Have The Duggar’s Gone Too Far?

Recently, Michelle Duggar miscarried on what would have been her 20th child. The family decided to hold a memorial service, in Arkansas, for the unborn child, Jubilee Shalom Duggar. Pictures were on display showing the small feet and hands of Jubilee with messages such as, “There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.” Several of the pictures were put on Twitter by a family member and soon appeared on a fan site.

Howard Stern: New Job. Still Rollin in Dough

Having been a successful radio host for well over 20 years now, Howard Stern is adding to his list of thing to do as a judge on “America’s Got Talent.” What makes this an even larger announcement is that Stern will be earning 20 Million for his role on the show…..or so we think. When asked how he felt about making $20 million, Stern said “do I work for that little?” It is easy for Stern to talk so jokingly when it comes to his finances, seeing how he just recently signed a new contract with Sirius XM radio for $400 million dollars over the next five years.

Just Another Reality TV Star

The MTV show, Teen Mom, was one of the most watched reality TV shows when it was on air. Since the mother’s from that show have moved on and continue to live out their lives as mothers. However one star Amber Portwood, has been unable to stay out of trouble. Amber was already on probation and now she could be facing jail time.

This is clearly not Amber’s first run in with the law, however after violating practically all the term of her probation, she is now facing up to 2 years in the jail. Amber’s story is just adding to the endless list of celebrity TV stars who can’t seem to stay out of trouble.

 

Dr. Oz: Celebrity Doctor

In C. Wright Mill’s book The Power Elite, he breaks down the types of celebrities and the percentage they make of total celebrities (pg77). 

The Professional Celebrity = 30%
Metropolitan 400 = 12%
The New 400 = 58%
Scientists, Doctors, Educators = 7%

One example of the 7% including scientists and doctors is Dr. Drew.  He is a real life doctor who focuses on addictions.  He is mostly recognizeable from his show “Celebrity Rehab.”

PR Mistakes of 2011- Celebritiy Edition

3) Three disaster stories of 2011 were Kim Kardashian’s 72 day marriage, Lindsay Lohan in and out of jail, and Alec Baldwin playing games on American Airlines. When it comes to Kim Kardashian she has had her fair share of PR mishaps but when it comes to her recently failed marriage her PR team should have stepped up to help her out. She did write on her personal website that she was not in love with him anymore and became too caught up in the wedding planning. However her team should have advised her NOT to air her wedding on television making the pressure on her and Kris Humphries even larger and even a personal statement by Kim on television or in an interview would help instead of comments from “close family friends”. While Lindsay Lohan needs to completely start over, when it comes to PR. She has been to jail a couple of times, has not come out with a new movie in years, and recently had her spread in Playboy leaked. Her PR people should have told her that posing for Playboy would not help her image but only make the public think that she still is crazy and needs more help not only with her no existent career. Finally, there is Alec Baldwin who was recently kicked off an American Airlines flight for not shutting his phone off and continuing to play “Words with Friends”. The large issue is not that he was kicked off but that he said an apology that really did not admit to what he did wrong and then he proceeded to go on SNL and mock American Airlines. His PR people should have had him make a public apology to the airline and even though the SNL skit was all in good fun, it was still taken poorly for how he initially handled the incident.

 

You’re on T.V. Big Deal.

“Prestige buttresses power, turning it into authority, and protecting it from social challenge.” C. Wright Mills

There have been tons of reality T.V. stars in the last two decades, but for some reason America can;t get enough of Jersey Shore and the colorful cast is has. America’s favorite meatball Snooki, has had her fair share of embarrassing moments, some including being arrested. In one incident she was arrested for public intoxication as she stumbled over her own feet all over the beach. Is it because she is a T.V. star that she know is exempt from being told that when you are drunk on the beach you may need some help? I guess Celebrityrerally does equal authority.

 

Snooki Sells Her Scent in Miami

 The pint size Jersey Shore star is now on a mini mall tour to promote her new scent for the holidays. On Tuesday, Snooki made an appearance at the Dolphin Mall in Miami with her boyfriend Jionni LaValle. The other half of “team meatball” said she originally wanted to have a hint of pickle in the perfume but, “when the labs created a sample of a pickle scent I quickly changed my mind,” the 24-year-old told the Huffington Post.

And the Kardashian empire keeps on growing

 

And you thought they would be out of the lime light for even two weeks? Think again! Just as Kim’s divorce news simmers down, Kourtney ironically reveals that she’s pregnant! This will be the second child for Kourtney and her long time boyfriend, Scott Disick. Their first child, Mason is said to make approximately $3,000 per episode when he is shown on  “Kourtney and Kim Take New York”. Another money maker for the Kardashians? Well that must sound perfect to mom and manager, Kris Jenner, and the rest of the clan! Seems to me the Kardashian’s have their timing down pat. Love them or hate them, you clearly can’t escape them, so you might as well keep up with the Kardashian’s!

She’s Everywhere!

You might have watched her grow up on E!’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians, but what’s next for Kendall Jenner? Jenner is the half-sister of famous celebs Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe Kardashian. The 15 year-old has decided to take her life to the next level and begin modeling for White Sands 2012 swimwear collection. The White Sands spokesman stated, “As we were casting for the campaign we came across Kendall’s portfolio and loved her softness and strength. She actually made it to the top of our list before we knew her background.” Jenner is excited for the new line, and cannot wait to continue her modeling career.

“…Every night she is on the TV screen, and every week on every other page of the magazines…there she is” (C. Wright Mills)

The celebrities of the celebrity world

“…The professional celebrities of the entertainment world have come fully and continuously into the national view.” -C. Wright Mills

In the entertainment industry, only a select few “make it big” and can make an honest living within the business.  But what do you consider an honest living? and is it all about the money?  In the entertainment industry, there are different categories like the C-List, B-List, and A-List… but then there’s a step just a bit higher.  Recently Britney Spears joined some of her fellow super celebs at the 10 million twitter followers mark.  That is obnoxiously impressive… how are they able to achieve such monumental status?  They have obviously figured out something that the rest of us are oblivious to and have discovered the secret of being a professional celebrity.