Saturday, October 4, 2014

Our Current List of Hollywood Reform Demands - All Petition Recipients are Encouraged to Update Their Own Tabloid Reporting Standards, Accordingly

Comment within petition introduction: "maybe it would even be a good idea if these publishers & paps worked with the actors union on this issue - maybe between the two sides, they could ALL come up with some reasonable new reporting parameters that work for everybody.

If anyone feels they can write this petition out better, please do. It's not meant to be very official at this stage; but it might need to become more official for folks who actually respect things like 'US Law', lawmakers and authorities, in general about this subject. (Sorry, I lost all of mine a long time ago, ha!)

It's pretty much a heartfelt fan RANT - which, honestly *I* think is MOST appropriate.

SIGN THE PETITION for Hollywood Tabloids & Paparazzi to Reform Their
Own Well-Protected Industry of Celebrity Mistreatment or
BRAINSTORM to figure out something else that WILL WORK


Why Did I Start This Seemingly-Silly Petition?
Yeah, I have some really good reasons.
(Sorry, you'll need to scroll down thru my 'Twilight' intro.)

Paparazzi Changes
1) End celebrity harassment - accept no more paparazzi images or video that have obviously been captured against a celebrity's wishes. No more situations like Reese Witherspoon's 'entrapment' lawsuit that bombed against your 'rights' that are supposedly covered in our beloved constitutional amendments. This includes media of them running away or trying to hide, etc. They should be as free to come and go as the rest of us. The rights of Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness is also a guarantee in the United States - and celebrities do not deserve to lose these rights just because people love them.

2) No more crowding or shouting rude comments as celebrities are trying to walk through public places - like airports - in order to capture gossip-worthy images for tabloid fodder. They should be as free to walk unobstructed & peacefully through a public place as any of us.

3) No more stalking of the personal residences of celebrities (including their personal hotel space) or following their movements as they are going about their private lives. Camping out at public places they frequent in the hopes of capturing them is acceptable if #2 on the list is observed. Paparazzi images captured of celebrities at events - both candid and posed - are happily accepted and wholeheartedly appreciated by their fanbases.

Here's a good example of semi-acceptable paparazzi behavior despite the fact that this privacy intrusion may not have been very appreciated by the celebrities in focus: at least no one shouted rude comments and/or interrupted their day in any way. There were in public places to be openly-photographed by the free press. If they were STALKED & FOLLOWED from their hotel room, then we fans have a problem with it.

Tabloid Changes

1) No more smear campaigns that are obviously meant to tarnish the careers of certain celebrities. This is the century of 'we the people' - and we will choose who our favorite celebrities are, not you. Gossip stories should not carry on for more than a few weeks with few exceptions.

2) No more obviously-misogynistic stories against women, in general - including but not exclusive of ridiculously-oversexed content that refer to things like 'windy upskirt' photos and pregnant celebrities being referred to as 'MILFs', etc. You get the idea - change your content to respect WOMEN as well as MEN in Hollywood.

3) Provide valid sources for celebrity rumors & entertainment stories, alike. No more sources from 'friends and/or people close to the celebrity'. Name your sources or don't print the story. No more speculative lies meant to draw fans into your page, it's as simple as that. VALID celebrity news and rumors are happily absorbed by their fanbases.

4) No more illegal tactics to get a story - no more paying people who know celebrities in order to get them to say what you want to print; no more intruding into their private lives and/or private events as 'spies' (this includes photos taken from a distance into their private lives - like Princess Kate's nude photos).

5) All celebrities under the age of 21 (OR celebrities who have a majority of their fanbases under the age of 21) are not to be excessively-speculated over in rude, sexually-misogynistic ways that send cruel messages into their fanbases in order to divide their young fans for gossip magazine profit gains. In other words, no more using young celebrities and their fans as your main marketing platform UNLESS you're publishing something that isn't meant to senselessly stir up the emotions of emotionally-invested celebrity fans. There is a difference between quality and garbage - we want you to upgrade the quality of your content. ENTERTAIN your audience, don't harm them... Surely you can find a way to do that without adding more and excessive static into our already stressful lives.

6) Any tabloid gossip magazine - online or otherwise - that does not see fit to alter their celebrity reporting stardards; should add a voluntarily disclaimer clearly visible on their sites and publications; stating that their content is for adults only - and it is speculative gossip not necessarily meant to be taken as fact. Please find a way to separate yourselves so that fans can CHOOSE between the kind of celebrity gossip they wish to support.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Premature Cancellation of 'The Crazy Ones' and RIP Robin Williams

Image Credit: Wikipedia

by Jeffrey Kluger, Time Magazine

11/12/14 Update
Robin Williams' Death Report

Finds Lewy Body Dementia
This still does not change my opinion
below about the way Hollywood operates.
I still think he would still be here...
at least for awhile longer. Every day without
Robin Williams has been just a little dimmer
even if you didn't actually know him and never laid eyes on him.

I was not yet a teenager when I met Robin Williams and 'Mork from Ork' on Happy Days. I went on to watch every episode of Mork & Mindy that I could for the hysterical laughter that was a guarantee every week.

Mork inspired the kind of spontaneous laughter that comes from your belly and your soul through a rare, poignant kind of humor that picks on the goofiness of the Human Race and makes fun of it in a loving - if not very sophisticated - way.

And Robin Williams was SO good at it... all by himself, you could tell way back then that he was a lifeforce to be reckoned with: Human or Alien. He was a fast-talker with a keen, quick intelligence that made you wonder how easy such a firecracker would be to live with.

Of course, alot of that was the drugs... Would Mork and/or Robin Williams' stand-up comedy shows during those early years have been quite so entertaining without their fearless, exuberant affects on him? How much of his early performances were 'him' and how much of it was the drugs?

Image Credit: Wikipedia
We found out later after he sobered up... He never lost his funniness or his quick wit, although the crazy mania that seemed to drive him for awhile was toned down - a little. He also seemed to really grow-up throughout the years and started using his fame in ways that sent positive messages out into a dark world.

I followed Robin Williams' career in a casual way - watching his many movies (every new one was a must-see) and appreciating 'who he was'. There was always a tickle inside when you heard Robin Williams was going to be appearing close by or live on TV.

As such, I also became a huge fan of our beloved 'Comic Relief' trio - Robin Williams, Whoopie Goldberg and Billy Crystal. Thank you so much for all the laughs - and for the millions of dollars that went toward helping the homeless!

Robin's most recent project was called, "The Crazy Ones"... A sitcom he starred in as Simon Roberts, an eccentric marketing executive - with another one of my favorite Hollywood Celebrities, Sarah Michelle Gellar from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She played his much more sensible daughter, Sydney Roberts.

Sitcoms were a place Robin Williams SHINED. You could tell that he was at his ab-libbing, comedic best.

The Crazy Ones was the cutest little sitcom full of Robin Williams' wit clashing against his TV daughter's best intentions. It started out well at the beginning of its first season... but by the end of that season, viewers fell drastically and it was cancelled.

Robin Williams recently committed suicide; and his wife has said that he was suffering from early stages of Parkinson's... But, I bet he would still be here if that show hadn't been cancelled so soon. It no-doubt added to his previous struggle with addictions and depression.

Viewers had started out loving and seeming to accept him in this new sitcom - but then to have them fall off like that? Maybe it felt like a rejection of something he used to be good at.

Nothing could be further from the truth... Robin was at his best, and the chemistry between the characters on that sitcom was excellent. It was a show worthy of another chance via season two and maybe even a third season.

I mean, HOW can any competent Hollywood executive CANCEL Robin Williams after ONE measly season?!!

In my opinion, Hollywood is too hung-up on instantaneous success. How many of our favorite series of all kinds have been prematurely-cancelled because they weren't making enough money after one season? Whatever happened to tinkering with a show to 'get it right' or improving marketing strategies?

As the audience, we're almost AFRAID to start watching them; so that we don't get hung-up on a cool show that might not remain in production. We often wait until the 2nd or 3rd season to jump on the bandwagon because of this silly phenomenon.

But really, I don't remember seeing much advertising for "The Crazy Ones" since it started - there was much advertising and using Robin Williams' name to bring in viewers, at first. But in this instantaneous information age - people literally have thousands of more viewing choices at any given moment in time.

It takes an almost constant marketing bombardment for anything to catch on - and some truly worthy shows have been axed throughout this past decade because of impatience (or perhaps incompetence) on behalf of Hollywood studio executives.

This is also probably one of the main reasons why television shows are so shallow, today - they thrive on HYPE - any kind of hype, and the more disturbing or divisive, the better. It captures the short attention spans of enough of the masses to be profitable - and that is the most important thing.


What a crying shame.

Nanu Nanu, Robin Williams - Rest in Peace.

Btw, thanks alot CBS for 'claiming copyright' on these Mork & Mindy YouTube videos just since his death. You jerks.