Wednesday, April 30, 2008

This time, we'll let Gawker take on TMZ

The Hollywood website Defamer had been on the verge of revolutionizing Hollywood entertainment reporting into something democratic and told by the footsoldiers inside, when they were steamrolled and paved over by the sleazy, amoral antics of shaved bronzed local news reject midget Harvey Levin and his band of bumboys at the corporate porn-pushing gossip site TMZ.com.

But while Defamer retreated to the couch in a fuzzy pink robe and bunny slippers to spend the day watching and posting clips from The View and Ellen, Gawker, its mothership alone has stood alongside us and Ray Richmond's Past Deadline site to hold the AOL Time-Warner webhole accountable for the excrement it smears across the pop culture we helped create. We went on about the latest outrage yesterday.

Today, Gawker is equally disgusted, as TMZ tops itself:

TMZ Continues To Be a Piece Of Shit

I've already ranted about the hideousness of TMZ, so I'll spare you a repeat. But it is worth noting that they've once again thrown decency out the window and named (and pictured!) a minor involved in a possible statutory rape case. A fourteen-year-old son of a celebrity has apparently been having sex with an older woman, and TMZ thought it appropriate and fun to post his name and a picture (from when the poor kid was ten). Joke as you may about "what a lucky kid!" or whatever, but there are certain standards of practice (and legality?) in this "industry," and publishing the name of a minor, especially one involved in a sex abuse case, just ain't right.

But who cares, right?


Anonymous said...

Right. No one thinks for one minute that it is anything but your jealousy and bitterness towards TMZ that fuel your multiple posts.

Anonymous said...

You are right - no one else cares.