Thursday, March 24, 2011

Chris Brown's Outburst & Apology

A day after storming backstage (and shattering a window and a glass bottle) after being interviewed on Good Morning America, R&B artist Chris Brown publically apologized for his actions. His reason for the outburst was that ABC’s interview exceeded the guidelines which the interview was to follow. He stated that he was disappointed in himself, and apologized to anyone who may have been startled by the incident. However, he went on to emphasize that no one was hurt, and he just had to “release the anger he had inside of him” that was brought about by the mentioning of his past relationship with Rhianna. ABC News was then quoted stating that "Chris Brown was invited on 'Good Morning America' to perform and to be interviewed. There were no talking points offered.” which is a different story than that of Brown. Despite whether any interview guidelines were discussed, this has not been the first time Brown has acted out violently.
At this time, ABC is not pressing any charges for the damaged property. Why, you ask? They are claiming that, since Brown and his crew left prior to the damage being discovered, they cannot directly blame him for the incident. Isn't his apology for the mess he made enough evidence to be able to press charges? However, i digress, as previously stated, Brown has a history of violence. This beginning with his abusive relationship with Rhianna and currently relating to his outburst on ABC. I think this incident makes it clear that Chris Brown is NOT by any means ready to jump back into the public eye. If he does so now, I believe we will be seeing more outbursts in the near future.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Charlie Sheen: Losing his Mind?

On Monday, Warner Bros. announced Charlie Sheen’s dismissal from the hit TV series Two and a Half men, which is to be effective immediately. How did Sheen react to his removal? Quoted from TMZ magazine, Sheen stated the following: “This is very good news. They continue to be in breach, like so many whales. It is a big day of gladness at the Sober Valley Lodge because now I can take all of their bazillions, […] and I never have to put on those silly shirts for as long as this warlock exists in the terrestrial dimension." Personally, the wording alone of his statement makes it quite clear that Sheen is just completely losing it.
Charlie Sheen Warner Bros. reasoned Sheen’s termination by saying that the contract he had allowed him to be cut if a felony offense involving moral turpitude was committed. However, again referencing TMZ magazine, Sheen’s lawyer is arguing that his client did NOT commit any such felony, due to his confession to drug use and partying. As for the series Two and a Half Men, the show was put on hiatus back in January due to Sheen’s actions of entering drug rehab. Now, with their finally decision to remove Sheen from the show, the future of the series is still undetermined, as said in a statement from Warner Bros.
However, back to Charlie Sheen…he has recently launched his web series “Sheen’s Korner”, where he rambled about everything from cat and dog fights, to phone calls from the President. Sound crazy enough? Also, on his second installment of the web show, he began posing threats onto the lives of children. On Monday night, Sheen tweeted that his web series held over 100 million viewers after only two broadcasts.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Lady Gaga Becoming Too Much?

Lady Gaga. When hearing that name, all one thinks is…wow. Her extremely outrageous fashion and music statements (for example, sporting a meat dress) are always completely out of the ordinary. However, recently, her “original” ideas may not be so original. Her most recent music video, “Born This Way” is, of course, quite bold—and also has many similarities to several of Madonna’s music videos, such as Express Yourself, Ray of Light, and Vogue. The response to this from the fans was split; some began to question Gaga’s artistry. On the other hand, some embraced the likeness of the videos. There were also those who completely discharged any similarities to Madonna’s Express Yourself, and simply praised the song.

Personally, I have not watched either video, so I cannot state my opinions of whether the two are similar in sound and context. I can say, however, that as lady Gaga has become more popular, she has also became more extravagant, and I am torn with whether this is necessarily a good thing. Compare her recent works (not to mention, latest looks), with those from when she first emerged—they have escalated drastically, thus pushing the line as to what is publically acceptable.

Celeb's Eating Disorders Stemming from Portraying Characters?

Natalie Portman received a great honor at the Oscar’s this year…but at what cost? For her performance in Black Swan, she portrayed a distraught ballerina who lets the pressure she is under overtake her. Throughout the filming of the movie, Portman lost twenty-pounds by means of a grueling diet. Considering the fact that she is already thin, can this really be healthy?

As one can guess, she is not alone when it comes to dropping the pounds for a role. Among her are actresses such as Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, and Megan Fox. People are beginning to become concerned; will these stars develop eating and health disorders due to their constant weight loss and gain? I mean, clearly, the act is not healthy, but as actors they must be engulfed by the character they are portraying.

The health of the actors and actresses alone is not the sole reason for concern. Lanae Brody, entertainment reporter and media expert from Fox news, surfaces a good point. Many women really do watch the lives of some celebrities quite closely. Is it possible women could develop these unhealthy habits due to their admiration for top-notch celebrities? They may simply think “Oh, well if *insert well-known celebrity name here* does that, then I should, too!”

One cannot blame the celebrities for any ignited health issues among women among their audience. They are simply doing their job—and that is acting the part. However, I do agree that such diets are not healthy and should not be demanded of these actors and actresses.