Online celebrity feuds becoming trendy: are they to save floundering careers?

Twitter battle ensues between Oprah Winfrey and Stacey Dash

Twitter battle ensues between Oprah Winfrey and Stacey Dash

When Twitter launched in 2006, it was launched with a singular purpose in mind; to keep users close to the information they care about. As of 2012, more than 500 million registered users were sharing everything from photos, to recipes, to status updates with their fan base. But recently, the tide of the Twitter-sphere has shifted, and gone the way of a tabloid publication.

Celebrity feuds are nothing new in the media, but here in the 21st century cyberspace has created a whole new place for celebs to vent their disdain for each other to a worldwide audience. For many of these celebs, it is a way to challenge more established stars to boost their sagging popularity. Case in point; Stacy Dash and Oprah Winfrey.

In a recent interview while shilling for her latest film work, Lee Daniel’s “The Butler,” media mogul Oprah compared the recent Florida case of Trayvon Martin trial to the murder and trial of Illinois teen Emmett Till in 1955 in Mississippi. In that case, Till was abducted from a relative’s home, taken to a barn where he was tortured and murdered by the husband and brother-in-law of a woman Till had spoken to earlier in a grocery store. The case made headlines due to the decision at the trial to acquit the men accused of the crime.

Apparently, Oprah’s words set off something in Dash, who took to the Twitter-sphere to lash out at Winfrey for her comparison.

If You aren’t careful, The newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed And loving the people who are doing the oppressing ~ Malcolm X Oprah Compares Trayvon Martin to Emmett Till; Says Obama is “Smart” for Not Appearing on Fox News http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/08/07/oprah-compares-trayvon-martin-emmett-till-says-obama-smart-not-appearing-fox-news via @foxnewsinsider Shame on you @oprah

Dash, the “star” of such films as “Clueless” and “Above the Top,” is an unwavering supporter of the Republican Party, and supported former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the most recent election calling him “the only hope for the future.”  She has tweeted on a number of hot-button political topics such as immigration reform, requiring voter ID’s and the military presence in Syria.

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Reality celeb Kim Kardashian and journalist turned talk show host Katie Courid

In a similar vein, “celebrity” Kim Kardashian recently fired back at journalist and talk show host Katie Couric on Twitter, and Couric made a statement recently to “In Style” magazine about her thoughts on the Kardashian family, and their contribution to the entertainment industry.

“I don’t understand … Why are they so famous,” Couric to the magazine. “I think it’s mostly teenage girls that are interested.”

Attempting to make a mea culpa to Kardashian after the recent birth of her first child with boyfriend Kanye West, Couric sent a gift to the couple with an enclosed note that read as follows:

Dear Kim and Kanye
Congratulations on the birth of your baby girl!
And may I humbly suggest you continue the K tradition for names
Fondly, Katie Couric

This “breach of etiquette” by Couric apparently unleashed something in Kardashian that could be likened to a post-partum hormonal imbalance, causing her to fire back on Instagram with the following hash tag laden dig:

#IHateFakeMediaFriends #MayIHumblySuggestYouNotSendGiftsThenTalkShit

The similarity between these two instances is simple; an unquenchable desire to remain relevant. Dash, who has had little media attention for her acting as of late has chosen to take to the web to share her political beliefs about the state of the country, challenging the current administration of President Barack Obama with Tweets like “This White House is like Lord Of The Flies. Someone please! Get the conch shell and lead us!”

Rapper Kanye West and celeb baby-momma Kim Kardashian

Rapper Kanye West and celeb baby-momma Kim Kardashian

Similar can be said for Kardashian. Since her “subsidized” wedding to basketballer Kris Humphreys, and their subsequent divorce, her “star” has been a bit on the decline. The pairing with rapper with West has done little to improve her popularity, as West is no stranger to media controversy.  West has repeatedly been at odds with reporters and paparazzi; just days ago the Los Angeles district attorney’s office chose not to pursue charges filed against the rapper by a reporter he allegedly got into a scuffle with at Los Angeles International Airport. The case is currently being reviewed by the Los Angeles city attorney for potential misdemeanor charges, which could pave the way for a civil suit.

Incidentally, sales of West’s most recent musical endeavor, “Yeesus,” dropped 80% in its second week of release, the 4th largest drop in history. Could his celeb status be in jeopardy as well?

So the question remains; is launching a “celebrity feud” on the internet the way to remain relevant? In the Dash vs. Winfrey battle, Oprah has taken the high road and remained mum on the topic. Couric did release a statement, taking the high road as one would expect saying:

“I didn’t mean to hurt her feelings. The gift is genuine and I’m happy for Kim and Kanye.”

From the responses of some of their own followers, these two “battle-challenging celebrities,” should keep their thoughts to themselves and off the Twitter-sphere; #zipyourlips.

What are your thoughts on the celebrity cyber wars? Weigh in with your comments.

 

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“Desperate Housewives” actor part of celebrity coming out train

W Actor Tuc Watkins comes out

Super-hunk Tuc Watkins, co-star of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” and daytime drama “One Life to Live” has admitted to what until his admission was only speculation; he is indeed gay. The uber-handsome Watkins made the admission while appearing on the daytime talk show “Marie” with Marie Osmond.

Watkins also revealed that he is a proud single parents to twins via surrogate.

“I played a gay man who was married to his husband, who was trying to adopt a kid,” he says, “And in real life, at the same time, I’m a gay single man who was trying to have a kid through surrogacy.”

Watkins was a guest on the talk-fest promoting the relaunch of “One Life to Live” as an online show. Read more, and see a clip from the show, by following this link.

What do you think of the timing of Tuc’s admission? Think it’s a good idea? Weigh in with your comments.

AP Twitter account hacked; messages regarding the White House send panic through cyberspace

A screen shot from the AP Twitter page. Click on image to link to accompanying article from The New York Times

News wire service the Associated Press had their Twitter account hacked. In a series of tweets, rumor spread that the White House had been attacked, and that President Barack Obama had been injured. The President, and the White House were quick to respond that all was well, and that neither rumor was true.

Through a Twitter account, a group called the Syrian Electronic Army took credit for the attack.

Li’l Devils Lounge adds new life to S. Broadway bar scene

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A new bar has opened up on the S. Broadway corridor. Li’l Devils Lounge has taken over the spot previously occupied by controversial tavern The Barker Lounge. In this story on Examiner.com, new owners Tony Fleith and Justin McConnell talk about revamping the space into a more upscale space, and the challenges of living down the legacy of the past. Fleith also talks about a hope that the bar can bring folks back to the table for discussions…instead of to the nearest smart device.

Check out the article here, and share with us what some of your favorite watering holes are in your local.

A “Just Do It” pep talk for 2013

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Fingers crossed for a great year ahead…

We can stand on the sidelines and cheer on others, or we can get into the game and participate! Yeah, I know, but platitudes aside, here is a piece from ProducersWeb that hopefully will light a fire in your belly, and make you want to seize the year by the…(fill in the blank on your own here)

As victims of movie theater shooting deal with their grief, Evangelicals play the “blame game” as to responsibility

Evangelicals blame media, Hollywood for movie theater shootings

The shootings in Aurora Colorado this past week were horrific. There is no question about that…so much is reminiscent of the Columbine High School shootings. And whenever such an event occurs, it is only fair to assume that many, victims and those in the community, will turn to their faith for strength and support. But a recent story has shined an unbelievable light on the Evangelical movement that may have many thinking twice.

Jerry Newcombe, a spokesperson for the Evangelical group “Truth in Action Ministries, “said in a radio interview that blame for tragedy of the Aurora shooting should be placed on “the nation’s loss of fear of God and hell.” Newcombe also went as far as to claim that the non-Christian victims were not going to heaven, but rather to hell.

“If a Christian dies early, if a Christian dies young, it seems tragic,” Newcombe said. “But really it is not tragic because they are going to a wonderful place… on the other hand, if a person doesn’t know Jesus Christ… if they knowingly rejected Jesus Christ, then, basically, they are going to a terrible place.”

The radio show Newcombe made his comments to is called “AFA Today,” a conservative Christian program hosted by American Family Association director Fred Johnson, who also weighed in on the topic during the program. In Johnson’s opinion, blame for the shooting can be placed squarely on the shoulders of Hollywood films, the liberal media, and churches that do not follow similar Evangelical practices.

“I have to think that all of this, whether it’s the Hollywood movies, whether it’s what we see on the internets, whether it’s liberal bias in the media, whether it’s our politicians changing public policy, I think all of those somehow have fit together—and I have to say also churches who are leaving the authority of Scripture and losing their fear of God—all of those things have seem to have come together to give us these kinds of incidents,” Johnson said.

According to the Jackson, Mississippi branch of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the AFA, based in Tupelo, is on their radar as a “hate group;” primarily because of their demonization of homosexuality.

What do you think of the statements of Newcombe and Johnson? Please leave your comments.

“Millionaire Madam” planning family exodus to UK after trial is over

Kelvin Gorr and his wife “Millionaire Madam” suspect Anna Gristina

Recently released “Millionaire Madam” suspect Anna Gristina said earlier this week that she is contemplating a move to the United Kingdom once her trail is over. Gristina, who allegedly ran a high-priced escort service out of her NYC apartment, is suspected of earning more tha $9 million from the enterprise. Gristina’s moving plans are of course contingent on her being able to beat the charges again her, when the case goes to trial. Her next court appearance is scheduled for August 16th.

Gristina has made headlines throughout her ordeal incarceration; from her original bail being set at more than $1 million dollars, to playing musical chairs with her defense team. With her throughout the entire ordeal is Gristina’s husband, hirsute NY real estate exec Kelvin Gorr. In late June, Gristina was granted her freedom after posting $250,000 bond. Prior to her release, she has been quite vocal about the US judicial system, which is the main reason she is contemplating the move.

“Justice in America is so arbitrary that prosecutors could ‘put a ham sandwich in jail’ if they wanted,” according to Gristina.

Gristina emigrated from Edinburgh, Scotland at the age of 16. When asked if she would return to her homeland upon the trial ending, she seemed to be leaning to a more metropolitan area.

“I think I would go more towards London [than Scotland],” says Gristina.

In addition, the family would love to have their move be documented in the form of a reality show, showcasing their move from the US to the UK. Read more on this story by following this link.

What are your thoughts on the Anna Gristina sage? Weigh in with your thoughts in our comments section.