Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Dear Gossips,

Last week, in a post about Justin Bieber removing himself from Instagram because he was getting into too many Instagram fights, I wrote about how social media has changed the game, not only for celebrities but for their publicists. Social media in the hands of an idiot – and so many of them are f-cking idiots – makes a publicist’s job harder but it also makes the publicist even more essential, because they’re called in more often to clean up the mess.

These days, social media is often where celebrities f-ck up. Afterwards, social media is often where celebrities apologise for the original f-ck up. The apologies are often inadequate. As the LA Times notes in an article published a few days ago, “social media may have many uses, but providing a platform for sincere expressions of deep regret isn’t one of them”.

Not too long ago though, celebrities weren’t saying sorry on Twitter. They were doing it on television. That’s where Justin Bieber started his Tour of Contrition a year and a half ago – with repeated appearances on Ellen, followed by a roast on Comedy Central. And before that it was Hugh Grant and Robert Downey Jr and a long list of others who used TV to seek forgiveness but only after offering themselves up for public flagellation. This is where social media can never replace TV because, according to that LA Times piece:

“Public atonement requires public abasement and for public abasement, you need television. It’s not enough for a star/hero/senator/role model to admit to being human (um, we know that), the audience needs to see that humanity first-hand, judge it for themselves. Viewers need to see the deep regret and inner pain for themselves, need to gauge the level of sincerity in the explanation. As we're discovering, it's a deceptively significant ritual that is very difficult to perform.”

It’s true. A celebrity apology/explanation/ugly cry is must-see TV. And there are certain television personalities who specialise in presiding over them. JB was an exception for Ellen because her show is too fun for public flagellation. She’s not in the apology business. That’s what Oprah, Barbara Walters, and Diane Sawyer were for. David Letterman did it well too. Because the audience trusted all of them to be skeptical but compassionate, to draw out the answers, the gestures, the facial expressions, and the EMOTION that we could then analyse as evidence and/or turn into catchphrases. This is a skill most host/presenters think they have but few really do. “Real penitential television is an art form and it’s in danger of being lost.”

Who should they go to now to say sorry?

Yours in gossip,


Charlie in a tank top

August 30, 2016 14:39:15 Posted at August 30, 2016 14:39:15
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Sam Sharma /PacificCoastNews

Oh hey. How about this to start the day? Charlie Hunnam in a tank top running errands on the weekend. Since all of my words and feelings are still tied up with Rihanna and Drake, there’s not much more I can give you here beyond the money I spent to acquire these photos so that we can all begin our Tuesday in heat. Full Story

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Dear Gossips,

“But for people to understand just how blessed we are. It was an expression of our now. Our fame, right now. Us on the inside of the TV…This is FAME, bro”. Duana texted me, like, 5 seconds after those words came out of Kanye West  Read Full Intro

Smutty Social Media, August 29, 2016

August 29, 2016 19:42:33 Posted at August 29, 2016 19:42:33
Maria Posted by Maria

In her extremely limited time on stage last night, Rita Ora was trying the most. She was straining for a “moment” with Ansel Elgort. But do you think, being surrounded by people who actually make music and music videos people care about, Rita felt her place in the celebrity pecking order? “Vmas we did it again” - did what boo you were on stage for 10 seconds introducing Nick Jonas. Full Story

Taylor’s jury duty

August 29, 2016 19:14:55 Posted at August 29, 2016 19:14:55
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Taylor Swift was never scheduled to attend the VMAs as we heard last week although every self-respecting gossip was hoping for some kind of Kanye surprise. From him, totally. From her? It was unlikely as much as we all Genied for it. But would she cockblock the VMAs in a different way? Fly to Australia, give us some new Swoki photos, or go Swoki Instagram official? Didn’t happen. Full Story

Thor’s roommate Darryl

August 29, 2016 18:28:42 Posted at August 29, 2016 18:28:42
Sarah Posted by Sarah
Media-Mode/ Splash News

At Comic-Con Marvel had several videos that played during their panel, but they only released one, a new trailer for Doctor Strange. Everything else stayed under the seal of Hall H, because it is possible to show stuff in Hall H and not have it pirated, you just have to consult with thirteen dark wizards and make a sacrifice to Black Phillip, like Marvel does under every blood moon. Full Story

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Smutty Tingles

August 29, 2016 17:14:36 Posted at August 29, 2016 17:14:36
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Does Christina Aguilera have a hair colour pattern too? (Dlisted

How Michael Phelps reacted to the mocking of Ryan Lochte (Just Jared

YES! (Cele|bitchy

Hannah Davis’s wedding band (TooFab

Ryan Reynolds on his bike (Pop Sugar

Don’t face pics come before dick pics? Why would dick pics follow this face? (The Superficial)

Hate the hair and pants colour clash (Hollywood Tuna

Hailee Steinfeld in Balmain at the VMAs (Go Fug Yourself

I don’t think we see him the way he sees himself (Celebuzz

Rihanna & Drake after the prom

August 29, 2016 17:03:22 Posted at August 29, 2016 17:03:22
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Ryan Turgeon/ Splash News

Rihanna and Drake did not hit up the same after-party as the Carters after turning the VMAs into prom night. Instead they were at Up & Down, owned by Richie Akiva, a member of the Leonardo DiCaprio’s Wolf Pack, where she’s been known to hang out. According to E! News Full Story

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Beyoncé spent the money

August 29, 2016 15:01:59 Posted at August 29, 2016 15:01:59
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Kevin Mazur/ Larry Busacca/ Larry Busacca/MTV1617/ Jeff Kravitz/ Anthony Harvey/ Getty Images

Where do you start? Where do you start?!? It was always a given that Beyoncé, with 11 nominations, would be attending the VMAs. They only confirmed that she would be performing the day before as the LA Times Full Story

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