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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.
Another attention-hogging celebrity mother doesn't get it. Last week, actress/singer Jessica Simpson revealed a photo of her 4-month-old infant daughter posing awkwardly in a scanty bikini. Then on Friday, reality TV mom Kate Gosselin tweeted a photo of her prepubescent daughter, Mady, trying on her mom's high heels. Twitter was outraged, saying Gosselin went too far.
A Nashville drag queen who was convicted of felony theft in 2011 is suing for $20 million dollars after prison officials sent him to two women's prisons. Carla Brenner, who was born a man but dresses in women's clothing, claims he was sexually assaulted in the showers by female prisoners when they discovered he had male genitalia.
"The big hair, the makeup, I am an entertainer -- a drag queen," said Brenner. "That basically means a man who enjoys dressing as a woman. It's not a woman. I have no intention on being a woman... never, ever have."
Scott Van Duzer, 46, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, made headlines when he power lifted President Obama off his feet during a campaign stop on Sunday. Van Duzer, who owns the Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Restaurant in Fort Pierce, Fla., says angry residents are threatening to boycott his pizza shop after he hugged the president during the campaign stop.
“People are saying a lot of bad things and boycotting my restaurant,” Van Duzer told POLITICO.com. “There’s no middle line anymore, and that's exactly what’s wrong with our country right now.”
By now you've all seen the photo of the Republican pizzeria owner bear hugging Mr. Obama. The first thing I thought when I saw the picture was where are the Secret Service? If the photo had not been staged Secret Service agents would've beat him worse than Chris Brown beat Rihanna.
Unemployed NFL player Chad Johnson, 34, has a lot of free time on his hands these days. The Miami Dolphins fired the troubled wide receiver in August following his arrest for allegedly headbutting his soon-to-be-ex-wife, Evelyn Lozada, 42.
While Lozada is busy making the rounds of the talk show circuit telling her sob story to whoever will listen, Johnson continues to work out in the hopes that a team will take pity on him and give him another chance.
Rapper Nicki Minaj has stirred up a hornet's nest with her apparent endorsement of GOP candidate Mitt Romney for president. "I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/ You lazy bitches are f***ing up the economy," Nicki raps in a song on Lil Wayne's new mixtape, Dedication 4.
Nicki isn't the first rapper to endorse a Republican candidate for president. The late rapper Eazy E was invited to attend the Republican National Convention in 1991. Rapper-turned-actor LL Cool J attended the Republican National Convention in 2004. And 50 Cent told GQ magazine in 2005 that George W. Bush was "a gangsta." He added: "I wanna meet George Bush, just shake his hand and tell him how much of me I see in him."
Fame whore Kim Kardashian sparked rumors of a possible wedding to good pal Kanye West when she tweeted this pic of herself wearing a wedding dress along with the caption "Late night fitting #pucci."
West, 35, also sparked rumors when he commissioned a design for an engagement ring last month.
Kardashian, who is still married to her last victim, Kris Humphries, often demands exorbitantly priced engagement rings from suckers within weeks of ensnaring them in her traps. This is typical behavior of women with borderline personalities.
Parents, please educate your sons about women like Kim so they don't fall into their trap.
I hate to say I told you so... According to published reports, Evelyn Lozada filed for divorce from troubled NFL star Chad Johnson. Lozada and Johnson tied the knot on July 4 in St. Martin.
It was obvious from the start that Lozada would find a way to end the fraudulent marriage to Johnson. Most women marry for love. Evelyn Lozada married for fame and money.
Whether Johnson, 34, was in on the scheme to defraud the public is unknown. There is the possibility that Lozada, 42, fooled Johnson -- just like she fooled the public -- before her scheming literally blew up in her face.
Karma is real.
C-list reality TV star Evelyn Lozada, 42, finally spoke out on the publicity stunt that literally blew up in her face. After lying to the public for 2 years about her fake relationship and marriage to troubled NFL star Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson, 34, Lozada wants the public to believe her side of the story.
Evelyn tells TMZ, “I am deeply disappointed that Chad has failed to take responsibility for his actions and made false accusations against me."
Lozada and Johnson supposedly fought in their car outside their Davie, Florida home Saturday night. A neighbor who called 911 said Johnson "hit" Lozada in the face, resulting in a linear 3-inch gash on her forehead which is not consistent with a head butt. That's the problem when dealing with reality show actors -- it's very difficult to believe anything that comes out of their mouths.
Over the weekend, reality TV star Evelyn Lozada, 43, and former NFL player Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson had a meeting of the minds that didn't end well.
Johnson, 32, was arrested and charged with assaulting Lozada after he allegedly head butted her, causing a facial injury. Johnson, 32, was pictured bonding out of Broward County jail Sunday morning after paying $2,500 bail. Also on Sunday Johnson learned that he was cut from the Miami Dolphins (not that he cares).
The news comes just one month after the couple's much-hyped "wedding" in Florida, and just 2 weeks before the premiere of their reality show. These coincidences led to speculation that the couple had pulled a publicity stunt to promote their reality show.
I can't stop laughing at these two fools! They will do anything to promote their wack reality show.
Evelyn Lozada, one of the stars of VH1's "Basketball Wives."
Johnson allegedly head-butted Lozada during an argument, says the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and when cops arrived to the scene, Lozada had lacerations on her forehead.
Our sources say Lozada has been at the hospital for several house and her injury required stitches.
According to our sources, the fight started when Lozada found a receipt for condoms in the center of the couple's Maserati and confronted Johnson about it. A verbal argument ensued.
We're told at some point during the argument, Johnson head-butted Lozada. According to reports, Johnson told police he butted heads with Lozada by accident.
Johnson is reportedly still in custody and wil have to go before a judge before he can be released.
Johnson and Lozada were married last month in Miami after Johnson proposed in November 2010 with a massive 10-carat diamond ring.
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Serena Williams excited her west coast viewers after she crip walked following her historic first Olympic gold medal win in London. But not everyone was happy for her. Radio deejays Rosenberg and K.Foxx ripped Serena for incorporating the widely recognized gang dance move into her celebrations.
"She's supposed to be a role model, not perpetuating gangster violence," said K. Foxx.
The Crips are one of the largest and most violent gangs in gang-infested Los Angeles, and the Crip Walk supposedly spells out the name of the Crips with intricate footsteps.