Archive for the ‘Celebrity Reputation’ Category

Jonah Hill Apologizes for “Disgusting” Homophobic Slur

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Actor Jonah Hill was caught on videotape using a homophobic slur against a photographer. Supposedly, the photographer had been following him and a friend in L.A., yelling out hurtful comments about his family in the hopes that Hill would respond. Despite this controversial indiscretion, Hill seemed to have handled the situation in the best way possible, under the circumstances.

According to CNN, Hill came forward, publically and extensively apologizing for his actions on both the Howard Stern Show and the Tonight Show. The actor admitted that he had given the photographer exactly what he wanted and snapped in the heat of the moment. He heartbrokenly described his use of the slur as “disgusting.”  In Hill’s candid apology on the Tonight Show this Tuesday, he adds “If someone says something that hurt you or angers you, use me as an example of what not to do. Don’t respond with hatred or anger, because you are just adding more ugliness to the world.”  USA - Variety's Creative Impact Awards And 10 Directors to Watch Brunch - Los Angeles

His genuine apology, contrary to how many celebrities have handled similar situations in the past, supports the fact that Hill has been a long time gay rights activist. Last year, Hill supported the Human Rights Campaign, tweeting a photo of himself wearing a shirt with the Russian words “Love Conquers Hate” for the Russian LGBT community. EOnline quotes the actor voicing a call to action, “ I’m not at all defending my choice of words but I am happy to be the poster boy for thinking about what you say and how those words, even if you don’t intend them and how they mean, they are rooted in hate.”

Hill is starring in 22 Jump Street, which premieres in only two weeks. The directors of the film have commented saying that his actions were disappointing and out of character for Hill. They too are hoping that this outburst will serve as an example of what not to say to someone and that people will see the true side of Hill. According to Buzzfeed, there is a scene in the upcoming movie that discourages viewers from using the homophobic slur.

Hill’s response to his recent controversial behavior is a great example of how to take a bad situation and make the best of it. Instead of taking the defensive, Hill admitted his mistake, proving not only that he is human, but demonstrating his true character. Even more strategically, Hill has the chance to exploit this mistake and reassert his support for gay rights in the public eye. But in order for him to truly solidify his apology, he must “walk the walk” and back up his words with actions.

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Karen Kessler Shares Her Expertise

Monday, June 9th, 2014

karenkesslerheadshot (1)Evergreen’s own Karen Kessler gives MTV her insight into the current reputation issues  Justin Bieber is facing.

Is This What Makes You Beautiful?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

It seems there is a pattern of teen celebrities ruining their reputations. One day they are innocent and the next they are in court facing jail time. Take Lindsay Lohan or Amanda Bynes for example. But are One Direction members Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson on the path to becoming the next Bieber in the eyes of the public?

This past Tuesday, May 27th, a video went viral on the web of Malik and Tomlinson smoking marijuana in a car in Peru where they performed last month. The video can be found online in an article by The Daily Mail along with photos and a transcript from the video. While only Malik is visibly smoking marijuana in the video, Tomlinson can be heard in the background, commenting on “Mary Jane” being an important factor in Malik’s warm up routine, and undermining the authority of local police passing by. Ironically, Tomlinson inquires as to whether or not this video will come back to him, and it looks like it has.

One Direction fans, who are predominantly pre-teenage girls, have had mixed reactions to this recent controversy. Many young, die-hard fans, support the boy band despite their use of illicit drugs, and accuse their critics of not being true fans. Many others disapprove, including some who have tweeted pictures of themselves burning tickets to upcoming One Direction concerts. However, the parents of these young fans seem to be the most bothered by the video that was recently leaked in that their children idolize One Direction, and therefore they believe that they should serve as role models to their fan base. Lead guitarist of the up and coming boy band, The Vamps, who are often compared to One Direction, tweeted his disapproval writing, “Just seen something that sucks. Hate seeing people ruin their careers.” James McVey later clarified that he is a One Direction fan and just disapproves of people undermining authority. On the other hand, Simon Cowell, the man who launched their career, has supported the band despite their mistakes claiming that they are “the hardest working boys I’ve ever worked with” and are “really respectful of their fans.”

The laws concerning possession of marijuana in Peru are unclear. Some sources state that possession of less than 8 grams is legal, yet others mention that the laws may not apply to tourists. The legality of the events that occurred in the video have caused uncertainty as to whether or not the band will be allowed to perform in the United States this summer as a part of their upcoming tour. A spokesperson for the band commented, “The matter is now in the hands of our lawyers.”

onedirectionMalik and Tomlinson have not yet spoken, but a couple of their band mates, who were not involved, have. Harry Styles apparently “lashed out at the other members for their ‘irresponsible’ behavior,” according to an article found on Headlines & Global News. The article also mentions member Liam Payne’s reply. He used Twitter to apologize on behalf of the other members and thank fans for sticking by them.

Both Malik and Tomlinson, who are 22 and 23, respectively, have been quoted discussing their desire to break away from their boring image and show the public what they are really up to. Malik described the last One Direction book as “so girly and not cool”. Is the band under too much pressure to maintain their innocence and appeal to a young demographic despite their own maturation? Should we choose to forgive the members for their indiscretion, keeping in mind they are human and make mistakes? Or do we think that they took it too far and failed serve as role models for their fans? Whether or not the band decides to be completely honest about their sentiments toward their careers, the members involved owe it to their loyal fans to apologize for their behavior.

All there is to do now is wait for the band’s next move but they should be careful because the one direction they could be going is down.

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On the Other End of the News

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

When Fox weekend news anchor Gregg Jarrett got arrested for being drunk in an airport bar, he ended up as a topic on the news instead of his usual position as a reporter. He has been on leave since mid-April dealing with “serious personal issues,” a Fox News spokesperson said. Another article (that can be found here) confirms that during this leave he attended a rehab program for alcoholism.handcuffs and bottle

The main issue is not even that he was drunk in public; in fact he was not even charged with public intoxication. Cops responded to a call from the bar and when they arrived, he appeared to be severely intoxicated. He couldn’t even sit without holding onto something. The cops took him to a detaining cell so that he could sober up and while there, he got violent with an officer. He was charged with one count of obstructing the legal process and for interfering with a police officer.

The prescription medication Gabapentin was found in his pocket. It is not mentioned if he had a prescription, but there is no case of an associated high with this drug. This medication is used for treating disorders such as epilepsy, neuropathic pain, insomnia, bipolar disorder and restless leg syndrome. It is unclear whether Jarrett was actually intoxicated or if his actions were effects of the medication having been mixed with alcohol. An employee at the bar says Jarrett was intoxicated after one drink.

It is reported that Jarrett told another customer that he had taken medication before his flight, yet when police officers confronted him about this, he denied it and said that he had been drinking since 9 am. The real story is still unclear, but side effects of the mixture of the medication and alcohol are “dizziness, drowsiness and difficulty concentrating” according to Drugs.com. This might explain his need to hold on to the bar table when sitting down. Drugs.com also says, “Some people may also experience impairment in thinking or judgment.” There is a possibility that this can explain his violent behavior, but that can’t be confirmed until more details about the story emerge.

Although the interactions with the medication may be the true reason, he will not be able to use it as an excuse for his actions. Having just been released from an alcohol and chemical dependency treatment facility, I am assuming that he should not have been drinking in the first place. Also, if he truthfully had been drinking since 9 am, then he is probably looking at another stint in rehab.

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Alex Rodriguez Headed to Steroid Hall of Shame

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Alex Rodriguez has had a very promising career ever since he signed with the Seattle Mariners as a short stop in 1994.  Rodriguez has been the American League’s MVP three times, won the Golden Glove award twice, is a five-time American League homerun champion.  After almost 20 years in baseball, and almost 10 years on the New York Yankees, he should be considered one of the best players of all time.  Yet, no one thinks of him that way despite his major accomplishments.

Rodriguez’s career has been tarnished with accusations of steroid use and, more recently, strained relationships with the Yankees.  Now, Rodriguez is facing a suspension for the use of the performance-enhancing drug Biogenesis, and interfering with the MLB’s investigation into his alleged drug use.  The suspension, if enacted, will last through the 2014 season, but Rodriguez is currently in the process of appealing it.  If upheld, he would not be eligible to play until possibly the 2015 season.

Many people are now asking, is the suspension going to ruin Rodriguez’s already tarnished reputation?  The answer is yes.  No one forgets the player that used steroids, especially in baseball.  Going forward, there will always be the “but” on the end of every compliment towards Rodriguez.  “He was the best on the Yankees, but he got suspended for steroid use” or “Rodriguez was my favorite player, but he used steroids and did not cooperate with the MLB.”  When steroids are involved, there is no excuse athletes can use that still makes them seem like an upstanding, honest player.  Fellow athletes, coaches, and fans view steroid-aided players as cheaters the moment the accusations begin.

Rodriguez had the opportunity to become one of the best players in MLB history, to be a role model for children across the country, and to be remembered for all of the records he set and awards he won.   But from now on he will be remembered as another player that achieved fame because he used steroids.