Quick. What's the biggest celebrity stunt of 2017? Many people are still debating whether TV mogul Wendy Williams pulled a stunt by pretending to faint on the set of her show so she could trend all day on social media.
On Halloween, Wendy shocked fans -- and, apparently, her staff -- by collapsing onstage. Her explanation was that she "overheated" in a costume that did not look hot in an air conditioned studio. The next day she blamed everything from menopause to dehydration for her fall.
If you lose consciousness due to dehydration you will STILL be dehydrated 5 minutes later. Take it from a registered nurse with nearly 30 years of experience. A cup of water will not rehydrate you -- you will need an entire IV bag of fluids just to hold your head up. What you will not do is bounce up off the floor and continue taping a TV show as if nothing happened.
It saddens me to see Wendy, at 53, pull a stunt like this for attention. Especially when her show is still doing well in the ratings race and beating Steve Harvey's show easily.
But Wendy isn't the only stunt queen doing the most to trend on social media. The list of celebrities pulling stunts for attention is longer than my arm.
Singer/actor Tyrese Gibson, aka Cryese, has been on a social media tear lately. If he's not attacking fellow Fast & Furious star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, then he's having panic attacks or pretending to lose it online.
When all else fails, just make them think you're crazy. That's always worthy of a few memes.
Then there are the stunts pulled by comedian Kevin Hart and his bestie Nelly. And who can forget T.I. and Tiny's fake divorce drama for ratings?
It's unfortunate that T.I. & Tiny roped a certain blogger into helping them promote their foolishness.
That was unfair because the blogger was very supportive of them and she didn't deserve to be used in that way. Especially when she has so much dirt on them that they would trend for a year if she spilled it all.
So what is behind the flood of celebrity stunts lately? Media experts say the answer is the rapid growth of social media.
Social media platforms have outgrown traditional forms of media today. Most people rely on social media for their news and entertainment.
For the first time, celebrities are forced to compete with Joe Blow for attention. Some celebrities, like comedian Nick Cannon, have thrown in the towel and are considering leaving social media altogether.
Many celebrities are desperate to stay relevant in a world where every Jane and Joe with a cell phone can be famous for 15 minutes. It's hard to compete with videos of cute children on Snapchat or fight videos on Worldstar -- especially when you lack talent to fall back on.