Summary of the obsession with celebrity gossip and hollywood scandal

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This video covers the history of celebrity scandal in Hollywood and discusses how publicists have become more powerful in recent years. It also covers the rise of celebrity gossip blogs and the negative effects they have had on celebrities. Finally, the video discusses the controversy over celebrities apologizing for their mistakes.

  • 00:00:00 The video discusses the "Don't Worry Darling" drama, which started when Olivia Wilde fired Shia LaBeouf from the film. Florence Pugh was also mentioned in the drama, as she was not promoting the film and some speculate that their conflict is because of their relationship to ex-husband Jason Sudeikis. The video concludes by discussing the speculation surrounding Harry Styles and Chris Pine, which ended when Pine's agent or publicist came forward to debunk the story.
  • 00:05:00 This video covers the history of celebrity scandals in Hollywood, and discusses the role gossip plays in society. The primary purpose of gossip is to create intimacy and connection between gossipers, and it has a positive impact on stress levels.
  • 00:10:00 In the early 20th century, gossip columnists were highly regarded as newspaper journalists. At his peak, Winchell reached about 90% of the American public through his columns and radio broadcasts. These gossip columnists were also an essential part of the Hollywood studio system. Studio execs were aware that a good feature could increase the appeal of their stars, which would then drive profits at the theaters. Two women, Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons, were reputable writers who had a symbiotic relationship with the studios. They would get the inside scoop on stars as long as they didn't antagonize the studio moguls. They were also fierce rivals and always waiting for scoops. For example, when Joan Crawford married Philip Terry in 1948, she told Louella first, which infuriated Hedda. Hedda telephone Crawford soon after saying, "I will ruin you." When Joan ran into Hedda at a Hollywood party, she apparently begged for forgiveness, but Hedda just walked away. In the early 20th century, gossip columnists were still featured in reputable newspapers while fan magazines, which were general pop culture magazines like "Cosmopolitan," which came out in 1886 and "Photoplay," which came out in 1911, were notorious
  • 00:15:00 In this essay, writer Stephanie Mansfield discusses how publicists have gradually become more powerful in the Hollywood industry since the late 1960s. She discusses how publicists once relied on gossip columnists to get their clients' stories published, but in the late 1970s, started using withheld coverage and blackballing tactics to protect their clients. Around the same time, "People" magazine emerged as a more reputable outlet that packaged tabloid content in an upscale package.
  • 00:20:00 The rise of celebrity gossip blogs in the 2000s led to an increase in negative effects on celebrities, such as increased body-shaming and slut-shaming. Many celebrities have spoken out about how the gossip media has negatively affected their mental health.
  • 00:25:00 In this video, Shannon, aka Fluently Forward, discusses the changes she's noticed in the celebrity gossip industry, which includes a heightened skepticism about whether things are staged and a decreased reliance on PR. Shannon also discusses her own podcast, Fluently Forward, which covers celebrity gossip.
  • 00:30:00 The video discusses the ethics of paparazzi photos, with the hosts concluding that while some photos may be taken without malice, most are taken with the intention of capturing a celebrity in a compromising or embarrassing situation. The hosts also mention the example of Jeffree Star, who was the victim of a smear campaign after his then-girlfriend released a video of him licking a toilet seat.
  • 00:35:00 The video discusses the scandals faced by celebrities, and how sometimes the scandalous behavior of a celebrity is not as bad as people make it out to be. The two main points made are that (1) it is often sexism and ageism that leads to different treatment of female and male celebrities in the media, and (2) it is often the case that a celebrity is lying to their partners when they are cheating, which makes it even more difficult for the other partners to handle the scandal.
  • 00:40:00 In this video, the host discusses the phenomenon of celebrity scandal and cancellation. They discuss how PR teams try to deal with the influx of these incidents and how, in some cases, the celebrities may try to bury the scandal by addressing it on their less popular platforms.
  • 00:45:00 The video discusses the controversy over celebrities apologizing for things, with one example being Sydney Sweeney's tweet about Adam Levine's Instagram story. The host discusses how some people believe that apologies are always necessary, while others think that a celebrity should just be honest and say "I'm sorry."
  • 00:50:00 Shannon speaks about the obsession with celebrity gossip and Hollywood scandal, noting that it is something she does not enjoy but finds it to be entertaining.

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