Reality TV stars will do anything to keep their reality TV paychecks coming in. Most of them are washed up stars who have no other real source of income. Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Kenya Moore claimed she tied the knot with Brooklyn restauranteur Marc Daly in St. Lucia in June.
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When social media took the place of expensive publicists (some of whom charge $250 per hour), savvy celebrities figured out how to use the social platform to create fake scandals and PR stunts for cheap publicity.
Most notably, power couple Jay Z and BeYaki are accused of pulling off one of the biggest stunts of the year -- faking marital problems to boost sagging concert ticket sales. Apparently their stunt worked: the tour reportedly took in over $100 million in tickets sales.
Less notably, reality TV star Draya Michele reportedly pulled a similar stunt by taking to Instagram to announce she and fiancé, NFL player Orlando Scandrick, had split up.
Yesterday, a well-connected insider reached out Sandrarose.com to "confirm" rumors that Atlanta Power Couple T.I. and Tiny had separated on Saturday in Los Angeles. The insider provided Sandrarose.com with information that only someone close to the couple would know. After my post was published, another close friend of T.I. and Tiny reached out to this blog by phone to not only confirm the rumors but to add that there had been tension in the couple's marriage for nearly a year.
When the news broke that former NFL star Terrell Owens, 40, got hitched to a postal worker in a Norwalk, Calif. courthouse, many scoffed that the marriage was fake. Owens and his new bride, Rachel Snider, were reportedly in such a hurry to get married that they didn't exchange rings.
Beyoncé and Jay Z have lunch at Native Foods in Los Angeles - Dec. 5 pic.twitter.com/zcfXXHTQmh
— Beyoncé Lite (@BeyonceLite) December 6, 2013
Beyonce and Jay Z claim to be taking part in a 22-day vegan diet, which many believe is just another publicity stunt designed to generate headlines. Case in point: the paparazzi snapped photos of Beyonce wearing leather and fur while entering two separate vegan restaurants on the west coast.
Even the most uninformed vegan wouldn't wear clothing made from animal skin or eat food containing animal products.
But attracting attention -- while appearing to be ignorant of the circumstances of her actions -- is what Beyonce does best.
Jacoby Cash, an animal lover, was so enraged that she wrote Beyonce a terse note on her Instagram page: "Asshole move going into a vegan restaurant in a fur. You've lost a fan."
The Weekly Standard has uncovered proof that the pregnant blogger who supposedly fainted during President Obama's speech in the Rose Garden was part of a publicity stunt. Blogger Patriot Lady put together an interesting video that shows exactly how the fainting lady stunt went down.
You be the judge.
Over the weekend, boxer Floyd Mayweather and fading rapper 50 Cent got into a Twitter war when Mayweather refused to pay Fiddy $10,000 he won in a bet. Fiddy later revealed the Twitter beef was just a publicity stunt.
Really? We're SHOCKED! We never would have guessed it was a PR stunt. Both of these b*tches pull stunts for attention every day, so why wouldn't we assume that their latest antics were fake?
Move on kids. There's nothing to see here.
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Rapper The Game is no stranger to controversy. With every album release The Game pushes the envelope of respectability and morality. The Game's latest album cover is already stirring debates among the religious set on social networking websites.
On the west coast rapper's 5th studio album titled Jesus Piece, Jesus is portrayed as a gang banger with a red bandana covering his face. The color red signifies the Bloods, a violent west coast gang that The Game is known to be affiliated with.
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Musician and con artist Wyclef Jean thinks he isn't getting enough of the right kind of attention. So he tweeted this pic of his birthday present to himself, a brand new Ducati motorcycle. Jean recently turned 43, just a month after he shut down his Yele Haiti foundation -- after misappropriating $16 million in donations for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Of course we tried to warn donors that Jean is shady, but no one listened. The NY Times wrote an article detailing Jean's massive con scheme to line his own pockets. Diaoly Estimé, who runs an orphanage in Haiti, told reporters, “If I had depended on Yéle, these kids would all be dead by now.”
The director of an Ohio soup kitchen is furious at vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan for showing up uninvited, donning a crisp white apron and washing CLEAN pans for a photo op.
Normally I would say so what? All politicians are the same: they pander to voters, then after they are elected the voters cease to exist in their eyes.
But this seemingly innocent faux pas comes on the heels of Mr. Ryan's anemic performance against VP Joe Biden during the vice presidential debate. Not to mention that President Obama is leading Ryan's running mate Mitt Romney in early voting.
You gon' learn to listen to your auntie when I tell you something...
According to gossip website TMZ, American Idol winner Jennifer Hudson is calling BS on the Mariah/Nicki Minaj fake feud. I agree with J-Hud. It's funny how the media (and bloggers) run wild with every silly thing these celebrities do for attention.
I still believe the whole Nicki vs Mariah public squabble is a publicity stunt to boost TV ratings for American Idol. Even if they don't like each other, why wait until they are both signed to "American Idol" to start showing their animosity to each other in public?
At any time Mariah and Nicki could have taken their disagreements to Twitter like every other celebrity.
One noted blogger, Dr. Boyce Watkins, is concerned that -- even if this is a publicity stunt -- what kind of message are these women sending to their young fans?
"When celebrities and role models behave this way on television, it should concern us all," he writes on Yourblackword.net.
"It seems that black women fighting and trying to murder one another has become the trend of the day, and quite frankly, it’s making me sick."
American Idol's TV ratings has sunk to less than half of what it was in its heyday during the 1990s. Naturally, FOX is desperate for something (other than screeching singers) to draw viewers back. So the show's producers hire loud mouthed celebrities to replace the vocally-challenged singers as the program's biggest draw.
Enter Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey to save the day for FOX: Let the publicity stunts begin.
Someone on President Obama's campaign team is catching heat for posting an e-card on Obama's Tumblr that read: "Vote like your lady parts depend on it." The e-card was quickly deleted when women's groups, and the national media, caught wind of it.
According to the Washington Examiner, the e-card post linked to "a health care document explaining how the Affordable Health Care Act helps women." The Obama campaign has used scare tactics, saying Mitt Romney will cut funds for abortions if he is elected president.
Obama's campaign backed away from the e-card posting. In a response to The National Review's Katrina Trinko, the campaign said "This piece did not go through our regular review. When it was discovered, it was taken down.”
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We haven't seen any celebrities rocking these yet, but don't worry, we will soon. Celebrities are always on the lookout for anything with shock value -- which attracts media coverage. Fashion houses are not exempt from shameless attention-grabbing antics to draw attention to their new lines. Refinery 29 spotted these D&G 'Mammy' earrings on models on the runway during Fashion Week.
It was just a matter of time before Paris Hilton did something stupid to turn the spotlight back onto her. Not that she hasn't been trying to get attention all along.
But nothing gets the attention of the press more than a pseudo-celebrity disparaging the gays.
Paris Hilton is catching heat for comments she made about gay men during a recent cab ride. Paris, the spawn of the multi-millionaire hotel magnate, supposedly didn't know she was being recorded.
"Gay guys are the horniest people in the world, the Hilton heiress can be heard saying. "They're disgusting. Dude, most of them probably have AIDS."
The comments were made during a Sept. 7 cab ride in NYC, TMZ reports. Hilton's team claims the cab driver secretly recorded the audio while Paris was having a conversation with a gay friend who was also in the cab.
Of course she was joking, but the media is running with it because celebrity news has been slow lately.
It's been 3 years since the unfortunate fisticuffs between singers Chris Brown and ex-girlfriend Rihanna, but Brown is still feeling the backlash.
A Canadian music blog has launched an app that blocks all mentions of Chris Brown's name from the Internet. The Toronto-based website AUX launched their app called "Brownout" that currently only works in the Google Chrome browser.
You would think Bobbi Kristina and her adopted brother, Nick Gordon, were smothered with love and attention by their pop legend mom Whitney Houston before she died. But the recent antics of both siblings have proven otherwise. Gordon, age unknown, stirred controversy on Twitter.com on Tuesday when he tweeted a photo of himself waving a gun while operating a motor vehicle.