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What price fame?

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You know, I understand that Hollywood is not the home of family-friendly values, and that there are people who are willing to do whatever it takes to reach the “big time”. Even realizing that, I saw an ad in Variety (The entertainment industry magazine) that hit a new low…

The title of the ad was: “Celebrity ‘Home Movie’?”, and it proposed the creation of (supposedly) illicit celebrity home movies to ensure “The fast track to stardom”. I’m sure you’ve heard of the sort of thing being described here: The infamous Pamela Anderson/Tommy Lee honeymoon video or the more recent Paris Hilton video that appeared on the internet.

What this company offered was payment of up to $500,000(!!!) and a share of the profits from the sale of such films. They’ll create a carefully scripted/edited piece of work that will then be leaked to the public, via the internet or some other venue. The ad claims that they are a $100MM company that has been doing this sort of thing for the last 10 years.

This is disgusting on every level: The person willing to do this to further their career, the company creating and promoting this “service”, and the fact that Variety is willing to run the ad.

What’s also pathetic is the fact that this actually seems to work. How many people had heard of Paris Hilton prior to that video which was supposedly released without her permission? It strains coincidence that after that bit of video became public she became well-known, and then went on to become even more famous via a starring role in the trashy reality show The Simple Life.

The next time some celebrity scandal finds it’s way onto the ‘net or Entertainment Tonight, think twice before feeling sorry for the poor victim. While you’re at it, keep an eye on that person’s career in the ensuing months and don’t be surprised if they benefit from it.

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