fame whores

The year in Russell Simmons

November 5, 2011 // 0 Comments

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Recently I volunteered how Russell Simmons struck me as a “big phony,” despite scant evidence. Just a gut feeling. Score one for my gut. Since then we’ve seen Simmons defend woman-beating thug Chris Brown and identify with Occupy [...]

Hollywood vs. the kids

July 16, 2011 // 0 Comments

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The cultural right’s fixation on permissiveness misses the real threat presented by the entertainment industry. Fame is the leading value emphasized by television shows popular among 9-to-11-year-olds, a major change from the past, according [...]

A suicide in 140 characters or less

March 17, 2011 // 0 Comments

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Not surprisingly, Carlos Estevez is involved. Last night, 22-year-old Kacey Jordan—the woman best known for smoking crack with Charlie Sheen, suggesting she aborted Sheen’s baby, and winning Howard Stern’s “Charlie Sheen Porn [...]