Obsessing over celebrity’s lives

By Katie McNulty
April 7, 2005

Cecelia Francisco

Today our society is more than ever fascinated with the lives of celebrities. We want to know everything about them. Anything from who they are dating to what cereal they eat for breakfast in the morning. Most of us are all suckers for the tabloids. We can not help ourselves from picking up the latest issue of In Touch Weekly or Star magazine in the check out line at the grocery store. The shocking photos and eye-catching headlines get me every time. Even though I know that most of the stuff written in the tabloids is rumored or untrue, I still find myself reading them. I am even aware and have a general idea of how they put these tabloids together. The photographers are hired by the tabloids and then they go out and hide behind trees and snap pictures of celebrities doing everyday things like eating lunch or going shopping. On a really good day they hope to catch a celebrity picking their nose or not wearing their wedding ring. The writers then come up with these outrageous headlines and stories to sell their tabloid.

The other day I was waiting in the check line and the latest issue of “In Touch” caught my eye. Jessica Simpson and Nick Lacey were on the front cover. There was a white line dividing the two of them and Jessica had a sad look on her face. The headline read something like, “Are They Splitting?” Now I don’t believe these rumors but I began thinking. What if someone took a photo of me that I was unaware of on a bad day, gave it to Loquitur and made up a story about me with very little truth to it. How would I feel? I would be really pissed off.

On March 30, Britney Spears posted a message on her official website firing back at tabloids. She addresses them directly.

“Dear False Tabloids, Do you, Us Weekly, In Touch, Star and other desperate magazines want employees who are honest, or those who are liars? It seems to me that you’d prefer the latter. I’m really concerned about the people you hire to work at your companies. I’d like them to ask themselves the question, ‘What am I lying to myself about?’ Is it that you are 50 pounds overweight? Is it that your children aren’t making wise decisions? Or is it maybe that your husband or boyfriend is cheating on you? Until you face what is going on in your life, I guess you’ll remain a false tabloid.

P.S. ‘People Magazine’ is great in my book.”

Although this letter appears to be a little harsh, Spears has every right to lash out at the tabloids. This is nothing compared to the far-fetched stories tabloids came up with about her.

I can understand were she is coming from.

Our society is suppose to value truth and honesty, but these tabloids obviously hire people who will forget their own dignity and write lies. We read these magazines out of fun and entertainment, but I guess if you were the one centered around the false accusations it would not be entertaining.

Britney gives credit to People Magazine for publishing authorized photos of her wedding.

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