Not Winning

Popular culture seems to have an innate obsession with ‘screw-ups.’ Take for instance Charlie Sheen (actor) most known for his role as ‘Charlie Harper’ on the television sitcom Two and a Half Men.

Charlie’s personal life has been an up hill battle because of his hard partying ways. His personal life includes being married three times, having five children, shooting a fiancee in the arm, drug and alcohol abuse, violence, criminal mischief, and rehab too name a few things.

After recently being a topic of tabloid scandal, being fired from the popular sitcom Two and a Half Men, and coining the phrase ‘winning,’ Sheen announced a nation wide tour called, “My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option.” Not only were people dying to see his show but the tour sold in 18 minutes, a TicketMaster record. On opening night “Charlie Sheen was heckled, booed and eventually abandoned by the crowd at his inaugural stage show, with many of the audience members chanting “refund” and heading for the exits even before the show abruptly ended, says Mike Householder and Jeff Karoub in an article for the Globe and Mail.”

Maybe some people have finally come to their senses and realized Sheen is no more than a pathologic screwup/drug addict that should not be glorified. It makes no sense why people would be willing to spend their hard earned money to go see this man when he is definitely, ‘not winning.’ I don’t support the choices Sheen has made and hope he is given help instead of glory for his actions.

By: Nicole Johns



Why does American society view small dogs as accessories?

Many animals have been mistreated or neglected but in recent years many people have treated small dogs like they’re accessories. This trend was started by celebrities like Paris Hilton.

When celebrities starting toting around their teacup sized dogs in Louis Vuitton dog carrier bags suddenly everyone had to have one. In a society where everyone is obsessed with celebrities suddenly we were obsessed with their pets as well.

The smaller the dog is the more expensive. They have to be pre-ordered and the dog must stay with with breeder until they are sure it will small enough to fit inside the celeb’s choice designer bag.

The mini size dogs are not only expensive to buy but they are prone to health issues as well. Tiny dogs tend to have liver and bone problems as well as low blood pressure says a veterinarian. They are also very needy.

The sad part of this whole trend is that many people bought pint-sized dogs while they were in style. When they went out of style  they were sent to the pound because to their owners they were only accessories. Not only is this terrible but its animal cruelty. Some people are really too obsessed with celebrity culture.

By: Nicole Johns

Celebraties on the Internet

Almost 60 years ago, Famous people such as actors and performers where able to keep their fame, and personal lives separate. Their secrets and activities, were not exposed publicly and the actors themselves had control over what the world saw them as. At this day in age, famous people can no longer control what they want to show the public. With all the easy access to television and internet; you can now find out almost everything about these pop artist and famous actors. With the paparazzi and detectives that    fallow these people all around and post these pictures and videos online to viewers in order to make money;  Famous people no longer have lives of their own. They start to live the life the public wants them to live. When we ask for Britney spears to go to jail, or start drugs, we find that picture, that video or even that statement where she said jail or drugs and we emphasis that matter, and make it breaking news for the public to see. All these lies are written about all these famous people and are posted on the internet for viewers to judge on it and comment as to what they want to see more of; or what changes they want to see. And believe it or not. These changes happen so suddenly, and the lives of these actors and performers become a big gambling game that the public plays on them just to make themselves happy. We the public control these famous people and we tell them what we want to see.

Now the public can put and upload any file or video of themselves to make them who they want to be. Everyone exposes the good side of themselves, and shows the parts they want the world to see. But keep hidden dirty little secrets or defects everyone has in their lives. Giving us the feeling of a perfect life online. Being who you truly want to be. The internet has played the reverse cycle on society in comparison to how things were running 60 years ago. No longer do the actors control their lives, and the lives of society. But now we. the public, have control of these famous people, and our lives.

By: Mayse

Too tuff on Celebrities?

“Leave Britney Alone” was cried by a Gay teen after watching his favourite celebrity icon, Britney Spears, be torn apart in tabloids and the media because of her recent meltdown. The troubled celebrity, Spears is no stranger to the harmful words that come from the media in regards to her many questionable decisions. Once an 18 year old bubble gum pop icon, Spears has become know for her many escapades including: divorcing her husband, shaving her head, attacking a paparazzo with an umbrella, and constantly battling with her weight.

Of course Britney is not the only celebrity attacked by the harsh words of tabloid reporters and TMZ, other stars include Lindsey Lohan, Miley Cyrus, and Chris Brown. These stars are prone to scandal but it seems like celebs who would rather stay out of the spotlight still fall victim to tabloid gossip.

Its like society views these starlets as a spectacle, and makes them somehow seem more than human. As a human being we make mistakes, have triumphs, gain and lose weight, but we expect to be accepted for it and forgiven for our short-comings. We build celebrities up to be worthy of covering the front of all the magazines and gossip shows but as a society we often forget that they are humans just like us. Its completely reasonable for some stars to want to be left alone and feel they need to attack paparazzi who stand in their way of doing so.

But apparently Britney doesn’t want to be left alone. She’s back with Femme Fatale, yet another album, including the new hit single Hold It Against Me, and will be on tour later this spring and summer. It makes you wonder if she really does want to be treated as a human being or were her lunatic escapades really just pathetic attempts to stay in the spotlight? I feel like its a mix of both. So is society too tough on celebrities remains unanswered, its a mix of yes and no.

By: Nicole Johns