Intro for May 15, 2014
Last night I was invited to be on CNN for Don Lemon’s show to discuss celebrity bad behaviour and the privacy issue in the TMZ age in light of everything that’s gone down this week re: Beyonce, Jay Z, Solange, Donald Sterling, and Justin Bieber. As I’ve said many times already on this blog, is the issue for them really, REALLY privacy? Or is it about control?
Justin Bieber is the first pop superstar of social media. Without YouTube he would be nothing. Without regular people – and not record executives – building a grassroots fanbase around his early performances, he simply would not have been discovered. They MADE HIM. So can you blame them for being confused when he decides that he doesn’t want to be photographed in a public place? The relationship is always on THEIR terms and they keep changing the terms.
You’ll note, they don’t complain about “invasion” of privacy if it’s a good news story, even if the circumstances surrounding the breach of privacy are the same. It all goes back to content. How the content is acquired isn’t really the problem.
Yours in gossip,
PS. That’s me on CNN! With Mark Geragos, OMG.