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Ulterior Motives

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Televising people in difficult situations can persuade people not to following in their footsteps…unless all they want is to be on tv. The problem with shows like Teen Mom or 16 and Pregnant is that some girls are deliberately getting pregnant (or re-pregnant) to get a little air time. Once you have been through the struggle of a young pregnancy, one would assume you would at least get on birth control, but many of the girls on these shows are getting pregnant a second time.

Atleast three of Teen Mom’s girls (Kailyn Lowry, Jenelle Evans and Leah Messer) and over seven of 16 and Pregnant’s girls (Nikkole Paulun, Jordan Ward, Ebony Rendon, Kristina Robinson Head, Jamie McKay, Brooke Smitherman-Tarran, and Markai Durham) have all have announced a second pregnancy. Some actually came out and said that they want to have a second child  to redeem themselves from previous episodes with a new show.

“Me and Jenelle are so happy that she’s pregnant,” Jenelle’s new husband said to star. “She told me, ‘I’m looking forward to a second chance. She thinks if she can prove that she’s a good mother, she can get Jace back.” Her son was taken away from her in an earlier season.

The original cast of Teen Mom all said they hoped other girls would learn from them the struggles of young pregnancy and the necessity of contraception, but it seems that the newer casts aren’t feeling the same way. They are willing to go through another hard pregnancy to get the little money and large amounts of publicity that the show offers.

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Extremely Dedicated

30 Seconds to Mars singer, Jared Leto, got a little more than he bargained for in his fan mail. When opening a package, he found a note saying “Are you listening” attached to a severed human ear. The singer felt he needed to share his gift with the world and uploaded a photo to instigram suggesting he would wear it as jewelry, reported US Weekly.

 “I poked a hole in it and wore it as a necklace,” he jokingly told the British radio station Xfm. “That was very strange. A whole ear. The Van Gogh move. The note just said, ‘Are you listening?’ I never knew who it was, who’s missing their ear out there.”

 Many were disturbed by the extreme fan and some by Leto’s desire to show it off, but it’s not the first time celebrities received unusual gifts. Hollywire tells how Ke$ha received nearly 1,000 teeth in the mail when she asked fans to donate them for a t-shirt, Avril Lavine found a dead  rabbit among her fan mail in Japan and  Dolly Parton was left with a human child on her porch (living thankfully, in hopes Dolly would raise it).

Seems to me, like it takes more than just dedication to cut off you own ear or give up your child for a favorite star. Are fans literally going insane for their favorite celebrities?

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Finding Love in the Limelight

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There are three main things that everyone wants in life: to feel good about themselves, to be successful and to find someone to love. We have tv shows to make you thinner, we have shows about becoming the best at your job, so naturally we have shows finding your one true love. But the chances of a television romance making it the distance, is slim to none. Out of the 24 seasons of ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette,’ only 3 couples have lasted (hopefully 4 cause I like Catherine and Sean in the most recent season).

But the fact that a women will share a man with 25 other women for 6 weeks, amazes me. Who would want to watch the guy you supposedly love, kissing everyone else?

But there are nearly 50 different dating game shows and reality shows on tv these days, so we must see something in it.

We are entertained by the drama and moved by the romantic notion that there is true love in the world. But it’s false, America. It probably won’t last. And it most likely isn’t even real to begin with. Adding a judging audience and a bunch of cameras to a group of competing women doesn’t make them act normal. Half of them just want enough publicity to become a celebrity themselves or maybe get their own show, and the few that do care usually go home crying.

Just saying, it’s hard enough to find love in the real world; I wouldn’t want to add a spotlight.

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Signature Features

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Quick funny story of the day: Jennifer Love Hewitt says she should insure her boobs for millions of dollars. Being on the show, The Client List as a call woman, they have become well-known throughout tv watchers of America. She told USA Today,”I need, like, an insurance invitation. If somebody was like, ‘Hey, you know what? We would like to insure your boobs for $2.5 million dollars,’ I’d be like, ‘Do it. Love it! Why not?’ These things right here are worth $5 million!”

Many celebrities are known for their specific calling card. Madonna is known for her gapped teeth, Marilyn Monroe for her birthmark, Barbra Streisand for her nose, so why not a women for her chest? There are very few that wouldn’t know Pamela Anderson’s Baywatch run.

What’s interesting is that most people are able to pull specific celebrities out of a lineup with just a picture of their mouths, noses or eyes. But the sad reality is that many parents  recognize celebrities’ features easier than their own children’s.

Does this mean we spend more time staring at these wealthy few, than we do the people we love? Or does it mean that they are special enough to be engraved in our brains?

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Living Above the Law

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Celebrities always seem to be getting off the hook for crimes they commit just because they are famous. They get a slap on the wrist instead of the hard time anyone else would get.

 Lindsay Lohan has been in rehab, paid her fines and done her community service hours for her crimes, but she spent less than 15 days behind jail bars overall out of the 2oo+ days she accumulated and could have been sentenced to in the last four years.  She is in trouble again for breaking probation and is begging not to go back under house arrest. Before you feel too bad for her being  back on lock down, let me tell you that the estate in Beverly Hills she was in last time, has an indoor spa, two Jacuzzis and a heated outdoor infinity pool. She still had her own personal chef, trainer and stylist come to visit and just had to do her shopping online.

Lohan has been in trouble and convicted of driving under the influence (multiple times), possession of cocaine twice as well, theft and money fraud for her serious sentences. She has gotten into trouble on top of that for missing court dates, violating probation and lying to officers. What is the average jail time for small robbery cases? 5½ years according to the Bureau of Justice System. How about cocaine possession? Anywhere between 4 months-15 years.

Many feel that it is extremely unfair that these celebrities should get shortened sentences or other options than jail time when they are doing significant crimes.

“If anyone got to chose between jail or house arrest obviously I would certainly chose sitting by my pool and having my nails done,” Mckenna Fish says. “But I would never get to chose cause I’m not famous. Lindsay is lucky her daddy is rich enough to bail her out over and over again.”

Some people think that the system is to blame because the judges haven’t done much to change the outcome.  “I think that if she had faced more consequences, maybe she would have at least been scared enough to not do those things again. Maybe she would have figured it out by now,” Lindon Belshe says. “It just shows society that you can get away with things because of your wealth, status or family.”

“I think that celebrities should be punished even more than everyone else because what they do influences the young minds of society. They think they are above the law and they aren’t,” Trace Lind says.

But have times shown they are above the law? That’s for you to decide.

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Fighting to the Top

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In order to get famous you really have got to pull out all the stops. You could always start on YouTube like Justin Bieber. You could get a reality show for your completely insane life like Toddlers and Tiaras, Gypsy Girls, Finding Bigfoot, Hoarders, the list goes on.You could have an affair with someone famous like Kat Von D who got her own tattoo show from doing Sandra Bullock’s husband. Maybe get rejected on Bachelor? Ask famous mommy and daddy to help? Go on Disney Channel? And my don’t forget about my personal favorite, Kim Kardashian’s sex tape. Psychology today says that fame is our goal because we desire recognition, praise and a boost in our self esteem. Then why are we so willing to put our reputation on the line for the spotlight? Well, money helps. Forbes’ Richest People claim that Oprah has made over $2.6 Billion, Raulph Lauren $7.5 Billion, JK Rowling $910 Million for talking, making clothes and writing stories. People feel that if they can get a piece of the action they may be able to get some mullah and make a name for themselves. Some would be willing to do just about anything for a little bit of fame.

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Learning to Take a Joke

Poor Taylor Swift feels like she is being picked on for her love life. Swift, 23, supposedly has gone out with 19 boys the last few years, ranging in ages between Taylor Lautner at 17 and John Mayer at 32. Many talk shows, comedians, even celebrity news sites have picked up  her dating record and made it something of a joke. The real news though is that she can’t take a joke about it. E News reports that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the 2013 Golden Globes and made the comment warning Taylor to “stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son.”  Responding in an interview with Vanity Fair, Swift said, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.Though it may seem ironic that she’s bashing her fellow ladies, Fey and Poehler respond with humor. “Aw, I feel bad if she was upset,” Fey told The Hollywood Reporter. “I am a feminist, and she is a young and talented girl. That being said, I do agree I am going to hell. But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff.” Legally, when it comes to defamatory statements or negative opinions, celebrities have to put up with more because of their public figure status, they are criticized more frequently and have to deal with negative press, even the law recognizes that it comes with the territory. I say figure out early on that being nasty just makes you look bad and learn to take a joke.boys