The Case Against Celebrity Gossip

Spot on

Brute Reason


Celebrity gossip bothers me.

I think it’s both interesting and sad how we assume that accomplished, well-known people exist for our consumption. That is, we not only consume the work they produce; we consume their lives themselves.

We expect them to be perfect and demand apologies when they fail, but we also gleefully feed on the news of their failures, perhaps encouraging them to fail if they want to be noticed.

When celebrities fight back against the culture of gossip and paparazzi, as they often do, we claim that by being so famous and “putting themselves out there,” they “deserve” the stalking, the intrusion of privacy, the destructive rumors and exposés, all of it.

It is, if you think about it, a victim-blaming sort of mindset.

And so, things that are absolutely unacceptable and legally punishable when done to an “ordinary” private citizen are just a day in…

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Well done Humans of New York

How people should be presented: In a positive, inspirational light. Whether they are well-known or ordinary people on the street – they are praised for their achievements, such as their child’s first day of school.


“We had our first day of kindergarten yesterday, and I’m already starting to mentally prepare myself for the first boyfriend.”

(Kiev, Ukraine)



What Real People is all about… Ali Hampton.


I’m Ali.

This is me. In front of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.  


I’m 22-years-old, I’m in my third and final year of my media degree at the University of New South Wales, of which this blog is a central part of me passing or failing. I live in Sydney with my parents and my brother and sister and Mabel the cat and four chickens. I love to read, my favourites are Harry Potter, I have a semi-serious addiction to Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate (sometimes Milka is a possible replacement) and I am a chronic nail biter, of which I am trying to overcome.

I work in the hospitality industry to support myself whilst I finish university. I encounter all sorts of interesting people on a regular basis. Sometimes people can be not so interesting and exist more in the realm of just plain rude. The prevalence of the mobile…

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Mental Health – Why it’s important to always be kind

Very wise words. Thank you for sharing #Roomforkindness. Those targeted by tabloid bullying should read these words of wisdom.

Room for Kindness

This post is inspired by our friends The Faces of Mental Health.

“With 1 in 5 Australians experiencing mental illness every year, it is surprising how little people actually talk about it. Mental health isn’s something that should be tabooed, hush-hushed or ignored, it should be talked about openly and without the stigmas that surround it.” – The Faces of Mental Health

It’s important not to let stigmas get in the way of really getting to know someone for who they are. People should not be defined by their mental health, whether it be depression, anxiety, or many of the other illnesses that can often be quite debilitating.

Statistics show that 65% of people with mental health issues do not access treatment and continue to suffer in silence.  All it takes is to start a conversation, or simply listen – priceless acts of kindness that could change someone’s life. It doesn’t…

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Muzzle the media

There is no doubt that in recent history the tabloids have been manipulating, humiliating and hurtful to celebrities, the royal family and those in the limelight. If you missed some of the monumental tabloids throughout the decades, below is a list of some of the most shocking and hurtful headlines the media has to offer:

1. “Fati Di” ~ The Globe


2. “Wacko Jacko Backo” ~ New York Post


3. “Destroying her little sister!” ~ Life & Style


4. “Amy on crack” ~ The Sun


5. “Britney’s boys: ‘HELP!'” ! US Weekly


6. “Kris’ bombshell: ‘Bruce wants to be a woman!'” ~ Star


7. “Angelina’s a total fake!” ~ Life & Style


8. “Amanda Bynes new breakdown: Insane and on the run” ~ Life & Style


9. “She’s a wreck!” ~ Star


10. “Inside Whitney’s drug den!” ~ The National Enquirer


It’s human nature to enjoy gossip and entertainment, although when it comes to the press and corporations revealing people’s private lives and making a mockery of them, it is clear to see that these magazines/newspapers have crossed the line. You can help stop the cruel tabloids by avoided them. Do not read them online or buy them in the stores – It will do you and the targets justice.

What a girl wants


This is a tough topic to discuss because her life seems to have spiralled downwards into the depths of insanity – or so the tabloids keep telling us. Amanda Bynes was once the sweetheart of the noughties. She was the girl next door with the pretty smile and long hair that girls wanted to be and boys wanted to be with. She starred in some of the cult movies which defined the 2000s including What a girl wants (2003) and She’s the man (2006). Which is why it may be hard for those 90s kids who grew up watching her in her stride, to be now exposed to the harsh media tabloids labelling her as ‘insane’ or ‘phoney’. It is bad enough that she is suffering from private issues of her own let alone the press ridiculing her for all the world to see. Way to kick a girl while she’s down.

The recent drama circling the issue is that Bynes has decided to speak up about the tabloid bullying.  Through Twitter she has expressed her feelings towards In Touch magazine, claiming that they constantly lie about her and hurt her feelings.


Despite what she’s going through, it is completely inappropriate for magazines to pry into someone’s personal life and dissect their every move – publicly calling her names like ‘crazy’ and ‘insane’ to draw in buyers. The press and the hurtful, humiliating headlines will definitely not help Bynes on the road to recovery. If you see a degrading tabloid about Amanda Bynes just do her and yourself a favour by not looking into it. Knowing tabloids, there is high chance that the story is fabricated anyway.

“The worst kind of tabloid”


Unfortunately ladies, George Clooney is officially off the market. But I’m not here to talk about the wedding that was splashed across almost every magazine cover. What was more shocking was the blatant lie that Daily Mail published in regards to his new mother in law; Baria. Daily Mail recently published a false story claiming that Baria opposed the wedding based on religious grounds because she is a member of Lebanon’s Druze community. After Clooney denounced the fabricated story, Daily Mail eventually took down the story and issued an apology, of which Clooney rejected, going on to describe the article as “the worst kind of tabloid’.

He further announces:

“In the apology, managing editor Charles Garside claims that the article was ‘not a fabrication’, but ‘based the story on conversations with senior members of the Lebanese community,”… “The problem is that none of that is true. The original story never cites that source, but instead goes out of its way to insist on four different occasions that ‘a family friend’ spoke directly to the Mail. A ‘family friend’ was the source. So either they were lying originally or they’re lying now.”

This is such a clear example of how the magazine and newspaper corporations will post absolutely ANYTHING they want whether its true or not, in order to stir the pot – regardless of whether it tears a family apart.