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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Why we call TMZ a "porn pushing" gossip site


When it comes to our coverage of the corporate porn-pushing gossip site TMZ.com, we're often asked why we refer to the operation as "porn pushing." We then go into the hostory of their marketing tapes with late celeb porn broker David Hans Schmidt, their teasing and advertising of the coprophiliac "Screech sex tape," the "Jimi Hendrix" sex tape, and the making of Kim Kardashian, among others.

But today we have a concrete example, as Harvey Levin and his West Hollywood cream team spread their kink across the Internet and Main Street America by advertising a "dwarf sex tape" starring Verne Troyer of the Mike Myers films. And clear as day, TMZ is marketing, advertising, even doing audience research for the porn company.

Did TMZ actually acquire the tape and hand it over to the distribution arm? Do TMZ, Harvey Levin or any of his boys get a kickback from sales? What do the Time Warner and AOL overlords think about this sleazy business?

Who knows? We'll leave it to you "mainstream" journalists who get paid to rewrite wire copy. Meanwhile, let's parse the post:

"Come on, you know you wanna watch ..."

That could be the ad line on the DVD cover. TMZ is using an age-old advertising ploy to generate interest in the porn product.

"Yes, that's Mini-Me Verne Troyer in a sex tape shot with his former live-in girlfriend at the couple's apartment. A third party has snatched up the tape and although no deal has been made, we hear dealer Kevin Blatt, who brokered the deal for Paris' video, is entertaining a $100k offer from SugarDVD to distribute the nastiness."

The use of the words "snatch" and "nastiness" are heavy-handed double entendres meant to whet the public's appetite.

Writing the name of the DVD company as one word is an easy reference to the company's website, which is sugardvd.com.

"We would have thought the tape was worth at least ONE BILLION DOLLARS."

A cheap Austin Powers reference-- but to the uninitiated porn buyer, it attests to the quality.

"A rep for Troyer could not be reached for comment."

Lawyers.

"Would you buy it?
__Hell yes
__ Not in a billion
Vote."


TMZ does the audience research for the porn company, gauging potential interest in the tape.

Your move, Mr. Stelter.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

You're pathetic!

Anonymous said...

Aren't you doing the same thing with all your DVDs? Hypocrite...

Anonymous said...

TMZ is pathetic. Taking entertainment content to new lows... and that's saying a lot.

Anonymous said...

Anon #3 = Tabloid Baby

tabloidbaby said...

Anon #4 = WRONG!

sorry....