hates success stories. Sure we like applaud people on their rise to the top but then the envy and the jealousy set in. When that success turns to failure, people revel in it.

    Look at the Super Bowl. Too many people hate the Patriots because they have won, and they would love to see them lose just so they don’t have the perfect season. Whether they get there or not, we shouldn’t be ready to create t-shirts expounding their defeat. Likewise, every football fan should give them credit if they win.

    Why can’t we just appreciate someone working hard and making it in life without waiting for the fall?

  8. Can I get an Amen? Great post, Otis.

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