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.
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.
Yesterday, we learned the sad news of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death. From what news reports state, it was from an overdose of heroin. Unfortunately he is not the last in the Hollywood scene that will succumb to this devastating addiction. Continue reading
Red Carpets, Awards, Money, Fame and Adoration: Everyone dreams of having these things. Some people have achieved what many people dream about. Does anyone ever stop to think about the mental and emotional factors these put upon actors and the average entertainment consumer?
Norman Rockwell triple self-portrait
In recent articles (The Hollywood Beauty Part 1, 2, and 3) we have discussed the issues with age and beauty in Hollywood, especially among women. Today, our article will focus on how we view and interpret the person we see in the mirror. Continue reading