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Media’s effects on Celebrities’ Relationships

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Everyone has probably heard about Jesse James cheating on his wife, Oscar winner Sandra Bullock. What many people didn’t know until a few days ago is that she had no clue until her publicist told her. And how did her publicist find out? Through a magazine the other woman, Michelle McGee, used to break the story. Not only does this say a lot about the type of person McGee is, but also the fact that media finds out about celebrities’ lives before they even know. Though it is true that celebrities put themselves out there to be followed by paparazzi to begin with, isn’t there some sort of line that should be drawn before turning their lives upside down? Couldn’t the magazine have had the decency to call Bullock before publishing the article? How would we feel if we woke up one morning and read about our boyfriend or girlfriend cheating on us in a magazine (let alone on Facebook)?
I really think the media, especially tabloids, have barreled through the privacy lines of celebrities. Sure it’s funny to see a celebrity eating like a pig or falling over themselves, but with issues such as an affair really be their responsibility to display to the world? Look at what it did to Tiger Woods’ career. I don’t feel anything but sorrow for what Bullock is going through, and finding out through such means is twice as hurtful.


Written by kelynbortz1

March 29, 2010 at 7:00 pm

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  1. Now that’s got to be a first – finding out your spouse is cheating after your publicist read it in a magazine. Wow.

    Rob Hanson at Chrislip Journal


    March 29, 2010 at 7:07 pm

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