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Larry Hackett, managing editor of People Magazine, stated this morning on Good Morning America, in reference to the segment on Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry testifying in California to support the Paparazzi Law:
“Well if I could just jump in…nobody’s going to defend guys jumping out of bushes and taking photographs of kids, that’s just not right. But just like the previous segment, I am always concerned as a journalist about the laws that are passed. This law is designed to protect children of celebrities. However the way it’s written, it may stop you from photographing children let’s say from a disaster at a high school. Would you be allowed to photograph children if they are under age? I don’t know that. Laws sometimes are written for one thing and they end up being used for other things that may not be the intention. So, I don’t want to defend guys who hang out in bushes, but as a journalist, I’m always concerned about laws being passed, however well intended, that stop people from doing their jobs. “
It seems to me, Mr. Hackett, in complaining about the fact that a law that was written for one thing, could end up being used for other things that were not the intention of the original law, is like “the pot calling the kettle black”. Isn’t that what the paparazzi and tabloids do every day? Don’t they hide behind the law that supports freedom of press? That law was not intended as an excuse to allow people to be stalked daily. That law was never intended to allow men and women with high powered cameras to take photographs from unheard of distances. The law concerning freedom of press was never intended to give photographers carte blanche. It was never intended to allow photographers to yell malicious obscenities at people in order that they can get a “money shot”. Mr. Hackett, you can’t have it both ways. Either, get behind a law that protects children from the vicious attacks that they are being subjected to, or stand behind the law about Freedom of Press as it was originally intended. Your magazine should quit purchasing photographs from paparazzi. Don’t blame it on the public, sir. If the pictures disappeared and were replaced by legitimate photographs taken with the blessing on the celebrity and with articles that were based on provable facts using sited sources, you wouldn’t lose your readership—it would probably grow. At the moment, your magazine is nothing but a “a sow’s ear posing as a silk purse”. You publish exactly the same BS that all the other tabloids taunt. Why don’t you stand up and have some respect for journalism and Freedom of Press as it was originally intended. Quit paying for photos by paparazzi—and don’t tell me you don’t know the circumstance under which they are taken. If you are that oblivious to what is going on, then what the heck are you doing in the position of managing editor at one of the most read magazines in the entertainment business? I will happily show you hundreds of videos that show exactly how these photographs are taken. It doesn’t take a genius—Google it. Surely, you are capable of that. And while you are at it, why don’t you start screening your articles to be sure that you are printing truths instead of innuendo and fabrications—and in many cases, flat out lies.
You are concerned about not being able to photograph children that have been involved in a disaster at a high school? Are you kidding me? Those children SHOULD NOT BE PHOTOGRAPHED AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!! If they have been involved in an incident such as that, the last thing they need are paparazzi posing as “journalists” documenting their reactions to what has been a life changing experience.
Your comments this morning were ill advised, sir. You need to think about what you said. And, I personally think you owe the nation an apology!
Hate is an odd word. You can “hate” broccoli. Or you can “hate” your haircut. We use the word all the time and never think about it. But when hate evolves into action, it is an entirely different thing.
I was thinking about all the hate that has come out toward Kristen and Rob. Hate that as far as I can see, has never truly been based on any provable facts or rational reasons, but based merely on people’s perceptions of what they have read or have heard. The truly sad part of it is that much of the hate began early on–fed by the unreasonable fantasies of one faction or the other. But once last summer occurred, the madness developed into complete mania. I once encountered someone on Twitter who was vehemently arguing about the guilt of Kristen based on what she had seen in the tabloids. I began by asking her if she considered herself a reasonable person. When she said she did, I invited her to Justice for Kristen. I challenged her to read through all the evidence–not just a part of it, but all of it–evidence based on provable facts. At the end of that time, if she still felt that Kristen was guilty then, there was nothing more I could say. The evidence, when viewed with an open mind, is irrefutable. (She changed her mind, by the way, and has become a supporter of Kristen.) Why, then, have so many continued to hold to the belief that there was an affair and a subsequent apology? And, why after a year, have they continued to harbor that hate to the point of taking action?
I did some research the other day. I went to three different articles on Gossip Cop.
One was about Anthony Weiner’s indiscretions. Talk about provable evidence! If you are so inclined, you can actually view the pictures that he sent to a woman of his penis. This AFTER leaving office in disgrace because of the same kind of behavior and the public humiliation he had already put his wife through.
The second was of Simon Cowell’s revelation that he had fathered a child. Now fathering a child is not really a big deal, but it seems the mother was the wife of his best friend. AND the couple was still married at the time of the affair.
The third was the story of Kristen Stewart being trapped in an alley by a paparazzi and the fact that she called him a f*ck face and didn’t deserve to breathe the same air as she did.
Now, of the three…consider which is the biggest offense? The man that exposed himself and now the pictures of his penis can be found on the internet (leaving his wife and his small baby to face the humiliation of his actions); the man who fathered a child out of wedlock with the wife of his best friend—WHILE the wife and his friend were still married; or the 23 year old girl, cornered in an alley who chose to use the “f” word toward the man that was blocking her exit and was obviously (even in the edited versions) making her uncomfortable.
My findings were actually quite shocking. I went on to the website on July 31st. The Anthony Weiner article had been posted on July 25 and had 87 comments. The Simon Cowell article had been posted on the 31st and had 23 comments, and the Kristen Stewart article had been posted on July 30th and had 3856 comments. In ONE day! 3856 COMMENTS. WTF?
What is it with people? Now, I didn’t go through all the comments. I’m sure that many, many of them were in support of Kristen. But, what is really going on here? I just don’t understand?
There are still people out there that take the time to go to these sites and not only will they read the article, but they will then proceed to make ugly comments about a young woman who has done NOTHING to them personally. They continue to bring up last year’s scandal despite the fact that it really has no basis in fact and they malign her with accusations of breaking up a marriage and where two children were involved.
Now, let’s say that the whole thing was true—which it is not—but let’s go on that premise. The only evidence people offer are the pictures and the fact that Liberty and Rupert subsequently divorced. Then they point to an apology that no one ever saw Kristen or Rupert give. The people who believe this base their “facts” on what they saw in tabloids. If you were to use actual provable facts….Rupert and Liberty were headed toward a divorce to start with. They had already filed a couple of times, and that occurred BEFORE Kristen was involved in their lives. Their marriage was failing. There are documents to prove it. If their divorce had been finalized a month before, then the haters would COMPLETELY lose that as a selling point for their hatred. If you were to assume (that makes an ass out of you AND me, but let’s do it anyway) that the pictures were actually taken by a hidden photographer, what do they really prove? Who was the aggressor? Was there actually a picture of Kristen doing anything other than talking to Rupert or being pinned by Rupert to the fence or the car door? No. She definitely was not the aggressor. And about that apology….did anyone see Kristen write it, read it, give it to someone to give to someone to give to a tab? How about the one from Rupert? No? Really? Then what do they base their hatred of Kristen on? And WHY in the name of God, are they STILL harping on it?
The papz and tabs are easy. Money. Plain and simple. They made money on all three of those articles. But, they made MEGA BUCKS off of the article on Kristen. Gossip Cop has paid advertisers on it. That means that every time someone clicks on to Gossip Cop, the advertiser pays Gossip Cop a certain amount. Now, let’s assume that they get paid $1 per click–that will make the math easy (but it probably is more). If you just went on the number of comments, then they would have made $3856 off that one article in one day. Think about it, how many times have you gone to a site, read an article, and NOT left a comment? Based on that, you can figure that they received a lot more clicks than comments—so suffice to say they made a pretty penny off of that one article.
Let me clue you in on something. Every time you come to a site, they count it. Every time you click on a page they count it. The difference is, some have advertisers and some don’t. Gossip Cop has advertisers and they get paid plenty. If JFK had paid advertisers and I got $1 for every click on this site, I would have made OVER $400,000 in the past year! And JFK is a tiny, tiny little site—that more are learning of, but, in the scope of things—we’re a nobody! Now, JFK gets nothing. Everything done on this site is donated and done with love and a sense of justice for one unfairly accused. Believe me when I say Gossip Cop is making a LOT of money and they are just one of the tabs out there.
So, the papz and tabs are easy to explain. They are in it for the money. If they quit making money on Kristen and Rob stories, they would move on to the next hot couple. But, let me assure you that as long as people go to those sites—they will keep writing the articles and paying the paparazzi to take the pictures.
The fans are something different though. I’m trying to figure that whole thing out. Hatred is an ugly thing. It manifests itself in anger. But, in most cases, it is inwardly destructive. It doesn’t normally affect the person being hated and it rarely affects the people on the periphery.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.~~Buddah
In this particular case, however, that hatred, that anger is affecting many people. It affects the people around Kristen—even the ones that are merely in the wrong place at the wrong time—like the lady that helped Kristen to her car in the most recent incident. It affects her friends. How could it not? They have to face the same paparazzi she does when they all go out together. They have to endure the ugly comments thrown at their friend. On Twitter and Instagram, they are often targets of the haters and some have had to close their accounts because of it.
It seems the haters have an unending list of reasons that they haul out to support their hate of Kristen and Rob. If it isn’t Kristen’s “scandal”, then it is that she is ugly or that she can’t act. For Rob, they suggest that he is unfaithful to Kristen or some other ridiculous idea. When it comes to either of their acting abilities, I have come to one very sad conclusion. Some people are too simple minded to look beyond the end of their nose and explore other performances or possibilities. It’s so much easier to say “Kristen is a terrible actress” or “Rob is a horrible actor”. Both Kristen and Rob are young and I am sure that they would be the first to say they are more proud of some of their performances than others. They are both growing in their already substantial careers and they improve with everything they do! But people base their opinion on viewing one performance and assume that all the rest of their performances are exactly the same. I believe that anyone who bases ANY decision on just one “fact” is at the very least short sighted and is actually keeping themselves from enjoying some wonderful experiences.
In the case of the haters that have developed in this fandom, hatred has evolved in to jealousy and that jealousy has evolved into something much more dangerous—something that is truly frightening. It is evolving into prejudice.
Prejudice is defined as : an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics
And even more frightening, that prejudice is beginning to produce bigots.
A bigot is defined as: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially: one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance
The intolerance that is developing in all areas of our society is a concern. Now, I suspect if you were able to question any of the people who have been involved with the hate campaign against Kristen or Rob, they would never consider themselves as prejudiced or as bigots. But, based on the definitions, they are behaving as if they are. In our little microcosm it is the intolerance and prejudice of the haters that is causing them to behave as bigots and as bullies. They hack into accounts and send viruses to people that disagree with them. They brag about the fact that they have multiple accounts and that nothing can be done to stop them. They belittle and harass people from behind the cover of their computers and the anonymity that it provides. Unfortunately, people like these are either: too insecure, too immature or too irrational to understand that what they do is not funny. They fail to understand that their antics have consequences and that one day, they will be forced to experience the results of their actions. Some people call it Karma. Some people just believe you should treat others the way you want to be treated. But, however you define it, a reckoning will come.
As I was looking for the definition of bigotry, I came upon this comment and I thought it was so eloquently stated and went along quite nicely in respect to Kristen and Rob.
Prejudice based on a perceived impression fueled by insecurity or a false sense of superiority, which is not supported by hard facts – that to my mind is a bigot. The traditional definition as “hatred, contempt, or intolerance on the basis of a person’s ethnicity, religion, national origin etc.” may exclude many who express disapproval and dislike based on some unfounded “fear”, wounding innocents in the process. Not everyone can be “liked” but surely no-one deserves to be disliked without justification.~~ Priya Ramanujam · PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore
I would like to leave you with a song that a friend of mine has graciously allowed me to share with you. It is called “Higher Ground”. He refers to hate as “a hole where they bury your soul”. He also states that we “all have shovels, but no one has a ladder.” How do we get out of this hole that so many are intent upon digging? That is the question. I don’t believe that feeding into the anger and hate is helpful. Being ugly back just escalates the problem. It starts with agreeing to disagree. That shouldn’t be so hard. Then it moves on to following the old adage of “to each his own.” Of course, that means that all parties have to be willing to cooperate. If they don’t, then when all else fails, block and ignore. Just like any bully, they will eventually get tired of not getting a response and will move on. We need to get out of the hole and stop being so ugly to each other. We need to get to “higher ground”.
Yesterday, I saw so many people asking how the paparazzi get away with the things they do. Why don’t they change the laws? Why can’t anyone stop this bullying? Then last night, a friend stopped by and asked if I was still involved with “that paparazzi stuff”. When I said yes, she said “Well, you’re not gonna be able to do anything about it. It’s hopeless” shaking her head. Then I remembered a story that @RKsoulmates913 tweeted yesterday. In this story, there was a raging forest fire, and all the animals stood on the other side of a creek, away from the fire, with devastated looks on their faces. Then a hummingbird swooped down to the creek, filled its tiny mouth with water, flew over the fire and dropped the water on it. When the hummingbird flew back to the creek for another mouthful, a lion asked him “What do you think YOU can do with just that?” The hummingbird replied “I can try.”
At The Plan, we hear we won’t be able to change anything all the time. Every day I hear something like that “You’ll not change anything.” The Plan started out so small, but is growing every day. More and more people are not buying the tabloids, not clicking on tabloid sites, and not looking at paparazzi pictures. And the tabloids are starting to notice. Why do you think they send their minions out to twitter to troll our accounts? Because they like us? No. Because they see we’re growing, people are starting to realize they’ve been lied to all these years. And they’re afraid. Because of The Plan, Paparazzi Reform Initiative, and other groups like us are starting to make a difference. We’re not just that single hummingbird with a beak of water any more. We’re starting to be ALL the animals in the forest helping to put out the fire.
But we can’t stop trying; we have a long, long way to go. If each of you out there just tells a friend, or a neighbor about what the paparazzi and tabloids get away with, it might make that neighbor stop before she puts that ragazine in her grocery cart. If you just retweet some of these articles, and NOT retweet tabloid articles, you stop that tabloid from getting the money from that click or retweet. If you wait for fan sites to post paparazzi pix instead of going to the paparazzi site and click, you give that paparazzi site less money. If your favorite actor isn’t on a red carpet, or on any talk shows, look at the old videos on YouTube, or watch one of their movies. Please don’t look at the paparazzi pictures. The paparazzi make those actors we love lives miserable. Imagine not being able to walk to the store for a candy bar without 47 camera flashes going off in your face, or someone following you everywhere you go. You probably wouldn’t like it. There are so many ways to make a difference, and they’re all so easy.
I’ve seen and heard the argument “Well, they might know what’s really going on”. No. They don’t. Those “sources”? The sources whose name is not shown? That could be anyone – someone on twitter, the paper boy’s step-father, the person they sat next to in third grade. If someone said it, no matter how far removed from the celebrity, tabloids can and do use them as a “source”. If you use Twitter, and read tabloids, you may have seen someone’s @ name. That’s the only time they’ll use a named “source”. And who really knows who that is? It could be a writer for that tabloid! They need a story that day, and can’t come up with any “sources”? Hell yes, they would do that. They’re ruthless, they have absolutely no morals, and go so far against journalism ethics I sent them all copies of it the other day. Here’s the link for the journalism code of ethics if any of you would like to tweet it to any tabloid or paparazzi site spj.org/ethicscode.asp
Something else we can do is help the Paparazzi Reform Initiative. They’ve sponsored two bills that are coming up in the California legislature. I won’t go into them in detail here, but one is for celebrity children, making it illegal to publicize any child’s image without their parents permission. How many videos have you watched when you can hear “Stop taking my picture”! That child didn’t ask to be a celebrity, a public figure. That’s their parents’ job, not theirs. The other bill is to beef up the existing stalker laws already in place. This one is a civil matter, making it possible for a celebrity to obtain a restraining order against a paparazzo that follows them constantly. This bill could also help domestic violence victims. They’re going to need us to write or fax some letters to some Cali politicians as it gets closer to the voting date. It may be a little time consuming, but wouldn’t it be worth it to not hear “Stop taking my picture!”? Or having your favorite actor walk outside in the morning for the newspaper and see 7 or 8 paparazzi in front of his house clicking away with their cameras?
There is also a petition from Paparazzi Reform to People magazine, demanding they stop using celebrity children’s pictures. Please sign it, because when it’s time for the Cali legislature to vote on these anti-paparazzi bills, a petition with thousands of signatures might be the deciding factor on whether to vote for or against these laws. There’s only a little over 500 signatures now. It’s simple, and takes very little time. Please sign it. Here’s the link http://www.change.org/petitions/the-publisher-of-people-magazine-to-agree-to-only-publish-photos-of-children-attained-with-guardian-consent-2 . PRI’s FB page link https://www.facebook.com/PAPARAZZIReform?fref=ts and their main website link http://www.paparazzi-reform.org/ . The new anti-pap bills are on the first page if you’d like to know more about the bills. There is a lot of information on this website. Educate yourselves about the paparazzi. What you read won’t be pleasant, but it needs to be read so you can understand what exactly these animals are capable of.
So instead of bitching about needing change, and why do they look so angry in all the pictures (wouldn’t you if you were stalked 24/7?), do something. What’s it take to click on Retweet? A quarter second? Sign PRI’s petition. That only takes about 3 minutes. What’s 3 minutes if it helps to change the paparazzi laws? Read some of the articles I’ve read about tabloids and what they’re capable of. Hopefully you’ll get as angry as I did and start helping out.
Once again, thanks for reading. And please, help. It doesn’t take much time, and doesn’t cost a dime. But it can make a difference in the quality of life for a celebrity child, or for your favorite actor. Are you going to be a hummingbird and at least try to stop this? Or are you just going to sit there and watch your actors burn? As always, peace out. Misty
The article examines the issue of celebrity privacy and security and the impacts that websites like celebrityaddressaerial.com have by publicizing celebrity addresses. It is a refreshing read that cites it sources by name when quoting people. It what real journalists do. Unlike what people have grown accustomed to by reading the tabloid press from People Magazine to the National Enquirer.
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It’s amazing what people are willing to accept as truth just because someone says something on the internet. Even when it is based on nothing more than faceless tweets, blog comments, and tabloid articles.
People Magazine breakup account.
Take the latest Kristen Stewart/Robert Pattinson breakup rumor that has rumbled across the blogsphere. A rumor that has pitted one part of the Twilight fandom against the other, with Rob fans spinning the story as all Kristen’s fault with her affair, her clinginess, her demands for marriage and a baby, and her texting with Rupert; and Kristen fans spinning it as it’s all Rob’s fault with his serial philandering, his Katy Perry fling, his drug and alcohol abuse, and his general refusal to admit Kristen was his girlfriend at all for fear of losing his ever worshiping fans. And the Nonstens piling on with their claims that they were never a couple at all, they are both gay, or they broke up long ago.
But what is even more amazing about this latest nonsense, is the amount of vitriol that has been cast at Rob And Kristen between the proponents of these warring points of view, and how few people actually have taken the time to analyze whether there is anything to these rumors in the first place. Casting aspersions as if they really knew what they were talking about. In my humble opinion, I think a lot of these so-called one time fans ought to be ashamed of themselves.
Given this vitriol, which is probably the only thing that is absolutely true in this latest internet flareup, I think its time to take a deep breath, settle down, and actually examine whether the initial premise and subsequent developments of this alleged breakup are true. Which leads us to the obvious question: Is there provable evidence which shows that Rob and Kristen have in fact “broken up”?
What is the case for a Rob and Kristen breakup? It goes something like this:
1. On the morning of Rob’s birthday, May 13th, purportedly Rob and Kristen have a huge fight about her getting new texts from Rupert Sanders on her phone.
2. On the afternoon and evening of May 13th that argument continues by phone, eventually scrapping Kristen’s big plans for a birthday celebration for Rob that evening.
3. On the evening of May 18th, People Magazine claims a source that says that Rob and Kristen have in fact “called it quits after more than three years of dating”, but that the source also said “that it would not be surprising if the on-and-off-again pair got back together again.”
4. On May 19th , Rob was seen moving much of his belongings and the two dogs from Kristen’s house in Los Feliz to his own house on Aberdeen in Los Feliz.
5. On May 23rd, Kristen supervised the removal of the rest of Rob’s belongings from her house by a moving truck.
6. Rob was seen with Katy Perry at a wedding rehearsal in Santa Barbara on May 27th, at a Bjork concert on June 10, and may now be involved in a rebound relationship with her.
7. Kristen has been sighted on several occasions out and about with her friends without Rob after the split and seems to be recovering nicely from it.
8. And finally, Rob and Kristen have not been seen together since after this purported breakup and have not been seen together in public since early May.
Now let’s see how the actual “evidence” stacks up in relation to this breakup rumor and assess whether it “proves” that a breakup has occurred.
The Phone Call Fight
Its hard too keep things straight when a tabloid frenzy gets going but that is exactly what I am going to attempt to do. So let’s start at the beginning. This whole story started from a X17online “exclusive”: “Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Fight on His Birthday”, which they posted on May 14th at 5:58 PM PDT. Following a previous day of frustration when the tabloids and the blogsphere failed to figure out where and how Rob’s birthday party unfolded. And you know the tabloids, in the absence of real news, they do what they do best: they make stuff up.
You remember X17online don’t you? They are the two bit celebrity web blog/ paparazzi pack that was responsible for the widely repudiated story back in April, “Rupert Sander: Valet Driver.” Yeah that one. Not to be confused with Martin Scorsese’s Oscar winner, Taxi Driver.
In their account, X17Online claimed that their photographers spotted Kristen at a friend’s house on the afternoon of the April 13th in “breakdown mode” over what appeared to be “a possible breakup” with Rob. Quoting from the account:
“Kristen was pacing back-and-forth in her friend’s apartment, smoking. She looked really upset, talking on the phone for almost an hour — I’m guessing she was talking to Rob. She was really animated, like she was trying to explain something. She was getting frustrated and seemed very emotional, our photographer tells us.”
Afterwards she supposedly drove to another friend’s house, parked , and then continued the conversation for another 45 minutes in the car. The article ended with the provocative question: “Could there be trouble in Twilight paradise?” Two photos of Kristen were provided.
By 9:08 PM PST on the 14th, X17Online posted a new one line article called “Rob and Kristen Fight on His Birthday” that said “Rob and Kristen fight on his birthday instead of celebrating” along with 13 photos including the two previous ones. Wow, that added a lot. What is the most interesting thing about the photos is that all of them, including the two released earlier, appear to be taken at night, appear to be taken at the same approximate place, and seem to be minor variations on what really amounts to five basic pictures: 8 pictures of Kristen taken from the right side of the car, 1 that appears to be taken that is more wide angle; 2 pictures of purportedly her getting out of the car; 1 picture of a two story apartment building; and 1 of her standing in the doorway of the second floor apartment of that building. Despite following her for hours from the afternoon into the evening with a intervening 45 minute conversation in a car, all we really get is these four basic shots, and of course no video.
9 pictures of Kristen from the left side of vehicle.
2 pictures of her getting out of car.
1 picture of an apartment building.
One picture of Kristen inside of the doorway of the apartment building.
Why on earth does that sound so familiar? Ah yes, July 17, 2012, the famed “cheating scandal.” X17Online must have hired the same bozo paparazzi as FameFlyNet had back then. Despite the fact that these paparazzi followed her for hours and are supposedly photographers, they can’t seem to manage to take much in the way of any photographs. Imagine that.
And as for their account?
“Kristen was pacing back-and-forth in her friend’s apartment, smoking.”
Even though they managed to fail completely to photograph that.
“She looked really upset, talking on the phone for almost an hour– I’m guessing she was talking to Rob.”
Yeah right, once again somehow managed to fail to photograph that too despite an hour passing. And as for the “guessing” who she was talking to, how in the hell would they know that? And what she was talking about? Well I got news for you, Guessing is a far cry from Proving.
“She was really animated, like she was trying to explain something. She was getting frustrated and seemed very emotional”.
Yeah right. Yet their photographer seemed so wound up in the drama that he forgot to take any photographs to substantiate his comments. [editor’s note: insert eye roll here]. And as for the photographs of the car conversation? They don’t exist.
And most telling of all, what of the claim they were taken on May 13th at all? Well as we have seen before, manipulating image data on data files is easily accomplished with readily available software. If you don’t believe me see the The Pattinson/Stewart Breakup: Three Critical Details located elsewhere on this blog at http://wp.me/p2JqVX-zJ. In that one I “prove” that the apartment photo of Kristen was taken on the day of her birth back in 1990!
What’s a person to think? Well I’ll tell what I think. This is the same old crap from last year. Tabloids lie all the time. I have proven it over and over and over again on this website. And as for what X17Online manages to prove from this account, I’ll tell you what they prove: Absolutely Nothing. Zilch. Zero. Unless of course lies, assumptions, guesses, and unsubstantiated speculation now pass for proof. Particularly when you don’t substantiate your claims with photographs and video that could have been easily taken.
And remember, we haven’t heard anything from anyone who claims they actually saw anything. We only have the second hand account from X17Online who has a tremendous bias to lie because this story was obviously going to make them some money. And as usual they have failed to present these so-called eye witnesses for cross examination, questioning, let alone identify them by name. Nor have they provided anything to substantiate their account nor their veracity. Anyone who fairly looks at this “evidence” must conclude that it fails to prove much of anything other than that X17Online is a serial fabricator.
Of course that didn’t stop the tabloids and the blogsphere from going ballistic, and twitter going crazy with claims and counter claims. And inventing more fiction to explain what happened following this so-called fight.
The Birthday Breakup
Which takes us to the next chapter of this seedy saga, People Magazine’sRob & Kristen Breakup! Sort Of, Maybe, Kind Of. The actual title of this little missive is “Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart Breakup for Now” and was posted by People’s Dahvi Shira on May 18 at 6:00 PM EDT. But again, I like my title better. This is the same Dahvi Shira who last year admitted in a tweet that People actually didn’t talk to Kristen about her so-called apology, her so-called statement. And the same magazine that failed to make that fact clear or identify their so-called source.
After warning Twihards to sit down, ( yeah right), the story continued:
” As rumors of relationship trouble continue to swirl, a source tells PEOPLE that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have called it quits after more than three years of dating. Reps for the two could not be reached. But the source says it would not be surprising if the on-and-off-again pair got back together again. The news follows online reports that Pattinson ditched out on his 27th birthday plans arranged by Stewart.”
Followed by some blah, blah, about how they had doing so well together at Coachella and at her birthday, etc.
Is this provable evidence of a Rob & Kristen breakup? I’ll tell what I think: once again it proves Absolutely Nothing, Zero, Zilch. First, as usual, it relies on an unnamed, unidentified source. We are provided with absolutely nothing to verify what the source claims or information establishing the source’s credibility. We are expected to take it on Shira’s word. Second, it’s equivocal. They broke up but they may get back together? What kind of bull is that. Talk about covering all the bases. Third, what happened to the gossip magazine that everyone claims is so reliable, the one that always confirms its stories with actor’s reps?
Yet here, they readily admit they didn’t confirm this one with the reps. But then again we shouldn’t be surprised as they didn’t confirm the one last year about Kristen’s so-called “apology” either. And to this day have steadfastly refused to describe the circumstances of obtaining that “apology”, whether it was written or oral, and whether it was directly from Kristen or through a source. Even though Shiri herself admitted that it wasn’t from Kristen but from a source. And as for Rob’s ditching out on his 27th birthday plans, other than the internet babble, who knows how he celebrated his birthday, with whom, and when. Anyone who fairly looks at this “evidence” must conclude that it fails to prove much of anything at all other than that People is just another tabloid.
You may legitimately ask yourself then why did People run with this story without talking to the reps. Well I’ll tell you why. It’s a myth that People always confirms their stories with reps. Part of the crap they push to shore up their “credibility” as the Numero Uno tabloid, which is in serious need of being shored up I might add. But more importantly they ran with it because they are nothing more than a sleazy tabloid just like the rest of them and didn’t want someone else to beat them to the storyline. It’s all about being first in this sleazy business, even when it’s a baseless lie. They were seriously late to the game last year with the phony “cheating scandal” when they were scooped by US Magazine and FameFlyNet. Which is exactly why they ran so quickly with the unsubstantiated “apology” last year. You have to hand it to them, People learns from its mistakes.
And so came the onslaught of tabloid stories regurgitating the People story, in typical celebrity gossip machine.
Before I move onto the next chapter in this breakup rumor saga, I do want to give a shout out to E!online and their bloggers Sierra Marquina and Baker Machado. They posted an article on May 19 called “Kristen Stewart Heartbroken Over Robert Pattinson Breakup” which was perhaps the most patently ridiculous account of the initial breakup stories that was written. See their account below:
A source tells E! News the Twilight stars broke up Saturday, after more than three years of dating. Although those close to the couple believe this will be just a temporary split, the source said K. Stew is “heartbroken” and “so sad” over the break-up. “They are going to stay living at Kristen’s house because of the dogs,” the source continued. “It’s not fully over or he would have moved out.”
Yeah right. Broken up but living together for the dogs. That’s a good one. Its hard to imagine someone could write that crap while keeping a straight face. But, that’s one of the benefits of hiding behind a computer screen, you don’t have to keep a straight face. You can lie with impunity. Of course, that living together business wouldn’t last long.
The Sixty Million Dollar Moving Man
Which takes us to the next chapter in this fairy tale of a rumor. You know the one, “The Sixty Million Dollar Man Moving His Own Dogs and Junk“ story. This one was again spawned from X17Online photos and a one line story from them. But it is primary told to us by E!online.
Rob Moves out
X17Online’s story which was posted on May 20 at 2:56 PM EDT consisted of 33 photos and a single line, “Rob Pattinson moved his stuff out of Kristen Stewart’s home on Sunday, and he even took the couple’s dog!” I guess they missed their own photo that showed he actually took both dogs, not one. Despite there being a large number of photos, they once again only actually boil down to four, 16 of Rob in his truck at the entry to the driveway at his Aberdeen house (Los Feliz 1), 12 of him driving somewhere purportedly in Los Feliz, and 5 of his truck driving outside of the gated community where Kristen’s house is located (Los Feliz 2).
E!online picked it up from there. Their actual story by Natalie Finn is called “Robert Pattinson Moves Stuff Out of Kristen’s House, Leaves With His Dogs” and was posted on May 20 at 2:13 PM PST. Natalie Finn is the journalistic genius who recently fell for the Rob & Kristen Holding Hands in Echo Park fraud along with a colleague which I will mention later. So much for her integrity and researching of stories. Funny how the same tabloids and writers keep recirculating, isn’t it? Sorry about my retitling, but I couldn’t resist. Images of Steve Austin (Lee Majors) running high speed through the desert making those goofy jumping noises were running through my head. But of course, he was only worth six million.
Relying on the photos and as usual an unnamed, unidentified source, Finn spins the following fairy tale:
“The Twilight heartthrob was spotted clearing out of Kristen Stewart’s home in L.A.’s Los Feliz neighborhood on Sunday [May 19] afternoon, just a day after word got out that the longtime couple had split. A source tells E! News that Rob arrived with a pickup truck at around 4 p.m. After about 45 minutes, he took off with his two dogs, his bike and a number of suitcases and trash bags. Kristen was there at the time and Rob looked very upset, the source says, adding that the actor went back to his place and stayed put for the night. Another insider told us Sunday that Kristen was “heartbroken” over the breakup, though some in the know say it could easily be just temporary—and they certainly wouldn’t be the first celeb couple to give romance yet another shot.”
Yeah right. A double barrel unnamed inside source, with an assist from “some in the know”. And they dumped the “living together for the dogs” bs. I am really impressed! [editor’s note: insert sarcasm here]. So if Rob was seen “clearing out” of Kristen’s home, which is in a secured, gated community, why don’t we have photos taken at the house. He was there for forty five minutes, Kristen was there and Rob looked “very upset”. Photos might have provided corroboration, but unsurprisingly, they are not forth coming. What we do get is X17online’s photos of Rob in his truck at his house with the dogs and some unidentifiable stuff in the back. Is it his stuff? Her stuff? Their stuff? Who knows. Is he simply moving some stuff, preparing for their move back into Los Feliz 1, breaking up, or preparing for a garage sale or to donate to a celebrity charity auction? Who knows. Or he is he pulling some crap on some gullible tabloids and fans just like he has done so many times before?
So what does this do to add provable evidence to this little breakup rumor? Yes, you got it: Absolutely Nothing, Zero, Zilch. That’s the only fair conclusion that can reached. Unless of course assumptions, guesses, and unsubstantiated speculation now pass for proof.
Rupert Sanders Strikes Again (not to be confused with The Empire Strikes Back)
Which takes us to the next chapter in our rumor saga: what is a good breakup rumor without the reasons for it. The tweeters had already been busy spinning tales, but it was time for the big guns to be heard. Enter Britain’s The Sun, another venerable powerhouse of journalistic integrity (NOT!) with a story posted on May 22nd. And you guessed it, based on an unidentified, unnamed source. You remember this one don’t you? I featured it in an earlier blog of mine, “The Three Most Ridiculous Rob and Kristen Breakup Rumors of the Last Forty Eight Hours.” This is the one where Kristen is in the shower the morning of Rob’s birthday and Rob accidentally picks up her phone because he wants to take a picture of something with it, but instead accidentally discovers new text traffic between Rupert and Kristen. Yeah right. This one is too easy.
There is absolutely nothing supporting this claim other than that The Sun says it. And once again, this is a tabloid that has a long standing history of serial lying about Rob & Kristen and many other celebrities as well. I could just as easily claim a source who said that it was Rob in the shower, and Kristen needed to take a picture of Bear with Rob’s phone, but accidentally discovered photographs of Tom and Rob doing the nasty while they were in NYC. And that she threw him out. That would be no less nor no more credible than the story The Sun provided. Then again, it might actually be more credible given Rob’s long term bromance with Tom, and his stuff hastily packed stuff put in garbage bags. Or how about it was actually Rob who was using Kristen’s phone, but this time he discovered photographs on it of Kristen doing the nasty with a group of her gal pals.
See how easy it is to generate this bull? So what does The Sun’s Story add to the breakup rumor in terms of provable evidence? You got it, chant after me; Absolutely Nothing, Zero, Zilch. Anyone who fairly looks at this evidence must conclude that it fails to prove anything other than the fact that The Sun keeps making things up because its profitable and there are plenty of people out there that are stupid enough to believe it and pay for it.
Of course The Sun story spawned a legion of alternation explanations for why the breakup really happened. Everything from what I mentioned in the opening paragraph to others like Rob’s mother never forgave Kristen for what she did, Kristen’s mother cohabitation with them ruined their sexlife, and Kristen spent too much time with her pack of juvenile delinquent girl friends. I’ll leave you to muddle through them, but rest assured, they are no more believable than the ones that have been offered here.
Moving Van Part Deux ( not to be confused with Francis Ford Coppola’s excellent remix Apocalypse Now Part Deux)
What is a breakup rumor without some good moving truck nonsense? Particularly when it come to a Rob & Kristen breakup story. Enter Hollywood Lies and Britain’s The Daily Mail. Hollywood Life’s story, “Robert Pattinson: M0ving Out of Kristen Stewart’s House for Good”, was posted on May 24th at 12:10 EDT and was penned by Elenore “the serial liar” Hutch. I won’t bore you with the catalog of lies, misrepresentations, and tabloid tripe that has come from this women’s mouth during her career. Quoting the article:
“Nothing tells a girl you’re done with the relationship like a moving truck in the driveway! A truck was spotted leaving Kristen’s house on May 23, presumably containing all of Rob’s possessions. Twi-hards can begin weeping, because Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart appear to really be over. On May 23, a moving truck was seen leaving Kristen’s Loz Feliz home, and it was likely full of Rob’s stuff. We realized things were taking a turn for the worse when Rob was seen driving away from Kristen’s house on May 19 with many of his belongings and their two dogs!”
Oh Elenore, you are so pathetic: the truck “presumably containing”, they “appear to be really”, the truck “likely full of his stuff”. About the only thing that is full of it Elenore is you. And how about that truck in the driveway? Oops no picture of that. Despite the fact they needed all that time to load all that stuff. The moving truck spotted leaving Kristen’s house? Oops, they did it again, no photo of that either. Its beginning to sound like a bad Britney Spears remix. What you will find contained in the article is a photo, one showing a “Pod” moving truck entering the gated community where Kristen’s house is one of over one hundred and nothing more.
Moving truck enters Laufflin Hills subdivision.
Well I suppose the truck might have been going to Kristen’s. And maybe it eventually ended up in Kristen’s driveway. After all, it had to be going somewhere. It’s possible it was heading there. But the last time I checked, supposing, guessing, and speculating is a lot different from Proving.
In typical celebrity gossip machine fashion, it took The Daily Mail only about two hours to trump Hollywood Life’s story in an article entitled “Kristen Stewart Cuts a Sad Figure After Watching Moving Trucks Take Away the Last of Robert Pattinson’s Belongings from Her Home”, posted on May 24th at 2:27 PM EST :
“It looks like the split is finally official. Kristen Stewart supervised a moving van on Thursday full of what is believed to be the last of Robert Pattinson’s personal belongings from the Los Feliz, California home that they once shared. With a car full of friends to support her during the dramatic moment, the 23-year old actress looked as serious as ever when they made a shopping run to Gelson’s grocery store while the storage POD on a large truck left the house.”
Wow, so now Kristen was actually there supervising the moving truck. Oops, no picture of her doing that. And how about that second sentence, now there is a devious sentence if I ever saw one. Are they trying to imply that the picture is of her as she is watching the truck drive away (the dramatic moment) or are they saying it was taken as she drove to the grocery store, looking serious as ever? In actuality it doesn’t really matter. The Daily Mail fails to provide any evidence to confirm that Kristen was actually at her house supervising anything. And if you look at that photo set, it fails establish that the car she was in was at her house. It looks much likely that it was taken at the grocery store parking lot.
Kristen with friends in a car.
And most tellingly, since one of the photos The Daily Mail provides implies that the truck was within the gated domain of Laufflin Hills, why are there no photos of it actually at Kristen’s house? Yeah right, different day, same old bull.
But why does this moving truck nonsense sound so familiar?
Moving Van purportedly leaving from Rob’s Los Feliz estate on July 28, 2012. Picture is actually an unrelated scene more than a mile away from Rob’s house.
Oh yes, the famed moving trucks of July of 2012. You remember them. The ones that were supposedly taking all of Rob and Kristen’s stuff out of Los Feliz 1 after the so called cheating scandal because he was selling the house. The house that he never managed to sell. Yeah right. The UHaul that turned out to be planted by a paparazzi for a faked photo, and the large moving truck that turned out to be actually at a place one mile away from Rob’s house. See my earlier blog, “Thought for the Day (October 6, 2012) : A Look at Bauer-Griffin”, elsewhere on this blog at http://wp.me/p2JqVX-6o.
So what do the moving trucks prove about our little breakup rumor? You got it. Absolutely Nothing, Zero, Zilch. Are you seeing a pattern here yet?
ReboundLove (not to be confused with Golden Earring’s Radar Love below)
I’ve been drivin’ all night, my hands are wet on the wheel.
There’s a voice in my head that drives my heel.
My baby call said I need you here.
It’s half past four and I’m shifting gears.
When she’s lonely and the longing gets too much,
She sends a cable coming in from above.
Don’t need no phone at all.
We got a thing that’s called radar love.
We got a wave in the air
Ah, the perfect song for a tabloid author. Just a bunch of voices in their heads. Let’s take a look at yet another chapter in this sad saga, this one the Rob and Katy Perry Love Affair. Nothing proves a breakup like a rebound love affair. And nothing sells a tabloid like a BFF menage et trois gone wrong. All the drama of two girls mud wrestling over the affections of a single dude, elements of caddy back stabbing and betrayal, double dealing your BFF gal pal for her boyfriend, the wronged boyfriend finds true love etc., etc., etc.
Prior to the “breakup” nonsense, you would have thought that Rob, Kristen, and Katy Perry were nothing but very good friends. Appearances together at Coachella, the Teen Choice awards, and at birthday parties and such. But faster than you can spell BS, the tabloids turned that so called friendship on its head in an attempt to prove a Rob and Kristen breakup.
It started almost immediately after the so-called split as the tabloids began to explore who Rob should hookup with next. Talk about letting the cadaver get cold. That was followed by a Hollywood Life account on July 24th claiming that good friend Katy had been urging Rob to dump Kristen all along because she couldn’t be trusted and she had broken up a family. But it wasn’t until the Santa Barbara wedding tweet that the rebound love story really took off in the tabloid fairy tale realm.
In an on, then off, then on again story People reported on May 27th the so-called Rob and Katy visit to a random wedding rehearsal in Santa Barbara story. It started with a tweet and a People report which was pulled, and then eventually replaced later on People ‘s website with an account called “Robert Pattinson and Katy Perry Spotted at a Santa Barbara Wedding Rehearsal” which was posted at 4:45 PM EDT after they had so-calledly talked with the tweeter. The tweeter, purportedly a Stephanie Sands, who incidentally subsequently pulled her purported tweet, supposedly started this firestorm by tweeting: “Rob and Katy at Santa Barbara wedding. New Item?”
Within about 90 minutes the story’s spin took a more ominous turn. The Daily Mail, in their story called “R-Patz and Katy Perry are Spotted Together at Wedding Rehearsal…As It’s Claimed Their Friendship Caused Kristen Stewart Split”, [editor’s note: Who Makes up these titles anyway?] was posted at 6:09 PM EDT, stuck with the claimed platonic get together but claimed the story was “getting curiouser and curiouser”. I didn’t even know that curiouser was a word until I read it. Citing an earlier, and I might add, never substantiated claim that Rob and Katy attended a Daughter concert together in the Bowery in NYC around the time of the MET Gala. Yeah, you guessed it, based on faceless tweets, unnamed sources, and no photos that time either.
Within two hours, Life & Style was spinning their story “Robert Pattinson and Katy Perry Spotted Together at a Wedding Rehearsal” posted at 6:27 EDT in a much more provocative light with the following:
“We were wondering about Katy Perry’s motives when she convinced her friend Robert Pattinson to dump Kristen Stewart, but we think we get the picture – the “Part of Me” singer was spotted with the Twilight hottie at a wedding rehearsal at a luxury hotel in Santa Barbara, CA, on May 26.”
Talk about innuendo in the absence of other corroborating evidence. Despite the fact that no one ever took a photo of their presence at that camera happy event. And the only two to tweet about it were inconsistent about what had actually happened. Hey, but that was more than enough to launch the tabloid universe’s new spin machine, Robaty, and it was off to the races, corroborating evidence be damned . Whoever coined that celebrity nick name was a real genius. Or rather, should have been shoot on sight.