Tuesday, September 29, 2009

When Gossip Columnists Annoy Me - A Rant


I sent someone an e-mail a few minutes ago with a link to this Awful Truth column and started to rant and I said to myself why am I just ranting in the e-mail when I could be ranting to all of you.

I post pictures of the cast of Twilight but I don't think I post them anymore than any other celebrity. I also have found the cast to be very nice and they are very accommodating to fans and they should be proud of that. This isn't about them. It is about high and mighty gossip columnists who think they are better than everyone else in the world and who want to lord it over you that they know something you don't.

This isn't about blind items which are not common knowledge. I am talking about open secrets that anyone who spends five minutes in a town can figure out but that columnists feel like you shouldn't know.

Today in the Awful Truth there was this column about Twilight because the whole column is always about Twilight now. It was about a visit to Vancouver and how they went to a restaurant that the Twilight cast frequents. The writers didn't know this when they went in but overheard some of the staff. In exchange for keeping the name of the restaurant quiet, they got "inside scoop." Why won't they share the name of the place? Because they want to hold it over your head and make you jump. They didn't know it before they went in there. You want to see the Twilight cast in Vancouver. Go to Yaletown and walk into Glowbal or any restaurant on that street and you will see one. There. Now you know like the rest of the people in Vancouver.

Do you want to know where they stay when in Vancouver? Another columnist won't tell you and holds it over their readers head every day. You want to know where? Most of the time it is Sutton Place. It isn't a big deal. Just look for the hundreds of people staked out in front of the place everyday with cameras. If no one is in front, then the cast isn't there. This is very true on the weekends when they usually fly to LA or go somewhere for appearances.

You want to see the cast walking the streets everyday? Go to the stores on Robson and follow them as they walk to Yaletown. It isn't hard. Can you imagine any restaurant in Los Angeles not advertising the fact that celebrities come into their place of business? So, when I see quotes like this it pisses me off.

"Lucky for us, these partick gals are Awful Truth fans themselves and knew we weren't sketch reporters. So our end of the bargain was that we wouldn't name the restaurant (to keep our fab friends out of it, and to help give the Eclipse crew as much peace as possible), and they gave us some fun insider Twi-tidbits from the locals' perspective:"

What place doesn't want more business?

33 comments:

Miranda said...

Is it sad that I get a giddy thrill when Enty mentions where I live? :)

The Awful Truth makes it sound like there isn't anything else to do in Vancouver except stalk the Twilight kids these days. Somehow I've been able to avoid that and every other movie/TV project that is filmed in this city. It's really easy: don't go downtown.

RocketQueen said...

Lol - so true! I read that column yesterday and was like "That's so obviously Glowbal." Everyone's already reported that they go there all the time. Boooring. I think Ted's reaching a bit because he couldn't get any closer to the cast. Meh. And yes, they're staying at the Sutton.

On an INTERESTING note, Lainey's reporting Justin might finally have dumped Biel...like a month ago! I know lots of you Yanks don't want him, so can I have him, please? Oh how sad she must be. I'm evil because it makes me laugh. Justin - call me?

Quintessential Southerner said...

didn't enty used to link the awful truth here? i could have sworn it. if he did, what happened?

Alice D Millionaire said...

AT is unbearable. It was annoying before with the constant Angelina and Brad are breaking up any day crap...not because I would have been crushed or anything because I am not delusional about Hollywood relationships but bc I got sick of Ted's personal vendetta against the couple…it got old.

I didn't think it could get worse and then Twilight came out. Seriously every post is about Robsten (just typing that makes my skin crawl). They are a cute VERY young Hollywood couple...they will break up one day...I have nothing against either one of them but for the love of god they are not Abelard and Heloise. I used to only go to AT on slow gossip days but now I only go on E online to look at the photos and skip the AT.

sunnyside1213 said...

I never look at Teddy C's site anymore. Used to be a fan, but now, it's just the same boring twihard crap over and over. I really liked the books and enjoyed watching the movie with my Grandaugter, but enough is enough.

KellyLynn said...

He does repost AT blind items. But, just because he reposts the blinds, it doesn't mean he loves everything Ted Casablanca posts.

Sue Ellen Mishkey said...

I work at a bar in Toronto and we've had some celebrities come in and we weren't allowed to tell people who were in the bar at the time who was there cause the owners want the celebs to come back and spend money. If you keep it quiet the celebs will feel comfortable there and come back next time they are in town. I get this way of thinking and all, but from my perspective I wish they wouldn't come here at all, tourists too, cause it makes getting around that much harder for those of us who live here.

Off topic: Yes, it's an escalator, you go up it and then walk off. You DO NOT stand still when you get to the top cause, guess what?!, there are a MILLION people behind you.

whole_lotto _luv said...

I, too, stopped reading Ted C. The Awful Truth was my first internet stop, before it became All Twilight. After that, I'd just skip 3/4 of the posts because they were all Rob & Kristin. But when Ted went on vacation, they had one of the Kardassians as a "guest blogger" (as if, with Ted's 15 assistants, they really needed someone to fill in) and since then, I don't read AT anymore.

But really, the Twitard stuff is for the hits. The Twilight fans are rabid. Ted's comment counts skyrocket when he includes anything remotely Twilight-related. When Twilight is over, the AT will just move on to whatever franchise gets that age-group all crazy.

Breadwinner Wife said...

AT really ticks me off these days. The posts are 95% about Twilight/"Robsten" and he is shameless about doing it for the traffic he gets from Twilight crazies. I guess it's a savvy move to cater to this fad since it gets you lots of hits, but when the movies are done and Robsten have broken up, who will his readers be then?

mygeorgie said...

"It is about high and mighty gossip columnists who think they are better than everyone else in the world and who want to lord it over you that they know something you don't."

I get the same impression from Lainey. She's always going on about how she "exclusivly" reports on shit. Her Twihard posts are also beyond thorough, some days it's overkill. I don't give a shit how many times Patts goes for coffee. And she makes it seem so "Lainey/CIA/secret sources".

Funny, today Lainey made reference to 'Bitchy gossip Bloggers', defending herself:

"Gossip bloggers are bitches. But celebrities never are."

I don't mind Lainey some days, but usually it's the same, boring "Brought to you EXCLUSIVLY by ME!" re-hashed crap.

Karmen said...

Shiiit, when ScarJo was filming "He's Just Not That Into You" and she stopped into my sister's store that I now manage, I wish gossip columnists would've jumped on that. Stupid hobag didn't buy anything, but that'd still be awesome to have our name in the press with her name attached.

Let the businesses have their names out there!

notvotingforsuckno said...

mygeorgie, I am with you 100%. I totally thought this was gonna be about Lainey when I read about gossip bloggers who think they are better than everyone else and saw the Twilight pic. She thinks everyone should think like her, and if not, "people are stupid." People, she thinks you are STUPID! Stop reading her column and have some self-respect. I couldn't take it anymore.

Isabel said...

One of the reasons that I love Enty so much is because he speaks (types) normally. I hate "blogger speak." What the eff is "partick?" Just say particularly. Speak like an effing grown up, you are middle age, not 15. Jesus.

Harriet Hellfire said...

I think the problem is that a lot of people that make a living as "gossip columnists" really only want one thing: to be famous themselves, but they aren't really good at anything. Just look at Perez. Look at his writing "skills". The man has the creative writing talents of a second grader. Look at the people he caters to - the people that post in his comments. "OMG U R GHEY! Y R U SUSH A FAT FERG?" And he just keeps pandering to them. "Love me. Pay attention to me". The way he will "side" with some celebrities and be a total mean girl to the ones he (or someone popular) has decided isn't good enough. And all because HE wants to be famous. Because HE wants so desperately to be popular. I'm pretty sure his bubble will burst one day, and soon, but right now, it's an unbearable, unintelligently pretentious bubble which I can't stand.

I only read dlisted and CDAN these days. Don't even get me started on Lainey. She gives me herpes in the ears.


Love,
Harriet.

Jeannies Bottle said...

Both Ted and Lainey are giant bores who let on like they know more than they actually do.CDAN is the best!

Sue Ellen Mishkey said...

Honestly, Lainey is brutal. I've always thought so and I always will. I just want her to get off her high horse and pull her head out of her ass already. Her schtick is played out and, frankly, it's embarrassing to watch.

linnea said...

Yeah, I actually started with perez, but pretty quickly realized what a horrible person he is. Dlisted, CDAN and a little bit of gawker and I am all set...

DonFantabulosotheGayMafioso said...

Harriet Hellfire: The Awful Truth is pretty much the same. "OMG!!!!1! Did uc RP n KS @ [funtion name] there hends tutched!!!1!! Tru Luv 4EVA!!!1!!!1" It makes me weep.

chihuahuense said...

I just want to comment on those fuckin ugly ass jeans!!! Seriously folks, am I that old and out of it??? I do not see the appeal of those outfits.period. And dudes in skinny jeans!?! PLEASE!!! I do not want to see your hairy white ass crack!!! UGGGGGHHHHH!!!! When will this and those fuckin ugly ass "boot high heels" trend be over????

ok, I'm calming down...need to sleep.

chihuahuense said...

oh yeah, and also has anyone seen the skinny jeans that the kids wear that are have baggy, saggy street clothes and half skinny jeans????? WHAT THE HOLY FUCK IS THAT???? They look like giant diapers!!!

jax said...

oh don't get me started on Lainey. proud to say i haven't read that site in over a year.

thanks for that enty,well said. it's not hard to find these people, vancouver is a small city. it's not like they are hanging out on Kingsway.

Mooshki said...

RocketQueen, I think Justin has moved on to a new fake relationship with Rihanna. At least their pr people are trying to get people to buy it. Like with Biel, he gets to screw around with as many girls (or boys?) as he wants, but keep his good guy reputation because he has a "girlfriend." And Rihanna gets to make people think she isn't still with Chris Brown. I wonder how much luck Biel is going to have scraping up a new merkin? I think Nick Lachey would be perfect. She'd actually be a step up from Vanessa for him.

Mooshki said...

Isabel, that's usually true, but every once in a while Enty reads too much Ted and starts talking a bit like him. Someone usually gives him a slap on the wrist in the comments when that happens, though, and he goes back to regular speak. :)

Tenisha said...

Used to love going to the AT, but once Ted became a Twihard I quit going to his site. I figured he was a bit old to get caught up in all that Twihard madness, but I was wrong. Seriously it isn't that great of a movie(book series) and those two (rob and kristen)are so moodless like blank sheets of paper...how can anyone perceive that they are in some kind of great romance. UGH!

Lainey is ok...especially when she rags on the Twihards. Love that.

Dlisted is my favorite though. Many laughs on that site. :D

Lindsay Blohan said...

You're just pissed because Ted won't let you blow him, ENT

Tikitaz said...

I've never read a Twiglet book or seen a Twiglet movie but I've totally had a gut-full of these brats anyway. Just give me a bottle of Dettol, a scrubbing brush, a comb and five minutes alone with #1 Twiglet because I swear I can smell him from his pictures.

And yeah, I've blown off Awful Truth too. It used to be fun. Now it's just Twiglets and illiterate tweenies.

figgy said...

I read the Awful Truth for yeeeaaars, I mean since he started the column, when it was weekly.

Haven't read it now in months. Probably never will again. He's given in to pressure from management (imo) b/c the 14 year olds who care so much about Twilight post 500+ responses to every post.

Yawn pie with snore sauce, as Ted used to say when he was funny.

ardleigh said...

I have to agree Ted has been Twiaddicted. His blinds make my head hurt and I end up thinking WTF did I just read?


Ted should just rename the AWFUL TRUTH... ALL TWILIGHT.

RJ said...

I agree completely with most of you. AT use to be one of my favorites in spite of the fact that one practically had to have a code book to translate the oh-so-cool Ted speak. (At least cool in his mind.) I quit when everything was all Twilight, all the time. Plus, EVERY blind vice was about how every man in Hollywood is homosexual. Frankly, I doubt that many stars are gay, even in Hollywood. Would there be that much bigger a percentage than in the general population? And I'm not being naive or anti-gay. I just think that the Awful Truth became a place for him to air some personal grievances and settle personal scores. It just became the same old, same old.

I'm happy to say that I've never read Lainey, and it only took me one or two viewings of Perez to realize that he is a really vile human being. What adult draws penises and semen on people's pictures and thinks that he'll be taken seriously?

CDaN is now my go-to site for gossip and pictures. Then I'll go to E! just for the photos.

Momster said...

I stopped reading Ted when he went to an awful yellow background a few years ago. Wonder if he still has it.

This blog and d-listed are the only ones I read, too.

Mango said...

I don't read Ted because I can not fathom wtf he is talking about. That twisted mangled speech he uses to leave a blind item... and those stupid names like Toothy Tile, etc. It's almost disturbing and not funny, so why does he do it?

Maryam said...

Correction. While some do stay at the Sutton, the important ones like Robert Pattinson stay at the Sharton Wall Centre downtown.

bionic bunny! said...

cannot stand ted. seldom read him when enty posts one of his blinds, because i just don't get it.
never been to perez' or lainey's, lainey has rubbed me the wrong way from day one.
used to visit the superficial, but the people there are just too dense, and often cruel to other commenters.

i love being here, and it KILLS me when my PT makes me put down the computer for days at a time!
even if i can't figure out enty's blinds, either!

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