Fans think celebrities have everything and maybe they do. Everything that makes them a potential target for extortion and blackmail. Click here for legal definitions.
For celebrities, the cost of preserving one’s image and privacy is worth giving in to the blackmailer’s demands.
Many celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Paris Hilton and Bill Cosby have been victims of blackmail. Other victims have included politicians and athletes.
According to celebrity publicist, Michael Levine, the problem has worsened over the last ten years due to the internet which allows for the immediate transfers of photos, videos and texts. The issue has also worsened because of the insatiable public and media appetite for their “Hollywood Obsessions”.
The public rarely hears about these blackmail situations because of copycatting possibilities and also bringing it to the forefront would draw out information the victim does not want to be made public.
In the end, it may be in the best interest of the victim to beat the blackmailer to the punch. Everyone makes mistakes. We’re all human. Lives go on. Sometimes its better to tell the truth in any way that is possible then to continue to live with lies.
Love them or hate them , the Duggars and the Thompsons have become embedded in popular culture through their participation in their respective television shows 19 Kids and Counting and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo for the TLC network.
Through all the glitz, glamour and pregnancies, the shows suffered through the personal actions of family members and both were cancelled.
19 Kids and Counting was cancelled due to reports of inappropriate misconduct by Josh Duggar, the eldest child.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was cancelled due to “Mama” June Shannon’s involvement with a child molester.
In the end, the network made the correct decision for itself in cancelling both shows. Nevertheless, do you feel that people in charge of airing content on television have an obligation to raise awareness in a positive manner on the topics of sexual misconduct and exploitation of children?
Recently, Brian Williams an anchor for NBC News, apologized on air for lying about being in a helicopter that was forced down after being shot at in Iraq during a 2003 assignment.
I came across an appearance that Brian made on David Lettermen in 2014. He talks about Chris Christie, the bridge shutting down, perjury and Bridget Ann Kelly.
Viewing this appearance, how does this affect Brian’s situation and what are some positive ways that all media personnel can proceed to make journalistic integrity trustworthy again?
We all have greatness within us and our greatness shines through when our spirits are tested. Louis Zamperini, is one man who under extraordinary circumstances showed remarkable greatness. Unbroken is based off the book written by Laura Hillenbrand and directed by Angelina Jolie. It chronicles his childhood, his marathon in the Olympics and his war time service. He passed away in 2014.
I viewed this film on Christmas Day and found it to be extremely moving but very long.
We’ve discussed on LIH our love and support for original content and with the popularity of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” it’s clear audiences have embraced this new form. How about Netflix’s competitors Amazon and Hulu (who spent billions of dollars on original content) how well are they doing?